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79% Indian birds on decline, but peafowls increase, says report

79% Indian birds on decline, but peafowls increase, says report

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 | PTI | Gandhinagar

There has been a decline in population of 79 per cent of Indian species of birds as per the assessment of current trends, but there is also some good news as the number of Indian peafowls (national bird peacock) has shown a dramatic rise, says a report. Besides, the number of...

No let-up in Elgaar rift, Cong vents out anti-CAA, NPR, NRC stand

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 | TN RAGHUNATHA | Mumbai

With no let-up in the ongoing tug of war between the ruling Shiv Sena and its allies over Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s decision to  let NIA investigate the Bhima Koregaon-Elgaar Parishad Elgaar Parishad case, the Congress on Tuesday opened a new front by coming out openly against the Citizenship Amendment...

BJP, Cong spar over ‘tukde, tukde gang’, ‘Bharat Mata’

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 | PTI | Bengaluru

The Karnataka Assembly proceedings on Tuesday saw the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress sparring over ‘tukde tukde gang’ and ‘Bharat Mata’. While hitting out at ruling party legislators, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah said that “Bharat Mata is not the property of BJP”. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai,...

Cong stages walkout, accuses Govt of turning Karnataka into a police State

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 | PTI | Bengaluru

Accusing the ruling BJP of turning Karnataka into a ‘police State’ by filing false cases against political opponents and those opposing its “divisive politics”, the Opposition Congress on Tuesday walked out of the Assembly as the Speaker did not accept their demand for an immediate discussion on the issue. Making a...

Shettar's meeting with upset BJP MLAs sparks speculation

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 | PTI | Bengaluru

As his meeting with senior legislators, reportedly upset over not being inducted into the Cabinet, sparked speculation, Minister Jagadish Shettar on Tuesday termed reports about “revolt” as “far from truth”. The meeting late last evening at Shettar’s residence by legislators mostly from north Karnataka in the midst of the ongoing Assembly...

Severe summer in store this yr: IMD

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 | Rajesh Kumar | New Delhi

Get ready for a severe summer this year, indication of which is already being seen in Mumbai which on Tuesday recorded 39 degree Celsius temperature, the third highest in February since 1966. In February 1966, Mumbai recorded 39.6  degree C and in 2012 it was 39.1 degree Celsius. In 2017 and...

Mahadeshwara sanctuary to be tiger reserve

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 | Archana Jyoti | New Delhi

Once the hideout of notorious wildlife smuggler Veerappan and seen as an important tiger corridor, the Male Mahadeshwara (MM) Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagara district is all set to become the official home of the royal big cats. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has given in-principle nod for...

BJP observers to select House leaders in Delhi, Jharkhand Assemblies

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 | PNS | New Delhi

The BJP has appointed its national general secretary Saroj Pandey and P Muralidhar Rao as observers for selecting the leaders of its legislative party in the Delhi and Jharkhand Assemblies. The appointments were made with the approval of the party president JP Nadda, an official statement said. The AAP bagged 62...

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