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Stranger Helps 5-Yr-Old Girl Travel to U.S., She Finds Him 15 Yrs Later December 17, 2018 12:29

Back in 2003, when a mother of a five-year-old was not in a position to track down anyone to help her out during an emergency situation, a stranger came to her rescue. Nevertheless, it was only after 15 years that she was eventually able to track him down. The woman's daughter, now 20-years-old, took to Twitter to share the story of the mystery man, who turned out to be former Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello. "So in 2003 I was 5 years old and my mom decided out of thin air one day that we were going to Africa and we were gonna stay there for 6 months so about 4 months in something OC happened that I won't go into detail about and long story short I had to leave ASAP," she tweeted. So in 2003 I was 5 years old and my mom decided out of thin air one day that we were going to Africa and we were gonna stay there for 6 months so about 4 months in something OC happened that I won’t go into detail about and long story short I had to leave ASAP — maya (@_themayan_) December 13, 2018 It was a life & death type situation so my mom had to get me out but she couldn’t come with me so she had to find someone ASAP in the airport to bring me back to America — maya (@_themayan_) December 13, 2018 She then goes on to explain how her mother was able to track down the man. "My mom has been trying to find this man for 15 years. We never got his name or anything. A week ago, my mom found him through a family member who actually worked with him and she said he matched the description," she wrote. She started asking all our skin folk (other Africans) on their way to America to bring me but of course everybody had an excuse . So my mom slipped the airline ticket lady at Brussels something and asked who on the flight was coming back to America — maya (@_themayan_) December 13, 2018 She pointed her in the direction of the “whet man na corner” (white man in the corner for the afros” and he told my mom he was in no mental state to travel with a minor because he had just lost his grandmother . My mom didn’t know this man at all whatsoever — maya (@_themayan_) December 13, 2018 My mom has been trying to find this man for 15 years , we never got his name or anything . So like a week ago my mom found him through a family member who actually worked with him and she said he matched the description and everything — maya (@_themayan_) December 13, 2018 The inspiring story, which has gone viral on social media, managed to reach Perriello as well, who confirmed the incident with a tweet that read, "One of the craziest experiences of my entire life is now a Twitter thread – and I could not be happier to know you are shining bright." One of the craziest experiences of my entire life is now a Twitter thread - and I could not be happier to know you are shining bright, @_themayan_ ! https://t.co/Sk2kWv2RhH — Tom Perriello (@tomperriello) December 14, 2018 So in 2003 I was 5 years old and my mom decided out of thin air one day that we were going to Africa and we were gonna stay there for 6 months so about 4 months in something OC happened that I won’t go into detail about and long story short I had to leave ASAP — maya (@_themayan_) December 13, 2018 -Sowmya  

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NRIs Urge Sushma Swaraj to Alleviate Norms for Aadhaar Enrollment December 17, 2018 10:23

The Non-Resident Indian (NRI) groups expressed concern over difficulties in Aadhaar enrolment and demanded a change of law to enable every NRI, regardless of residential status, get enrolled for Aadhaar. Many NRI activists alleged that though a circular was issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), several departments still demanded Aadhaar card from NRIs to issue Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards, register property and for other essential services. The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, states that only a person who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to 182 days or more in the 12 months before the date of application is eligible for enrolment. KV Shamsudheen, chairman of Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, said, "We have written to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj about issues related to Aadhaar enrolment. Two years ago, it was announced that the government would issue Aadhaar card to all NRIs. But that was not done. "The CEO of the UIDAI published a circular in which he advised all the Indian authorities not to demand Aadhaar cards from Non-Resident Indians because they were not eligible to take Aadhaar cards as per the current law." He said that despite the circular, authorities still demanded Aadhaar card from NRIs to issue PAN cards, for property registration etc. "As a result, many NRIs facing difficulties to obtain an Aadhaar card, at times, take the illegal route by bribing officials. "Other countries that have biometric identity cards, issue it to its citizens. India is the only country in the world that is issuing the identification card only to its resident citizens," added Shamsudheen. -Sowmya  

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Parupalli Kashyap, Saina Nehwal Hosts a Grand Reception December 17, 2018 10:01

