17th June 2019 to 22nd June 2019

World This Week

The world this week is an attempt to provide worldly news to kids once a week. The idea behind this is to make them get started on reading world news but it’s written in a child friendly manner and explains some concepts too

Hamleys now owned by Reliance Industries

On Thursday (16 th May 2019) Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries announced that it will acquire the iconic toymaker Hamleys for around Rs 620 crore. Hamleys is currently owned by Chinese fashion conglomerate C Banner International that had bought the toy company in 2015. Hamleys is the largest and the oldest toy retailer in the world. It was founded by William Hamley in High Holborn, London in 1760.  Its flagship store on Regent Street offers more than 50,000 types of toys on sale. It now has 167 stores across 18 countries. Besides the UK, it has stores in China, Germany, Russia,…

Coronation of new Thailand King

Thailand gets a new King: Maha Vajiralongkorn has been officially crowned on 4 th May, in a grand ceremony in Bangkok. King Vajiralongkorn aged 66, replaces his late father King Bhumibol, who died in 2016 after 70 years on the throne. At the time of his death, he was the world's longest reigning monarch. King Bhumibol was widely loved and revered in Thailand where he was seen as a unifying force as the country lurched between political crises and military coups.  The official coronation ceremony will stretch across three days, beginning on 4 th May, with a purification ritual using water…

Indonesian Elections

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has beaten rival Prabowo Subianto to win a second term in office, the country's elections commission has said. The commission was expected to announce the official results on Wednesday, 22 nd May, but in a surprise move, it released the final result early on Tuesday (21 st May). Widodo - widely known as Jokowi - and his vice-presidential running mate, Maruf Amin, won the election by a 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent margin over rival Prabowo. This election was the world’s largest single day election. Around 80 percent of the 193 million voters of Indonesia voted on 17…

Modi government wins the election with a huge mandate

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won a second term in office. The 2019 Indian general election was held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. The counting of votes took place on 23rd May, and on the same day the results were declared. India is the world’s largest democracy where about 900 million Indian citizens were eligible to vote in one of the seven phases depending on the region. The elections attracted a turnout of over 67 per cent – the highest ever in the history of Indian general elections…

Indian Origin boy in finals of Google Science Fair

An Indian origin boy has been ranked among the top 100 regional finalists for the Google Science Fair global contest for student projects. An 11 th grade student of Indian High school, Shaamil Karim hails from Chennai and lives with his family in Dubai. His entry was selected from thousands of entries for the contest. In the running for the global 20 finalists, his project detects if a car or person is passing by and makes the next street light brighter and the previous light dimmer, saving energy. “We were at a park late at night and all the lights…