Silver-haired septuagenarian scientist’s silver screen stint

At 70, when most people kick up their heels, veteran actor Dr Anil Rastogi headed to Mumbai to pursue his hobby, now his profession: acting. Riding the crest of success of ‘Ishaqzaade’, he lived there for four years and did multiple films, TV serials and ad films. The scientist did his first play at the age of 20, first film and TV serial at 44 and became a household name at 69. Interestingly, the same year he celebrated the golden jubilee of his marriage. Running 76, he has 32 films,…

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Private schools in UP announced that they will not admit children from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) in the next session.

Private schools in UP on Thursday announced that they will not admit children from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) in the next session, if the government does not give re-reimbursement for the last six years as per the RTE Act and judgment thereafter. Anil Agarwal, president of Unaided Private Schools’ Association, UP (UPSA), informed that the association has written to the state government demanding immediate re-imbursement of fees payable to schools for admitting/teaching children of EWS and disadvantaged sections, as stipulated by the Right to…

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President Ram Nath Kovind urges people to perform ‘sacred act’ of voting during Lok Sabha polls

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday gave a clarion call to people to perform the “sacred act” of voting, emphasising this year’s general election should be seen as a “once-in-a-century moment” that will shape the India of the remainder of the 21st century. Mr. Kovind said an election was not just a political exercise. It was a collective call to wisdom and a collective call to action. “The ideas and idealism of our democracy will come into force to elect the 17th Lok Sabha.” In his customary address to the…

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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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English medium primary school students in UP don’t want to switch over to Hindi after Class 5

Students enrolled in government-run English medium primary schools say they do not want to switch over to Hindi as a medium when they begin lessons in upper primary school after finishing Class 5. Their demand to convert some of the upper primary schools from Hindi to English medium is growing louder with every passing day. Kajal Kumari, a student of English medium primary school Gejha in Gautam Buddh Nagar said, “Switching back to Hindi will not be easy. I request the authorities to please do something so that we may…

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Amroha custodial death: Victim’s family sold jewellery for cops’ bribe

Family members of 30-year old dalit Balkishan Jatav, who died in police custody in Amroha district of west UP on Wednesday, alleged they had to sell their jewellery to pay the bribe demanded by policemen for Balkishan’s release. “When I reached Dhanaura police station on Monday, I was asked to pay a bribe of ₹ 5 lakh and was threatened that if the money was not given, Balkishan would be charged under serious sections of the IPC and sent to prison. They also told me that they would release Balkishan…

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In Meerut, Muslims sell their cows to stay clear of vigilantes

Badar-ul-Islam, an influential leader from Syana area of Bulandshahr who contested Lok Sabha election against BJP stalwart Kalyan Singh in 2004 and lost by a slender margin of 8,000 votes, says he sold his two cows after Yogi Adityanath came to power in UP. “Sensing the winds of change, I decided to sell my two cows as I didn’t want to buy trouble for myself. I have affection for cows and raised them at my home for over a decade as cow milk is considered best for the health of…

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Girl mauled to death by leopard in Moradabad village

With the onset of winters, the incidents of man-animal conflicts are coming to fore in the Terai region. A 10-year-old girl was mauled to death by a leopard in Khwajapur village under Thakurdwar police station of Moradabad on Saturday. The attack occurred five days after a 23-year-old man was injured in a leopard attack here. Confirming the attack, divisional forest officer (DFO) of Moradabad, Kanhiya Patel said, “A girl, Mahima Mandeya, was attacked in a sugarcane field located near the village. The attack took place at around 5pm.” The animal…

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Ten new species found this year : The secret life of plants

Plant collectors have searched for the hidden wonders of the plant world for centuries. Yet plants that are new to science are still being described, at a rate of about 2,000 a year. Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered and named more than 100 new plants in 2018. Their list of the top new plants includes carnivorous pitcher plants, exotic orchids and climbers with untapped medicinal powers. Herb found in a waterfall Prof Aiah Lebbie discovered an unusual plant clinging to rocks near a water fall in Sierra…

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Fight air pollution and save your lungs with this plant which can clean indoor air

Researchers have genetically modified a common indoor plant – pothos ivy – to remove pollutants inside the house including chloroform and benzene that have been linked to cancer, according to a new study. The modified plants express a protein, called P450 2E1 or 2E1, that transforms these compounds into molecules that the plants can then use to support their own growth. “People have not really been talking about these hazardous organic compounds in homes, and I think that is because we could not do anything about them,” said Stuart Strand, Professor at…

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