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World Health Organisation Declares Swine Flu Pandemic

Where: Geneva, SwitzerlandJune 12, 2009 : The World Health Organisation (WHO), one of the United Nations organisations, officially declared a worldwide swine flu pandemic* after an emergency meeting on June 11, 2009. The flu, which has spread all over the world, is a new strain of the influenza A virus subtype H1N1. The virus was identified in...

World Economic Forum Davos 2009 Begins On Gloomy Note

Where: Davos,SwitzerlandJanuary 28, 2009: The Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, began on January 28, 2009 and will conclude on February 1, 2009. The theme of this year's meet is 'Shaping the Post-Crisis World'. There are around 2,600 delegates, including political and business leaders from all over the world participating in...

Welcome to Blind Cow Restaurant

Welcome to Blind Cow Restaurant
Almost two years ago, a blind pastor, Reverend Jorge Spielmann started a restaurant for the blind in the city of Zurich, in Switzerland. Almost all the chefs, bartenders and waitresses who worked at the Blind Cow, as the restaurant was named, were also blind.Now, not just the blind, but even people who can see with their eyes flock to...

A Children’s park in the Train

October 14: First chocolates and now mobile playgrounds! Children have two reasons to thank the Swiss. The latest bit of good news is that the Swiss railways have started trains which have a special children's corner. And no prizes for guessing that the theme of this playground is dinosaurs. The Indian Express.Children boarding trains on the Basel-Zurich-Chur route and...

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...

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin
All of us are very familiar with the mustachioed Little Tramp with the bowler hat and cane _ Charlie Chaplin. But behind this little fellow lurked an extremely creative film maker who scripted, directed and starred in some of the best films of the century.Charlie Chaplin was born Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England on 16 April 1889. His...

Rats

Excerpts from  'Rats'. First published by Vigyan Prasar, IndiaNow at this time there was a great plague of rats in the London Docks. They were specially fierce rats, whose ancestors had come on steamers from Hong Kong along with tea and ginger and silk and rice. These rats ate all sorts of food which are brought to London in...

The Bittersweet Story of Chocolate

Many, many centuries ago, sometime around 400 BC, in the jungles of South and Central America, the Cacao plant was discovered which in the ages to come would become the most desired foodstuff in the whole world.The plant was found to have hard pods with each pod containing brown beans that later became the main ingredient in the making of...

Finding a Match for an Elephant

Where: Rome, ItalyJuly 1, 2000 : Calimero, a twenty-year-old African elephant, who has been pining for his lost love, may soon find a new love. But romance may not come easy for this lovelorn jumbo because he will have to travel across the Alps in order to find his dream girl.Calimero was brought to the Rome Zoo when...

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