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US space agency NASA has released images revealing the impact of Cyclone Fani, one of the worst storms to hit India in two decades, as millions were left without power after it barrelled through the eastern state’s coastal areas. NASA’s images examine the situation in Bhubaneswar and the nighttime lights in Cuttack, Odisha’s second largest …

A day after the Bengal administration claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi bypassed it and called governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to prepare a report on the damage inflicted by Cyclone Fani, government sources said the claim was not correct. “Attention has been drawn to reports in a section of the media, that the Trinamool Congress has …

Mala, Helen, Nargis, and Nilofer may sound like the names of yesteryear Bollywood actors, but they are, in fact, lethal cyclones that have brought violent winds, heavy rains and wreaked destruction. As Cyclone Fani pounded the Odisha coast on Friday, the name, which was suggested by Bangladesh, also evoked curiosity. Mritunjay Mohapatra, the additional director …

Extremely critical cyclonic storm Fani on Friday ripped through Puri, the Ground Zero of the cyclone this morning, as heavy rains coupled with howling winds pummelled the pilgrim town for over four hours. India Meteorological Department stated the Cyclone Fani — the strongest to hit India in five years — is gradually weakening and moving …

Fani, one of the greatest sustaining and most intense cyclonic storms, hit the Odisha coast with all its might and unleashed the winds of destruction across the coastal regions of the state. The strength of the cyclone, which knocked the state bringing with it winds traveling at speeds of nearly 200kmph, can well be understood …

Cyclone Fani is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours, the Met department stated on Sunday. Cyclone Fani is very likely to reach near the coasts of north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh by the evening …

Wind developers have expressed interest over the new land policy for renewable energy announced by Gujarat about a month ago as it does not take possession of a power purchase agreement(PPA) mandatory while applying for land to set up a project in the state. They fear that without such a provision, land could get locked …

EverSource Capital along with National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India (NIIF) have partnered U.K. government’s CDC Group to invest $330 million in Ayana Renewable Power (Ayana), the renewable energy platform founded by CDC. EverSource Capital, a joint venture between Everstone Capital and Lightsource BP, manages Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF) that has NIIF and …

On February 21, a major fire occurred in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka, which is home to not just tigers but also elephants, spotted deer, bison, and antelopes. The fire was so severe that it took five days for the Indian Air Force and the forest officials, to douse the flames. Karnataka forest officials …

In a big setback for Vedanta, the Supreme Court has refused to permit the firm to restart the contentious Tuticorin copper, which was at the center of massive protests over pollution concerns but directed it to approach the Madras High Court for a reprieve. Setting aside a National Green Tribunal order that had permitted Vedanta …

Major pollution is being caused in the Yamuna at Agra by dumping of garbage and sewage, the National Green Tribunal has stated and directed the Uttar Pradesh government to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 25 crore for its failure in discharging its duties. Solid waste is being burnt in open on the roads at …

Women and children walk kilometers every day in search for water in a crowded, downtrodden district of Pakistan’s financial capital, Karachi — a scene repeated in cities throughout the country. Across the border in India, government research indicates about three-quarters of people don’t have potable water at home and 70 percent of the country’s water …