Badminton players Parupalli Kashyap and Saina Nehwal hosted a magnificent reception at the Novotel Hotel in Cyberabad on Sunday, after the couple got married in a private ceremony at Saina's residence on Friday. Several politicians, celebrities, and prominent personalities attended the event.Saina Nehwal looked ravishing in her indigo velvet Sabyasachi and to complete her look, she wore a heavy diamond and ruby set from Sabyasachi heritage collection. .. pic.twitter.com/sEAw6n2b1Y — Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) December 17, 2018 Joining the Sabyasachi club, Kashyap looked graceful in his quilted indigo sherwani, in hand-dyed Mushirabad silk with hand-crafted Bengal buttons, along with a beautiful tussar georgette shawl with burnt gold border. He completed his look with a long diamond and pearl necklace set from Sabyasachi. (Source: TheNewsMinute) The event was attended by Badminton players Jwala Gutta, Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa and Chirag Shetty. Pullela Gopichand, her coach from the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, however, could not attend as he was on a tour with badminton player PV Sindhu. Vimal Kumar, her badminton coach from Bengaluru, also attended the reception. (Source: The News Minute) (Source: TheNewsMinute) (Source: TheNewsMinute) (Source: TheNewsMinute) (Source: TheNewsMinute) (Source: TheNewsMinute) (Source: TheNewsMinute) Saina and Kashyap had announced their wedding in October this year after keeping the relationship in wraps for almost a decade. On Friday, the couple got their marriage registered in a small ceremony at Saina's residence, which included only their close family and friends. -Sowmya    

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Saaho Release Date Announced December 17, 2018 09:05

Young Rebelstar Prabhas hasn't been seen after the release of Baahubali: The Conclusion last year. The actor is completely occupied with his next film titled Saaho which is directed by Sujeeth. The film is made on a massive budget of Rs 200 crores and will release in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam languages. The makers officially announced that Saaho would hit the screens on August 15th 2019. The film's shoot will be wrapped up next year and Saaho needs ample time for the post-production work to be wrapped up. Shraddha Kapoor is the heroine and Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Arjun Vijay, Murali Sharma and Mahesh Manjrekar will be seen essaying other crucial roles in Saaho. UV Creations are bankrolling this project.

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80% Rise in Indian Students Aspiring to Study Medicine Abroad December 17, 2018 08:27

There is an immense rise in the number of students wishing to study medicine abroad, according to the official data in response to a Right To Information (RTI) filed to Medical Council of India in October 2018. The number of students who applied for the mandatory eligibility certificate from MCI to study medicine abroad almost doubled in the year 2017-18 from 2016-17. As per RTI no. MCI- 201 (E-RTI)/ 2018- Eligi./, the number of applications received in the year 2017-18 were 18,383, as against the number of applications for eligibility certificate received by MCI in the previous year 2016-17 which were 10,555. "Information provided in the RTI speaks volume on the shift in medical education trends. The key reason for this is the lack of medical seats in India. There is a total of approx. 60,000 medical seats that are being offered by both Government and private colleges for medical aspirants who are in millions. Apart from this, higher awareness levels of the overseas colleges, more affordable fees compared to Indian private colleges, curriculum aligned to international standards, better global growth opportunities etc are other reasons why students prefer to study MBBS abroad.,"said Saju Bhaskar, President & Founder of an overseas MCI recognized medical university, Texila American University. As per the information provided in the RTI communication, MCI issued a total of 8,737 eligibility certificated in the year 2016- 2017 while 14,118 eligibility certificates were issued in 2017-18. The number of eligibility certificates issued also includes pending of the previous years suggested the RTI reply. -Sowmya      

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Satya Nadella Tops List of Best CEOs, Sundar Pichai Comes Third December 17, 2018 08:25

For technology giants, the year 2018 had been tough with full of controversies, data breaches, and lawsuits, yet amid that, Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella has been named as the best CEO of a large company in the world in 2018. With twists and turns, this year revealed the dark secrets that gave a glimpse into what goes behind the scene in these tech companies and also tested the mantle of the people that lead these companies. The second spot was bagged by The Home Depot chief Craig Menear, while the coveted third spot was bagged by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who is the only other Indian-origin CEO in the list of top 50 CEOs at large companies in the world. Earlier this week, Comparably, a platform that rates companies based on a multitude of factors released a list of best CEOs of 2018. The ratings were based on employee interviews that were conducted anonymously. Interestingly, in the survey, Microsoft employees gave Nadella 82 points on a rating scale of 100, which made the best CEO of a large company this year. The company also got an appreciation for its culture, diversity and perks and benefits. Pichai, on the other hand, was rated 80 and his company, despite the anti-trust lawsuit in the European Union, and the Google+ bug that gave the private data of 52.5 million users to the developers, was appreciated for its diversity, culture and as the best place to work for women. Interestingly, while the head of Google and Microsoft bagged the top two spots in the coveted list, shortly behind them in the list was Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who bagged the 6th spot, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, who bagged the 12th spot on the list. Elon Musk, on the other hand, despite all the controversies surrounding his tweets this year, was ranked as the 19th best CEO in 2018 by his employees. -Sowmya    

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Goodachari 2 Announced December 17, 2018 08:03

Goodachari is one film which turned out to be a fresh breath for Tollywood audience. The technical standards of Goodachari have been widely appreciated and Adivi Sesh penned the script and played the lead role in Goodachari. The film has been made on a budget of Rs 5 crores and the film raked over Rs 20 crores in its final run. Now a sequel for Goodachari has been announced and it is titled Goodachari 2. Adivi Sesh himself announced the film on the occasion of his birthday. Rahul Pakala is making his directorial debut with this action thriller and Adivi Sesh is busy penning the script for Goodachari 2. Anil Sunkara, People Media Factory and Abhishek Agarwal Arts are the producers. Goodachari 2 will hit the screens in 2020.

