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Civil society questions Modi over Indo-US joint IP working group

People’s organisations have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make public the specific purpose of the Indo-US joint working group on Intellectual Property (IP) http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=110288 and pursue inclusive public consultations approach for the formulation of country’s IP policy. The demand follows Modi’s maiden visit to the US between September 26 and September 30, where he announced the setting up of the joint working group on IP.

IPCC to release vital report ahead of climate talks

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2014
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is about to release its synthesis report, the last installment in a series of reports under the Fifth Assessment Report (AR 5) cycle, on November 2 following week-long negotiations in Copenhagen.

Chinese parliamentary report slams country’s neglect of air pollution

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2014
A report, terming China’s energy structure as unreasonable, was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Chinese official press agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

Mediterranean diet good for kidney health: study

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2014
Following Mediterranean diet can significantly reduce the risk of chronic kidney diseases. The diet includes higher amounts of fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, and fats such as olive oil which are healthy for the heart. It is also low on red meats, processed foods, and sweets.

Here come ultra-fast charging batteries

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2014

Warren Anderson, ‘fugitive’ in Bhopal gas tragedy case, dies in US

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2014
Warren Anderson, who was the chief executive officer of Union Carbide Corporation when the Bhopal gas tragedy occurred, died in hospital as per media reports. Anderson died on September 29 at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Florida. His death was not announced by his family members and was confirmed from public records, the New York Times reported. 

First heart surgery on foetus in India, 3-D printing saves another baby in US

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2014
In what is being considered a huge breakthrough for medical science in India, doctors at a hospital in Hyderabad have performed a heart surgery on a foetus. The procedure was performed on a 25-year-old woman who was admitted at Care hospital in the 27th week of pregnancy.

Cyclone hudhud impact: lower Assam flooded with hilsa

Author(s): Amarjyoti Borah
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2014
The devastating cyclone Hudhud may have taken several lives and brought massive devastation to coastal areas of south Odisha and parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh but it has proved to be a boon for fishers and people a few hundred kilometres away in lower Assam.

Should HFCs be dealt under Montreal Protocol or Kyoto Protocol?

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2014
The United Nations Climate Change Conference that was held in Bonn last week became a debating ground on whether hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—the climate-damaging refrigerant gases—should be treated as short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) under Kyoto Protocol or be phased out under
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