RIVER

  • How Niagara Falls freezes ... or does it? 4 days ago

    New York: It's a stunning site: Niagara Falls, the world's most famous waterfall, apparently frozen in place. The icy spectacle, brought on by weeks of severe cold, has drawn a steady flow of intrepid tourists. But are the Falls really frozen? Not exactly. Here's a brief explanation of what really...
  • Bangladesh rescues 30 from capsized ferry after trawler collision 1 week ago

    Dhaka: Bangladeshi rescuers on Sunday pulled 30 ferry passengers from the river Padma after the vessel capsized 70 km (44 miles) north of the capital with more than 100 people aboard, police said. Low-lying Bangladesh, with extensive inland waterways and slack safety standards, suffers regular ferry disasters, with deaths sometimes running...
  • Technology for dams should not kill rivers: Uma Bharati February 11, 2015

    Shillong: Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati on Wednesday said that her ministry is not opposing construction of dams on rivers in the north east except that the technology should be safe and should not "kill" the river. "We are not opposing any dam. I have told Central Water Commission,...
  • Both TransAsia plane engines lost power before Taiwan crash February 7, 2015

    Taipei: One of the two engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle 37 seconds after takeoff, and the pilots apparently shut off the other before making a futile attempt to restart it, Taiwan's top aviation safety official said. It was unclear why the second engine was shut down, since...
  • Ladakh: Zanskar river blocked after landslide creates an artificial lake in the mountains February 4, 2015

    Ladakh: The famous Zanskar river in Ladakh has been blocked for three weeks after a landslide created an artificial lake in the mountains. Locals fear flash floods if the ice melts, threatening the lives of 4000 people living in the low-lying areas. The landslide blocked a tributary near the Kargil headquarters...
  • Special Purpose Vehicle to maintain sewerage treatment plants in 118 cities along Ganga January 28, 2015

    New Delhi: The Ministry of Urban Development has proposed to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for setting up and maintenance of Sewerage Treatment Plans (STPs) in all the 118 cities and towns located along the River Ganga in a time-bound manner to check pollution of the river. According to...
  • China confirms 21 dead, 1 missing after tug sinks in Yangtze January 17, 2015

    Sanghai: Chinese authorities have confirmed that 21 people were killed and one was missing after a tug boat undergoing sea trials sank in the Yangtze River, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The 30-metre (98-ft) boat had 25 people on board when it sank on Thursday, including eight foreigners...
  • Rs 5,000 for littering: Can fines clean-up Yamuna? January 13, 2015

    In a move to clean the rivers, the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday decided to set up a committee to plan on cleaning up River Yamuna. It has ordered that people who throw pooja material into the Yamuna should henceforth be fined. ...
  • Inter-linking of rivers to get priority: Venkaiah Naidu January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: The government will take up inter-linking of rivers on a priority basis, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday. Speaking during a function organised to mark the 'India Water Week' in the capital, Naidu said, "Whatever obstacles come, that have to be addressed and they have to...
  • Ganga will be cleaned up in next 5-7 years: Prakash Javadekar January 11, 2015

    New Delhi: The government on Saturday said the Ganga will be cleaned up in the next 5-7 years even as it maintained that it will continue to close down polluting industries if they do not put in place the necessary systems to treat effluents being discharged into the river. Cleaning of...
  • Anesthesiologist involved in Joan Rivers' death identified January 5, 2015

    Los Angeles: The anesthesiologist who was responsible for Joan Rivers' throat procedure has been identified. The anesthesiologist, who reportedly could prevent Rivers' death, was Renuka Reddy Bankulla, reported Ace Showbiz. Renuka was among three physicians attending the comedian's throat procedure alongside former Yorkville Endoscopy medical director Lawrence Cohen and NYC ear,...
  • 3.5 lakh litre oil spills into Shela river, threatens Sunderbans ecology December 12, 2014

    Dhaka: The Sunderbans in Bangladesh continues to reel from a major oil spill after an oil tanker sank in the Shela river on Tuesday. Bangladesh on Thursday retrieved an oil-leaking sunken tanker, two days after it capsized in a river at the Sunderbans, as the oil overnight spread in 34,000...
  • Kathy Griffin named new host of 'Fashion Police' December 2, 2014

    New York: Kathy Griffin will be terrorizing the fashion crowd as the new host of 'Fashion Police,' replacing the late Joan Rivers when it returns to E! in January. The comic-commentary series, which had aired weekly, will now present 17 special episodes throughout 2015 that focus on high-profile red carpet and...
  • Pink Floyd, David Bowie help UK vinyl sales cross million mark November 30, 2014

    London: This year, vinyl sales in the UK have passed the one million mark for the first time since 1996, thanks to veterans Pink Floyd and David Bowie. Albums by the two have helped boost sales of the format, which achieved the one million milestone last weekend. Currently Bowie's new best...
  • Gujarat gets Rs 444.44 crore to conserve Sabarmati river November 28, 2014

