Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Christopher Walken to play Emperor Shaddam IV in 'Dune 2'

LOS ANGELES: Actor Christopher Walken will join Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya in director Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune Part Two', as Shaddam IV, the Padishah Emperor of the Known Universe.

Musk takeover: Twitter fears risk of losing advertisers, executives

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has acknowledged for the first time that its core advertising business could be at risk amid the $44 billion takeover by Elon Musk, along with losing key staff during the process.

Decadal fall in groundwater levels in 30% monitoring wells: Jal Shakti Ministry

NEW DELHI: Analysis of water level data across India indicates that nearly 30 per cent of the groundwater monitoring wells have registered a decline in groundwater level whereas 70 per cent wells have registered rise in groundwater levels between 2011 and 2020 but there is no study for reasons concerning it, the Union government told the Rajya Sabha.

Android 12 will provide robust enterprise trust and security: Google

NEW DELHI: Google has made Android 12 open-source earlier this week and now, the company has said it is focused on helping organisations achieve the right balance between protecting employee privacy and equipping IT with necessary security and controls.

Heavy rainfall in Northeast, Bengal, Bihar to continue: IMD

New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday predicted an intense spell of rain over Northeast India and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and Bihar is likely to continue till August 15.

Many feared buried in yet another Himachal landslide

SHIMLA: Many people were feared buried in yet another major landslide on the National Highway 5 in Himachal Pradesh's remote Kinnaur district on Wednesday, police said.

Monsoon session of Madhya Pradesh assembly adjourned sine die

BHOPAL: The four-day monsoon session of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly was adjourned sine die during its second sitting on Tuesday.

IITM Pune's Earth System Model features in the IPCC report

NEW DELHI: Aug 9 (IANS) It is the most up-to-date physical science understanding of the climate system and climate change for the whole world. And, for the first time, India's indigenously developed climate model is part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report in connection with the south Asian monsoon.

Typhoon Lupit makes 2nd landfall in China

Beijing:Typhoon Lupit made its second landfall in east China's Fujian province, bringing heavy downpours and forcing the evacuation of thousands.

Indian firms can cut carbon emission by 80% if move to Cloud

NEW DELHI: Indian companies and public sector organisations that migrated workloads from on-premises data centres to cloud infrastructure could reduce their energy use and associated carbon footprint by nearly 80 per cent, a new report showed on Wednesday.

Entire mountain rolls down in Himachal, scary video goes viral

Shimla:A massive landslide occurred at Kamrau in Himachal Pradesh's Sirmaur district, blocking National Highway 707 near Barwas, on Friday owing to heavy rainfall in the region. However, no loss of life was reported.

Retain crescent shape of Ganga: Scientist tells Modi

Varanasi:Professor U.K. Choudhary, a well-known river engineer and former professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU), has sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to help in maintaining "the crescent shape of Ganga river in Varanasi".

State of emergency declared in Italy's wildfire-hit Sardinia

ROME: The regional government in Italy's Sardinia has declared a state of emergency after large swaths of land across the island were ravaged by wildfires in the last few days, according to the local civil protection department.

Aastha Gill: Important to know what your audiences are liking

MUMBAI: Singer Aastha Gill has belted out several hits along with Badshah such as 'Buzz', 'Kareja kareja', 'DJ waley babu' and the latest 'Paani paani'. She has revealed as to why the rapper and her make such a hit pair among.

Oregon wildfire burns over 390K acres, 32% contained

Washington:Oregon's Bootleg wildfire, currently the largest active blaze in the US, has scorched over 390,000 acres in the US state's Lake and Klamath counties with 32 per cent containment, officials said.

Rainfall intensity over NW India to decrease from today

NEW DELHI:The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday said that rainfall intensity over Northwest India is very likely to decrease and further slowdown in intensity and spread is likely from Thursday onwards.

Elephant dies of electrocution in Karnataka

Chamaajnagar (Karnataka):A 40-year-old female elephant died of electrocution at Alathuru village, in Gundlupet taluk, Chamarajanagar district, on Thursday.

Pollution in Yamuna is at its worst: UPPCB

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) data shows that the pollution level in the Yamuna has worsened this year.

Heavy rain forecast for Karnataka

BENGALURU: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rain and strong winds for another two days in Bengaluru.

Elephant dies of festering leg wound in UP Reserve

Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh):The carcass of a three-year-old elephant that was found in the Jaspur gate area of Amangarh Tiger Reserve by forest department, had actually died of a festering wound in the leg.

Mumbai among 31 world's cities to be significantly greener

NEW DELHI: Thirty-one of the world's great cities, including Mumbai, will be significantly greener in the years ahead, as leading mayors have committed to further expand, restore and protect urban parks, trees, gardens, ponds, and lakes within their cities.

