Friday, January 29, 2016

The Rann Festival of Gujarat

The Rann Festival of Gujarat| A Great Desert Festival of India | Its Feature and Glory

Rann Tent City

The Rann festival is a desert festival celebrated in Kutch/Kachchha district of Gujarat in India each year from end week of December to the end of February in next year. The name behind the festival is familiar to local language ie 'Rann' means Desert. The local people often called it as 'Rann Utsav' which literally means desert festival. The very familiar peculiarity of celebrating this festival is its seasonal natural glory which often attracts spectators to draw the beauty posture of a rude nature where lives were not easy.

The Desert Festival History


Rann Location
If we go back to the history, before the starting of this festival the place was full of anxiety and fear that a few person were interested in it and that also for occasionally on business purpose but now a days the place is getting crowd day to day as travel has been renamed to adventurous activity and people choosing travel as their essential part of life. The first 'Rann Utsav' started in December 2005 for a 3 days event only, now it has been changed to a three months festival starting from December to February. It was Mr. Narendra Modi (Hon-able Prime Minister of India) under whose Chief Ministerial Term the festival development model was created and its success pave the way to become Prime Ministerial Candidate of India in May 2014 for him.

The Desert Festival Features and Glories


The Main Attraction

  • Snow white Rann
The main attraction of the place is white snow like flat soil which covered with salt and blazes in the sun shine as the rain water has dried up, in the winters every year and create an illusionary lake that fills the dry Rann till the eye can see. It's best on full moon nights to see the moon shining on the salt. (December 25, January 24, and February 22)
  • Chir Batti
At night, an unexplained strange dancing light phenomena known locally as Chir Batti(ghost lights) occurs in the Rann, the adjoining Banni grasslands and the seasonal wetlands.
  • Mirages
Since the Rann is flat like a sheet of paper in the afternoons with bright sunshine a shimmering mirage forms which is like an illusionary lake that fills the dry Rann till the eye can see.


Culture and Heritage

A lot of women and young girls make their living by selling different types of embroidered cloths. The embroidery is of various styles such as Rabari, Ahir, Sindhi, Banni, Mutwa, Ari and Soof - and some styles include mirror or bead inlay.
Although it's becoming commercial and overcrowded day to day, the days are filled with folk dances and music, adventure sports, handicrafts, food stalls, and excursions to surrounding destinations. Hundreds of luxury tents are set up on the fringe of the white salt desert to accommodate visitors.
Amitabh Bachchan in his promotions for Gujarat Tourism titled Khushboo Gujarat Ki has also extensively shot in the Rann of kutch. Several scenes in Salman Rushdie Booker Prize winning novel 'Midnight's Children' take place in the Rann of Kutch, including a scene where the protagonist faints from heat stroke in the Rann's brutal climate
                                                                                                                

Traditional 'Bugga' style cottages

Traditional Bugga House

Traditional Bugga Interiors
Traditional 'Bugga Style Cottages' are very famous here. These are very suitable for the desert climate and having different economy prices for different class of  people.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan Award Recipients of 2016

Following is the list of the recipients of the Padma Bhushan in 2016:
Name Field State Country
Anupam Kher Art Maharashtra India
Udit Narayan Art Maharashtra India
Ram V Sutar Art Uttar Pradesh India
Heisnam Kanhailal Art Manipur India
Vinod Rai Civil Service Kerala India
Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad Literature & Education Andhra Pradesh India
N. S. Ramanuja Tatacharya Literature & Education Maharashtra India
Barjinder Singh Hamdard Literature & Education Punjab India
D. Nageshwar Reddy Medicine Telangana India
Tejomayananda Others Maharashtra India
Hafeez Contractor Others Maharashtra India
Ravindra Chandra Bhargava Public Affairs Uttar Pradesh India
A. V. Rama Rao Science & Engineering Andhra Pradesh India
Saina Nehwal Sports Telangana India
Sania Mirza Sports Telangana India
Indu Jain Trade & Industry Delhi India
Dayananda Saraswati Others Uttarakhand India
Robert Blackwill Public Affairs Foreigner USA
Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry Trade & Industry NRI/PIO Ireland
Following is the list of the recipients of the Padma Vibhushan in 2016:

Padam Vibhushan award 2016
1. Ms. Yamini Krishnamurthi — Art-Classical dance — Delhi
2. Rajinikanth — Art-Cinema — Tamil Nadu
3. Smt Girija Devi — Art-Classical Vocal — West Bengal
4. Ramoji Rao — Literature and Education-Journalism — Andhra Pradesh
5. Dr Viswanathan Shanta — Medicine-Oncology — Tamil Nadu
6. Ravi Shankar — Others-Spiritualism — Karnataka
7. Jagmohan — Public Affairs — Delhi
8. Dr Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre — Science and Engineering — Karnataka
9. Avinash Dixit(Foreigner) — Literature and Education — USA
10. Late Dhiru Bhai Ambani (Posthumous) — Trade and Industry — Maharashtra
   


Source: www.wikipedia.org

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Monthly Sports Current Affairs December 2015

Sports News For The Year 2015 and Month Dec

Japan's Uchiyama fends off challenge to WBA title

Undefeated champion Takashi Uchiyama of Japan successfully defended his World Boxing Association super featherweight title for the 11th time, beating Nicaraguan Oliver Flores with a technical knockout.
2015-12-31

Premier Badminton League unveils its official Anthem

Premier Badminton League today unveiled its official Anthem on its Facebook page. The anthem composed by musical duo Salim-Sulaiman instigates India to "Halla Macha De" during the entire League and come out full-on to support their team.
2015-12-31

I was destined to become World No. 1: Saina Nehwal

"I have had five podium finishes this year, two gold and three silver medals. I became World No. 1, not once, not twice, but thrice! I slipped and got back again, slipped and got back again. What more can I ask for?" Saina said.
2015-12-31

Next bout on February 13, Vijender hits the gym on holiday

When most people are looking for a place to party on new year's eve, star Indian boxer Vijender Singh is running around trying to gain access to a decent gym.
2015-12-31

Pacquiao to fight Bradley in April: Arum

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring on April 9 in Las Vegas to take on Timothy Bradley for a third time, promoter Bob Arum said on Wednesday.
2015-12-31

Experienced Boe keen to launch Rockets

Being the most experienced member of the side comes with riders but doubles specialist Mathias Boe is not one who will shirk responsibility.
2015-12-31

National School Chess Championship in Nagpur from January 5

The Nagpur Chess Academy (NCA) will be hosting the prestigious fifth National School Chess Championship at Naivedhyam Eastoria Hall from January 5 to 7.
2015-12-31

Vaishnavi wins maiden All India badminton title

2015-12-31

Trump matches will add to excitement in PBL: Gopichand

The introduction of trump matches in the upcoming Premier Badminton League (PBL) will add to the excitement level in the event that kicks off here on January 2 next year, said national team coach Pullela Gopichand.
2015-12-30

Gopichand said they can evaluate ourselves before Rio Games

Not looking too far ahead towards the Rio Olympics, national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said there were a few top-notch tournaments for self-analysis before the mega event.
2015-12-30

PBL great platform for young shuttlers to learn: Prannoy

Indian shuttler HS Prannoy believes Premier Badminton League (PBL) has given a great platform to budding talents to learn and play alongside some of the best in the business.
2015-12-30

Laishram Sarita Devi: Loving mother, champion boxer, guiding light

Sarita is a former world champion and four-time Asian champion boxer who has spent the past 15 years inside the square ring. But there is life beyond the ring, and it was on full display when she met some friends and fans.
2015-12-30

Japan's 'Monster' Inoue defends WBO title

"Monster" Naoya Inoue of Japan successfully defended his World Boxing Organization junior bantamweight title, flooring Philippine challenger Warlito Parrenas with a quick knockout.
2015-12-29

I won't settle for anything less than gold at Rio Olympics: PV Sindhu

She proved that she is a force to reckon with on court yet again, when she picked up her third consecutive title at Macau recently, ending the year with a flourish.
2015-12-29

India can win medals in badminton in Rio: Kanetkar

Former shuttler Nikhil Kanetkar expressed confidence that India have bright chances to grab medals in badminton in the 2016 Olympic Games.
2015-12-28

Prannoy excited about Premier Badminton League

Rising Indian shuttler HS Prannoy is excited and all set for the opening clash between his team Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) on January 2.
2015-12-28

Jacqueline, Salim-Sulaiman to perform at PBL opening ceremony

Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez and Music composer duo Salim-Sulaiman will perform in the opening ceremony of the Premier Badminton League which will kick-start on January 2nd.
2015-12-28

State shuttlers complain about Subhedar Hall facilities

Top seed in the 55 plus men's singles Gautam Ashra of Mumbai came down heavily on the organizers for providing poor facilities. He along with several outstation players are furious over the lack of basic facilities at the Nagpur University's Subhedar Hall.
2015-12-28

Lokhande claims weekend rapid chess crown

Saurabh Lokhande won the Ramesh Kadbe Memorial 19th Weekend Rapid Chess tournament, organized by the Nagpur District Chess Association, at the NDCA Hall, Surendra Nagar, here on Sunday.
2015-12-28

Seeds sail into state veterans badminton semis

The second day of the Maharashtra Veterans State Badminton Championship went according to the script as there was no major upset witnessed at the Subhedar Hall here on Sunday.
2015-12-28

State veterans badminton championship begins in Nagpur

City's experienced shuttlers Kiran Makode and Jayandra Dhole started their campaign on winning note in the Maharashtra Veterans State Badminton Championship which got underway at the Subhedar Hall here on Saturday.
2015-12-27

A year of maiden overs for Indian cricket

Wedding bells rang this year as cricketers gave up their 'available' status to enter a brand new innings of their lives. From Bhajji to Suresh Raina, let's take a look at who got hitched and who will be soon.
2015-12-27

Saina may attain full fitness by Republic Day

Here is some good news for badminton buffs, more particularly for the fans of Saina Nehwal.
2015-12-27

PBL announces Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador

Premier Badminton League announced Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar as the brand ambassador for the much-awaited badminton League (PBL) beginning January 2, 2016.
2015-12-26

Maharashtra veterans badminton championship from Saturday

The Maharashtra Veterans State Badminton Championship will be held at the Subhedar Hall from December 26 to 29.
2015-12-25

Manu-Sumeeth regains World No. 17 in BWF ranking

Riding on their maiden Grand Prix title triumph in the Mexico Open, Indian men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy jumped three spots to regain their career-best ranking of World No. 17 in the latest BWF rankings.
2015-12-25

Kashyap hopes PBL would help him regain form before Rio Games

Coming back from an injury, ace shuttler Parupalli Kashyap is hopeful that the coming PBL would help him rediscover his form and ranking, particularly in the run-up to Rio Olympics.
2015-12-25

Centre Point School shuttlers are CBSE national champions

Centre Point School, Katol Road, emerged champions in the CBSE National (U-14) Badminton Championship which concluded at the Sunbeam School, Varanasi, on Thursday.
2015-12-25

Parupalli Kashyap hopes for PBL opener against Kidambi Srikanth

Parupalli Kashyap is eager to take on friend and rival Kidambi Srikanth in his opening match of the Premier Badminton League.
2015-12-24

Hope we field our biggest-ever squad at Rio Olympics: Gopichand

With just four months to go before the qualification process for Rio Olympics ends, chief national coach Pullela Gopichand is confident of fielding India's biggest-ever badminton contingent at the Games.
2015-12-24

Practice with Mathias Boe helped me win title, says Chirag

Chirag Shetty trained with former All England champion Mathias Boe last week and got instant results.
2015-12-23

Harbhajan Singh to invest in Sri Lanka

The star Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh is to invest in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Finance announced on Wednesday.
2015-12-23

