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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.

Swine flu claims 3 lives in 3 days in Myanmar (09:10) IANS Photo Service
Yangon, Aug 24 (IANS) Three more persons have died of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, in the past three days, bringing the toll to 33 in Myanmar as of Wednesday, media reports said on Thursday.

Egyptian police bust organ, human trafficking gang (23:26)
Cairo, Aug 23 (IANS/AKI) Egypt's national security agency arrested an alleged organ trafficking ring in Giza that illegally harvested, transplanted and transplanted human organs and trafficked human beings, a local report said on Wednesday.

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.

91,000 tainted eggs seized in Italy (21:06)
Rome, Aug 23 (IANS/AKI) Italian Police on Wednesday said they seized 91,000 eggs contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil after tests were carried out on two poultry farms in the Lazio and Marche regions amid a widening scandal.

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.

Pregnant woman dies after being given saline not blood (20:20)
Ranchi, Aug 23 (IANS) A pregnant woman died at a premier hospital here on Wednesday after she was administered saline instead of blood, her husband claimed. The hospital has refuted the charge.

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.

Haryana officials bust sex determination racket in Roorkee (19:58)
Gurugram, Aug 23 (IANS) A team of officials from Haryana on Wednesday busted a sex determination racket in Roorkee, of Uttarakhand, in the first incident caught in the state, a doctor said. Four persons, including a doctor, were arrested for their alleged involvement.

India sees 1,094 swine flu deaths in 2017 (19:54)
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) India has recorded 1,094 swine flu-related deaths in 2017, with the maximum 342 casualties being reported in August only, said an official report 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.

Portable AI-based solutions to help heart patients (18:38)
Bengaluru, Aug 23 (IANS) Healthcare startup Cardiotrack on Wednesday joined hands with Columbia Asia Hospital here to provide effective and timely Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based diagnostic solutions to help people facing imminent heart problems, the company said in a statement.

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

Social media culture promotes risky posts: Study (17:48)
London, Aug 23 (IANS) If you thought young people posting content on social media that contains sexual or offensive material were just being impulsive, think again! A new study says that such risky posts might be a deliberate strategy to fit in with the wider social media culture.

Oral steroids ineffective for chest infections in adults: Study (17:48)
London, Aug 23 (IANS) Oral steroids should not be used for treating acute lower respiratory tract infection or chest infections in adults who don't have asthma or other chronic lung disease as they do not reduce the duration or severity of symptoms, according to a new study.

Cabinet approves India-Nepal pact on drug matters (16:54) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for a pact between India and Nepal on resolving the issue of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

Novel eye test may detect signs of Alzheimer's disease (16:48)
New York, Aug 23 (IANS) US scientists have developed a new eye test that noninvasively scans the retina and detects beta-amyloid protein -- a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

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