More than 7 million households lacked bank, credit union accounts in 2019: FDIC

The FDIC estimated that of the 124.2 million U.S. households with a bank or credit account in 2019, roughly 1.5 million did not have one in 2017. The survey was conducted with the Census Bureau in June 2019 and received responses from nearly 33,000 households.

India’s air quality data for comparing annual pollution is patchy

The NAMP (National Air Quality Monitoring Programme) has been running since 1984. However, the publicly reported data on the CPCB website is only available since 2016 till October 2019. India has a network of 793 NAAQS stations covering 344 cities/towns in 29 States and six Union Territories. Under NAMP, four pollutants — Sulphur dioxide (So2), […]

Fissures erupt between cultural academies’ office-bearers, UT administration

The term of the chairpersons of the three academies was to end on March 15. While Madhav Kaushik of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi (CSA) did not seek an extension, it is learned that Kamal Arora of the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi (CSNA) and Bheem Malhotra of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi (CLKA) expressed interest in […]

Implementation of critical air pollution solutions pending, Epca tells SC

Epca has recommended that the environment ministry expedite the implementation of the plan through augmentation of public transport, non-motorised transport and inter- and intra-NCR transport connectivity. This includes time-bound and urgent implementation of the apex court’s directions, also specified in CAP, on the Phase IV of the Delhi Metro, construction of the different phases of […]

Delhi’s air quality likely to improve by Sunday

According to the India Meteorological Department, the predominant wind direction was northerly and the maximum wind speed was 10 kilometers per hour. The minimum temperature was recorded at 13.1 degrees Celsius. It was 12.5 degrees Celsius on Thursday the lowest in October in 26 years.

Delhi’s air quality ‘very poor’, likely to improve by Saturday

According to the India Meteorological Department, the predominant wind direction was northerly and the maximum wind speed was 10 kilometers per hour. The minimum temperature was recorded at 13.1 degrees Celsius. It was 12.5 degrees Celsius on Thursday — the lowest in October in 26 years.

Air pollution: New law, new hope, old challenges

SN Tripathi of IIT-Kanpur, however, welcomed the move, saying the commission will better coordinate efforts to curb air pollution among National Capital Region (NCR) states. “There was no single body, authority, ministry or state which was empowered or dedicated to do that. This ordinance is an excellent example of learning from what the US did […]

Delhi air quality stays severe for most parts of day, settles at very poor

Pawan Gupta, a senior scientist of earth sciences at the Science and Technology Institute (STI), Universities Space Research Association (USRA), said the number of farm fires spotted over Punjab and Haryana are likely to have crossed the 2,000 mark for the third consecutive day on Thursday.

Best remote learning MacBook for 2020: MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro

If you need a MacBook for everyday schoolwork, web surfing, movies and light creativity, go with the MacBook Air. Specifically the $1,099 Core i5 version. For most people, this is a good default starting point.  Need some more CPU muscle, or extra USB-C ports, or for some reason you really love the Touch Bar? Go […]

Pope Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

News of the Davis audience made headlines at the time and was viewed by conservatives as a papal stamp of approval for Davis, who was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. The Vatican, however, vigorously sought to downplay it, with the Vatican spokesman saying the meeting by no means indicated Francis’ support for […]