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Monday, December 31, 2018

Google Doodle plans to welcome New Year 2019 ’s Eve with playful elephants

Google Doodle,Google Doodle 2019,Google Doodle 2018

A Google Doodle is a special, momentary modification of the logo on Google’s homepages that celebrates events, people and achievements. The first ever Google Doodle was in 1998, which honoured the Burning Man festival. It was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to let users know about their absence if the servers crashed.
Last year, the Google Doodle featured a bunch of penguins and parrots on December 31.

Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli ends 2018 as highest international run-getter for third consecutive year

It has been a brilliant year for India skipper Virat Kohli and with 2,653 runs in the current calendar year, he recorded the highest runs by any batsmen. This was the third consecutive year where Kohli ended up as the highest run-getter after scoring 2,595 in 2016 and 2,818 runs in 2017.
Kohli top-scored in the three-match series against South Africa at the start of this year with 286 runs, before registering a record-hauling 593 runs in the contest against England in summer. In Australia, he did not start well but went on to score his 25th Test century en route to his patient score of 123 runs of 257 balls in Perth.
Virat Kohli added another feather to his cap on Sunday as he equalled Sourav Ganguly’s record of 11 away Test wins as captain. Winning outside India has been an area of concern for Indian teams over the years, but first under Ganguly and now under Kohli, the team has looked to change their overseas record and the 137-run win at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground once again signalled that intent in this team under Kohli.
India completed a 137-run victory over Australia in the third test after a rain-delayed start on day five at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy contested between the nations and take a 2-1 lead in the series into the fourth and final test in Sydney starting on Thursday Jan 03,2019

Indian Cricketer Rohit Sharma and wife Ritika Sajdeh blessed with their first child, a baby girl Sunday Dec 30,2018

Rohit Sharma and wife Ritika Sajdeh have been blessed with their first child, a baby girl, on Sunday Dec 30,2018

Rohit Sharma is returning back to Mumbai and will miss the fourth Test against Australia starting January 3. He will join the squad back on January 8 , when the team begins their preparation for the ODI series starting January 12,2019
Rohit Sharma, who scored a half-century in the third Test as India beat Australia by 137 runs to take 2-1 lead, will not be available for the series-deciding fourth Test in Sydney as he has already taken the flight back to Mumbai to welcome his first child. The couple tied the knot on 13 December 2015.

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza wins Parliamentary Elections Sunday Dec 30,2018

Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza registered a landslide victory in the 11th general elections, winning over 96% of the votes in his constituency. Mortaza is also the first active cricketer to bag this position in his country. Mashrafe had officially entered politics in November when he received confirmation of his nomination from Awami League.
Contesting in the 11th general elections, Mortaza secured the Narail-2 constituency with 274, 418 votes. His rival Fariduzzaman Farhad (Jatiya Oikya Front ) received 8,006 votes. Mortaza has already retired from T20 International cricket and has not played a Test match since 2009. He is expected to retire from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup

India's Smriti Mandhana named ICC Women’s Player of the Year 2018

India’s Smriti Mandhana won the prestigious Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best player of the year as well as the ODI Player of the Year at ICC Women’s Awards. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine and Pakistan bowler Sana Mir came second and third in the ODI Player of the Year category.
The left-handed opening batswoman Mandhana enjoyed a good year, helping India win ODI series against England, as well as series wins against Sri Lanka and South Africa in both T20I and ODI formats.
The 22-year old won the award after making 669 runs in a total of 12 ODI matches for India in 2018, slamming seven 50s along with a century against South Africa to average 66.90. Meanwhile, she hit five fifties in the shortest format in the year to become one of the only three to amass over 600 runs at an impressive strike-rate of 130.67.
She also made it to ICC Women’s Team of the Year along with Poonam Yadav. Harmanpreet Kaur has been named the captain of ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year.
ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year: Smriti Mandhana (India), Tammy Beaumont (England), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Alyssa Healy (Australia), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Deandra Dottin (Windies), Sana Mir (Pakistan), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Poonam Yadav (India)
ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year: Smriti Mandhana (India), Alyssa Healy (Australia), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Harmanpreet Kaur (India), Natalie Sciver (England), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Megan Schutt (Australia), Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh), Poonam Yadav (India)

