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Dhoni's incredible decade: 12 facts that best describe his genius

Ten years ago, on this day, MS Dhoni made his international debut for India in an ODI against Bangladesh at Chittagong. He didn't have the best of starts as he was run out for a first ball duck but then he got into the groove and shattered records. Here are some unbelievable records and numbers associated with MS Dhoni:
- Dhoni holds the unique distinction of leading India to most wins across all three formats – Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals. He is the only captain to do so in all the three formats. He also has the highest win percentage as an Indian captain in Tests and ODIs. (Tests - 27 wins, ODIs - 93 wins, T20Is - 26 wins) (Win % - 56.02 % in ODIs, 45.76% in Tests)
- Dhoni is the only captain to lead India in more than 50 Tests (59). The next on the list in Sourav Ganguly with 49.
File picture of MS Dhoni. Reuters
File picture of MS Dhoni. Reuters
- Dhoni is the most successful captain in the T20Is across countries. He has won the most number of matches as a captain - 26. The next in the list is William Porterfield of Ireland with 20 wins.
- Dhoni currently possesses the highest score by a wicketkeeper-batsman in ODIs - 183* which he scored against Sri Lanka at Jaipur in 2005.

- Dhoni is the only captain to score a century at no. 7 in ODIs. He achieved this feat in 2012 when he scored 113* off 125 balls against Pakistan in Chennai. He also has the highest score by a no.7 in ODIs - 139 for Asia XI against Africa XI in Chennai in 2007.
- Dhoni holds the Indian record of most dismissals as a wicketkeeper in both Tests, ODIs and T20Is (285 in Tests, 306 in ODIs, 36 in T20Is)
- Dhoni is the only Indian wicketkeeper to have scored a double century in Tests. He achieved this feat against Australia in 2013 in Chennai where he scored 224 off 265 balls. In doing so, he also registered the highest individual score by an Indian captain in Tests.

- Dhoni holds the record of fastest century by an Indian wicketkeeper in Tests. He achieved this feat against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006 where is scored his maiden Test century off just 93 balls. Overall, he is the third fastest in test cricket by a wicketkeeper/batsman.

- As a captain, Dhoni holds a record for longest unbeaten run in tests from his debut, 11 tests (8 wins and 3 draws).
- Dhoni averages a staggering 103 in successful run chases in ODIs. This is the best average amongst the players to have scored a minimum of 1000 runs in successful run chases.He has scored two centuries and 14 fifties in successful run chases.
- Dhoni is the only captain to have bagged all three ICC trophies. In 2007 won the World T20; in 2011, he lifted the World Cup and in 2013, he won the Champions Trophy. He also the lifted the ICC Test championship mace in 2009.
- Dhoni is level with Kumar Sangakkara with most number of stumpings in international cricket - 133.

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PM Narendra Modi flags-off Kathmandu-Delhi bus service

New Delhi/Kathmandu: In an initiative which will deepen the relations between India and Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala on Tuesday flagged-off the Kathmandu-Delhi bus service called Pashupatinath Express from here.

"I wish you all the best, this is a very good beginning," PM Modi told passengers aboard Kathmandu-Delhi bus.


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Before flagging off the bus, both the PMs hopped into the bus and interacted with the passengers of the bus, which was decorated with streamers, balloons and flowers.

The bus service is touted to be a major boost in terms of trade and tourism and will also strengthen the bilateral ties between the two neighbouring countries.

The route, the bus service will follow would be from Kathmandu, Bhairawa, Sanauli, Gorakhpur, Lucknow and New Delhi.

PM Modi arrived in Kathmandu today to attend the 18th Saarc Summit to be held Nov 26-27.

From Indian side, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today flagged-off the Delhi-Kathmandu bus service from New Delhi and said the government was planning to start similar services to every neighbouring country soon.

The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will run the luxury Volvo bus on the Delhi-Kathmandu bus route. The one-way fare of the bus will be Rs 2,300 per person.

The bus will complete its journey via Agra, Lucknow and Gorakhpur in 30 hours and cover the distance of 1,250 km.

DTC had received a proposal from the PMO for beginning the trans-national service corresponding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Nepal for the SAARC summit on November 26-27.

The bus service is touted to be a major boost in terms of trade and tourism and will also strengthen the bilateral ties between the two neighbouring countries.

At present, DTC has been running Delhi-Lahore bus, which was launched by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in March 1999.

As part of its inaugural run on February 19, 1999, Vajpayee went to attend a summit in Lahore in DTC's Delhi-Lahore bus service where he was received by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Wagah.

On November 1, the corporation had increased the fare of Delhi-Lahore bus service from Rs 1500 to 2400.

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Revolutionizing The Interaction Between Plants And Bacteria

 In laboratory trials, it has been observed that plants grown from 25 to 35 percent more when the microorganism was added.

