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NASA’s Cassini dives through Saturn’s Rings April 28, 2017 18:49

The unmanned NASA’s spacecraft ‘Cassini’ has survived its plunge between the rings of sixth planet Saturn and after briefly going offline for the flyby, it is communicating again with Earth, the United States space agency said on Thursday. The spacecraft skimmed closer than any previous spacecraft to the Saturn and lived to tell the tale, sending back a signal that arrived early on Thursday at 0656 GMT, after 20 hours it crossed the rings. "No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before. We could only rely on predictions, based on our experience with Saturn's outer rings, of what we thought this gap between the rings and Saturn would be like," said Cassini project manager Earl Maize of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "I am delighted to report that Cassini shot through the gap just as we planned and has come out the other side in excellent shape." The gap between the rings and the Saturn’s atmosphere is about 2,400 kilometers wide. The rings are made of fast moving particles of ice and space debris that could strike and disable the space craft. The spacecraft travelled through at a speed of about 77,000 miles per hour relative to the planet. Cassini will make 22 dives between the Saturn and its rings before making a death dive into the gas giant in September. Its next pass is scheduled for May 2. The mission is jointly conducted by NASA, The Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency. Cassini was launched in 1997 and has been revolving Saturn since 2004. The spacecraft is in on low fuel now and scientist have decided to end its mission rather than risk damaging Cassini is now running low on fuel and scientists have decided to end its mission rather than risk damaging one of Saturn's moons, whose subsurface oceans may be explored for signs of life in the future. AMandeep

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Indian-origin man strangles son to death April 28, 2017 18:45

An Indian-origin man in South Africa allegedly strangled his 7-year-old son to death, while his 4-year-old daughter watched in terror has been arrested. The man is expected to appear in the court on Tuesday. The 29-year-old man was separated from his wife, but a court granted him right to visit his children. The suspect’s identity has not been revealed due to South Africa’s child protection law. The mother reported to police officers after the father failed to bring the children back to home at the scheduled time, an uncle of the children said. Police officers found the father wandering around a park with both the kids in his arms. He claimed that the boy was asleep. The children were rushed to a hospital where the boy was declared dead. His sister described how her father choked him. Tracy Sinayhakah, who is the grandmother of those children said that she had received a chilling WhatsApp message from the father just before the alleged killing, asking her to tell his estranged wife what she was 'going to lose'. Lieutenant-Colonel Thulian Zwane said that a murder case has been registered. The cold blooded murder incident took place earlier this week. The incident has shocked the community of Phoenix, the sprawling township in Durban, which was created during the apartheid era to forcibly resettle the Indian community in the city. Hyderabadi woman sold to Kafeel for Rs. 3 lakh AMandeep

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Off-duty agent behind Arizona Fire? April 28, 2017 16:44

According to reports an off-duty Border Patrol agent is under investigation for possibly starting a large wildfire in the state while practicing ‘target shooting’ last weekend. In a statement the Border Patrol officials said that they were aware the investigation about how the fire began on Sunday “involves an off-duty Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent" that they did not identify. "The agent was involved in recreational shooting and immediately reported the fire after it begun," officials with the Tucson Sector added. The Coronado National Forest’s spokesperson declined to comment on the ongoing investigation. The Untied States Forest Service law-enforcement personnel are investigating the cause of the fire and officials previously stated that the wildfire was human-caused as there was no lightning nearby when it started on Sunday about 16 kilometers southeast of Green Valley.Firefighting crews took advantage of reduced winds on Wednesday to build containment lines around 30% of the fire’s perimeter, up from 7% a day earlier. "Any fires that develop or are ongoing will likely spread rapidly," the National Weather Service said. Governor Dough Ducey requested the use of an unmanned aerial drone operated by the Arizona’s National Guard to help first responders in the firefight. The move was considered as a potential cost-saving plan because the drone would help the incident management team allocate resources more efficiently. The fire coursed through a sparsely populated area, forcing limited evacuations and closing a state highway. Combined with low humidity, the stronger winds make for "prime fire conditions," said Manny Cordova, a spokesman for incident management team overseeing the firefighting effort. About 100 dwellings were evacuated during the fire, but some people were allowed to return to their homes, said Manny Cordova, spokesperson for incident management team overseeing the firefighting effort. Arizona Schools dominate in the Country AMandeep

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Finch guides comfortable win for Gujarat Lions April 28, 2017 11:38

