Wednesday, 1 February, 2023

Topic: monsoon

1,000-year-old Indian stalagmites more than geological wonders—they warn us of coming catastrophe

Like tree rings, their layers record the region’s rainfall history. They also carry a warning about the potential for multiyear droughts in the future.

Why India banned export of broken rice & could more curbs be in the offing

High exports driven by demand from China led to shortage in country, where broken rice is used to make ethanol & as cattle feed. Lower & delayed planting likely to hit production too.

Heavy rain, poor drainage, worse infra — how Bengaluru was hit by a perfect storm and drowned

The intense rain was brought about by rapid global warming & localised weather pattern. But experts say reason for floods is lack of drainage & infrastructure, not intensity of rain.

Floods in MP to drought in UP — it’s monsoon’s wildest swing ever, but experts aren’t surprised

IMD data shows east, northeast India had 18% rainfall deficit between 1 June and 10 August. But central and southern regions saw excess of 24% and 28%, respectively.

Cracked earth & nasty weeds: How UP farmers are battling a drought to save their rice crop

In 5 east UP districts, where rice is primary rain-fed crop, the overwhelming sentiment is despair. For most, planting has been delayed by over a month, which means a drop in yield.

Lower kharif plantings due to uneven rains a growing concern, says report

Area under rice and pulses lower than last year, while oilseeds acreage has marginally increased in the June-October Kharif crop season.

Normal monsoon likely in Aug-Sept, but deficiency expected in Bihar, Northeast, says IMD

The second half of the southwest monsoon is expected to be ‘normal’ for the country as a whole, but regional variations will persist, Indian Meteorological Department predicts.

Food worries mount for India, as erratic monsoon rains cause 13% lag in area under paddy

According to govt data, the area under paddy cultivation is lagging by 3.7 million hectares compared to last year in states like West Bengal, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Telangana, Chhattisgarh & Odisha.

First wheat, now rice — hit by bad weather, output could fall by ‘10 mn tonnes’ this season

A hit to India’s rice output could lead to a major policy overhaul as it arrives on the back of a lower wheat harvest.

Why Pakistan is facing a deluge while parts of India are seeing drought-like conditions

Experts agree that these weather patterns are the result of a combination of internal variability, an unusually long La Nina period, and climate change.

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In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.