- Agra Observes Water Tragedy Day, no lessons learnt 26 years on(15:18)
By Brij Khandelwal
Agra May 21 (IANS) More than a quarter century after a grim water tragedy that took more than a score of lives and hospitalised around 150 people, the supply of drinking water in the city of the Taj Mahal has neither improved qualitatively nor in terms of quantity, triggering protests in different parts of the city on a daily basis.
- Maharashtra activist moots 'Right to Water Act'(13:14)
Mumbai, May 21 (IANS) As a severe drought hits many parts of Maharashtra and India, a BJP leader has called for a need to enact a 'Right to Water Act' on the lines of Right to Information Act or Right to Education Act.
- FAO urges nations across world to support agroforestry(23:40)
Montpellier (France), May 20 (IANS/AKI) More robust policy support is needed to reap the benefits of growing trees near crops and livestock, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation said at an agro-forestry summit in France on Monday.
- Campaign launched to check wildlife smuggling through airports(23:36)
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) UN Environment India and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) on Monday launched an awareness campaign for the protection of wildlife in the backdrop of rising illegal wildlife trade through airports, as per an official statement.
- South Gujarat farmers sending fodder to help cattle herders(20:08)
Ahmedabad, May 20 (IANS) A farmers association in south Gujarat has come to the aid of scores of cattle herders, who walked over 350 km from the parched Kutch to Sanand town near here, by providing them 20,000 kg feed daily for their cattle.
- Bhalswa Lake: Victim of urbanisation (Delhi Water Bodies)(09:20)
By Rinku Behera and Sanjeev Pal
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Once known for its clean and clear water, the Bhalswa Lake of Delhi is narrating its own story of how modernisation and urbanisation is taking a toll on such water bodies.
- Electric cars can help you live longer(17:02)
Toronto, May 17 (IANS) Migration from polluting vehicles that burn fossil fuels to electric vehicles, ideally using electricity generated sustainably could significantly reduce the incidence of cardiopulmonary illness due to air pollution, says a study.
- EC takes special measures as Sunderbans goes to polls(16:32)
By Binita Das
Kolkata, May 17 (IANS) Election officials in West Bengal are gearing up for an altogether different kind of battle with boats, HAM radios and power generating equipment as the world's largest mangrove, the Sundarbans, votes on Sunday.
- 414 mn pieces of plastic found on remote islands(10:22)
Canberra, May 17 (IANS) Some 414 million pieces of plastic, including one million shoes and over 370,000 toothbrushes, were found washed ashore on the remote Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean, a new research has revealed.
- Once a dumping ground, Neela Hauz now a soothing site (IANS Special)(10:14)
By Pragya Singh
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Amid the bustle of south Delhi's urbane surroundings, the Neela Hauz biodiversity park, comes as a soothing sight. The clean water body and the lush green landscapes that one sees today was earlier a stench emanating dumping ground for construction material and sewage water. Caretakers at the site claim that it attracts a large number of tourists on daily basis in winters.
- BSES gears up to meet Delhi's summer power demand(17:16)
New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Peak power demand in Delhi this summer is expected to breach the 7,400 MW-mark. Besides making adequate power arrangements, the two BSES distribution companies (discoms) have also ramped-up network capacity by deploying both conventional and innovative solutions.
- Philippines recalls envoy to Canada over waste row(15:02)
Manila, May 16 (IANS) The Philippines has recalled its ambassador to Canada in an escalating row over the disposal of waste wrongly labelled as recyclable, the country's Foreign Secretary confirmed on Thursday.
- Rome summit urges rapid action to mitigate soil erosion: UN(23:26)
Rome, May 15 (IANS/AKI) Wind, rain and industrial farming methods accelerate soil erosion which can be mitigated before the world faces calamitous losses in terms of agricultural yields and critical ecosystem functions, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said at an international meeting on the issue beginning here on Wednesday.
- Over two million face famine in drought-hit Somalia: UN(22:58)
Rome, May 15 (IANS/AKI) A devastating drought in Somalia could leave some 2.2 million people - almost 18 per cent of the population - facing severe hunger in July-September after poor harvests, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Wednesday.
- Monsoon to hit Kerala on June 6: IMD (lead)(21:54)
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Monsoon is expected to arrive in India on June 6, a delay of five days, but it is likely to be "near normal", state forecaster India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.
- Image of camouflaged snow leopard in Himachal goes viral(21:34)
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) A photograph of a snow leopard clicked by wildlife photographer Saurabh Desai has gone viral on social media after many netizens found it hard to spot the animal on a rocky mountain with patches of snow.
- Rains expected in Delhi till saturday(20:46)
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) In what can bring cheers to the people in the national capital and its surrounding areas, the weather agencies have predicted rains to continue till Saturday, which will help keeping the mercury levels low.
- Monsoon to hit Kerala on June 6: IMD(15:26)
New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) The southwest monsoon will hit Kerala on June 6, about five days after the normal date of arrival in mainland India, and it is expected to be sluggish in its progression, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday.