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A team of scientists has found some of the world's largest dinosaur footprints in northwestern Australia, measuring nearly 5 feet 9 inches in length. The footprints, which belonged to a long-necked herbivore called a sauropod, were found by a team of palaeontologists from The University of Queensland and James Cook University.

Chinese technology major Xiaomi's founder Lei Jun said, India was one of the important markets for the company and it aims to create 20,000 jobs in the next three years. Xiaomi entered India in July 2014 and last year, Xiaomi logged $1 billion in revenue in the country. After entering India, the company opened its first plant in August 2015 and by March 2016, over 75 per cent of its phones were being manufactured in India. Mr Lei also spoke about China's "Internet Plus" policy which "the Chinese premier started in 2015". "Internet plus action plan is a new form of economic plan where internet is integrated with traditional industries encouraging to the spirit of excellence in these industries and drive economic growth." About Xiaomi: Founder: Lei Jun Headquarters: Haidian District, Beijing, China Products: Mobile phones, Smartphones, Tablet computers, Smart home devices and Laptops.

India reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Australia in the 4th and final Test in Dharamsala. India sealed a memorable 2-1 series victory against Australia. Opener KL Rahul remained 51 not out while stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane hammered a rapid unbeaten 38 as hosts ended at 106 for two.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Odisha government officially confirmed that the World League final 2017 (men) and 2018 World Cup (men) will be held in Bhubaneswar. It was also announced that the State of Odisha will be the title sponsor for both events. Event titles: 'Odisha Men's Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017' and the 'Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018'. The World League Final will be held from December 1 to 10.

Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium will host the final of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup on 28th October 2017.  Guwahati and Navi Mumbai will host the semi-final matches, while the opening games will be held in New Delhi and Navi Mumbai. FIFA Full form: Federation Internationale de Football Association Motto‎: ‎For the Game. For the World Headquarters‎: ‎Zurich‎, Switzerland President : Gianni Infantino

US-based multinational retailing Corporation Walmart has decided to open 50 new stores across India, half of which will be located in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in next three - four years. Currently, Walmart has 20 stores in India and planning to open 10 stores each in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They are also eyeing two more stores in Lucknow, in addition to Ghaziabad, Noida, Kanpur, Allahabad, Haridwar, Dehradun and Haldwani. With the new stores opening, Walmart will create job opportunities for over 40,000 people in the country, as the giant retailing corporation will hire 2000-2500 people per store.

HDFC Bank Managing Director Aditya Puri's name has featured in the list of world's 30 best chief executive officers (CEO), published by American financial magazine Barron's. It also features Microsoft's Satya Nadella and Shantanu Narayen of Adobe Systems. The HDFC Bank managing director, Mr Puri, turned the start-up into one of the world's highest-quality banks, the magazine said, adding that he swiftly transformed India's second-largest private-sector bank into the digital spot for anything money-related.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher honoured with the Kala Ratan Award by Vice President Hamid Ansari. Anupam Kher has completed almost four decades in Bollywood and worked in more 400 films including several Hindi Blockbusters, superhits,  and Internation films. This highly acclaimed actor appeared as a villain and supporting roles in numbers of Hindi films. National Award winner actor Anupam Kher honored by Padma Shri in 2004, then received Padma Bhushan in 2016 by Government of India for his incomparable contribution to arts and Indian cinema. He is also a social activist, the actor is always been in limelight for raising his voice for the nation, now gets Kala Ratna Award.

Carrie Lam, who won an election to become Hong Kong's first female chief executive, is a former student activist who climbed the rungs of the civil service over 36 years, and a tough, capable and possibly divisive Beijing-backed leader. China's leaders had lobbied behind the scenes for the 59-year-old Lam, so her victory came as no surprise. After the votes were counted, she bowed to the crowd and shook hands with the second-place finisher, former Finance Secretary John Tsang. Lam received 777 of the 1,163 votes. Tsang got 365 votes, or 31 percent, while the third candidate, retired judge Woo Kwok-hing, had 21 votes.

