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Poaching for meat up during lockdown: report

The study was carried out by WWF-India's programme division Traffic, a wildlife trafficking monitoring network. There has been a “significant increase” in reported poaching of wild animals during the lockdown, which is not restricted to any geographical region or state, or to any specific wildlife area, according to a report released by WWF-India Wednesday. The […]

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Testing needed for ‘unlock’ would cost 2% of lockdown economic losses, says study, encourages antibody tests

In another metric, the study found that “a resource-intensive (testing) strategy … corresponds to less than half of the lockdown-caused loss in goods and services tax (GST) revenue.” A testing programme necessary for lifting India’s lockdown would cost less than 2.1 per cent of the lockdown’s economic losses, researchers from India School of Business and […]

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Jharkhand: Probe into NREGA work throws up muck

In Jharkhand’s 24 districts, 6.59 lakh individuals have worked under MGNREGA so far in this financial year, according to data on MGNREGA portal, and 89.27 person days have been generated. A probe into work done under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in a block of Jharkhand has thrown up muck— excavators replaced […]

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Rlys freight earnings dip by Rs 8K crore during lockdown

Barring foodgrain, the national transporter carried all commodities in its freight basket much less than it did during the corresponding period last year. Hit with the coronavirus outbreak and over two months of lockdown, the Indian Railways has so far suffered a freight earnings shortfall of Rs 8,283 crore when compared to this period last […]

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India to discuss ties with Australia in first virtual summit

Sources also said Australia has been supportive of India’s position on cross-border terrorism and on asking Pakistan to take meaningful action against terrorist groups operating from its soil. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding the India-Australia virtual summit with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday in a bid to strengthen bilateral ties. This […]

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COVID-19: 49 more test positive in Tripura

Another 49 people have tested positive to coronavirus on Wednesday in Tripura, taking total number of cases to 520. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, also the Health Minister, informed that most of the new patients have travel history and contacts with possible carriers. The surge of COVID-19 cases in the Sate is occurring with passenger […]

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8 killed in blast in Gujarat chemical factory

Around 45-50 workers suffered burn injuries after the boiler of an agro-chemical company exploded Eight people were charred to death when a massive fire broke out after an explosion in a chemical factory at Dahej, in Gujarat’s Bharuch district, on Wednesday. “Around 45-50 workers suffered burn injuries after the boiler of an agro-chemical company exploded […]

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Defence Secretary tests positive for COVID-19

Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar tested positive for COVID-19, a defence official said on Wednesday. Mr. Kumar tested positive but continues to work and look into files from quarantine, one official said. ‘Source not known’ “The particular section has been disinfected and those in contact have self quarantined,” another official said. Details are not known on […]