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News 18 Afternoon Digest: 21-yr-old Bengaluru Activist Arrested Over Greta Thunberg's 'Toolkit' on Farmers' Protest; Rahul Gandhi's Latest Dilemma is Bengal and Other Stories

Greta Thunberg. (Reuters File Photo)

Greta Thunberg. (Reuters File Photo)

Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: All the Covid-19 Virus Particles in the World Right Now Can Fit into a Single Cola Can. Really; 21-yr-old Bengaluru Activist Arrested Over Greta Thunberg's 'Toolkit' on Farmers' Protest;'Practically, Morally Responsible But…' Trump Acquitted in 2nd; Impeachment Trial; Same-Sex Couple in Uttar Pradesh Held Captive By Families, Locked in Room; Pact With Left, Understanding With Mamata and an Aggressive BJP: Rahul Gandhi's Latest Dilemma is Bengal;'Had It Not Been For Her Warning': How Woman's Frantic Calls to Son Saved 25 Lives in U'khand Tragedy

21-yr-old Bengaluru Activist Arrested Over Greta Thunberg's 'Toolkit' on Farmers' Protest

Disha Ravi, one of the founders of 'Fridays for Future', was on Sunday arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg's 'toolkit' tweet on the ongoing farmers’ protests in India.According to officials, Ravi is 21 years old and lives in Bengaluru. She was active in allegedly disseminating the toolkit, which Thunberg had referred to in her post for the farmers and attached a Google document with details. READ MORE

'Had It Not Been For Her Warning': How Woman's Frantic Calls to Son Saved 25 Lives in U'khand Tragedy

A mother's frantic phone calls to her son, pleading with him to move away from the barrage, helped save the lives of as many as 25 people in the Uttarakhand glacier burst. Vipul Kaireni, a 27-year-old heavy motor vehicle driver, was on duty working on the NTPC hydropower project in Tapovan on the fateful day of the Uttarakhand tragedy.Kaireni's mother Mangshri Devi kept calling him, asking him to move away from the barrage. Devi continuously called her son after she saw the Dhauliganga river raging towards him. REDA MORE

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'Practically, Morally Responsible But…' Trump Acquitted in 2nd Impeachment Trial

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Same-Sex Couple in Uttar Pradesh Held Captive By Families, Locked in Room

Homosexuality, even after being decriminalized by Supreme Court, is still stigmatized in our society. Many same-sex couples have to go through some very traumatic events because of their sexuality. In a recent incident, the Uttar Pradesh police had to intervene in one such case of a homosexual couple. According to one of the two women, they were captivated in a room, from where she had escaped seeking police’s help. The woman crossed a wall to eventually reach the police station so that she could also get her partner rescued safely. READ MORE

All the Covid-19 Virus Particles in the World Right Now Can Fit into a Single Cola Can. Really

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