Indian Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa flags off IAF’s mountaineering team

Asian News International (ANI) NEW DELHI: Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on Friday flagged off the mountaineering expedition team. A team of five Indian Air Force (IAF) mountaineers is embarking on the mountaineering expedition to Antarctica's Mt Vinson on December 13. The team is led by Group captain R.C. Tripathi, who also has taken part and led many IAF expedi...

Trump administration holds talks with airlines, keeps pressure on Gulf carriers

REUTERS WASHINGTON: The Trump administration met with major airlines on Tuesday to discuss complaints that some Gulf states are unfairly subsidizing state-owned carriers, keeping up pressure on the Middle East airlines at the center of a spat with U.S. rivals. U.S. and Gulf airlines representatives met at the U.S. State Department with administration officials to discuss the status of th...

Five elephants killed by train in India

AFP NEW DELHI, Dec 12: A train has struck and killed five elephants as they crossed over tracks at a tea plantation in northeast India, an official said Monday. The elephants, including a pregnant female, were part of a larger herd wandering through the plantation early Sunday in Assam state, home to India's biggest wild elephant population, when they were mowed down by the train. "Al...

Jungle safari on vintage train in Uttar Pradesh

The Asian Age Lucknow: A vintage train that stopped moving for over 30 years now will start its journey once again. The train will soon run through the thick foliage of the lush green Sal trees in Laxmipur range of Maharajganj forest division which is famous for the Sohagi Barwa Wildlife Sanctuary that has a huge population of antelopes besides rare and endangered birds and wildlife. ...

UN signals ‘end’ of throwaway plastic

BBC The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signalled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya. They signed off a document stating that the flow of plastic into the ocean must be stopped. Scientists welcomed the statement, but were unhappy the agreement was only based in principle, with no firm targets or timetables. Ministers say it's a milestone because it shows gove...

IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened

BBC Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are being pushed to the brink of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. More than 20 rice, wheat and yam plants have been listed as threatened on the latest version of the IUCN's Red list. The wild plants are being squeezed out by intensive farming, deforestation and urban sprawl, say...

The 10 best and the worst Airlines in the World

Credit: Independent.co.uk When it comes to air travel, competition is fierce between the carriers ferrying us around the world. But which is the best? And, more importantly, how about the worst? According to a new survey, for the best flight experience you'll need to head to America. Keen to avoid the worst? You may need to stay away from China. The survey was conducted by Get Going, a UK...

Asian dolphins a step closer to extinction: group

TOKYO: The International Union for Conservation of Nature said on Tuesday it had changed the status of the Irrawaddy dolphin and finless porpoise, both living in Asian waters, to “endangered” from “vulnerable”, meaning they are closer to extinction. In the latest update of its closely watched Red List of threatened species, the environmental group also moved Australia’s western ringtail pos...

Kashmir conflict drives tourists away

Credit: Al Jazeera Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - A recent snowfall in the upper reaches of Indian-administered Kashmir came after months of drought. Mountaintops in the valley these days are mesmerising, covered with snow. An early snowfall would normally be a blessing for the local tourism sector, especially in famous winter resort areas, such as Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg. Yet...

New Sentinel satellite tracks dirty air

BBC It's been working less than a month but already the UK-Dutch-built Sentinel-5P satellite is returning spectacular new views of Earth's atmosphere. The spacecraft was designed to make daily global maps of the gases and particles that pollute the air. The first sample images released by mission scientists show plumes of nitrogen dioxide flowing away from power plants and traffic-cho...