Daily Archives: September 30, 2018

Two world cups, different hopes

Cricket never takes a break from news in Sri Lanka. Invariably, the game retains headline space all through the year — be it the “big matches” played by high school boys, which is an annual carnival here, or international cricket and the many shades of opinion on it. Last week, …

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The rise of China’s private security firms

China’s relentless drive under its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to build factories, railways, and other infrastructure, even in risky global hotspots, is having an unexpected fallout — the rise of a home-grown private security industry. Private security companies (PSCs) have spiralled in response to a string of security …

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‘China will not be blackmailed’

Foreign Minister asks the U.S. to give up pressure tactics, drop Cold War mindset China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged the U.S. to abandon fruitless pressure tactics to resolve the trade row between the two countries. “Regarding trade frictions, China stands for a proper settlement based on rules and …

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Trump orders probe into Kavanaugh

The FBI investigation will be limited in scope and completed in less than one week, says President U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday ordered a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick, as the Senate delayed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to make way …

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Students must link classroom learning to country’s aspirations: PM

PM calls for ‘wholesome education in the country’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday emphasised the importance of character building over literacy and called for “wholesome” education in the country. “Knowledge and education are not restricted to books,” he said, while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the ‘Conference on Academic …

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Getting difficult to find, retain Maths, Science teachers in

Tough to retain teachers in village schools: Naidu Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday that it was becoming increasingly tough to retain good science and mathematics teachers in village schools. This should be corrected in order to develop scientific temper, he said here in Madhya Pradesh in connection with …

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Mizoram’s date with displaced Brus

The displacement of some 40,000 Bru people from Mizoram in 1997 got much less traction than that of the Kashmiri Pandits seven years before. But making them return home from relief camps in adjoining Tripura has been equally frustrating for the Centre and the north-eastern States for almost 21 years …

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Modi to open Gandhi museum in Rajkot

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be visiting Gujarat on Sunday to inaugurate multiple projects, including a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi at the Alfred high School in Rajkot, and a modern chocolate factory set up by Amul in Anand. Mr. Modi would also inaugurate a gas pipeline project in Kutch …

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India sees highest seizure of black spotted turtles

Study analysed data from seven South Asian countries India accounts for 29% of black spotted turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) seized from across seven countries in South Asia, states a recent report by TRAFFIC, an international network monitoring trade in wildlife. Classified as vulnerable by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of …

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