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Rat attack on garbage piles weakens Parsik Hill in Thane

Rats burrowing into a 107-year-old rail tunnel in Mumbai have weakened the hill through which it passes, causing concern for authorities. Two incidents of cave-ins have been reported, and boulders have been rolling down the hill, indicating loosening soil. The rats have been drawn to garbage dumped on the hill, and their burrows have further weakened the hill. Measures are being taken to stop the dumping of garbage and to clear unauthorised slums in the area. Retaining walls have been built to protect the rail lines from collapsing.

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Updated on Jul 27, 2023 12:53 AM IST

‘Environment Week’ begins at Prayagraj’s IIIT-A

On the first day of Environment Week, members of the IIIT-A fraternity took the initiative to use their air conditioners at 24°C.

IIIT-A director Prof Mukul Sharad Sutaone planting a sapling at the institute campus on Thursday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 12:53 AM IST
By, Prayagraj

Northeast India reeling under intense heat spell, says IMD data

Long heat spells are unusual in the region which usually records frequent thunderstorm activity in April and May. But this year, there have been fewer thunderstorms

Students protect themselves from the scorching heat amid intense heatwave across India. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2023 08:01 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Biographies of 4 sportsmen now in class 9, 10 textbooks: Punjab minister Bains

Besides Balbir Singh Senior and Milkha Singh, the life stories of Asian Champion boxer Kaur Singh and country’s first Arjuna awardee Olympian athlete Gurbachan Singh Randhawa have been included in the textbooks of physical education of classes 9 and 10, the minister said in a statement

Life stories of four great sportspersons of Punjab will be taught in schools from the current academic session to motivate and encourage students to excel in sports, said school education minister Harjot Singh Bains here on Sunday. (HT file photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2023 11:16 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

8 passenger jetties to connect Bhayandar and Dombivali

Maharashtra Maritime Board has floated tenders for the construction of eight passenger jetties across Mumbai. The project will cost $13m and will be shared by the Centre and the state governments. The project is part of the Centre?s Sagarmala initiative, under the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways. The ferry services on this route may commence at the end of 2025, according to a senior MMB official.

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Updated on Apr 14, 2023 12:50 AM IST
ByPrayag Arora-Desai

Panchkula: Former Sultanpur village sarpanch booked for embezzling 27.17 lakh

Police have booked the former sarpanch of Sultanpur village, Barwala, for embezzling government funds worth ₹27.17 lakh meant for developmental works

The accused has been booked under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code at the Chandimandir police station. (iStock)
Updated on Apr 07, 2023 01:58 AM IST
By, Panchkula

Climate and Us | India should expect, and prepare for, unexpected weather

IMD forecast above-normal maximum temperatures and a higher-than-normal frequency of heatwave days from April to June. What do we make of these aberrations?

Such warming led to increased concerns that the wheat crop quality and yield will be impacted for the second year in a row. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 03, 2023 05:06 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Connection between heart disease and soil contamination: Study

Pollution of air, water and soil is responsible for at least nine million deaths each year. More than 60% of pollution-related disease and death is due to cardiovascular disease such as chronic ischaemic heart disease, heart attack, stroke and heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias).

Study reveals connection between heart disease and soil contamination(Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 29, 2022 05:03 PM IST
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