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Delhi gets rainfall in patches on Monday, similar condition this week (Lead) (00:06)
New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Though monsoon clouds covered the national capital's sky on Monday, rain was only seen in patches, and similar conditions are is expected throughout the week, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Action on 'war footing' for conserving Taj Mahal: Government (22:52)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) After being rapped by the Supreme Court over the condition of the Taj Mahal, the government on Monday said that it will take action on "war footing" to deal with air and water pollution in and around the world-famous 17th-century Mughal monument.

BIMARU states top in non/partially-immunized children: UN agencies (22:30)
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The 'BIMARU' Indian states - Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh - have the highest numbers of partially immunized and non-immunized children, according to UN bodies WHO and Unicef.

SC seeks experts, environmentalists' report on reducing garbage at landfill sites (21:56)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday sought a report of experts and environmentalist on reducing the gigantic mounds of garbage at the landfill sites at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla here in national capital.

People are more important than industries, SC tells Centre (21:26)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday, while taking into note of a report that 60,000 people have died due to pollution, told the Centre that "people are more important than industries".

5 killed, thousands in hospital as heat wave hits Japan (21:24)
Tokyo, July 16 (IANS) Five people died and over 2,000 people were taken to hospitals due to heat exhaustion or heatstroke as heat wave continued to scorch Japan on Monday, the media reported.

Odisha CM urges Centre to tackle waterlogging at temple (21:12)IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, July 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday requested Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma to take immediate steps to prevent waterlogging at the world famous Sun Temple at Konark.

HC takes suo moto cognisance on waterlogging in Delhi (20:30)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Monday took suo moto cognisance of the water logging problem in Delhi and asked the state government, civic authorities and other to file response related to the issue.

Maximum temperatures dip in Haryana, Punjab after rain (19:30)IANS Photo Service
Chandigarh, July 16 (IANS) Even though humid conditions prevailed over the region, the maximum temperatures dipped at most places acrossAHaryana and Punjab on Monday.

To meet rush of drug addicts, Punjab to hire retired shrinks (19:20)IANS Photo Service
Chandigarh, July 16 (IANS) The Punjab government will hire retired government psychiatrists to deal with the rush of drug addicts at de-addiction centres across the state, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday.

Heavy rains batter Maharashtra hill stations (19:10)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, July 16 (IANS) After Mumbai and coastal districts, some of the most popular hill stations of Maharashtra were battered by heavy rains with Mahabaleshwar leading the list, according to the IMD here on Monday.

Delhi HC seeks advisory on dengue, chikungunya be issued (19:06)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Observing there was a possibility of vector-borne diseases spreading during the monsoon season, the Delhi High Court on Monday directed the state government and civic authorities to issue an advisory on preventive steps related to dengue and chikungunya.

Nano bubbles filled with drug may kill cancer cells: Study (19:04)
Sydney, July 16 (IANS) In a step further to identify range of cancer treatments available to patients, scientists have developed drug-filled nano bubbles triggered in the body by X-rays which may help kill the malignant cells.

Younger pregnant women at high risk of prenatal depression: Study (19:04)
London, July 16 (IANS) Owing to the increased pressures of social media and the pace of modern life, younger expecting mothers may be at more than 50 per cent higher risk of developing prenatal depression, than their mothers, according to a study.

Indonesia villagers slaughter 292 crocodiles (18:50)
West Papua (Indonesia), July 16 (IANS) Hundreds of crocodiles in Indonesia were slaughtered in a retaliatory attack by locals after a villager was killed by one of the reptiles, officials said on Monday.

Essel plant to generate power from waste in Maharashtra (18:44)IANS Photo Service
Nagpur, July 16 (IANS) Essel Infraprojects Ltd (EIL) will construct Maharashtra's first Waste to Energy (WtE) plant with a capacity of 800 tonnes of waste, it was announced on Monday.

Pakistan's agriculture faces major blow due to water scarcity (17:48)
Islamabad, July 16 (IANS) Pakistan's agriculture is facing a major blow due to an ongoing water crisis in the country.

Four Delhi hospitals set for expansion, 58 Mohalla Clinics in pipeline (17:30)
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The Delhi government plans to expand and add more medical facilities in four hospitals here and also proposes to set up 58 new Mohalla Clinics across the national capital, an official said on Monday.

Wolbachia mosquitoes released in Fiji to curb dengue (17:12)
Suva, July 16 (IANS) Fiji has identified hot spots for dengue fever where officials of the World Mosquito Programme (WMP) will release the Wolbachia mosquitoes on Monday to curb the spread of dengue, Zika and chikungunya diseases.

20 injured as canopy collapses during Modi's Bengal rally (Lead) (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Midnapore (West Bengal), July 16 (IANS) At least 20 persons were injured on Monday when a part of the canopy collapsed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in West Bengal's Midnapore town, a BJP leader said.

Scientists identify molecule to treat fibrotic diseases (15:24)
New York, July 16 (IANS) Scientists have identified a molecule that can act as a potential therapy for fibrotic diseases -- a progressive scarring and hardening of internal organs.

Ticks are more likely to attack blood group A: Study (13:48)
London, July 16 (IANS) People with type A blood could be more at risk of being bitten by a tick, including bugs that cause the potentially fatal Lyme disease, a study says.

The Indian Monsoon is a two-faced Janus: Both clean and dirty (12:16)
By Bhanu Sridharan
Chennai, July 16 (IANS/Mongabay) Every year during the dry season between December and March, a dirty haze appears over South Asia and China. It is a potent mixture of pollutants borne out of wood burning and crop burning, vehicular emissions and industrial combustion, christened the Asian Brown Cloud.

How we went wrong in understanding ecology - and what to do (Book Review) (12:16)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: Being Ecological; Author: Timothy Morton; Publisher: Pelican/Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 399

Cloudy morning in Delhi, rains likely (10:12)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The national capital witnessed a cloudy and humid morning on Monday with the minimum temperature recorded at 27.2 degrees Celsius, the season's average, the Met office said.

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