Over four decades after he began his scientific engagement with gravitational science, Professor Abhay Ashtekar is set to receive the prestigious Einstein Prize conferred by the American Physical Society (APS).
The prize for 2018, which carries an award of $10,000, is scheduled to be announced on October 23. Its citation reads: “For numerous and seminal contributions to general relativity, including the theory of black holes, canonical quantum gravity, and quantum cosmology.”
Ashtekar is professor of physics, Evan Pugh Professor, Holder, Eberly Chair, and director of the Institute for Gravitation and th...
Tababi Devi Thangjam became India’s first judo athlete to win an Olympic medal - senior or junior - as she grabbed India’s second silver medal at the Youth Olympics 2018 in Buenos Aires.
Tababi went down to Venezuela’s Maria Gimenez 11:0s1 in the Women’s -44kg Finals of Judo but created history for India.
For Tababi, the silver medal is a long-awaited victory, and a moment of triumph, that has come after a lot of hard work and struggle.
Tababi Devi is the Asian cadet champion in 2017 and won her second gold medal at the same level at the Cadet and Junior Asian Cup this year. At the co...
What is the best gift someone can give to their hometown after they have climbed the ladder of success or achieved what they set out to do? Distribute sweets door-to-door? Host a party for their friends and neighbours across the village?
Well, what this newly-commissioned pilot from Haryana did for the elderly folks from his hometown will not just touch your heart but also make you respect the young man for his magnanimous gesture.
The newly licensed Punjab pilot Vikas Jyani, hailing from Punjab’s Adampur, kept his promise alive by making sure that 22 residents from his village who are over 70 years of age, g...
India’s economic crisis in 1991 ignited the spark in a young Malayali girl from Mysuru to pursue the field of economics and eventually, foray into the world of international finance.
As time passed by, not only did she display an extraordinary streak of intellectual leadership, but after garnering extensive international experience, she also went on to emerge as one of the world’s outstanding economists.
Gita Gopinath’s appointment as the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which makes her the first woman and second Indian to assume the prestigious post, has taken her highly ...
Meet Nidhi Mayurika, a class 9 student who is way smarter than most of us doing a 9 to 5 job.
This young lady aspires to be a cosmologist one day!
Bengaluru school girl’s innovative, space-based projects have helped her win the prestigious NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest for three consecutive years since 2016.
In an interview, Nidhi said, “When I was in Class 5, I’d always take part in the science competitions held at the school level. Seeing my interest, my school principal told me about the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest (ASSC).”
In 2016, when the NASA contest announce...
Rana Uppalapati battled an unforgiving sun, headwind and patchy roads to skate his way to Mumbai within a fortnight from Bengaluru.
Uppalapati (37), a Visakhapatnam resident, set out from Bengaluru on September 5 to traverse the Indian golden quadrilateral on skates. Although not a professional skater, he started the journey to raise funds for the education of 25,000 underprivileged girls and spread awareness of child safety. Uppalapati is covering 6,000 km in 90 days with hotspots in 16 cities.
Explaining the reasons for choosing to fund the education of girls, Uppalapati, a business associate of Titan Industries,...
Age is just a number, a quote quite clearly proven by India’s oldest female athlete Man Kaur. Hailing from Patiala, Punjab, the 102-year-old athlete made the country proud by winning a gold medal at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain. Kaur won the 200 m race medal in the age group of 100 – 104.
At a stage when most of us would think of giving up on life, at the age of 93, Man Kaur made her way into athletics. She was encouraged and motivated by her 78-year-old son Guru Dev, who is also a participant of the World Masters game, that is considered as an Olympics for senior citizens.
Tejinder Pal Singh Toor set aside the disappointment of not being able to attend his cancer-ridden father, shattering the Asian Games record to open India’s gold medal account even as several national records tumbled on the opening day of the athletics competition.
Tejinderpal, the burly shot-putter from Moga, Punjab, broke the Asian Games record in the shot put event, throwing 20.75 in his fifth attempt. For the 23-year-old gold medal winner, however, the road to success has been laden with passion and sacrifice. He dedicated his victory to his father, who is suffering from cancer. My family never pressurises me to...
Additional Chief Secretary in the Maharashtra government, Praveen Pardeshi played a critical role in providing logistic support and a relief and rehabilitation plan for flood-hit Kerala. Pardesi involved senior bureaucrats of relief and rehabilitation, revenue, public health, medical education, transport and prominent NGOs for coordination with heads of these departments in Kerala.
Besides, he ensured that doctors from government-run JJ Hospital in Mumbai and Pune’s Sassoon hospitals were air-lifted to Kerala in coordination with the Air Force.
For coordinating efforts with the Kerala government, Pardes...
Shajitha Jabil, a resident of Aluva, was in an advanced stage of pregnancy when water levels in her area started rising. But quick action by the Navy helped save not just her life, but also that of her unborn child. With amazing speed, Shajitha was air-lifted and taken to a hospital where she delivered her baby boy.
Indian Railways announced free transportation for relief material across to Kerala as well. The Department of Food & Public Distribution has provided 50,000 millio...
sharing takes great courage—especially when you offer someone everything you have. Vishnu Kachhawa, a door-to-door salesman from Madhya Pradesh who sells blankets in Iritty, in Kannur district of Kerala, became a star on social media overnight, after he donated his entire stock of blankets to people in a flood-relief camp at Adichukootti Government School, Mangad, in the district.
For Vishnu, it was an opportunity to give something back to the land and its people who have been helping him earn a livelihood for more than 12 years.
As reported, Vishnu had initially planned to sell the stock which he bought from...
mankind’s first mission to ‘touch’ the Sun may have panned out differently had it not been for Indian-American astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, whose intervention made it possible for a research paper proposing the existence of solar wind to get published 60 years ago.
The Parker Solar Probe, which lifted off on 12 August from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is all set to become the fastest-moving manmade object in history. NASA hopes to figure out longstanding mysteries about the Sun, including the notion of solar winds first proposed by Dr Eugene Newman Parker in 1958. However, nearly 60...