Bollywood Latest News

Imran appreciates Cher’s efforts to relocate ‘loneliest’ elephant

Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated efforts of US celebrity singer Cher to relocate Kaavan, dubbed as the world’s loneliest elephant, from a Pakistani zoo to Cambodia for better conditions.

Cher, who called on the Prime Minister in Islamabad, has been campaigning for retiring Kaavan, the country’s only Asian elephant, to an elephant sanctuary.

The story of Kaavan, who is 35 years old, attracted world attention after reports went viral about the deteriorating condition of the zoo in Islamabad where the elephant was kept.

Prime Minister Khan “thanked Cher for her campaign and role in this regard,” according to his office.

The Prime Minister also invited the singer to participate and contribute towards the government”s initiative for the expansion of protected areas, to which she agreed.

Cher also tweeted about her meeting with Khan.

“Just Came From Meeting To Thank Prime Minister Imran Khan For Making It Possible For Me To Take Kaavan To Cambodia,” she said.

Kaavan was flown to Cambodia, to a wildlife sanctuary on the orders of the Islamabad High Court in the context of providing proper care and natural environment.

Read More
India Latest News

Pregnant elephant’s murder: This is not Indian culture, says govt

New Delhi: Days after a pregnant elephant died in Kerala after it was fed a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers, the central government on Thursday took a serious note of the incident and said that it will be investigated properly.

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar took to Twitter to show his resentment. “Central Government has taken a very serious note of the killing of an elephant in Mallapuram, #Kerala. We will not leave any stone unturned to investigate properly and nab the culprit(s). This is not an Indian culture to feed fire crackers and kill,” he wrote.

On May 27, a 15-year-old pregnant pachyderm fell victim to an inhumane act after a pineapple filled with powerful firecrackers offered by a man exploded in her mouth when she chomped on it. It suffered serious injuries on its tongue and mouth. Later she walked into a river and waited for three days as its life was slowly snuffed out.

On Wednesday, the Environment Minister sought a report on the death of the elephant and said that stern action will be taken against the culprits.

Samuel Pachuau, the Wildlife Warden of the Silent Valley National Park, said: “It was on the 23rd of last month we came to know about this incident, when the elephant was spotted near a water source outside the National park.”

According to him, the culprits had placed firecrackers inside a pineapple which was then eaten by the wild elephant which is apparently a practice in the area to shoo away the straying wild.

“We summoned a veterinarian and later on the 25th an elephant expert David Abraham came and examined and explained to us the grim situation,” said Pachuau. From the examination, it looked like a two week wound and there were worms in the wound.

He added, “We informed the Forest officials about the prognosis and two days later the elephant died in a sitting posture in the water.”

The incident has attracted huge condemnation on social media, where the memes showed the mother elephant saying it was her fault to trust the human race, while the unborn child in her womb kept asking: “What is my fault, Ma?”

Read More