South Africa Signs MoU to Translocate More Than 100 Cheetahs to India
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South Africa Signs MoU to Translocate More Than 100 Cheetahs to India

India and South Africa (SA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to translocate more than 100 cheetahs to India over the next decade, said the SA government on January 26, 2023, in a press release. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment release said that 12 big cats may arrive in India sometime in February. The plan is to translocate 12 cheetahs every year for the next eight to 10 years to establish a healthy and genetically diverse cheetah population in India. The terms of the MoU on Cooperation in the Re-introduction of Cheetah to India will be reviewed e

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In A First, Egyptian Army Marches on Kartavya Path on 74th R-Day
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In A First, Egyptian Army Marches on Kartavya Path on 74th R-Day

The Egyptian Army contingent marched on the Kartavya Path for the first time on Thursday on the occasion of India’s 74th Republic Day. The contingent, with 144 soldiers, was led by Colonel Mahmoud Mohamed Abdel Fattah El Kharasawy. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was the chief guest of this year’s Republic Day celebrations. It was for the first time that an Egyptian leader was invited on India’s Republic Day. The Egyptian contingent carried the legacy of one of the oldest regular armies known to humanity. The history of the Egyptian army goes back to 3200 BC when King Narmer

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Now or Never to Stop Japan’s Shrinking Population, Says PM Fumio Kishida
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Now or Never to Stop Japan’s Shrinking Population, Says PM Fumio Kishida

Japanese Prime minister Fumio Kishida has vowed to take urgent steps to tackle the country's declining birth rate. On Monday, he pledged to take urgent steps, saying it was “now or never” for one of the world’s oldest societies. In Japan, births plunged to a new record low last year, dropping below 800,000 for the first time. It was a defining moment that came eight years earlier than the government had expected. The country has the median age of 49 years, which is the second highest in the world after Monaco’s 55 years. Japan is the third-most-expensive country globally to rais

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Indian Scientists Identify Solitary Waves in Mars’ Magnetosphere
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Indian Scientists Identify Solitary Waves in Mars’ Magnetosphere

A team of Indian scientists from the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG) have found the first evidence of the presence of solitary waves around Mars. These solitary waves are distinct electric field fluctuations in the Martian magnetosphere that control particle energisation, plasma loss, and transport through wave-particle interactions. IIG researchers identified and reported the solitary waves in the Martian magnetosphere with the help of high-resolution electric field data recorded by Langmuir Probe and Waves instrument on Nasa's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecr

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Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ Becomes Fastest-Selling Non-Fiction Book
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Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’ Becomes Fastest-Selling Non-Fiction Book

Spare, the memoir of Prince Harry, has become the fastest-selling nonfiction book of all time, confirmed by the Guinness World Records on Friday, after the book sold 1.43 million copies on its first day. The sales outperformed Penguin Random House’s previous first-day non-fiction record, for US President Barack Obama’s memoir, A Promised Land, in 2020, and Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming in 2018. A Promised Land had sold 8,87,000 copies on the debut day. Penguin Random House (PRH) UK said the book had sold 7,50,000 copies in the UK across all formats – h

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Rare, Once in 50,000 years, Comet Seen in Abu Dhabi
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Rare, Once in 50,000 years, Comet Seen in Abu Dhabi

A rare green comet, C/2022 E3 (ZTF) has appeared in the night sky for the first time in 50,000 years and was spotted from the Abu Dhabi desert at dawn on Saturday, said the International Astronomy Centre (IAC) based in the UAE capital. The comet, first identified in March 2022, has not visited Earth or the inner solar system since the last Ice Age. The last time it passed Earth was during the Upper Paleolithic period, when Neanderthals walked the Earth, according to Space.com. C/2022 E3 (ZTF) reached its closest point to the Sun (perihelion) on January 12, and will be visible for nearly

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Number of Indian Passport Holders to Cross 10 Crore Soon
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Number of Indian Passport Holders to Cross 10 Crore Soon

The total number of Indian passport holders will cross the 10 crore mark soon, said Regional Passport Officer Ashish Middha said at an interactive session with the Bharat Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. The waiting time for passport interviews has been reduced to “next working day” for Tatkaal and “three working days” for normal ones, informed the official. “Now, 9.6 crore people have valid passports in India and the figure would cross the 10 crore mark very soon,” he added. By 2023, issuance of e-passports is expected to be fully operational and currently e-passports are on

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Europe’s largest rare Earth elements deposit discovered in Sweden
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Europe’s largest rare Earth elements deposit discovered in Sweden

Swedish government-owned mining corporation LKAB has discovered the largest deposit of rare earth elements in Europe. The deposits were found in the company’s existing iron ore mines. The deposits, Per Geijer, are located in Sweden’s northern Lappland province near the Arctic Circle. Per Geijer is estimated to contain more than 1 million tonne of rare earth oxides. The useful rare earth elements such as cerium, yttrium, lanthanum and neodymium are used in everything, from smartphones to semiconductor chips to other high-tech products. These elements are vital for manufacturing items

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Indian Men Cover Seven Continents in Three Days, Make World Record
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Indian Men Cover Seven Continents in Three Days, Make World Record

Indian men, Dr. Ali Irani and Sujoy Kumar Mitra, have set the world record for travelling around seven continents in just three days. The travelers have broken the previous Guinness World Record for the quickest time to visit all seven continents in just 73 hours. The Indian duo completed their journey in 3 days, 1 hour, 5 minutes, and 4 seconds. Dr Khawla Al Romaithi of the UAE formerly held the record, which she set in February 2020, and was 3 days, 14 hours, 46 minutes, and 48 seconds. Beginning on December 4, the Indian men covered Antarctica, South America, Europe, North America, A

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RRR’s Naatu Naatu Wins Golden Globe for Best Original Song
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RRR’s Naatu Naatu Wins Golden Globe for Best Original Song

The ‘Naatu Naatu’ song of Indian blockbuster RRR has won Best Original Song in the 80th Golden Globe Awards hosted in Los Angeles, US, on Wednesday. Hyderabad-based music composer M M Keeravani accepted the award for the SS Rajamouli-directed Telugu film. With this win, ‘Naatu Naatu’ becomes the first Asian song to win the coveted award. The song, composed by MM Keeravani, features the film’s two protagonists, Jr NTR and Ram Charan, grooving to the happy song with some swift moves. The blockbuster was nominated in two categories. It missed out in the Best Non-English Language Fil

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