China discovers new mutation of bird flu virus (13:36)
Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China has discovered a new mutation of the H7N9 bird flu virus, which is being considered the deadliest till now, a media report said on Tuesday.

2016 El Nino led to enormous coral death in Maldives (12:08)
London, Feb 21 (IANS) Increased surface ocean temperatures during the strong 2016 El Nino led to a major coral die-off in the Maldives, and this has caused reef growth rates to collapse, says a study.

Clear Tuesday morning in Delhi (10:30)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) It was a clear Tuesday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 16.4 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average.

Jammu-Srinagar highway closed for 2nd consecutive day (09:36)
Jammu, Feb 21 (IANS) The Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained closed for the second consecutive day Tuesday stranding scores of vehicles and passengers on the over 300 km long road, an official said.

Delhi Metro creates park from waste material (21:32)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) unveiled a "one of a kind" park here on Monday which is adorned with artistic installations built with waste material from Metro construction sites and is mostly powered by the solar energy.

Jammu-Srinagar highway closed (18:30)
Jammu, Feb 20 (IANS) Heavy rains hampered landslide clearance operations on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Monday, leading to its closure.

Himachal gets snow, rain (18:28)
Shimla, Feb 20 (IANS) The hills of picturesque tourist resorts Manali and Shimla on Monday saw rainfall, while high hills in Himachal Pradesh received a fresh spell of snowfall.

SC summons Bengal Environment Secretary on Wednesday (Lead) (18:06)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday directed the West Bengal Environment Secretary to appear before it on Wednesday along with a status report on the critically and severely polluted areas in the state.

Olive Ridley turtles lay record 3.55 lakh eggs in Odisha (16:28)
Bhubaneswar, Feb 20 (IANS) The endangered Olive Ridley turtles have laid a record 3.55 lakh eggs on Odisha coast within a span of one week, an official said on Monday.

Horse kicks man off motorbike to death in Hyderabad (15:04)
Hyderabad, Feb 20 (IANS) A horse being ridden by a youth went berserk and kicked two motorcyclists passing by it, killing one of them and severely injuring the other, here early Monday, the police said.

Saving an endangered bird -- with tricks, tactics and love (14:40)
By Azera Parveen Rahman
Guwahati, Feb 20 (IANS) Its not a typically pretty bird to ‘ooh and ‘aah over. Far from it, the Greater Adjutant Stork is a big bird with a dull-orange bill and grey, black and white feathers. An endangered species, its numbers were plummeting until wildlife biologist Purnima Devi Barman intervened and, nine years later, has led a village here to become the worlds largest breeding colony for this bird.

SC summons Bengal Environment Secretary on Wednesday (12:34)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday directed the West Bengal Environment Secretary to appear in court on Wednesday along with a status report on the critically and severely polluted areas in the state.

Sunny Monday morning in Delhi (09:30)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) It was a sunny Monday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 16.4 degrees Celsius, six notches above the season's average.

Jammu-Srinagar highway closed due to landslides (08:50)
Jammu, Feb 20 (IANS) Strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway was on Monday closed for traffic due to multiple landslides in Ramban district in the Jammu region.

South Asian nations vow to meet challenges of climate change (Lead) (21:28)
Indore, Feb 19 (IANS) The joint declaration of the South Asian Speakers' Summit on Sunday asserted that the Paris Agreement must continue to be guided by the principles of UN Framework Convention and called for greater cooperation among the member countries to meet the challenges of climate change and related disasters.

China urges crackdown on high-emission vehicles (18:24)
Beijing, Feb 19 (IANS) China's Environment Minister has urged strict monitoring and crackdown on automobiles with excessive exhaust emissions to improve air quality.

South Asian nations vow to meet challenges of climate change (16:38)
Indore, Feb 19 (IANS) The joint declaration of the South Asian Speakers' Summit on Sunday asserted that the Paris Agreement must continue to be guided by the principles of UN Framework Convention and called for greater cooperation among the member countries to meet the challenges of climate change and related disasters.

California 'weather bomb' pushes north (16:14)
Los Angeles, Feb 19 (IANS) A fierce storm, dubbed "bombogenesis" or "weather bomb", has eased in California, while pressing on further north in the US state.

More than five crore saplings planted in Himachal (15:58)
Shimla, Feb 19 (IANS) More than five crore saplings were planted on 48,000 hectares in the four years in Himachal Pradesh, resulting in increase in forest cover, the government said on Sunday.

14 die in snowfall, severe cold in Afghanistan (15:38)
Kabul, Feb 19 (IANS) At least 14 persons have died in snowfall and freezing weather in Afghanistan, an official said on Sunday.

Kashmiri filmmakers urge people to save valley from climate change (12:46)
Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) Kashmir makes headlines in terrorism and insurgency but a bunch of young filmmakers from the region has appealed to people through short films to save the beauty and blossoms of the valley from ravages of climate change.

Baby chimp raised by Kansas zoo to go public (11:58)
Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) A baby chimpanzee rejected by her mother last year and raised so far by humans at the Kansas City Zoo is expected to join the public primate exhibit, a media report said on Sunday.

South Asian summit to conclude with Indore Declaration (11:46)
Indore, Feb 19 (IANS) South Asian Speakers Summit will conclude on Sunday with signing of Indore Declaration comprising of implementation of sustainable development goals.

Warm Sunday morning in Delhi (10:34)
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy Sunday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 15.6 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average.

Films on Nagaland tribes stir debate on hunting, conservation (20:04)
Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) A cluster of films based on the biodiversity-rich Nagaland, showcased at the seventh National Science Film Festival, have kick-up a debate on hunting practices and conservation in northeast India's tribal communities.

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