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India’s Gen Z is struggling to work from home, reveals a new survey

Working from home has not been great for many Indians. Most Indian employees feel their employers are too demanding and their workload has increased significantly since they started working from home in March 2020, according to Microsoft’s first annual Work Trend Index. “Self-assessed productivity has remained the same or higher for many employees over the past year, but at a human cost,” Microsoft said. Microsoft’s survey included more than 30,000 people in 31 countries. Globally, the digital intensity of workers’ days has increased substantially in the last year, the survey said. “The time spent in Microsoft Teams meetings has more than doubled (2.5X) globally, 62% of Teams calls and meetings are unscheduled or conducted ad hoc and the average Teams meeting is 10 minutes longer, up from 35 to 45 minutes year-over-year,” it said.........Read more

Bookmarked on 7th Jul 21

Do animals hug each other?

Who else is fond of a warm embrace? the warm, enveloping comfort of a hug. The taught us many things, some more important than others — but one of those is just how much many of us rely on these embraces for a sense of reassurance, consolation and calm.  We've become profoundly aware of the significance of this simple act in our human lives — but does hugging exist in the rest of the animal kingdom? Are there any other species that embrace in the way humans do? To answer that, first we have to define exactly what we mean by "hug." From a subjective human standpoint, of course, a hug happens when someone wraps their arms around someone else. Naturally, this restricts hugging to animals with arms — and those are mainly primates, like us. This quickly reveals that, while we might see hugs as a uniquely human trait, hugging is actually just as prominent in the lives of nonhuman primates.........Read more

Bookmarked on 3rd Jun 21

Is Latin a dead language?

The Latin language used to be spoken all over the Roman Empire. But no country officially speaks it now, at least not in its classic form. So, did Latin really peter out when the Roman Empire ceased to exist?  Rome used to be , but gradually Rome's sway over its colonies dwindled until it completely lost control. Despite this, Latin continued to be the lingua franca throughout much of Europe hundreds of years after that happened. The answer to the question of when Latin, ancient Rome's language, died is a complicated one. There's no date in the annals of history to mark the end of Latin as a spoken language, and some would argue that's because it never really died. The Vatican may still deliver some masses in Latin, but virtually no one in Italy is using Latin on a day-to-day basis. Nevertheless, this doesn't equate to the death of Latin, said Tim Pulju, a senior lecturer in linguistics and classics at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.........Read more

Bookmarked on 2nd Jun 21

NHAI Toll Rules - Toll Operators To Ensure Minimum Vehicle Wait Time

According to the new rules, toll operators only get a 10 second service window for each vehicle. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has come up with new toll rules with the aim to reduce waiting time at toll plazas across the nation. According to the new guidelines, which were issued recently, toll operators have to ensure that the service time for a vehicle at the booth does not exceed 10 seconds. This rule is applicable even during peak hours. Further, toll operators have also been instructed to not allow vehicles to queue up. If the queue of waiting vehicles crosses 100 metres, all of the vehicles within 100 metres from the toll booth will be allowed to pass without paying the toll fee.........Read more

Bookmarked on 2nd Jun 21

Gene plays major role in brain development

The offspring were all purple. He therefore called this trait dominant, while the white blossom color was recessive. The reason for this phenomenon: In peas, each gene occurs twice. One version comes from the maternal plant and the other from the paternal plant. If a pea has inherited the gene for purple flower color from one parent, but the gene for white flower color from the other, purple wins. Only when two for white flowers come together in the offspring plant is it white.........Read more

Bookmarked on 2nd Jun 21

Strengthening A Nutrition Sensitive Approach In Agriculture In India | Outlook Poshan

The urban and rural population in India still faces nutrition linked health concerns due to a non-balanced diet. Let's take a look at how various public-private initiatives has helped in meeting the nutritional challenges.M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) runs the ‘Annadata Nuritional Garden Model’ in Kundra Block of tribal dominated Koratpur District, Odisha State. This district is one of the sixty-nine districts identified as being disadvantaged in terms of poverty, hunger, infant mortality, immunization, literacy, school enrollment and gender disparity. Once covered with dense forests, this mineral rich district has been facing rapid deforestation as also the wrath of climate change, deeply impacting the tribal farmers’ traditional agricultural methods. Declining crop yield in paddy, that requires a lot of water for cultivation, is also an offshoot of these evolving critical phenomenon in this rainfed district.........Read more

