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Kerala Gold Smuggling: NIA team will visit Dubai to quiz prime accused

Kerala Gold Smuggling: NIA team will visit Dubai to quiz prime accusedNew Delhi, Aug 08: A team of the National Investigation Agency will travel to Dubai to question Fazil Fareed, the prime accused in the Kerala Gold Smuggling case. The NIA had registered an FIR naming Fareed, Swapna Suresh, Sandeep Nair


Abolishing Handloom, Handicraft Boards during COVID-19 crisis is unfortunate, hasty move, reflecting govt's neglect of sectors

Abolishing Handloom, Handicraft Boards during COVID-19 crisis is unfortunate, hasty move, reflecting govt's neglect of sectorsThe handlooms and handicrafts sector has withstood several crises since the British colonial era and the subsequent neglect of Indian government. The abolition of the All India Handloom Board (AIHB) on 27 July this year, and the All India Handicrafts Board on 4 August, is another instance of this neglect.


Mumbai's corporators complain of being 'kept out of loop' by BMC in COVID-19 fight

Mumbai's corporators complain of being 'kept out of loop' by BMC in COVID-19 fightAssistant municipal commissioners insist that they understand the significance of corporators to neighbourhoods and have not sidelined them.


Cyclists, Support Staff Test Negative for Covid-19 Ahead of Camp on August 14: SAI

Cyclists, Support Staff Test Negative for Covid-19 Ahead of Camp on August 14: SAI11 cyclists, four coaches and 16 support staff have reported for the cycling camp at the Indira Gandhi National Stadium..


Why India Is Asking For 9th August To Be Declared A National Holiday?

Why India Is Asking For 9th August To Be Declared A National Holiday?The internet is being frenzied with demands for declaring 9th August as a national holiday. Netizens are calling for the Prime Minister to fulfil their demands and dedicate the day to the tribes of the subcontinent.  Every year 9th August is celebrated as the International Day of the World's Indigenous People, spreading awareness about them […]


Independence Day 2020: Education Ministry, MyGov Invite Applications For 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat - Swatantra Bharat' Online Essay Competition, Here Are Steps to Apply at innovate.mygov.in

Independence Day 2020: Education Ministry, MyGov Invite Applications For 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat - Swatantra Bharat' Online Essay Competition, Here Are Steps to Apply at innovate.mygov.inAhead of the Independence Day 2020, Ministry of Education in association with Mygov.in and NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) is organising an essay competition for classes IX, X, XI and XII on the theme "Aatmanirbhar Bharat - Swatantra Bharat". The competition will be held online.


'Why Not Make Airports Safer': Kerala Air India Crash is Reminding People of 2010 Mangalore Tragedy

'Why Not Make Airports Safer': Kerala Air India Crash is Reminding People of 2010 Mangalore TragedyThe Air India crash in Karipur airport brought back nightmarish memories of the 2010 Mangalore crash.


NABARD recruitment drive 2020: Vacancies for posts of specialist consultant; here's how to apply

NABARD recruitment drive 2020: Vacancies for posts of specialist consultant; here's how to applyNABARD is hiring for posts of Cyber Security Manager, Additional Cyber Security Manager, Project Manager, Analytics-cum-Chief Data Consultant, Additional Chief Risk Manager and Risk, and Senior Analyst


The Man Who Never Gets Weighed Down: PM Modi’s Trusted Officer GC Murmu Becomes India's First CAG from a Tribal Community

The Man Who Never Gets Weighed Down: PM Modi’s Trusted Officer GC Murmu Becomes India's First CAG from a Tribal CommunityMurmu, who comes from Mayurbhanj district of Odisha and is the oldest among eight brothers and sisters, has been credited with presenting Gujarat’s case in an effective manner in courts following the 2002 riots.


