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Hardik Patel calls off reverse Dandi march, to meet CM on Monday

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Ahmedabad: In a recent development, agitation leader from Gujarat Hardik Patel has called off his reverse Dandi march and has agreed to meet Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday.

Late on Saturday, the decision came to fore after Gujarat’s Finance Minister Saurabh Patel played mediator and persuaded the 22-year-old agitation leader to hold talks with the government on the issue of reservation benefits to the influential and affluent Patel community in the State. The community constitutes around 14 to 15 per cent population of Gujarat.

The reverse Dandi march was scheduled to start on Sunday morning from Dandi, a coastal village in South Gujarat. Fear of violence had prevailed regarding the same. State authorities had not granted permission while the Patel community leaders were determined to hold another strength show to press their demands.

The district administration of Navsari and Surat had deployed police and paramilitary forces to ensure law and order situation in the area. Mobile-based Internet services were banned for 24 hours from the midnight.

“Hardik Patel will meet the CM on Monday. The government has invited us to talk. We will decide our next course of action post talk,” a source close to Hardik Patel said.

Last month, after a herculean rally managed by Patel community in Ahmedabad, violence had erupted in the state. In the incident, 10 persons including a policeman were killed while dozens of group clash incidents between the police and the Patel community were reported.

The state’s property was badly hit as more than 300 public transport buses were torched by the rioters. Government property was vandalised and Internet services were banned for almost a week. This disrupted the mobile- based banking activities, online shopping and credit card transactions.

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India: Asiatic Lions in Gujarat’s Gir forests to Have Radio Collars Fitted Around their Necks

A radio collar is a wide band of machine-belting fitted with a small radio transmitter and battery

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Asiatic Lions, Gujarat, Gir Forests
Since June 11 up to now more than 25 representative lions of as many prides have been fitted with radio collar devices imported from Germany. Pixabay

The rare Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir forests and surrounding regions will have radio collars fitted around their necks this month, similar to the lions of the African savannah and the Serengeti.

According to Chief Conservator of Forests in Junagadh D.T. Vasavada, since June 11 up to now more than 25 representative lions of as many prides have been fitted with radio collar devices imported from Germany.

A radio collar is a wide band of machine-belting fitted with a small radio transmitter and battery. The transmitter emits a signal at a specific frequency that can be tracked from up to five kilometres away.

When trying to locate a particular collared lion, the researcher dials the appropriate frequency and drives while listening for the beep signal. A directional antenna is mounted on top of the vehicle, and once the signal is detected, the researcher simply drives in the direction where the signal is loudest.

Asiatic Lions, Gujarat, Gir Forests
The rare Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir forests and surrounding regions will have radio collars fitted around their necks this month. PIxabay

“This will help the forest department in monitoring of the group’s movement, research, knowing the territory of the animal and other details. From Sasan, a high tech monitoring unit will monitor their activities. A total of 75 radio collars have been imported from Germany for the purpose,” he added.

Vasavada said as all the members of a pride of lions normally remain within a distance of around half to one kilometer of one another, the location of the representative beast would in fact give the location of an entire pride.

Representatives of the entire lion landscape in and around Gir in Saurashtra region of Gujarat spread in the five districts of Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad would be radio collared in around a month’s time.

According to the last lion census of 2015, there were 523 male, female and lion cubs in the Gujarat forests.

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During floods and other calamities and spread of diseases, the radio collars would be a big help for forest teams. The radio collars would also be helpful in letting the lion trackers know if any group of lions was close to the railway tracks or roads. (IANS)