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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 Petrol Price Revision Tuesday June 30,2015

Petrol price was on Tuesday cut by Rs 0.31 a litre, while that of diesel was cut by Rs 0.71 per litre on the back of declining international oil prices. 

The price changes will be effective midnight of  Tuesday June 30 or July 1,2015

Post Tuesday's reduction, petrol will be priced at Rs. 66.62 in Delhi, Rs. 74.09 in Kolkata, Rs. 74.52 in Mumbai and Rs. 69.84 in Chennai.
 Likewise, diesel will cost Rs. 50.22 in Delhi, Rs. 54.75 in Kolkata, Rs. 57.64 in Mumbai and Rs. 53.52 in Chennai.

Revised railway ticket refund rules from today Wednesday July 01,2015

The revised rules for refund of cancelled railway tickets have come into effect from Wednesday July 01,2015

On June 25,2015 Railway Ministry has revised its refund rules comprehensively under which passengers will have to present their confirmed tickets at least 48 hours before the journey instead of existing 24 hours to get the maximum refund.

To get a refund with cancellation charges of 25 percent of the fare, passengers will now have to cancel their confirmed tickets within 48 hours and at least six hours before the train's departure against the existing four hours, the ministry said.

The existing window of time for the same amount of fare deduction is between 24 hours to four hours before the train's scheduled departure.

Railway is deducting a minimum per passenger cancellation charge at the flat rate of Rs 120 for AC first class/executive class, Rs 100 for AC-II tier/first class, Rs 90 for AC III-tier, economy and chair car, Rs 60 for sleeper class and Rs 30 for second class.

If the ticket is presented for cancellation within six hours before the train's scheduled departure of the train and upto two hours after its actual departure, the cancellation charge would be 50 percent of the fare subject to a minimum of the charge.

The old rules, which were valid till June 30, allowed the cancellation of the tickets upto 12 hours after the train's departure if the distance was 500 km or more.

According to the new rules, no refund will be granted on the reserved ticket if it is surrendered for cancellation two hours after the train's actual departure.

Under the new rules, the time for filing of refund claims has been reduced from existing 90 days to 10 days of the train's departure in case of unforeseen circumstances like strike or any natural causes like floods.

According to the new rules, even those with waitlisted or RAC tickets would have to cancel their tickets three hours before the train's actual departure to get the refund after deduction of clerkage charge of Rs 30 once the new rules are implemented from July 1.

New rules would not allow any refund two hours after the train's departure. Existing rules permit cancellation till three hours after the train's departure.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Digital India campaign Wednesday July 01,2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the 'Digital India Week' in the national capital Wednesday July 01,2015 with a view to empower the people of the country through the Digital India Programme.
PM Modi Launches Digital India Week, Ambani, Mistry Pledge Support

The launch is attended by nearly 10,000 guests including top business leaders - RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani, Tata Group CEO Cyrus Mistry, Wipro chief Azim Premji among others

Digital India programme aims at transforming the country into a digitally-empowered knowledge economy, and bringing as many as 2.5 lakh villages under broadband connectivity. The highlights of the Digital India programme, worth Rs 1 lakh crore, are digital locker, E-education, E-health and National Scholarship Portal.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi will present the government's roadmap for digitising India, industry leaders -

  • RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani
  • Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry and 

made brief remarks on their idea of taking digital revolution to the masses and will make presentations on the occasion

Speaking at the event, Mukesh Ambani said, "We at Reliance will invest 250 crores across the Digital India pillars. He lauded the initiative as a "huge success" and added, "Normally, industry moves faster than government but with Digital India, I have no hesitation in saying, the government has moved faster."

Tata's Cyrus Mistry said, "I commit Tata Group's wholehearted participation to make this a century of India innovation." The group, he said, would hire 60,000 IT professionals this year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a logo for Digital India, which seeks to transform India into a digitally-empowered, knowledge economy with a host of initiatives for a synchronised and coordinated engagement of the government and its agencies.

The government had last year approved the Digital India programme comprising various projects worth over Rs 1 lakh crore to transform the country into a digitally empowered knowledge economy.

The programme includes projects that aim to ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically and people get benefit of the latest information and communication technology.

