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India and China have often been touted, by the international media, as the world’s next superpowers. Therefore, one cannot help but compare India’s performance with its neighbor and counterpart, which stands resolutely at the top of the chart with 263 medals (118 Gold, 85 Silver and 60 Bronze).

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Madhya Pradesh is also the state where the death toll of big cat is highest in the country—47 in four years, including 13 in 2018. According to data of the National Tiger Conservation Authority, of the 98 tiger deaths in India in 2017, 26 were reported from Madhya Pradesh. The Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Special Task Force has arrested around 200 poachers this year who were involved in the killing of tigers and pangolins and trading in their parts. Yet the unnatural deaths of precious wildlife are not stopping.

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With the close proximity of Bangladesh and Myanmar, Tripura has been used as a corridor of drug and contraband smuggling for over a decade. Cannabis cultivation became rampant in the bordering sub-divisions of the state, which grew an alternative source of economy.

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