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Pro Kabaddi 2016 kicks off with starry opening ceremony

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With the third season of the Pro Kabaddi League less than a week away, this indianexpress.com series takes a look at how the revamped squads shape up and how the changes could affect their fortunes this year. In focus today are U Mumba – defending 

With the third season of the Pro Kabaddi League less than a week away, this indianexpress.com series takes a look at how the revamped squads shape up and how the changes could affect their fortunes this year. In focus today are U Mumba – defending 

Sports Pro Kabaddi League kicked off on Saturday with Bollywood star Aamir Khan lending an emotional touch to the celebration through a patriotic rendition of the National Anthem. The Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium at Visakhapatnam wore a festive mood 

The third season of the Pro Kabaddi League features 26 international players from as many as 11 countries, who, excluding the Asian sub-continent, hail from countries like Japan, Oman, Thailand, Indonesia as well as Kenya and Poland. Pro Kabaddi 

The third season of the Pro Kabaddi League features 26 international players from as many as 11 countries, who, excluding the Asian sub-continent, hail from countries like Japan, Oman, Thailand, Indonesia as well as Kenya and Poland. Pro Kabaddi 

'Airlift'' Soars In India As 'Mastizaade' And 'Saala Khadoos' Splutter On Take-Off

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Directed and written by Milap Zaveri, Mastizaade stars former adult actress Sunny Leone in the dual roles of twin sisters Laila and Lily, who run a sex addiction clinic. Each is pursued by womanizing bachelors played by Tusshar Kapoor and Vir Das.

A few weeks ago after watching the promos of the two much hyped comedies I had updated my Facebook status with: “Getting horribly confused between Kya Kool Hain Hain Hum 3 and Mastizaade. Which is what?” Now, having watched Mastizaade a week 

Mastizaade box office collections opened on a slow note, garnering Rs 7.99 crore on day 1 as the Sunny Leone sex comedy was unable to draw the masses to the theatres – it had an occupancy rate of 30 per cent on Friday and that translated to a not too 

Sunny Leone couldn't have asked for a better promotional boost for Mastizaade than that Bhupender Chaubey interview on IBN Live's Hot Seat earlier this month. Not that there's a chance in hell you missed it, but basically his line of questioning was 

Mastizaade box office collections opened on a slow note, garnering Rs 7.99 crore on day 1 as the Sunny Leone sex comedy was unable to draw the masses to the theatres – it had an occupancy rate of 30 per cent on Friday and that translated to a not too 

?Coldplay in the adventure of a lifetime

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Jan
31

Another asks, "@coldplay don't exoticize us. You've been to the clubs and everything.Why do you want to make it seem like all we do is dance in the streets?" Well, because, what is India if not a mystical, exotic, third world land where everybody does

Forget the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show and all those Grammys, Coldplay front-man Chris Martin got the ultimate honor — a nickname from David Bowie. "He called me Sticky Martinez for some reason," the singer tells "CBS Sunday Morning With Charles 

On Jan. 29, the British rock band released the video for its new single, Hymn for the Weekend—and instantly drew attention for its unimaginative, cliched portrayal of India and cultural appropriation. On the bright side, though, the video's got some

Forget the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show and all those Grammys, Coldplay front-man Chris Martin got the ultimate honor — a nickname from David Bowie. "He called me Sticky Martinez for some reason," the singer tells "CBS Sunday Morning With Charles 

Rock giants Coldplay sparked a debate on Friday when the British band released the official video for "Hymn for the Weekend," an Eastern-infused cut with tinkering bells, swirling vocals and crescendos that also features powerhouse American artist Beyoncé.

Michael Clarke, former Australia captain, announces return to cricket

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“Not having Dale and Vernon was a big blow but it's an opportunity to test the depth of South African cricket and to provide opportunities for the fringe bowlers to step up and put in some good performances. The big concern is the fact that Rabada and

In addition to the new handset, Cricket is currently offering a $50 bill credit for customers who port their phone number over. Under the promo, the ZTE Grand X 3 would be $80. A separate deal sees Cricket discounting phones as part of a tax-season

"When I was playing for Australia I was focused on Test and one-day cricket. I walked away from that, now I have the opportunity to focus on the shorter form of the game if I enjoy this game." Australia's coach Darren Lehmann welcomed Clarke's return.

