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Fatal disease threatens Florida's iconic palm trees 21.8.2019
Davie: Florida"s iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida"s Gulf Coast to a nearly statewide problem in just over a decade. Tens of thousands of palm trees have died from the bacterial disease, and the pace of its spread is increasing, adding to environmental woes of a state already struggling to save its other arboreal icon, citrus trees, from two other diseases. Florida"s official state tree, the tall, broad-leafed sabal palm, is especially susceptible and Florida nurseries, businesses and homeowners are taking a financial hit as they scrap infected palms. Some preventive measures can be taken, but once infected, uprooting the tree is the only practical solution. "Getting this disease under control is essential because it has the potential to drastically modify our ...
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15 injury marks found on Sunanda Pushkar's body, says Delhi police 21.8.2019 The Asian Age | Home
The case is now listed for next hearing on August 31.
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Pollution issues figure at Indo-Bangla bilateral meet 21.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
Pollution issues figure at Indo-Bangla bilateral meet
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Floods submerge 14 villages in Jorhat district 21.8.2019 The Assam Tribune
Floods submerge 14 villages in Jorhat district
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Three more border haats for Meghalaya 21.8.2019 The Shillong Times
SHILLONG: Additional Chief Secretary Rebecca Suchiang informed that two border haat — Bholaganj and Ryngku — situated in East Khasi Hills, will be made functional by September and another border haat in Nolikata, South West Khasi Hills, will become functional by December. She recalled that during the last Cluster-9 meeting in 2015, decisions were taken […]
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Govt to issue Do’s and Don’ts for coal mining 21.8.2019 The Shillong Times
SHILLONG: The state government will soon bring out instructions to explain the procedure of scientific coal mining. A mining and geology department official said on Tuesday that the department is holding discussion with the chief minister and advocate general on the nature of instructions to be circulated to the miners so that this will act […]
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Tree Authority experts concerned over cutting unique flora in Aarey Colony 21.8.2019 DNA
Around 3,691 trees are proposed to cut for the carshed for Metro-3 and a proposal was also tabled before BMC's Tree Authority on August 13.
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Plea against Essar Power MP on fly ash leak; NGT directs petitioner to approach its panel 21.8.2019 PTI: All news
Plea against Essar Power MP on fly ash leak; NGT directs petitioner to approach its panel
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Treat all citizens, whether rich or poor, with dignity: HC 21.8.2019 PTI: All news
Treat all citizens, whether rich or poor, with dignity: HC
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9 trees uprooted and buildings damaged as rains lash Bengaluru 21.8.2019
Bengaluru: While most parts of the city received 5.9 mm of rainfall, the HAL limits in Bengaluru East Zone got 38.8 mm of rainfall leading to tree falls, water logging and traffic jams on Tuesday. India Meteorological Department said it expects similar weather conditions to continue or even worse conditions in the next couple of days. Tree falls About nine trees were uprooted throughout the city and some buildings were damaged as parts of the tree and branches fell down. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been alert throughout the day. In the east zone alone, three trees were uprooted due to rain demolishing a compound wall of a private property. In Yelahanka, a tree got uprooted and leaned onto a house, which was cleared by gangmen later. In Battarahalli 3rd cross a tree cracked and fell on a house. However, no damage was reported. In Krishnarajapura 3rd cross in Rajarajeshwarinagar, the head of a tree fell on the road causing traffic jam for a couple of hours. In Chunchunghatta near J P ...
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Wayanad: Boost for tigers, loss for humans 21.8.2019
Wayanad: The tigers will get a boost if the Kozhikode-Kollegal NH 766 (earlier NH 212) is closed down as suggested by the Supreme Court. But the development of the entire region would be mauled if the suggestion is implemented. The SC observation came while considering the petitions submitted against the  night traffic ban through the route on August 7. The night traffic through NH 766 and NH  67 (Gundelpett-Ooty road), both passing through the Bandipur wildlife sanctuary, was banned by Manoj Kumar Meena, the then Chamaraj Nagar district collector in Karnataka, on June 3, 2009. Since then the people of the region have been struggling to travel across the forest region at night. The apex court has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change to file an affidavit within four weeks  on how to improve the alternative route in tune with the width and other features of NH 766, "which may, in the long run, be closed down altogether." The verdict cited section 38V ...
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Emma takes guitar lessons 21.8.2019 The Shillong Times
Actor Tom Felton shared a photograph of him giving guitar lessons to his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson here. Felton, who essayed Draco Malfoy in the popular Harry Potter franchise, took to his Instagram to share the photograph, where he is seen teaching Watson how to place her fingers on the guitar strings. He captioned ...
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A handmade tale 21.8.2019 Buzz – The Navhind Times
‘Craftworks – The Accessories Fair’, which begins on August 23, will feature a range of handmade jewellery created by a group of women using environmentally friendly materials. NT BUZZ finds out more ‘Craftworks – The Accessories Fair’ curated by Aira Mirchandani and Monica Dalvi is all set to showcase the talent of 14 women from …
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It is time to drastically change the way we bring up our boys 21.8.2019 The Asian Age | Home
Men want to marry a working woman (in theory) but are completely unprepared for the practical reality of a marriage where both partners work.
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Chill out in pub city but keep it quiet, guys! 21.8.2019
They are the watering holes of the city, drawing the young by hordes  and contributing immensely to its buzzing nightlife. Today  Pub City Bengaluru has  nearly 700 pubs lining its busy commercial roads like Church Street and Brigade Road in the Central Business District and even the bylanes of its residential neighbourhoods. But while the pubs have  become a part and parcel of the city culture, visited by the young and happening, behind the good times they offer is a story of increasing struggle as the owners try to cope with the rising hostility of people in the residential localities they have moved into and the recent police raids. With the police launching a war on drugs, the pubs are being raided more frequently of late on suspicion of allowing their use on their premises by their young clients.   They are also raided for other reasons. Only recently the  police raided three pubs in Indiranagar  on the orders of the High Court following complaints about loud ...
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The actress with magical hands 21.8.2019
After her shocking discovery on the amount of chemicals and harmful ingredients used in commercial baking, renowned actress Aishwariyaa Bhaskaran took it upon herself to start baking healthy products. She was even more shocked to learn about the chemicals in the cosmetic industry and that piqued her interest in making soaps free of animal cruelty issues and chemicals. This gave rise to a passionate hobby which soon turned into orders from friends and family who started loving her products. Born to actress Lakshmi, Aishwariyaa had an upbringing with dogs, plants and vegetarian food. It was only after her marriage in a Muslim household that she tried her hand at full-fledged cooking and started eating non-veg. But her life took a U-turn when a friend sent her a documentary Food Inc, about agribusiness that produces unhealthy food that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees. "Thanks to my daughter Anaina, I was already environment conscious and practised a lot of reuse, ...
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Lok Sabha Secretariat bans plastic items in Parliament with immediate effect 21.8.2019

