Thursday, 26 May, 2022

Topic: locusts

Covid, floods, locusts — India’s nascent drone industry helps govt fight many challenges

Drones have aided the implementation of the Covid lockdown and other pandemic awareness measures, while also helping with search efforts in Uttarakhand floods last month.

Locust swarms spare Delhi but threaten Rs 40,000-crore sugarcane economy in UP

The swarms have hit various districts of western UP and the Bundelkhand region in the last 48 hours, prompting alerts in several places like Agra, Kasganj, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot and Jhansi.

New locust swarm enters sugar cane region of Uttar Pradesh

In January, more than 25,000 hectares of wheat, rapeseed, cumin & potatoes in Gujarat were hit by locusts & a third of crops damaged in 75% of affected areas.

Delhi-NCR on high alert after swarms of locusts envelop Gurgaon

In a warning issued 20 June, the UN's FAO put India on high alert for four weeks in anticipation of severe waves of locust swarm invasions.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai calls emergency meeting after Gurugram locust attack

An advisory will be issued on steps to be taken, post the meeting attended by the development secretary, divisional commissioner, the district magistrates of South & West Delhi.

Farmers, districts ready for another wave of locusts coming from Iran and Pakistan in July

Locust swarms from their spring-breeding habitats in East Africa and Iran-Pakistan may travel to India by early July. Experts also say breeding will take place during monsoon.

Locusts pose bigger economic threat to Pakistan than coronavirus

The locust-invasion has covered an area of 57 million hectares in a country that has a total crop area of 23 million hectares.

Swarms of locusts enter Chhattisgarh forest area from Madhya Pradesh

According to officials, all departments concerned immediately sprayed chemicals through fire brigade vehicles following which most of the insects died or flew away.

Cotton farmers stare at over Rs 4,700-cr loss this season, lockdown and locusts to blame

Cotton Association of India has cut production estimates for the current season by 24 lakh bales — down from 354 lakh bales to 330 lakh bales.

The 1949 Act Modi govt could use to pull in boys above 14 to fight off locusts

The Act also has punishable provision — violation invites conviction with fine, which may extend upto Rs 50 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 days.

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US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Naval helicopters | Representational image |

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.