An analysis of data from various rain gauge stations across north-east India shows a decreasing pattern in rainfall since 1970s.
Mawsynram and Cherrapunji, places which receive the highest rainfall in the region, have recorded a decrease in average rainfall in recent decades. Cherrapunji, earlier the wettest place on Earth, showed a larger decrease thus shifting the distinction to Mawsynram.
Rainfall study in northeast India had so far focused on only one or two cities for a shorter period. To broadly understand rainfall patterns in this region, scientists measured daily and continuous rainfall at 16 stations across seven states of north-east India between 1901 and 2019.
Population growth and human activities such as agriculture have caused deforestation and reduction in ice and snow in northeast India. This has increased water bodies, and urban and built-up lands between 2001 and 2018.
Such changes in land-use patterns, coupled with variations in temperature in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, remarkably contributed to a decreasing trend in rainfall.
Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy submitted his resignation to Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan shortly after a Motion of Confidence moved by him on the floor of the Legislative Assembly was defeated.
Resignations by half-a-dozen legislators from the Congress and the DMK had reduced the government to a minority.
Soon after the House assembled on the directions of the Lt. Governor to the government to prove its majority, Mr. Narayanasamy moved a Motion of Confidence.
Mr. Narayanasamy called on Lt. Governor Ms. Soundararajan, and submitted the letter of resignation of the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers.
Novak Djokovic remaining an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title.
The world number one's 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 triumph secured his 18th Grand Slam title, bringing him within tantalising reach of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's all-time men's record of 20.
Djokovic has won six of the last 10 major tournaments and is assured of remaining at No. 1 in the rankings at least through March 8. That will give him 311 weeks in the top spot, breaking a mark held by Federer.
Former Supreme Court judge P.B. Sawant passed away at his Pune residence after a brief illness on February 15, aged 90.
Justice Sawant was in the news in recent years for being one of the chief organisers, along with retired Bombay High Court judge B.G. Kolse-Patil, of the original and controversial ‘Elgaar Parishad’ held in December 2017.
Justice Sawant started practising in the Bombay High Court in 1973 and was appointed justice in the Supreme Court in 1989 before retiring in 1995.
In 2003, Justice Sawant had chaired a commission formed to investigate corruption charges against four Ministers in the then Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government in Maharashtra.