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Beware: Fresh look of vegetables could be due to hazardous chemicals

By Sahana Ghosh Kolkata, July 26 (IANS) The soft, shiny red exterior of tomatoes or the lush, green texture of peas and leafy veggies might tempt one's taste buds and their "freshness" might appeal to the eyes, but there lies something sinister beneath - a toxic concoction of hazardous chemicals.

GPS helps detect 100 billion tonne ice loss!

Washington, July 25 (IANS) The Global Positioning System (GPS) helped scientists detect a staggering 100 billion tonnes of ice loss in Greenland over six months during 2010, according to a study. ...
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Eco-friendly stove a boon for rural women

By Shudip Talukdar Juelkunti (Karnataka), July 25 (IANS) Time was when women of this village of 121 households had to daily trudge for considerable distances to gather firewood to light their stoves for cooking. Chulika, an eco-friendly stove, has halved the trips, apart from considerably bringing down the pollution caused by wood- and animal dung-fired stoves. ...
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Dry spell may upset Himachal's applecart

By Vishal Gulati Shimla, July 25 (IANS) The long dry spell during the monsoon season may see apple production in Himachal Pradesh falling by 20 percent from the projected 25 million boxes of 20 kg each but this will still be higher than last year's production of 14 million boxes. ...
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Nearly 100 killed in China rains

Beijing, July 23 (IANS) Torrential rains that have ravaged China's 17 provinces since July 20, have killed at least 95 people. Another 45 are still missing, the government said Monday. ...
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Heavy rains kill nine in Hyderabad, many colonies submerged

Hyderabad, July 21 (IANS) Nine people, including two women and three children, were killed in incidents of wall collapse in Hyderabad as heavy rains lashed the city since Friday night, throwing normal life out of gear and inundating over 50 colonies, officials said. ...
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Indian scientists help save 131 trees in Cambodian temple

By Richa Sharma New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Indian scientists have been successful in conserving 131 trees at the 800-year-old Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia, better known as 'Temple Tree'....
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Step up your style with splash of colours this monsoon

By Yashika Mathur New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Wondering how to step up your style quotient this monsoon? Go for brighter colours and sleek silhouettes in light fabrics, say fashion experts. ...
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Assam's village-islands use solar power to break free of darkness

By Azera Parveen Rahman Nalbari, July 15 (IANS) There are no electric poles on the tiny island village of Baleswar in Assam's Nalbari district of Assam. Even then, you can see people using fans and lights, charging their cell phones and even operating computers! All thanks to solar power. ...
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Groundwater contaminated, Punjab battles uranium curse

By Jaideep Sarin Chandigarh, July 13 (IANS) The high incidence of cancer and other diseases in Punjab's Malwa belt has been highlighted over the last decade. Now, union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has confirmed the presence of uranium and other heavy metals in groundwater in the state, particularly the Malwa region, and serious efforts are afoot to control the damage. ...
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Clean Energy: Collective Global Action Needed

New Delhi (INP): “India has made considerable progress in production of solar, hydro, wind, geothermal and other forms of Clean energy and it needs to be harnessed” said the Hon’ble Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy - Dr. Farooq Abdullah.

CII Congratulates PM for Staying Course on Reforms

New Delhi (INP): With his actions last week and the address to the nation last evening, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, has unambiguously sent a message that the Government is determined to see through the reforms that have been at the centre of the political controversy lately.

Saving The Tiger

New Delhi: The country level tiger population, estimated once in every four years using the refined methodology, has shown an increasing trend with a population estimate of 1706, lower and upper limits being 1520 and 1909 respectively in the recent all India estimation (2010), as compared to the last country level estimation of 2006, with an estimate of 1411, lower and upper limits being 1165 and 1657 respectively.

Environment clearance of 93 Goa mines suspended

Panaji, Sep 12 (IANS) The union environment ministry Wednesday suspended the clearance of 93 mines in Goa on account of companies flouting forest laws, officials said.

Delhi government to ban plastic bags

New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) The Delhi government has decided to impose a blanket ban on the manufacture, storage and usage of plastic bags in the capital.

In Delhi, government spends Rs.950 on every plant!

By Gaurav Sharma New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Believe it or not, Rs.950 is what the Delhi government spends on every plant to make the national capital look green, according to an Right To Information (RTI) reply.

Rains boost Agra's green cover

By Brij Khandelwal Agra, Sep 2 (IANS) Heavy showers have come as a big boost to afforestation efforts in the Taj city.

Powerful earthquake rocks eastern Greenland

Copenhagen, Aug 30 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale rocked the sea area off the eastern coast of Greenland Thursday, said the US Geological Survey, reported Xinhua.

Once in a blue moon this Friday

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) There's something everyone does every once in a blue moon. If you take that idiom literally, Friday is the day to do that thing you do occasionally.

Climate change could push up risk of avian flu

Washington, Aug 30 (IANS) Rising sea levels, melting glaciers, intense rainstorms and more frequent heat waves are among the effects of climate change,