Bookmarked on 1st Jun 21

India Scored A Self-Goal With Its E-Cigarette Ban

Celebrated by many in the tobacco control field, India with much ado banned the sale of e-cigarettes two years ago. The decision was taken to protect the country’s youth following news from the US about alarming rise in teen use, with the final straw being the spate of deaths there due to e-cigarettes. Since then, as evidence keeps mounting for the relative safety of e-cigarettes compared to combustible cigarettes, which they are replacing, the reasons provided for the ban appear to be on shaky ground, putting India in a shrinking outlier group of prohibition countries, while over 100 have opted for the regulatory route, which includes the entire developed world, and a host of developing nations from Asia, Latin America to Africa.........Read more

Bookmarked on 1st Jun 21

Did you know curiosity comes in different forms? P.S.: One of them can help you deal with anxiety 

Back in 2006, psychologists Jordan Litman and Paul Silvia identified two main “flavors” of curiosity, which they dubbed D-curiosity and I-curiosity.  The D in D-curiosity stands for deprivation, the idea that if we have a gap in information, we go into a restless, unpleasant, need-to-know state, while the I in I-curiosity stands for interest, the pleasurable aspects of the hunger for knowledge. In other words, curiosity — our drive for information — can induce a state that is either aversive or pleasant.........Read more

Bookmarked on 1st Jun 21

3 best sites to buy real YouTube subscribers — active and legit

Buying YouTube Subscribers can bump up your YouTube channel to the next level if you are associated with the best service providers. Wondering why you need to ? Wouldn’t’ rich content, quality videos, alt tags, apt keywords earn you subscribers? Indeed they do! But, it’s a time-consuming process and you might end up losing your valuable subscribers. With companies like relasubscribers.com, growrealfollowers.com and growrealsubscribers.com, be assured of increasing your subscribers and followers in no time. Growrealsubscribers.com offers real and legit YouTube subscribers that would just not add to your numbers but will also increase the engagement rate. The company offers tailor-made packages that are pocket-friendly too — regardless of 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 8,000, or 10,000 YouTube subscribers that you are seeking to gain.........Read more

Bookmarked on 1st Jun 21

Indian Startups Turning Unicorns 2X Faster Than A Decade Ago

Not even four months into 2021, India has already seen nine new unicorns — Digit Insurance, Innovaccer, Infra.Market, Meesho, CRED, Pharmeasy, Groww, Sharechat and Gupshup Startups founded a decade ago are only now entering the unicorn club, but those founded after 2015 have got there in half the time A huge spike in mega rounds is producing unicorns at a fast clip in India; seven out of the nine startups that turned unicorn in 2021 were founded between 2015 and 2018 Not even four months into 2021 and India has already seen nine startups entering the unicorn club. While between January and March, three new startups had achieved $1 Bn+ valuation, the first nine days of April has seen six other startups joining the list. And it’s not just about the sheer number of new unicorns, but where they are coming from.........Read more

Bookmarked on 27th May 21

Get Your Heart Pumping With Aerobic Exercises

With people being contained to their homes this year as well, one may consider stepping up your workout routine. Aerobic exercises are not only beneficial to build strong bones, improve muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, but also to reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. The benefits go beyond physical with research suggesting that it may improve your thinking and memory in just six months. “Walking, running, bicycling, swimming and cross country are a few popular aerobic activities. To get the most out of your aerobic exercise, flexibility and strength training exercise should be worked into your fitness routine," says orthopaedic sports surgeon Vonda Wright, MD, FAAOS.........Read more

Bookmarked on 29th May 21

6 feet distance not enough? New govt advisory warns virus can contract people upto 10 metres

Amidst the rising Coronavirus spread in the country, the central government in an advisory has said that the disease can be transported through air as well as in the form of aerosols and contract people who are upto 10 metres away. The advisory has incorporated the growing evidence in different parts of the world that the virus can spread through air and in particular through air in enclosed spaces, the Indian Express reported.........Read more

Bookmarked on 1st Jun 21

Clubhouse Android app launched in India: How to get started with the invite-only audio chat app, other details

The trend-setter audio-chat platform Clubhouse is finally available for Android users in India starting today, that is, Friday May 21, 2021. Just like the company mentioned earlier this week, the app is now available for users to download across countries and in India, as per the tweet by the company. Until now, the drop-in audio chat platform was only available on iOS for iPhone users and has created a lot of buzz. The Clubhouse app is unlike any other app that users can just download from Play Store and use it. Just like how iPhone users need an invite to be able to use the audio app, similarly, users on Android will also need an invite. This means that users cannot simply go to Google Play Store, download the app and start using it but they need the invitation.........Read more

Bookmarked on 1st Jun 21

For first time since 2017, Twitter re-opens verification for its best-behaved users

The social media giant announced the news on Thursday, stating over a series of tweets that verification would be immediately opened to the public, via a button on its app. Users who prove their identity, and whose accounts are deemed “authentic,”“notable” and “active” will be able to add the iconic blue checkmark to their profile. Accounts eligible include those connected with governments, brands or companies, media, entertainment, sports and gaming, and “activists, organizers, & other influential individuals.” Scientists, academics and religious leaders will be added later this year. Accounts previously suspended for “harmful activity” or “hateful content” need not apply, Twitter noted.........Read more

Bookmarked on 1st Jun 21

Could humans really destroy all life on Earth?