After waiting 106 years to challenge for cricket's Hawke Cup for the first time, success has been achieved remarkably quickly by a Buller side that stunned holders Canterbury Country in a dramatic encounter Rangiora on Sunday. Country seemed in control

an outstanding century by the stand-in captain Shane Watson, who showed why he should be indispensable to the team's campaign on the same day his former team-mate Michael Clarke announced he intended to return to cricket after a five-month break.

PM Modi talks of Crop Insurance Scheme, Start-Up India in the latest episode of ‘Mann ki Baat’

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NEW DELHI: Highlighting benefits of the just-announced Crop Insurance Scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday said that awareness about it should be spread across the country so that at least 50 per cent of the farmers join it within two years.

He also pitched for continued efforts to popularize Khadi and awareness to save girl child, mentioned about the recently launched ‘Start-Up India’ programme and talked about the upcoming International Fleet Review to be held in Visakhapatnam.

Modi said he needs the “maximum help” from people about spreading awareness regarding the Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme which was launched earlier this month.

“In our country, a lot is said in the name of farmers. I don’t want to get involved in that debate. But farmers face a major crisis. In natural calamity, their entire effort goes waste. His one year goes waste. To give him security, only one thing comes to mind and that is crop insurance,” he said in this year’s first edition of the monthly radio programme.

“In (the New Year) 2016, the central government has given a big gift to the farmers — Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme. This scheme has been brought not for the purpose that it should be praised or the Prime Minister should be hailed,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that for so many years, there has been a talk regarding crop insurance but “not more than 20-25 per cent” of the country’s farmers had been been able to benefit from such schemes.

“Can we take a pledge that we should connect at least 50 per cent of the farmers to this scheme in two years? I need this help from you. Because if a farmer joins the scheme, he will get huge help during a natural calamity,” he said.

Modi said this time, the scheme has got “wide acceptability because it has been made quite extensive and easy and involves use of technology. Not only this. If something happens to the crop within 15 days after harvest, even then help is assured.”

Usage of technology will ensure speedy assessment and disbursement of compensation, he said.

“The biggest thing is that the rate of premium has been kept so low which nobody would have imagined. The rate of premium for Kharif crop has been kept 2 per cent while for Rabi crop it is one-and-a-half per cent.

“Now tell me, if any farmer is deprived of the benefits of this scheme, will he not suffer loss? I want the awareness about this scheme to spread,” he said.

The Prime Minister also referred to the ‘Start-Up India’ scheme rolled out on January 16 and said it had infused new energy among the youth.

He said there was a wrong notion earlier that the initiative is limited to the sophisticated area of Information Technology and now it has become clear that there are enormous opportunities under this programme in all kinds of sectors and areas, including farming.

In this regard, he gave some examples of startup in farming sector in Sikkim which was recently declared an Organic State. He invited more examples of startup initiatives.

In his nearly 30-minute radio broadcast, Modi also talked about cleanliness and beautification efforts being made in the country as also the upcoming South Asian games to be held in Guwahati and board examinations for Class X and XII.

Referring to efforts of beautifying places like railway stations, bus stands, temples, mosques, churches, besides keeping them clean, he asked people to send photos to him displaying this endeavour.

He also appealed to people to keep statues clean as a mark of respect to departed leaders.

Modi also underlined the importance of duty of citizens along with their rights.

He referred to the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi which was on January 30 and said people should every year observe a two-minute silence at 11am in the memory of the country’s martyrs.

Talking about popularizing of Khadi regarding which he had issued an appeal in his first ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme in October 2014, the Prime Minister said more and more youth are now using Khadi products.

