Every year September 16th is celebrated as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Since 1995, this date has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
The sound of Ganpati Bappa Mourya reminds us about the sheer holy atmosphere of Ganesh Festival, the birthday bash of Lord Ganesha that starts on Ganesh Chaturthi and goes on for whole ten days.To celebrate the festival, splendid Pandals are created and millions of people gather to worship their beloved god.
ASHOK B SHARMA
The impounding silence of the valley was broken by the sounds of drums and trumpets with joyous chats of people as Leh woke up on the country’s Independence Day to celebrate their annual event 18th Ladakhi Kisan-Jawan-Vigyan-Mela organized by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), earlier known as Field Research Laboratory (FRL).
Just 32 kilometres from Pune in Sahyadri mountain range at the height of 820 meters from sea level lies the Raigad Fort which was built by Chandra Rao More in 1030. The fort holds a special importance in the history of Maharashtra as this is the place where Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was crowned the king of Maratha Empire and also breathed his last here.
Just 110 km. from Mumbai is located the tiniest hill station of India – Matheran. Its beauty is so enchanting that one can actually feel lost in the mountains to feel and to be with the nature. And the best thing about this place is that no vehicles, which emit hydrocarbons, are allowed here.
By ASHOK KUMAR
Passion most often gets the better of us. But only those who chase their passions assiduously or eloquently get to the place they want to be in life. There are many success stories and there are an equal number of sob stories too. In the case of Jayadev, passion got the better of him. After an MBA from a northern university in Delhi and a nice white collar corporate job to boot, he still found some vacuum in life.
When Shanti Teresa Lakra, a Catholic nurse, was posted to a dwindling tribe living in a forest on a small island in the Andaman and Nicobar chain, little did she know it would bring her one of India’s top honors. Lakra, 38, received the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian award, from President Pratibha Patil on March 24 for
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