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Dissertations on housing designs to be awarded

The housing commissioner under the state housing department has announced cash awards for dissertations/project reports on weather-resilient house construction techniques by civil engineering and architecture students.

Rabi Cereals production for 2019-20 to increase by 4.52 %

Availability of good soil moisture across major Rabi producing states has also laid the foundation for good produce. Keeping in consideration the large scale post monsoon developments and the sowing reports from various parts of the country, NBHC Pvt. Ltd. has come up with its 1st Rabi Crop Estimates for 2019-20.

A round world in 64 squares: Viswanathan Anand and wife want to revisit South America, explore Africa

The Chess grandmaster feels experiences that catch you unprepared can be fun.

Chocolate industry may feel the pinch as global cocoa prices rise

India imports large quantity of cocoa beans and powder to bridge the gap between supply and demand in the domestic market. As per the data of International Cocoa Organisation, the cocoa prices stood at $2,687.24 per tonne on Thursday, around 20% increase year-on-year.

Scientists deliberate better prediction of extreme weather events at IITM, Pune

Prof. Kerry Emanuel highlighted the importance of extreme events prediction. "Three times as many people live along the coasts as compared to 1971. This is much higher than the rate of population growth and highlights the need for better cyclone predictions," he said.

Rainy season may start 10 days later

The onset date for India, which starts with Kerala on June 1, will remain the same but its withdrawal would now be expected 10 to 15 days than the ‘normal’ date of September 30, said M Rajeevan, secretary of the ministry of earth sciences.

IMD to change reference dates for monsoon onset, withdrawal from this year: MoES

June 1 is the onset date for monsoon over Kerala and it is likely to remain the same but the IMD will change the reference dates for some states and cities, Secretary in the ministry M Rajeevan said.

Rains pound Kerala, over 1000 people shifted to 11 relief camps

The India Meteorological Department said 'Maha' has intensified into severe cyclonic storm on Thursday and is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over east central Arabian Sea during the next 24 hours. IMD said gale winds very likely to increase upto 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph over eastcentral Arabian Sea from midnight.

IMD issues Orange alert for various districts of Kerala for two days

An orange alert has been issued in 12 districts, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Wayanad

Coconut output drops 10% to lowest in 4 years

Slump due to erratic weather patterns, general neglect of crop.

Beer party continues on the street, but it’s going a bit flat

India's beer sales expanded at the fastest pace in three years in 2019, but companies said growth had slowed sequentially in every quarter because of increasing taxation and curbs on liquor in a few states.

Saffron surge has Kashmir farmers smiling

Output was hit in past two years but adequate moisture has ensured above-average crop this year.

Last-minute flight cancellations hit holiday crowd

On Monday, GoAir cancelled 18 flights, attributed it to factors such as inclement weather, low visibility and anti-CAA protests in the country. IndiGo also has similar problems. Air India’s 12 A320 are grounded due to technical issues.

Tea output in South hit by poor prices

Tea companies reckon that unless the prices pick up, the industry will be in dire straits.

Weather forecasting in times of extreme weather events

As extreme weather events become more common, demand for better forecasting is disrupting the entire space.

Orbital Micro Systems signs MoU with Kerala government, to build centre of excellence in state

The MoU is executed with the understanding that OMS is in the process of incorporating a fully operational entity in India.

Flood toll rises to 95, heavy rains forecast in Kerala

A red alert has been sounded for three north Kerala districts of Malappuram, Kannur and Kozhikode, which bore the brunt of the flood fury and landslides last week.

Freak weather poses new risk to India's renewables goals

Conditions are damaging renewable energy projects, threatening businesses that survive on thin margins.

US ban hits Kerala, Karnataka seafood exports

Catches from the sea for export are mainly shrimps, squids and cuttle fish.

Tamil Nadu, Puducherry likely to receive heavy rainfall today: IMD

In Delhi, the sky will partly be cloudy with the minimum and maximum temperatures hovering around 18 degrees Celsius and 31 degrees Celsius.

Climate change behind weather’s extreme mood swings in India

Experts say past decade’s trend of intense bursts of rainfall caused by global warming to continue.

South West monsoon weak in Kerala; toll climbs to 111

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 31 persons were still missing and over 1.47 lakh are in 891 camps across the state.

Monsoon may hit Kerala coast on June 8

It had earlier forecast the arrival of the vital weather system on June 6.

