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Teenage Girl Lone Survivor from Yemeni Air Crash

Where: Moroni, ComorosJuly 2, 2009 : Weeks after an Air France airliner crashed into the Pacific Ocean, a Yemeni jetliner went down into the Indian Ocean near Comoros, where it was scheduled to land. All passengers were killed, except one teenage girl.The passengers on the ill-fated plane Airbus that crashed into the Indian Ocean were flying the last...

Killer Storm Rages Through Western Europe

Where: Paris, FranceMarch 1, 2010 : A violent storm originating in the Atlantic Ocean crashed into the western coasts of France, Portugal and Spain on February 28, 2010. The storm, named Xynthia, left more than 50 people dead and thousands homeless along France's Atlantic coast. The storm killed people in Germany, Spain and Portugal, but France had...

French President Calls For Ban on Burqas For Muslim Women

Where: Paris, FranceJune 23, 2009 : A small but growing group of French women wear burqas and niqabs, while many more wear the simple Muslim headscarf. Burqas and niqabs cloak the entire body and cover everything but the eyes. Last week, President Sarkozy told Parliament he proposed banning burqas in public, calling them ``a sign of debasement'' for...

Federer Wins French Open Crown

Where: Paris, FranceJune 8, 2009 : Roger Federer, the Swiss tennis player who is ranked world Number Two* and believed by many to be the best player of all time, won the prize that had been eluding him for years. He won the French Open men's singles title in Paris, defeating Swedish player Robin Soderling in straight sets....

Mystery Surrounds Air France Plane Crash

Where: Rio de Janeiro, BrazilJune 16, 2009 : Air France Flight 447 carrying 228 people on board disappeared while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris hours after it took off on June 1, 2009. The plane vanished from radar when it was some distance away from the Brazilian coast. The Airbus A330-200 made its last radio...

The Concorde

The sleekest and the fastest jet aircraft in the world. The Concorde.Sounds like an ad?Wait till you hear how much it costs to travel in it.A trip on this aircraft could cost you $9,000 - at least 25 per cent more than the regular first class travel fare.For a long time, the Concorde was considered the safest aircraft -...

Godly Guardian for the Road

Godly guardian for the chaos on the road
The road on which I travel to and from office every day is one of the busiest roads linking the Indian capital, Delhi, to its neighbouring state, Haryana. It is barely 11 feet wide for the last couple of kilometres before it snakes across to the neighbours. And it is on this stretch that you have a war every...

The Making of the Goddess

On an ordinary day, the names Kumartuli and Krishnanagar would not make much of a difference to a Bengali. But come Durga Puja, and these two ordinary towns near Calcutta, become the focus of great attention. For it is here that the clay idols of Durga are made. This age-old tradition of clay sculpture has been preserved by the...

Save rivers, lakes from worshippers

People use crane to lift Lord Ganesha idol for the traditional immersion during Hindu festival ganesh chathurthi (Hyderabad, India)
Before every Ganesh Chaturthi, people from across India, especially Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Orissa, get busy with preparations for celebrations. But, as the momentum of activity increases, officials of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) start feeling queasy in their stomachs. For, though festivals like Ganesh Puja and Durga Puja are a time for fun, it is...

What Toothpaste did the Ancients Use?

Neem twig as toothbrush
One of my earliest childhood memories of Delhi is seeing morning walkers, milkmen, or shopkeepers chewing away at the neem stick, much like a cow chewing the cud. It seemed strange that they should go to all that effort when readymade toothpaste was available.The world was divided into four kinds of people: those who used toothpaste and brush, and...

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