International Mother Language Day

(February 21) In November 1999, UNESCO declared the 21st of February, as International Mother Language Day. This great occasion reminds us of those who dedicated their lives to glorifying their mother language. They raised massive protests against imposing any state language on them. It was first observed on February 21st, 2000.  Why is International Mother…

Panjabi Language

Punjabi is spoken by more than 150 million people in India, Pakistan, and many other countries. It is the 10th largest among about 7000 languages of the world. Punjabi is a graceful and fluid, ornate, and downright exotic language. The neglect of any language can lead to the erosion of the culture and identity of…

2021 Chemistry Nobel Prize for the discovery of New Organic Catalysts

Industrial Catalysts are tools for building new molecules selectively. Many industries depend on molecules that can form elastic and durable materials, store energy in solar batteries or inhibit the progression of diseases. Plastic, pharmaceutical, perfume, and food industries heavily depend upon the use of safe and efficient catalysts. Products synthesized by catalysis are responsible for…

Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS)-A Universal Inter-Faith Scripture

The first version of the Scripture of the Sikhs was compiled by the Fifth Guru and was installed in Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, in 1604. It had spiritual verses (Gurbani) of the first five Sikh Gurus (Guru Nanak, Guru Angad, Guru Amardas, Guru Ramdas and Guru Arjan) and some other Saints. This Scripture was called Pothi…

Physics Nobel Laureates (2021) Predict the Extent of Global Warming

Three scientists shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for the physical and mathematical models developed by them for explaining the underlying Order in the Disordered Systems present in nature, and predicting accurately the Climate Change due to Global Warming. Syukuro Manabe (90), born in Japan) and Klaus Hasselmann (89), of Germany) were awarded the…

Developing Universal Vaccines for Present and Future Corona-viruses

North-Western University (USA) developing Universal vaccines New drugs are being developed to fight the current (SARS-CoV-2) and possible future corona-viruses or their variants. In focus is the key non-structural protein (nsp16) present in all coronaviruses, and an identifier that helps the virus hide from the immune system. A part of the protein binds the fragment held in…

Menace of Plastics Waste-Hanging like the Sword of Damocles ?

Plastics, plastics everywhere, you name it, they are  there Plastics are a part of nearly every product in our daily use today. Production increased from about 2.5 million tons in 1950 to 450 million tons by 2015.  In 2017, nearly 7 % of the nine billion tons of plastic produced became waste.  Production is expected to…

Science, Prayer and Sikh Ardas

Sarbat da Bhala (Welfare of All) is a keynote phrase of the Sikh prayer (Ardas) and scriptures. It is believed that the Christian Prayer (Our Father  … )  was taught by Jesus to His disciples. It resembles some elements of Jewish prayers, like praise, petition, and a yearning for God. The Muslims, likewise, praise God…