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World's largest coal port to opt for 'green business' now (16:16)
Canberra, Dec 18 (IANS) Australia's Port of Newcastle, the world's biggest coal port, has announced a transition away from fossil fuels, saying "continued investment in Australian coal is a losing proposition".

Government introduces bills amid uproar in LS (13:34)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) A bill that will put an end to the need for getting permission to transport bamboo was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday amid protests from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Bhartruhari Mahtab.

Dog survives US plane crash (12:10)
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) A dog survived a plane crash in the US state of Indiana while three passengers and another dog were killed, authorities said.

UN action set to revive Kenyan lake around which flowers bloom (Environment Feature) (12:08)
By Vishal Gulati
Naivasha (Kenya), Dec 18 (IANS) The Naivasha wetlands, nestled amidst the volcanic mountains of Kenya's Great Rift Valley, are dying a slow death. Concerned at the impending ecological crisis, United Nations Environment stepped in to initiate a five-year Freshwater Strategy, part of its global action plan, to protect Lake Naivasha from certain extinction.

Australia offers technological help to prevent stubble burning (12:08)
Chandigarh, Dec 18 (IANS) With stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana causing environmental and health concerns, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (Aciar) has offered technology to check the menace.

When rains exposed Bengaluru's infrastructure woes, civic apathy (2017 in Retrospect) (11:52)
By Bhavana Akella
Bengaluru, Dec 18 (IANS) The image of Bengaluru as a garden city and the country's technology hub was dented when record rainfall this year exposed its infrastructure woes and the apathy of its municipal agencies in coping with its growing needs.

26 killed in Philippines storm (11:34)
Manila, Dec 18 (IANS) At least 26 people were killed and 46 were reported missing after a tropical storm battered the Philippines, an official said on Monday.

Severe cold wave in J&K, Kargil freezes at minus 14.5 (11:32)
Srinagar, Dec 18 (IANS) Severe cold wave continued in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday as Kargil in Ladakh region froze at minus 14.5 degrees, recording the lowest minimum temperature this season.

Misty Monday morning in Delhi, 12 trains cancelled (10:30)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) It was a misty Monday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 9.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. The Met has forecast a clear day ahead.

Toll in Philippines tropical storm climbs to 23 (22:16)
Manila, Dec 17 (IANS) Authorities in the Philippines dealing with tropical storm Kai-Tak on Sunday raised the toll to 23, while 26 people were missing due to floods and landslides caused by the adverse weather affecting around 222,000 people in central areas of the island country.

'Starving' polar bear provokes climate change dialogue (17:12)
Ottawa, Dec 17 (IANS) A video on a starving polar bear in northern Canada's Nunavut region has led to concerns on climate change as well as doubts about the real cause of the beast's emaciation.

What made the oldest plesiosaur a strong swimmer (13:00)
London, Dec 17 (IANS) An analysis of the fossil remains of the oldest-known plesiosaur, an unusual underwater reptile that lived 201 million years ago, has revealed that the species was a very effective swimmer.

JKP awarded for providing free healthcare services (12:04)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Jagadguru Kripalu Parishad (JKP), which runs hospitals as also educational institutions for underprivileged girls, was awarded at the Swasth Hindustan Conclave 2017 here for providing free health care services.

Shilpa Shetty wins PETA's 'Hero To Animals' Award (11:44)
Mumbai, Dec 17 (IANS) Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been honoured with a 'Hero to Animals' Award by animal rights organisation PETA for speaking out against the cruelty of circuses; signing a petition asking the government to uphold the ban on jallikattu, bull races, and bullfights; and adopting a stray kitten.

Cold Sunday morning in Delhi (09:56)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The national capital saw a cold Sunday morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 7.8 degrees Celsius, normal for the season's average. The Met has forecast a clear day ahead.

Jammu records lowest temperature, severe cold wave lashes J&K (09:50)
Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 17 (IANS) The minimum temperature in Jammu city dropped to a minus 5.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday thereby recording the season's lowest temperature as a severe cold wave has lashed Jammu and Kashmir.

3 killed in 6.5-magnitude Indonesia earthquake (Second Lead) (21:00)
Jakarta, Dec 16 (IANS) At least three people were killed and seven injured in a 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java damaging 950 buildings, officials said on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia bans cow imports from Spain (21:00)
Riyadh, Dec 16 (IANS/WAM) The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has imposed a temporary ban on importing cows from Spain following the detection of mad cow disease in some farms in the country.

Pradhan inaugurates first 2 CNG stations in Odisha (20:56)
Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday inaugurated Odisha's first two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations at Chandrasekharpur and Patia area of Bhubaneswar.

British envoy draws attention to plastic pollution in oceans (20:48)
Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Juxtaposing the naturalness of silk with the artificiality of plastic, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith on Saturday drew attention to the health of rivers and plastic pollution in the oceans.

Mercury to remain low for three days in NCR, air improves (19:38)
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) With dry and cold northwesterly winds blowing, the mercury may fall by a degree for the next three days, with the minimum temperature around Delhi likely to hover around 7 degrees, the weatherman said on Saturday.

3 killed in Philippines storm (19:36)
Manila, Dec 16 (IANS) At least three people were killed and six others went missing after tropical storm Urduja struck the central Philippines, officials said on Saturday.

All 438 Central Railway stations to have LED lights by March (19:26)
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) The Central Railway is on way to install energy-saving LED lights at all its 438 stations by March 2018, and exploit solar and wind power in a big way to cut on electricity bills, an official said here on Saturday.

Himachal reels under severe cold conditions (18:00)
Shimla, Dec 16 (IANS) Large parts of Himachal Pradesh reeled under severe cold conditions on Saturday, with the minimum temperature at several places plunging below freezing point, weather officials said.

2 dead as multiple earthquakes jolt Indonesia (Second Lead) (16:58)
Jakarta, Dec 16 (IANS) At least two people have been killed as multiple earthquakes jolted coastal cities of Indonesia's West Java province and damaged dozens of houses, disaster management officials said on Saturday.

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