Non subsidised LPG cylinder price cut by Rs 120.50

Giving a new year gift to the people, the Narendra Modi led NDA Govt has announced major reduction in LPG prices. The price of subsidised LPG cylinder has been cut by Rs 5.91, while the rate of non-subsidised LPG cylinder has been reduced by Rs 120.50, said Indian Oil Corporation.
A 14.2-kg subsidised LPG cylinder will cost Rs 494.99 in the national capital from midnight tonight as against Rs 500.90 currently, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country’s largest fuel retailer, said in a statement. This is the second straight monthly reduction in LPG rate. On December 1, subsidised LPG price was cut by Rs 6.52 per bottle, after six consecutive monthly hikes in rates.
The two price reductions have mostly negated the Rs 14.13 per cylinder increase in rates between June 2018 and Nov 2018. IOC said non-subsidised or market priced LPG rates have been cut by a steep Rs 120.50 per cylinder “due to fall in price of LPG in international market and strengthening of US dollar-rupee exchange rate.”
All LPG consumers have to buy the fuel at market price. The government, however, subsidises 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg each per households in a year by providing the subsidy amount directly in bank accounts of users.
This subsidy amount varies from month to month depending on the changes in the average international benchmark LPG rate and foreign exchange rate

Afghanistan's presidential election will be postponed by three months to July 20,2019

Afghanistan's presidential election will be postponed by three months to July 20,2019 to give authorities more time to organise the ballot, election authorities announced on Sunday Dec 30,2018, following mounting speculation of a delay

The election was originally scheduled for April 20 but Gula Jan Abdul Bade Sayad, chairman of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said mounting problems had forced a delay.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina - All You Need To Know

Hasina served as prime minister from 1996 to 2001, after defeating her archrival Khaleda Zia, who eventually regained power in 2001.

In 1990, the two female politicians, nicknamed the "battling begums", forged an unlikely alliance in order to overthrow military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad.

However, their mutual dislike and distrust, played out by supporters in violent street protests, was blamed for the January 2007 crisis that prompted the military to step in, impose military rule and install a caretaker government.

Both women were arrested and jailed by the then army-backed interim government as part of its crackdown on corruption

Hasina and Khaleda Zia were both eventually released in order to take part in the poll

In 1975, most of her family members were killed in a coup, including her mother, three brothers and her father, the then president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who led the country in its liberation struggle against Pakistan in 1971.

Hasina and her sister were abroad at the time of the 1975 assassinations

In August 2004, she survived yet another assassination attempt at a political rally. The grenade attack left more than 20 people dead and her car was peppered with bullets as she fled the scene

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina casts her vote in the morning during the general election in Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 30, 2018.
Hasina's Awami League (AL) party is on course to get an absolute majority in the 350-seat parliament, called as Jatiya Sangsad in the 2018 Bangladesh General Eletion held on Sunday Dec 30,2018

 Fifty seats are reserved for women.

The Awami League is Bangladesh's oldest party and was formed in 1948 after the foundation of East Pakistan - as the country was known before gaining independence from Pakistan. The party is widely regarded as being broadly pro-India.

Top 10 countries most at risk of humanitarian disaster in 2019

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has named the countries most at risk of being hit by humanitarian catastrophe next year, with Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan topping the top 10 list.
As wars, famines and other disasters loom over several countries, 2019 is set to be another arduous year for millions of people around the world.
The next seven at-risk countries identified by the IRC's emergency response experts are AfghanistanVenezuela, the Central African RepublicSyriaNigeriaEthiopia and Somalia.
The risks are both human (armed conflicts or economic collapse) as well as natural (droughts, floods and other climate-related events).
Internal or external displacement is the defining trend in the IRC list. Around 40 million people have been displaced across the world, with the top 10 countries accounting for over half - or nearly 22 million - of those displacements.
The 10 countries also account for at least 13 million refugees, 65 percent of the global total, plus an additional three million people who have fled Venezuela.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018 Bigg Boss Hindi Season 12 - Dipika Kakar Wins Title Sunday Dec 30,2018

Bigg Boss 12 Grand Finale: Dipika Kakar Is The Winner, Deepak Thakur Takes Part Of Prize Money Home

Dipika Kakar has won the twelfth season of Bigg Boss 12. She was announced as the winner by the host of the show Salman Khan.

