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Sunny morning in Delhi (10:04) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) It was a sunny morning here on Friday with the minimum temperature recorded at 29 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average.

Indian thrust on renewables will affect thermal projects: CEA (23:14)
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Overemphasis on renewable energy would result in reducing viability of coal-fired thermal power plants in India, adding to the massive non-performing assets (NPAs) of state-run lenders, Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian said on Thursday.

Assam floods: Ten more die, death toll reach 49 (22:40) IANS Photo Service
Guwahati, Aug 17 (IANS) Ten more people died due to flood-related incidents across Assam in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 49, officials said on Thursday.

Stakeholders deliberate on Najafgarh drain issue (20:58)
Gurgaon, Aug 17 (IANS) In an attempt to lay the future road map for water security, stakeholders on Thursday came together on a common platform to deliberate on the issue of the Najafgarh drain.

Government launches campaign for pollution-free Diwali (20:26) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) The Union Government on Thursday launched a campaign urging people to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali, an official statement said.

Volkswagen submits roadmap for recalling 3.23 lakh vehicles to NGT (19:36)
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) German vehicles manufacturer Volkswagen on Thursday submitted a roadmap to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on recallling its 3.23 lakh vehicles for violating India's emission norms.

Thunderstorm, lightning warning in Odisha's 16 districts (17:54)
Bhubaneswar, Aug 17 (IANS) The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued thunderstorm and lightning warning for 16 districts in Odisha.

Floods disrupt train services in northeast (16:40) IANS Photo Service
Agartala/Guwahati, Aug 17 (IANS) Due to severe floods in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar, the northeastern region has been cut off by rail from the rest of India for about a week, officials said on Thursday.

Thousands living under open sky in flood-hit Bihar (16:22)
By Imran Khan IANS Photo Service
Bagaha/Purnea (Bihar), Aug 17 (IANS) Sundari Devi and her family of seven, including an elderly mother-in-law and children, are struggling to survive along an elevated road here for the last three days.

Over 100 people evacuated in Portugal as wildfire rages (16:12)
Lisbon, Aug 17 (IANS) Some 133 people were evacuated from Macao in Portugal as an intense wildfire raged outside the town on Thursday.

500 trees to be trimmed in Meghalaya (16:02)
Shillong, Aug 17 (IANS) As many as 500 vulnerable trees would soon be trimmed in Meghalaya to avoid accidents, Deputy Chief Minister Roytre Christopher Laloo said on Thursday.

No river, no us: B-Town bats to save rivers (15:44) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Aug 17 (IANS) Salman Khan, Rishi Kapoor and Anupam Kher are among Bollywood celebrities who have extended their support to Rally for Rivers campaign, urging fans and followers to help save the country's rivers.

Bus services resume in flood-hit Bengal (15:14) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Aug 17 (IANS) Bus services to and from northern West Bengal, which is reeling under floods, resumed on Thursday even as the situation continued to be "serious" in certain districts, a minister said.

Camera trap records 30 large mammal species in Cambodia (14:06)
Phnom Penh, Aug 17 (IANS) A camera trap has recorded the presence of 30 large mammal species in Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said in a statement on Thursday.

Mexican marine biologist works to save great white sharks (11:20)
Mexico City, Aug 17 (IANS) A Mexican marine biologist is using his new book to spread the message for protection of great white sharks, an animal that he contends is nearly perfect.

Sunny Thursday morning in Delhi (09:48) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) It was a sunny Thursday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 29.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average.

Merkel reaffirms target of 1 mn electric cars by 2020 (06:30) IANS Photo Service
Berlin, Aug 17 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed the goal of 1 million electric cars running on German roads by 2020, the media reported.

Kenya to host UN Environment Assembly in December (06:06)
Nairobi, Aug 17 (IANS) The third edition of UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will be held in Nairobi from December 4 to 6, officials said.

Cabinet nod to complete North Koel reservoir project (Lead) (23:00)
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave approval to complete the remaining work on the North Koel reservoir project that will provide irrigation water for 1,11,521 hectares of land in most drought-prone areas of Jharkhand and Bihar.

UP floods: 400 evacuated from India-Nepal border area (21:28)
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Sashastra Seema Bal has evacuated 400 people from the flood-affected Uttar Pradesh villages along the India-Nepal border, an official said on Wednesday.

World Bank pledges $24 mn to enhance India's forest ecosystem services (21:26)
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Finance Ministry and the World Bank on Wednesday signed a grant agreement of $24.64 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the World Bank for ecosystem service improvement project, said an official.

Bihar flood victims protest over lack of relief materials (21:10) IANS Photo Service
Patna, Aug 16 (IANS) Hundreds of flood victims in Bihar's worst hit Kishanganj and West Champaran district on Wednesday staged protests demanding adequate distribution of relief materials and assistance.

Over one lakh people hit by flood in Meghalaya: Official (19:46)
Tura (Meghalaya), Aug 16 (IANS) Over one lakh persons have been affected by floods in the Brahmaputra and Jingiram rivers, the waters of which have inundated 136 villages in western Meghalaya, an official said on Wednesday.

Cabinet nod to complete North Koel reservoir project (19:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday gave its approval to complete the remaining work on the North Koel reservoir project that will provide irrigation to 1,11,521 hectares of land in the most drought prone areas of Jharkhand and Bihar, an official release said.

Flood situation in parts of Bengal still alarming (19:04) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Aug 16 (IANS) The flood situation in parts of northern West Bengal continued to be "alarming" despite a let up in the incessant rains as many rivers in the area were still flowing well above the danger level, the state government said here on Wednesday.

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