Monthly archives: June 2013

“Adwaita” the Aldabra Giant Tortoise – 256 years old

Adwaita (meaning “one and only” in Sanskrit) (c. 1750 – 23 March 2006) was the name of a 250 kg (550 pound) male Aldabra giant tortoise in the Alipore Zoological Gardens of Kolkata, India. He was amongst the longest-living animals in the world and is believed to be the oldest known tortoise on record. According to the BBC, historical records show he was a pet of British general Robert Clive […]

Why is cancer so common?

Hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. It is not one disease; there are over 200 different types, each with its own symptoms, methods of diagnosis and treatment. What is cancer? Cancer starts when cells in our bodies start to reproduce out of control, forming new, abnormal cells. These abnormal cells form lumps, known as tumours. If the cells from tumours cannot spread, […]

102-year-old woman BASE jumps off popular Idaho bridge to celebrate birthday

A 102-year-old Idaho woman celebrated her birthday in quite unconventional fashion — by BASE jumping off the state’s Perrine Bridge. Dorothy Custer, who celebrated her 101st birthday by zip-lining in Idaho’s Snake River Canyon, marked her May 30 birthday by leaping off the 586-foot-high span in a tandem jump with professional BASE jumper Sean Chuman. Custer originally wanted a “calm” celebration, but her relatives suggested otherwise. “I was thinking of […]

“I will raise 500,000 mujahids to liberate Kashmir" -Masood Azhar

I will raise 500,000 mujahids to liberate Kashmir…” – Masood Azhar Founder of Jaish-e-Muhammad, Masood Azhar became a legend after he came back to Pakistan. One of my close relatives, who later headed an intelligence agency, was thrilled over the hijacking of Indian Airliner IC 814 in 1999, not knowing that the people who were released would one day turn against Pakistan. The Frankenstein that Pakistan thus created, had turned […]

Development spurs larger fight over Turkish identity

Istanbul: Across this vast city, a capital for three former empires, cranes dangle over construction sites, tin walls barricade old slums, and skyscrapers outclimb the mosque minarets that have dominated the skyline for centuries – all a vanguard for more audacious projects already in the works. For many Turks, though, the development is not so much progress as a reflection of growing autocratic ambitions by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and […]