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The final battle for the winner’s title was between Dipika and her ‘bhai’ Sreesanth.

The former cricketer ended up at the second position and Deepak Thakur walked away with the briefcase of money.

Romil Choudhary and Karanvir Bohra got evicted earlier in the finale.

Bangladesh since 1971


1971:Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is arrested following an election win for the Awami League, which West Pakistan refuses to recognise, leading to riots.
On March 26, AL declares East Pakistan's independence from West Pakistan and names the new country Bangladesh
1972:Mujib returns from detention in Pakistan and becomes PM
1975:Mujib assassinated in a military coup, martial law imposed
1979:Martial law lifted, General Ziaur Rahman’s BNP wins
1981:Zia assassinated in an aborted military coup
1982:General Ershad takes power in a military coup, the constitution is suspended
1986:Ershad elected for 5-year-term in general elections
1987:State of emergency declared after opposition protests
1990:Ershad steps down, is jailed for corruption later
1991:Khaleda Zia becomes PM, the constitution is changed to make president’s post ceremonial
1996:Awami League returns to power with Hasina as PM
2001:Hasina becomes first PM to complete 5-year term, loses polls to BNP’s Zia
2004:Parliament amends the constitution to reserve 45 seats for women, Hasina survives grenade attack at an opposition rally that kills 22
2007:January election is suspended by President following violence, Hasina is charged with murder while Zia is put under house arrest
2008:Awami League captures more than 250 of 300 seats in parliament in the December elections
2009:Hasina takes over as PM in January
2012:Key leaders of top Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, charged with war crimes for collaboration with Pakistan in 1971
2013:Dhaka High Court bans Jamaat-e-Islami from participating in elections
2014:BNP boycotts parliamentary election, Hasina returns for a third term in office
2017:A massive Rohingya exodus from Myanmar begins in August, UN says a million given shelter in Bangladesh
2018:Zia sentenced to ten years in jail, banned from contesting the election

2018 Bangladesh General Election Sunday Dec 30,2018 - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League (AL) Party Wins Bangladesh's Parliamentary Vote

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League (AL) party has won Bangladesh's parliamentary vote, the country's election commission has announced, after the main opposition alliance rejected the violence-marred polls.
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Three-hundred seats were up for grabs in the 350-member parliament, or Jatiya Sangshad, in Sunday's elections.Another 50 seats are reserved for women.

An AL-led coalition won a massive 288 seats, while the main opposition alliance dominated by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secured just six


Hasina, who has headed the AL since 1981, went into the polls on the back of a decade of impressive GDP growth and booming garment exports. Bangladesh is the world's second-largest exporter of garments after China.


The 71-year-old leader is set for a record fourth term in office in the South Asian Muslim-majority nation of 160 million.

She has been applauded for hosting nearly one million Rohingya refugees who took shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing a brutal military offensive in neighbouring Myanmar.

But critics have accused Hasina of authoritarianism and crippling the opposition. Her bitter political rival and leader of the BNP, Khaleda Zia, 73, is serving a 17-year jail term for corruption.


