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Anna Hazare on indefinite fast
Social activist Anna Hazare is set to go on an indefinite hunger strike against the Centre in Delhi on Friday, nearly seven years after his anti-corruption movement caught the imagination of millions of Indians and shook the then UPA government. The venue of his protest is the same iconic Ramlila Maidan, where he had sat on a hunger strike in 2011 demanding that the then government set up a Lokpal to investigate cases of corruption.
Published at 12.05 p.m.
Olive Ridley eggs at Versova Beach
Despite Mumbai’s polluted beaches, Olive Ridley turtles seem to have found one beach clean enough to nest. A group of volunteers, engaged in a clean-up of the Versova beach on Thursday, spotted around 80 hatchlings. They called forest officials and ensured the turtles had a smooth passage into the sea.
Published at 9.40 a.m.
German President in India
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to explore ways to further broad base ties between the two countries in a range of areas including trade and investment. Mr. Steinmeier, accompanied by his wife Elke Budenbender, arrived on his first visit to India as German president.
Published at 10.35 a.m.
US Senate passes huge spending bill
The US Senate passed a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill in dramatic dark-of-night fashion early on Friday, overcoming hurdles that threatened to send the government into its third shutdown of 2018. Lawmakers stared down a self-imposed deadline of midnight on Friday, when federal funding was set to expire, and passed the mammoth package by a vote of 65-32, with hours to spare.
Published at 9.50 a.m.
Bamboo cultivation in Agartala
A vast population of mainly tribals in the northeastern region depend on bamboo cultivation and trading to earn a living. Bamboo is used 4 multiple purposes like constructing dwelling, traditional utensils and crafts, and decorative items which has an increasing demand in foreign markets. The technique is often used by smugglers to smuggle bamboo to Bangladesh as all rivers of Tripura flow into neighbouring country of Bangladesh.
Direct flight to Tel Aviv
The direct maiden flight of Air India to Tel Aviv from New Delhi arrived on Thursday, heralding a new chapter in the India-Israel ties and ending a decades-old overfly ban by Saudi Arabia. Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport at 2215 (Israeli time).
Lewis Hamilton wins practice session at Australian GP
World champion Lewis Hamilton made an ominous start to the season as he led a Mercedes one-two in opening practice for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on Friday.
Kane Williamson hits 18th century
Kane Williamson became New Zealand’s most prolific century-maker when he reached the three-figure mark for the 18th time on the second day of the first Test against England on Friday.