Indian Museum, Kolkata hotels mark Earth Hour (23:28)
Kolkata, March 25 (IANS) The Indian Museum as also several important office buildings and plush hotels switched off their lights here on Saturday as Kolkata joined the rest of the world in observing Earth Hour.

Mercury may reach 39 degrees by month-end: Officials (22:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) With the national capital already sizzling due to a significant rise in the mercury, making March the hottest in the last six years, the Met department says the temperature could rise to 39 degrees Celsius by the end of month.

Chief Justice disagrees with AG's view on environment (21:58) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) There were disagreements between the government and judiciary on environment on Saturday at the World Conference on Environment-2017.

President raises concerns over environmental degradation (21:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said it was high time to think about intensity of the environmental degradation and steps to stop it.

Four killed, property damaged in Tripura storm (21:12)
Agartala, March 25 (IANS) At least four people, including a woman, were killed and two others injured when a heavy seasonal thunderstorm accompanied by rain hit Tripura on Saturday, police said.

Following NGT directions to ban illegal abattoirs: Aditya Nath (20:06) IANS Photo Service
Gorakhpur, March 25 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi on Saturday said he was only following the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to close down illegal slaughterhouses in the state.

Elephant census begins in Assam's Kaziranga (18:12)
Guwahati, March 25 (IANS) The Assam forest department on Saturday started its four-day census of elephants in Assam's famous Kaziranga National Park.

Himachal to import chemical to treat apple plants (17:30)
Shimla, March 25 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government has got permission from the Union Ministry of Agriculture for importing a chemical and machinery to combat serious problems afflicting apple produce, an official said on Saturday.

Cambodia rescues 11 endangered elephants (16:30)
Phnom Penh, March 25 (IANS) At least 11 endangered Asian elephants were rescued by Cambodian villagers from a muddy bomb crater on Saturday, an official said.

Turn off your lights, celebrate Earth Hour (16:26) IANS Photo Service
Washington, March 25 (IANS) The world will celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday night by switching off lights and going "dark" for one hour to encourage participation in fighting climate change.

Pakistan to observe 10th Earth Hour (16:24)
Islamabad, March 25 (IANS) Pakistan along with more than 170 countries will observe the 10th Earth Hour 2017 between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. on Saturday, and participate in the World Wildlife Funds (WWF) effort to show global commitment to the planet.

Moderate earthquake rocks N-E states, Myanmar (14:10)
Shillong, March 25 (IANS) A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, rocked India's northeastern states and parts of Myanmar on Saturday, an official said.

Sunny Saturday morning in Delhi (09:38) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) It was a clear and sunny Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 17.7 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

Area-specific strategy needed for disadvantaged states: President (21:44) IANS Photo Service
Patna, March 24 (IANS) Disadvantaged regions like Bihar and Jharkhand require a strategy for development that can harness productive forces of the economy and not just blindly follow path of industrialisation, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday.

Scorpene submarine makers contribute to Clean Ganga Fund (21:32)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) DCNS India, the Indian subsidiary of French naval major DCNS, on Friday said it has contributed to the Clean Ganga Fund.

SC may slap additional cost on registration of BS III vehicles (20:08) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday indicated that it may allow the sale of vehicles with BS III emission norms after imposing a charge to reimburse Rs 18,000 crore that the government spent for upgrading the refineries to produce BS IV-compliant fuel.

Trump authorises construction of controversial Keystone Pipeline (18:34) IANS Photo Service
Washington, March 24 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Friday authorised the construction of controversial Keystone XL pipeline across the US border, reversing one of the most controversial environmental policies of his predecessor Barack Obama, officials said.

BJP demands anti-Romeo squads in Bihar (14:56) IANS Photo Service
Patna, March 24 (IANS) The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday demanded the setting up of anti-Romeo squads in Bihar for women's safety in line with neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

Video shows rapid deterioration of Great Barrier Reef (12:38) IANS Photo Service
sydney, March 24 (IANS) Environmental organisation Greenpeace on Friday released a video showing the "silent and high-speed destruction" of the Great Barrier Reef, caused by coral bleaching that has occurred for two years in a row.

Warm Friday morning in Delhi (09:38)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) It was a warm morning in Delhi on Friday with the minimum temperature recorded at 21 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average, about three degrees more than Thursday's minimum.

Jammu-Srinagar highway partially opened (08:54)
Jammu, March 24 (IANS) Only one-way traffic was allowed to move on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Friday due to bottle-necks at many places, a traffic department official said.

Auditors should ensure nations meet environmental commitments: President (23:02)
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said auditors should play an important role in making nations meet their commitments on environment treaties.

Delhi sees hottest March 23 in six years (22:24) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The national capital saw the hottest March 23 in the past six years with the maximum temperature settling at 37.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday, seven notches above the season's average, the Met office said. It has forecast similar weather on Friday.

Indian Navy team to again scale Mt. Everest (21:22) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Its personnel have ventured to a depth of 40 meters below sea level and the an Indian Navy team is all set to once again scale the world's highest peak at 8,848 meters, with an expedition to Mt. Everest being flagged off by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Thursday.

VHP demands closure of illegal abattoirs in Jharkhand (15:22)
Ranchi, March 23 (IANS) The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Thursday demanded that illegal slaughter houses flourishing in Jharkhand should be closed and sealed in line with neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

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