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Global Peace Index 2018: India ranks 136th

India was ranked 136th among 163 countries in Global Peace Index 2018 that was released by Sydney-based think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). In Last year’s index, India was ranked 137th. 2018 GPI was twelfth edition of index since it was launched in 2006. Iceland was ranked most peaceful country in the world Read More…

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Global Gender Gap Index 2017: India ranks 108th

India was ranked low at 108th position out of 144 countries in Global Gender Gap Index 2017 released as part of World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2017. India slipped by 21 places compared to 87th rank last year. Global Gender Gap Index The index measures gender gap as progress towards parity between Read More…

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CarbFix Project: World’s first negative emissions carbon-capture plant begins operations in Iceland

The world’s first negative emissions plant under the CarbFix Project to turn atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) into stone has begun operations in Hellisheidi, Iceland. It is intended to lock away carbon dioxide by reacting it with basaltic rocks. Work on the project began in 2007. CarbFix Project In it, the CO2 is captured from ambient Read More…

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Gudni Johannesson wins 2016 Presidential election of Iceland

History professor and political newcomer Gudni Johannesson (48) has won the 2016 Presidential election in Iceland. He will succeed Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who served as President of Iceland for 20 years i.e. four five year terms as the head of state. Background In the 2016 Presidential election, as an independent Gudni Johannesson was able to Read More…

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Indian-American Author Akhil Sharma wins 2016 International Dublin Literary Award

Indian American author Akhil Sharma won the prestigious 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his semi-autobiographical novel “Family Life.” His novel was shortlisted out of an initial 160 nominations by a panel of judges of award that included novelists Ian Sansom, Juan Pablo Villalobos and Carlo Gebler. Family Life is Sharma’s second novel and took Read More…

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Scientists in Iceland turn CO2 into rock to combat climate change

In a unique experiment, scientists from Iceland have discovered a new way to trap the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) deep underground by changing it into rock. The new way was discovered as by Scientists from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and other institutions as part of a pilot program called CarbFix project. The Read More…

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