The Ministry of Communications and IT is the nodal agency to implement the programme. 

Digital India aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered knowledge economy.

Apart from the event here, 600 districts across the country will organise various programmes to sensitise people about the ongoing activities under the Digital India platform

How Digital India will transform the country

The programme aims at bringing as many as 2.5 villages under broadband connectivity. The highlights of the Digital India programme, worth Rs 1 lakh crore, are digital locker, E-education, E-health and National Scholarship Portal

Digital Locker

Digital locker is a dedicated personal storage space for e-documents as well as Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) of e-documents issued by government departments. The system will have an e-sign facility, which can be used to sign stored documents. Each locker is linked to the resident's Aadhar number.
The move is aimed at minimising the use of physical documents and provide authenticity to e-documents, thereby, giving secure access to documents issued by government. It will also reduce administrative overhead of government departments and agencies and make it easy for the residents to receive services
As the name suggests, the programme is aimed at providing high-tech education using state-of-the-art technology to all. This programme can also be used to provide education in far-flung areas where it may not be possible for teachers to be present in person. The education can be imparted through virtual means as part of the programme

The E-health initiative, which is a part of Mission Digital India of the government, aims at providing timely, effective and economical healthcare services to all citizens. E-health is particularly relevant for masses that have little access to healthcare services in India. The programme looks at helping people maintain health records in a cost-effective manner. This is expected to be linked to the Aadhar number of citizens.
With this initiative, getting an OPD appointment, lab reports and blood availability in any government hospital becomes easy. Online Registration System (ORS) is a framework to link various hospitals across the country for Aadhaar based online registration and appointment system, where counter based OPD registration and appointment system through Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) has been digitalised.
Portal facilitates online appointments with various departments of different Hospitals using eKYC data of Aadhaar number, if patient's mobile number is registered with UIDAI. And in case mobile number is not registered with UIDAI, it uses patient's name.
New Patient will get appointment as well as Unique Health Identification (UHID) number. If Aadhaar number is already linked with UHID number, then appointment number will be given and UHID will remain same.
While visiting a hospital for the first time, one can skip the hassles of registration and other formalities by merely identifying self through the Aadhaar Number, select hospital and department, select date of appointment and get the same through SMS

National Scholarship Portal
The National Scholarships Portal is a one-stop solution for end-to-end scholarship process. From submission of student application, verification, sanction to disbursal to end beneficiary for all the scholarships provided by the government, this is an important tool of the Digital India initiative.
This move simplifies the process for students by providing common application form and one-time registration. SMS and e-mail alert would be sent to students at every step of scholarship process.


Supreme Court of India(SCI) says rapist-victim mediation illegal; terms Madras HC order 'spectacular error' Wednesday July 01,2015

Directing Settlement in Rape Cases is 'Spectacular Error', Rules Supreme Court of India

Overturning Madras High Court's controversial directive allowing a rapist to mediate with the victim, the Supreme Court of India(SCI) on Wednesday July 01,2015 observed that a woman's body is her temple and there should be no mediation and no compromise in rape cases.

While hearing the case the SCI lashed out at the Madras High Court terming the judgement as a 'spectacular error'.

The SCI said any any approach of settlement in a rape case is against dignity of a woman.

The SCI's order comes a week after Madras High Court Justice P Devadass referred a case of a rapist, who was awarded seven years imprisonment by a trial court, to its mediation centre to settle the matter taking note of the future of the victim, now a mother of a child.

Madras High Court Justice P Devadass, holding that alternative dispute resolution such as mediation is now being used in criminal cases said, "In fact, even in Islam, Hinduism and Christianity there are instances of solving the disputes in a non-belligerent manner. The result of it is very good because there is no victor, no vanquished."
Granting interim bail to the accused Mohan, the judge in his order said he has already referred a similar matter in February for mediation which has yielded a good result and nearing happy resolution.
The judge referred the matter to the mediation centre attached to the High Court and said Rs 1 lakh should be deposited as fine by Mohan and it should be kept in Indian Bank, Thittakudi, Cuddalore District as a fixed deposit in the girl's name and granted interim bail enabling Mohan to attend the mediation.
The judge also directed the advocates appearing on both sides to assist the mediators in this case.
Justice Devdass' ruling had come under huge criticism with many legal eagles termed the order as "illegal" and "unwarranted".