Among the many global catastrophic risks known to humans, some are entertained in the media more than the others. Asteroid impacts, supervolcano eruptions and climate change have all received the Hollywood treatment. And each of these have taken a devastating toll on our planet's life in the past. Yet, unknown to many people, a new global threat capable of destroying life itself is brewing in the shadows of our everyday lives. It's driven by the immense human desire for material consumption. And paradoxically it is a consequence of human life itself. Just look around – you are inseparably surrounded by material objects ­– whether they are needed in your life or not. For every bit of this material we use, there is a growing web of global actions that is slowly stripping human's , and . If left unchecked, is there a risk that human consumption may finally turn the Earth into an uninhabitable world? Do we have it in us to stop before it is too late?........Read more

Bookmarked on 1st Jun 21

How to identify black fungus cases, what to do next? AIIMS issues new guidelines

AIIMS has released new guidelines for detection and care for cases of black fungus or mucormycosis that has claimed the lives of several Covid patients across the country. The AIIMS Covid ward has also said that those with uncontrolled diabetes, patients who are on high doses of steroid are at high risk of catching the black fungus infection. In Maharashtra, , a rare but fatal fungal infection. While in Rajasthan, there are over 100 cases of black fungus infection. The Rajasthan government has declared black fungus and and also set up a separate ward for its treatment. 1. AIIMS has said patients with uncontrolled diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, diabetics on steroids or tocilizumab are at high risk to contract mucormycosis. 2. Patients on immunosuppressant or anticancer treatment, chronic debilitating illness are also at high risk. 3. Patients on high dose steroids or on long duration of steroids, tocilizumab.........Read more

Bookmarked on 31st May 21

Less carbon = greater food cost? - Cosmos Magazine

Relying on carbon dioxide removal in agriculture will drive up the cost of produce. A Swiss study has found that using carbon dioxide removal alone to mitigate agricultural emissions is likely to increase food costs. Carbon dioxide removal – or CDR – is often touted as a solution for industries that can’t easily reduce their emissions. What is carbon dioxide removal? The agricultural sector, which produces a lot of methane and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases, has the opportunity to offset some of its emissions through CDR by doing things like wide-scale tree planting, and investing in more complex negative emissions technologies in other areas. A new study, in PLOS ONE, set out to determine if the global agricultural sector could offset all its emissions through CDR. The researchers used computer modelling to predict warming from agricultural emissions under different scenarios to 2050, as well as the expected costs of mitigation tactics.........Read more

Bookmarked on 22nd Mar 21

Jallikattu fails to make it to shortlist for Oscars’ best international film

Filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu, India’s official entry in the Best International Feature category at the 93rd Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race. The Malayalam-language movie is not part of the shortlist of 15 features that will be vying for a spot in the final five, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced on Wednesday. Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelson, has made it to shortlist that also includes Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades! (Russia), Agnieszka Holland’s Charlatan (Czech Republic) and two documentaries — The Mole Agent from Chile and Collective from Romania. The other contenders are Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Two of Us (France), La Llorona (Guatemala), Better Days (Hong Kong), Sun Children (Iran), Night of the Kings (Ivory Coast), I’m No Longer Here (Mexico), Hope (Norway), A Sun (Taiwan) and The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia). Films from 93 countries were eligible in the category.........Read more

Bookmarked on 22nd Mar 21

To bring empty IPL stands alive in UAE, engineers in a Mumbai studio cut-paste audio from archives

The IPL that you see is being played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. But what about the IPL that you hear? With teams playing in front of empty stands due to Covid curbs, the answer lies 2,000 km away from the UAE, where a “sound bank” compiled in a Mumbai studio has recreated the mood and buzz of a throbbing stadium — be it the Wankhede in Mumbai, Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru or Chepauk in Chennai. Getting this right, says the broadcaster, involved three months of preparation and research. “We went back and studied the sounds of over 100 IPL matches starting from 2018. We studied the sounds associated with a specific team, and also the team they are playing against. For example, if Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are playing, the decibel level is very different from a game between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals,” says Star India’s head (Sports) Sanjog Gupta. “We had to arrive at a framework of sound that is unique to every player and every team. When M S Dhoni, or hits a six, the cheer is different compared to a player who is unknown or an upcoming youngster,” says Gupta.........Read more

