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Virat Kohli only Indian in Forbes highest paid athletes list, earns $22 mn. Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list with a total pay of $93 mn; Serena Williams sole woman listed Current Affairs : Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is the sole sportsperson from the country to feature among the world's 100 highest paid athletes in the latest Forbes list topped by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Virat Kohli only Indian in Forbes highest paid athletes list, earns $22 mn

Kohli, 28, has been ranked 89th on the 2017 Virat Kohli In Forbes List of 'The World's highest paid athletes' with a total pay of $22 million, which includes $3 million from salary and winnings and another $19 million from endorsements. Describing Kohli as the "Indian cricket phenom", Forbes said the sports star has "for good reason" already drawn comparisons to all-time great Sachin Tendulkar. It added that Kohli has continuously shattered batting records and in 2015 was named the captain of the Indian national team, making him one of the youngest players to ever hold the job. The list has been topped by Ronaldo with a total pay of $93 million. 12-yr-old Indian American Ananya wins US National Spelling Bee contest. Twelve-year-old Indian American Ananya Vinay, who lives in Fresno, California, has been declared the winner of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

12-yr-old Indian American Ananya wins US National Spelling Bee contest

The event was held in the Oxon Hill area of Maryland, CNN reports. Ananya seized every opportunity and eventually got the best of her steely 14-year-old eighth-grader from Edmond, Oklahoma opponent, Rohan Rajeev, to win the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. During the contest, Ananya showed no emotion and rarely smiled. When the contest was over, she consoled runner-up Rohan, who was in tears after duelling for nearly 20 rounds. Ananya described her win as a dream come true. Her victory was all the more special, as it was the first time since 2013 that a sole champion had been declared after three straight years of ties. Ananya is the 13th consecutive Indian-American to win the bee and the 18th of the past 22 winners with Indian heritage, a run that began in 1999 with Nupur Lala's victory.

Demonetisation effect: GDP growth enters slow lane in Q4 at 6.1% India’s economic growth fell to 6.1 per cent in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016-17 (FY17), primarily because of demonetisation adversely affecting economic activity.

Demonetisation effect: GDP growth enters slow lane in Q4 at 6.1%

This was at least a four-quarter low. The sectors worst affected were construction and financial services. Without indirect taxes, growth figures would be more dismal. Gross value added (GVA), the difference between gross domestic product (GDP) and net indirect taxes, grew by only 5.6 per cent in Q4 — the lowest in at least eight quarters, according to official figures released on Wednesday. The effect of demonetisation was evident in the figures, with growth being pushed primarily by agriculture and government spending. Mamata govt failed to check cattle smuggling: Chidambaram-led Panel. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs chaired by Congress leader P Chidambaram in its report on border security presented to the Rajya Sabha in April 2017 had noted that the West Bengal government wasn’t making enough efforts to check cattle smuggling to Bangladesh.

Mamata govt failed to check cattle smuggling: Chidambaram-led Panel

The committee’s report noted, "The Committee is distressed to note that despite several measures taken by the BSF, the problem of cattle smuggling persists along the international border with Bangladesh. The Committee is particularly anguished to note that the West Bengal State Government has failed to implement its own order dated September 1, 2003 that outlaws existence of any cattle haats within 8 km of border area. The Committee recommends that the State Government of West Bengal should take steps to cancel the licenses of all cattle haats that are illegally functioning within 8 km of border area and hold the officials responsible for illegally issuing/renewing licenses to these haats.”

New NASA tech to help drones spot best places to crash-land. NASA scientists have developed a new software that will help drones automatically spot the best places to crash-land in the case of an emergency, without hurting anyone on the ground.

New NASA tech to help drones spot best places to crash-land

Increasing numbers of drones in the sky raise the risk to people and property below being hit when these unmanned aerial vehicles develop mechanical problems. Now, Patricia Glaab, an aerospace technologist at NASA Langley Research Centre in the US, and colleagues have developed a crash-landing software for drones. During eight test flights, the technology successfully spotted safer landing sites such as swamps or drainage ditches to crash instead of cars or people on the ground, Glaab said. The software links on-board drone components like batteries and motors to monitor their health, Fortune.Com reported. The technology identifies when something on the drone goes wrong, and puts the aerial vehicles in a crash-landing mode.

Infosys, other Indian IT firms discovering benefits of hiring locals in US. Indian information technology (IT) firms led by Infosys are now discovering that states in the United States (US) are offering incentives, including tax grants, to improve local employment.