With regard to the International Fleet Review being held from February 4 to 8 in Visakhapatnam, Modi said naval assets several countries across the world will participate in the event being hosted by India.

He said the event is of major significance and importance in the maritime history.

While talking about the upcoming board examinations, Modi asked the students to appear without tension or anxiety.

He asked the successful students of last year to send their examples to him so that he could publicize them and the students appearing now could learn how to appear without tension.

He said people can listen to the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ episodes again by giving a missed call to the number 8190881908.

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Angelique Kerber Stuns Serena Williams, The Australian Open Final As It Happened

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Highlights of Angelique Kerber's win against Serena Williams to claim a first major title at the Australian Open on Saturday. The German upset the odds to deny the world No1 her seventh crown in Melbourne and the chance to pull level with Steffi Graf

Serena Williams talks to the press after losing the Australian Open final to Angelique Kerber on Saturday. Kerber upset the odds to deny the world No1 her seventh crown in Melbourne and the chance to pull level with Steffi Graf on 22 grand slam victories.

Highlights of Angelique Kerber's win against Serena Williams to claim a first major title at the Australian Open on Saturday. The German upset the odds to deny the world No1 her seventh crown in Melbourne and the chance to pull level with Steffi Graf

“The very notion of Cam Newton being unapologetically black in a position historically reserved by white men, makes him the Serena Williams of football. Like Serena, Cam is met with defiance when he plays, when he expresses his emotion and especially 

Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates after winning a point against Serena Williams of the United States during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila).

Google celebrates Amrita Sher-Gil's 103rd birthday with 'Three Girls' doodle

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Google Doodle hari ini memperingati hari lahir Amrita Sher-Gil yang ke -103. Amrita Sher-Gil merupakan seorang pelukis terkenal di dunia yang berasal dari India. Amrita Sher-Gil adalah seorang pelukis wanita India termahal yang terkenal dengan 100 

Hosting the first All-India Exhibition of Arts, Virsa Vihar celebrated artist Amrita Shergill's 103rd birth anniversary. The exhibition invited entries from across the country in two categories -– professional and amateur. Local Bodies minister Anil

Hosting the first All-India Exhibition of Arts, Virsa Vihar celebrated artist Amrita Shergill's 103rd birth anniversary. The exhibition invited entries from across the country in two categories -– professional and amateur. Local Bodies minister Anil

AMRITA SHER-GIL, 103 ANNI FA NASCEVA FRIDA, L'ARTISTA CHE COLORO' L'INDIA: LA VITA E LA CARRIERA (DOODLE DI GOOGLE OGGI, SABATO 30 GENNAIO 2016) – 103 auguri vivissimi ad Amrita Sher-Gil, la celebre pittrice Indiana conosciuta 

Google tribute to Amrita Sher-Gil. Google paid tribute to India's eminent painter Amrita Sher-Gil on Saturday by dedicating a doodle of her famous painting of three girls on her 103rd birth anniversary.

MK Dons 1-4 Chelsea LIVE score: Hazard scores penalty as Oscar gets a hat …

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44min: You know on video games when you are playing it on easy level and you can just run through any defence and score. This is what the first half has been like for Chelsea. Oscar cuts inside from the left and without any challenge whatsoever makes

Two-time CCL champions Karnataka Bulldozers will be locking horns with Kerala Strikers in their second match on Sunday, 31 January, at Nehru Stadium, Kochi. After convincingly beating Chennai Rhinos, Karnataka Bulldozers is brimming with confidence 

It took 65 minutes, but fourth-ranked Kansas prevailed over No. 20 Kentucky by a score of 90-84 to extend the Jayhawks' home winning streak to 35 games in the marquee game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Wayne Selden Jr. led the way for the Wildcats with 

It took 65 minutes, but fourth-ranked Kansas prevailed over No. 20 Kentucky by a score of 90-84 to extend the Jayhawks' home winning streak to 35 games in the marquee game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Wayne Selden Jr. led the way for the Wildcats with 

Murray vs Djokovic live score and result from Australian Open 2016 final. Updated 12:50, 31 Jan 2016; By Alex Richards. British No.1 Murray went into his fifth Australian Open final looking for a first win – but was beaten in straight sets by the

INDIA vs AUSTRALIA 2ND T20 LIVE SCORES |

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The duo are being rested for the New Zealand series. That allows two others an opportunity to shine with a good performance likely to be seen favourably by the selectors who are due to pick the team for the T20 World Cup to be played in India in March.

