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Gensets banned as Delhi cracks down on alarming air pollution (Lead) (20:06)
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) All diesel generators, except those in hospitals and Metro stations, were on Tuesday banned in Delhi, the Badarpur thermal power plant was shut and Delhites were told to put on masks as air quality in the capital crossed the dangerous red level ahead of Diwali and winter.

Global task force to curb hunting of birds on anvil (19:30)
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) An inter-governmental task force to curb illegal killing of birds crossing one of the world's greatest migration paths will be high on the agenda at this year's largest wildlife summit beginning this month, an official said on Tuesday.

Parking fees may go up in Delhi if air quality worsens (18:58) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Delhi's air quality, which has already entered the red zone, may trigger an increase in parking fees by up to four times across the city in the next few days, officials said on Tuesday.

Delhi Police cracks down on firecracker shops (18:42)
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Dozens of shops were found selling firecrackers in Delhi on Tuesday as police moved to ensure strict implementation of a Supreme Court order banning the sale and purchase of crackers in the capital due to pollution concerns around Diwali.

EPCA implements 'very poor' and 'severe' categories of GRAP (18:26)
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Ahead of Diwali and the winter season, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has implemented the "Very Poor" and "Severe" categories of its Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to control air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region.

'India can reduce 520 mn tonnes of greenhouse gas' (16:46) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi/Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) India can offset close to 520 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year through reforestation alone, according to a study.

Whales, dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures: Study (16:04) IANS Photo Service
London, Oct 17 (IANS) Whales and dolphins live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects, much like human societies, according to a study.

Don't deface public property during polls: Himachal HC (11:20)
Shimla, Oct 17 (IANS) Acting tough ahead of the November 9 assembly polls, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed the state election officials to ensure that no defacement of public property by any political party takes place in the run-up to the electoral exercise.

Misty Tuesday morning in Delhi (09:58) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) It was a misty morning in the national capital here on Tuesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 18.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season's average.

Three killed as Hurricane Ophelia hits Ireland (08:56)
Dublin, Oct 17 (IANS) Two men and a woman were killed as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia hit the British Isles. Thousands of homes and businesses have lost power in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Delhi: Repetition of 2016 post-Diwali pollution scenario unlikely (21:18) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The 2016 post-Diwali scenario is unlikely to berepeat this year on Friday after Diwali even in the worse case scenario where firecracker emission in the national capital remains same as in 2016, forecaster SAFAR said on Monday.

Morocco signs Global Dryland Alliance foundation treaty (20:32)
Rabat, Oct 16 (IANS/MAP) Morocco and 12 other countries have signed the foundation treaty of the Global Dryland Alliance (GDA).

Masks to be part of uniform of Delhi Traffic Police (20:20)
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) With air quality in the national capital deteriorating consistently and likely to cross the red bar around Diwali, the Delhi Traffic Police is set to give away 5,000 N95 standard masks to its personnel.

31 killed in Portugal wildfires, 4 in Spain (19:10)
A Coruna (Spain), Oct 16 (IANS) Hundreds of wildfires ravaging the northwestern corner of the Iberian peninsula have killed at least 31 people in Portugal and four in Spain's Galicia region, officials in both nations said on Monday.

Air quality worsens in Delhi, use of masks advised (18:34) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) With increase in stubble burning in neighbouring states and the NCR, Delhi on Monday saw a further rise in pollution levels, with Bhiwadi (NCR) in Rajasthan becoming the first place to record "severe" quality of air under the Air Quality Index (AQI).

Shillong to hold first India International Cherry Blossom Festival (18:12) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Come November and you will see Mother Nature in all her glory in Shillong as the Meghalaya capital holds the first India International Cherry Blossom Festival from November 8 to 11.

Odisha invites investment in downstream aluminium sector (17:48)
Bhubaneswar, Oct 16 (IANS) In order to promote investments in downstream aluminium sector, the Odisha government on Monday held discussions with over 70 Indian companies and invited them to invest in Odisha's downstream ecosystem.

TN generates 800-1,200 MW solar power: CM (17:24) IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Oct 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Monday said the state was generating around 800-1,200 MW solar power as against its installed capacity of 1,786.48 MW.

Majority of working professionals welcome cracker ban in Delhi-NCR: Survey (16:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The Supreme Court ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR continues to draw mixed reactions from the general public, though a majority of working professionals in the region have supported it, a survey report released on Monday said.

Naveen Patnaik turns 72, Modi prays for his good health (12:34) IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Oct 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik turned 72 on Monday and good wishes poured in from all quarters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi prayed for his good health.

Aquifer water levels in Himalayas can forewarn of earthquakes (11:40)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, Oct 16 (IANS) Continuous monitoring of water levels in the foothills of the Himalayas can warn about an impending earthquake in the region, which is due for a major temblor.

Typhoon Khanun makes landfall in China (10:16)
Beijing, Oct 16 (IANS) Khanun, the 20th typhoon this year, made landfall on Monday in China's Guangdong province.

Misty Monday morning in Delhi (10:14)
New Delhi Oct 16 (IANS) It was a misty morning in the national capital on Monday with the minimum temperature recorded at 19 degrees Celsius, the season's average, the weather office said.

Islamic states to discuss sustainable development (01:34)
Rabat, Oct 16 (IANS) The seventh session of the Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers will be held from October 25 to 26 in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

66 giraffes flown from Africa to China (18:00)
Beijing, Oct 15 (IANS) Sixty-six giraffes arrived in China's Henan Province on Sunday on a chartered flight from Johannesburg, the media reported.

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