Saturday, May 30, 2015

Local hero: Girl from Nepal scores 90 in Kannada - Bangalore Mirror

Local hero: Girl from Nepal scores 90 in Kannada - Bangalore Mirror: "Fifteen-year-old Meena Masrangi wears a broad smile on her face when we meet her at Fern Meadows in Hennur, where her parents work as domestic help, on Tuesday. After all, the fruits of her hard work have paid off—scoring an overall of 85 per cent in the SSLC examinations, and 90 per cent in Kannada, a language which was alien to her till a few years ago.
Waking up every morning at 4 am, she spent two years studying Kannada and Maths (in which she scored 82), the two subjects she was weak in. "Initially, since I found Kannada difficult, I used to mug the questions and answers. Then I found that while taking exams, I wasn't able to understand the questions and hence wouldn't be able to write the correct answers," she says. "



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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bangladesh plans to move Rohingya refugees to island in the south | World news | The Guardian

Bangladesh plans to move Rohingya refugees to island in the south | World news | The Guardian: "Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya refugees who have spent years in camps near the Burmese border to a southern island.

The government has started planning the move to Hatiya Island in the Bay of Bengal in a plan backed by the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, according to a government official, Amit Kumar Baul.

“The relocation of the Rohingya camps will definitely take place,” said Baul, the head of the government’s Myanmar refugee cell. “So far, informal steps have been taken according to the PM’s directives.”

A Rohingya leader urged the government to rethink, saying the plan would only make life worse for the refugees, many of whom have been languishing in the camps for years. “We want the government and international organisations to resolve our issue from here,” said Mohammad Islam, who lives in one of the camps."



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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe: "A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.

Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle."



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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Eradicating Mosquitoes-borne diseases may involve sex change – STGIST

Eradicating Mosquitoes-borne diseases may involve sex change – STGIST: "Altering the DNA of mosquitoes to eradicate diseases is not a new concept, but changing the genitals of the insect is worthy of attention. A team of scientists revealed that they’re one step closer to transforming a female diseases-carrying mosquito into male which doesn’t bite."



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It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At : NPR

It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At : NPR: "Jay believes these wounds belong to all of us: "You can imagine how many times each of these men and women have heard a parent tell their child, 'Don't look. Don't stare at him. That's rude.' I take these pictures so that we can look; we can see what we're not supposed to see. And we need to see them because we created them."

Jay believes seeing is one step closer to understanding.

The Library of Congress has acquired images from his Unknown Soldier collection as part of its visual documentation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."



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Interview: Mat Johnson, Author Of 'Loving Day' On The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial : Code Switch : NPR

Interview: Mat Johnson, Author Of 'Loving Day' On The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial : Code Switch : NPR: "Early in the book, he calls himself a "racial optical illusion."



The people who see me as white always will, and will think it's madness that anyone else could come to any other conclusion, holding to this falsehood regardless of learning my true identity. The people who see me as black cannot imagine how a sane, intelligent person could be so blind not to understand this, despite my pale-skinned presence."



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Opinion: From Marine Corps to Peace Corps - CNN.com

Opinion: From Marine Corps to Peace Corps - CNN.com: "While nothing compares to the risks our servicemen and women take in combat, the Peace Corps isn't exactly a walk to the local playground. Since its inception in 1961, the Peace Corps has lost at least 287 volunteers to disease, road accidents, crime, and other hazards in their host countries. That's more than twice the number of fallen CIA officers, whose sacrifices are properly commemorated by stars etched into Memorial Wall inside their headquarters."



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