Ostrich feather, bird head found in inbound parcels

JAIPUR: Customs officials at the Foreign Post Office on Tuesday intercepted two parcels on the basis of suspicion, and on examination, found them to contain parts of wild birds, including ostrich feathers and a stuffed head of a Greater Bird of Paradise, official said.

Hyderabad Zoo reopens after 70 days

HYDERABAD: After nearly 70 days, the Nehru Zoological Park (NZP) reopened to visitors on Sunday, duly following all the Covid-19 precautionary measures.

'Heatwave in US, Canada virtually impossible without climate change'

NEW YORK: The recent deadly heatwave that scorched Canada and parts of the western US would have been "virtually impossible" without the influence of climate change, local media reported.

Monsoon likely to advance in Delhi, neighbouring states from July 10

NEW DELHI: Spelling a sigh of relief from the scorching heat, the monsoon is likely to advance over Delhi and neigbouring West Uttar Pradesh, some parts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan from July 10.

Heavy rainfall lashes China, 137,000 affected

BEIJING: Heavy rainfall in China's Anhui has affected some 137,000 people across the province's 19 counties, cities and districts, authorities said.

6.1-magnitude quake hits Fiji region: USGS

NEW YORK: An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted Fiji region at 20:14:38 GMT on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

Customs deport foreign spiders sent by post from Poland

CHENNAI: Seizing a parcel containing 107 plastic vials containing foreign spiders, Chennai Air Customs have asked the postal authorities to deport them back to Poland.

First human rated test flight for India's Gaganyaan not in 2021

CHENNAI: The first test flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mk III (GSLV Mk III) that will carry the Indian astronauts to the space later will not happen this year owing to Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown, said a top official of Indian space agency.

Himachal advocates cultivation of medicinal plants

SHIMLA: With the surge in demand for natural products, Himachal Pradesh, bestowed with rich biological diversity, has been advocating the cultivation of medicinal plants to supplement farmers' income who largely hold small landholdings, officials said on Monday.

Odisha stars in crocodile conservation in India

NEW DELHI: Odisha has the singular distinction of being the only State in India to boast of three species of crocodiles. It has freshwater gharials (Gavialis gangeticus)at Satakosiya in Mahanadi, mugger crocodiles (Crocodylus palustris) in Similipal and saltwater crocodiles in Bhitarkanika National Park.

Nearly 400k people evacuated in DRC over volcano eruption fears

KINSHASA:Nearly 400,000 people have been from Goma, capital of North Kivu provinc in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to safer areas designated over fears of another eruption of the nearby Nyiragongo volcano, according to authorities.

Assam govt revisits strategies to protect Kaziranga National Park from poachers, floods

GUWAHATI: The Assam government has taken determined and ambitious decisions and plans to curb poaching of rhinos and protect all animals in the UNESCO world heritage site Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNP & TR), which also faces the brunt of the annual floods.

Yaas begins landfall, likely to cross Odisha-Bengal in 3 hours

NEW DELHI: The landfall process of very severe cyclonic storm Yaas has commenced and it would cross North Odisha-West Bengal coasts to the south of Balasore within next three hours with wind speed of 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph.

Yaas makes landfall in Odisha at 9.15 a.m.

KOLKATA: The much-dreaded landfall of very severe cyclonic storm Yaas began south of Balasore in Odisha at 9.15 am on Wednesday and it will take another 3 to 3.5 hours to complete the process.

Tauktae is to weaken further in next 12 hours

NEW DELHI: Cyclone "Tauktae" is very likely to move north-eastwards and weaken gradually into a well-marked low-pressure area during next 12 hours, the India Meteorological Department said.

Search on for 89 missing from barge during Cyclone Tauktae

MUMBAI: The Indian Navy (IN) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) continued their search for missing 89 personnel from a barge with 273 people which went adrift and later sank near the Bombay High Fields unable to withstand the fury of Cyclone Tauktae, officials said here on Wednesday.

Karnataka foresters rescue elephant calf stuck in puddle, earn praise

MYSURU: An elephant calf, stuck in a mud puddle, was rescued by forest officials in the Maleyur range of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka.

Tauktae to reach Guj coast Monday evening, IMD issues Orange alert

NEW DELHI: Cyclonic storm "Tauktae" is very likely to reach Gujarat coast on Monday evening and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva (Bhavnagar district) during early hours on Tuesday as a very severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained surface wind speed of 155-165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph.

Wild cats rescued from Telangana poultry farm

HYDERABAD: A pair of wild cats were rescued from a poultry farm in Telangana by a team of veterinarians from the Nehru Zoological Park.

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