Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, founded in 1965, is an annual international showcase of the best in nature photography. This year, the contest attracted more than 48,000 entries from 100 countries. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. The owners and sponsors have once again been kind enough to share the following 15 winning images from this year’s competition. The museum’s website has images from previous years and more...

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Miss Kohima contestant is viral for her message to PM Modi

A contestant of the Miss Kohima 2019 beauty pageant has made headlines for her response to a question involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The contest was held in the Nagaland capital Kohima on October 5.During the question and answer round, Vikuonuo Sachu was asked by one of the judges about the thing that she would tell PM Modi if he invited her for a chat. Pat came her response as she told the jury without batting an eyelid, "If I were invited by the PM of India, I would tell him to focus more...

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Tiger getting prosthetic paw in world first operation

A tiger is being given a prosthetic paw in the first operation of its kind.Professor Peter Giannoudis - from the University of Leeds - has helped Indian experts with a preliminary operation on a seven-year-old big cat called Sahebrao maimed by a poachers trap.Now, in a world first the tiger will be fitted with an artificial paw in around a month after being rescued from a trap in Gondmohadi village in Chandrapur district back in 2012.The wound later developed gangrene, which meant part of his injured...

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Baby found buried alive highlights India’s battle to protect girls

A baby girl found buried alive in India was a suspected case of female infanticide, police said yesterday, the latest to highlight the preference for sons in a country where the number of girls has been declining. A couple, who went to bury their newborn at a grave after she died in hospital, discovered the youngster inside an earthen pot buried several feet deep, said a police officer in Bareilly city in northern Uttar Pradesh state.“Their spade hit the pot and they heard a baby’s cries coming...

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Karnataka’s captured tiger healthy, under observation

The captured man-eating tiger from Karnataka's Bandipur reserve forest is healthy and under observation at the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre in Mysuru, a wildlife official said on Monday.   "The middle-aged tiger is in a healthy condition and under observation at the Chamundi wildlife rescue and rehab centre in our zoo at Koorgalli," Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens Executive Director Ajit Kulkarni told IANS on phone. In a massive hunting operation lasting 5 days, the killer tiger...

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Who is Abhijit Banerjee, the Indian-American winner of 2019 Economics Nobel?

The 2019 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded Monday to three economists: Prof Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, his wife Prof Esther Duflo and Prof Michael Kremer, for their decades-long research on how to move people out of poverty.While Banerjee and Duflo are professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Kremer is with Harvard University and the three have often worked together.The award this year created a few records.Duflo, 46, is the youngest person ever and only the second woman to receive...

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UAE in Space: Hero Hazzaa AlMansoori returns home

Hazzaa AlMansoori, the UAE’s first Emirati astronaut and hero, is back in his motherland.His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received Hazzaa at the airport with top shaikhs, senior Emirati officials and children.Hazzaa arrived at Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi on Saturday afternoon with Sultan AlNeyadi, reserve Emirati astronaut, and senior officials from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre...

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UAE first country in region to transition to Internet Protocol Version 6

The UAE ranked first in the Middle East in the transition to Internet Protocol Version 6, according to statistics from Ripe NCC, Akamai Technology and Google, less than two years after it has been launched in the country by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.The transition to IPv6 will have a significant positive impact on the implementation of 5G mobile technologies and digital transformation in the UAE on the back of the inability of IPv4 to meet the growing demand in light of the rapid...

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Dubai Police look after boy as parents were in jail

Dubai Police looked after a four-year-old Asian boy who didn’t have shelter or anyone to care for him after his parents went to jail, an official said on Tuesday.Brigadier Tarek Mohammad, director of Naif Police Station, said the police provided shelter, education and medical treatment for the Asian boy until his parents were released.“His mother was serving her jail term in a financial case and his father was under custody, also in connection with a financial case. The boy had no relatives to look...

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G7 pledges millions to help fight Amazon fires

The G7 has agreed to spend $20 million (18 million euros) on the Amazon, mainly to send fire-fighting aircraft to tackle huge blazes engulfing parts of the world’s biggest rainforest, the presidents of France and Chile said Monday.The G7 club -- comprising Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- also agreed to support a medium-term reforestation plan which will be unveiled at the UN in September, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Chile’s Sebastian Pinera said at a summit...

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