Flood toll at 241 in five states, water receding from several parts of Kerala, Maharashtra

So far 111 people have died in rain-related incidents in Kerala, 70 in Madhya Pradesh, 54 in Maharashtra, five in Rajasthan and one in Andhra Pradesh.

India ranks 5th in Global Climate Risk Index

India is the fifth most vulnerable country to climate change, according to a report released by Environment think tank, Germanwatch. In the Climate Risk Index 2020, India’s rank has worsened from the 14th spot in 2017 to 5th in 2018 in the global vulnerability ladder.

Monsoon advances into Kerala, Tamil Nadu

Likely to remain weak during June-July and pick up pace in next 2 months, says IMD.

Rain fury in Kerala: Death toll 76, 2.87 lakh people in relief camps

Fifty eight persons are still missing, of whom 50 are in Malappuram, where the toll is 24, the highest in the state

Rains batter South India, Kerala worst hit with 22 dead

In New Delhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who represents the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat from Kerala, spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the floods and sought aid.

Monsoon catches up in Kerala; depression over Arabian sea likely

The Meteorological Department said the low pressure was expected to intensify into a depression in the next two days and subsequently, into a cyclone.

Rains to reach Kerala in 2 days; no respite yet in North, Central India

The announcement came as a breather amid growing anxiety with the rain clouds being nearly static over the seas for many days.

Flood toll at 225 in 4 states; relief operations intensify in Karnataka, Maharashtra but no respite in Kerala

The death toll in Kerala, the worst affected state in the south, rose to 88.

Monsoon to be delayed by five days, to hit Kerala on June 6

The normal onset date for monsoon over Kerala is June 1, which also marks the start of the four-month rainfall season.

Weathering Cyclone Fani: How Odisha is rebuilding lives and localities ravaged by it

Odisha has been widely praised for its efforts before Fani, but now an equally challenging task lies ahead.

Market Movers: What changed for D-Street while you were sleeping

Net-net, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) were buyers of domestic stocks to the tune of Rs 504.13 crore on Thursday, data available with NSE suggested.

IMD issued severe weather warnings for Kerala: Centre on charge of forecast lapses

India Meteorological Department (IMD) representatives apprised the state authorities about the strong monsoon conditions with heavy rainfall activity in a meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan on August 9.

As Earth warms up, South India to bear the maximum brunt

The earth is expected to warm up somewhere between 2.6 degree and 8.5 degree Celsius over the century.

From drought to deluge: Monsoon begins retreat after extended stay

October 9 withdrawal marks most delayed departure; season saw many rain records being drowned.

IMD looking to create common alert protocol: Mrutyunjay Mohapatra

"To improve our observational systems, we will increase the number of Doppler radars, automatic rain gauge systems and stations over the next year," said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director general, IMD.

Property insurance rates may spike

Severity of disasters, which are taking place at shorter intervals, has prompted insurers to consider hiking rates in April 2020, when policies come up for renewal.

Nearly 1,400 people died due to extreme weather events in 2018: Government

The year was also the sixth warmest year on record, M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

Cardamom prices hit a new high on festival season demand

Aauction at Idukki in Kerala has taken the commodity’s average price to Rs 4,733 per kg.

Monsoon may take longer to reach Delhi, normal rainfall likely: IMD

On Wednesday, the weather office said that the monsoon was likely to get delayed further and hit the Kerala coast only on June 8.

Rubber board to adopt untapped estates

30% of Kerala’s rubber estates are lying untapped as commercial operations.

A bitter brew for coffee on rain fury

The loss may put pressure on coffee growers for repayment of loans.

Freak weather shrinks AC sales in some states

According to industry officials, sales are 10-15% lower than last year and a revival looks tough, considering monsoon is set to arrive before time .

Rains just 2.5 per cent less than normal

After two weeks of torrential rain, rainfall is just 2.5% short of the normal level, with the deficit narrowing rapidly from about 35% below normal at June-end.

Weather department issues heavy rainfall warning for large parts of India this week

The warning comes after the IMD said last week that the monsoon had covered the entire country, 17 days ahead of its normal onset date.

Cashew exporters facing rough weather

India meets over 60% of cashew processing needs from import.

KSUM, Nasscom and IBM bring call for code to Kerala

As part of call for code, IBM has organized over 300 events in 50 cities around the world in addition to that across 13 IBM development labs in eight different countries to engage developers.

