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MSC Cruises orders four deluxe cruise liners (13:52)
Genova (Italy), Oct 19 (IANS/AKI) Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri said it has signed an agreement with MSC Cruises - the worlds largest privately-owned cruise company - for the construction of four ultra-luxury cruise ships at a cost of over 2 billion euros.

Piyush Goyal to receive US university award for rural electrification effort (12:14)IANS Photo Service
New York, Oct 19 (IANS) India's Union Minister Piyush Goyal will on Friday receive the prestigious Carnot Prize from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania in recognition of his work for rural electrification while he held the power and renewable energy portfolios.

Indonesia quake, tsunami: 70 children still remain missing (10:53)IANS Photo Service
Jakarta, Oct 19 (IANS) At least 70 children were still reported missing after a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Indonesia's Sulawesi island last month, authorities said on Friday.

Misty Friday morning in Delhi (10:00)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) It was a misty morning in the national capital on Sunday with minimum temperature touching 17.8 degrees Celsius, the season's average.

Right policy action can help cut emissions: IEA (09:24)
Paris, Oct 19 (IANS) A global effort to deploy the right energy efficiency policies could, on its own, see greenhouse gas emissions peak quickly and then fall even as the global economy doubles between now and 2040, the IEA's analysis on energy efficiency said on Friday.

Delhi government forms inspection team to check pollution (22:50)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) With Delhi air quality worsening, Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Thursday formed an inspection team to carry out surprise checks in the capital to check air pollution violations.

NCR sees very-poor air quality, set to drop further (22:20)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The National Capital Region saw a "very-poor" air quality on Thursday, which experts believe may further deteriorate within the next two days due to weather conditions, stubble burning and festival season.

EU recognises 'need' to strengthen climate targets (19:06)
Brussels, Oct 18 (IANS) In response to the landmark IPCC report on global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius published last week, 28 EU heads of state and government have called upon all countries of the world to commit at the upcoming climate summit in Poland to review the levels of ambition of their Paris Agreement pledges by 2020.

Punjab CM seeks compensation to check stubble burning (17:02)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek compensation for farmers for avoiding stubble burning.

Cherry blossoms bloom unexpectedly in Japan (15:04)
Tokyo, Oct 18 (IANS) Some of Japan's famed cherry blossoms, also known as sakura, have bloomed unexpectedly this autumn, according to weather experts.

Pleasant Thursday morning in Delhi (10:02)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) It was a pleasant morning in the national capital on Thursday with the minimum temperature recorded at 18 degrees Celsius, at par with the season's average.

Death toll in cyclone-hit Odisha 57, damage put at Rs 2,200 cr (Lead) (20:26)IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Oct 17 (IANS) The death toll due to cyclone Titli and subsequent floods in Odisha has increased to 57 and the damage is estimated at Rs 2,200 crore, said an official on Wednesday.

EU, Bill Gates launch $115mn clean energy fund in Europe (20:26)
Brussels, Oct 17 (IANS) The European Commission and Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investment fund led by Microsoft Corporation co-founder Bill Gates, launched on Wednesday a joint project to foster innovation in the energy sector in order to tackle climate change.

Delhi Minister releases NASA images of stubble burning, demands immediate halt (19:28)
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) As Delhi's air quality inches fast towards the "very poor" category, Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Wednesday released NASA satellite's recent images of north India which showed stubble burning at "dangerous levels".

Hurricane Michael toll climbs to 29 in US (15:56)
Washington, Oct 17 (IANS) The death toll from last week's Hurricane Michael, that battered the Florida Panhandle, has been raised to 29, with rescuers still searching for the missing in the hardest-hit areas.

3 Indian organisations benefit from Disney Conservation Fund (15:20)
Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) Arulagam, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Panthera -- three organisations of the 76 to receive grants from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF), work in India.

Suniel Shetty supports 'Let Avni Live' campaign (13:58)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) Actor Suniel Shetty has come out in support of a campaign to save man-eating tigress Avni from being killed.

JSW Energy's Himachal hydro plants unaffected by recent heavy rains (13:38)
By Biswajit ChoudhuryIANS Photo Service
Karcham (Himachal Pradesh) Oct 17 (IANS) The recent heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh and an abnormal rise in the Satluj river's silt levels -- forcing the temporary closure of major hydro projects -- has, however, not affected operations at both of JSW Energy's hydro plants in the state, company officials said.

Pleasant Wednesday morning in Delhi (09:26)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) It was a pleasant morning in the national capital on Wednesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 19.2 degrees Celsius, average for the season.

HC asks Delhi to frame policy on 'Ravana Dahan', firecrackers (22:50)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to frame guidelines to regulate burning of effigies of Ravana and bursting of firecrackers during Dussehra, but it refused to stay practices of "Ravana Dahan" this year.

Kejriwal failed to control pollution: Tiwari (21:22)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Hours after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday imposed Rs 50-crore fine on the Delhi government for not acting against polluting steel pickling units in the residential areas of the national capital, the BJP said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has failed in controlling pollution.

NGT imposes Rs 50 crore fine on Delhi government (21:14)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs 50 crore on the Delhi government for not taking action against illegal, polluting steel-pickling units in the national capital's residential areas.

Bombay HC Nagpur Bench admits PIL on man-eater tigress (20:42)
Nagpur (Maharashtra), Oct 16 (IANS) The Bombay High Court's Nagpur Bench on Tuesday admitted a PIL that sought a stay on plans to kill a 'man-eater' tigress and instead capture her alive, a wildlife activist said.

Cyclone Titli: Odisha Congress demands Rs 10 lakh to each deceased's family (19:44)IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Oct 16 (IANS) The Odisha Congress on Tuesday demanded that the state government should pay Rs 10 lakh ex gratia to the family members of each deceased in the cyclone and subsequent floods.

#MeToo: Artist Jatin Das accused of sexual harassment by conservationist (18:06)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Conservationist Nisha Bora on Tuesday accused Padma Bhushan recipient artist Jatin Das of sexually harassing her at his Khidki village studio in 2004, which Das refuted as "ridiculous and vulgar".

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