Thoothukudi plant not operating since March 27: Vedanta

London-listed Vedanta Resources on Thursday said that its Sterlite copper smelter plant at Thoothukkudi district, whose closure has been accompanied by two days of rioting, arson and police firing, has not been operating since March 27, 2018. On Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) ordered the closure of the plant with immediate effect …

Beas pollution: Punjab imposes Rs 5 crore penalty on erring mill

Facing opposition flak over discharge of molasses in the Beas river that led to the death of a large number of marine life, the Punjab government on Thursday imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on the erring Chadha Sugar Mill. The government also said that the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PFCB) had recommended initiation …

Online tickets sale for Hero Intercontinental Cup starts

The sale of online tickets for the forthcoming Hero Intercontinental Cup which kicks-off at the Mumbai Football Arena from June 1 has started, All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced on Thursday. India begin their campaign on the opening day itself when they take on a resurgent Chinese Taipei with Kenya and New Zealand, the other …

Grasping at straws: Pathetic state of biofuels in India (Comment)

For the past several winters, Delhi has drawn global attention for its life-threatening smog levels. This is attributed, in part, to the open burning of biomass residues like paddy straw and stubble in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. Ironically, while these residues can contribute to lethal levels of air pollution when burnt, they …

Partly cloudy sky in Delhi

It was a partly cloudy morning on Thursday in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 26.5 degrees Celsius, the season’s average. According to weather analysts, the day has a lesser chance of heat waves due to a slight rise in humidity and cloud formations. The maximum temperature was likely to hover between …

NYT scribe recounts being trolled with hatred for slaughter house story

A senior New York Times journalist on Wednesday said he had to face anger and hatred and was called “Hinduphobic” and “racist” after he did a story on how closure of slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh may have been the reason for dogs attacks humans in the state. At a panel discussion on “Journalistic Challenges …

No respite for Delhi as heat wave to last till May 29 (Lead)

The national capital saw another scorching day on Wednesday with maximum temperature reaching 43 degree Celsius, three notches above the season’s average, and is, along with north, central and east India, set to face a heat waves all this week. “Heat wave conditions are very likely to persist over parts of Northwest India and Central …

Small African nations seek Indian technical support through solar alliance

Small African nations, which have or are yet to ratify the International Solar Alliance (ISA), are looking up to Indian support to build up solar capacity, their Ambassadors said at an expo here. Referring to the small population size yet high scope for solar energy and allied businesses in her country, Gambian Ambassador Jainaba Jagne …

Sidharth Malhotra urges Modi to strengthen animal protection laws

Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, requesting stronger penalties for people who commit acts of cruelty against animals. Sidharth pointed out that India’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, contains outdated penalties, such as …

Illegal online sales of endangered wildlife rife in Europe

The online sale of endangered and threatened wildlife was rife across Europe, ranging from live cheetahs, orangutans, bears, polar bear skins, live reptiles and birds, a new investigation has revealed. Researchers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) spent six weeks tracking adverts on 100 online marketplaces in four countries, the UK, Germany, France …

Hawaii volcano lava reaches geothermal plant area

Relentless lava flow from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano which had erupted 19 days ago, has now reached the Puna Geothermal Venture property, Hawaii County’s civil defence agency said. The plant produces electricity by bringing steam up from underground wells and funnelling it to a turbine generator, reports CNN. Officials are trying to prevent possible explosions or …

UAE marks International Day for Biological Diversity

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined the world in celebrating World Biodiversity Day on Tuesday. It is observed annually on May 22. This year’s celebration was being held under the theme “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity” to mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into the force of the Convention on Biological Diversity, …

Credentials of academic nominated Italian premier disputed

Giuseppe Conte, a law professor picked by Italy’s Five-Star Movement and the League party to lead their nascent populist government “does not show up” in New York University’s records “as a student or faculty member”, a media report said on Tuesday. Conte, a little-known Italian academic and a political novice, lists research at famous universities …

Russia presents special edition 100-ruble bill made for FIFA World Cup

Financial authorities in Russia on Tuesday presented a special edition of the 100-ruble bill that was created for the upcoming FIFA World Cup. Russian Central Bank first deputy governor Olga Skorobogatova and Joint Stock Company Goznak’s general director Arkady Trachuk unveiled the new bill, which is worth around $1.63, at a press conference here, reported …

Zidane says Real Madrid just as hungry as Liverpool for Champions League trophy

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Tuesday said his team was just as hungry as Liverpool to win the UEFA Champions League final. The French coach also warned that having more experience did not guarantee Real a third consecutive Champions League title when they face off on Saturday against the Reds in Kiev, Ukraine, reports …

MIT scientists develop one-shot nanoparticle vaccine for polio

A novel single-shot nanoparticle vaccine developed by MIT researchers could assist efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. Currently, two to four polio vaccine injections are required to build up immunity, and because of the difficulty in reaching children in remote areas, the disease still prevails. The novel vaccine delivers multiple doses in just one injection to …

NGT asks about steps taken to protect Hastinapur sanctuary

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday sent a notice to the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government on the steps taken to protect the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary. Taking cognizance of a petition filed by environmentalist and advocate Gaurav Bansal, a bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim asked the Union Environment Ministry and the state …

Liverpool coach Klopp wants great finish to Champions League run

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has congratulated himself and his squad for their great moments this football season, stressing that his side is looking for a great finish to their Champions League run. Liverpool, a five-time European champion, will seek to claim their sixth trophy in the final against Champions League defending champion Real Madrid in …