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Here is an Elephant inspired by PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan!

The video of an elephant picking up trash and putting it in the bin is a Must-Watch for today

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The viral video where Elephant is seen cleaning the park. Twitter
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July 12, 2017: The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a Government of India initiative to accelerate the efforts of cleanliness and sanitation. The mission was launched on October 2, 2014.

Anybody from India who has traveled abroad to a developed nation knows how dirty the country’s streets were at one point of time and how one idea of making India clean has brought a revolution. Earlier, we have seen viral pictures shared on social media of the political rallies and campaigns which leave behind waste and rubbish on the streets when their work is done.

ALSO WATCH:  The video shared on Twitter shows an elephant cleaning the garbage lying around him at a resort in South Africa.

According to some bureaucracies and administrations, this government scheme like Swachh Bharat is bound to fail. They have the notion that any money funded to such a scheme will go more towards individual pockets than the actual community development and progress.

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Former Chairman of Press Council of India, Markandey Katju explains, “India is only partially industrialized, and hence the feudal backward mindsets in people still persist. Almost everything is polluted, from the air ( as in Delhi ) to water to foodstuffs. Without water filters, boiling etc, it is not possible to drink water anywhere; it could make you sick.”

He concludes that corruption is inevitable in a society like India where industrialization process is not complete.

While many people have ignored such a positive message for the Nation’s cleanliness, it looks like the animals are literally playing the role of good citizens in carrying out this campaign. The video of an elephant trying to clean his surroundings should perhaps just inspire us to actually listen to the policy of the government.

prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393


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Thousands Of Live Animals, Meat, Ivory, Seized In Illegal Trade: Interpol

The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in Malaysia and parrots in Mexico

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In this photo taken in May 2018 in Ecuador and provided by Interpol on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Ecuadorian police officers inspect a bird of prey.
In this photo taken in May 2018 in Ecuador and provided by Interpol on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Ecuadorian police officers inspect a bird of prey. VOA

Thousands of live animals along with tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber were seized in a monthlong global crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade that Interpol said exposed the international reach of traffickers.

The live animals recovered in the stings included turtles in Malaysia and parrots in Mexico. Canada intercepted 18 tons of eel meat arriving from Asia. Those arrested included two flight attendants in Los Angeles and a man in Israel whose house was raided after he posted a hunting photograph on social media.

Operation Thunderstorm, involving 92 countries, yielded seizures worth millions of dollars during May, Interpol said Wednesday.

“The results are spectacular,” said Sheldon Jordan, Canada’s director general of wildlife enforcement.

Acknowledging the magnitude of the problem, Jordan said global wildlife crime is worth about $150 billion annually and is fourth in value among illegal global trades behind drugs, counterfeiting and human trafficking.

Criminal syndicates that smuggle flora and fauna often take advantage of porous borders and corrupt officials, transporting illicit cargo at an industrial scale.

The Thunderstorm swoop included the confiscation of 8 tons of pangolin scales, half of which was found by Vietnamese authorities on a ship from Africa.

Africa’s four species of pangolins are under increasing pressure from poachers because of the decimation of the four species in Asia, where pangolin scales are used in traditional medicine.

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A total of 43 tons of contraband meat – including bear, elephant, crocodile, whale and zebra – 1.3 tons of elephant ivory, 27,000 reptiles, about 4,000 birds, 48 live primates, 14 big cats and two polar bear carcasses were also seized. Several tons of wood and timber were also seized.

China, the world’s largest ivory consumer, banned its domestic trade starting this year in what conservationists hope will relieve pressure on Africa’s besieged elephant populations. While some herds are recovering, a high rate of killing continues in many areas, such as Mozambique’s Niassa reserve.

Some 1,400 suspects were identified worldwide, Interpol said. Two flight attendants were arrested in Los Angeles carrying live spotted turtles to Asia in personal baggage, said Interpol. Both suspects have been charged with smuggling protected species.

Participating nations were from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. The Pacific nation of Vanuatu, which is not an Interpol member, took part.

Officers searched cars, trucks, boats and containers, sometimes using sniffer dogs and X-ray scanners.

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The operation, Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock said, showed that wildlife traffickers use the same routes as other criminals, “often hand-in-hand with tax evasion, corruption, money laundering and violent crime.” (VOA)