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BY | Saturday, 20 August, 2022

Odisha to prepare wildlife management plan in newly allotted coal block areas

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Saturday decided to prepare a comprehensive wildlife management plan through national level institutes for newly allotted coal block areas keeping in view the safety of wild animals including elephants. At a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra, it was agreed to engage reputed organizations like the Wildlife Institute of India or Indian Institute of Science, for preparing the plan as per national guidelines in a time bound manner. According to Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Satyabrata Sahu, the newly allotted coal blocks included the major reserves like Utkal E coal, Radhikapur East Coal, Radhikapur West coal, and Naini coal blocks. Their probable impact areas included Chhendipada, Kaniha, Jarpada ranges of Angul forest division, and Reamal range of Deogarh forest division.


Second-hand smoke 10th biggest risk factor for cancer: Lancet study  

Washington: People living in close proximity to those who smoke tobacco may have a higher risk of cancer as a new study published in The Lancet journal has found that second-hand smoking is the tenth biggest risk factor for the disease.

Using results from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) 2019 study, the researchers investigated how 34 behavioural, metabolic, environmental, and occupational risk factors contributed to deaths and ill health due to 23 cancer types in 2019.

The study found that smoking, alcohol use, and high body mass index (BMI), were the top three risk factors for cancer. These were followed by unsafe sex, high fasting blood glucose, particle air pollution, asbestos exposure, diets low in whole grains and milk, and second-hand smoking.

These factors accounted for 3.7 million deaths and 87.8 million DALYs in 2019, the researchers said.


Mumbai police get threat messages warning ’26/11-like’ attack and plan to ‘blow up’ city

Mumbai: Mumbai police’s traffic wing has received several text messages on its helpline number, threatening that a “26/11-like” attack will be carried out in the city by six persons and “preparations are on to blow up” the metropolis, an official said on Saturday. The police said that prima facie the number from which the messages were sent is from outside the country. The city police’s crime branch has initiated an investigation into it, the official added. In one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in the country’s history, 166 people were killed and more than 300 other injured as 10 heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan created mayhem in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.


If a judge clears 50 cases, 100 more are filed: Rijiju on pendency in courts

New Delhi: With the number of pending cases nearing the 5-crore mark, Law Minister Kiren Rijju on Saturday said if a judge disposes off 50 cases, 100 new litigations are filed as people are more aware now and approach courts to settle disputes. Rijju had said that over 4.83 crore cases are pending in courts across the country. While 4 crore cases are pending in lower courts, the Supreme Court is burdened with a pendency of over 72,000 cases. The proposed law on mediation will help bring down the number with a focus on alternate dispute resolution mechanism, Rijju claimed.


Scotland museum signs deal to return 7 ancient artefacts to India

London: Seven artefacts, including a stone door jamb stolen from a Hindu temple in Uttar Pradesh, has been transferred back to India by Glasgow’s museums as part of Scotland’s “largest-ever” repatriation of objects from a single collection. Glasgow Life, a charitable organisation which runs the city’s museums, had confirmed the handover earlier this year and the arrangement was formalised on Friday at a transfer of ownership ceremony at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in the presence of Acting Indian High Commissioner to the UK Sujit Ghosh. Other artifacts include a ceremonial Indo-Persian talwar or sword, believed to date back to the 14th century, and an 11th century carved stone door jamb taken from a temple in Kanpur.


India’s star Olympic football captain Samar ‘Badru’ Banerjee dead

Kolkata: Former India football team captain Samar ‘Badru’ Banerjee, who led the country to a historic fourth-place finish in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died here in the early hours of Saturday after a prolonged illness. He was 92. Banerjee is survived by his daughter-in-law. Fondly known as ‘Badru Da’, he was suffering from Alzheimer, Azotemia and high-blood pressure related ailments, and was admitted at the MR Bangur Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 on July 27. “As his health deteriorated, he was shifted to the state-run SSKM Hospital under the supervision of state sports minister Arup Biswas. He breathed his last around 2:10am,” Mohun Bagan secretary Debasish Dutta told PTI.






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