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Five anganwadis at Kumbra village sans ration for months 21.2.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Mohali, February 20 Anganwadi centres at Kumbra village have been running without ration supplies for months. The village, which has five anganwadi centres, has only received packets of panjiri, procured from the Food Corporation of India (FCI). Other ration supplies, including rice, sugar, dalia (sweet porridge) and ghee, are yet to be procured, with officials claiming administrative delays. Sources said in the entire Kharar II block, ration was yet to be procured. An official on the condition of anonymity said, “Some estimates had been prepared for the procurement of ration, but they were stuck in administrative delays.” Anganwadi teachers and helpers said periodic reports of inadequacies at the centres were prepared and sent to supervisors, CDPOs concerned and the District Programme Officer (DPO). Under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, anganwadi centres are supposed to provide supplementary nutrition to children below the age of six and pre-school education ...
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'Mandahasam' to spread smile among elderly 21.2.2018
KOZHIKODE: The social justice department has come up with a project to bring smiles on the face of the elderly with artificial teeth. The project, 'Mandahasam' is based on the finding that geriatric community suffers from nutrition deficiency due to the lack of chewing food. As per the scheme, 60-above persons who belong to the BPL families are eligible for free tooth replacement provided they produce a medical certificate. In the first phase, the SJ department has set apart Rs.75 lakh and as many as 1,500 beneficiaries would be selected this year. "A maximum of Rs 5000 will be provided to each person. The government and private empanelled hospitals are involved in it," says Aneeta Eslin, SJ officer of Alappuzha.  In Alappuzha district, only government hospitals are involved and as many as 45 persons were selected under the project initially. In Kozhikode, 40 elders were selected and their tooth replacement would be done at government general hospital Kozhikode and Vadakara ...
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Pullela Gopichand takes WCIT by storm 21.2.2018 Hindu: Hyderabad
‘I got best results when I competed with myself’
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Guv wants security audit of vital installations 21.2.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jammu, February 20 Muneer Ahmad Khan, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Home Guards, Disaster Management and Security, called on Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan here today. Khan briefed the Governor about several important matters relating to security management in the state. Complimenting Khan for his endeavours during his tenure as the police chief in the Valley, the Governor emphasised the vital importance of urgently carrying out a security audit of all vulnerable places, vital installations and sensitive establishments in each of the three regions of the state. Meanwhile, Saubhagya Vardhan, director, North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, also called on the Governor. Vardhan briefed the Governor about the initiatives planned by the NZCC to preserve, innovate and promote art forms in J&K. The Governor emphasised the importance of well-considered efforts being made to preserve and popularise the fast vanishing folk arts, music, songs and dances in the ...
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JU holds lecture on leadership challenges in combat situation 21.2.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jammu, February 20 A lecture on ‘leadership challenges in combat situations’ was organised by the International Centre for Cross Cultural Research and Human Resource Management (ICCCR & HRM), University of Jammu, here today. The resource person was Major Gen Naresh Badhani (retd). Major General Badhani is an Army veteran with more than 37 years of experience in the areas of human resource management, training and disaster management as well as security and related issues. The lecture was organised with the objective of understanding leadership from many perspectives and connecting lessons learnt from the Army to personal and professional life scenarios. In his address, General Badhani reflected upon various personal experiences in the Army, especially challenging and combat situations wherein the pragmatic role of the leader was significant to contribute to the society and nation at large. He discussed various strategic leadership domains along with determining how adverse situations ...
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Japan to build tallest wooden skyscraper 21.2.2018 The Tribune
Tokyo: A Japanese company is planning to build a 350 metre high wooden skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041, making it the world’s tallest wooden building. Sumitomo Forestry estimates that the cost of the building, which will have 70 floors, will be around $5 billion, almost twice the cost of a conventional building. The W350 tower will be 90 per cent wooden and 10 per cent steel. IANS Million trees pledged for Trump Forest   Washington: More than one million trees have been pledged for Trump Forest, a bid by environmentalists to offset the US President’s curtailing of clean energy initiatives by planting 10 billion trees around the globe. “Donald Trump doesn’t believe in the science of human-caused climate change,” reads the website for the project. “So we’re planting a forest to soak up the extra greenhouse gases Trump plans to put into our atmosphere.” IANS Plants arose 100 mn yrs earlier than thought   London: The first plants to colonise the Earth originated around 500 million years ago — 100 million years ...
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Online game 'vaccinates' users against fake news 21.2.2018
London: Scientists have developed an online game that puts players in the shoes of a propagandist and helps understand the motive behind spreading wrong information - potentially "vaccinating" users against the influence of fake news. Researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK have already shown that briefly exposing people to tactics used by fake news producers can act as a "psychological vaccine" against bogus anti-science campaigns. While the previous study focused on disinformation about climate science, the new online game is an experiment in providing "general immunity" against the wide range of fake news that has infected public debate. The game encourages players to stoke anger, mistrust and fear in the public by manipulating digital news and social media within the simulation. Players build audiences for their fake news sites by publishing polarising falsehoods, deploying twitter bots, photo-shopping evidence, and inciting conspiracy theories in the ...
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80% newborn deaths can be avoided: Report 21.2.2018
HYDERABAD: The number of newborn deaths in India is 25 per 1,000 live births, which constitutes nearly a quarter of the newborn deaths globally, according to "Being Alive", a report released by UNICEF on Tuesday. Bangladesh does better with 20.1 and Pakistan and Afghanistan do worse at 45.6 and 40 respectively. The report also stated that almost 80 per cent of the deaths of newborn children could be avoided if proper medical care, nutrition during pregnancy for mothers, and facilities were available.  India is ranked 12th of the 52 lower middle income countries when it comes to newborn mortality rates.  Gynaecologist Dr T.S. Akshara, says, "We have been ranked higher than our less prosperous neighbours because most programmes implemented by the government for child safety and women"s welfare are spread diversely with a few places reaping the benefit. We should ensure that newborn babies get the best of treatment while in the womb and outside." Poor newborn ...
