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TamilNadu :

AP police nab 84 from TN allegedly heading to cut red sanders trees

  • As many as 84 persons from Tamil Nadu, allegedly employed for cutting down red sanders trees in the Seshachalam forests in Andhra Pradesh, were arrested by officials, near the Anjaneyapuram checkpoint on the Chennai- Kadapa Highway in the early hours of Friday (march 2) .

CJ recuses from hearing plea to issue community certificates to Brahmins

  • The Chief Justice of Madras High Court Indira Banerjee onmarch 2 recused from hearing a public interest litigation petition that sought a direction to the State government to “include Brahmins as a community in the list of communities of the State” and issue ‘community certificates’ to them as it was being done with respect to other caste groups

Need to get back to 8-9% GDP growth rate: Rangarajan

  • India is currently growing well below its potential and need to get back to the growth rate of 8-9%, which is key for job creation and social development, said C. Rangarajan, economist and former chairman to the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council.

ONGC oil wells in State are unlicensed, say activists

  • T. Jayaraman, chief co-ordinator of the Anti-Methane Project Federation, said that “Any incident of their oil pipelines leaking or bursting had to always be reported by members of the public living nearby and never did the organisation recognise a lapse in maintenance of their oil wells and pipelines on their own,” .

‘Handloom societies hit by new rules

  •  Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to intervene and sort out the issues. In his letter, Mr. Palaniswami said the clauses restricting incentives only for maximum of three years and fixing the cap for turnover at ₹30 lakh went against the interests of the societies in Tamil Nadu.

Kerala :

UN spotlight on Kerala’s energy-positive campus

  •  the EMC’s energy-positive campus was designed to allow natural cross-flow ventilation from building forms and openings. The campus is equipped with a 30-kilowatt grid-connected solar capacity that exports around 50 kWh a day on an average, with a doubling of the capacity under implementation.

Wayanad to host Orchid Fest-2018

  • Orchid Fest-2018, a three-day international orchid festival being organised jointly by the Department of Agriculture Development and Farmers’ Welfare, Kerala Agricultural University, and Orchid Society of India, will be held at the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) of the university at Ambalavayal in Wayanad district on March 16, 17, and 18.

Karnataka :

Learn history in 3D view with Google Earth Voyager

  • It takes a special knack to bring history to life from boring textbooks with flat 2-dimensional photographs. In schools, teachers often rely on visual aids and videos to grab the attention of students. Some classes, though, are travelling back in time using Google Earth Voyager, which allows children to explore empires and monuments in 3D.

Pavagada solar park inaugurated

  •  Mr. Siddaramaiah said that 2,300 farmers of five villages of Pavagada taluk have leased out 13,000 acres of land at 21,000 per acre per annum with 5% increase once in two years. They have joined the government as partners, shareholders, stakeholders, and are also beneficiaries of the mega project.

Food for anganwadi children under DBT: Maneka Gandhi

  • The Union government is planning to replace the system of providing food to children in anganwadis with direct benefit transfer, Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Maneka Gandhi said in Belagavi .

Andhra Pradesh :

Phirangipuram to be State’s first all-women rail station

  • Indian Railways are for empowerment of women. By handing over a railway station to women, we are showing the potential of women to function in diverse fields,” Divisional Railway Manager, Guntur, V.G Bhooma, told .

India :

India to help build nuclear plant in Bangladesh

  • India, Bangladesh and Russia have signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the construction of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.
Pakistan summons Indian envoy again
  • The Foreign Office said Director-General (South Asia & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned Mr. Singh, and condemned the “unprovoked ceasefire violations” by the Indian forces along the LoC in the Bhimber/Samahini sectors on march 2 .

Plea to raise minimum age for marriage

  • Petitioner advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay said “fertility depends on the age of marriage’’. Therefore the minimum age for marriage for men and women should be made 25 years and 21 years respectively from the current 21 years and 18 years, he said.

Our democracy is a celebration of plurality’, says Narendra Modi

  • India has a “unique heritage of plurality” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, praising India’s Islamic heritage and the need to fight extremism, at an event he attended along with Jordan’s King Abdullah II .

World :

U.S. accuses Putin of breaching Cold War-era treaties

  • The U.S. on March 2 accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of breaching Cold War-era treaties by developing a new generation of “invincible” weapons and said American military was fully prepared to defend the country.The Pentagon said it is not surprised by Mr. Putin’s statement and is fully prepared to defend the country.

Israeli PM Netanyahu quizzed by police in corruption case involving telecom firm

  • Police were questioning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, as part of an investigation into a corruption case involving the country’s telecom giant on march.Last month, two Netanyahu confidantes were arrested on suspicion of promoting regulation worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the Bezeq telecom company.

Britain wants the broadest partnership with EU: May

  • The United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) needed to face up to “hard facts” that neither side could have “exactly what we want”, British Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Friday, in a keenly awaited speech that followed a tumultuous week in Britain’s preparations to leave the union.

 Business :

NestAway raises $51 million from Goldman Sachs, others

  • Home rental start-up NestAway Technologies  said it had raised $51 million (332 crore) in a series D financing from investment bank Goldman Sachs and UC-RNT Fund. Existing investors IDG India and Tiger Global also participated in the round. UC-RNT is a joint venture between Ratan Tata’s RNT Associates and the University of California.

Steel Secy. says U.S. move to place import curbs may not have immediate impact on India

  • India does not expect any immediate impact from United States President Donald Trump’s decision to impose curbs on steel imports, according to Steel Secretary Aruna Sharma .“We have only 2 per cent of our exportto the U.S., so no immediate dent, but validity of Section 232 is stretched to be used as tariff barrier,” she said .

US-INDIAN-GRANT

  • An Indian-American scientist has been awarded a grant of over $1.1 million (Rs. 7 crore) by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Navin Varadarajan of the University of Houston will work on improving T-cell immunotheraphy .

Sports :

Navjot first woman wrestler to win gold at Asian Championships

  • Navjot Kaur  scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold at the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships as she clinched the yellow metal in the 65kg freestyle category, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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