Twenty Five Years of PlayStation

On 3rd December, the most popular Gaming Console giant PlayStation celebrated it’s 25th anniversary.

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  • On 3rd Dec 1994, the Original PlayStation was released.
  • In a quarter of a century, PlayStation dominated the market with 6 consoles ( PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, PSP Vita) and tonnes of exclusive games.
  • Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, stated that “It’s truly humbling to see fans who grew up on PlayStation passing down their love of gaming to their children, who are now playing on PS4. On behalf of all of us at PlayStation – thank you for taking this journey with us. We can’t wait to celebrate what comes next with you!”
  • It is the largest selling gaming console worldwide
  • PlayStation 5 is set for 2020 holiday release.

PlayStation is a video gaming brand that consists of four home video game consoles, as well as a media center, an online service, a line of controllers, two handhelds and a phone, as well as multiple magazines. The brand is produced by Sony Interactive Entertainment, a division of Sony, with the first console releasing as the PlayStation in Japan released in December 1994, and worldwide the following year. More Info


Remembering India's First President


Dr Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India, in office from 1950 to 1962. Prasad joined the Indian National Congress during the Indian Independence Movement and became a major leader from the region of Bihar. A supporter of Mahatma Gandhi, Prasad was imprisoned by British authorities during the Salt Satyagraha of 1931 and the Quit India movement of 1942. After the 1946 elections, Prasad served as Minister of Food and Agriculture in the central government. Upon independence in 1947, Prasad was elected as President of the Constituent Assembly of India, which prepared the Constitution of India and served as its provisional parliament. When India became a republic in 1950, Prasad was elected its first president by the Constituent Assembly. Following the general election of 1951, he was elected president by the electoral college of the first Parliament of India and its state legislatures. As president, Prasad established a tradition of non-partisanship and independence for the office-bearer, and retired from Congress party politics. Although a ceremonial head of state, Prasad encouraged the development of education in India and advised the Nehru government on several occasions. In 1957, Prasad was re-elected to the presidency, becoming the only president to serve two full terms. More Info

Baby Yoda GIFs Restored

Rejoice! Baby Yoda GIFs have been restored on several sites, after a brief confusion about Disney Copyrights.

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  • Images and GIFs of the popular and adorable Baby Yoda have been restored, after being pulled down from several websites.
  • Prior reports had hinted Disney copyright claims were liable for the expulsion of Baby Yoda GIFs, after a Vulture staff member saw the distribution’s GIFs of the Future Jedi were erased from Giphy.
  • “Last week, there was some confusion around certain content uploaded to Giphy and we temporarily removed these GIFs while we reviewed the situation,” the company said in a statement. “We are happy to report that the [Baby Yoda] GIFs are once again live on Giphy.”
  • Baby Yoda features on Disney’s show “The Mandalorian”.

The Mandalorian (also known as Star Wars: The Mandalorian) is an American space Western web television series that premiered on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. Set in the Star Wars universe, the series takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter beyond the reaches of the New Republic. Read More

India On a Hot Streak, Wins 7 Test Matches in a Row

With the introduction of the pink ball in the 3rd Test against Bangladesh, India Registered its’s 7th consecutive Test win, the longest streak yet. This was India’s first day-night test match.

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  • Virat Kohli’s India gave another overwhelming presentation of strength to defeat Bangladesh.
  • India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs.
  • Kohli broke Dhoni’s streak of 6 wins in 2013.
  • It was also India’s record-extending 12th home series win.

Day/Night Test Matches – During the late 2000s, discussions regarding the possibility of playing day/night Test matches occurred. In the West Indies, the first floodlit first-class cricket match in which the teams used a pink ball, was played between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago The viability of using a pink ball was also tried out by Cricket Australia. The trials continued in 2014–15 as Cricket Australia looked to host the first day-night Test in 2015 against New Zealand. This match took place at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on 27 November 2015. India’s first pink ball match took place in Kolkata on 18 July 2016. It was CAB Super League Final between Bhowanipore Club and Mohan Bagan. Incidentally, the first day-night first-class match in India was held much earlier: in April 1997, the Ranji trophy final between Delhi and Mumbai was played at Gwalior under lights. A pink ball was not used, with play carried for five days using a white ball. More Info

Israeli Settlements on West Bank No Longer Inconsistent with the Law, States US

Israel has expressed gratitude toward US President Donald Trump’s administration for its statement that the American government would never again consider the West Bank Jewish settlements “conflicting” with the worldwide law.

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  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday declared the new decision which changed Washington’s stand on the issue.
  • Pompeo disavowed a 1978 State Department lawful conclusion that held that regular citizen settlements in the involved domains are “conflicting with worldwide law”.
  • He stressed that it should not be seen as US playing favorites.”This is for the Israelis and the Palestinians to negotiate.” , he said.
  • This has been received favorably by Israel and has angered the Palestinians.

Israeli settlements are civilian communities inhabited by Israeli citizens, almost exclusively of Jewish ethnicity, built on lands occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israeli settlements currently exist in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in the Syrian territory of the Golan Heights, and had previously existed within the Egyptian territory of the Sinai Peninsula, and within the Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip; however, Israel evacuated and dismantled the 18 Sinai settlements following the 1979 Egypt–Israel peace agreement and all of the 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip, along with four in the West Bank, in 2005 as part of its unilateral disengagement from Gaza. The international community considers the settlements to be illegal under international law, and the United Nations has repeatedly upheld the view that Israel’s construction of settlements constitutes a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Read More