16 Mar 2018

Retired Haryana IAS Officer Who Was Transferred 71 Times In 34 Years, Finally Gets Salary Now

 A total of 71 transfers in a bureaucratic career spanning over 34 years, IAS Pradeep Kasni has seen every corner of Haryana as his journey as a bureaucrat just ended. But, honesty comes at the price often so high that most people end up losing everything. Kasni, however, did otherwise and remained resilient throughout his career.

He paid the price for it. He had to serve at a post that didn’t exist. And since the post didn’t exist, he didn’t get the salary and other dues before he knocked the doors of the court and asked for his livelihood. After court’s intervention, Kasni received his salary for the last six months, just a few days before his retirement.

Kasni has been in news for several times and much like his fellow bureaucrat Ashok Khemka, Kasni has always stood for what was right, sometimes even at the cost of his position.

14 Mar 2018

Commonwealth Games 2018: Sardar Singh Axed As Hockey India Announce 18-Member Squad

Sardar Singh was skipper of the Indian team in the recently-concluded Sultan Azlan Shah Trophy.

Indian hockey veteran Sardar Singh, who led India to a fifth-place finish in the recently concluded Sultan Azlan Shah Trophy, has been dropped as Hockey India released the 18-member squad for the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia. The Games will begin on April 4 and India, who have been placed in Pool B along with Pakistan, Malaysia, Wales and England, will begin their campaign on April 7 against arch-rivals Pakistan.

Nidahas Trophy: Suresh Raina Goes Past Mahendra Singh Dhoni

MS Dhoni has been rested for the Nidahas Trophy tournament in Sri Lanka.

Suresh Raina scored a fine 27 runs off 15 balls in India's six-wicket win against Sri Lanka in their Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 match at R Premadasa Stadium on Monday. In the process, the left-hander has gone past Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the T20I most runs chart. Raina, who came to bat at number four, now has 1452 runs in T20Is, while Dhoni has 1444 runs under his belt. Ahead of the Monday's clash against the islanders, Raina needed 19 runs to go past his former captain Dhoni. Raina, who looked in ominous touch, smashed two boundaries and two sixes in his 15-ball knock before losing his wicket to Nuwan Pradeep.

Stephen Hawking, best-known theoretical physicist of his time, dies at 76

Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, died early Wednesday, a University of Cambridge spokesman said. He was 76 years old.

Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England.

The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Hawking wrote so lucidly of the mysteries of space, time and black holes that his book, "A Brief History of Time," became an international best seller, making him one of science's biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein.

5 Things That Pushed PV Sindhu Towards Her Dreams Of Progress

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu- this name is synonymous with sports and success in every Indian home. This 22-year old rose to fame after her power-packed stint in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she bagged the silver medal and returned home victorious! Since then, PV Sindhu has never looked back and has been on an exponential road to progress. But to be successful, we all do need a push! Recently, Sindhu went for Stayfree's event Dreams Of Progress in her St. Ann's Auxilium School (her alma mater). She spoke about how she reached towards her dreams, in her interview. Essentially there were some specific key factors that pushed her towards her Dreams of Progress. Here are those main factors: 

1.Her family's support.
Her parents were volleyball players (her dad being an Arjuna Award recipient), and her sister was a National handball player. While Sindhu chose neither of these sports, it sure did give her an ambient environment to pursue her passion in sports. From connecting her at the right academies, providing her with all her basic requirements, driving her down miles every day for practices, to even shifting their base to Gachibowli for her training requirements. Her parents indeed played a major role in shaping her career.

2. Her dream to progress and soar. 

Her dream since childhood was to represent India in badminton. For a young 8-year-old girl, that could have seemed too far-fetched, but Sindhu pressed hard towards her dream. Whether it is facing the toughies on the field or bodily functions like periods, Sindhu never let these hold her back and rather confided in confidantes like the Stayfree Secure XL, that helped her Dream of Progress.

3. Her inspiration - Coach Pullela Gopichand.

While her mom is her main inspiration, as she taught her to fight for her dreams and give each task her best, Pullela Gopichand's victory during the 2001 All England Open Badminton Championships, inspired Sindhu to start playing badminton. 

4. Her perserverance towards her passion. 

Since the age of 8, Sindhu started shuttling between school, homework and training. Her dad used to drive her from Secunderabad to Gachibowli for her training, while she took naps in the backseat. Even at that tender age, she used to travel for 4 hours every day and never turn up late for practice. Even her social circle ended up being limited as she was hardly around in school and college, still the girl stayed focussed on her goal. Back then, this was a reflection of her determination to soar high with her hard work and commitment.

