Tuesday, 18 January, 2022

Topic: Cyclones

89 ONGC off-shore op staff onboard P305 missing, all others from 2 barges, rig rescued: Navy

The accommodation barge P305 which was servicing ONGC offshore operations sank Monday evening, a Navy official said, adding 184 of the 273 personnel on board have been rescued.

What Cyclone Tauktae tells us about Arabian Sea & why the coast is seeing more severe cyclones

Warmer waters of Bay of Bengal are typically more prone to cyclones than cooler Arabian Sea. But there is now a visibly increasing trend of more frequent, intense storms on west coast.

Cyclone Tauktae intensifies into ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’, warns IMD

Cyclone Tauktae now has a wind speed of 180-190 km/h with winds gusting to 210 km/h. The IMD predicts its intensity will reduce when it hits the Gujarat coast on Monday.

In last 20 years, death rate due to heatwaves increased by 62% in India, IMD study says

Study by Ministry of Earth Sciences and the India Meteorological Department also notes despite a rise in extreme weather events, there was a decrease in mortality rate by 44.6%.

As tropical storms become common, Covid-19 is changing how insurance claims are handled

A hurricane can result in thousands of insurance claims. But claims adjusters may not want to check damage in dozens of homes & run the risk of infection.

Cyclone Nisarga hits Alibaug, ‘Mumbai’s Hamptons’ — home to Shah Rukh, Ratan Tata, Godrejs

Alibaug, a tehsil in the Raigad district that has 215 villages lined with sprawling beaches, is where Mumbai’s rich and famous own bungalow and luxurious villas.

Mumbai, struggling with Covid crisis, braces for its first cyclone as IMD tracks Nisarga

With Cyclone Nisarga expected to make landfall in 12 hours, Maharashtra is working to ensure people in low-lying areas and make-shift Covid facilities are moved to safer locations.

With PPE kits and masks, Mamata govt gets ready to face ‘super cyclone’ Amphan

Thousands of people in Bengal's coastal belt have been evacuated, but it has been made tougher by social-distancing guidelines warranted by coronavirus.

Gaja, Mala, Nargis, and now Fani: How cyclones are named

Find out how countries in Asia decide the names of cyclones in the Bay of Bengal & Arabian Sea, and why the next one will be Indian.

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Defence ministry’s PMA policy is protectionism. Indian-made arms need export market

The increase in momentum of 'self-reliance' projects by the defence ministry is palpable. But it can't be successful as a standalone initiative.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Nations must secure global supply chains, prevent inflation shocks: Xi Jinping at WEF

In his 3rd address to World Economic Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said 'we need to resolve various risks and promote the steady recovery of the world economy'.


HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.