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Should India have two time zones? National timekeeper adds new arguments (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

OVER THE years, various citizens and political leaders have debated whether India should have two separate time zones. The demand is based on the huge difference in daylight times between the country’s longitudinal extremes, and the costs associated with following the same time zone. Those arguing against the idea, on the other hand, cite impracticability … Continued

Why cyclones hit the east coast in October, and how they are predicted (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

Cyclone Titli became the third major cyclone to hit the Odisha-Andhra coastal zone in the last five years, all in October. What explains the similar timing, and how effective are the mechanisms for prediction and disaster mitigation? Season & frequency Cyclones have always been frequent in the region. What has risen is is the “frequency … Continued

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘TITLI’ over west central Bay of Bengal; Red Alert issued (Relevant for GS Prelims Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

Yesterday’s cyclonic storm over west central Bay of Bengal (BoB) moved west- north westawrds, intensified into a severe cyclonic storm in the early morning and into a very severe cyclonic storm around noon of today, the 10th October, 2018. Tropical Cyclones A tropical cyclone is an intense low pressure area or a whirl in the … Continued

The destructive power of the Indonesia tsunami (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

The confirmed death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the Indonesian city of Palu reached 844 Monday evening. Waves rose 20 feet, which has surprised some scientists who said they wouldn’t normally associate such high levels of destruction with the kind of earthquake that preceded the tsunami. ‘Vertical’ earthquakes Catastrophic tsunamis are often … Continued

Status of Pluto (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

After years of arguing over whether Pluto is a planet, in 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted to remove Pluto’s planetary status. Now some researchers are challenging this decision, citing the manner in which scientific tradition has dealt with the taxonomy of planets. What was the decision of IAU? The IAU, in 2006, designated … Continued

Punjab-J&K dam agreement promises win-win, full gains from the Ravi river (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Geography)

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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