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Not only did the batting come good in the first innings, the bowlers too put in a stellar performance – that has come to be expected from an Indian T20 side. And India will be hoping for more of the same when they square up the Aussies in the second

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Ravichandran Ashwin heaps praises on Virat Kohli saying Kohli's presence spreads motivation in the Indian camp. “The way he bats, the amount of confidence he executes on his fellow teammates, the way he comes out ad expresses himself–obviously that 

Rahul Gandhi Likens Rohith Vemula To Mahatma Gandhi: 10 Developments

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On this day, 68 years ago, Mahatma Gandhi had breathed his last after being fatally shot while on his way to a prayer meeting at the Birla House. Here are a few things to know about his assassination: Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated at the age of 79 at

On this day, 68 years ago, Mahatma Gandhi had breathed his last after being fatally shot while on his way to a prayer meeting at the Birla House. Here are a few things to know about his assassination: Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated at the age of 79 at

Hyderabad, January 30: Rahul Gandhi on January 30 went on a day-long fast at Hyderabad Central University backing protesting students on the Dalit scholar suicide issue and accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS of trying to crush the spirit of 

dna Web Team | Sat, 30 Jan 2016-08:23am , Mumbai , dna webdesk. Remembering the father of the nation on his 68th death anniversary. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. Here are some quotes to remember him by. 1. The weak can 

New Delhi: The nation today remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 68th death anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the country in paying homage to the Father of the Nation. President Mukherjee, Vice 

Carlisle United v Everton: FA Cup fourth round – live!

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The club's Premier League title hopes have been hurt by the losses to Southampton and Chelsea while there have been the draws at Liverpool and Stoke City but their FA Cup defence remains on track. It was a decent enough tie, with Burnley playing a full 

Carlisle United v Everton: FA Cup fourth round – live! Updates from the game at Brunton Park as Carlisle look to cause a shock; Saturday Sundae: Villa Park venom and Woking fan's linesman cameo · Football League: your thoughts – Wycombe's 46-year-old 

The draw for the FA Cup fifth round will take place this evening with Man United and Arsenal among those already through. In fact, there were only two draws in yesterday's action – West Brom vs Peterborough and Liverpool vs West Ham – meaning we'll

The FA Cup fifth round takes place on Sunday as the road to Wembley draws nearer after another exciting weekend of knockout football. Last season's winners Arsenal, Manchester United and City are all in the hat for the draw with the Premier League's

The FA Cup fifth round takes place on Sunday as the road to Wembley draws nearer after another exciting weekend of knockout football. Last season's winners Arsenal, Manchester United and City are all in the hat for the draw with the Premier League's

Amir ‘not at his best, but getting there’

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Mohammad Amir picked up five wickets across his first two ODIs in five years, while conceding only 3.9 runs an over © Getty Images

Mohammad Amir claimed 5 for 67 across his first two ODIs in five years, and was described as the “pick of Pakistan’s bowlers” by Martin Guptill, but Waqar Younis believes he is still some distance from his best.

Amir’s efforts in the T20 series had been modest. A promising start in Auckland petered out to two wicketless performances in Hamilton and Wellington. But he was arguably the bowler of the brief ODI series, from either team. Trent Boult took one more wicket than Amir, but conceded runs at 5.55 an over to Amir’s 3.9.

The ODI at Eden Park saw Amir claim a wicket with his first delivery – his bouncer too quick for Brendon McCullum, who mis-hit the ball to fine leg. Amir has been breaching 140kph throughout the tour, and has also occasionally swung and seamed the ball. Movement in the air was a feature of his first spell on Sunday.