Fury's potential rivals to fight it out on same card

Four fighters seeking a potential showdown for an undisputed heavyweight boxing crown against Britain's Tyson Fury will meet on the same New York card on January 16.
2015-12-23

Tendulkar co-owned Smaaash signs Ronaldo for soccer centre

Smaaash Entertainment, a sports-centric virtual entertainment company co-owned by Sachin Tendulkar has tied up with football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to launch its first Smaaash Soccer Centre in Dubai and Jeddah.
2015-12-22

PBL will witness exciting doubles battle: Ashwini Ponnappa

Lauding the six PBL teams for having competent doubles players, ace Indian women's shuttler Ashwini Ponappa predicted an exciting battle in the second edition of the badminton league.
2015-12-22

Trump Match will be a big challenge for coaches: Kidambi Srikanth

Kidambi Srikanth on Tuesday said the new rule of 'Trump Match', introduced in the second edition of Premier Badminton League (PBL), will be a big challenge for coaches as it could make or break the fortunes of the teams.
2015-12-22

Can't let our guard down during PBL: Sindhu

P.V. Sindhu is gearing up to give her best for Chennai Smashers and said in the 15-point format of the game, you cannot let your guard down even for a bit.
2015-12-22

Rasika upset in quarters of All India Senior Ranking

Sixth seed Rasika Raje was shocked by unseeded Sai Uttejitha Rao in the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament at Cochin on Monday.
2015-12-22

Maiden Grand Prix title for Manu-Sumeeth in Mexico

The fast rising doubles combination of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy claimed their maiden Grand Prix crown with a 22-20, 21-18 victory over Bodin Issara and Nipitphon Puangpuapech in the Mexico Open final.
2015-12-22

Jockey DK Ashish dies after tragic fall

Jockey DK Ashish breathed his last at 00.55 hours at a private hospital in Kolkata on Monday, succumbing to severe head injuries sustained barely 36 hours earlier at the city racecourse.
2015-12-22

Arjun Maini ties up with T-Sport for second F3 season

The 18-year-old first drove for the team at this year's Macau Grand Prix, piloting the car to a top 10 finish.
2015-12-21

PBL will prepare me for tough international calendar: Kashyap

Parupalli Kashyap is now all set to make a comeback at next month's Premier Badminton League and the ace Indian shuttler said the tournament will provide him much-needed match practice.
2015-12-21

Fury makes apology as Murray lifts BBC award

Tyson Fury, the boxer at the centre of controversy over comments about women and homosexuals, made an apology at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in Belfast on Sunday.
2015-12-21

Dean Jones reaches Lahore after 'deportation' row

Former Australian batsman Dean Jones reached Lahore tonight to take over as the coach of a team in Pakistan's new Twenty20 league after being deported on arrival in Islamabad last night for not having a valid visa.
2015-12-21

Pakistan interior affairs ministry to probe airline in Jones' fiasco

The ministry of interior affairs has ordered action against the foreign airlines which brought former Australian batsman Dean Jones to Islamabad from Dubai without a valid visa.
2015-12-21

Rasika beats Vrushali to enter quarterfinals

Sixth seed Rasika carved out two contrasting victories to book her place in the last eight.
2015-12-20

Dani finishes runner-up in Turkey international badminton tournament

The nineteen-year-old Dani caused two big upsets in the tournament to storm into the final.
2015-12-20

Mohammad Azharuddin denies he married for third time

Former India cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin on Sunday denied reports that he has married for a third time.
2015-12-20

Third time's the charm: Mohammad Azharuddin gets married, again

Azhar and Shannon were spotted together during a vacation in Paris in 2013, when Shannon had claimed that Azhar was just a friend. On Saturday however, Azhar, while visiting his deceased driver Jaan Mohammad's family in order to offer condolences, introduced Shannon as his wife.
2015-12-20

We'll benefit from high-intensity matches during PBL: Srikanth

India's ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has set his eyes on the Premier Badminton League, saying they will really benefit from the high-intensity matches when the event gets underway on January 2nd.
2015-12-20

WBA president plans India trip to promote pro-boxing

Professional boxing in India is all set to get a massive fillip with the president of WBA -- one of the four organisations which sanction world championship bouts -- Geroldo Jesus Mendoza planning a trip to the country.
2015-12-20

Vijender Singh enjoys knocking out big-talking rivals

Vijender Singh on Sunday said his rivals should think twice before making tall claims as it gives him immense pleasure to demolish their threats with his punches.
2015-12-20

Twin titles for Malvika in West Zone Junior Badminton

Malvika Bansod signed off 2015 badminton season in style with an excellent performance in the PNB MetLife West Zone Junior Badminton Championships which concluded at Goregaon Sports Club in Mumbai on Saturday.
2015-12-20

Vijender Singh registers third straight win in pro boxing

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh kept his unbeaten run intact since turning pro earlier in the year with a victory over Samet Hyuseinov of Bulgaria via Technical Knock-Out.
2015-12-19

Glory inside ring, ignominy outside for Indian boxing

The administration of the sport itself remained in a state of paralysis but Vijender Singh's stunning professional plunge and Shiva Thapa's World Championships medal lifted the gloom to an extent for the rudderless ship called Indian boxing in the year going by.
2015-12-19

Controversial champ Fury to attend BBC award show

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury plans to attend the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award show despite the controversy over his nomination.
2015-12-19

Barthelemy defeats Shafikov to claim IBF lightweight title

Unbeaten Cuban Rances Barthelemy won a 12-round unanimous decision over Denis Shafikov to claim the vacant International Boxing Federation lightweight world title Friday in Las Vegas.
2015-12-19

Hyuseinov's taunt: Vijender still hits like an amateur

Vijender Singh would be keen on another knockout victory when he takes on the experienced Bulgarian boxer Samet Hyuseinov in his next professional contest in Manchester on Saturday.
2015-12-19

Ronaldo meets Beirut bombings orphan

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo gave a warm welcome Friday at the club's stadium to a little Lebanese boy who last month lost both parents in a Beirut attack that was claimed by the Islamic State group, the club said.
2015-12-19

Denmark's Boe trains with Mumbai youngsters

Whenever Mathias Boe, the Danish doubles super star, gets a free time he rushes to meet his girlfriend and actress Tapsee Panu with whom he is going steady since 2013.
2015-12-19

Nagpur shuttlers move up in Junior Badminton Championship

City shuttlers Malvika Bansod, Ashani Joshi, Aditi Sadhankar and Nikita Joseph advanced in the PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship being played at the Goregaon Sports Club in Mumbai.
2015-12-19

Awadhe Warriors take on Mumbai Rockets in PBL opener

Saina Nehwal's team Awadhe Warriors take on Mumbai Rockets in the opening match of the Premier Badminton League in Mumbai on January 2 next year as the lucrative event resumes after a two-year gap.
2015-12-18

Virat Kohli's mobile game most sought after on Google Play

Virat Kohli's digital popularity continues to rise rapidly with his mobile game 'Virat Cricket Challenge' topping the charts on Google Play.
2015-12-18

There's not much scope for professional female boxers: Mary Kom

Mary Kom, the five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, visited Kanpur after almost a year on Wednesday to inaugurate a boxing championship and interact with the students at a local school.
2015-12-18

Saina to resume practice from next week in Bengaluru

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is set to return to practice here from next week after recovering from an ankle injury, her father Harvir Singh said.
2015-12-18

Vijender eyes another knockout show against Hyuseinov

Boxer Vijender Singh would be eyeing a third successive knockout victory but the task seems easier said than done against an experienced and aggressive Samet Hyuseinov when the two square off in the star Indian boxer's maiden six-round professional contest.
2015-12-18

Ronaldo to invest EUR37m in 'CR7' hotels

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo announced he will invest over $40 million in hotels bearing his 'CR7' moniker in his native Portugal, Madrid and New York.
2015-12-18

Parupalli Kashyap confident of hitting top form

With the plummeting form of the top international men's shuttlers, Indians like Parupalli Kashyap and Srikanth Kidambi can fancy their chances at next year's Rio Olympics.
2015-12-18

Biopic on Saina is story of 'tigress beti': Amol Gupte

Filmmaker Amol Gupte, who is making a film on Indian badminton champion Saina Nehwal, says that the biopic is different as it is the story of a "tigress beti".
2015-12-18

Nagpur's BVM bag bronze medal in CBSE chess nationals

BVM, Shrikrishna Nagar, Nagpur secured the 3rd place in the National CBSE Chess Championship held recently at Kolkata.
2015-12-18

I don't need extra rounds to finish off Hyuseinov: Vijender Singh

Vijender Singh, who competes in his first six rounds contest this Saturday night at the Manchester Arena, says he won't need the extra rounds to finish off experienced Hungarian Samet Hyuseinov in his third professional bout.
2015-12-17

Srikanth, Kashyap drop a place each in badminton rankings

India's Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap dropped a place each to be ninth and 15th, respectively, in the world badminton rankings released.
2015-12-17

Rohit Sharma set to launch new cricket comic series

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma is set to launch a new environmental superhero team called, 'HYPER TYGERS' in collaboration with Graphic India, UK based ISM Komix and Cornerstone Sport.
2015-12-17

Saina Nehwal shines in a subdued season for Indian badminton

Saina Nehwal continued to break new grounds in a year that saw her reach the pinnacle of world badminton but it turned out to be a subdued season, marred by injuries and poor form, for the rest of the Indian shuttlers.
2015-12-17

Wilder, Szpilka send message to heavyweight rivals

Unbeaten world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and his next challenger, Poland's Artur Szpilka, took aim at rival champion Tyson Fury in announcing their January 16 matchup in New York.
2015-12-17

'Macho' Camacho among seven elected to Hall of Fame

Puerto Rico's late boxing legend Hector "Macho" Camacho was among nine people announced as the newest inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
2015-12-17

Concerns as ex-Ivory Coast defender vanishes

German police are looking for ex-Bundesliga player Steve Gohouri after the Ivory Coast international vanished after claiming he was heading to Paris to see his family.
2015-12-17

Shafikov faces Barthelemy for vacant lightweight crown

Unbeaten Cuban Rances Barthelemy fights for his second world title when he faces Russian southpaw Denis Shafikov in Las Vegas for the vacant International Boxing Federation lightweight crown.
2015-12-17

Hope floats after Rohtak girls sting like Mary Kom

Today, Jony Phogat, Nisha Phogat and Manisha Narwal are all set to fly to Serbia to represent India in the Junior World Boxing Championship for girls in January.
2015-12-17

BAI applauds Supreme Court's decision on PBL

With the SC squashing the High Court's stay order on the Premier Badminton League, Badminton Association of India has applauded the decision.
2015-12-16

Supreme Court gives green signal for Premier Badminton League

The Supreme Court allowed Badminton Association of India to hold Premier Badminton League which is scheduled from January 2.
2015-12-16

Meghalaya HC stays Premier Badminton League, BAI challenges order in SC

A fortnight before Premier Badminton League(PBL) is to start, clouds of uncertainty is hanging over the sporting event with Meghalaya High Court has stayed the tournament scheduled to be held from January 2 to January 17.
2015-12-15

I'm sorry India but your man Vijender is losing: Hyuseinov

Promising to be the most dangerous opponent that Vijender Singh has faced so far in his nascent pro career, Bulgarian Samet Hyuseinov said the Indian still punches like an amateur.
2015-12-15

PBL to have Trump Match, best of three games for 15 points

The Premier Badminton League will see the introduction of a 'Trump Match', a rule which could prove to be the game changer when the 16-day long event gets underway on January 2nd.
2015-12-15

