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Assam’s Boys Shine in Asian Cricket

July 22: Two young boys have done the impossible in Assam. They have pushed politicians and the continuing violence, out of the media spotlight. Both boys are stars of the Indian under-15 cricket team.One of them, Palash Jyot Das, is the son of a bank employee. The other, Mrigen Talukdar comes from a poor family. There's nothing remarkable about...

Shopping for Buyers

August 5: In June, German carmaker Volkswagen opened Autostadt, Europe's first automotive theme park on cars. The company spent $424.4 million to build the complex. Situated in Wolfsburg, the park features displays, events, a motor museum, special areas for kids, special chambers to check how your car fares against wind and vibration, and even a section where you can...

Creating Light from Garbage

July 22: We all create garbage. Every day we throw away armloads of things that we don't need. Wrappers, leftovers, car parts, torn cloth, vegetable remains and mounds of other such stuff. What we throw away at home is domestic garbage. There's much more that factories throw away. Garbage from factories is often very dangerous, because it could be...

A Girl Soldier Speaks Out

September 8: At seven Arumuyam Malar could handle a gun better than a pencil. At eight she could handle the wireless radio and knew how to use hand grenades and semi-automatic rifles.As an 'Eelam tigress', or a child guerrilla of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, she was told that she had to fight till...

Smart Future

August 12: Do you know that there's a possibility you may live forever? And that you will have computers that are 1,000 times more intelligent than Albert Einstein, generally known as the smartest scientist ever! That all these miracles may happen in 15 years or more?These are the predictions of Ian Pearson, a top British futurologist. A futurologist is...

Fire in Water

July 8: A flame moved through water! Unbelievable? But it is true.This was the Olympic flame. It was carried under water last week.Why, one would ask. Because the games are being held in Sydney this year. The Olympic Games are held once in four years. And each time it is held, the Olympic flame is lit in Athens, the birthplace...

English and Indlish

July 15: Students are often rebuked for using what is known as 'Indian English' words. Perhaps these teachers need to know that many Indian words have actually become a part of an Oxford Dictionary.The Asian Age newspaper reported that the Oxford Advance Learner's Dictionary of Correct English has a section on Indian English. The section has 2,500 words The...

The World’s First Floating Airstrip

July 8: It was a day like any other. A light aircraft prepared to take off from an airstrip south of Tokyo, Japan. But it was no ordinary flight. For, the plane took off from a metal airstrip right in high seas -- a floating airstrip. Japan has claimed that it is the world's first of its kind, says...

Kids Learn to Fight from Politicians

July 15: It happened in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. A man saw a few children abuse and fight each other, and break furniture. He asked them what they were doing. Giggling, the children replied, "We are acting out a Sangsad ( Parliament ) scene." It was a pretty good imitation of the unruly scenes in the Bangladeshi Parliament.But...

Frank Conrad’s Garage

Where: Pittsburgh, USAJuly 22, 2000: Over eighty years ago, the first commercial broadcast on radio occurred in a garage in Pittsburgh, US. Today, the garage and the house it is part of, are up for sale, according to a brief report in 'The Asian Age'.The garage and house had then belonged to engineer, Frank Conrad. Conrad had 200 patents...

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