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R Ashwin’s grandfather passes away

R Ashwin

India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin’s grandfather S Narayanasamy died here due to age-related illness, family sources said today.

The 92-year-old passed away yesterday and his last rites were performed this evening. Narayanasamy, a former Southern Railway employee and a cricket lover, had a big role to play in Ashwin’s early years as a player, Awshin’s father Ravichandran told PTI.

Narayanasamy is survived Ravichandran and a daughter and three grandchildren. Ashwin is presently in England with the national team for the Champions Trophy. He is expected to play a key role in India’s campaign in the prestigious tournament.


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After summits with Trump, Angela Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands

Angela Merkel

Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, pointing to bruising meetings of G7 wealthy nations and NATO last week.

Merkel did not mention by name US President Donald Trump, who criticised major NATO allies and refused to endorse a global climate change accord, but she told a packed beer tent in Munich that the days when Europe could completely count on others were “over to a certain extent”.

“I have experienced this in the last few days,” she said. “And that is why I can only say that we Europeans must really take our fate into our own hands – of course in friendship with the United States of America, in friendship with Great Britain and as good neighbours wherever that is possible also with other countries, even with Russia.”

“But we have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans,” Merkel said. The two-day G7 summit in Italy pitted Trump against the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan on several issues, with European diplomats frustrated at having to revisit questions they had hoped were long settled.

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Monaco GP: Vettel emulates Schumacher, extends lead over Hamilton

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel stretched his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton to 25 points on Sunday after becoming the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher in 2001 to win Formula One’s showcase Monaco Grand Prix.

Team mate Kimi Raikkonen, on pole for the first time in nine years, lost out in the pitstops but secured a Ferrari one-two with Hamilton finishing seventh for Mercedes after starting 13th. The German celebrated as jubilantly as his seven times champion compatriot would have done, whooping over the radio and beaming from the podium as mechanics sang the Italian national anthem. “It’s obviously a great day for the team…great to get the points, great to get the win,” said Vettel.

As with Schumacher in his pomp there was also a distinct whiff of ‘team orders’, with Raikkonen pitting first and Vettel staying out for a further five laps in a move that worked in his favour. His 45th career win was the German’s third in six races but there was plenty of sympathy for Raikkonen, who last won with Lotus in 2013. The Finn looked far from happy on the podium, staring fixedly ahead and taking gulps of the Champagne as Vettel sprayed his. “It’s still second place …read more


After Math: That took long enough

It’s been a big week of things finally happening. Uber’s making good on the backpay it owes its drivers, Target settled its data breach lawsuits and some semen that spent nearly a year in space proves to still be viable. Numbers, because how else wil… …read more


CBSE class XII result: Girls fare much better than boys, pass percentage dips

Lucknow: Students celebrate their success at Rani Lakshmi Bai School in Lucknow after the announcement of CBSE class 12th result

Girls outshone boys yet again in CBSE class XII examination results by a margin of over 9% even, while the overall pass percentage dropped by over one%.

The pass percentage for girls in the results which were announced today was 87.50, while for boys it was 78%. However, the overall pass percentage dropped to 82% from 83.05% last year, according to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) officials. Noida Girl Raksha Gopal emerged nation-wide topper in the exams with a whopping 99.6%, while the second position was bagged by Chandigarh’s Bhumi Sawant who scored 99.4% mark.

Mannat Luthra and Aditya Jain, also from Chandigarh, jointly bagged the third rank with 99.2% in commerce section. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar spoke to the toppers and congratulated them on their performance. Trivandrum region recorded the highest pass percentage at 95.62% followed by Chennai (92.60%) and Delhi (88.37%).

This year Delhi’s performance improved by nearly one% as the national capital recorded a pass percentage of 87.01%. Government-run Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas performed the best with a pass percentage of 95.73%, while the Kendriya Vidyalayas recorded 94.60% success. Private schools’ pass percentage was the lowest at 79.27%. CBSE schools in foreign countries also recorded a pass percentage …read more


This is what a micrometeoroid striking a spacecraft sounds like

Last week, NASA reported that a micrometeoroid struck its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in October 2014. NASA noted that the impact didn’t damage the orbiter, but made for a “fascinating example” for how the data from the spacecraft can be used in unexpected ways, including what that impact sounds like.