Legumes, such as lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas, important for human nutrition, could increase its production thanks to the contributions of a scientific group that revolutionized the study of interactions between plants and microorganisms, at the University of Salamanca in Spain, leaded by Martha Trujillo Toledo.

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Credit:   University of Salamanca

After isolating and studying a bacteria of the genus Micromonospora in 2003, it was discovered that this microorganism improved the productions of the grains. However, because it is a new line of investigation and only two laboratories in the world are studying the interaction of legumes with the microorganism, the way the bacteria reaches the plant is currently unknown.

"What we do know is that it is able to penetrate the tissues of the plant and promote its growth, which increases between 25 and 35 percent. Moreover, the organism belongs to the actinobacterias group, which is one of the largest producers of antibiotics and other substances. Here, we discovered that one of our strains produced antitumor molecules, so it might have an important biotechnological application" highlights the researcher, who is part of the Network of Mexican Talent, Chapter Spain.

She adds that a significant percentage of her research has been devoted to describing all the new species of Micromonospora. "Hence, we set the goal of trying to understand the relationship between the bacteria and the plant, for which we conducted trials in a climatic chamber, where we grow the plant with all the nutrients it needs to develop, but by adding the bacteria the growth increased" .

She points that they are still studying this interaction, because it is not yet known what brings the bacteria to the plant. "We also observed that the number of nodules of the legumes, where the nitrogen they need gets fixed, almost doubled."

Another important aspect of the work was to conduct molecular studies to identify bacterial genes important for the interaction with its host. In this regard, sequencing revealed a big surprise, since almost 200 genes encode enzymes that destroy plant tissue, which is ironic in a bacteria found inside plants and favoring their protection and growth, as demonstrated by previous studies.

Trujillo Toledo refers that by improving the deeper understanding of the plant-microorganism relationship, the bacteria could be applied in the future as a growth enhancer for legumes to improve production for farmers.

Notably, the research group of Trujillo Toledo has about 30 different sampled species of plants not only in Spain but in other European countries, Nicaragua and Australia. Also, in Mexico she has a joint project with Maria Valdes Ramirez of the National School of Biological Sciences, at the IPN, since she also found the Micromonospora bacteria in other plants, which also produce nodules and fix nitrogen like legumes. (Agencia ID)


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South Indian Girls Vs North Indian Girls

********WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A North Indian GIRL as WIFE***********

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> 1. At the time of marriage, a north Indian girl has more boyfriends than her age.

> 2. Before marriage, she looks almost like a bollywood heroine and after marriage you have to go around her twice to completely hug her.

> 3. By the time she professes her undevoted love to you, you are bankrupt because of the number of times you had to take her out to movie theatres and restaurants. And you wait longingly for her dowry.

> 4. The only dishes she can think of to cook is paneer butter masala, aloo sabji, aloo gobi sabji, aloo matar, aloo paneer, that after eating all those paneer and aloos you are either in the bed with chronic cholestrol or chronic gas disorder.

> 5. The only growth that you see later in your career is the rise in your monthly phone bill.

> 6. You are blinded by her love that you think that she is a blonde. Only later do you come to know that it is because of the mehandhi that she applies to cover her gray hair.

> 7. When you come home from office she is very busy watching "Kyonki saas bhi kabi bahu thi" that you either end up eating outside or cooking yourself.

> 8. You are a very "ESpecial" person to her.

> 9. She always thought that Madras is a state and covers the whole of south india until she met you.

> 10. When she says she is going to "work out" she means she is going to "walk out"

> 11. She has greater number of relatives than the number of people you have in your home town.

> 12. The only two sentences in English that she knows are "Thank you" and "How are you"

> 13. She thinks Govinda can dance better than Michael Jackson.



******WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A South Indian GIRL as WIFE*********** 
> 1.Her mother looks down at you because you didn't study in IIT or Madras /Anna University.

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> 2. Her father starts or ends every conversation with " ... I say..."

> 3. She shudders if you use four letter words.

> 4. She has long hair, neatly oiled and braided (The Dubai based Oil Well Company will negotiate with her on a 25 year contract to extract coconutoil from her hair.)

> 5. She uses the word 'Super' as her only superlative.

> 6. Her name is another name for a Goddess or a flower.

> 7. Her first name is longer than your first name, middle name and surname combined (unless you are from Andhra)

> 9. For weddings, she sports a mini jasmine garden on her head and wears silk saris in the Madras heat without looking too uncomfortable while you are melting in your singlet.

> 10. She thinks Mohan Lal is the sexiest man alive.

> 11. Her favourite cricketer is Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

> 12. Her favourite food is dosa though she has tried North Indian snacks like Chats (pronounced like the slang for 'conversation')

> 13. She bursts into songs with her cousins in every movie.

> 14. She bores you by telling you which raaga each song you hear is based on.

> 15. You have to give her jewellery, though she has already got plenty of it ..

> 16. Her thali (Mangal Sutra) weighs more than the championship belts worn by WWF wrestlers.

> 17. She is more educated than you.

