first_imgGarima Abrol, wife of late IAF pilot Samir Abrol, may soon join armed forcesGarima Abrol, the wife of late IAF squadron leader Samir Abrol, has cleared the SSB and may soon join the armed forces.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 00:26 IST Samir and Garima Abrol. (Image: Facebook)Garima Abrol, the wife of late Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Samir Abrol who died in a Mirage crash earlier this year, has cleared the Services Selection Board (SSB) in Varanasi and may soon be eligible to join the forces.According to ANI, Garima Abrol has cleared Services Selection Board from Varanasi and may get an opportunity to join IAF’s academy in Dundigal in Telangana.In February 2019, Squadron Leaders Samir Abrol and Siddartha Negi died when a Mirage 2000 trainer aircraft crashed in Bengaluru.In the days following the heartbreaking accident, Garimal Abrol wrote a moving post on social media slamming IAF authorities for using “outdated” equipment to risk the lives of its personnel.The two pilots were conducting an acceptance sortie of the Mirage-2000 trainer, which had been newly upgraded by state-run aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, when it crashed on February 1.Though the pilots made a bid to eject, they were caught in the flames as the plane crashed with a huge explosion.HAL regretted the incident and expressed condolence to the family of the two pilots. Negi was a native of Dehradun in Uttarakhand while Abrol was from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.Also Read | It still hasn’t sunk in, writes wife of deceased IAF pilot in moving Facebook postAlso Read | IAF to send crashed Mirage 2000’s black box to France for further investigationAlso Watch | An-32’s black box recovered from crash site in Arunachal PradeshFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee Nextlast_img read more

first_imgKarnataka crisis LIVE: HD Kumaraswamy seeks trust vote, opts for floor testHD Kumaraswamy on Friday announced that he would seek a trust vote and sought time from the Speaker. The coalition government is facing a serious crisis now with 16 MLAs – 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) – resigning their assembly membership.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 08:26 IST Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru (Image: ANI)Amid what appears like a continual stream of chaotic developments surrounding the Karnataka government crisis, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has braced himself for a floor test. While speaking in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, Kumaraswamy said he seeks permission to prove the majority in this session. He said he would seek a trust vote to end the confusion caused by resignations of rebel MLAs while asserting he was ready for everything.It has been almost 8 days since the whole turmoil started with 13 MLAs of the JDS-Congress coalition resigning.On Saturday, Congress leader DK Shivakumar reached MTB Nagaraj’s house at 5 am to convince him to take back his resignation. The Supreme Court restrained Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said the matter will be considered on July 16.Here are the updates:8:25 am: Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary on Friday voiced disapproval over the “delay” on part of his Karnataka counterpart K R Ramesh Kumar in taking a decision on the resignations of MLAs. He said, “Delay on part of the Speaker is surprising. It appears he has been thinking in terms of getting the members disqualified on ground of their defying the party whip.”Friday’s developmentsThree rebels Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) MLAs failed to appear before Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday as sought by him for a personal hearing over their resignations, official sources said. On Friday all three parties moved their MLAs to different resorts. As Kumaraswamy called for a floor tests, BJP also moved its MLAs to the Ramada resort. Rahul Gandhi said, “BJP uses money to bring down state governments. They have been doing that. We saw that in the North east as well.”Also read | Kumaraswamy wants floor test, SC asks Speaker to not act on resignations | All that happenedAlso read | Modi gave a lead, but can Yeddy hold on if fresh Karnataka elections are announced?Also watch | BJP is using money power: Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Karnataka crisisFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow KarnatakaFollow Karnataka crisisFollow Congress JD(S)Follow congressFollow HD KumaraswamyFollow Karnataka floor testlast_img read more

first_imgGovt to invest Rs 33 crore to save 130 great Indian bustards left in the countryWith just 130 great Indian bustards left in the country, the Centre has initiated a project worth Rs 33.85 crore for their conservation and protection, the Environment Ministry told Lok Sabha Friday.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:56 IST Babul Supriyo said the ministry has also initiated a project, titled ‘Habitat Improvement and Conservation Breeding of Great Indian Bustard-An Integrated Approach’. (File photo)With just 130 great Indian bustards left in the country, the Centre has initiated a project worth Rs 33.85 crore for their conservation and protection, the Environment Ministry told Lok Sabha Friday.Responding to a query on measures being taken to protect the Indian bustard, one of the heaviest birds listed under critically endangered species, Union Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo said the ministry was providing funds to states and Union Territories for conservation and protection of 21 critically endangered species, including the great Indian bustard.”The ministry, through its Centrally Sponsored Scheme-Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH), provides funds to states or Union Territories under the component ‘Species Recovery Programme’ for conservation and protection of 21 critically endangered species, including the great Indian bustard,”p Babul Suriyo said in a written response.Babul Suriyo said the ministry has also initiated a project, titled ‘Habitat Improvement and Conservation Breeding of Great Indian Bustard-An Integrated Approach’, with a financial support of Rs 33.85 crore for five years from the ad hoc Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for conservation, breeding of the Indian bustard with technical support from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).”The important objective of this programme is to build up captive population of great Indian bustard and to release the chicks in the wild for increasing the population. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra are the important range states involved in this programme,” the minister said.In the last four years, the government has released over Rs 7.9 crore to Maharashtra and Rajasthan for conservation of great Indian bustard under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme-Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH), the ministry said.According to government figures, Maharshtra got Rs 4.79 crore between 2015 and 2019, while Rajasthan received Rs 3.12 crore.However, on a question on the role of noise pollution in endangering the Indian bustard, the ministry said the government does not recognise such a cause.Speaking to PTI, a senior official of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), an organisation working on the Indian bustard breeding project, said power lines are killing these birds and in order to increase their population, their breeding has started.”We are starting a breeding programme to repopulate the great Indian bustard. We collect their eggs, incubate them and hatch them. The second and third generation born out of the breeding will be then released into the wild when the environment is suitable for them. But it will take at least 15 years for them to be released into the wild,” said Y V Jhala, scientist, Wildlife Institute of India (WII).Currently, there are two centres for breeding and hatching — one in Jaisalmer and the other in Kota, both in Rajasthan, Y V Jhala said.ALSO READ | Royal hunting party fromSaudi Arabia in search of the Great Indian BustardALSO READ | The Great Indian Bustard could have become India’s national bird but for that spelling!ALSO WATCH | Karnataka: Animal lovers set-up shelter, save animals from floods For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow Bustard speciesFollow Environment MinistryFollow Wildlife Institute of IndiaFollow Lok Sabha Nextlast_img read more