Connect with us

Corona

Due to lack of cash,India’s Largest crocodile park on the verge of closure after lockdown.

Published

on

India’s largest crocodile park may have as little as four months before it runs out of funds to feed animals, pay staff and do research, as ticket revenue shrinks after corona virus lock down choked the flow of visitors, park officials said.

Annual sales of about 5 million tickets usually make up roughly half the revenue of the park, located about 40 km (25 miles) from the southern city of Chennai, but it has been shut since March 16, with no prospect of reopening in sight.

The lock down during the summer vacation season have cost an estimated 14 million rupees ($187,000) as visitors dropped by almost 2.5 million, said Allwin Jesudasan, the director of the Madras Crocodile Bank.

“Our present funding situation will allow us to stay functional for another three or four months,” he told Reuters.

Started in 1976 by American-born snake expert Romulus Whitaker, who has also won recognition for his conservation work, the park is spread over 8.5 acres (3.44 hectares).

It is home to more than 2,000 crocodiles and alligators, as well as reptiles such as turtles, tortoises, lizards and snakes.

“Our senior staff have taken a voluntary 10% to 50% pay cut on their salaries and we have cut down our activities to just the critical ones,” the park said in an appeal for funds on its website.

But the future of its staff and animals was not immediately clear after funds are exhausted.

Corona

No board exams for CBSE class Xth, class 12 exams postponed amid corona scare

Published

on

In a significant development, CBSE Class 10 eams have been cancelled, while CBSE Class 12, Board Exams 2021 have been posotponed due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“The Board Exams for Class XIIth to be held from May 4th to June, 14th, 2021 are hereby postponed…The Board Exams for Class Xth to be held from 4th May to June 14th, 2021 are hereby cancelled,” the government said in a press release on Wednesday.

The decision was taken during a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Education Minister Ramesh Pakhriyal Nishank and other senior officials.

“Results of Class 10th will be prepared on the basis of an objective criterion to be developed by the Board. Class 12th exams will be held later, the situation will be reviewed on 1st June by the Board,” Ministry of Education said.

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement Live Uttar Pradesh

Trending