The book titled Who is Kalam? may be intriguing but has a heart-warming story behind it. It is the story of a teenaged schoolgirl who posed a tough question to the former President. In turn, she was greeted with an answer that inspired her to become a scientist.It was in 2001, that Sudarkodi Sukumar, a 14-year-old from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, sent a question to Kalam in a Tamil monthly for children. She never knew that her question could inspire him so much that he would name a book after it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her question was: “Please rank yourself among the following: Scientist, Tamilian, human being and an Indian.” Kalam’s answer was: “One can find all three in a human being”.In 2003, Sukumar got an invitation to New Delhi for the release of the book Who is Kalam? A Good Human Being, which was dedicated to her. The book by Kalam’s aide R Ramanathan, about the personal side of the scientist-turned-Indian president, was released by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe next day, Sukumar, along with her family were called by Kalam in the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the meeting changed her life. “I realised that one has to pursue the passion of one’s life. I used to read all his writings when I was in school,” she recalled.The title Who is Kalam? was suggested by the former president himself, according to K P R Nair, managing director of Konark Publishers, who published the book. “Though I suggested some titles for the book, Kalam himself came up with Who is Kalam. The question raised by the girl was etched in his memory,” Nair said.
Kolkata: The population of one-horned rhinoceros in Jaldapara and Gorumara in North Bengal has gone up. The findings have come from a recent survey carried out by the department in the two national parks in the state in February.”This is for the first time when apart from direct sighting we have collected the dung of the animal to estimate the population. We have sent the sample for DNA anlaysis in Hyderabad which will be tallied with that of direct-sighting and the census will be released accordingly. The process will take at least six months but we are sure that the numbers will increase,” said state Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAbout 100 persons, including forest guards, were engaged for the census, along with 18 pet elephants. The earlier census was held in 2015 when 45 rhinos were counted in Gorumara and 214 in Jaldapara. A source in the Forest department said the number of rhinos have gone up to 237 while that of Jaldapara has increased to 53. “The DNA analysis this year will also help us to come up with the male and female population of the animals separately,” a senior official of the state Forest department said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThere have been sporadic incidents of poaching of the animal in the forests. However, the state Forest department have taken some significant measures for conservation of the animal which is evident from the population shooting up. The state Forest department has started work for developing the third habitat for rhinoceros at Patlakhawa in North Bengal. The third home for the one-horned rhino is being developed for balancing the rhino population that have increased by both at Jaldapara and Gorumara National Park in North Bengal. The Patlakhawa forest has a large wetland. “We are presently developing the infrastructure that includes boundary of the habitat, grassland improvement watch towers, deployment of security staff, construction of staff quarters , training of staff ,” Barman said. Bengal has the second highest population of rhinoceros after Assam.
TORONTO — For the first time ever, Sunwing will be offering direct flights from Thunder Bay to Punta Cana starting this winter.The airline is returning to the Canadian gateway for a ninth season this coming winter with the addition of new weekly, nonstop service to Punta Cana, which will operate between Dec. 19, 2018 and March 27, 2019.In addition, Sunwing is bringing back its popular winter flight services to Varadero, Cuba from Nov. 6, 2018 to March 26, 2019, and Cancun, Mexico from Dec. 24, 2018 to April 1, 2019.With these latest flights, vacationers departing from Thunder Bay will enjoy convenient and direct access to what the company says are its three most popular vacation destinations.“We are delighted to be returning to Thunder Bay this coming season and to be offering our customers even more choice from their doorstep, without the need to make the long winter drive to Toronto or change planes to reach the sunny south,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations. “Our seasonal flight services from Thunder Bay have always been well received and we are very pleased to be able to expand our operations even further this year.”More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJEd Schmidtke, President and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc., added: “Sunwing has a long positive history in Thunder Bay. With three destinations and a schedule that spans four months, Sunwing offers Thunder Bay tremendous winter getaway options.”The travel company offers a number of family and adult options in Punta Cana, including the new Grand Memories Punta Cana, a modern all-inclusive resort featuring unlimited free access to one of the largest on-site water parks in the Caribbean, a complimentary kids club, two adult-only pools and varied specialty restaurants. Guests will also enjoy discounted green fees at nearby Punta Blanca Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Nick Price.Also available is the recently renovated Riu Palace Punta Cana, home to an extensive pool complex, RiuLand Kids Club, a spa, gym and exclusive RIU-topia inclusions like unlimited a la carte dining, spa discounts and more.Riu Palace Punta CanaAll vacations packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. A Thunder Bay first: Sunwing to launch direct service to Punta Cana << Previous PostNext Post >>