At Least 116 Feared Dead in Indonesia Military Plane Crash Tuesday June 30,2015

 At Least 116 Dead in Indonesia Military Plane Crash: Officials
At least 116 people were killed Tuesday June 30,2015  when an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed into a major city shortly after take-off and exploded in a fireball

Buildings were left in ruins and cars reduced to flaming wrecks when the Hercules C-130 came down in a residential area of Medan, a city of two million on the island of Sumatra.

Air force chief Agus Supriatna said the manifest showed there were 113 people on board the plane - 12 crew and 101 passengers - when it crashed

Many passengers were likely to be family members of servicemen and women, said a spokesman for Medan airbase from where the plane departed.

Search and rescue officials also said that three people were killed on the ground when the 51-year-old plane went down near a newly built residential area, hitting a massage parlour and a small hotel.

Police said rescuers were still trying to get into the ruined massage parlour, a three-storey building, and they did not know whether there were people inside.

A rescue operation swung into action following the crash, with ambulances ferrying bodies from the site, and crowds of anxious people gathering around a police cordon to view the smouldering wreckage.

So far 84 bodies had been pulled from the debris and brought to a hospital in Medan, the hospital said

Chris Christie Launches 2016 Bid Tuesday June 30,2015

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday June 30,2015 he is running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

 Speaking at his alma mater, Livingston High School, in Livingston, New Jersey, Christie said "he is now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America."
"We must tell each other the truth about the problems we have and the difficulty of the solutions," Christie added.

Chris Christie is the 14th major contender seeking the GOP nomination.

Cuba Becomes First Nation to Eliminate Mother-to-Child HIV Tuesday June 30,2015

Cuba on Tuesday June 30,2015 became the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization said.

"Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible," said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.

"This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation."

Universal health coverage, improved access to tests and increased attention to maternal care were credited with the success, defined by health authorities as fewer than 50 cases of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis or HIV per 100,000 live births.

A small number of cases are allowed to persist, despite the certification, because antiretroviral treatment to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV is not 100 percent effective


Each year, 1.4 million women living with HIV around the world become pregnant.

Left untreated, they have a 15 to 45 percent chance of passing the virus to their children during pregnancy, labor, delivery or breastfeeding.

But the risk of transmission is just over one percent if antiretroviral medicines are given to both mothers and children.

The number children born annually with HIV was 400,000 in 2009.

By 2013, the number was down to 240,000 in 2013.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Announce Divorce a Day After 10th Anniversary Tuesday June 30,2015

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced the end of their 10-year marriage on June 30, ending months of rumors.

The confirmation of the split between the Oscar-winning actor-director and his actress wife came a day after their wedding anniversary.

"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," said a joint statement by the couple, who have three children together.

"We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time," the statement added.

Mr Affleck, 42 and Jennifer, 43, started dating shortly after meeting on the set of Daredevil in 2003.

They married two years later in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Their three children are Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and three-year-old Samuel.

A Decade of Marriage
Their 10th wedding anniversary was on June 29.

