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Plane Crash in New York Kills Fifty

Where: New York, USA February 12, 2009 : A commercial air plane crashed into a house in Buffalo, New York, killing all 49 people on board and one person on the ground. The plane burst into flames on impact. The Continental Airlines plane was on its way from Newark, New Jersey before crashing some distance away from the airport....

Hunting for Planets in Earth’s Galaxy

Where: Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA March 7, 2009 : The USA's space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launched its Kepler Telescope successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The telescope is designed to search for planets orbiting stars other than the Sun in our galaxy, the Milky Way. William Borucki, principal science investigator of the mission, said,...

Volcano Erupts in Alaska

Where: Anchorage, Alaska, USA March 23, 2009 : The 3,100 metre high Mount Redoubt, an active volcano, erupted six times in 36 hours starting Sunday, March 22, 2009. It threw up an ash plume almost 15 kilometres high into the air. Scientists had begun issuing alerts 48 hours earlier as they were recording 40 to 50 earthquakes every hour...

End to Recession in Sight?

Where: New York, USA March 25, 2009 : The New York Stock Exchange and European Stock markets showed high trading figures after the American government announced that it had planned another bailout package for banks. The United States Treasury is also expected to pump $1 trillion into the market for buying up 'toxic assets'. This means government will put...

A ‘Big Bang’ in Earth’s Orbital Space

Where: Orbital Space around Earth February 15, 2009 : An American and a Russian satellite collided over Siberia, Russia, on February 10, 2009. Five days after the event, there were reports that burning fragments of the wreckage were spotted over several American cities. The American satellite, Iridium 33, was a civilian communications satellite launched in 1997, and the Russian...

Pet Chimpanzee Shot After Violent Attack

Where: Stamford, Connecticut, USA February 17, 2009 : A pet chimpanzee named Travis, belonging to a Ms.Sandra Herold of Stamford, Connecticut, was shot and killed by the police after it broke out of its cage and attacked a woman. Travis, it seems, got out of control, escaped from his cage and attacked a 55-year-old woman friend of Ms. Herold's....

Ex-Guerrillas Win El Salvador Election

Where: San Salvador, El Salvador March 15, 2009 : Mr.Mauricio Funes of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) defeated the Arena party's Rodrigo Avila to become the first left-wing President of El Salvador. Arena had won every presidential election in the country since 1991. The winning party won 51.3 per cent of the votes polled against Arena's...

Rahaman and Resul Win BAFTAS; Zakir Gets His Second Grammy

Where: London, UK, and Los Angeles, USA February 11, 2009 : India'a A.R.Rahman won the award for the Best Music Director for his work in the film 'Slumdog Millionaire' at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards ceremony. Fellow Indian Resul Pookutty, the sound director of the film, won the Best Sound Editing Award. At the...

Indians All the Way As ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Sweeps Oscars

Where: Los Angeles, USA February 22, 2009 : India awoke to the sound of cheers and applause last Monday as 'Slumdog Millionaire' fetched two Oscars* for A.R. Rahman and one for Resul Pookutty. With the American-made film 'Smile Pinki' about an Indian girl winning the Oscar for the best short documentary, the focus was definitely on India. Slumdog Millionaire, directed...

Alive! American Plane Makes Miracle Crash-landing on Hudson River

Where: New York, USA January 16, 2009 : There were 150 passengers, three flight attendants and two pilots on board US Airways flight 1549. The plane, an Airbus 320, was on its way to Charlotte in the state of North Carolina from New York's LaGuardia Airport. Less than a minute after take-off, the pilot reported a 'double bird...

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