Nature

  • #YESIamThechange: Saving Leh August 19, 2014

    This story focuses on the environmental degradation that led to the flash floods in Leh. ...
  • Mumbai: Gas leak in Mahanagar Gas Limited's underground pipeline at Worli July 17, 2014

    Mumbai: Gas leakage has been reported from Mahanagar Gas Limited's underground pipeline at Worli junction in Mumbai. People have been evacuated from the immediate vicinity of the spot as a precautionary measure. The leakage was reported when some drainage work was underway at the Worli junction. Fire brigade officials have...
  • All nuclear power plants safe: Government July 9, 2014

    New Delhi: All nuclear power plants (NPPs) in the country are safe and can withstand natural calamities like earthquakes and tsunamis, the government told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. "Following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, safety review of all Indian NPPs was conducted by task forces of NPCIL...
  • Bhutan is a natural choice for my first foreign visit: PM Modi June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: On the eve of his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said Bhutan was a "natural choice" as his first foreign destination because of the "unique and special relationship" and his trip would focus on making development cooperation "even more effective". In his pre-departure statement, Modi said relations...
  • PM Modi scraps 4 Cabinet Committees including that on UIDAI Aadhaar June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Sending out yet another loud and clear signal of his intent for "more governance, less government", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday scrapped four Standing Committees of Cabinet. The Committees were on Management of Natural Calamities, Prices, World Trade Organisation Matters and UIDAI Aadhaar. Aadhaar was one of the...
  • Iraqi Kurds slam Baghdad legal action over oil shipment May 25, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's Kurdish region slammed legal action filed by the central government against Turkey, saying on Sunday it was illegitimate and likely to fail, the latest in worsening ties between Baghdad and Kurdistan. The Kurdish Ministry of Natural Resources statement came just days after Baghdad's Oil Ministry filed a request for...
  • Narendra Modi may push ahead with diesel price deregulation May 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Narendra Modi's landslide victory gives him the mandate to deregulate diesel prices as well as raise natural gas rates with a clear road map towards free pricing to cut subsidies and shrink the budget deficit. With the biggest election win in 30 years, the Modi-led National Democratic Alliance is...
  • Centre defers gas price hike till after elections March 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday deferred the hike in gas price till after elections following the Election Commission's directives on Monday. The Oil Ministry was set to double the price of natural gas from April 1. Taking note of an Aam Aadmi Party complaint that the move to hike...
  • 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off Nicobar Islands March 21, 2014

    A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Nicobar Islands on Friday, the US Geological Service reported. The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) about 68 miles (110 km) southeast of Mishap, Nicobar Islands, in the Indian Ocean, the agency said. An official at the provincial disaster management control...
  • CJ Show: Making organic colours for Holi March 17, 2014

    CJ Madumipta Puri runs a workshop called 'Trash to cash' a unique opportunity for differently-abled people to make a living by producing organic colours from waste flowers picked up from temples and other places. ...
  • In mother's absence, father is child's natural guardian: Bombay HC March 2, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has granted custody of a minor boy to his father, who was accused of murdering his wife, after observing that in the absence of a mother, a child's natural guardian is the father. A division bench of Justices PV Hardas and AS Gadkari was hearing...
  • Scientists discover exotic new particle called 'dropleton' that behaves a bit like a liquid droplet February 27, 2014

    In the field of quantum physics, you could call this a droplet in the bucket. Physicists in Germany and the United States said on Wednesday they have discovered an exotic new type of particle that they call a quantum droplet, or dropleton. Writing in the journal Nature, they said it behaves...
  • Harish Rawat praises Vijay Bahuguna, vows to carry forward his good work February 2, 2014

    Shortly after being sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat on saturday showered praises on his predecessor Vijay Bahuguna, saying he salutes him for doing an exemplary job during the mid-June natural calamity that shook the whole nation. "I salute Bahuguna for doing a splendid job during the...
  • Watch: London museum offers chance to sleep with dinosaurs December 30, 2013

    London's Natural History museum is offering adults a chance to enjoy their very own night at the museum. Guests can enjoy a dinner, stand up comedy, horror movies and also a chance to sleep amidst dinosaurs. ...
  • Russia says Yasser Arafat died of natural causes: Reports December 26, 2013

    Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, the head of a Russian state forensics agency that tested samples taken from his body said on Thursday, according to the Interfax news agency. The Russian finding was in line with an assessment by French scientists who said earlier...
  • No reversal on gas price hikes; notification soon, says Veerappa Moily November 26, 2013

    Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily on Tuesday ruled out reversal of the decision to double natural gas prices from April 1 next year and said that the notification on this will be issued shortly. "Absolutely, there is no question of reversing the decision to hike natural gas prices, as proposed by...
  • PM stresses for improvement of disaster management capabilities October 28, 2013

    Citing the recent natural disasters in Uttarakhand, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday pressed for urgent steps to strengthen early warning systems and improve disaster management capabilities to save lives. Addressing the 5th meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority chaired by him, he said extreme weather...
  • Earthquake kills over 40, damages houses in southwest Pakistan September 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Tremors were felt in parts of northern India this evening after an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale rocked Pakistan's Balochistan area. The tremors were felt around 5 PM in the national capital, border areas in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer and Barmer, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. There were no immediate...
  • Petrol price may come down by up to Rs 1.50/litre September 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Petrol prices may be cut by as much as Rs 1-1.50 per litre next week on falling international oil rates and appreciating rupee but a one-time hike in diesel and possibly LPG rates is still on the cards. Oil Secretary Vivek Rae said the issue of a one-time hike...
  • Diesel price hike the only option to reduce oil pool deficit: ONGC September 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) said that a hike in diesel price is the only option to reduce the oil pool deficit as the cost of production has increased significantly. ONGC also expressed its fear that the risk of subsidy burden in Fiscal Year 2014 is higher...
  • Civil society members move SC on price rise of natural gas August 14, 2013

    Civil society members including former Cabinet Secretary T S R Subramanian and ex-Naval chief Admiral L Ramdas on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court challenging the Centre's decision to raise the price of natural gas. Alleging "collusion between Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and the political establishment", the petitioners also sought an inquiry...
  • Reddy asks scientists to find reasons for Uttarakhand floods August 6, 2013

    The natural disaster which had struck Uttarakhand recently could repeat itself in whole of Himalayan range and it is imperative that scientists find out what really triggered the massive floods and landslides, Science and Technology Minister Jaipal Reddy said on Monday. "We have a silly habit of politicising issues. What...
  • 85% fall in tourist traffic in Uttarakhand due to floods: ASSOCHAM July 31, 2013

    The June flood disaster in Uttarakhand has badly hit the tourism, the largest employment providing sector in the hill state, causing a steep fall of 85 per cent in tourist traffic. While the 'char dhams' may take years to recover from the damages caused by the natural calamity, even places like...
  • Jayalalithaa protests Cabinet nod to raise natural gas price July 1, 2013

    Chennai: Strongly protesting the cabinet approval of natual gas price increase, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday said the move will benefit only a particular company and argued against the "artificial pricing" mechanism for domestic gas production. "Natural resources like gas are not the private property of anybody and...
  • Hiking gas price was necessary, says Chidambaram June 28, 2013

    In a press conference held a short while ago, the Union Finance Minister has said that hiking gas prices was necessary. He also said Cabinet has approved the draft affadavit proposed by the GoM for greater autonomy of the CBI. ...
  • Cabinet approves setting up of Coal Regulatory Authority June 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Cabinet on Friday said coal price will be decided by the producers but the principles and guidelines for deciding the pricing will be laid by the newly approved Coal Regulatory Authority. Coal Regulatory Bill will now be introduced in Parliament and pending passage of the Bill, coal regulator will...
  • Govt approves near doubling of natural gas price from April 2014 June 27, 2013

    New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved gas price hike from April 2014, a move which will result in rise in power tariff, urea cost and CNG prices. The CCEA which approved Rangarajan formula for gas pricing will be valid for five years. Gas prices will...
  • India's flood-prone areas to be mapped - but only by 2022: Official June 24, 2013

    New Delhi: India will soon begin inundation mapping of its flood-prone areas - the existence of such a protocol could have mitigated the extent of the Uttarakhand disaster - but the exercise will be complete only by 2022, a senior official has said. Secretary (Water Resources) SK Sarkar said the...
  • Cabinet to consider natural gas price hike on Friday June 20, 2013

    New Delhi: A proposal for across-the-board hike in natural gas prices will go before the Cabinet tomorrow after key ministries of finance and fertiliser have endorsed the plan to raise the rates by 60 per cent. While the Oil Ministry on Wednesday moved a note for...