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Cyclonic Storm ‘Nada’ weakening as it approaches the Indian Coast

The cyclonic storm “Nada” over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestwards on December 1 with a speed of about 12 kmph, weakened into a deep depression and lay centred at 11:30 AM near Latitude 10.6ºN and Longitude 81.2ºE over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 290 km south-southeast of Chennai, 210 km southeast of Puducherry and 220 km north of Trincomalee (Srilanka). The system is very likely to continue to move west-northwestward, weaken further gradually into a depression during next...

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On Thin Ice: Arctic, Antarctic and the Himalayas

The melting of snow in the Arctic and Antarctic due to global warming and climate change is reported frequently. However, the melting of the Himalayan glaciers goes largely unreported, even though more people are impacted. Anomalies in temperatures, global cryosphere and sea level rise are the driving factors for negative impact on global conveyor belt at the three poles of the Earth. This phenomenon was explained with substantial data by Dr. A L Ramanathan, a Professor of Environmental Geology, Hydrogeochemistry,...

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Biodiversity in India

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India’s hunger levels are ‘Serious’, says the GHI Report

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) report published by the Washington based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) suggests that 15.2 per cent of Indians are undernourished and 38.7 per cent of under-five children are stunted. But, practitioners believe that there are other sides of the story as well. According to Dr. S. Srinivasan, a practising paediatrician in New Delhi, "numbers usually are collated by a variety of country reports with data collected through non uniform methods....

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Pratham – India’s first student satellite

Update on September 26, 2016 On September 26, 2016, satellite PRATHAM built by the student of IIT Bombay and PISAT from PES University, Bengaluru along with co-passenger satellites - ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B, ALSAT-1N from Algeria, NLS-19 from Canada and Pathfinder-1 from USA were launched by India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35). PSLV-C35 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.   The 371 kg...

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Super Typhoon Meranti – 2016’s most Violent

Typhoon Meranti Update: September 20, 2016 Severe Typhoon Meranti made landfall over Xiamen City, Fujian Province, China with 48 m/s of maximum sustained wind and 945 hPa of Mean Sea Level Pressure (MSLP) at 1905 UTC on September 14, 2016. Almost all power and water supplies were interrupted and over 350,000 trees destroyed after the typhoon made landfall. This typhoon was the most intense typhoon the City has seen since 1949. When Meranti was approaching the Xiamen coastal area, it became...

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Mesmerizing nighttime cloud images

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F05 carrying advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR on September 8, 2016 at 1610 hours from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The previous launch by ISRO on Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) was of GSLV-D6 carrying communication satellite GSAT-6 on August 27, 2015. GSLV-F05 flight is significant since it is the first operational flight of GSLV carrying indigenously developed...

Coverage # Health |

Petition’s Power – Coronary stent prices to come down

One-fifth of the deaths in India are caused by coronary heart disease and it is predicted that by 2020 it will account for one-third of all deaths. The disease is affecting both rural and urban Indians and the numbers are shockingly on the rise in young Indians. The exorbitant cost of coronary stent -a tube-shaped device placed in the coronary arteries to supply blood to the heart and used extensively to prevent heart-attacks - is a major deterrent in treatment of the disease, especially when it comes...

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Aadi 18: Celebrating the Monsoon

The livelihood of the Indian farmer is largely dependent on the monsoon rains, giving rise to a multitude of traditions and practices. Worshiping the monsoon is but natural for a nation that is so very rich in animistic practices that perhaps dates back to even before 8000 BC. Today is Aadi 18. Also known as Pathinettam Perukku, it is celebrated in the south of India on the 18th day of the auspicious Tamil month of Aadi. Perukku means rising, which indicates the overflowing of rivers like Kaveri...

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A decade of people friendly science

July 27, 2016 was a historic day as it marked the completion of ten years of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES). The contribution of the Ministry to the progress of the nation during this decade, in all aspects of earth sciences has been phenomenal. An event tiled 'Celebration of 10 years of Ministry of Earth Sciences (2006-2016),' was organised to celebrate the day at Vigyan Bhawan, with more than 500 eminent scientists and over the nation, and 1000 young students attending it and interacting...