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2008-08-17 18:00:37

NEW DELHI: After two years of uncertainty, the Panna diamond mines will start producing what they are famous for - clear brilliant 'Motichul', green-tinted 'Manik', faint-orange 'Panna' and sepia coloured 'Bansput'. The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the go ahead to mining activity at Panna. But it came with a surprise package - an environment impact monitoring committee, which will include environmentalist Belinda Wright, one of the most disliked names in the corridors of the ministry...

2008-08-13 15:00:29

HYDERABAD: The Rangareddy district administration will issue notices to all residents who constructed houses on lake beds. "We will issue notices to citizens who had constructed their houses within the full tank level (FTL) of lakes. Legal action will be taken against them," Rangareddy collector M Dana Kishore said here on Sunday. According to officials, notices would be given to them under the Panchayat Act and Irrigation Act. When questioned about the timing of issuing notices, Dana...

2008-08-13 15:00:29

By Chittaranjan Tembhekar Mumbai: The water table in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) appears to be under persistent threat. Over 5,000 sq km of the Patalganga river basin on the south-eastern fringes of the metropolitan region is fast succumbing to chemical pollution and bad waste management. A year after Wilbur Smith Associates Pvt Ltd-with the help of state agencies-reported about the high levels of contamination on the 54 km-long river stretch from Khopoli to Dharamtar creek...

2008-08-12 00:00:37

By Neha Pushkarna NEW DELHI: The 1415 students passing out of IIT Delhi on Saturday had gratitude for their alma mater as well as concern for its changing standards. Fresh graduates chose to look back at the years they spent at IITD and admitted that the only problem they faced while studying there was acute faculty shortage. Many students, who received their degrees on Saturday, said that they remembered often studying in a class of 80 students with just one teacher. Now with OBC quota...

2008-08-12 00:00:33

BELLARY: The government will soon come out with a mining policy to curb illegal mining activities, said tourism and infrastructure development minister G Janardhana Reddy. Reddy, who is also in-charge minister of the district, spoke to reporters on the policy after addressing a meeting of the heads of various departments here on Saturday. "Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa has decided to bring in a mining policy to tackle illegal mining across the state, which is posing threat to environment...

2008-08-12 00:00:20

By Parth Shastri AHMEDABAD: Forensic and computer experts have confirmed with Mumbai investigators that the connection used by American citizen Ken Haywood in Navi Mumbai was used by other users in the last three months. And Haywood had been complaining about his inflated communication bill for these three months to the service provider. According to police sources, the team sent from Ahmedabad had discussed the terror mail with the local investigators who provided some vital links in...

2008-08-11 12:00:57

By Kapil Bajaj When the Delhi High Court ordered, on February 8 this year, to shut down about 10,000 (a widely reported but unconfirmed number) private unauthorised schools running in Delhi if they failed to meet standards and get government recognition, one of the agencies supposed to do thehatchet job was Municipal Corpor-ation of Delhi, itself the manager of over 1,700 primary schools in the city. A series of surveys, conducted over recent years, have revealed MCD's abysmal record in...

2008-08-11 00:00:32

By Annie Freeda Cruez KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian students at India's Manipal University may get a lifeline if recognition for the university's degrees is withdrawn. Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said yesterday his ministry would help the students get into a recognised medical college by way of credit transfer. The fate of the 54 Malaysians enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and dentistry courses at the university will be known, hopefully, on...

2008-08-11 00:00:29

By Pranava K Chaudhary PATNA: The much publicised super-thermal power project of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Barh is in a limbo. It is unlikely to start power generation by 2011. The then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had laid the foundation stone of this ambitious project (660x3 MW) in 1999 amidst much fanfare at Barh. The Union ministry of power has set up a committee to look into the irregularities in awarding the contract for purchasing boiler for this plant....

2008-08-11 00:00:28

By Surinder Awasthi CHANDIGARH: Punjab seems to be heading for a dearth of qualified and competent faculty, deterioration in education standards and unemployment in technical manpower with 21 more engineering colleges getting approval by the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). This means a 50% increase this year in their number against 42 started last year. Confirming this, secretary, technical education Tajinder Kaur said 21 engineering colleges with initial intake of over...

Latest States and territories of India Reference Libraries

Bombay Duck, Harpadon nehereus
2013-10-24 12:18:24

The Bombay Duck (Harpadon nehereus), known also as the bummalo, is, in spite of its name, not a duck but a lizardfish. It is native to the waters between Mumbai and Kutch within the Arabian Sea, and a smaller number can also be found in the Bay of Bengal. Large numbers are also caught in the South China Sea. This fish is often dried and salted before it is eaten, as its meat doesn’t have a distinctive taste of its own. After the drying process, the odor of the fish is very powerful, and it...

2009-01-17 17:31:24

The Purple Frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) is a species of frog belonging to the family Sooglossidae. It is found in the Western Ghats in India. It is also known as the Pignose Frog. It is a fairly new recognized species as it was discovered in 2003. However it was well known to the local people before this and several earlier specimens had been ignored. It is a unique species for its geographic region. The Purple Frog looks like a typical frog. It has a squat body, somewhat rounded...

2007-01-02 10:30:06

The Nilgiri langur (Trachypithecus johnii) is a langur found in the Nilgiri hills of the Western Ghats in South India. Its range also includes Kodagu in Karnataka, Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu and many other hilly areas in Kerala. This primate has glossy black fur on its body and golden brown fur on its head. It is similar in size and long tailed like the gray langurs. Females have a white patch of fur on the inner thigh. It lives in troops of five to sixteen monkeys. The animal is often seen...

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  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
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