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Students helping NASA decide which plants to grow in space (21:06)
New York, April 22 (IANS) Not only scientists with advanced degrees but students are also helping NASA decide what crops to grow in space to expand food options and increase plant diversity.

Mahindra, Meru to deploy electric cabs in Hyderabad (20:58)IANS Photo Service
Hyderabad, April 22 (IANS) Mahindra Electric and cab service Meru on Sunday announced a joint electric vehicle (EV) pilot project in Hyderabad, to be replicated in other cities soon.

Celebs urge fans to make Earth greener, better (14:32)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, April 22 (IANS) Celebrities like Anushka Sharma, Dia Mirza and Richa Chadha feel everyone should pitch in to make Earth a better place to live in.

If you can protect one tiger, you can create a jungle: Filmmaker S. Nallamuthu (IANS Interview) (13:10)
By Kushagra DixitIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) She was often hailed as the "Tiger Queen", and was easily the world's most documented and famous feline. But what made Machli unique was that she helped break the "monster" myth and showed that even the stunning wild cat could be human-friendly -- thereby also sending out a larger conservation message.

Work together to mitigate climate change menace: Modi (12:48)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to everyone to work together to mitigate the menace of climate change as a way to pay tribute to the environment on Earth Day.

Pleasant Sunday morning in Delhi (10:28)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) It was a sunny and pleasant morning in the national capital on Sunday with the minimum temperature recorded at 21.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average, the Met Office said.

Heatwave conditions in Odisha (21:46)
Bhubaneswar, April 21 (IANS) Heatwave conditions prevailed in Odisha with 12 places recording maximum temperatures above 40 degree Celsius on Saturday, the met department said.

Strong winds knock down Myanmar clock tower (12:42)
Yangon, April 21 (IANS) A strong wind has knocked down an old clock tower in Myanmar's Sagaing region, media reported on Saturday.

Shun plastics, plant more trees, create behavioural changes (April 21 is World Earth Day) (12:16)
By Ved KrishnaIANS Photo Service
Earth -- our home -- is a truly magnificent place. Around 8.7 million species have lived and evolved on this planet over and across time immemorial. It is a purely vibrant place we inhabit -- and it is in grave danger.

Raising a wolf to know our life's simian and vulpine choices (Book Review) (11:52)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: The Philosopher and the Wolf; Author: Mark Rowlands; Publisher: Granta Books; Pages: 256; Price: Rs 499

Pleasant Saturday morning in Delhi (09:52)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) It was a sunny and breezy morning in the national capital on Saturday with the maximum temperature set to touch 38 degrees Celsius, the weather office said.

Agri-app to answer farmers' queries through live scientist (21:12)
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Using a new mobile application, soon to hit the market, farmers can now have their crop-related queries answered through a 'chatbot' and this does not work, by a live scientist.

Maharashtra's Matheran toy train stations turn 'green' (20:18)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) All four stations en route the famed Toy Train servicing the eco-sensitive hillstation of Matheran in Maharashtra's Raigad district have turned "green" with installation of solar power and wind energy plants, an official said here on Friday.

SJVN signs MoU to target 9,200 mn units generation this fiscal (19:38)
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Public sector power generator Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) Ltd has signed an MoU with the Union Power Ministry setting a target of generating 9,200 million units of electricity, according to an official announcement on Friday.

Agra airport gets a strange guest (18:02)IANS Photo Service
Agra, April 20 (IANS) Agra's Kheria airport had a strange guest who could not be welcomed by the terminal staff for want of expertise -- an Asian Palm Civet.

Nine states/UTs warned of rough seas in next two days (17:48)
Chennai, April 20 (IANS) Nine coastal states and islands have been warned about rough seas over the next two days, a senior Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)official said on Friday.

Dog gut bacteria more similar to humans than previously thought (12:28)
London, April 20 (IANS) Dogs could be more like us than we previously thought as a new study says that canine and human gut microbiomes have more similar genes and responses to diet than earlier believed.

Migratory vultures in India gaining resistance to bacteria (12:06)
By Vishal Gulati
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) In a most unusual wildlife health study, ornithologists trace the phenomenon of bacteria in a migratory vulture species that is gaining antibiotic resistance during its sojourn in India -- and this is quite widespread and can be epidemic too.

Apple to donate to mark Earth Day (11:30)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, April 20 (IANS) In its mission to create a healthier planet through innovation, Apple on Friday announced a donation programme and debuted a disassembly robot "Daisy" as a part of its ongoing recycling effort.

Rains lash J&K plains, fresh snowfall in hills (11:26)IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, April 20 (IANS) Day temperatures dipped in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday as widespread rain lashed the plains and fresh snowfall occurred in the higher reaches.

India is paying a price for losing its grasslands (Environment Feature) (11:20)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
Naliya (Kutch), April 20 (IANS) Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result, some species of animals that depend on grasslands are being pushed to the brink of extinction.

Sunny morning in Delhi, rains likely (10:18)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) It was a hot and sunny morning in the national capital on Friday with the maximum temperature set to touch 39 degrees Celsius. The Met predicts rain later in the day.

India pitches for small island nations' development at Commonwealth summit (00:12)IANS Photo Service
London, April 20 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pitched India's interest for the development of small island nations at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) here.

BSES, TERI tie-up on energy efficiency, student awareness (17:50)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Delhi power distribution company (Discom) BSES on Thursday announced that it has signed separate agreements with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to deal with different aspects of energy conservation and conduct research on Demand Side Management (DSM).

Over 500,000 still affected by Sri Lanka drought (17:30)
Colombo, April 19 (IANS) Over 500,000 people still remain affected by the drought in 10 districts of Sri Lanka, according to a report released by the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC) on Thursday.

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