Major announcement from MK Stalin: After Chess Olympiad, Chennai is all set to host this global summit!

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has on Friday- July 29 made a major announcement that the state will organize and host the global tiger summit in partnership with the Union government. The announcement has come on the occasion of International Tiger Day.

Tamil Nadu is all set to turn heads through this summit in the midst of hosting the 44th global Chess Olympiad, which earned Chennai the honour of becoming the first Indian city to host this global event. The Chess Olympiad has begun on July 28 with a mind-blowing opening ceremony and will be held till August 10 in monumental Mahabalipuram. Over 2000 chessers from 180 countries will be taking part in the Olympiad. 

The opening ceremony was participated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister MK Stalin and various dignitaries. On Friday, a day after the Olympiad opening ceremony, MK Stalin made the announcement about hosting the global tiger summit. 

Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote, "Greetings on International Tiger Day. Tamil Nadu is home to nearly 10% of India's tiger population with 264 Tigers as per NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority). I am happy to announce that Tamil Nadu will organise the 'TN Global Tiger Summit' in partnership with GOI (Government of India) at Chennai in October 2022 as a fitting tribute to TN's pioneering efforts in Tiger Conservation." 

On the other hand, several leaders and celebrities have voiced for protecting Tigers, the national animal of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and wrote, "On International Tiger Day, I laud all those who are actively working to protect the tiger. It would make you proud that India has 52 tiger reserves covering over 75,000 sq. km. Innovative measures are being undertaken to involve local communities in tiger protection." 

Speaking at an event in Maharashtra, Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Environment, and Forest, Ashwini Kumar Choubey said, "We have 52 Tiger Reserves in India now. We should imagine a future of peaceful coexistence of Man, Animal and Nature. We should vow to conserve tigers on International Tigers Day."

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has shared a glimpse of his safari witnessing tigers. He wrote, "Watching a tiger in its natural habitat is an experience like no other. I have been to Tadoba Andhari Tiger reserve many times to get a glimpse of these majestic cats. Reminded of these surreal jungle safaris on International Tiger Day."