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NSCN-IM team in Delhi for talks, may request for ‘new interlocutor’
Sun, Aug 09, 2020

While peace talks between IM and R N Ravi, the Naga peace talks interlocutor and Nagaland Governor, concluded in October last year, the two parties reached a stalemate over IM’s demand for a separate flag and constitution.

EIA draft aims to bring violators under regulatory regime: Prakash Javadekar
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Javadekar was responding to a letter from Ramesh, who is the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on environment, forests and climate change and science and technology.

Variant of coronavirus brought in by travellers from Europe most dominant in India
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

The report, which was tabled before Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan by the Department of Biotechnology Saturday, states that the A2a haplotype has rooted out any other haplotypes that existed before.

‘Dilution of EIA provisions will be devastating for Himalayan belt’
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

The signatories from Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh have demanded the immediate scrapping of the 2020 draft amendments. The organisations have also written to MPs of their respective states.

Tiger population rising at 6% per annum from 2006-18: report
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

There have been gains and losses in individual landscapes, says the report. Most of these variations have taken place in habitat pockets with low density.

Manipur: Congress councillors set to join BJP, MLAs may follow soon
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

This comes just a month after Manipur witnessed a political crisis, with three BJP MLAs resigning from the Assembly to join the Congress, and the NPP -- BJP’s main ally -- threatening to pull out of the government.

Centre plans to table first draft of fifth science policy by October
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

With the Covid-19 pandemic highlighting the urgency for a push toward scientific solutions of crises, the government is keen to begin the implementation of the new policy by next year.

76 mishaps in 10 years, coal ash India’s big under-radar danger, notes study 
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Besides deaths and loss of property, the accidents also resulted in extensive pollution of nearby water resources, air and soil, a study carried out by the Health Energy Initiative India and the Community Environmental Monitoring notes.

Strongly object to EIA draft: Jairam Ramesh to Javadekar
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

The Centre had called for suggestions and objections to the draft to be submitted by August 10, after which the draft is to be notified.

Pied cuckoo, harbinger of monsoon, to be tracked in migration, climate change study
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

This is the first study in the country that seeks to trace and observe the migratory routes of the pied cuckoo. Equally importantly, it will help gather data and information on climate change, scientists involved in the study say.

Delhi Police cite UAPA in notice over spamming Javadekar, retract
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The notice to Endurance Domains Technology LLP had been sent “inadvertently” and “by mistake”, the police said on Thursday.

Pressure from Manipur CM Biren Singh to drop drugs case: cop to court
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

The accusation is part of a sworn affidavit filed in Imphal High Court by Additional Superintendent of Police, NAB, Thounaojam Brinda.

Transgender law: Centre publishes draft rules, activists say law problematic
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, was passed last year in Parliament amid criticism from transgender rights activists and protests by the LGBTQ community.

Pregnancies, unsafe abortions to rise due to pandemic: Paper
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

The UNICEF had declared a forecast earlier that the highest number of births during a nine-month pandemic period would take place in India.

After uproar, govt withdraws proposal to ‘dilute’ disabilities Act
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

As many as 125 signatories and disability activists and groups from across the country had written to the Ministry protesting the proposal.

Aug 15 vaccine timeline unrealistic, says Indian Academy of Sciences
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

The Council and the Fellowship of the Indian Academy of Sciences cautioned against rushing into “any hasty solution that may compromise rigorous scientific processes and standards”.

Govt looks to ‘amend’ parts of Disabilities Act, community protests
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

In its notification issued on Wednesday, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, under the ministry, stated that decriminalisation of minor offences will alleviate the risk of imprisonment for actions which do not necessarily have “mala fide intent’’.

Air pollution dropped significantly during 74-day lockdown period: Study
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

The clampdown on all non-essential activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from March 25 to June 8, led to a significant decline in air pollution levels for major cities across India.

‘We don’t extort but levy legitimate taxes’: NSCN-IM hits out at Nagaland Governor R N Ravi
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

"What has complicated the situation as seen today is the madness of ‘extortions’ that are being carried out by some groups in the guise of freedom fighters. NSCN did not and does not commit extortion at any point of time but levies legitimate taxes from the people," NSCN-IM said.

Illegal wildlife trade needs to be penalised: FATF
Fri, Jun 26, 2020

The report, released on Thursday, comes amid increasing international concern that the crime could lead to more zoonotic diseases in the future.

4 NPP MLAs flown out of Imphal
Wed, Jun 24, 2020

The central leadership of the BJP maintained that the matter of their government in Manipur would be sorted by Wednesday. BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been visiting Imphal every day as a troubleshooter for the BJP and has been in talks with all allies.

India to see warmer days, heavy rain leading to floods this century: Report
Sat, Jun 20, 2020

The report has not specified regions or states that would suffer due to these extreme weather conditions.

Manipur Speaker disqualifies 4 MLAs, BJP wins Upper House seat
Sat, Jun 20, 2020

With the disqualifications, erstwhile royal Leisemba Sanajaoba, the BJP’s Rajya Sabha candidate, was elected with 28 votes. The Congress—which earlier had the numbers to send its candidate to the Upper House—secured 24 votes.

Explained: The highs and lows of the BJP govt in Manipur
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

What drastically changed the dynamics for the first time in Manipur was how well a number of other parties had done. Most importantly Nagaland’s Naga People’s Front in the Naga hill areas of the state, winning four MLAs, and Conrad Sangma’s National People’s Party another four.

‘Difference in Chinese activity at LAC, India should stand firm’
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

Shashank, also a former Foreign Secretary, said that a big difference in Chinese activity at the border this time is that the Chinese aggression appears to be playing out “all along the LAC” and not in one particular geographical area picked by that country.

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