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Tamil Nadu

Bee sure to yield fruit

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2015

Jungle virus stirs

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Jan 15, 2015
Nagaratna andSuresh N S, a young farmer couple, live in Bandikkoppa village in Thirthahalli taluk of Karnataka’s Shivamogga district. Their small house is surrounded by forests of the Western Ghats. In January last year, both of them fell ill. They had thought it was flu but the fever did not subside even after five days. “So we decided to visit the primary health centre (PHC),” says Nagaratna. At the PHC, they were referred to the taluk government hospital, which sent their blood samples to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune.

News Briefs - January 1-15, 2015

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2015
`GDP-driven growth is not sustainable' UN

Eastern coast of India to witness heavy rains this week

Posted on: 29 Dec, 2014
Bay of Bengal likely to host a tropical depression So far, the north Indian Ocean cyclone season has seen eight depressions (low pressure systems with maximum wind speed between 32 and 50 km/hr), five deep depressions (with maximum wind speed between 51 and 59 km/hr), three cyclonic storms (maximum wind speed between 60 and 90 km/hr), two severe cyclonic storms (with maximum wind speed between 90 and 119 km/hr) and two very severe cyclonic storms (cyclones Hudhud and Nilofar).  

Tsunami 2004: scientists move closer to understanding triggers for tsunamis

Issue Date: Dec 27, 2014
It’s been a decade since one of the largest ever recorded earthquakes struck off the coat of Indonesia, triggering a massive tsunami which devastated coastal regions around the Indian Ocean and killed over 230,000 people.

Remembering tsunami of 2004

India has a long coastline stretching over 5,700 km, exposed regularly to tropical cyclones arising in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Therefore, 10 years after the disaster and increasing extreme weather events like cyclones and irregular rainfall, the question still remains: how prepared are they and how can we ensure that they act on time and do the needful? (Photo: Pradip Saha)

Remembering tsunami of 2004

The importance of mangroves can be underlined by the fact that many relief workers in tsunami-affected areas had reported that areas with mangroves or any other natural barriers, like Pondicherry, incurred less loss in life and property than Nagapattinam and Cuddalore, where the Tsunami waves went through the low lying areas that were occupied by settlements instead of forests (Photo: Pradip Saha)

Remembering tsunami of 2004

Mangroves, the tiny forests along the coastline, holding rich nutrients of the land and the sea and home to a variety of marine life, are extremely crucial as they cushion the impact of tidal waves. This unique ecology has now been disturbed, and in many places even cut down, against all regulations (Photo: Melgupta/Flickr)

Remembering tsunami of 2004

One of the major causes of the disaster was that over the years, the natural protectors along the coast, like sand dunes and mangrove forests, have been consistently disturbed and in some places, even destroyed. Regulations have been flouted everywhere (Photo: Flickr)
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