Tuesday, 19 May 2015


The International Cricket Council (ICC) looks set to make a string of changes to the rules of the 50-overs game to redress the balance between bat and ball in favour of the fielding team.
After a World Cup of record scores by individuals and teams earlier this year, the ICC's Cricket Committee has recommended the batting powerplay be removed and two other tweaks to rules which currently restrict the fielding team.
Under the recommendations, fielding teams would no longer have an obligation to have two stationary fielders in catching positions in the first 10 overs of an innings.

The committee, chaired by former India captain Anil Kumble, also recommended the fielding captain be able to place five fielders outside the 27-metre circle rather than the existing four for the last 10 overs of the innings.
"The committee (acknowledged) the attractive and attacking brand of cricket that was played during the tournament," said an ICC statement.
"It also felt that there were times towards the end of an ODI innings that bowlers and fielding captains appeared to have limited defensive options available to them.
"The committee was very encouraged by some of the attacking captaincy displayed during the World Cup, and believes these changes will allow fielding captains greater freedom to both attack and defend when required."
Batsmen like South Africa's AB de Villiers and Australia's Glenn Maxwell lit up the World Cup with an incredible rate of scoring, particularly in the last few overs of their innings.
The batting powerplay, which allowed the fielding team to have only three players outside the 27-metre circle for five overs, only contributed to the inflated scoring.
The statement said the ICC would not impose a limit on the size of bats but would reiterate that boundaries must be set at the maximum size at international venues.
Among other recommendations were that all no-balls in limited overs cricket be followed by a free hit for the batsman, rather than, as now, just for no-balls where the bowler has overstepped the mark.
The committee also urged match referees to consider suspensions rather than fines for bowlers who repeatedly abused dismissed batsmen with a "send off," or for physical contact between opposing players.
The committee's recommendations will be considered by the ICC board during its annual conference in Barbados in June.
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Friday, 15 May 2015


Back when you were in school, there was always that one kid who was smarter than you. But chances are even the teacher’s pet would pale in comparison to these big brained behemoths.
These are the world’s most intelligent people, both based on IQ and contributions to their fields. From movie stars, to magazine columnists, to those who work quietly in classrooms and labs, they are changing the world whether or not you know it.


21. Noam Chomsky -  

                                      is a world-renowned linguist, philosopher, and political commentator. Educated at numerous Ivy League schools, Chomsky is considered “the father of modern linguistics” and is a Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His IQ is unknown. 

20. stephen hawkings -

                                      While his name may be much more famous than many on this list, Stephen Hawking’s IQ of 160 is lower than many of his fellow geniuses. Nevertheless, his impact in the realm of theoretical physics and cosmology is beyond comparison. 

19. Manahel Thabet -

Manahel Thabet is a Yemeni economist and scientist known for becoming the youngest person and only Arab to earned a PhD in Financial Engineering magna cum laude. The winner of multiple awards – including for her humanitarian work through the UN – Thabet boasts an IQ of 168.

18. Judit Polgár -


 Polgár is a chess grandmaster from Hungary. She is considered the greatest female chess player of all time. She is said to have an IQ of 170.

17. John Sununu-

With a reported IQ of 180, John H. Sununu has an impressive life story. Born in Cuba in 1939, Sununu later moved to the United States and graduated from MIT (with 3 separate degrees). Aside from a perfect score on his SATs, Sununu has had an impressive political career as a New Hampshire state representative, a White House Chief of Staff under George H. W. Bush, and as governor of New Hampshire from 1983 to 1989.

16. Magnus Carlsen

At 24 years old, Carlsen is the youngest person on this list. The reigning World Chess Champion and arguably the best chess player of all time, this Norwegian’s IQ is unknown.

15. Benjamin Netanyahu

Realistically, it makes sense that a world leader should be so smart. Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, has an IQ of about 180. Who knew?

14. Steven Pinker-

Pinker is a Canadian-American psychologist who currently teaches at Harvard University. He is considered one of the world’s most influential intellectuals.

13. James Woods-

You may recognize him from his lengthy acting career in films like The Virgin Suicides, White House Down, or as the voice of Hades in Disney’s Hercules, but did you know that James Woods has an IQ of about 180? He graduated from MIT with a degree in political science.

12. Philip Emeagwali-

Emeagwali is a Nigerian-born engineer and computer scientist with an estimated IQ of 190.

11. Ruth Lawrence-

 Though her IQ is unknown, Ruth Lawrence was a child prodigy who graduated from Oxford University at the age of 13. She is now a mathematics professor at the Einstein Institute of Mathematics in Jerusalem.

10 .  Saul Kripke-

Kripke is a Professor Emeritus at Princeton University in the field of philosophy. He is considered one of the most influential people in the world of logic and philosophy today.

9. Garry Kasparov-

Kasparov is a former World Chess Champion and political activist, working as an opposition leader to Vladimir Putin. Many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time. With a reported IQ 190, he sits on the Human Rights Foundation.

8. Richard Rosner-

 Rosner is a brilliant television writer with an IQ of about 190-192 and a bizarre career path. He reportedly spent 10 years in high school and went on to do nude modeling and other gigs before becoming an TV writer and producer. He sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? after incorrectly answering a question. He is known for following a strict regiment of taking health pills each day.

