Sathwik Karnik, a 12-year-old Indian-American boy, has won the prestigious National Geographic Bee contest after getting all five questions right as the children of community members continue to dominate the geography bee and the spelling bee competitions in the US.To clinch the title, Karnik correctly named Chimborazo as the mountain in Ecuador that represents the farthest point from the Earths centre.Karnik, whose parents emigrated to the US as software professionals from Karnataka, got all five questions right in his one-on-one contest with 13-year-old Conrad Oberhaus, the runner-up.Karnik, a native of Norfolk, south of Boston, is a 7th grader at King Philip Regional Middle School.The national competition this time round turned out to be dominated by the Indian-Americans even as in the finals held in Washington yesterday, eight of the 10 finalists, who competed among the four million participants for the competition, were Indian-Americans.In addition to Karnik, the third place was grabbed by Sanjeev Uppaluri, 11, fifth-grader at Fulton Sunshine Academy in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta and the fourth place went to Virginias Akhil Rekulapelli, 12, seventh-grader at Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn.Karnik will take home the spoils of the Bee prize that include a USD 25,000 college scholarship, an all-expenses paid trip to the Galapagos Islands, and a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society, National Geographic reported.In the geography bee, Akshay Rajagopal won the contest in 2008 while the 2012 competition was won by Rahul Nagvekar.In the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Indian-origin people remain unchallenged since 2008. Sameer Mishra (2008), Laodicean Kavya Shivashankar (2009), Anamika Veeramani (2010), Sukanya Roy (2011) and Snigdha Nandipati (2012).This is the third year in a row that a member of the Karnik family has placed in the top 10 of the National Geographic Bee.Sathwiks brother, Karthik, took fifth place at the 2011 Bee and sixth place at the 2012 Bee. But it is Sathwik who realised the family dream.Second-place winner and recipient of a USD 15,000 college scholarship was Illinois Conrad Oberhaus, 13, seventh-grader at Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire, a suburb of Chicago.The six other finalists, who each won USD 500, were Tuvya Bergson-Michelson of California, Pranit Nanda of Colorado, Neha Middela of Michigan, Neelam Sandhu of New Hampshire, Harish Palani of Oregon and Asha Jain of Wisconsin.National Geographic Bee is an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society since 1989.
An Indian Revenue Service officer and three others, including an inspector, were today booked in connection with alleged manhandling of a woman here.IRS officer Veerbhadram, suspended inspector P Srinivas Reddy and two others were booked under relevant sections of the IPC on a complaint lodged by the woman, a Government employee, over the incident, whose footage was broadcast by a local TV channel, they said.Reddy, attached to Balanagar Police station, was present at the time of the incident and was subsequently suspended.On May 10, Cyberabad Police chief had ordered an inquiry after the footage was aired. However, it is still not clear when and where the incident took place.The IRS official is alleged to have manhandled a woman over some matter and provoked her to attempt suicide, Cyberabad Police Commissioner Dwarka Tirumala Rao had said while ordering the probe.The woman has accused the IRS officer of harassing her and family members over a period of time, demanding Rs 25 lakh and proposing her for marriage.The IRS official has denied the allegations and termed the woman as a blackmailer. Veerbhadram has claimed he had sold a piece of land to the womans family and they owed him money
A blistering heat wave has caused massive power cuts and water shortages across much of north and western India, and some people are taking to the streets to express their anger with the government.Related StoriesNine infants die in West Bengal's Malda hospital in 24 hoursLong wait for a green card could be endingExplosion at fire cracker factory in Uttar Pradesh kills one, three injuredIndia well positioned to become net provider of security, says PM Manmohan SinghIntense heat wave to continue in Punjab, Haryana for two more days
Ohhhhh myyyy God!!!! I just see a man with his head chopped off right in front of my eyes!, rapper Boya Dee live tweeted in horror as he saw the London terror attack unfold.Boya Dee tweeted furiously as two machete-wielding men brutally attacked and killed a soldier in southeast London Wednesday afternoon.The two attackers were later shot and injured by police. Prime Minister David Cameron said there were strong indications that it was a terrorist incident.These times i was just going to the shop for some fruit and veg and i see all that! tweeted Boya Dee.The two black bredas run this white guy over over then hop out the car and start chopping mans head off with machete!!, said another tweet, which reflects the savagery of the assault.People were asking whyyy whyyy they were just saying weve had enough! They looked like they were on sutn! Then they start waving a recolver, said a third tweet.Describing the scene when the police arrived, he tweeted: Oh my God!!!! The way Feds took them out!!! It was a female police officer she come out the whip and just started bussssin shots!!What began with a few simple messages about a mundane road crash near a primary school, within minutes turned into the Woolwich terror attack that unfolded live on Twitter.Stunned Britons took to Twitter and other social media to express their anger and anguish over the terror attack.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang praised the Sino-Pakistan relationship to the hilt on Thursday, urging the all-weather friends to boost cooperation in business, trade, energy and infrastructure and build a long-vaunted economic corridor.
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had four heart surgeries reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday becoming the oldest person to conquer the world's highest mountain.
Bangalore, May 23: Phaneesh Murthy would be sued as iGate employee, who was learnt to be pregnant with his child, accused him of sexually harassing her.Days after Murthy's statement overruling all allegations against him, California-based law firm appointed by Araceli Roiz