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  • This might make 'selfie' history. Sachin Tendulkar seen trying to click a selfie with a lion in the background at Gir in Gujarat March 24, 2014

    Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had visited Gujarat's Gir forest, the abode of Asiatic lions, along with his family members and friends in Vadodara over the weekend. In the first image, Tendulkar and his family are seen inside the Gir forest, getting ready for the tour. The second photo, the most...
  • Amit Jethwa murder case: SC grants bail to BJP MP Dinubhai Solanki February 25, 2014

    New Delhi: In a major relief to Gujarat BJP leader Dinubhai Solanki, the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted him bail in the Amit Jethwa murder case. Jethwa, a RTI activist, was shot dead by unidentified persons outside the Gujarat High Court in July 2010. He was reportedly exiting a building and...
  • London Zoo launches 5.7 mn pound project to save Indian lions January 26, 2014

    The London Zoo is coming to the rescue of India's endangered Gir lions with a 5.7millionpound project as part of international efforts to save the Asian breed of the big cat. The project by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) that runs London Zoo includes plans to increase the size of...
  • Gujarat: Two lionesses mowed down by goods train near Gir forest January 22, 2014

    Two lionesses on Tuesday were mowed down by a speeding goods train near the Gir forest on Surendranagar Pipavav port rail line in Amreli. "Two lionesses were mowed down by a high speed goods train early this morning near Berai village of Rajula taluka," deputy forest officer J K Makwana...
  • MP to sign MoU with MoEF, Gujarat government for shifting of lions January 14, 2014

    An agreement may be signed between the Environment and Forests Ministry and other stake holders to oversee implementation of Asiatic lions from neighbouring Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh's Palpur Kuno sanctuary. The Madhya Pradesh government has sought from the Centre shifting of some nearextinct Asiatic lions from Gujarat's Gir Sanctuary, home to...
  • 'Report of Gir lions affected by deadly virus incorrect' May 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Gujarat government on Thursday denied a media report that Gir lions are affected by the same virus which had wiped out 30 per cent of the lion population in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park in the 1990s. The news report, which appeared today, stated that scientists in India have...
  • SC order to move Gir lions to MP has Gujarat govt up in arms April 28, 2013

    Gujarat is the last stand of the Asiatic lion. But a recent Supreme Court order stating that the lions should be moved to another sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh has both the Gujarat government and the villagers there up in arms. ...
  • SC order to shift Gir lions will ensure their survival: Bahar Dutt April 16, 2013

    The Supreme Court has ruled that some numbers of Asiatic Lions, till now only limited to the Gir forests in Gujarat, should be relocated to Madhya Pradesh. The court holds that in case of a natural calamity or outbreak of an epidemic, this will give the species a better chance...
  • MP CM welcomes SC verdict to shift lions to Palpur Kuno April 16, 2013

    Bhopal: Welcoming the Supreme Court's decision to shift Asiatic lions from Gujarat to Palpur Kuno wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here on Monday that the move would not only result in creation of a new home for the lions but also ensure a rise...
  • Gujarat to study SC verdict on lions before taking next step April 15, 2013

    Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Monday said it will study the full judgement of the Supreme Court on relocation of Asiatic lions to Madhya Pradesh before deciding its future course of action on the issue. Currently, Gujarat's Gir sanctuary is the only home to Asiatic lions, an endangered species. The apex...
  • Gujarat: Modi announces formation of new district August 14, 2012

    Ahmedabad: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced the formation of a new district of GirSomnath and a slew of other measures for the fishermen community in Somnath, on Monday. In an attempt to woo the fishermen community ahead of the state elections Modi announced an increase of daily allowance...
  • Gujarat's grip on rare lions may be too tight July 8, 2012

    Gir Sanctuary: A peacock shrieks. A monkey scrambles higher into the firecolored canopy of a kesudo tree. And an Asiatic lion one of the last few hundred in the wild pads across the dusty earth of Gujarat's Gir Sanctuary that is its only refuge from the modern world. Within...
  • Amit Saigal of Rock Street Journal drowns in Goa January 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Amit Saigal, founder and editor of music magazine the Rock Street Journal, drowned while swimming off a Goa beach on Thursday, officials said. Saigal was swimming with his friends near their anchored sail boat off Bogmalo beach, 35 km from Panaji in Goa. "Saigal's friends who were present there said...
  • Lion numbers double in Gir forests May 3, 2010

    Gujarat's beaming with pride a pride of lions that is. The Latest census shows the lion population in Gir has doubled. But is too much of a good thing in one place? Meghdoot Sharon and Bahar Dutt with this report. ...
  • Number of lions in Gir forests now at 411 May 2, 2010

