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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...

Slumdog Millionaire’s Big Haul at the Golden Globe Awards

Where: Los Angeles, U.S.A.January 12, 2009 : Slumdog Millionaire, an Indian story set and shot in India, is based on the novel 'Q&A' by an Indian diplomat and first-time novelist Vikas Swarup. It was directed by the well-known British director Danny Boyle, and released in 2008. The film won awards for best director, best picture, and screenplay...

Indian Army Battles Infiltrating Terror Groups in Kashmir

Where: Jammu and Kashmir, IndiaJanuary 08, 2009 : While we hope and pray for peace in the New Year, Indian troops are engaged in battle with a group of militants in the forested Mendhar sector of Poonch district in Kashmir. The gun battle broke out on 1 January, 2009, and entered its eighth day today. The militants,...

Cholera Epidemic Spreads Countrywide in Zimbabwe

Where: Harare, ZimbabweJanuary 23, 2009 : A report that the World Health Organisation made in early January said 2,200 people had died from cholera in Zimbabwe since August 2008. One week later, the United Nations reported a 20 per cent rise in cholera cases, and the figure now stands at 2,755. Nearly 50,000 people have been infected...

Fossil of Giant Snake Found in South America

Where: Cerrejon, ColombiaFebruary 4, 2009 : 'Nature' journal reports that the snake, named 'Titanoboa cerrejonensis' by the scientists who found the remains, would have had a 13-metre-long body and weighed 1,140 kilograms, making it the largest snake on record. A mathematical ratio between the size of vertebrae and the length of the body in living snakes was used...

Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th American President

Where: Washington, DC, U.S.A.January 20, 2009 : Barack Obama became the first African-American President of the U.S.A. in a year which is also the 200th birth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln, the President who abolished slavery in that country. African-Americans first went to America as slaves, and they did not have the same rights as white people even...

Tintin Turns Eighty

Where: Brussels, BelgiumJanuary 10, 2009 : Tintin made his first appearance in a Belgian newspaper Le Vingtieme Siecle (The 20th Century) on January 10, 1929. This comic strip eventually became 'Tintin in the Land of the Soviets'. There are 24 Tintin comic books in all, translated into more than 60 languages, including English - the originals are...

Hundreds Die In Australian Bush Blaze

Where: Melbourne, AustraliaFebruary 9, 2009 : Australia's worst disaster in over a century, the bushfires could claim up to 230 victims. Bush* fires are common occurrences in the hot and dry Australian summer. This summer, the country has seen a severe drought and recorded temperatures as high as 47 degrees centigrade, as well as winds at speeds...

Riots Rage in Greece After Cop Shoots Boy

Where: Athens, GreeceDecember 11, 2008 : The shooting took place after a verbal disagreement between two police officers and a small group of people in the Exarcheia district of Athens. Eyewitnesses said the police officer fired directly at the boy. In the riots that followed, protesters expressed their rage against the government. They set hundreds of buildings...

India’s Software Giant Satyam Computer Services in Country’s Biggest Corporate Scandal

Where: Hyderabad, IndiaJanuary 09, 2009 : Satyam, India's fourth-largest software company, is at the centre of the country's biggest corporate scandal. The group's Chairman, Ramalinga Raju revealed on 7 January, 2009, that around US $1.04 billion (Rs. 5000 crore or 94% of the company's cash assets, was non-existent, and that figures and account books had been 'cooked',...

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