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#WATCH: British Bangladeshi mom admits: ‘ISIS was just not my cup of team”.

A British-Bangladeshi woman who fled the Islamic State group with her five children after travelling to Syria described the experience as "not my cup of tea" in an interview on Wednesday.

Shukee Begum, 33, travelled to Syria with her children to find her husband Jamal al-Harith, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who left Britain 18 months ago to join the group, Channel 4 news reported.

A law graduate from northern England, Begum insists she only travelled to convince her husband to return and never supported the IS militants, who have carved out regions of control in Iraq and Syria.

"I was seeing on the news at this point that ISIS was going from bad to worse... So I decided that I was going to try and speak some sense into him," she told Channel 4 news, referring to Islamic State by an alternative name.

At first, Begum lived in a overcrowded safe house in the IS-controlled city of Raqqa with dozens of other women and children, many "crying" and "sick".

"There was a gangster kind of mentality among single women there. Violent talk, talking about war, killing," Begum said.

"They would sit together and huddle around their laptops and watch ISIS videos together and discuss them and everything. It was just not my cup of tea."

After she was reunited with her husband, who refused to help her leave, IS authorities would not allow her to go, Begum added.

"This is what I want to make clear as well to other women thinking of coming into ISIS territory -- that you can't just expect to come into ISIS territory and then expect that you can just leave again easily," Begum said.

"There is no personal autonomy there at all."

She was smuggled out of the territory before being held captive in the city of Aleppo, and is now living close to the border with Turkey and hopes to move back to Britain, Channel 4 reported.

Hundreds of Britons are thought to have travelled to join the IS group.

A report released last month indicated that dozens of fighters have defected from the group, which has become notorious for beheadings and blowing up ancient Syrian monuments, often due to disillusionment over killing fellow Sunni Muslims and civilians.

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#ASmallHope: Indian team in the running for private-sector moon exploration project

A team of Indian scientists could become the first to send a private spacecraft to the moon after bagging a million-dollar interim prize from search giant Google.

Bangalore-based Axiom Research Labs, whose team includes some young techies as well as veterans of the Indian Space Research Organization, won the prize after submitting their design for a lunar rover.

Now the team - which calls itself Team Indus - is the only Indian outfit in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, which features 17 other teams racing to build a complete exploration vehicle that can land on the moon by the end of 2016 and win $30 million for their troubles.

The team's machine is appropriately named 'Ek Choti Si Asha' ("One Small Hope") and was judged to have the competition's sturdiest landing gear, a crucial element in successfully getting a machine of this kind on the surface of the moon. 

“We can be the first, that’s why we are in this race,” said Dilip Chabria, one of the seven founders of the company.

Whilst the landing gear is important, the team's machine needs to safely land on the lunar surface and release a robot to explore at least 500 meters from the landing site in order to win the final prize.

Team Indus estimates that it will ultimately require a total of $45 million to get their spacecraft ready. 

Axiom has reportedly raised some of the money from investors but refuses to say how much.

The Google Lunar XPrize prize was created to spur private-sector innovation and investment needed for the world’s first privately-funded exploration of the moon.

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#MrBIG: Meet the 7′ 5″ Punjabi boy who has become the first Indian to sign to an NBA team

A 7' 5" Punjabi-Canadian university student has become the first Indian-origin player to sign to a National Basketball Association (NBA) team in the United States.

Sim Bhullar, 21, signed a summer contract with the California side Sacramento Kings on Monday in a move that could potentially pave the way to him signing to the team's full roster for the 2014-15 NBA season.

Born and raised in Toronto, where his Punjabi parents settled in the 1980's, Bhullar attends New Mexico State University on a basketball scholarship.

At 360 lbs, Bhullar was the biggest player in the recent NBA draft.

Despite some impressive performances for his University side the youngster was not awarded a full team contract as some experts were of the view that Bhullar is too "raw" and lacked the confidence required for the world's biggest, most lucrative Basketball league.

Nevertheless, experts believe that Bhullar can do for Basketball in India what former Chinese-origin NBA legend Yao Ming did for the sport in his country.

And Bhullar is thankful to get his foot on the extraordinarily competitive NBA ladder.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not everybody gets to do it…so it's an honour and a blessing and I just thank God every day for putting me in this situation."

Before he signed with the King's, Bhullar decided to drop out of university to concentrate on developing his professional career and is said to be working at a specialist Basketball academy in Las Vegas.

Bhullar says he is immensely proud to be representing India and the Indian Diaspora community around the world.

"Ultimately, the goal is to be one of the pioneers in Indian Basketball. Hopefully I want to lead the way for a lot of young Indians growing up to take up Basketball.

"With my career, I definitely want to look back and know that I've made an impact on the NBA and hopefully Basketball around the world".

Tall genes run in Bhullar's family. Father Avtar is 6' 5" while mom Varinder is 5' 10".

Sim's younger brother Tanveer stands 7' 3" tall and is also a promising basketball player.

Incidentally, the Sacramento Kings franchise is co-owned by Vivek Ranadive, a multi-millionaire technology tycoon who became the first man of Indian origin to own an NBA franchise when he bought the Golden State Warriors side in 2010.

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