Must Read News Articles – March 17, 2019

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Khajaguda rock heritage turning to dust

A large portion of the Khajaguda heritage rock precinct has been reduced to open ground. Massive dumpers move through the day and night, making quite a racket.


‘Patient’ India to work with China on Azhar

When asked how long the government’s patience would last, the source said it could take “days or months” but hopefully not years, adding that India was “in this for the long haul”.

EC to meet social media, IMAI officials

The Election Commission will meet senior functionaries of popular social media platforms on Tuesday to review steps being taken against content that may vitiate the conduct of the Lok Sabha election.

Quotas and a verdict

What is the basis for challenging the 10% quota for the economically backward sections?


Pilgrims hit as drought reduces Pampa to a trickle

The Pampa river is facing acute water scarcity in the foothills of Sabarimala despite the Kerala State Electricity Board periodically releasing water from its Kullar dam in the upstream forest reaches.

Low conviction hinders fight against spurious drugs

Spurious drugs can have harmful side-effects and can even kill. Yet India has been able to decide only 35 cases of the 606 prosecutions launched against the manufacture, sale and distribution of spurious or adulterated drugs from 2015 to 2018.

UN meet dilutes Indian plan to phase out single-use plastics

An ambitious resolution piloted by India to phase out single-use plastics by 2025, was watered down at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) that concluded on Friday in Nairobi.

A gel to selectively remove oil or water

A natural biopolymer, chitosan (a kind of polysaccharide obtained from a chitin shell such as the shrimp’s), which is water-soluble, has been chemically modified by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati to selectively remove either an oil or water phase from an oil-water mixture.

Solar tsunami can trigger the sunspot cycle

It is believed that the “solar dynamo” — a naturally occurring generator which produces electric and magnetic fields in the sun — is linked to the production of sunspots.

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