India's capital chokes as AQI hit their worst in 2018 today

NEW DELHI: Pollution levels in New Delhi have hit their worst  and foggy Sunday. Senior government officials said the main reasons for the surge in the amount of toxic smog trapped over New Delhi were unusually cold air, including fog, and a lack of wind. Data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) showed the […]

Heavy rains lash Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Phethai set to hit the southern state

VISAKHAPATNAM: Heavy rains accompanied by squally winds lashed parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh as Cyclone Phethai finally made landfall in the state. Meanwhile government has urged the people to be careful.  Phethai has made landfall between Narsapur and Kakinada.  Authorities have sounded red alert in seven out of nine coastal districts and opened over 300 relief camps to provide shelter […]

Kolkata becomes most polluted metro, air quality index worse than Delhi

KOLKATA: From past 72 hours, Kolkata’s air quality index is getting worse than the national capital,  making it the most polluted metro city in the country. The overall PM 2.5 count at Kolkata’s Rabindra Bharti University (RBU) on Thursday was 381, compared to 292.25 in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar, one of the capital’s most polluted localities. There are 19 […]

6 Killed as Cyclone Gaja Hammers Coastal Tamil Nadu, trains, flights diverted

CHENNAI: Two Cuddalore residents and four people in Thanjavur were killed on Friday due to wall collapse, uprooting of trees and collapse of asbestos sheet roof as the severe cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ hit Tamil Nadu. In Tiruvarur district, a portion of a building collapsed causing the death of V. Kanaga (45) at Needamangalam, said police sources. According to Tamil […]

Cyclone Gaja Set To Hit Tamil Nadu Today, Schools To Stay Shut

TAMIL NADU: Cyclone Gaja is predicted to make landfall on Tamil Nadu coast on Thursday evening bringing heavy rainfall to coastal state, a red alert has been issued for the state. Meanwhile the weather department said, prompting authorities to shut schools and colleges in the Cuddalore and Pamban  area. ‘Gaja’ that lay over southwest and adjoining southeast and west […]

Tamil Nadu, Puducherry Brace for Cyclone Gaja

Chennai: Cyclonic storm Gaja will cross Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore and Pamban on Nov 15, bringing heavy rainfall coupled with gale wind, the Met office said Monday as the state government put its machinery on alert and kept on standby 30,500 rescue personnel. Neighbouring union territory of Puducherry, which is also covered by the cyclone […]

Pollution in cities damaging insects and ecosystems reveals study

High levels of pollution found in many of the world’s major cities are having negative effects on plants and insects, according to new research from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The study, Plant defences mediate interactions between herbivory and the direct foliar uptake of atmospheric reactive nitrogen published in the journal Nature Communications, reveals that plants […]

Heavy rainfall expected in Chennai on Nov 14 and 15

The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for areas in coastal Tamil Nadu as Cyclone Gaja, a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal, is set to make landfall on Thursday, November 15. This includes Chennai, which may experience very heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday as the cyclone makes landfall between Chennai […]

9 Dead In California Wildfire

SAN FRANCISCO: Two fast-moving wildfires that exploded in the Southern California hills have claimed nine lives and forced thousands to flee their homes, including the entire city of Malibu, a sprawling naval base and many Hollywood celebrity homes. Fanned by ferocious Santa Ana winds and fueled by dry tinder, the fires immolated a mountain town and […]

Shooting leaves seven people wounded in Sweden

Sweden: Swedish police say seven people have been wounded and 12 arrested in a shooting allegedly linked to biker gang members near the country’s second city of Goteborg. Police said Sunday that patrols rushed Saturday evening to the small industrial town of Molnlycke, southeast of Goteborg, where they found “several injured people” following a shooting […]