1. Plane crashes in Iran mountains
All 66 people on board an Iranian passenger plane were feared dead on Sunday after it crashed into the country’s Zagros mountains, with emergency services struggling to locate the wreckage in blizzard conditions.
Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 left Tehran around 0800 (0430 GMT) for the city of Yasuj, some 500 kilometres to the south, the airline’s public relations chief Mohammad Tabatabai told state broadcaster IRIB.
2. Mother, infant murdered in Nagpur
The bodies of the mother and the infant daughter of a journalist were found on the outskirts of Nagpur city on Sunday, with the police suspecting murder.
Ravikant Kamble, a journalist working for a web portal in Nagpur, had informed the Nagpur police on Saturday night that his mother Usha Kamble, 52, and 18-month-old daughter Rashi were missing since evening from Pawanputra Nagar area of Nagpur.
3. Army officer injured in Poonch blast
An Army officer was injured in a blast in Poonch’s frontier area on Sunday.
A district administration official said a Junior Commissioned Officer, Om Prakash, of the Army’s 5 Mahar, suffered splinter injuries in Mendhar area, which is close to the Line of Control. The injured officer was shifted to a hospital in Udhampur.
The Army said the officer was in stable condition. The blast was not a “result of Pakistan’s shelling”.
4. Civilian among three killed in Sukma Maoist attack
Two security personnel and a civilian were killed in a Maoist attack on a road construction site in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Sunday.
Six policemen were injured during the attack in Bhejji-Elarmadagu area. A group of Maoists attacked the construction site and torched several vehicles. An exchange of fire ensued between the policemen patrolling near the site and the Maoists.
5. India’s poorest Chief Minister, Manik Sarkar
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who is running for the fifth consecutive term, has a total of ₹3,930 in cash.
The richest Chief Minister, Telugu Desam Party leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, has declared assets worth ₹177 crore, while the ‘poorest’ Chief Minister, CPI(M) leader and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, had total assets worth all of ₹26 lakh.
Mr. Sarkar’s personal property, movable and immovable, is valued at less than ₹2.5 lakh.
6. Sundarbans mangroves struggle to find new ground
The India State of Forest Report (SFR) 2017 published recently has revealed that the mangrove cover in the country has increased by 181 sq km. But the Indian Sunderbans that comprise almost 43% of total mangrove cover have shown only a marginal rise of 8 sq km, at 2,114 sq km from 2,106 sq km in the 2015 SFR report.
This is in spite of large scale planting of mangroves by the State Forest department and NGOs over many years.
7. Maharashtra to launch cheap sanitary pad scheme on March 8
The Maharashtra government is all set to roll out its “Asmita Yojana” on the International Women’s Day next month.
Under the scheme, girls in Zilla Parishad schools will get a sanitary napkin packet at Rs 5 while rural women can avail it at a subsidised rate of ₹ 24 and ₹ 29.
The scheme, catering to girl students and women in rural areas, will be formally launched on March 8, a Rural Development ministry official told PTI.
8. Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar power India to a 1-0 lead
Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar took career-best figures of five for 24 to help India ease to a 28-run victory over South Africa in the opening Twenty20 International of their three-game series at the Wanderers on Sunday.
Having been sent in to bat, India plundered 203 for five from its 20 overs on a flat batting wicket as opener Shikhar Dhawan hit a superb 72 from 39 balls.
9. Milky Way ties with Andromeda in galactic arms race
The Andromeda galaxy, our nearest large neighbour, is roughly the same size as the Milky Way, astronomers have found, putting the “gravitational arms race to rest”. It had been thought that Andromeda was two to three times the size of the Milky Way, and that our own galaxy would ultimately be engulfed by our supposedly bigger neighbour.
10. Wes Anderson’s Dog Eat Dog world
Anderson’s film is a story of a 12-year-old boy who sets out on a journey to find his dog after the mayor of his town demands all dogs to be sent off to a trash island. The mayor claims that all dogs are incurably infected by a disease and must be quarantined. He uses military might to get this radical decision implemented, and misleads citizens using the media. It is rather inevitable then to think of the film as an allegory of our times. But Anderson insists otherwise.
He says the film wasn’t conceptualised to be a mirror to the society. Since the movie was set in a fictional world, it became imperative to invent the politics of the city.