Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Football and flight crash

News: Plane crash wipes out Brazilian football club team
The LAMIA charter plane with the Chapocoense Real football team. There were around 81 people of the players and staff of the team. The team was headed to a game against Columbia's Atletico Nacional. The defender was pulled out of the debris and is said to be stable. The dead coach's son missed the flight as he forgot his passport.

There have been many flight disasters with football players.
May 1949:18 players and 13 others from Torino football club

February 1958: 8 Manchester United players and their coach
April 1961: 8 of Chile's Club de Deportes Green Cross
December 1987: 16 of Alianza club of Lima and their coach
April 1993: 18 players of Zambia national team

Fun fact:Coaches of the football team travel with the team. Always.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Express Wi- Fi in India

News: Facebook is trying Express Wi-fi in India
Facebook is trying  a different model of internet. This offers quality internet to rural parts of the country. It will empower local entrepreneurs to their neighbour hood and earn a steady income. Much like the cable TV connection which existed few years ago. This venture has come into the forefront, months after Facebook's Free basics/ Internet.org was criticized for violating net neutrality.

Free Basics was a service which wanted to provide internet to developing countries. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi said that he wanted the entire country which has maximum villages to be connected with optical fibre cable.

Fun Fact: Net neutrality is all internet users are to be treated equally irrespective of the user, content, site, application, type of attachment. This law varies from country to country.

Black Friday and Fidel Castro

Black Friday is the day after  thanksgiving . It is the day when the Christmas shopping officially begins. A day which has the highest amount of business or discounts, advertisements and shopping takes place. Different countries celebrate it in different ways from declaring it as a holiday to offering discounts to keeping shops open the entire night.

News: Fidel Castro dies at 90. 

The leftist icon dies at 90. Flags are at half mast in Cuba and nine days of mourning has been declared.

He faced 11 American presidents till his death, during his rule. He is known for setting Soviet style communism. He was openly labelled as a 'tyrant', His power began to face in 2006 when he faced a gastrointestinal ailment and handed over the rule to his brother Raul Castro. there were many unsuccessful attempts to kill him.

Fun Fact: The term 'black' in Black Friday came from the fact when many people reported sick after thanksgiving and remained absent at work. This led to a four day holiday.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

17 Jawans no more in surgical strike.

News: Ever since the India began a surgical strike, India has lost 17 soldiers including BSF( Border Security Force) in the tit for tat against Pakistan. Bodies of Indian soldiers were terribly mutilated. Since September 29, Pakistan has been firing illegally and throwing shells in civilian areas. 

Line of Control: The Line of Control is the border between India and Pakistan that is the 'cease-fire' line according to the Shimla Agreement of 3rd July 1972. This part of Jammu and Kashmir has been under the control of Pakistan. It is a 550 km electrified barrier that has been constructed by India to stop infiltration and smuggling across the border. These are lighting systems, alarms and sensor nodes attached to the fence to ward off the trespassers. These illegal activities have stopped to great extent after the border was built.

Fun Fact: Surgical strike means a military attack to legitimate military targets and no collateral damage to the civilians or surrounding buildings and structures. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Earthquakes and Japan

News: Japan earthquake led to a tsunami in Fukushima.
An earthquake of 7.4 magnitude hit Japan. This triggered a tsunami of initial height of 9.8 meters. It has caused a meltdown of Japan's nuclear plant. People have started evacuating. The tremors have been felt in the capital too.

Earthquakes in Japan are a common phenomenon because Japan is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire. This area has earned the name because of the tectonic plates of Pacific, Eurasian and Philippine Sea plates under it. Movement of the tectonic plates causes earthquakes and earthquakes gives rise to tsunami. Tsunamis cause more destruction than earthquake. Japan is also a place for volcanoes erupting from time to time. Tremors and after shocks are also strong here.

Fun Fact: The word 'tsunami' literally means 'harbour wave' in Japanese.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

When Kashmir creates a boxing record!

Eight year Tajamul Islam won the gold medal for India in the 'under eight' World Kick Boxing Championship held in Andria Italy. She won six games in five days leading her to the top. She won the sub-junior category last year in the National Kick- Boxing Championship in New Delhi. She is in Class two of the Army Goodwill school 65 kilometers away from Srinagar.
Around ninety countries participated and Tajamul beat her U.S. opponent in the finals to win a gold.
Chief Minister of Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti appreciated her and asked other children of the valley to draw inspiration from her. She presented her with a token of Rs. 1 lakh.
The First Lady Usha Vohra appreciated her too with a box of chocolates and Rs. 51,000 and assured her of all the help she needed to rise further in her career of boxing. Plus the Governor N. N. Vohra assured her coach Faisal Ali for help in his Academy and asked him to coach more children in the valley to help them reach new heights in championship.

It has been the year of the girl-child championship. Not to mention PV Sindhu still in the news.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Dalai Lama's visit to Mongolia

The Dalai Lama has visited Mongolia risking China's warning and objections. These were because the country does not want, the Lama propagating any  'anti- China separatist activities' in any country. Mongolia claimed that it was a purely religious visit. Crowds of monks and visitors and worshipers waited in the chilly cold of Mongolia to see the Dalai Lama.
This visit comes at a time when Mongolia seeks financial aid from China to save the country from financial recession.
China's Foreign Minister had asked the visit to be canceled. The Lama clearly declared that he had come to encourage Mongolia to use new-era education and scientific achievements to develop their country but also to hold on to their ethical traditions and moral values of respect to others.

The exiled leader and the person who is believed to be the incarnation of Buddha lives in India is 81 years old.