Wimbledon Trivia & Records

The Wimbledon Championships has, over the years, produced the very best in tennis. Records have been set by legends, and broken by legends, and we give you a brief overview of Wimbledon Championships trivia & records..
  • Martina Hingis is the youngest Wimbledon ladies’ champion of the 20th century.
  • Wimbledon champion, Serena Williams has never lost a first round match in a Grand Slam tournament, neither has Serb, Ana Ivanovic.
  • The legendary Martina Navratilova won the most ladies’ singles at Wimbledon, with nine.
  • Wimbledon 2008 saw the longest men’s singles final in history in a legendary match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the match lasted 4 hours and 48 mins with Nadal winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7.
  • The longest Wimbledon men’s singles match took place in 1969 between Pancho Gonzalesz and Charlie Pasarell. It lasted a marathon 112 games and the final score, in favour of Gonzalesz was 22-24, 11-6, 16-14, 6-3, 11-9. It obviously took place before the tiebreak was introduced!
  • In 1931 Lili de Alvarez was the first women to wear shorts on court at the Wimbledon Championships – causing quite a stir.
  • Jean Borotra of France had the longest career at the Wimbledon Championships, spanning an incredible 55 years! He competed in the men’s singles 35 times between 1922 and 1964, then in the veteran’s men’s doubles from 1965 – 1977.
  • Goran Ivanisevic became the first wild card entrant to win the tournament in 2002.
  • Wimbledon ladies’ champion, Martina Navratilova, won the most matches with 326.
  • Chris Evert has the unenviable record of losing the most finals with seven losses.
  • Current world number one, Roger Federer holds the record of 65 consecutive grass court victories after beating previous record holder Bjorn Borg.
  • Rafael Nadal holds the record of 81 victories on a clay court
  • Ball girls were first employed at Wimbledon in 1977.
  • Yellow balls were introduced in 1986.
  • 1987 was the last year in which wooden tennis rackets were used at the All England Club.
  • In 2001 the men’s singles final was contested on a Monday for only the third time in Wimbledon’s long history. The other two ‘People’s Monday’ occurred in 1919 and 1922.
  • In 2000 the great Pete Sampras equaled Willie Renshaw’s record of seven Wimbledon men’s singles crowns.
  • In 1985 Boris Becker became the first unseeded player, the youngest player and the first German player ever to win the men’s singles in London. He was 17 years and 227 days old.
  • American super-athlete, Billie Jean King, holds the record, together with Martina Navratilova, for the most Wimbledon titles, with an awesome 20

Great Women Players In Wimbledon Championship

Margaret Court
One of the very first legendary names in the Women championship would be of Margaret Court of Australia. Her kind of play and the number of trophies gathered by her remain unequalled till now, even after her retirement from international tennis in 1975. This beautiful lady was the winner of 62 Grand Slam titles in all, including 24 singles, 19 doubles, and 19 mixed doubles titles. She was almost unconquerable on the grass courts.

Legendary Record
Singles Champion: 1963, 1965, 1970
Singles Runner-up: 1964, 1971
Doubles Champion: 1964, 1969
Doubles Runner-up: 1961, 1963, 1966, 1971
Mixed Doubles Champion: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1975
Mixed Double Runner-up: 1964, 1971

Chris Evert
Chris Evert is another name that you can't ignore when you are discussing Wimbledon women legends. Chris Evert made her debut in the Wimbledon in 1972, representing USA. She played ten Wimbledon finals in her career of about 17 years and won three of them. Within three years of her debut, this beautiful lady claimed a Wimbledon trophy.

Legendary Record
Singles Champion: 1974, 1976, 1981
Singles Runner-up: 1973, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985,
Doubles Champion: 1976

Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King, another marvelous player from USA, debuted in the international tennis world in 1959, at the US Open. She is recognized as the most dynamic and inexhaustible player of the women tennis world. She is known for her aggressive, hard-hitting net-rusher style with excellent speed. King created a dynamic revolution in the tennis world, when she stood against sexism in sports. In order to prove her mettle, she defeated Bobby Riggs, a former men Wimbledon champion in three straight sets, at the Houston Astrodome, in September 1973. She is the winner of 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

Legendary Record
Singles Champion: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975
Singles Runner-up: 1963, 1969, 1970
Doubles Champion: 1961, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1979
Doubles Runner-up: 1964, 1976
Mixed Doubles Champion: 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974
Mixed Doubles Runner-up: 1966, 1978, 1983

Martina Navaratilova
Martina Navaratilova was the finest woman player of the women tennis ever. She was a Czech by birth, but settled in USA. She started her professional tennis career in 1975, at the age of 16, and ruled the women tennis arena for almost three decades. She was on a winning spree throughout her career, gathering 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She reached the final of the women singles in Wimbledon for 9 consecutive years, from 1982 to 1990. She shares the record of winning 20 Wimbledon titles, an all-time record, with Billie Jean King.