Shiva Thapa, Mandeep Jangra among four boxers to receive IOC scholarships

In a massive fillip to their Olympic dreams, Shiva Thapa and Mandeep Jangra were among the four Indian boxers selected by the IOC for a scholarship.
2015-12-15

Virat Kohli set to have a mobile game on him

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is set to have a game on him with a leading mobile game publisher announcing the launch of Virat Cricket Challenge.
2015-12-15

Academies needed in every state to catch up China: Prakash

India needs to set up a badminton academy in every state to hone the amount of talent the country has and bridge the huge gap that exists currently with powerhouse China, feels shuttle legend Prakash Padukone.
2015-12-15

Another one gets bowled over

Rohit Sharma married his long-term girlfriend and manager Ritika Sajdeh in Mumbai.
2015-12-15

Kevin Pietersen lets rip at Qantas 'muppets'

England exile Kevin Pietersen has let rip at Australian carrier Qantas, calling them "muppets" after he was refused entry to an airline lounge for wearing flip flops.
2015-12-15

Tejas, Keerthana make semis

Tejas Kallolkar faced a tough fight from Chinmaya Venkatesh before prevailing 21-16, 20-22, 23-21 to reach the semifinals of U-15 boys event in the Hollyhock sub-junior state-ranking tournament on Monday. Also advancing were Saket CS, Ajinkya Joshi and Bhargav S Gowda.
2015-12-14

Anand finishes 9th in London Classic; Carlsen wins

Reigning world champion Carlsen also won the Grand Chess Tour after winning the Classic on a lucky final day for him.
2015-12-14

Vijender Singh laughs off Hyuseinov's threats of a thrashing

Samet Hyuseinov has promised to send Vijender Singh back to India "beaten and broken" come December 19 but the Indian boxing star merely breaks into laughter at the very mention of the threat, saying he would respond in kind inside the ring.
2015-12-14

Engaging sports psychologist will help Saina in Rio: Prakash Padukone

Badminton legend Prakash Padukone says that in order to improve on the mental aspect, which he feels will play a vital role in clinching the gold at 2016 Rio Olympics, top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu should engage the services of a sports psychologist at the earliest.
2015-12-14

TATA OPEN - Sameer wins battle of siblings

Younger sibling Sameer Verma kept his top billing intact, beating elder brother Sourabh, to clinch the Tata Open International Challenge here at the CCI courts.
2015-12-14

Momota, Nozomi make it a double for Japan

Nozomi Okuhara and Ken to Momota extended their dream run to compete a grand double for Japan in the Metlife BWF Super Series Finals here at the Hamdan Sports Complex.
2015-12-14

Japan's Okuhara, Momota win Superseries Finals titles

Japanese shuttlers Kento Momota and Nozomi Okuhara emerged champions in the men's and women's singles categories, respectively, in the BWF Superseries Finals.
2015-12-13

Anand draws with Caruana at London Chess Classic

Viswanathan Anand brought an end to his run of three consecutive defeats and drew with Fabiano Caruana of United States in the eight and penultimate round of the London Chess Classic.
2015-12-13

MMA: Chinese fighter dies in Philippines after bid to make weight

Mixed martial arts fighter Yang Jian Bing of China died after collapsing from severe dehydration in his attempt to make the weight for a flyweight bout in the Philippine capital.
2015-12-13

Joshua wins British heavyweight title with 15th knockout

Olympic champion Anthony Joshua defeated former kick-boxer Dillian Whyte to take the British heavyweight title with a bruising seventh-round knockout and edge closer to a possible shot at the world crown.
2015-12-13

It's a family affair in men's final

Verma brothers Sameer and Sourabh kept the Indian flag flying high by reaching the men's singles finals of the $15,000 Tata Open International Challenge here at the CCI.
2015-12-13

BWF World Super Series Finals: Top seeds Marin, Long crash out

The penultimate day's play of the BWF World Super Series Finals turned out to be a nightmare for the top seeds.
2015-12-13

Cheers have just got louder for Saina

The 'Saina Squad' provided the much-needed vocal support from the back of the court inspiring the Indian ace to come up with a spectacular performance to down the world No. 1.
2015-12-13

BWF Super Series Finals: World champs Chen and Marin ousted in day of shocks

Both world singles champions, Chen Long and Carolina Marin, were beaten in straight games on a day when the 2015 form-book was torn up in the Super Series finals n Dubai.
2015-12-12

AICF felicitates medal winners of world youth chess meet

The All India Chess Federation felicitated the 11 medal winners in the last World Youth and Cadet Chess Championship at Halkidiki in Greece.
2015-12-12

Anand suffers another defeat at London Chess Classic

Viswanathan Anand's failed to change his fortune as the former world champion suffered his third defeat in four games at the London Chess Classic.
2015-12-12

Tai ends `drained' Saina's campaign

After raising the hopes with a stunning victory over Carolina Marin, Saina Nehwal failed to repeat her dazzling performance on Friday and crashed out of the BWF World Super Series Finals.
2015-12-12

Bayern's Ribery wins damages in cut short by Luxembourg

An appeal court in the EU small Duchy Reduced the damages on Thursday by one million euros ($ 1.1 million) from the 2.67 million euros
2015-12-12

Manny Pacquiao delays announcement of next opponent

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has delayed the planned announcement of his next opponent in what could be the final fight of his legendary career.
2015-12-11

Saina Nehwal crashes out as Indian challenge ends at BWF Superseries Finals

India's challenge ended at the BWF Superseries Finals after Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth lost their respective women's and men's singles matches in contrasting styles.
2015-12-11

Carolina Marin's shock loss pushes her to the verge of the exit

Carolina Marin, the world champion, the BWF player of the year, and the favourite to win the Super Series finals for the first time, was pushed to the edge of the exit after a second surprising defeat in two days.
2015-12-11

Anand loses to Grischuk, slips to ninth spot in London Chess Classic

Viswanathan Anand continued his roller-coaster ride in the London Chess Classic as he went down to Russian Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk in the sixth round that concluded here.
2015-12-11

Felt a bit nervous in comeback bout: Sarita

The one-year ban could not waver her focus but Asian Games bronze-medallist boxer L Sarita Devi today conceded that she did feel a moment of self-doubt while stepping into the ring for her comeback bout during the just-concluded training-cum-competition trip to China.
2015-12-11

Legend Schayes dies after cancer battle at age 87

2015-12-11

Police drop probe into 'homophobic' Fury comments

Newly crowned world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will not face police action over comments he made about homosexuality, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said late.
2015-12-11

Indians inspire Artyom to take on the Chinese

Uzbekistan's Artyom Savatyugin decided to play badminton with motivation from his father Oleg.
2015-12-11

Saina stuns Marin to stay in the hunt in Dubai

Against the run of play, Saina notched up a superb win, outsmarting Spain's Marin 23-21, 9-21, 21-12 in an hour and 15 minutes.
2015-12-11

Honduran footballer Arnold Peralta shot dead

Arnold Peralta, who previously played for Scottish giants Rangers and was in the Honduras squad for the London Olympics in 2012, was assassinated in his home city of La Ceiba, police spokesman Commissioner Leonel Sauceda told AFP.
2015-12-11

BWF Superseries Finals: Saina Nehwal scripts sensational victory against Carolina Marin

Saina Nehwal scripted a remarkable victory over Carolina Marin to turn around her campaign at the BWF Superseries Finals even as Srikanth faced exit after suffering his second straight loss.
2015-12-10

British board asks Fury to explain comments

Tyson Fury has been asked to attend a British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) hearing to explain his controversial recent media comments, the organisation announced on Thursday.
2015-12-10

Chen moves closer to another big final

Chen Long, the world number one from China who is making a good job of escaping from the shadow of the greatest player of all time, made certain of qualifying for Saturday's semi-finals in Dubai with a gear-changing second win at the group stage the Super Series finals.
2015-12-10

Didn't want to scare myself with funky hairstyle: Dravid

Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid says he never had any crazy hairstyles because he did not want to get up in the morning and "scare myself" by looking at the mirror.
2015-12-10

Srikanth on brink of exit from BWF Superseries Finals

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was pushed to the brink of exit after he suffered his second consecutive loss in the BWF Superseries Finals, losing in straight games to Denmark's Viktor Axelsen.
2015-12-10

Anand to meet Grischuk in round six of London Classic

Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand will have his task cut out when he takes on Russian Alexander Grischuk in the sixth round of the London Chess Classic.
2015-12-10

Let's share this pain suffered by people of Chennai: Umesh Yadav

Nagpur boy and Indian cricket team's feisty fast bowler Umesh Yadav bares his emotions in a heart-to-heart with Nagpur Times.
2015-12-10

Saina and Srikanth start on a losing note

The vociferous 'Saina Squad' failed to lift the off-colour Indian against an in-form Nozomi Okuhara who capitalised on Saina's sluggish movement .
2015-12-10

Boxer Muhammad Ali appears to take jab at Trump over Muslim comments

Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali, one of the best-known U.S. Muslims, appeared to join the chorus condemning the proposal by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to temporarily stop Muslims from entering the country.
2015-12-10

Believe in Jesus, Fury says as gay comment row grows

Tyson Fury turned to divine inspiration on Wednesday to answer his growing number of critics after days of courting controversy over his comments about women and homosexuality.
2015-12-10

IBF confirms its heavyweight belt stripped from Fury

The IBF has confirmed it stripped British boxer Tyson Fury of its world heavyweight belt because his next fight is not against its mandatory challenger.
2015-12-10

Hobbling Nehwal facing Super Series finals exit

Saina Nehwal, who became the first Indian woman to claim the world number one spot earlier in the year, looks certain to end her 2015 with an early departure from the Super Series finals in Dubai.
2015-12-10

Interview: Resurgent Ajay Jayaram making rapid strides

For an athlete who may have narrowly missed the cut for Olympics and faced career-threatening injuries, Jayaram's rise to the top has all the elements of a tale worth admiring.
2015-12-10

Aryamann, Anoushka shine in junior nationals

Two Gujarat shuttlers Aryamann Tandon and Anoushka Parikh did the state proud by winning bronze medals at the 40th Junior National Championships that concluded in Jaipur.
2015-12-09

Saina, Srikanth lose in BWF Superseries Finals

Ace Indian shuttlers, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, had a disappointing start to their campaign at the BWF Superseries Finals as they suffered straight-game defeats on the opening day of the prestigious event.
2015-12-09

Bhavya loses in round two after downing Indonesian rival

Bhavya Rishi of India wore down her Indonesian rival Sima Fatma Kusuma in three games but then lost in the second qualifying round of the women's singles at the $15,000 Tata Open International Badminton Challenge.
2015-12-09

School girl Bhavya downs Indonesian rival to enter main draw

Bhavya Rishi of India wore down her Indonesian rival Sima Fatma Kusuma in three games in the qualifiers to enter the main draw of the women's singles at the $15,000 Tata Open International Badminton Challenge.
2015-12-09

Chen Long makes up for Lin Dan's absence

World champion Chen Long began his defence of the title at the BWF Superseries Finals in Dubai with performances on and off court that helped make up for the absence of his legendary compatriot Lin Dan.
2015-12-09

'Repugnant' Fury not welcome at awards ceremony

Newly crowned world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was in the spotlight again as Britain's Sports Journalists' Association told him to stay away from its annual awards ceremony.
2015-12-09

Indian boxers garner mixed results on last day of China trip

After a couple of comprehensive wins, L Sarita Devi (60kg) tasted defeat as Indian boxers wrapped up their training-cum-competition trip to the Chinese city of Qian'an with mixed results.
2015-12-09

Gareth Bale backs Virat Kohli's start-up venture Sport Convo

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale on Wednesday announced his support for Indian Test captain Virat Kohli's social networking start-up venture 'Sport Convo'.
2015-12-09