Referring to Telecom companies body National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and Akamai, the Telecom Ministry said that 730 million Internet users are anticipated in the country by 2020. Reason: The massive push given by the central government to its ambitious Digital India program has led to a massive jump in internet users in the country. As per information received from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), there were 391.50 million Internet subscribers as on December 31, 2016. The government allocated 965 MHz spectrum in an auction in October 2016 to various telecom service providers for access services. Further, for provision of broadband facility in rural areas, BharatNet project is also being implemented to provide 100 Mbps broadband connectivity to all Gram Panchayats (approx. 2.5 lakh) in the country by using an optimal mix of underground fibre, fibre over power lines, radio and satellite media. NASSCOM chairman : C.P. Gurnani Telecom minister of India : Manoj Sinha TRAI Chairman : R. S. Sharma

NASA has selected ten studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program, to develop mission concepts using small satellites to investigate Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and the outer planets. For these studies, small satellites are defined as less than 180 kilograms in mass (about 400 pounds). CubeSats are built to standard specifications of 1 unit (U), which is equal to 10x10x10 centimeters (about 4x4x4 inches). They often are launched into orbit as auxiliary payloads, significantly reducing costs.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has launched a startup called Neuralink which will work to merge computer with human brain via "neural lace" technology. The sole purpose of the firm will be to build devices that could be implanted in human brain to keep pace with the growing use of artificial intelligence in the electronic systems. The "devices" termed here are being referred to neural lace, that's already been tested on mice. A neural lace is a mesh that can merge into brain to create a wireless brain-computer interface, and which is also capable of growing around the brain cells. Musk had hinted onto his plans of merging the two - human and machine to become a sort of cyborg, at the World Government Summit in Dubai, last month. Researchers at universities like the University of California and Duke are also developing brain-computer interface technology that would allow paralyzed people to walk again. Musk also plans to launch the Boring Company, a tunnel venture dedicated to building an underground transportation network to reduce traffic.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was committed to work with United States President Donald Trump to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians. Netanyahu also expressed confidence in a US-Israeli partnership for preventing Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon, following its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, and for "confronting Iran’s aggression in the region." Many Israelis had expected Trump, because of his pro-Israel campaign rhetoric, to give a green light for settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. But Trump unexpectedly urged Netanyahu last month to "hold back on settlements for a little bit."

The U.S. Senate has voted overwhelmingly to advance the approval of Montenegro's bid to join NATO, paving the way for the Balkan nation to join the military alliance. Senators voted 97-2 in favor of ending debate and allowing a vote on the ratification of its NATO membership, far more than the two-thirds majority needed. The only two "no" votes came from Republican Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee. About NATO: NATO Abbreviation: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (also called the North Atlantic Alliance) Number of member countries : 28 Headquarters :     Brussels, Belgium Official language : English, French Secretary General : Jens Stoltenberg Montenegro: Capital : Podgorica Currency : Euro President :   Filip Vujanovic Prime Minister :  Milo Dukanovic

Kajum Bagra, son of Arunachal Pradesh deputy speaker Tumke Bagra was arrested for the alleged murder of Kenjum Kamsi, a local Youth Congress leader in Aalo, headquarter town of West Siang district (Arunachal Pradesh).

US President Donald Trump yesterday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and congratulated him on his recent electoral success, the White House said. Following the elections held in five states that begun on February 4 and ended on March 9 after polling was rescheduled on some seats, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government in four states: Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. The elections in the five states had turned into a virtual referendum on Modi’s popularity following his decision to demonetise Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes. This is the second time Mr Trump has called PM Modi ever since his inauguration as President of the United States. The leaders of the world's two biggest democracies last spoke in January when President Trump called up PM Modi and discussed the security situation in South and Central Asia. India and the United States will "stand shoulder to shoulder" to fight global terrorism, the White House had said after that interaction.