Celebrated on July 28 annually, the World Nature Conservation Day serves as a reminder to preserve our natural resources. It is observed to raise awareness about healthy environment as the premise of a stable and healthy society.
Every human being is responsible for the conservation of nature and each individual must participate in protecting the environment. Together, we need to work towards a sustainable world to ensure the wellbeing of the present as well as future generations.
The good news is to make a difference, you don’t need to break your fixed deposit or approach money lenders or investors. The way to conserve nature is through simple everyday activities. You can engage in small yet significant steps with your family and make a huge difference from your home itself.
Afghan diaspora hold protest march in California against Taliban atrocities
The Afghanistan diaspora is raising its voice against the atrocities of Taliban. Afghans living in California took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against Taliban's carnage.
The protest march was held in support of Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), who have launched an offensive against the Taliban to retake districts captured by the insurgent group.
Taliban activities and resultant violence has increased in Afghanistan after the announcement of a pullback by American and NATO forces from the country.
The United Nations has warned that without a significant de-escalation in violence, Afghanistan is on course to witness the highest ever number of documented civilian casualties in a single year (2021) since the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) records began.
IMF cuts India's growth forecast to 9.5% from 12.5% for FY 2021-22
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday slashed India’s economic growth forecast to 9.5% from earlier 12.5% for the 2021-22 fiscal year.
IMF’s chief economist Gita Gopinath said the revision in growth forecast reflects an important “extent differences” in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) developments as the highly contagious Delta variant is becoming dominant across the world.
“Faster-than-expected vaccination rates and return to normalcy have led to upgrades, while lack of access to vaccines and renewed waves of Covid-19 cases in some countries, notably India, have led to downgrades,” Gopinath, economic counsellor and director of the research department at the IMF, said in a blog post.
On the other hand, the IMF has upgraded the projection for the fiscal year 2022-23 to 8.5% from the earlier 6.9%.
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Asteroid 3 times the size of TajMahal to whizz past Earth. No need to panic, says planetarium official
An asteroid thrice the size of the TajMahal will pass close to Earth and according to Nasa, it will reach its closest approach late on Sunday.
The Near-Earth Object, 2008 GO20, will hurtle past Earth at a speed of 8.2 km per second and will be about three to four million kilometres away from our planet.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration , a Near-Earth Object (NEO) is generally defined as an asteroid or comet that approaches Earth less than 1.3 times the distance from the blue planet to the Sun and NEOs pose no danger at all.
"This asteroid has visited Earth at a much closer distance of 19 lakh km and 29 lakh km in 1935 and 1977 respectively. At that time, it flew away and never came towards Earth. This time it is around 45 lakh km, which is about 11 to 12 times the Earth-Moon distance, so there is no danger of hitting Earth," he added.
Pattnaik said 2008 GO20 will be closest to Earth on Sunday at 11:21pm Indian Standard Time (IST). He said the gigantic asteroid is estimated to be 97m in width and 230 metres in length which will be around the size of four football fields put together.
Vantika Agarwal won the National Women's Online Chess title
Delhi’s VantikaAgarwal stunned a strong field to win the National women online chess title.
In a field headed by R. Vaishali and featuring past National champions like Tania Sachdev, Bhakti Kulkarni, Padmini Rout and seasoned names like Mary Ann Gomes, SoumyaSwaminathan and EshaKaravade, ninth seed Vantika scored 9.5 round from 11 rounds.
Her victims included Bhakti and P. V. Nandhidhaa, seeded three and five. Her lone loss came against former National champion Swati Ghate.