Countries must intensify vaccination delivery services: Experts (23:24)
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Noting immunisation averts 2-3 million deaths every year worldwide, experts on Thursday urged all countries to accelerate action to increase awareness for immunisation and further intensify vaccination delivery services.

Odisha launches Banayana project for forest management (23:14)
Bhubaneswar, April 27 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched Banayana, an Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OFSDP), for sustainable management of forest and bio-diversity.

NGT reserves judgment on plea to lift ban on old diesel vehicles (23:06)
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal on Thursday reserved judgement on a plea seeking lifting of its ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles as the Central government told it that no only diesel but CNG and petrol also causes environmental degradation.

Rare snake rescued in Delhi (22:38)
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) A banded 'Khukri' snake, now a rare and uncommon species in the Delhi area, was rescued here on Thursday.

Bengal doctors observe National Black Day against state act (22:30)
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) Sporting black badges, hundreds of doctors here on Thursday observed National Black Day in protest against the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Act.

Goa to host 'feni' festival,m says Tourism Minister (21:54)
Panaji, April 27 (IANS) A 'feni' festival will be held soon in the coastal state of Goa to highlight its medicinal value, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said on Thursday.

NGT issues notice to Art of Living over Sri Sri's comments (20:20)
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday issued notice to the Art of Living (AoL) over its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's remarks last week against the green court's statement pertaining to the AoL's mega fest last year at Yamuna flood plains in Delhi.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria receive highest polio vaccines (18:54)
New York/New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria -- the only three polio endemic nations in the world -- received highest doses of vaccines in 2016, said a Unicef statement on Thursday.

UN expresses concern over HIV prevalence in Karachi (14:34)
Islamabad, April 27 (IANS) Pakistan should chip in with all resources available to contain HIV, a senior official of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said, a media report said on Thursday.

Sharjah Ruler inaugurates mobile clinic for elderly (14:32)
Sharjah, April 27 (IANS/WAM) Sharjah's Ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi inaugurated a mobile clinic for the elderly at the University of Sharjah in United Arab Emirates.

Drinking coffee can halve prostate cancer risk (14:14)
London, April 27 (IANS) Drinking more than three cups of coffee a day may reduce prostate cancer risk by more than 50 per cent, show results of a study on 7,000 Italian men.

Samsung launches Smart Healthcare Citizenship Initiative (13:48)
Aizawl, April 27 (IANS) Samsung India on Thursday introduced the 'Smart Healthcare Citizenship Initiative' that provides affordable and quality healthcare to patients from the economically and socially weaker sections at Civil Hospital here.

Serious malaria cases cured by plant therapy in Africa (11:54)
By K.S. Jayaraman
Bengaluru, April 27 (IANS) In a stunningly successful trial, scientists report they cured 18 critically-ill patients suffering from drug-resistant malaria with tablets made from dried leaves of the Chinese plant Artemisia annua (also known as sweet wormwood).

Cloudy Thursday morning in Delhi (10:28)
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) It was a cloudy Thursday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 22.5 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

EU to promote cooperation between European, Indian cities (23:46)
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) European Union (EU)-funded International Urban Cooperation programme (IUC) was officially launched in India on Wednesday.

Early kidney transplant must for children with renal failure (23:24)
Chennai, April 26 (IANS) Early transplant of kidney is important for children diagnosed with advanced kidney failure, said a senior nephrologist on Wednesday at the local Kavery Hospital, where two boys underwent successful kidney transplant recently.

NGT shuts polluting industries along Ganga channel (23:14)
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed 13 polluting industries situated along tributary or major drain of the Ganga river to be shut down.

30 polluting units to be shut around Bengaluru lake (23:10)
Bengaluru, April 26 (IANS) The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Wednesday ordered closure of 30 polluting industries around the Bellandur lake in the city's south-east suburb for its restoration.

Tata Motors to use two technologies for BS IV norms (22:52)
Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) Automobile major Tata Motors Ltd. on Wednesday said it is ready with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technologies for BS IV compliant engines for its commercial vehicles.

United Airlines faces another row -- over giant rabbit's death (20:34)
London, April 26 (IANS) Less than three weeks after a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight at the Chicago airport, the airline landed itself in another public relations fiasco on Wednesday after a giant rabbit died on its flight from Britain.

Stent price capping will put patients in jeopardy: Experts (19:26)
Hyderabad, April 26 (IANS) The government's move to put a price cap on stents, which are used to open up blocked arteries, has drawn flak from the health experts, who believe this will block innovation and put patients in jeopardy.

NHRC notice to Delhi hospital for running without equipment (18:24)
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought a detailed report from Hindu Rao Hospital over allegations that one of the oldest and biggest hospitals here was operating without the necessary equipment.

Artificial photosynthesis turns carbon dioxide into clean air (17:38)
New York, April 26 (IANS) Researchers have found a way to trigger a process similar to photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy -- all at the same time.

Eating less salt may not lower your BP, says study (16:34)
New York, April 26 (IANS) Contrary to popular belief, consuming less sodium may not lead to lower blood pressure in the long term, show results of a new study that followed more than 2,600 men and women for 16 years.

Genetic variants linked to extreme old age identified (15:36)
New York, April 26 (IANS) Researchers have identified new genetic variants associated with reduced risks for cardiovascular and Alzheimer's disease, and higher odds of surviving for 100 or more years.

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