14th October 2019 to 19th October 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

Meet Fouaad Mirza – Asian Games Gold medalist

One of the most surprising Asian Games medallists for India was Fouaad Mirza winning the silver in the eventing category of the equestrian event. He became the first Indian to win an individual equestrian medal at the Asian Games since Raghubir Singh who had finished on the podium back in 1982 when New Delhi had hosted the Asiad. The Indian team, comprising Mirza, Jitender Singh, Akash Malik and Rakesh Kumar, also won a silver in the same competition with a combined score of 121.30. Mirza, 26, was on top of the standings after dressage and cross-country with a score of 22.40. However, he…

Spectacular New Year celebrations across the world

Revellers welcomed 2019 on Tuesday with fireworks displays and festivities as a celebratory wave swept westward across the globe from Asia to Europe and the Americas, putting to bed a tumultuous 2018. Sydney, Australia - The global partying had kicked off on Sydney's waterfront with the Australian city's biggest- ever fireworks display, thrilling 1.5 million people. Hong Kong -It then moved on to Hong Kong, where hundreds of thousands packed streets along Victoria Harbour for a spectacular 10-minute show that illuminated the night. Jakarta, Indonesia - In the Indonesian capital Jakarta, more than 500 couples tied the knot in a…

Indonesia Tsunami

A tsunami hit the Sunda Strait in Indonesia in December, leaving over at least 281 people dead and injuring over 1,400 people. Officials put the number of people still missing at 57. Hundreds of homes were heavily damaged as the wall of water swept away anything in its path. Hotels and boats also sustained severe damage. It was the second deadly tsunami in Indonesia this year, and a devastating end to what was a horrific year for disasters in the country, with earthquakes, floods, fires and an airline crash that together have killed more than 4,500 people, the most in more than a…

Asia’s fastest woman is from Pune

Vedangi Kulkarni , age 20, became the fastest Asian woman to cycle around the globe.  Kulkarni is from Pune’s Nigdi area. She spent 159 days on her bicycle - covering 300 km daily and hence completed the mandatory 29,000 km required to qualify for bicycling across the globe. In the evening, she left for Perth in Australia from where her record-setting cycling trip started in June. The certificate confirming her status as the "fastest woman in Asia" to cycle across the globe; will come only on submission of documents to the concerned authority. That process can take a while, sometimes 8-9 months -…

President’s rule imposed on Kashmir

The central government imposed President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir starting from December 20, 2018, as the Governor's rule expires in the state six months after it was imposed. A communication from the governor's office was sent to the centre and subsequently, it was moved to the Union Cabinet for its nod. President's rule was first imposed in the state in 1986, whereas the previous instance of President rule was 22 years ago. Since the state has a separate Constitution, in such cases, six months of Governor's Rule is compulsory under Article 92 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution, under…