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Western societies may quit alcohol with alcosynth-laded drinks: Scientist (16:22)
London, Dec 18 (IANS) People living in western countries are likely to quit alcohol in around two decades after they switch to a synthetic substance that mimics alcohol but does not harm people or cause hangovers, a British scientist has revealed.

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".

Insurance regulator calls for standardising city hospital costs (15:52)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Calling for standardisation of hospital healthcare costs within a city, the Indian insurance regulator on Monday suggested measures like introducing community group insurance products to bring down distribution costs and ensure companies are not burdened with fictitious claims.

Kovind pays last respects to friend in hospital (14:08)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday visited Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here to pay his last respects to one of his close friends who died at the hospital.

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.

Reduce stress, anxiety by cycling regularly (17:34)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Cycling can be one of the easiest ways to stay fit. Besides controlling your weight, it can reduce depression, stress and anxiety, say experts.

'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.

Indian chefs go ga-ga over mustard oil (14:42)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Mustard oil has been used for centuries as a food additive and remains a staple in a majority of Indian homes. Incorporating mustard oil into your daily diet is known to protect against heart disease. The oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, both of which help lower bad cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol hence maintaining one's cholesterol balance, which in turn leads to healthy cardiac functioning.

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.

Bipolar disorder has seven key characteristics: Study (11:02)
New York, Dec 17 (IANS) Every patient's experience with bipolar disorder can vary from that of others with the condition, but all of their experiences include features that fall into seven classes of phenotypes, or characteristics, researchers said.

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.

Hundreds sick with stomach illness on Royal Caribbean cruise (09:54)
Washington, Dec 17 (IANS) A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to Florida after hundreds of passengers contracted a gastrointestinal illness, the media reported.

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.

Health services hit in Rajasthan as doctors go on mass leave (Second Lead) (21:04)
Jaipur, Dec 16 (IANS) Medical and health services were crippled in state-run government hospitals and district community centres across Rajasthan as around 10,000 doctors went on mass casual leave on Saturday to press their demands, including raise in allowances and cancellation of cases against protesting doctors.

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.

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