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Mumbai was crowned the champions of the Ranji Trophy for the 41st time as they defeated Saurashtra in the final by an innings and 21 runs on Friday. Saurashtra posted 235 and 115 in its two innings while Mumbai scored 371 in its sole innings. Notably, all the other participants of the tournament have a combined total of 41 titles.

Nepal - A small plane carrying 11 people crashed Friday in mountainous western Nepal, in the countrys second deadly plane accident this week, officials said.Government official Padamlal Lamichane said at least one person had died according to initial reports.He said the plane belonging to Kasthamandap Airlines appeared to have technical trouble and attempted to land on a farmers field near the top of a mountain. It crashed near Tilkha village, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of the capital, Kathmandu, he said.The plane, which was carrying nine passengers and two crew members, was en route from Nepalgunj town to the mountain village of Jumla. The weather was clear along the route.

This businesswoman is running 1,040 miles across seven deserts to raise awareness about water scarcity. Mina Guli is a 45 year old Australian CEO of a water charity called Thirst and is running forty marathons across seven deserts in seven weeks. She is starting in Spain and moving on to Jordan, the Antarctic, Australia, South Africa, Chilé, and ending in the good old USA in California. Her goal is to bring attention to the global water crisis and save one billion liters of water by crossing her finish line on March 22nd, World Water Day. By 2030 the world will be demanding forty percent more water than it can supply. So try to think of Mina next youre brushing your teeth and remember to turn the faucet off!

In 2012, we launched the ability for creators to blur all faces in their video as a first step toward providing visual anonymity tools on YouTube. Even then we knew we still had work to do: you didnt just want to blur faces -- you wanted to blur literally anything in your video.Today, were launching a Custom Blurring tool on YouTube that lets creators do just that. With this new Enhancements feature, available on desktop versions of YouTube, you can blur any object in your video, even as it moves. Whether you want to blur sensitive information such as a license plate or cover up a wardrobe malfunction without reshooting an entire scene, the new Custom Blurring tool will let you blur objects throughout your video, right within YouTube.

The government is aiming to speed up economic growth to hit the double-digit mark quickly, but analysts are of the view that the Centre would have to break the political logjam to push growth in Asias third largest economy.The government is looking for an 8%-10% per cent annual economic growth through supply-side measures to increase the capacity in India, rather than risk higher inflation by stimulating demand, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Thursday.

The government today tabled the 2015-16 Economic Survey in the Parliament in which the status report on the economy was presented. The economic growth for 2015-16 is projected at 7.6% for 2015-16, and is pegged at 7-7.75% for 2016-17. It added that the 3.9% fiscal deficit target is achievable, and RBI will meet the 5% inflation target by March 2017.

The Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO, is set to launch the countrys first solar mission called Aditya-L1. Accordingly, Aditya-L1 satellite will be placed in an orbit about 15 lakh kilometres from the earth.Its primary objective will be to study the solar corona in different wavebands. Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh gave this information in the Lok Sabha today. In reply to a question he said ISRO is going to launch eight Indian and 19 foreign satellites this year. The countries whose satellites it will be launching include Algeria, Canada, Germany, Indonesia and USA.

The Union Government has extended e-Tourist Visa Scheme to 37 more countries. With this, the total count of countries under the scheme will become 150. The new countries included in e-Tourist Visa scheme are Austria, Albania, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Comoros, Cote dlvoire, Cape Verde,  Czech Republic, Croatia, Eritrea, Denmark, Gabon, Greece, Guinea, Gambia, Ghana,  Madagascar, Malawi, Iceland, Lesotho, Liberia, San Marino, Moldova, Namibia, Romania, South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Trinidad & Tobago, Tajikistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee has sworn-in as the 28th Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka. He was administered oath to the office as per provision of Article 219 of Constitution by the Governor Vajubhai R. Vala in a ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan, Bengaluru. Prior to this appointment, he was officiating as Acting Chief Justice of High Court of Karnataka since June 2015.

