Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

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Rajya Sabha Approves Dam Safety Bill 2019

The Rajya Sabha, on December 8, approved the "Dam Safety Bill." Tabled by Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, the bill sought systematic surveillance, maintenance and operation, avoiding disasters. Changed to "Dam Safety, Amendment Bill 2021," the bill added a clause, which impose punishment to state or individuals, upon violation of the laws. The Bill is now yet to be assented by the President.

Wed, 08 Dec 2021 - 07:07 PM / by Varsha Joshi

Tags: Dam Safety Bill, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union government, Union Government Rajya Sabha, Jal shakti ministry

Delhi poor air quality

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Delhi's AQI Shows Improvement; Still In 'Poor' Category: SAFAR

Delhi's air quality index (AQI) improved from "very poor category" to "poor category", on December 8. The overall AQI of the national capital was 235, reported System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). Reportedly, the measures to combat air pollution in Delhi are in effect, resulting in lower AQI. Furthermore, the AQI of Delhi is likely to improve in a couple of days, predicted IMD. 

Wed, 08 Dec 2021 - 01:23 PM / by Varsha Joshi

Tags: AQI, Delhi Government , Air Pollution, SAFAR, IMD

Courtesy: India TV

Tiger in cage

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Royal Bengal Tiger Trapped To Send Back To Sunderbans Reserve Forest

West Bengal Forest Minister Jyotipriyo Mallick said a male Royal Bengal Tiger, that was roaming in a village of South 24 Parganas' Kultali area for 16 hours, has been caught on the night of December 7. Reportedly, the big cat belongs to the nearby Sunderbans Reserve Forest. It will be kept ''under observation at a rescue centre for seven days'' before being released into the forest, added Mallick. 

Wed, 08 Dec 2021 - 12:14 PM / by Brijesh Goswami

Tags: Tiger, Royal Bengal Tiger, South 24 Parganas, Cage, Sunderban Forest

Winter in Rajasthan

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Winter In Rajasthan Intensifies; Temperature Drops To 4.5 Deg C

Rajasthan's Churu recorded a minimum temperature of 4.5 degrees Celsius as cold conditions became extreme in the state. The temperatures also saw a dip of 1-4.5 degrees in the state. Furthermore, the night temperature in Nagapur, Pilani, and Alwar was 6.6, 6.7, and 7.5 degrees celsius, respectively. Additionally, Bhilwara and Sangaria recorded a temperature of 7.7 and 8.2, respectively. Reportedly, It'll remain the same for the next 24 hours… read-more

Wed, 08 Dec 2021 - 11:52 AM / by Nehal Surana

Tags: Rajasthan, Alwar, cold, Winter, Temperature

Red Giant flying squirrel

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Uttarakhand Forest Department Conducts Study To Save Flying Squirrels

The Research Wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department said it's registered the existence of five different species of flying squirrel in its new study in the state. The five species include the Red Giant flying squirrel, White Bellied flying squirrel, Indian Ginat flying squirrel, Wolly flying squirrel, and Kashmir flying squirrel. Reportedly, It'll help the department to know their habitat types, threats and to make conservation strategies for … read-more

Wed, 08 Dec 2021 - 10:32 AM / by Brijesh Goswami

Tags: Squirrels, Uttarakhand, Forest Department, Study, Flying Squirrel

Courtesy: ANI

Snowfall in Himachal Pradesh.

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Districts In Himachal Pradesh Witnesses Snowfall; Tourists Enjoyed

Hilly areas in Himachal Pradesh such as Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu received moderate to heavy snowfall on December 6. It is expected that in the upcoming day's temperature will further drop, according to India Meteorological Department Head of HP, Surender Paul. "The temperature has already dropped in the areas to -3.4 degrees celsius," he said. However, tourists were seen enjoying the snowfall. 

Tue, 07 Dec 2021 - 01:17 PM / by Madhvi Jha

Tags: Himachal Pradesh, Kullu District, Sonwfall, Lahaul and Spiti, IMD

Courtesy: ANI

Semeru Volcano erupted.

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13 Die, Dozens Injured After Eruption In Semeru Volcano: Indonesia

The eruption in Indonesia's Semeru volcano killed at least 13 people and injured dozens. However, the rescue operation is currently underway. The volcano is reportedly situated on the tallest mountain on Java island. It erupted on December 4, destroying at least one bridge connecting the nearby district of Lumajang with the city of Malang. The video of the eruption… read-more

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 - 02:21 PM / by Brijesh Goswami

Tags: volcano, Semeru Volcano, Indonesia, Eruption, Ash

Courtesy: The Indian Express

Rain Alert

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IMD Predicts Heavy To Moderate Rainfall In North-Eastern States: Cyclone Jawad

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on December 5, predicted heavy rainfall in isolated regions of north-eastern states like Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura, on December 6. In addition, the IMD issued rain alert in West Bengal cities and coastal regions, as an effect of the recent Cyclone Jawad. The cyclone formed at Bay of Bengal has now weakened into a low depression, bringing moderate rainfall for the next 24 hours. 

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 - 11:44 AM / by Varsha Joshi

Tags: IMD, Cyclone Jawad, West Bengal, North Eastern States, rain alert

Courtesy: ANI

Hippos

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2 Hippos Test Positive For Covid-19 In Belgium's Antwerp Zoo

In Belgium's Antwerp Zoo, two hippos have been tested positive for Covid-19, said Francis Vercammen, the zoo's vet. The two hippos namely Imani and Hermein, are aged 14 and 41, respectively. The Hippos have been quarantined after they showed a symptom of runny nose. ''To my knowledge, this is the first time in this species globally,'' added Vercammen. Also, zookeepers haven't shown any symptoms of the virus so far. 

Sun, 05 Dec 2021 - 04:57 PM / by Brijesh Goswami

Tags: hippo, Belgium, Antwerp Zoo, Covid-19, Runny Nose

Courtesy: Reuters

Volcanic Eruption

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Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia Turns Entire Village Dark

In Indonesia's Island of Java, a volcanic eruption occurred at 2:50 pm on December 4. It caused smoke and ash to reach as high as 40,000 ft in the air. Videos showing locals trying to escape the huge plumes, surfaced the internet. Reportedly, the region turned dark due to ash clouds. "Thick columns of ash have turned several villages to darkness," said Lumajang district head, Thoroqul Haq. 

Sun, 05 Dec 2021 - 11:12 AM / by Nehal Surana

Tags: Indonesia, volcano, Disaster, environment, World news

Courtesy: Independent