> 18. Her father thinks she is much smarter than you..

Anyother thing missed here.. Comment here to add it ;) 
and dont forget to share with your North Indian Cousins :D

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Horses And Rhinos Origin On The Island Of India

 Fossils suggest ancestor of horses and rhinos originated on the Asian subcontinent while it was still an island.


Working at the edge of a coal mine in India, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers and colleagues have filled in a major gap in science's understanding of the evolution of a group of animals that includes horses and rhinos. That group likely originated on the subcontinent when it was still an island headed swiftly for collision with Asia, the researchers report Nov. 20 in the online journal Nature Communications.

This is an artist's depiction of Cambaytherium thewissi.

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Credit: Elaine Kasmer

Modern horses, rhinos and tapirs belong to a biological group, or order, called Perissodactyla. Also known as "odd-toed ungulates," animals in the order have, as their name implies, an uneven number of toes on their hind feet and a distinctive digestive system.

Though paleontologists had found remains of Perissodactyla from as far back as the beginnings of the Eocene epoch, about 56 million years ago, their earlier evolution remained a mystery, says Ken Rose, Ph.D., a professor of functional anatomy and evolution at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Rose and his research team have for years been excavating mammal fossils in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming, but in 2001 he and Indian colleagues began exploring Eocene sediments in Western India because it had been proposed that perissodactyls and some other mammal groups might have originated there. In an open-pit coal mine northeast of Mumbai, they uncovered a rich vein of ancient bones. Rose says he and his collaborators obtained funding from the National Geographic Society to send a research team to the mine site at Gujarat in the far Western part of India for two weeks at a time once every year or two over the last decade.

The mine yielded what Rose says was a treasure trove of teeth and bones for the researchers to comb through back in their home laboratories. Of these, more than 200 fossils turned out to belong to an animal dubbed Cambaytherium thewissi, about which little had been known.

The researchers dated the fossils to about 54.5 million years old, making them slightly younger than the oldest known Perissodactyla remains, but, Rose says, it provides a window into what a common ancestor of all Perissodactyla would have looked like. "Many of Cambaytherium's features, like the teeth, the number of sacral vertebrae, and the bones of the hands and feet, are intermediate between Perissodactyla and more primitive animals," Rose says. "This is the closest thing we've found to a common ancestor of the Perissodactyla order."

Cambaytherium and other finds from the Gujarat coal mine also provide tantalizing clues about India's separation from Madagascar, lonely migration, and eventual collision with the continent of Asia as the Earth's plates shifted, Rose says. In 1990, two researchers, David Krause and Mary Maas of Stony Brook University, published a paper suggesting that several groups of mammals that appear at the beginning of the Eocene, including primates and odd- and even-toed ungulates, might have evolved in India while it was isolated. Cambaytherium is the first concrete evidence to support that idea, Rose says. But, he adds, "It's not a simple story."

"Around Cambaytherium's time, we think India was an island, but it also had primates and a rodent similar to those living in Europe at the time," he says. "One possible explanation is that India passed close by the Arabian Peninsula or the Horn of Africa, and there was a land bridge that allowed the animals to migrate. But Cambaytherium is unique and suggests that India was indeed isolated for a while."

Rose said his team was "very fortunate that we discovered the site and that the mining company allowed us to work there," although he added, "it was frustrating to knowing that countless fossils were being chewed up by heavy mining equipment." When coal extraction was finished, the miners covered the site, he says. His team has now found other mines in the area to continue digging.


Contacts and sources:
Shawna Williams
Johns Hopkins Medicine


Other authors on the study were Luke T. Holbrook of Rowan University, Rajendra S. Rana of Garhwal University, Kishor Kumar of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Katrina E. Jones and Heather E. Ahrens of Johns Hopkins University, Pieter Missiaen of Ghent University, Ashok Sahni of Panjab University and Thierry Smith of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

This study was funded by the National Geographic Society (grants 6868-00, 7938-05, 8356-07, 8710-09, 8958-11 and 9240-12), the Belgian Science Policy Office (project BR/121/A3/PALEURAFRICA), the National Science Foundation (grant number DEB-0211976) and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.

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Saudi Husband Divorces Wife After She Fails To Reply To His Whatsapp Text Message

A Saudi husband has divorced his wife after she failed to reply to a WhatsApp text message.
The man, who got married two years ago, sent the message from his office and waited for a response from his wife. But none came.

Thinking something must be wrong, reported Emirates 24/7, he rushed home to find her watching television.
When he asked her why she did not respond, she said she was busy chatting with friends on WhatsApp and wanted to reply later. He divorced her instantly, the report added.
'I sent her messages on Whatsapp and knew she had read them because of the latest update on the application but still she didn't answer me or acknowledged my messages,' he was quoted as saying by the Gulf News.
The husband, in his 30s, said he was frustrated by his wife's seemingly endless interest in using her phone for chatting with friends and family.

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