In a first for Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, a Rs 15-crore project has been sanctioned in the 12th five-year plan to predict air quality and rate the intensity level of ultra violet radiation dose on

Microzonation, on a scale of 1:10,000, is being carried out to formulate building codes specific to areas in the city.

India had witnessed a sharp decline in the number of new HIV cases — a 56 per cent drop — in the past 10 years.

“HIV infections have declined by 56 per cent during the last decade from 2.7 lakh in 2000 to 1.2 lakh in 2009 in our country,” Indian Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the national capital. “This has been possible due to political support at the highest levels to the various interventions under National AIDS Control Programme, including Parliamentarians and elected leaders at the state and local levels and cooperation received from NGOs, civil society, etc” the minister said at a symposium while addressing an international HIV vaccine symposium.

Converting seawater into potable water through the Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) may not be an answer to India’s water woes, but any advancement in technology has the potential for ad

Terrific rate of IMD failures prompts states to set up their own systems

Scientists aided by supercomputers are trying to unravel one of Mother Nature's biggest mysteries -- the vagaries of the summer monsoon rains that bring life, and sometimes death, to India every year.

In a first-of-its-kind project, Indian scientists aim to build computer models that would allow them to make a quantum leap in predicting the erratic movements of the monsoon. If successful, the impact would be life-changing in a country where 600 million people depend on farming for their livelihoods and where agriculture contributes 15 percent to the economy. The monsoon has been dubbed by some as India's "real finance minister".

India has announced plans for deep-sea mining to meet its future requirements of rare earth minerals such as titanium, platinum, manganese, copper, cobalt and nickel.

An independent fact-finding team led by Sikkim Chief Justice S.N. Bhargava (Retd) has accused Tata Mundra Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP), located in the ecologically-fragile area of Kutch, of destroying livelihoods of the local communities living in that area.

Releasing a report titled “The Real Cost of Power”, the team warned that “large stretches of mangroves, dry-land forests and bio-diversity creeks have been destroyed for the construction of the project’s inlet and outfall channels”.

With official monsoon predictions going haywire year after year, the Union ministry of earth sciences has turned to the scientific community for help to design an effective monsoon prediction model with zero error.

The design, an improved version of the UK and the US monsoon prediction models, will help meteorologists at the IMD to hone up their prediction skills. The Earth Systems Science Organisation and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology are looking for a state-of-the-art dynamic prediction system for monsoon rainfall on all timescales.

NEW DELHI: The rise in sea level by 1.29 millimetre every year along the Indian coastline has not caused any major erosion, science and technology and earth sciences minister Vilasrao Deshmukh info

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