Top News This Week

1.Space legend Neil Armstrong, the American astronaut who made history by becoming the first man on the moon, died at the age of 82.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures,” Armstrong’s family said in a statement.

Armstrong underwent heart surgery earlier this month.

“While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves,” his family said. Armstrong died in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to a NASA spokesman.

NASA administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement, “As long as there are history books, Neil Armstrong will be included in them. As we enter this next era of space exploration, we do so standing on the shoulders of Neil Armstrong. We mourn the passing of a friend, fellow astronaut and true American hero.”

2.Everonn Education gains an 8% on buyout of Centum Learning

Everonn Education Ltd crossed over 8 per cent after the company struck a deal with Bharti group company, Centum Learning.

Bharti group, however, refused to reveal the deal size or their stake in the combined entity.

At around 10.00 a.m this morning, Everonn Education was trading 6 per cent higher at Rs 179.35. It hit a high of Rs 183.55 and a low of Rs 170.8.

“The deal is part of the Bharti group’s plans to exit non-core businesses,” Economic Times reported.

“This transaction is in line with our stated objective of focusing our energies on our core businesses,” Centum chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal said.

Everonn Education provides end-to-end training programmes and skill development solutions and with this deal it would hope to help expand its reach in the Indian training space.

3.India beat Australia to win Under-19 World Cup

India won the Under 19 Cricket World Cup for the third time as captain Unmukt Chand saved his best for last, coming up with a crucial, unbeaten, spectacular ton in the final against Australia.

Chand, considered as the next big thing in Indian Cricket, turned things around for his team just when the match seemed to be slipping away from India’s grasp.

Australian skipper William Bosisto’s 87 not out got the team to a decent 225 after being sent in. The Indian batsmen were expected to struggle against a pacy Australian attack. However, Chand decided to come up with his third consecutive century in tournament finals to lift the trophy with six wickets and 14 balls remaining.

The Indian batting was strong and confident with the last 74 runs coming in just 54 balls.

4.Mars rover passes first driving test

The rover sent to Mars – Curiosity has completed its first drive. NASA Scientists have also confirmed that it will be capable for Curiosity to move farther afield on the Red Planet.

“It couldn’t be more important. We built a rover, so unless the rover roves, we really haven’t accomplished anything,” said Curiosity Project Manager Pete Theisinger at today’s news conference. “The fact that we completely exercised it, and everything was on track, is a big moment.”

Situated in Gale Crater, Curiosity drove forward, turned a whole 120 degrees, backed itself up and clicked pictures to be sent back. The whole process took about 16 minutes but the driving itself was probably about four to five minutes.

Curioisty’s next destination will be Glenelg, which is about 400 meters east-southeast from its landing site. This area consists of three types of terrain including the layered bedrock which is being eyed as a place for Curiosity to drill.

Mount Sharp, which was formed over time from hundreds of rock layers, will be the next destination. The mountain is about 3 miles high and the rover aims to test its different layers for signs that life could have once existed on Mars. It may take about a year for the rover to reach this target.

5.Apple-Samsung patent battle nears end

In the patent battle, between Apple and Samsung, the jury decided in Apple’s favor by awarding it $1.05 billion in damages, which could be tripled as the jury found Samsung acted willfully. Following the news of Apple’s win , Apple Lost its case in Japan to Samsung.

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