Jan 3, 2016

6.7 magnitude Earthquake hits India North-East

Earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude has hit Noth-East region on Monday according to various news reports.

Earthquake Measuring 6.7 Magnitude Strikes Northeast India: US Geological Survey 

The tremors could be felt in many North Eastern states including Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal and some parts of Odisha and neighbouring country Bangladesh.

Quake occured at a depth of 17 Kms below the surface of the earth and lasted for approximately 1 minute.

Complete details about the extent of damage and other details are not clear yet.


Dec 20, 2015

Earthquake of 3.1 magnitude reportedly hit New Port Beach

Quake with a magnitude of 3.1 has reportedly hit the New Port Beach area Sunday afternoon. It was followed by an aftershock of a lesser intensity of 2.2 in Richter scale.

Hundreds of people felt about the quake and exchanged Twitter messages online about it.

USGS Website for Earthquake Monitoring the Status for New Port Beach Earthquake 


Dec 16, 2015

China is buying fresh bottled air, where fresh air has become luxury

A Canadian man who jokingly thought of selling bottled air for Chinese residents battling pollution, fog and smog has turned his idea into a successful business venture.

Vitality air co-founder Moses Lam first thought it was simply a joke and then he tried to sell some bottles on e-bay, and there it is.

The first bottle went under $1 and then next sold for $160 he says. He soon realised there was market for fresh air and soon began hand bottling fresh air in Canada's rocky mountains. Bottles are left for 10 hours in pristine environment and demand was so high that he couldn't keep up.

There are customers to be found all across the globe, but China is the best selling market. Other place that have market for bottled air is India, Middle East, and other countries.

Recently Beijing's pollution levels rose alarmingly making the country's authorities to sound an alarm of the highest level. Making it mandatory for many of the factories to shut down, schools closed, invoking other widespread measures.

Along with China, India too home to top 15 polluted cities in the world. That reason made a court in India to note that, it is like living in a gas chamber.

Since then the Government is on the move and formulating a series of measures to curb pollution in the national capital of Delhi and other cities as well.

As recently as yesterday the Supreme Court of India banned the registrations of high end SUVs of 2000 cc volume engine capacity till March 31 of next year, also the court has doubled green cess and barred the entry of  Trucks which are not destined for Delhi and just use it as a Transit hub.

Canadian company selling clean air to China, says sales are booming -CNN 


Dec 15, 2015

SC introduces series of measures to curb pollution in Delhi

Supreme Court of India has banned registration of  diesel vehicles over 2000 CC till March 31 2016. The ban applies to NCR regions which include Noida, Gurgaon, Fareedabad, Ghaziabad.

All the trucks whose destination is not Delhi cannot enter the city precincts.  SC has directed Euro 4 Norms must be implemented in the national capital region.

Green taxes are expected to be doubled. 

All the taxis to be run on CNG and should convert to CNG by 31st of March.

SC asks both Centre and State governments to work together to curb pollution and related matters.

Tax increased from 700 to 1400, has put restrictions on burning of garbage openly.

Decision of Supreme Court of India was in response to a petition filed in the Court on the plying of diesel vehicles in the capital city of India.

This judgement could give directions to other cities who are also affected by pollution.


Sabhi ki nigahen Uchhtam nyaaya aalaya par kaar baan ko lekar

Sabhi ki nigahen Ucchhtam nyayaalaya par hain, ki kya ucchtam nyaayaalaya SUVs aur anya diesel waahano par ban laga dega. 

Yeh faisla isliye aur bhi zaroori ho jaayega ki is faislay ka asay bhaarat kay anya shahron par bhi padh sakta hai jo ki pradooshan se joojh rahay hain.


Pune and Rajkot look hot overnight after successful IPL 2016 bidding

Pune and Rajkot have gone hot overnight after successful bidding for top players in the IPL auction for 2016. 

Both the teams have reported spend 39 crores and 27 crores are remaining. 

All the players who were available after relegation of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings are high performers. Any side having them will be a big big bonus. 

Other teams in the fray will be keeping a close watch on the developments, because they know the quality of the players in the new sides that they have to face now.