“I still feel Amir’s not at his best at the moment,” Waqar said. “I always knew that it’s going to take some time. But he’s getting there. He’s started swinging the ball back at right-handers, which I think is key for the left-arm fast bowlers. And he’s getting his pace back.”

Amir’s first spell at Eden Park was particularly impressive, as he claimed figures of 1 for 15 from five Powerplay overs, while the New Zealand batsmen reaped 37 for 0 from the five overs delivered from the other end. He raised two lbw appeals in that time, and also beat the edges of Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. Those two batsmen would go on to score more than 80 apiece, and have also been in excellent form throughout the home season.

“Amir didn’t give us too many bad balls,” Guptill said of that first spell. “He got the ball swinging, which he hasn’t done all series. It was a bit tougher today, and he bowled very well. He was definitely the pick of the Pakistani bowlers. He’s proving what a world-class bowler he still is.”

Amir’s comeback tour has drawn a mixed range of reactions from spectators and fellow players. There was rankling within the Pakistan side before the tour, but after the team arrived in Auckland, Wahab Riaz said he was glad to have Amir in the side. ODI captain Azhar Ali also later said he and Amir had “moved on” and resolved their differences.

Elsewhere, there had been warm applause for Amir in his comeback T20 match at Eden Park, but was also made fun of by some fans, and a ground announcer who played a cash-register sound effect during one of his spells. This was ostensibly a dig at Amir’s history with spot-fixing.

“There’s still a lot of pressure for Amir, playing international cricket,” Waqar said. “We’re trying to ease him into it – not expecting blasts from him. As long as he gets to his peak, when the time is right, hopefully he’ll deliver the goods for Pakistan.”

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

Carlisle United v Everton: FA Cup fourth round – live!

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Their top scorer, the 12-goal Jabo Ibehre, starts on the bench – surely League Two players aren't being rested for cup ties now? – while the well travelled Derek Asamoah is an obvious dangerman. They are 13th in League Two but are only five points off

Tottenham made it to the fifth round with an impressive display against League One strugglers. Updated 23h ago. Report; Min-by-min; Preview · Stats. Eric Dier celebrates his goal with Trippier. Eric Dier celebrates Tottenham's second. Photograph: Dylan 

I hope to have this problem as soon as possible.” Eden Hazard is expected to return to the Chelsea starting line-up for the FA Cup fourth-round tie at MK Dons this afternoon and Hiddink backed the Belgian to put his run of injuries and poor form behind

The FA Cup fifth round takes place on Sunday as the road to Wembley draws nearer after another exciting weekend of knockout football. Last season's winners Arsenal, ***Chelsea***, Manchester United and City are all in the hat for the draw with the

The FA Cup fifth round takes place on Sunday as the road to Wembley draws nearer after another exciting weekend of knockout football. Last season's winners Arsenal, ***Chelsea***, Manchester United and City are all in the hat for the draw with the

Angelique Kerber Stuns Serena Williams, The Australian Open Final As It Happened

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Highlights of Angelique Kerber's win against Serena Williams to claim a first major title at the Australian Open on Saturday. The German upset the odds to deny the world No1 her seventh crown in Melbourne and the chance to pull level with Steffi Graf

Angelique Kerber, the first German to win a grand slam singles title this century, speaking to the crowd and Serena Williams as she held the trophy: “You are really an inspiration for so many people and so many tennis players. You are an unbelievable

“The very notion of Cam Newton being unapologetically black in a position historically reserved by white men, makes him the Serena Williams of football. Like Serena, Cam is met with defiance when he plays, when he expresses his emotion and especially 

Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates after winning a point against Serena Williams of the United States during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila).