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Beat the Cold by Stitching These Heating Patches to Your Clothes December 17, 2018 07:17

Scientists, including one of the Indian-origin, have developed flexible, battery-powered heating patches that can be stitched into clothes and keep the body warm. The researchers from Rutgers University and Oregon State University found a cost-effective way to create the patches by using aggravated pulses of light to fuse tiny silver wires with polyester. Their heating performance is about 70 percent higher than similar patches created by other researchers, according to the study published in the journal Scientific Reports. "This is important in the built environment, where we waste lots of energy by heating buildings - instead of selectively heating the human body," said Rajiv Malhotra, an assistant professor at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. It is estimated that 47 percent of global energy is used for interior heating, and 42 percent of that energy is squandered to heat empty space and objects instead of people, the study notes. Solving the global energy crisis - a major contributor to global warming - would require a sharp reduction in energy for indoor heating. Personal thermal management, which focuses on heating the human body as needed, is an emerging potential solution. Such patches may also someday help warm anyone who works or plays outdoors, researchers said. They created highly efficient, flexible, durable and inexpensive heating patches by using "intense pulsed-ligh sintering" to fuse silver nanowires - thousands of times thinner than a human hair - to polyester fibers, using pulses of high-energy light. Next steps comprise seeing if this method can be used to create other smart fabrics, including patch-based sensors and circuits. The engineers also want to find out how many patches would be required and where they should be placed on people to keep them comfy while reducing indoor energy consumption. -Sowmya  

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13-Yr-Old Indian Boy Owns Software Development Company in Dubai December 17, 2018 06:54

The 13-year-old Indian-origin boy, who had developed his first application at the age of nine, now is the owner of a software company in Dubai. Aadithyan Rajesh, a student from Kerala, was just nine years old when he developed his first mobile application as a pastime to beat weariness and also has been designing websites and logos for clients. The tech prodigy, who is using a computer since he was five years old, has finally launched his own firm 'Trinet Solutions' at the age of 13, the Khaleej Times reported. "I was born in Thiruvilla, Kerala, and my family moved here when I was five. The first website my dad showed me was BBC Typing, a website for kids where young students can learn typing," he told the Dubai-based English daily. The three employees at Trinet are friends and students from Aadithyan's school. "I need to be over the age of 18 to actually become an established company owner. However, we function as a company. We have worked with over 12 clients, and have given them our design and coding services entirely for free," he said. -Sowmya

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Indian-American Shree Saini Crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018 December 17, 2018 06:06

Indian-American Shree Saini has been crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018 at the 27th annual global pageant for people of Indian-origin held in the Fords City of New Jersey. In the pageant organized by the New York-based India Festival Committee (IFC), Sakshi Sinha from Australia and Anusha Sareen from the United Kingdom secured the first and second runner-ups. The pageant is said to be the oldest and largest event for the Indian Diaspora community. Shree, 22, who had a pacemaker implanted at the age of 12 and was told that she would never be able to dance, is an inspiration for all. A sufferer of bullying in high school, she has been working against the oppressive behavior. "I truly believe your legacy is defined by how you make others feel and the positive difference you make in your lifetime," said Shree, who started her non-profit organization, when she was 15. Shree said it was her dream to compete for a world title, which was started when she was in the elementary school. Shree Saini, a resident of Washington state and a student at the University of Washington, was crowned Miss India United States of America 2017. (Source: The Pioneer) Indian-origin girls from 17 countries took part in the annual beauty pageant. India's Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, who hails from Haryana, was crowned Mrs. India Worldwide 2018. A mother to a boy, she lost her husband in a road accident in the first year of her marriage. "I decided to stay single to show to all those who told me that I cannot raise a child alone being a widow. I am here to represent all the widow women. If I can do it, you can do it," Mandeep said. Jeya Priya Pandian from Malaysia and Kavita Malhotra Pattani from the USA were declared the first and second runner-ups of the Mrs. India Worldwide 2018 respectively. The next edition of the Miss India Worldwide will be held in Mumbai in 2019, said Dharmatma Saran, chairman, and founder of the India Festival Committee that organizes the pageant. "We are proud of the fact that we have been able to imbibe Indian values, tradition, and culture among Indian origin youths across the world," he said. "We have also been successful in promoting Indian performing arts in the world," Saran said. -Sowmya  

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