Bangladesh since 1971

1971:Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is arrested following an election win for the Awami League, which West Pakistan refuses to recognise, leading to riots.
On March 26, AL declares East Pakistan's independence from West Pakistan and names the new country Bangladesh
1972:Mujib returns from detention in Pakistan and becomes PM
1975:Mujib assassinated in a military coup, martial law imposed
1979:Martial law lifted, General Ziaur Rahman’s BNP wins
1981:Zia assassinated in an aborted military coup
1982:General Ershad takes power in a military coup, the constitution is suspended
1986:Ershad elected for 5-year-term in general elections
1987:State of emergency declared after opposition protests
1990:Ershad steps down, is jailed for corruption later
1991:Khaleda Zia becomes PM, the constitution is changed to make president’s post ceremonial
1996:Awami League returns to power with Hasina as PM
2001:Hasina becomes first PM to complete 5-year term, loses polls to BNP’s Zia
2004:Parliament amends the constitution to reserve 45 seats for women, Hasina survives grenade attack at an opposition rally that kills 22
2007:January election is suspended by President following violence, Hasina is charged with murder while Zia is put under house arrest
2008:Awami League captures more than 250 of 300 seats in parliament in the December elections
2009:Hasina takes over as PM in January
2012:Key leaders of top Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, charged with war crimes for collaboration with Pakistan in 1971
2013:Dhaka High Court bans Jamaat-e-Islami from participating in elections
2014:BNP boycotts parliamentary election, Hasina returns for a third term in office
2017:A massive Rohingya exodus from Myanmar begins in August, UN says a million given shelter in Bangladesh
2018:Zia sentenced to ten years in jail, banned from contesting the election


On Dec 30,2014,MS Dhoni Announces Shock Test Retirement

Mahendra Singh Dhoni took everyone by surprise as he announced his retirement from Test cricket in the middle of an away series against Australia.

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M S Dhoni had missed the first Test in Adelaide due to injury, but then came back to play in Brisbane and Melbourne. India lost the first two games and managed to draw at MCG

M S Dhoni gave no indication and announced the decision via a press release.

He was among India's most successful Test captains with 27 wins in 60 matches. However, India also lost to England at home and were comprehensively beaten away from home in Australia, South Africa and England.

He bowed out of the format with 4,876 runs, 256 catches and 38 stumpings in 90 Tests

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2018-19 India Tour of Australia - Third Test @ MCG Day 5 Sunday Dec 30,2018 - India beat australia by 137 Runs,lead 2-1 in the 4-match Test Series

There was rain, there were thunderstorms, the clouds played hide & seek but in the end all India needed were two good deliveries on the final day and it took them all of 4.3 overs to produce them and wrap up proceedings at Melbourne Cricket Ground to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series on Sunday Dec 30,2018
Scorecard
India 443/7 Declared and 106/8 Declared
Australia 151 and 261(Target 399 Runs)
MOM - Jasprit Bumrah(India) for his 6/33(15.5 Overs) and 5/53(19 Overs)


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Foods And Drinks To Manage Cholesterol Levels



1. Lemon Water:  Lemon is a great source of soluble fibre that works as a sponge. It absorbs water in your digestive tract and forms a viscous mass, which catches bad cholesterol or LDL and removes it from your body.



2. Pomegranate Juice: Pomegranate juice is packed with antioxidants, which are known to prevent hardening of the arteries and may even reverse the development of the problem. Antioxidants are thought to provide several heart-protecting benefits, including reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad") cholesterol.

3. Walnuts: Walnuts are rich in vitamin B, vitamin E and omega 3. Eating walnuts may slow down the growth of plaque in your arteries and prevent blood clots. Moreover, omega-3s help reduce triglycerides in the bloodstream and also protect the heart by preventing the onset of abnormal heart rhythms.

4. Oats: One of the best ways to lower cholesterol is to have a bowlful of oatmeal. Oatmeal contains soluble fibre that reduces LDL or bad cholesterol. The fibre present can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream

 




 




Cameron Bancroft's Nine-Month Ban Ends Saturday Dec 29,2018

Cameron Bancroft, whose nine-month ban came to an end on Saturday Dec 29,2018  was straightaway included in the 13-man squad by Perth Scorchers for their next Big Bash League (BBL) game against Hobart Hurricanes. The 26-year-old opener is likely to feature in the match scheduled to take place on Sunday.

Cameron Bancroft, who along with Steve Smith and David Warner was banned by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering fiasco, took to Instagram to thank the people who supported him during the testing times.

