11- year old Indian origin girl surpasses Einstein


If someone is asked who’s the most intelligent person to have existed on the earth, then quickly, Albert Einstein and Steven Hawking cross our mind. But, meet the young student Kashmea Wahi, who has joined the league of top 1 per cent of the world’s smartest.

Albert EinsteinThis 11-year-old Indian-origin girl in the UK has achieved the top possible score of 162 on a IQ test of Mensa, becoming one of the youngest and brainiest students in the country. Mumbai-born Kashmea Wahi achieved the top score of 162 out of 162. Both Hawking and Albert Einstein are thought to have an IQ of 160. Kashmea, the daughter of IT management consultants Vikas and Pooja Wahi, who work at the Deutsche Bank in London, took the test to prove a point to her parents.


“It’s overwhelming to be compared with the likes of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein; the comparison is implausible and I believe it would take loads of achievements for anyone like myself to be able to get into the league of such legends. Anyway, I am buzzing with excitement,” Kashmea said.


The Cattell III B Mensa test is a well-known international evaluation process and Kashmea stumbled upon it while browsing on her iPad. Cattell III B has 150 questions, often assessing comprehension through passages of texts, with the maximum achievable score being 161 for adults, and 162 for under-18s. The high achiever at school felt it would be a good way to convince her parents to get off her case for not being buried in her books for long hours.


“We are ecstatic at Kashmea’s Mensa achievement. Although we always believed she had the intellectual prowess, the acknowledgement is reassuring that she does possess the ability, the energy, which if well channelised, can lead to something wonderful,” her parents said.


The student of Notting Hill and Ealing Junior School, in west London, was instrumental in her school team making it to third place in the Oxford Maths challenge last year. She also loves net ball, plays competitive lawn tennis and has competed in national level chess tournaments going on to win medals and trophies. “I can confirm that Kashmea is one of the youngest to achieve 162 in the supervised test as it can only be taken by people over the age of 10 and a half,” a Mensa spokesperson confirmed.


This article was originally published in indiatoday.


Lack of sponsors forces squash gold medallist to offer kidney for sale.


Squash champion Ravi Dixit, a gold medallist in the 2010 Asian junior championships, has offered one of his kidneys for sale on social media to fund his participation in next month’s South Asian Games and subsequent tournaments.

ravi dixitThe 23-year-old player from Dhampur in Uttar Pradesh took the drastic step after he was unable to find a sponsor and posted the offer online — a kidney for Rs 8 lakh. His offer immediately found traction and triggered outrage on Facebook and Twitter.
“I need at least Rs 1 lakh to participate in the South Asian Games but have not been able to find any sponsor. So, I have decided to sell by kidney for Rs 8 lakh so that I can participate in other tournaments as well for the rest of the year,” Dixit told Hindustan Times from Chennai where he is currently preparing for the South Asian Games.


Dixit has been playing squash for the past 10 years and is one of the four players selected for the Games in Guwahati. He said he depends on prize money to meet his training needs.


One of his Facebook posts, which was later deleted, said: “Even after winning so many medals and representing India so many times, I do not get any support to take my squash to the national and international levels. Dhampur Sugar Mill has supported me but how long will they continue to support me? … I have not been able to arrange enough money to fund my campaign for the games. I have lost my determination.”

Other than the gold at the Asian junior championships, Dixit has won many national and international laurels.
He has been getting financial support from Dhampur Sugar Mill, where his father is a class IV employee, but it is not enough for him to support his career.
“It is difficult for us to support the family solely on my husband’s income. The mill has been very generous in its support to Ravi’s career but we are too embarrassed to ask for more help,” his mother, Sarvesh, said thanking the company for its support.
After Dixit offered to sell his kidney, some politicians in UP have now come forward to help the player.
Minister Moolchand Chauhan said he would talk to the family and take up the matter with chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. “I am surprised that such a talented player is auctioning his kidney. All possible help will be given to him,” he said.


BJP leader and a former MLA Ashok Kumar Rana also assured the player of help.


This article was originally published in Hindustantimes..


Jallikattu on hold: SC stays govt notification to allow bull Taming.


The sport that has been an integral part of Pongal festivities was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014, following demands from rights groups who pointed to animal cruelty and human deaths during the event. 


The Supreme Court stayed on Tuesday a central government notification that paved the way for a return of the banned bull taming sport Jallikattu, effectively scuttling plans of staging the event during Pongal celebrations in Tamil Nadu later this week.

The top court also issued notices to the Centre, Tamil Nadu and other states where the controversial sport is played, days after the environment ministry issued new guidelines that permitted the popular event to go ahead, overriding protests from animal rights activists and the law ministry.

The sport that has been an integral part of Pongal festivities was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014, following demands from rights groups who pointed to animal cruelty and human deaths during the event.The new norms triggered howls of protests and animal welfare organisations — including the animal welfare board – filed a clutch of petitions in the court.


But the Centre objected to the pleas, saying no fundamental right of the petitioners were violated and questioned the maintainability of the petitions. The court also issued a notice on whether the petitions could be heard or not.
Both the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government assured the court that the new notification underlined safety measures and precautions to be taken during the festival.

Under the rules, permission has to be given by the district collector or magistrate and bullock cart races must be held on a proper track. Bulls, once they leave the enclosure, have to be tamed within a radial distance of 15 metres, the government order said.

The new norms came after a concerted political push by parties in the poll-bound Tamil Nadu, where the banned sport has a strong connection with thousands of people who view it as a part of their culture

Chief minister J Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, backing the sport, which wasn’t held last year for the first time in decades.

This article was originally published in Hindustantimes..

PM Narendra Modi leaves for Ireland, US


“Working westward. PM @narendramodi departs on a 2 nation, 3 city visit to Ireland & the US, will address the @UN,” tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
Modi will spend Wednesday in Ireland where he will hold discussions with Prime Minister Enda Kenny. He will depart for New York the same evening for the US leg of his tour.