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Modi hands over freedom fighter’s barrister certificate from London

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Bhuj (Gujarat):  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday handed over the reinstatement certificate of barrister Pandit Shyamji Krishna Verma, a freedom fighter who hailed from what is now Gujarat’s Kutch district, to Chief Minister Anandiben Patel here.

Modi, who is on his maiden visit to the Kutch district after becoming prime minister, is here for three days to attend the 50th annual conference of state police chiefs.

Arriving in Bhuj in the afternoon, he handed over the certificate to Patel at a function here, before moving to Dhordo Tent City in the white desert, the venue of the conference.

The British government had seized barrister licenses of two Indian lawyers – Mahatma Gandhi and Shayamji Verma. Coincidentally, both were from Gujarat. Though Mahatma’s bar membership was reinstated in 1988, nobody bothered about Verma,

He said that ahead of his recent visit to Britain, he raised the issue and discussed with some of the British ministers who are of Indian origin.

“These efforts paid off and I got the opportunity to bring the reinstatement certificate of a great freedom fighter,” he said that after becoming his prime minister, bringing reinstatement of Verma back home was a priority.

Verma was from the coastal Mandvi town in Kutch. When Modi was Gujarat chief minister, he had brought back Verma’s ashes from Britain and the state government had also built a memorial – Kranti Tirth – in Verma’s hometown to keep them.

Kranti Tirth was inaugurated by Modi in 2010. The memorial is a replica of India House situated in North London, established by Verma as a base for Indian students studying in England. Verma was also the founder of the Indian Home Rule Society.

Born on October 4, 1857, Verma is also known as ‘Kranti Guru’. He died on March 30, 1930, in Geneva. Kutch University situated in Bhuj has also been named as Shyamji Krishna Verma University after him.

Verma was debarred from Britain’s leading law society for advocating independence for India in 1905. As a result of the efforts of Modi, Verma has been posthumously reinstated to the Bar,” said a source who witnessed the procedure. According to him, the certificate would be kept along with Verma’s ashes at Kranti Tirth in Mandvi.

(Picture Courtesy:indiatoday.intoday.in)

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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)