5. Her exponential achievements that pushed her to go higher. 

It all started when in the under-13 category, Sindhu won the singles title at the Sub-Juniors in Pondicherry. After which, there was no stopping at all. She played her first international tournament at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships and won the bronze medal, entered the Top 20 List of the BWF World Rankings in 2012, won the bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and became the first female Indian to win the silver medal at Olympic Games. By stepping one milestone after another, she's been motivated only to run up and higher!

Just like Sindhu, all of us have dreams that we cherish in our hearts. But, not many of us manage to nourish and let those dreams sprout up high. We get scared of what the society might say, we bring in a million negative probabilities that could stumble us down, and so, often we just limit our dreams because of things that aren't even a problem! In Sindhu's interview, she shared her thoughts regarding this common phenomena due to which so many girls back out of their dreams. She said, "I have periods just like you. They are normal. Don't let them hold you back. I would encourage you too to never hold back during periods. I trust Stayfree to make me feel comfortable to push that little extra even during period days." Especially with the new Stayfree Secure XL sanitary napkins, one can have long-lasting protection and comfort during periods up to 12 hours. It is perfect to manage your heavy flow without the fear of leakage or the hassle of changing the pad every few hours. Something like Stayfree makes life so much more convenient and keeps us tension-free, while we are out on the run to pursue our dreams. 

Seriously, let's not stay in a box full of self-made impossibilities and rather step up and be unstoppable. If you really need a boost, Sindhu's motivational interview with her super-juniors at her alma mater will really help. Check it out here:


13 Mar 2018

Aadhaar Not Necessary For Bank Accounts, Phones For Now: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court's stand today means that a deadline of March 31 that was earlier declared for bank accounts and mobile phones to be linked to Aadhaar has now been extended till it decides on whether the Aadhaar Act is illegal

The Supreme Court has ruled that for now, citizens do not have to link their Aadhaar numbers to a range of services including bank accounts and mobile phones. The top court said that a biometric ID is mandatory for accessing social welfare schemes and subsidies, but till it decides on whether the government's demand for Aadhaar to be linked to private and public services is a violation of the right to privacy, the 12-digit unique number given to each citizen does not have to be linked to other services.

Why Nasa is going two million kilometres to mine an asteroid

are known to be treasure troves of precious minerals. A Nasa mission is under way to test the feasibility on a nearby asteroid, and a niche group of companies is ramping up to claim a piece of the pie

Nasa's Osiris-Rex, launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida in 2016, has travelled over 1.3 billion km since, orbiting the sun for a year and hurtling past Earth to change course toward near-Earth asteroid Bennu
In August, Osiris-Rex will capture its first images of Bennu and begin its 2 million-km approach, arriving in December. It will spend more than a year orbiting the asteroid to photograph and survey it.

This might be the place where China's uncontrolled toxic satellite Tiangong-1 hits earth

The fall of an out-of-control Chinese satellite Tiangong-1 carrying toxic fuels on Earth has been in the news for far too long. Scientists are not only speculating the time and area where it will crash but also the impact of the toxins on human life.


Multiple space agencies have speculated the time Tiangong-1 lands on Earth to be somewhere in the mid of March 2018 but recent news tells something else.

Nidahas Trophy 2018: Experiments unlikely as India face Bangladesh

India would like to throw the mathematical possibilities out of the window and seal their place in the final of the Twenty20 tri-series when they face a tricky Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Having suffered an unexpected defeat against Sri Lanka in their tournament-opener, it is highly unlikely that India will experiment against a resurgent Bangladesh in their final league stage match.

Bangladesh's confidence has been boosted by their record 215-run chase against Sri Lanka and a win against India will bolster their chances of making it to the finals.

Roger Federer moves on, Sloane Stephens loses again at Indian Wells

Roger Federer defeated the 25th seed Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-1 in pursuit of a record sixth BNP Paribas Open title on Monday.

Roger Federer rolled past No. 25 seed Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-1 in pursuit of a record sixth BNP Paribas Open title on Monday, while Sloane Stephens remained mired in her post-US Open slump. Federer improved to 65-5 since returning from a left knee injury last year with his third-round victory in a rare day match. The Swiss star’s young son, Lenny, watched from a box wearing a Superman cap.

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