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Gandhi’s Belongings Auctioned for Millions

Where: New York, USA March 6, 2009 : Indian industrialist Vijay Mallya bought Gandhi's belongings at a New York auction for $1.8 million (Rs 9 crore). The trademark wire frame spectacles, pocket watch, brass bowl and plate set and a pair of leather sandals had belonged to Mahatma Gandhi, India's most revered national leader. They were owned by American...

Plane Crash in New York Kills Fifty

Where: New York, USA February 12, 2009 : A commercial air plane crashed into a house in Buffalo, New York, killing all 49 people on board and one person on the ground. The plane burst into flames on impact. The Continental Airlines plane was on its way from Newark, New Jersey before crashing some distance away from the airport....

End to Recession in Sight?

Where: New York, USA March 25, 2009 : The New York Stock Exchange and European Stock markets showed high trading figures after the American government announced that it had planned another bailout package for banks. The United States Treasury is also expected to pump $1 trillion into the market for buying up 'toxic assets'. This means government will put...

Alive! American Plane Makes Miracle Crash-landing on Hudson River

Where: New York, USA January 16, 2009 : There were 150 passengers, three flight attendants and two pilots on board US Airways flight 1549. The plane, an Airbus 320, was on its way to Charlotte in the state of North Carolina from New York's LaGuardia Airport. Less than a minute after take-off, the pilot reported a 'double bird...

Plans to shut Guantanamo Bay prison

Where: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba December 19, 2008: The controversial prison camp, Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, may finally be closed. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered that plans be made to close the prison that houses "alien combatants" accused of supporting terrorist activities against the United States. Often colloquially referred to as Gitmo (a spoken version of GTMO, which stands for...

The Concorde

The sleekest and the fastest jet aircraft in the world. The Concorde. Sounds like an ad? Wait till you hear how much it costs to travel in it. A trip on this aircraft could cost you $9,000 - at least 25 per cent more than the regular first class travel fare. For a long time, the Concorde was considered the safest aircraft -...

Rats Race through US Cities

August 7: Even as Americans compete with each other in the "rat-race" for a good life, the real rats are coming out of the sewage dumps and are literally dancing on the streets. Funny though it might sound, rats have become a menace in many US cities. So much so, that in New York City, a rodent task force...

What is the origin of OK?

What is the origin of OK?
‘I’m OK means ‘I’m fine’. But if you say the weather’s OK in a lazy drawl, it could mean 'so-so'. When you respond with an OK at the end of someone’s explanation, you could be saying, ‘Alright, I get what you’re saying’. And when someone explains that ‘This is the way to do it, OK?’ it means, ‘Have you...

In the northern hemisphere, winds flow from…

In the northern hemisphere, winds flow from west to east. This means that an aircraft flying from New York to London could arrive about half an hour early because it has the wind behind it. But it could be delayed by half an hour on the way back when flying onto the wind.

The China Doll

December 9: A country's national identity is very much like an individual's identity. Each country has a name, a past from which it traces its origins and a few distinguishing characteristics that make up its overall personality. Yes, nations have personalities. Just like human beings, those countries with strong personalities are the ones with a sure sense of who...