Tiny Bytes: Kohli writes to Rajasthan minister, Ozone hole over Antarctica and more

Tiny Bytes: Kohli writes to Rajasthan minister, Ozone hole over Antarctica and more
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Kohli writes to Rajasthan minister for relocation of elephant

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli on Thursday penned a letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, calling on Rajasthan's forest and environment minister to relocate an elephant, known as 'Number 44', to a rehabilitation facility. A group of American tourists had witnessed eight men violently beating an elephant at Amber Fort in June last year, and the animal is still being forced to give rides. "As a professional cricketer, I am proud to represent our country, but when I learned about the hateful attack on 'Number 44' last June, I felt so ashamed," Kohli wrote in the letter.

Ozone hole over Antarctica is healing: IIT Kharagpur researchers

A research team of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur have come up with new data "conrming" that the Antarctic Ozone hole is on a "healing" path, a statement issued by the institute said Friday. Researchers of the Centre of Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Law Science (CORAL) of IIT Kharagpur have collected data from 1979 to 2017, which shows though there was a loss in saturation of Ozone since 1987 over the Antarctic, the saturation of loss at 12-21 km stretch has significantly reduced over the period 2001-2017, the statement said.

In Sunderbans delta, 4,800 villagers fear for survival as island shrinks

Ghoramara Island: Residents of India's Ghoramara Island want to leave their home as it shrinks each year due to rising seas, but many say they can't afford it. The 4.6 sq km (1.8 sq mile) island, part of the Sundarbans delta on the Bay of Bengal, has nearly halved in size over the past two decades, according to village elders. The tiny island is home to 4,800 people, down from 7,000 a decade ago.

Asian of The Year award for Indian Navy officials who airlifted pregnant woman during August floods

An Indian Navy commander and a captain were among those honoured at the 'Asian of The Year' awards here on Wednesday, acknowledging their seless service and bravery in rescue operations during the devastating foods in Kerala. Commander (Pilot) Vijay Varma and Captain (Pilot) P Rajkumar were honoured for their death-defying rescue flying during the floods earlier this year. Commander Varma, 42, who was widely praised for leading the rescue in a district of the port city of Kochi, winched up a heavily pregnant woman who gave birth just after being airlifted to safety. Captain Rajkumar, 54, winched 26 people up from a rooftop in Kochi while hovering between trees and other houses just two days after receiving a medal for saving a sherman last year.

Take my encyclopedia, Assam girl tells Trump after his tweet on global warming

A teenaged girl from Assam has taken on US President Donald Trump for his tweet mocking the phenomenon of global warming. On the mercury dropping to -2 degree celsius on November 21 in Washington, Trump had tweeted "Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS Whatever happened to Global Warming?" To it the 18-year old girl, identified as Astha Sarmah from Jorhat in Assam commented "I am 54 years younger than you.

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