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha Secretariat said it has banned the use of non-reusable plastic water bottles and other plastic items within the Parliament complex with effect from Tuesday.

All officers and staff of the Secretariat and other allied agencies working in the Parliament House Complex have been asked to comply with the directions, the secretariat said in a statement.

They have also been advised to use environment friendly biodegradable bags and other material, it added.

"This initiative by the Lok Sabha Secretariat is a step towards the call by the Prime Minister to the nation to make the country free from plastics," it said.

In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to abandon the use of single-use plastic and take significant steps to achieve this objective by October 2, when the country celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

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Passive aggression, child's 'cry for help' 21.8.2019
Bengaluru: "I completely forgot about this." "I will do this, but have something else to do first." "I didn"t know that this is what was expected from me," even after specific instructions. "Will be there in a minute," but takes longer to reach. "I will do it tomorrow," while unending tomorrows pass." These statements are not new for children of our silicon city. However, when repeated consistently by the child, irrespective of being subjected to accommodative environment/s, the child resorts to Passive Aggression. Passive Aggression is a deliberate and masked way of expressing feelings of anger right from the pre-schooling years when children learn that "compliant defiance" is better than undergoing punishment (as compiled from multiple definitions). Studies have explained that passive aggression answers the "deafness" of a child towards doing homework as well as the child"s "aversion" ...
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G7 summit 2019 may end without joint communique due to trade tensions 20.8.2019
France: A Group of Seven summit to be held this weekend in France will likely end without a joint communique due to gaps between member nations on trade, a Japanese government official with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. It would be the first time a G7 summit ends without a communique since meetings began in 1975, underscoring the rift US President Donald Trump's "America First" trade policies has created among the G7 advanced economies. "It's crucial for everyone to create a common understanding through thorough debate. But it's hard to deliver messages to the rest of the world when a communique isn't going to be issued," the official said, confirming an earlier report by Japan's public broadcaster NHK that there was no plan so far to issue a communique after the G7 leaders' meeting. "There's no doubt the G7 will discuss the impact trade frictions could have on the global economy," the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity ...
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Retd prof moves Madras HC seeking directive to demolish Vedanta's Sterlite plant 20.8.2019
Chennai: A retired professor has moved the Madras High Court, seeking a direction to demolish the Vedanta group's Sterlite Copper unit in Tuticorin and restore the site to its previous state by re mediating the environment, including the soil and water on Tuesday. The Tamil Nadu government closed down the copper smelter unit on May 28, 2018 over pollution concerns. Fatima, the 65-year-old petitioner, submitted that though over a year had passed, no steps have been taken to restore the area and remediate the damage caused to the environment. She also claimed that such steps can be taken only after demolishing or dismantling the existing structure and prayed that the court direct the government and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to take immediate steps to assess the contamination caused by various hazardous installations in the factory premises and evolve a scientific remediation plan. The PIL, which has been posted along with the main plea moved by Vedanta, challenging the closure order and ...
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