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James Bond Actor Roger Moore Passes Away

British actor Roger Moore, who played the much famed secret agent James Bond, has passed away at the age of 89. Roger Moore has acted as James Bond in seven films for 12 years between 1973 and 1985. His famous films include Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill. Moore was also known for playing Simon Templar in TV series The Saint between 1962 and 1969.

Roger was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 and is well known for his humanitarian work. He was Knighted for his service to charity by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. In 2008, Roger was appointed as a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Letters by the French Government.

 

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World’s First Philosophical Novel on God Unveiled

IAS officer Haulianlal Guite has recently published a philosophical novel for God titled “Confessions of a dying mind: the blind faith of atheism“. The book was unveiled by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju at august gathering of Civil Services Officers’ Institute in New Delhi. The book is touted as “the world’s first philosophical novel for God“. Haulianlal Guite is hailed as the first civil servant to write on Philosophy after John Stuart Mill’s work titled “On Liberty” published in 1858.

The book explores interesting arguments against atheism. It also explores the nature of science, religion, evidence and love in light of latest findings of modern science and the solid theories in philosophy. The unveiled book is the first part of the three volumes. The book is published by a UK based Bloomsbury Publishing.

Haulianlal Guite hails from Churachandpur district of Manipur. He cleared the 2010 Civil Services Examination with an All India Rank of 33.

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Indian Boy Wins Intel International Science Award in US

Prashant Ranganathan has emerged winner in the world’s largest pre-college science competition in the environment engineering category for his work on biodegradation of pesticides. Prashant is among the 20 high schools students from various parts of the country who participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in the US. More than 1700 students across the world had participated in the event.

Prashant Ranganathan is a student of Carmel Junior College in Jamshedpur. His project titled ‘Biodegradation of Chlorpyrifos using native bacteria’ is aimed at helping farmers to biodegrade the harmful pesticides.

In all, Four Indian-Americans received top awards in various categories. Indian American Pratik Naidu has won an award in the category of computational biology and bioinformatics. Other Indian-American winners include Adam Nayak who has won in earth and environmental sciences, Karthik Yegnesh in Mathematics and Rahul Subramaniam in the microbiology category.

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