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Children’s Theatre of the World

August 5: At this very moment in Japan, a city called Toyama is hosting a very interesting event -- the 6th World Festival of Children's Theatre.The purpose of this year's theatre festival is to encourage children of the future to create a new theatre. Through which they will foster new values and a new culture for themselves and others...

Where Guns rule

Where: The state of Texas, USAMay 19, 2001: In yet another shocking incident of firearms violence in US schools, 16-year-old student Jay Goodwin shot himself to death before the eyes of a teacher and female student, at the Ennis High School, in Goodwin, Texas.The incident happened just two days after the march of mothers and grandmothers in the US...

Distress Signals the Leafy Way

Opuntia cactus at Galapagos island
Wondered how plants talk to each other? They do not have the same language as humans but they have their own ways. Recent research by scientists at Kyoto University, Japan, describes how the Lima bean plant protects itself and its neighbours from the spider mite or the red spider. It sends out clear distress signals. Its not like they...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Roosevelt served longer than any other president and held office during two great crises: the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II (1939-1945). Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. In 1899 he entered Harvard College, earning his bachelor's degree in 1903. In 1904 Roosevelt moved to New York City, where he entered the Columbia University...

A Beautiful Ship in the Sky

A beautiful ship in the sky! Planet earth with translucent water of the oceans, atmosphere, clouds...
In the boundless ocean of space, a beautiful ship sails serenely around the sun. Our earth – Lovelier than the moon, this fragile ship travels one hundred and sixty thousand kilometres every hour.Space is full of countless such ships. But our Earth is special. It is the only ship which carries life – the only ship with voyagers on board.Four hundred thousand different kinds...

An Earth Day Fable

Indians are masters of junk. And out of junk they produce masterpieces. One such junk master is the sculptor Nek Chand who fashioned his sculptures from waste. The story goes that Nek chand was once invited to America to fashion sculptures, works of art out of waste. Nek Chand came back disillusioned and glum complaining that their junk was...

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...

Why do Earthquakes Occur?

As a result of upheavals below its surface, the earth shakes now and then. This shaking of the earth is known as an earthquake.Few natural events are as violently destructive as an earthquake. It usually strikes without warning, giving off violent vibrations in the process. These vibrations not only shake the ground but also sometimes crack it open. And...

Myths & Legends Related to Eclipses

Since time immemorial, eclipses have been interpreted in various ways by different communities all over the world, reflecting many a time the working philosophy of the religious denominations they belong to. The lunar and solar eclipses have, by and large, been held to bring in their wake calamities like epidemics, wars etc. It has been a common practice to...

Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger
Born into an Irish working class family on Sept 14, 1879 in Corning, New York, Margaret Sanger is known for her crusade to legalise birth control which later spurred the movement for women’s liberalisation. As a young girl Margaret witnessed her mother’s slow death worn out after 18 pregnancies and 11 live births. Later while working as a nurse...

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