Anand back in business after crushing Topalov in London

Viswanathan Anand bounced back from his fourth round loss and beat his former world championship challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in the fifth round of London Chess Classic.
2015-12-09

Saina supports CAF India's Tamil Nadu Flood Relief Appeal

India's top shuttler and World No. 2 Saina Nehwal joined hands with Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India, a non-profit organization, to lend support to the flood victims of Tamil Nadu.
2015-12-09

GSFC offers job to national-level shooter forced to sell noodles

Gujarat State Fertilizer Corporation (GSFC) has come forward with a job offer for Pushpa Gupta, a 21-year-old national-level shooter, who was forced to sell noodles from a cart in order to earn a living and support her family.
2015-12-09

Fury stripped of IBF belt: Report

British heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has been stripped of one his world titles less than two weeks after winning it, the BBC reported.
2015-12-09

If Saina can, why can't our men do it, asks Prakash Padukone

Badminton legend Prakash Padukone feels men shuttlers need to work harder to reach the pinnacle.
2015-12-09

Police investigate 'homophobic' Fury comments

British police are investigating newly crowned world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury over comments he made about homosexuality, a spokeswoman from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.
2015-12-09

For Santosh, it's a Dakar rally encore

It's often easy to get too focused on the final goal that the journey gets blurred.That's what happened with Chunchunguppe Shivashanka Santosh, better known as CS Santosh, who became the first Indian biker to compete at the treacherous Dakar Rally last year.
2015-12-09

Superseries Final: Saina Nehwal, K Srikanth head the Indian challenge

Eight, set and go. The Hamdan Sports Complex is ready to witness high class badminton action as the world's top eight shuttlers fight for their share of the biggest prize money on offer in the sport during the Superseries Finals which begins here.
2015-12-09

Cricket South Africa's official Facebook page hacked, Explicit content posted

Followers of Cricket South Africa's official Facebook page were in for a rude shock as their news feed started filling up with explicit content and images.
2015-12-09

Nithin bags fine double

Fifth seed Nithin HV bagged a fine double, winning the U-15 singles and doubles titles at the ASA state sub-junior ranking badminton tournament in Bengaluru.
2015-12-08

Shuttler Carolina Marin wins Female Player of the Year award

All England and World champion Carolina Marin pipped India ace Saina Nehwal to win the Female Player of the Year award from BWF President Poul-Erik H¸yer in Dubai night.
2015-12-08

No expectations, I just hope to give a good fight, says Saina

Saina Nehwal is not expecting big results from BWF Super Series Finals but said she will give her opponents in pool A a tough fight.
2015-12-08

Prakash Padukone worried about lack of depth in women's group

While praising the depth in the Indian men's ranks and expecting it to last for the next ten years, badminton legend Prakash Padukone lamented that the distaff side did not possess the same depth in class after world no. 2 Saina Nehwal and no. 12 P V Sindhu.
2015-12-08

Anand loses to Nakamura in London Chess Classic

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand suffered a defeat at the hands of Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the fourth round of London Chess Classic.
2015-12-08

Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth eye good show at BWF Super Series Finals

After a much-needed rest following a feet injury, Saina Nehwal will look to continue her rampaging form, while Kidambi Srikanth would be hoping to carry on his confidence from Indonesia Masters.
2015-12-08

PBL: Srikanth, Ashwini were our targets, says team Bengaluru

Bengaluru Top Guns bagged world No. 9 Kidambi Srikanth for a staggering $80,000 and doubles specialist Ashwini Ponnappa for $30,000, apart from a rough gem in China's Suo Di for her base price.
2015-12-08

Sub-junior badminton: Bhargav, Nithin in final

Bhargav defeated Abhiman Andekuli 21-15, 21-13 while Nithin HV ousted Saneeth S Dayanand 21-19, 21-17. The duo then teamed up to enter the doubles final, where they will face Ajinkya Joshi and Saket CS.
2015-12-08

Sarita continues winning return in China training trip

Asian Games bronze-medallist L Sarita Devi (60kg) continued to shine in her return to competitive boxing, notching up a second successive victory in the training-cum-competition assignment.
2015-12-07

Saina Nehwal, Lee Chong Wei top buys at PBL auction

Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei were the costliest buys, fetching the maximum prize of $100,000, while PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were bought for a whopping $95,000 and $80,000 respectively.
2015-12-07

BWF World Superseries 2015: Chen Long aims to crown his most successful year

World number one Chen Long hopes to crown by far the most successful year of his career by retaining his title at the Super Series finals starting here on Wednesday - though the late withdrawal of his legendary compatriot Lin Dan offers the hint of a long term warning.
2015-12-07

Viswanathan Anand misses his chances before surviving against Magnus Carlsen

iswanathan Anand finally put up a brave front in a difficult situation to draw with world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the third round of the London Chess Classic.
2015-12-07

Vijender to face experienced Bulgarian Samet Hyuseinov next

High on confidence after two knockout wins, Vijender Singh will face his most experienced opponent so far when he squares off against Bulgarian Samet Hyuseinov.
2015-12-07

Srikanth goes down fighting in final

The 22-year-old, did all that he could, but on a day when the crowd and chair umpire turned against him even lady luck deserted him.
2015-12-07

Saina to play for Lucknow in PBL

Interestingly, the auction for Saina Nehwal and Chong Wei was over on Sunday night itself.
2015-12-07

World chess chief hands over powers after US sanctions

The head of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, has temporarily transferred most of his powers to his deputy after being added to a US sanctions list for alleged ties to the Syrian regime, the organisation said.
2015-12-06

Fury stands by controversial views on women

New world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has repeated views on women that have seen him accused of sexism and declared that he is "a good role model" for children.
2015-12-06

Anand draws with Aronian in London Classic second round

Former world champion Viswanathan Anand came out unscathed with his first black game and got an easy draw against Levon Aronian of Armenia in the second round of the London Chess Classic.
2015-12-06

Chinmaya claims boys U-16 title

Chinmaya Venkatesh defeated Saketh Upadhya 21-16, 21-19 to claim the boys U-16 title in the 12th Ramesh Padukone-Mehul Sirur memorial inter-school badminton tournament at the Canara Union.
2015-12-06

Professionalism may come at a price but has its rewards, says Prakash Padukone

Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone stressed the need for elite Indian sportspersons to be open to the idea of investing their earnings on their careers and not look to depend solely on federations, foundations or the government for support.
2015-12-06

Saket, Chinmaya enter final of Ramesh Padukone-Mehul Sirur memorial inter-school badminton

Saket CS beat Shivadeep Jayanth 21-8, 21-18 to set up a boys U-14 final against Chinmaya Venkatesh in the 12th Ramesh Padukone-Mehul Sirur memorial inter-school badminton tournament
2015-12-06

Dipika Pallikal to contribute Rs 2 lakh to flood relief fund

India's top squash player and Chennai resident Dipika Pallikal pledged a contribution of Rs 2 lakh to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund in the wake of the devastating floods that have hit the city and the state.
2015-12-06

BIZARRE: Irked by cracked windscreen, driver parks cab on cricket pitch to lodge protest

In Queensland's Warehouse Cricket Association B1 fixture between Macgregor and Griffith universities, a straight lift from Macgregor's Nigel Sherborne went sailing over the boundary and smashed the windscreen of a parked cab.
2015-12-06

50 shuttlers up for auction at badminton league on Monday

A list of 50 shuttlers will be up for auction for the Premier Badminton League (PBL) here, the organisers announced.
2015-12-06

Uttarakhand's Lakshya and Chirag Sen win national junior badminton championship

Uttarakhand's Lakshya Sen and his brother Chirag Sen clinched the under-17 and under-19 singles titles respectively at the 40th National Junior Badminton championship played at Jaipur on Sunday.
2015-12-06

Kidambi Srikanth loses Indonesian Masters final

Indian shutter Kidambi Srikanth lost his men's singles final at the $120,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold.
2015-12-06

National level shooter reduced to selling noodles for survival

Lack of funds have forced Pushpa Gupta, a 21-year-old national-level shooter, to leave the 'expensive' sport and sell noodles from a cart in order to earn a living and support her family as well and it's a heartbreaking sight as she has hung her shiny medal on the cart to attract customers.
2015-12-06

Sarita, Shiva, Devendro win in China

Asian Games bronze-medallist L Sarita Devi (60kg) returned to competitive boxing after her one-year ban with a resounding victory in the opening contest of the training-cum-competition assignment in the Chinese city of Qian'an.
2015-12-06

Mary Kom loses in semis of Olympic Test event

Five-time world champion, London Olympic bronze-medallist and Asian Games gold medallist MC Mary Kom lost on points to United States' Virginia Fuchs in the Brazilian city, which will host the Olympic Games next year.
2015-12-06

Vijender Singh: People enjoy when I knock out a guy

The pro boxer talks about how he deals with the blows in the ring and the highs and lows in life.
2015-12-06

INDONESIA MASTERS - Srikanth enters final

Shrugging off his poor form this season Kidambi Srikanth waltzed into the finals of the Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold with a dominant victory against local lad Antony Ginting 21-12, 21-19 in Malang .
2015-12-06

Harbhajan launches BookMySports, India's first digital sports platform

Offspinner Harbhajan Singh anchored website launch of India's first-ever comprehensive sports platform BookMySports at a five-star in the capital.
2015-12-05

Anand draws with Adams in London Classic Chess opener

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand failed to press hard with his white pieces and had to settle for a draw with Michael Adams of England in the first round of the London Chess Classic.
2015-12-05

It's upto players to choose between country and PBL: Gopichand

Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand said that Premier Badminton League helps shuttlers to boost their career but it's left to the players to decide whether they should play for the country or the PBL especially when they are recovering from an injury.
2015-12-05

Star Sports to be broadcast partner of Premier Badminton League

The Premier Badminton League announced Star Sports as their official broadcast partner for the upcoming season, which begins on January 2.
2015-12-05

Srikanth storms into Indonesian Masters final

Kidambi Srikanth is showing signs of having regained his old form as he entered the men's singles final of the $120,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold with a straight games victory.
2015-12-05

Motor racing: Verstappen sweeps hat-trick of awards

Dutch rookie Max Verstappen, signed controversially as a 16-year-old by Toro Rosso, has swept a hat-trick of awards after confounding his critics in an impressive debut Formula One season.
2015-12-05

BBC defends shortlist after Tyson Fury slur on women

Asked about British heptathlete Ennis-Hill in the interview, he said: "I think she's good, she's won quite a few medals for Britain, she slaps up good as well, when she's got a dress on she looks quite fit."
2015-12-04

Mary Kom enters semifinals of Rio Olympics Test event

Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom (51kg) assured herself and India of at least a bronze medal by advancing to the semifinals of the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) Olympic Test event in Rio de Janeiro.
2015-12-04

Mary Kom enters semifinals of Rio Olympics Test event

Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom (51kg) assured herself and India of at least a bronze medal by advancing to the semifinals of the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) Olympic Test event in Rio de Janeiro.
2015-12-04

Indonesian Masters: Sindhu crashes out, Srikanth enters semis

Kidambi Srikanth remained India's lone challenge at the $120,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold as PV Sindhu lost her women's singles quarterfinal on Friday.
2015-12-04

Saina Nehwal to donate Rs 2 lakh for TN flood victims

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal would donate Rs two lakh for the people affected by heavy rains and flood in Tamil Nadu, her father said.
2015-12-04

Sindhu, Srikanth make the QF grade

A day after facing tough time against a lower ranked player, Sindhu faced no such problems as she thrashed unseeded Indonesian Wulan Cahya Utami Sukoputri 21-12, 21-9 in the pre-quaterfinals.
2015-12-04

