Source of Iodine oxide gas responsible for destruction of ozone over oceans identified

Scientists at the University of York and Leeds in Britain have established that the majority of ozone-depleting gas iodine oxide observed over the remote ocean comes from a previously unknown marine source. As per researchers, the main source of iodine oxide can be explained by emissions of hypoiodous acid (HOI) – a gas not yet considered as being released from the ocean – along with a contribution from molecular iodine.

‘Krishi Karman Award’ to states with record foodgrain production

President Pranab Mukherjee honored 8 states with ‘Krishi Karman Awards’ in recognition to their special achievements in foodgrain production in 2011-12.

The Awardees with their respective achievement category:

  • Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Manipur and Nagaland awarded for their special contribution to total foodgrains production.
  • Bihar received the award for contribution to production and productivity of rice.
  • Haryana awarded for wheat.
  • Jharkhand for pulses.
  • Uttar Pradesh for coarse cereals.