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What is a Smart City? 27.8.2015 New Kerala: Business India
New Delhi, Aug 27 : The central government on Thursday announced 98 cities and towns for development as smart cities based on evaluation of financial and institutional capacities and past track record of urban local bodies.
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Chelsea Handler covers modesty with apple in latest bra selfie 27.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
Washington. D.C. Aug. 27 : Comedian Chelsea Handler has excited her fans by posting a raunchy bathroom bra selfie on her Instagram account where she covered her modesty with an apple.
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Texas teenager creates $20 water purifier to tackle toxic e-waste pollution 27.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
18-year-old Perry Alagappan feted at World Water Week for his groundbreaking graphene heavy-metal filter, which he will keep open-source Consumer electronics, including computers and mobiles, are leaving a legacy of toxic waste in countries including China and India. Recycling factories across Asia are recovering e-waste exported from around the world , but discharging heavy metals and chemicals into local water supplies in the process. How to safeguard drinking water for local residents is an ongoing battle, with existing solutions such as chlorination, distillation, boiling and high-tech filtration prohibitively expensive and often reliant on fossil ...
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World View: Iceland's awe-inspiring Jökulsárlón lagoon 27.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

In his short film Arctic Swell, photographer Chris Burkard captures surfers in Iceland and Norway tackling freezing seas in waters never surfed before. This image is Jökulsárlón, Iceland, a lagoon where at low tide icebergs from a lake are carried downriver and become marooned on the shore. Arctic Swell is one of seven films being screened at the Ocean Film Festival World Tour in 25 towns and cities across the UK, from 2 September to 28 October. The festival celebrates lives inspired by the sea

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Tibetan crane's winter habitat under threat from Indian hydroelectric project 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Hydropower project in eastern Himalayas will destroy migration site of ‘vulnerable’ black-necked cranes, indigenous people and conservationists claim

A hydroelectric project in India’s eastern Himalayas will soon destroy one of the winter habitats of the magnificent Tibetan crane, a vulnerable bird regarded by local Buddhists as the reincarnation of a the sixth Dalai Lama, scientists and environmentalists have warned.

The Tibetan or black-necked crane, a species unique to Asia, has already disappeared from Vietnam, and can now be sighted only in parts of China, India and Bhutan, besides its main breeding grounds on the Tibetan plateau. It is listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.

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Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Rising population and dwindling water supplies will affect millions of people and exacerbate conflict in the region

Water supplies across the Middle East will deteriorate over 25 years, threatening economic growth and national security and forcing more people to move to already overcrowded cities, a new analysis suggests.

As the region, which is home to over 350 million people, begins to recover from a series of deadly heatwaves which have seen temperatures rise to record levels for weeks at a time, the World Resources Institute (WRI) claims water shortages were a key factor in the 2011 Syria civil war.

