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You will die of pollution, if you fall in Goan river, Parrikar tells activist (17:32)IANS Photo Service
Panaji, Dec 11 (IANS) Some of Goa's rivers are so polluted, that if someone is thrown into one, he or she would die of pollution, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday told an activist opposing inclusion of Goa's major rivers in the Inland Waterways Authority of India's list.

Heavy snow cancel flights in UK (15:00)IANS Photo Service
London, Dec 11 (IANS) Dozens of flights were cancelled in the UK on Monday due to heavy snowfall, which also disrupted other transport and led to closure of schools.

Elephant damages two vehicles in China (14:56)
Beijing, Dec 11 (IANS) A wild Asian elephant turned a highway in China's Yunnan province into its playground, damaging a mini bus and a sedan.

California wildfire bigger than New York city (12:24)IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, Dec 11 (IANS) The most destructive wildfire raging in southern California has expanded significantly, scorching an area larger than New York City, according to fire officials.

Pollution in Beijing region reduced by 38% (12:18)
Beijing, Dec 11 (IANS) China has managed to reduce the average concentration of the most harmful air pollution particles by 38.2 per cent so far this year in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the country's most polluted area, according to official data.

Mount Hope named UK's new highest peak (10:28)
London, Dec 11 (IANS) British authorities have named Mount Hope as the country's new highest peak, a media report said on Monday.

Overnight rains break dry cold spell in J&K (10:26)IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, Dec 11 (IANS) Overnight rains on Monday broke the dry, cold wave conditions in Jammu and Kashmir as the weather office forecast more rain and snow in the next two days.

Cloudy Monday morning in Delhi, 10 trains cancelled (09:24)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) It was a cloudy Monday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 8.2 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, the weather office said.

'Life of Pi' actor visits Wildlife SOS elephant care centre, bear facility (22:56)IANS Photo Service
Mathura, Dec 10 (IANS) Adil Hussain, the lead actor of the acclaimed "Life of Pi", on Sunday visited the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre here and spent time with the animals. He extended his support to the centre's activities.

Delhi-NCR air quality near severe, stubble burning in Delhi (21:08)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) The improvement in the air quality turned out to be short-lived as Delhi-NCR started inhaling toxins again with virtually no winds and cases of stubble burning in the national capital itself on Sunday.

First snowfall this season comes to New York (19:56)IANS Photo Service
New York, Dec 9 (IANS) The first snowfall of the season arrived in New York on Saturday morning, and is expected to continue until early Sunday morning.

Himachal hills may turn white on Monday (19:56)
Shimla, Dec 10 (IANS) After days of pleasant weather, the cold may return to Himachal Pradesh with the local weather bureau predicting widespread snow in higher reaches and rain in other parts from Monday.

Britain sees heavy snowfall, could disrupt travel massively (19:48)IANS Photo Service
London, Dec 10 (IANS) Large parts of Britain saw heavy snowfall on Sunday morning and more is expected, leading the authorities to warn of road, rail and air travel delays.

California Governor says wildfires are 'new normal' (18:50)IANS Photo Service
Los Angeles, Dec 10 (IANS) California Governor Jerry Brown said on Saturday that climate change has pushed weather to the most extreme, and the western US state must better prepare for a constant threat of wildfire which is the "new normal".

Six elephants killed by speeding train in Assam (18:14)IANS Photo Service
Guwahati, Dec 10 (IANS) At least six elephants were killed after being hit by a speeding train in Assam's Sonitpur district early on Sunday, officials said.

High mercury levels found even in UN global policy makers (13:38)
By Vishal Gulati
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) In a scary revelation, an international study detected neuro-toxic metal mercury levels above health alert thresholds in over half of the policy decision-makers tested at a UN summit this year.

Making a difference: Teenager's passion sets an example in Kashmir (IANS Special Series) (12:32)
By Sheikh QayoomIANS Photo Service
Laharwalpora (Jammu and Kashmir), Dec 10 (IANS) Bilal Ahmad Dar, 18, is ready to start his daily journey into the Wular Lake, said to be Asia's largest fresh-water lake, early in the morning on a bitterly cold December day.

Did Koyna quake set trend of opposing hydro projects? (December 11 is the 50th anniversary of the Koyna quake) (11:08)
By Arun Bapat
December 11 is the 50th anniversary of the Koyna earthquake. The tremor claimed 199 lives and caused minor damage to the Koyna dam in Maharashtra and some houses in its vicinity -- but it is an event that affected science, society and engineering. Till the Koyna earthquake, peninsular India was considered quake-free and most big civil engineering projects were constructed under this assumption.

Pleasant Sunday morning in Delhi (10:12)
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) It was a pleasant Sunday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 7.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, the weather office said.

Cloud cover improve temperatures in J&K (10:12)IANS Photo Service
Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 10 (IANS) Minimum temperatures throughout Jammu and Kashmir improved on Sunday due to a cloud cover prompting authorities to fully prepare for heavy rains and snowfall from Monday night, according to the weather office.

AfDB approves $265m loan for Morocco energy project (20:24)
Rabat, Dec 9 (IANS/MAP) The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $265 million loan for a renewable energy project in Morocco.

Relief for Odisha farmers as depression weakens (17:54)
Bhubaneswar, Dec 9 (IANS) The depression over the Bay of Bengal had gradually weakened and the intensity of rainfall reduced in Odisha bringing relief to the farmers, apprehending crop loss.

Three rare black-necked storks hatch in Cambodia (15:32)
Phnom Penh, Dec 9 (IANS) After five weeks of nest protection by community members, three black-necked stork chicks have hatched in the Northern Plains of Cambodia, giving hope to the future conservation of this rare species, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said on Saturday.

Afforestation the key to clearing Delhi's smog (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:22)
By R. GopalaswamiIANS Photo Service
Deep forests surrounding the city complemented by emission control measures provide the complete answer to Delhi's air pollution.

Cold morning in Delhi, 8 trains cancelled (10:16)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) It was a cold morning here on Saturday with the minimum temperature recorded at 7.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

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