Ahead of this Independence Day, recalling Quit India movement on its 78th anniversary

Ahead of this Independence Day, recalling Quit India movement on its 78th anniversaryNew Delhi, Aug 08: Amid the struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic, India is celebrating the 78th anniversary of Quit India movement which is also known as August Kranti Diwas on August 8. Quit India movement is said to be one of


Angry Bangaluru Employee Gives Boss' Number to Escort Services & Orders Sex Toys for His Family After Delay in Provident Fund Release

Angry Bangaluru Employee Gives Boss' Number to Escort Services & Orders Sex Toys for His Family After Delay in Provident Fund ReleaseA Bangaluru employee was so frustrated because his boss was delaying the PF fund that he shared his number at escort services and also ordered sex toys on his name for his family. The man took extreme measures to punish his boss, Avinash Prabhu, who despite assuring that he would make payment after pandemic had to face the burnt.


Because I am a soldier born to die: Emotional post on Wing Commander D V Sathe

Because I am a soldier born to die: Emotional post on Wing Commander D V SatheNew Delhi, Aug 08: A post on Facebook that would leave many teary-eyed was posted by Nilesh Sathe, the cousin of Wing Commander Deepak Sathe who was the captain of the ill-fated aircraft that crashed in Kozhikode on Friday. During his


Great son, always would help others in need: Parents of Wing Commander D V Sathe

Great son, always would help others in need: Parents of Wing Commander D V SatheNew Delhi, Aug 08: A great son and always the first one to help others in need. This was the reaction from the parents of Wing Commander Deepak Sathe who was the captain of the ill-fated aircraft that crashed in Kozhikode


Focus Shifts to India-China Tensions in Depsang Plains, Major General-Level Talks Underway in Ladakh

Focus Shifts to India-China Tensions in Depsang Plains, Major General-Level Talks Underway in LadakhThis is the first time that talks are being held specifically for Depsang Plains where Chinese soldiers have been reportedly squatting in Indian territory, blocking Indian soldiers from carrying out their traditional patrolling in the region.


Shimla's Table-top Airport 'Riskiest', Say Aviation Experts after Air India Plane Crash in Kerala

Shimla's Table-top Airport 'Riskiest', Say Aviation Experts after Air India Plane Crash in KeralaAt present, the runway is less than 1,200-metre long and its expansion is facing abnormal delays owing to nearby forest area and private land.


India-China hold Major General level talks at Daulat Beg Oldie

India-China hold Major General level talks at Daulat Beg OldieNew Delhi, Aug 08: India and China are holding Major General level talks to discuss de-escalation and disengagement. The meeting is being held at the Daulat Beg Oldie-Tianwendian border meeting point on the Line of Actual Control. The primary agenda


