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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Ahmedabad: The Patidar community in Gujarat, swamped the city on Tuesday in a 10 km long revolution rally, demanding caste reservations, in a direct challenge to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.

Photo credit: www.oneindia.com
Photo credit: www.oneindia.com

Hundreds of thousands of Patidars swarmed the streets of the city since Monday night. Police and district officials beefed up security arrangements to avoid inconveniencing people.

The convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), Hardik Patel, earlier addressed a gathering of more than a million supporters at the sprawling GMDC Ground and vowed that the demand for reservations was non-negotiable.

“We can also do a ‘Kejriwal’ here… If no reservations, then no Lotus (BJP symbol) in 2017,” Patel declared.

Pointing out at the massive gathering of the community, Patel said the Patidars have proved what they are capable of doing if denied their rightful due.

Demanding that the chief minister should arrive at the venue, Patel threatened to launch an indefinite hunger strike on the dais until the government relented on the PAAS demand.

Ahmedabad Collector Rajkumar Beniwal was expected to reach the venue to accept the PAAS memorandum before the rally was taken out from GMDC Ground to the collectorate, around 10 kms away.

The chief minister, under pressure from the past few days which witnessed scores of smaller rallies across the state as a warm-up to Tuesday’s rally, was closeted in an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the issue which has grave political implications.

Top police officers, including city commissioner Shivanand Jha and others personally supervised the security arrangements during the mega-rally with instructions to the force to exercise “restraint”, even as Hardik Patel appealed to his followers to maintain peace at all costs.

Most parts of Gujarat and entire Ahmedabad observed a spontaneous shutdown of all business establishments, schools and colleges to facilitate the participation of Patidars in the rally.

For the 10-km long march from GMDC to the collectorate, the police made stringent security arrangements, traffic diversions, CCTV monitoring, heightening protection for chief minister, her cabinet colleagues and important installations in the city.

With inputs from IANS

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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)