At 2.6 Degrees, Delhi Records Season's Lowest Temperature Saturday Dec 29,2018

Delhi woke up to a cold morning on Saturday Dec 29,2018  as the mercury dipped to 2.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season's average -- the season's lowest temperature so far, the Met Office said.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 19 degrees Celsius, and the humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 85 per cent, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told

Dale Steyn becomes South Africa's leading Test Match Wicket Taker surpassing Shaun Polloock Dec 26,2018

Dale Steyn has become South Africa's leading Test wicket-taker by dismissing Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman in the first Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Day 01 Wednesday Dec 26,2018

Fakhar edged to Dean Elgar at second slip to give Steyn his 422nd wicket and take him past Shaun Pollock, whose record had stood since he quit in 2008.

Dale Steyn statistically became South Africa’s greatest bowler on Wednesday when he climbed top of the country’s leading Test wicket-takers list.

On the first day of the series against Pakistan, Steyn, who has been plagued by injury for the last three years, had opener Fakhar Zaman (12) caught at second slip to move to 422 Test wickets, taking outright top spot on South Africa's all-time list from Shaun Pollock.

It has taken Steyn 89 Tests to reach that mark, 19 fewer than his former team-mate, and his strike rate of a wicket every 42.1 balls is only bettered among current players by compatriot Kagiso Rabada (39.2).

The leading South African Test bowlers

Dale Steyn - 422 wickets at 22.74
Shaun Pollock - 421 at 23.11
Makhaya Ntini - 390 at 28.82
Allan Donald - 330 at 22.25
Morne Morkel - 309 at 27.66

Pacific Ring of Fire

How big is the Pacific Ring of Fire?
The Ring of Fire dominates the Pacific Ocean. It's a string of at least 450 active and dormant volcanoes that form a semi-circle, or horse shoe, around the Philippine Sea plate, the Pacific Plate, Juan de Fuca and Cocos plates, and the Nazca Plate. There is a lot of seismic activity in the area.
About 90 percent of all earthquakes strike within the Ring of Fire. This means people's lives are under almost constant threat in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and other island nations like the Solomon Islands, Fiji, and many more in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, all the way east to the western seaboard of the North and South Americas. Although levels of threat differ depending on local factors like your proximity to the quake's epicenter, whether it's out to sea or on land - and standards of housing.

Why so many volcanoes in the Ring of Fire?
The tectonic plates move non-stop over a layer of partly solid and partly molten rock. This is called the Earth's mantle. When the plates collide or move apart, for instance, the Earth moves, literally. Mountains, like the Andes in South America and the Rockies in North America, as well as volcanoes have formed through the collision of tectonic plates.
Many volcanoes in the Ring of Fire were created through a process of subduction. And most of the planet's subduction zones happen to be located in the Ring of Fire.


What is subduction?
Subduction happens when tectonic plates shift, and one plate is shoved under another. This movement of the ocean floor produces a "mineral transmutation," which leads to the melting and solidification of magma - that is, the formation of volcanoes. Basically, when a "downgoing" oceanic plate is shoved into a hotter mantle plate, it heats up, volatile elements mix, and this produces the magma. The magma then rises up through the overlying plate and spurts out at the surface.

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If, however, the overlying plate is ocean, it can produce a chain of volcanic islands like the Marianas. This is also where we see the Earth's deepest trenches and deepest Earthquakes.

When and where were the worst earthquakes in the Ring of Fire?
The worst earthquake in the Ring of Fire - and, with it, the world - struck Chile on May 22, 1960. It was a 9.5-magnitude quake. That's according to the US Geological Survey's list of the "Largest Earthquakes in the World Since 1900."
It's closely followed by the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 (magnitude 9.2), the Northern Sumatra earthquake - also known as the Indian Ocean Tsunami - on December 26, 2004 (magnitude 9.1), and one off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan, on March 11, 2011 (magnitude 9.0), which led to a tsunami and ultimately the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

 

Indian Trio Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami makes history in the calendar year 2018

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Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, with a total of 131 wickets in 2018, and counting, became the most successful pace trio in a calendar year in Test cricket history on Saturday Dec 29,2018

Bumrah, Shami and Ishant broke the 34-year-old record set by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall, who had taken 130 wickets in 1984.

Third on that list would be the South African pace trio of Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn with 123 wickets in 2008.

Jasprit Bumrah has been the most successful of the three Indian pacers with 46 wickets from 9 Tests so far, along with Shami who took his 46 wickets from 12 Tests. Ishant Sharma on the other hand has taken 39 wickets form 11 Tests.

