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AIR regional bulletins from small stations to continue: Government
State-run broadcaster Prasar Bharati has decided against discontinuing All India Radio's (AIR) regional bulletins from Dibrugarh, Dharwad, Pune, Indore, Trichy and some other cities.
 
According to sources in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, correspondents or news reporters at Allahabad, Pauri, Jalandhar, Patiala, Coimbatore and Kochi will also continue to perform their duties from these locations.
 
The government has in an advisory said that regional news units at Indore, Pune, Dibrugarh, Bhuj, Dharwad, Trichy and Kozhikhode would continue with their normal services like bulletins and normal programmes as usual.
 
The advisory from the Prasar Bharati and AIR comes close on the heels of media reports that news services in some of these towns could be discontinued by the I&B Ministry.
 
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Goa IGP accused of taking Rs5.5 lakh bribe for registering FIR
The Goa government ordered a probe after a businessman on Thursday accused IGP Sunil Garg of demanding and accepting Rs 5.5 lakh in bribe for registering a First Information Report in a cheating case.
 
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar ordered the speedy probe, even as the Inspector General of Police Garg, while speaking to IANS, denied the allegation.
 
Munnalal Halwai, who runs a business establishment in the port town of Vasco, 35 km from the state capital, said he paid the bribe to Garg in two instalments in 2015, including once in the senior police official's cabin at the police headquarters in Panaji.
 
"Garg first demanded 10 per cent of Rs 1.15 crore, the amount I was cheated of, for registration of the FIR. After bargaining he agreed to have the FIR registered at the Ponda police station for around Rs 5 lakh," Halwai told reporters at a press conference in Panaji, where he also played out an audio clip, which purportedly contained the recording of a conversation between Garg and himself, at the police headquarters in September 2015.
 
Garg denied any wrong-doing. "I flatly deny the allegation," Garg said. The official did not deny meeting Halwai.
 
In a statement issued here, Congress spokesperson Sunil Kawthankar demanded the immediate suspension of Garg.
 
"We are shocked to learn about Goa's IGP demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 5 lakh to register an FIR. No wonder how the prostitution, drugs, matka and illegal activities are flourishing in the state. We strongly demand the immediate suspension of IGP Sunil Garg and would write to the chief minister about the same."
 
"Allegations are serious. I'll have to go into it. Whenever I come across such situations, it is the police which guides me. When the allegations are against police, I will have to consult some other officer," Parsekar told IANS.
 
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Lions are introverts, and knowing that could save your life (The Funny Side)
I dreamed that TV wildlife guru David Attenborough was narrating a film about my life: "And for the 49th time, the runt of the group attempts to climb out of the pit but does a dramatic face plant into decomposing warthog poop. Let's see if he gets up this time."
 
Yet I remain fascinated by animal news stories. A reader just sent me one about a team of Australians who flew to Botswana recently to paint eyes on cows' bottoms. I showed it to an illustrator colleague and she said: "Artists have to take whatever jobs are available, cow bottoms, whatever."
 
The article said that they were painting pairs of eyes on bovine buttocks to stop lions eating them. The big cats apparently turn away from what they see as ugly "faces", thinking: "She looks like a cow's behind, she's got enough problems without us mauling her."
 
A similar trick has long been used in India. Woodcutters wear ugly masks with big eyes on the backs of their heads to deter lions. "That poor man's so deformed he's got two faces," the retreating beasts say. "Probably give us indigestion."
 
The scientific thinking behind this is that lions are known to hate being stared at. Lions are introverts. If you are cornered by a lion in the jungle, quickly offer to take it to a cocktail party where it won't know many people. The lion will back off speedily, mumbling excuses about having to shampoo its mane.
 
When I mentioned this to a naturalist friend, she told me about the Foureye Butterflyfish, which has two huge fake eyes at one end, and a real face at the other end. Approaching deep-sea predators stop and think: "OMG, that fish is eating with its anus" and are so fascinated/disgusting they forget to attack.
 
Incidentally, National Geographic writers found a giant sea cucumber which eats with its anus. Where I live, some human fans of colonic irrigation treatments have wheatgrass nutrient drinks inserted from below, wasting the time of the people who toiled to make them taste good.
 
But returning to fake eyes, many butterflies have evolved quite realistic eyes on their wings, which seem to work, judging by the complete lack of lion-versus-butterfly fighting videos on YouTube.
 
These tales of smart animals coincided with the arrival on my desk of a travel report containing proof of the astonishing scale of human stupidity. In the US alone, humans left US$765,000 in small change in trays at airport security gates last year, it said.
 
A colleague has just pointed out that this could be 765,000 travellers each leaving a few coins, or Donald Trump alone forgetting to pick up his pocket change. Whatever. It's still stupidity.
 
But of course not everyone appreciates the good qualities of animals. I remember going to a zoo in China some years back where the little name plate outside each cage had words like "Evil" and "Edible" on them. This seemed a bit insensitive, especially since humans are very evil and technically edible, too. Especially if unmasked and approached by lions.
 
Column done, time for a break. And if the office canteen is serving wheatgrass drinks, I think I'll just drink it the old way; so move along, nothing to see here.
 
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