The talkative turtle

Inspirational Stories
Once upon a time, there lived a turtle and a pair of swans in a lake. They were great friends. The turtle was a chatter box. She always had something to say. [caption id="attachment_56" align="alignright" width="600"] The turtle and the swans - A story from the Panchatantra[/caption] One year, the rains did not come, and the lake began to dry up. The swans became worried. What would they do if the lake dried up completely? The turtle then suggested a plan. She said that the swans should fly in search of a lake that had plenty of water. Once they have found such a lake, all three of them could move there. The swans liked the idea. They flew off in search of that perfect lake. And at long last,…
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The Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembered

General Knowledge
At 2:45 in the morning of August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber flew north from Tinian Island in the Marianas toward Japan. Three and a half hours later, over the city of Hiroshima, the air craft dropped an 8,900-pound atomic weapon. Two thousand feet above the ground, the bomb, dubbed "Little Boy" by its makers, detonated, leveling almost 90% of the city. [caption id="attachment_53" align="alignright" width="500"] Hiroshima a month after the detonation of the atom bomb.[/caption] On August 9, another B-29 set out for the Kokura Arsenal on the southwest Japanese island of Kyushu. Foul weather, however, persuaded the pilot to proceed instead toward Nagasaki. Over this secondary target a larger atomic weapon code-named "Fat Man." was dropped. Local geography spared Nagasaki from the near total devastation suffered by…
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Perseid meteor showers

Space Research
If you searched the skies from August 10-12, 2016, you couldn’t probably have missed the Perseid meteor showers. A meteor shower is an increase in the number of meteors observed in a particular part of the sky. Meteor showers usually occur annually and with varying intensity. The Perseid meteor showers typically occur in August. The meteors of a meteor shower all appear to originate at a single point in the sky known as the radiant point, or radiant. A shower is named for the constellation in which its radiant is located, e.g., the Lyrids appear to come from a point in Lyra, the Perseids from Perseus, and the Orionids from Orion. Meteors and Comets Meteor showers are closely associated with comets. When a comet breaks up, a swarm of particles…
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Phoenix Mars Lander

Space Research
After years of planning and past failed attempts, NASA spacecraft Phoenix Mars Lander finally descended on Mars on May 25, 2008 after completing a 422 million-mile journey. It took off on August 4, 2007. [caption id="attachment_48" align="alignnone" width="648"] Phoenix Mars Lander[/caption] The lander finished its Mars mission in August 2008. Its last communication with earth was on November 2. As winter set on Mars, the solar power dropped and the craft stopped responding. The probe The spacecraft spent about three months scooping up soil and ice samples for analysis. The probe’s robotic arm was about 7.5 feet long. It was equipped with a drill and other instruments to bore down into the ground for samples. The work was done within the body of the Lander. Phoenix’s lab had eight ovens to bake samples so that…
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Monsoon ailments

Health
Monsoon is very much here. Along with the rainfall there is also a sudden increase in the occurrence of a number of ailments peculiar to this season. Chief among them are typhoid fever, cholera, gastroenteritis, dengue fever, malaria and rat fever. Keep diseases at bay During monsoon intestinal functions and the digestive system become weak, making the body highly susceptible to any kind of infection. Here are some tips for staying healthy during the rainy season. Always eat light food. Spicy and fried foods must be avoided as far as possible. Drinking water should be boiled and properly filtered. Avoid consuming food that is exposed to the surroundings for a long time, since it could be contaminated by germs. Cook the vegetables well and steam them properly to kill the…
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Sports Quiz 1

Sports
Choose the correct answer. 1. Who is the first Tour de France winner to fail a drugs test? a) Roberto Heras b) Floyd Landis c) Armstrong d) None of these 2. Who won the British Open Golf tournament in 2006? a. Tiger woods b) Todd Hamilton c) Ben Curtis d) None of these 3. Who is the only golfer to have recorded a hat-trick at the British Open? a) Peter Thomson b) Jack Nicklaus c) David Duval d) None of these 4. Lewis Hamilton is from a) USA b) France c) Britain d) Spain 5. Only two Indian batsmen have scored a double century in England. Sunil Gavaskar is the first. Who is the second? a) Sachin Tendulkar b) Dhoni c) Kapil Dev d) Rahul Dravid Answers 1. Floyd Landis…
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Tour de France

Sports
[caption id="attachment_41" align="alignright" width="300"] Tour de France[/caption] The Tour de France is the world's best-known cycling race A three-week long road race, it is broken into stages. The time each rider takes to complete each stage is recorded and accumulated. The winner is the rider with the least accumulated time after the final day. It is possible to win the overall race without winning any individual daily stages. Although the number of stages has varied, the modern Tour consists of about 20 stages and a total length of 3,000 to 4,000 kilometres. Format of the race As with most cycling races, competitors enter as part of a team. The race usually consists of 20 to 22 teams with nine riders each. Traditionally, entry in the Tour de France is extended…
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Handling rejection

Personality Development
Rejection is a part of life, and it's important that children learn how to deal with setbacks — whether they're cut from a sports team or left out of a clique. Here’s some advice on how to ease the hurt. What causes rejection? Rejection is an inevitable part of growing up. All children at one time or another feel rejected by their peers. The reasons are often silly. A child's appearance (weight, race, a disability), manner (such as a stutter or a typical gender behavior), economic or ethnic background, poor social skills, or personality (being aggressive, withdrawn, anxious, overly sensitive, or quick to take offense) can all be the factors leading to his/her being rejected by their peers. What do you do when you are snubbed? Tell yourself that life…
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Footprints in the sand

Inspirational Stories
‘Footprints in the sand’ is a beautiful poem about the unconditional love God has for man. It has inspired millions around the world during their times of trial. It is not clear who wrote this poem. Its paraphrase is given here. Hope, it will inspire you today. One night a man dreamed that he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from his life flashed across the sky. In each scene he noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints. At other times there were only one set of footprints. This bothered him very much because he noticed that during the toughest phases of his life - that is when suffered from anguish, sorrow, or defeat - he could see only one set…
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APJ Abdul Kalam Biography

Biographies
[caption id="attachment_34" align="alignright" width="200"] APJ Abdul Kalam[/caption] Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam  (born October 15, 1931, Tamil Nadu) was the eleventh President of India, serving from 2002 to 2007. A notable scientist and engineer, he is often referred to as the Missile Man of India. He is considered a progressive mentor, innovator and visionary in India. Kalam was the second apolitical figure in India’s history, to become its President, the first being Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. His term as president ended on July 25, 2007. Professional life Kalam started working in DRDO in 1958 and then joined ISRO in 1963. He has made significant contribution to Indian satellite and launch vehicles of ISRO and also in the missile programme of DRDO. As project Director, SLV-III, he contributed for the design, development and…
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