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Pulwama Redux Prevented By Indian Forces

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  • Wanted terrorist Riyaz Naikoo was among the three militants killed in the intensified operations of the Indian security forces in south Kashmir early this week. The hiding terrorists were cornered in Pulwama’s Beigpora village when the operation was launched.
  • According to the 2011 census Pulwama district has a population of 560,440. This gives it a ranking of 537th in India (out of a total of 640). The literacy rate of the district is 63.54%.
  • In 1831’s Battle of Balakot, Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army defeated Syed Ahmad Barelvi and his army. After 2019 Pulwama attacks, a JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot was bombed out by India warplanes
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NZ’s Biggest Media Company ‘Stuff’ Sold For A Dollar

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  • New Zealand is located in the continent of Oceania. The term Oceania is often used to denote the wider region encompassing the Australian continent, New Zealand and various islands in the Pacific Ocean that are not included in the seven-continent model.
  • Ronald Wayne is a retired American electronics industry businessman. He co-founded Apple Computer Company (now Apple Inc.) as a partnership with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. Just 12 days after founding Apple, Ronald sold his 10% share of the new company back to Jobs and Wozniak for $800. Today, the net worth of those 10% shares is more than $100 billion!
  • In 2016, Yahoo sold its core operating business to Verizon for $4.8 billion in cash. The transaction resulted in the end of the independence of one of Silicon Valley’s most iconic pioneering companies. At its peak, Yahoo was valued at $125 Billion. Forbes magazine called this deal the “Saddest $5 Billion Deal In Tech History”.
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Hockey Legend Balbir Singh Sr No More

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  • During the London Olympics in 2012, Singh was honored in the Olympic Museum exhibition, “The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games” held at the Royal Opera House. He was one of the 16 iconic Olympians chosen whose stories served as an example of the values of the Olympic Movement.
  • Balbir Singh is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, a modern-day Dhyan Chand. Dhyan Chand was often referred to as The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control.
  • There is a depiction of a hockey-like game in Ancient Greece, dating to c. 510 BC, when the game may have been called Kerētízein because it was played with a horn (kéras, in Ancient Greek) and a ball.
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Happy Holi!

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Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is celebrated predominantly in India, but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent. Holi is popularly known as the Indian “festival of spring”, the “festival of colours”, or the “festival of love”. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil. It signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. The festival also celebrates the beginning of a good spring harvest season. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Vikram Samvat Calendar, in the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna, which falls around middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi, or Phagwah.

Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus as well in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.[ In addition to India and Nepal, the festival is celebrated by Indian subcontinent diaspora in countries such as Jamaica, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Mauritius, and Fiji. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours. More Info

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World Wildlife Day 2020

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World Wildlife Day – On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973 – as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The UNGA resolution also designated the CITES Secretariat as the facilitator for the global observance of this special day for wildlife on the UN calendar. World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2020 under the theme “Sustaining all Life on Earth“, encompassing all wild animal and plant species as key components of the world’s biodiversity. This aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 12, 14 and 15, and their wide-ranging commitments on alleviating poverty, ensuring sustainable use of resources, and on conserving life both on land and below water to halt biodiversity loss.

Earth is home to countless species of fauna and flora – too many to even attempt counting. This rich diversity, and the billions of years during which its myriad elements have interacted, are precisely what has made our planet inhabitable for all living creatures, including humans. Historically, we have depended on the constant interplay and interlinkages between all elements of the biosphere for all our needs: the air we breathe, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the materials we need for all purposes. However, unsustainable human activities and overexploitation of the species and natural resources that make up the habitats and ecosystems of all wildlife are imperiling the world’s biodiversity. Nearly a quarter of all species are presently at risk of going extinct in the coming decades, and their demise would only speed up the disappearance of countless others, putting us in danger as well.

On World Wildlife Day 2020, let us celebrate the special place of wild plants and animals in their many varied and beautiful forms as a component of the world’s biological diversity. Let’s work to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits of wildlife to people, particularly to those communities who live in closest proximity to it, and discuss the threats they are facing and the urgent need for governments, civil society, private sector actors and individuals to add their voices and take actions to help conserve wildlife and ensure its continued use is sustainable.