Area-specific strategy needed for disadvantaged states: President (21:44)
Patna, March 24 (IANS) Disadvantaged regions like Bihar and Jharkhand require a strategy for development that can harness productive forces of the economy and not just blindly follow path of industrialisation, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday.

Scorpene submarine makers contribute to Clean Ganga Fund (21:32)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) DCNS India, the Indian subsidiary of French naval major DCNS, on Friday said it has contributed to the Clean Ganga Fund.

SC may slap additional cost on registration of BS III vehicles (20:08)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday indicated that it may allow the sale of vehicles with BS III emission norms after imposing a charge to reimburse Rs 18,000 crore that the government spent for upgrading the refineries to produce BS IV-compliant fuel.

Trump authorises construction of controversial Keystone Pipeline (18:34)
Washington, March 24 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Friday authorised the construction of controversial Keystone XL pipeline across the US border, reversing one of the most controversial environmental policies of his predecessor Barack Obama, officials said.

BJP demands anti-Romeo squads in Bihar (14:56)
Patna, March 24 (IANS) The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday demanded the setting up of anti-Romeo squads in Bihar for women's safety in line with neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

Video shows rapid deterioration of Great Barrier Reef (12:38)
sydney, March 24 (IANS) Environmental organisation Greenpeace on Friday released a video showing the "silent and high-speed destruction" of the Great Barrier Reef, caused by coral bleaching that has occurred for two years in a row.

Warm Friday morning in Delhi (09:38)
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) It was a warm morning in Delhi on Friday with the minimum temperature recorded at 21 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average, about three degrees more than Thursday's minimum.

Jammu-Srinagar highway partially opened (08:54)
Jammu, March 24 (IANS) Only one-way traffic was allowed to move on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Friday due to bottle-necks at many places, a traffic department official said.

Auditors should ensure nations meet environmental commitments: President (23:02)
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said auditors should play an important role in making nations meet their commitments on environment treaties.

Delhi sees hottest March 23 in six years (22:24)
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The national capital saw the hottest March 23 in the past six years with the maximum temperature settling at 37.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday, seven notches above the season's average, the Met office said. It has forecast similar weather on Friday.

Indian Navy team to again scale Mt. Everest (21:22)
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Its personnel have ventured to a depth of 40 meters below sea level and the an Indian Navy team is all set to once again scale the world's highest peak at 8,848 meters, with an expedition to Mt. Everest being flagged off by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Thursday.

VHP demands closure of illegal abattoirs in Jharkhand (15:22)
Ranchi, March 23 (IANS) The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Thursday demanded that illegal slaughter houses flourishing in Jharkhand should be closed and sealed in line with neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.

Gangetic dolphins sighted in highly polluted pockets of Hooghly (14:10)
Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) Experts from Worldwide Fund for Nature-India, who mapped the abundance of and threats to Gangetic dolphins in the Hooghly, say one of the most "striking features" of the study was that the endangered mammals were sighted in highly polluted pockets of the river.

Native Australian bird spotted after 100 years (12:00)
Sydney, March 23 (IANS) A group of birdwatchers spotted an Australian night parrot, once thought to be extinct, for the first time in 100 years.

Partly cloudy morning on Wednesday in Delhi (10:06)
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy morning in Delhi with the minimum temperature recorded at 18.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

Unmanned electric buses to ply in new Andhra capital (21:44)
Amaravati, March 22 (IANS) Unmanned electric buses will run on the roads of this upcoming city, one of the nine planned in the residual Andhra Pradesh after Telangana was carved out of it.

SC summons Chief Secretaries of 10 drought-affected states (20:20)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Chief Secretaries of 10 States to be present before it for their failure to comply with its order to provide relief to the drought-affected areas of their states.

Himachal HC seeks report on industrial pollution (19:58)
Shimla, March 22 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to respond within two weeks on rising pollution in Baddi industrial area in Solan district.

India, China slow down coal expansion, says report (19:52)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Cuts in coal-based power plants and a strong growth in renewable energy has caused a significant slowdown of coal expansion in Asian countries, particularly India and China, says a report.

Tax commercial, domestic gas equally under GST: Auto LPG body (19:20)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) With the Goods and Services Tax (GST) slated for implementation from July 1, the Indian Auto LPG Coalition (IAC) has urged rationalisation in duties of domestic and commercial liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to encourage use of environment-friendly auto LPG and prevent diversion of domestic fuel for commercial use.

'Save water, harvest wastewater' (19:08)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Keeping track of time with a smartphone in bathroom, checking on a toilet flush leak and going for satellite water reclamation plants in your building are some ways to save water and to treat wastewater, say experts.

Water conservation an ongoing campaign, says minister (19:06)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Marking World Water Day, Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday launched a water management policy pledging to make Indian Railways greener and water efficient.

Moody's affirms negative outlook on Adani Abbot Point Terminal (18:56)
Sydney, March 22 (IANS) US rating agency Moody's on Wednesday maintained the Adani Group-run Abbot Point Terminal Ltd's Ba2 bank credit facility rating, saying its outlook is negative.

Nestle India commits to water stewardship, cuts use by 53% (15:50)
New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) On the occasion of World Water Day, Nestle India on Wednesday said it has reduced its water consumption by 53 per cent and waste water discharge by 55 per cent for every tonne of production during the last 15 years as a commitment towards responsible water stewardship.

'ONGC doubles gas production in Tripura in 5 years' (14:22)
Agartala, March 22 (IANS) State-owned ONGC has more than doubled its gas production in five years in Tripura brightening prospects of setting up of more gas based projects, officials said here on Wednesday.

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