India plans to fell ancient forest to create 40 new coalfields

India plans to fell ancient forest to create 40 new coalfieldsNarendra Modi’s dream of a ‘self-reliant India’ comes at a terrible price for its indigenous populationOver the past decade, Umeshwar Singh Amra has witnessed his homeland descend into a battleground. The war being waged in Hasdeo Arand, a rich and biodiverse Indian forest, has pitted indigenous people, ancient trees, elephants and sloths against the might of bulldozers, trucks and hydraulic jacks, fighting with a single purpose: the extraction of coal.Yet under a new “self-reliant India” plan by the prime minister, Narendra Modi, to boost the economy post-Covid-19 and reduce costly imports, 40 new coalfields in some of India’s most ecologically sensitive forests are to be opened up for commercial mining.Among them are four huge blocks of Hasdeo Arand’s 420,000 acres of forest in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, which sit above an estimated 5bn tonnes of coal.It marks a significant shift. The coal industry in India is state-owned, but this auction of 40 new coal blocks will see the creation of a privatised, commercial coal sector in India. Among those bidding for it are India’s rich and powerful industrial giants, including the $14bn (£11bn) Adani group run by the Indian billionaire Gautam Adani, who operates India’s largest coal power plants and has close ties to Modi.The coal auction has already proved controversial at both the local and political level. At least seven of the coal blocks up for auction were previously deemed “no go” areas for mining due to their environmentally valuable status and about 80% of the blocks are home to indigenous communities and thick forest cover. Four state governments – West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh – have written to Modi in opposition or raised legal objections to the auction, and one coal block, which overlapped with the Tadoba tiger reserve in Maharashtra, has already been removed.Amra, who is an Adivasi, a term used to describe India’s indigenous people, was one of nine local sarpanchs – village leaders – who recently wrote to Modi demanding a stop to the auction in Hasdeo Arand. He said: “If the government gave me the option to give up my life in exchange for no more mining happening in the forest, I would do it in a second.”Amra has seen first-hand the environmental devastation wreaked by open-cast coal mines. In 2011, two vast open-cast mines were excavated on the forest’s peripheries, ripping up the fragile land and filling the surroundings with pollution, smoke, heat, noise and poison. Crime rose drastically in the area and the elephants that lived in the forest, disoriented by the new hostile conditions, became aggressive, leading to dozens of deaths.The prospect of more significant blocks of the forest, the largest in India, being handed over to private mining operations was more than Amra could bear. Five villages will be destroyed and more than 6,000 mainly indigenous people displaced, as well as thousands of hectares of trees, torn down for mines and roads.“If more mining happens everything will change; the natural resources will be gone, our way of life will disappear, everything will be under threat,” he said. “We are tribal people, we cannot go out and live in the cities and no amount of money can ever compensate us. There is no forest like this in the world – cut it down and it can never be replaced.”While across the world governments have geared towards a “green recovery” post Covid-19 – the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, said recently there was “no good reason for any country to include coal” in recovery plans – India is putting fossil fuel at the forefront of its strategy to turn the pandemic into economic opportunity.“Why cannot India be the world’s largest exporter of coal?” asked Modi as he announced the coal auction project.Yet with its 45% ash content, making it some of the most polluting coal in the world, there is unlikely to be an international market for Indian coal. In addition, many major factories in India cannot run on “dirty” domestic coal, meaning they will still need to import it from abroad.There is also a question of necessity. While India is the world’s second largest consumer of coal, and annually imports 247m tonnes, costing more than $20bn (£15bn), India’s electricity demand is forecast to fall by up to 15% over the next five years due to the economic reverberations of Covid-19. Meanwhile, a report this week by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air concluded that the current state-run coal mines of India already have capacity to produce 20% more coal than the expected demand in 2030.Environmental activists also question why India cannot be weaned off foreign coal through a gradual increase in investment in domestic renewable energy, such as solar. This month, Modi inaugurated Asia’s largest solar farm in the state of Madhya Pradesh. India is the world’s cheapest producer of solar power and the cost of constructing a new solar plant is 14% less than that of a building a new coal plant. With proper investment, it has been estimated that the solar energy industry could generate as many as 1.6m jobs in India by 2022, far more than would be generated by domestic coal.But India’s joint secretary for coal, Maddirala Nagaraju, said that all the country’s projections showed that demand for coal would increase and insisted that increased domestic coalmining was the “cheapest way of meeting the energy needs of the people”.“We are the country with the fourth largest coal reserves in the world and we need to provide energy security for over a billion people: coal is the only way,” said Nagaraju. He conceded that there would be “costly trade-offs” in opening up protected forest areas for mining, but said this had the support of local communities who “want the land to be acquired because they get high compensation packages”.He added: “Yes, some people have objected, but the mining will bring a lot of development, employment and money to these areas. How else will we develop these Adivasi people in central India?”Among the prominent opponents to the project is the former environment minister, Jairan Ramesh, who also wrote a letter to Modi condemning coal auctions. It was during his time in office that a survey was carried out in 2010 on India’s biggest coalfields and determined that 30% were “no-go areas” due to their biodiversity or resident tiger or elephant populations. Yet since Modi came to power in 2014, that 30% has been reduced to about 5%.Ramesh alleged this was a direct result of pressure from the powerful corporate coal lobby, Adani in particular. The Adani group is contracted to operate two of the mines currently open in Hasdeo Arand, and has been pushing to expand mining operations in the forest for years, even reportedly offering microloans to local tribal people in order to win their support.“Adani is behind this,” claims Ramesh. “He is one of the most influential forces on the government.”“Modi poses as a great environmental champion globally but his track record is one of complete loosening of environmental laws and regulations,” Ramesh added. “The corporate lobbies are just too powerful and in the name of ease for businesses, environment has become the biggest casualty.”The Adani group rejected the allegations as baseless and politically motivated. A spokesperson said the company: “Has always strived to provide balanced and affordable energy supply to an energy-deprived population of 1.3 billion people whose per capita energy consumption is less than half the world’s average and almost one-tenth of many of the developed economies.“The Adani Group has been a leading contributor to India’s vision for a balanced energy mix and an enabler of India’s leadership in meeting its [Paris agreement on climate change] target.”It said it aimed to become the world’s largest renewable energy company by 2025.


