NEW DELHI: Controversy irrupted on Thursday after Delhi Pradesh Congress chief Sheila Dikshit in a TV interview allegedly said that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not as strong as his successor, PM Narendra Modi, in tackling cross-border terrorism. While the BJP top brass came down in the support of the statement, Delhi’s ruling AAP lashed out at Dikshit over her statement.However, Dikshit had said that her comments had been taken out of context. She had tweeted, “I have seen some media is twisting my comments made in an interview. Here is what I said — it may seem to some people that Mr Modi is stronger on terror but I think this is a poll gimmick more than anything else..” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsTaking to Twitter, BJP Chief Amit Shah said, “Thank you Sheila Dikshit ji for reiterating what the nation already knows but the Congress party is never ready to admit.” After the statement the AAP top leaders alleged that there is a secret pact between Congress and BJP. The bitter rival Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who defeated then CM Sheila Dikshit by nearly 25,000 votes missed not word to slam Dikshit. “The statement of Congress leader Sheila Dikshit praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi is really surprising and indicates something is going on between the BJP and the Congress.” AAP has consistently maintained over the years that depending on their convenience according to time and situation, the BJP and Congress do not hesitate to come together. Delhi is one of the prime examples which witnessed this phenomenon many times during last four years when Congress did not hesitate even for a moment to join hands with the BJP. AAP leader and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said, “We have been saying this since the beginning that this time the Congress is working to make Modi ji the Prime Minister once again.”
1. The rich zooplankton, fish and squid resources on the Patagonian Shelf sustain substantial populations of largely resident seabirds and marine mammals, These habitats are also visited seasonally by similar species from elsewhere but few data exist on their status and origin. Recent studies, using satellite-tracking to determine foraging ranges and feeding areas of seabirds and am marine mammals breeding at South Georgia, have shown that several species make substantial use of the waters of the Patagonian Shelf. 2. Wandering albatrosses use shelf-edge areas year-round with direct observations of both sexes of almost all age classes, including, breeding, pre-breeding and non-breeding individuals. White-chinned petrels and female Northern and Southern giant petrels mainly visit during incubation and post-breeding, particularly to the Falklands Current (White-chinned petrels) and to upwelling areas around the southern shelf-break from the Burdwood Bank in the cast to Staten Island and Diego Ramirez in the west (giant petrels). Northern giant petrel males during incubation and Antarctic fur seals in winter reach inner shelf habitats in the northern sector. In contrast, South Georgia populations of black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses do not appear to use the Patagonian Shelf at any stage of their breeding cycle. 3. Although the use of the Patagonian Shelf by visiting species is now best documented for South Georgia species, recent observational data confirm that seabirds from Diego Ramirez, Tristan da Cunha and Gough visit the southern and northern sectors, during both breeding and non-breeding seasons respectively. Several Antarctic species (notably Antarctic fulmar and cape petrel) winter in the region as do at least two albatross species from New Zealand; other species (especially Wilson’s storm petrels) use it as a staging ground on migration, as do several species of baleen whales and possibly other cetacean species. 4. Three of the seabird species which breed on the Patagonian Shelf are Globally Threatened; seven of the visiting species (and four baleen whale species) also have this status. The Patagonian Shelf is, therefore, not only of global importance for the diversity and abundance of its resident top predators but is just as critical for the survival of many visiting species, some of which are even more endangered. 5. Combining data from satellite-tracking with conventional mapping from direct observations offers the prospect of defining the foraging ranges (and the main feeding areas within these) of a range of key top predator species. Such data should be used, in conjunction with similar information of the distributions of fish, squid and zooplankton resources and of fishing effort, to identify critical marine habitats whose precautionary, multiple-use sustainable management will be vital to protect the interests of both commercial fishers and top predators.