Infosys, other Indian IT firms discovering benefits of hiring locals in US

Infosys will gain as much as $31 million if the company manages to fulfil its commitment of hiring 2,000 people from Indiana state. Infosys has committed a total of 10,000 jobs in the US as it increases local hiring to mitigate challenges of protectionism from President Donald Trump's administration and starts engaging with local clients. "While some may view this as giving into the President’s policies, it’s not different from how the Japanese automakers shifted production from Japan to the US in the 1990s,” said Ray Wang, founder and principal analyst of Constellation Research, a SilicValley-based technology research firm, in a recent interview.

“A big percentage of this hiring will come from the local universities. Infosys will hire both freshers and experienced professionals in America. Infosys Ltd, the India-based computer services giant, on Wednesday touted its new strategy to hire and train 10,000 American workers over the next two years at the company's annual leadership meeting in San Francisco.

Infosys will hire both freshers and experienced professionals in America

Infosys is the largest employer of workers under the U.S. H1-B visa program for skilled workers, which has been under fire as the Trump Administration moves to tighten a range of immigration laws. Many large companies hire so-called outsourcing firms such as Infosys to manage their computer operations. Infosys announced three weeks ago that it would hire 10,000 Americans, and said on Monday that it had leased 35,000 square feet of office space in downtown Indianapolis. Indiana Gov. Ravi Kumar, Infosys's deputy chief operating officer, said the company will be looking to hire both experienced professionals and recent college graduates at a range of skill levels.

iPhone production: India offers a homemade road map to Apple. India has offered its own electronics manufacturing road map to global tech giant Apple to comply with as it kick-starts local production of its flagship product iPhone and carve up a larger chunk of the country’s fast-growing smartphone market.

iPhone production: India offers a homemade road map to Apple

“We have drawn a road map of indigenisation, in consultation with the industry over the past two years. We have shared it (with Apple) and asked them to align with it… we don’t need to give them any separate concessions. Apple said they will examine this and get back,” said Aruna Sundararajan, secretary to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Tata Sons hires Saurabh Agrawal as group CFO. Agrawal, who will join from July, is currently the head of strategy with the Aditya Birla Group.

Tata Sons hires Saurabh Agrawal as group CFO

As group CFO at Tata Sons, he will have to focus on bringing back some of the loss-making businesses on track. Agrawal was instrumental in handling the Idea-Vodafone merger deal, as well as the Grasim-Aditya Birla Nuvo merger for the Birla entity. It will be the second big appointment by Chandrasekaran, after that of Ankur Verma, former managing director of investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, who joined Tata Group in March. Prior to the Birla job, Agrawal was heading corporate finance at Standard Chartered Bank in India and South Asia. He had also been the head of investment banking at DSP Merrill Lynch, where he worked with Chandrasekaran on Tata Consultancy Services' initial public offer of equity in 2004, beside later acquisitions.

Bail granted to ex-coal secretary, 2 bureaucrats after 2-year jail sentence. Bail was granted to former coal secretary H C Gupta minutes after he was today awarded two-year-imprisonment by a special court here in a coal scam case.

Bail granted to ex-coal secretary, 2 bureaucrats after 2-year jail sentence

Special CBI Judge Bharat Parasher also sentenced two senior government officials, K S Kropha and K C Samaria, for two-year imprisonment in the case, who also were granted bails. All the convicts were granted bail soon after the sentence was announced to enable them move the High Court. Besides the jail term, the court also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh each on the three convicts. Besides them, the court imposed a fine of Rs one crore on convicted private firm Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd (KSSPL), while its Managing Director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia was awarded three-year jail term by the court.

Ahluwalia will also have to pay a fine of Rs 30 lakh. Gupta and two serving senior officials were earlier convicted by the court for irregularities in the allocation of of the Thesgora-B Rudrapuri coal block in Madhya Pradesh to a private firm. Tejas Express maiden run: From auto doors to wi-fi, here's why it's special. Luxury train Tejas Express, with ultra-modern amenities, began its maiden journey at 3:25 pm. It started from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and will reach Goa’s Karmali station in nine hours. It was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu through video-conferencing in the presence of Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and other dignitaries.