Snakes Glide Up on Trees in Shivamogga As Water Level in Karnataka’s Tunga River Rises After Heavy Rainfall (Watch Video)

Snakes Glide Up on Trees in Shivamogga As Water Level in Karnataka’s Tunga River Rises After Heavy Rainfall (Watch Video)Video of snakes resting on a tree as the water level in River Tunga increased due to heavy rain in Shivamogga has gone viral. Heavy rainfall in Karnataka has to lead to a flood-like situation in the state. Video of snakes gliding on trees to save themselves from the flowing water is being widely shared on social platforms.


SCG Could Host Boxing Day Test Between IND & AUS Due to Surge in Covid-19 Cases in Melbourne

SCG Could Host Boxing Day Test Between IND & AUS Due to Surge in Covid-19 Cases in MelbourneSydney made a pitch Saturday to host the money-spinning Boxing Day Test against India as its traditional home Melbourne battles a surge in coronavirus cases.


Kerala plane crash: AI Express says three relief flights arranged to assist passengers, families

Kerala plane crash: AI Express says three relief flights arranged to assist passengers, familiesNew Delhi, Aug 08: Air India Express said on Saturday that three relief flights had been arranged to Kozhikode in Kerala to assist passengers and their family members affected by the plane crash a day ago. The Air India Express


NIA files chargesheet in narco-smugglers case involving Pakistanis

NIA files chargesheet in narco-smugglers case involving PakistanisNew Delhi, Aug 08: The National Investigation Agency has filed a charges in connection with the seizure of narcotic at Salaya, Gujarat. Charges were filed against 8 persons. The case relates to the seizure of 4.949 kilograms of heroin worth Rs


Black Boxes Recovered From Crashed Air India Express Plane in Kerala as Death Toll Rises to 18

Black Boxes Recovered From Crashed Air India Express Plane in Kerala as Death Toll Rises to 18The Air India Express plane crash-landed at the Karipur airport near Kozhikode on Friday evening after it skidded off a tabletop runway amid heavy rain.


Death toll from Air India Express plane accident rises to 18

Death toll from Air India Express plane accident rises to 18The death toll from an Air India Express passenger aircraft accident has risen to 18, while 16 people have been severely injured, a senior government official said on Saturday.


Death toll from Air India passenger plane accident rises to 18

Death toll from Air India passenger plane accident rises to 18The death toll from an Air India Express passenger aircraft accident has risen to 18, while 16 people have been severely injured, a senior government official said on Saturday.


