TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 20

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 20

George Soros was convicted of insider trading by a French appeals court in 2002. (Reuters Photo) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 20 1922 – Poland names politician, scholar and activist Stanislaw Wojoichewski as new president. 1968 – The American novelist John Steinbeck died; he achieved fame in the […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 19

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec19 Reuters 1907 – More than 230 miners killed in Pennsylvania mine disaster. 1950 – The North Atlantic Council named General Dwight Eisenhower as Supreme Commander for Allied Powers, Europe. “1965 – Charles de Gaulle won the French presidential election runoff, defeating Francois Mitterrand. […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 18

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 18

Workers at Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire say their goodbyes as the last deep coal mine in the UK ends production today. (Reuters Photo) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 18 Reuters 1903 – The U.S.-Panama treaty placed the Canal Zone under U.S. control for an annual rent. 1916 […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 17

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 17

Skydivers dressed in Santa Claus outfits react after landing as 155 tandem skydivers set a new Guinness World Record number of jumps over eight hours, in the Australian city of Wollongong, December 17, 2016. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 17 Reuters 1903 – Wilbur […]

When the story of your suffering is the best weapon you have

Book: The Last Girl; Author: Nadia Murad; Publisher: Vergo Press/Hachette India; Pages: 306; Price: Rs 499 Saket Suman IANS She suffered at the hands of the Islamic State, was held captive as a sex slave, but went on to become a human rights campaigner and was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Congolese […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 14

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 14

Richard Leeming from London, UK [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 14   Reuters 1911 – Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer, and four companions became the first men to reach the South Pole.   1918 – Women in Britain voted for the first […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 13

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 13

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein listens to prosecutors’ statements during his trial in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone October 30, 2006. (Reuters File Photo) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 13   1937 – Japanese forces captured the Chinese city of Nanking (Nanjing).   1941 – British forces retreated […]

Universities should consult industry on designing courses to make students employable

Amit Kapoor IANS   Even though the idea of globalisation has come under fire in the last few years, with increasing levels of discontentment over inequity in the distribution of gains, the benefits that the world economies have derived from it are often overlooked.   One unmistakable benefit has been the transfer of productivity-enhancing technology […]

My life is disabled by my environment

My life is disabled by my environment

I am disabled by the inaccessible environment: an encounter with the flight of stairs that is the only entrance into the office building of the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Why accessibility matters   Diethono Nakhro So, when was the last time you had to turn back without getting your work done because you […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 12

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 12

Odai Hussein uses crutches as he leaves Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad, June 9, 1997. The attack left Odai with a bullet in his spine that forced him to walk with a cane. (AP Photo) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 12   1913 – Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting […]

TODAY in HISTORY: DECEMBER 10

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Dec 10   1902 – The original Aswan Dam, built by the British to control the Nile flood, was completed in Egypt.   1936 – Britain’s King Edward VIII officially abdicated in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. His brother succeeded him as […]