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10 islands chosen for holistic development

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) The government has chosen ten islands in Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar for their holistic development in the first phase of work being done by newly constituted Island Development Agency (IDA), it was announced on Monday. Smith, Ross, Aves, Long and Little Andaman in Andaman and Nicobar while Minicoy, Bangaram, Suheli, Cherium and Tinnakara in Lakshadweep ...

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GSI to induct RV with shallow water drilling capacity

Kolkata, July 19 (IANS) The GSI will induct a state-of-the-art research vessel (RV) with shallow water drilling capability by early 2019, a statement said on Wednesday. Geological Survey of India (GSI) is going to induct another state-of-the-art research vessel with shallow water drilling capability by early 2019 to undertake mineral investigation with deeper penetration for 3-D modellin...

5 days ago
NITI Aayog plans to develop marine fisheries

Kochi, July 18 (IANS) The NITI Aayog has asked the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here to initiate a string of programmes for the development of marine fisheries in the country. CMFRI director A. Gopalakrishnan has been asked to prepare a National Marine Fisheries Index (NMFI) to derive a comparative picture of marine fisheries development across maritime states, including t...

10 days ago
Centre orders strengthening air connectivity infrastructure in Lakshadweep

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday directed Ministry officials to strengthen infrastructure with regard to air connectivity in Lakshdweep. Rajnath's instructions came at an Advisory Committee meeting for Lakshadweep here, a Ministry statement said. The Advisory Committee meeting discussed issues of connectivity like air, shipping, and inter...

26 days ago
BHEL bags order for 15 MW solar photovoltaic power plant

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) State-run BHEL on Tuesday said that it has secured an order for setting up a 15 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (SPV) power plant on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, in Gujarat. The order has been placed on BHEL by Gujarat Alkalies and Chemical Limited (GACL) for setting up the SPV Power Plant at Gujarat Solar Park at Charanka in Gujarat, ...

1 month ago
Thiruvananthapuram tops new list of 30 for Smart City Mission

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) The central government on Friday announced a new list of 30 cities to be developed into 'smart cities', with Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram topping the list. The latest list -- including 12 state capitals -- takes the number of cities chosen so far to 90 under the Smart City Mission. In the new list, the Kerala capital is followed by Chhattisgarh's n...

1 month ago
Thiruvananthapuram tops new list of 30 for Smart City Mission

New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) The central government on Friday announced a new list of 30 cities to be developed into 'smart cities', with Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram topping the list. The latest list -- including 12 state capitals - takes the number of cities chosen so far to 90 under the Smart City Mission. In the new list, the Kerala capital is followed by Chhattisgarh's ne...

1 month ago
Monsoon hits Maharashtra, east India; heat wave likely in North

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) While the monsoon advanced to parts of Maharashtra and eastern India, the weather office does not see much respite from the soaring temperature in north India, and forecast that a heat wave will likely hit parts of the region from Wednesday. Head of the National Weather Forecasting Centre at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Sathi Devi said the monsoon h...

1 month ago
India to receive 98% monsoon, forecasts IMD

New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) India will receive 98 per cent rainfall during this monsoon between June to September with an error estimate of four per cent, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. Earlier on April 18, based on then available weather patterns the IMD had forecast a normal monsoon with average rainfall of around 96 per cent on the whole, with an error estimat...

1 month ago
India's 70,000+ public libraries and its untapped potential: A study in contrast

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) A meagre total of 75 public libraries are serving the over 200 million population of Uttar Pradesh. Compare this to 4,028 public libraries in Tamil Nadu that serve its 67.8 million population and a study in contrast emerges. To add to its woes, Uttar Pradesh spends just about Rs 22 crore on its libraries while the amount spent by states like Tamil Nadu and Karnat...

1 month ago
Monsoon arrives in Kerala, northeast India

Thiruvananthapuram, May 30 (IANS) The southwest monsoon has arrived over Kerala and parts of northeastern states, the IMD announced on Tuesday, as the southern state received widespread rainfall since Monday. The monsoon has advanced into some parts of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, the IMD said. Widespread rainfall occurred over Kerala during the past two days...

1 month ago
Southwest monsoon arrives over Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, May 30 (IANS) The southwest monsoon has arrived over Kerala, the IMD announced on Tuesday. The state has been witnessing heavy rains since Monday. The IMD said the southwest monsoon has also advanced into some parts of north-eastern states (parts of Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh). Widespread rainfall occurred over Kerala during the ...

1 month ago
Monsoon set to strike Kerala on Tuesday

Thiruvananthapuram, May 29 (IANS) The southwest monsoon is likely to break over Kerala on Tuesday, the IMD announced on Monday evening. With good rains lashing Kerala on Monday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD), in its evening statement in Thiruvanathapuram, said the present meteorological conditions indicate that conditions are favourable for onset of southwest monsoon over the...

1 month ago
Monsoon to break over Kerala on Tuesday

Thiruvananthapuram, May 29 (IANS) The southwest monsoon is likely to break over Kerala on Tuesday, the IMD announced on Monday evening. With good rains lashing Kerala on Monday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD), in its evening statement, said the present meteorological conditions indicate that conditions are favourable for onset of southwest monsoon over the state on Tuesday.

2 months ago
'Heat index' finds poorest areas most vulnerable to heat waves

People living in underdeveloped parts of central India are most vulnerable to the health impacts of heat waves, a Heat Vulnerability Index (HVI) for India has found. The index considered various factors, including a person's age, caste, income and health, as well as the green cover in an area, as having a bearing on people's heat vulnerability, and its analysis of 640 (of the 707) distri...

2 months ago
India's first ornamental fish tech park to come up in Chennai

Mangalore, May 16 (IANS) India's first ornamental fish technology park in Chennai would become operational in the next three months, MPEDA Chairman A. Jayathilak said on Tuesday. He said that after its completion, the technology park would be handed over to breeders and farmers of ornamental fish on lease for three years. Aquatic Rainbow Technology Park (ARTP), an ultra-modern fa...

2 months ago
Indore tops cleanest cities list, Gonda dirtiest

New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Indore topped the list of 10 cleanest cities of the country, while Uttar Pradesh's Gonda ranked as the dirtiest one, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu announced here on Thursday. The outcome is based on a cleanliness survey -- Swachh Survekshan-2017 -- undertaken in 434 cities by the Urban Development Ministry as part of the Narendra Modi government's Swachh Bharat Ab...

3 months ago
Amit Shah to start 15-day nationwide 'Vistaar Yatra'

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah will commence a 15-day Vistaar Yatra (party expansion tour) from Tuesday from Naxalbari in West Bengal, the party announced on Monday. Speaking to reporters at the party headquarters here, Union Minister Smriti Irani said that Shah would commence his yatra from Naxalbari booth number 93, and would touch base with...

3 months ago
Lakshadweep teachers get ICT training in Kerala

Kochi, April 13 (IANS) About 60 teachers from the Lakshadweep administration, which follows the Kerala state syllabus for school education, began a 10-day training schedule here on Thursday to implement the state's Hi-Tech school programme managed by the [email protected] Project. Lakshadweep, a union territory, is a group of islands with most of its people speaking Malayalam. We have in...

3 months ago
Malaysian PM's India visit: A deeper meaning behind the MoUs

On March 30, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak arrived in Chennai for an official visit following an invitation from his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. This was Razak's third official visit as Prime Minister, and an important one at that, given the number of agreements that were signed. On a six-day visit, Razak reached New Delhi on March 31, and proceeded to Jaipur on April 2...

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