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The Table that defines chemistry turns 150

The majestic table of elements that hangs on the walls of chemistry classrooms across the world has turned 150 years old in 2019. The ‘Periodic Table of Elements’, or simply, ‘The Table’ for many, was written by Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev on 17th February 1869. Looking back, the Table opens a …

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Deciphering the bellwether city of Britain

Sunderland, a city near the prosperous northern English city of Newcastle, had for many years been the place that won the race to first declare general election results, though its results rarely surprised, it being a firm Labour stronghold. However, when it came to the June 2016 referendum, the city …

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The American capital’s quest for Statehood

States in the U.S. have the practice of emblazoning their vehicle license plates with their mottos. New York plates have ‘Empire State’ on them, California’s have ‘Golden State’ on them and New Jersey’s, ‘Garden State’. And then there is the rather incongruous ‘Taxation without Representation’ license plate from Washington DC. …

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Afghan govt. left out of Taliban talks

Earlier this month, the Taliban met with a group of Afghan politicians in Moscow. While the government was not included in the talks, prominent Afghan leaders like ex-President Hamid Karzai, former National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, Deputy-Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq, and Opposition leader Atta Mohammad Noor were among those present. …

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Thai party to obey royal command

King had expressed displeasure at his sister’s bid to contest general election Thai Princess Ubolratana’s unprecedented attempt to become the country’s next Prime Minister was abruptly nixed on Saturday after her party agreed to comply with a command from the King opposing the plan. The party’s announcement, effectively blocking Ubolratana’s …

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white tiger exchange programme

Delhi zoo to get white tiger from Lucknow The National Zoological Park in Delhi is set to greet a white tiger, which will soon arrive from Lucknow under an exchange programme. “One of the two male cubs, Jay and Vijay, born to a white tigress at the Lucknow Zoo will …

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