Serena Williams (left) and Angelique Kerber share a laugh after they were presented their Australian Open trophies. Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2016 12:00 am. Tennis: Kerber upsets Serena Williams to win Australian women's single title BY JOHN PYE 

Australia Vs India 3rd T20 Live Streaming Info: Cricket Live Score Match …

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Watch free live streaming of Match 4 of Masters Champions League T20 (MCLT20) 2016 between Gemini Arabians take and Leo Lions on Saturday at the Dubai International Stadium. The Gemini Arabians vs Leo Lions match starts at 04:30 pm (IST).

Cricket fans can relive their greatest memories when they watch a Master Champions League T20 cricket doubleheader streaming live online for free on Friday, with two back-to-back matches from Dubai International Cricket Stadium, featuring some of the 

Watch free live streaming of Match 4 of Masters Champions League T20 (MCLT20) 2016 between Gemini Arabians take and Leo Lions on Saturday at the Dubai International Stadium. The Gemini Arabians vs Leo Lions match starts at 04:30 pm (IST).

Watch free live streaming of Match 4 of Masters Champions League T20 (MCLT20) 2016 between Gemini Arabians take and Leo Lions on Saturday at the Dubai International Stadium. The Gemini Arabians vs Leo Lions match starts at 04:30 pm (IST).

Cricket fans can relive their greatest memories when they watch a Master Champions League T20 cricket doubleheader streaming live online for free on Friday, with two back-to-back matches from Dubai International Cricket Stadium, featuring some of the 

Liverpool 0-0 West Ham United: FA Cup fourth round – as it happened

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Arsenal moved through to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Burnley on Saturday afternoon. It leaves the Gunners on track to become the first team since Blackburn in the 19th century to record a hat-trick of FA Cup wins. Calum Chambers 

Arsenal moved through to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Burnley on Saturday afternoon. It leaves the Gunners on track to become the first team since Blackburn in the 19th century to record a hat-trick of FA Cup wins. Calum Chambers 

Arsenal moved through to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Burnley on Saturday afternoon. It leaves the Gunners on track to become the first team since Blackburn in the 19th century to record a hat-trick of FA Cup wins. Calum Chambers 

Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United's improved display in the FA Cup victory over Derby County on Friday night was down to Louis van Gaal allowing his players more freedom to express themselves. United won 3-1 at the iPro Stadium to progress to 

Tottenham made it to the fifth round with an impressive display against League One strugglers. Updated 18h ago. Report; Min-by-min; Preview · Stats. Eric Dier celebrates his goal with Trippier. Eric Dier celebrates Tottenham's second. Photograph: Dylan 

Download MP Vyapam MPCDF 2016 Admit Card from mpvyapam.nic.in

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Vyapam 'Whistleblower': 'Too many guards, they even follow me to toilet'. Last week, he was given night security. This was after the police complained that he he had given the slip to his guards and reached Delhi by himself ahead of a deposition in a

Madhya Pradesh 'Vyapam' being cleansed of flaws: Minister. The minister said the government has announced a reward for invigilators who detect any wrongdoings on part of students appearing for any tests for recruitment or for admission to professional 

vyapam Central Bureau of Investigation yesterday conducted searches at seven places in Bhopal in connection with Vyapam scam. Searches were conducted at residential premises of suspects in Transport Constable Recruitment Examination 2012 and the 

Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) also known as Vyapam is soon going to take written examinations for the recruitment for positions M.P. State Co-Operative Dairy Federation Limited on 21st February 2016. The vacancies include 

Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) also known as Vyapam is soon going to take written examinations for the recruitment for positions M.P. State Co-Operative Dairy Federation Limited on 21st February 2016. The vacancies include 

Malaika Arora Khan, Arbaaz Khan Reportedly Headed For Splitsville

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The irony is hard to miss. Reality show 'Power Couple', which hit the tube last month with Arbaaz Khan with wife Malaika Arora Khan as hosts, has been putting crazily-in-love celebrity couples through various tasks to test their compatibility. However

The irony is hard to miss. Reality show 'Power Couple', which hit the tube last month with Arbaaz Khan with wife Malaika Arora Khan as hosts, has been putting crazily-in-love celebrity couples through various tasks to test their compatibility. However

