Floods displace over four lakh in Assam

More than 4.23 lakh people have been displaced by floods that affected 17 of Assam’s 33 districts. Torrential rain wreaked misery elsewhere in the northeast, claiming two lives in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang after a wall collapsed on their hostel. Officials said the rising waters of river Brahmaputra and at least …

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Diamond Harbour records highest sea level rise

Of the major ports in India, Diamond Harbour, located at the mouth of the Hooghly, has recorded the maximum sea level increase, according to data tabled in the Lok Sabha. While recent studies reveal that sea level rise has been estimated to be 1.3 mm/year along India’s coasts during the …

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Monsoon heading for ‘a break’ after July 15

A routine occurrence, heavy rain will be confined to the foothills of the Himalayas The southwest monsoon, which has seen a vigorous phase over parts of central India, the western coast and eastern India, will likely take a break after July 15, private weather agency Skymet Weather said. “… The …

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Week begins on a rainy note

City receives 122mm rainfall on Monday; 12 hurt in two incidents of wall collapse Mumbai received 122mm rainfall on Monday, inconveniencing officer-goers and commuters on the first day of the week. Heavy waterlogging was reported at Andheri subway, Sion areas. The weatherman has forecast a similar weather on Tuesday and …

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In Northeast, air links shrinking

The day Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the first civilian airport in Arunachal Pradesh, Jet Airways operated its last flight on the Guwahati-Aizawl route. By withdrawing from Mizoram, the private airliner joined an expanding list of flight operators that have suspended operation from new and existing routes …

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When Indonesia’s angry ‘Child of Krakatoa’ rumbled

The volcano that triggered a deadly tsunami in Indonesia late on Saturday emerged from the sea around the legendary Krakatoa 90 years ago and has been on a high-level eruption watch-list for the past decade.Anak Krakatoa (the “Child of Krakatoa”) has been particularly active since June, occasionally sending massive plumes …

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Come June, groundwater extraction will invite a fee

Industries to pay conservation charge; agriculture and defence units exempted In a bid to promote conservation of groundwater, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has notified a water conservation fee (WCF) that industries will need to pay on groundwater extraction starting from June. As per the notification, industries extracting groundwater …

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Over 100 new exoplanets discovered

Scientists have discovered a cache over 100 new exoplanets using data from NASA’s Kepler Space telescope as well as ground-based observatories. The diverse planets are expected to play a large role in developing the research field of exoplanets and life in the Universe. Exoplanets, which revolve around stars other than …

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