Daily Archives: October 8, 2018

Upgraded MiG-29 adds to air power

The fighter plane now has the capability to take off vertically, giving a shot in the arm for the IAF The Indian Air Force’s beast — MiG-29 — has gained in strength and ferocity after an upgrade, giving the force, battling a shortage of fighter aircraft, a much-needed boost, according …

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For Kumbh, Ganga gets a Swachh ‘army’

Task force of ex-servicemen will help in crowd management, keep river clean In January 2019, when the Uttar Pradesh government organises the Kumbh Mela, it will have a special unit to help: a volunteer force of ex-servicemen.The Ganga Task Force (GTF), specially trained by the Ministry of Defence will help …

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Migrants flee amidst violence in north Gujarat

Attacks targeted workers from outside over alleged rape More than 5,000 migrant people working in factories as casual labourers and daily wage earners have fled fearing violent attacks on them amidst unabated incidents of violence targeting migrants in north Gujarat districts. The rape of a toddler by a migrant worker …

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Stalemate in Kerala on Sabarimala issue

Chief priest’s family, Pandalam palace reject CM’s talks offer The Kerala government’s efforts to find a solution to the row over entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple faced a setback on Sunday with the family of the Tantri (chief priest) and the Pandalam palace rejecting Chief …

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Western Ghats is home to the Eurasian otter

You’d imagine that a mammal more than a metre long would be hard to miss. But it has taken more than 70 years to confirm the presence of the elusive Eurasian otter — one of the least-known of India’s three otter species — in the Western Ghats. Ironically, researchers found …

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What ails Delhi’s Infectious Diseases Hospital?

31 children died of diphtheria in September; nearly half of the diphtheria cases reported globally are from India The leafy, unhurried campus of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run Maharishi Valmiki Infectious Diseases Hospital (MVIDH) masks an ugly truth. Witness to 31 child deaths due to diphtheria last month, with the …

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Kashmir’s blush

The Valley’s famous apple orchards are in fruit with a bumper crop Apple trees droop heavily with fruit in the famous orchards of Kashmir this season. In the apple-rich districts of south and north Kashmir, the harvest continues to be a family affair. The orchard owners have a reason to …

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Picking out silent ghosts in the deep

Diver-activists are removing abandoned or lost fishing nets that trap sea life It’s a lazy Sunday morning, but not for Suneha Jagannathan. With over 3 kg of diving gear, she is out on a mission — to collect ‘ghost nets’. Diving to depths of 30-50 m, Ms. Jagannathan, CEO of …

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