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Viral Species of walking shark

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Following a 12-year study of marine life in the waters between northern Australia and New Guinea, Researchers have identified four new species of foot-long sharks that have an unusual characteristic: They can WALK. These animals use their muscular pelvic fins to walk along the ocean floor or in shallow water. All four species appear to have evolved fairly recently, according to findings published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Research.

In the 12-year study, the scientists took samples of DNA from that first species, discovering four new ones in the process, CNN reported.
The youngest species might’ve evolved less than 2 million years ago.

“The discovery proves that modern sharks have remarkable evolutionary staying power and the ability to adapt to environmental changes,” CNN quoted Mark Erdmann, the paper’s co-author and Conservation International Vice President of Asia-Pacific marine programs, as saying.

The scientists have also found that the sharks have been “walking” around for at least nine million years.

Dominating the seas for as long as 400 million years, Sharks are said to be older than the dinosaurs. The oldest dinosaur fossil is thought to be about 240 million years old, by comparison.

These sharks don’t have legs, but video shows they’ve become pretty good at walking around on the ocean floor with their fins, much like a seal or otter.

Little-known walkers

Until 2008, scientists believed there were only five species of walking sharks, which are also known as epaulette sharks. Though most of these animals have similar anatomy, they have different coloration and marking patterns. The more detailed genetic analysis in the new study reveals that there are actually nine species, and exactly when they diverged from each other in the recent past, National Geographic reported.

Back in time

About 400 million years ago, the ancestors of sharks and all other jawed vertebrates diverged. Since then, only about 1,200 species of sharks and rays have come into existence. The animals are, mostly, very slow to evolve, slow to reproduce, and long-lived, National Geograpic quoted Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the University of Florida, as saying.

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Day 1 of Navratri 2020

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NAVRATRI

Navratri celebrations have begun in India and definitely in a grand way to remember the valour of Goddess Durga and her many avatars.

On Day 1 of Navratri, goddess Shailputri is worshipped. During these 9 days of festivity, different avatars of goddess Durga are evoked and prayed to.

Largely there are five known types of Navratri falling in a year, out of which Sharad Navratri or Shardiya Navratri is the most significant one.

Navratri starts on the pratipada or first day of the lunar month of Ashwin. The dates of Navratri vary each year depending upon the Hindu Lunar calendar.

Sharad Navratri is considered to be the most important one as it the beginning of wintertime so it is referred to as Sharad or Shardiya Navratri also.

It is this time when people are dressed in their colourful best and feast on food prepared at home for God but offering the Mother first and then celebrations begins by taking her blessings.

Hope the first day goes great for all you festival lovers out there.

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Airlines should take to gender neutral greetings

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Gender parity is something all societies are striving for. Moving in that direction, recently a Japan Airlines that is the Tokyo based airline has decided to go for gender parity when it announced that it would give its female flight attendants the option to wear trousers instead of skirts.

Not only this, the airline will be dropping the “ladies and gentlemen” from its announcements and will instead favour more inclusive greetings like “attention all passengers” and “welcome, everyone”. This is the way aviation industry has been witnessing some changes, too.

While you may be accustomed to being greeted in a certain way in domestic and international flights, a Japanese airline has been thinking outside the box, to make greetings more gender-neutral and, therefore, inclusive. Dont do you its too liberating and a good space or frame of mind to be in.

Our India government along with our airline industry should adopt this way of ideal society. Dont you think, its a way of promoting diversity in the community and this one action taken to treat everyone equally regardless of gender is a winning way out not just for women but society’s progressive thinking as well.

This spirit of inclusion initiative should be adopted around the globe too to remove this gender differences. What do you think of this tremendous change. Do let us know in our comment section of our website.

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When is Navratri in 2020

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Navratri’s Dates are in everyone minds these days. So when is Navaratri the 9 days festival of Mother Goddess Durga ? Lets find out this just about now.

Navratri is celebrated durings of September and October more particularly from October 17th to the 25th of this month. Most Hindu households have started preparation for this upcoming festivities.

Celebrations during this festival include setting up puja pandals, chanting of scriptures, and cultural events. Whether this is possible amid this pandemic and Cumulonimbus heavy rains which have lashed out on South India is yet to be seen.

In the eastern and northeastern states of India, the festival is celebrated as Durga Puja. In some states, it is also synonymous with Ram Lila and Dussehra that celebrates the victory of Lord Ram over the demon king Ravana.

On this occasion some people fast while others gorge on festive feasts. Its a festival which brings joy and people together in the households.

The festival will end on October 26, 2020, with Visarjan or immersion of Durga’s idol in the river. So advance wishes to all of you from our website. HAPPY DUSSEHRA !!!

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