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  • Today in History: August 11
    Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 11: 1919 - Scottish-born American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie died at 83. 1952 - King Hussein of Jordan took the throne after his father, King Talal, was declared unfit to rule because of mental illness. 1956 - U.S. painter Jackson Pollock, leader of the abstract expressionist movement, was killed in a car accident. He introduced the technique of pouring paint onto canvas. 1966
  • Today in History: August 10
    Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 10: 1913 - The Treaty of Bucharest was signed between Bulgaria and the Balkan allies Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Romania, ending the second Balkan war. 1920 - After World War One, Turkey and the Allied powers signed the Treaty of Sevres, which relieved Turkey of control of much of the land ruled by the Ottoman Empire. 1994 - The Bangladeshi feminist writer Taslima Nasrin, fleeing death threats at h
  • 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
    Reuters  Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Aug. 9: 1919 - The Italian composer and librettist Ruggiero Leoncavallo, famed for his opera "Pagliacci", died aged 62. 1945 - The United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Japan, this time on the city of Nagasaki; a wide area was reduced to ashes and more than 70,000 people were killed. 1969 - The actress Sharon Tate, wife of the film director Roman Polanski, was found murdered with four
  • Today in History: August 08
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Aug. 8: 1900 - The first Davis Cup tennis competition began at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, and was won by the United States two days later. 1919 - Frank Winfield Woolworth, the American businessman who founded the 5- and 10-cent stores in 1879, died. By the time of his death, the F.W. Woolworth company had over 1,000 outlets. 1942 - In World War Two, six German saboteurs were executed in the
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - August 07
    Reuters  Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Aug. 7: 1942 - The first U.S. land offensive of World War Two in the Pacific started in the Southern Solomon Islands, on Guadalcanal. 1947 - The raft Kon Tiki ran aground on the Tuamotu Archipelago in the Pacific, 101 days after leaving Peru. The expedition, led by the Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl, was intended to prove that pre-Incan South American Indians could have colonised Polynesian islands by drifting
  • 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 6
    Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 6: 1914 - Austria-Hungary declared war on Russia, and Serbia declared war on Germany in World War One. 1926 - American Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel, taking just over 14 hours. 1932 - The first annual film festival began in Venice. Italy, France, Germany, Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union took part. 1945 - The U.S. Air Force dropped the first atomi
  • TODAY IN HISTORY -August 5
    Reuters  Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 5: 1940 - Latvia was absorbed into the Soviet Union as the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic. 1962 - American film actress Marilyn Monroe died in Los Angeles at the age of 36. 1984 - British actor Richard Burton died at the age of 58. 1995 - The United States and Vietnam declared an end to decades of enmity, formally established diplomatic ties and pledged a new era of cooperation. 1995 -
  • 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
    Reuters  Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 4: 1916 - Denmark agreed to cede the Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million. The deal took effect the following March 31. 1944 - After two years hiding in an Amsterdam back room, Anne Frank, her sister, her parents and four other Jews were discovered by the Gestapo. Her diary, found after the war, was published in over 30 languages and turned into a p
  • 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
  • Growing calls to scrap 'racist' names for Australian landmarks
    Georgina Hewson Thomson Reuters Foundation Like many indigenous Australians, Pat Dudgeon grew up in the shadow of a mountain range that made her feel inferior and "conquered" on her own traditional lands. The King Leopold Ranges, a mountain chain in Western Australia, were named after the Belgian ruler King Leopold II, whose regime killed and maimed millions of Congolese in the late 1800s. So, when the landmark was renamed Wunaamin Miliwundi on July 3 to honour its
  • Today in History: August 03
    Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on August 3: 1914 - Germany declared war on France at the start of World War One. 1977 - Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus died of a heart attack in Nicosia. 1998 - Alfred Schnittke, one of the most original and influential composers to emerge from the Soviet Union, died. 2000 - The Indonesian attorney-general's office formally charged ex-president Suharto with corruption. 2001 - Thailand's Constituti
  • Today in History July 31
    Reuters 1910 - British murderer Dr Hawley Crippen was arrested on a ship off Canada. Although disguised, the Captain recognised him and radioed Scotland Yard. This was the first arrest effected by radio. 1954 - Mount Godwin-Austen (K2) in the Himalayas was first climbed by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio. 1993 - King Baudouin of Belgium, Europe's longest serving monarch, died of a heart attack while on holiday in Spain. 1997 – Lauren Bacall and children
  • Today in History July 30
    Reuters 1912 - Japanese Emperor Meiji died and was succeeded by Yoshihito. During Meiji's reign Japan was transformed into one of the modern world's great powers. 1916 - Black Tom explosion in New Jersey. 1938 - Henry Ford celebrates his 75th birthday. 1945 - The U.S. cruiser Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine killing over 800 people. 1949 - The British warship Amethyst made its escape down the Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chine
  • Naknyulum – Killing the darkness of COVID-19
    E Kire ‘Next week is Naknyulum. This is so apt a time, where besides the never-ending Naga issue, we are embroiled in darkness due to corruption and the uncertainty of COVID-19. The Naknyulum festival is so timely in that this festival calls for each of us to become the monster-killer. The darkness is so blinding that we do not seem to see the goodness in others, or that of our own ability to care and share. The six-tailed tiger is clearlyrepresentative of our own personal cha
  • Today in History July 29
    Reuters 1900 - Italy's King Umberto I was assassinated at Monza by anarchist Gaetano Bresci. 1937 - Coronation of King Farouk in Cairo, Egypt. 1948 - The first Olympic Games after World War Two opened at London's Wembley Stadium. 1981 - Former Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr granted political asylum in France. 1981 - Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, married Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London. 2001 - U.S. cyclist Lance Armstron
  • ‘Working on the Frontline to End Human Trafficking’
    World Day Against Trafficking In Persons- July 30 “We only have two choices- do something or do nothing” - Tony Kirwan Every year on 30th July, the world unites to observe World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, a day designated by United Nations, to recognize human trafficking as a serious crime and a complete violation of human rights. The United Nations theme for this year  is“Working on the Frontline to End Human Trafficking”. This year's th