Archive For The “Places in News 2018” Category

‘ Valles Marineris ‘: Largest canyon in solar system

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Mars’ Valles Marineris is the largest canyon in our solar system. It is over 4000 km long and 200 km wide, and with a depth of 10 km. This size makes it some ten times longer and five times deeper than Earth’s Grand Canyon.  Where exactly Valles Marineris located? Valles Marineris is located along the…

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Arabic included in the official languages at Vatican

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Arabic language was officially included in the list of the Languages at Pope Benedict’s weekly general audiences. The move is an attempt of Vatican to expand its reach to Christians and Muslims in Middle East.   Vatican is concerned about the mass departure of the Christians from Middle East who fear their safety over there. A…

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Persons in News: Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai: A school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. She is famous for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has at times opposed girls from attending school. Yousafzai gained prominence by giving interviews in print…

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Mount Tongariro in New Zealand erupts again

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Mount Tongariro, a volcano situated on New Zealand’s North Island, erupted for the second time this year. Where exactly is Mount Tongariro? Mount Tongariro is a compound volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of the North Island of New Zealand. Located 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the southwest of Lake Taupo, and is the northernmost…

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Australia clears plan to protect Murray-Darling Basin

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Australia approved a plan aimed at saving vital Murray-Darling Basin river water sytem. About Murray-Darling Basin: The Murray–Darling Basin is a river network sprawling for one million square kilometres (400,000 square miles) across five Australian states (New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland South Australia) in the interior of south-eastern Australia. The…

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“Sandy Island” a pacific island shown on world map does not exist: Scientists

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As per Australian scientists who went searching for the mystery island, named Sandy Island during a geological expedition to South Pacific, the  island identified on Google Earth, marine charts and world maps actually in real does not exist. The sizeable phantom island in the Coral Sea is shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth and…

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Scientists: Greenland losing 200 million tonnes ice every year

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Using satellite data, Scientists confirmed via Glacier-covered Greenland has had an average net loss of 200 billion tons of ice every year since 2003. The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) which can detect mass changes on the surface of the Earth over time. GRACE does this by detecting subtle increases and decreases in gravity,…

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‘Archduke Joseph diamond’ sold at world record price of $ 21.5 million

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 ‘Archduke Joseph diamond’ A 19th century rare 76 carat diamond Indian  diamond. Named after its first owner Archduke Joseph August of Austria. Sold at world record price of $ 21.5 million (about Rs. 118 crore) at an auction in Geneva. The diamond mined from erstwhile Golconda kingdom. Connection with Koh-i-noor and Hope diamonds:

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The system for transport of Canadian Uranium to India finalized b/w Indian and Canada

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India and Canada developed a mechanism for transport of the Canadian Uranium to India. Thus, India succeeded in clearing the mistrust generated on the Canadian side after the nuclear explosion from India in 1974. Both the sides were successful inking the agreement on the mechanism of shipment of the Canadian Uranium to India for the…

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Lalganj (Rae Bareli) Rail coach factory opens

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Rail Coach Factory was inaugurated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Lalganj in Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency. Rae Bareli (Lalganj) factory is the 3rd of its kind, after the Integral Coach Factory, Perambur, Tamil Nadu, and the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Punjab. The total cost of the project is Rs. 2,500 crore, and Rs….

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Orissa slaps a penalty of Rs 23,904 crore on ‘errant miners’

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The Orissa steel and mines department has imposed a penalty of Rs 23,904 crore on 27 miners in the mining circle of the mineral-rich Keonjhar district for extraction of ore beyond the permissible limits. Companies which have been slapped with penalties include Tata Steel, Aditya Birla-owned Essel Mining and the state-owned Orissa Mining Corporation. Tata…

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