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Cyclone Aila Rages Through Eastern India and Bangladesh

Where: Kolkata, India May 28, 2009 : Cyclone Aila, which formed over the Bay of Bengal last weekend, hit the coast of India's eastern state of West Bengal on Monday, May 25,2009. Winds blowing at the speed of 100 kilometres an hour with heavy rain caused havoc and paralysed life in the state's capital city Kolkata. At least...

Mutiny in Dhaka: 70 People Killed by Rebels

Where: Dhaka, Bangladesh February 28, 2009 : The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troops rose in revolt against their commanders on 25 February, 2009 after a dispute. The BDR is a paramilitary unit that patrols the country's borders. There was resentment among the troops over some issues, including pay. The BDR chiefs are all officers from the regular Bangladesh Army, and...

Terror Blasts in Assam on New Year’s Day

Where: Guwahati, Assam, India January 7, 2009 : A series of blasts rocked Guwahati, the principal town of India's northeastern state of Assam, on January 1, 2009. Six people died, and 50 were injured. The terrorists who planned the explosions got past New Year's Day security arrangements with alarming ease. Police said the first blast took place near...

‘Rim of Fire’ in Indonesian Skies: 2009’s First Solar Eclipse

Where: Samarinda, Indonesia January 26, 2009 : The annular eclipse of the sun on Monday, 26 January was a celestial spectacle, seen in several parts of Indonesia, and on the Cocos, a South Pacific island group. These areas fell directly in line with the alignment of the moon and sun. People cheered and banged on drums as the...

The ‘English Pinch’ in Bangladesh

What would you say if you saw a restaurant billboard saying "You be in our guest and please like any menu from arrangement ultimate sea food"? Will you brush it aside thinking the billboard painter must be 'uneducated'. Mark, when I say 'uneducated', I actually mean that he does not know English. For a lot of us, being educated also...

Rabi, the Budding Poet

When Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his poems in Gitanjali , he was the first Asian to be so honoured. We've seen pictures of him with his flowing grey beard and smiling eyes, clad in a long saffron robe. We know him as the man who founded the unusual gurukula or school at...

Kidnapped for the Camel Race

September 30: Ten year-old Mohammad Zubair Arrian was playing in Medina Syedan, his village in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Suddenly, he met a mysterious red-bearded man. The stranger gave him something to eat. The next thing Mohammad knew, he had woken up in an airport. For the little boy who had never stepped outside his village, it was the...

Tiger Target

October 16: A few months ago, the accidental death of a dozen Royal Bengal tigers, at an Orissa zoo, shocked the nation. The news made headlines and gradually got relegated to the inside pages of newspapers before vanishing altogether. Yes, public memory is notoriously short and people eventually forgot about the whole episode. Now, yet another tiger death has shaken...

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...

The Flood

Where: New Delhi, India Every day, Indian newspapers carry reports that large parts of Bihar, Bengal and north-east India are flooded, causing loss to human and animal lives, and property. This happens year after year. What is the reason for these floods? An indepth report from 'Gobar Times', a children's magazine on the environment brought out by the...

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