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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Virender Sehwag Scored Double Century in ODI

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Virender Sehwag climbed up another milestone with his natural cool cool  styles. The beloved Viru of India smashed 219 to steal the ‘once non-realistic’ one-day record from Sachin Tendulkar.
It was happened at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore in the 4th ODI against West Indies. This is the highest ever score in a one-day international by any batsman in the world. Sehwag blasted 25 fours and seven sixes in the match. In this dream run he took India to 418 for five, the team’s highest ever score in one-day cricket as well.

Sehwag became only the second batsman in history to score a double century in a one-day international following Sachin Tendulkar, who made 200 not out against South Africa in Gwailor in 2010.

In Tests, Sehwag has scored centuries against all the Test-cricket playing nations except Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. He is one among the six leading Test century makers for India. In 2001, he became the eleventh Indian player to score a century on Test debut, when scored 105 runs against South Africa. His centuries have been scored at fourteen cricket grounds, eight of which were outside India. He has scored 200 runs or more six times, the most by an Indian batsman, of which a record three have come against Pakistan. One such innings, the 254 in Lahore, had him involved in a 410-run partnership with Rahul Dravid. Sehwag is the only Indian to have scored a triple century, and has done so twice (309 against Pakistan in Multan in 2004 and 319 against South Africa in Chennai in 2008). The latter is the fastest triple century in Test cricket, in just 278 balls and was also rated as one of the top 10 Test innings of all time by the ICC rankings.
He was named the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2008. He is the third batsman to score two triple centuries, alongside Sir Donald Bradman and Brian Lara. He scored 12 centuries and holds a record for the most consecutive hundreds of over 150.
Sehwag Appreciated by Roch the West Indian player

In ODIs, Sehwag has scored 15 centuries and that too against six opponents. He is third in the list of leading century-makers in ODIs for India. His maiden century was made against New Zealand at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo in 2001. He has scored a record five centuries against Sri Lanka. One such century in Hamilton in 2009 was the fastest by an Indian, coming from just 60 deliveries. Of these centuries, five were scored at home grounds and eight were at outside venues. He has been dismissed five times in the nineties as well.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sedlec Ossuary, A Chappel Decorated by Skulls!!!

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Are you intersted to see a chappel built or decorated by skills and bones of humans? Yes, such one is there in Czech Republic. It is none other than the Sedlec Ossuary, a small Roman Catholic chapel constructed in the Czech Republic. This is located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec.

The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. Their bones are artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. The ossuary is among the most visited tourist attractions of the Czech Republic, attracting over 200 thousand visitors yearly.
Exterior of the Chappel

The House Of 40,000 Corpses (Sedlec Ossuary)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kepler-22 b New earth-like planet discovered!

Earth is brimming with people, aroud 7 million! Population explosion is becoming a big problems. Space and resources have been diminishing.
What to do?
Don’t worry, a new earth is located! Hey, don’t make haste; it is only a ‘habitable’ earth-like planet, which is orbiting around a sun-like star some 600 light years away. The planet, called Kepler-22b, joins a list of more than 500 planets found to orbit stars beyond our solar system. The discovery has been made by a team of researchers from NASA’s Kepler Mission.  This is a large, rocky planet with a surface temperature of about 72 degrees Fahrenheit, which is so good climate as per our parameters!

The discovery team, led by William Borucki of the NASA Ames Research Center, used photometric data from the NASA Kepler space telescope. The host star lies toward the constellations of Lyra and Cygnus. The star, a G5 star, has a mass and a radius only slightly smaller than that of our Sun, a G2 star. As a result, the host star is about 25 percent less luminous than the Sun.
The planet orbits the G5 star with an orbital period of 290 days, compared to 365 days for the Earth, at a distance about 15 percent closer to its star than the Earth from the Sun. This results in the planet’s moderate temperature. It orbits in the middle of the star’s habitable zone, where liquid water is expected to be able to exist on the surface of the planet. As we all know liquid water is necessary for life, and this new planet might well be not only habitable, perhaps even inhabited!
This new exoplanet is the smallest-radius planet discovered in the habitable zone of any star to date. It is about 2.4 times larger than that of the Earth, putting it in the class of exoplanets known as super-Earths. The study will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chakkulathukavu Pongala on 9th December 2011

