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Lucknow:  Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Friday said smuggling of cows for slaughter to neighbouring nations had come down drastically since the Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power.

In his parliamentary constituency on a two-day visit, Singh said it was due to the union government’s efforts that the Border Security Force stepped up vigil on Indo-Bangladesh border, as a result of which cow smuggling to the neighbouring nation had reduced.

Earlier, Singh claimed, 13 lakh cows were being smuggled to Bangladesh annually and the number has now declined to 2-3 lakhs, leading to a big hike in rates of beef in Bangladesh.

Attributing this piece of information to the Bangladesh high commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali, the home minister said the envoy had told him that the rates of cow meat had shot through the roof in his country

(IANS)

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New Zealand Government Announces Ambitious Plan to Protect Endangered Dolphins

The proposals also include the Department of Conservation developing an action plan to deal with toxoplasmosis

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Proposals for consultation for a revised Threat Management Plan to protect the dolphins released on Monday. Pixabay

The New Zealand government on Monday unveiled a plan to expand and strengthen the protection for the endangered Maui and Hector’s dolphins.

Proposals for consultation for a revised Threat Management Plan to protect the dolphins released on Monday.

Extending the boundaries of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary south to Wellington and extending the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary north to Kaikoura, south to Timaru, and offshore to 20 nautical miles are included in the proposals.

The proposals also include the Department of Conservation developing an action plan to deal with toxoplasmosis, a disease that can affect dolphins and other marine mammals, by targeting research to answer knowledge gaps, enhancing education for cat owners and advocating for riparian and wetland restoration.

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The New Zealand government on Monday unveiled a plan to expand and strengthen the protection for the endangered Maui and Hector’s dolphins. Pixabay

“These precious dolphins are New Zealand taonga (treasure). We need to act now to ensure their populations increase and both species thrive,” said Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

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It is estimated that only 63 Maui dolphins are remaining, and Hector’s dolphins are nationally vulnerable with about 15,000 in New Zealand waters. (IANS)