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Monthly Archives: April 2016

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Mamata’s five years: A report card

When a party comes to power especially after dethroning a party that ruled for 34 years without a break, people harbor great expectations. This happened in the case of Bengal after Mamata Banerjee stormed Writers’ Building in 2011 riding the crest of huge popularity. It’s not surprising that people’s expectations reached sky high.

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Flying without fuel

Solar Impulse has taken off again. After 10 months on the ground in Hawaii due to battery problems, the solar plane took off on April 21st to resume its long journey over the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco. It has two new batteries and a new cooling system. The flight will take three days and nights. The plane is flying without a single drop of fuel, powered by clean, solar technologies, to complete the crossing of the Ocean begun by André Borschberg last year.

Solar Impulse is an experimental plane whose mission is to fly around the world without fuel.

The pilots and their team plan to return to the Middle East by late summer, completing a 35,000-kilometer (27,000-mile) trip around the world. The aim of this trip is to promote clean technologies.


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Shooting star

Smita Sharma is a photojournalist and documentary photographer currently based in New York. She is overseeing the social media and research work on the global campaign on child marriage Too Young to Wed.org. Her work has been published in prestigious international publications and exhibited in galleries from South Korea to the US.

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Reduce meat consumption, help climate

Agriculture of all types produces greenhouse gases that warm the planet, but meat production is especially harmful – and beef is the most environmentally damaging form of meat.

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