How to travel by train – and ditch the plane

A string of horrifying climate-related disasters has brought a distinctly environmental theme to many people’s New Year resolutions. Many have chosen to reduce their carbon footprint by flying less, or cutting out planes completely. Flygskam – the Swedish word for “flight-shame” – has become commonplace. In August, Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg set an example by crossing the Atlantic in a zero-emissions yacht. If she had made the return journey from the UK to New York by air, she would have emitted 11% of the average annual emissions for someone in the…

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IIT-Kanpur students ditch ‘colonial’ robes for Indian wear

Ditching the ceremonial and “colonial” black robes and headgears, IIT Kanpur students today donned the ethnic attire of kurta-pyjama and kurta-salwar during their convocation ceremony. “For the first time, students received their degrees in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) not in the British-time gowns and headgears, but in kurta pyjamas (for boys) and kurta-salwar (for girls) along with stoles in different colours to mark their specific courses,” IIT-K Director, Professor Indranil Manna said. He said the students will wear Indian clothes in all future convocations. Around 673 students of…

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