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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...

Flightless Mosquitoes the Solution to Dengue Fever?

Where: Oxford, United KingdomFebruary 27, 2010 :Scientists have come up with a novel method to tackle the menace of dengue fever. They propose to breed mosquitoes that cant fly. The plan is to genetically alter the male of the species. These males will father a new generation of female mosquitoes with limited wing growth. The females will...

Vast Coral Reef in South-East Asia May Disappear by End of Century, Warns WWF Report

Where: Manado, IndonesiaMay 14, 2009 : The World Ocean's Conference, a two-day meeting of ministers and officials from more than 80 countries was held in Manado, Indonesia. Rising sea levels, warming waters and increased acidity caused by global warming were some of the major issues discussed here.A World Wildlife Fund report released to coincide with the conference reveals...

Heads of Government to Seek Solutions to World Economic Crisis at G20 Summit

Where: London, United KingdomMarch 30, 2009 : The heads of the world's 20 largest economic powers, the Group of 20 or G20, will assemble in London on April 2, 2009. The London summit will focus on finding solutions to the present global economic crisis.The G20 is a forum that includes G-7, the world's seven leading industrialized nations...

Volcano Erupts in Chile

Where: Santiago, ChileApril 4, 2009 : Llaima volcano, which is located in Chile's scenic lake region, erupted on Saturday, 4 April, 2009. It is one of the most active volcanoes in South America. It emitted a river of lava more than 1,000 metres long. People could see bright red bursts of lava in the night sky during the...

Indonesian Ferry Sinks, Over 230 People Drowned

Where: Makassar Strait, IndonesiaJanuary 12, 2009 : An Indonesian ferry, the 'Teratai Prima' was struck by Cyclone Charlotte shortly before dawn on Sunday, January 11. It was making an overnight journey between the islands of Sulawesi and Borneo, carrying 250 passengers, 17 crew and cargo. Before the military search and rescue operations began at daybreak, fishermen managed...

Badminton champs in the spotlight

Hyderabad Hurricane – Saina NehwalNo, this is not a spelling mistake. We are not writing about Sania Mirza and her achievements in tennis. In this piece we are writing about the latest sensation on the badminton courts, Saina Nehwal. In 2006, Saina became the first Indian woman to win a badminton tournament with a four-star rating. Ranked 86 in...

‘Rim of Fire’ in Indonesian Skies: 2009’s First Solar Eclipse

Where: Samarinda, IndonesiaJanuary 26, 2009 : The annular eclipse of the sun on Monday, 26 January was a celestial spectacle, seen in several parts of Indonesia, and on the Cocos, a South Pacific island group. These areas fell directly in line with the alignment of the moon and sun. People cheered and banged on drums as the...

The earth has more than 600 active volcanoes…

The earth has more than 600 active volcanoes. Many of them are to be found on what is called the 'Ring of Fire' around the Pacific Ocean. The largest active volcano on the Earth today is the Mauna Lau, which is about 4168 metres (13,677 feet) high. It is situated in the Hawaiian islands. One volcanic explosion in Mauna...

Batik: Ancient Art of Painting in Wax

Assortment of colourful batik textile.
A routine college day. We had to go for textile practicals after lunch. Going for any class post lunch was a pain. All we wanted to do was sleep. But, that remained a dream since we were always packed with classes after lunch. Lazily, I dragged myself to the textile laboratory."Today we are going to learn the technique of...

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