Wednesday, 30th July 2014

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World

A buoy fitted with a rain gauge, floating on the waters off Lakshadweep Islands.
INDIA: Ocean buoys aren't glamorous, seemingly doing little more than bobbing about on the waves. However, they play a vital part in collecting data about what is happening in and above the oceans. That information is needed for weather forecasting and climate modelling as well as by scientists seeking to better understand ocean processes. Although satellites provide global coverage of the oceans, the errors in such measurement are usually high, points out P.N. Vinayachandran, an oceanographer at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Ocean buoys, when available, supply much more...
Nisha Biswal
INDIA: U.S. and other countries are sending more officials of Indian-origin to deal with India. It was an awkward moment for US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal and US department of Commerce official Arun Kumar when they faced questions from a Congressman who mistook them for Indian diplomats last week. Ms. Biswal was forced to reply, "I think your question is to the Indian government. We certainly share your sentiments and will advocate that on behalf of the U.S. government." In India just a few weeks earlier, Ms. Biswal had faced an equally awkward moment...