Aaron Finch’s rapid 72 off 34 balls helped Gujarat Lions beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets. While the match credits are being given to Finch, the victory was set up by the Gujarat bowlers led by Andrew Tye, who took 3 wickets, conceding 12 runs in his four overs. With this victory Gujarat moved up for the sixth spot, while RCB were pushed down to the seventh with only five points from nine games. Royal Challengers Bangalore are really struggling with the nature of the pitch at home this year. Their batting order generally likes the ball to come on to aid stroke play, which has not been the case. The woes continued as they found themselves reeling at 22 for three by the fifth over. Gujarat won the match and elected to field first. Chris Gayle along with Indian team skipper Virat Kholi came for the opening. The duo was again out of its charm, especially Chris Gayle, who has not performed in this season so well. The Jamaican scored 8 runs off 11 balls, where as Kholi scored 10 off 13 balls. The home team then slipped further after a miscommunication led to AB de Villier’s downfall.  With 5 down for 60, Pawan Negi walked in and hit two consecutive boundaries before targeting Soni with two maximums. But he was holed out in the same over at deep midwicket. Jadhav scored 31 off 18 balls. The partnership between Jadhav and Negi allowed RCB to reach 132/10. Gujarat Lions' Ishan Kishan hit four boundaries in the first two overs, but was trapped in front by Samuel Badree for 16 off 10 balls. While Badree got rid of McCullum for three. Finch made his intentions clear by sending the ball over the roof of Chinnaswamy. Off the next delivery he again hit for another maximum. His 22 ball fifty is the fastest IPL fifty by a Gujarat player. After Finch’s dismissal, Raina ensured Gujarat Lions got their two points as they chased down the target in just 13.5 overs and with seven wickets left. AMandeep

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Indian businessman wins UK’s prestigious award April 27, 2017 18:47

Indian businessman’s food processing firm in the United Kingdom has won the prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award 2017 for its outstanding contribution to the country’s trade, industry and economy. 61-year-old Yusaffali MA said that the recognition for this Birmingham based Y International Ltd will spur his UAE headquartered Lulu Group International to further expand business interest in the United Kingdom. "I am extremely honored and proud to hear the news about Y International UK Ltd been selected for the prestigious Queen's Award this year. This great recognition will surely help us further strengthen our plans to expand business interests in the UK and continue with our innovations and contributions to the dynamic economy of the UK," the Kerala-born, UAE-based entrepreneur said in a statement. The food processing plant employs 300 local staff. It was established in Birmingham in 2013to source and process food products from the United Kingdom to support the demand for high-quality British products for sale in Lulu Group’s hypermarkets across the Middle East, India and Far East. "We are in the process of setting up another world-class food processing plant in the 12.5 acres of land allotted by Birmingham City Council, to further boost our exports and cover a bigger variety of products. The planned investment would be to the tune of 36 million pounds," Yusuffali said. The Queen's Award is conferred annually by Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday, April 21, upon firms that display great enterprise across the fields of innovation, international trade, promoting opportunity through social mobility and sustainable development. The selections are based on the recommendation of Downing Street and published in the official London Gazette. All the entries are subject to audit and scrutiny by over thirty United Kingdom agencies before being included in the roll of honor. The Y International Limited is listed as an international distributor of grocery products, perishables products and non-foods products, was chosen in the international trade category. The winners of the 2017 awards will be invited to a special reception at Buckingham Palace later this year. The Lulu group’s estimated worth is about $6.9 billion, it is ranked as a top retailer in the MENA region and listed among the50 fastest growing retailers in the world by Deloitte. The company made headlines in the United Kingdom in recent years for acquiring the iconic Scotland Yard building in London and for its investment in luxury retail brand East India Company. NRI Bank accounts must be linked to Aadhaar card to avoid blockage AMandeep

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Zakir Hussain with Rahul Sharma to perform in Arizona April 27, 2017 18:21

Indian Diaspora of Arizona are having one of their best time in the state, as Bollywood singer Mika Singh performed in Phoenix and now they can dwell into the classical side of India, when one of the renowned musicians in the world, legendary tabla virtuoso Zakhir Hussain and master of santoor Rahul Sharma will perform in the state. The Musical Instrument Museum is organizing a live concert of Zakhir Hussain and Rahul Sharma, as they will team up for an evening of incredible Indian music. The event scheduled to be on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at the Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050. The program will begin at 07:00 PM. Event Details: Name: Zakir Hussain with Rahul Sharma Organized by: Musical Instrument Museum Venue: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050 Date & Time: May 02, 2017, 07:00 PM Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // Phone: Cassie Kellogg- (480) 478-6000 AMandeep

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Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna passed Away April 27, 2017 14:50

Veteran actor of Indian cinemas, Vinod Khanna passed away this morning at the age of 70 at Mumbai’’s HN Reliance Hospital. According to reports the actor was battling with cancer for years. The renowned actors had a long Bollywood career; he has worked in more than 100 movies, and was MP from Gurdaspur, Punjab. “Doctors and family were expecting a recovery, but somehow his condition escalated and he succumbed today afternoon,” said a hospital source. He was hospitalized in the April first week due to severe dehydration, but was later said to be stable and responding positively to treatment. He was called on the most handsome men in the film industry, featured in as many as 146 movies throughout his career. Khanna was married twice and is has four children, Ashaye, Rahul, Sakshi and Shraddha. He was one of the most loved and sought out film start in the 1970-80s. In the beginning of his career, he got smaller and mostly negative roles, but in no time, he bagged lead roles in many movies. He made his debut in 1968’s Mann ki Baat, and went on to becoming a star that we know today. His roles in movies like, Mere Apne, Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, The Burning Train, Lahu ke Do Rand, Qurbani, Dayavaan and Jurm will be remembered throughout many generations to come. In 1999, Vinod Khanna received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. Even with a busy career in politics, he did not give up on films and worked in some recent movies like Dabaang, Players and Dilwale. In April, news about his deteriorating health took the social media by storm, his  picture in hospital was hugely shared. In his last days the actor was surrounded by all his children and wife Kavita. In recent years, we have seen many veteran actors  pass away, though they are not with us anymore, their presence will always be felt, with the iconic roles that they have played by putting life in it. AMandeep

