Thursday, May 06, 2021

World leaders commit to ambitious Antarctic protection

NEW DELHI: The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) welcomed this week's announcement of a new joint strategy to achieve the designation of three new large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Antarctic, taking one step closer to securing the largest single act of ocean protection in history.

Despite pandemic, Kaziranga attracts 2 lakh tourists in 6 months

GUWAHATI: The Covid-19 pandemic, the resultant economic fallout and the ensuing restrictions could not foil the spirit of around two lakh tourists, including 570 foreigners, from visiting the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNP & TR), considered as one of the best conserved wildlife reserves in India.

$14,000 prize for idea on ocean sustainability

NEW DELHI: To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, the Commonwealth Secretariat and Satellite Applications Catapult are launching the first-ever 'Hack the Planet' competition, in search of innovative, impactful and scalable ideas that will tackle the threats facing communities around the world, linked to ocean degradation and the climate crisis.

Mani Ratnam inspired AR Rahman to turn film writer, producer

MUMBAI: Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman, whose debut feature film as a co-writer and producer, "99 Songs", is all slated to release this month, says it was Mani Ratnam who inspired him to try filmmaking.

An overview of biofuels and the future of bio-energy crops

Today, India is struggling with rising petrol prices, energy insecurity, economic slowdown, and climate change. People across the world are seeing biofuels as a potential solution to all these challenges.

Indonesia's Mt. Merapi volcano erupts twice

JAKARTA: Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted twice on Monday, spewing hot clouds as far as 1,500 metres, according to the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center.

80% Indian corporate banks to leverage Cloud by 2024: Report

NEW DELHI: Nearly 80 per cent of corporate banks in India are forecast to run their trade finance and treasury workloads on Cloud by 2024, said a new IDC report on Friday.

Innovation key to tackling carbon emissions: Bill Gates

Shikha Talsania: Everybody likes to look good

Looking a certain way always plays a major part in being a Bollywood actress. However, Shikha Talsania says she has learnt to tackle the pressure of looking good.

Neetu Kapoor remembers Rishi Kapoor on wedding anniversary

MUMBAI: Veteran actress Neetu Kapoor shared a social media post in the memory of her late husband Rishi Kapoor on their 41st wedding anniversary on Friday.

Dense fog, zero visibility in Delhi, Lucknow, Amritsar

NEW DELHI: Delhi, Lucknow and Amritsar witnessed dense fog on Saturday morning with zero visibility due to variable and calm lower-level winds, and the fog is likely to persist on Sunday as well.

Fog affects life in J&K amid intense cold wave

SRI NAGAR: Dense fog and mist added to extreme cold in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday as the weather office forecast no major change during the next five days in the prevailing weather conditions.

Bird flu: Unnatural bird deaths reported from J&K, Jharkhand

NEW DELHI: Cases of avian influenza or bird flu have been confirmed in 10 states only, as on Wednesday, while further cases of unnatural mortality of birds have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal and four districts of Jharkhand, an official statement said.

Weather to remain dry in J&K, Ladakh

SRI NAGAR: Weather across Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh improved on Friday, although dense fog affected visibility in the morning.

Nepal stops importing all poultry items from India

KATHMANDU: Nepal has stopped importing all kinds of poultry item from India after some states in the neighbouring country recently reported the outbreak of bird flu.

Moderate rain, hailstorm hits parts of Delhi

NEW DELHI: The national capital on Wednesday witnessed hail precipitation at several places with light to moderate rainfall in several other parts of the city, the weather officials said

Thunderstorms with lightning forecast for south coastal Andhra

AMARAVATI:The weather department has forecast thunderstorms accompanied by lightning in parts of south coastal Andhra Pradesh for Tuesday and Wednesday, an unusual feature in January for the Telugu state.

Will review Delhi's Covid situation by Jan 15: AAP govt to HC

NEW DELHI:The Delhi government on Monday informed the Delhi High Court that a meeting of the expert committee which is reviewing the Covid-19 condition in the national capital will take place on January 5.

How Covid affected women, girls and children

NEW DELHI: The impact of Covid-19 is not gender neutral. As the pandemic has spread across the globe it has heightened and amplified existing vulnerabilities and inequalities in social, political, economic and health systems.

