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Chemical warfare on a stovetop: Swetha Sivakumar on plant defences

Updated on Dec 02, 2023 05:37 PM IST

Plants don’t want to be eaten. That explains the hard shells, husks, hairs; why some taste bitter, or can’t eaten raw. Here’s the evocative tale of how cooking bypasses it all.

Grains are enveloped in woody, fibrous husks (or hulls) that survive intact even when swallowed or cooked. Even today, all grain must be de-husked before being eaten. (Adobe Stock)
BySwetha Sivakumar

Zeroing in: Decoding the hidden text in numbers

In this month’s Capital Letters, Adam Jacot de Boinod digs into how names of numbers take on meaning, some denoting smooth proceedings; others, definite death.

The name given to a number can help determine whether it is seen as lucky, or feared; and vice-versa. (Adobe Stock)
Updated on Dec 02, 2023 05:38 PM IST
ByAdam Jacot de Boinod

Jewellery agent arrested for cheating customers of 13 lakh

An agent for Chemmanur Jewellers in Navi Mumbai has been arrested for cheating customers out of ₹13 lakh by issuing forged certificates.

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Updated on Dec 02, 2023 05:29 PM IST

Released elephant returns to introduce her baby girl to keepers. Watch

A video showing a mama elephant named Olare with her baby girl has won people's hearts. The video will leave you with a smile.

The image shows a mama elephant with her baby. (Instagram/@sheldricktrust)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 05:27 PM IST
ByTrisha Sengupta

Union minister R K Singh advocates nuclear power amid storage challenges

Union power minister R K Singh emphasised the need to build a suitable ecosystem in response to current challenges in storing renewable energy and acknowledged the importance of coal and nuclear energy as interim solutions, given their continuous power generation capabilities

Union power minister R K Singh. (File)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 05:24 PM IST

Amendments to IT Act decriminalise offences, increase penalties

The Jan Vishwas Act was notified in August and amended 183 provisions across 42 acts. In many provisions across different acts, offences have been decriminalised, and fines have been converted into penalties

Amendments to different acts will come into force through notifications by respective administrating ministries (Representative Photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 05:21 PM IST
ByAditi Agarwal

PM Modi to attend Navy Day event at Sindhudurg on Dec 4

PM Modi will also witness an operational demonstration by warships, submarines, aircraft and special forces from Sindhudurg’s Tarkarli beach

This year’s Navy Day celebrations are being held at the Sindhudurg Fort (File Photo)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 05:19 PM IST
ByRahul Singh

Luxury boat catches fire near Alibag, dramatic visuals of billowing smoke in sea

The fire could not be doused for a long time as the boat was in the sea.

The boat had a huge amount of fuel and it kept burning while the reason for the fire is not yet known.
Updated on Dec 02, 2023 05:15 PM IST
Reported by Yogesh Naik

‘It's insane…’: Ramiz Raja lambasts PCB for Salman Butt appointment

Former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja was however left baffled at the appointment of Butt and Akmal, calling it "insane" as he lashed out at the board.

Ramiz Raja blasted PCB for hiring Salman Butt as a member of the selection committee
Published on Dec 02, 2023 05:13 PM IST

BSSTET 2023 registration process begins at, here's direct link

Registration for the Bihar Special School Teacher Eligibility Test (BSSTET 2023) begins.

BSEB starts registration for Bihar Special School Teacher Eligibility Test (BSSTET 2023)
Published on Dec 02, 2023 05:11 PM IST
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