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Kolkata Knight Riders Reaches Top of The Table April 27, 2017 12:17

Kolkata Knight Riders now sits at the top of the Table above Mumbai Indians, courtesy to a 7-wicket victory over the hosts Rising Pune Supergiant. Both Kolkata and Mumbai have 12 points from eight games, with Kolkata ahead on the net run rate. Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa put 158 run partnership for the second wicket as KKR chased down the target of 183 with 11 balls remaining and seven wickets in hand. Uthappa scored a brilliant 87 off 47 balls, while Gambhir made 62 off 46 deliveries. With this Kolkata Knight Riders jumped to the top while Pune remained on fourth. For, Pune without Ben Stokes, they lacked the depth and bowlers were under pressure as they leaked unnecessary runs. Gambhir went on to reach his 35th IPL fifty. He was dismissed trying to go for a big hit with Kolkata needing just five runs to win. Earlier in the match, KKR won the toss and elected to field first. Pune’s opening partnership yet again performed well by scoring 65 in 7 overs. But Rahul Tripathi’s departure affected RPS’s run rate. Rahane failed to convert his start and was dismissed for 46 off 41. MS Dhoni made his intentions clear with a six and four, but was soon removed by Kuldeep as Dhoni departed for 23 off 11 balls. Steve Smith looked in good touch and rotated the strike well along with Dan Christian, who added the final touches with two consecutive sixes off Chris Woakers as RPS went on to post 182/5. AMandeep

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Vodafone India launches unlimited international roaming plans April 26, 2017 18:33

Vodafone India, one of the largest telecom companies in the country has launched an unlimited international proposition for people travelling to the United States, UAE and Singapore in its international roaming pack, ‘Vodafone i-RoamFree’. This pack will not charge a single additional paisa for calls and data while international roaming in these three countries, Vodafone India announced on Monday. Vodafone i-RoamFree is available at price points with options of Rs 5,000 for 30 days, Rs 3,500 for 10 days, Rs 2,500 for seven days and Rs 500 for 24 hours, the company said in a statement here. "There is no cap on the number of calls or amount of high speed data that can be used. Also, calls include all incoming calls and outgoing calls anywhere in the world. This means customers travelling in the US can even make calls to Hong Kong at no extra charges," the statement said. The company said that it is an international roaming pack that offers home-like tariffs, while roaming in 47 countries across the world. The Director - Commercial, Vodafone India, Sandeep Kataria said: "This is the first time ever unlimited international roaming proposition and we are very excited to introduce it for our top three travel destinations -- US, Singapore and UAE. We are making calls and data, both incoming nd outgoing, while travelling in these countries completely free.” "This completely eliminates the need and hassle of changing SIM cards when travelling abroad and customers can now freely use their local number seamlessly without worrying about any bill shocks or expensive charges. They can remain confidently connected on their existing Vodafone number when they travel, and be assured the best of voice and data services," he added. Delhi realizes its mistake and throws AAP out AMandeep

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Arizona schools dominate in the country April 26, 2017 15:59

The US News, yesterday released its list of the Best Public High Schools in the country and Arizona schools made into the list. BASIS Scottsdale topped the list, followed by BASIS Tucson North and BASIS Oro Valley. BASIS Peoria and BASIS Chandler also ranked in the top 10. The BASIS schools are a charter schools in Arizona, Texas and Washington D.C. The US News considers several factors to determine the schools’ ranking, including enrollment, graduation rates, diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs, and the results of state assessments and Advanced Placement exams. But, this year the US News had changed the way it factors Advanced Placement exams to better reflect schools that are preparing students for college. The new measures analyze the schools, where students participate and pass a variety of college level courses and exams. U.S. News awards gold to the top level of college readiness. The highest percentage of eligible schools that received gold were in Maryland, Florida and California. Arizona Governor, Dough Ducey’s office released a statement on Tuesday: “Arizona couldn’t be prouder of the teachers, students, and communities who made this happen. Governor Ducey has visited countless classrooms and he’s seen first-hand the work Arizona teachers and principals are doing to ensure kids receive a high-quality education.” Top 10 High Schools 2017, National Rankings I.BASIS Scottsdale (Ariz.) II.BASIS Tucson North (Ariz.) III.BASIS Oro Valley (Ariz.) IV.School for the Talented and Gifted (Texas) V.BASIS Peoria (Ariz.) VI.Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Va.) VII.BASIS Chandler (Ariz.) VIII.Carnegie Vanguard High School (Texas) IX.School of Science and Engineering (Texas) X.Pacific Collegiate Charter (Calif.) Lizard promoted as Police officer in Arizona AMandeep

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