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Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites

Iraq's soaring water pollution is threatening the religious rites of its tight-knit Mandaean community, already devastated by 15 years of war that has also affected the country's other minority sects. Mandaeism follows the teachings of John the Baptist, a saint in both the Christian and Islamic traditions, and its rites revolve around water. There are just 10,000 Mandaeans left in Iraq today.

Experts blame perfume, hair gel for fuelling smog in Beijing

The air quality index in Beijing climbed to 213 on Monday. While several studies have been conducted on the reasons for heavy pollution in Beijing attributing to heavy industrialisation and automobiles, experts now blame the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Common household products like paints, perfume, hair gel, insecticide, cleaning products give off the VOCs.

Chicken run: KFC’s journey from struggle to bounce-back, one leg piece at a time

KFC posted profits in the quarter ending June 2018 — the seventh time in a row since 2016. Not so long ago, the king of fried chicken had hit a rough spot. Here’s how it got back its bite.

Need soap? Why not check out a smartphone, too? Or, how the humble kirana is becoming uber cool.

New products, new business models. This isn't your parents’ shop anymore.

Kiranas trounce Walmart-Amazon-DMart 9-1: how the small grocer keeps winning big

Indian households can’t do without the neighbourhood store. And consumer-goods companies pray at its abode. But it is beginning to feel the pinch of supermarkets and online stores.

Attention hipsters, we’ve got news for you: Kingfisher is still mopping the floor with your favourite brew

A pitcher full of internal problems, and competition from cool new beers crafted to woo changing tastes — wasn’t the king of good times supposed to be history? Well, you have another thing coming.

Can Patanjali do an Amul?

The dairy business remains the graveyard of mighty companies who came and lost to India’s well-oiled farming co-operatives.

Indians dislike modern breakfast cereals. A startup wants to change that — with a 4,000-year-old grain.

It's a market that has frustrated giants like Kellogg's. But Bengaluru-based Soulfull, which sells ragi-based products, believes it has found a way to win: Eschew the ‘breakfast cereal’ label altogether.

What Future Group knows about plus-size fashion that others don't

For the third year running, Kishore Biyani’s brainchild ALL is part of the Lakmé Fashion Week, spotlighting couture for the big of build. It’s a rare high for a segment that has remained the fashion industry’s orphan child — despite a burgeoning market. Can demanding customers and increasing entrepreneurial interest change things?

Movie studios believe they have a future in the OTT business. They need a more credible script.

Bollywood-centric bravado has little room in the new world of digital entertainment.

Delhi's air quality remains 'poor' for 4th consecutive day even as wind speed improved: Authorities

The overall air quality index (AQI) recorded at 4 pm on Thursday stood at 210, which falls under 'poor' category, authorities said. On Wednesday, Delhi's AQI stood at 239, according to a data by the Central Pollution Control Board.

Race to clean up oil spill after cargo ships collide off Corsica

The accident occurred early Sunday when a Tunisian freighter rammed into a Cyprus-based vessel anchored about 30 kilometres (20 miles) off the northern tip of the French island. The ship's hull was pierced and at least one fuel tank began leaking into the sea off the holiday island of Corsica.

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require "far-reaching and unprecedented changes," such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said, launching a special report that said the world must move faster on climate change.

Bachendri Pal to lead month-long rafting expedition to clean Ganga

The expedition will start from Haridwar on October 5 and traverse through Bijnor, Farukhabad, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Buxar and end in Patna on October 30. The members of the team will stay at each destination for 2/3 days, where they will organise cleaning and awareness drives with the help of local support.

World waste could grow 70% as cities boom, warns World Bank

There could be more trash in the world than people. The rise in rubbish will outstrip population growth, reaching 3.4 billion tons by 2050 from around 2 billion tons in 2016. By 2050, South Asia's waste will double, sub-Saharan Africa's will triple.Better collecting, recycling and disposing of trash, could reap economic and environmental benefits.

A green beer that looks like algae? It's all for clean water

The ghastly-looking "Alegae Bloom" beer made by Maumee Bay Brewing Co., which relies on Lake Erie for its water, is a good conversation starter that reminds customers about the toxic algae that show up each year in the shallowest of the Great Lakes. Workers came up with the idea last summer when a thick coat of algae settled into a creek alongside its brewhouse.

Cut the cutlery: Plastic with your home-delivered meal adds up to 22,000 tonnes waste every month

Estimates suggest that nearly 22,000 tonnes of plastic waste is created every month when cutlery made from it is bunched in with the food that's ordered online. But there is some good news as App-based food delivery start-ups have decided to reduce plastic in their packages.

In green push, president offices now free of plastic bottles

​​From July 25, when President Kovind completed one year in office, the Rashtrapati Bhawan offices switched to using monogrammed glass bottles. Glass bottles replaced plastic inside all offices houses inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan, and the transition from plastic to glass has also been made for state functions hosted by the President.

Air pollution affects brain too, hits maths skills: Study

A new study indicates air pollution affects the brain so much that people, especially the elderly, could struggle for words or to complete simple maths. Long-term exposure to air pollution severely affects cognition skills, according to the joint study by Yale and Peking Universities and published in the reputed Proceedings of National Academy of Science journal.

Failure to stop degradation of Western Ghats worsened Kerala floods

More than four years and three draft notifications since March 2014 when the Centre recognised the need to prevent further degradation of the fragile ecology of Western Ghats, it has failed to bring six states on board for urgent action. As a result, 56,825 sq km of 'ecologically sensitive' area could not be earmarked as 'no go' zone for polluting activities and deforestation — a prerequisite to save the region from constant environmental degradation.

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