Updates from : The Hindu : Will be repatriated to India, returned to habitat in forests of Karnataka: NGO At least 50 Indian star tortoises were rescued from Singapore after they were smuggled from India, said a wildlife NGO on Monday. Confiscated The tortoises were confiscated by the Singapore authorities. They will now be repatriated to India and returned to their natural habitat in the forests of Karnataka with cooperation from the Indian and Singapore governments, a statement from Wildlife SOS India said. Investigations confirmed that Karnataka was the origin of these tortoises. A team of senior forest officers travelled with Wildlife SOS to Singapore to conduct physical inspection of the tortoises, housed at non-government organisation Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre the
Updates from : The Hindu : Security forces launch search operation in Kuthpora area in Budgam district An encounter broke out Wednesday between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district, police said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Kuthpora area of Budgam in the morning, following information about presence of militants there, a police official said. The militants opened fire towards the security forces who were carrying out searches, he said. The firing was retaliated by the forces, leading to a gun battle, the official said, adding there was no report of any injury or casualty. The authorities have snapped internet services in Budgam as a precautionary measure.
Updates from : The Hindu : The fall in crude oil prices have catapulted bullish sentiments. The BSE benchmark Sensex opened on a positive note for the third successive session on Wednesday, rising nearly 200 points, on positive global cues as investors await comments from the US Fed and hope for a trade deal between the US and China. The 30-share Sensex was trading 177.17 points, or 0.50 per cent, higher at 35,690.31. The NSE Nifty too witnessed similar movement, and was trading 35.20 points, or 0.35 per cent, higher at 10,725.60. According to analysts, the fall in crude oil prices have catapulted bullish sentiments. “International markets will focus on the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires next week for cues on the ongoing US-China trade spat,” they added. Top gainers Top g