Saina Nehwal nominated for BWF Woman Player of the Year Award

Saina Nehwal has been nominated for the BWF Woman Player of the Year Award after a consistent season which saw her occupy the world number one spot for a brief period. Saina will vie for the coveted honour along with world No. 1 Carolina Marin, 2014 winner Zhao Yunlei and Bao Yixin.
2015-12-04

Shuttler Prannoy knocked out of Indonesian Masters

H.S. Prannoy was knocked out of Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold when he lost his men's singles second round contest to Chinese shuttler Shi Yuqi.
2015-12-03

Saina, Sindhu static; Srikanth slips in BWF Rankings

Despite clinching the Macau Open title for the third time, ace shuttler PV Sindhu remained static at 12th position in the latest BWF world rankings released on Thursday.
2015-12-03

Sindhu, Srikanth reach third round of Indonesia Masters

Top seeds P V Sindhu and K Srikanth notched up contrasting victories to advance to the third round of the $120,000 Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold tournament on Thursday.
2015-12-03

Sania Mirza counters MP government's charges

Seeking to counter charges levelled against her by the Madhya Pradesh government, tennis star Sania Mirza on Thursday issued a statement justifying the need for a chartered plane to attend the central Indian state's annual sports awards ceremony.
2015-12-03

Injuries didn't leave me, could have won more titles: Saina Nehwal

Saina dished out some superb performances this year to win the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold and India Open Super Series, before conquering the world No. 1 ranking and reaching the finals of World Championships, All England Championships and China Open Super Series Premier.
2015-12-03

Benzema says victim of 'persecution' in sex-tape case

Karim Benzema claimed that he was a victim of "persecution" in the sex-tape blackmail case which has rocked French football.
2015-12-03

Sindhu survives Mariska scare

Sindhu, who won her third straight title at Macau, faced stiff resistance in the first round.
2015-12-03

MP dumps Sania after her demand for jet

Instead of inviting Sania, sports minister invited senior badminton coach Pullela Gopichand to attend the function.
2015-12-03

Klitschko to take up Fury rematch option

Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko said on Wednesday he will take up the contractual option of a rematch against Tyson Fury in an attempt to win back his belts.
2015-12-02

Rohit Sharma meets PM Modi, invites him for his wedding

India cricketer Rohit Sharma met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Parliament House to invite him for his marriage on December 13.
2015-12-02

Four Indians reach second round of Indonesia Masters

Indian shuttlers had a good day at Indonesia Masters as four of them, including P V Sindhu and K Srikanth, reached the second round of the $120,000 Grand Prix Gold tournament.
2015-12-02

Dhoni to play charitable golf event in US

India limited-over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will participate in a two-day Executive Golf Invitational event to be held at the Phoenician Golf Club in USA from December 5.
2015-12-02

Chadha keen to spin a Web

World No. 39 Anirban Lahiri's success on the USPGA Tour seems to have inspired Abhijit Singh Chadha to set his sights on the world' most lucrative Tour.
2015-12-02

Former boxing champ Taylor pleads guilty to Arkansas charges

Taylor, 37, had earlier indicated he would contest the charges that include shooting and wounding a cousin in 2014 near the boxer's suburban Little Rock home.
2015-12-02

Gaurav Bidhuri fetches 2nd WSB stint, picked by USA Knockouts

Indian boxer Gaurav Bidhuri bagged a second successive stint in the IBA's semi-professional World Series of Boxing after being picked by USA Knockouts in the draft.
2015-12-01

South African team scores high on the wild pitch in India

Nagpur Test match between India and South Africa created a lot of furore recently, with many South African players and commentators blaming the pitch at the VCA Stadium, Jamtha for the debacle of the Proteas.
2015-12-01

Fury accuses Klitschko camp of trying to drug him

Tyson Fury has accused Wladimir Klitschko's camp of being "cheats" and says he refused to accept any water after beating the Ukrainian in Saturday's world heavyweight title fight for fear of being drugged.
2015-11-30

Sindhu, Srikanth eye Indonesia Masters title

After completing a hat-trick of titles at Macau Open, Indian shuttler P V Sindhu is now training her eyes at the Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold.
2015-11-30

Karnataka name 20-member squad for Junior National Badminton Championships

Karnataka named a strong 20-member squad for the Junior National Badminton Championships (U-17, U-19) to be held at Jaipur from Dec 2 to Dec 6.
2015-11-30

Badminton legend Lin Dan outlines sharper focus for Rio 2016

Two-time Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan will scale back commercial activities in a bid to turn his focus squarely on next year's Olympic Games, has said.
2015-11-30

BAI to give Sindhu 10 lakh for Macau Open win

Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh for PV Sindhu in recognition of her impressive title victory at the Macau Open.
2015-11-30

My immediate target is Indonesia Open: PV Sindhu

Two-time World Championship bronze-medallist PV Sindhu finished runners-up at Denmark Open, her maiden Super Series final appearance, and then clinched her first trophy of the season at the Macau Open on Sunday.
2015-11-30

PV Sindhu grabs a rare title hat-trick in Macau

PV Sindhu, who lost almost half of 2015 to a heel injury, extended her unbeaten reign in Macau and not only ended her title drought but also brought cheer to the Indian ranks, starved as they have been for titles in the last six months.
2015-11-30

The 2015 Formula One season in numbers

The 2015 Formula One season in numbers after the final race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday:
2015-11-29

'Lucky' Fury already relishing Klitschko rematch

Tyson Fury insists he is just a 'normal person who got lucky' enough to become the new world heavyweight champion and is already relishing a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko.
2015-11-29

Hope to be fit ahead of World Superseries Finals: Saina Nehwal

Still recuperating from a foot injury, World championship silver medallist Saina Nehwal exuded confidence of regaining her fitness ahead of the prestigious BWF World Superseries Finals.
2015-11-29

Perez secures fifth place in season-ending Abu Dhabi GP

Sergio Perez ended his 2015 Formula One season with a solid fifth place as Sahara Force India enjoyed a double-points finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last race on the calender, here today.
2015-11-29

I haven't been to Taj Mahal yet and that's one place on my wish list: Martina Hingis

In a quick chat with Martina Hingis before her Champions Tennis League match in Chennai, she opened up about her partnerships with Leander Paes and Sania Mirza, her plans post retirement, visits to India and more.
2015-11-29

Sarita, Shiva in Indian team for China exposure trip

On a comeback trail after serving out her one-year ban, Asian Games bronze-medallist L Sarita Devi will be seen in competitive action from December 1 as part of a 13-strong Indian team.
2015-11-29

Briton DeGale beats Bute to defend title

Former olympic gold medalist James DeGale successfully defended his IBF super middleweight title for the first time with a unanimous decision over Canada's Lucian Bute.
2015-11-29

PV Sindhu wins Macau Open Grand Prix Gold third year in a row

Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Minatsu Mitani of Japan in the summit clash of Macau Open Grand Prix Gold to win the title third year in a row in Macau. Sindhu came through with a 21-9, 21-23, 21-14 scoreline against the sixth-seed Mitani.
2015-11-29

A day after Nagpur Test, wildlife fun for players

Cricketers getting time to relax is rarity these days. This series has been different. The first Test match in Mohali finished in three days and in Banglaore the last four days got washed out.
2015-11-29

Fury vows to be 'most charming champ since Ali'

Britain's Tyson Fury has vowed to be "the most charismatic champion since Muhammad Ali" after delivering on his promise to dethrone Wladimir Klitschko and become the new world heavyweight champion.
2015-11-29

Klitschko demands Fury rematch after bruising loss

Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko demanded a rematch minutes after losing his four world titles to British challenger Tyson Fury in a stunning unanimous points decision.
2015-11-29

Source: Times of India News

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British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC)
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Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold(IMGPG)
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Badminton Association of India (BAI)

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2015-12-31

Simple method to improve breast cancer treatment

A simple and non-invasive imaging method can effectively replace the current practice in determining appropriateness of breast cancer treatment, thereby reducing the need for invasive tissue sampling, new research has found.
2015-12-31

Fitness freak? Too much exercise is bad for heart

With many of us contemplating marathons or other endurance events in 2016, we, our spouses and other family members most likely have wondered whether such strenuous training could be harmful to our hearts.
2015-12-31

Indigenize is focus of this year's science meet

"Industrialize or perish" was the clarion call given by Sir M Visvesvaraya, former dewan of Mysuru, and one of India's best known engineers. Today, many decades later, the slogan the country is embracing seems to be "indigenize or perish".
2015-12-30

Shopping can bring long-term happiness: Study

In some good news for shopaholics, scientists have found that material purchases can provide more frequent happiness over time.
2015-12-30

Man posts selfie a year after quitting crystal meth to show progress of living clean

One of the greatest things about being clean is that I got to be sober to see my sister have her baby girl: Ryan Harder
2015-12-30

Another contagious cancer type found in Tasmanian devils

Contagious cancers may not be as rare as thought, say scientists who have discovered a second transmissible cancer type in Tasmanian devils -a small dog-sized ferocious carnivore found in Tasmania.
2015-12-30

Seaweed capsule to help diabetics lead a needle-free life

Scientists have developed a capsule made from seaweed extract or preserving insulin-producing pancreatic cells, offering hope to diabetics to lead a needle-free life.
2015-12-30

Nasa captures landslide on Mars

Nasa has released an image of a relatively fresh landslide on Mars that shows boulder-covered landslip along a canyon wall.
2015-12-29

New contagious form of cancer discovered

Contagious cancers may not be as rare as thought, say scientists who have discovered a second transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils - small dog-sized ferocious carnivores found in the Australian island state of Tasmania.
2015-12-29

E-cigarettes may lead to cancer: Study

Electronic cigarettes, often marketed as a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes, may damage cells in ways that could lead to cancer, a new study has warned. The damage occurred even with nicotine-free versions of the products, researchers said.
2015-12-29

Myths about your New Year 'detox' - debunked

The New Year is almost upon us, which means we're all about to be inundated with reasons why we need to stock our fridges with kale, buy expensive juicers and Instagram pictures of salads labelled #cleanse.
2015-12-29

Midnight munchies may impair memory, learning

Frequent late night kitchen raids for snacks may impair your memory and learning skills, according to a new study which found that the habit could alter the brain's physiology.
2015-12-29

'Indians three times more prone to cardiac arrest than Americans'

Indians are three times more prone to cardiac arrest than Americans owing primarily to poor lifestyle, eating habits and genetic reasons, medical experts have said.
2015-12-28

Blocking fat-transporting protein may slow ageing

A naturally occurring protein that transports fats around the body also hinders essential functions in cells that increase life span, scientists have found, suggesting that blocking the protein in humans may prevent age-related diseases.
2015-12-28

First chip that uses light for data transfer developed

A microprocessor chip that uses light, rather than electricity, to transfer data at rapid speeds while consuming minute amounts of energy has been developed by researchers, including those of Indian-origin.
2015-12-28

Is nicotine replacement therapy healthy way to quit smoking?

