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Playing Chess Can Make Children Smarter

20 Feb 17

As per a study, chess is the most loved game among all age groups since it was first played in Afghanistan back in 600 AD. The scientists have claimed that people who play chess have a sharper brain than who do not.

The scientists added that the nature of this game calls for mental acuity and perceptiveness among many other skills. Additionally, a person’s expertise in the game can easily convince someone else of his overall intellectual adeptness.

As per the studies performed in various institutional settings, the game of chess has shown to yield a number of cognitive benefits in children such as boosting brain power, improving IQ, and enhancing arithmetical skills, etc.

Besides children, chess is also beneficial for elderly people, suggested the scientists. According to a chess enthusiast, Ben Franklin playing chess can enhance crucial skills of circumspection, careful observation, caution, percipience, and forethought. Franklin has also written an essay (On the Morals of Chess) which he has elaborated about the effective benefit of playing chess.


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Love for Physics, Mathematics and Stephen Hawking

22 Mar 18

Where did the Universe come from? A question that intrigued Stephen W.Hawking, the Cambridge university Physicist, author of bestselling book,” A Brief History of Time”, which sold more than 10 million copies . A leader of his generation in exploring gravity and studying the properties of “Black holes’.

What is a black hole? Black hole is a place in space, the gravitational pull of the black holes are so strong that even light cannot get out. Light travels along geodesics and hence paths of lights are actually curved due to gravitational forces. Hawking discovered that the black holes weren’t black after all and that these black holes would eventually fizzle, radiation leak out of them and them and then at a certain point explodes and disappears over an indefinite very long period of time.

Stephen Hawking visited India in January 2001. He described his 16 day’s tour as magnificent. He was the first to receive the “Sarojini Damodaran Fellowship.

For his transportation during his stay Mahindra and Mahindra had designed special vehicle that accommodate his wheelchair. He was invited to the Rashtrapati Bhawan where he met the then President K.R. Narayanan, who expressed his 45 minute meeting with the Physicist as “an unforgettable experience”

Stephen Hawking delivered several lectures and interacted with Indian Astrophysicist and mathematicians and expressed that he found Indians are very good at Math and physics. He also visited the Jantar Mantar and Kutub Minar while in Delhi.

Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76 on 14th March 2018.


By: Madhuchanda Saxena

Content: http://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/physicist-stephen-hawking-on-his-maiden-india-visit-had-lauded-indians-for-their-expertise-in-maths-and-physics-4389959.html

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The Olympic Gold Quest and Vinesh Phogat.

22 Mar 18

Speak about the movie ‘Dangal’, and the life of Vinesh Phogat flashes across our minds. Story of the wrestler sisters of Haryana. Amazing and quite hard to believe, the Indian state where female infanticide make news headlines, there was a family whose patriarch, Mahavir Phogat defied all orthodox norms of the society and trained six girls to be professional wrestlers.

Vinesh has had participated in many tournament and won accolades for her performance. In 2013, New Delhi she won a bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling championship. She won a silver medal at Johannesburg, in the women’s free style 51 kg category. She represented India in the commonwealth games in Glasgow in 2014 and won the Gold medal.

Year 2018 is an important year for Vinesh as the Commonwealth and the Asian Games are coming up. Post this event, Vinesh is all focused to win a medal for the country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Olympic Gold Quest, a nonprofit foundation that supports and trains the best of Indian athletes has announced to support Vinesh who is eyeing for a podium finish in 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh currently competes in the 50 kg category.

The CEO of Olympic Gold Quest, a former Olympian, Viren Rasquinha, informed Vinesh Phogat will be supported with a physiotherapist, sports psychologist and also a nutritionist. He emphasized that Olympic Gold Quest is committed to provide her with all necessary support for her training and preparation for the big day.


By: Madhuchanda Saxena

Content: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/wrestling/ogq-support-for-wrestler-vinesh-phogat/articleshow/63300402.cms

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India Vs Sri Lanka T20I, Nidahas Trophy 2018: Statistical preview

21 Mar 18

After losing to Sri Lanka in the first match of the Nidahas Trophy, the Indian cricket team defeated Bangladesh in the second match of the tournament. The bowlers who had a little difficulty in gathering their pace in the first match against Sri Lanka performed a lot better against Bangladesh. Shikhar Dhawan's half century helped Indian team batsmen to complete the chase comfortably. India was able to achieve the target of 139 that was set by Bangladesh with notable contributions from Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina as well.

