Wednesday, 6 July, 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.

On Camera


Mamata Banerjee holding a rally in Kolkata, kali

Bengal has many Kalis, but TMC can’t accommodate them anymore. UP, Haryana is in the way

Moitra, TMC leadership need to have a conversation. And send everyone else a memo: Protecting Bengali identity is not the party’s only line anymore.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma pose with daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma in front of the fighter aircraft | Twitter/@DefencePRO_Guj

In a first in IAF, father-daughter fly in same fighter formation as fellow wingmen

Daughter of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma, Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undergoing training to master ‘superior and faster’ jets.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.