Bookmarked on 20th Oct 20

The 65-yo Postman Who Trekked 15 Km Of Forests Daily But Never Failed To Do His Job

65-year-old D Sivan, calls himself an ordinary man living a simple life. Until about a month ago, the Coonoor resident and former postmaster would follow a routine that remained unchanged for 35 years. At 10 AM, he would begin the journey to the Hillgrove Post Office, his workplace, which is approximately 10 kilometers from Coonoor. While he would ride on a local bus for the first 4 kilometers, he covered the rest of the distance on foot, walking through several tea estates, and finally reach his destination at noon.........Read more

Bookmarked on 20th Jul 20

Do our different blood types make us more vulnerable to Covid-19?

Most humans fall into one of four blood groups — A, B, AB or O. Ordinarily, your blood type makes very little difference in your daily life except if you need to have a blood transfusion. However, people with Type A may have a higher risk of catching Covid-19 and of developing severe symptoms, recent research has suggested, while people with Type O blood have a lower risk. These study results follow evidence from past research that certain blood groups are more vulnerable to other diseases like cancer. ........Read more

Bookmarked on 20th Jul 20

Ace Indian Athlete Dutee Chand Wants To Sell Car To Meet Training Expenses For Tokyo Olympics

As coronavirus pandemic continues to effect the sports landscape across the country, ace Indian athlete Dutee Chand is facing a shortage of funds due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics. The global event takes place in 2021 and due to lack of finances, she is planning to sell her car to meet the expense of her training. The player has spent all her allotted money given by the state government and sponsors for training as the scheduled Olympics has been shifted to a new date due to the coronavirus pandemic.........Read more

Bookmarked on 12th Jul 20

Ravindra Jadeja named India’s ‘most valuable player’ of 21st Century

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was named as the country’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) of the 21st century by Wisden. Jadeja’s contribution to his team has been noteworthy with the ball, bat, and while fielding. Wisden used CricViz, a detailed analysis tool in cricket to analyse his performance. Jadeja’s MVP rating was an astounding 97.3, second only to Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan and thus making him the second most valuable Test player of the 21st century. “It might come as a surprise to see Ravindra Jadeja, India’s spin-bowling all-rounder, feature as India’s number one. After all, he’s not even always an automatic pick in their Test team. However, when he does play he is picked as a frontline bowler and has batted as high as No.6 – contributing to a very high match involvement,” Cricviz’s Freddie Wilde told Wisden.........Read more

Bookmarked on 2nd Jul 20

June jeopardy: How Covid-19 picture changed for India

The country recorded more than 4,00,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the 30 days of June. This number alone would have made India the fourth worst-affected country by coronavirus case count. India anyway is the fourth worst-affected country after the US, Brazil and Russia. In absolute terms, India reported the third highest number of new coronavirus cases in June after the US and Brazil. In fatality, India was fourth with Mexico recording more deaths to stand behind the US and Brazil. Through the month of April when a strict lockdown was in place, India recorded 33,248 fresh cases of Covid-19. The number surged to over 1.5 lakh in May. At the end of May, India was the eighth worst-affected country in the world.........Read more

Bookmarked on 2nd Jul 20

Ladakh Standoff: Zomato Employees Burn Company T-shirts, Threaten to Quit Jobs in Protest Against China

A group of Zomato food delivery platform employees in Kolkata tore and burnt their official T-shirts on Saturday in protest against the killing of 20 Indian soldiers by the Chinese Army in Ladakh last week. During the protest at Behala, some of them claimed that they had quit their job as Zomato has a sizeable Chinese investment and urged people to stop ordering food via the company. In 2018, Ant Financial, part of Chinese major Alibaba, had invested USD 210 million in Zomato for a 14.7-per-cent stake. The food delivery major recently raised an additional USD 150 million from Ant Financial.........Read more

Bookmarked on 2nd Jul 20

Explained: What are air shields that may protect passengers from infection on board flights?

