Fateh Chand Badhwar

Fateh Chand Badhwar OBE, MBE was an Indian civil servant and the first Indian to become Chairman of the Railway Board. Badhwar's father was an officer in the Indian Civil Service, he completed his schooling from Sherwood College in Nainital and went on to study Mechanical Science Tripos at Cambridge University. Badhwar began his career as a marine engineer, working in several European countries on marine civil engineering projects after completing his engineering degree at Cambridge. In June 1925, he joined the East Indian Railway at Calcutta where he became one of the first Indian recruits in the technical services of the railways. In his early years in the railways he was assigned to several civil works including the laying of new lines and bridges and he had a stint at Liluah's Carriage and Wagons workshop. During World War II, Badhwar served with the Corps of Engineers where he rose to become a Lieutenant-Colonel. For his services to the war effort, Major Fateh Chand Badhwar, Commanding Officer of the Technical Group of the East Indian Railway was awarded the MBE in 1942.

He rejoined civil administration the following year and served variously as Secretary to the Railway Board, General Manager of the Oudh and Tirhut Railway and from 1949 on the Railway Board as Member Staff and as Member Engineering. For his services, he was made an Order of the British Empire OBE in 1946. In 1951 he was appointed Chairman of the Railway Board — the first Indian to occupy that office which he held until his retirement in October 1954; as Chairman of the Railway Board, Badhwar oversaw the amalgamation of the various owned railways, government owned lines and those of the princely states into the single organisation of the Indian Railways. He was a proponent of indigenisation of railway technology and used his technical skills and training to reduce India's railway imports from Britain and to modernise the railways' rolling stock; this he achieved through the Research Design and Standards Organisation, Lucknow, established during his term as Chairman of the Railway Board. As the Chairman of the Indian Railways, he was part of high-powered committees to industrialise the newly independent India.

After his retirement, Badhwar became the Director of Company. He was made Chairman of the Customs Inquiry Committee and the National Industrial Development Corporation, he helped reorganize the Ceylon Government Railway in the 1950s when he served in that country under the Colombo Plan for two months. Badhwar was a nature enthusiast and mountaineer who served as President of the Delhi Bird Watchers Society and had a long association with The Himalayan Club of which he was the first Indian president between 1964-67, he served as the Secretary of the Patiala-based Indian Society for Cultural Cooperation and Friendship. Badhwar was honoured by the Government of India with a Padma Bhushan in 1955. Badhwar Park, a railway residential colony in Mumbai's Colaba area has been named in his honour

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! is a children's book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Released in a number of editions since its first release by Harper & Row Publishers in 1989 and re-published by Viking in 1993, it is a parody of The Three Little Pigs as told by the Big Bad Wolf, known in the book as "A. Wolf," short for "Alexander T. Wolf." The book was honored by the American Library Association as an ALA Notable Book. This is the story of The Three Little Pigs from the perspective of Alexander T. Wolf. While baking a chocolate cake for his grandmother's birthday. Though the recipe says "1 cup of sugar", Wolf realizes that he is out of sugar, he is out and has no money to buy more sugar. He did not want to work like the others did, why he had no money, but still, he couldn't go to the store to buy more. The Wolf decided that since he did not have any more sugar and didn't have enough money for more, he decided that he would ask one if his neighbors and see if they would offer him a cup of sugar.

Deciding to ask his neighbors, the three little pigs, he makes his way to the first Little Pigs house. Because he is suffering from a cold, Wolf accidentally blows the first Little Pigs house down with a powerful sneeze. Deciding to go to the second Little Pigs house, he blows that one down; because the Little Pigs had died in the destruction, Wolf decides to eat them in order to not let a "perfectly good ham dinner go to waste". Going to the third Little Pigs house, Wolf is treated rudely; the third pig rudely tells Wolf to never see nor contact him again and says to him he should never dare come near him and his family. He insults Wolf's grandmother. Seeing a large bag of sugar, Wolf is provoked into a sneezing rage; the third Little Pig reports Wolf to the police and is sentenced to ten millenniums in prison and has to trade a fine between $100,000,000 and $250,000,000. As a result, Wolf is given a ten millennium sentence; because he has to trade that many number of dollars for the fine of the destruction with the pigs's houses and attempted sugar robbery, it might take away most of Wolf's allowance.

In the last page, Wolf concludes. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children." It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal. This book was adapted into a Weston Woods Studios animated short in 2008 with Paul Giamatti as the wolf; the Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, another inverted version of the story

Katherine Sophia Kane

Lady Katherine Sophia Kane was an Irish botanist, best known for her book on Irish flowering plants The Irish Flora. Katherine Sophia Baily was born the only child of Henry and Bridget Baily, her father was from Berkshire, he moved to Limerick for his work as a distiller. Her uncle was the vice-president of the Royal Society, Francis Baily. After the deaths of both her parents at a young age, Katherine was raised by her uncle Matthias O'Kelly of Rochestown House, County Dublin. Matthias had an interest in natural history as one of his own sons, Joseph O'Kelly, went on to become a geologist. Katherine married Robert Kane in 1838, it is believed. When her husband was elected President of the newly formed Queen's College Cork, Lady Kane refused to move there, preferring to stay in Dublin, tending to her collection of exotic plants; the Kanes had seven surviving children, including Henry Coey Kane. She died 25 February 1886 in Dublin; the 1833 Linnean botanical work The Irish Flora, published anonymously, is ascribed to her.

Katherine was aged 22 at the time of its first publication and although not a large work, it was one of the first of its kind, lauded for its accuracy. The book became the recommended botany text in Trinity College, Dublin as it contained the first record of many plants, it is believed John White, of the Irish Botanic Gardens, helped with the compilation of the work, that it was Dr. Walter Wade who encouraged her in this work. In 1836, the 25-year-old Katherine became the first woman to be elected member of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, her herbarium is housed in University College Cork, she had an interest in the cultivation of trees, writing about the subject for the Irish Farmer's and Gardener's Magazine. The standard author abbreviation Kane is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name