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Delhi schoolboys discover two asteroids
Report dated 06/08/2012 @ 6:14 PM
Shubham Sharma and Mayank Sharma of DAV Centenary School, Paschim Vihar, and Sahil Wadhwa and Akshay Gupta, from the amateur astronomer's wing of SPACE who were part of two separate teams, have made two provisional discoveries of asteroids According to SPACE Director C B Devgun provisional discoveries are the asteroids which have been confirmed by further observations.
The teams used a complex procedure called 'Astrometrica' by which they tracked objects by looking at images of the sky provided by telescopes based in the US. The discoveries were made as part of the All Indian Asteroid Search Campaign program conducted this year by the Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and the International Astronomical Search Collaboration.
Asteroids sometimes called minor planets are small solar system bodies in orbit around the Sun. They are smaller than planets but larger than meteoroids.
Sahil Wadhwa had also made provisional discoveries in 2010 and 2011.
Olympics : Saina Nehwal brings home the bronze
Report dated 05/08/2012 @ 1:47 PM
India's badminton champ Saina Nehwal won bronze in the women's singles at the London Olympics after her Chinese opponent was forced to retire hurt.
Wang Xin was going for a cross-court return when she twisted her left knee and collapsed. Though she resumed and won the game, she was in a lot of pain and decided to concede the match.
This is India's first Olympic medal for badminton.
India Post issue Olympics 2012 commemorative stamps
Report dated 05/08/2012 @ 1:46 PM
The Department of Post has released a set of four London Olympics 2012 commemorative stamps that capture the spirit of sportsmanship.
The set of 4 stamps feature sports persons engaged in a number of games that will symbolise the athletic spirit and will be available at the philatelic bureau of the general post office and other post offices across Lucknow state. The stamps are available for Rs.5 to Rs.20.
The practice of issuing commemorative stamps based on sports started in 1968 and the department has been issuing stamps on Olympics ever since.
Anna Hazare seeks referendum to enter politics
Report dated 04/08/2012 @ 1:40 PM
At the end of an address to supporters at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, social activist Anna Hazare who started a fast unto death, decided to end the fast and perhaps provide a political alternative to the current system. Questions remained unanswered as to what exactly Team Anna will do and whether they would launch a party themselves coming up to the 2014 general elections.
Team Anna has now asked people to send in their suggestions about a political alternative through text messages, emails, or the opinion poll on their website.
Hazare associate Prashant Bhushan stated that at the moment they are talking about an electoral revolution in which their exact role will evolve in the coming days.
Dimple left out of Rajesh Khanna’s will
Report dated 04/08/2012 @ 1:39 PM
The late Bollywood hero Rajesh Khanna who died recently has apparently left nothing for his estranged wife Dimple Kapadia in his will. Khanna has left everything for his two daughters Twinkle and Rinki, including his home, bank accounts and other assets.
Khanna and Dimple were married in 1973 and separated in 1984, but never formally divorced. Khanna was in a live-in relationship with Anita Advani. He reportedly made his will just weeks before he died.