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Environmenatlists oppose move to shrink eco-zone near Taj

Agra: Local environmentalists on Wednesday again voiced their opposition to the Uttar Pradesh government's move to reduce the eco-sensitive zone limit around Sur Sarovar or Keetham Lake from ten km to just 250 metres.

In an unanimous resolution passed at a conference held at Youth Hostel Hall in the city, the green brigade warned of dangerous consequences of what it called a suicidal step.

SelfieWithDaughter: Can India save 23 million girls?

By Prachi Salve

New Delhi: India’s child sex-ratio (below six years) is now the worst in 70 years, possibly the worst ever. The latest decline was from 927 (girls per 1,000 boys) in 2001 to 918 in 2011.

The child sex-ratio, if it does not improve, will lead to a deficit of 23 million women in the 20-49 age group by 2040.

Urbanisation is worsening the child sex-ratio: it is 905 in towns and cities, 923 in rural areas.

Congress dismisses reports of deal on GST Bill

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday dismissed reports that it offered to ensure smooth passage of Goods and Services Tax Bill in parliament if the government removed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

"Question of quid pro quo on the all-pervading issue of morality and constitutional accountability does not arise," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told the media here.

Demanding the resignations or sacking of BJP ministers were issues of "righteousness", he said.

Ramadan: A day in life of vegetable vendor in Kolkata

By Zaidul Haque,

Kolkata: Abdul Kader Laskar is a vegetable vendor who comes to Kolkata every day from his native village to sell the vegetables. After dropping out from the school in class IX, Laskar is engaged in vegetable business since 1978, but never missed fasting in Ramadan.

Security forces bust guerrilla hideout in Jammu

Jammu: Security forces on Wednesday busted a guerrilla hideout in Jammu region's hilly Kishtwar district, and a large cache of arms and ammunition was recovered, an official said.

which could have been used to abet terrorist activity were recovered.

"We unearthed a cache of weapons and ammunition from a hideout near the remote area of Kasiyan in Kishtwar district today (Wednesday)," defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS here.

Lufthansa Cargo goes live with Technopark's IT firm

Thiruvananthapuram/Frankfurt: Lufthansa Cargo has gone live with Technopark headquartered IBS' iCargo IT solution at 120 stations in its network, including its three hubs of Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna.

Frankfurt is not only Lufthansa Cargo's main hub for its global operations, but also one of Europe's busiest cargo gateways.

An IBS press release issued here on Wednesday said this massive transformation was achieved through a seamless system cutover, with Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt operations in full swing and without major business disruptions.

Victoria Memorial top choice for global travellers

Kolkata: The iconic Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH) here has been inducted in TripAdvisor's 'Hall of Fame' making it the only museum in India to get thumbs up from three global travel-related sites and publications, its curator said on Wednesday.

The memorial, which opened to the public in 1921, has been receiving a 'Certificate of Excellence' since 2011 from TripAdvisor, arguably the world's largest travel and tourism-related website. Now, it is in their 'Hall of Fame'.

India thrashed 0-7, out of Olympic race

Antwerp: The Indian women's team's chances of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics were quashed once and for all after being thrashed 0-7 by Olympic champions Holland in the quarterfinals of the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final here.

After failing to get the lone Olympic berth at the 2014 Asian Games, India needed to finish in top-3 of this 10-team tournament to qualify for the prestigious quadrennial event. But with Tuesday's loss, it ends India's hopes of playing in the Brazilian metropolis next year.

Sabarinathan sworn-in as Kerala legislator

Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader K.A. Sabarinathan was sworn-in as a legislator of the Kerala legislative assembly on Wednesday.

In the results for the Aruvikara by-election announced Tuesday, Sabarinathan, 31, secured 56,448 votes to defeat former speaker and minister M. Vijayakumar, 67, of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), who secured 46,320 votes. O. Rajagopal, 85, of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) garnered 34,145 votes.

No compromise in rape case over wedlock: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday held that there can be no compromise in a rape case in the name of promising wedlock.

An apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said that any compromise promising wedlock between a rape accused and the victim compromises the dignity of the woman.

The court said that such a compromise lacks sensitivity on the part of those promoting a settlement.