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Hundreds Killed in Ethnic Violence in Nigeria

Where: Jos, Plateau State, NigeriaMarch 18, 2010 : Hundreds of people have died in ethnic and religious violence around the Nigerian city of Jos since the year 2010 began. The last such incident was an attack on three mostly Christian villages over the weekend of March 7-8, 2010. Villagers including women and children were attacked by men...

More Disturbing Attacks on Indians in Australia

Where: Canberra, AustraliaFebruary 3, 2010 : A large number of Indians living in Australia have become the targets of violence in the past months*. Most of the victims are students, who have been beaten, robbed, and in some cases, murdered. The most recent case was that of Nitin Garg, who was stabbed to death on January 2,...

Summer music of the trees

Gulmohar (Delonix regia) is also know as Peacock Flower, Flame of the Forest, and Flame Tree.
I always used to think that the drive across a four kilometre stretch from my house to the main road was a pain. Actually, not all of it was a pain. The car bounced up and down a few bumpy patches the first kilometer, then zoomed across a smooth 2.5 kilometre slope before struggling in a three-legged hurdle race...

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 -...

Man who was a mountain

Where: state of Bihar, IndiaAugust 19, 2007: It’s the kind of superhuman deed that seems so hard to believe because it is true. One man hacked away at a rocky hill for 22 years to create a three-km-long road linking his village to the outside world, armed with nothing more than a hammer and a chisel. What drove...

Rats Race through US Cities

August 7: Even as Americans compete with each other in the "rat-race" for a good life, the real rats are coming out of the sewage dumps and are literally dancing on the streets. Funny though it might sound, rats have become a menace in many US cities. So much so, that in New York City, a rodent task force...

World’s First Space Tourist

May 11: The world's first paying space tourist is back on earth after a week-long joyride in space. On Sunday, May 6, American millionaire Dennis Tito and two Russian cosmonauts landed back on earth, as their space capsule gently parachuted down onto the barren steppe in Kazakhstan.Emerging unsteadily from the capsule, the exhilarated 60-year-old Tito, who is also a...

A Friend in Need

A cartoon snail: A Friend in Need - A story for kids
It happened not very long ago. But when you're a snail, days move at snail's pace, too. So, if you were to ask our friend the snail when this happened, she'd tell you, it was y-e-ars ago...Well, to get on with our story. In the shade of a cool, damp log, snoozed a shy snail. She wasn't alone in...

Kidnapped for the Camel Race

September 30: Ten year-old Mohammad Zubair Arrian was playing in Medina Syedan, his village in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Suddenly, he met a mysterious red-bearded man. The stranger gave him something to eat. The next thing Mohammad knew, he had woken up in an airport.For the little boy who had never stepped outside his village, it was the...

Winner Juice

October 28: Ask anyone who watched the recent Olympic Games, and they will tell you that it was the 28-year-old Japanese sportswoman, Naoko Takahashi, who won the women's marathon.But you could say that the race was won by giant killer hornets, whose stomach juices were drunk by the athlete to improve her stamina phenomenally.A fascinating report by the 'Telegraph...

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