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India Shines At 66th Annual Grammy Awards

India’s Big Win At The Grammy Awards

Indian musicians Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain’s fusion band ‘Shakti’ has won the prestigious Grammy award for ‘Best Global Music Album’, for their latest album ‘This Moment’. The album ‘This Moment’ features eight songs crafted by musical prodigies like John McLaughlin (guitar, guitar synth), Zakir Hussain (tabla), Shankar Mahadevan (vocalist), Selvaganesh Vinayakram (percussionist) and Ganesh Rajagopalan (violinist).

The album ‘This Moment’ was created during the Covid-19 pandemic by exchanging audio files over the internet and discussing them through a WhatsApp group!

Zakir Hussain picked the Grammy award for the ‘Best Global Music Performance’ for his contribution to the track ‘Pashto’ alongside Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer, featuring Rakesh Chaurasia. He also won the award for ‘Best Contemporary Instrumental Album’ for ‘As We Speak’.

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All About The Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards, sometimes just called the Grammys, are a massive awards show for the music industry. The Grammy Awards are annually presented in the US by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (“NARAS”).

To be eligible for a Grammy from NARAS, the recording or music video must be released in the US between October 1 of the previous year and midnight September 30 of the given Grammy year.

The awards cover lots of different kinds of music, from pop to rap and hip-hop. This year was the 66th Grammy Awards, and it had 94 different categories in total.

Did You Know?

Grammy is short for gramophone, an old-fashioned kind of music player.

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2024 Is A Leap Year

You might already know that 2024 is a leap year! This means that 2024 has 366 days instead of the usual 365.

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What Is A Leap Year And Why Was It Introduced?

Every year has 365 days, however every four years, the calendar has an extra day. This extra day falls on February 29, turning February into a 29-day month. It takes approximately 365.25 days or about 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds for Earth to orbit the Sun. This is called the solar year. So, to simply put a year does not have an exact number of days.

Therefore, we usually round the days in a calendar year to 365. To make up for the missing partial day, we add one day to our calendar approximately every four years to make an additional day.

Leap years are important so that our calendar year matches the solar year, the amount of time it takes for Earth to make a trip around the Sun. However, deducting roughly 6 hours each year for years can cause prob-lems. This leap day is essential to ensure calendars stay on track. Other-wise, extra time would build up over the years and winter would end up falling in summertime!

For example, June is a warm, summer month where you live. If there were no leap years, all those missing hours would add up into days, weeks and even months. Eventually, in a few hundred years, June would actually take place in the cold winter months!

Did You Know That Every Fourth Year Is Not A Leap Year?

The six hours used for calculation (as explained above) differs from the actual 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds. Therefore, adding an extra day did not solve the entire problem. It made the solar year slightly shorter than the calendar year. Thus, in order to take into account the imprecise calculation, some leap years are dropped. There’s a leap year every year that is divisible by four, but to qualify, century years (those that end in 00) must also be divisible by 400. Years ending with 00 are generally dropped unless divisible by 400.

For Example, 1900 was not a leap year but 2000 was.

History Of Leap Year

The concept of leap years was first introduced by the Egyptians who had devised a solar calendar featuring 365 days.

In 46 BC, Julius Caesar’s scholars introduced leap year, which was perfected in 12 AD. The Julian calendar included an extra day every four years.

Did You Know?

• People born on February 29 are often called ‘Leapers’ or ‘Leaplings’. What would happen if you were born on 29th February? When would you celebrate your birthday?

• The calendar system most of the world uses today is called the Gregorian Calendar. It was introduced in October 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII.

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A New ‘Ramayan Wax Museum” For Ayodhya

A new wax museum with 100 life size wax statues depicting scenes  from the famous epic Ramayan will be opened in Ayodhya. The first  phase of the construction will be completed in April-May. This museum is being constructed on a 2.5 acre plot. The museum will also  have illustrations of about 30-35 scenes from the epic. 

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Sunil Kandalloor, a Mumbai-based artist who specialises in wax figures will be  creating these Ramayan wax figures. This project will be developed  like the famous Madame Tussauds. Sunil Kandalloor said that “I  am using silicon, wax, fibreglass and other advanced materials to make these statues. There are many statues of all the characters. For example,  Rama is shown walking into the forest, playing with his twins, launching  a war against Ravana, etc. So, I have made many statues of Rama with  different expressions”

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India Shines at Oscars 2023

The Elephant Whisperers won the Academy award for the Best Documentary Short Category. It is the first Indian documentary to win an Oscar.

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Naatu Naatu, Telugu song won the Academy award for the Best Original Song – the first Indian song to win this award.

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India Scripts Lunar History

India becomes the first country to land on the Moon’s South Pole with the Chandrayaan-3 Mission.

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Historic Moment :  COP28 Deal Agrees To ‘Transition Away’ From Fossil Fuel

By Karmas Saluja Year 9, The British School, New Delhi

COP28 is the popular name for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2023, which was held in Dubai from November 30 December 12, 2023.

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For the first time ever, government officials from all around the world have agreed to a deal that requires all the countries to work to end the use of fossil fuels. This deal was finally agreed to at the climate talks in Dubai. The countries have agreed to move away from the use of petrol, oil, and coal. This is the first time ever in 30 years of COP climate summits, that the countries have agreed to transition away from fossil fuels. The deal was approved by almost 200 countries. COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber said that the deal is a “historic package” of measures that offers a “robust plan” to keep the target of capping global temperatures at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, within reach. The transition would be in a way that makes sure that the world will net zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050.

One of the important questions at COP28 was whether countries would agree to stop producing fossil fuels (called a “phase-out”), or would simply agree to produce less (a “phase-down”). More than 100 countries, including the US and the EU, were pushing for a phase-out. However, Saudi Arabia, China, and India fought against this idea. These countries either depend heavily on fossil fuels, or on the money they make by selling them. Because of this disagreement, the final deal doesn’t mention a phase-out or a phase-down. Instead, it calls for “transitioning [slowly changing away from fossil fuels”.

The new agreement isn’t a law, but it does guide countries on the actions they should take to tackle the climate crisis. Countries now need to create their own plans for how they will cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next 12 years. 

This new deal is a huge disappointment to many people who had hoped for a stronger position. But it’s also the first time a COP have meeting has mentioned moving away from fossil fuels.

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