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Earthquake Rocks New Zealand

Where: Wellington, New ZealandJuly 16, 2009 : A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in New Zealand's South Island, near the city of Invercargill. No one was injured, nor was there any major damage. The region, South Westland, is almost uninhabited, and the quake was centred 35 kilometres under the sea off its coast. An earthquake of this intensity could...

Fiji Struck by Cyclone

Where: Suva, FijiMarch 16, 2010 : Fiji declared a state of emergency in the northern and eastern parts of the country after they were struck by a tropical cyclone, Cyclone Tomas. The eastern Lau group of islands was the worst affected. The country's second largest island, Vanua Levu, also sustained severe damage.Over 17,000 people left their homes...

Fiji’s President Revokes Constitution

Where: Suvo, FijiApril 10, 2009 : Fiji's Court of Appeal declared that President Ratu Josefa Iloilo's military government was illegal. Three judges of the Court of Appeal ruled that the president should appoint an independent caretaker prime minister to dissolve Parliament and call a general election.In retaliation, the President revoked the constitution and sacked the judges. He...

Swine flu flies to all corners of the earth

Where: Worldwide!April 30, 2009 : Swine Flu has claimed the life of its first victim in the United States of America, a small child who lives near the Mexican border. With this, it appears that the world is on the brink of a virus attack, the Swine Flu.It all started in Mexico, in South America, where people started...

Virender Sehwag Hits Fastest ODI Century by an Indian Cricketer

Where: Hamilton, New ZealandMarch 11, 2009 : With his century coming off just 60 balls, Virender Sehwag became the fastest Indian batsman to hit a hundred runs in One Day International cricket. Sehwag broke Mohammad Azharuddin's record of a 100 off 62 balls in Baroda 21 years ago. Sehwag also became the world's seventh-fastest century hitter in limited-overs...

Four Nation Hockey Tournament in Chandigarh

Where: Chandigarh, IndiaFebruary 10, 2009 : The Punjab Gold Cup, a four nation hockey tournament, was organized by the state government of Punjab in Chandigarh. Hosts India, captained by Sandeep Singh, got a chance to test their skills against New Zealand, European champions Holland, and world-cum-Olympic champions Germany. The final match went to Holland, who defeated the home...

Indian Shooters Combat Racism

The Indian squad that just won the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in the UK, has brought back more than just 13 gold, six silver and eight bronze medals. They're also carrying some bad memories. According to the Indian shooters, who included Jaspal Rana and Mansher Singh, the behaviour of their British hosts bordered on racism.In a report in The Hindustan...

Grey whales spend the summer feeding in the…

Grey whales spend the summer feeding in the Arctic. Then they swim south along the Pacific coast to breed near Mexico, returning north in the spring. This is a round trip of 20,000 km (12,500 miles), about the same distance as a trip from London in England to Auckland in New Zealand.

The Fossil Tree

The Fossil Tree
December 27: Which are the oldest living trees in the world? You might think it's those huge redwood trees, called giant sequoias, dating 4000 years. Not true. How about the Wollemi Pine? Yes, you're getting there. But the answer is the Nightcap Oak, which was discovered recently. This oldest tree is 90 million years old.The Nightcap Oak has been...

The Kiwi is Australian!

March 14: The kiwi bird is one of the most common symbols of New Zealand. It is also the country's national bird. And that's not all. It features as an insignia on New Zealand's coat of arms as well.New Zealanders consider the kiwi their most enduring national symbol and until now, they believed that the bird did not even...

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