Author archives: Billlang


Can you imagine losing someone special? Nor can she Watch video

New Delhi: At a small age when her friends go to school happily and live a tension-free life, something serious always worries little girl Dhuniya, even when her mother is around. The little village girl, in a viral video, could be seen bunking her classes and following someone. Numerous sleepless night passes but she keeps praying every moment for someone’s life. With tears in her two sparkling eyes she wakes […]

Here's proof that poor get gallows, rich mostly escape

NEW DELHI: The fact that our legal system is skewed against the poor and marginalized is well-known. And to that extent, it’s only expected that they get harsher punishment than the rich. But here are figures that tell the full story. A first of its kind study, which has analyzed data from interviews with 373 death row convicts over a 15-year period, has found three-fourths of those given the death […]

Jawaharlal Nehru refused US offer of permanent seat in UN in the 50s. He said China first!

“It is India’s right to have a permanent seat in UN Security Council”, thundered PM Narendra Modi recently, addressing the Indian Diaspora in Paris. Modi has now visited over 20 countries in an official capacity, unprecedented for any Indian prime minister in such a short span of time. We have almost reached the qualifying mark, but we are still struggling for a rightful place in the Permanent Security Council! The […]

Wawrinka dashes Djokovic's Career Slam dream to win maiden French Open

  Stan Wawrinka shattered Novak Djokovic’s dream of completing the career Grand Slam on Sunday when he became the oldest winner of the French Open in 25 years. The 30-year-old Swiss claimed a famous 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory to secure his second career Major after the 2014 Australian Open. It ended world number one Djokovic’s bid to become only the eighth man to secure a career Slam as he […]


Jungle animals go wild upon seeing themselves in a mirror for the first time

  As humans, most of us have been able to appreciate the beauty of African animals, either through photos, video footage, or by getting up close to them at zoos and on wildlife reserves. It almost seems unfair then, that a leopard living deep in the jungle can’t experience that same joy — unless, of course, she’s looking at another leopard. But what if wild animals were given access to […]

Indian Railways trials solar-powered trains to help cut pollution

  Indian Railways is soon going to materialise its ambitious plan of harnessing solar energy to run trains. The prototype of the solar power-enabled coach is undergoing trials, and soon the entire train will be fitted with solar panels, officials said. They said that while solar power will significantly bring down diesel consumption, it will also prove to be cost-effective. At present, nearly 17 units of electricity are being generated […]

South African lion kills U.S. tourist

  A lion killed an American woman and injured a man driving through a private wildlife park in Johannesburg on Monday, a park official said. The attack occurred at around 2:30 p.m. local time when a lioness approached the passenger side of the vehicle as the woman took photos and then lunged, said Scott Simpson, assistant operations manager at the Lion Park. “They had their windows all the way down, […]

Beluga whale(s?) wandering Halifax-area waters spotted again

Rare sightings of a beluga whale in the Halifax area are raising questions about whether there is more than one of the animals nearby. The whale has been spotted in both the Halifax Harbour and the waters off Terence Bay, a rural fishing community in the Halifax Regional Municipality, about 30 kilometres by land from downtown Halifax. Initially, it was assumed to be the same whale. However, the timeline raises […]

Family mistake polar bear on the loose for a 'big shaggy dog',

A couple out shopping had a close encounter when they mistook a polar bear for a shaggy-looking dog. Clayton Waterman, 58 and his wife Doreen were travelling to the bank in Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada, to stop at when they saw the furry-figure walking in the same direction as their car along the road. Turning to his wife, Clayton said, “Doreen, look at the big shaggy dog”. But as they […]

Experts gathered in Nepal a week ago to ready for earthquake

Nepal’s devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming. Just a week ago, about 50 earthquake and social scientists from around the world came to Kathmandu, Nepal, to figure out how to get this poor, congested, overdeveloped, shoddily built area to prepare better for the big one, a repeat of the 1934 temblor that leveled this city. They knew they were racing the clock, but they didn’t know when […]