Ear-tagging stray cattle and fining owners: Will UP govt crack the whip?

The Yogi Adityanath government, which is taking measures to deal with stray cattle menace, is yet to take the bull by the horns and implement the Central government’s ear-tagging scheme for livestock. The radio-frequency enabled ear-tag is a 12-digit unique identification number, like the Aadhaar, affixed as a yellow tamper-proof tag inside the ear of animals like cows and buffaloes. The Centre, which launched the scheme two years ago largely to keep the animals in good health and check their illegal trade, has made ear-tagging compulsory and farmers are charged nothing…

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Violence continues to rock Kerala, BJP warns CPI(M) govt as over 3,000 held

Violence continued unabated in many parts of Kerala on Saturday ever since two women in their 40s entered the Sabarimala hill temple even as the opposition BJP warned the state government and decided to parade its leaders, including PM Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah in the state. Though police began a clampdown on trouble-makers by arresting more than 3,000 people, orchestrated violence continued to cripple many areas. In trouble-torn Kannur, notorious for red-saffron bloody clashes, houses of many, including an MLA and MP, were attacked on Friday night. Prohibitory orders were…

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German mass data attack ‘known for weeks’ by cyber officials

Germany’s cybersecurity authorities have been criticised after it emerged they knew about a mass data attack on hundreds of politicians for weeks, but did not tell the police. Journalists, celebrities and politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, are among those whose personal data was published online. The attacks took place throughout December, but did not become public knowledge until Friday. It is unclear who was responsible. The contacts, private chats and financial details of figures from every political party – except the far-right AfD – were posted on Twitter. Image copyrightREUTERSImage…

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Syrian Kurds seek deal with government regardless of US pullout

Syrian Kurdish leaders seek a Russian-mediated deal with President Bashar al-Assad’s government regardless of US plans to withdraw from their region, a senior official has said. The deal would mark perhaps the most important milestone because the two biggest chunks of Syria splintered by seven years of war would be rejoined, leaving only a corner in the northwest in the hands of militants. Senior Kurdish official Badran Jia Kurd told Reuters the Kurdish-led administration that runs much of northern Syria presented a roadmap for an agreement with Assad during recent meetings in Russia. “The final decision…

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China’s Xi orders army to be battle-ready amid US tension

Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered the country’s armed forces to get prepared for a “comprehensive military struggle” amid escalating tensions with the United States. The president urged the armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything possible to prepare for battle. Addressing a meeting of the Central Military Commission in the capital Beijing on Friday, Xi said the world is in an era of drastic changes and “China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development,” Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying. He…

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