Chakkulathukavu Temple                                                                                             Pongala            
The famous Hindu festival Chakkulathukavu Pongala, (Chakkulathu Kavu Pongala), is on 9th December 2011. The festival is being held every year at the Chakkulathukavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple located at Neerattupuram in the border of Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha Districts in Kerala. Chakkulathu Kavu Ponkala is celebrated during the Malayalam month of ‘Vrischikam’ (November - December) on the Thrikarthika day. The word ‘Pongala’ means ‘to boil over’ and this ritual is exclusively performed by women devotees.
On Pongala day the Chakkulathukavu temple premises and the surrounding areas are filled with the devotees. The devotees bring rice, coconut and jaggery and earthen pots for cooking. The temporary hearths made by bricks are kept in lines on either side of the streets. After lighting the main hearth from the sanctum sanctorum by the chief priest, the fire is exchanged to all the hearths of the devotees. Another interesting feature is that every year at the time of lighting the main hearth, a Brahminy Kite eagle flies round at the sky. Devotees believe that this is the blessing of  Chakkulathamma or Goddess Bhagavathi.
At the end, there is a ritual of burning the Karthika Stambam (pillar) which is made of dried leaves of coconut tee, banana, elanhi (a tree usually found in temple premises), old clothes and crackers.
History of Chakkulathukavu Pongala
According to legends, Chakkulathukavu Devi Temple in the forest was created by a tribal  family. As they were busy involved in the temple work, they were not able to prepare their food in time. Feeling dejected, they prayed Goddess Bhagawathi and moved out to prepare the food. To their surprise, they found their utensils full of prepared food. The family realized that the food was prepared by the Goddess and they prayed her to save them from all evils. At that moment, a revelation stated that the food was prepared by the Goddess for them and that she was happy with the ardent devotion of the family. Today’s Pongala festival is celebrated to comemorate this holy event.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Football Legend Socrates No More

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The football loving world is mourning over the death of one of the magician on the field, none other than Socrates, one of football's most iconic stars. The Brazilian soccer star died at 52 of a gut infection. He had been in hospital twice recently after suffering bleeds in his digestive tract. He has wife and six children.

Born in Belem do Para, Socrates started his career at Botafogo. He played in two World Cups for Brazil, winning 60 caps and scoring 22 goals. He played for Brazil between 1979 and 1986, captaining the team in 1982, when they were knocked out by Italy. He was part of a squad that was widely considered the greatest team never to win the World Cup. He later joined Brazil's fight to overturn a military regime in the 80s. His heroes included Cuban revolution icons Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and John Lennon.
Socrates, who rose to prominence with Corinthians, also played for Fiorentina in Italy before returning to Brazil to finish his career. After he retired, he became a full-time doctor and later a popular TV commentator and columnist, famed for his controversial views. Socrates was appointed coach of Garforth Town for a brief period.

Chariot, Vehicle that can be Worn!!!

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There are lots of innovations have been taking place in the field of transportation. Newer amd newer vehicles with much improved capabilities and facilities are coming forth. Latest technologies urge for making vehicles with high fuel efficiency and compatibility with alternate enrgy sorces. Amidst all there are other news also are coming, some strange thinking...

This is about Chariot, a new wearable transportation device concept that a company named, Exmovere Holdings has presented. This is just like a pants! Actually, the device is specifically intended to help people who have difficulty in standing, with a range of sensors used to let the wearer control the device at speeds up to 12 miles per hour with a minimum amount of physical effort.

I really suspect whether this is a reality or a concept. How is this effective when taken to the roads? Is it possible to ride for pretty long distances? If there is any rain, dust protective  Hope it will become a reality soon.