7. Evangelos Katsioulis-

Katsioulis is a Greek doctor known for his high IQ score of between 198 and 205. He is the founder of the World Intelligence Network, an organization for high IQ societies.

6. Neil deGrasse Tyson -

 While his IQ is unknown, this charismatic astrophysicist and cosmologist is one of the brightest people on the planet. He is an advocate for expanding NASA and also for social justice.

5. Kim Ung-yong-


Kim Ung-yong is a Korean civil engineer and former Guinness World Record holder for highest IQ (about 210). He has had an IQ score of over 200 since he was 4 years old.
 Christopher Hirata is a former child prodigy with a reported IQ of 225. A physicist, Hirata has worked for NASA and later worked as a physics and astronomy professor.

 3.  Marilyn vos Savant

While her score has been disputed, vos Savant is widely considered to have the highest IQ on living record at a supposed 228. She is well known for her “Ask Marilyn” column in Parade. Her husband is Dr. Robert Jarvik, designer of the first successfully-implanted artificial heart.

2.  Terence Tao -

Terence Tao is a Chinese-American mathematician who has been estimated to have an IQ as high as 230. Tao scored a 760 on the old math SAT when he was 9 years old. Both of his brothers are also extremely gifted.

1. Christopher Langan

Considered by many to be the smartest person alive today, Christopher Langan is an autodidact (self-taught) who had a difficult upbringing in Montana and bulked up in order to fight off bullies as well as a temperamental stepfather. His IQ is reported to be between 195-210.


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Powerful tremors hit the Asian countries of Nepal, Afghanistan, India, China and Indonesia on Tuesday, May 12. An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale hit Nepal just three weeks after the region was jolted by a powerful earthquake on April 25. Fresh tremors were felt today in the north India at around 12:35 pm IST. There was another earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale in Nepal around 1:00 pm. Later, massive aftershocks were felt all over India and Nepal.

During such crisis, one needs to take into consideration a few factors that can help save lives. 

Here are some safety tips that you can consider if you happen to be in an earthquake-hit or earthquake-prone area:

1. First and foremost, KEEP CALM. Do not panic, as it will only worsen the situation.

2. Douse all fires. There are chances that the fire may spread and/or lead to an explosion.

3. If you are inside a building at the time of an earthquake, stay indoors. Drop down and take cover under sturdy furniture, such as tables or a bed. Try to stay indoor until the shaking stops.

4. Stay away from glass or loose hanging objects. Keep away from bookshelves and furniture that can fall over you.

5. If you are outdoors, move away from buildings, trees, steep slopes and utility wires. Find a clear spot or an open ground and drop to the ground covering your head and neck with your hands.

6. If you are in a crowded place, do not rush for cover. It may cause panic among others and lead to a stampede.

7. If you are in a moving vehicle, slow down and stop in a safe manner as soon as possible. Stay in the vehicle till the shaking stops. If you are in a tunnel, try to move out of it quickly.

8. If you are in a lift, get out of it quickly. If you are in a high-rise building, you will notice that the fire alarms and sprinklers will stop functioning during a quake. So will the phones. Try and get out as safely as possible using the stairs or the fire escape.

9. Steer clear of windows and doors during a quake. If you are in bed, hold on to it, protecting your head with a pillow. Or go under it, which will be safer.

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It’s been just three weeks after Nepal had been through a severe earthquake that fresh tremors hit the region. Powerful tremors were felt in the Himalayan region as well as Asian countries like Afghanistan, China, Indonesia and India on May 12. Tremors measuring 7.4 magnitude were felt at 12:35 pm and another quake measuring 6.3 on Richter scale were felt at around 1:00 pm in Nepal and parts of north India, spreading to all parts of India later.

An earthquake is an unanticipated natural calamity that can happen anywhere, any time. Hence it is important to be prepared for such a natural calamity. While you must be aware of the safety tips to be considered during an earthquake, you must also consider factors that must be taken care of after the quake.  

Here are 8 safety tips one must consider after an earthquake:

1. After the earth stops shaking, move out of your space and check yourself for injuries, if any.

2. Also check around for casualties. You must seek assistance if needed and help others. If you find an injured person, don’t move them around unless it’s urgent. Use first aid measures to treat them.

3. If you suspect a gas leak, open the windows. Shut off the main gas valves and leave the building but not before informing others of the gas leak. Also, remember not to light a fire or use any electronic items at the site.

4. Turn off the main water valves, too, to prevent wastage of water. 

5. Stay out of severely damaged buildings and dilapidated structures, as they may collapse any time. Also, ensure that you report such cases to the authorities as soon as possible.

6. Be prepared for aftershocks of the earthquake. There are high possibilities of experiencing tremors and aftershocks for few days after large earthquakes.

7. Safe in your house, you will have to manage without electricity and water after quakes. Hence, be prepared to move around in the dark. Know how to access emergency supplies and be aware of objects that have shifted during the quake.

8. As a precaution against tsunamis post an earthquake, you must keep away from beaches and low-lying areas. Move to upper floors in a concrete building after the earthquake tremors have died down. Or else, move to an open ground. 


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