Gaganyaan 2022 - All You Need To Know

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The Gaganyaan programme, an indigenous mission that would take Indian astronauts to space, was announced by the prime minister during his Independence day speech in Aug 2018
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Gaganyaan is an Indian crewed orbital spacecraft that is intended to send 3 astronauts to space for a minimum of seven days by 2022, as part of the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme.

The spacecraft, which is being developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), consists of a service module and a crew module, collectively known as the Orbital Module.

It will be for the first time that India will launch its manned mission to space, making the country fourth in line to have sent a human to space.

Isro's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV Mk III, the three-stage heavy-lift launch vehicle, will be used to launch Gaganyaan as it has the necessary payload capability.

GSLV Mk III is designed to carry 4 ton class of satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) or about 10 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The powerful cryogenic stage of GSLV Mk III enables it to place heavy payloads into LEO's of 600 km altitude.

The launcher uses two S200 solid rocket boosters to provide the huge amount of thrust required for lift off.

10 things you must know about India's ambitious mission


1)The crew module, in which the three astronauts will leave for space, will be made of 3.7-metre diameter and seven-metre height.

2)According to G Madhavan Nair, former Isro chief: The mission will enable ISRO to achieve higher levels of reliability in launch and satellite technology. It will help in providing employment to 15,000 people and out of them, 861 will be from Isro.

3)The human spaceflight will take 16 minutes to reach the orbit where it will stay for five to seven days.

4)The spacecraft will be placed in a low earth orbit of 300-400 km.

5)The Indian space agency displayed the Gaganyaan crew model and orange space suits at the Bengaluru Space Expo's 6th edition earlier this year. The space suit were developed at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram.

6)With the ability to hold one oxygen cylinder, the suit will allow the astronaut to breathe in space for 60 minutes.

7)The capsule will rotate around the Earth every 90 minutes, and astronauts will be able to witness sunrise and sunset. The three astronauts will be able to see India from space every 24 hours, while they conduct experiments on micro-gravity.

8)For its return, the capsule will take 36 hours, and will land in the Arabian Sea, just off the coast of Gujarat.

9)Rs. 10,000-crore mission will be a turning point in India's space journey. Isro has developed some critical technologies like re-entry mission capability, crew escape system, crew module configuration, thermal protection system, deceleration and flotation system, sub-systems of life support system required for Mission Gaganyaan.

10)Isro will receive assistance from the French space agency CNES, in terms of expertise various fields including space medicine, astronaut health monitoring, radiation protection and life support.

2018-19 India Tour of Australia Third Test @ MCG Day 4 - Australia were 258/8,still need 141 Runs for victory Saturday Dec 29,2018

India are just two wickets away from a historic win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after they reduced Australia to 258 for 8 on the fourth day of the Boxing Day Test on Saturday Dec 29,2018

Chasing an improbably target of 399 for victory, Australia were rattled by the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah (2/53), Mohammed Shami (2/71) and Ishant Sharma (1/37) while Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in with three wickets to move the visitors within touching distance of victory.

It was only Pat Cummins' fighting half-century which denied India's victory on Day 4 Saturday Dec 29,2018 as Australia were 258/8 with Pat Cummins 61* and Nathan Lyon 06 at close  of play with still 141 Runs for victory on Day 05 sunday Dec 30,2018

Earlier on Day 03 India had declared at 106/8 setting Australia a target of 399 Runs for victory
Scorecard
India 443/7 declared and 106/8 declared
Australia 151 and 258/8

Narendra Modi led NDA Govt Cabinet Approves Amendment of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, 2012

The cabinet also approved a proposal for amending the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, 2012, to make punishment for violations more stringent, in a move aimed at curbing child abuse.

The amendments provide the option of stringent punishment, including the death penalty, for committing aggravated penetrative sexual assault on a child. There is a proposal to also amend certain provisions of the Act to address the menace of child pornography. These include levying fines for failing to destroy, delete or report pornographic material involving a child.

