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Delhi schools to have cleanliness curriculum (23:30)
New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Months after introducing the Happiness Curriculum in schools, the Delhi government on Wednesday announced it will develop an activity-based curriculum to inculcate habits of cleanliness and hygiene among the students.

UN chief to nudge climate negotiators for Paris rulebook (Lead) (20:38)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) As the crucial multilateral climate negotiations by 197 nations draw closer to finale with the possibility of "weak" outcomes, UN chief Antonio Guterres on Wednesday flew back here in an attempt to convince participating countries for evolving a consensus on the Paris rulebook.

Delhi air improves to 'very poor' as wind speed increase (19:52)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Air quality in Delhi and adjoining regions improved from "severe" to "very poor" on Wednesday as wind speed picked up due to western disturbance over north India and dispersed pollutants.

Rain lowers temperature in Punjab, Haryana (19:26)
Chandigarh, Dec 12 (IANS) Maximum temperatures across Punjab and Haryana dipped on Wednesday following light rain in some parts of both states and snowfall in the neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

Your eyes may signal your mental stress level (19:18)
New York, Dec 12 (IANS) With demands of work productivity shooting up stress levels, researchers have discovered that a person's eyes may offer a solution.

UP to get tele-medicine, tele-radiology services (19:02)IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Dec 12 (IANS) Tele-medicine and tele-radiology facilities will be made available across Uttar Pradesh from January next year, Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said on Wednesday.

India witnesses significant rise in dementia-related cases: Lancet (18:50)
Moscow, Dec 12 (IANS) With number of individuals living with dementia increasing globally owing to ageing population, a Lancet study on Wednesday revealed that India witnessed a significant growth in the number of Alzheimer's disease and other cases of dementia from 1990 till 2016.

Fifteen entities commit to make operations climate neutral (17:52)
By Vishal Gulati
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) Fifteen international organisations on Wednesday jointly announced a commitment to make their operations climate neutral at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in this Polish city.

Heart disease greater in people living near oil & gas wells (16:58)
New York, Dec 12 (IANS) People living near areas with oil and gas exploration sites could be at more risk of developing cardiovascular disease, say researchers.

Portea Medical forays into critical care at home (16:58)
Bengaluru, Dec 12 (IANS) Bengaluru-headquartered home healthcare company Portea has expanded its services to include a high-quality and comprehensive range of specialised home care, the company said.

NASA satellite maps Antarctica ice sheets, sea ice, forests (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) NASA's satellite to track Earth's melting ice has revealed accurate first maps of Antarctica such that it can measure sea ice height to within an inch, the US sapace agency has said.

Rain, snow intensify cold wave in Uttarakhand (14:38)
Dehradun, Dec 12 (IANS) The cold wave has intensified in most parts of Uttarakhand after a fresh bout of snowfall and rains in the past 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday. Rains in the plains and snowfall in the hill tracts of the state have caused a fall in the temperature in most places.

Brain teasers may not stop age-related mental decline (14:38)
London, Dec 12 (IANS) Playing Sudoku or crosswords may not arrest age-related mental decline, as earlier studies suggested, but can boost mental ability over a lifetime, shows a research.

UN chief expected to attend climate talks (14:38)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) As the crucial multilateral climate negotiations by 197 nations draw closer to finale with the possibility of "weak" outcomes, UN chief Antonio Guterres is expected to join talks on Wednesday for evolving rules for implementing the Paris agreement.

Five reasons for India to lead in Universal Health Care with Ayurveda (December 12 is Universal Health Coverage Day) (Health Notes) (13:58)
By Ram N. KumarIANS Photo Service
The healthcare access of a country reflects its economic, social and political standards and growth on the world stage. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), half the world's 7.3 billion population lacks access to essential health services. Around 800 million people have to spend 10 per cent of their income on their healthcare. And more than 100 million people become severely poor due to the medical expenses they incur.

'HIV counselling, test centres in Delhi lack privacy' (12:04)
By Somrita Ghosh
New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) Privacy of patients who go for HIV testing and counselling in the national capital's government hospitals remains a prime concern as many of them don't have separate counselling rooms for males and females, a study has found.

Recycling temple waste to spread fragrance gets UN award (11:02)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) Indian group Help Us Green that gives marginalised women the chance to earn livelihoods and be respected in their communities through collecting temple ceremonial flowers tossed into the Ganges and turning them into sustainable incense, received a UN Climate Action Award.

Unparalleled warmth changing Arctic (10:38)
Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) The Arctic is experiencing a multi-year stretch of unparalleled warmth "that is unlike any period on record", according to the 2018 Arctic Report Card by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Minimum temperatures drop sharply in Kashmir Valley (10:18)IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 12 (IANS) Minimum temperatures dropped sharply across the Kashmir Valley and the Ladakh region on Wednesday triggering cold wave conditions, the weather office said.

Shimla gets season's first snowfall (09:42)IANS Photo Service
Shimla, Dec 12 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's picturesque resorts of Shimla and Manali woke up on Wednesday to a white blanket of snow which was the season's first snowfall in the state capital, the weather bureau said.

More coral species found in deeper regions of Great Barrier Reef (08:20)
Sydney, Dec 12 (IANS) Nearly 200 coral species in the deeper regions of Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef have been found instead of about 30 species previously recorded, pointing to the significant role of the major marine organisms' habitat, according to the latest research.

UN's climate chief asks nations to finish talks with strong outcome (04:08)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) As the crucial two-week long climate negotiations by nearly 200 nation draws closer to culminate, UN's climate chief Patricia Espinosa and other top UN officials making passionate pleas to governments to finish the work they set for themselves and conclude the summit with a strong and effective outcome.

Nations share green transition plans in line with Paris pact (01:34)
By Vishal GulatiIANS Photo Service
Katowice (Poland), Dec 12 (IANS) The political phase of the ongoing UN climate negotiations, amid the assembly of nearly 200 nations delegates, including India, was held on Tuesday with ministers and high-level country representatives together with non-party stakeholders shared plans for the transformation of economies in line with the 2015 Paris goals.

BBC stands by its 2017 Kaziranga killings expose (23:34)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) BBC's Director General Tony Hall on Tuesday said that the network stands by its 2017 expose of extrajudicial killings by rangers in Kaziranga National Park and that the organisation's previous letters to the Indian government do not constitute an apology.

World's first floating nuclear plant operational in Russia (23:26)
Murmansk (Russia), Dec 11 (IANS) Akademik Lomonosov, the world's first "floating" nuclear power plant (FNPP) for installation in remote areas, has been started and brought to 10 per cent of its capacity, Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom announced on Tuesday.

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