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Eight Indian beaches get Blue Flag Certification

In a first, eight Indian beaches have been awarded Blue Flag Certification by an eminent international jury. The government has hailed it as a big moment for environmentalists and the Swachh Bharat programme.  What does it mean? The eight beaches selected for the certification are Kappad (Kerala), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), […]

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PM Modi gets a cool new mode of travel

As you all must have seen in many movies, the leaders of a country travel in a special plane. Like the president of the United States travels in Air Force One. Till now India’s three highest dignitaries used to travel on Air India’s Boeing 747 planes, which have served for nearly 25 years. Now the […]

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Know the astounding works of Nobel Peace Prize winner

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2020 has been conferred on the UN agency World Food Programme (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger and for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for preventing the use of hunger being weaponised in war and conflict. So what is WFP and what does […]

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Nobel Prizes announced for Chemistry, Physics and Medicine

The 2020 Nobel Prizes have been announced. The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1,118,000), courtesy of a bequest left 124 years ago by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.  Chemistry: History made Emmanuelle Charpentier of France and Jennifer Doudna of the U.S. created […]

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Covid 19: He scorned it, now he has it

After months of undermining the effects and dangers related to Coronavirus, the US president Donald Trump declared that he was diagnosed with the infection last week. However, despite being still under treatment, he returned to White House and started working as usual. The US First Lady Melania Trump too has been diagnosed with the virus.  […]

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In depth: Why are Armenia and Azerbaijan at war?

Armenia and Azerbaijan are at loggerheads for more than four decades now. But the tensions escalated last month when Armenia declared martial law and moved its military to borders after claiming that Azerbaijan launched army operations in Nagorno-Karabakh. Though the situation is under control right now, the region is sitting on a ticking atom bomb. […]

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Farewell INS Viraat, the pride of Indian Navy

As INS Viraat gets ready to be dismantled at the ship breaking yard in Alang and then sold as scrap, let’s have a look at the glorious history and features of this magnificent beast on the water… The aircraft carrier, in its earlier avatar, had won the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982 for the […]

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In depth: Who are Uighurs, and why is China keeping them in camps?

For years now, people have been reporting mistreatment of Uighurs by Chinese government but over the past few months the international concerns and focus have grown due to reports of illegal imprisonment of this ethnic group. Before we talk about the issue, let’s know who Uighurs are. Who are Uighurs? Unlike most of the Chinese, […]

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Gandhi Jayanti Special: Some lesser-known facts about our Bapu

As we celebrate the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation on October 2, let’s know about some lesser known facts about the Mahatma… Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was not born with the title Mahatma. He was given the title to him by the Nobel Prize winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Gandhi ji and famous […]

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These history lessons are a lot of fun!

In order to strengthen our future, we need to understand our past. History not only gives us information on our past, but also teaches us how to improve our present and the future. Books which help us give insight both into the past and the future are rare gems and Meghaa Gupta’s Unearthed: An Environmental […]