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Another Big Quake for 2010 – Chile

Where: Santiago,ChileMarch 17, 2010 : Chile experienced an 8.8-magnitude on February 27, 2010. Around 700 people lost their lives. This was the fifth strongest earthquake recorded in the world since 1900. The quake struck near Concepcion, Chile's second largest city, where thousands of people were holidaying over the weekend. In neighbouring Argentina, houses and power lines collapsed....

Pakistan’s Armed Forces Take on Taliban : Civilians Flee War Zone

Where: Islamabad, PakistanMay 14, 2009 : Pakistan's government signed a peace agreement with the Taliban*, which had taken control of the country's Swat valley region in February 2009, and allowed it to impose Islamic Sharia law there. The militants started moving towards the capital Islamabad in the following months. Pakistani forces launched a military operation against them...

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...

Spate of Attacks on Indian Students in Australia

Where: Melbourne, AustraliaMay 31, 2009 : A number of Indian students were attacked in a series of violent incidents in Melbourne over the last few days. One of the most shocking incidents was the one in which 25-year-old Shravan Kumar was stabbed by a group of teenagers who forced their way into his house. Kumar, who almost...

Madhav Kumar Nepal Takes Office as Prime Minister of Nepal

Where: Kathmandu, NepalMay 30, 2009 : Mr.Madhav Kumar Nepal took office as Prime Minister of Nepal on Monday. Earlier this month the Maoist-led government of Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal (“Prachanda") had collapsed. "Prachanda" had led the Maoist movement to establish a republic and abolish monarchy. The Shah kings had been the rulers of Nepal since 1768. The rebellion...

Japanese Government Announces Green Stimulus Package

Where: Tokyo, JapanApril 11, 2009 : The recession has prompted many governments to inject 'stimulus packages' to boost their countries' economies. Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso announced a package with a green focus. His government will encourage the start of mass production of electric cars in three years. It also has plans to boost solar power generation...

Earthquake in Italy Kills 150

Where: Rome, ItalyApril 6, 2009 : A powerful earthquake rocked the mountainous Abruzzo region of central Italy in the early hours of April 6, 2009 (3.32am local time). Over 150 people were killed and 1,500 were injured. The number of people who may be trapped alive could not be estimated. Thousands of rescue workers searched for survivors. Some...

General Elections Announced in India

Where: New Delhi, IndiaMarch 2, 2009 : India is set to go to the polls to elect a new government. The Chief Election Commissioner Mr. N. Gopalaswami announced the schedule for the General Elections. The country will elect 543 members to the Lok Sabha, or the House of the People, in Parliament. Voting will take place on five...

Man who was a mountain

Where: state of Bihar, IndiaAugust 19, 2007: It’s the kind of superhuman deed that seems so hard to believe because it is true. One man hacked away at a rocky hill for 22 years to create a three-km-long road linking his village to the outside world, armed with nothing more than a hammer and a chisel. What drove...

Iftar: The Meal that Breaks the Fast at Ramadan

People waiting for Iftar
It is the month of Ramadan (Ramzan) in the Islamic calendar and, for those who believe in it, each day of the month follows an identical routine: a fast from sunrise to sunset. At sundown, after a whole day of not eating or even taking a sip of water, the fast is broken. It is the time when the...

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