Experts say there is enough scientific evidence to suggest that Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can work effectively to quit smoking.
2015-12-27

39.36% of Indian men have abnormal lipid: Study

A pan-India study showed that 39.36% of Indian men had abnormal lipid marker levels in their blood. The analysis based on 13.93lakh samples tested over three years showed that the abnormality was the highest among men from the eastern zone.
2015-12-27

Diabetes growing at alarming rate: Study

An analysis of over 10.21lakh blood sugar levels of men, women and children revealed that an overwhelming percentage of them had diabetes. An estimated 65.1 million people in India are affected with diabetes and the prevalence is expected to reach around 69.9 million by 2025.
2015-12-27

Blocking single molecule may delay premature birth: Study

Scientists have identified a molecule in the uterus that can be blocked to delay or even halt premature birth. The researchers focused on a molecule known as TRPV4, which helps control the flow of calcium into cells. Premature birth is the leading cause of death and disability in newborns worldwide.
2015-12-27

World's most obese man dies after weight-loss surgery

A man believed to be the world's most obese passed away on Friday in Mexico, barely two months after undergoing a weight-loss surgery .
2015-12-27

10 weird reasons why people fall in love

According to research, your hormones, interests, and even your parents' looks could decide who you choose
2015-12-27

LED lighting cuts costs for greenhouse tomato growers

Supplemental light-emitting diode (LED) lighting treatment can help greenhouse tomato growers reduce energy cost without affecting fruit quality attributes, new research suggests.
2015-12-26

Meet the animal that may live forever

Is there a creature that can defeat death? Yes, says new research that confirmed that the tiny hydra - a centimetre-long polyp that inhabits fresh water all over the world - does not show any sign of deteriorating with age and, if kept in ideal conditions, may just live forever.
2015-12-26

New polymer could purify water in seconds

Researchers have used the same material found in air fresheners, cyclodextrin, to develop a technique that could revolutionize the water-purification industry.
2015-12-26

British astronaut dials wrong number from space

Britain's first astronaut on a space mission, Major Tim Peake, accidentally called the wrong number when trying to call home from space.
2015-12-26

Pollution making bacteria antibiotic resistant?

Environmental contaminants may be part ly to blame for the rise in anti biotic-resistant bacteria, a new US study suggests. J Vaun McArthur from the Universi ty of Georgia tested his hypot hesis in streams on the US de partment of energy's Savan nah River Site (SRS).
2015-12-26

Inheritance plays big part in 12 cancers: Study

Scientists have found strong evidence for inherited components in 12 different kinds of deadly cancers. This raises hope for earlier detection and better targeting of therapy.
2015-12-25

Novel liver hormone cuts cravings for sweets, alcohol

In a good news for those who cannot shun their drink and also have "sweet tooth", scientists have discovered for the first time a liver hormone that works via brain to reduce cravings for sweets and alcohol in mammals.
2015-12-25

Optical illusion 'breaks your brain' so you see black and white as green and red

But your vision could be stuck like that for over three months
2015-12-25

Christmas Day full moon to appear in the UK sky for the first time in 38 years

There won't be another full moon on Christmas Day until 2034
2015-12-25

Quran found at UK univ belonged to first ever Muslims?

An ancient copy of the Quran found at the University of Birmingham in July may have belonged to Abu Bakr, one of the world's first ever Muslims.
2015-12-24

Technical glitch delays Nasa's Mars project by 2 years

Nasa's Mars programme has suffered a setback following the decision of the space agency to suspend the March 2016 launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission as a result of unsuccessful attempts to repair a leak in a section of the prime instrument in the science payload.
2015-12-24

TV channel hires robot as reporter, anchors worried

For the first time, a Chinese news channel has employed an artificial intelligence robot as a weather reporter on its live breakfast show, raising concerns among the country's journalists as it could threaten their jobs.
2015-12-24

E-toys hamper kids language development

Baby laptops, baby cellphones, talking farms these are the toys of the moment, marketed as tools to encourage babies language skills.
2015-12-24

Nasa sent the International Space Station Ridley Scott's The Martian and Alien to watch over Christmas

220 miles away, orbiting the earth, floats the International Space Station (ISS), currently filled with six astronauts, including our very own Tim Peake.
2015-12-24

Your saliva can spot early death risk

What if your saliva could predict if you are at a risk of dying? A new study has revealed that levels of antibodies in saliva are associated with the risk of mortality.
2015-12-24

Firm personalises kids books, with robot as co-author

One of the best presents that Asi Sharabi ever got was a bad book. It was a customised book for his 3-year old daughter, Thalia, and apart from the initial thrill of seeing her name in the story, there was not much to distinguish it from a mediocre mass-produced picture book.
2015-12-23

People who like to make new pals addicted to Facebook

People who use Facebook to meet new people are most dependent on the social networking site, according to a new study, which found that the reason why people use the site determines the level of their dependency on it.
2015-12-23

Ebola survivors suffer from vision, hearing loss

Survivors of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) may suffer from complications such as vision, hearing and joint pain, even months after their discharge, scientists, including one of Indian-origin have found.
2015-12-23

Prolonging IVF increases odds of having a baby

In their quest to become parents, most infertile couples undergoing in vitro fertilisation must grapple with a tough decision: when to call it quits.
2015-12-23

Cardiac arrests have warning symptoms but are ignored, study finds

The potentially life-saving symptoms of cardiac arrests are being ignored for hours, days and even weeks before a person is struck, a new study has shown.
2015-12-23

Potatoes to be grown on Earth under Mars-like conditions

Scientists plan to grow potatoes in Mars-like conditions simulated on Earth, in a major step towards building a controlled dome on the red planet capable of farming the invaluable crop.
2015-12-23

Malta: On a Mediterranean island, but far from a Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean has long been known for its mix of sun, sea, fish, nuts and olives, a combination considered an elixir of health and fitness.
2015-12-23

Blue-eye gene traced to stone age man

If you have ever wondered why, like Cameron Diaz, Leonard Di Caprio and Frank Sinatra, you have blue eyes it is because you share a gene mutation first seen in a stone age man who lived around 7,000 years ago.
2015-12-23

Nasa calls off next Mars mission because of instrument leak

Nasa has called off its next Mars mission because of a leak in a science instrument.
2015-12-22

Giant comets may threaten Earth, say astronomers

Planet Earth could be at higher risk of a space rock impact than widely thought, according to astronomers. The discovery in the last two decades of hundreds of giant comets dubbed centaurs requires expanding the list of potential hazards, the said.
2015-12-22

People with blue eyes have one thing in common

If you have ever wondered why, like Cameron Diaz, Leonard Di Caprio and Frank Sinatra, you have blue eyes it is because you share a gene mutation first seen in a Stone Age man who lived around 7,000 years ago.
2015-12-22

Obese children may have weaker bones: Study

Obese children tend to have more muscle but excess body fat may compromise other functions in their bodies, such as bone growth, new research has found.
2015-12-22

Bengaluru startup prints 3-D liver tisues for medical research and therapeutics

A city based biotechnology start-up has developed artificial liver tissue performing the function of human liver, which would enable affordable medical research and reduced animal and human trials, leading to full scale transplant-able organs in few years' time.
2015-12-22

Mammals exploded immediately after dinosaur extinction: Research

The diversity of mammals - the group that today includes nearly 5,000 species including humans - on Earth exploded straight after the dinosaur extinction event, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found.
2015-12-22

In 13/11 aftermath, Parisians come together to preserve tokens of grief

On a recent afternoon in the storage room of an imposing gray building in northeastern Paris, Mathilde Pintault cut open a sheet of clear plastic and pulled out a child's drawing, its colours blurred by water.
2015-12-22

Pig's cornea restores Chinese man's sight

Chinese surgeons on Monday announced the successful transplant of a bio-engineered pig cornea into a human eye, a development that may help millions of people to see again.
2015-12-22

Virtual reality to help Nasa steer robonauts?

Virtual reality could be used for more than just entertainment, it may also help scientists to control robots in space, according to Nasa.
2015-12-22

Soon, 'hydricity' may generate 24x7 power

Scientists, including those of Indian-origin, have proposed a new "hydricity" concept for round-the-clock power by not only generating electricity from solar energy but also producing and storing hydrogen from superheated water.
2015-12-22

Rapid test for deadly diseases developed

A new technology for quickly identifying deadly bacterial strains of infectious disease has been developed by researchers at McMaster University in Canada.
2015-12-21

Astronauts aim to fix jammed rail car during spacewalk

Two Americans floated outside the International Space Station to start a spacewalk with the primary goal of freeing a rail car that was jammed outside the orbiting lab.
2015-12-21

What happens to your body after you give up sugar

Giving up sugar for just nine days can dramatically improve people's health, a new study claims.
2015-12-21

New 'hydricity' concept for round-the-clock power

Scientists, including those of Indian-origin, have proposed a new "hydricity" concept for round-the-clock power by not only generating electricity from solar energy but also producing and storing hydrogen from superheated water.
2015-12-21

Black holes grow as large as 50bn Suns

Black holes at the heart of galaxies could swell to 50 billion times the mass of the Sun before losing the discs of gas they rely on to sustain themselves, according to a new study .
2015-12-21

Nepal's Pokhara built on debris of medieval earthquakes

Nepal's second-largest city and its leading tourist hub Pokhara is built on massive debris deposits which are associated with strong medieval earthquakes, a new study has found.
2015-12-21

A new material to make roads ice proof

Driving in winters could soon become easier and safer, thanks to a new material developed by scientists that could `de-ice' snow-covered, slippery roads potentially for years.
2015-12-21

Online candy games make kids eat more

Parents, take note! Children tend to consume more calories after playing online games that involve food, a new study has found. Researchers found that shortly after playing a game with an embedded food advertisement, children ate 55% more of the candy offered to them than children who had played a game with an embedded toy advertisement.
2015-12-21

Sing them a song: Doctors study potential of music on foetuses

Most mothers talk and sing to their unborn babies and swear they can feel a response. With ultrasound studies proving that foetus in the womb indeed respond to music, a group of specialists in the city are now exploring the scope of music in enhancing radiology and imaging technology.
2015-12-20

New medicine for Hepatitis C treatment launched

Two new drugs for fighting Hepatitis C at an affordable price were launched as experts from across the globe gathered here to discuss progress in finding treatment to the dreaded Hepatitis B and C liver diseases.
2015-12-20

New material could lead to ice-proof roads

Driving in winters could soon become easier and safer, thanks to a new material developed by scientists that could 'de-ice' snow-covered, slippery roads potentially for years.
2015-12-20

Closest 'habitable' planet found 14 light years away

Astronomers have discovered the closest potentially habitable planet found outside our solar system, orbiting a star just 14 light years away.
2015-12-20

Christmas: Finding out how Santa Claus manages to visit 336 million homes

'Maybe Santa has tapped into ways of jumping in and out of different dimensions'
2015-12-20

Moms in their thirties more likely to have intelligent kids

Women who have children in their thirties are more likely than mothers in their twenties and forties to give birth to smarter and healthier babies, new analysis suggests.
2015-12-19

Horror films do make the blood curdle

The saying goes that horror films are blood curdling. Now, scientists believe they have proven that the idea is true.
2015-12-19

Lightsaber seen in space

Nasa has spotted a huge lightsaber cutting through space, in an area of space clouds where new stars are born.
2015-12-19

IIT-M develops carbon nanotube that helps kill cancer cells

Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology - Madras have developed that a carbon nanotube that helps kill cancer cells without affecting the neighbour cells.
2015-12-19

Curiosity finds silica deposits on Mars

Nasa's Mars Curiosity rover has found high concentrations of silica a rock-forming chemical commonly seen on Earth as quartz which could help scientists learn more about the ancient wet environment on the red planet.
2015-12-19

Better technique to extract uranium from sea in the offing

An ultra-high-resolution technique used for the first time to study polymer fibres that trap uranium in seawater may lead to better methods to harvest this potential fuel for nuclear reactors, scientists say.
2015-12-18

Dust doughnut around massive black hole is clumpy, study shows

Scientists have for the first time penetrated the doughnut shaped clouds of gas and dust that surround most of the massive black holes in the universe and come up with a surprising discovery. The cosmic doughnuts are not smooth but clumpy.
2015-12-18

