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Singapore’s ‘Boy Wizard’

Where: SingaporeFebruary 6, 2009 : Lim Ding Wen, a fourth grade student in Singapore, is an expert at six programming languages. He first used a computer when he was aged two! His 'Doodle Kids' is a painting program for Apple's iPhone. The program's users can draw with their fingers on the touchscreen. And all it takes to clear...

Counting the world in different ways

August 17: Counting the world's population may seem a bit like counting the stars in the sky, but not if you know how to go about it the right way. And there are as many ways to do it as there are countries, the United Nations recently discovered at a four-day seminar attended by number-happy statisticians from 55 countries....

The ‘English Pinch’ in Bangladesh

What would you say if you saw a restaurant billboard saying "You be in our guest and please like any menu from arrangement ultimate sea food"?Will you brush it aside thinking the billboard painter must be 'uneducated'. Mark, when I say 'uneducated', I actually mean that he does not know English. For a lot of us, being educated also...

No Singlish, we’re Singaporeans

April 21: That person is very havoc, always out late every night. If you ever hear one Singaporean telling another that, don't rush to correct them. The two are merely having a chat about the nocturnal habits of someone else, in Singlish, the unofficial lingo of Singaporeans.A mixture of English, Malay, Chinese and local slang, Singlish is English with...

Cruising in the Sky

December 9: You remember how plush and huge the Titanic was? It was a ship any one would want to travel in. Don't you wish travelling in an aeroplane could be made as comfortable instead of you being crammed into a place where you can't even stretch out to sleep? Well, very soon you will actually be able to...

Great White Sharks Heading for Extinction

Great White Shark breaching for attack
If you want a beach crowded with surfers and swimmers and other sun worshippers to empty out within a minute, cup your hands by the side of your mouth and shout loudly, 'SHARK' and wait for this miracle to happen.Because the very word conjures up images from Steven Spielberg's movie 'Jaws'. An image of a gaping mouth with rows...

Every Ball You Bowl, Every Shot You Play

July 31: A spy will be hired to keep a watch on the activities of cricket players in Pakistan. This decision has been made by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The idea is to prevent the players from fixing any more matches.The spy will shadow the team, stay in the hotel and keep an eye on the cricketers. Like...

Boy who Became a Golfer by Accident

July 22: Eighteen-year-old Ashok Kumar is a golf champion in the making. But barely six years ago, he was accused of stealing at the same club where he plays winning game after game, today.He has won many golfing titles in the junior category and also amateur or beginners titles in prestigious golfing events.Ashok was a poor boy from a...

The Stamp Album

Rajappa sensed a sudden drop in his popularity. For the past three days everyone had been crowding around Nagarajan.Rajappa tried to tell them that Nagarajan had become swollen headed, but no one paid any attention to him. For Nagarajan was generous in sharing the stamp album his uncle had sent from Singapore. The boys gathered around Nagarajan and devoured...

India’s first Underwater World

June 24: If you have ever visited an aquariam you would have noticed that the fish look plain bored. Their homes are not very exciting. Nor are the visitors terribly charged up. True, some aquariums are fairly well maintained, but the fact remains that they rarely attract hordes of visitors.The government of Maharashtra has suddenly woken up to the...

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