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indus civilisation was wiped out by 900 year drought

Indus civilisation was wiped out by 900 year drought

The Indus Valley civilisation was wiped out 4,350 years ago by a 900-year-long drought, scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) have found. Evidence gathered during their study also put to rest the widely accepted theory that the said drought lasted for only about 200 years. The study will be published in the prestigious Quaternary International Journal by Elsevier this month. ........

is it really 2018

Is it really 2018?

The Gospels tell us that Christ began his ministry in his 30th year, and that it lasted three years until the Passion. However, the claim that Christ’s Passion and Resurrection occurred at Passover (which are dated according to lunar and solar cycles) also leaves holes in the date of Jesus’s death had he been born in the year zero: 33AD. Using Matthew and Luke’s dates, the Passion should have happened in either 29AD or after 39AD. So how do we reconcile this mess? What year are we really in, according to the AD system?........

aryan migration everything you need to know about the new study on indian genetics

Aryan migration: Everything you need to know about the new study on Indian genetics

DNA and other human science-based research has thrown up confusing signals in the past, with mitochondrial DNA, which is only transferred from female to female, being mostly unique to the subcontinent. This suggested that the inhabitants of India have been indigenous for thousands of years. However, Y chromosomes, which are passed from male to male, showed much more connection to West Eurasians, whether Europeans, people of the Irani plateau o........

the story of a hyderabad nizam and his diamond paper weight

The story of a Hyderabad Nizam and his diamond paper weight

Mir Mahboob Ali Khan the sixth Nizam was the most delightful and pleasure-loving monarch. He had a great liking for everything western, be it dress, cars, manners and habits. Alexander Jacob, the Shimla-based diamond dealer, sold the imperial diamond to Mahaboob Ali Khan, the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1891. Since then it came to be called, Jacob Diamond. It was Jacob’s suggestion that the Nizam would use........

109 years on chennai s oldest typewriting school continues to flourish

109 years on, Chennai’s oldest typewriting school continues to flourish

The institute was founded in 1909 by P Srikandaiyer with 20 typewriters, the second typewriting institute in Madras city. The ’70s and ’80s were a glorious period for typewriting institutes in the country when applicants to all government jobs had to have typewriting certificates. Following a decline in its popularity, the institute stopped teaching shorthand in 2008. But Certain Central Government jobs might require this skill, and advocates and legal pro........

how new delhi officially took over from calcutta as india s capital city

How New Delhi officially took over from Calcutta as India's capital city

Video explains how British transformed the New Delhi to World's largest democracy capital city.........

discovery of ancient stone tools rewrites the history of technology in india

Discovery of ancient stone tools rewrites the history of technology in India

A new discovery of stone tools from about 385,000 years ago has anthropologists rethinking the history of technology. The stone tools, found at a site in southern India, were sophisticated blades chipped from chunks of quartz, which is a technique that experts previously thought came to India only about 125,000 years ago.........

the story behind the union budget briefcase

The Story Behind the Union Budget Briefcase

The origin of that tradition dates back to 18th century in the United Kingdom. India too is influenced by this British tradition. The word "budget" comes from a French word "Bougette" which means "little bag". It is known as the budget box in the UK, whereas in India it is a briefcase. The UK has been following the tradition of red box that has been handed over to the next chancellor every year. In India however, the finance ministers have used briefcases that were red, black and e........

why lakhs of indians celebrate the british victory over the maratha peshwas every new year

Why lakhs of Indians celebrate the British victory over the Maratha Peshwas every New Year

The Battle of Koregaon has a deep significance to Mahars and other Dalits in India, who remember it every January 1 as a mark of their triumph against the dehumanising rule of the Peshwas and as the first step in their ongoing struggle against caste-based oppression. Dalit recountings of the battle emphasise that when the English were approaching, Mahars offered their services to Peshwa Bajirao II. It was only when he rejected them yet again that they switched their loyalty to the British instead.........

netaji subhash chandra bose lal bahadur shashtri amitabh bachchan likely descendants of same lineage

