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Festive fervour grips nation on Diwali, less crackers in Delhi after SC ban (Roundup) (23:14)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) The festive fervour gripped the nation on Thursday as people celebrated Diwali, often referred to as ‘the festival of lights by lighting ‘diyas (earthen lamps), paying obeisance to Goddess Lakshmi, distributing sweets, and well, bursting crackers.

Heavy rain dampens Diwali spirit in Odisha (19:38)
Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 (IANS) Heavy rainfall in Odisha on Thursday dampened Diwali celebrations and the festive spirit, forcing the people to stay indoors, officials said.

A tale of two Danish cities: Towards zero carbon emissions (19:22)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Sonderborg/Copenhagen (Denmark), Oct 19 (IANS) "I am a big zero", proclaims the badge worn by Peter Rathje, Managing Director of Project Zero A/s, that is working on the mission to make this Danish city carbon neutral by 2029.

Air quality in Delhi better this Diwali, shows CPCB data (19:20)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) The air quality in the national capital this Diwali was better than last year, according to a data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Global pact to help survive biodiversity in palm plantations (18:52)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) For surviving the wild animals, a five-year crucial global pact was signed at a summit in Germany on Thursday with an aim to promote sustainable means of growing palm oil which often results in widespread loss to biodiversity, including in Southeast Asia.

Odisha Governor in hospital after chest pain (18:40) IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 (IANS) Odisha Governor S.C. Jamir was on Thursday hospitalized after he complained of chest pain.

66% decline in child mortality rate but most new-born still die in India: UN report (Lead) (18:36)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) India has witnessed 66 per cent decline in the under-five mortality rate from 1990 to 2015 but most of the new-born deaths -- 24 per cent of all -- still occur in the country, according to a new UN report.

India among five countries responsible for 50% newborn deaths (18:10)
New York, Oct 19 (IANS) India is among the five countries -- Pakistan, Nigeria, Congo and Ethiopia being the others -- responsible for half of all new-born deaths in the world, according to a UN report.

Indians consume less than 400 mg calcium a day: Report (16:12)
New York, Oct 19 (IANS) People in India, like some other countries in Asia-Pacific region including China, Indonesia and Vietnam, have very low calcium intake -- less than 400 mg a day, raising the risk of fractures and osteoporosis, according to a new review of the global calcium map.

Alcohol may boost foreign language skills (14:40)
London, Oct 19 (IANS) Struggling to gain efficiency in foreign language? According to a study, drinking a pint of beer may help you learn the new tongue much better.

Living near woods may cut stress, make brain healthy (13:08)
London, Oct 19 (IANS) People who build their homes in the lap of mother nature may have a healthier brain and may be at lower risk of developing stress-related depression and anxiety disorders than those living near the urban green or wasteland, a research says.

Africa's lions, wild dogs to get more protection (10:26)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Africa's lions, wild dogs, leopards and cheetahs are all set to get increased protection with two UN-related wildlife bodies proposing a new initiative at a global summit in October to halt their serious decline, it was announced on Thursday.

Misty Thursday morning in Delhi (10:00) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) It was a misty Thursday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 19.4 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season's average, the weather office said.

Warmer oceans set to hit global marine diversity: Scientists (08:18)
Sydney, Oct 19 (IANS) Climate change and warmer oceans are likely to change reef ecosystems worldwide, reducing the diversity of invertebrates such as crabs, lobsters and sea urchins, Australian scientists have revealed.

Trump suggests he won't back bipartisan healthcare measure (05:54) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Oct 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trump raised doubts on Wednesday about his support for a bipartisan initiative to restore the ObamaCare subsidies he suspended last week in exchange for states' getting greater flexibility regulating health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

European volunteers celebrate Diwali with plantation drive near Hyderabad (21:40)
Hyderabad, Oct 18 (IANS) European volunteers of the not-for-profit Heartfulness Institute on Wednesday planted more than 500 saplings at Kanha Shantivanam near here to celebrate Diwali.

31 dead, over 14,500 dengue cases reported in Bengal (21:40)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) The West Bengal government on Wednesday said as many as 31 people have died of dengue in the state while more than 14,500 have tested positive this year.

Now, a mobile phone-mounted device for quick malaria detection (21:06)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) A mobile phone mounted with a super-cheap paper microscope can detect presence of malarial parasites in the blood in 10 seconds, says an Indian researchers' team, which has developed a system that archives data and maps real-time distribution of the disease in a particular locality.

UAE warns citizens against travel to Madagascar (20:02)
Dubai, Oct 18 (IANS/WAM) The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention has warned its citizens against travel to Madagascar after the reported outbreak of pneumonic plague in the African country.

Minister orders central probe into Jharkhand girl's starvation death (19:08) IANS Photo Service
Ranchi/Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) A central probe has been ordered into the starvation death of an 11-year-old girl in Jharkhand, official sources said on Wednesday even as the opposition flayed the Raghubar Das government on the matter.

Delhi gears up for less noisy, less toxic Diwali (18:48) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) It is expected to be a less noisy and less toxic Diwali this year after the Supreme Court imposed a ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the NCR. While some people claim to have found different ways to get firecrackers through door step deliveries by traders and also online purchases, some seem to have got the message to celebrate the festival without adding to the already alarming air pollution levels in the capital.

South Indian, NE fermented foods can address mineral deficiency (18:14)
Kolkata, Oct 18 (IANS) South Indian foods based on fermentation and as well recipes from northeast India are excellent for absorption of minerals like zinc and iron and can address mineral deficiency, experts say.

Avoid make-up products, anti-acne creams during pregnancy (18:06)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Expectant mothers in their first trimester must not use any sort of cosmetics, cleaning agents and medicines to protect the fetal brain development from chemicals that can trigger autism and health of the baby. Stay away from make-up products like lipsticks, lipbalms and anti-acne creams, say experts.

Previously pregnant donor may up death risk in men (17:50)
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Men receiving blood transfusions may be at an increased risk of death if the donor is a woman who had been pregnant in the past, according to a study.

Novel compound found to suppress HIV effectively (17:28)
New York, Oct 18 (IANS) Scientists have shown that a novel compound effectively suppresses production of HIV in chronically infected cells and prevents viral rebound.

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