Tiny Bytes | Indian-American wins Teen Jeopardy, Pakistan's eerie World Cup parallels and more

Avi Gupta, left, who won the $100,000 Teen Jeopardy quiz show contest prize, left, with the programme's quiz-master Alex Trebek. (Photo: Jeopardy Productions)
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Indian-American teen wins popular US quiz show, pockets $100K

An Indian-American youth has won the 2019 Teen Jeopardy contest taking the $100,000 prize in America's most-watched individual quiz show. Avi Gupta's victory televised on Friday marks a near-clean sweep of popular student contests in the past year by Indian-Americans.

He is from Portland, Oregon, and completed high school recently, although he was still a high schooler when the programme was pre-recorded several weeks ago.

He beat out three other Indian-American teens in the contest, which featured a total of 15 students. During the show, he told the host, Alex Trebek, that people questioned the value of accumulating a trove of trivia when they could be googled. But he said that building a wide range of knowledge was important because arguments and ideas can be built only on facts.

1992, 2019 ditto: Will Pakistan win this World Cup?

Predicting the results of the famously fickle Pakistan is always a tricky task but fans have been struck by an eerie similarity at this World Cup to their triumphant 1992 campaign and hope it continues all the way to the final. Pakistan's loss-win-washout-loss-loss-win sequence in their first six matches in England mirrored their stop-start run 27 years ago in Australia.

Just like in 1992, they also ran into a New Zealand side hitherto unbeaten in the tournament and, uncannily enough, pulled off a victory on Wednesday to fuel hopes of a late run into the semi-finals.

The spooky parallels have already spawned numerous memes on social media, with some of their long-suffering fans beginning to believe the stuttering run might culminate with them winning their second World Cup title next month. Some have even gone further and predicted that if that happens, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, following in former captain Imran Khan's footsteps, would go on to become the country's prime minister in 2045.

Cent of compassion: Kerala Muslim man gifts land to homeless on children's wedding

The land he owns could be measured in acres or hectares, but one needs to find out some new units to measure the size of his heart. Aziz Badayil, a politician in Mundakkayam of Kerala's Kottayam district, is giving new meanings to charity with his decision to donate over 1 acre of land to 35 families.

Aziz Badayil, the Kottayam district president of the Indian Union Muslim League, and his wife Sunitha are extending a hand of help to the needy as part of his two children's marriages. Their son Dr Naveed and daughter Naziya are getting married in September.

Aziz, a planter who also owns a fuel pump, will be registering 3.8 cents of land each in the name of the select landless families in August. Aziz fixed the size of the plot after learning that those with less than 4 cents of land are eligible for Rs 1.8 lakh from the central government and Rs 1.2 lakh from the state for constructing a house.

Each plot would cost around Rs 3 lakh as per local land prices. The property being given away for free was bought by Aziz using his hard-earned money.

Swarm of bees causes a buzz on Durham pitch

Fans attending the 2019 ICC World Cup group match between Sri Lanka and South Africa here on Friday were given some comic relief in the 48th over of the Sri Lankan innings when the players and umpires had to lie down on the ground when a swarm of bees passed over the stadium.

Chris Morris was bowling his ninth over and Suranga Lakmal was on strike when the bees descended upon the ground after the fifth ball was bowled. The players and the umpires immediately took evasive action and lay flat on their stomachs on the ground, drawing laughter from the crowd.

A similar incident happened in 2017 in an ODI between these two teams at the Wanderers in South Africa. However, while the delay was only of a few minutes on Friday, the insects had caused a halt of more than an hour at the Wanderers.

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