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India to witness annular solar eclipse on June 21

Eclipsed Sun should not be viewed with the naked eye, even for a very short time. It will cause permanent damage to the eyes leading to blindness even when the moon covers most portion of the Sun.

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New Delhi, June 16 : The Ministry of Earth Sciences on Tuesday said that an annular solar eclipse will occur on June 21 and the celestial event will be visible in Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttarakhand.

A solar eclipse occurs on a new moon day when it comes in between the earth and the sun and all the three objects are aligned.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the angular diameter of the moon falls short of that of the sun and it fails to cover up the latter completely. As a result a ring of the sun”s disk remains visible around the moon.

The sky gazers will get an opportunity to observe the “ring of fire” during the phenomenon.

The eclipse will be seen as a partial solar eclipse from the rest of the country. Few prominent places within this narrow annularity path are Dehradun, Kurukshetra, Chamoli, Joshimath, Sirsa, Suratgarh, etc.

In India, the obscuration of the sun by the moon at the time of greatest phase of the annular eclipse will be nearly 98.6 per cent.

Obscuration of the sun by the moon at the time of the greatest phase of partial eclipse will be around 94 per cent in Delhi, 80 per cent in Guwahati, 78 per cent in Patna, 75 per cent in Silchar, 66 per cent in Kolkata, 62 per cent in Mumbai, 37 per cent in Bangalore, 34 per cent in Chennai, 28 per cent in Port Blair.

Eclipsed Sun should not be viewed with the naked eye, even for a very short time. It will cause permanent damage to the eyes leading to blindness even when the moon covers most portion of the Sun.

Safe technique to observe the solar eclipse is either by using a proper filter like aluminized Mylar, black polymer, welding glass of shade number 14 or by making a projection of the sun”s image on a white board by telescope.

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Water-logging after heavy showers in Delhi, but rain deficiency down

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) Heavy rains lashed Delhi on Thursday morning, bringing down the capital’s rain deficiency for the monsoon season to the lowest in 10 years. The downpour, which was reportedly the heaviest spell of rains this monsoon, resulted in water-logging at several places. Traffic too was disrupted and commuters struggled.

“Due to heavy rains, a drain has been damaged near Khaira village T-point on Dhansa road where underground metro work is going on. Traffic movement has been closed on 200 meters stretch of that portion of Dhansa road,” the Delhi Traffic police said.

Diversion of heavy traffic including buses and goods vehicles was done from Rawta village mod on main Dhansa road. The diverted traffic has to take the Rawta mod – Ujjawa village – Gumenhera village -Khaira village road to reach the Najafagarh phirni road.

Due to continuous rains, water-logging was also reported at Chhatta Rail, Kela Ghat, IP flyover, Minto Road, Bakoli Khampur, Mundka Nangloi, Mayapuri flyover, Raja Garden flyover, roundabout at Mandi House and Guru Nanak Chowk.

Traffic was also affected after a tree fell on the road in front of the Delhi High Court complex. Commuters had to wait near Pul Prahladpur underpass as water-logging made it difficult for motorists and pedestrians to cross the stretch.

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TN Covid cases up by 5,835

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Chennai, Aug 13 Tamil Nadu logged 5,835 fresh Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours while a total of 5,146 people were cured of the disease and discharged from different hospitals in the state, said the Health Department on Thursday.

In a statement issued here, the department said 5,835 persons tested positive for coronavirus taking the tally to 320,355.

The total number of Covid-19-cured patients discharged from various hospitals in the state went up by 5,146 to 261,459.

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the state after taking into account the cured and dead stands at 53,499. The state recorded the deaths of 119 Covid-19 patients taking the death toll till date to 5,397.

The number of infected children in the state in the age group of 0-12 went up to 15,614.

The state capital Chennai continued to head the Covid-19 infection table with 989 persons testing positive for the virus and its total tally stands at 113,058.

( With inputs from IANS 

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Kolkata top cop tests Covid positive

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A senior Kolkata Police officer tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, police said.

City police Joint Commissioner (Headquarters) Subhankar Sinha Sarkar tested positive for Covid-19 at the Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar. He was suffering from fever for the past three days and went for a corona test. The report came out on Thursday.

Police sources at Lalbazar said Sarkar has now gone into home isolation. His condition is stable as of now. Those who came in contact with him in the past one week will also have to undergo Covid tests at Lalbazar.

According to sources, all police stations have been advised to reduce the number of police personnel at barracks to avoid Covid-19 infections. Over 1,000 frontline Covid warriors of the Kolkata Police have already been infected by coronavirus. Many of them are still in home isolation.

Source: IANS

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