Instances of no wickets falling through an entire day's play in a Test match


5 Instances of Sri Lanka's batsmen batting an entire day without losing a wicket. The first time they did it was against Pakistan at the P Sara Oval in 1986, when Asanka Gurusinha and Arjuna Ranatunga batted through the fifth day. In the 1997 Test against India, Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama batted through the third and fourth days, during their 576-run second-wicket partnership.
PairVersusDayRunsVenueYear
Gurusinha-RanatungaSri Lanka v Pakistan 5240Colombo (PSS)1986
Jayasuriya-MahanamaSri Lanka v India 3283Colombo (RPS)1997
Jayasuriya-MahanamaSri Lanka v India 4265Colombo (RPS)1997
Mathews-MendisNew Zealand v Sri Lanka 4239Wellington2018
Sangakkara-JayawardeneSri Lanka v South Africa 2357Colombo (SSC)2006


Jon Lewis appointed Sri Lanka's new batting coach

Jon Lewis(48), the former Durham county head coach, has been appointed Sri Lanka's new batting coach, displacing incumbent Thilan Samaraweera.

Jon Lewis will join the Sri Lanka team after the Test series against New Zealand concludes, on December 30, and has a contract that will take him through to the end of the 2019 World Cup

Jon Lewis played 205 first-class matches from 1990 to 2006 and amassed 10,821 runs at an average of 31.92 with 16 centuries.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Former India batsman WV Raman appointed as the new coach of the India women's cricket team

Former India batsman WV Raman has been appointed as the new coach of the India women's team, who lost in the semi-finals of the recent World Twenty20.

India are currently third in the women's world ODI rankings and fifth in the T20 category.

India lost to England by 8 wickets in the World T20 semi-final in Antigua last month.


The 53-year-old, who played 11 Tests and 27 one-day internationals from 1988-97, replaces Ramesh Powar.

Raman has coached India U19, Bengal and Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy and becomes the fourth coach of the women's team within the last 20 months.

Gary Kirsten was the preferred choice but was not able to accept the post.

A committee comprising former India internationals Anshuman Gaekwad, Kapil Dev and Shantha Rangswamy recommended ex-South Africa batsman Kirsten to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

But Kirsten - who coached the India men's team to success at the 2011 World Cup, before a two-year spell in charge of his native South Africa, was not prepared to leave his post as head coach of Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

W V Raman was the second choice, with former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad, who has worked as India's men's bowling coach and has also coached with Kings XI Punjab and RCB, the third recommended candidate.

A brief history of Human Space Flight



Gaganyaan project approved: Manned mission by 2022

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The  Narendra Modi led NDA Govt Cabinet has approved the Gaganyaan project to send a three-member crew to space for at least seven days, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday Dec 28,2018

The proposed mission is expected to cost around Rs 10,000 crore.

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The Gaganyaan project was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech this year. He had said the mission would be undertaken by 2022.

While the first human space flight demonstration is targeted to be completed within 40 months from the date of sanction, two unmanned flights will be carried out before that.

“The total fund requirement for the Gaganyaan programme is within Rs 10,000 crore and includes cost of technology development, flight hardware realisation and essential infrastructure elements. Two unmanned flights and one manned flight will be undertaken as part of the programme,” said a government statement.

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Gaganyaan is India’s first Human Space Flight Programme to be launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) by 2022. The programme will make India the fourth nation in the world to launch a Human Spaceflight Mission. So far, only the USA, Russia and China have launched human spaceflight missions.

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2018-19 Sri Lanka's Tour of New Zealand -Colin De Grandhomme slams fastest Test fifty for New Zealand in the 2nd Test @ Christchurch Friday Dec 28,2018

All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme hit a record fastest 50 for New Zealand Friday Dec 28,2018 as they continued to build a colossal total in the second Test against Sri Lanka.

De Grandhomme, with six fours and a six to his credit, brought up his half century in 28 deliveries.
New Zealand were 538 for four in their second innings, leading Sri Lanka by 617 runs.

The previous fastest 50 for a New Zealander was in 29 balls by Tim Southee against England 10 years ago.

The world record fastest 50 was scored by Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq in 21 balls against Australia.