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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The tiger population in the country has shown a staggering increase of 30 per cent and their current number stand at 2, 226, Environment Minitser Praksh Javedkar informed the Lok Sabha.

There are 2,226 tigers today. In the last four years, there has been an increase of 30 per cent in their population,” he said during Question Hour.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar informed the House that 22 poachers were also killed last year in encounters with enforcement agencies.

Terming poaching as a “big problem”, he said that 22 poachers were killed last year in encounters.  He also said that the government has taken various pro-active measures in this regard. Elaborating the economics behind poaching, he said a single-horn rhino can fetch upto Rs one crore.

Talking about the need for stronger laws, Javadekar said the government wants to make law on poaching and wildlife more stringent and was bringing a comprehensive amendment to it.

Giving figures, the Minister said in 2012, deaths of 89 tigers were reported but the figure went down to 68 in 2013. The numbers witnessed a jump in 2014 when 78 deaths were reported and 17 tigers have died so far this year, he said.

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Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said that students shall study an “Emergency chapter” as it will be a part of their school textbooks soon.

Talking to the media, Javadekar said the government will include the “whole story” of Emergency in school curricula for students to understand the reality of the time.

He said that 1975-77 Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi will always remain a black chapter in Indian history.

“We want students to know about the correct history and hence we are working to change the course curriculum in schools. The students with this initiative will understand why the period of Emergency was considered the second freedom struggle,” Javadekar said.

The HRD Minister was among several party leaders who attended an event that the BJP called a "black day"
The HRD Minister was among several party leaders who attended an event that the BJP called a “black day”. Flickr

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The HRD Minister was among several party leaders who attended an event that the BJP called a “black day” to mark the 43rd anniversary of Emergency which was clamped on June 26, 1975. (IANS)

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