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

George Fernandes Dies

George Fernandes, former Defense Minister of India dies on January 29th, 2019 at the age of 88. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and was bedridden for past few years. Alzheimer is a type of dementia which causes loss of memory, thinking and behaviour. Mr Fernandes was a key member of the Janata Dal and the founder of the Samata Party. He held several ministerial portfolios including communications, industry, railways, and defence. The funeral was held on January 30 th , after the arrival of his son Sean Fernandes from the USA. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “George Sahab represented the…

International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2019

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 8.7 million Slavs, 1.8 million ethnic Poles, 220,000 Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, 312,000 Serb civilians, 1,900 Jehovah's Witnesses, 70,000 (includes political dissidents and homosexual men), by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army. Former prisoners of Auschwitz, politicians and dignitaries gathered at the former Nazi concentration camp on the 74 th anniversary of its liberation by Soviet forces…

Antarctic Hole

British scientists have dug a 7060 foot borehole, through the Antarctic ice sheet, using a hot- water drill. The comically long ice hole is the largest ever for West Antarctica, and it’s meant to improve our understanding of climate-related sea level rise. This project, run by the British Antarctic Survey, is called “Bed Access, Monitoring and Ice Sheet History,” or BEAMISH. It began 20 years ago and its scientists tried, but failed, to drill a hole in 2004. All these years of hard work and planning, it now appears, have finally paid off. On January 8, a crew of 11…

World Economic Forum 2019

The World Economic Forum, based in Cologny-Geneva, Switzerland, was founded in 1971 as a not-for-profit organization. It gained formal status in January 2015 under the Swiss Host- State Act, confirming the role of the Forum as an International Institution for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum's mission is cited as "committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas" The WEF hosts a annual meeting at the end of January in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland. The meeting brings together some 2,500…

India’s Republic Day celebration

India's 70th Republic Day celebrations took place amidst tight security in the national capital, with the traditional grand military parade on Rajpath. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial at India Gate and along with the three chiefs of the armed forces paid homage to soldiers who lost their lives in combat. President Ram Nath Kovind, the first lady and the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who was the chief guest this year, arrived in a cavalcade escorted by 46 President's Bodyguards. The open buggy traditionally used to escort the chief guest was done away…