Category: News & Politics


Google Doodle: Video Feature On Junko Tabei On Her 80th Birthday

Google dedicates today’s Doodle to Junko Tabei, the first woman mountaineer to reach the summit of Mount Everest and complete the Seven Summits. Today is 80th birthday of Junko Tabei.

The bare-bone search page of Google displays Junko’s journey from Mount Everest to the Seven Summits. The Doodle is a video of Junko Tabei jumping from one summit to another. She’s seen jumping from one letter of Google to another with each letter representing a summit.

Journey of Junko Tabei

Born on 22 September 1939 in Miharu, Fukushima, Junko Tabei began climbing mountains at the tender age of 10. In 1969, she started a formal group after she was continuously decried and discouraged by male mountaineers. Some of them even ill-treated her. But she refused to budge and continued her journey from one summit to another. The slogan of her group was “Let’s go on an overseas expedition by ourselves.”

Junko Tabei defied social hurdles

In 70s, Japan was male dominated society that believed in keeping women confined to homes. But Junko Tabei broke all the rules to fulfill her wish. In 1975, she left … Read the rest


Amit Panghal Is The First Indian Boxer To Enter Men’s World Championships Final

Amit Panghal created history by entering the final round of men’s World Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. He defeated Kazakhstan’s SakenBibbisinov by split decision (3-2) in the semi-final of the flyweight (48kg-52kg) division.

Gold medal round for Phangal

Amit Panghal will take on ShakhobidinZoirov of Uzbekistan. He has been Rio Olympic champion in 52 kg category and has defeated BillalBennama of France in the semifinal category. It is the first time when Panghal will meet Zoirov.

Bronze medal for India

In another match, Manish Kaushik settled for a bronze medal after losing the game the reigning world champion, Andy Gomez Cruz of Cuba. He lost the lightweight (57kg-63kg) match by unanimous decision (5-0).

But both the boxers have qualified for the upcoming Olympic qualifier in Wuhan, China. The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has already announced that boxers with medals at the Worlds will be automatic choice for Olympic qualifiers.

What does this feat mean to India?

Amit Panghal and Manish Kaushik gave India immense hope as the country had never won more than a single bronze in the previous tournaments. … Read the rest


Sensex Jumped to 1.921 Points In Response To Government’s Tax Cuts

Friday 20, September was a big day for the Dalal Street investors that experienced the biggest jump of 1,921 points on the last trading day. The Sensex closed at 38,014 points making the investors richer by 7.1 lakh crore. The jump soared the BSE’s market capitalization to 145 lakh crores. Also, the market cap has crossed $2-trillion mark.

What measures did the government announce?

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced tax cuts for corporate companies in the radical changes in taxation rules. And the ripples of the tax cuts were felt across the industry. According to industry experts, the changes could boost profit of corporate companies by about 6-7% on an average. Also, some rule changes could attract foreign capital leading to employment opportunities for unemployed youth.

Here’s how the industry reacted to the tax cuts

DSP Investment Managers – the move would enhance corporate profitability and make Indian companies more competitive to global businesses.

Broking houses – NSE’s top 500 companies would see a boost in profit and India shares would attract foreign funds.

Yes Securities – combined net profit of NSE 500 companies … Read the rest


Mark Zuckerberg Grilled On A Private Dinner With President Trump And US Lawmakers

Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg went to Oval office to meet US President Donald Trump and other lawmakers to discuss the future Internet regulations. Trump shared a picture of him shaking hands with Zuckerberg but provided no details of the meeting.

Trump-Zuckerberg meeting

Concerned about competition, digital privacy, censorship and transparency in political advertising especially in the run up to the presidential election, Trump called Zuckerberg to his Oval office to put the view of social media company about the issues it is facing.

What issues Facebook is facing?

Recently a Senate panel asked executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter to appear before it and answer the questions related to digital responsibility in the wake of online violence and extremism.

The US Federal Trade Commission has already fined Facebook $5 billion in a wide-ranging settlement to strengthen privacy controls and oversight at the social network.

Mark Zuckerberg’s stand

It was a private dinner after the Senate appearance and grilling of Facebook chief for data protection and privacy missteps leading to heavy fine on Zuckerberg. The Facebook chief had dinner … Read the rest


Redmi 8A With 5000mAH Battery Will Be Unveiled On September 25

Xiaomi announced launch of Redmi 8A in India on September 25. It has set up an event page on its official website to advertise the upcoming Smartphone that is seen as an upgrade from the Redmi 7A launched in May this year.

Redmi 8A from the official event page of Xiaomi

The new phone would sport a 5000 mAH battery that is a huge upgrade from its processor 7A that comes with a 4000 mAH battery. Also, the battery would have fast charging that is an added advantage. Other features of the phone include aura wave grip for a great hand feel advance cameras for taking pictures like a pro.The images on the official event page of the phone show a notched display a thick chin and small bezels.

Redmi 8A features

  • Display: 6.2” HD+
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz octa-core
  • Internal Memory: 2GB, 3GB, 4GB/16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Main Camera: 12MP
  • Selfie Camera: 8MP

It is necessary to mention that the features described above are expected features because the Xiaomi event page is silent on the description of the phone. The features are collected from another site … Read the rest


Only The Tel Aviv Stock Market Celebrates Israel Election Results

Israel election results indicate formation of a Unity Government but there are mixed views on the formation and durability of a coalition between rival parties. But the country is seeing a good start with President Netanyahu inviting Kachol Levan leader Benny Gantz for talks.


  • KaholLavan won 32 out of 120 Knesset seats
  • Likud captured 31 but Netanyahu’s bloc comprising of right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties presently stands at 55 seats
  • The centre-left bloc has 56 seats

What is the likely outcome of these results?

Since no party has a majority to form a government, there are more chances of a unity government. Also, Netanyahu has already started the dialogue to come to terms with others and work together. He has invited Gantz for talks to chalk out a plan for forming a government.  

What economists have to say about government formation?

It is good news for economy because a unity government would be less susceptible to coalition demands from small parties and narrow sectoral interests of mean politicians. Economists favour a unity government because it would be able to take structural reforms and hold … Read the rest