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Gujarat children getting expired polio vaccine: Congress (23:50)
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday accused the BJP government in Gujarat of administering expired and unusable polio vaccine to the children in state and said it is a criminal act of negligence, and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiate an "inquiry" into it.

Delhi's air quality deteriorates, becomes 'very poor' (Lead) (22:08)
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Hours after slight improvement in the air quality of Delhi-NCR, the national capital again started inhaling toxins as the quality of air deteriorated from "poor" in the morning to "very poor" in the evening on Saturday.

Amidst US shadow, nearly 200 nations pledge climate action (Lead) (21:44)
By Vishal Gulati
Bonn, Nov 18 (IANS) Amidst the shadow of the US decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, nearly 200 nations on Saturday pledged to launch a process next year to start reviewing existing plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Hundreds of students join organic rice harvesting in Bihar (21:02)
Patna, Nov 18 (IANS) It was a celebration with a difference on Saturday when hundreds of students and teachers from 22 schools began harvesting of organic rice at Tarumitra (friends of trees) farm in the capital of Bihar.

Don't panic, H1N1 is curable: SKIMS chief to Kashmiris (20:12)
Srinagar, Nov 18 (IANS) The super specialty tertiary care of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) here is fully equipped to treat H1N1 flu patients and people should not panic about this as it is a fully curable infection.

Odisha to launch vaccination campaign to combat Japanese Encephalitis (19:20)
Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 (IANS) The Odisha government will launch a massive vaccination drive to combat killer Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in 13 districts of the state, said an official on Saturday.

N.D. Tiwari becomes unresponsive, shifted to ICU (18:26)
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Narayan Datt Tiwari on Saturday became unresponsive when he was being given physiotherapy and was shifted to a hospital here.

Mild tremor jolts Rajasthan (17:36)
Jaipur, Nov 18 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale jolted some parts of Rajasthan on Saturday, officials said.

Usher's genital herpes lawsuit dismissed (17:10)
Los Angeles, Nov 18 (IANS) A lawsuit filed against singer Usher, in which he was accused of failing to warn the plaintiff of his reported herpes, has been dismissed.

Fresh outbreak of bird flu detected in South Korea (16:48)
Seoul, Nov 18 (IANS) South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Saturday said it had detected a fresh outbreak of bird flu at a farm in the country's south and ordered the culling of 12,300 fowls as a preventive measure.

Antibiotic resistance: 'Bad bugs, no drugs' turning into reality (Nov 13-19 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week) (16:20)
By Gokul Bhagabati
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) With the growth of antibiotic resistance already complicating treatments for several diseases in India including common urinary tract infections, the country appears to be in an advanced position to immerse itself in the ignominy of the fast-arriving post-antibiotic world in which even common infections would once again become incurable.

Indian girl dies in Abu Dhabi (16:04)
Abu Dhabi, Nov 18 (IANS) A five-year-old Indian girl died here after suffering from fever for a week.

New catalyst developed to recycle CO2, methane (15:50)
London, Nov 18 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new and cost-effective catalyst to recycle two of the main causes behind climate change -- carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4).

Magnitude-4.4 quake hits Iran-Iraq border (15:14)
Tehran, Nov 18 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale on Saturday struck Iran's Kermanshah province near the Iraqi border, the same area which is still recovering from a powerful tremor last week that killed over 400 people.

Tree-lined neighbourhood may help in reducing asthma risk (14:36)
London, Nov 18 (IANS) Started experiencing breathing problems due to excessive pollution in the air surrounding your home? It is time to shift your abode to a neighbourhood with more green spaces.

Computer brain training may cut dementia risk by 29% (13:54)
New York, Nov 18 (IANS) A computer brain training exercise designed to improve the speed and accuracy of visual attention can help seniors reduce risk of dementia by nearly a third, suggest results of a 10-year study.

Nearly 200 nations pledge to review plans to limit emissions (13:40)
By Vishal Gulati
Bonn, Nov 18 (IANS) Amidst the shadow of the US decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, nearly 200 nations on Saturday pledged to launch a process next year to start reviewing existing plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Google Glass returns from the dead as tool to help kids with autism (12:24)
New York, Nov 18 (IANS) Those who declared Google Glass a failure perhaps spoke too soon as it is now resurfacing as a tool to help children with autism improve their social skills.

Karnataka private doctors return to work; treat out-patients (12:00)
Bengaluru, Nov 18 (IANS) Private doctors across Karnataka were back to work on Saturday and began treating out-patients after they called off their five-day strike on Friday.

Plant respiration larger source of carbon emissions than thought (11:22)
New York, Nov 18 (IANS) Carbon released by plant respiration may be around 30 per cent higher than previously predicted, a new study claims.

Rain improves Delhi's air (11:20)
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The air quality in the National Capital Region improved on Saturday to the "poor" level following overnight rain as the concentration of Particulate Matter (PM) decreased. Another government department, however, placed the air quality at "moderate".

Night temperatures improve in Jammu region, Ladakh coldest (10:58)
Jammu, Nov 18 (IANS) Night temperatures improved in the Jammu region while temperatures in Ladakh dropped to below freezing point, a Met department official said on Saturday.

Umpire Kettleborough to miss 3rd day's play (09:50)
Kolkata, Nov 18 (IANS) On-field English umpire Richard Kettleborough pulled out of third day's play between India and Sri Lanka on Saturday due to a throat infection.

Misty Saturday morning in Delhi, 49 trains delayed (09:40)
New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) It was a misty Saturday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 15.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average.

Trump revokes permit to import elephant trophies (08:18)
Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has revoked his administration's decision to lift its ban on the import of elephant trophies hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia, pending a thorough review of the matter.

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