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Brazil opens Amazon national reserve for mining (09:44)
Brasilia, Aug 24 (IANS) Brazilian President Michel Temer has signed a decree allowing a nature reserve in the Amazon rainforest to open for mining.

'Alarmingly high' arsenic level found in Pakistan groundwater (09:38)
Washington, Aug 24 (IANS) An "alarmingly high" level of arsenic contamination was found in groundwater in Pakistan, putting up to 60 million people at risk of serious diseases including cancer, reveals a US study.

Rains likely in Delhi (09:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) It was a cloudy Thursday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 25.2 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season's average. The MeT has predicted light rains.

Organic farming in India has huge potential, opportunities: Niti Ayog CEO (22:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) India has a huge potential for consumption of organic products and attempts should be made by progressive farmers to promote it, said NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Wednesday.

In a first, Nepal launches climate-smart snow leopard plan (22:02)
Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Aug 23 (IANS) In a first, Nepal on Wednesday launched its climate-smart snow leopard landscape management plan, leading the way in safeguarding this endangered species, also found in India, and its habitat.

Medha Patkar granted bail by Indore court in abduction case (21:38) IANS Photo Service
Bhopal, Aug 23 (IANS) Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar was on Wednesday granted bail in an abduction case by the Indore High Court in Madhya Pradesh, though she will be released only on Thursday.

Assam urges Centre to get hydrological data from China (21:30) IANS Photo Service
Guwahati, Aug 23 (IANS) Hit by massive flooding of the Brahmaputra river, the Assam government on Wednesday said it has urged the Centre to take up with China at the diplomatic level the issue of sharing hydrological data with India.

Bihar floods death toll reaches 367 (20:46) IANS Photo Service
Patna, Aug 23 (IANS) The flood situation remained grim in Bihar as the death toll rose to 367 on Wednesday, an official said.

Rains cool Delhi on Wednesday, Thursday to see showers too (Lead) (19:58) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The national capital on Wednesday had some respite from the heat as a spell of rainfall led to a slight drop in the mercury with the maximum temperature recorded at 34.7 degree Celsius, a notch above the season's average. Showers are likely on Thursday too, the IMD said.

'Permanent counters for LED bulbs, fans at petrol pumps' (19:58)
Kolkata, Aug 23 (IANS) As many as 55,000 petrol pumps across India will distribute LED bulbs, tubelights and energy efficient fans in a bid to ease access to these items, an official of the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the Ministry of Power, said here on Wednesday.

Congress locks horns with Fadnavis on land for metro car depot in Mumbai (19:32) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Aug 23 (IANS) A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis dismissed allegations of a Rs 18,000 crore landscam in allotting 30 hectares of land in Aarey Milk Colony for a Metro rail car depot, the Mumbai Congress on Wednesday called him "a liar" and produced documentary evidence to support its claims.

About 8,000 kg of banned polythene seized in Delhi (19:22) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The Delhi government on Wednesday said it has seized nearly 8,000 kg of polythene bags thinner than 50 microns, two weeks after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned them.

US keen to partner in International Solar Alliance projects (19:18) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Aug 23 (IANS) The United States has evinced "keen interest" to partner in International Solar Alliance's (ISA) projects and programmes, its Director General said here on Wednesday.

'Elephant Parade' comes to India (With Images) (17:50)
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) Statues of 101 life-sized baby elephant that have been transformed

Richa supports eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi (With Images) (16:46)
Mumbai, Aug 23 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha is saddened to see the condition of the beaches and roads here during Ganesh Chaturthi, which will begin on Friday. So, she has lent support to an initiative that promotes the use of eco-friendly Ganesh idols.

Heavy rains lash Lucknow, bring relief from humidity (16:40) IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Aug 23 (IANS) Heavy rains lashed the Uttar Pradesh capital on Wednesday, bringing respite from humidity.

Nepal brings back four rhinos swept away to India (15:52)
Chitwan (Nepal), Aug 23 (IANS) Nepal has brought back four one-horned rhinoceros that were swept away across the Indian border and nearby settlements in the recent monsoon floods, officials said on Wednesday.

Leopard mauls school teacher in Kashmir (15:12)
Srinagar, Aug 23 (IANS) A school teacher was on Wednesday mauled by a leopard in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said.

Safety equipment still a luxury for sanitation workers (13:34)
By Vishal Narayan
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The death of 10 sanitation workers in the national capital alone has finally got people talking about a not so guarded secret: despite a ban on manual scavenging, sanitation workers are still made to go inside toxic sewers without any safety gear and with primitive tools to clean them.

US solar eclipse: IISER-Kolkata team's prediction captures 'almost all major features correctly' (13:22) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Aug 23 (IANS) The prediction by a team of physicists led by IISER-Kolkata on how the corona of the sun would look during the August 21 'Great American Solar Eclipse' has captured "almost all the major features" of the corona correctly, a statement said on Wednesday.

Heavy rains in Uttarakhand, water-logging in many towns (11:40) IANS Photo Service
Dehradun, Aug 23 (IANS) Heavy rains continued to batter Uttarakhand on Wednesday, causing inconvenience to commuters.

Ancient snakes both like eels, burrowed like worms (11:26)
Canberra, Aug 23 (IANS) Ancient snakes may have been more adept at moving through water and living underground than their contemporary counterparts, research published by Australian scientists said on Wednesday.

With Gujarat reluctant to share its wild lions, MP eyes zoos (11:06)
By Kushagra Dixit
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) With no sign of Gujarat parting with its free-ranging Asiatic lions for reintroduction and conservation purposes, the Madhya Pradesh forest department is now eyeing lions and cubs from zoos for its Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary.

Cloudy Wednesday morning in Delhi (09:50) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) It was a cloudy Wednesday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 28.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. The MeT has predicted light rains.

Congress alleges Rs 18,000 cr scam in Metrorail car depot plan (Lead) (21:42) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Aug 22 (IANS) The Mumbai Congress on Tuesday alleged a Rs 18,000 crore scam brewing in the Maharashtra government's plans to allot a whopping 30 hectares of prime green land for a car-depot of the upcoming Mumbai Metro III line. The government dismissed the "misleading" claims.

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