15th April 2019 to 20th April 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

Meteor shower

I remember the time when I was in school and studying about meteors. I wondered if I would be able to see it? 14 th -16 th December was an exciting weekend for me and for stargazers across the globe as the year’s most extraordinary cosmic display illuminated the sky brightly. Those willing to brave the chilling December cold could witness the spectacular light show simply by finding a spot from where the sky is visible clearly; no extra equipment needed. The spectacular display could be enjoyed from many locations across the globe, including India. Those in the Northern Hemisphere…

Srilankan Prime Minister resigns

Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned as Sri Lankas prime minister, seven weeks after he was appointed by the President Maithripala Sirisena in a move that sparked a political crisis. Former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to return to office on 16 th December. The resignation could end a nearly two-month-long power struggle that has dented global confidence in Sri Lankas stability. The country and its economy had suffered huge damage since the crisis began 50 days ago in October. Since I have no intention of remaining as prime minister without a general election being held, and in order to not hamper…

Author Amitav Ghosh Honoured With 54th Jnanpith Award

Amitav Ghosh is an Indian writer and the winner of 54th Jnanpith award, best known for his work in English fiction. In a first recognition for an English writer, Amitav Ghosh has been announced as 2018's Jnanpith Award winner for "outstanding contribution towards literature". The 1956, Kolkata-born author was described as a "path-breaking novelist" by Bharatiya Jnanpith. The awarding body said that Ghosh, in his novels, treads through historical settings to the modern era and weaves a space where the past connects with the present in relevant ways. The decision was taken in a meeting of Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by…

George W Bush – An obituary

George W Bush , ex president and father of president George Bush died on November 30, 2018. He served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993; he earlier served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. He had also been a congressman, ambassador, and Director of Central Intelligence. The ex president got a state funeral in Washington that was attended by the country's five living presidents and foreign dignitaries, Bush's flag-draped casket was flown to Texas for a final farewell. During his presidency, Bush skilfully handled foreign affairs during a tumultuous time for the nation.…

Have you ever met an Alien

Have you ever met an alien? In an exciting new development, a scientist named Silvano P. Colombano at NASA Ames Research Center stated that Earth may have already been visited by extra-terrestrials, but humans may not have noticed. He says that humans assume that aliens would be made up of traditional building blocks such as carbon, but that may not be true. According to him, scientists must revisit our most cherished assumptions and consider the idea of different characteristics as well as the possibility that interstellar travel is already feasible for extra-terrestrials. He suggests that the size of the ‘explorer’ might be that of…