Legendary Record
Singles Champion: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990
Singles Runner-up: 1988, 1989, 1994
Doubles Champion: 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986
Doubles Runner-up:1977, 1985
Mixed Doubles Champion: 1985, 1993, 1995, 2003
Mixed Doubles Runner-up: 1986

Steffi Graf
Stefanie Maria Graf, popularly known as Steffi Graff, was an exceptional tennis player from Germany, who enjoyed an excellent career as a tennis player, for about 17 years. She debuted in professional tennis in 1982 and till her retirement, in 1999, secured herself Wimbledon Singles crown 7 times and even won a Golden Grand Slam in 1988. Graf won herself 22 Grand Slam singles titles, only to be a step less than Margaret Court, who won 24. She is also the only tennis player to win all the four Grand Slam singles tournaments at least four times each. She remained world No. 1 for a record 377 weeks and formed an iconic record for herself.

Legendary Record
Singles Champion: 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996
Singles Runner-up: 1987, 1999
Doubles Champion: 1988

Wimbledon Records

Youngest Wimbledon Champions

Gender Name And Country Championship Age Year
Male Boris Becker (GER ) Men's Singles 17 years, 227 days 1985
Male R.D. Ralston (USA) Men's Doubles 17 years, 341 days 1960
Female Miss C. Dod (BRI) Ladies’ Singles 15 years, 285 days 1887
Female Miss M. Hingis (SUI) Ladies’ Doubles 15 years, 282 days 1996
Male R.G. Laver (AUS) Mixed Doubles 20 years, 328 days 1959
Female S.J. Williams (USA) Mixed Doubles 16 years, 282 days 1998
Oldest Wimbledon Champions

Gender Name And Country Championship Age Year
Male A.W. Gore (BRI) Gentlemen’s Singles 41 years 182 days 1909
Male G.P. Mulloy (USA) Gentlemen’s Doubles 43 years 226 days 1957
Female Mrs A Sterry (BRI) Ladies’ Singles 37 years 282 days 1908
Female Miss E.M. Ryan (USA) Ladies’ Doubles 42 years 152 days   1934
Male S.E. Stewart (USA) Mixed Doubles 42 years 28 days 1988
Female Miss M. Navratilova (TCH/USA)   Mixed Doubles 46 years 261 days 2003
Most Winners

Gender Name And country Championship Total Number Of Times year
Male H.L. Doherty (BRI), 1897-1906 Singles (5), Doubles (8) 13 1897-1906
Female Miss B.J. Moffit/Mrs. L.W. King (USA) Singles (6), Doubles (10), Mixed Doubles (4) 20 1961-1979
Female Miss Martina. Navratilova (TCH/USA) Singles (9), Doubles (7), Mixed Doubles (4) 20 1976-2003
Female Miss E.M. Ryan (USA) Doubles (12), Mixed Doubles (7) 19 1914-1934
Top Winners

Gender Player And Country Championship Number Of Times Year
Male Pete Sampras (USA) Men's Singles 7 1993-1995, 1997-2000
Male W.C. Renshaw (BRI) Men's Singles 7 1881-1886, 1889
Male T.A. Woodbridge (AUS) Men's Singles 9 1993-1997, 2000, 2002-2004
Male H.L. Doherty (BRI) Men's Doubles 8 1897-1901, 1903-1905
Male R.F. Doherty (BRI) Men's Doubles 8 1897-1901, 1903-1905
Female Miss Martina Navratilova (USA) Female's Singles 9 1978, 1979, 1982-1987, 1990
Female Miss H.N. Wills/Mrs. F.S Moody (USA) Female's Singles 8 1927-1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938
Female Miss E.M. Ryan (USA) Female's Doubles 12 1914, 1919-1923, 1925-1927, 1930, 1933, 1934
Male O.K. Davidson (AUS) Mixed Doubles 4 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974
Male K.N. Fletcher (AUS) Mixed Doubles 4 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968
Male E.V. Seixas (USA) Mixed Doubles 4 1953-1956
Female Miss E.M. Ryan (USA) Mixed Doubles 7 7 Miss E.M. Ryan (USA) 1919, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932

Greece’s Debt Due: What Greece Owes When

Greece’s Debt Due: What Greece Owes When

Greece Misses International Monetary Fund(IMF) Payment Deadline Tuesday June 30,2015


Greece has missed the deadline for a €1.6bn (£1.1bn) payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)on Tuesday June 30,2015


Only 3 other countries are still in arrears to the IMF - Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe. 

