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The Empire Strikes Back

October 28: The roots of the present-day education system in India lie in British attempts, more than one and a half century ago, to raise a breed of English-speaking Indians who were 'babus' or clerks and could manage the affairs of the British rulers.That is why the study of English has always been stressed in India, even if it...

Simputer: The Low-cost Computer

September 23: For all those who thought computers were expensive items and not in the list of "essential buys", think again. A new computer is here, priced at an easily affordable Rs 9,000 (about $200)! And cheaper than a colour TV. Does that grab your attention?It is called Simputer. And it's the answer to your prayers.As the name suggests,...

Can Frog Fly?

Flying or gliding tree frog is an endangered amphibian.
You must have seen frogs that jump, but have you seen frogs that can fly? Actually not fly, but glide. One member of the treefrog family which is found in Malaya can fly. It flies not for adventure, but to catch its prey.It is called Wallace's Treefrog and is more equipped to chase flying insects than other frogs.It has...

Conquering Britain!

Where: Birmingham, UKNovember 25, 2000: A few weeks ago, we wrote about Indian-born Roshan Doug, who has been selected as the poet-laureate for the city of Birmingham in Britain. Close on the heels of that news comes another: Birmingham councillors will be giving an Indian name to a few suburbs in the city.Birmingham's Apna TownApna Town (our town) will...

The Magical Paper Pipe Stand

You don't know what to do with that old magazine, the plastic box or that empty tin? Why don't you do some magic, like Kusum did. Make a beautiful paper pipe stand with these ready-to-throw materials. As we all know, cutting and gluing is great fun!THE THINGS YOU NEED 1) One or two old colour magazines with thick shiny paper. 2)...

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