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Oriental Pied Hornbills paying a surprise visit
to Lavanya Prakash’s home in the West Coast.
Singapore’s conservation efforts are paying off with many
species of animals and birdlife thriving in this ‘city in a garden’
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First women fighter pilots by
THE first three women fighter
pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF)
will be commissioned by the end
of this year, while a second batch
of three women are being trained
for the role.
Asked if more women officers
would be commissioned as fighter
pilots, IAF chief B.S. Dhanoa said
it depends on how many women
volunteer and how many of them
clear the aptitude and other tests
required for the role.
He added that it is currently an
experimental project for five years,
and the Defence Ministry will then
decide whether to continue it.
Goa beaches open for
swimming after monsoon ban
AFTER being sealed off for swim-
ming during the monsoon, safe
swim zones were re-opened at
Goa’s popular beaches on Oct 9.
At the start of the monsoon
season, the lifeguards’ body
had issued an advisory instruct-
ing visitors to the beach not to
venture into the sea from June to
The agency has also issued
safety tips, which urge beachgoers
to keep a close eye on children
while in the water and to avoid
swimming during rough tides.
IMF cuts India’s growth
THE International Monetary
Fund (IMF) has reduced India’s
growth forecast for this year to
6.7 per cent, down from an earlier
estimate of 7.2 per cent, pointing
to the lingering impact of demon-
etisation and transition to the
Goods and Services Tax.
The government has faced
criticism over its handling of the
economy after growth slowed to
a three-year low of 5.7 per cent
from April to June.
But India is likely to regain the
fastest growing major economy
tag next year when it is expected
to grow 7.4 per cent.
Delhi Metro increases fares
for distances above 2km
THE Delhi Metro has increased
its fares — for the second time
this year — despite opposition
from the Delhi government, ignit-
ing mostly negative responses
from commuters amid some
confusion over the hike.
The minimum fare of Rs10 for a
distance of up to 2km will remain
the same. Fares for all the other
slabs were hiked.
The new fares are Rs20 for 2km
to 5km, Rs30 for 5km to 12km,
Rs40 for 12km to 21km, Rs50
for 21km to 32km and Rs60 for a
ride longer than that.
Legislators to be served lunch
during sessions in Bengaluru
FOOD will be served to legisla-
tors at the Vidhana Soudha in
Bengaluru, seat of the Karnataka
state legislature, when it is in ses-
The decision to serve lunch was
made after observing that many
legislators go out to eat and skip
the post-lunch session.
The menu served will be dif-
ferent each day, including boiled
vegetables, chapatis, and fruits, as
well as non-vegetarian fare.
LED lights to keep leopards
LED lights have found a new
use in India — to reduce human-
leopard conflict in the Aarey Milk
Colony in Goregaon.
The forest department is dis-
tributing specialised red blinking
LEDs to keep leopards at bay.
Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar,
deputy conservator of forests, said
the blinking LED lights will make
it look like there is some activity
there, keeping the leopards away.
The forest department has
distributed 20 LED lights and will
get feedback from locals. It is also
carrying out the experiment in
some other parts of Maharashtra
and has seen some success.
Delhi’s Central Vista has a
new lighting system
A SPECIAL lighting system for
Central Vista — comprising the
iconic North and South Block
buildings of the Indian govern-
ment — with 16 million colour
combinations, displaying a wide
range of patterns and themes at
night, with colours changing ev-
ery few seconds, was inaugurated
on Oct 11.
Costing Rs15.40 crores, the
new lighting which spans an area
of 21,450sq m on the facade of
the two buildings, will be on show
from 7pm to 5am throughout the
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