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Fly species

Scientists discover prehistoric ‘Gangnam Style’ fly that lived 110 million years ago

Buccinatormyia gangnami flies, the nectar-feeding species named after 2012 PSY hit 'Gangnam Style', were harmless & mimicked wasps to keep predators away.
Vladimir Putin

All’s not well in Putin’s Russia and Moscow’s elections revealed the cracks

Russian voters are looking beyond President Putin and Putinism for solutions to everyday problems.
Moscow protests

Over 20,000 gather in Moscow to protest disqualification of opposition candidates

The elections for Moscow City Duma, the legislative body that passes laws and agrees on the budget for the Russian capital, will be held on 8 September.
Aeroflot plane catches fire killing 41 passengers

EU looks for chiefs of 3 bodies, Moscow toll touches 41

In the most intense surge in violence since 2014 between Gaza and Israel, 27 people have been killed in the last four days.
Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah asks Centre: Dialogue with Taliban is okay but talks with J&k stakeholders is not?

India will participate in a dialogue on Afghanistan in the presence of Taliban representatives hosted by Russia in Moscow.

Global Pulse: China’s Blue Water Naval Ambition

Amid rising tensions in the region, China launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier, expanding its fleet to two such vessels. China plans for a fleet of six such aircraft carriers. The launching is a key milestone in China’s effort to build a “blue water” navy capable of projecting power beyond the country’s immediate coast and protecting increasingly far-flung interests, said Bloomberg. China’s first aircraft carrier was constructed by the Soviet Union and refitted by the Chinese. The new carrier is slightly larger. The launch comes as tensions between North Korea and the United States over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs recently dragged Beijing into the debate. The US Army began installing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system onto a golf course in Seongju, South Korea, as a response to the North Korean threat. http://bit.ly/2py5qaB https://bloom.bg/2ph3Rv0 ETHNIC NATIONALISM, TINGED WITH BIGOTRY “A virulent nationalism, tinged with bigotry, is on the rise across much...

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Ramayan

Game of Thrones holds viewership records, but Ramayan could cause ‘curfews’ in India

In the post-Matrix world, it will be tough to go back to the slow-moving arrows of old Ramayan, especially when newer shows have been our experience to TV mythology.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Ramayan on DD: Best way to keep India’s elderly indoors or show the young TV beyond Netflix?

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was a rage in the late 1980s, has made a comeback at a time when the 21-day lockdown has forced people indoors.

Defence

File image of medical staff at isolation ward where 3 patients were admitted for suspected coronavirus infection, in New Delhi | ANI

Army doctor and JCO test positive for Covid-19, both had travelled to Delhi separately

The latest cases have come over 10 days after an Army jawan in Leh tested positive for Covid-19 to become the first its victim in the 13-lakh strong force.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.