The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday ordered a ban on camping activities within 100 metres of the Ganga. A Bench headed by chairperson Swatanter Kumar said the ban will be imposed from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.There are 33 beaches along the Ganga.Activist Vikrant Tongad had moved the NGT against camping along the river. He had contended that camping and river rafting, when done without any regulations, would disturb the environment.He highlighted that people who had camped along the river disposed of waste in the river and also left behind glass and plastic bottles on the banks.
When the cover was removed a few minutes before 8 am on Thursday, the pitch looked bone dry, even as dark clouds continued to hover over the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the venue of the second and final Test between India and New Zealand, starting on Friday.The forecast of showers and thunder showers remains, but it should concern more the Kiwis rather than the Indians, who are 1-0 ahead in the series. Rain also affected the first Test in Hyderabad, but it failed to prevent India from winning by an innings.The stark difference in quality between the two teams was visible in Hyderabad where India took just four days to wrap up the big win. Spin was the dominant force in the first Test as off-spinner R Ashwin (12) and left-armer Pragyan Ojha (six) bagged 18 of the 20 New Zealand wickets.Despite being in a strong position, captain MS Dhoni ruled out experimentation just because India are in an advantageous position. “No, we are not experimenting; whatever is the best combination for this Test, we’ll feature it,” he said.New Zealand are, on the other hand, relying more on pace and are badly missing their wily left-armer Daniel Vettori, who was ruled out the Test series with a shoulder injury. Vettori is here with the team but he can only guide from outside.Their second most-experienced spinner is Jeetan Patel, who has bagged 44 wickets in 14 Tests.New Zealand have also brought Tarun Sai Nethula, a leg-spinner who was born in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, but it remains to be seen if he makes his Test debut in Bangalore.advertisementHere, it may be slightly different for Nethula as the final face of the pitch is yet to be known. Dhoni said that the pitch and the Bangalore weather may slightly assist the New Zealand pacers.
Peugeot logoReutersIn April 2016, French carmaker Peugeot, which is now PSA Peugeot Citroen (Groupe PSA), had confirmed its plans to re-enter India by 2018 as part of the ‘Push to Pass’ plan, a growth plan strategy of the company for 2016 to 2021. The company was in search of an Indian partner and it now looks like it has got one.Also read: Lexus, Kia, Daihatsu, SAIC among seven car makers coming to IndiaFrench website Les Echos reports that Groupe PSA has forged an alliance with New Delhi-based CK Birla Group. The details of the operation are expected to be revealed by Carlos Tavares, the boss of the French manufacturer, at a press conference soon.The tie-up will make use of the Hindustan Motors plant in Chennai as its production unit, the report adds. Hindustan Motors is owned by the Birla family and is one of the oldest carmakers in India with its iconic sedan Ambassador. The plant currently produces some of the Mitsubishi vehicles and has a capacity of manufacturing 12,000 vehicles per year. The first car launch of Peugeot in India is expected before 2020.The French carmaker was one of the early birds in India after the country’s economy opened up for foreign investments in the early 1990s. The company had partnered with Premier Automobiles in 1994 and offered the 309 sedan. However, the partnership ran into trouble with labour issues, and Peugeot wound up its India operations in 1997.After a long hiatus, the second entry was confirmed six years ago, and the company showcased 3008 hybrid, RCZ, 3008 crossover and 908 LeMans car at the Auto Expo 2012. PSA was planning to build a plant worth more than 600 million euros in Gujarat. However, financial uncertainties prompted the company to shelve the plan.Source: Les Echos
Unseen Passages, an art show that exhibits the works from the studios of two young and discerning women is on in the Capital that started off on 13 October. Delhi based artist Pallavi Singh’s series Desire to be Desired explores her observations of male vanity and the conditions that feed it. Punctuating the generation of the millennial is easier and faster access to information resulting in renewed socialisation and an increased interest in one’s self-image. Singh breaks away from the stereotype by focusing on the urban male to whom fashion and grooming are an important norm. A middle–aged potbellied bald man is her choice of protagonist, comically represented fussing over his physical appearance. The comment is intended to be both realistic and ironic, with Singh ensuring that the viewer steps aside from the work wearing a smile. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Soghra Khurasani’s from Baroda work is about freedom of thought and draws from a deep angst against unjust social and religious prescriptions. Her large-scale prints are compositions dominated by red: a colour that she feels expresses her rage and despair at the redundant injunctions imposed on common people. By morphing cells of blood into roses through valleys and volcanoes, her art posits the bittersweet moments. Khurasani’s current series Silent Landscapes reveals a resistance to violence and the telling impact of its trauma in rows, swirls and circles that inform the viewer of a never-ending cycle of repression and defiance.
Yesterday, the team at Digital Ocean, a fully managed and feature-rich database service provider, announced the ‘Managed Databases for PostgreSQL’ as a Valentine gift for the users. The new Managed Databases along with the PostgreSQL support will allow developers to quickly build a scalable, high-performance database cluster with less hassle. One of the interesting features of this new provision is that one need not know anything about the Linux operating system or specific DevOps maintenance tasks. Managed databases take care of some challenges including: Help to identify the optimal database infrastructure footprint Scale infrastructure while business and data requirements grow Help in designing and managing highly available infrastructure and failover processes Implement a complete and reliable backup and recovery strategy Aid in forecasting and maintaining operational infrastructure costs The team at Digital Ocean writes, “You’ll enjoy simple, predictable pricing that allows you to control your costs. Spin up a database node starting from $15 per month or high availability cluster from $50 per month. Backups are included for free with your service to keep things simple. Ingress bandwidth is always free, and egress fees ($0.01/GB per month) will be waived for 2019.” Benefits of Managed Databases A hassle-free database maintenance Managed databases save a lot of time. All the user has to do is, quickly deploy a database, and the databases handle the rest. Users do not have to worry about security patches to the OS or database engine–once a new version or patch is available, just a simple click can enable it. Highly secure and optimized for performance All data in these newly managed databases is encrypted at rest and in transit. One can use the Cloud Firewall to restrict connections to their respective database. The database runs on enterprise-class VM hardware with local SSD storage, thus, giving the user a lightning-fast performance. Easy scalability With Managed Databases, users can scale up at any time without impacting their application, virtually. One can spin up read-only nodes to scale read operations or remove compute overhead from reporting requirements. Automatic failovers If any issue occurs with the primary node, traffic will automatically get routed to the standby nodes. The team at Digital ocean recommends selecting a high-availability option to minimize the impact in case of a failure. Simple and reliable backup and recovery solution Backups are handled automatically and free of cost. Full backups are taken every day and write-ahead-logs are maintained to allow users to restore to any point-in-time during the retention period. To know more about these new Managed Databases, visit the Digital Ocean website. Read Next Microsoft Cloud services’ DNS outage results in deleting several Microsoft Azure database records Google Cloud Firestore, the serverless, NoSQL document database, is now generally available 2018 is the year of graph databases. Here’s why.