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A Covid testing centre in Kochi (representational image) | Source: Lakshadweep administration

How Lakshadweep has managed to be India’s only territory without coronavirus

The union territory, which is an archipelago of 36 islands, has even requested the central government to allow schools to reopen.
Representational image | Sea cucumbers | Photo: Flickr

CBI to probe ‘smuggling’ of sea cucumbers — in first wildlife protection case in years

CBI registered the case over smuggling of endangered species after a request from the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau.
Security personnel and passengers wear masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus at Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal, Friday I

Lakshadweep to stop foreign tourists from entering islands due to coronavirus outbreak

Lakshadweep MP, Mohammed Faizal, says domestic tourists would be allowed to enter the islands after proper screening at reporting centres.
Coral reef ecosystem underwater

New study bolsters argument for translocating corals of Kutch to Lakshadweep

Corals found in the Kutch are more temperature-tolerant, and can, therefore, improve resilience in the reefs in Lakshadweep and help sustain marine ecosystems.
Rajiv Gandhi

When Rajiv Gandhi had a whale of a time in Lakshadweep… and performed a ‘heroic’ act

During his alleged lavish holiday in December 1987, former PM Rajiv Gandhi is also said to have jumped into a lagoon and saved an injured beached whale.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands

7 islands in Lakshadweep and Andamans identified for seaplane operations 

Private sector participation was also invited for tourism-based projects in two archipelagos in the region. 

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.