Scientists discovered the incident when they received a distorted image from the spacecraft on October 13th, 2014, which scientists determined was caused by a sudden movement from one of the orbiter’s three cameras. After ruling out normal equipment activity such as movement from the solar panels or antenna, they concluded that it must have been from a meteoroid.

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These incredible Breath of the Wild prints are what a mobile Zelda game should look like

Artist Matt Anderson, a graphic designer and illustrator who specializes in a simple, geometric art style, has an ongoing series called RetroMill, where he takes video game characters and reimagines them in colorful, minimalist prints. In a new spinoff of that series called RetroMill: Wild, Anderson has focused exclusively on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with some incredibly beautiful results.

The various prints capture Link, the Old Man, a tank-like Guardian, everyone’s favorite dancing tree spirit Hetsu, and more, all rendered in Anderson’s minimalist style, which perfectly captures the feel and art direction of the original game. As for the choice of characters, which notably doesn’t include Princess Zelda or most of the…

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GSEB SSC Result 2017: Gseb.org Gujarat Board SSC Class 10th (X) Results 2017 to be declared tomorrow on May 29

SSC Result 2017

Students who appeared for Gujarat Board SSC Class 10th Exam 2017 can breathe in relief, the results of Class 10 will be released tomorrow on May 29 at 8 AM. Gujarat Secondary And Higher Secondary Education Board, Gandhinagar (GSHSEB) will annouce the results on the official websites: gseb.org and examresults.net/gujarat

This year about 11,02,625 Class 10 students have sat for the SSC Class 10th examination. This year, the board had also arranged the examinations for 142 prisoners in the state.

Here are the steps to check GSEB SSC Class 10 Result 2017

1).Click on the website links gseb.org or examresults.net/gujarat

2) Click on SSC Results 2017.

3) Enter your Roll Number and click on submit button.

4) Check your GSEB SSC Class 10 Result 2017

5) Students can download the Gujarat GBSE Board Class 10 Result 2017 by clicking ‘Save’ and take a printout for future reference.

About Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSEB):

The board was established on May 1, 1960. The main academic task of GSEB is the preparation of syllabus for secondary schools, conducting exams, giving accreditation to new schools etc. The GSEB conducts two main examinations – the Secondary School …read more


Nintendo is reportedly boosting production of Switch consoles

Nintendo is ramping up its production order of Switch consoles ahead of the increased demand expected during the 2017 holiday shopping season, reports the Financial Times.

The console sold extremely well following its launch in March, and it’s been difficult to find them in stores before they sell out. The Japanese gaming company already reportedly boosted its production order in March: The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was aiming to produce at least 16 million consoles this fiscal year. The company now appears to be aiming to manufacture at least 18 million units between now and March 2018, citing fears of “customer tantrums” during the holiday season.

The Financial Times notes that Nintendo has “denied that it had…

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India’s first uterus transplant recipients pass critical rejection period

Uterus transplant

The two women in their early 20s who received uterus from their mothers in the country’s first two uterus transplant procedures have passed the critical period of the first eight days when the chances of organ rejection is the highest. Their biological mothers who donated their uterus are all set to leave the hospital said doctors at the Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI) where the procedures were carried out. The recipients will be continued to be monitored closely for the coming few months.

“Acute rejection of the organs can take place in the first 48 hours while the delayed rejection can take place in the next 7-8 days. The patients have crossed both these milestones and all of them are very well,” said Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, medical director of the hospital. He said that the biopsy of both the patients to test organ rejection was also normal.

The recipients will be monitored for another 10 days in the hospital before being discharged. Three months down the line the two women who received the uterus are expected to start menstruating normally. Born without a uterus the women have never menstruated so far.

“Six months from now we will use their already frozen embryos to …read more