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Corals

Facts: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, could suffer a bleaching event every two years by 2034 under the current level of greenhouse gas pollution, finds a new study.   What are Corals? Corals are 500 million years old. Starting off as simple, solitary organisms, they have come a long way …

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Pokhran II

  It was series of five nuclear bomb test explosions conducted at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in May 1998. Pokhran-II consisted of five detonations, of which the first was a fusion bomb and the remaining four were fission bombs. Trigger In the 90’s came the (negotiations for) CTBT (Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty). It was a tricky situation. If India signed on to CTBT, it would …

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Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP)

It is a new program launched by NITI Ayog.   Objective Build vibrant ecosystem for women across country to help realise their entrepreneurial aspirations, scale-up innovative initiatives and chalk-out sustainable, long-term strategies for their businesses. Power vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem through an enabling network of industry collaborations, partnerships, mentors and peer-to-peer connect. Address bottlenecks faced by …

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Mithila painting

  Mithila painting is folk painting practiced in Mithila region of India (especially Bihar) and Nepal. It is also known as Madhubani paintings which mean ‘forest of honey’. It has been mentioned in ancient Indian texts like Ramayana. It originated in small village known as Maithili in Bihar. Initially, women from village drew paintings on …

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Unplanned Urban Development : Example

Chennai in Tamil Nadu is a textbook example of how nature is being ignored in urban development-posed challenges. Unplanned urban development and unwieldy growth with no hydrological plan are causing many problems. Earlier, when there was heavy rain in catchment areas in the Chennai region, lakes, ponds, tanks, rivers and inter-linked drainage systems helped replenish …

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Menstrual hygiene

The United Nations has recognised menstrual hygiene as global public health and human rights issue. Yet across the globe, period poverty as some call it, is reality for millions of women and girls. Menstruation is still taboo subject in India and even women are uncomfortable discussing in public. There is nothing to be ashamed of. It is …

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