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Democracy Witnessing Downward Global Trend For The 12th Straight Year, Says Freedom House Report

Democracy is in crisis. The values it embodies—particularly the right to choose leaders in free and fair elections, freedom of the press, and the rule of law—are under assault and in retreat globally, says Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization based in US and “dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.”

A quarter-century ago, at the end of the Cold War, it appeared that totalitarianism had at last been vanquished and liberal democracy had won the great ideological battle of the 20th century.

Today, it is democracy that finds itself battered and weakened. For the 12th consecutive year, according to Freedom in the World,global freedom has been found to have declined. Countries that suffered democratic setbacks outnumbered those that registered gains.

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It’s So Cold In Many Places Of The World, Let’s Check The Top 5!

Usually, here in winter we feel very uncomfortable with cold conditions and will be eagerly waiting for the springs to come. But nobody have the idea how much cold does the coldest places on earth are experiencing every winter.

This world is considered as the masterpiece of nature. It is because if there is light in some parts of the world then there is darkness in the other parts of the world. If some parts of the world are receiving high rain then at the same time there are different parts of the world that are facing shortage of rains.

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Kashmiri 'Phiran' Adds Colours To Winters

New Delhi: Treasured most during the bone-chilling winters, Kashmir's traditional knee-length robe called 'phiran' is adding colour to the season's fashion.
This apparel, with new designs, is retaining its charm among the people in the Valley as it scores over the modern winter costumes due to its ease and warmth.
Pheran and Poot is the term given to the traditional Kashmiri attire worn by the Kashmiri men and women. Pheran (also called Phyaran) is a long coat or cloak made of wool or tweed, worn both by women and men. Pheran & Poots together make two sets of cloak or gown worn one above the other.

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Cockfights Rage In South India Leads To Gruesome Violation Of Law

New Delhi: Cockfights, a common and age-old 'sport' looked forward to during the Hindu New Year festival of Sankranti in South India, has been in the midst of several controversies over the years.

Cockfights are a traditional ritual in the Godavari and Krishna districts which takes place for three-days. Although there is a ban on the ‘sport’, as it is cruelty against animals. Every year; businessmen and celebrities from all parts of the country, flock to Andhra Pradesh to participate in cockfights during theSankranti festival.

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A New Study Explains How Exploding Stars Influence Earth’s Weather

New Delhi: Cosmic rays from supernovae – or exploding stars – can influence Earth’s cloud cover and its climate, scientists have foundfor the first time.

Conducted by Dr. HenrikSvensmark, from DTU Space, senior researcher Martin BødkerEnghoff, from DTU Space, Professor NirShaviv at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Ph.D. student Jacob Svensmark at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark; the study claimed that the discovery helped fill in a mysterious gap in our knowledge of our climate and may help to explain unusual periods of warmth and cold during the past 2,000 years.