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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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Facebook, Zuckerberg Criticized For Allegedly Undermining Democratic Institutions

Legal documents reviewed by Reuters show how the investigation by British lawmakers has led them to seize documents relating to Facebook.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. VOA

Facebook came under fire on Tuesday from lawmakers from several countries who accused the firm of undermining democratic institutions and lambasted chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for not answering questions on the matter.

Facebook is being investigated by lawmakers in Britain after consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, obtained the personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher, drawing attention to the use of data analytics in politics.

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The nameplate of political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, is seen in central London, Britain. VOA

Concerns over the social media giant’s practices, the role of political adverts and possible interference in the 2016 Brexit vote and U.S. elections are among the topics being investigated by British and European regulators.

While Facebook says it complies with EU data protection laws, a special hearing of lawmakers from several countries around the world in London criticized Zuckerberg for declining to appear himself to answer questions on the topic.

“We’ve never seen anything quite like Facebook, where, while we were playing on our phones and apps, our democratic institutions… seem to have been upended by frat-boy billionaires from California,” Canadian lawmaker Charlie Angus said.

“So Mr. Zuckerberg’s decision not to appear here at Westminster [Britain’s parliament] to me speaks volumes.”

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Avaaz campaigners hold a banner in front of 100 cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington. VOA

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Richard Allan, the vice president of policy solutions at Facebook who appeared in Zuckerberg’s stead, admitted Facebook had made mistakes but said it had accepted the need to comply with data rules.

“I’m not going to disagree with you that we’ve damaged public trust through some of the actions we’ve taken,” Allan told the hearing.

Facebook has faced a barrage of criticism from users and lawmakers after it said last year that Russian agents used its platform to spread disinformation before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an accusation Moscow denies.

Allan repeatedly declined to give an example of a person or app banned from Facebook for misuse of data, aside from the GSR app which gathered data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Also Read: Social Media Laws Should Be Tightened: Germany

Legal documents reviewed by Reuters show how the investigation by British lawmakers has led them to seize documents relating to Facebook from app developer Six4Three, which is in a legal dispute with Facebook.

Damian Collins, chair of the culture committee which convened the hearing, said he would not release those documents on Tuesday as he was not in a position to do so, although he has said previously the committee has the legal power to. (VOA)