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Monday, January 25, 2021

Anjali Marar


Groundwater scarcity looms over 145 villages in Maharashtra: GSDA
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

However, the GSDA officials said that 258 talukas, accounting for 72 per cent of all talukas, reported no groundwater depletion and in some talukas, groundwater table replenishment was more than their average during the last season.

Rainwater over Pune region alkaline in nature: IITM study
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

A team of researchers collected rainwater samples from Pashan (urban) and Sinhagad (rural) during monsoon from 2006 to 2016. They studied the chemical composition of these samples, which is also an important indicator of the ambient air quality.

Delayed withdrawal of northeast monsoon brings over 1000% surplus rain to southern states in January
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

After the onset of the northeast monsoon was announced on October 28, a delay by a fortnight from normal, the southern states recorded 10.3 per cent rainfall above the Long Period Average of 337.6 mm till December, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data states.

IMD to strengthen modelling systems to accurately capture extreme rainfall events
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

Between June to September months, the country receives a seasonal rainfall of 880mm, but it can vary from year-to-year. Being an agrarian country, rainfall during these months is crucial for India's economy, water and reservoir management, and overall agriculture output.

Pune: SPPU and Deccan College to launch PG Diploma course on Buddhist heritage and tourism
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

Last week, an MoU was inked between the heads of the two institutions - Prof Nitin Karmalkar, Vice-Chancellor, SPPU and Prof Prasad Joshi, Vice-Chancellor (Acting) of Deccan College.

Pune: Emotions run high as first batch recipients get vaccine shots
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

“I was expecting to get vaccinated sometime in February. But the morning phone call came as a pleasant surprise,” said Dr Kanitkar, head of department of medicine at DY Patil Medical College.

2020 among the three warmest years recorded on Earth: WMO
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Last year, the average global temperature recorded was 14.9 degrees Celsius, which was 1.2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level (1850-1900). The warmest ever years recorded are 2016, 2019 and 2020, the WMO stated.

Even during lockdown, household cooking contributed to CO levels in Delhi and Mumbai: Study
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

During the initial phases of the lockdown (March to May 2020), CO concentration fell by 86 and 62 per cent in Delhi and Mumbai, respectively, as per the SAFAR data used for the research.

With Toycathon, govt to focus on desi toys, superheroes from Indian mythology
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had launched the maiden Toycathon on January 5.

‘Peepal trees around Pune airport more tolerant to air pollution’: Study
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

A study to understand the tolerance to air pollutants among trees growing around the Lohegaon area of the city has found that peepal trees are the most tolerant, whereas tamarind trees are highly sensitive.

Breeding of migratory bird River Tern in Bhigwan sanctuary under threat due to increasing human interference: Study
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Located about 100 km from Pune city along the Pune-Solapur Highway, this reservoir sanctuary, adjacent to the Ujjani reservoir, offers a perfect summer habitat for these birds for breeding and nesting purposes.

As north India braces for cold wave, widespread rain forecast for Tamil Nadu & Kerala this week
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

A cold wave is declared along the plains when the minimum temperatures fall by 5 to 6 degrees Celsius from the normal.

Pune wetlands near Sahyadri ranges flourishing with aquatic plants: Study
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

As many as 198 out of the 457 taxa in the region have been found not susceptible to any kind of existential crisis, at present.

Pune receives record rainfall for January in 73 years
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

Pune’s highest January rainfall in 52 years (1969 - 2019) was 14.7mm recorded in 1997, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) rainfall data.

Explained: Why is rain in January unusual for Maharashtra, and how will it affect standing crops?
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Officials at Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Mumbai, called the rainfall at this time of the year as uncommon, particularly for Mumbai. “The rainfall is mainly associated with the easterly winds,” said an official from RMC.

Pune start-up helps farmers make crops more resilient to changing climate
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

In order to help farmers better deal with the impact of changing weather, city-based Bioprime Agrisolutions has developed environment-friendly bio-molecules capable of making the crops more climate resilient.

Shut for 10 months, monuments, archaeological sites in Pune to open for visitors today
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

Visitors will also be able to book their tickets online. This can be done by visiting and selecting Mumbai city.

Explained: Why is it raining in North India? What’s the weather forecast this week?
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

From severe cold wave to rains, how has winter been over North India? What's the forecast for this week?

Northeast monsoon ends, normal rain recorded in South barring Kerala
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

The Northeast monsoon, which occurs during October and December, is crucial for Tamil Nadu as the state receives about 48 per cent of its annual rain this season.

At -1.5 degrees Celsius, Churu records its coldest December since 2008
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

The Safdarjung observatory in New Delhi recorded 3.5 degrees on Wednesday, making it yet another cold December day this year, IMD officials said.

2011-2020 warmest recorded decade ever: World Meteorological Organisation
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

The main reason for such consecutive warm decades is the record levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere.

Taluka for proposed Pune int’l airport termed ‘critical’ after 91% groundwater found extracted
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

Purandar, Baramati and Indapur talukas have extracted over 75 per cent groundwater reserves: Report

Ladakh to get its own Meteorological Centre
Sun, Dec 27, 2020

Located at approximately over 3,000 metres above sea level, Ladakh experiences plenty of sunny days in the year. Meteorologists hope to tap this abundant solar rays by installing special instruments in the region.

Scientists unite against publishers seeking ban on free science info websites
Sat, Dec 26, 2020

On December 21, Elsevier, Wiley and the American Chemical Society (ACS) filed a suit in the Delhi High Court seeking a ban on websites Sci-Hub and LibGen, citing that they uploaded scientific research papers, academic information giving free access to all.

Nod from 6 member-nations in, work on world’s largest radio telescope to begin in 2021
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

India is to contribute 6 per cent of the total budget of Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO).