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Meet Saanya Verma: 11 year old highest scorer in Mensa IQ test

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New Delhi: Saanya Verma, an 11-year-old Indian girl in Britain scored the maximum possible marks in the MENSA IQ test. She has scored 162 – the highest possible score on a Mensa test which only one per cent of the population have achieved.

Newsgram personally interviewed Sunita Pati Verma, the proud mother of the year 7 girl, studying in a leading independent school in London.

Mensa invites only those students who are able to achieve top 2 percent score on either of diagrammatical test or the verbal reasoning ability. Mensa spokesperson confirmed it and said that she is one of the youngest to achieve this feat.

A student of year 7 in a leading independent school in London, Saanya has a bagful of choices and interests when it comes to studies. A voracious reader who is interested in Maths and Cosmos from the beginning. Her mother Sunita Pati Verma told NewsGram that Saanya these days has developed an interest in robotics. She has also been developing the codes for the robots (Lego Mindstorms) and electronic instruments (Arduino).

The Library Monitor of her school, Saanya enjoys reading. She is part of many clubs in school like Debating, Science, Maths, French and current affairs.

Her father, a banker by profession, Sunil Verma spends a reasonable amount of time with her discussing areas like science and robotics. He says that Saanya surprises him with questions.

She further added that Saanya has loved every visit to India. She believes in the act of sharing and she hopes to influence children to take an active part in the education. She wants to help in encouraging children to study and shine across the world.

Her mother said that this is a proud moment not just for the family but the whole Indian community. She says India has been an important part of the journey. A lot of the family members are still back in India and they are happy of her achievement.

Saanya Verma’s success is the story of a girl, who has shown signs of brilliance that could help her do great things for herself and the society. However, the challenge starts from here, the guidance and preservation will be important.

Saanya like any other 11-year-old has a lot of aspirations. She wants to be a scientist, or may be a mathematician or may be a banker like her father. One thing is clear if she keeps getting the same support and working hard, she will be able to attain great heights.(Image-Sunita Verma)

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‘How Dare You?’ Tweets an angry Farhan Akhtar to BJP Spokesperson

Politicians, including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and DMK leader M.K. Stalin, apart from actor Kamal Haasan, slammed the BJP's attempt to muzzle criticism regarding its policies.

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Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar. Wikimedia

Mumbai, October 22, 2017 : Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has taken a dig at BJP spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao over his remarks that most Indian film stars have “very low IQ and very low general knowledge”.

“How dare you, sir?” an angry Farhan tweeted and tagged the BJP leader.

“And to all film people in his ranks… Here’s what he thinks of you. Shame sir,” the actor wrote.

Farhan’s comment was in reaction to an interview Rao gave to Times Now TV over the ongoing controversy on Tamil film “Mersal” that has scenes critical of the GST and the Digital India initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rao, criticising the movie and its makers in the TV interview, said: “In any case, most of our film stars have very low IQ, very low general knowledge.”

“Mersal”, Tamil actor Vijay’s Diwali release, is in the news after the Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded removal of specific dialogues which take a dig at GST and digital India.

Politicians, including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and DMK leader M.K. Stalin, apart from actor Kamal Haasan, slammed the BJP’s attempt to muzzle criticism regarding its policies.

Directed by Atlee, “Mersal” stars Vijay in the roles of a village head, a doctor and a magician. (Ians)

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JY Pillay: Indian Origin Civil Servant Appointed as the Acting President of Singapore

As CPA Chairman since 2005, Pillay has been acting President each time the President goes on an overseas trip

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JY Pillay. Youtube
  • JY Pillay has been appointed as the acting President of Singapore
  • Pillay, also the Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers, is a veteran civil servant of Indian Origin
  • The Singapore polls take place on 23rd September

September 2, 2017: Indian-origin veteran civil servant JY Pillay on Friday took over as Singapore’s acting President until a new head of the state is elected later this month.

The temporary appointment of Pillay, Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA), follows the completion of President Tony Tan Keng Yam’s six-year term on Thursday, the Strait Times reported.

The nomination day for the Presidential election is September 13, followed by polling day on September 23.

According to the report, when the office of President is vacant, the first in line to exercise its powers is the CPA Chairman, followed by the Speaker of Parliament. This is the first time the office has fallen vacant since the elected presidency was introduced in 1991.

Pillay is no stranger to exercising the powers of the President. As CPA Chairman since 2005, he has been acting President each time the President goes on an overseas trip. He acted as President in May, when Tan made state visits to Europe.

He has served more than 60 such “stints”– the longest of which was 16 days in April and May of 2007 when then President SR Nathan visited Africa. (IANS)


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Indian-Origin CEO Ravin Gandhi Faces Racism in The US for Criticising Trump After Charlottesville racial violence

Ravin Gandhi posted a voicemail from an alleged Trump supporter on the social media along with the nastier emails he received

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Indian-Origin CEO Ravin Gandhi faces racism in the US. Pixabay
  • An Indian origin CEO says he was racially abused and was told to “go back” to India
  • He refused to defend US President Donald Trump’s economic agenda following the racial violence in Virginia
  • He said he will speak out against such abuse as long as he has a platform to do so

Washington, August 24, 2017: An Indian origin CEO says he was racially abused and was told to “go back” to India and also take along top Indian-American diplomat Nikki Haley after he refused to defend US President Donald Trump’s economic agenda following the racial violence in Virginia.

Ravin Gandhi, founder, and CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, a global supplier of coatings for cookware and bakeware, penned an op-ed for CNBC following the Charlottesville racial violence but in response was slammed and racially abused by readers, the Chicago Tribune reported.

 At least one woman was killed and dozens were injured in Charlottesville last week during clashes between white supremacists and counter-protestors at a rally. Trump, instead of blaming white supremacists, held both sides responsible for the violence and was criticised by both Democrats and Republicans for the response.

“I recently told the New York Times I was ‘rooting’ for certain aspects of Trump’s economic agenda,” Gandhi, 44, wrote in the article.

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“After Charlottesville and its aftermath, I will not defend Trump even if the Dow hits 50,000, unemployment goes to 1 per cent, and GDP grows by 7 per cent… I will not in good conscience support a President who seems to hate Americans who don’t look like him.

“The fact that Trump equated hate groups with those protesting hate lit me up,” Gandhi said. “His moral leadership on this issue is reprehensible.”

US-born Gandhi, after his op-ed was published, received a voicemail from an alleged Trump supporter, who told him to “get your (expletive) garbage and go back to India”.

“You can take that other half-(expletive) Bangladesh creep with you, Nikki Haley,” the woman said in the message.

“She’s the one that started all this when she took down the Confederate flag. So don’t tell us that you gave him a chance. We don’t give an (expletive) who you gave a chance, OK? We’re going to start taking down Buddhist statues and see how you and Nikki Haley like that.”

The caller told Gandhi to “go clean up your own (expletive) country, it’s a filthy mess”.

He soon posted the voicemail on the social media and also shared the nastier emails he received, the report said.

“It was obvious that people thought my professional position somewhat protected me,” he said. “I wanted to show people that racism is blind to socioeconomics.

“Even though my race is a complete non-issue in my day-to-day life, the sad reality is there’s a group of racists in the USA that views me as a second-class citizen,” he said.

“I wanted my peers in the business community, the civic community, my friend community to see that this can happen to me. Because there’s this delusion that racism is dead because (Barack) Obama was elected (President),” Gandhi said.

He said while his sharing a “bigoted” voicemail may not make a big difference, he will speak out against such abuse as long as he has a platform to do so. (IANS)