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1 day ago
Five-year-old Indian treks up to Everest base camp

Patna, Oct 22 (IANS) The parents of five-year-old Harshit Saumitra, the youngest climber to reach the base camp of Mount Everest, are trying to register their son's name in thed Guinness World Records and Limca Book of Records. We will try to get Harshit Saumitra's name in Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of Records for becoming the youngest climber to reach the base camp o...

3 days ago
Antarctic ice yields century-old notebook of early explorer

Wellington, Oct 20 (IANS) The summer thaw in Antarctica has revealed a century-old notebook from one of the frozen continent's early European explorers, the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust announced Monday. The trust's conservation specialists found the notebook outside British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's expedition base at Cape Evans, Xinhua reported citing the trust. Th...

3 days ago
Presidential visit helps India establish presence in key Arctic region

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) With the resource-rich Arctic region becoming the focus of heightened attention, President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the two Nordic countries of Norway and Finland last week was a crucial step by India to assert its willingness to have a strong presence in the Arctic Council and to work closely with the eight countries of the region. Mukherjee, who paid a six-d...

6 days ago
India can learn waste management from Norway, Finland: President

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee, expressing satisfaction at the outcome of his visit to Norway and Finland, Friday said India can gain from the two countries' expertise in areas such as clean technology and waste management. In a statement to the media at the conclusion of his visit to the two Nordic countries, Mukherjee said that his visit had been successful.

7 days ago
Take advantage of 'Make in India', President tells Finland

Helsinki, Oct 16 (IANS) Visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has invited Finland to take advantage of the Make in India campaign which seeks to position India as a global manufacturing hub through a series of policy interventions. Addressing the Finnish Parliament here, Mukherjee said the new government in India was focused on growth and creation of employment opportunities and mea...

9 days ago
President invites Norwegian investment in India's infrastrucuture

Oslo, Oct 14 (IANS) Visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has invited Norwegian businessmen to invest in India and to participate in India's growth story. In a speech at a banquet Monday night in his honour by King Harald V and Queen Sonja, Mukherjee said business sentiments in India were positive and strong and the new government was taking a number of measures to encourage investm...

10 days ago
President Mukherjee meets Norwegian king, visits parliament

Oslo, Oct 13 (IANS) Visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, on a state visit to Norway, met Norway's King Harald V Monday at an official reception at the Palace Plaza here and later also visited the Norwegian Parliament. This is the first ever visit by an Indian head of state to the Nordic nation that third largest exporter of hydrocarbons and has huge reserves of oil and gas. Norway...

11 days ago
Mukherjee arrives in Norway

Oslo, Oct 12 (IANS) Indian President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday arrived in the Norwegian capital on a three-day visit. He was received by Mayor Harald Espelund of Ullensaker. On Monday morning, Mukherjee will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Royal Palace. He will visit the Akershus Fortress which houses the Norwegian national monument and lay a wreath there. He would ...

11 days ago
President leaves for Norway, Finland

New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday left on a five-day visit to Norway and Finland during which a number of agreements, including on education and trade, will be signed. The president will be in Oslo till Oct 14 and then proceed to Helsinki. He is accompanied, though separately, by a large business delegation from the Confederation of Indian Industry and ot...

11 days ago
Mars-like environments on Earth clue to life on Red Planet

New York, Oct 12 (IANS) The search for life on Mars has now got a new twist as researchers believe that a study of Mars-like environment on the Earth could help them better understand the clues to life on the Red Planet. Funded by a new NASA grant, researchers will tour the three ages of Mars on the Earth - when Mars was cold, wet and habitable; the transition period when water disappear...

11 days ago
Tropics to witness major fish loss by 2050: Study

Toronto, Oct 12 (IANS) large numbers of fish will disappear from the tropics by 2050 as the earth and the oceans get warmer and fish shift their habitat in search of cooler waters, a research found. Changing temperatures will drive more fish into the Arctic and Antarctic waters, the findings showed. The tropics will be the overall losers, said co-researcher William Cheung, associ...

13 days ago
Mukherjee to visit Arctic Council countries of Norway, Finland

New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS) India will seek to cement its ties with the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental group of eight Arctic states, when President Pranab Mukherjee visits two of its members - Norway and Finland - next week. Mukherjee is embarking on a six-day visit to Norway and Finland starting Oct 12. The Arctic Council, whose members are Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland...

15 days ago
Antarctic sea ice at record high: NASA

New York, Oct 8 (IANS) Sea ice around Antarctica has reached its highest level since measurement started in 1979, NASA said. The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. The new Antarctic sea ice record reflects the diversity and complexity of the Earth's environment, said NASA researchers.

27 days ago
Study raises hopes for endangered whales

Wellington, Sep 26 (IANS) Scientists have renewed hopes that one of the world's rarest whales might return to New Zealand waters after confirming a significant population around the sub-Antarctic Campbell Island. A month-long expedition, funded by the New Zealand government's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and Department of Conservation (DOC), found the popul...

1 month ago
Arctic Sea ice helps balancing CO2 level

London, Sep 23 (IANS) Arctic Sea ice removes carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and if Arctic Sea ice is reduced further, we will be face an increase in atmospheric concentration of CO2, says a study. Because of global warming, more and more parts of Arctic Sea ice melt in the summer and when these freeze over in the winter, the ice is thinner. As the Arctic summers get war...

1 month ago
US expands sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Washington, Sep 12 (IANS) The US Friday slapped tougher sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, targeting Russia's largest bank and leading energy and defence technology firms. The US added Russia's largest bank -- Sberbank of Russia -- to the existing prohibitions on US persons providing equity or certain long-term debt financing and tightened the debt financing restrictions on six...

1 month ago
EU sanctions against Russia to come into effect Friday

Brussels, Sep 12 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has announced that the fresh sanctions aimed at Russia's financial and energy sectors will come into force Friday. The EU sanctions would not allow union nationals and companies to provide loans to five major Russian state-owned banks, Xinhua reported Thursday. Similarly, trade in new bonds, equity or similar financial instruments w...

1 month ago
Ozone layer on track to recovery: UN

Geneva, Sep 11 (IANS) The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades, thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, said a UN report Wednesday. The conclusion was made in the assessment published Wednesday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), Xinhua repo...

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British ship lost 170 years ago found near Canada

Toronto, Sep 10 (IANS) Canadian underwater archaeologists have found the wreckage of one of the two British exploration ships, which were part of the famed Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin's doomed expedition 170 years ago. The wreckage was found in the Arctic Ocean off the north coast of Canada using a remote operated underwater vehicle recently acquired by Parks Canada, an agency of t...

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Melting Antarctic ice sheet raising sea-level faster

London, Sep 1 (IANS) Fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2 cm more than the global average of 6 cm. The melting of the Antarctic ice sheet and the thinning of floating ice shelves has contributed to an excess of around 350 giga-tonnes of freshwater to the surrounding ocean, the findings showed. Fresh water is less d...

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