Vol. 5 Num 351 Wed. May 25, 2005  

Manmohan drums up support to save tigers

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday promised to save endangered Royal Bengal tigers in India after he sighted one for the first time in his life in a national park under threat from poachers.

Singh, accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur, ended a two-day tour of the 390 square-kilometre (150 square-mile) Ranthambore game park by seeing a tiger from a few feet away on a trip planned to drum up support to save the endangered animal.

Singh, 72, sighted the full-grown tigress from a distance of five feet (1.3 metres) 20 minutes into his drive through the park in the northern desert state of Rajasthan.

"I was lucky to spot a tigress called Lady of the Lake," Singh told reporters in a televised press conference.