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This summer will be warmer than normal, says IMD

This summer will be warmer than normal, says IMD

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Updates from :  the Hindu : The ‘normal’ temperatures refer to the mean temperatures during those months between 1981 and 2010. Voters heading out to polling booths in the coming elections will have to brace for hotter weather. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the average maximum temperatures from April to June are likely to be warmer by half a degree in several places in Central India and northwest India. An IMD statement said: “The season averaged maximum temperatures are likely to be warmer than normal by ≥0.5 °C to <1 °C over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, west and east Uttar Pradesh, west and east Rajasthan, west and east Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Madhya Maharashtra, Vidharbha, Marathawada, Coastal Karnataka, Nort
Spider research yet to pick up pace in India, say experts

Spider research yet to pick up pace in India, say experts

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Updates from :  the Hindu : Less encouragement to study the nitty-gritty and poor awareness are hurdles; last major research conducted between 1990s, 2000s The recent discovery of a new species of jumping spiders in Aarey Colony has had arachnologists — specialists in spiders and related animals — and wildlife experts call for a greater focus on studying spiders in India. While the last major research was conducted between the 1990s and 2000s by Dr. Manju Siliwal, a senior arachnologist who specialises in mygalomorphs, experts believe a lot of diversities of spiders are yet to be discovered in the country. In a study published on Saturday by Russian peer-reviewed journal Arthropoda Selecta, a team-led by arachnologists Rajesh Sanap, Dr. John Caleb and biologist Anuradha Jogle
SC Orders Forced Eviction of More Than 1 Million Tribals, Forest-Dwellers

SC Orders Forced Eviction of More Than 1 Million Tribals, Forest-Dwellers

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Updates from :  the Wire : The Supreme Court has ordered the forced eviction of more than 1,000,000 tribal and other forest-dwelling households from forestlands across 16 states after the government failed to defend a law protecting their rights. The final country-wide numbers of forced evictions are likely to rise substantially as other states are forced to comply with the court orders. The court’s orders came in a case filed by wildlife groups questioning the validity of the Forest Rights Act. The petitioners had also demanded that all those whose claims over traditional forestlands are rejected under the law should be evicted by state governments as a consequence.   The Union government failed to present its lawyers in defence of the law on February 13, leading a three-jud
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