A Seattle-based company Teague has come up with a device called an air shield that can fit on to existing air vents inside an airplane cabin, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 spreading inflight by regulating the air flows. As lockdowns are being lifted, international air travel is expected to resume slowly. In India, while domestic flights resumed on May 25, international flights will remain suspended till June 30. “Transmission of infection may occur between passengers who are seated in the same area of an aircraft, usually as a result of the infected individual coughing or sneezing or by touch… Highly contagious conditions, such as influenza, are more likely to be spread to other passengers in situations where the aircraft ventilation system is not operating.”........Read more

Bookmarked on 22nd Jun 20

Suzuki GSX-R1000 Price in India | GSX-R1000 New Model - autoX

Suzuki GSX-R1000 Price in India - ₹ 19.81 Lakh (Ex-Showroom Price). Explore Suzuki GSX-R1000 new model, specs, mileage, Suzuki GSX-R1000 on road price & GSX-R1000 news at autoX........Read more

Bookmarked on 15th Jun 20

Explained: What is the scrapped buses scam in Andhra Pradesh?

The Andhra Pradesh Transport Department has initiated an inquiry after being tipped-off that buses sold as scrap by Ashok Leyland were purchased by two companies in Anantapur who were illegally using them in private travels business. Transport officials contacted Ashok Leyland on January 10, 2020 which on January 23 confirmed that in 2018, it sold 40 scrap buses to C Gopal Reddy and 26 scrap buses to Jatadhara Industries Private Ltd based at Tadipatri in Anantapur district.........Read more

Bookmarked on 15th Jun 20

Learn How to Pay Hero Finance EMI Online

If you have taken a loan, you will have to repay it in the form of EMIs over the tenure. The EMI amount will include principal and interest and it will be dis…........Read more

Bookmarked on 14th Jul 20

Astronomers unveil the magnetic field of the solar corona

While the world has been dealing with the corona virus pandemic, researchers at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA) have been hard at work studying the solar corona, the outermost atmosphere of the Sun which expands into interplanetary space. This stream of charged particles radiating from the surface of the Sun is called the solar wind and expands to fill the entire solar system. The properties of the solar corona are a consequence of the Sun's complex magnetic field, which is produced in the solar interior and extends outward.........Read more

Bookmarked on 7th Jun 20

Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2020] Price in India | Ninja 650 [2020] New Model - autoX

Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2020] Price in India - ₹ 6.24 Lakh (Ex-Showroom Price). Explore Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2020] new model, specs, mileage, Kawasaki Ninja 650 [2020] on road price & Ninja 650 [2020] news at autoX........Read more

Bookmarked on 6th Jun 20

The Man Who Has Lost More Money Than Anyone In The World In Coronavirus Crisis

In his ninth-floor office on Paris's Avenue Montaigne, Europe's wealthiest man, Bernard Arnault, is spending long hours plotting a post-virus future for his luxury goods empire, LVMH. At 71, the billionaire has lived through several crises, but none quite like this one, with his armada of more than 70 brands -- from Dior to Fendi -- hit from all sides. Arnault's wealth has plunged. With LVMH shares down 19% this year, his net worth has shrunk by more than $30 billion -- losing more money than any other individual in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. As of May 6, he had lost about as much money as Amazon.com Inc. Chairman Jeff Bezos had gained.........Read more

Bookmarked on 9th May 20

Rijiju on IPL 2020: 'Fate of T20 League Can be Decided After April 15'

With clouds of uncertainty hovering over the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, the Sports Ministry has made it clear that the fate of one of the most followed T20 cricket league’s in the world can be decided only after the government comes out with a fresh advisory after April 15. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju issued the statement keeping in mind the situation with regards to the coronavirus outbreak sweeping all across the globe.........Read more

Bookmarked on 20th Mar 20

UPI Slowdown Incoming? Banks To Charge Up To INR 5 After 20 Transactions

In what could prove to be a big setback to India’s burgeoning fintech segment, banks facilitating unified payments interface (UPI) payments are now going to charge users for peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions beyond 20 transactions. After availing the 20 free transactions, users will have to pay INR 2.5 for transactions under or equal to INR 1000, and INR 5 for transactions above INR 1000. Additionally, 18% of goods and services tax (GST) will also be charged on these transactions. The P2P UPI charges will come into play from April 1, 2020. Kotak Mahindra Bank and Axis Bank have already sent an advisory to their customers about the charges.........Read more

Bookmarked on 18th Mar 20

The world's biggest carmaker is shutting down in Europe

Volkswagen is preparing to suspend production across Europe as the continent struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The German carmaking giant said Tuesday that production at its plants in Spain, Setubal in Portugal and Bratislava in Slovakia will be halted before the end of the week. Factories in Italy that make Lamborghini super cars and Ducati motorcycles will also be idled. Volkswagen, which owns brands including Skoda, Audi, Porsche and Bugatti, delivered 10.8 million vehicles to customers in 2019, more than any other carmaker. Roughly 44% of the group's 668,000 employees live in Germany, where the company is a leading force in the country's huge manufacturing sector.........Read more

