Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh tweeted over the weekend that Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir had signed a “historic” agreement on the Shahpur Kandi project, which would be completed in three years and would generate 207 MW power and irrigate 95,000 acres of land “for our farmers”. Power Minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar subsequently said … Continued
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Every year, the Brahmaputra takes away chunks of land from Kaziranga National Park that on paper is 1,030 sq km in area. The park now measures 884 sq km and is shrinking. But the river gives more to the address of the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinos than it snatches from — mostly hog … Continued
What is it? For 2018, the monsoon is past the crucial half-way mark. As of August 9, the seasonal rain, which decides the fate/extent of the kharif crop acreage, has run up a deficit of 10%. But it is not so much the deficit figure as the spatial and temporal spread (across space and time) … Continued
For only the third time since the Idukki dams system in Kerala was commissioned in 1975, one of the five shutters at Cheruthoni was opened recently (the earlier occasions were in 1981 and 1992) after water in the reservoir rose to 2,399.04 ft, precariously close to its full storage level of 2,403 ft. Even after … Continued
In The Things that Live on Mars, which appeared in Cosmopolitan in March 1908, H G Wells asked, “Is it probable that evolution has gone upon exactly parallel lines on the two planets (Earth and Mars)?” Intelligent beings could not be present in isolation, he wrote; “they can be but a part of the natural … Continued
Also known as the Devil’s Triangle, the region between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda has reportedly claimed hundreds of lives and dozens of ships/planes in the last century itself. (File) The mystery of Bermuda Triangle – a 5,00,000 km square patch in the Atlantic Ocean – has baffled many for decades. At least 75 planes … Continued
From late June, the world has “officially” been in the Meghalayan Stage (or Age) of the Holocene Epoch — the present interglacial period that we live in. The Holocene started around 11,700 years ago. The Meghalayan Age, which is the most recent subdivision of the Holocene Epoch, began about 4,200 years ago, at a time … Continued
What will be duration of lunar eclipse? A total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27-28, 2018 with a totality duration of 1 hour 43 minutes. The duration makes it the longest total lunar eclipse of this century (2001 AD to 2100 AD). The partial eclipse of the Moon will begin at 23h 54m IST … Continued
Good rainfall in most parts of the country in the last week of June ensured that the first month of the monsoon season ended with near-normal rains. But not before an extended dry phase of almost two weeks that saw a complete halt in the progress of the monsoon. Until June 27, the country … Continued
June 21 was summer solstice, the longest day of the year — as compared to the night — in the northern hemisphere. Winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22, when the night hours are the longest. But why are the hours of daylight not the same every day? The explanation lies in Earth’s tilt. … Continued