The Union Government has appointed three Information Commissioners at the Central Information Commission (CIC). They were administered the oath of office by Chief Information Commissioner Radha Krishna Mathur. With their induction, for the first time CIC has full strength i.e. the total number of Information Commissioners including the CIC has gone up to 11. Their appointments have been made for a term of five years or till they turn 65.They are Bimal Julka, Amitava Bhattacharya, Divya Prakash Sinha

Long-distance runner Lalita Babar was on Monday named as the Sportsperson of the Year in the India Sports Awards 2015.The Indian Sports Award were given away at the conclusion of day one of Turf 2015-16, organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) with the support of the Sports Ministry.Babar qualified for Rio Olympics recently in the 3000m steepelchase event and is the current Indian national record holder. She also won a bronze medal in 2014 Incheon Asian Games and is the current Asian champion.Besides Babar, gynmast Dipa Karmakar was named as the Breakthrough Sportsperson of the Year while Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India was conferred with the Best National Sports Federation recognition.

The second test played in Christchurch was the last international test outing for New Zealands Wicket keeper batsman and Skipper Brendon McCullum, who announced his retirement on 22 December 2015 and already retired from the other two forms of the game viz. T20 Internationals and One day Internationals.He retired after playing 101 tests with a score of 6453 runs and 38.64 average.

Afghanistans National Womens Cycling Team has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Italian parliament. The team has used the bicycle as a vehicle for social justice, enduring violence and social stigma. In 2013, it became the first Afghan womens team to compete on the international stage, at the Asian Cycling Championships in Delhi.Afghanistan had a womens team as early as 1986, but that program was scuttled during Soviet and subsequent Taliban control of the country. It was reborn in 2011 when Abdul Sediq, coach of the Afghan mens national team, founded a team around his daughter, Marjan “Mariam” Sedequi. The team now has about a dozen women, who ride in pants, loose-fitting shirts, and hijabs beneath helmets to avoid attracting additional unwanted attention.

The first animal to appear on Earth was probably the humble sea sponge, American scientists believe. According to researchers at the world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), sea sponges pre-date the Cambrian explosion, an evolutionary period that began around 540 million years ago, during which a large number of new animals appeared.The MIT team made the discovery by analysing molecular fossils - trace amounts of molecules found in ancient rocks that survive to this day.

Rajendra Singh, an officer from the Coast Guard cadre, has been named to head the force, the first time an officer who is not from the Indian Navy has been elevated to the position.The director generals post has so far only been held by officers who were commissioned in the Indian Navy.Before this, two officers, Rameshwar Singh and Prabhakaran Paleri, who were from the Coast Guard stream, were elevated to the top post. However, they were Indian Navy officers on permanent secondment to the Coast Guard.Rajinder Singh is currently additional director general of the Coast Guard. A 1980 batch officer, he was the first from the Coast Guard cadre to be elevated to three-star officer when the defence ministry approved his apppointment to his currnt post in in 2013.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for the establishment of Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Self Employment and Talent Utilisation (SETU) in NITI Aayog. The proposal was considered by the Expenditure Finance Committee in August 2015. Aimed at boosting Indias entrepreneurship ecosystem, AIM and SETU are being initiated as a follow up of Union Budget 2015-16 announcements.

Continuing its recent streak of partnering with innovative start-up ventures, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has tied up with OYO Rooms, Indias largest branded network of hotels to offer standardised accommodation and a convenient booking platform to Rail travellers. The partnership symbolises the growing leverage of synergies between the government and homegrown Indian businesses to drive the next wave of innovation. OYO Rooms will power the IRCTC hotel-book .. 

Mumbai Police on 25 February 2016 created 16 no-selfie zones around the city. The action was taken in response to several deaths of people taking selfies.This enforcement of the order is polices bid to discourage people from putting themselves at risk while taking selfies. The spots include popular sea-fronts like Bandra Bandstand, Marine Drive and Juhu Chowpatty.The process of identifying and marking certain spots in the city as No Selfie Zones was initiated by Mumbai police in January 2016.

According to the MIT Technology Review, Google has unveiled a new artificial intelligence (AI) project, called PlaNet, that can determine the location of almost any image without using the geotags. The project breaks photos down to the pixel-level and then tries to match them with its image library, consisting of 90 million geotagged pictures from across the globe.

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