Customs destroy a $26,000 YSL alligator skin bag after a woman failed to buy a $70 permit to bring it into Australia

The United States has also started taking its own action to protect reptiles, the Sydney Morning Herald reported,  with California banning alligator and crocodile products in 2019 to put a stop to wildlife trafficking.

Chris Evert works to jump-start tennis at Grand Slam, grass-roots level in pandemic’s wake

“It supports tennis, education and mentoring, which I pushed for because I believe kids need mentoring,” said Evert, who is chairwoman of the USTA Foundation. “This has been the focus of the charitable part of the USTA, which probably not many people are aware of; they probably think that all the USTA does is make […]

Rate of Foreign Students Staying to Work in US Slows

Foreigners who study full time in the U.S. typically have F-1 and M-1 visas and are restricted from working off campus, according to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website. The F or M visa expires three months after graduation, unless extended for additional study. However, the OPT program offers graduates a temporary work visa, […]

HC notice to State, Centre on plea against works in Sharavathi sanctuary

The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday ordered issue of notice to the State and the Union governments on a PIL petition questioning the permission granted to carry out a survey and geo-technical investigation, by drilling 12 boreholes inside the Sharavathi Valley Lion-Tailed Macaque Sanctuary, for setting up 2,000MW underground pump storage hydro-electric project.

Stonehaven derailment: Work to remove train carriages to begin this week

Derailment line ‘to remain closed until October’ Task forces launched after train derailment Widow says train driver ‘did all he was told to do’ The derailment took place when the 06:38 service from Aberdeen to Glasgow struck a landslip 1.4 miles north east of Carmont after a night of heavy rain.

US OPEN 2020: Gauff, 16, lost learner’s permit, found voice

After collecting a singles trophy at Linz, Austria, in October — becoming the youngest WTA title winner since 2004 — Gauff began the 2020 Grand Slam season by defeating Williams again and winning a rematch against Osaka at the Australian Open en route to the fourth round there.

Poland to accelerate coal phase-out as it works on industry restructuring

WARSAW: Poland wants to phase out coal faster than it had initially planned and now expects the share of coal in its power production to fall to 11%-28% in 2040 from almost 80% currently, a climate ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.Poland has been the only European Union state to refuse to pledge climate neutrality by […]

EXCLUSIVE: IRDAI to permit video-based KYC system for insurance companies

The regulator has warned that systems will need to be audited and security protocols have to be strengthened to ensure that there is no scope of fraud. Further, it has also mandated that all conversations will have to be geo-tagged so that the location of the customer can be finalised and every video call will […]

Haryana to lease out mines where work was suspended

“Besides, it is also going to lend a hand in pulling up the contractors and leaseholders who have not cleared the lease money for years,” the minister said during a review meeting, directing the officers to recover the payment of dues from the leaseholders.

Many Louisiana sites with clean-up orders yet to show ability to pay for work, audit says

But solid waste landfills, where residential and other kinds of waste are dumped and stored in perpetuity, can face problems with contaminants from the waste pile leaching into the surface and groundwater, especially older landfills that lack newer containment designs. The sites often are ringed with monitoring wells to track the movement of those contaminants.