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Microplastics – a scourge stalks the sea

Sometime in 2009, Bindu Sulochanan, a marine ecologist at Mangalore’s Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), was dissecting sardines in her laboratory. Scientists at the CMFRI have been doing this for decades, to study the feeding behaviour of various ocean-dwelling fish. As Dr. Sulochanan peered at the contents of the …

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Fishermen set sail as Gaja crosses the coast

After staying off work for a week in view of ‘Gaja’ cyclonic threat, Rameswaram fishermen ventured into the sea for fishing on Saturday after the cyclone crossed the coast in the early hours of Friday. The fishermen, who escaped unscathed when the cyclone wreaked havoc in other parts of the …

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Ape fossil 11 million years old unearthed in Gujarat

Tireless fossil hunting under the scorching heat of the Kutch basin, Gujarat proved fruitful and palaeontologists unearthed a fossilised upper jaw (maxilla). Further studies showed that the fossil find was highly significant: it is the oldest and the only known ape fossil discovered in peninsular India. Ansuya Bhandari from Birbal …

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4 Indian authors shortlisted for DSC Prize

Four Indian authors and two authors of Pakistani origin have made it to the shortlist of the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018. The names were announced at an event in the London School of Economics & Political Science on Wednesday. The shortlisted writers are Jayant Kaikini for …

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Centre not keen to change name of West Bengal

The Centre is not keen on changing the name of West Bengal to ‘Bangla’ as it was “not in national interest,” a senior government official said on Thursday. The official said the West Bengal government’s proposal to change the State’s name to ‘Bangla’ had been sent to Ministry of External …

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Cyclone Gaja yet to make landfall

Widespread rainfall would continue over the State on Friday under the influence of Cyclone Gaja which was yet to make a landfall at the time of going to the press, according to India Meteorological Department. While a few places in north Tamil Nadu and Puducherry may experience heavy rains, several …

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BJP blocking name change: Mamata

CM raises pitchfor naming herState as Bangla West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday raised the pitch for changing the name of the State to Bangla, saying that the proposal has been lying with the Centre for a long time. Ms. Banerjee, through a long post on social media, …

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Rahul, Jaitley engage in Twitter war

Congress chief claims PM has admitted to ‘theft’ in Rafale deal; Minister hits back, calls it falsehood A day after the Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, explaining the decision-making process in buying 36 Rafale fighter jets, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sparred on …

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