Category archives for: Environment/ Wildlife

US oil spill may cause cancer: Expert

US oil spill may cause cancer: Expert

Los Angeles, May 8 (IANS) The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may cause cancer and other health hazards, a US-based environment watchdog has warned.

Healthcare workers and general public could face risks by inhaling various components of crude oil such as benzene, toluene and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, all

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Woman arrested with tortoises

Woman arrested with tortoises

Lucknow, May 8 (IANS) A young woman has been arrested in Uttar Pradesh's Mau district and 40 tortoises recovered from her, police said Saturday.

Seema Banerjee, 28, was arrested Friday evening from Matlupur area, police officer D.K. Sharma said in Mau, some 300 km from Lucknow. 'The tortoises were recovered from

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Light showers expected in Delhi

Light showers expected in Delhi

New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) The national capital could see pleasant weather Saturday with met officials forecasting cloudy skies and light rain by evening.

The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 37 degrees Celsius, four notches below the average for this time of the year.

The skies could turn cloudy with

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Hold public consultation on n-liability bill: Greenpeace

Hold public consultation on n-liability bill: Greenpeace

New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Greenpeace Friday opposed the Indian civil nuclear liability bill in its present form and said the contentious legislation should be sent for a public consultation to handle the matter in a democratic way.

The government introduced the bill in the Lok Sabha Friday amid uproar from

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Meghalaya to adopt ‘new approach’ on uranium mining

Meghalaya to adopt ‘new approach’ on uranium mining

Shillong, May 7 (IANS) The Meghalaya government Friday decided to adopt a 'new approach' on the proposed uranium mining in the state, aiming for a consensus on the issue after reassuring the people on health and environmental concerns and calculating the benefits to the state.

'We will have a new

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Government clears first phase of Maheshwar project

Government clears first phase of Maheshwar project

Bhopal, May 7 (IANS) The central government Friday gave clearance for the first phase of Madhya Pradesh's Maheshwar hydro electric project that is coming up on the Narmada river, an official said.

The approval was granted following a meeting Wednesday between Principal Secretary to the prime minister T.K.A. Nayar and Madhya

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Temperature plummets in Himachal after rain

Temperature plummets in Himachal after rain

Shimla, May 7 (IANS) Temperatures across Himachal Pradesh fell sharply Friday due to widespread rain with Una town recording the highest rainfall of 42 mm in the state, the met office said.

'The entire hill state witnessed moderate rain Friday with the temperatures plummeting five to nine degrees,' Manmohan Singh, director

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World Bank lends $60 mn for afforestation in China

World Bank lends $60 mn for afforestation in China

Beijing, May 7 (IANS) The World Bank Friday approved a $60 million loan to support an afforestation project in China's eastern Shandong province, Xinhua reported.

The project will reduce soil erosion and protect agricultural land, the World Bank said in a statement.

As part of the Shandong ecological afforestation project, plantation will

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Nine killed in squall in Uttar Pradesh

Nine killed in squall in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, May 7 (IANS) At least nine people were killed and 30 others injured in squall and thunderstorm that hit different parts of Jaunpur district in Uttar Pradesh Friday, officials said.

'Most of the casualties took place in incidents related to falling of trees and roofs and walls collapsing,' District Magistrate

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Power, water starved Bangalore looks to skies (Letter from Bangalore)

Power, water starved Bangalore looks to skies (Letter from Bangalore)

Bangalore, May 7 (IANS) Monsoon is still nearly five weeks away for Karnataka, and one prayer on the lips of its residents is that rains should be bountiful. People, including those in Bangalore, touted as India's technology capital, have been sweating it out without power and water.

Till the time the

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