    Gandhinagar: A new census in Gir forests has revealed that the population of the Asiatic lion in its only abode has risen by 52 to reach the figure of 411. Announcing the last month's lion census results, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said here today that the number of Asiatic...
  • Gir lion census may see numbers grow April 23, 2010

    In Gujarat forest officials in the Gir sanctuary are all set for the census of the Asiatic Lion. And here's the good news officials expect an increase in numbers of the lion by 5 to 10 percent. ...
  • lion killed after attacking seven villagers March 23, 2010

    Ahmedabad: A lion was allegedly killed by a group of men in selfdefence after the animal attacked them near a village close to the Gir wildlife sanctuary in Junagadh district here on Monday, forest officials said. Seven men, including a forest beat guard, were injured in the lion attack that took...
  • Lions of Gir, India's most endangered big cat: report March 12, 2010

    Gandhinagar: A latest census report by the government of Gujarat has reported that in the last two years over 70 lions have died in Sasangir, the only forest in India which is home to the Asiatic Lion. Less than 300 at last count, the lions of Gir are India's most...
  • Lone elector in Gir polling booth casts vote April 30, 2009

    Banej (Gir Forest): A temple priest, who is the only voter registered at a polling station in the Gir lion sanctuary in Gujarat, said he was proud of Indian democracy as he exercised his franchise on Thursday. Shri Guru Bharatdasji Darshandasji Maharaj voted at 10:00 hrs IST at the makeshift...
  • 400 hectares affected in forest fire, no casualties February 18, 2009

    Amreli: In one of the worst ever forest fire, around 400 hectares of land was affected in Mityana, a part of the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. However, forest department (FD) officials claimed that no animals casualties were reported. "Around 400 hectares of hilly forest land, covered with grasses five to six feet tall...
  • Trying to tease lions, man mauled to death near Gir January 17, 2009

    New Delhi: In a tragic incident, a 28year old man was mauled to death in Veraval forest range near the famous Gir National Park in Gujarat on Friday. Rajesh Parmar and three of his friends were on a trip to Veraval forest range. On their way into the reserve...
  • 20 poachers get 3year jail term for killing lions October 23, 2008

    New Delhi: In the biggest ever conviction in wildlife crime in the country, 20 people have been convicted for poaching 10 lions in the Gir National Park in March 2007. The judgement was pronounced on Thursday in a sessions court in Junagadh. All 20 including nine women have been sentenced to...
  • Remains of 5 lions unearthed at Gir sanctuary October 20, 2007

    New Delhi The remains of five Asiatic lions found buried in a private farm near the Gir Lion Sanctuary on Friday. Forest officials say the lions, two of them cubs, were killed when they walked into an electrified fence put by the farmer. Amreli Forest Officer J S Solanki says, We...
  • Gir lions move closer to extinction April 15, 2007

    New Delhi: The death of 18 big cats including 12 Asiatic lions and six leopards in a span of just 30 days last month has put a big question mark over the safety and security of wildlife habitants in the Gir forest sanctuary. Of the 12 lion deaths, six...
  • Central panel to probe lion death trail April 9, 2007

    New Delhi: Alarmed over the sudden rise in deaths of Asiatic lions in their last habitat, the Centre on Monday announced the constitution of a panel for spot appraisal of their recurring mortality at the Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat. Announcing the decision, a government official said the...
  • Two more lions found dead in Gir April 2, 2007

    New Delhi: Two more lions were found dead in the Gir sanctuary, Gujarat on Sunday. The incident takes the death toll of the endangered animals to 14, since February. On March 4, the carcass of two lionesses and a cub was found in Babariya range of the sanctuary with their...
  • Open wells new threat for Gir lions March 25, 2007

    Ahmedabad: The Asiatic lion of the Gir sanctuary, that is already the target of organised poaching, is facing another threat. In the past one year alone, twelve lions have died because of falling into open wells located around the Gir sanctuary. Is this because the sanctuary is no longer an...
  • Guj Opposition criticises Gir poaching March 6, 2007

    Gir National Park (Gujarat): There is a poaching outbreak in Gir National Park and as per latest reports ripped and mutilated remains of three endangered lions were discovered by forest officials on Saturday. The Leader of the Opposition has reacted sharply to the poaching outbreak. This is a matter...
  • Gir lions mutilated for bones, skin March 6, 2007

    New Delhi: Forest officials in Gir National Park have discovered ripped and mutilated remains of three endangered lions. The claws and bones of the endangered animals were missing. Rangers at the Gir National Park (Gujarat) found the mutilated bodies of two lionesses and a cub on Saturday deep within the...