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Amitabh Bachchan Likely Descendants of Same Lineage

A recent study indicated that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shashtri and Amitabh Bachchan are likely descendants of same lineage. According to the study, these three men may have descended from the same family hundreds of years ago.........

the tale of travancore s last king and his landmark temple proclamation

The Tale of Travancore's Last King and His Landmark Temple Proclamation

Few Indians know that at the height of India’s struggle for independence, the last Maharaja of Travancore, Sree Chithira Thirunal Balaram Varma, stunned the rest of the country by removing restrictions on Dalit entry to Hindu temples.........

why nobel laureate cv raman resented nehru

Why Nobel laureate CV Raman resented Nehru

Unlike many of his contemporaries (most notably, Meghnad Saha), the knighted Raman did not wear his nationalist commitments on his sleeve, having declined to serve on the Congress Party’s Raj-era National Planning Committee. Nevertheless, the new government bestowed the title of National Professor upon him in 1947, just before Raman retired from the IISc in 1948. The title meant that he would receive a full salary for the rest of his life.........

airplane sized void found in egypt s great pyramid was untouched for 4 500 years

Airplane-sized void found in Egypt’s Great Pyramid, was untouched for 4,500 years

A passenger plane-sized ‘void’ has been discovered in the middle of the Great Pyramid of Egypt, where it has lain secret and untouched for 4,500 years, scientists revealed on Thursday.........

taj mahal sits on property stolen by shah jahan from kings of jaipur subramanian swamy

Taj Mahal Sits on Property Stolen by Shah Jahan From Kings of Jaipur: Subramanian Swamy

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said he has access to documents that suggest the property where Taj Mahal was built was stolen by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan from kings of Jaipur.........

as the sikh empire crumbled only one woman scared the british

As the Sikh Empire crumbled, only one woman scared the British

Even in defeat and exile, the rebellious Maharani Jind Kaur refused to play the docile role that the British expected of her.........

is it the end of the road for london s historic india club

Is it the End of the Road for London's Historic India Club?

The club was formed by one of newly independent India’s most substantial figures: the first high commissioner to the UK, V.K. Krishna Menon. Since the late-1920s he had been a driving force behind the India League, campaigning for independence and self-governance from numerous bases across Britain. The League – which often met in the building now home to the India Club – brought together prominent British anti-imperialists, including Annie Besant, Julius Silverman and Bertrand Russell, with Indian activists Jawaharlal Nehru, Aubrey Menen, P.N. Haksar, Rajani........

in graphic detail the stories of young gandhi s experiments with indiscretions

In graphic detail: The stories of young Gandhi's experiments with indiscretions

Before Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi adopted a strictly ascetic lifestyle as an essential part of his efforts to secure freedom for India, he faced as many temptations, as a teenager, as others of his age did. This is the story of how he gave in to some of them.........

operation polo that liberated hyderabad

Operation Polo That Liberated€ Hyderabad

How the princely state of Hyderabad was absorbed into the Indian Union. Nearly 27,000 - 40,000 people were killed in the operation to seize and annex Hyderabad.........

oldest recorded zero in indian text is centuries older than initially thought

Oldest recorded zero in Indian text is centuries older than initially thought

The idea of ‘zero’ – crucial to mathematics and all calculations – is widely believed to have originated in India, but carbon dating at the University of Oxford has now proved that an Indian text mentioned it as early as the third or fourth century – much earlier than thought.........

one nation one code how ambedkar and others pushed for a uniform code before partition

One nation one code: How Ambedkar and others pushed for a uniform code before Partition

Constitutionmaking body, dominated by Congress, with non-Congressmen like B R Ambedkar the exceptions, was keen to transform India's political revolution into a social one and to create a document enabling social (and as part of it, economic) progress and fostering national unity and stability. It rejected at the outset the idea of a `Gandhian Constitution' (based on the village as a key unit of national life) and decided to accept the parliamentary government model adopted by leading Western nations.........