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Wednesday, 23-May-2018

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MAA DURGA RESPLENDENT IN VARIOUS HUES

34 weeks ago
Durga Puja in Bengal means an outpouring of creativity at its best. If themes have been making wonderful strides in various community puja pandals across the city all these years, some of the organisers have made it a point to beat the trend. With Pujas almost round the corner, Devi Durga is getting a taste of London for the first time this year. Bhowanipore 75 Palli is set to bring a slice of London in the heart of the city. The gate of the pandal has been modelled after the Big Ben in London; the stage on which the deities will be adorned, will have the look of the London Bridge and the Westminster will be recreated. Fina...
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PRE-DINOSAUR HERBIVORE DISCOVERED

35 weeks ago
Did a horned 4-metre-long quadruped herbivorous reptile, believed to be a distant relative of the dinosaurs, roam over a wide region of central India 250 million years ago? Fossilised remains stumbled upon by a group of palaeontologists and researchers from India and Argentina firmly indicate that the giant animal that probably had a long neck and a small head with a pair of large horns directly above the orbits, might have a free reign in the region. Saswati Banerjee, Saradee Sengupta of the Geological Studies Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and Martin D. Ezcurra of Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales...
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TACKLING SHILLONG’S E-WASTES

36 weeks ago
Amidst growing environmental concerns over accumulation and management of e-waste, the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) is planning to set up an incubation centre where people can dispose of their obsolete electronic parts. MSPCB chairman CP Marak said the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA), State Council of Science, Technology and Environment (SCSTE) and Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board intends to promote the incubation centre. “We are working on a plan to ensure systematic collection and disposal of electronic waste (e-waste) in the state. There have been growing environmenta...
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WIDOW’S COW-SHELTER

38 weeks ago
My almost 13-hour long road trip to Vrindavan, even as cow-related violence continued to hog national headlines, a  Krishna-bhakt destitute widow in Vrindavan donated Rs 61 lakhs for the welfare of the bovine animal, which is believed to be the Lord Krishna’s favourite and most revered by Hindus. Yashoda Dasi, a 70-year-old destitute widow has become a living inspiration for hundreds who are keen for the protection of the bovine. Not many knew how what hardships Yashoda faced saving this money in the last 40 years to realise her dream. A resident of a well-to-do family in Katni district in Madhya Pradesh...
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TREASURES DEEP UNDER

39 weeks ago
The sea bed under the deep blue waters around peninsular India is home to more than 10,000 million tonnes of rich minerals and this treasure trove falls very much within the Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ) of the country, geologists have revealed. Having generated 181,025 sq km of high-resolution seabed morphological data over a period of three years, scientists at the Geological Survey of India(GSI) who conducted an intensive and thorough exploration and study of the complete data, have concluded that EEZ of India is rich with high value marine mineral resources that could benefit every stakeholder in the mining and geology...
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THE SMILING WALLS OF DELHI

40 weeks ago
It was a cloudy Sunday afternoon when a steady drizzle tapped on the roof, and like some other over-worked Delhi’ites, all I wanted to do was gorge on a plateful of pakoras and then snore to sleep. But such plans were of no avail. A long pending meeting forced me to travel down to the southern part of the city. Surprisingly, and thankfully, the dismal beginning to my Sunday slowly slipped into a memorable day, and a happy adventure. It was an amazing date with the exquisite art form that is as ancient as it is contemporary. In 2016 last year, a two-month long festival of Graffiti, that includes wall art, murals, and...
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AVOID A CRIME, LEARN AT SCHOOL

41 weeks ago
Two brothers in Rohtak district of Haryana have decided to marry the same girl. At Bibipur in Sonepath district close to Delhi, there is an acute scarcity of girls who could be married off to boys. These are not figments of imagination but facts. Looking at current trends of falling sex ratio, and anticipating a similar scenario in West Bengal in the near future, the health and education departments have decided to include this highly vexing issue in school curriculum. Because students are the future parents.  Blame it on the traditional psychology of the average Indian couple, birth of a girl in a family is h...
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Assam Seeks Special Package to Check Floods

42 weeks ago
The Assam government has made a case for a special financial package from the Centre for strengthening the network of embankments in the State as a safeguard against floods. Last week, a delegation of BJP MPs from Assam led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his Parliament House office and discussed several issues concerning the State.   The delegation which included Ramen Deka, RP Sharma, Bijoya Chakravarty, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Rameswar Teli and Pradan Baruah also urged the Prime Minister to depute a high-level Central team to assess the damages caused by floods and erosion in the state.  The Prime Minister has sought details...
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Are swimming pools hygenic?

43 weeks ago
Before you take a plunge, know this: There is unquestionably some amount of urine in the swimming pool. In any case, it’s most likely not that much. Around 1 of every 5 individuals have confessed to urinating in a swimming pool at any given time, as indicated by a 2012 overview. In case you’re asking Olympic swimmers, well, that rate is considerably higher: about 100 percent, said Carly Geehr, a previous individual from the U.S. National Swim Team. The American Chemical Society (ACS) evaluates that there are somewhere close to 30 millilitres and 80 mL (1 to 3 ounces) of urine per individual in a pool. Furthermore, one investigation from 1997 assessed a sum in the ...
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The Unsung Heroes

44 weeks ago
In October 1947, soon after India became independent, Pakistani troops had reached the borders of Kashmir. All the efforts of political leaders had failed. Time was ticking. In these conditions, Sardar Patel sent a message to the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), MS Golwalker, requesting him to use his influence to prevail upon the Maharaja to accede to India. ‘Guruji’, as he was fondly called, cancelled all engagements and rushed to Srinagar from Nagpur to resolve the delicate matter.  A meeting between Guruji and Maharaja Hari Singh was arranged. This historic meeting on the issue of national honour ended successfully, after which the Maharaja...
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BELOVEDS OF THE GODDESS!

45 weeks ago
The Rath Yatra is just over. Kumartuli, the famous colony of clay image makers of Calcutta, sports an image of the humdrum and the mundane from a distance. A peep inside the dingy lanes, however, would immediately correct one’s erroneous assumption. The celestial colony is far from quiet; the buzz of activities could be heard from almost all the makeshift chalas (structures that are the backdrops of the idols). The master iconographers alias clay modellers are back in action. For, the Durga Pujas, the four days of unrivaled revelry, are barely two and a half months away; the images that are likely to be on the pedestal, have...
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MAKING ODF SUCCESSFUL

46 weeks ago
Even as the Narendra Modi government has announced to make the state open defecation free (OFD) by 2018, there is an urgent need to address the requirement of some communities and villages that need toilets more than others.  According to government expenditure data, the centre had spent 89% of its annual budget by early January. Importantly, the measure of success has moved from the mere construction of toilets to achieving “open defecation free” (ODF) status and village after village have been busy trying to meet this goal.  Between April 2016 and January 2017, the total number of villages t...