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Rahman Bags Double Grammy Honour for India

Where: Los Angeles, USA January 31, 2010 : A.R. Rahman, one of India's most well-loved music composers, won international recognition with two Grammy awards. Last year, he had won the Oscar for his music in the hit film Slumdog Millionaire. This year, he had his first Grammy win. He picked up two awards: one for the 'best compilation soundtrack...

Tourists Stranded in Machu Picchu

Where: Lima, Peru February 1, 2010 :Heavy rain and landslides destroyed the only land link to the ancient Inca* site of Machu Picchu in Peru's Andes mountains. Around 20 people died in the floods, and 40,000 others were affected. This includes the 4,000 tourists who were visiting Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is famously known as the lost city of the...

World Leaders Propose Solutions to Global Hunger

Where: L'Aquila, Italy July 10, 2009 : The leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) countries met at a summit in L'Aquila, Italy. The G-8 is a group of industrialized countries that includes Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Japan and the United States. After three days of talks, the leaders of these countries launched a new plan...

Honduras President Deposed

Where: Tegucigalpa, Honduras July 5, 2009 : President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras in Central America was removed from office on June 28, 2009. At dawn on that day, around 300 troops went to his home and asked him to surrender at gunpoint. Mr. Zelaya was sent into exile in Costa Rica. Later, Mr. Roberto Micheletti, the speaker of...

Iraq Celebrates As US Troops Withdraw

Where: Baghdad, Iraq June 30, 2009 : A national holiday and a full military parade marked "National Sovereignty Day" as Iraq celebrated the withdrawal of American troops. USA's troops pulled out of Iraq's towns and cities, six years after they led coalition forces, including troops from four other countries, into Iraq. The forces invaded Iraq in 2003 to remove...

Michael Jackson, King of Pop, Dies at 50

Where: Los Angeles, USA June 25, 2009 : Michael Jackson, known as the 'King of Pop' died suddenly in his Los Angeles home. He was 50. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. The police have ruled out any possibility of foul play. Fans all over the world were shocked at their idol's death. Michael was one of the...

International Conservation Meet on Animal Trade

Where: Doha, Qatar March 25, 2010 : The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took place in Doha, Qatar, between March 13 and 25, 2010. The representatives of 175 member nations attended. They held discussions on several animal species that are in danger of becoming extinct because of trade, both legal and illegal. CITES secretary-general Willem Wijnstekers...

General Motors Out of Bankruptcy

Where: Detroit, Michigan, USA July 10, 2009 : The USA's biggest carmaker, General Motors, had declared bankruptcy on June 1, 2009. When a company is unable to repay its debts to creditors, it can seek legal protection by filing a bankruptcy plea. The action also ensures that all creditors are repaid in equal measure. The case of General...

Atlantis on ‘Space Surgery’ Mission for Hubble Telescope

Where: Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA May 11, 2009 : The Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off on a two day space journey to the Hubble Space Telescope. Seven astronauts were on board to service and repair the telescope. The Hubble Telescope is a space research tool that was put into orbit outside the earth's atmosphere in 1990. It is one...

Gandhi’s Belongings Auctioned for Millions

Where: New York, USA March 6, 2009 : Indian industrialist Vijay Mallya bought Gandhi's belongings at a New York auction for $1.8 million (Rs 9 crore). The trademark wire frame spectacles, pocket watch, brass bowl and plate set and a pair of leather sandals had belonged to Mahatma Gandhi, India's most revered national leader. They were owned by American...

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. goes down in history as one of the principal leader of the civil rights movement in the United States and...

The Butterfly in a Bottle

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Why are Zebras Striped?

As a child I was always full of questions. I remember asking my parents why zebras were striped or why did giraffes have such...

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