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  • Today in History July 28
    Reuters 1914 - Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia after the June 28 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo. This led to further declarations of war, precipitating World War One. 1945 - A B-25 bomber lost in clouds and fog slammed into the side of the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 14 people. 2000 - U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright held talks with North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun, the two countries' highest-level meeti
  • Today in History July 27
    Reuters 1921 - Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolated insulin for the first time. It proved an effective treatment for diabetes. 1924 - Olympic Games conclude in Paris. 1949 - The British De Havilland Comet, the first jet-propelled airliner, made its maiden flight. 1953 - The Korean armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending the three-year Korean War in which 1.6 million North Koreans and Chinese and over 118,000 United Nations troops died. 1980 - The d
  • Argentina counts on new satellite  technology to guard forests day and night
    Marcela Valente Thomson Reuters Foundation Argentina plans to put into orbit a satellite with new precision technology in the coming days, to monitor felling of its native forests round the clock and accurately measure forest carbon stocks in a bid to help curb climate change, scientists said. The SAOCOM 1B satellite, manufactured in the South American country, is due to be launched between July 25 and 30 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, managed by experts from Argentina's Na
  • Today in History July 26
    Reuters 1941 - President Franklin D Roosevelt appointed General Douglas MacArthur as Commander of U.S Forces in the Far East. 1945 - Britain, China and the United States issued the Potsdam Declaration threatening Japan with "prompt and utter destruction" if it did not surrender unconditionally to end World War Two. 1952 - King Farouk of Egypt abdicated and was ordered to leave the country, three days after a coup led by General Neguib. 1952 - Eva Peron, the celebr
  • Today in History July 25
    Reuters 1909 - Frenchman Louis Bleriot made the first crossing of the English Channel by air, flying his monoplane from Les Baraques, near Calais, to Dover. 1934 - Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss was assassinated in Vienna by Nazis. 1943 - Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was forced to resign after a meeting of his Grand Council. King Victor Emmanuel appointed Marshal Badoglio as prime minister. 1978 - The world's first test-tube baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born
  • Today in History July 24
    Reuters 1923 - The Treaty of Lausanne was signed between Turkey and the allied powers. Turkey gave up all claims to non-Turkish territories lost in World War One. 1936 - Britain's "Talking Clock" launched. 1993 - Russia's central bank announced a drastic reform of its monetary system, saying all banknotes issued up to the end of 1992 would be withdrawn from circulation. 2001 - Bulgaria's parliament approved the former King Simeon II as the new prime mi
  • Today in History July 23
    Reuters 1948 - D. W. Griffith, American director of the silent film epics "Birth of a Nation", and "Intolerance", died. 1951 - Marshal Philippe Petain died in prison. French hero for his commanding role in World War One, he headed the Vichy government that collaborated with the German occupiers in World War Two and was sentenced to life in prison. 1952 - A military coup led by General Neguib overthrew and banished King Farouk in Egypt. 1955 - Cordell Hul
  • Today in History July 22
    Reuters 1917 - Alexander Kerensky became prime minister of Russia, taking over from Prince Lvov. 1934 - John Dillinger, famed U.S. bank robber, was shot dead by FBI agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theatre after 13 months on the run. 1990 - Mongolians vote in country's first free elections. 1997 - An Italian court handed former Nazi SS Captain Erich Priebke a five-year prison sentence for his role in Italy's worst World War Two atrocity but freed his co-defenda
  • They died so that our land may heal
    Tungshang Ningreichon  Sometimes, death speaks stronger than our lives, our conversations and everyday languages. The death of the six cadres of the Naga army in Arunachal Pradesh on July 11, 2020 affected us in different ways. It would not have mattered who the six people were or which organization they belonged to.  The pictures that widely circulated in social media suggest that it was not an encounter as reported in the news. It appeared that they had not anticipate
  • Today in History July 21
    Reuters 1904 - After 13 years of construction, the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Vladivostok was completed. 1944 - U.S. forces liberated the Pacific island of Guam, held by the Japanese since December 1941. 1969 - The U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped from the lunar module Eagle to become the first man to walk on the moon. 2002 - The long-distance telephone and data company WorldCom buckled under a $3.85 billion accounting scandal and a mountain of junk-rated de
  • TODAY in HISTORY: July 21
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on July 21   1773: Pope Clement XIV abolishes the Jesuit order.   1798: Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Arab Mameluke warriors at the Battle of the Pyramids.   1861: In the first major battle of the Civil War, Confederate forces defeat the Union Army along Bull Run near Manassas Junction, Virginia. The battle becomes known as Manassas by the Confederates, while the Union calls it Bull Run.  
