Guwahati: Justice Ajay Lamba was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court today.
Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi administered him the oath of office at a solemn function in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal held at Darbur Hall in Raj Bhavan.
The Governor administered him the oath of office under article 219 of the Constitution of India.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by judges of Gauhati HC, members from legal fraternity, Chief Secretary, Govt.of Assam Alok Kumar, DGP Kuladhar Saikia and other senior officials of the state govt.
It is well known that the three Gyps species of vultures in India had drastically declined by about 99% over the past two decades. BNHS-India, in association with UK-based Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and several state governments in India, has been trying to conserve them through captive breeding, research and advocacy. The recent Extraordinary Notification number 450 in the Gazette of India, published on 17th July 2015 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, is a big relief to these Critically Endangered vulture species.
The Notification and its impact
The recent Notification has declared that from now onwards the diclofenac formulation for human use will be available as single dose vials of three ml only. This will prevent its misuse on cattle. This inexpensive non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug is effective for treating pain and inflammation in cattle and humans, but is toxic for vultures, according to studies conducted by BNHS and other organizations. Vultures - nature’s most efficient scavengers - primarily scavenge on dead bodies of wild animals and domestic ungulates and have been dying on a mass scale after feeding on carcasses that were administered diclofenac 72 hours prior to their death. They suffer from renal failure and deposition of uric acid on visceral organs due to diclofenac.
The drug was banned by the Drug Controller General of India in 2006 for veterinary use after efforts from BNHS and other organizations. But further surveys by BNHS had revealed that multi-dose vials of the drug meant for humans were still being used on cattle. The multi-dose vials for humans were till now available in 30 ml whereas the advisable dose is three ml for humans and 10-15 ml for adult cattle, leading to misuse. Subsequently only three companies in India had voluntarily ceased production and over 70 others ignored the requests. BNHS and other organizations brought the misuse to the notice of the authorities 3-4 years ago and persistent advocacy eventually resulted in this Notification. This will go a long way in preventing the possible extinction of vultures by drastically reducing the misuse of multi-dose vials, without any significant threat for the legitimate use on humans.
Background of vulture crisis
Populations of the three species; viz. Oriental White-backed, Long-billed and Slender-billed Vulture; which were once common (over four crore), started declining in South Asia since the early 1990s to just about one lakh by 2007. In response to the population crash, scientists from BNHS and RSPB, along with state forest departments have been successfully running four vulture breeding centres in Haryana, West Bengal, Assam and Madhya Pradesh; along with lab-based research, advocacy and field research such as carcass sampling for nearly a decade now. The SAVE (Saving Asia’s Vultures from Extinction) consortium bringing together national and international experts was launched in 2011 to help coordinate research, advocacy at policy and public levels and implementation of the actions needed to prevent extinction. Further, as a part of advocacy efforts, proactive attempts are being made to keep at least 100 sq km area of natural habitats, called as Vulture Safe Zones, across the subcontinent, free from diclofenac.
The AUDF candidate will help AGP & BJP alliance candidate at No. 6 Barpeta Loksabha constituency this time. The alliance of AGP & BJP party made the congress uncomfortable, because it has become a threat to the congress candidate - said Barpeta Lok sabha constituency candidate Bhupen Roy, the AGP-BJP alliance, at a press meet here in Barpeta today. He again added that there is a wrong idea among the minority people that if the AGP-BJP come to rule the minority people may be harassed.
In his address, Roy reiterated that his foremost duty is to solve the burning problems of Barpeta constituency such as unemployment, flood, errosion, some of the small industries of Barpeta area, the completion of alternative national highway which was not completed till now. It was the dream of late president Fakharuddin Ali Ahmed. The rehabilitation of the victims of the communal clash in Kokrajhar and Udalguri district will be the important topic after his victory as an MP in this polls.
AGP-BJP alliance candidate Bhupen Roy filed nomination today.
Hojai: Yet another incident of rape and murder sends no less shock and sensation in Hojai where the perpetrator was believed to have committed suicide. The bizarre incident took place when police dug out the body of a lady teacher on Friday who went missing on December 2. The body of the lady who taught in Matikola Harijan School was a resident of Purv Dhanirampathar went traceless as she was going to take assignment paper.
During investigation, the police team came to learn the missing of the principal of Anand Marg School Udita Nanda. Then the investigation took a new turn. Initially, the principal was traced in Jagiroad. But he managed to vanish as the policemen reached the spot. On December 12, the lifeless principal was found at the rail tracks of Adraa Station in West Bengal. The policemen probing the case are confident that Nanda who raped the lady teacher and murdered her later committed suicide. Further investigation is going on.