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Friday, December 13, 2019

Express Fact Check


Explained: USCIRF, the Commission concerned over Citizenship Bill; what are its functions?

December 11, 2019 10:10 am

The USCIRF is an advisory or a consultative body, which advises the US Congress and the administration on issues pertaining to international religious freedom. Why has it said it is “deeply troubled” by the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha?

Fact Check: Why planet orbiting white dwarf star is a breakthrough discovery

December 07, 2019 9:07 am

Some 4.5 billion years from today, our Sun will run out of fuel and shed its outer layers. What will remain of the Sun is called a “white dwarf”. Can any planet orbiting a star survive such an event?

Fact Check: How seeds are planted from a helicopter, or with darts

December 04, 2019 7:57 am

Aerial seeding is adopted because it is quicker and more effective than planting manually. It also allows access to areas where the terrain is rocky or at high elevation.

Fact Check: When is the oath taken by a Minister (in)valid?

December 03, 2019 7:48 am

Did Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's oath-taking ceremony violate the Constitution, as claimed by Devendra Fadnavis?

Donald Trump’s ‘Rocky’ tweet: what’s the occasion, is there a connection?

November 29, 2019 10:19 am

Running since 1976, the series is one of the most successful ever. Six Rocky films between 1976 and 2006 show the boxer fighting against various odds.

Coming up this Parliament session: Citizenship, Data Protection and other bills

November 18, 2019 9:49 am

New Bills include the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, whose earlier version lapsed at the end of the previous Lok Sabha, and the Personal Data Protection Bill.

Explained: Delhi smoke, Punjab water — the tradeoff

November 08, 2019 10:58 am

A decade-old law has led to the sowing and transplantation of the summer paddy crop in Punjab to be delayed by about a fortnight, and moved the harvesting season to end-October and early November.

Fact Check: Five dwarf planets and a new candidate — how is it decided?

November 02, 2019 9:15 am

If it qualifies, Hygiea will be the smallest dwarf planet in the Solar System.

Fact Check: How is killer cyanide in Kerala monitored?

October 12, 2019 10:03 am

Kerala is among the country’s biggest consumers of gold jewellery. How is cyanide stocked in the state, and how is its distribution regulated?

Explained: How Mamallapuram became Mahabalipuram, regained old name

October 11, 2019 2:22 pm

S Swaminathan, author of Mamallapuram, a book on the architectural and sculptural achievements of the Pallavas, said Mamallapuram was the original name, even though the town is also called Mahabalipuram.