Dec 14, 2015

Delhi Secretariat under investigation by CBI

CBI raids Delhi secretariat,  according to media reports, CBI has booked a case against the principal secretary Rajinder Kumar, an IAS officer, who works with the office of the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. 

Aam Admi Party chief and Delhi CM has minced no words to criticize the move by the premier investigating agency and feels the move to raid is due to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's instructions, though CBI denies as such.

Arvind Kejriwal's office raided by CBI; Office sealed, says Delhi government - ABP News 

Several of Ministers of the Aam Aadmi party which swept to power in Delhi elections in 2015 with a landslide margin are criticising the CBI's move to raid the CM's office.

There has been lot of tension between the Central Government and the Delhi State Goverment offices over the extent of rule the Centre has on the national capital of Delhi.


Melor makes landfall off Philippines coast with 95 mph speeds, thousands evacuated

Typhoom Melor locally known as Nona has struck Philippines today bringing with it heavy rain and winds reaching speeds upto 95 mph.

Hundreds and thousands of people are reported to be evacuated from the low lying areas and moved to safer places. It is approximated about 20 Typhoons pass through Philipines each year.

In 2013 too several people lost their lives due to Typhoon Haiyan which struck on Nov 2 2013 and it's effects continued till November 11 of the same month. Typhoon Melor is reported to have slammed the coastal areas and will make several landfalls across the archipelago. 

Authorities are taking all precautions putting in more relief and rescue operations and other necessities.

Typhoon threatens central Philipines, 750000 evacuated - India Today


Dec 13, 2015

Delhi pollution and Russian-Turkish latest : News Overview

A Russian warship reportedly has fired warning shots towards a Turkish fishing boat according to news reports. 

In the latest incident a Turkish fishing boat reportedly ventured very close to the Russian military vessel Smetlivy after which the warning shots were fired by the Russian vessel towards the Turkish fishing boat which were non-lethal in nature. 

This incident is preceded by several other incidents which are fresh in public memory, such as the downing of the SU-24 attack aircraft by Turkish F-16. Where Russia lost a Pilot while parachuting and another marine in rescue operation to retrieve the ejected pilots.

Since then the relations between both the nations have gone bad, Russia later enforcing series of measures towards Turkey including banning free-visa travel to Turkish citizens and other economic sanctions.

On the other hand Turkish authorities are responding patiently to the developments noting that the the patience cannot be 'unlimited'.

Russian warship fires warning shots towards the Turkish fishing boat - BBC 

10 lakh (1 million)  vehicles to be off the roads of Delhi after the Odd-Even policy being introduced by the Government from starting of the New Year to curb pollution in the city. 

The city's pollution level rose alarmingly this winter prompting a Delhi court to note the severity of the situation. Hence forth it ordered the government to review the steps taken to curb the pollution in the city and report back to it.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which took over in the last elections has since taken up the Odd-even policy on Delhi's roads starting Jan 1.

Odd-even 10 lakh vehicles off raid daily - Times of India 


Dec 12, 2015

Historc Paris Climate Accord reached

In Paris delegates from hundreds of nations have approved landmark Climate accord. 

It is for the first time that such an agreement has been reached between participating members, earlier summit in Copenhagen collapsed owing to the mutual differences between two of the world's biggest Carbon Emission countries US and China. 

It is too early to say what the future holds for this accord, but the leaders have pledged to agree to follow the pact in letter and spirit.

As for now there are now no legal bindings on the member countries to present before any public authority any data related to emissions. 

But come 2020 the nations are legally bound to present the data to public authorities, thus creating a "name and shame" kind of policy to indicate the violators of pollution norms established by the just reached Paris Accord.

In the United States there is stiff opposition to the Climate politics where every Republican candidate have questioned the science of Climate Change and voiced opposition to the Climate Change policies of the Obama administration.

The Accord means a major shift from the existing business policies moving away from investments in Oil and Gas, Coal and other Fossil fuel based energies to clean energies like Solar, Wind and Nuclear Energy with zero carbon emission.
Nations approve landmark Climate accord in Paris - NYtimes