Last week, Mr. Dhakate had issued shoot-at-sight order and pressed two drones into service after movement of poachers was reported along the southern fringes of the park.150 forest officials were deployed and a total of 388 camera traps installed at sensitive points within the territory of the park.Villagers in the area were also informed of the same and were advised to avoid taking animals for grazing to the core areas.The order, however, raised eyebrows following which Mr. Dhakate has been removed from his post. The Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve has been removed from his post following a controversy over shoot-at-sight order issued by him in the national park to check the activities of poachers.Uttrakhand’s Chief Secretary S. Ramaswamy said that Parag Madhukar Dhakate has been replaced by Dheeraj Pandey as Director.D.V.S Khati, the Chief Wildlife Warden, said that Mr. Dhakate was not authorised to issue any such order.Also Read Corbett Tiger Reserve workers get the nod to kill armed poachers
Honda ‘s much awaited scooter Activa 125 is all set to hit Indian roads on 28 April.Activa 125, the latest offering of Honda in the Activa line up has been the talk of the town since its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014.The two wheeler enthusiasts in the country have waited enough to hear about the launch of the Activa 125 in the domestic market and now the latest report suggests that the scooter will finally reach showrooms on 28 April.A report by Motoroids claims that the Honda has started sending invite for the Activa 125 launch and the event will also mark the inauguration of the sales of the scooter. Earlier in this week, Honda revealed the prices of its upcoming Activa 125.Activa 125 will be made available in two variants – Standard (with drum brakes) and Deluxe (Disc brakes & alloys). While the Standard version is priced at 52,447, the Deluxe comes at a price point of 58,156 (ex-showroom, Delhi).The latest Activa pack a 125cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine under the hood ,which can churn out a power of 8.6bhp at 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 10.12 Nm at 5500 rpm .The scooter, a strong rival of Piaggio’s Vespa, Suzuki’s Access and Swish and Mahindra’s Duro and Rodeo in India comes mated to a V-Matic CVT transmission and comes with telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic type at the rear.It measures 1,814 mm in length, 704 mm in width, 1,151 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,260 mm. Promising a fuel efficiency of 60-65 kmpl, the Activa 125 is the first Honda scooter in the 125cc segment to come with Honda Efficiency Technology (HET). The scooter will be offered in four colour variants in the sub-continent market- midnight blue, black, pearl white and sword silver – and comes with features like optional disc brake, tubeless tires, digital meter and metal body.Technical Specifications of Honda Activa 125Engine Type: 4 Stroke, Air Cooled, SI EngineDisplacement: 124.9ccMax Power: 6.38 Kw (8.6 Bhp)@6500 rpmMax Torque: 10.12 Nm@5500 rpmDimension: 1814mmX704mmX1151mmWheel Base: 1260mmSeat Height: 765mm[ED:VS]
Shrugging off fears that Israel-India defence ties may be perceived as hurting India’s relationship with the Arabs, Israel acknowledged on Thursday that security ties with India are very much in the open, unlike in the past. “We used to have our relationship, security wise, behind the scene,” said Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon in New Delhi, while addressing a lecture on ”Israel-India Partnership in the 21st Century”. The nature of the security relationship between the two countries – that establish diplomatic ties in 1992 – was largely kept secret, given the sensibilities of India’s large Muslim population and also fears of adversely impacting India’s ties with Arab countries. But a new government at the Centre headed by the BJP, which is keen on enhancing defence ties with Israel to face the threat of Islamic militancy, has probably emboldened Israel.The country has also emerged as one of the top three weapons suppliers to India, said Reuters. Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon gestures while addressing a gathering during a lecture themed “Israel-India Partnership in the 21st Century”?, in New Delhi February 19, 2015. Ya’alon arrived in India on Wednesday to help sell his country’s arms industry to the world’s largest defence importer and promote deepening military ties between the two nations.ReutersOver the years, Israel has supplied India with ship defence missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, with the transactions mostly kept under the wraps.India receives most of its crude oil imports from Arab countries, and many of these countries are dependent on Indian labour for much of their local economic output, which also makes India the world’s largest receipent of remittances from migrants. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has apparently found in Israel a partner to combat Islamic militancy, and has cultivated better ties, including holding a meeting in New York last year with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is contesting in the upcoming Israeli elections next month.The meeting between the two Prime Ministers has been followed up with broad level consultations between the two countries, which has resulted in the first ever visit to India by an Israeli defence minister.”And now I am here … in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Modi and other ministers,” Ya’alon said. An Ilyushin-76 plane modified with the Israeli Phalcon strategic airborne radar system is parked at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport seen in this April 12, 2000 file picture. Israel is close to signing a deal to sell India a more than $1 billion strategic airborne radar system in the biggest arms deal since diplomatic ties were established, an Israeli official said.ReutersThe Defence Minister’s visit is considered important with India planning to acquire a pair of Phalcon AWACS – airborne early warning system, to be mounted on India’s Russian-made aircraft, according to the Reuters report. India already has three such “eyes in the sky”, which help supply the military intelligence wing with a 360 degree, 400 km wide sweep, alerting the base if it detects flying enemy aircraft or missiles. The deal was closed a decade back and signalled the start of renewed relations between the two nations.Israel was ready to share with India the necessary defence technology, Ya’alon added, supporting India’s ‘Make in India’s programme.”We see India as a partner and a friend. That is why we are ready to share technology,” he said, adding that he was looking for ways to upgrade the defence relationship.On Wednesday, Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and India’s Bharat Forge announced a partnership to build the Spike anti-tank guided missile system, including technology transfer to India.India’s defence forces are largely been dependent on imports for their defence hardware neeeds. With a government at the Centre that is keen on technology transfer to enhance the indigenous component in defence equipment, more manufacturing activities are poised to shift to India.
A house is burning in Mayanmar’s Hyme para area is seen from the Nytang Para area of Teknaf on Friday evening. Photo: Ashraful Alam India has said it remains deeply concerned about the situation in Rakhine State of Myanmar and the outflow of refugees from that region, reports news agency UNB.India had earlier strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State.“The two countries have since affirmed their shared determination to combat terrorism and not allow its justification under any pretext,” said the Indian External Affairs Ministry in a statement after Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali called on External Affairs Secretary Dr S Jaishankar at his office on Saturday.They discussed the situation in Rakhine.During the Indian Prime Minister’s recent visit to Myanmar, he had expressed his concern at the casualties of security forces as well as other innocent lives, and urged a solution based on respect for peace, communal harmony, justice, dignity and democratic values.It was agreed during the Prime Minister’s visit that India would provide assistance under the Rakhine State Development Programme in conjunction with the government of Myanmar,” reads the statement.“We would urge that the situation in Rakhine State be handled with restraint and maturity, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population alongside those of the security forces. It’s imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the State restored expeditiously,” the statement added.
The Houston Auto Show is billed as largest auto show of the South. In its 35th year, the 2018 show brings the public an opportunity to check out new vehicles from all the major automakers. It also brings the Houston automotive community together. Dealers, manufacturers, marketers, engineers, and media all converge on the show each year.That seems like a fine opportunity to talk with some of them about the state of the automotive industry and auto sales in Houston. In an interview from the floor of the Houston Auto Show, Houston Matters Host Craig Cohen talks with Bob Krapes, regional director for Chevrolet, Chris Poulos, owner of West Point Lincoln, and Steve McDowell, president of Infonation, which produces reports about — and for — the automotive industry. Share