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20 May in History: Vasco da Gama arrived in India

On 20th May, 1498 two years after he set sail from Lisbon, Portugal, Vasco da Gamaarrived on the Western sea coast of India at Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala. This was the first time that a European had arrived in India via the sea. Thus, da Gama is credited with the discovery of the sea route to India. Background Many sailors… Continue reading 20 May in History: Vasco da Gama arrived in India

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Difference Between a Comet, Asteroid and Meteor?

Asteroids are generally larger chunks of rock that come from the asteroid belt located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Sometimes their orbits get perturbed or altered and some asteroids end up coming closer to the Sun, and therefore closer to Earth. Comets are much like asteroids, but might have a more ice, methane, ammonia, and… Continue reading Difference Between a Comet, Asteroid and Meteor?

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Polar Vortex and its impact

The term Vortex means a whirling mass of fluid or air, especially a whirlpool or whirlwind. It can define as “the counter-clockwise flow of air that helps keep the colder air near the Poles.” The Polar vortex is an upper-level low-pressure area lying near one of the Earth's poles. The Earth's atmosphere has two polar vortices which are overlying the… Continue reading Polar Vortex and its impact

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Detailed News Articles: 18 May 2019

1. ‘Ujala Clinics’ set for revamp A workshop of adolescent health counsellors was organised in Rajasthan under the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram. Details: As part of an ambitious plan to revamp Ujala Clinics (Adolescent friendly health clinics) for adolescents, the Rajasthangovernment will appoint peer educators and “shadow educators” for counselling of youngsters and ensure better coordination with… Continue reading Detailed News Articles: 18 May 2019

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18 May in History: Smiling Buddha: 1974

The day was May 18 in the year 1974. On this day, the Indian government conducted its first nuclear test in the deserts of Pokhran, Rajasthan making it a peaceful nuclear explosion. Smiling Buddha' (MEA designation: Pokhran-I) was the assigned code name of India's first successful nuclear bomb test. With the Smiling Buddha, India became… Continue reading 18 May in History: Smiling Buddha: 1974

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Detailed News Articles: 17 May 2019

1. Scorching heat forces animals out of Seshachalam biosphere With the summer heat touching 45 degree Celsius, the wild animals in the Seshachalam biosphere, which is spread over Chittoor and Kadapa districts in Andhra Pradesh, are facing a torrid time. Details: With water sources and food depleting, even shy and critically endangered species are foraying into… Continue reading Detailed News Articles: 17 May 2019

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17 May in History: Britain formally declared war on France

The Seven Year Global War was fought from 1754 to 1763, actually a period of nine years, between France and Britain. Other European powers like Spain, Prussia (Germany) & Austria also got engaged in the war. Known as the Global War since it was fought on different battlegrounds including North America, Caribbean, India, West Coast… Continue reading 17 May in History: Britain formally declared war on France

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Detailed News Articles: 16 May 2019

1. IMD says southwest monsoon will reach Kerala on June 6 The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the southwest monsoon would be “slightly delayed” over Kerala and arrive on June 6. Southwest Monsoons: India gets southwest monsoon winds in the summers and northeast monsoons during the winters. The former arise because of the formation of intense low-pressure… Continue reading Detailed News Articles: 16 May 2019

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Air Pollution Indexes, Standards, Reports and Fly Ash

National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act empowers Central Pollution Control Board to set standards for the quality of air. Current NAAQS were notified by CPCB in the year 2009. Pollutants  covered under NAAQS are Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Particulate Matter PM 10, Particulate Matter PM 2.5,… Continue reading Air Pollution Indexes, Standards, Reports and Fly Ash

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16 May in History: Sikkim was annexed into India

“There is a sacred veil to be thrown over the beginnings of all government.” ~ quoted in an article about Sunanda Datta-Ray’s book Smash & Grab: Annexation of Sikkim, in the Business Standard magazine. Originally quoted by Edmund Burke on the trial of Warren Hastings, this quotation brings forth a harsh reality about the documented history of a… Continue reading 16 May in History: Sikkim was annexed into India