Earthquake at Behrampur in Odisha

Earthquake at Behrampur in OdishaBhubaneswar, Aug 08: An earthquake hit Behrampur in Odisha on Saturday morning. The tremors measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale struck 73 kilometres West-South West of Behrampur. The earthquake hit at 7.10 am on Saturday. An earthquake was reported in


Missing TA soldier’s clothes found, family begs for his body

Missing TA soldier’s clothes found, family begs for his bodyNew Delhi, Aug 08: The clothes of a missing Territorial Army soldier have been found. The jawan had gone missing and his vehicle was found burnt in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The father of the Hawn while searching


Kozhikode plane crash: AI Express says 3 relief flights arranged to assist passengers, families

Kozhikode plane crash: AI Express says 3 relief flights arranged to assist passengers, familiesNew Delhi, Aug 8 (PTI) Air India Express said on Saturday that three relief flights had been arranged to Kozhikode in Kerala to assist passengers and their family members affected by the plane crash a day ago.


Keralites Donating Blood, Preparing Food Packets After Air India Crash Restores Faith in Humanity

Keralites Donating Blood, Preparing Food Packets After Air India Crash Restores Faith in HumanityThese visuals from the aftermath of the Kozhikode crash are proof that humanity persists even in the face of a pandemic.


Dissent to Zohnerism: Balanced Analysis of Maoism, its Urban Dimension in Elgar Parishad Case is Need of Hour

Dissent to Zohnerism: Balanced Analysis of Maoism, its Urban Dimension in Elgar Parishad Case is Need of HourThe zohnerism in recent times can be exampled by the narrative followed by Elgar Parishad arrests and subsequent bail hearings. Many true facts from this case were used to lead legally ignorant populace to a false conclusion.


Kerala crash: Pilot who died was a celebrated ex-IAF officer

Kerala crash: Pilot who died was a celebrated ex-IAF officerHad it not been for the deceased pilots, Wing Commander Deepak Vasant Sathe and Captain Akhilesh Kumar, the unfortunate Air India Express flight would have caught fire and taken more lives, survivors of last evening's crash said. In the accident, the worst one in India's aviation history in years, 18 people have died so far, including a decorated former officer of IAF. Here's more.


10-Foot-Long Crocodile Crosses Shivpuri Highway in Madhya Pradesh, Brings Traffic to a Halt (Watch Video)

10-Foot-Long Crocodile Crosses Shivpuri Highway in Madhya Pradesh, Brings Traffic to a Halt (Watch Video)Crocodiles are not rare, but causing a traffic jam on Madhya Pradesh highway is a unique sight. Video of a 10-feet-long crocodile crossing a road in Shivpuri district has gone viral. The big reptile was seen by villagers while they had taken out their cattle for grazing. The video of the incident went viral after people shared videos.


Kerala Air India crash: Wing Commander Sathe was a decorated pilot

Kerala Air India crash: Wing Commander Sathe was a decorated pilotNew Delhi, Aug 08: Wing Commander Deepak Vasanth Sathe, the captain of the ill-fated aircraft that crashed at Calicut on Friday was a decorated pilot. During his 22 year career in the Indian Air Force, he learnt flying the Soviet


As Indo-China tensions soar all eyes on meet at Daulat Beg Oldie-Tianwendian border meeting point

As Indo-China tensions soar all eyes on meet at Daulat Beg Oldie-Tianwendian border meeting pointNew Delhi, Aug 08: India and China are scheduled to have a meeting to reduce tensions in a bid to reduce tensions. The meeting would be held at the Daulat Beg Oldie-Tianwendian border meeting point on the Line of Actual Control.


Behind Pakistan’s cartographic hallucination on Kashmir lies Imran’s domestic woes, China’s invisible hand

Behind Pakistan’s cartographic hallucination on Kashmir lies Imran’s domestic woes, China’s invisible handChina has never been a disinterested party in Kashmir, and its interventions are getting more frequent in tune with Beijing’s hold over its client state Pakistan.


Earthquake of 3.8 Magnitude Hits Odisha's Ganjam & Gajapati Districts

Earthquake of 3.8 Magnitude Hits Odisha's Ganjam & Gajapati DistrictsThere is no immediate report of damage to property or loss of life.


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