DEVENDRA FADNAVIS TAKES OATH AS MAHARASHTRA CM
Devendra Fadnavis on Friday took oath as the 27th Chief Minister of Maharashtra and the first from BJP in the state, at a grand function in Mumbai's wankhade stadium. A 10-member BJP ministry led by Devendra Fadnavis was also sworn-in.
PM Narendra Modi, BJP patriarch L K Advani, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, former CM Prithviraj Chavan, NCP leader and former Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandra Babu Naidu and dignitaries from across the country were present at the event. Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray agreed to attend the swearing-in ceremony after a last-minute call from BJP President Amit Shah inviting him to the event.
SRI LANKA: OVER 100 DEAD IN LANDSLIDE, NO HOPE FOR SURVIVORS
Over 200 people were feared to have been buried alive in Sri Lanka after a devastating landslide triggered by rains destroyed the homes of mostly Indian-origin plantation workers at the Meeriabedda tea estate in the central Badulla district.
The Disaster Management Centre’s last estimate for the number killed was still 300. The centre said that 150 houses were buried in Wednesday’s landslide, which stretched 3 km and engulfed the village after days of heavy monsoon rains. Heavy monsoon rains caused the mudslide, which wiped out 120 tea workers' homes in Badulla district, about 140 miles (220 kilometres) east of Colombo.
AIR FRESHENERS LIKELY TO POISON INDOOR AIR: STUDY
A new study has warned that the air fresheners, which provide a pleasant smell to your house, may also spike indoor aerosol levels and hamper the quality of air. Researchers said, "Some of the same chemical reactions that occur in the atmosphere as a result of smog and ozone are actually taking place in your house while you are cleaning."
In an alarming research it has been discovered that cleaning products and air fresheners are forming secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) in our homes, especially those with less or no ventilation. SOAs are microscopic particles, which are created when ozone reacts with volatile organic gases such as limonene – the chemical name for the smell of oranges – or its cousin I-pinene, which is part of the smell of pine trees.
WHATSAPP FOUNDERS OWN NEARLY $ 9 BILLION IN FACEBOOK STOCK
WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their mobile messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this October.
Jan Koum, a Ukraine immigrant who was once living on welfare, reaped the biggest jackpot with 76.4 million Facebook shares now worth $5.8 billion. That makes him Facebook's fourth largest stockholder behind company CEO Mark Zuckerberg and two mutual funds, Fidelity Management and Vanguard. Besides the Facebook stock, Koum and Acton also were paid a large chunk of the $4.6 billion in cash that was included in the WhatsApp acquisition.
NASA SPOTS GALAXY 13 BILLION LIGHT YEARS AWAY
Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a tiny, faint galaxy estimated to be over 13 billion light-years away. The galaxy is supposed to be one of the furthest ever. The galaxy measures 850 light years across 500 times smaller than Milky Way and mass of 40 million suns the Milky Way has a stellar mass of a few hundred billion suns.
The discovery was made using the lense power of the massive galaxy cluster Abell 2744, called Pandora’s Cluster, which produced three magnified images of the same, faint galaxy. These clusters are so massive their gravity deflects light passing through them, magnifying, brightening, and distorting background objects in a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.
PANKAJ ADVANI CLINCHES WORLD BILLIARDS TITLE
Pankaj Advani clinched the World Billiards Championship title to bag a record 12th world crown and also complete a rare 'Grand Double' post his third win in both the long and short formats in the same year.
Bangalore's 'Golden Boy' Advani set the green baize on fire as he humbled England's rising star Robert Hall 1928-893 in a one-sided contest to hand his mother, Kajal, a perfect birthday gift on Wednesday. He had won the 150-up format last week after defeating Peter Gilchrist. Advani said, "I don't know what to say. The way I feel makes words seem incapable of truly depicting it. I worked really hard on my game and fitness, both physical and mental before coming here and it definitely paid off.”