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Monkey snatches 16-day-old newborn in Indian village

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CUTTACK — A 16-day-old newborn was snatched by a monkey while he was sleeping in his house in India’s Talabasta village of Banki block in Cuttack district on Saturday.

Forest department officials and fire services personnel have launched a massive rescue operation in the area to trace the child, Times of India reported, however, they are yet to find any clue about the baby.

Nayak’s wife, who was doing some household work nearby, saw the monkey lifting her baby but before she could do something the animal had fled. She raised alarm following which family members and villagers rushed to the spot to trace the monkey.

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Forest officials said Rama Krushna Nayak was sleeping on the verandah of his house with his 16-day-old baby boy when suddenly a monkey entered the house at around 6 am,the monkey then lifted the baby and fled.

30 forest department personnel in three teams led by Sangram Keshari Mohanty, the ranger of the Damapada Forest Range, are combing the nearby forest along with the villagers.

A few days ago, several persons were injured in attacks by monkeys in the area. Locals alleged inaction on the part of the forest department despite repeated complaints in this regard.

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India’s 700 year old banyan tree put on saline drip

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HYDERABAD — The world’s second largest Banyan tree in Pillalamarri of Mahabubnagar district in Indian state of Telangana is on ‘saline drip’ now as part of the rejuvenation of the tree that is almost dying.

The 700-year-old ficus tree is now given treatment by injecting a diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested the tree.

The tree was spread across three acres and is believed to be the second biggest Banyan tree in the world,according to news agency ANI.

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One of its branches got infested by insects and is on saline drip as part of the rejuvenation. The tree is given treatment by injecting diluted chemical to kill termite population that infested it.

Termites had affected almost entire tree due to which parts of it are fallen, and it closed for tourists in December 2017.

District collector of Mahbubnagar inspected the tree and ordered forest officials to take care of it. They began the treatment of the tree with mixed chlorpyrifos(Pesticide) in saline bottle.

Forest officials are infusing the chemical solution drop by drop using saline bottles similar to a saline drip given to patients in the hospital as pumping of chemical into the stem failed. The solution was injected in the barks of the tree.

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