Sauna-like Kolkata welcomes IPL, 'Baahubali 2' (20:36) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) It was virtually a sauna here on Friday with scorching heat and sweat dripping down one's back, courtesy high humidity, with the Met office ruling out any signs of rain which could bring relief.

China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020 (19:20)
Beijing, April 28 (IANS) China plans to conduct several manned space flights between 2019 and 2022, during which a 60-tonne space station will be assembled and built, an official said on Friday.

Three orphaned tiger cubs die (19:10)
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Three days after the death of its two siblings, a third orphaned tiger cub has died in Madhya Pradesh's Bandhavgarh National Park, officials said on Friday.

Kolkata, Howrah air quality 'non-compliant' for more than five months (17:26) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) Four year data of air quality in the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah shows that both the cities remain "non-compliant" with respect to particulate pollutants for more than five months in a year, especially during winter time, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board said on Friday.

Genes that help Tibetans survive at high altitudes (15:56)
New York, April 28 (IANS) Variants of five different genes -- including one originating in the extinct human subspecies Denisovans -- help Tibetans survive the harsh conditions of the high altitudes, says a study.

Pet crocodile found alive after house fire in Australia (15:00)
Canberra, April 28 (IANS) A gigantic four-metre-long saltwater crocodile, kept as a pet by an Australian in Darwin, has survived a fire which gutted its owner's house, a firefighter said on Friday.

Partly cloudy Friday morning in Delhi (11:04) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) It was a relatively pleasant Friday morning in Delhi with partly overcast conditions and minimum temperature settling within a normal level at 24 degrees Celsius, the MeT office said, predicting thunder showers in the city.

Odisha launches Banayana project for forest management (23:14)
Bhubaneswar, April 27 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched Banayana, an Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OFSDP), for sustainable management of forest and bio-diversity.

NGT reserves judgment on plea to lift ban on old diesel vehicles (23:06)
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal on Thursday reserved judgement on a plea seeking lifting of its ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles as the Central government told it that no only diesel but CNG and petrol also causes environmental degradation.

Rare snake rescued in Delhi (22:38)
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) A banded 'Khukri' snake, now a rare and uncommon species in the Delhi area, was rescued here on Thursday.

NGT issues notice to Art of Living over Sri Sri's comments (20:20)
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday issued notice to the Art of Living (AoL) over its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's remarks last week against the green court's statement pertaining to the AoL's mega fest last year at Yamuna flood plains in Delhi.

Cloudy Thursday morning in Delhi (10:28) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) It was a cloudy Thursday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 22.5 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

EU to promote cooperation between European, Indian cities (23:46)
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) European Union (EU)-funded International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC) was officially launched in India on Wednesday.

NGT shuts polluting industries along Ganga channel (23:14) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed 13 polluting industries situated along tributary or major drain of the Ganga river to be shut down.

30 polluting units to be shut around Bengaluru lake (23:10) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, April 26 (IANS) The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Wednesday ordered closure of 30 polluting industries around the Bellandur lake in the city's south-east suburb for its restoration.

Tata Motors to use two technologies for BS IV norms (22:52)
Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Automobile major Tata Motors Ltd. on Wednesday said it is ready with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technologies for BS IV compliant engines for its commercial vehicles.

United Airlines faces another row -- over giant rabbit's death (20:34)
London, April 26 (IANS) Less than three weeks after a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight at the Chicago airport, the airline landed itself in another public relations fiasco on Wednesday after a giant rabbit died on its flight from Britain.

Artificial photosynthesis turns carbon dioxide into clean air (17:38)
New York, April 26 (IANS) Researchers have found a way to trigger a process similar to photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy -- all at the same time.

India's proposed coal plants could imperil global climate goals (13:32)
New York, April 26 (IANS) The world is unlikely to meet global climate goals if India carries through with plans to construct nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, new research warns.

Japan's Disaster Minister resigns after quake gaffe (11:52)
Tokyo, April 26 (IANS) Japan's Disaster Reconstruction Minister Masahiro Imamura resigned on Wednesday after saying it was a "good thing" that the 2011 quake and tsunami struck northeast region than Tokyo.

Shoot poachers on sight: Conservationist Jonathan Scott (With Images) (11:32)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Noted conservationist Jonathan Scott, who presented the BBC's "Big Cat Diary" for 12 years from 1996 to 2008, has advocated shooting poachers at sight as they are one of the principal reasons for the diminishing population in the wild -- even as the world is moving towards the sixth great mass extinction of wildlife driven by man.

Pre-monsoon rains hit Northeast, Mizoram remains cut-off (10:34)
Agartala/Aizawl, April 26 (IANS) Week-long incessant pre-monsoon rains, thunderstorm and heavy lightning disrupted life in northeastern states while road connectivity remained cut-off in Mizoram due to landslides, officials said on Wednesday.

Sunny Wednesday morning in Delhi (10:16)
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) It was a sunny Wednesday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 23 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

More Green Heroes for brighter future, says Abhishek Bachchan (06:12) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, who was present at the Green Heroes Film Festival happening here expressed his concern over our environment and said that having more Green Heroes will ensure a bright future.

Delhi gets respite with light rain, similar weather on Wednesday (Lead) (23:04)
New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Light showers cooled down the national capital on Tuesday night with after a hot day that saw the maximum temperature recorded at 38.3 degrees Celsius, average for the season, the Met Office said. Thunderstorm and rain are also likely on Wednesday.

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