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Jun 22 9 tweets 4 min read
The 2022 Wimbledon will be underway on June 27 with several top players ready to make their presence felt in the men's & women's singles events. Former world number one Novak Djokovic will enter the grass-court Grand Slam as the defending champion.… In an unprecedented move, the ATP and WTA had announced that the players will not be awarded ranking points for Wimbledon this year. The decision came following the ban on Russian and Belarusian players by the All England Club over the invasion of Ukraine.
Jun 22 5 tweets 3 min read
The RBI has mandated card-on-file (CoF) tokenization for domestic online purchases via credit & debit cards from July 1. Now, to protect privacy, merchants won't be permitted to store customer data like card numbers & CVV on their servers.… The tokenization process is not compulsory and is done for free. It is only applicable to online transactions within India and promises a smoother as well as secure payment experience. Customers can also select where the tokens will be used and set up limits.
Jun 22 6 tweets 3 min read
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's transgender daughter, formerly Xavier Alexander Musk, has reportedly filed a request to change her name to reflect her gender identification and even cut off all ties with her biological father. Here's more. #Tesla #SpaceX… Xavier turned 18 in April & filed the documents at LA County. She now wants to be called Vivian Jenna Wilson. She lists her reason for the name change as "gender identity & the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father.. in any way..."
Jun 22 5 tweets 3 min read
Scientists at NASA are closely monitoring a gigantic sunspot called AR3038, which has doubled in size in the past 24 hours. The sunspot's hazardous area faces Earth directly & might send solar flares our way if it bursts. Here's more. #Sunspot… Sunspots are a common event on the Sun. However, the rate at which AR3038 has expanded has alarmed the scientists. If it emits flares that would reach Earth, there is a chance that radio communication networks might get disrupted for tens of minutes—a cause of worry worldwide.
Jun 21 5 tweets 2 min read
Have you been procrastinating workouts? Well, here's a centenarian woman who created a new record that will blow your mind. Vadodara's 105-year-old Rambai broke the record for a 100-meter sprint during the National Open Masters Athletics Championships.… A 105-year-old grandmother, Rambai ran a 100-meter race in 45.40 seconds at the inaugural National Open Masters Athletics Championships in Vadodara, Gujarat. She was the sole participant as there was no other athlete above the age of 85.
Jun 21 6 tweets 3 min read
People enjoy eating tortillas, but have you ever seen people slapping each other with the Mexican flatbread? Well, a weird dare called the tortilla challenge has become viral on social media where people are hitting each other with tortillas. Here's more.… An Instagram account called Viralhog, which is well known for its strange and interesting videos, shared the Weird Tortilla Challenge video recently. In the video, three people are standing in front of each other with water in their mouths and tortilla in their hands.
Jun 21 10 tweets 5 min read
June's Strawberry Moon made quite a lot of headlines across the globe for various reasons. We have 12 full moons a year, sometimes 13, and every full moon has a name representing a seasonal feature. But do you know how they are named so? #StrawberryMoon… Names given to 12 moons:
January - Wolf Moon
February - Snow Moon
March - Worm Moon
April - Pink Moon
May - Flower Moon
June - Strawberry Moon
July - Buck Moon
August - Sturgeon Moon
September - Full Corn Moon
October - Hunter's Moon
November - Beaver Moon
December - Cold Moon
Jun 21 5 tweets 2 min read
In a horrifying case of medical negligence, the staff at a rural health center in Punjab's Sindh province reportedly cut off the head of a newborn & left it inside the mother's womb. Afterwards, authorities constituted a medical board to probe the matter.… The woman was taken to a nearby hospital in Mithi, where the necessary facilities weren't available. Then, her family had to rush her to Jomshoro's Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, where the remainder of the newborn's body was removed from the womb.
