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Naliya (Kutch): Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for “more productive” agricultural land. This greening of “wasteland” is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem — the grasslands. And, as a result, some species of animals …

Washington: More than 95 per cent of the world’s population is breathing unhealthy air, with India and China jointly contributing to over 50 per cent of global deaths attributed to pollution. According to the annual State of Global Air Report, published on Tuesday by the Boston-based Health Effects Institute (HEI), long-term exposure to air pollution contributed …

New York: While extreme cold increases mortality risks for people with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, extreme heat is risky for people with renal diseases, new research suggests. The findings, published in the journal Risk Analysis, suggest that heat and cold waves affect people with certain health conditions differently, highlighting the need for tailored public service risk …

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi set out an ambitious agenda when he announced his administration’s Make in India programme in September 2014. The centerpiece of that programme is the National Manufacturing Policy, the purpose of which is to make India a global manufacturing hub. Its intent is to increase manufacturing’s share of the country’s …

United Nations: The Indian courts gave 109 death sentences last year, but the country did not execute anyone, according to Amnesty International. The number of death sentences imposed last year were 27 fewer than the 136 in 2016, the human rights organisation said in its report, “Death Sentences and Executions 2017”, released here on Thursday. Last …

Dakhla: For the first time in the world, a tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean has made it mandatory for visitors to sign a pledge not to harm its fragile environment, before entering the country. The Republic of Palau, an archipelago of around 200 natural limestone and volcanic islands with lush forests and an aquamarine …

Maholi: With inter-community violence reported from many parts of India in a society increasingly polarised on religious and caste lines, a small town in Uttar Pradesh is setting an extraordinary example where a temple, a mosque, and even a gurdwara, have joined hands to clean a polluted river while bringing their communities together. About 100 km …

Hyderabad: Arabic calligraphy is worship for Muqtar Ahmed, an Indian calligrapher who has made a mark for himself at the international level. Hailing from a remote village in Telangana and currently based in Bengaluru, Muqtar is on a mission to revive this dying art in India. As beautiful as pearls, his works attract the attention even …