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

Ultima Thule – Distant object discovered

Scientists have been studying a distant object known as Ultima Thule. They are revising ideas about its shape after examining the latest images downlinked to Earth. The pictures, taken by the New Horizons probe on 1 January, show the apparently bulbous body to be quite flat. This interpretation is evident from the data acquired by the Nasa spacecraft when it looked back at icy Ultima Thule as it zoomed past at 50,000km/h. The small world appears dark apart from a crescent of sunlight along its limb. But scientists can tell from the way background stars blink on and off where…

Kumbh Mela 2019 – A hugh turnout this year

So where is your next vacation ? For many it is the Kumbh Mela. Kumbh Mela is the largest peaceful gathering in the world. Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river. Traditionally, four fairs are widely recognized as the Kumbh Melas: the  Prayagraj Kumbh Mela , Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha, and Ujjain Simhastha. These four fairs are held periodically at these places. The main festival site is located on the banks of a river: the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar; the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the invisible Sarasvati at Allahabad; the Godavari at Nashik; and…

Chinese New Year

Feb 5 this year was the first day of the Chinese New Year It celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2019, the first day of the Chinese New Year was on…

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…