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Maharashtra plastic industry challenges ban (20:56)
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) In wake of the blanket ban on manufacture and sale of all plastic bags and packaging materials imposed by the Maharashtra government, thousands of industry players took out a massive protest procession here on Friday.

Norms flouted over 7,000 times during clean-air campaign in Delhi (18:52)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) A clean-air campaign in Delhi witnessed 7,357 violations, for which penalties were slapped in 3,117 cases and Rs 8.85 crore in fines realised over two weeks, a Minister said on Friday.

India, Canada pledge to fight terrorism in all forms (18:02)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) India and Canada on Friday pledged to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations while declaring that no country should allow its territory to be used for terrorist and violent extremist activities.

Civic consciousness, digitisation of land records can help reclaim footpaths: Puri (17:26)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Digitisation of land records can help in reclaiming illegally encroached footpaths in Delhi, but eminent citizens also need to speak up and cooperate with the government in awakening civic consciousness of citizens, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri has said.

A university helps conserve mountain economies facing climate brunt (12:50)
By Vishal Gulati
Solan, Feb 23 (IANS) A research-based university near here in Himachal Pradesh is working for mountain people and its fragile biodiversity -- that is facing the brunt of climate change -- by researching and piloting programmes on high-value products, innovative livelihood options and rural income-generation strategies.

Himachal hills may turn white this weekend (10:50)IANS Photo Service
Shimla, Feb 23 (IANS) If you want to witness snow this weekend, head to Himachal Pradesh as the Met predicts chances of precipitation at many places.

Misty Friday morning in Delhi (10:00)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) It was a misty Friday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 15.5 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average.

Indian scientists develop test bed to generate clean energy (23:00)
Bengaluru, Feb 22 (IANS) Indian scientists have developed a supercritical Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Brayton test facility at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here to generate clean energy from power plants, including solar thermal, the premier institute said on Thursday.

Assam to observe 'Rhino Day' on September 22 (22:12)IANS Photo Service
Guwahati, Feb 22 (IANS) In a bid to keep the world famous one-horned rhinoceros of Assam under the global spotlight, the Assam government has decided to commemorate September 22 as "Rhino Day", an official said on Thursday.

Founding conference of International Solar Alliance on March 11 (21:16)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The founding conference of the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA) will be held here on March 11, it was announced on Thursday.

Mercury on rise in Delhi, Thursday warmest February day of decade (Lead) (20:42)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The national capital recorded a maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius, seven notches above the season's average, on Thursday, making it the second warmest day of the decade, while mercury in some areas rose to 32.4 degrees -- highest February temperature of the decade, IMD said.

Rain, snowfall forecast in J&K from Friday (19:12)
Srinagar, Feb 22 (IANS) Heavy snow and rainfall is forecast in Jammu and Kashmir from friday evening, the local weather office said.

5 killed in landslide on Indonesia's Java island (18:46)
Jakarta, Feb 22 (IANS) At least five people were killed and 15 were missing after a landslide hit the Indonesian island of Java on Thursday, the country's disaster management agency said.

Cauvery water dispute: CM urges all TN parties to unite (15:22)IANS Photo Service
Chennai, Feb 22 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami urged all parties to shed their differences and unite to secure the state's rights in the Cauvery river water dispute with neighbouring Karnataka.

Heavy snowfall on Uttarakhand hills (13:44)IANS Photo Service
Dehradun, Feb 22 (IANS) Heavy snowfall was reported on Thursday from the hilly tracts of Uttarakhand, including Hemkund Saheb, Badrinath and Kedarnath. This has lead to a dip in the mercury.

Misty Thursday morning in Delhi (10:58)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) It was a misty morning here on Thursday with the minimum temperature recorded at 14 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average.

DU to hold Flower Show (00:10)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Delhi University said that it will on Friday hold its 60th annual 'Flower Show' at the Mughal Garden in front of the Vice Chancellor's office.

Hinduism a cultural concept of India: Naidu (23:20)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said Hinduism is not a religion but a cultural concept of India.

OMC to provide bauxite to Vedanta in Odisha (22:50)
Bhubaneswar, Feb 21 (IANS) The Odisha Cabinet on Wednesday amended a long-term linkage policy to facilitate Vedanta company to source bauxite from the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) to run a refinery and smelter plants in the state.

Odisha cabinet approves Rs 912.38 cr piped water projects (21:54)
Bhubaneswar, Feb 21 (IANS) The Odisha Cabinet on Wednesday approved piped water projects worth Rs 912.38 crore to be implemented in mining-affected areas and other districts.

Mercury on rise in Delhi, Wednesday becomes warmest in February (Lead) (21:20)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) With mercury reaching 31.7 degree Celsius, seven notches above the season's average, making Wednesday the warmest February day for Delhi, the IMD said temperatures would further rise over next two days.

BS-VI grade fuel to be available from April 1, SC told (20:28)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The Central government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it has advanced by two years the availability of the BS-VI grade fuel and it will be available in the national capital from April 1.

New shark species discovered in Atlantic Ocean (18:54)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) A team of scientists has identified a new shark species residing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Bengaluru kids more exposed to toxic air: Report (17:10)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) If you are travelling in an open vehicle during peak traffic hours daily in Bengaluru, you are likely to be exposed to severe toxic air. And school-goers are among the worst affected, a report warned on Wednesday.

No final decision on tiger reserve in Goa, Assembly told (15:10)IANS Photo Service
Panaji, Feb 21 (IANS) No final decision has been taken to convert Goa's four wildlife sanctuaries into a tiger reserve, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar informed the Assembly on Wednesday.

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