Bookmarked on 17th Mar 20

The world's biggest carmaker is shutting down in Europe

Volkswagen is preparing to suspend production across Europe as the continent struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The German carmaking giant said Tuesday that production at its plants in Spain, Setubal in Portugal and Bratislava in Slovakia will be halted before the end of the week. Factories in Italy that make Lamborghini super cars and Ducati motorcycles will also be idled. Volkswagen, which owns brands including Skoda, Audi, Porsche and Bugatti, delivered 10.8 million vehicles to customers in 2019, more than any other carmaker. Roughly 44% of the group's 668,000 employees live in Germany, where the company is a leading force in the country's huge manufacturing sector.........Read more

Bookmarked on 17th Mar 20

Cricket Australia likely to review IPL 2020 contracts in wake of Covid-19 outbreak

Australian cricketers may have to forego their lucrative IPL contracts in the wake of fast-spreading novel coronavirus, the local media reported on Tuesday. The IPL has been postponed till April 15 with India reporting more than 120 positive cases and three deaths. Cricket Australia has not directed the players officially with its chief executive Kevin Roberts on Tuesday saying that players were individually contracted to their IPL teams and can make up their own minds to compete in the 2020 IPL or not.........Read more

Bookmarked on 17th Mar 20

Cricket Australia likely to review IPL 2020 contracts in wake of Covid-19 outbreak

Australian cricketers may have to forego their lucrative IPL contracts in the wake of fast-spreading novel coronavirus, the local media reported on Tuesday. The IPL has been postponed till April 15 with India reporting more than 120 positive cases and three deaths. Cricket Australia has not directed the players officially with its chief executive Kevin Roberts on Tuesday saying that players were individually contracted to their IPL teams and can make up their own minds to compete in the 2020 IPL or not.........Read more

Bookmarked on 17th Mar 20

PSL 2020 knockouts postponed amid Coronavirus outbreak

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has become cricket's latest casualty as the dreaded COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) continues to worsen across several countries. Having played several of the last leg league games at the National Stadium in Karachi, in a closed stadium, the PSL organisers took the call to postpone the final stages of the tournament (the two semi-finals which were scheduled to be held on March 17 and the final, on March 18), to be hosted in Lahore, with immediate effect. ........Read more

Bookmarked on 17th Mar 20

"Chinese Virus," Says Trump Amid US-China Blame Game Over Pandemic

The United States and China on Monday each demanded that the other stop smearing its reputation over the novel coronavirus as US President Donald Trump referred to the pathogen as the "Chinese Virus." "The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus," the US president tweeted Monday night. Trump's allies had previously referred to the pandemic as the "Chinese coronavirus," but the tweet marks the first time the president said it himself.........Read more

Bookmarked on 17th Mar 20

Karni Sena Stops Prithviraj Shooting, Threatens Director Saying 'We Respect Akshay Kumar, Satisfy us First'

The Karni Sena is at it again. On Saturday, the members of the radical outfit staged a protest on the sets of Hindi film Prithviraj, that features Akshay Kumar and Manushi Chhillar, demanding a written letter stating that the makers are not tempering with the historical facts. In a video that’s going viral on social media, the chief of the outfit – Mahipal Singh Makrana, is seen threatening the director of the film – Chandra Prakash, against the shooting. The video shows him telling the director that they respect Akshay for his film choices that reflect the love for the country, else, they wouldn’t be talking peacefully with him.........Read more

Bookmarked on 17th Mar 20

'No Coronavirus Test Kits Made in India, Shortage Caused by Imports Stuck in Airlines Lockdown'

Test kits to diagnose Coronavirus cases are not being manufactured in India currently and obtaining kits from abroad has been a challenge because of the airlines being in lockdown and travel bans imposed by the government for several nations, Thyrocare Technologies Limited, a chain of diagnostic and preventive care laboratories, has said. The company urged the government to allow airlifting of COVID-19 test kits considering the health emergency and to increase the scale of testing to cover thousands of people. ........Read more

Bookmarked on 17th Mar 20

Coronavirus Crisis: 54% Of Indian Companies Don't Have The Means To Work From Home, Says Report

While it’s relatively easy for employees of companies like Google and Microsoft to work from remote locations via video conferencing and collaboration tools, workers from the non-IT companies and small and medium enterprises (SMBs) are struggling with the idea. Most of them have age-old laptops, poor network and connectivity with no UPS backups and little knowledge about how to handle group chat and collaboration software like Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet, Microsoft Teams and Flock etc.........Read more

