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Alappuzha's dirty secret: Lauded by UN, NGOs -- but 'Venice of East' still stinks (13:04)
By Nikhil M. Babu
Alappuzha (Kerala), March 18 (IANS) Standing atop a wall, 37-year-old Sabu Vijayan, an Alappuzha municipality sanitation worker, was singing as he used a long metal pipe to break a thick layer of waste floating on the two-metre-wide canal below him.

Pleasant Sunday morning in Delhi (09:42) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) It was a pleasant Sunday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 14.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, the weather office said.

Temperature rises in Delhi, air quality improves (Lead) (21:26) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) The national capital on Saturday saw rise in minimum temperature while the maximum temperature was recorded at 31.2 degree Celsius, same as the day before. The IMD said that the mercury will rise towards Sunday and the sky would remain partly cloudy.

Leopard mortality on rise, 21 more die in March (19:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) At least 21 more leopards lost their lives in the first half of March, taking the toll to 127 this year, according to the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI).

Clear Saturday morning in Delhi (09:50) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) It was a clear Saturday morning in the national capital with minimum temperature recorded at 17.5 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season's average, the weatherman said.

Rain lashes Bengaluru, hits normal life (Second Lead) (22:04) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, March 16 (IANS) Bengaluru was lashed by rain on Friday, leading to traffic snarls and flooding of low-lying areas in the state capital, a weather official said.

Delhi to see gradual rise in mercury before another respite (Lead) (21:28) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) As Delhi residents on Friday saw further respite from heat, weather analysts said that they expect mercury to rise gradually before another respite due next week with possibility of rain showers.

Government amends 30-year-old forest policy to focus on climate change (19:52) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) The Union Environment Ministry has come up with a new forest policy that focuses on climate change mitigation and reducing threats like wild fires, encroachment and man-animal conflict.

Microplastics contamination in bottled water not alarming: FSSAI (19:32)
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Friday said the findings of a US-based NGO about microplastics contamination in bottled water in India were not alarming as there was no known health hazards due to it.

Multi-hazard early warning system for disaster management in Odisha (19:18)
Bhubaneswar, March 16 (IANS) The Odisha government will develop an integrated multi-hazard early warning system for better disaster management which will improve the quality, prediction ability and response capacity of the Odisha Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) in dealing with natural disasters, an official said on Friday.

Mumbai gets 25-strong Hybrid Electric Bus fleet (16:50) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, March 16 (IANS) In a major step towards combating pollution and ensuring a smooth ride for commuters, a fleet of 25 swank Hybrid Electric Bus was launched here on Friday.

Pre-monsoon showers cool Bengaluru, more rain likely (Lead) (15:10) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, March 16 (IANS) Moderate rain, measuring up to 5.8 mm, was received here with more showers likely over the next two days, the weather office said on Friday.

Pre-monsoon showers cool Bengaluru, more rains likely (14:34) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, March 16 (IANS) Moderate rains, measuring up to 5.8 mm, hit Bengaluru on Friday, with more showers likely over the next two days, the weather office said.

Five major biodiversity reports set to be finalised (13:20)
Medellin (Colombia), March 16 (IANS) Scientists, biodiversity experts and policymakers from across the globe will assemble here to finalise landmark reports from five major expert assessments focused on biodiversity, nature's contributions to people and issues of land degradation and restoration, it was announced on Friday.

Cold revives in Himachal with snow, rain (12:12) IANS Photo Service
Shimla, March 16 (IANS) Temperatures across Himachal Pradesh plummeted sharply on Friday with the high-altitude areas getting mild spells of snow while there was rainfall in many parts of the state.

Partly cloudy Friday morning in Delhi (09:34) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy Friday morning in the national capital with minimum temperature recorded at 16.8 degrees Celsius, one notch above the seasons average, the Met said.

Briton to beat Tesla with world's biggest battery (08:50)
Canberra, March 16 (IANS) British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has revealed plans to build the world's biggest lithium ion battery in South Australia.

Respite from heat in Delhi for two days before mercury rises (Lead) (22:34) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Delhi residents on Thursday experienced a respite from heat with a drop in temperature, with the maximum recorded at 32.4 degrees Celsius that is three notches above the season's average.

Drop terror charges against official: UN Environment head (22:24)
Nairobi, March 15 (IANS) UN Environment head Erik Solheim on Thursday expressed concern over terror accusations against UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and others in the Philippines and demanded these be dropped.

13 European countries to protect great bustard (18:56)
Bad Belzig (Germany), March 15 (IANS) Delegates from 13 European countries on Thursday agreed on transboundary conservation measures for the great bustard - the heaviest flying bird in Europe.

Gadkari to visit Goa, interact with mining stakeholders: Minister (18:28) IANS Photo Service
Panaji, March 15 (IANS) Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will visit Goa on March 20 to interact with the stakeholders in the mining industry in a bid to resolve the crisis triggered by a Supreme Court ordered ban on all mining in the coastal state, Goa Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said on Thursday.

Platypus milk may help combat superbugs (18:22)
Sydney, March 15 (IANS) A protein present in the milk of the platypus can potentially save thousands of lives by effectively killing superbugs that has become increasingly resistant to antibiotic drugs, researchers say.

Five flights delayed due to poor visibility at Kolkata airport (17:30)
Kolkata, March 15 (IANS) Departure of five domestic flights was delayed while three more flights were diverted from Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport on Thursday due to poor visibility conditions caused by non-seasonal fog, an airport official said.

90% bottled water brands contaminated globally (15:46)
Washington, March 15 (IANS) With a market value of nearly $150 billion per year, bottled water from leading brands, including from India, have been found to be 90 per cent contaminated by microplastics, posing potential harm to humans, a report has said.

Bengaluru worst in urban governance: Report (15:20)
Bengaluru, March 15 (IANS) Bengaluru, India's technology hub touted as the Silicon Valley of the East, fared the worst in urban governance as evident from its lowest ranking among 23 cities across the country in a recent survey by a city-based NGO.

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