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Sachin Tendulkar's farewell match disappoints eager fans
Report dated 16/11/2013 @ 1:43 PM
Sachin Tendullkar made sure his farewell match was one that every Indian will remember, in effect every cricket loving nation will remember, as even in England, his outstanding performance made the main news.
In his 200th and last Test match, The 'Little Master' scored a majestic 74 in what is probably his last international innings. Yet the man was remarkable. Nothing mattered to him apart from the game and his performance.
At one stage Tino Best tried to intimidate Tendulkar with short pitched deliveries but that did not bother Sachin.
Finally when Tendulkar raised his bat to acknowledge the applause from a packed stadium his wife Anjali gestured with her hands, that was interpreted by the spectators as saying "Just stay on".
In the final moments Anjali was on her feet, mother Rajni smiled, coach Ramakant Achrekar had a tear in his eye, brother Ajit was emotional. As Tendulkar acknowledged the standing ovation there were moist eyes all round as the revered India cricketer made his way back to pavilion. However many were disappointed that he had not scored a century !
Teenage prodigy pursues post-grad degree in microbiology in Lucknow !
Report dated 16/11/2013 @ 1:40 PM
Sushma Verma 13, the daughter of a daily wage labourer, is pursuing a post-graduate degree in microbiology at the Lucknow University.
Sushma said her parents told her she recited the Ramayana when she was 2, and her brother Shailandra, himself a prodigy, inspired her to read. All through her school years she was given special coaching by teachers and took the grade X exam at age seven.
She was curious and read about microbiology at BSc level so she chose the subject, then enrolled herself in the MSc and intends to do her PhD when she turns 17, then sit for the medical exam.
She feels there should not be an age limit for any entrance exams and if a child has potential they should be given the opportunity.
She admitted there were many tough financial constraints as she belongs to a poor family, but more than that, her young age has been a major constraint in pursuing higher education. Her family has always been supportive.
She calls her talent a gift from God and says she plans to fulfil her ambition of becoming a doctor, and is grateful to some groups who are willing to fund her studies.
Australian brewery apologises for using Hindu deities on beer bottles
Report dated 16/11/2013 @ 1:37 PM
Australia's Brookvale Union Brewery has apologised to Hindus for using a composite picture of the face of the Hindu deity Ganesh juxtaposed with the body of the goddess Lakshmi on its line of ginger beer bottles.
The brewery said the recent feedback received brought their attention to the outrage from Hindu devotees, and they will be looking at design options for their bottles. They had used the images to compliment the drink's 'flair, feel and colours of the Asian continent.
President of the Universal Society of Hinduism Rajan Zed said the labels were highly inappropriate and called for their immediate removal as Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi are highly revered in Hinduism which is the third largest religion in the world, with about 1 billion followers. It is the main religion in India.
Train hits elephant herd - five killed
Report dated 16/11/2013 @ 1:35 PM
A speeding passenger train travelling through northeast India barreled into a herd of elephants as they crossed a set of tracks, killing five.
Their bodies were scattered in pieces. One female elephant whose leg was fractured by the train was unable to stand and fell into a ravine below. She was unreachable by cranes of trucks, so veterinarians descended and set up a camp near her to provide treatment.
Delhi teacher arrested for sexually abusing 20 students in 6 months
Report dated 15/11/2013 @ 1:16 PM
A 32-year-old teacher of a south Delhi school who is married but childless, has been arrested. He is accused of sexually abusing Grade V students and forcing his attentions on over 20 students over six months. Five of the students have filed complaints with police.
According to a police officer, the teacher allegedly cornered one girl, embraced her and tried to lock the door. He then touched her inappropriately and she began to scream and ran from the room.
The girl was detained after school but her parents were not called. Other students informed their parents one of whom informed the victim's mother who rushed to school and took custody of her child. She asked to meet the principal who was not available. Soon after, other parents also went to the school, but the police were not informed.
The following day parents again assembled at the school and met the principal. Finally the school informed the police who arrested the teacher. At the request of the parents who demanded that the teacher resign immediately, police are also conducting an investigation into gross negligence by the principal.