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THE HISTORY OF THE GREAT STUPA OF SANCHI

24 Mar 17

Sanchi in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India is world renowned for stupas, temples, monolith Asokan pillar, sculptural wealth, and monasteries. It also houses the “Great Stupa of Sanchi” which is the oldest stone structure of the country.

 

In the 3rd century BC, Emperor Asoka the Great laid its foundation as a religious centre. Originally, the stupa was a low brick structure. It was covered on the top with a stone umbrella and surrounded at the base with a wooden railing.

 

During the Sunga period, the Asokan stupa was expanded, set with stones, and beautified with staircases, balustrades and a harmika on the crown.

 

The Andhra-Satavahanas, during the first century BC, created the extensively carved stone gateways to the Stupa. These exquisite carvings elaborately portray the important miracles and episodes from the life and events of Lord Buddha.

 

From the fourteenth century, Sanchi remained uncared for and deserted. In 1818, General Taylor rediscovered it; and in 1919, an archaeological museum was established here by Sir John Marshall. Later on, it was transformed into today’s museum site. Currently, a UNESCO project is excavating, conserving and environmentally developing a site 10km south-east of Sanchi.

 

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William McGregor to be Honoured again as his Grave is Redirected

21 Sep 17

William McGregor was a Scottish association football administrator in the Victorian era. He is regarded as the founder of the Football League that is the first organised association football league in the world. He was born in Braco, Perthshire, in 1846 and became the chairman of the Birmingham-based club in 1886 after that only he founded the Football League was formed on April 17, 1888.  The legendry Mr. McGregor was the promoter of the first football league in the world. As he was a great individual, The Aston Villa Supporters Trust has raised a good amount of money to clean up the grave of Mr. McGregor. Therefore the grave of the founder of the Football League has been rededicated. It was he who gave a league and a proper structure team format. The poor condition of the grave was brought into attention by Peter Lupson, a football author and a historian. Earlier in 2009 a statue of Mr McGregor was erected outside Villa Park. It is also proposed to engrave the sentence “Founder of the football league and chairman of Aston Villa FC” on his grave as he is valued as the father of all football leagues. It's a very important recognition, not just for Villa but for football in general across the world. This great person Mr. William, who died in 1911 at the age of 65, is going to be honoured in a grand ceremony and to be remembered forever for his great contribution.

Content Source: www.bbc.com

By: Anita Aishvarya


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Ancient Defense Mechanism is No Longer to Fight Viruses

21 Sep 17

It has never been easy for the living creatures like plants, insects, animals and the humans to survive with changing environment and elements that create threat to them. There is ancient defence mechanism in plants and insects that helps them to fight with various kinds of viruses which is encoded in the DNA.

It was considered by the scientists that the same kind of mechanism is present in humans that enable them to fight with viruses; however, researchers have come to a conclusion that this unique mechanism has come towards a big loss with time. There are two types of Argonaute proteins found in the organisms that are very important for the research namely: AGO1 and AGO2. It is essential that these proteins must evolve fast, as the viruses have a rapid adapting capability.

It was found during research that as AGO2 proteins indeed evolved much faster than that of AGO1 counterparts; however the speed was not the same in vertebrates. Over the time the capacity and speed of these Argonaute proteins have decreased. It is also true that with the developing of a secondary immune system in which antibodies, interferons, and T-cells are there to fight viruses; these proteins have lost their significance. Due to this it is found that RNA interference is more effective in insects than humans. We now depend upon other antibodies.

Content Source: www.sciencedaily.com

By: Anita Aishvarya


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Shikhar Dhawanto be Replaced in the Next International ODI

20 Sep 17

Sikhar Dhawn who is considered as the star of present cricket day, is supposed to be out of the series of one day matches against Australia.  A statement has been released by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday, announcing that Shikhar Dhawan will not be there to play in the one day series against Australia as his wife is not well. The first match of that series will be played in Chennai on 17th September. After the present announcement it is being speculated that Ajinkya Rahane would replace him. The Indian Vice Captain Rohit Sharma has also given some clue that Rahane may replace his opening partner Dhawan. Rohit Sharma said that Dhawan is a great player and starting from the Champions Trophy till the last tour of Sri Lanka, he has had performed wonderfully. But, there are a few players to replace him; Ajinkya Rahane is one of them.  He had played remarkably well in the West Indies series and won the man of the series title. Rohit Sharma expressed his trust in Rahane and said that Rahane is totally capable of performing and handling any kind of situation. In the interview Rohit Sharma said that it is the duty of the player to take up the role if the player at the other end is struggling. The strategy of the game is decided as per the requirement of the team.

By: Anita 


Concussion may lead Towards MS in Future

20 Sep 17

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By: Anita Aishvarya

Content: www.sciencedaily.com

 


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Veteran Tennis Player Leander Paes Plays for His Passion

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Leander might have been unseen in India's Davis Cup squad. However, the Indian tennis player is no mood to quit the game until now. Paes said he has nothing to prove to anyone at this stage of his career. Moreover, he also added that his career speaks for itself. The veteran sports person, Paes stated, “at this stage, I play because I love my tennis. I'm very passionate about being an athlete and the lifestyle it incorporates”.

As per the reports, Paes started his career at the age of 16 in 1990 and carries a record for the most Davis Cup doubles wins with 42 victories (equal to Nicola Pietrangeli). He was dropped by new non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi for the tie against Uzbekistan earlier this year.

In spite of the ignorance by his one-time partner, the 44-year-old Leander has not lost hope and by his own admission, he is still playing the game for the love of it.

Content: sports.ndtv.com

By: Priyanka Negi


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