Six-foot snake at Taj causes panic

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first_imgA six-foot-long rat snake was spotted in the Taj Mahal premises on Monday, causing panic among visitors.A team of experts from Wildlife SOS arrived at the monument and rescued the snake. The rat snake is harmless, feeding mostly on birds and rodents.The staff at the Taj Mahal called for help and a rapid response team was dispatched by Wildlife SOS. The team found the reptilian visitor cooling off under a water cooler in the water filtration plant.Officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) immediately stopped the water filtration plant. The Wildlife SOS team, along with the ASI staff, moved workers and curious tourists to a safe distance from the snake before starting the rescue process.After an hour-long operation, the Wildlife SOS team managed to successfully extricate the reptile.Munazzar Ali, Senior Conservation Assistant, ASI, said: “There are four RO plants inside the Taj Mahal to ensure proper water supply for public water taps. As soon as the snake was spotted inside the plant, considering the safety of tourists and workers, we immediately contacted Wildlife SOS for their assistance. The team was very efficient in rescuing the snake.”Baiju Raj M.V of Wildlife SOS said: “The severe heat must have driven the snake in search for water and a cool place. We thank the ASI and the officials of the Taj Mahal for considering the safety of the tourists and the snake and contacting Wildlife SOS.”last_img read more


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first_imgMarred by sharp division among its cadres and leaders over the party’s State leadership, the Congress in Haryana seems to be in disarray ahead of the Assembly elections which are due in October.Hinting that all is not well in the grand old party, State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar held a meeting in Gurugram a few days ago to prepare for the Assembly elections but none of the sitting MLAs attended it. Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had organised a meeting of his loyalists last month apparently to put pressure on the central leadership to clear the air on the issue of State leadership.The two factions had an ugly spat over the leadership issue in a meeting held soon after the general election results, in the presence of AICC general secretary and Haryana in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad, with Mr. Tanwar refusing to step down from his post.Divided houseA large section of the party, including the sitting MLAs, has long been demanding that Mr. Hooda be made the party’s State unit chief in place of Mr. Tanwar. Though the appointment of Mr. Hooda as the party’s State coordination committee chairman just before the general election pacified his supporters a bit, the infighting resumed after the party suffered one of its worst defeats ever, losing all 10 parliamentary seats to the ruling BJP. Political analysts believe that more than the factionalism, the delay on the part of the central leadership to settle the State leadership issue has hit the Congress harder. For almost five years the party has not had any units at the district and block levels, putting it at a disadvantage vis-a-vis its main rival BJP, which is in the process of appointing ‘panna pramukhs’ (page in-charge at the booth level) in the State.The Congress, which seemed to be upbeat over a year ago with huge turnout in the public meetings of its leaders, gradually lost the momentum as the party high command kept mum on the infighting and the leadership issue. The consecutive losses for the Congress in the municipal elections, Jind bypoll and then the general election have proved that the situation has only worsened for the party in the State.Though the Congress failed to win a single Lok Sabha seat in Haryana, it had led in around a dozen Assembly segments, mostly in the Rohtak-Sonipat region.“While the BJP in Haryana has already started its Assembly poll preparations, the Congress seems directionless. Both the Congress cadre and the leaders are in a state of confusion. Leadership change following a loss in election has been a norm. Though much precious time has been lost, the high command would do good to settle the issue at the earliest,” said a senior party leader.last_img read more