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18 Mar 2018, Edition - 978, Sunday


  • The Congress and other political parties have been alleging that EVMs tampered during polls and demanding reintroduction of the ballot paper system of voting.
  • J&K Minister Altaf Bukhari sings praises for Separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Bukhari: Geelani is a very big leader and my stature is too small
  • Pro-Khalistan terrorist convicted of killing former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh does not regreat his action, says his lawyer.
  • MS Dhoni all praise for Nepal after it was granted ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • Mohammed Shami issues clarification on wife’s ‘rape’ allegations
  • According to reports, a Bangladesh player broke the glass while celebrating the team’s win over Sri Lanka in the T20I Nidahas Trophy tri-series.
  • 43-year-old Tara had earlier confessed to his involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh in 1995.
  • Delhi: NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) busts big drug racket.
  • 3 Bangladeshi nationals held in Pune | Arrested nationals said to have terror links | Accused have links with Al Qaeda affiliate | ATS to probe their terror links
  • Modi and his associates allegedly defrauded Punjab National Bank of around Rs 13,000 crore through fraudulent LOUs of PNB


India among 17 mega diverse countries

Covai Post Network

India is one of the 17 mega-diverse countries, comprising the diverse ecological habitats such as forests, grasslands, wetlands, coastal and marine ecosystems and desert ecosystems, a senior research scientist in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) said on Thursday.

Inaugurating a 21-day advanced faculty training on ‘Innovative Approaches and Methods in Insect Biodiversity Conservation’ at the University, Director of Research Dr. M. Maheswaran said India is having nearly 89,500 species, of which insect alone accounted for 59,350 species.

The training is organised by Department of Agricultural Entomology, Centre for Plant Protection Studies, TNAU in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Fifteen agricultural scientists from various State Agricultural Universities and national Institutes under ICAR, representing 11 States and a Union Territory are participating in the programme.