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The Woman who Jailed Bihar’s Dons

Bihar is known for its vast coal mines. It is equally well known for the mafia lords or dons who control these mines and carry on all kinds of illegal activities. But the same mafia lords are trembling in their boots today. The reason for their fear is a young woman called Shobha Ohatker. After becoming the Superintendent of...

Latecomers Out

August 19: What happens when guests come late to school functions in the city of Surat, Gujarat? They are not invited a second time round. No prizes for guessing the identity of these guests - the city's politicians, of course.Politicians who come late to functions in Surat, known as the diamond city for its thriving trade in the precious...

The Colour of China is Red — Henna Red

July 31: Madonna, the international pop star, was among the first to use henna as an international fashion. But young people around the world are using more and more of it to beautify their bodies or their hair. And now even the Chinese have adopted it in a big way.Call it henna or call it 'mehndi', that coffee-coloured extract...

The Tiger Cubs who Lost their Parents

August 5: What's the worst thing that could happen to a kid?The death of his parents.But it's not just us humans who feel the pain of becoming orphans. Three orphaned tiger cubs have shown that when you lose your folks, it doesn't matter whether you're an animal or not. The pain is the same.A happy white tiger family lived...

Puppets on a String Dance Again

Vishnudas Bhave's puppets had to go through a long ordeal before they finally got to the right place and in the hands of the right people. It was not just a long journey but a tough one too.This story dates back to the year 1843, when the father of Marathi theatre, Vishnudas Bhave created his puppets, in Maharashtra's Sangli...

Computer Whiz Grans

July 31: A.Yogananda is learning the basics of the computer at a computer centre in Pune. Like how to send and receive e-mails to friends in US, Mumbai and Bangalore. He is as excited as any kid who is learning something new.This eager student is all of 79 years old.And he is not the only one. Senior citizens in...

The Woman who Builds Sand Castles

July 31: Ever made castles in the sand? Fun. Isn't it? All you need are your hands and a little imagination?Marjon Katerberg builds castles in the sand all the time. And gets paid for it, too. It's her job.Marjon is an international sand artist. She has just carved the largest sand sculpture park in the world, according to a...

Chattering Kids and Teacher’s Tape

July 8: It happened in a primary school in the city of La Plata, Argentina. There were 70 bright-eyed children in one class. Seventy chattering children, all seven years old. A school rehearsal was on for Argentina's Independence Day celebrations. And the teacher tried her best to see that they kept quiet during the rehearsal. But, the children did...

Operation Rescue of Penguins

July 8: Last week, the South African government was engaged in a very important task - transporting 19,000 penguins from their home in Dassen Island near Cape Town, to safe waters. It was an emergency.The short legged, big bodied birds with pointed beaks did not have the "cute" look that we always see in them. Most of them were...

Polite Police

July 8: Very soon, a banner will appear in the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in Delhi. It will read:The Tourist Police For you, with you, Always.But, most people are scared that it might actually mean "The Tourist Police, For you, with you, after you, Always.Disappointed with the police force and its rude ways of dealing with the public, the Ministry...

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