No relief in sight, mercury set to rise in central, NW India: IMD

The highest temperature recorded on Saturday is 48.8degC at Churu, Rajasthan, according to the IMD.

Monsoon has an early date with Kerala

Independent forecasters have, however, said that the risk of floods and drought looms large in the months of July and August.

Monsoon rains hit Kerala coast: IMD

Rains usually lash Kerala state on the south coast around June 1 and cover the whole country by mid-July.

Kerala floods: Rainfall may gradually subside this week, says IMD

“Rainfall activity over Kerala is likely to decrease further gradually during the next five days,” India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday.

Kerala on high alert after floods kill 34

Torrential rains and landslides during India's June-September mansoon season have ravaged farmlands and prompted massive evacuation efforts in Kerala state.

Modi's LS poll campaign filled with 'lies, poison and hatred': Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi also said Modi represents "anger, lies, intolerance and the worst sentiments of the country."

5 Isro satellites come to rescue of flood-hit Kerala

Real-time images from the satellites will help in assessing the extent of flooding and in rescue operations.

Maharashtra warns farmers of delayed monsoon

Though monsoon has arrived in the Andamans, its further progress remains stalled.

Monsoon to advance in next 3 days after week’s lull

Met Department points to development of a weak, short-lived El Niño that is expected to interfere with the rain pattern this season.

Southwest Monsoon hits Kerala, says Skymet

The Skymet, in its forecast, said that Monsoon would hit the Kerala coast on May 28, while the IMD has made a prediction for its arrival on May 29.

Kerala chief minister stresses on responsible tourism after the floods

Union tourism minister of state (independent charge) K J Alphons as the chief guest said the post-flood “resurrection” of Kerala has had no parallels anywhere in the world.

No drought alert yet, but centre warns of deficit rainfall

Officials, however, maintained that it was too early to predict the June-September monsoon season.

Global meteorologists say chances of El Nino receding, but Skymet sticks to deficient rains forecast

El Nino usually leads to dry weather in South Asia during the monsoon season and heavy rain in some other parts of the world.

In one week, Kerala got 3.5 times its normal rainfall

Rainfall in six out of 14 districts was more than 10 times the normal on Thursday. Idukki alone got 266mm of rain.

Monsoon Mayhem: How should India deal with this new normal

More than 200 people have died & lakhs have been evacuated amid unusually heavy rains this month.

IMD plans timetable tweak to match monsoon reality

IMD will revise its onset & withdrawal schedule to align normal dates with the reality of changing weather.

Southwest Monsoon to hit Kerala on May 28: Skymet

The monsoon is expected to reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 20 and is expected to advance further to Sri Lanka and over East Central Bay of Bengal on May 24, it said.

Startups break new ground, use tech to help farmers

These firms are tapping governments, insurers, banks, farming co-operatives, development agencies and corporate social responsibility programs to create a business and help farmers.

Worst yet to come? 'Kerala rains match climate change forecasts'

If man-made carbon emissions continue unabated, some regions in northeast India could become unlivable by the end of the century due to a deadly combination of heat and humidity during heatwaves, recent research has projected. Large swathes of south Asia, including the Ganges-Brahmaputra Basin, could approach the threshold for survivability outdoors.

Rahul flays Centre for not providing adequate aid to flood-hit Kerala

Gandhi made the remark while speaking to reporters before beginning his second day trip to the flood-ravaged areas of the state.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan undertakes aerial survey of flood-hit districts

The helicopter has left for Wayanad and the chief minister would be visiting a relief camp and attend a review meeting at the collectorate, they said.

Flood-hit Kerala issues red alert in 8 districts

Kerala has issued red alert in eight districts. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) expects widespread rainfall in the state for the next four days but the intensity is likely to reduce after a day

Wayanad plantation workers hope their woes will get national attention

The agrarian district is known for cultivation of coffee, tea, spices and rubber, and has seen suicides by some farmers unable to repay their loans.

Did Kerala's dams exacerbate India's once-in-century floods?

Kerala's revenue secretary and head of disaster management, P.H. Kurien, told Reuters he has twice written to KSEB requesting EAPs and has yet to receive them.

Kochi naval airstrip to be open for commercial aircraft; SMS, data free in Kerala

The services at the Kochi international airport, which is among the busiest in the country, have been suspended till August 26 after flood water inundated the runway.

Rice production in India to shrink due to late monsoon

The world’s second-largest producer of the cereal has seen a harsh summer this year.

