Kolkata: A team of researchers from IIT Kharagpur has found that most cities in the country are turning into "urban heat islands" in all seasons during day and night, officials said. In their study, researchers from Centre for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land Sciences (CORAL) of IIT-KGP and its Architecture and Regional Planning department showed that most big cities in the country with population more than one million have recorded rise in mercury level during daytime while showing an increasing trend in the night hours. The study, 'Anthropogenic forcing exacerbating the urban heat islands in India', noted that the relatively warmer temperatures in urban areas, compared to suburbs, have potential health hazards due to heat waves apart from pollution, an IIT-KGP statement said on Friday. "Our research is a detailed and careful analysis of urban heat islands of India, which is the difference between urban and surrounding rural land surface temperatures, across all seasons in … [Read more...] about Most Cities in India Turning Into ‘Urban Heat Islands’: Warns IIT Study
Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday said that Centre’s ‘Agnipath’ scheme for defence forces would create two types of Armies in the country- one permanent and one temporary. He said the party would continue to oppose ‘Agnipath’ scheme and would hold a sit-in ‘dharna’ across the country on June 27. Addressing a press conference, Mr. Hooda said the ‘Agnipath’ scheme is neither in the interest of the country, nor in the interest of national security, the Army or the youth. “With this plan, there would be two types of armies in the country, one permanent and one temporary. It will be very difficult to establish coordination between them,” he said. Mr. Hooda said that the Haryana government is misleading the youth of the State by promising permanent jobs to ‘Agniveers’, while the reality is that Haryana is facing the highest unemployment in the whole country, due to the ill-conceived policies of the BJP-JJP government. … [Read more...] about Agnipath will create two Armies in country, says Hooda
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The U.S. Supreme Court's abortion decision is expected to make Florida an epicenter of the state-by-state fight over the issue in the coming months, raising the stakes for abortion rights advocates in the November election and complicating effortsw by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to manage both his statewide and national political fortunes. Within hours of the court's decision, access to abortion emerged as a major fault line in America's divisive cultural battles. Thirteen conservative states with "trigger bans" will outlaw abortion within 30 days - and the procedure could soon be prohibited in several others. Lawmakers in heavily Democratic northern and western states are promising to become safe havens for women who want an abortion but are banned from receiving one at home. But in Florida, where residents in a half-dozen relatively liberal urban counties are continually locked in political duels with the conservatives who dominate much of the rest of … [Read more...] about Florida emerges as key battleground in state-by-state abortion fight
Air in urban Britain is filthy . Sometimes it can feel almost like breathing through the fug of second-hand smoke in a pre-smoking-ban boozer. It is the cause of asthma in children and a host of other respiratory complaints. It is deleterious to health generally. We really need to clean up. Councils have sought to do this by restricting, even banning, cars – particularly in streets near schools around pick-up and drop-off times in an attempt to discourage school run snarl-ups. This is not just with a view to cleaning up the air, or the fact that walking is good exercise when childhood obesity is a problem. The roads around schools can sometimes look like a fresh reboot of Mad Max . The sight of parents cussing each other, even coming to blows, is something we could do without. Proponents of such schemes often point to how nice car-free cities can be – Copenhagen is often cited – once people get used to the idea. There is academic research in their favour too. … [Read more...] about ‘Traffic-free’ is a marvellous idea – unless you’re disabled
Shares of Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL), India’s largest passenger vehicle maker, rallied Rs 8,319.80 in intraday trade before closing 6.33 per cent higher at Rs 8,274.6 on the BSE in the previous session. This is the highest level seen since February 28 this year. The stock has surged 25 per cent from its 52-week low of Rs 6,540 touched in March this year. Auto shares surged on Thursday as the recent decline in global commodities, including metals, prompted investors to lap up some of the battered names. The BSE Auto index jumped 4.4 per cent emerging as the top sector gainer on Thursday. MSIL’s profitability has been adversely impacted in the last three years by weak product lifecycle, unprecedented commodity cost inflation in base commodities and precious metals, and multiple headwinds to volumes, resulting in an operating deleverage. This has resulted in a sharp erosion in its gross margin (~610bp) and Ebit margin (~570bp) over FY19–FY22. However, stable commodity cost … [Read more...] about Maruti Suzuki Hits 3-Month High on Better Margin Hopes; Should you Buy, Sell or Hold?