Sri Lanka lost to Bangladesh just a few days ago but still remains on the top with Indian cricket team, led by Rohit Sharma standing at the second position on the table. The Tigers broke the record of the highest run chase ever accomplished in a T20I by an Asian side after chasing down 215. All the three teams are set to reach the finals now. However, if India is able to beat Sri Lanka in their second match, they would be one step closer to the final.

Shikhar Dhawan has delivered in almost every match and has scored a total of 288 runs in his 5 T20I innings so far. Manish Pandey has delivered some quite consistent performances as well. Among the bowling line-up, Jaydev Unadkat has become a crucial part for the team. Washington Sundar has also given some spectacular bowling in the first two matches. Let's see if the Men in Blue come out victorious this time around.


By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/india-sri-lanka-bangladesh-tri-series/nidahas-trophy-2018-india-vs-sri-lanka-4th-t20i-statistical-preview/articleshow/63264276.cms

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8 Women In Indian Army Who Proved There Is No Male Dominated Profession

21 Mar 18

Among the brave heroes in the Indian army, who have every bit of grit and determination in them, we have some extraordinary women in the armed forces who are part of the history too:

Punita Arora: She has served in the army for 37 years and is first female Vice Admiral in the navy and also first woman to hold the rank of Lieutenant General in the Indian Armed Forces.

Padmavathy Bandopadhyay: She has set her own bar with being the first woman to become Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force, become a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Society and conduct an experiment in extreme cold conditions at North Pole.

Divya Ajith Kumar: At just a tender age of 21, she became the first woman in the Indian Army to be presented with the 'Sword of Honor'.

Priya Jhingan: In 1992, Priya became the first woman to join the Indian Army. Indian Army opened admissions to women much later than Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force.

Ganeve Lalji: She was the first woman to receive the distinction of aide-de-camp in the Indian Army. She proved her ability after several hardships.

Deepika Misra: Deepika was the first IAF woman pilot who underwent training for the helicopter aerobatic team, Sarang. The team is one of the only four helicopter military display team in the world.

Shanti Tigga: Shanti was 35 and mother to 2 kids when she finished 1.5 km run 5 seconds before her male co-cadets to become first jawan of the Indian army.

Nivedita Choudhary: Nivedita is the first woman from the Indian Air Force to reach to the peak of Mt.Everest. 

By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: https://www.scoopwhoop.com/armed-forces-women-pioneers/?ref=latest&utm_source=home_latest&utm_medium=desktop#.zuri1cb95

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Meenakshi Amma - Kalaripayattu

19 Mar 18

Meet Meenakshi Amma, Kalaripayattu expert and exponent in wielding the urumi. At 76, she received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award during the year 2018. Amma's tryst with the art began from a very tender age, when she was hardly of five years.

Even then, VV Raghavan (or Raghavan master as he was called), the founder and teacher at the Kadathanadan Kalari Sangham school, sensed the innate talent of his young student. Despite his reputation as a tough task master, he was impressed by her nimble footwork, rhythmic movements, agility and dedication. Meenakshi supported her Master Raghavan in running the school and work there as his assistant. This art of Kalaripayattu is a male dominated domain and women clad wrapped in a saree generally avoid the hassle but Meenakshi Amma at 76 have broken the myths with her expertise. Her agility, fitness, defense techniques, counter attack, and swift movement generated million fans.     

Every year, Amma's school trains around 200 students from various parts of the world and does not charge students. Only donation or dakshina is obtained from students that are offered on completion of the course. Amma reveals how Raghavan begin his journey by starting the school by his own and teaching the local boys free of cost. Since then, Amma is following his footsteps.     

As revealed by many of the trainees, dedication and hard work is the key to Meenakshi Amma's tremendous success as a Kalaripayattu trainer. Though Amma is the proud recipient of one of the highest civilian award, she still remains a simple kind-hearted lady who will always inspire and make us proud.    

By: Subrata Dey

Content: https://scroll.in/magazine/827834/how-a-kerala-grandma-went-from-kalaripayattu-exponent-to-internet-star-to-padma-shri-winner

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