South African city tries to save water as risk of ‘Day Zero’ drought comes near

In South African township of Kwanobuhle, a 49-year-old resident Morris Malambile loads his wheelbarrow full of empty plastic containers and pushes it from his home to the nearest running tap. The bumpy road makes balancing containers filled with 70 liters of water on his return a pain. Thousands of residents in…

North Korea may declare victory over Covid just a month after detecting outbreak

It’s only been a month since North Korea acknowledged having an COVID-19 outbreak, after steadfastly denying any cases for more than two years. But already it may be preparing to declare victory. According to state media, North Korea has avoided the mass deaths many expected in a nation with one of the world’s…

Everyone wants a grain: Countries queue up to get a piece of asteroid that hides ingredients for life

As many as 40 scientific proposals have been accepted from research teams across the world as everyone queues up to get a piece of asteroid that hides ingredients for life. The selected proposals are from nine countries, requesting 74 sample grains, which is 230 mg of the total asteroid samples collected. A spacecraft…

China finds signs of water in moon’s ‘Ocean of Storms’

Chinese scientists have found signs of water in samples retrieved by China from a lava plain on the moon, bringing them closer to understanding its origin there – a crucial question for future lunar exploration. In a paper published in Nature Communications this week, the scientists said they had analysed…

Bangladesh dismisses reports linking construction of Padma bridge with Chinese project

Bangladesh on Sunday rejected reports over links between a newly-built road bridge and China’s multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, saying the country’s longest bridge was entirely financed by the government and no foreign funds were used in its construction. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to…

India logs 12,781 fresh Covid cases in last 24 hours; Maharashtra, Kerala worst-hit

India registered 12,781 new cases in the last 24 hours, 0.9 per cent lower than yesterday. The total caseload has now reached 4,33,09,473. A total of 18 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 5,24,873. The top five states that have registered maximum cases are Maharashtra (4,004 cases),…

Australian scientists develop model to spot soft corals most at risk of bleaching

Australian scientists have come up with a model that will help researchers quickly identify soft corals most vulnerable to bleaching from marine heatwaves, helping prioritise resources to preserve reefs. Coral bleaching has struck many reefs around the world, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which was…

Sri Lanka gives public workers extra day off to cope fuel shortage

Sri Lanka has approved a four-day work week for public sector workers to help them cope with a chronic fuel shortage and encourage them to grow food, the government said on Tuesday, as it struggles with its worst financial crisis in decades. The island nation, which employs about one million people in its public…

UK govt approves extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to US on spying charges

The UK government on Friday gave the go-ahead for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to the US to face charges over the alleged leak of classified documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel gave the requisite ministerial sign-off for the 50-year-old Australian…

US Midterm election 2022: Why it is very important | Your Guide

Election season is back in the United States, and President Joe Biden-led Democrats are up for a big test as America gears up for the midterm polls on November 8, 2022. Their biggest contender remains Donald Trump, who is still the face of the Republican party amid the January 6th committee hearings centered around his…