In 2 years, India added a Delhi and Goa in green cover

NEW DELHI: India’s green cover increased by 5,188 sq km (0.6%), an area the size of Goa and Delhi put together, in the past two years, shows a new assessment report of the government on the status of forest and tree covers in the country, released on Monday. The increase accounts for rise in forest cover by 3,976 sq km and tree cover by 1,212 sq km, putting the total green cover of India at 8,07,276 sq km which is 24.56% of the country’s geographical area. Without accounting for tree…

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Diet easily affects quality of sperm, find researchers | Health News

Sweden: Researchers have found a study that sperm is affected by diet and its results appear rapidly. The research also gave new insights into the sperm process which, in the long term, can continue to assess sperm values by modern testing methods. The study published in ‘PLOS Biology’ was found by researchers at Linkoping University who fed healthy young men a high sugar diet. Anita Ost, a senior lecturer in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at the University, and also the head of the study said: “We see…

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Indian-Americans hold protest rally against CAA

WASHINGTON: A group of Indian-Americans gathered around the Mahatma Gandhi statue in front of the Indian Embassy here and held a peaceful protest against the recently amended Citizenship Act. According to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 following religious persecution there will get Indian citizenship. Displaying posters like ‘United Against Hate’ and ‘Stop Dividing India,’ the protestors, about 150 Indian-Americans from the Greater Washington Area, on Saturday alleged that…

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Alaska set to finish 2019 with record warm year

ANCHORAGE: Alaska is set to finish 2019 with a record average high temperature after a year of extremes ranging from a sweltering summer and rampant wildfires to vanishing sea ice and winter rains where heavy snows were once the norm. Wildlife also suffered from the state’s chaotic weather, with mass die-offs of seabirds and marine mammals struggling to cope with ecological upheaval. The turmoil is part of a rapid warming pattern in which Alaska – at the leading edge of climate change due to its proximity to the Arctic –…

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Akkineni Nagarjuna Turns NIA Officer for His Next Project Wild Dog

Telugu actor Akkineni Nagarjuna has given a treat to his fans before the commencement of 2020. The actor has announced his new project titled Wild Dog. The upcoming film, which is a true life inspired drama, will see Nagarjuna portray the role of ACP Vijay Varma, who is an NIA officer. Sharing his first look from the film, Nagarjuna wrote, “Excited to be part of a true-life inspired drama after a long time. Playing an NIA officer!! New age technicians and new format film making. One never stops learning!! 2020…

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Prime movers – Cover Story News

Fame didn’t always get them on the INDIA TODAY cover. Our past newsmakers have been chosen for how they changed the newscape in a particular year. Narendra Modi makes his fourth appearance in 20 years Prime movers Fame didn’t always get them on the INDIA TODAY cover. Our past newsmakers have been chosen for how they changed the newscape in a particular year. Narendra Modi makes his fourth appearance in 20 years. Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from…

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A prison sojourn  – Cover Story News

In what his own party and non-BJP opposition parties describe as ‘vendetta politics’, the former finance minister is sent to jail. Incarcerated: Chidambaram en route to a special court five days after his arrest on Aug. 21 (Photo: EPA) Among the abiding images of 2019 will be the one of two CBI sleuths scaling the walls of P. Chidambaram’s house in Jor Bagh in Delhi. On August 21, the officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation, which was famously derided as a ‘caged parrot’ by the highest court of the…

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The space craftsman – Cover Story News

The Moon mission chief saw a couple of reverses, but the country’s space journey is on course. Moon man: K. Sivan with models of ISRO rockets at the Sriharikota launch centre (Photo: Reuben Singh) For Kailasavadivoo Sivan, 62, who joined the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in 1982 when the country was bracing itself to join the spacefarers club, leading the Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, as ISRO’s chairman was a rare fulfilling moment in his career. Though the hopes of landing a spacecraft on the Moon didn’t materialise after the Vikram…

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India’s tall hope – Cover Story News

Sheer determination and dedication have help the badminton star scale the peak of sporting achievement. Queen of the court: Sindhu in action in Changzhou at the China Open in September (Photo: Getty Images) It took just 37 minutes for Pusarla Venkata Sindhu to become the first Indian to win the Badminton World Federation World Championship at St Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on August 25. She is the third woman player to have reached the finals of the world championships three times in a row-in 2017, 2018 and 2019-a rare feat…

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Straight bat – Cover Story News

Sourav Ganguly, the man who many believe helped Indian cricket grow a spine, now heads the BCCI. Suave ganguly: At the India Today Conclave East 2019 in Kolkata, Dec. 6 (Photo: Bandeep Singh) Sourav Ganguly loves playing the waiting game. If stories of him deliberately keeping Australian skipper Steve Waugh waiting for the toss have become folklore, his last-minute arrival as the consensus candidate for the post of BCCI president was no less intriguing. What added a twist was his meeting Union home minister and BJP president Amit Shah in…

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Firefighter No. 1 – Cover Story News

The RBI head has easily mended Centre-RBI ties. Fixing the economy is proving more difficult. High profile: The RBI governor at the India Today Conclave 2019 in Mumbai (Photo: Bandeep Singh) Shaktikanta Das assumed office as the 25th governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at a time the central bank was the cynosure of all eyes, albeit for the wrong reasons. The previous governor, Urjit Patel, had locked horns with the central government on a host of issues, most importantly that of the RBI’s autonomy. With Patel’s acrimonious…

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Warrior against Poverty – Cover Story News

Banerjee and Duflo’s decade-long work on poverty and development economics fetches them the Nobel Prize in Economics. Nobel bearing: Banerjee receives the award from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on December 10 (Photo: AFP) Long before economist Abhijit Banerjee won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics jointly with his wife, French-American economist Esther Duflo, and American Michael Kremer, ‘for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty’, their work was captured in Banerjee and Duflo’s 2011 bestseller, Poor Economics. Eight years later, announcing their win, the Nobel committee wrote, ‘The…

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