Antarctica Ice Shelf Cracks-Warning For The Global Sea-Level Rise?

By: Prof. Jaswant Singh (Member-Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica & Arctic, Director-Institute of Earth Sciences & Executive Editor-ICN Group  Scientists believe that the entire West Antarctica Ice Sheet is likely to collapse within the next 100 years, sending a massive volume of water into the sea. The data collected by the researchers on Climate change and their forecasts based on General circulation model (GCM), Earth’s and ocean water temperature is increasing. This is not only affecting the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem but human life also. Climate change is the challenge of our…

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Knock, Knock: Beware! ‘The Bad Santa’- Krampus might be at your doorstep this Christmas Eve

By : Barnali Bose, Editor ICN-Group An Alpine Legendary Bad Santa that horrifies children and amuses grown-ups KOLKATA : Worldwide, every year in  December, children excitedly  track the countdown to the visit of the traditional wish granter, Santa Claus,as he is popularly known. Our good old white- bearded St. Nicholas,the hero of children who traverses the four corners of the globe in a jiffy, riding his majestic reindeer-drawn sleigh is a delight for the young and old. But,in Austria, on Christmas, beware lest you meet Krampus, ‘the Christmas Devil’ who…

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Better To Have No Rulebook Than A Weak Rulebook: CSE

By: Dr. Dakter Esse, Editor-ICN As negotiations enter the second week at the 24th meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP24), it is clear that they are progressing towards a weak and incomplete rulebook for Paris Agreement Paris Agreement is already a weak regime; a weaker rulebook will make it inconsequential Instead of framing a weak rulebook at Katowice, it is better that negotiations are extended next year to develop a robust and meaningful rulebook  No discussion by Parties at Katowice on revision of NDCs by 2020 Katowice (Poland): Centre for Science…

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Hungarians Protest Against PM Viktor Orban’s “Slave Law”

The new labor law allows employers to ask for up to 400 hours of overtime work per year, leading critics to label it the “slave law”. BUDAPEST: Around 10000 people took to the streets of Budapest in one of the biggest demonstrations Hungary has seen for some time. All opposition parties appeared on stage and promised that they would stand united to put pressure on the government.Trade unions also joined the rally. By Sunday, the demonstrations had become a catchall protest against many aspects of Mr. Orban’s increasingly autocratic governance.…

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Nine Killed And 47 Injured As High Speed Train Derails In Ankara,Turkey

The Ankara–Istanbul high-speed railway is a 331-mile long high-speed railway currently running between Ankara and the Pendik suburb of Istanbul.It can reach maximum speeds of 155mph. ANKARA: A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, killing nine people and injuring 47 others, officials said. The train, carrying 206 passengers, was heading from Ankara to the central Turkish province of Konya and was not due to stop at Marsandiz. At least two cars derailed, hitting the station’s…

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The Trip to Western & Central Europe 2017

By: Shoubhik Bose & Debanjana Maitra Shoubhik and Debanjana, senior engineers in software companies of repute in Bangalore love travelling in India and abroad. They take time out to share their experiences through their travelogues. Budapest, Hungary The journey to Budapest was a 6 hour journey by Austria’s OBB railway network. Day 1 It took us a while to accept that this is where we would be staying. Our accommodation in Bupdaest A typical evening in Budapest is full of music performances at every street corner. There are plenty of public spaces…

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World’s First Baby Born Via Womb Transplant From Dead Donor

The first baby has been born following a womb transplant from a deceased donor, a study published in The Lancet has revealed. The successful transplant, performed by surgeons in Brazil, could greatly broaden access for women with uterine infertility to the treatment, without the need for live donors. The procedure to transfer the uterus from donor to recipient lasted more than 10 hours.The surgery involved connecting the recipient’s veins and arteries, ligaments and vaginal canals with the donated uterus. The woman’s previously fertilized and frozen eggs were implanted after seven months and…

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India’s Heaviest Satellite GSAT-11 Launched Successfully From French Guiana

GSAT-11, weighing 5,854 kg, is ISRO’s heaviest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite.The next generation satellite is going to help ramp up internet speeds.  BENGALURU: India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 has been successfully launched into orbit a few minutes past 2 am IST on Wednesday. After a 30-minute flight, GSAT-11 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. GSAT-11 is a large planned Indian geostationary communications satellite.GSAT-11 is India’s heaviest satellite.ISRO Chairman K Sivan said soon after the launch, describing the GSAT-11 as the “richest space asset”…

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To Call A Spade, A Spade Or To Spin A Yarn: Exploring The Truth Behind A Lie

By: Barnali Bose, Editor-ICN Group KOLKATA: I was watching ‘Liar Liar’, a 1997 American fantasy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and I began to wonder if it is but a good idea to speak the truth always or is it, at times, wiser to fabricate reality? The film is about a successful lawyer whose entire career is woven around a web of lies. His career  takes an ugly turn when his son wishes for him  not to lie for a day and the wish is fulfilled. Hilarious indeed is the…

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French PM Edouard Philippe Suspends Fuel Tax Rise

PARIS: French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says the tax increases have been suspended for six months.The new tax would have seen petrol prices rise by four cents per litre from January. Many are criticising the president for pursuing policies they claim favour the richest members of French society.The movement has grown via social media and has supporters across the political spectrum. The protests, which started on 17 November, were focused on denouncing a squeeze on household spending brought about by Macron’s taxes on diesel, which he says are necessary to…

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