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

Ethiopian Airline crash

Ethiopian Airlines’ deadliest incident took place on 10 March 2019, when a Boeing 737 MAX 8, barely four months old, crashed shortly after takeoff en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi; all 157 people on board perished. It was Flight 302. This came just months after the crash of another brand-new 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia in October 2018, where all 189 people on board lost their lives.  More than 300 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 passenger jets around the world have been taken out of service following these two fatal crashes over the past five months. The causes of both crashes are still under investigation. One of…

49 people killed in New Zealand Mosque

Forty-nine people have been killed and 48 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the nation's deadliest attack. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as a terrorist attack and one of New Zealand's "darkest days" A gunman identifying himself as an Australian live-streamed the rampage at Al Noor mosque to Facebook. He ventilated racist, anti-immigrant views. Police say a man in his late 20s has been arrested and charged with murder. Two other men and one woman were also detained. No names have been made public. Firearms and explosive devices were recovered, Police Commissioner Mike Bush…

Water found on Moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has observed water molecules moving around the dayside of Moon, a finding that could help scientists learn about the accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future lunar missions. Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) -- the instrument aboard LRO -- measured sparse layer of molecules temporarily stuck to the Moon's surface, which helped characterise lunar hydration changes over the course of a day, revealed the paper published in Geophysical Research Letters. Until the last decade, scientists thought that the Moon was arid, with any water existing mainly as pockets of ice…

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on 8th March, as people unite to champion the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality. While the day itself carries the clear theme of female empowerment across the world, the way it’s acknowledged and celebrated differs from country to country. Read on to see how International Women’s Day celebrations vary across the globe. United States In the US, the whole of March is Women’s History Month. This has been an ongoing celebration since February 1980 when President Jimmy Carter declared the week of 8 March as National Women’s History Week.…

Giant Bee Found

The world’s largest bee was found in the wild 38 years after its last sighting. It was one of the planet's top most wanted species. In 1858, the famed British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace discovered a large bee buzzing about on the Indonesian island of Bacan. Now known as Wallace’s giant bee, the critter can grow up to an inch and a half in length, has a wingspan of two and a half inches and boasts an impressive pair of beetle-like mandibles. It is the world’s largest bee—and one of its most elusive, having been seen only a few times since its…