In Today’s News:
- Centre accepts Marines’ case ruling.
- Forest department to monitor the traffic on roads adjoining Nagarahole National Park.
1. Centre accepts Marines’ case ruling
The Italian Marines were accused of killing two fishermen off the coast of Kerala on February 15, 2012. The International Tribunal has ruled that those Italian Marines enjoy immunity and they are outside the jurisdiction of Indian Courts. The Centre has decided to accept and abide by the ruling as India is bound by the award of the tribunal formed under UNCLOS.
Prelims GS – International Relations
- United Nations Convention on Law of Sea
- Adopted in 1982.
- It is an international treaty.
- UNCLOS Convention has created three institutions for dealing with matters regarding the sea.
- International Tribunal for Law of Sea
- International SeaBed Authority
- Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf
- It lays down a comprehensive regime of law and order in the world’s oceans and seas establishing rules governing all uses of the oceans and their resources.
- The Convention is the legal framework for marine and maritime activities.
- India is a party to the UNCLOS convention. (Note: Important Prelims Question)
- This means that India should abide by the ruling of the Tribunal which is formed under UNCLOS.
2. Forest department to monitor the traffic on the roads adjoining Nagarahole National Park.
To minimize the road kills and to ensure better compliance of forest laws, the Forest Department will soon introduce a time-stamped card system to monitor the vehicles passing the roads adjoining Nagarahole National Park. This time-stamped card mechanism will ensure that no vehicles stop in the midst of their journey. This will ensure that people don’t litter the roads in the National Park area as they have to reach the next check post at the specified time. This will also ensure no illegal felling of trees takes place. Also, animal kills can be reduced as the people won’t unnecessarily indulge in any activities surrounding the forest area.
(Note: Students can use the points I have mentioned in the News Summary for the Mains Answer for questions relating to forest conservation/wildlife conservation)
Prelims GS – Environment
Nagarahole National Park:
- Location: Mysore and Kodagu districts of Karnataka
- The Government has given the status of the national park to Nagarahole National Park in 1983.
- It forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
- It is one of the premier tiger reserves in India.
- Kabini, Lakshmana Teertha and Nagarahole rivers are the rivers flowing through Nagarahole National Park.
- Vegetation cover includes Dry and Moist Deciduous forests.
- It is also a Project Tiger reserve in India.
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