Install effluent treatment plants or be shut down, SC tells industries (Lead) (21:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) AThe Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all industrial units situated in severely polluted areas across the country to install primary effluent treatment plants (PETP) within three months, failing which they will be shut down.

You can't ruin city, NGT tells Bengaluru authorities (21:04)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Castigating the Karnataka government agencies over the fire in Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday asked the officials to list out the steps taken so far to revive the water body.

Orphaned, traumatised baby bear finds home in Agra (Lead) (20:00)
By Brij Khandelwal and Kushagra Dixit
Agra, Feb 22 (IANS) Weeks after it was found crying and clutching its dead mother in a Madhya Pradesh forest, a 10-month-old orphaned baby bear on Wednesday found a home at the Agra Bear Rescue Facility.

Student community in Bengal to help conserve Gangetic river dolphin (18:48)
Kolkata, Feb 22 (IANS) School and college students in West Bengal will be among key stakeholders in the national project to develop a conservation action plan for the Gangetic River Dolphin to save the national aquatic animal from extinction, an official said on Wednesday.

Tuna catch on decline in Indian Ocean, says study (18:32)
Panaji, Feb 22 (IANS) Overkill as well as rising temperatures in the western Indian Ocean is driving down the numbers of the world's most valuable fish, the tuna, suggests research conducted by an international team of scientists, including those from the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography.

Baby bear orphaned in MP, brought to Agra (With Images) (18:28)
By Brij Khandelwal
Agra, Feb 22 (IANS) A 10-week-old baby bear, orphaned by poachers in Madhya Pradesh, was on Wednesday brought to the Agra bear centre, India's biggest.

Sri Lanka to hike damages for elephant attacks (17:32)
Colombo, Feb 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Cabinet on Wednesday approved to grant a higher compensation to victims of wild elephant attacks in the island country.

Cabinet nod for doubling capacity of solar parks to 40,000 MW (14:26)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) In a major push for solar power development in the country, a cabinet panel on Wednesday approved increasing the capacity of solar parks and projects from 20,000 MW to 40,000 MW.

SC asks industrial units to install effluent treatment plants (14:26) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all industrial units situated in severely polluted areas across the country to install primary effluent treatment plants within three months, failing which they will be shut.

Odisha hopeful of world heritage tag for Bhitarkanika National Park (12:44)
By Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Feb 22 (IANS) The Odisha government is hopeful of getting the Bhitarkanika National Park, the country's second largest mangrove forest after the Sundarbans in neighbouring West Bengal, included in the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites.

eToilets: Transforming sanitation via technology (With Images) (11:48)
By Akanki Sharma
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Using the toilet in school was an ordeal for 15-year-old Vineetha two years ago because of poor sanitation and cleanliness. A class 10 student at ZPHS Kodurupadu School in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, the ordeal is now over with eToilets being installed in the premises.

Himachal saves brilliantly plumaged western tragopan from extinction (With Images) (10:32)
By Vishal Gulati
Shimla, Feb 22 (IANS) As the population of the western tragopan, a brilliantly-coloured Asian pheasant species, hovers on the brink of extinction globally, Himachal Pradesh is engaged in breeding its state bird in captivity.

Sunny Wednesday morning in Delhi (09:56) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) It was a sunny Wednesday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 12 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average, the weather office said.

Jammu-Srinagar highway opens (08:34) IANS Photo Service
Jammu, Feb 22 (IANS) The strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway was on Wednesday reopened for one-way traffic after two days.

LG asks agencies to control road dust, fly ash (21:14) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday directed the concerned agencies to control road dust, coal dust and fly ash to contain air pollution in the city.

Thousands of homes in Jakarta hit by floods (18:14)
Jakarta, Feb 21 (IANS) Thousands of houses in Jakarta were inundated by floodwaters on Tuesday following torrential rains overnight, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes, Indonesian authorities said.

Figures by foreign organisations not conclusive: Environment Minister (17:26) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Within days of medical journal 'The Lancet' reporting that over a million people die in India annually due to air pollution, Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on Tuesday said reports and figures given out by "foreign organisations" are not conclusive.

Akhilesh's donkey jibe sharpens focus on Indian wild ass (17:04)
By Kushagra Dixit IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's "Gujarat ke Gadhe (Donkeys of Gujarat)" jibe might have been meant to score points in a bitter electoral battle, but it has inadvertently sharpened focus on the Indian wild ass, promoted in a TV spot by no less than megastar Amitabh Bachchan in his capacity as the state's brand ambassador.

China builds lab in South China Sea (16:34)
Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China has built a field laboratory in the disputed South China Sea to collect marine data and collect sediment samples.

France to cull 600,000 ducks (15:20)
Paris, Feb 21 (IANS) French authorities will cull 600,000 ducks in the Landes region due to bird flu, the Agriculture Minister said on Tuesday.

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) IANS Photo Service
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.

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