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  • TODAY in HISTORY: August 14
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 15 1261: Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army. 1385: John of Portugal defeats John of Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota. 1598: Hugh O'Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at Battle of Yellow Ford. 1760: Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz. 1864: The Confederate raider Tallahassee captures six Federal ships off New
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - August 14, 2020
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 14 1457: The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust. He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil. 1559: Spanish explorer Tristan de Luna enters Pensacola Bay, Florida. 1605: The Popham expedition reaches the Sagadahoc River in present-day Maine and settles there. 1756: French
  • Hand sanitizers - Its quality and availability
    Dr T Tiakaba Jamir Chemistry Department, Kohima Science College, Jotsoma With the increasing number of covid-19 infected cases and in the absence of vaccine, maintaining proper hand hygiene at all time become one of the basic measures to prevent and to fight against the virus. And to achieve this, use of alcohol based hand sanitizers has become one of the important components. Quality hand sanitizers and its availability in the market at a reasonable rate are very essential for the
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - August 13, 2020
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 13 1680: War starts when the Spanish are expelled from Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Indians under Chief Pope. 1704: The Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Austria defeat the French Army at the Battle of Blenheim. 1787: The Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia. 1862: Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats a Union army under Thomas Crittenden at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 1881: The first African
  • Law in Motion - 2
    Rupin Sharma IPS  In the first piece, I had tried to explain the basic structure of Indian law in criminal matters. However, one thing that wasn’t elucidated there was the hierarchy of laws. The hierarchy of laws starts from the Indian Constitution at the top, the Central Laws i.e.., the laws enacted by the Parliament and the State Specific Laws.  Almost all laws provide for the Central Government and the State Governments to make ‘bye-laws’ and/or &ls
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - August 12, 2020
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 12 0030: Cleopatra VII, Queen of Egypt, commits suicide. 1791: Black slaves on the island of Santo Domingo rise up against their white masters. 1863: Confederate raider William Quantrill leads a massacre of 150 men and boys in Lawrence, Kansas. 1896: Gold is discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. After word reaches the United States in June of 1897, thousands of Americans head to the Klondike t
  • Happy Hormones
    Morotsung Longchar Kohima Mental Health is a very important aspect of a healthy life. But what actually does Mental Health mean? Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioural, and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave. People sometimes use the term “mental health” to mean the absence of a mental disorder. Mental health can affect daily living, relationships, and physical health. However, this link also works in the other direction. Fa
  • Today in History: August 11
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 11 1906: In France, Eugene Lauste receives the first patent for a talking film. 1908: Britain's King Edward VII meets with Kaiser Wilhelm II to protest the growth of the German navy. 1912: Moroccan Sultan Mulai Hafid abdicates his throne in the face of internal dissent. 1916: The Russia army takes Stanislau, Poland, from the Germans. 1929: Babe Ruth hits his 500th major league home run against the Clev
  • Today in History: August 10
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 10 0955: Otto organizes his nobles and defeats the invading Magyars at the Battle of Lechfeld in Germany. 1539: King Francis of France declares that all official documents are to be written in French, not Latin. 1557: French troops are defeated by Emmanuel Philibert's Spanish army at St. Quentin, France. 1582: Russia ends its 25-year war with Poland. 1628: The Swedish warship Vasa capsizes and sinks in
  • Law in Motion
    Rupin Sharma, IPS Although it is almost impossible to discuss all provisions of all the laws on crimes and all the nuances associated with them, I intend commencing a series of write-ups where certain degree of legal advice can be imparted to ordinary citizens on their rights, their duties and the duties, rights, and powers of the police officials and public servants associated with the administration of justice. I will be open to suggestions of topics on which public may want mo
  • Today in History August 9
