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Unstoppable Sania-Hingis pair scoops record 29th win in a row - Pioneer
Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis on Thursday broke a 22-year-old world record by winning their 29th women’s doubles match in a row en route to their entry into the women’s doubles final of the WTA Sydney International, on Thursday. The World No 1 pair came from behind to beat the pair of Romanian Raluca Olaru...
Mumbai teen makes 1,009 'record' runs - TN Raghunatha, Pioneer
Fifteen-year-old Pranav Dhanawade, son of an auto-rickshaw driver, created cricketing history on Tuesday when he scored a mind-boggling unbeaten 1,009 runs in an inter-school under-16 tournament, thus surpassing the earlier international record of 628 runs set by AEJ Collins in UK in 1899. Pranav’s feat earned him kudos...
Pick your designation - Shyamal Majumdar, Business Standard
We have heard about new-age companies re-designating the vice-chairman as "Gardener", or the head of human resources as "Chief Happiness Officer". These designer designations once met with stifled sniggers and confused expressions, but not any more, although Google took it a step further with a job title called "Jolly Good Fellow" that was offered to Chade-Meng...
Myth and the making of Star Wars - Krish Ashok, Mint
Here is a rough outline of a story. A beautiful princess is kidnapped by a diabolical villain and a young handsome hero rescues her, aided in no small part by an army of anthropomorphic beings and one particular half-human sidekick of immense strength. If you guessed Han Solo, aided by Chewbacca, rescuing Princess Leia from Darth Vader...
World’s first dengue shot, the upshot for India - Pritha Chatterjee, Indian Express
On December 9, Mexico’s COFEPRIS, the regulatory authority under that country’s Ministry of Health, gave its approval to the world’s first dengue vaccine. Dengvaxia, the vaccine manufactured by the French company Sanofi Pasteur, has cleared phase three trials in Asia and Latin America, where the dengue virus is endemic.
Grey Friday - Lindsey Rupp, Business Line
For most of the last decade it’s been America’s biggest shopping day. That day is Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday and an emblem of opportunity, or excess, or both. Now contemporary shopping trends are dulling Black Friday’s appeal for consumers who’d rather shop from their couches. Retailers now offer bargains for a whole weekend...
A new wireless reality - Mint
Imagine paying for groceries with the mere touch of your phone to a machine on the payment counter of the supermarket. No need to carry a fat wallet full of plastic—debit, credit and brand loyalty cards. This is a wireless reality that has already taken birth in several parts of the world. What is making this dream come true is a technology known as Near Field...
A towering scientist and his love for Bengaluru - Mohit M Rao, Hindu
Raman Research Institute, set up by C.V. Raman, who passed away 45 years ago, remains testimony to his love for science and Bengaluru. Perched in full bloom of yellow flowers that attempts to reach the cloudy skies, the Roseodendron tree towers among its neighbours — perhaps apt, for it carries with it the memory of a scientist...
Dal-Chawal have acche din thanks to PM Narendra Modi - Reshmi R Dasgupta, Economic Times
Luckily for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the West has already woken up to the fact that the eastern idea of vegetarian did NOT include fish – or eggs, for that matter. Otherwise, the vegetarian ‘luncheon’ he had with Queen Elizabeth II and dinner at Chequers with Dave (Cameron) may not have had very much he could actually eat.
Windows is 30 years old this month - Hindustan Times
November 20, 2015 will be the 30th anniversary of the launch of the very first version of Windows. When it launched, this operating system aimed at the general public had a new graphic interface which was relatively easy to use. It was the first foundation stone in the immense Windows edifice to come.
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