Between them, they owe €1.6bn, only marginally more than Greece.

What happens next?

1 July - Eurogroup - the finance ministers of the eurozone - holds a telephone conference to discuss new proposal from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
5 July - Referendum on creditors' proposals takes place, which many say is effectively a vote on Greek membership of the eurzone
20 July - Greece must redeem €3.46bn of bonds held by the European Central Bank. If it fails to do so, the ECB can cut off Greece's access to emergency loans

 IMF,the Washington-based fund said the Greek government failed to transfer €1.55 billion ($1.73 billion) by close-of-business on Tuesday—the largest, single missed repayment in the IMF’s history

Greece became the first developed country to default to the IMF, an organization of 188 nations that tries to keep the world economy stable

Greece will now be cut off from access to IMF resources until the payment is made.

The move came hours after the country made a desperate attempt Tuesday to halt its plunge into economic chaos by requesting a new European bailout.

On Tuesday morning—with the clock ticking toward the midnight expiration on the European portion of Greece’s €245 billion bailout—officials in Athens said they were working on a new solution to the four-month old impasse with creditors.
By the afternoon, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had asked for a new rescue program—the country’s third in five years—to help pay for some €29.15 billion ($32.52 billion) in debt coming due between 2015 and 2017.

Greece is fast running out of money. It rejected the conditions Europe and the IMF set for releasing the remaining billions from its existing bailout at the weekend. That bailout expired Tuesday June 30,2015

Greece’s Debt Due: What Greece Owes When

2015 Wimbledon - Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep lost in the 1st Round Tuesday June 30,2015

Eugenie Bouchard(Canada) and Simona Halep(Romania) lost in the first round to opponents ranked outside the top 100 on Tuesday June 30,2015

For Eugenie Bouchard, also a semifinalist at the Australian Open and French Open in 2014, it was the latest setback in a season full of them, including 12 losses in her past 14 matches

The 7-6 (3), 6-4 exit against 117th-ranked qualifier Duan Ying-Ying of China made the 12th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard the first Wimbledon finalist to lose her opening match at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament the following year since Steffi Graf in 1994

The No. 3-seeded Simona Halep lost  5-7, 6-4, 6-3 against 106th-ranked Jana Cepelova of Slovakia
Wimbledon 2015: Simona Halep fears return to Romania following first round exit
The 22-year-old Cepelova, ranked 106 in the world, had won only one match on the tour all year before Tuesday.

Facebook launches new version of Lite for 2G users in India

Facebook is betting on the new light version of its app on the popular Android platform to tap the 2G using population of the country.
"According to GSMA data, nearly 80 per cent of Indians are on 2G and hence we want to ease the Facebook interactive experience for them," said Vijay Shankar, product manager, Facebook Lite.

The Lite app, which is less than 1MB, can be downloaded from the Play Store. The app uses a compression technology wherein most of the heavy lifting is done on Facebook's servers. 

The new app includes Facebook's core experiences like News Feed, status updates, photos, notifications but has no options for video, GPS-using facilities and @tagging features.

Wimbledon Dress Code

Wimbledon Dress Code

The following refers to all clothing, including tracksuits and sweaters, worn on The Championship courts both for practice and for matches at Wimbledon.
1) Competitors must be dressed in suitable tennis attire that is almost entirely white and this applies from the point at which the player enters the court surround.
2) White does not include off white or cream.
3) There should be no solid mass or panel of colouring. A single trim of colour around the neckline and around the cuff of the sleeve is acceptable but must be no wider than one centimetre (10mm).
4) Colour contained within patterns will be measured as if it is a solid mass of colour and should be within the one centimetre (10mm) guide. Logos formed by variations of material or patterns are not acceptable.
5) The back of a shirt, dress, tracksuit top or sweater must be totally white.
6) Shorts, skirts and tracksuit bottoms must be totally white except for a single trim of colour down the outside seam no wider than one centimetre (10mm).
7) Caps, headbands, bandanas, wristbands and socks must be totally white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre (10mm).
8) Shoes must be almost entirely white, including the soles. Large manufacturers’ logos are not encouraged. The grass court shoes must adhere to the Grand Slam rules. In particular shoes with pimples around the outside of the toes shall not be permitted. The foxing around the toes must be smooth.
9) Any undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration) must also be completely white except for a single trim of colour no wider than one centimetre (10mm). In addition, common standards of decency are required at all times.
10) Medical supports and equipment should be white if possible but may be coloured if absolutely necessary.A more relaxed dress code operates at the Aorangi Park practice courts.