Vegetarians lead a healthier life than meat-eaters: Oxford study

Non-vegetarian food may lose its charm beyond your taste buds. Vegetarians have been found leading a healthier life as compared to meat-eaters. Incidence of diseases such as pancreatic cancer and respiratory problems are also less common among vegetarians than in those who consume meat regularly, according to a latest study.
2015-12-17

Cancer caused by environmental factors such as smoking, radiation and toxic chemicals, not 'bad luck', study reveals

Modern lifestyles are causing 90 per cent of cancers, according to new research.
2015-12-17

Environment, not 'bad luck', mainly to blame for cancer: Study

Environmental factors such as sunshine and tobacco smoke cause more cancers than random DNA mutations, researchers have affirmed contesting another team's conclusions that "bad luck" was mainly to blame.
2015-12-17

Hubble spots first-ever supernova explosion

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the image of the first-ever predicted supernova explosion that offers a unique opportunity for astronomers to test how mass - especially that of mysterious dark matter - is distributed within a galaxy cluster.
2015-12-17

Scientists reveal 100% effective hangover cure

Hangover cures, whether it be drinking coffee, downing a fizzy drink, tucking into a fry-up or even the 'hair of the dog that bit you' are pretty much a waste of time and effort, scientists have concluded.
2015-12-17

Info-egoists: People more likely to share pals' private data than their own

Your friends on social media are more likely to share your private data with third-party app developers than their own information, says a new study that suggests people are `info-egoists' when it comes to privacy.
2015-12-17

Found: Traces of a new fundamental particle

Two teams of physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said they had seen traces of what could be a new fundamental particle of nature.
2015-12-17

Here's how human brain can handle so much data

Researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist from Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered how humans can categorise data using less than percent percent of the original information.
2015-12-16

In a first, parrots found using and sharing tools

A species of parrots found in Madagascar and Comoros was found to use tools  a first among parrots.
2015-12-16

Indian-American's 'Super Condom' can help combat AIDS

Mahua Choudhery and her team of researchers at Texas A&M University have come up with the hydrogel condom which could help in the global fight against HIV. Since its outbreak in 1981, HIV virus has killed 39 million people across the world.
2015-12-16

Put to the test: 36 questions that can make you fall in love with anyone

In 1997, a group of pyschologist claimed to have found 36 questions which could make two strangers fall in love. Years later, this study has been put to the test - and filmed for all to see.
2015-12-15

Forensic facial expert reconstructs Jesus Christ's face using ancient skulls

Richard Neave, formerly a professor at Manchester University, constructed the image after he examined three Semites skulls from around Galilee in northern Israel using methods more frequently employed to identify victims of crimes as part of a BBC series more than a decade ago.
2015-12-15

Earth's tilt affects climate change

In a first, researchers have discovered a connection between the Earth's tilt, called obliquity, that shifts every 41,000 years, and the movement of a low pressure band of clouds that is the Earth's largest source of heat and moisture - the Intertropical Convergence Zone, or ITCZ.
2015-12-15

A material for water-proof surfaces is created

Scientists have created a new low-cost, non-toxic material that mimics the lotus leaf to repel water droplets, an advance that could help create environment-friendly water-proof surfaces.
2015-12-15

No solar farm, it will suck sun's energy

AUS town has rejected a proposal for a solar farm following public concerns.
2015-12-14

Taking antidepressants while pregnant may double autism risk

Women who take certain common antidepressants while pregnant may face almost twice the risk of having a child with autism, a study said on Monday.
2015-12-14

Volcanic event caused ice age during Jurassic Period

A large-scale volcanic event during the Jurassic Period may have caused the 'ice-age' that took place on Earth around 170 million years ago, a new study has found.
2015-12-14

Star Wars: How to build a Death Star, according to Nasa

The Death Star, the nefarious cosmic entity that is the center of the evil Galactic Empire's reign in Star Wars, has always been thought to be solely a facet of science fiction.
2015-12-14

Send SOS through urine-powered socks

Scientists have invented a pair of high-tech socks which, when filled with urine, and activated by the wearer's footsteps, can produce enough power to send a message.
2015-12-14

Found: Buried towers in Angkor Wat

The Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia was much larger and more complex than previously thought, say archaeologists, who discovered buried towers and remains of a huge structure near the world's largest religious monument.
2015-12-14

Smartphones are ruining our posture and mood

There are plenty of reasons to put our cellphones down and now researchers have said smartphones are ruining our posture.
2015-12-14

Healthism leading to Jolie syndrome

Highly commercialized standards of health and beauty can lead to the Angelina Jolie syndrome  taking preventive action, such as surgery on a healthy body, for a hypothetical disease, researchers claimed.
2015-12-14

Essex man suffering from hypospadias thought he was the only man in the world with a one-inch penis

Hypospadias is a congenital problem affecting the appearance and function of the penis
2015-12-13

Vaginal orgasms are a 'myth', researchers claim

New study claims terms are wrong and need to be reconsidered
2015-12-13

How often should I wash my hair? Personal care experts answer in Reddit AMA

It's an oft-debated question that never seems to come to any proper conclusion: "how often should I wash my hair?"
2015-12-13

Gurgaon: Da Vinci Xi robots perform among the first of its kind surgery

A 35-year old patient from Republic of Congo, who was suffering from Yousuf's Syndrome, has undergone a surgery with Da Vinci Xi system, one of the most advanced robotic surgical technology for performing minimal invasive surgery. This is reportedly one of the first such surgeries in India.
2015-12-13

New cancer treatment kills prostate tumor cells

A new study has revealed that prostate tumor cells can be killed by combining radiation treatment with suicide gene therapy, a technique in which prostate cancer cells are genetically modified.
2015-12-13

Satellites to check climate vows

Scientists from the US, Japan, and China are racing to perfect satellite technology that could one day measure green house gas emissions from space, potentially transforming the winner into the world's first climate cop.
2015-12-13

In session: Classes on etiquette, chivalry

Middle schoolers are not generally known for their good manners. But Cord Ivanyi, a teacher in Arizona, said that he was fed up after seeing the sheer rudeness and carelessness the boys showed, especially during parties when they would shove their way to the front of food lines.
2015-12-13

Should we fear the rise of the robots?

Anyone who's had the pleasure of watching the blockbuster film I, Robot starring Will Smith could be forgiven for not taking the robots could take over the-world argument too seriously.
2015-12-13

'Stress precursor to pre-Alzheimer's condition in elderly'

Feeling stressed out increases the chances of elderly people developing mild cognitive impairment - often a prelude to full-blown Alzheimer's disease, a study found.
2015-12-12

MUHS partners to start Africa Oncology Fellowship Program

Merck, a science and technology company, joined hands with the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) and University of Nairobi to start its Africa Oncology Fellowship Program. It signed a MoU with the MUHS this week to kick-start the programme.
2015-12-11

Alzheimer's: Drinking a glass of wine a day may help sufferers reduce risk of death from disease

Alzheimer's sufferers who drink a single glass of wine - or the equivalent of two to three units of alcohol - every day are significantly less likely to die than those who drink more or are teetotal, research suggests.
2015-12-11

USFDA safety review asks for new warnings on diabetes medicines, SGL2 inhibitors

An FDA safety review has resulted in adding new warnings to the labels of a specific class of type 2 diabetes medicines -- sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, about the risks of too much acid in the blood and of serious urinary tract infections.
2015-12-11

Nasa Cassini probe captures Earth-like image of Saturn's biggest moon Titan

A new image of Titan released by Nasa shows Saturn's larget moon can bear a striking resemblance to Earth.
2015-12-11

Double delight: Meteor showers, comet to greet Earth this month

Skywatchers are in for a double treat this month.While comet Catalina has now become visible in the early hours on the eastern sky, the Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak on December 13 and 14.
2015-12-11

First-ever test-tube puppies born in US

Scientists in the US have created the world's first litter of puppies conceived in a test tube, a breakthrough that may help eradicate disease in dogs and humans.
2015-12-10

New software uses words, gestures to detect lies

Researchers are developing a unique liedetecting software that considers both the speaker's words and gestures, and unlike a polygraph, does not need to touch the subject in order to function.
2015-12-10

Just strum in the air: Virtual guitar has no strings attached

A guitar with no strings attached has become a reality.
2015-12-10

World's 1st dengue vaccine cleared for use in Mexico

The world's first dengue vaccine has won regulatory approval in Mexico, raising hopes that it could prevent more than 100 deaths there a year and eventually millions around the world.
2015-12-10

Go ahead and sulk. unhappiness won't kill you

A study published on Wednesday in The Lancet, following one million middle-aged women in Britain for 10 years, finds that the widely held view that happiness enhances health and longevity is unfounded.
2015-12-10

Kids with common allergies at high heart disease risk

Children with allergic disease, particularly asthma and hay fever, have twice the rate of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, setting them on course for heart disease at early age, finds a new study.
2015-12-10

Happiness doesn't bring good health, study finds

Go ahead and sulk. Unhappiness won't kill you. A study published on Wednesday in The Lancet, following 1 million middle-aged women in Britain for 10 years, finds that the widely held view that happiness enhances health and longevity is unfounded.
2015-12-10

Blame genes for impulsive choices: US researchers

The tendency to take a smaller reward now rather than waiting for a larger one available later is strongly influenced by genetics, which means it can be inherited, a new study has found.
2015-12-10

Dogs too have a conscience: Study

Your pet dog and probably many other animals have a conscience too, according to a surprising new study that found the canines know who they are.
2015-12-10

5 years after 1st try, Japan probe enters Venus orbit

After its first failure on December 6 2010, Japan's maiden mission to Venus, Akatsuki or Venus Climate Orbiter, has successfully zoomed into the Venusian orbit, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) confirmed on Wednesday.
2015-12-10

Internet makes us rely less on our knowledge

People are less willing to rely on their knowledge and say they know something when they have access to internet, suggesting that our connection to the web is affecting how we think, a new study has found.
2015-12-10

One in four young docs may have the blues

More than one in four doctors in the early stages of their careers has signs of depression, according to a new study that suggests gruelling years of training for a medical career are partly to blame.
2015-12-10

Japanese space probe goes into orbit around Venus

Japan's space agency said on Wednesday its "Akatsuki" probe had successfully entered into orbit around Venus after an initial attempt at reaching the second planet from the sun failed five years ago.
2015-12-09

Frequent green tea consumption may hamper fertility: Study

Are you a green tea lover? Read this carefully as the cup packed with anti-oxidants and other health benefits may adversely affect your fertility and development in case of frequent use, warn researchers.
2015-12-09

Glaciers in Everest have shrunk by 28% in 40 years'

Glaciers on Mount Everest, source of major Asian rivers like Brahmaputra, have shrunk by 28% over the past 40 years due to climate change, according to a report.
2015-12-09

Novel technique can help improve diabetes treatment

Scientists have deployed a new drug discovery technique to identify an anti-diabetes compound with a novel mechanism of action, which may lead to a new type of treatment.
2015-12-09

`Too much green tea can harm you'

Green tea, enjoyed by millions for its numerous health benefits, may have adverse effects if taken in high doses, a new study in fruit flies suggests. Researchers discovered that excessive consumption of green tea adversely affected development and reproduction in fruit flies.
2015-12-09

Hidden portrait found underneath Mona Lisa

A French scientist claims to have discovered a different portrait hidden behind that of the Mona Lisa following 10 years of analysis using reflective light technology.
2015-12-09

Oxford scientists create most expensive material in the world, valued at £200 million a gram

Oxford University scientists are creating the world's most expensive material - endohedral fullerenes, spherical carbon molecules containing nitrogen atoms, which sell for £100 million a gram.
2015-12-08

