20th January 2020 to 25th January 2020

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

Kerala Floods

Kerala city is located in south west India. With its beautiful coastal backwaters, coconut trees and houseboats it is known as God’s own country. August 2018, has seen the cities worst floods and landslides devastating the city. It has been the worst flooding since the 1924 floods in Kerala. Over 483 people have died with 14 missing and over a million people have been evacuated, leaving all their lives’ belongings and dreams shattered. Kerala received about 250% more rainfall this year than it usually does. Out of 54 dams, 35 had to be opened up as they reached their full…

Parker Solar Probe

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! The NASA astronauts are no Jack and are known to have fun on the job. The US Tennis Association and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) teamed up on August 21 to have a tennis match at the International Space Station. Imagine playing tennis with no gravity at all! you can watch the video here. On a more serious note, NASA is launching the Parker Solar Probe on 12th August 2018 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, we are all set to know more and more about the star closest to us,…

VENEZUELAN CRISIS

Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America. More than 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country's hyperinflation (extreme high prices for everything) and severe shortages. What’s wrong with Venezuela? Venezuela was blessed naturally with a huge resource of oil, the largest in the world. Due to the ever-increasing demand and prices of oil globally, the Venezuelan economy had an easy source of income and growth and gradually stopped producing other goods. They slowly became too dependent on imports even for their daily needs. However, oil prices took a huge dip around 2014, and as foreign inflows…

ASIAN GAMES 2018

The Asian Games 2018 co-hosted by the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang were held on 18th August, 2018 to 2nd September, 2018. India had a total of 69 medals - 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals. Athletics category has continued the trend of getting India the maximum number of medals; 19 medals in total. This was India’s best performance till date, beating the record of 65 medals earned in Guangzhou in 2010 and a steep increase from last Asian Games performance in 2014 where they got 57 medals. The Asian Games were first held in 1951 in…

The Rupee Bleeding Value

Siddhant Bansal recently left for New York to pursue his under-graduate program. He had to shell out a whopping Rs 72000 to get USA Dollars (USD) 1000 for his daily expenses. Just 8 months back, around January, he would have had to spend only about Rs 64000 for the same. Currently, the rupee is at its record lowest value against the dollar. The fall and rise of a currency, (unless they are fixed by their government) depends on a large number of factors. Internal factors mainly the monetary policy includes targeted inflation and interest rates in the country. Inflation is…