Bookmarked on 17th Mar 20

World's First Flying Car Will Be Manufactured In Gujarat, India

PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle) is a Dutch company that is currently developing the first commercial flying car called the PAL-V Liberty, which is basically a compact two-person aircraft that can travel on public roads. The production model of the vehicle was first showcased at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The VP of the Dutch brand’s international business development, Carlo Maasbommel recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gujarat’s Industries Principal Secretary MK Das to set up a will set up a manufacturing facility in Gujarat. The memorandum was signed in the presence of the state Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani.........Read more

Bookmarked on 17th Mar 20

UP Brings Ordinance On Damage Recovery After Top Court's "No Law" Remark On Protesters' Hoardings

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Friday approved "UP Recovery of damage to public properties Ordinance-2020" for recovery of losses due to damage to government and private properties during political processions. The decision in this regard was taken by a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday evening. "The cabinet has approved UP Recovery of damage to public properties Ordinance-2020 for recovery of losses of government and private properties during political processions, illegal agitations," UP Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna told reporters after the cabinet meeting.........Read more

Bookmarked on 14th Mar 20

UP Brings Ordinance On Damage Recovery After Top Court's "No Law" Remark On Protesters' Hoardings

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Friday approved "UP Recovery of damage to public properties Ordinance-2020" for recovery of losses due to damage to government and private properties during political processions. The decision in this regard was taken by a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday evening. "The cabinet has approved UP Recovery of damage to public properties Ordinance-2020 for recovery of losses of government and private properties during political processions, illegal agitations," UP Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna told reporters after the cabinet meeting.........Read more

Bookmarked on 14th Mar 20

Kuldeep Sengar Gets 10-Year Jail For Murder Of UP Rape Survivor's Father

Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for murdering the father of a teen girl he raped in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao in 2017. His brother and co-accused, Atul Sengar, has been handed a similar term, as have two policemen who were linked to the case. In delivering its sentence, a Delhi court also ordered the two Sengar brothers to pay Rs 10 lakh each to the family of the Unnao rape survivor. "The victim lost her father. She can't return to her home. There are four kids in the family... three of them are girls...all four are minors," the judge said while delivering the judgment.........Read more

Bookmarked on 13th Mar 20

WikiLeaks Source & Ex-US Army Soldier Chelsea Manning Released from Prison

Former US Army soldier and WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning was released from prison on Thursday on a judge's order after being held since May for refusing to testify in an ongoing US investigation of WikiLeaks. US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria, Virginia, ordered Manning released because the grand jury hearing the case had concluded. Alexandria City Sheriff Dana Lawhorne told reporters late on Thursday that Manning had been released from the Alexandria Detention Centre.........Read more

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WikiLeaks Source & Ex-US Army Soldier Chelsea Manning Released from Prison

Former US Army soldier and WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning was released from prison on Thursday on a judge's order after being held since May for refusing to testify in an ongoing US investigation of WikiLeaks. US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria, Virginia, ordered Manning released because the grand jury hearing the case had concluded. Alexandria City Sheriff Dana Lawhorne told reporters late on Thursday that Manning had been released from the Alexandria Detention Centre.........Read more

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Over 1 million users migrate to ICICI Bank’s UPI handles

Payments platform Cashfree Payments India Pvt. Ltd said it has migrated over one million users from Yes Bank Ltd’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) handles to those of ICICI Bank Ltd. The company said its product, Autocollect, which allows automatic generation of multiple UPI handles with QR codes, had been affected by Yes Bank’s recent collapse. Recent reports suggest that Yes Bank accounted for 39% of all UPI payments made in the country, the highest among any bank.........Read more

Bookmarked on 13th Mar 20

Over 1 million users migrate to ICICI Bank’s UPI handles

Payments platform Cashfree Payments India Pvt. Ltd said it has migrated over one million users from Yes Bank Ltd’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) handles to those of ICICI Bank Ltd. The company said its product, Autocollect, which allows automatic generation of multiple UPI handles with QR codes, had been affected by Yes Bank’s recent collapse. Recent reports suggest that Yes Bank accounted for 39% of all UPI payments made in the country, the highest among any bank.........Read more

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'India ahead of curve': Trump after greeting Irish PM with a namaste

US President Donald Trump and visiting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar greeted each other in the traditional Indian way of 'namaste' at the White House here on Thursday, which they said was necessary in the current times of coronavirus. Trump and Varadkar, who is of Indian-origin, joined their palms in the 'namaste' pose when reporters asked them in the Oval Office as to how they greeted each other. "We did not shake hands today. We looked at each other and said what we are going to do. You know, sort of a weird feeling," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office of the White House along with Varadkar.........Read more

