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Pushkar Lake Water or Sugarcane Juice?

May 19: If you take a glass of water from the famous Pushkar lake in Rajasthan, it looks like sugarcane juice. But, that is where the simile ends. It is neither sweet, nor does it smell fresh.It has a rotten smell and you will not feel like tasting it. Plus, it has fish bones and mud in it -...

The Privileged Moles

April 4: When you take a walk in the streets of Canada's largest city, Toronto, you will probably come across people who hold out their hats for money. At least this is what a Reuters report in The Indian Express says.Though Toronto is a prosperous city, there are many homeless, sick and destitute who have made the streets their...

Injured right arms

May 3: Got an exam today and not studied a word? Copying from chits, hiding books under the desk, copying from the neighbour - all these are old tactics. Some students have geared up to more 'modern' ways!Students of Zakir Hussain College, Delhi, seem to have found the answer to this problem, reports The Indian Express. And what's more,...

Making Light of Darkness

May 11: Till five years ago, the Male Kudi tribals of Kodyadi, in the Western Ghats in Mangalore, lived in darkness. The government had never switched on to their needs. But now, thanks to their leader, Elyanna, the first graduate in the tribe, they have invented an ingenious method of electrifying their village - and their achievement has electrified...

To Russia with Love?

November 25: Meet Tinky-Vinky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. They are the Russian version of characters in Teletubbies, the British television series for toddlers. The four made an eagerly awaited debut amidst great hype and hoopla in Moscow. Their audience - 3,500 enthusiastic children.The 365-episode series is not known as Teletubbies in Russia but by their Russian name Telepuziki or...

The Writer

December 9: Stanley "Tookie" Williams is an American writer of children's books. His books are cautionary tales, warning children to stay away from drugs, guns and gangs so common to certain sections of poor America.Williams has won wide acclaim and two literature prizes. But then Williams is no ordinary children's writer. He is a four-time murderer on death row...

Birds!!!

October 6: If feeding pigeons is your hobby, then the place to go is London's Trafalgar Square. With about 40,000 pigeon tummies to fill, you can be sure that demand will never outstrip supply.Trafalgar Square's pigeons are a major tourist attraction. Thousands of pigeons can be found in the square at any given time, which has a fountain and...

Talking Through their Hats for Peace

September 9: A group of children are going to attend the International Conference on War-affected Children, at Winnipeg in Canada, from September 10 to 17. Coming from war-torn countries like Somalia, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Kosovo will all wear hats during the conference. The hats are meant to prevent them from being identified back home. They might be punished...

History was Made Here

November 4: It is a dirty and dimly-lit room, located on the first floor of the government-run JJ Hospital at Byculla, Mumbai. It includes a table, a chair and pieces of equipment occasionally used by the hospital staff, and is used as a safe refuge by tired employees looking for a quiet corner to doze off.History was made over...

Riding into a Promising Future

October 28: In Gujarat last year, thousands of girls who passed out of primary school, were given unique gifts by the Gujarat government: bicycles to ride to secondary schools.The gifts are not meant to reward the girls for passing their examinations. They are recognised as the only way for these girls to pursue higher education in secondary school, usually...

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