E-cigarette chemical may harm lungs: Study

A flavouring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease has been found in more than 75 per cent of flavoured electronic cigarettes and refill liquids tested by Harvard researchers.
2015-12-08

Developed: Thin 'power paper' that can store energy

Scientists have developed power paper -a new material consisting of nanocellulose and a conductive polymer -that has an outstanding ability to store energy . One sheet, 15 centimetres in diameter and a few tenths of a millimetre thick, can store energy similar to the supercapacitors currently on the market, researchers said.
2015-12-08

'Built 225km away, Stonehenge was relocated 500 yrs later'

Stonehenge could have been first built in what is now Wales where it remained for 500 years until it was dismantled and dragged off to Wiltshire, archaeologists have suggested.
2015-12-08

Tooth decay? Fix it sans drill-and-fill

Tooth decay can be stopped, reversed and prevented without the need for the traditional `drill and fill' approach that has dominated dental care for decades, a new study has found.
2015-12-08

Lift off with your own flying machine

Do you wish to fly like a bird in the backyard of your home? Your dream will come true soon as a team of engineering students from National University of Singapore (NUS) has built the first personal flying machine that can bear the load of a person weighing 70 kg for a flight time of about five minutes.
2015-12-08

World's first biologically powered chip created

In a major breakthrough, researchers at Columbia Engineering have harnessed the molecular machinery of living systems to power an integrated circuit.
2015-12-07

Astrosat's first light image from UV telescope reaches Earth

The Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UVIT) onboard India's first multi-wavelength satellite Astrosat has sent the first light images.
2015-12-07

Doomsday Clock awaits outcome of Paris talks

A board member gives Sunday Times an insider's view into the working of the ominous dial that is watching climate change and nuclear arsenals closely
2015-12-07

Nasa mission with 7,000 pounds of key science on way to ISS

Carrying 7,000 pounds of research materials that will directly support over dozens of key investigations on the orbiting laboratory, a cargo-laden Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft soared towards the ISS.
2015-12-07

Puzzle behind face blindness solved?

2015-12-07

Yeast hybrids may add flavour to your beer

2015-12-07

NASA's Curiosity rover is among the most advanced robots today

Two essential requirements for a machine to be called a robot is a programmable 'brain' and a body that can move.
2015-12-07

Gymming may be turning you into a boozer

Exercise and drinking are usually thought to be two separate things, one healthy, the other unhealthy, but according to science, they actually go together very well.
2015-12-06

Balloon Kyphoplasty technology can help treat vertebral fractures: Experts

If you are among those who close their eyes to back pain simply as outcome of overwork, this may give you a reason to think otherwise. According to scientific research, chronic back pain, which is often mistaken as fatigue, is strongly associated with vertebral fractures, leading to functional loss, disability, poor quality of life and osteoporotic compression fractures affects millions of people globally.
2015-12-06

Gangotri glacier getting less snowfall, higher temperatures

A research shows that the health of the majestic Gangotri glacier that feeds the river Ganges has been affected, as the maximum temperature in the region has shot up by 0.9 degree Celsius and snowfall reduced by 37 cm annually.
2015-12-06

How water escapes from Saturn explained

Researchers have found how water ions escape from the Saturn's environment after locating a point from where the ions exhaust out of the planet's atmosphere.
2015-12-05

People who watch violent films more likely to lie, cheat

Love watching movies with violent content? You may be more likely to lie, cheat or steal, according to a new study which found that exposure to violence could make people less ethical.
2015-12-04

Now, super strong dental fillings that don't corrode

Graphene oxide could be used to make non-toxic, super strong dental fillings that do not corrode, researchers have found.
2015-12-04

Moratorium on human gene editing on cards?

An international group of scientists meeting in Washington called on Thursday for what would, in effect, be a moratorium on making inheritable changes to the human genome.
2015-12-04

The sun could spew out huge superflares and put life on Earth in danger

The energy from the flares could be equivalent to a billion megaton bomb, destroying communication and energy systems
2015-12-04

Scientists find route to tuberculosis cure?

A team of scientists at CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, has discovered a key biological pathway that allows Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) - pathogen causing tuberculosis (TB) - to survive in oxygen deprived condition.
2015-12-04

Nasa's Hubble and Spitzer find faint galaxy from early universe

Using the combined power of Nasa's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes scientists have found the faintest object ever seen in the early universe. It existed about 400 million years after the big bang, 13.8 billion years ago.
2015-12-04

Sun's 'superflares' may ruin Earth life

Sun has the potential to produce superflares, with energy equivalent to a billion megaton bombs, which may severely disrupt power grids and communication systems on the Earth, a new study has found.
2015-12-04

Created: New substance harder than diamond

Until recently, diamond was the hardest known naturally occurring ma erial. But a new process appli ed to carbon has uncovered a substance that a group of scien ists say is even harder.
2015-12-04

Crucial to study transplant surgery outcomes: Experts

Stakeholders of organ donation have said that there is an urgent need to study the outcome of an organ transplant, including the quality of life. Mumbai so far has seen 453 cadaver kidneys transplants since 1997 but there is no information whatsoever about the outcome of these surgeries over the years.
2015-12-03

New antibiotic jab may treat whooping cough

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, causes painful fits of coughing and life-threatening symptoms in infants and has had a devastating impact worldwide.
2015-12-03

Almonds provide lesser calories than estimated: Study

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) has shown that whole almonds provide about 20% fewer calories than what was originally thought.
2015-12-02

Cabinet okays Bill on Regional Centre for Biotechnology

The Union Cabinet gave its approval for introduction of a Bill to provide legal status to the Regional Centre for Biotechnology in Faridabad.
2015-12-02

How rising seas are claiming a vulnerable nation

As policy makers discuss a climate change accord in Paris, for the Marshall Islands, spread out over 29 narrow coral atolls in the South Pacific, the destructive power of the rising seas is already an inescapable part of daily life.
2015-12-02

Rare fossil of horned dinosaur found from 'lost continent'

Scientists have uncovered the rare fossil of a dog-sized horned dinosaur in eastern North America that roamed the Earth up to 100 million years ago.
2015-12-02

Dating apps to blame for rise in HIV among Asian teens: UN

Dating apps are causing cases of HIV to increa se amongst Asian tee nagers, according to an United Nations' research.
2015-12-02

New diabetes cases, at long last, begin to fall in US

After decades of re lentless rise, the number of new cases of diabetes in the US has finally started to de cline. The rate fell by about a fifth from 2008 to 2014, accor ding to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first sus tained decline since the dise ase started to explode in the US about 25 years ago.
2015-12-02

The massive health benefits of giving up sugar and alcohol for just one month

A Dutch man recently did a one-month sugar and alcohol fast and watched his cholesterol, weight and blood pressure fall.
2015-12-01

This is what happens when you die, according to a bunch of different people who died

Many of their accounts align with a recent scientific study into the subject.
2015-12-01

Fishes too may have emotions, consciousness: Study

Fish may show 'emotional fever', a slight increase in body temperature in situations of stress linked to the emotions and consciousness, a new study suggests.
2015-12-01

2.5 million year old peach fossils found in China

A Chinese professor made a startling discovery in Kunming, capital of Yunnan in southwest China. Tao Su was looking at some rocks exposed by road works near his home when he found what looked like a peach pit embedded in it. Later analysis showed that it dated back to more than two and a half million years. Later seven more peach pits were found.
2015-12-01

In major shift, diabetes cases on the decline in the US

There is growing evidence that American eating habits, after decades of deterioration, have finally begun to improve. The once-surging rates of obesity, a major driver of Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, have flattened.
2015-12-01

What giving up sugar, alcohol can do for you in just one month

A Dutch man recently did a one-month sugar and alcohol fast and watched his cholesterol, weight and blood pressure fall.
2015-12-01

Scientists debate boundaries, ethics of human gene editing

Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering - a promise of cures for intractable diseases along with anxiety about designer babies.
2015-12-01

Israel aiming to recreate wine Jesus, King David drank

The new crisp, acidic and mineral white from a high-end Israeli winery was aged for eight months or, depending on how you look at it, at least 1,800 years.
2015-11-30

Build own video game story with this tool

Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, are developing a new tool that can allow people to easily build their own digital story worlds for video games consisting of smart characters and objects.
2015-11-30

A flexible, stretchable rubber keyboard

Scientists have developed a soft, flexible and stretchable keyboard using a type of rubber known as a dielectric elastomer that can be wrapped around any object.
2015-11-30

Could N-plants function for 80 yrs? US to decide

The US is set to become the first nation to decide whether its safe to operate nuclear power plants for 80 years, twice as long as initially allowed.
2015-11-30

New flexible, stretchable rubber keyboard developed

Scientists have developed a soft, flexible and stretchable keyboard using a type of rubber known as a dielectric elastomer that can be wrapped around any object.
2015-11-30

'We need to introduce Earth Science to improve India's climate'

Neel M Karia, a student from Mumbai, bagged a gold medal at International Earth Science Olympiad, which was held in Brazil. He spoke on his preparation for the competition, his experience and ways climate can be improved in India.
2015-11-30

IIT-M develops method to track cyclones accurately

To reduce the window of mistakes and to improve the accuracy of forecasts, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras are developing a technique that will depend that is fed into high quality data from satellites on supercomputers.
2015-11-30

Even 8 decades after invention, polygraph's accuracy contested

A polygraph, commonly known as lie detector, is a device used to detect lies by measuring several physiological variables of the person being questioned.
2015-11-29

Sugar-free drinks may not be 'tooth-friendly': Study

If you thought your teeth were safe since you switched to sugar-free drinks, think again! Scientists have warned that such drinks can cause measurable damage to the tooth enamel.
2015-11-29

High-fat diet may be harmful for your brain

High-fat diet may not only make us obese, but also cause cognitive impairment by prompting immune cells in the brain to consume the connections between neurons, a new study has warned.
2015-11-29

There are no true black holes: Scientist Abhas Mitra

Researcher who 'Upset the black hole applecart' says he got no support from kolkata in his path-breaking discovery
2015-11-29

Children who eat breakfast score higher marks

Nutritionists have already shown a link between eating breakfast and staying healthy.
2015-11-29

Weed-infused coffee the new cuppa of joy

It was during an endless drive home from a camping trip that American entrepreneur Adam Stites came up with his latest product.
2015-11-29

The world's `sexiest' robot is here

We all love robots -but could we one day actually fall in love with one? This is Android Geminoid F , an eerily lifelike humanoid which stole the show at the World Robot Exhibition in Beijing this week.
2015-11-29

Hepatitis C cure may cost as low as Rs 67k

In a move that comes as a huge relief to patients of chronic Hepatitis C, the apex committee of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has granted a waiver of local trials for crucial new direct-acting antiviral drugs treating the disease.
2015-11-29

'Lifestyle, obesity, late hours leading to breast cancer'

While cervical cancer is on decline, breast cancer cases are on rise due to obesity and lifestyle-related factors, said Dr Neeraja Bhatia, president, Association of Gynaecologic Oncologists of India, here.
2015-11-27

1 in 4 dengue patients at AIIMS didn't need blood transfusion: Study

A study has concluded that nearly one out of every four dengue patients (23.2%) administered platelet transfusion during the 2013 outbreak at AIIMS did not need it.
2015-11-26

First mirror installed on NASA's James Webb Telescope

NASA has successfully installed the first of 18 flight mirrors onto the James Webb Space Telescope, beginning a critical piece of the observatory's construction to replace the Hubble Space Telescope in 2018.
2015-11-26

Heart patient? Cut down on sitting time

If you are suffering from ailments related to the heart, make it a point to get up and move every half an hour as researchers have found that patients with heart disease who sit a lot have worse health even if they exercise.
2015-11-26

Source: Times of India News

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