    Ahmedabad: The Central government has approved a grant of Rs 444.44 crore for the second phase of Sabarmati River Conservation Project. As per the approval, 70 per cent of the cost (Rs 311.72 crore) would be borne by the Centre, while the remaining 30 per cent (Rs 132.72 crore) would be...
  • Flood-hit Kashmiris battle cold, hunger; vent their ire on Omar Abdullah government November 20, 2014

    Srinagar: Anger, frustration and helplessness - these are writ large on the faces of those who suffered massively during the 2014 Kashmir floods. Many victims not only lost their belongings but some also saw their houses come down like a pack of cards as an angry Jhelum broke its banks...
  • Devendra Fadnavis wants business-friendly policies to boost economy November 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Asserting his willingness to make changes in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) policy, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said the only way to boost the state's economy is by easing the business culture. Maharashtra's growth rate has plummeted to its lowest level in the past four years, he...
  • River cruise on Gujarat's Sabarmati soon November 17, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Adding to the exotic charm of Sabarmati waterfront-- Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project-- civic authorities have decided to launch a cruise or a floating restaurant facility. The project, however, faced a delay of more years as authorities looked for a firm which could prepare a 'river-cruise' like Goa but...
  • Ganga cleaning: Yours is a story of complete failure, frustration, disaster, SC tells state pollution control boards October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has hauled up the Central government and state pollution control boards on the progress of the Clean Ganga project. The apex court has slammed them for not taking action against polluting industries on the banks of the River Ganga. The court told the pollution control boards,...
  • 'Converting waterways into commerce way is now a priority for the government' October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The reform-minded Narendra Modi government is considering riverside ports at major cities and industrial clusters on the Ganga to boost its 'Make in India' initiative. Converting waterways into commerce way is now a priority for the government, a senior official told IANS. For this, a detailed Request for Qualification (RFQ)...
  • Joan Rivers died of complication during medical procedure October 17, 2014

    (Reuters) - Comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away last month at the age of 81, died of a complication during a medical procedure, the New York Chief Medical Examiner's Office said on Thursday. Rivers was having an examination of the back of the throat and vocal cords at a New York...
  • India, China sign deal on clean water technologies October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Wednesday signed a deal with Canada on clean water technologies, with a focus on Prime Minister's Clean Rivers Mission. An MoU was signed in this regard between the two countries in the presence of Union Minister of State of Science and Technology Jitendra Singh, Canadian Minister...
  • Kelly Osbourne wants to adopt Joan Rivers' dogs October 13, 2014

    Los Angeles: Singer Kelly Osbourne is keen to adopt her late "Fashion Police" co-host Joan Rivers' four pet dogs. Joan's had a Havanese, a Japanese Chin, a Jack Russell terrier and a border collie. "They were so close and really bonded over their love of dogs. Kelly feels caring for them would...
  • Bangalore: 9-yr-old girl slips into drain, search on October 7, 2014

    Bangalore: In a tragic incident, a nine-year old girl slipped and fell into an overflowing storm water drain at Bangalore's Bannerghatta area on Monday night. The incident happened when the girl was going with her aunt to her house after visiting a relative, police said as it launched rescue operations. Fire...
  • Pink Floyd's new album 'The Endless River' out in November; first album in 20 years September 23, 2014

    New York: Pink Floyd's new album will arrive on Nov. 10. A Monday news release gives fresh details about "The Endless River," the British rock n' roll group's first new material in 20 years. The 18song double album features band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, who died in 2008....
  • Gujarat a guiding force for water conservation, says Uma Bharti September 22, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Union Minister for Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti on Monday praised Gujarat government for the work done by it in keeping rivers clean and announced launch of a nationwide water management programme next year. "I appreciate the work done here in keeping the...
  • Biography of late comedian Joan Rivers to be published in 2016 September 18, 2014

    New York: A biography of legendary comedian Joan Rivers, who died earlier this month, will be published in 2016, publisher Little, Brown and Company said on Wednesday. "Joan Rivers: A Life" will be penned by Vanity Fair and New York Times journalist Leslie Bennetts and will also be available as an...
  • India and China look to put knotty relations on new footing September 17, 2014

    Ahmedabad: The electricity board in this Indian city has been instructed to avoid any power cuts and officials have been told to have their shoes polished and their shirts tucked in, nothing has been left to chance for this week's visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. India's new Prime Minister, Narendra...
  • Pakistan diverts rivers to save cities from floods September 13, 2014

    Islamabad: Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said on Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in India's part of Kashmir to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases there. In Pakistan, the breaches...
  • Jhelum River: From revered to being feared September 13, 2014

    Srinagar: It has been revered as the lifeline of Kashmir Valley, but River Jehlum has in the last fortnight revealed its most horrific face, unseen by generations, as it ravaged a large part of Srinagar city. Experts feel that encroachment of water bodies, unplanned urban development and failure to put...