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Bachendri-Pal India's-first-woman conquered Mount-Everest

  “Vertical sheets of frozen ice; cold winds were blowing at the speed of about 100 km per hour and temperatures touching minus 30 to 40 degrees Celsius. On 23 May 1984, the team reached the summit of Mount Everest at 1:07 p.m. IST and Bachendri Pal created the history” -'Everest: My Journey to the top' by 'Bachendri Pal' “29-year-old Bachendri Pal becomes first Indian woman to conquer Mt Everest” read the headlines of the newspapers 37 years ago when a petite girl from India reached to the top of the World’s highest mountain, the Mount Everest with her grit and determination on May 23, 1984. Bachendri's achievement since then has inspired many to walk on her path in the future. The achievement put her in the league of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first men on Everest. She had written her name in gold in the book of history with this feat. First Indian women to achieve the feat "It's nice to receive so much of attention, but nothing can ma

How Biodiversity keeps pandemics at bay

  International Biodiversity Day   Everything, from the air we breathe to the food that we eat and the water we drink, is derived from biodiversity. It is the total variety of all forms of life that exist on Earth.   Biodiversity is a unique amalgamation of ecosystem diversity, genetic diversity, and species diversity. Interwoven in a delicate balance, it is vital for sustaining life on Earth.   Why is Biodiversity vital for life?   From tall trees and dense forests that inhale carbon dioxide to release fresh air into the atmosphere to the tiny soil organisms that keep the food we eat in supply, or the coral reefs or mangrove swamps that protect our coasts or the strange plants that give us medicine, everything that we need to make life on this Earth possible is derived from our biodiversity, free of cost!   It is only when life on Earth is the most varied, vigorous, and biodiverse that the human species can thrive in it.     It’s now or never!   Over the la