Sergio Ramos tells Real Madrid he wants to join Manchester United

Sergio Ramos has told Real Madrid that he wants to join Manchester United this summer.

Manchester United made an opening bid of £28.3million for the Spain international last week which was rejected by Madrid.

 However, after being informed of the offer,Sergio Ramos has made it clear to Madrid that he wants them to negotiate with United and reach a suitable agreement for his transfer to Old Trafford.

Kym Marsh(Coronation Street star ) crowned Rear Of The Year 2015

 Careful: 'There's always temptation, like crisps, chocolate, crisps and bread in the Green Room at work - I bring in nuts and tomatoes from home to snack on, so I don't give in to temptation'
Coronation Street star Kym Marsh has been voted Rear Of The Year 2015, beating the likes of her former co-star Michelle Keegan and two-time winner Carol Vorderman.
She's proud: The star showed off her pert posterior while at a photocall in Manchester on Tuesday  

The 39-year-old is delighted with the accolade and said of the news: 'I’d like to thank everyone from the heart of my bottom for voting for me. It’s totally unexpected but greatly appreciated.
'I’m very flattered to receive this award, it looks like all those extra gym sessions have paid off.'
 It's not easy: Kym admits she has been working hard on her figure in her latest OK! column


Greeks Protests Against Greece's international creditors Monday June 29, 2015

Carrying banners calling for a 'NO' vote in the forthcoming referendum on bailout conditions set by the country's creditors, protesters gather in front of the Greek parliament in Athens, on Monday June 29, 2015.

 Some 17,000 people took to the streets of Athens and Thessalonique to say 'No' to the latest offer of a bailout deal Monday, accusing Greece's international creditors of blackmail

Rear of the Year Awards

Rear of the Year is a light-hearted British Award for celebrities who are considered to have a notable posterior

It was created by publicity consultant Anthony Edwards and is organised by Rear of the Year Limited

Barbara Windsor  won the first award in 1976, presented as a one-off accolade.

Five years later in 1981 it became an annual event with Felicity Kendal  taking away the honours.

In 1986 the award was presented to a man for the first time to Michael Barrymore

In 1991Marina Ogilvy, the daughter of Princess Alexandra(youngest grandaughter of King George V and Queen Mary) became the first royal recipient.

Full list of Female Rear of the Year Award Winners:
  • Barbara Windsor in 1976
  • Felicity Kendall in 1981
  • Suzi Quatro in 1982
  • Lulu in 1983
  • Elaine Page in 1984
  • Lynsey de Paul in 1985
  • Anneka Rice in 1986
  • Anita Dobson in 1987
  • Su Pollard in 1988
  • Marina Ogilvy in 1991
  • Ulrika Jonsson in 1992
  • Sarah Lancashire in 1993
  • Mandy Smith in 1994
  • Tracy Shaw in 1996
  • Melinda Messenger in 1997
  • Carol Smillie in 1998
  • Denise van Outen in 1999
  • Jane Danson in 2000
  • Claire Sweeney in 2001
  • Charlotte Church in 2002
  • Natasha Hamilton in 2003
  • Alex Best in 2004
  • Nell McAndrew in 2005
  • Javine Hylton in 2006
  • Sian Lloyd in 2007
  • Jennifer Ellison in 2008
  • Rachel Stevens in 2009
  • Fiona Bruce in 2010
  • Carol Vorderman in 2011

Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, 39, winner of the Rear of the year Award for 2015, with her award at Salford Quays, Manchester
 From 1997 the awards have been presented annually to both sexes