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Sudan President’s Arrest Ordered By International Criminal Court

Where: The Hague, Netherlands March 18, 2009 : The International Criminal Court (ICC)* issued a warrant for the arrest of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on March 4, 2009 and charged him with committing war crimes and humanitarian crimes resulting in thousands of deaths. The victims of this genocide are the tribal minorities of Sudan's Darfur region. Omar al-Bashir, a...

Mosquito Menace

Guess what besides fat raindrops, rain clouds in Mumbai bring? Those tiny terrors, mosquitoes. Result: nights spent tossing and turning, and swatting the insects. But the next morning you wake up with those tell tale red marks on your arms, pause to think if you took a bath or not the previous night. That's right. Human sweat turns mosquitoes on...

What is the Secret of the Windmill?

It was a particularly windy day in late July when my cousin and I sat down to make a pinwheel. The paper was folded into a wheel, the pin inserted at the heart of it and the entire structure fixed to the broomstick. As our pinwheel took shape we ran out braving the sun and the hot wind. The pinwheel...

Mind the Manners!

Neeru and Shama were planning a trip to Europe for a holiday. They had been through all the travel catalogues, Lonely Planet series, and Michelins to plan their travel and stay. From friends and foren returned relatives they knew the weather backwards and had both warm and arctic-wear clothing. The final stop was this book on etiquette that friends were...

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...

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The Scent of an Enemy

It seems the fish were always a smart lot. Only, humans took some time to realise the fact. Some years ago, scientists had discovered...

Long bony fingers

Somu loved to read ghost stories. Every time he paid a visit to the library, he got back a teeth-chattering horror tale. It was...

Where is Manbhavan?

"Where's Manbhavan?" Nitya cried. Her pudgy face showed great surprise. "Where is Manbhavan?" repeated Bhavna, peering into Nitya's cupboard. The cardboard box in which he...

Chess for Children: A Smart Move

When we think of chess we think of two adults sitting opposite each other, thinking of ways and means to outsmart the other. Many...

Why do Plants Lean Toward Sunlight?

Plants kept inside a room always grow in the direction of the window. In woodlands where there is a thick canopy of trees and...