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Govt nod to 5 research projects to tackle COVID-19
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

The projects have been sanctioned under the Science and Engineering Board (SERB) division with an annual grant of Rs 25 lakh, which may increase depending on the success of the projects.

Domestic violence, abuse complaints rise in coronavirus lockdown: NCW
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

The states with the highest number of complaints include Uttar Pradesh with 90, Delhi with 37, Bihar with 18, Madhya Pradesh with 11 and Maharashtra with 18.

Uttar Pradesh: Helpline gets order for samosas, Rampur admin makes caller clean drains
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

According to officials, residents are flooding the helpline for essential services with demands for pizzas, samosas and the like.

Rampur: COVID-19 helpline flooded with calls for paan, samosas, admin comes up with novel penalties
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Rampur DM Ajani Kumar Singh Monday personally ensured that the man who called up the Swar tehsil control room number to demand "four samosas" be sent to him, was fined and then punished – he was made to clean all the drains in an area.

Coronavirus: Six of group that travelled to Delhi, Vizag test positive in Andamans & Nicobar
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

The group had gone to Visakhapatnam by ship in February, and then taken a train to Delhi on March 18. On March 24, six members of the group took a Vistara flight to Port Blair via Kolkata, while another took an Indigo flight.

Open feeding centres for beggars: Govt to civic bodies in 10 cities
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

The feeding centres are to be opened and run by the municipal corporations of Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Indore, Nagpur, Lucknow and Patna.

Prakash Javadekar gives environmental clearance for Mopa airport
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

"I am happy to announce that today I have given environmental approval for Greenfield International Airport in Goa. This will pave the way for overall development for the region and give boost to tourism in the state," he tweeted.

Rajya Sabha nominations: Manipur BJP candidate has early links with RSS
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Ningthou Leishemba Sanajaoba, who is the BJP’s Rajya Sabha nomination from the state, has links with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since childhood.

Coronavirus outbreak: Home Secy reviews status, Nathu La pass sealed
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

Home Ministry officials said the states have informed the home secretary that doctors are conducting regular screening at various transit points and the community in border areas has been sensitised through gram sabhas about the precautions to be taken.

Pioneer in plastic fight, Sikkim town is set to introduce bamboo bottles
Sun, Mar 01, 2020

The bamboo water bottles have been ordered from Assam through Sikkim Rajya Sabha MP Hishey Lachungpa. Sikkim was the first state in the country to take steps against the use of plastic, bringing in restrictive measures as far back as 1998.

Single Use Plastic: Study finds consumers confused on what constitutes single use plastics
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

India’s plastic industry recorded an annual revenue worth Rupees 3.5-lakh crore in 2019, according to All India Plastic Manufacturers Association.  The predicted polymer consumption growth between 2017-2022 is 12.9 per cent, the study.

Bird numbers down 50%, peacock, pigeon up
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

In contrast to the Peafowl, the report shows, 50 per cent of other Indian species have declined over this period.

Report shows dramatic rise in India’s peacock count in last 25 years; 50% of other birds record decline
Mon, Feb 17, 2020

The State of India's Bird 2020 report assesses the status of 867 Indian birds using a massive database of information contributed by at least 15,500 birdwatchers from across the country

Longest civil suit vs a strong room that can’t be breached: royal saga continues in Rampur
Mon, Feb 17, 2020

The attempt to open the strong room is part of evaluation of the royal inheritance being done by the Rampur district court, following a Supreme Court order on July 31 last year on the dispute within the royal family.

Budget 2020: Nutrition mission gets a push, task force to fight maternal mortality
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

The Finance Minister announced an allocation of Rs 35,600 crore to various nutrition programmes, including Poshan Abhiyaan or Nutrition Mission launched by the BJP in 2017-18.

SDG Index 2019: No state left in aspirant category
Sat, Feb 01, 2020

Eight states and two Union Territories — Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Goa. Sikkim, Chandigarh and Puducherry — lead the rankings in the Sustainable Development Goals India Index 2019.

Govt releases guidelines to monitor, check illegal sand mining
Wed, Jan 29, 2020

The guidelines also push for online sales and purchase of sand and other riverbed materials to make the process transparent. They propose night surveillance of mining activity through night-vision drones.

Nagaland: Considering salary cuts to fund infra, says Chief Secy
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Chief Secretary Temjen Toy has announced that the state government is considering diverting a part of the salary given to government employees in order to develop infrastructure.

Pact to end Bru refugee crisis may be signed today
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

According to the new agreement, approximately 35,000 Bru refugees will settle in Tripura and will be given aid to help with their rehabilitation.

Forest cover up but large tracts of dense forest have turned non-forest
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

On paper, much of this destruction of quality natural forests was compensated by plantations — a total of 10,227 sq km of non-forests became dense forests in successive two-year windows since 2003. Again, more than half of this — 5,458 sq km — since 2015.

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