Bike rally to protest felling of trees in north Bengal (23:18)
Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) The public protest against the alleged illegal, large-scale felling of trees in north Bengal took a sharp turn on Sunday with at least a hundred participating in a 33 km bike rally from Siliguri to Lataguri, near the Gorumara National Park, sporting green capes.

DRI seizes cache of arms, animal skins in Delhi, UP (18:48)
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) The DRI on Sunday claimed to have busted an international syndicate engaged in smuggling of high-end firearms and animal skins following raids conducted in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Tourists cheer as rain brings down mercury in Himachal (18:04)
Shimla, April 30 (IANS) Rains brought down mercury in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, bringing cheers to thousands of tourists who have thronged the hill stations to escape the heat wave in the northern plains. Higher reaches saw mild snow.

Study suggests new approach to assess vulnerability of bridges (14:20)
San Francisco, April 30 (IANS) Analysis considering a range of flood scenarios, as opposed to a single 100-year threshold, could be more robust and accurate about vulnerability of bridges, according to a study.

Nature is changing its rules: Modi (12:38)
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of climate change in his monthly radio address 'Mann ki Baat' on Sunday and said this could also be a chance to be sensitive.

5-magnitude quake jolts Taiwan sea area (10:48)
Beijing, April 30 (IANS) A 5.0-magnitude earthquake jolted the sea area off the coast of Taidong county in Taiwan on Sunday morning, according to the measurement of the China Earthquake Networks Centre (CENC).

Rohtang Pass reopened for motorists (10:20)
Manali, April 30 (IANS) The majestic snow-marooned Rohtang Pass, located at an altitude of 13,050 feet in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, has been reopened for motorists after four months of closure, officials said here on Sunday.

Partly cloudy Sunday morning in Delhi (09:50)
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy Sunday morning in Delhi with the minimum temperature recorded at 24.3 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of season, the Met office said.

Thousands of pro-climate, anti-Trump protesters march in Washington (03:22)
Washington, April 30 (IANS) Thousands of people from all over the US marched on Saturday in favour of protecting the environment while slamming the effects that President Donald Trump's policies will have on the climate and on the health of Americans.

Cloudy Saturday in Delhi, rain and dust storm likely on Sunday (Lead) (20:26)
New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) A dust storm on Saturday evening and cloudy skies most of the day on Saturday brought some respite to Delhi residents from the scorching sun while the maximum temperature settled at 39.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above the average, the Met office said. Light rain or dust storm is also likely on Sunday.

'More coal imports could end Goa's famous dolphin sighting tours' (19:44)
Panaji, April 29 (IANS) Dredging of the sea bed near Goa's Mormugao Port Trust, to facilitate expansion of the port's privately operated coal-handling berths may sound the death-knell for Goa's dolphin-sighting tours, which are a hit with tourists, WWF has said.A

Bonobos more closely related to humans than chimpanzees (16:26)
Washington, April 29 (IANS) Bonobos may be more closely linked, anatomically, to human ancestors than chimpanzees, confirms a new study.

Beijing sees April's hottest day in 66 years (16:24)
By Gaurav Sharma
Beijing, April 29 (IANS) Beijing on Saturday saw April's hottest day in 66 years with the temperature soaring up to 33.1 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

Farmers' income doubled in 10 years: Odisha CM (15:58)
Bhubaneswar, April 29 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said the income of farmers has grown two-fold in the last 10 years and the government would continue to work to keep up the momentum in the coming years.

Sudarsan wins gold at Moscow sand art championship (14:42)
Bhubaneswar, April 29 (IANS) Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik from Odisha won the gold medal at the 10th Moscow Sand Art Championship in Russia.

Rhino poaching probe handed over to CID: Bengal Minister (13:26)
Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) The West Bengal forest department has handed over the probe into the poaching of two one-horned rhinos in the Gorumara National Park to the state CID, a minister said on Saturday.

Partly cloudy Saturday morning in Delhi (10:18)
New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) It was a relatively pleasant and partly cloudy Saturday morning in Delhi as minimum temperature was recorded at 24 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of season, the Met office said.

7.1-magnitude quake jolts Philippines (09:14)
Manila, April 29 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale the island of Mindanao in Philippines on Saturday morning, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Sauna-like Kolkata welcomes IPL, 'Baahubali 2' (20:36)
Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) It was virtually a sauna here on Friday with scorching heat and sweat dripping down one's back, courtesy high humidity, with the Met office ruling out any signs of rain which could bring relief.

China to conduct several manned space flights around 2020 (19:20)
Beijing, April 28 (IANS) China plans to conduct several manned space flights between 2019 and 2022, during which a 60-tonne space station will be assembled and built, an official said on Friday.

Three orphaned tiger cubs die (19:10)
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Three days after the death of its two siblings, a third orphaned tiger cub has died in Madhya Pradesh's Bandhavgarh National Park, officials said on Friday.

Kolkata, Howrah air quality 'non-compliant' for more than five months (17:26)
Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) Four year data of air quality in the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah shows that both the cities remain "non-compliant" with respect to particulate pollutants for more than five months in a year, especially during winter time, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board said on Friday.

Genes that helps Tibetans survive at high altitudes (15:56)
New York, April 28 (IANS) Variants of five different genes -- including one originating in the extinct human subspecies Denisovans -- help Tibetans survive the harsh conditions of the high altitudes, says a study.

Pet crocodile found alive after house fire in Australia (15:00)
Canberra, April 28 (IANS) A gigantic four-metre-long saltwater crocodile, kept as a pet by an Australian in Darwin, has survived a fire which gutted its owner's house, a firefighter said on Friday.

Partly cloudy Friday morning in Delhi (11:04)
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) It was a relatively pleasant Friday morning in Delhi with partly overcast conditions and minimum temperature settling within a normal level at 24 degrees Celsius, the MeT office said, predicting thunder showers in the city.

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