IPL 2024: Marcus Stoinis helps Lucknow breach the Chennai fortress with unbeaten century
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by Tanya Kini
4h ago
Marcus Stoinis was the architect of a brilliant chase that saw Lucknow Super Giants do the double over Chennai Super Kings to beat them by six wickets in the 2024 Indian Premier League on Tuesday. The Australian batter struck an unbeaten 124 off 63 balls to guide his team home with three balls to spare in the chase of 211. Having put Chennai in to bat first, Lucknow got off to a great start, dismissing Ajinkya Rahane in the first over. However, Chennai captain Ruturaj Gaikwad marshalled his troops admirably, becoming the anchor of the innings with an unbeaten 108 off 60 balls. Alongside Gaikw ..read more
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Fewer flamingos flock to East African lakes – a warning sign that all is not well below the surface
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by Aidan Byrne, The Conversation
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Huge pink flocks of millions of flamingos – flamboyances of flamingos – are one of nature’s great spectacles. But colleagues and I have uncovered worrying trends in the salty and highly-alkaline “soda lakes” of east Africa where most of these birds live. Lesser flamingos are the most numerous of the six species of flamingo found across the world, and more than three quarters are found in the soda lakes of Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Despite their numbers, with estimates ranging between two million and three million birds, the species is in decline and officially classified as “near threaten ..read more
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Centre asks SC to modify 2G verdict to allow spectrum assignment through non-auction means
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by Scroll Staff
8h ago
The Centre on Monday moved an application before the Supreme Court seeking modification of its 12-year-old judgement in the 2G spectrum scam case, which mandated that public resources such as telecommunications spectrum be allocated through an auction, Live Law reported. The alleged 2G spectrum allocation scam is said to have originated in 2008, when the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology sold 122 2G licences on a first-come-first-served basis. In its judgement in February 2012, the court had set aside the first-come-first-served basis for the assignment of 2G spectru ..read more
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Our bank accounts frozen after protest against Adani port, alleges Kerala Latin church
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by Scroll Staff
9h ago
The archdiocese of the Latin Catholic Church in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday alleged that its bank accounts has been frozen by the Union government after the fisherfolk’s protest against the Adani port project in nearby Vizhinjam, The Indian Express reported. In 2022, a group of fisherfolk, under the aegis of the Latin Catholic diocese of Thiruvananthapuram, had begun protesting against the Rs 7,500-crore project led by billionaire Gautam Adani’s ports business. They alleged that the project would cause coastal erosion and damage their livelihoods. The protest took a violent turn on ..read more
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Lok Sabha 2024: Parties court queer voters but promises ring hollow
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by Annie Banerji, Thomson Reuters Foundation
9h ago
India’s two main parties are pledging to improve life for LGBTQ+ people if they win a general election that starts on Friday, but campaigners say they are paying lip service to gay and trans rights by dodging the key issue of same-sex marriage. Despite progress on queer rights, same-sex relations remain taboo in India and many queer people hide their identity for fear of discrimination. Last year, the Supreme Court declined to legalise gay marriage in a major setback to equality gains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party – which is expected to win a third term and opp ..read more
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Foreign correspondents protest Australian journalist being ‘effectively pushed out’ amid visa row
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by Scroll Staff
10h ago
A group of foreign correspondents in India on Tuesday protested Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s South Asia bureau chief Avani Dias being “effectively pushed out” of India by the Union government after being told that her visa would not be extended due to her reporting on a Sikh separatist’s killing. “...though not technically expelling her, Indian authorities have effectively pushed out a foreign correspondent on the eve of an election that the government describes as the largest democratic exercise in the world,” the correspondents said in an open letter. “Foreign journalists in India ..read more
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Arvind Kejriwal, BRS leader K Kavitha’s judicial custody extended till May 7 in liquor policy case
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by Scroll Staff
10h ago
A Delhi court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader K Kavitha till May 7 in connection with the liquor policy case, Live Law reported. Kejriwal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on March 21 in connection with the case. He was sent to Delhi’s Tihar jail on April 1. Kavitha, who is the daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, was arrested by the central law enforcement agency on March 15. She was then taken into custody by the Central Bureau of Investigation on April 11. On Tuesday, Special ..read more
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Fiction: Mahmud and Ayaz travel from Somnath to Kashmir as questions of citizenship arise
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by R Raj Rao
12h ago
As far as Suleiman was concerned, things went according to plan. Rumours were spread about the plot to blow up the entire Indian Cabinet when it met for a meeting planned that summer in New Delhi, and the police were tipped off with a view to sending them on a wild goose chase. It was Khosravi who first noticed a police picket on the lake and forewarned his guests. After scouring houseboats from one end of the lake to the other, the team finally reached Mission Kashmir. Mahmud, Ayaz and Khosravi were interrogated, their belongings searched. It wasn’t long before the policemen laid their hands ..read more
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Chandigarh JBT admit cards released; here’s direct link to download
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by Scroll Staff
13h ago
The Chandigarh Department of Education has released the admit cards for the Junior Basic Teacher (JBT) recruitment exam 2024 today, April 23. Eligible candidates can check and download their admit cards from the official website www.chdeducation.gov.in. The JBT exam is scheduled to be conducted on April 28 from 9.30 AM to 12.00 noon. The provisional answer keys will be released on April 30, 2024. Here’s the exam schedule. The recruitment drive aims to fill up a total of 396 Junior Basic Teacher posts in the pay matrix of Rs 9,300-34,800 + Grade Pay Rs 4,200 (Level 5). Steps to download JBT ad ..read more
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Party-hopping a ‘disturbing trend’, need stronger anti-defection law: Former VP Venkaiah Naidu
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by Scroll Staff
13h ago
Politicians quitting their parties and fighting elections for other political outfits is a “disturbing trend” that calls for a stronger anti-defection law, former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday, reported The Indian Express. “In the morning, you are in one party, in the afternoon, you join the other one,” the former vice president said at a function in New Delhi after he received the Padma Vibhushan from President Droupadi Murmu. “The next day, you get a ticket to fight the election. First, you are praising your new leader and then you abuse your former leader.” Naidu suggeste ..read more
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