18th February 2019 to 23rd February 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

India’s unemployment rate rises to 6.9%

By Rashi Agarwal November 16, 2018 The unemployment rate in India has risen to 6.9% in October, the highest in two years, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). What is worse is that the labour participation rate – a measure of the proportion of adults willing to work fell to 42.4%. This is the lowest since January 2016, according to CMIE. The estimated number of persons employed during October 2018 was 397 million. This was 2.4% lower than the 407 million persons employed in October 2017. “This sharp fall in the employment rate in October is perhaps…

India has largest number of women pilots

by Rashi Agarwal November 16, 2018 When Asha Singh wanted to become a pilot in India 15 years ago, she had to first convince her parents to let her pick an uncommon profession for women, then deal with unwelcoming male colleagues in the cockpit. Today, she says, it is a much easier career to take up. More Indian women want to become pilots, and more benefits await them: union-mandated equal pay, a safe workplace, day care services and a booming aviation sector. India has the highest proportion of female commercial pilots in the world at 12.4%, despite the country's patriarchal…

Simone Biles gymnast extraordinaire

By Rashi Agarwal November 16, 2018 Simone Arianne Biles (born March 14, 1997) is an American artistic gymnast. Biles is the 2016 Olympic individual all-around, vault and floor gold medallist, and balance-beam bronze medallist. Having won a combined total of twenty-five Olympic and World Championship medals, Biles is the most decorated American gymnast. Biles won the Rio Championship recently and with this she became the sixth woman to win an individual all-around title at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Biles set an American record for most gold medals in women gymnastics at a single Olympic Games (four). Many of her peers…

First Indian Woman to bag a Michelin star

November 16, 2018 By Rashi Agarwal Chef Garima Arora’s GAA in Bangkok is the first restaurant helmed by an Indian woman chef to be awarded the prestigious Michelin star. GAA’s maiden star gives it a pride of place in The Michelin Guide Thailand 2019. Michelin Guides are a series of guide books published by the French tyre company Michelin for more than a century. The term normally refers to the annually published Michelin Red Guide, the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards up to three Michelin stars for excellence to a select few establishments. The acquisition or loss of a star can have dramatic effects…

PM Modi gets Seoul Peace Prize

By Rashi Agarwal November 13th, 2018 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with the Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth. He was credited for ‘Modinomics’ which the award committee said, “reduced social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor in the country”. Mr. Modi is the 14 th recipient of this award. The Seoul Peace Prize is awarded biennially and was established in 1990. The award committee said that he was chosen for his efforts to improve the lives of India’s 1.35 billion people, for establishing economic…