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Kerala pays out Rs.100 crore in pension, dole for Onam


August 28th, 2012 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 28 (IANS) Coinciding with the Onam, Kerala's harvest festival, the state government handed out various social security benefits like pensions, unemployment doles and ex-gratia payments to the tune ... Read more...

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Cannabis field found in Moscow


August 11th, 2012 - 11:34 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Aug 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A big city may not be a prime location for marijuana plantations, but machete-wielding drug police have discovered and hacked down a two-hectare cannabis field ... Read more...

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Cuba uses biotechnology to revive coffee industry


July 11th, 2012 - 3:03 pm ICT by IANS
Havana, July 11 (IANS) Cuban researchers are trying to revive the nation's wilting coffee production by using bio-technology, an expert said.A research project involving three institutions nationwide has made headway ... Read more...

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French agnecy to give Rs.372 crore aid to Assam


June 8th, 2012 - 10:56 pm ICT by IANS
Guwahati, June 8 (IANS) The Assam government Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with French development agency, Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), for a Rs.372 crore worth aid to ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka plans tea hub, imports from India, China


May 16th, 2012 - 6:26 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 16 (IANS) Sri Lanka's tea exporters are lobbying for liberalized imports to expand the industry and make it into a tea hub by blending high quality tea from ... Read more...

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Landslide destroys power lines in central Fiji


April 2nd, 2012 - 9:16 am ICT by IANS
Suva, April 2 (IANS) Fiji witnessed destruction of power lines Monday due to landslides, the Fiji Electricity Authority (FEA) said, adding its only electricity provider will ration power supply.According to the ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Bolivian president asks UN to support coca farming


March 13th, 2012 - 2:55 pm ICT by IANS
Mexico, March 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Bolivian President Evo Morales has once again asked the UN to recognize the right of people living in the Andes for chewing coca leaves.Addressing Monday ... Read more...

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Centre urged to help develop cyclone hit areas


January 10th, 2012 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Tuesday urged the central government to declare the cyclone affected areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as "calamity hit ... Read more...

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Now ad war over Mullaperiyar dam


December 19th, 2011 - 12:36 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Dec 19 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, following in the footsteps of his Tamil Nadu counterpart, has issued newspaper advertisements appealing to the people of both states to ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Sumatran tiger kills 5-year-old in western Indonesia


November 7th, 2011 - 6:07 pm ICT by BNO News
JAKARTA (BNO NEWS) -- A young girl was killed during the weekend when she was attacked by a Sumatran tiger while playing outside her house in western Indonesia, local media reported on ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Godrej Industries quarterly net profit rises 45 percent


July 30th, 2011 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Godrej Industries Saturday said it has posted an increase of 45 percent in consolidated net profit at Rs.71 crore for the quarter ended June 30 ... Read more...

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Sandalwood firm to cash in on Gichrist’s popularity


June 30th, 2011 - 12:50 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 29 (IANS) Adam Gilchrist will be the face of a Perth-based sandalwood supplier who looks to capitalise on the former Ausralian captain's popularity while entering the Indian market.Gilchrist, ... Read more...

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Endosulfan can be phased out early if alternative found: Ramesh


May 3rd, 2011 - 1:00 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh Monday said the government could phase out the killer pesticide endosulfan even before the 11-year time frame agreed at a Stockholm ... Read more...

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Kerala observes shutdown to demand endosulfan ban (Lead)


April 29th, 2011 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 29 (IANS) A shutdown across Kerala Friday, called by the ruling Left Front to demand a ban on the pesticide endosulfan, affected normal life in the state as ... Read more...

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Shutdown hits life in Kerala


April 29th, 2011 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, April 29 (IANS) The state-wide shutdown in Kerala called by the ruling Left Front Friday demanding a ban on the pesticide endosulfan affected normal life with vehicles keeping off ... Read more...

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Sushma Swaraj backs endosulfan ban


April 28th, 2011 - 2:21 pm ICT by ANI
Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 28 (ANI): Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, has backed the CPI (M)-led Kerala government's demand for a countrywide ban on endosulfan pesticide.Speaking to reporters here, ... Read more...

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Kerala CM Achuthanandan on day-long fast for ban on endosulfan


April 25th, 2011 - 4:12 pm ICT by ANI
Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 25 (ANI): Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan began a day-long fast here today to press for the demand for a countrywide ban on endosulfan pesticide.Several other political leaders, peoples' ... Read more...

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UK’s aid to India despite latter having booming economy raises concerns


April 24th, 2011 - 5:54 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): The fact that Britain, which is struggling to emerge from recession, has been donating money for projects to improve the economic condition of Indian states like Madhya ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Tribesmen to scare away simians in Goa


April 1st, 2011 - 3:32 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, April 1 (IANS) The Goa government has decided to hire members of an indigenous forest tribe, the Wanar Mares, to scare away hordes of simians which have been ... Read more...

