Water Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink…..

In July 2006 Mumbai was paralyzed by heavy Monsoon rains that left more than 850 people dead and millions displaced.The rains exposed those inherent loopholes in the urban planning that routinely bring miseries to the city dwellers in India. Yesterday Veeral Dholakia was beaten to death by the unruly police for protesting on the street …

Taji Mideren

A resident of Elopain village in the Ithun Valley, Lohit District, North-East Frontier Agency (Arunachal Pradesh), Taji Mideren was a farmer and trader. He took part in the activities against British rule and killed  three British officers near the Dikran river in 1905. He organized his Mishmi fellow tribals and got them to come together …

Maski

Maski is an archaeological site in the Raichur district of the state of Karnataka, India. It lies on the bank of the Maski river which is a tributary of the Tungabhadra. The site came into prominence with the discovery of a minor rock edict of Emperor Ashoka by C. Beadon in 1915. It was the first edict …

Haileybury College

an educational and training institute for the newly recruited cadets of the east india company. The idea of giving the East India Cadets (newly recruited members of the Company’s Civil Service) a designed education and training before they entered active service was first conceived and implemented by Lord wellesley. With the purpose of educating and …

Kiang Nongbah

  Raja Rajendra Singh of Jaintiapur, a Jaintia king was deprived of his kingdom as his territory in the plains was taken away by the British. He was left with the option to rule over his people in the hills which offered little scope for earning revenue for running the administration. Hence he declined kingship. …

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 – Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, and Ada E. Yonath

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2009 jointly to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom Thomas A. Steitz, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA Ada E. Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel “for studies of the structure and function of …

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009

(nobelprize.org) The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 jointly to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak for the discovery of “how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase“ Summary This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine …

Mission Chandrayaan-I of India Confirms Presence of Water On the Moon – A breakthrough!!!

For all those doubting Thomases regarding India’s prowess in space exploration here is a news to digest. A paper to be published in Science on coming Friday has revealed that the Moon contains abundant amount of water near its poles – and this is confirmed after the detailed analyses of data sent by India’s Chandrayaan-I …

A Simple Strategy For Cracking UPSC, IAS Preliminary Examination

(This post was written way back in 2009 and may not be relevant to present UPSC pattern – but it will be soon updated to suit 2014 prelims ) Preliminary examination is intended to eliminate non serious candidates and provide an opportunity for the serious students to compete in the main examinations. Most of the aspirants …

List of Jnanpith Award Winners – India’s Highest Literary Award

Year Name Language 1965 G Sankara KurupOtakkuzhal                                      Malayalam 1966 Tarashankar Bandopadhyaya Bengali 1967 Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa (Kuvempu) Sri Ramayana Darshanam               Kannada 1967 Umashankar Joshi Gujarati 1968 Sumitranandan PantCOMPLETE COLLECTION      …

THE RIO DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (1992)

THE RIO DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (1992) Preamble The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Having met at Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 14 June 1992, Reaffirming the Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, adopted at Stockholm on 16 June 1972, and seeking to build upon it, With …

Text of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Speech in the Parliament Reiterating India’s Stance Taken During NAM Summit at Sharm-Al-Sheikh in Delinking Talks From Terrorism While Dealing With Pakistan

Madam Speaker, As I have said many times before, we cannot wish away the fact that Pakistan is our neighbour. We should be good neighbours. If we live in peace, as good neighbours do, both of us can focus our energies on the many problems – our abject poverty that confront millions and millions of …

Kalam Effect

By Vinay:   After the serial ‘salaam’ing of Mr. kalam for being silent on the issue of getting frisked and the serial slamming of the Continental Airlines for frisking him, it seems many netas are still not satisfied. One young neta from Orissa has come up with a solution; that not 31 but only 3+1 …