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Potluck on the food streets of Bangkok 27.8.2015 All Specials Stories
The writer savours the famed street food of Bangkok, explains how politics plays out on the platter and finds out why Pad Thai is a fraud
CCIP will help Odisha in tackling climate change: UK 27.8.2015 Zee News : Science and Technology
Affirming support to Odisha in tackling climate change, the UK today said the Climate Change Innovation Programme (CCPI) taken up in six Indian states under a 12 million pound technical assistance would ensure low-carbon and climate resilient development in the state.
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Governance overhaul key to Smart City project, say experts 27.8.2015 Asian Age: India
(Representational Image) The major challenge is to provide quality urban services New Delhi: With the Centre releasing the list of 98 cities selected for the Rs 48,000-crore Smart City project, experts today highlighted the need to transform the governance structure at the city level for a sustainable transformation and offer services essential for urban living. "Selection of smart cities is a first step. Major challenge is to provide quality urban services such as 24X7 water supply, sanitation, drainage, solid waste management and sewage treatment. Looking at finances of urban local bodies, which are far from healthy, provision of these services will be challenging. Levying of user charges to recover cost of provision of these services will be crucial to maintaining quality of these services," said Devendra Kumar Pant, Chief Economist at India Ratings & Research. The Centre on Thursday released the names of cities selected for the mega project pending a nomination each from Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and ...
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Between reality and myth 27.8.2015 Hindu: Home
In his new novel Shivana Dangura, Chandrashekhar Kambar flouts the genre borders, plunges into multiple time-frames, and moves in a breath-taking manner through folk, modernist modes of narration
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India to launch a heavier US satellite with GSLV rocket 27.8.2015 All News-IANS Stories
The Indian space agency has already lined for putting US NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite into orbit using its GSLV-Mk II rocket, its chief said on Thursday.
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NHRC notice to Delhi government, DJB over boy's death 27.8.2015 All News-IANS Stories
The national rights panel has issued notice to the Delhi government, Delhi Police and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) over the death of a child who was electrocuted in a park in the capital, a statement said on Thursday.
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Millions of Plastic Particles Found in Cosmetic Products 27.8.2015 newindianexpress.com
Subsequent analysis using electron microscopy showed that each 150ml of the products could contain between 137,000 and 2.8 million microparticles.
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Governance overhaul key to Smart City project, say experts 27.8.2015 Asian Age: India
(Representational Image) The major challenge is to provide quality urban services New Delhi: With the Centre releasing the list of 98 cities selected for the Rs 48,000-crore Smart City project, experts today highlighted the need to transform the governance structure at the city level for a sustainable transformation and offer services essential for urban living. "Selection of smart cities is a first step. Major challenge is to provide quality urban services such as 24X7 water supply, sanitation, drainage, solid waste management and sewage treatment. Looking at finances of urban local bodies, which are far from healthy, provision of these services will be challenging. Levying of user charges to recover cost of provision of these services will be crucial to maintaining quality of these services," said Devendra Kumar Pant, Chief Economist at India Ratings & Research. The Centre on Thursday released the names of cities selected for the mega project pending a nomination each from Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and ...
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Govt releases list of 98 cities that would become smart cities; doubts about funding remain 27.8.2015 FirstPost: Economy

The Modi government today released a list of 98 cities which are going to be developed into smart cities. Among the 98 cities, 24 are state capitals. The list , released by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, includes 13 cities from Uttar Pradesh, 12 cities from Tamil Nadu, 10 from Maharashtra, seven from Madhya Pradesh, three […]

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Allegations of funds misuse 27.8.2015 Hubli - City - The Times of India
In a memorandum submitted to the DC, activists demanded action against officials who withdrew government money without implementing the scheme properly.
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Your facial scrub may contain millions of plastic particles 27.8.2015 All News-IANS Stories
Everyday cosmetic and cleaning products contain huge quantities of plastic particles, which are released in the environment and could be harmful to marine life, says a new study.
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World oceans rising dangerously, says NASA 27.8.2015 All News-IANS Stories
Oceans around the world are rising dangerously, warns NASA, adding that the ramifications of sea level rise can be even scarier than the worst-case scenarios predicted by climate models.
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Mahadayi dispute: Govt asks Cong to convince Goa, Maharashtra units 27.8.2015 deccanherald.com
Putting the onus back on Congress, the Centre today said the party should convince its units in Goa and Maharashtra over the Mahadayi river dispute even as it stressed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ready to solve the issue by convening a meeting of the chief ministers of the two states and that of Karnataka. The Centres response came in the wake of a visit by an all-party delegation led by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to Modi on August 24 demanding an out-of-tribunal settlement to the Mahadayi river water dispute issue, saying that Modi did not give any specific promise regarding the same. Briefing newspersons here, Union Chemical and Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar said that the Prime Minister wanted a permanent resolution and was ready to "intervene" in the dispute. "When the all-party delegation met the Prime Minister, he was very positive. He assured the delegation that he is not only interested in intervention; he went one step further and said he wants a permanent solution," said ...
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Governance overhaul key to making Smart City project work, say experts 27.8.2015 ET: Infrastructure
Experts see need to transform governance structure at city level for a sustainable transformation and offer services essential for urban living.
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