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1,500-year-old sealing unearthed near Nagpur reveals power of Vakataka queen
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

The oval sealing that bears images of the queen and a conch, accompanied with some inscriptions in Brahmi letters, was found on top of a mega wall, now believed to be a part of a palace structure located in the capital city of the Vakataka dynasty.

Pune: Candidates protest as doctoral degrees from non-CFTI institutes not recognised during recruitment process
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

A recent decision by NITs mandates that “all new entrants shall have PhD in the relevant or equivalent discipline and shall have first class in the preceding degrees. At least one of the qualifying degrees from a centrally funded Institution (CFTI)/Institute of repute (National/ International) is mandatory.”

Explained: What new monsoon dates mean
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

The monsoon is supposed to begin on June 1, and withdraw fully by September 30. Over the past many years, however, significant changes have been seen in precipitation patterns. So, the ‘normals’ are now set to shift.

IMD to revise reference dates for monsoon onset, withdrawal from this year
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

The new dates are expected to be announced in April, when IMD releases its First Long Range Forecast for the 2020 monsoon, IMD director-general M Mohapatra said.

Pimpri-Chinchwad: Vegetable sellers, street vendors continue to use banned plastic bags
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Areas within Pimpri-Chinchwad seem to have gone easy on the use of the banned plastic items, with sellers in vegetable markets and street vendors increasingly seen using them.

Explained: How warm was 2019, and why?
Mon, Jan 13, 2020

During a severe winter, new reports have declared 2019 as the second warmest ever globally, and the seventh warmest in India. A look at these trends, what caused them, and the climate change connection

Explained: There’s hope for the rare Great Indian Bustard — here’s why
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

Barely 150 of these birds are estimated to be surviving now globally. However, a major conservation effort launched about four years ago is bringing a ray of hope.

2019 seventh warmest year, weather toll 1,562, says IMD
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

Rain and flood alone claimed 849 lives, with Bihar being the worst affected state due to unprecedented weather events experienced during all the seasons last year.

Arabian Sea saw second most frequent and intense cyclones since 1902 : IMD
Mon, Jan 06, 2020

In a weather summary titled the 'Statement on Climate of India during 2019', IMD stated rains and floods alone took lives of 849 people, with Bihar being the worst affected Indian state.

Team of Indian astronomers discovers gigantic hydrogen ring around a galaxy far far away
Fri, Jan 03, 2020

“The optical image of the galaxy AGC 203001 showed no signs of any stars, which is astounding. One of the reasons could be that hydrogen gas is very low in density and its vast expanse could make it unconducive for star formation,” said Yogesh Wadadekar, senior scientist and co-author of the research published on Thursday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Northeast monsoon ends, country records 30 per cent surplus rain
Fri, Jan 03, 2020

Reservoirs in southern states stock 76 per cent stock

‘Historic’ year-end: Pune sees warmest December since 1970
Wed, Jan 01, 2020

IMD records show that December was equally warm for Kolhapur and Solapur, among other cities in central Maharashtra, where the minimum temperature recorded was 17.6 degrees Celsius.

Pune’s love for stars, sky gazing finds mention in Mann ki Baat
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

Prime Minister lauds contributions of IUCAA and NCRA.

Coldest December day in Delhi since 1901: Why is North India shivering?
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

There is nothing unusual in the climatic conditions that influence temperatures in this region at this time of the year, scientists say. But there must be some specific explanation?

Overcast skies, light rain on last two days of year in Pune: IMD
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

Nagpur and Chandrapur reported a sudden drop in mercury levels, as the two cities were among the coldest in the state on Sunday. According to meteorologists, Vidarbha, too, is under the influence of the ongoing coldwave that has affected North India for over a week now.

Explained: Why this winter is extra cold
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

The unusually cold December this year could just be another instance of extreme climates becoming more and more frequent, a result of climate change. Across the world, the frequency and intensity of both heatwaves and cold waves have increased in the last few years.

IMD’s observatories go high-tech; now, all weather data entry done digitally
Thu, Dec 26, 2019

Digital entries to help maintain records safely, allow observers to keep track of real-time weather events.

Light rain, overcast sky in Pune on Christmas Eve
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

Decade-long rainfall data, maintained by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), indicates that Pune city has reported rainfall only three times in December since 2009.

‘Science non-lucrative, govt needs to incentivise entry,’ says Chandrima Shaha
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

I hope that I can bring a change. In my societal setup, I do ask parents to give the same opportunities to daughters as they give their sons, said Shaha.

Soon, special stoves for homes with PNG
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

The stove could soon be rolled out in most metros in the country where PNG for cooking is available. The IIP has held preliminary talks with officials of the Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) in this regard.

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