India and Sri Lanka on 13 March 2015 signed four agreements. These agreements were signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the island nation as part of three-nation of Indian Ocean tour of Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka.
The mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles, an endangered species has begun at mouth of river Rushikulya in Ganjam district of Odisha. Over 10,000 female turtles have laid eggs on the first day, in the 3-km-long sandy beach from Gokharakuda to Podampeta.
Along with nesting sites at river Rushikulya mouth and Gahiramatha, the mouth of Devi River in Odisha is also famous for mass nesting.
The mass nesting season of Olive Ridley sea turtles is a unique phenomenon and each female turtle lays around 100-150 eggs. These eggs hatch after 45 to 50 days of the nesting. However, the mother turtles do not wait till hatching and baby turtles are left alone for their survival.
For the mass nesting, around 175 persons, including forest personnel, wildlife activists and nearby local villagers are engaged in protection of the Olive Ridley turtles and the eggs round the clock.
The third edition of Indian Panorama Film Festival has begun in Shillong, Meghalaya. The three day festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma.
The film festival kick-started by screening of Dr. Prakash Baba Amte: the Real Hero directed by Samruoddhi Porey.
The film festival is organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals of Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in collaboration with Meghalaya Department of Information and Public Relations. This edition of Indian Panorama Film Festival seeks to showcase films from the Northeast to encourage film production and talent in the region.
The festival will be held in Shillong from the 12th to the 14th of March and total of 12 films will be screened in this festival.
The films that will be screened during the festival are Drishyam (Malayalam), December 1 (Kannada), Kuttram Kadithal (Tamil), Ankhon Dekhi (Hindi), Othello (Assamese), Ri (Khasi), Teenkahon (Bengali) and Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona (Bengali).
Renowned fantasy author and creator of the Discworld series Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12 March 2015 in London, United Kingdom. He was 66 and was being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
In his 44 years long career, Pratchett had written more than 70 books which were translated in 37 languages.
His debut novel, The Carpet People was published in 1971 and his first Discworld novel,The Colour of Magic was published in 1983. He was well known for Discworld which include series of more than 40 interconnected comic novels.
Pratchett has sold more than 85 million books worldwide was the UK’s best-selling author of the 1990s and later surpassed by Harry Potter author J K Rowling.
Awards- He was knighted by the Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 for his services to literature and was appointed as officer of Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998. In 2010, he was awarded the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement.
Harvard University of United States (US) has again topped in World Reputation Rankings 2015 published by Times Higher Education. Times Higher Education in the rankings revealed the top 100 universities across the world.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Limited, India’s largest software services exporter has appointed Aarthi Subramanian as an executive director on the board of directors.
Subramanian has been appointed for period of three-years and with her appointment the TCS Board strength has become eleven, of which six are independent Directors.
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