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Saina Nehwal Wins Indonesian Open Badminton Women’s Title

Where: Jakarta, IndonesiaJune 26, 2009 : Nineteen year old Saina Nehwal, ranked eighth in the world, beat China's Wang Lin (world number three). Saina was seeded sixth in the tournament. She took 49 minutes to beat Wang 12-21, 21-18, 21-9 in an exciting final. Saina became the first Indian to win a super series badminton tournament. In...

IPL Cricket Out of India in Second Season

Where: New Delhi, IndiaMarch 24, 2009 : The second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will now be held in South Africa. IPL is a creation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It is a Twenty20 cricket competition, in which each team plays just 20 overs in a game, and each innings takes...

Hockey Heroines

Where: IndiaSeptember 12, 2007 : I must confess that I got interested in the Indian women's hockey team after watching the film Chak De! India . But unlike many friends who kept talking about the bright actors in the film thinking they were actually discussing the game of hockey, I did some reading up on the hockey...

Patel 20th most popular surname in England

Where: London, UKApril 15, 2007: In the UK alone, more than 1.05 million Indians contribute to making the country culturally colourful. Now, there's more proof that Indians are the largest minority ethnic group in England. According to a study published in The Observer on Sunday, the Indian surname "Patel" is one of the top 500 British surnames. "Patel" is...

A Birthday Surprise

A girl collecting leaves
When you live in one place for as long as I have, you get to know everyone in the locality. I have lived in one house for 25 years now. When we moved to this house, the first person I met was Tara. Her parents lived in the next block. I think she was about eight when I first...

Pretty bird no more

Where: London, EnglandApril 24, 2007: For 40 years, the people of London have been happy to spot in their parks a bird that seems to have made its way from the Himalayas to the capital of England. With its shocking green body, red beak, long tail and noisy screech, the rose-ringed parakeet brought a vivid splash of colour...

Women’s hockey steals the show!

The year was 2002. The Commonwealth Games were on in Manchester, England. A nail-biting hockey final was being played out between the women’s hockey teams of favourites England and underdog India. England had defeated the reigning world and Olympic champions Australia to reach the final. India had come from nowhere to defeat stronger teams like New Zealand, South Africa...

Is Tomato a Vegetable or a Fruit?

Is tomato a vegetable or a fruit?
We think the tomato is a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit. Because it is not sweet and is used for providing flavour to food, we think of it as a vegetable.The tomato is originally from Mexico. The word "tomato" comes from the Spanish tomate, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word tomatotl. Spanish explorers who went...

Swear, it’s true!

August 17: You might think that schools would discourage students from using bad words, but it is not so. Schools in England will soon be teaching their pupils swearwords in an attempt to stop them from using bad language! Does that make any sense?Apparently, British teachers feel that young children pick up swearwords from adults and older children, and...

Toddler teacher in UK

August 26: At a a supermarket in County Durham, England, the workers are getting ready for some lessons in sign language so as to better communicate with deaf customers. And the prospective students are only too eager to meet their teacher. For in this case, Madame Diana Graham, all of two years old, will be giving them the lessons....

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