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  • TODAY IN HISTORY - July 09, 2020
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on July 09   0118: Hadrian, Rome's new emperor, makes his entry into the city.   0455: Avitus, the Roman military commander in Gaul, becomes Emperor of the West.   1553: Maurice of Saxony is mortally wounded at Sievershausen, Germany, while defeating Albert of Brandenburg-Kulmbach.   1609: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of worship.   1755: General Edward Braddock
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - July 08, 2020
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on July 08   1608: The first French settlement at Quebec is established by Samuel de Champlain.   1663: The British crown grants Rhode Island a charter guaranteeing freedom of worship.   1686: The Austrians take Budapest from the Turks and annex Hungary.   1709: Peter the Great defeats Charles XII at Poltava, in the Ukraine, effectively ending the Swedish empire.   1758: The B
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - July 03, 2020
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on July 03 1775: George Washington takes command of the Continental Army.   1790: In Paris, the Marquis de Condorcet proposes granting civil rights to women.   1844: American ambassador Caleb Cushing successfully negotiates a commercial treaty with China.   1863: Confederate forces attack the center of the Union line at Gettysburg, but fail to break it.   1878: John Wise flies the f
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - July 2
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on July 02 1298: An army under Albert of Austria defeats forces led by Adolf of Nassau.   1625: The Spanish army takes Breda, Spain, after nearly a year of siege.   1644: Oliver Cromwell crushes the Royalists at the Battle of Marston Moor.   1747: Marshall Saxe leads the French forces to victory over an Anglo-Dutch force under the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Lauffeld.   1776
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - July 1
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on July 01 0069: Vespasian, a Roman army leader, is hailed as a Roman emperor by the Egyptian legions.   1543: England and Scotland sign the Peace of Greenwich.   1596: An English fleet under the Earl of Essex, Lord Howard of Effingham and Francis Vere capture and sack Cadiz, Spain.   1690: Led by Marshall Luxembourg, the French defeat the forces of the Grand Alliance at Fleurus in the Netherl
  • Today in History - June 29
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 29 1236 - Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon take Cordoba in Spain.   1767 - The British parliament passes the Townshend Revenue Act, levying taxes on America.   1862 - Union forces, falling back from Richmond, fight at the Battle of Savage's Station.   1880 - France annexes Tahiti.   1888 - Professor Frederick Treves performs the first appendectomy in England.  
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - June 26
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 26 0363 - Roman Emperor Julian dies, ending the Pagan Revival.   1243 - The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor is wiped out by the Mongols.   1541 - Former followers murder Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror of Peru.   1844 - Julia Gardiner and President John Tyler are married in New York City.   1900 - The United States announces it will send troops to fight against th
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - June 25
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 25 1658 - Aurangzeb proclaims himself emperor of the Moghuls in India.   1857 - Gustave Flaubert goes on trial for public immorality regarding his novel, Madame Bovary.   1868 - The U.S. Congress enacts legislation granting an eight-hour day to workers employed by the federal government.   1876 - General George A. Custer and over 260 men of the Seventh Cavalry are wiped out by Sioux an
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - June 24
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 24   1314 - Scottish forces, led by Robert the Bruce, win an overwhelming victory against English King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn.   1497 - Explorer John Cabot lands in North America in present-day Canada.   1509 - Henry VIII is crowned King of England.   1664 - The colony of New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, is founded.   1675 - King Philip's
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - June 19
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 18   0240 - Eratosthenes estimates the circumference of Earth using two sticks.   1821 - The Ottomans defeat the Greeks at the Battle of Dragasani.   1862 - President Abraham Lincoln outlines his Emancipation Proclamation. News of the document reaches the South.   1864 - The USS Kearsarge sinks the CSS Alabama off of Cherbourg, France.   1867 - Mexican Emperor Maximili
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - June 18
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 18   1812 - The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain. The conflict began over trade restrictions.   1815 - At the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon was defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.   1817 - London's Waterloo Bridge opened. The bridge, designed by John Rennie, was built over the River Thames.  
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - June 17
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 17   0362 - Emperor Julian issues an edict banning Christians from teaching in Syria.   1799 - Napoleon Bonaparte incorporates Italy into his empire.   1848 - Austrian General Alfred Windisch-Gratz crushes a Czech uprising in Prague.   1854 - The Red Turban revolt breaks out in Guangdong, China.   1856 - The Republican Party opens its first national convention in Phila
  • Why climate action matters for governments battling COVID-19
    Gernot Laganda Thomson Reuters Foundation As livelihoods are stretched to their breaking point, with a staggering 130 million additional people at risk of slipping into severe hunger before the end of the year, countries face not only the pandemic itself but also collisions with other regional or global problems. This includes the global climate crisis, which disrupts outbreak response around the world and exacerbates the unfolding economic recession. Throughout the months
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - June 12
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jun 12   1442 - Alfonso V of Aragon is crowned King of Naples.   1849 - The gas mask is patented by Lewis P. Haslett.   1901 - Cuba agrees to become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.   1918 - The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurs in France.   1920 - Republicans nominate Warren G. Harding for president and Calvin Coolidge for v
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - June 11
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 11 1346 - Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Holy Roman Emperor.   1509 - Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon.   1770 - Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.   1865 - Major General Henry W Halleck finds documents and archives of the Confederate government in Richmond, Virginia. This discovery will lead to the publication of the official war records.
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - June 10
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 10   1190 - Frederick Barbarossa drowns in a river while leading an army of the Third Crusade. 1692 - Bridget Bishop is hanged in Salem, Mass., for witchcraft.   1864 - At the Battle of Brice's Crossroads in Mississippi, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats the numerically superior Union troops.   1905 - Japan and Russia agree to peace talks brokered by President Theodo
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - June 05
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on June 05   1099 - Members of the First Crusade witness an eclipse of the moon and interpret it as a sign they will recapture Jerusalem.   1568 - Ferdinand, the Duke of Alba, crushes the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent.   1595 - Henry IV's army defeats the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise.   1637 - American settlers in New England massacre a Pequot Indian village. &nbs
  • The Slender Burnished Brass - A pest of Soybean & Potato
    Kevilekho Usou & N Walling Introduction: Thysanoplusia orichalcea, the slender burnished brass, commonly known as the soybean semilooper, is a moth of the family Noctuidae. The species was first described by Johan Christian Fabricius in 1775. It is a polyphagous pest of vegetable crops that originated in Indonesia, from where it spread to Europe,  South Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Host Plants: The larvae is polyphagous and feed on vario
  • Weather based integrated agro advisory for the month of June 2020
    Total monthly rainfall received in Dimapur district during May month was 134.2 mm which was 17% less than the normal (long term annual average). The number of rainy days was 9. South West Monsoon has set it over Kerala on 1st June 2020, coinciding with its normal date of onset over Kerala.   Soil Science - Dr Christy Sangma •    During monsoon the crops grown on sloppy land should be covered with mulching, in order to reduce soil erosion or soil l
  • Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) – A sustainable farming approach
    Dr Hannah Krujia  ACTO Agronomy, KVK Phek Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) is a holistic alternative to the present paradigm of high-cost chemical inputs-based agriculture. It is very effective in addressing the uncertainties of climate change. ZBNF uniqueness is based on the latest scientific discoveries in Agriculture, and at the same time it is rooted in Indian tradition. UN-FAO in April 2018 urged all countries to move towards the adoption of Agroecology to meet the