6.3-magnitude earthquake jolts Philippines

MANILA: An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale on Friday jolted the Philippines' Batangas province located on the main island of Luzon, authorities said.

Delhi's air quality remains severe for 3rd consecutive day

NEW DELHI: National capital's air quality remained in the severe category for the third consecutive day on Thursday as calm winds and low ventilation halted the dispersion of accumulated pollutants.

Less than 20K new Covid cases recorded in India

NEW DELHI: For the first time since first week of July, India on Tuesday recorded its lowest number of daily cases, which were 10,000 less than the number of recoveries, even as the tally went past 1,00,75,000 cases.

Season's coldest night in Srinagar, Drass slips to minus 29

SRI NAGAR:At minus 6.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday, Srinagar recorded the coldest night of the season so far, while the temperature in Ladakh's Drass town to minus 29.

Nations must declare climate emergency, says Guterres

Telangana logs 643 new Covid cases, tally reaches 2.75L

HYDERABAD:Telangana reported 643 new Covid cases on Thursday taking the state's tally to 2,75,904.

Weather to improve in J&K, Ladakh

SRI NAGAR: Night temperatures improved further in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Thursday due to a cloud cover as the weather office forecast another spell of snow and rain starting Saturday.

Forest dept makes plans to save wild animals from accidents

GURUGRAM:The forest department in Gurugram has taken a slew of decisions to save leopards and other wild animals from accidents while crossing the Sohna-Gurugram Road and Gurugram-Faridabad Ro

Tourists blamed for Corona spike in Lahaul Valley

MANALI: Authorities in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday blamed the spike in tourists, largely unregulated, in the Himalayan terrain of Lahaul Valley known for majestic landscapes and rich Buddhist cultural heritage for the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases.

Delhi hotel booked after wedding party with over 50 guests

NEW DELHI:The Delhi Police registered an FIR against a Pitampura hotel and the organisers of a marriage function for defying social distancing norms and inviting and accommodating more than 50 guests -- exceeding the new specified Covid limit.

Haryana health minister Vij gets trial dose of Covid vaccine

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij was administered a trial dose of India-made coronavirus vaccine Covaxin on Friday.

Delhi AQI spikes to 309, weekend may be better

NEW DELHI: Delhi's air quality again deteriorated from poor to very poor category on Friday as the day progressed.

Goa CM announces recruitment for 10,000 govt vacancies

PANAJI:Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday announced start of the recruitment process soon to fill nearly 10,000 vacant government posts, doing away with the moratorium on new recruitment and tendering for new developmental projects at the end of November.

Guterres calls for major change in fight against climate disruption

UNITED NATION: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a major and rapid change in the fight against climate disruption.

J&K may get fresh spell of rain & snow

SRI NAGAR: Another spell of rain and snowfall is likely to occur in Jammu and Kashmir in the next 24 hours by Friday, the MET office said on Thursday.

Qualcomm mobile Esports initiative in India with Rs 50 lakh price money

NEW DELHI:Global chipmaker Qualcomm on Thursday announced the launch of its first-ever mobile Esports programme called Snapdragon Conquest in India.

India shows jump of 30% in new Covid cases since Diwali

NEW DELHI: After the Diwali weekend and Bhai Dooj celebrations came to an end, India recorded more than 30 per cent jump in new cases of Covid-19 with 38,617 new cases reported in past 24 hours pushing the cumulative the tally to 89,12,907, data from the Union Health Ministry showed on Wednesday.

Telangana logs 948 new Covid cases, tally over 2.5L

HYDERABAD: Telangana reported 948 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday to take the overall tally to 2,59,776, health officials said.

UP universities, colleges to reopen from Nov 23

LUCKNOW: The colleges and universities in Uttar Pradesh will reopen from November 23.

Iraq reports 2,961 new Covid-19 cases

BAGDAD: Iraq has reported 2,961 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the country's tally to 5,24,503.

Delhi markets may shut, only 50 people in capital weddings

NEW DELHI:In the backdrop of a third wave of Covid-19 in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that markets may be shut as a precautionary measure and only 50 people will be allowed in weddings not 200, as per strict norms to curb further spread of the Coronavirus.

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