  • Today in History July 20
    Reuters 1937 - Guglielmo Marconi, Italian physicist and pioneer of wireless telegraphy, died. 1944 - German officers made an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by planting a bomb under a table in the Nazi leader's "Wolf's Lair" headquarters in East Prussia. 1969 - One giant leap for mankind with Moon landing. 1974 - Turkish forces invaded northern Cyprus, shelling Kyrenia and moving inland towards Nicosia. 1989 - Burmese opposition leader
  • Today in History July 19
    Reuters 1947 - Burma's effective prime minister and independence leader U Aung San was assassinated along with six other ministers. 1965 - Syngman Rhee, first president of South Korea, died. 1980 - The 22nd Summer Olympics opened in Moscow; more than 40 nations boycotted the games in protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. 1992 - A car bomb killed Paolo Borsellino, a leading anti-Mafia judge, in Palermo, Sicily. 1996 - Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic
  • Today in History July 18
    Reuters 1936 - The Spanish Civil War began with a revolt at Melilla in what was then Spanish Morocco. 1969 - U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy's car went off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, killing his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. 1994 - A bomb at a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires killed 96 people. 1998 - South African President Nelson Mandela celebrated his 80th birthday by marrying Graca Machel, widow of Mozambican president Samora Machel. 2003 -
  • Today in History July 17
    Reuters 1903 - The American-born artist James Whistler, best known for the portrait of his mother, died. 1945 - The post-World War Two Potsdam Conference began, bringing together British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and U.S. President Harry Truman. 1959 - Billie Holiday, jazz and blues singer, died. 1969 - In Spain, Generalisimo Francisco Franco named Prince Juan Carlos as his eventual successor as head of state. 1973 - A military coup in
  • Identity politics in Nagaland & beyond
    Nukhosa Chüzho Kohima   Voice of the young   “...spoke of their problems with the Burmese Army; of beatings, rapes, and boys pressed into service as porters. Conditions in their villages were Spartan enough, there being no roads, no schools, no health centres, so if people took seriously ill they died without help. However, sometimes they lost everything if their village was burned by the Burmese Army” recollected Prof Visier Meyasetsu Sany&uum
  • Finding silver lining amidst the chaos
    Chongboi Singson Kohima  Who would have thought these dark days would dawn upon us? We had hoped that we would find a cure and our lives would return to how it used to be at the earliest. But sadly, it didn't turn out too well and now; we are fighting a battle, COVID-19 which would go down in history. As most of us sit in the comfort of our homes, we don't know how it feels to be a doctor or a nurse working in the frontline fighting for millions of lives. What woul
  • Today in History July 16
    Reuters 1935 - The world's first parking meters were installed in Oklahoma City. 1951 - King Leopold III of Belgium abdicates. 1969 - Apollo 11 took off on its historic mission to land men on the moon with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins aboard. 1989 - The Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan died. 1999 - A plane carrying John F. Kennedy Jr, his wife and her sister crashed off the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, killing all
  • Preparing students for career success: A holistic approach
    Dr Meyingangla Counselor, Immanuel College Dimapur    Career readiness and competencies are what allow employers to communicate their needs and enable educators to understand how well students are prepared to meet these needs. More than good grades and high test scores, students who develop and demonstrate career readiness competencies are better positioned for success in the workplace. The employers looked at competency dimensions such as, leadership, professional,
  • Why it is illegal to post non-IAS cadre officers as DCs
    Ghunavi G Kinnimi Sumi Guwahati  The services of government servants are governed by the Government Services Rules. Government machineries must function within the ambit of guidelines, rules and acts with political neutrality for transparency and accountability in public services. In most cases,  public are not aware of government services rules whereas government officials always fail to comply the guidelines and rules of public services,  which in turn indulge