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Trappist planets have water, may be habitable: researchers

Seven planets recently spotted orbiting a dim star in our Milky Way galaxy are rocky, seem to have water, and are potentially “habitable”, researchers studying the distant system said Monday. Though much remains unknown about the planets’ surfaces and atmospheres, the new measurements have not ruled out the possibility that they may harbour even rudimentary […]

Martyrs’ Day

January 30 is observed as  Martyrs’ Day in India. It marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948. On Martyr’s Day the president, the vice president, the prime minister, the defence minister, and the three Service Chiefs gather at the samadhi at Raj Ghat memorial and lay wreaths decorated with  flowers. The armed forces personnel blow bugles sounding the Last Post. The inter-services contingent reverse arms as […]

Republic Day

Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India. The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s […]

The Army Day

Army Day is celebrated on 15th January every year in India. It is in recognition of Field Marshal K M. Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of Indian Army, on 15th January 1949. The Army Day marks a day to salute […]


Pongal is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun. It is a four-day festival which is celebrated from 14 January to 17 January. Thai Pongal is  celebrated in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and  in Sri Lanka as well as Tamils worldwide.  The day marks the begining of the sun’s six-month-long journey northwards called the Uttaraayanam.  Thai […]

Har Gobind Khorana

Har Gobind Khorana (9 January 1922 – 9 November 2011) was an Indian American[6] biochemist. He shared the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Marshall W. Nirenberg and Robert W. Holley for research that showed how the order of nucleotides in nucleic acids, which carry the genetic code of the cell, control the cell’s synthesis of proteins. Khorana and Nirenberg were also awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University in the […]

First ‘Blue Moon’ total eclipse in 150 years to occur soon

A rare total lunar eclipse that involves the second full moon of the month — popularly referred to as a Blue Moon — is set to take place on January 31 for the first time in over 150 years. This will be the first eclipse of 2018. For some parts of Asia, including India, the […]

December 20 International Human Solidarity Day

The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda is centred on people & planet, underpinned by human rights and supported by a global partnership determined to lift people out of poverty, hunger and disease. It will be thus be built on a foundation of global cooperation and solidarity. International Human Solidarity Day is: a day to celebrate our […]