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Budget neglects street kids 20.2.2018 Deccan Herald - Wednesday
Bengaluru is home to a huge number of street children. Subjects of exploitation and neglect, their numbers are alarming but help is still a far cry. Is enough being done to help them pick up the broken pieces of their life? NGOs say recent government decisions are affecting the interests of street children. Save the Children, which supports child rights, wants Children in street situations also to be included into the disadvantaged social groups with requisite support to them for education, nutrition and protection. "There is much more that could be done to improve conditions of underprivileged children " especially those living on streets and in deprived urban conditions, informs a spokesperson for Save the Children. "While we are glad to see better budget allocations to issues related to children, its a concern to note that for the next financial year, the allocation on child protection as percentage share in the total Union Budget has declined to 0.047 per cent from 0.048 per cent in FY 2017-18, he ...
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15 Indians to head to Antarctica 20.2.2018 Hindu: Diet & Nutrition

Fifteen Indians will join 95 others from across the globe on an expedition to Antarctica, with an aim to bring back first-hand knowledge on the impact of climate change on the planet.

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Tribal organisations protest against draft CAF Rules   20.2.2018 Downtoearth
The protests are in opposition to the vague position of the Rules on forest-dwelling communities in the compensatory afforestation process
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One-candidate LJP roots for protection of indigenous culture 20.2.2018 The Shillong Times
   SHILLONG: The state Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has released its vision document on Tuesday. The LJP is fielding only one candidate from the state, Donlang Nongbri from Mawlai constituency. In a press statement, the LJP stated that it would take up the issue of Village Administration Bill,  and demand from the State/Central Governments to protect […]
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Assam duo develops ‘Jal Tarangini to monitor river water level 20.2.2018 The Shillong Times
  GUWAHATI: ‘Jal Tarangini’, an innovative automated river water level monitoring system jointly developed by District Informatics Officer of NIC, Hailakandi District Unit Monsoor Akhtar Barbhuiya and District Informatics Officer of NIC, Chirang District Unit, Surajit Phukan bagged the coveted Gold Award under the category of ‘Emerging Technologies’ at the National Informatics Center (NIC) Innovation […]
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Vampire bat's blood-only diet 'a big evolutionary win' 20.2.2018 Life | The Asian Age
Recent research has shown that D. rotundus can recognise individual humans by their breathing sounds.
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BBC mocumentary series The Office to get an Indian remake 20.2.2018 Entertainment – The Indian Express
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New study reveals how vampire bats became bloodthirsty 20.2.2018
PARIS: At first glance, the cost-benefit ratio of a blood-only diet suggests that vampire bats -- the only mammals to feed exclusively on the viscous, ruby-red elixir -- flew down an evolutionary blind alley.         Blood is not only teaming with bacterial and viral disease, it is also very poor in nutrients -- too few carbs and vitamins, way too much salt.  It's a miracle Dracula lived as long as he did.    But natural selection, according to a study published Monday, overcame these challenges and fashioned a genetic profile and intestinal ecosystem perfectly suited to a life of silent blood sucking. "Vampire bats have an 'extreme' diet, in the sense that it requires many adaptations in the organism," said lead author Lisandra Zepeda Mendoza, a biogeneticist at the University of Copenhagen and an expert on the microbiome, the community of microorganisms camped out in the digestive tract. To find out how the common vampire bat -- ...
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Now get ready for the Indian remake of popular sitcom 'The Office' 20.2.2018 DNA: Urban Tales
Some of the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) most popular shows are to be relocated to an Indian setting as part of a deal struck with Aditya Birla Groups Applause Entertainment. The Office, a so-called "mockumentary" sitcom made famous by British comic Ricky Gervais as hapless boss David Brent of fictitious paper company Wernham Hogg, will be transformed to a fictional office on the outskirts of New Delhi. The Slough, Berkshire, setting will become an industrial park in Faridabad with Jagdeep Chaddha as the boss of Wilkins Chawla paper company. "I'm always excited and flattered to see remakes of my work… but when a country with a population of over a billion has a version I'm hoping for big ratings," said Gervais, one of the writers and directors of the show alongside Stephen Merchant. Chaddha will be based on Gervais' Brent, who sees himself as a smart, fun and go-getting leader loved by his adoring team. But nothing could be further from the truth and his attempts to cheer and impress his ...
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Fantasies brought to film 20.2.2018 Hindu: Fitness
Resident Evil director Paul WS Anderson discusses the nuances of adapting video games for the big screen
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5 ways India must help its farmers face the threat of climate change 20.2.2018
Climate change could hurt farmers" income by up to 20-25 per cent in the medium term, according to the Indian government"s latest annual economic survey. Extreme weather events, temperature rise and lower rainfall all threaten to derail the Indian government"s agenda of doubling farmers" income across the country. There are ways to counter this, however. New technology and better farm management can be deployed to improve irrigration systems. And, to ensure long-term impact, it is also important that the Indian government invests in agricultural research. Agriculture is central to the Indian economy. It accounts for 50per cent of the country"s employment and 18per cent of its GDP. And in India, about 80per cent of farmers are smallholders – which is generally considered to mean they have two hectares or less of land. The main crops are wheat, maize, rice, millets, pulses, sugarcane and oil-seeds. Indian farmers must contend with a number of risks, including adverse ...
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On a musical note... 20.2.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
The 8th Theatre Olympics got off to a rousing start with “Geet Rang”
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