To promote sustainable means of transport, France is likely to give $2,975 to its citizens in exchange for old cars and purchase electric bicycles. Reportedly, France lawmakers have approved the cash-for-clunkers incentive in preliminary voting. France would become the first nation in the world to implement such a scheme, claimed the French Federation of Bicycle Users. However, Finland and Lithuania have offered similar schemes in the past.… read-more
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Days after subduing response from India over US warship trespass in India's Exclusive Economic Zone on April 7, the Chinese media urged India to re-evaluate relations with the US. While Pentagon deemed the US's actions to be valid under freedom of navigation, India expressed distaste and reported the matter through diplomatic channels. However, the US has not yet approved the United Nations Law of the Sea.
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Soon after scientist and a first-year PhD student, Kyle Morgenstein posted a picture of 3.5 billion years old Martian rock on Twitter, netizens started pressuring him to lick the rock. After many petitions and fundraisers started pouring in, Morgenstein denied the request saying the space rock stays in a temperature and humidity-controlled plastic mini showcase. However, he posted a video of himself licking the rock the very next day.
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The US's largest Ponzi scheme convict Bernie Madoff passed away on April 14 at federal prison's medical facility in Butner, North Carolina. The 82-year-old had a natural death, a year after the court denied his lawyer's request to release him considering medical reasons. Nonetheless, he pleaded guilty of running an investment scam in March 2009. Reportedly, around $13 billion of his investors have been recovered out of $17.5 billion.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will shorten his delayed visit to India on April 26, and limit his travel to Delhi as the COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise. Johnson's visit will now be focused on government meetings and interaction with Indian business leaders. Besides, PM Narendra Modi's meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian has been canceled in order to deal with the COVID crisis.
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Congressman John Garamendi, on April 15, introduced a new resolution seeking recognition of Baisakhi in the US. Introduced in the House of Representatives, "this resolution recognises the historic, cultural and religious significance of the festival 'Vaisakhi'. Garamendi stated, "it is critical that we celebrate the strength of our communities and the sacrifice." Baisakhi, also known as 'Vaisakhi' is an Indian harvest festival for Sikhs and… read-more
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The Duke Of Edinburgh, Prince Philip's final send-off will feature an electric Land Rover, which he himself helped to design, and a coffin made of wool. The Mirror reports that the funeral will take place on April 17 with only close family members in attendance, because of the pandemic protocols. Besides, only 30 members will be allowed in the televised funeral. Philip passed away at aged 99 on April 9.
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In a fresh ecological discovery, a species of Marsupial, a tailless frog, has been traced in a national sanctuary of Peru's Amazon jungle. The official announcement regarding the same was made by the Peruvian National Service of Protected Natural Areas on April 12. This Gastrotheca genus has ‘thick granular skin on the back, a green dorsal coloration without a pattern, turquoise iris and a belly without spots, specks or dots.
NASA has selected SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket to lift the Astrobotic Technology's lander that carries its Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER), the water-hunting rover, to the moon in 2023. VIPER aims to land on the Southern pole of the Lunar surface in Falcon Heavy's first moon visit. It is the same site where astronauts are supposed to land under the Artemis mission slated for 2024.
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Japan government announced the release of more than a million tonnes of treated water from 2011-tsunami affected nuclear plant 'Fukushima' into the ocean. Japan scheduled this project a few years later and assured the treated water will be free from radioactive substances. But the local fishermen, South Korea opposed the decision and China called it 'extremely irresponsible.' The USA and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have… read-more