PLACES IN NEWS - 2019 APRIL

April 29

The Venice Biennale
After 8 years Haripura posters will go up on the walls of the India pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale that begins on May 1 of this year. The theme is: 'Our Time for a Future Caring'. Indian modern artist Nandalal Bose was commissioned by Mahatma Gandhi in 1938, to create paintings portraying different aspects of Indian life to be displayed at the Indian National Congress' session in Haripura, Gujarat.  This will be the second time India will have a pavilion of its own at one of the biggest art events in the world. The theme at the Biennale India has decided to showcase Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi to ensure a memorable show at the art event. It is one of the biggest art events in the world and it will be the second time India will have a pavilion of its own. The Venice Biennale will continue till November 24.
New Guinness World Record
A new Guinness World Record was set by Lebanon’s capital Beirut for most number of national flags displayed in one city for 24 hours. Under the patronage of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri this event was organised. It was an individual and national initiative undertaken by The Beirut Alive Association. By raising a total of 26,852 Lebanese flags for 24 hours Beirut broke the record of New York’s Waterloo of raising 25,599 flags. 

April 22

Bali’s Mount Agung volcano erupts
The active volcano of Indonesia Mount Agung has erupted again, spewing volcanic ash into the sky to a height of 2km.
Two other volcanoes popular with tourists Mount Bromo in East Java and Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta also continues to erupt.
The word Merapi can be translated as the Mountain of Fire. Mount Agung is an active volcano in Bali of Indonesia.

April 18

Scientists unearth 220 million-year-old dinosaur fossils in Argentina
A 220-million-year-old fossilized remains of nearly a dozen dinosaurs has been discovered at a site western Argentina.
According to Martinez, of the University of San Juan there are almost ten different individuals, with practically no sediment.
He said there were also remains of archosaurs, reptiles that with practically no sediment and could be the ancestors of great crocodiles.

April 16

Strong quake hits east Taiwan

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the east of the island.
The epicenter of the quake was located just over 10 kilometers northwest of the eastern coastal city of Hualien which happened just after 1 p.m. local time.
The quake shook buildings in the northern capital, Taipei, which is more than a hundred kilometers away.

April 15

The Notre-Dame Cathedral has been destroyed in a fire
The Notre-Dame Cathedral is in Paris. It was struck in flames engulfed the roof of Notre-Dame.
The city of Paris was overwhelmed by the catastrophic damage to a global heritage site visited by nearly 14 million tourists and Catholic each year.
The iconic Notre-Dame cathedral, the medieval cathedral made famous by Victor Hugo, has been deeply wired in Paris’ history.

April 14

Turtles' absence from Nicaraguan stronghold raises alarm for future
Not a single leatherback nested at the Chacocente reserve this year as the species faces threats of poaching and warming seas.
Every year, from November through March, leatherback sea turtles arrive to the secluded shores of the Río Escalante Chacocente wildlife reserve on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast to lay their eggs.
The largest of all sea turtles, leatherbacks can weigh up to 1,500lb (680 kg) and reach over 6ft (2 meters) in length, placing them among the largest reptiles in the world. But despite their enormous size, leatherback populations face threats from human activity, and the eastern Pacific population of leatherbacks is classified as critically endangered.

April 9

London becomes the first city in the world to implement a special Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)
There would be a charge or an entry fee for older vehicles if they do not meet the emission standards.
This aims to reduce toxic air pollution and protect public health.
The ULEZ will be operational for 24 hours and seven days a week.
London's famous red bus fleet is also being updated as part of these efforts, and all 9,200 vehicles will meet or exceed ULEZ standards by October 2020.

April 8

The Guwahati Railway Station is the first ever railway station in the Indian Railways to get an ISO certification from the National Green Tribunal (NGT)
This certification is awarded for 'providing passenger amenities in a clean and green environment'.
ISO certification received by Guwahati Railway Station is ISO-14001, which is for Environment Management System as per international norms.
ISO - International Organization for Standardization  is responsible for establishing the standard in the different area of activities.

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