Like Congress, like BJP: Nine prime acres for a song — this time for Gita Research Centre

1. When contacted, Hansraj Singla, trustee of Gita Gyan Sansthanam, Kurukshetra said, “The land is given to us by KDB in 2015 and remaining portion in December, last year at a rate of Rs 5 lakh per acre.

2. Records accessed by The Indian Express show that in 2015, six acres in possession of the Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB) was given to Sri Gyananandji Maharaj-led Gita Sansthanam at Rs 5 lakh per acre on an annual lease of 99 years.

3. Now the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has followed suit giving nine acres in Kurukshetra for a song to Gita Gyan Sansthanam to develop a Gita Research Centre, an academic and meditation centre, a library and an auditorium.

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Texas state trooper killed in traffic stop, suspect arrested

1. Darbrett Black of Texas, a suspect in the shooting of a Texas state trooper, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters November 23, 2017.

2. A Texas state trooper was shot and killed during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop in a rural county south of Dallas on Thursday, and officers arrested a suspect after a manhunt, officials said.

3. “Our hearts are saddened by the loss of a brother in blue,” the Waller County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

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Quad confusion

1. A few years ago, a South Block mandarin said the basic difference between India and the U. S. was that the U. S. wanted India’s assistance, along with Japan and Australia, “to the East”, while India wanted the U. S. ’s assistance in matters “to its West”.

2. In June, India declined Australia’s request to join the Malabar exercises, and just days before the Quad, Naval Chief Sunil Lanba told The Hindu that there were no plans for joint patrols with the U. S. , or any country that is not a “maritime neighbour” of India, which would rule out Australia and Japan too.

3. A cursory look at these statements reveals the basic differences in intent: while all four referred to keeping a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, the Ministry of External Affairs statement did not mention upholding “maritime security” as an objective, while the statements of the U. S. , Australia and Japan did.

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Neville Shah’s experimental humour

1. ” Regional comedy, he says, is just as strong, though the use of a universal language is something he would like to propagate himself, broadening the reach of eastern comedy.

2. Riding high on the success of his recent Amazon Prime special, What are you laughing at?, Shah is back in town with a set that he says toys with a brand of comedy that India’s still getting warmed up to: dark humour.

3. ’ “A really great joke is when you don’t see it coming,” he explains, adding that the possibility to influence the social sphere through a set of well-crafted jokes is an untapped one.

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‘Two Leaves’ symbol goes to unified AIADMK

1. Putting an end to almost an year-long dispute between warring factions, the Commission said it was of the view that “the petitioners group led by E. Madhusudhanan, O. Panneerselvam and S. Semmalai, and also supported presently by the impleading applicant E. K. Palaniswami, the present Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, enjoys support of majority members in the legislative and organisational wings.

2. The decision came after the ECI heard the O. Panneerselvam and V. K. Sasikala factions, which staked their claim to the party symbol.

3. The Election Commission on Thursday alloted the AIADMK’s “two leaves” symbol to the Panneerselvam-Palaniswami combine, holding that it enjoyed majority in the party’s legislative and organisational wings.

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odd even in delhi: Delhi government calls off odd-even scheme for now

1. Today’s decision came after the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) told the bench that two-wheelers were more polluting than other vehicles, and emissions from motorbikes accounted for 20 per cent of the total vehicular pollution.

2. NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has called-off the odd-even scheme after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) refused to exempt anyone from the car rationing regulation.

3. Just yesterday, the NGT had pulled up the Delhi government and demanded why it had not introduced the odd-even scheme earlier in the week, when the pollution crisis was at its worst.

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Qatar Airways: Qatar Airways plane makes emergency landing after commander falls ill

1. “We can confirm that flight QR507, operating on the Trivandrum-Doha route, was diverted to Goa International Airport early this morning, one hour and forty minutes after its departure from Trivandrum International Airport “Our pilot fell ill. As per the Qatar Airways’ procedure in these instances, the aircraft was diverted to the nearest airport, Goa International Airport, where our well-trained First Officer landed the aircraft safely shortly before 07:00 local time,” the statement said.

2. PANAJI: A Doha-bound Qatar Airways aircraft from Thiruvananthapuram made an emergency landing this morning at the Goa airport after its commander fell sick mid-air.

3. “We received a message that the pilot on a Qatar Airways aircraft was feeling uneasy and that the plane sought permission for an emergency landing, which was granted after following all the procedures,” he added.

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Want to dominate in Asia: Sandesh Jhingan

1. NEW DELHI: India football team star defender Sandesh Jhingan , ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Myanmar on Tuesday, asserted he wants his side to improvise and dominate in Asia.

2. “It’s a big achievement for the Country as it’s a continuous process of growth of Indian Football after the last qualification in Doha 2011,” the Chandigarh-born player told All India Football Federation AIFF ).

3. The 24-year-old also said the current India football team carries a ‘never give up’ spirit which has helped the side hold to their successful unbeaten streak.

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Genetics impacts how kids explore the world visually

1. The researchers compared the eye movements of 466 children 233 pairs of twins (119 identical and 114 fraternal) between ages 9 and 14 as each child looked at 80 snapshots of scenes people might encounter in daily life, half of which included people.

2. (Source: ThinkStock Images) Strong similarity in gaze patterns within sets of identical twins says study.

3. Published in the journal Current Biology, the study found a strong similarity in gaze patterns within sets of identical twins, who tended to look at the same features of a scene in the same order.

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Mercedes team members robbed at gunpoint in Brazil

1. Lewis Hamilton has urged Formula One to improve security after armed robbers held up members of his Mercedes team outside the Brazilian Grand Prix circuit.

2. A Mercedes team member was also robbed at gunpoint in Mexico last year while travelling by car from the airport to his hotel.

3. Mercedes have won both of this year’s championships for the fourth year in a row with Lewis Hamilton arriving in Brazil as a four-times world champion.

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