Earth Day 2016: Five Inspiring Facts And How To Do Your Bit

What is Earth Day?

Celebrated every year on April 22, Earth Day aims to encourage people across the world to be more environmentally friendly.

This might mean increasing the amount they recycle, volunteering for a local green project or installing solar panels at their home.

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On Friday, leaders from 160 countries will officially sign the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day 2016.

The deal was thrashed out in Paris last December in order to stem global warming.

The signing makes this year’s Earth Day one of the most important in years, and the organisers will be attempting to build on the momentum created by last year’s Paris Climate Summit.

To mark the day, Google has designed a Doodle, one of...

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Records Prove Kohinoor Wasn’t Gifted to the British

The Kohinoor was never a gift: It was taken by force

The diamond came to Britain thanks to dubious legality but very clear immorality.


Well I’ve heard of a news cycle, but seriously! The Kohinoor story seems to be astride some kind of Ducati superbike.

On Tuesday afternoon I was called into a BBC television studio to discuss the Indian government’s decision not to seek the return of the diamond. The reasoning given for this, as reported by the media, was: “It was gifted to the East India Company by Maharajah Ranjit Singh.”

It was a short sentence containing a world of weirdness. The first part was wildly inaccurate. The second part was… well frankly supernatural and I can deal with the latter quickly and cleanly...

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Britain’s Elizabeth II: From Princess to Queen, the world’s oldest reigning monarch  

Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday on Thursday 21st April 2016

As Britons and many throughout the world celebrate her long and dignified reign. She will celebrate again in June with national events to mark her official birthday.

Elizabeth’s life was changed forever in 1936 when her uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated so he could marry his divorced lover Wallis Simpson. This made her father the king and Elizabeth heir to the throne. King George VI’s health failed, however, and he was too ill for a planned tour of the Commonwealth in 1952, so he sent Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, in his place. They were staying in a remote part of Kenya on Feb. 6, 1952, when she was told that the king had died...

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No Fun, Please, We’re Chandigarh. New Rules For Pubs, Discos Appear Over-Bearing

No, Chandigarh’s new rules for bars and discotheques do not ban short skirts. But they do empower bureaucrats to cancel permits if the establishments are considered “indecent or of a scurrilous character” or “seditious and likely to excite political discontent.”

‪‪Chandigarh‬, Pubs ‪Skirt‬, ‪Nightclub‬‬

‪‪Chandigarh‬, ‪Pub‬, ‪Skirt‬, ‪Nightclub‬‬

There has been much anger and a buzz on social media after reports that the new nightlife policy, in force since April 1, bans short hemlines. “Chandigarh, Skirt, Nightclub” was the top search on Google in India on Wednesday morning.

The new policy – called Controlling of Places of Public Amusement, 2016 –  prohibits “any exhibition or advertisement whether by way of posters or in newspapers, photographs of sc...

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Modi’s convocation address at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University

The Prime Minister is visiting visit Katra, in Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday. He will inaugurate the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital. He will deliver the Convocation Address at the 5th Convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. He will also inaugurate a sports complex, and address a public meeting, in Katra.


Live updates:

11:22 am Prime Minister Modi concludes his sppech

11:21 am I thank the mothers who allowed their daughters to study: PM

11:20 am I wish all the students all the best, specially to the girls who won laurels here: PM

11:18 am There is a mini-India in Jammu and Kashmir, Modi says referring to the students of the university

11:17 am Twenty first century belongs to those ...

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