Amid reports of declining tiger population nationwide, there is still hope for wildlife lovers and forest officials in Madhya Pradesh as the number of tiger cubs is increasing. Madhya Pradesh is known as Tiger State, but the average number of tigers came down to 300 in the last census.

Around 87 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) projects have been notified in the entire country. Rs 60,000 crore would be invested in these projects. Two SEZ projects have also been sanctioned for Chhindwara district. Under this project footware designing and construction training related institutions worth crores would be established, Union Commerce and Industries Minister, Kamalnath informed on Tuesday. With the establishment of SEZ in Chhindwara not only this district would be benefited but the adjoining areas would also get its benefit.

The state government had launched Ladli Laxmi Yojana with a view to creating positive thinking about girls among the masses, improvement in gender ratio and improving standard education of health of girls apart from laying a solid foundation for their future. The novel scheme has yielded very good results within a short span of one year.

State government has constituted two new districts Alirajpur and Singrauli and 13 new Tahasils. New Tahasils have come into existence right from today while Alirajpur and Singrauli districts would come into being on May 17 and 24 respectively. Entire Alirajpur, Jobat and Jhabra Tahasils have been included in the newly-constituted Alirajpur district with its headquarter at Alirajpur. In the new Singrauli district, entire Devsar, Chitrangi and Singrauli Tahasils have been incorporated.

The Pench tiger reserve is named after the Pench river which flows from north to south through the park. This river constitutes the district boundary of Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh in the upper region and state boundry with Maharashtra state in the lower region. This area became the 29th tiger reserve of India in 1992.