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
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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
What is the status? In the fortnight since the start of the monsoon, India has recorded nearly 55 mm of rain, or 16% more than what’s usual for this time of the year. The bulk of it has been over south and central India, with the northeastern States so far registering a 24% deficit. After … Continued
Prime Minister launches work on Zojila tunnel project Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Zojila tunnel project, which will provide all-weather connectivity to Srinagar, Kargil and Leh. At 14.15 km, it will be the country’s longest road tunnel. The tunnel will cut down the time taken to cross the Zojila pass from the three hours … Continued
The Maharashtra government has approved a new development plan for Mumbai, which will serve as the blueprint for the development of the country’s economic capital till 2034. What is it? According to Section 21 of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966, every planning authority has to carry out a survey, prepare a land … Continued
National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) Consequent upon approval of the Cabinet, National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) has recently been created by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation at New Delhi vide notification dated 28th March 2018. NWIC would be a repository of nation-wide water resources data and would work as a Subordinate … Continued
Big duststorms and lightning are not unusual at this time. Why do they occur, why did so many die? Over 100 people were killed in duststorms, thunderstorms, and lightning at many places in northern, central and eastern India on Wednesday. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said “lightning and thunderstorm” killed 62 people in Uttar … Continued
The new draft if implemented will not only have an effect on how common areas used by fisherfolk are managed, but also bifurcate coastal zones along rural areas based on population density. The draft Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), 2018, which was released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) last week, has the potential … Continued
Work is going on at a brisk pace to complete the roads leading to Andhra Pradesh’s new capital, Amaravati, but the designs for the various buildings, including the Secretariat, are still being finalised. About 33,000 acres of lush agricultural land on the banks of the Krishna, about 12 km to the northwest of Vijayawada, has … Continued