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Aug 09 0048: Julius Caesar defeats Gnaius Pompey at Pharsalus. 0480: The Persian army defeats Leonidas and his Spartan army at the Battle Thermopylae, Persia. 1483: Pope Sixtus IV celebrates the first mass in the Sistine Chapel, which is named in his honor. 1549: England declares war on France. 1645: Settlers in New Amsterdam gain peace with the Indians after conducting talks with the Mohawks. 1805: Austria jo
  • Today in History: August 08
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Aug 08 1636: The invading armies of Spain, Austria and Bavaria are stopped at the village of St.-Jean-de-Losne, only 50 miles from France. 1648: Ibrahim, the sultan of Istanbul, is thrown into prison, then assassinated. 1786: Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard become the first men to climb Mont Blanc in France. 1844: Brigham Young is chosen to head the Mormon Church, succeeding Joseph Smith. 1863: Conf
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - August 07, 2020
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 07 1888: Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia receives a patent for the revolving door. 1906: In North Carolina, a mob defies a court order and lynches three African Americans which becomes known as "The Lyerly Murders." 1934: In Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that the government can neither confiscate nor ban James Joyce's novel Ulysses. 1936: The United States declares non
  • Critique of the NEP 2020
    Besesayo Kezo, IPS, Retd DGP Approach to the new National Education Policy 2020 is a progressive and ambitious policy statement by the government of India in its attempt at overhauling and revamping much needed structure of the education system. It envisages introducing drastic changes in restructuring the education system; right from the primary stage to the university level replacing the present system of 10+2 by 5+3+3+4 and Bachelor’s Degrees, MA and M Phil by Graduation C
  • The shift of National Education Policy
    Dr Gautam Patikar Nagaland University The new National Education Policy announcement is a very significant step for strengthening our education system. The announcement is historic as the new policy has come out after almost 34 years. There have been revolutionary changes in this New Education Policy as compared to the earlier ones. Most of the changes brought in this New Education Policy mainly focus on 21st Century oriented skill based India’s education system. The earli
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - August 06, 2020
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 6 1890: William Kemmler becomes the first man to be executed by the electric chair. 1904: The Japanese army in Korea surrounds a Russian army retreating to Manchuria. 1914: Ellen Louise Wilson, the first wife of the twenty-eighth president, Woodrow Wilson, dies of Bright's disease. 1942: The Soviet city of Voronezh falls to the German army. 1945: Paul Tibbets, the commander of Enola Gay, drops the firs
  • TODAY IN HISTORY -August 05, 2020
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 05 1858: The first transatlantic cable is completed. 1864: The Union Navy captures Mobile Bay in Alabama. 1892: Harriet Tubman receives a pension from Congress for her work as a nurse, spy and scout during the Civil War. 1914: The first electric traffic signal lights are installed in Cleveland, Ohio. 1914: The British Expeditionary Force mobilizes for World War I. 1915: The Austro-German Army takes Wars
  • NASA’s big move to search for life on Mars – and to bring rocks home
    Briony Horgan, Purdue University and Melissa Rice, Western Washington University NASA just took the next giant leap in the search for signs of life beyond Earth. On July 30, NASA launched its most sophisticated and ambitious spacecraft to Mars: the aptly named Perseverance rover. This will be the third launch to Mars this month, following the UAE’s Hope and China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft. Perseverance will look for signatures of ancient life preserved in Mars rocks. And
  • Today in History: August 04
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 04 1789: The Constituent Assembly in France abolishes the privileges of nobility. 1790: The Revenue Cutter service, the parent service of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, is organized. 1864: Federal troops fail to capture Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, one of the Confederate forts defending Mobile Bay. 1875: The first Convention of Colored Newspapermen is held in Cincinnati, Ohio. 1879: A law is passed in Ge
  • Are lockdowns really necessary?
    Prof GT Thong Kohima There are so many theories, and so-called conspiracy theories about the 2019 coronavirus, and precautionary measures that need or need not be adopted. This includes the dreaded ‘Lockdown’, which is far more damaging than the virus itself. Somehow, one cannot help feeling like a pawn in the grander scheme of things. But that is a story for the future by the experts. India’s massive lockdown in March, when just a handful of cases were detecte