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

Only Green firecrackers this Diwali

October 29, 2018 By Rashi Agarwal On Tuesday, 23 rd October, the Supreme Court of India directed that only green firecrackers would be sold in the country, in order to check the air pollution due to bursting them. It, however, refused to impose a blanket ban on firecrackers. Even online sale of the same was restrained through e-commerce websites like Amazon and Flipkart. This order will be applicable throughout the country. Selling of ‘larries’ or series firecrackers will not be allowed. Bursting of firecrackers will be allowed only for two hours between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali, that…

Longest Sea Bridge inaugurated by Chinese President

October 29, 2018 By Rashi Agarwal On October 23, 2018, the world’s longest sea bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China was opened by Chinese President Xi Jinping. The bridge will cut down the travel time between these three regions from 3 hours to just 30 minutes. The bridge took 9 years to complete due to delays, budget overruns, corruption and deaths of construction workers. Stretching more than 55km (34 miles), the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge spans the Pearl River Delta and is an unparalleled engineering feat. From end to end, including its two link roads, the bridge is about…

Paul Allen – Microsoft Co-Founder dies at 65

October 29, 2018 By Rashi Agarwal Paul Allen , co-founder of Microsoft died on Monday, 15 th October at the age of 65. Paul Gardner Allen was an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and humanitarian. Alongside Bill Gates, Allen co-founded Microsoft in 1975, which helped spark the microcomputer revolution and later became the world's largest PC software company. He channelled his enormous fortune into changing Seattle into a cultural destination. He died due to cancer. He was in remission for years and it resurrected after years. Mr. Allen was a force at Microsoft during its first 7 years, along with…

India’s first engineless train

October 25, 2018 Rashi Agarwal The first engineless train set conceptualised, designed and made fully in India, will be set for trial in a week’s time. This train looks like a bullet train. "A train set uses self-propulsion and does not need a locomotive", said Sudhanshu Mani, general manager of Integral Coach Factory (ICF), the firm that has designed and manufactured this train set. This train set is called Train-18 and has been manufactured at a cost of Rs 100 crore. As more trains are manufactured, the costs will go down. This 16-coach train has the latest amenities and can…

Asteriod Ryugu

October 25, 2018 Rashi Agarwal Two tiny hopping robots successfully landed on an asteroid called RYUGU on 22nd September 2018. Ryugu is a near-Earth asteroid that orbits between Earth and Mars. The rovers are part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA’s) mission to collect asteroid sample. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft was used to launch the rovers. The rovers have been hopping along the asteroids surface, while collecting data and sending back pictures. A larger probe, about the size of a shoebox, called MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout), landed on the same asteroid on 3rd October. MASCOT also used the Hayabusa2…