169 dead in flood, rain-related incidents in south and west India

The unprecedented deluge since last week has left 31 people dead and displaced four lakh people in 80 taluks of 17 districts in Karnataka.

Record high temperatures in several parts of India; 48 deg C in Delhi

The city's previous high of 47.8 degrees Celsius was recorded in Palam on June 9, 2014.

Southwest monsoon set to hit Tamil Nadu, Kerala today

As things stand now, conditions for onset of monsoon in both the coastal states should become favourable, K Sathi Devi of IMD told ET.

Depression over Indian Ocean intensifies, likely to become cyclone

It is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and further into a severe cyclonic storm, the IMD said and warned fishermen against venturing into the sea on Sunday.

Parts of South, NE India to witness rains, thunderstorm: IMD in 'severe weather warning'

Thunderstorm accompanied with squall is very likely at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Kerala and Lakshadweep, it said.

Friday showers set stage for relief from dry days

The weather office has forecast increased rainfall in southern, western and eastern India as well as Assam.

RH300 sounding rocket to be launched tomorrow in Kerala

The skies of state capital and nearby areas will witness a spectacular display of a long trail of interleaved pattern of white and blue light due to chemi-luminescence, a resultant of the experiment.

Combination of monsoon, low pressure areas in Bay of Bengal proved deadly for Kerala: Experts

While June and July recorded 15 per cent and 18 per cent more rainfall than normal respectively in the state, August 1-19 recorded 164 per cent excess rainfall

The real-life superheroes of Kerala: How fishermen saved countless lives from flood fury

Despite facing varying water levels in completely unknown places, they banked on their skills and luck to bring survivors back to safety.

Punarnava Ayurveda to cash in on rise in Russian medical tourists to Kerala

Russian medical tourists who were going mostly to Goa have now started to explore the ayurvedic facilities in Kerala.

PM’s radar logic justified, cloud cover can weaken signal, say defence & space experts

To know whether a cloud cover could affect the working of ground-based radars, TOI spoke to a few defence and space scientists and their opinion about the PM’s cloud statement.

2018 sixth-warmest year in India, says IMD

IMD said annual mean surface air temperature (averaged over the country) during the year was 0.41 degree Celsius above (1981-2010) average. “All the six warmest years on record in India were in the last 10 years. It clearly shows that ‘global warming’ is happening and we need to prepare ourselves to face its consequences,” said secretary of the ministry of earth sciences M Rajeevan.

Heatwave rages on as monsoon pauses

Private forecaster Skymet says monsoon will remain weak even after arrival, which itself will be delayed.

Citing Kerala floods, UN chief says existential threat of climate change nears point of no return

The UN Secretary General referred to the Kerala floods, among other natural disasters across the world, to highlight the urgency of the climate crisis and the need to step up efforts to reverse course on climate change.

Flood toll in Assam, Bihar crosses 150; flood-like situation in seven Punjab districts

A total of 12 districts of Bihar have been affected by flash floods that have hit the state in the wake of torrential rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Nepal last week.

Floods in God's own country costing not only Kerala but also many stocks on Dalal Street

CM Pinarayi Vijayan pegged overall loss at Rs 8,316 crore so far due to the floods.

Kerala rain fury kills 26 more, death toll since August 8 nears 100

Most of Kerala is now flooded, with the situation worsening in several places, including Kochi, where backwaters threaten to breach their banks.

Monsoon keeps date with Kerala

The IMD had predicted advance onset of monsoon in Kerala this year on May 30.

Entry of cheap Vietnam pepper hits domestic prices

As a result, the Indian pepper export is likely to fall from 16,840 tonnes of 2017-18.

Kerala floods live: Death toll climbs to 324; Over 3.1 lakh become homeless

Kerala's government has described the crisis -- one of the worst in decades -- as "extremely grave" and rescue operations are underway to help thousands who remain trapped by floodwaters.

GST dampens Onam sales in Kerala

The consumer durables market in Kerala is calculated to be in the range of Rs 2000 to 3000 crore a year. Of this, about 50 to 60% of the sales happen during Onam festival extending to about two months.

Amit Shah to bring his brand of decisive leadership to Home Ministry

Amit Shah is expected to take presentations from each division at the home ministry starting next week.

June is going to be the worst month with very little rainfall: GP Sharma, Skymet

There is as much as 70-80% deficit or more at certain pockets, says Sharma.

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