Jun 20 6 tweets 3 min read
Billionaire Mark Cuban has received widespread praise this weekend for selling low-cost prescription medicines through his start-up Cost Plus Drug Company launched earlier this year. Here are more details. @mcuban #costplusdrugs… Image Cuban started the company with the tagline, "No middlemen. No price games. Huge drug saving." The firm purchases large quantities of high-demand pharmaceuticals and sells them to customers at a 15% markup, which is far lower than rivals' prices. Image
Jun 20 4 tweets 2 min read
A cop in Kerala has earned the fame of bravery after a video of him fighting with a man carrying a giant machete has gone viral. The video was shared on Twitter by Indian Police Service officer Swati Lakra. Since then, the video has gained over 1L views.… Image The video shows a man lounging by the side of the street when a police vehicle pulls up next to him. Once the police officer comes out of the vehicle, the man pulls out a machete from the foot of his two-wheeler vehicle and attacks the police officer. Image
Jun 20 8 tweets 4 min read
Despite the ongoing unrest over the Centre's recently announced Agnipath military recruitment scheme, Mahindra Group Chairperson Anand Mahindra announced on Monday that youngsters trained under the scheme will be hired by the conglomerate. Here's more.… Image Officials claim that the Agnipath scheme will allow for much-needed young recruitment in the defense forces. Notably, the Indian Army and other defense forces' recruitment processes were suspended two years ago, leaving aspirants in a difficult situation. #AgnipathScheme Image
Jun 20 7 tweets 3 min read
The five-match T20I series between India and South Africa ended in a draw (2-2) owing to the heavy outpour in Bengaluru. Now, ahead of the fifth T20I, head coach Rahul Dravid highlighted the influx of leaders in the group. #IndiavsSouthAfrica… Image As many as 6 players have led India across formats in the last 8 months due to several issues. The voyage started after Virat Kohli stepped down as India's T20I captain. Rohit Sharma now leads India in all formats. Image
Dec 3, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
A top South African doctor, who was the first to raise alarm over Omicron, says the new coronavirus strain causes mild symptoms. Dr. Angelique Coetzee stated the variant spreads fast but acknowledged it is still early to draw clear conclusions. #Omicron… Dr. Coetzee's assessment of the strain indicates that while Omicron may be more transmissible, it causes a milder disease than variants like Delta. If detailed studies corroborate the findings, it could be good news since the COVID-19 pandemic may be becoming endemic.
Dec 2, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said today all city schools will be closed from Friday until further orders due to air pollution. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had criticized governments in Delhi & at the Centre over deteriorating air quality.… Talking of the decision, Rai said, “We had reopened schools considering the forecast that air quality would improve. However, the air pollution levels have increased again and we have decided to shut schools from Friday till further orders.” #DelhiPollution
Dec 1, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
The Delhi government on Wednesday decided to slash Value-Added Tax (VAT) on petrol from 30% to 19.4%. Petrol prices will be cut by Rs. 8 per liter in the national capital city as a result of the tax reduction. Check out the new rates, here. #PetrolPrice… Image The new prices will come into effect from Wednesday midnight. Reduction in petrol prices will come as a big relief for residents in Delhi. Rates of auto fuels like petrol and diesel have touched record highs in recent months in all metro cities across the country. Image
Dec 1, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
Fresh rules for international travelers in view of Omicron variant come into effect from Dec-1. Testing at airports across India is mandatory for travelers coming from "at-risk" nations while those arriving from other nations will undergo random testing.… Image India is set to resume regular international flight operations from Dec-15. The new rules are crucial for international passengers arriving in India & may affect travel plans for many. Even though India has not reported any Omicron variant case as yet, officials are concerned. Image
Nov 26, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
Francisca Susano, the Filipino woman who was thought to be the oldest person in the world, died at the age of 124 recently. Fondly referred to as Lola Iska, Susano was also believed to be the world's last surviving person born in the 19th century.… The news was first reported by the social media handle of the Kabankalan city government. While the cause of death was not mentioned, she was going to be tested for the novel coronavirus.
Nov 26, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
A new variant of the coronavirus has been found in South Africa and several other countries. Scientists say the heavily-mutated strain seems to be spreading quickly and may possibly evade prior immunity. Here are more details. #Covid… Currently known as B.1.1.529 the new strain is the most heavily mutated version of the coronavirus. This raises serious concerns that the variant may trigger wider & severe outbreaks in South Africa or elsewhere. Experts say there are signs that it spreads fast & evades immunity.
Nov 25, 2021 7 tweets 4 min read
PM Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone of Noida International Airport in UP's Jewar. The event is being attended by over 2.5L people & a massive tent covering an area of over 12 lakh square feet has been constructed. #NoidaInternationalAirport… The Noida International Airport will be UP's fifth international airport as well as Asia's largest airport. The airport is a key infrastructure project undertaken by the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in UP, which is gearing up for the Assembly elections next year.
Nov 25, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
India's Total Fertility Rate (TFR) has dropped from 2.2 to 2 i.e. the number of children a woman gives birth to in her life. The country's Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) has risen from 54% to 67%, according to the National Family Health Survey data.… The NFHS data indicates the country's population is finally stabilizing. A TFR of 2.1 is considered the replacement rate. It means a woman and her partner will be replaced by their children upon their death implying no overall change in the population. #fertilityrate
Nov 24, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
Prices of tomatoes have hit the roof across the country. The crop is being sold for more than Rs. 100 per kg in several southern states and cities. But what is the cause for such rise in the price? Find out here. #tomatopricehike… The dramatic rise in tomato prices will put a dent in budgets of households. It also marks the latest instance of price rise after massive hikes in the prices of auto fuels like petrol and diesel. The price rise will also lead to financial burden on farmers and vendors.