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park to check the activities of poachers.Uttrakhand’s Chief Secretary S. Ramaswamy said that Parag Madhukar Dhakate has been replaced by Dheeraj Pandey as Director.D.V.S Khati, the Chief Wildlife Warden, said that Mr.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
The authorities have decided not to publicise the details of candidates contesting in elections to urban local bodies in volatile pockets in the Kashmir valley “due to security reasons,” evoking sharp reactions from political parties.“Lack of transparency will only bring disrepute to the institution of democracy. It seems former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s legacy is being reversed. Mr. Vaypayee, as prime minister, ensured fair elections in J&K and allowed peoples’ representatives to come up. This saw a new hope emerging among people, who started looking up to elections as a credible exercise. In the process, mainstream political parties, too, gained an important space despite Kashmir’s complex situation,” senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Nayeem Akhtar told The Hindu. He described the situation in J&K as “worse than the 1990s.” “It’s getting worse than 1990s, with non-locals being fielded as candidates in many wards. They may have visited the area for the first time on the day of the nominations. The way the elections are held goes against tenets of democracy,” said Mr. Akhtar.All major regional parties, including the PDP and the National Conference, have decided to boycott polls, leaving the Jammu & Kashmir People’s Conference (J&KPC), the Congress and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) as major players in the fray. “The credibility of the poll process has been badly affected. No candidate has filed a nomination in 177 wards. In 215 wards, candidates have been declared [elected] unopposed. It speaks volumes about the power-thirsty BJP imposing [on the] elections. What will be the credibility of these polls, when even finding a candidate to contest has become difficult?” asked Congress vice president and MLC G.N. Monga .Details concealed Contrary to J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra’s directive to returning officers “to paste details of contesting candidates on notice boards”, scores of wards in south and north Kashmir have decided against it. “Candidates have pleaded with us that their lives will be in danger in case their details are made public. In many wards, we decided against publicising it,” a south Kashmir-based official told The Hindu. In the wake of militant threats, several independent candidates on Thursday held a press conference in Srinagar. They claimed they were “not getting any response from the government over security. The property of two candidates have been attacked by unknown men in the past 24 hours in the Valley with petrol bombs.”However, Additional Director General Police-Law and Order (ADGP) Muneer Ahmad Khan said many contestants have been put up in hired hotels, guarded by heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces. About 3,000 candidates are in the fray across J&K for elections to 1,145 wards across 79 municipal bodies, starting October 8.
Bryant and Parker each started on the bench but both went 9 of 12 from the field, and they combined for 18 points in the fourth quarter. Bryant has made 43 starts this season but was dropped from Brooks’ first five in late February following some inconsistent performances.It was another such effort that led to Bryant seeking out his coach’s counsel.“The thing I loved about it is we met yesterday and he was frustrated,” Brooks said. “I like guys that care and are bothered by it when they play bad. I don’t want it to just roll off your back and not (be) a big deal.”Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando, which has lost four of five heading into its own five-game homestand. D.J. Augustin added 16 points for the Magic, who scored only 37 after halftime.“We’re just not playing like a team that wants to go to the playoffs, period,” said guard Evan Fournier, who finished with eight points. “This time of the year it’s going to get harder. Teams are trying to get in and you’ve got to elevate your intensity, your focus, and we’re just not doing that.”ADVERTISEMENT Bryant shook off those memories to score 21 points and grab 10 rebounds Wednesday night, and the Wizards made up a little ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 100-90 win over the Orlando Magic.“I was putting too much stress on myself,” said Bryant, limited to two points and one rebound in 14 minutes during Monday’s victory over Sacramento. “He just told me to relax and play the game. You’re going to go through funks sometimes, so don’t let it get you down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBradley Beal scored 23 points and Jabari Parker added 19 to help the 11th-place Wizards move within 1 1/2 games of ninth-place Orlando and Charlotte. The Magic and Hornets are two back of eighth-place Miami, which blew out Detroit.Washington improved to 2-0 on its five-game homestand. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PBA D-League: Ateneo dismantles AMA for 3rd win in 4 games Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end UP NEXTMagic: Begin their homestand Thursday against Cleveland.Wizards: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) looks to pass as Orlando Magic center Khem Birch (24) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 100-90. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — After one of his worst games of the season, Washington forward Thomas Bryant had a heart-to-heart with Wizards coach Scott Brooks.Apparently, it helped.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine football chief After the Magic opened the second half on an 8-0 run to tie it at 61, neither team led by more than six until Parker scored the final six points of an 11-2 spurt to put Washington up 91-82.A few possessions later, Beal’s 3-pointer in transition stretched it to 94-84 with 3:48 left. The Wizards led by at least four the rest of the way, pushing it back to 10 on Bryant’s dunk with 52 seconds to play.“TB came in and gave us great energy and we needed every ounce of energy he had tonight,” Brooks said. “We fought. We didn’t have everything going for us offensively, but I thought in that fourth quarter we did a good job.”TIP-INSMagic: Vucevic recorded his 50th double-double before the end of the third quarter. . Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon each finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. . Gordon played despite bruised ribs sustained in Sunday’s loss at Memphis.Wizards: Committed only one first-half turnover. . Beal hit a pull-up jumper at the third-quarter buzzer to give Washington a 76-74 lead. … Bryant posted his ninth double-double. . F Sam Dekker sat out with lower back soreness.VERDICT ON THE BENCHThe Wizards won largely on the strength of their reserves, who outscored the Magic’s second unit 59-20.“Look at that box score,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said. “It’s more than effort. I mean, they crushed us. We were like minus-25. You’re not going to win any game if you get outscored like that from your bench. 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