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

Opportunity Rover – the robot that stayed on Mars says it’s final Goodbye

13 th February 2019 was the last day for the rover Opportunity launched by NASA on the surface of Mars. This NASA rover was even older than Facebook. The Opportunity mission — which touched down on Mars on Jan. 25, 2004, a few weeks before Facebook was created— kept rolling for more than 14 years. It survived obstacles such as a sand trap and a difficult wheel before a sand storm cut off its power supply forever in August 2018. Silent since the giant dust storm in August 2018, the rover was the longest-lasting robot on another planet ever. It explored the…

Pulwama Attacks

On 14 February 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber at  Lethpora  in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The attack resulted in the deaths of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and the attacker. A Jaish-e-Mohammed member named Adil Ahmad Dar, a Kashmiri local, was identified as the attacker. A convoy of 78 vehicles transporting more than 2500 CRPF personnel, was going from Jammu to Srinagar on National Highway 44. The convoy had left Jammu around 3:30 IST and was carrying a large number of personnel due to the highway having been shut down…

Delhi Hotel caught fire

A massive fire engulfed a hotel in central Delhi's congested Karol Bagh area in the early hours of 12 th February, killing 17 people, including two people who jumped off the building in a desperate bid to save themselves. The deceased included three Myanmar nationals and an Indian Revenue Service officer, Suresh Kumar, 52. Two staffers of hotel Arpit Palace also died. Kumar and the hotel cook, Tara Chand, jumped off the building in a desperate bid to escape but died. A 33-year-old Myanmar national, Chan Chan, also jumped off the over 25-year-old structure but survived with a fracture in…

Frank Robinson baseball star dies at 83

Baseball Hall of Famer and trailblazer Frank Robinson died at the age of 83. The MLB (Major League Baseball) announced Robinson's death following a prolonged illness on Thursday, 7 th February. Robinson finished his playing career with 586 home runs — fourth-most ever at the time and now 10th on the all-time list. A two-time World Series champion and two-time MVP (Most Valuable Player) in different leagues, Robinson later became MLB's first African-American manager with the Cleveland Indians and eventually guided four franchises in four different decades. "Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose…

Can the real President please stand up?

Venezuela has been caught in a downward spiral for years with growing political discontent further fuelled by skyrocketing hyperinflation, power cuts and shortages of food and medicine. More than three million Venezuelans have left the country in recent years. But what exactly is behind the crisis rocking Venezuela? Who's the president? On January 23 rd , the leader of the legislature, Juan Guaidó, declared himself acting president, directly challenging the power of President Nicolás Maduro, who had been sworn in to a second six-year term in office just two weeks previously. Not surprisingly, President Maduro said that he was the…