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growing divide

The growing divide between the rich and the poor

Categories: BCG, Boston Consulting Group, Consumption Expenditure, Credit Suisse, Economy, Expenditure, Global Economy, Governor, Growing Divide, Income Pyramid, India, Indians, Poor, Raghuram Rajan, Rajan, RBI, Reserve Bank of India, Rich, Super Rich, Wealth

India has been constantly trying to combat the problem of poverty since its independence in 1947. A corollary of this problem is income inequality amongst the super rich, the rich, the middle class, and the poor. Since independence, inequality, the growing divide, between these groups has been on a rising trend. As more number of super-rich Indians make it to …

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The Uparkot fort

One fort, many masters: The Uparkot fort

Categories: British, Buddhism, Buddhist Caves, Chandragupta Maurya, Fortress, Gujarat, Hinduism, History, India, Islam, Jama Masjid, Junagadh, Mauryan empire, Mosque, Mughals, Nawabs, Revath Giri, Solankis, Stepwells, Uparkot, Uparkot fort, Vaav

The Uparkot fort in Junagadh, Gujarat, is one of the most unique forts in India. And it has its reasons. The Uparkot fort was built by Chandragupta Maurya in the year 319 BCE. The Mauryan Empire declined in 184 BCE, and the fort changed hands. It remained under possession till 6th century CE, and was lost into oblivion for the next three-hundred years. It wasn't until …

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Planet Mars

Perhaps the biggest extraterrestrial lake: Planet Mars

Categories: Lake Superior, Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Martian Surface, NASA, Planet Mars, Shallow Radar Instrument, SHARAD, Space Science

Utopia Planitia is the largest recognized impact basin on planet Mars. Recent researches conducted by the Shallow Radar (SHARAD) instrument have discovered aqueous deposit underneath. The thickness of this deposit ranges from 80 metres to 170 metres below the surface of the planet.  The content is spread in an area much greater than that of the seven sister states put together! The volume of …

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minerals

Discovering minerals

Categories: Atoms, Crystal, Crystalline, Cubic, Diamond, Discovery, Earth, Geological Process, Geology, Graphite, Hexagonal, In a Nutshell, Inorganic Substances, Mineralogy, Minerals, Monoclinic, Orthorhombic, Rock, Tetragonal, Triclinic

Minerals are naturally occurring inorganic substances that have specific chemical compositions and physical properties of their own. They are solid in nature and have definite crystalline structures, and are an outcome of geological processes. They can be formed by cooling of hot melting material, evaporation, or by precipitation. Their composition ranges from pure elements to complex silicates. Since oxygen and silicon are …

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Mumbai

The city that was paid as a dowry: Mumbai

Categories: Archipelago, Bombaim, Bombay, British rule, Catherine of Braganza, Dowry, England, History, India, John IV of Portugal, Mumbai, Portugal, Portuguese rule

The Mumbai the world knows today is the result of a series of tremendous changes. Whether geographically, politically, or even name-wise, the city has travelled quite a lot! One of the most important cities in India and the world, Mumbai was once an archipelago of seven islands that slowly merged, during the 18th century, into a single mass of land. The …

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Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds – A world of wax

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum based in London and currently has branches in several major cities. The eponymous Madame Tussaud (1761–1850) was born Marie Grosholtz, in France. She learnt the art of wax modelling from her mother's employer, Dr Curtius, an expert in wax modelling himself. The first statue Madame Tussaud designed was that of the French philosopher Voltaire, in the year 1777. …

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total solar eclipse

Total solar eclipse – a total cosmic spectacle

A solar eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when the moon obscures the sun for some time. There are different kinds of solar eclipse – total, annular, hybrid and partial. During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely blocks out the sun. In an annular eclipse, the moon obscures only the centre of the sun. A hybrid eclipse occurs either …

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