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Terror Blasts in Assam on New Year’s Day

Where: Guwahati, Assam, IndiaJanuary 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...

A Glider at the Railway Station

Where: Sarnath, IndiaDecember 11, 2008 : Passengers at the Sarnath Railway Station noticed that a paper box, left abandoned near a railway track, was behaving a little oddly. They alerted the railway authorities, who found that the box carried the inscription, "It is a rare animal, please send it to the zoo". It was a Flying Lemur, a...

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,...

UFO in Kolkata?

Where: Kolkata, West Bengal, IndiaOctober 30, 2007 : In a city as passionate about football as it is about Rabindra Sangeet and rosogollas, an unlikely visitor made a flying visit. An unidienfitied flying object or UFO was spotted in Kolkata's skies early Monday morning. The fireball, which was filmed by a Kolkata-based executive, seemed to move very rapidly...

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',...

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

Where: Samarinda, IndonesiaJanuary 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...

Water-Ice on the Moon?

Where: Bangalore, IndiaJanuary 29, 2009 : The possibility of water-ice existing on the polar regions of the moon is one of the questions that scientists aim to discuss at a meeting to mark the first hundred days of Chandrayaan-I. The scientists include representatives from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration...

Hockey Heroines

Where: IndiaSeptember 12, 2007 : I must confess that I got interested in the Indian women's hockey team after watching the film Chak De! India . But unlike many friends who kept talking about the bright actors in the film thinking they were actually discussing the game of hockey, I did some reading up on the hockey...

UN Conference on Climate Change

Where: Poznan, PolandDecember 13, 2008 : Global warming affects everyone. Finally, after years of negotiations, most countries in the world have agreed to work together to reduce how much they pollute the Earth's environment. The United Nations Climate Change Conference began here on December 1, 2008 with delegates from 190 countries. Their target: to reach a global...

Somdev Devvarman : India’s New Tennis Star

Where: Chennai, IndiaJanuary 11, 2009 : At the 2009 Chennai Open tennis meet, the first ATP* tournament of the season, India's Somdev Devvarman established himself as the country's top singles tennis player. He reached the finals of the tournament, beating two-time Chennai Open former champion and world number 42, Spain's Carlos Moya, and world number 25 Ivo...

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