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Jairam Ramesh backs real-time monitoring of forests


March 26th, 2011 - 8:40 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh Saturday called for real-time monitoring of forests in order to increase the quality of green cover in the country."I ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Tirupati temple proposes breeding of civet for musk


March 10th, 2011 - 9:20 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) To meet the demand for musk at Sri Venkateswara temple -- India's richest temple -- in Tirupati, the temple administration has proposed to sponsor breeding ... Read more...

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6,000 hectares of poppy destroyed in Myanmar


March 7th, 2011 - 12:12 pm ICT by IANS
Yangon, March 7 (IANS) A total of 6,083 hectares of poppy plantation grown illegally in Myanmar were destroyed in the 2010-11 cultivation season, a media report said Monday.The illicit plantations ... Read more...

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Wine tours - a whole new weekend getaway (With Images)


March 2nd, 2011 - 10:45 am ICT by IANS
Nashik (Maharashtra), March 2 (IANS) Imagine walking through acres of grape plantations surrounded by mountains with a glass of your favourite wine in hand...It could make you feel a ... Read more...

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Get high on a trip to tequila haven


February 6th, 2011 - 11:28 am ICT by IANS
Tequila (Mexico), Feb 6 (IANS/EFE) Take a trip to southwest Mexico and you will get high by just seeing the 250-year-old tequila making process -- the famous alcoholic beverage that you have ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

One of last survivors of indenture system dies in Rotterdam


February 3rd, 2011 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS
By Shubha Singh New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) One of the last survivors of the Indian indenture system in the Latin American country of Suriname is no more. Ninety-eight-year-old Goeroepersad Girbaran died in ... Read more...

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Forest fires destroy 14,000 acres in Chile


December 15th, 2010 - 11:53 am ICT by IANS
Santiago, Dec 15 (IANS/EFE) Nearly 14,000 acres of vegetation have been destroyed by a series of forest fires in three separate regions of Chile, authorities said Tuesday.Twelve of the blazes remain active, ... Read more...

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Kerala pesticide victims meet Rahul Gandhi, seek his help


November 25th, 2010 - 9:49 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Nov 25 (IANS) Victims of pesticide sprayed in cashewnut plantations in Kerala's Kasaragod district Thursday met Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi here to inform him of the miserable lives ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Many in Kerala still drink water containing endosulphan


November 12th, 2010 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS
Wayanad (Kerala), Nov 12 (IANS) Almost a year after two samples of drinking water tested positive for the highly dangerous pesticide endosulphan, many in Mananthavady town in Kerala's hilly district of Wayanad ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Achuthanandan flays central minister over pesticide


October 26th, 2010 - 4:19 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 26 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan Tuesday hit out at central Minister of State For Agriculture K.V. Thomas for giving a clean chit to a pesticide that has killed ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Seabuckthorn to green Himachal’s Lahaul Valley


October 17th, 2010 - 10:44 am ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Keylong (Himachal Pradesh), Oct 17 (IANS) The rugged, inhospitable terrain of this landlocked valley in Himachal Pradesh is sought to be greened with plantations of seabuckthorn, a medicinally rich plant, ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Malaysia plans to boost over 15000 Indian smallholders’ livelihood


September 10th, 2010 - 4:37 pm ICT by ANI
Kuala Lumpur, Sep 10(ANI): The Malaysian government has decided to introduce a cooperatives programme to uplift the livelihood of over 15,000 Indians working in small plantations in Segamat.Malaysian Deputy Plantation Industries and ... Read more...

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New organic charcoal-like substance could offset global warming


August 11th, 2010 - 3:55 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 11 (ANI): Biochar, a charcoal-like substance made from plants and other organic materials, could offset as much as 12 percent of world's greenhouse emissions."Biochar offers one of the few ways ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Impression of Project Tiger to save magnificent animal is a challenge: Ramesh


August 6th, 2010 - 9:30 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Aug 6 (ANI): Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on Friday said one of the major challenges over the last one-year has been to change the impression ... Read more...

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Army launches afforestation operation to re-green border areas of Jammu and Kashmir


August 5th, 2010 - 8:41 pm ICT by ANI
Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir), Aug 5 (ANI): In view of the widespread deforestation, the Indian Army has launched an operation to re-green vast areas of barren land in border areas of Jammu ... Read more...

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Mizoram’s ‘love potion’ wine to hit market in September


July 20th, 2010 - 3:16 pm ICT by IANS
By Syed Zarir Hussain Aizawl, July 20 (IANS) Wine produced from premium quality grapes grown locally in the mountainous northeastern state of Mizoram is all set to hit the market in less then ... Read more...

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