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Another Gir pride loses three cats as train runs them over (22:04)
Gandhinagar, Dec 18 (IANS) After losing as many as 23 Asiatic lions in a section of the Gir forest area in recent times, another set of three lions from a pride lost their lives as speeding goods train run them over in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Carbon footprint labels on food packets might help cut emissions (21:52)
Sydney, Dec 18 (IANS) Labelling food packets with carbon footprint can help reduce potential environmental impacts, says a new study.

Delhi air quality likely to deteriorate over next 2 days (20:18)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Delhi is likely to experience toxic air over the next two days as weatherman on Tuesday predicted the already "very poor" quality of air of the national capital will deteriorate further.

Coal use declines in Europe, but spikes in India: IEA (18:22)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) While global coal demand looks set to rise for the second year in a row in 2018, it is forecast to remain stable over the next five years as declines in Europe and North America are offset by strong growth in India and Southeast Asia, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.

Reaffirming faith in the fight against climate change (Column: Active Voice) (16:08)
By Amit Kapoor
Conversations in India rarely revolve around the subject of climate change. The discussions around the topic are largely limited to the highest offices and international forums, while the countrys citizens remain mostly disassociated from it. And yet it is no secret that the country will be the worst affected in the world once the full-scale repercussions of the global crisis are realised.

Smoking banned in Gwalior government offices (15:30)
Gwalior, Dec 18 (IANS) Smoking has been banned in every government office here in Madhya Pradesh and anybody found smoking will have to cough up a fine of Rs 200, an official said on Tuesday.

Cyclone Phethai: Rains continue in Odisha (15:30)IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Dec 18 (IANS) Rains continued to lash several parts of Odisha on Tuesday due to the impact of cyclone Phethai, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

5 killed by elephants in Jharkhand (14:42)
Ranchi, Dec 18 (IANS) A herd of rampaging elephants have killed five people in the last one week in Jharkhand's Pakur, Jamtara and Dumka districts, forest officials said on Tuesday.

GST on recycled construction waste products to be reduced to 5 per cent (14:16)
By Arun Kumar DasIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) In a bid to promote reuse of debris generated by the construction industry, the government will soon reduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on products made from recycled demolition waste to five per cent.

Stray cattle a lurking menace in Sri Krishna land (12:32)
By Brij Khandelwal
Agra/Vrindavan, Dec 18 (IANS) Not just people in cities, but even farmers in the vast rural hinterland are approaching local authorities seeking urgent solutions to the exploding bovine population that is destroying crops, causing traffic hazards and making life difficult for all.

Sonam Kapoor named PETA India's 2018 Person of the Year (11:32)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actress Sonam Kapoor, a vegan, has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's Person of the Year for 2018.

Chilly Delhi morning with 'very poor' air on Tuesday (11:20)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Delhi experienced a chilly winter morning on Tuesday with the minimum temperature dropping to 5.1 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season's normal as the air quality continued to be very poor.

Intense cold wave continues in Kashmir Valley, Ladakh (09:50)IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 18 (IANS) An intense cold wave continued in the Kashmir Valley and the Ladakh region on Tuesday, dropping the minimum temperatures below the freezing point, the weather office said.

India inks MoU with France for collaboration to boost use of electrical vehicles (00:44)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Union Cabinet was on Monday apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with France that seeks to support the governments ambitious plan for the deployment of electrical vehicles by maximising solar mobility and minimising its grid impact.

Post-electoral reverses, government expands free LPG beneficiary list (22:02)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Close on the heels of the ruling BJP's recent electoral defeat in the Hindi heartland, the Union Cabinet on Monday approved the expansion of beneficiaries under the Ujjwala Yojana for providing cooking gas to poor families.

Cyclone 'Phethai' hits Andhra coast, triggers heavy rains (Lead) (20:48)IANS Photo Service
Visakhapatnam, Dec 17 (IANS) Cyclonic storm ‘Phethai crossed the Andhra Pradesh coast in East Godavari district on Monday, causing widespread rains, uprooting trees, paralyzing transport and damaging crops.

Delhi's minimum temperature set to drop; air quality 'very poor' (20:12)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Delhi's minimum temperature was on Monday recorded at 6.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average and it is expected to drop further by one or two degrees, said Met officials.

At 460, India records highest leopard mortality in 2018 (19:06)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) With 460 leopard deaths, India in 2018 recorded the highest mortality rate of the particular big cat species across the country in the past four years, Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) said on Monday.

'Bete' comments on legalisation of guns to kill wild boars (18:40)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Ganesh Shetty's new short film "Bete" presents a strong commentary on a 2016 law which legalised the use of guns to cull wild boars in order to protect crops from being destroyed -- and as a result, innocent lives have been lost due to accidents and misuse of guns.

ISRO shortlists 14 firms for transfer of lithium ion cell technology (17:44)
Chennai, Dec 17 (IANS) Indian space agency ISRO has shortlisted 14 companies out of over 100 companies that showed interest in its lithium ion cell technology, said a senior official.

Rainy Monday for Kolkata as cyclone hits Andhra (16:16)IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Dec 17 (IANS) Kolkata and several other districts of Gangetic West Bengal woke up to a rainy morning on Monday as cyclone 'Phethai' made landfall in Andhra Pradesh.

Mercury dips in Jharkhand due to rains (14:28)
Ranchi, Dec 17 (IANS) Jharkhand witnessed cold weather on Monday due to incessant rains in the state, a weather official said here.

Personal heating patches could reduce energy waste in buildings (14:16)
New York, Dec 17 (IANS) Researchers, including one of an Indian-origin, have developed a thin, durable and high-tech personal heating patch that could be sewn into clothes to generate heat, while significantly reducing users' electric bill as well as energy waste in buildings.

Is climate change apocalypse real? Practice is better than preaching (Comment) (13:28)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
Is the looming climate change apocalypse real? In the clearly-demarcated battle lines, the good guys are those who believe it is and the bad guys, like US President Donald Trump, are the doubters as any progressive and most of the media would affirm.

Cyclone Phethai: Over 50 trains cancelled in Andhra (12:00)
Vijayawada, Dec 17 (IANS) The South Central Railway has cancelled over 50 trains in coastal Andhra Pradesh in view of severe cyclonic storm Phethai, which is set to hit the coast near Kakinada on Monday afternoon.

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