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India’s mean temperature rose by 0.6 degrees Celsius in 110 years

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New Delhi: The all-India mean temperature has risen by around 0.6 degrees Celsius in the last 110 years, in line with the rising global temperatures, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Photo credit: AP
Photo credit: AP

In a written reply, Minister for Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan, said the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report highlights that mean surface temperature of the globe has risen by 0.18 degrees Celsius.

“All-India mean temperature has risen nearly around 0.6 degrees over the last 110 years in line with the rising temperature across the globe. Every year, India experiences severe heat waves in summer, but in 2015, casualties were abnormally high,” Harsh Vardhan said.

The minister said the 2001-2010 decade was the warmest for the country as well as globally.

(IANS)

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)