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Agro-forestry to help farmers in Chittoor earn more

Agro-forestry to help farmers in Chittoor earn more

2017-10-19 22:22:04, thehindu.com

The pilot project on Agro-forestry, covering the five mandals of Nagari, Narayanavanam, Nindra, Pichatur and Puttur in Chittoor district, will see massive bund-plantation of red sanders and teak saplings, and block plantation of commercially viable Alla Neredu (Blackberry) and Chintha (Tamarind), from October 23. Divisional Forest Officer (Social Forestry) G. Srinivasulu, who undertook a survey of the land and interacted with the farmers of the five mandals, told the media on Thursday that 120 farmers had furnished their details to avail themselves of the scheme in the first batch

 

Politics & Government

Abe: Nationalist blueblood at home, shrewd diplomat abroad

Abe: Nationalist blueblood at home, shrewd diplomat abroad

2017-10-19 12:04:55, sg.yahoo.com

Japan's Shinzo Abe, seeking a fresh term in Sunday's election, is seen as a pragmatic and canny diplomat who has cozied up to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin while pushing a nationalist agenda at home. Groomed for power from birth, the 63-year-old is often viewed as arrogant but has also shown a self-deprecating sense of humour, dressing up as video game icon Super Mario as the Rio Olympics closed to give a zany preview of Tokyo 2020

 

Sports

David Warner Tells Why He Asked Rohit Sharma To 'Speak English'

David Warner Tells Why He Asked Rohit Sharma To 'Speak English'

2017-10-19 00:25:26, ndtv.com

Australia vice-captain David Warner on Wednesday opened up about the incident that transpired between him and Rohit Sharma during India's tour of Australia in 2014-15. Warner, in a heated argument, had urged Rohit Sharma to 'speak english' as the Indian batsman could've been penalised had the world seen him saying the same word in English on the big screen during the second one-day international of the tri-series at Melbourne Cricket Ground

 

Business

China central bank Governor Zhou says likely to retire soon

China central bank Governor Zhou says likely to retire soon

2017-10-19 08:11:28, reuters.com

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said on Thursday that he is likely to retire soon, confirming an earlier Reuters report. “Either way it’ll be soon,” Zhou said on the sidelines of the Communist Party Congress, when asked whether he would retire this year or next. Sources with ties to the leadership and close the central bank had told Reuters that Zhou is likely to retire around the time of the annual session of parliament next March

 

Farming

Daranggiri: Asia's biggest banana market

Daranggiri: Asia's biggest banana market

2017-10-19 12:08:02, afp.com

The Daranggiri banana market is the largest banana market in Asia, and supplies fruits to the states of Bengal and Bihar, and to Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Though bananas are grown year-round peak season is from September-October, when an average of 50-100 truckloads are sold at the market every day.

 

Family & Parenting

Infant Chimp Snatched and Cannibalized Moments After Its Birth

Infant Chimp Snatched and Cannibalized Moments After Its Birth

2017-10-19 06:05:50, sg.yahoo.com

Moments after a wild chimpanzee was born, an adult chimp snatched the infant away from its mother and cannibalized it, according to a new study that is the first to document this macabre behavior. This new finding, along with additional prior work, suggests that female chimpanzees might often go and hide on "maternity leave" before delivery to avoid such infant mortality, researchers said

 

Society & Culture

Construction worker stabbed by two masked men outside Kuantan entertainment centre

Construction worker stabbed by two masked men outside Kuantan entertainment centre

2017-10-19 12:23:12, nst.com.my

KUANTAN: A construction worker based at Singapore was stabbed to death outside a three-storey entertainment centre at Lorong Haji Ahmad 6 at 3.45am on Thursday. Victim Tan Yee Chuan, a 31-year-old from Taman Tas, was chatting with his friend, a salesman in his 20s, when they were approached by two dark-clothed men, who were also wearing black ski masks and armed with a parang and knife

 

Entertainment & Arts

No to lead roles if heroes are younger than me - actress Rita Rudaini

No to lead roles if heroes are younger than me - actress Rita Rudaini

2017-10-19 08:17:35, nst.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: For actress Rita Rudaini, to spar with a younger leading actor may look mismatched and amuse viewers. In a recent news report, the 41-year-old said she would not want to spar with heroes younger than her in both the small and big screens. “When I’m offered a leading role, I do make sure of this. I don’t want both of us feel awkward while acting due to age difference,” said Rita who most of the time is given room to make suggestions to the production teams

 

Motoring

Japan carmakers vouch for safety of some Kobe Steel parts; company future uncertain

Japan carmakers vouch for safety of some Kobe Steel parts; company future uncertain

2017-10-19 11:45:22, straitstimes.com

TOKYO (Reuters) - Three Japanese automakers on Thursday (Oct 19) said they found no safety issues with aluminium parts made by Kobe Steel Ltd, allaying some concerns that falsified quality data on products from the steelmaker had compromised their vehicles. Kobe Steel shares surged after the car makers' statements, but the steelmaker still has to contend with a US Justice Department probe, while checks continue at hundreds of companies involved in complex supply chains spanning the globe

 

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