"I would say that travelling by this premium train would provide a better experience than flying in a plane. This train would pass through lush greenery of the Konkan belt, giving a picturesque view of the seashore, mountains and valleys, which will let you enjoy the journey and not just the destination (Goa)," D K Sharma, general manager of the Central Railway, was earlier quoted as saying by PTI. A technology that could stop Facebook Live being used to stream murders. It took 24 hours before the video of a man murdering his baby daughter was removed from Facebook. On April 24, 2017, the father from Thailand had streamed the killing of his 11-month-old baby girl using the social network’s Live video service before killing himself. The two resulting video clips were streamed hundreds of thousands of times before they were finally removed.

IPL 10 eliminator: KKR beats Hyderabad by 7 wickets, will face MI next. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Gautam Gambhir led from the front to knock defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a seven-wicket win and made to Qualifier 2 in a rain-interrupted eliminator clash at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday. KKR will take on Mumbai Indians on Friday at the same venue. Chasing 48 to win in six overs after rain and wet outfield ate up a large chunk of playing time, forcing Duckworth-Lewis method to come into play, Gambhir steadied the ship after KKR were 12/3 at one stage with an unbeaten 19-ball 32.

Ishank Jaggi, playing his first match, was not out on five. At the start, Chris Lynn was on the money right away, smacking Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a six in the first ball he faced. But the second ball saw the destructive Australian get out after replays showed Lynn had edged to wicketkeeper Naman OJha off a Bhuveshwar near-yorker. Triple Talaq arguments: There are lies, damn lies, and then AIMPLB claims. The historic fast track special hearing in the Supreme Court on instant triple talaq – as practiced amongst Sunni Muslims in India – has already exposed the double standard and irrational audacity of the Muslim clergy that is being represented by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).

That the instant triple talaq is not one of fundamentals of the faith and without it being in practice, the lives of the Muslim believers shall be no less meaningful, is the moot point on which the entire case turns. I have a premonition here; the moment things will start falling in place in court, the board is going to put forward its decades-old defence that “any interference in the Shariat (as prescribed by the board) will not be tolerated”. Though times have changed, the herd mentality through which they have been exercising their sway on the mostly uneducated Sunni masses have made them experts in arm-twisting the state machinery through successive governments at the Centre.

Rajnikanth in politics? Subramanian Swamy scoffs at idea, calls it a joke. Will he, won’t he? The possibility of Tamil Nadu's most popular star Rajinikanth taking the plunge into politics has been the subject of speculation for years now. The actor on Monday, left his fans even more puzzled by saying, "If it is God's will, I will enter politics. " Rajinikanth also said if he enters politics, he will be truthful and will not entertain people who want to make money.

While his comments were welcomed by his fans, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy was not pleased. He called it a 'joke' and advised him to stay out of politics, reports News18. Swamy, who is known for his controversial remarks, said, "Rajini has been with various parties and has no ideology. Aircel-Maxis deal: Govt trying to silence me, says Chidambaram on CBI raid. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting searches at the residences of former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram.

Issuing a statement, Chidambaram said the government is using the CBI to target his son and his friends. He also alleged that the government is trying to stop his voice but asserted that he will not be silenced. Amazon Prime powers one of three orders during the Great India Sale. All ATM withdrawals not chargeable, SBI clarifies after furore in Kerala. New nano material discovered; may lead to faster, powerful electronics. Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have discovered a new material with highest- ever conductivity in its class, which could lead to smaller, faster and more powerful electronic devices. What makes this nano-scale thin film material so unique is that it has a high conductivity, which helps electronics conduct more electricity and become more powerful, said researchers led by the University of Minnesota in the US. The material also has a wide bandgap, which means light can easily pass through the material making it optically transparent, they said.

In most cases, materials with wide bandgap, usually have either low conductivity or poor transparency. Kejriwal's other headache: The alleged Rs 400-cr water tanker scam. Before sacked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) minister Kapil Mishra dropped the bomb on Sunday with allegations of corruption against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, all indications had pointed towards some big revelation regarding the alleged Rs 400 crore water tanker scam — a case which saw FIRs against both Kejriwal and his predecessor Sheila Dikshit. The Eman Ahmed case has turned into a heavyweight PR nightmare. I am not particularly a fan of Shobhaa De. Swachh Bharat rankings: Indore is India's cleanest city, Bhopal comes 2nd. Wipro unveils new brand identity, changes logo. Offensive WhatsApp, Facebook posts can now land group admin in jail. Buying a home? Does it really help to wait till May 1 for Rera?

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