While some websites conjectured that Malaika has not been shooting due to some personal issues between the couple, it has now emerged that the actress was signed on only for a few episodes from the very beginning. Also read: Power Couple: Delnaaz 

While some websites conjectured that Malaika has not been shooting due to some personal issues between the couple, it has now emerged that the actress was signed on only for a few episodes from the very beginning. Also read: Power Couple: Delnaaz 

While some websites conjectured that Malaika has not been shooting due to some personal issues between the couple, it has now emerged that the actress was signed on only for a few episodes from the very beginning. Also read: Power Couple: Delnaaz 

Humans’ appetite for giant eggs led to extinction of 500-pound bird

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Ancient humans ate the eggs of gigantic, flightless birds, a recent study finds.

The study was conducted by a team of Australian and American scientists, who analyzed burn patterns on eggshell fragments.

The giant bird, which scientists have dubbed Genyornis newtoni, weighed roughly 500 pounds and stood about seven feet tall. Its eggs would have been the size of cantaloupes, and likely weighed 3.5 pounds. Genyornis was just one of many massive ancient animals, a group that scientists collectively call megafauna.

Other gargantuan examples of Australia’s frightening animal past include a 1,000 pound kangaroo and a wombat the size of a moderately sized car. Despite their impressive size, these megafauna were no match for humans; about 85 percent of these animals went extinct after people arrived on the scene.

The study, published Friday in the science journal Nature Communications, is the first to shine some light on the connection between humans and the extinction of Australia’s gigantic megafauna.

“We consider this the first and only secure evidence that humans were directly preying on now-extinct Australian megafauna,” Gifford Miller, a geology professor at University of Colorado, Boulder.

The cause of Australia’s megafauna extinction has been much debated in scientific circles for over a hundred years.

One popular theory is that climate change catalyzed a mass extinction among the megafauna. However, the continental drying that occurred about 40,000-60,000 years ago (main suspect) was less severe than an earlier climate shift during the Pleistocene epoch.

Since the megafauna were able to survive through the Pleistocene’s climatic shift, it seems unlikely that later, less severe climate change would do them in.

“The lack of clear evidence regarding human predation on the Australia megafauna had, until now, been used to suggest no human-megafauna interactions occurred,” says Professor Miller, “despite evidence that most of the giant animals still roamed Australia when humans colonized the continent.”

Scientists are not sure precisely when humans arrived in Australia. They do know that the continent’s earliest inhabitants landed on Australia’s northern coast after a several hundred mile raft journey from Indonesia, and that by about 47,000 years ago they had scattered across the continent.

To determine the link between humans and Genyornis, scientists first examined eggshells from the bird’s nesting sites in sand dunes. Using optically stimulated luminescence dating, an age determining technique that examines quartz grains in the eggshells to determine when they were last exposed to sunlight, scientists dated the shells to between 44,000 and 54,000 years old.

In about 200 of the 2,000 egg sites that scientists sampled, the eggshells were blackened and burned.

In order to rule out wildfire as the reason for the burned shells, scientists studied the amino acid decomposition of the eggshells. Instead of being uniformly burned all over, as eggs caught in wildfire would be, the amino acids in the shells exhibited a gradient of decomposition. They were more burnt on one end than the other, indicating cooking fires rather than wild fires.

The burnt eggshell fragments were also found in tight clusters, and exhibited signs of being cooked in fires up to 1,000 Fahrenheit, far hotter than a natural bush fire.

Try as they might, Miller and his team were unable to come up with a scenario in which the eggshell blackening occurred due to natural causes. Miller says, “We instead argue that the conditions are consistent with early humans harvesting Genyornis eggs, cooking them over fires, and then randomly discarding the eggshell fragments in and around their cooking fires.”

Ancient emu eggshells in Australia have been found to exhibit the same characteristics of the burnt Genyornis eggshells, adding strength to the team’s argument.

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