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3 killed, over 8,000 hit by severe weather in Sri Lanka (17:08)
Colombo, May 20 (IANS) Three people were killed and over 8,000 affected as heavy rains and strong winds lashed across Sri Lanka, prompting disaster management officials to be on alert for possible evacuations, the Disaster Management Centre said on Sunday.

42 rare turtles recovered in Bengal, one arrested (16:42)
Kolkata, May 20 (IANS) A total of 42 rare turtles were seized from a railway station in West Bengal's Hooghly and one person arrested, police said on Sunday.

Expert warns of irrevocable biodiversity damage with rising temperature (16:22)IANS Photo Service
Cape Town, May 20 (IANS) A 3.2 degree Celsius increase in the Earth's temperature could see 47 per cent of insect species, 26 per cent of vertebrate and 16 per cent of plant species lose at least half of their geographic ranges, an expert on global change has said.

Now find Vitamin B12 in plants too (14:56)
London, May 20 (IANS) If you are a hardcore vegetarian but deficient in Vitamin B12, then there is a good news for you as scientists have discovered ways to increase the levels of Vitamin B12 in an ayurveda herb used in making soups and sandwiches.

SC sets conditions to cut trees for Ganga Jal project (14:00)IANS Photo Service
Agra, May 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam to plant 2,500 saplings, maintain and look after them for 10 years in a secure fenced area in Firozabad district to compensate the felling of 234 trees that come in the way of the Ganga Jal pipeline that will bring water to the Taj City.

Delhi to see warm day ahead (10:08)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The National Capital woke up to a sunny Sunday morning with minimum temperature recorded at 27 degree Celsius, a notch above the season's average, while the day ahead is expected to be very warm.

Bengal Safari welcomes newborn tiger cubs (22:56)
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) A Royal Bengal Tigress gave birth to three healthy cubs at Bengal Safari Park in the state's Siliguri, an official said on Saturday.

Congress government protecting sugar mill owners: Akali Dal (22:14)IANS Photo Service
Chandigarh, May 19 (IANS) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday said that the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab was protecting the owners of a sugar mill, who were close to the ruling dispensation, even after discharge from the mill had left thousands of fish dead and contaminated water in Beas river.

Drugs Controller to come out with vaccine specific regulatory policy (21:30)
Hyderabad, May 19 (IANS) The Drugs Controller General of India plans to come out with vaccine specific regulatory policy and a manual for regulatory requirements for commercialization of new drug and on how to conduct clinical trials in India, it was announced on Saturday.

17 killed in Afghanistan flooding (21:02)
Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan), May 19 (IANS) At least 17 people were killed and 23 others wounded after heavy torrential rains caused fresh flooding in two Afghan provinces, the authorities said on Saturday.

EESL distributes 30 cr LED bulbs, to save Rs 15,000 cr per year (19:44)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) said on Saturday that it has distributed over 30 crore light emitting diode (LED) bulbs across the country under the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) programme.

Dogs born in summers more likely to suffer heart disease (13:12)
New York, May 19 (IANS) Owing to higher level of outdoor air pollution during summers, dogs born during this time are more likely to be at higher risk of heart disease, according to a study.

Rain, thunderstorms likely in Delhi (10:56)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy morning here on Saturday and the weather office forecasts rains later, with warning of thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds at isolated places in the city.

Winds, thunderstorm likely on Saturday but mercury to rise (Lead) (21:20)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) The national capital on Friday sizzled at 40.6 degrees Celsius, the season's average, even as the Met department warned of strong winds, with dust and thunderstorm towards Saturday.

Sanitation strike: Haryana gears up to keep it clean (21:10)
Chandigarh, May 18 (IANS) As the strike of "safai karamcharis" (sanitation workers) in Haryana continued for the 10th day on Friday, the Haryana government has asked district authorities to gear up to deal with the garbage pile-up across the state.

Delhi to get 6 new city forests (19:46)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) The national capital will get six new city forests by March 2019 under the green budget initiative of the Delhi government, officials said on Friday.

Monsoon to hit Kerala on May 29: IMD (18:46)
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) Monsoon rains are set to arrive in India, with Kerala receiving the first showers on May 29, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.

Himachal launches riverfront cleaning campaign (18:06)IANS Photo Service
Manali, May 18 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh Council for Science, Technology and Environment (HIMCOSTE) on Friday launched a 20-day Riverfront Cleaning Campaign by involving over 1,000 schoolchildren of eco clubs under the National Green Corps Programme and a World Wide Entertainment (WWE) former champion as the brand ambassador.

NASA study shows freshwater decline in India (Lead) (17:48)IANS Photo Service
Washington, May 18 (IANS) India is among the world's major hotspots which has seen a serious decline in the availability of freshwater due to overuse of water resources, reveals a new study that combined an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities.

Renewable energy outpaces fossils in India: Reports (17:34)
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) Wind and solar energy in India are now outpacing fossil fuels as investment opportunities providing on average 12 per cent higher annual returns, 20 per cent lower annual volatility and 61 per cent higher risk-adjusted returns than coal and natural gas, reports said on Friday.

Human pressure destroying world's protected land (17:10)
Sydney, May 18 (IANS) One-third of the world's protected land is in a state unlikely to conserve endangered biodiversity thanks to intense human pressure, says an international study that offers a shocking reality check on efforts to avert a biodiversity crisis.

Four killed in house collapses in Tripura (15:34)IANS Photo Service
Agartala, May 18 (IANS) At least four tribals, including a child and a woman, were killed early on Friday in mud house collapses in two incidents in West Tripura district of Tripura after a downpour, officials said.

NASA study warns of freshwater decline in India (11:30)IANS Photo Service
Washington, May 18 (IANS) Availability of freshwater has declined in the northern and eastern parts of India, says a new study that combined an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe.

Rain, squall likely in Delhi (10:00)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy Friday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 26.7 degrees Celsius, the season's average.

Dia uses celebrity status for positive change (00:52)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) Actress and environmentalist Dia Mirza says she believes in using her celebrity status, which she refers to as a "privilege" to make "positive change".

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