Assam govt’s reply to RTI query shows close to 4 lakh hectares of forest land has been encroached since 90s

Assam govt's reply to RTI query shows close to 4 lakh hectares of forest 

Decades of government apathy fuelled by vote-bank politics have converted vast swathes of pristine forests in Assam into human colonies, data given by the government in response to an RTI query has revealed.

Close to 4 lakh hectares of forest land has been encroached upon in Assam, including national parks such as the World Heritage Site of Manas, reserve forests, and numerous wildlife sanctuaries.

The data, given in response to an RTI application by Nityananda Kalita, identified as many as 26 out of 33 districts in the northeastern state that have suffered encroachment. The total encroachment adds up to 3,87,885 hectares which is 22 percent out of the total of 17,36,301 hectares of the state’s forest cover.

Justin Bieber Engaged to Hailey Baldwin

Justin Bieber Engaged to Hailey Baldwin

Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin got engaged over the weekend.

The couple, who dated in 2016 before splitting, had stirred chatter among fans in recent weeks, appearing together and sparking speculation that they had .

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in New York’s Dumbo neighborhood on July 5.

As reports surfaced that Bieber, 24, had popped the question to the 21-year-old Baldwin during the trip, his father, Jeremy Bieber, set fans to wondering with his own social media post.

Bieber’s love life is a big deal for his fans, who have closely followed his on-again, off-again relationship with singer/actress Selena Gomez which reportedly fizzled most recently after they reunited in October 2017.

Baldwin was recently linked with singer Shawn Mendes after the pair attended the Met Gala in New York together in May.

In May, she told the UK’s The Times that she and Bieber, who both attend Hillsong Church in Los Angeles, had a tense time after their 2016 breakup.

We didn’t speak for quite some time and there was a lot of weirdness that went on, she said. “But it brought both of us to the realization that we just work much better as friends.