Mayday Mayday, scream RCB!

Mayday Mayday, scream RCB!

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RCB calls for Mayday in IPL!

India’s national sport may be hockey, but IPL is the people’s sport. RCB continue their dismal performances by losing out to KKR, GL and RPS while rain avoided another embarrassment against SRH. It is only a matter of time that RCB will be out of the IPL. They even managed to pull out the scorecard below.
 
RCB embarrassment scorecard
No one even managed to reach double figures
 

In other matches over the week, MI lost to RPS and then won a thriller against GL in super over. KXIP defeated GL and lost to SRH. KKR continued their amazing run with wins against RCB, RPS and DD. The points standing as of today is

IPL table
IPL Standings as of today
 

INTERNATIONAL

Modern day Silk route is a rail line. China expanded their rail service to the UK, which will no longer be a part of EU in a few months time. The freight train covers 12000 miles and takes about two weeks to reach London from the coastal town of Yiwu in China.
 
Scientists have managed to develop artificial wombs. The experiment has been successful on lambs, and could be used in cases of premature birth, to ensure they grow normally. Next up, artificial babies??
 
Everyone must have tried out or at least heard of Tinder, the dating app. Last week there was an unexpected entry in the list of Tinder profiles – a rhino, named Sudan – the last male Northern White Rhino. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where he resides, hopes to raise funds for one final attempt to save the species. Feel free to donate here.
 
TCS, Infosys and Cognizant misuse the lottery system to generate more H-1B Visas claims US official. They apply for a large number of Visas, more than allotted and hence get a greater number of Visas. Trump recently signed an order which is informally called ‘Buy American, Hire American’ to propose reforms to ensure that H-1B Visas are awarded to the most skilled or highest paid applicant.
 

TECHNOLOGY

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin now have a common interest – building vehicles that can fly.
The Kitty Hawk Flyer – backed by Larry Page – had its first test run in San Francisco. You may soon see people going to offices in one of them. Kitty Hawk is aiming to start selling the Flyers by the end of the year.
 
While his co-founder is flying cars, Sergey Brin is flying ships. He is reported to have been secretly building a massive airship inside Hangar 2 of NASA Ames Research Centre. Wonder what that will turn into, but it is nothing to look forward in the near future at least!
 

 

NATIONAL

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi poll results came out and no prizes for guessing the winner – BJP, riding the Modi Wave, of course. Their main rival at the capital – AAP had to settle for 48 wards while Congress won in 30 wards – numbers that seem so insignificant in front of the 181 won by BJP.
 
Terrorists attacked an army camp near LoC in Kupwara, killing a Captain and 2 others. Two of the three militants were shot dead while a third slipped away. The attack took place in the early hours of Thursday. News of such attacks makes one wonder how easy life is for the lot of us sitting in front of computers, hacking away at the keyboard.
 
In the deadliest Maoist ambush in years, 25 CRPF personnel were killed in the Sukma area of Chhattisgarh. Almost 200 personnels have been killed in various Maoist attacks in the state over the past 7 years.
 
It is vacation time for most students, but entrance result times for those completing their high school. One of the most prestigious entrance exams – IIT JEE mains results were released this week. Kalpit Veerwal, son of a compounder from Udaipur topped the list, scoring a perfect score of 360 out of 360. Read what he has to say.
 
After 41 days, farmers from Tamil Nadu suspended their protest upon receiving assurance from their CM E. Palaniswamy. They also added that the protests would begin again if their demands are not met by May 25th.
 
Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna, father of actors Akshaye and Rahul Khanna passed away this week. He is famous for his role of Amar in the 1977 hit Amar Akbar Anthony. As said in a tweet: ‘Vinod Khanna will always be Amar’.
 
Vinod Khanna Amar
Vinod Khanna (leftmost) in Amar Akbar Anthony
 

What Indians have been tweeting about

Twitter Wordcloud
most popular twitter hashtags in the last week
 

BUSINESS

Call it the Jio effect, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited has become the most valuable Indian company, surpassing TCS. Read more about that here. Also, the BSE Sensex closed above 30k for the first time on Wednesday, only to fall in the next two days, now a 29,918.40.
 
Bihar became the second state after Telangana to ratify and adopt the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to pave way for the roll out of GST from July 1. More states are expected to pass GST bills in the coming days and have been asked to finish up the process by May end.
 

SPORTS

Among all this IPL entertainment, Indian cricket fans were shocked to learn that India may pull out of the Champions Trophy starting 1st June in England. BCCI was supposed to announce the Indian squad for the tournament by 25 April, but ongoing tussle between BCCI and ICC over global revenue share has resulted in the delays. Money is the root of all evil!
 
As the European football seasons draw to a close, we take a look at who is winning the top 5 leagues:
In England, Chelsea currently lead Tottenham by 4 points with 5 matches to play.
AS Monaco don’t seem to be giving up on their dreams; but PSG, just 3 points behind, are close on their heels and with 4 matches left, anything could happen in France.
Bayern Munich have won the German Bundesliga for the fifth consecutive time. They did it in style with an impressive 6-0 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday.
The Italian Serie A seems to be going to Turin, to Juventus once again. With a lead of 9 points and 4 matches, it should only be a matter of time.
FC Barcelona are on top of the Spanish La Liga, but arch rivals Real Madrid have one match in hand which could prove to be the difference in the coming days.

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