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'India ahead of curve': Trump after greeting Irish PM with a namaste

US President Donald Trump and visiting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar greeted each other in the traditional Indian way of 'namaste' at the White House here on Thursday, which they said was necessary in the current times of coronavirus. Trump and Varadkar, who is of Indian-origin, joined their palms in the 'namaste' pose when reporters asked them in the Oval Office as to how they greeted each other. "We did not shake hands today. We looked at each other and said what we are going to do. You know, sort of a weird feeling," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office of the White House along with Varadkar.........Read more

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Rupee hits record low amid coronavirus scare

The Indian rupee dropped to a record low on Friday, weighed down by worries over the coronavirus pandemic that has prompted investors to dump riskier assets and move towards safe havens. The dollar stood tall on Friday as investors scrambled for the world’s most liquid currency amid deepening panic while the euro nursed losses after the European Central Bank disappointed by not cutting rates. The partially convertible rupee dropped to a record low of 74.5075 against the dollar before recovering slightly to trade at 74.4445 by 0355 GMT. ........Read more

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ByteDance Might Launch Remote Working Tools To Tackle Coronavirus Disruption

Chinese conglomerate ByteDance is planning to launch new cloud-based collaborative tools for creation of spreadsheet and documents. These features are expected to be launched by March 2020. The TikTok make is looking to branch out into the enterprise applications market with this move. As of now, ByteDance is looking to launch the products for the Chinese enterprise market. After the roll-out of these services, ByteDance will compete with the likes of Google and Microsoft.........Read more

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Chinmayanand, Sengar’s poster surfaces next to UP’s ‘name and shame’ CAA hoardings

According to the news agency, IP Singh had put up poster against Kuldeep Sengar and Chinmayanand near the hoardings by the government in Lucknow with names, addresses and photos of those accused of violence during the anti-citizenship Amendment Act protests last year. The poster has the photographs of Kuldeep Senger and Chinmayanand as well as the details of the cases against them. “These are the culprits of the state’s daughters, beware of them,” says the poster right next to one of the CAA hoardings. “Daughters must be aware for Hindustan to remain safe,” it added.........Read more

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Chinmayanand, Sengar’s poster surfaces next to UP’s ‘name and shame’ CAA hoardings

According to the news agency, IP Singh had put up poster against Kuldeep Sengar and Chinmayanand near the hoardings by the government in Lucknow with names, addresses and photos of those accused of violence during the anti-citizenship Amendment Act protests last year. The poster has the photographs of Kuldeep Senger and Chinmayanand as well as the details of the cases against them. “These are the culprits of the state’s daughters, beware of them,” says the poster right next to one of the CAA hoardings. “Daughters must be aware for Hindustan to remain safe,” it added.........Read more

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Flame for 2020 Tokyo Olympics lit in Greece amid virus lockdown

The Olympic flame for the 2020 Tokyo Games was lit in ancient Olympia on Thursday amid an unprecedented health lockdown as Greece registered its first death from coronavirus. With spectators banned, an actress dressed as an ancient Greek high priestess lit the flame using the rays of the sun reflected off a concave mirror, launching a week-long torch relay in Greece before the flame is handed to Tokyo organisers on March 19. ........Read more

Bookmarked on 13th Mar 20

Forget coronavirus, homoeopathy can’t cure anything. It’s a placebo, at best

A system of alternative medicine, homoeopathy courts deep popularity in India, so much so that many are known to believe that it’s an Indian system. According to the government, it’s the second most popular form of medicine in the country with as much as 10 per cent of the population relying on it. It claims to treat diseases for which allopathy, or Western medicine, currently offers no cure — from diabetes and psoriasis to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  Among followers, it is seen as a form of natural therapy, invoking a sense of Eastern mysticism with its promise of painless treatment.........Read more

Bookmarked on 11th Mar 20

'Madhya Pradesh Virus Won't Enter Maharashtra': Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut

Taking a dig at political developments in Madhya Pradesh, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday his party-led Maharashtra government is safe and that the virus will not enter the western state. The Shiv Sena is leading a coalition government in Maharashtra with the NCP and the Congress. This came after the Kamal Nath government in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh is on the brink of collapse as 22 Congress MLAs in the state resigned on Tuesday.........Read more

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Delhi Riots: ED Books Suspended AAP Leader Tahir Hussain, PFI for Money Laundering

The Enforcement Directorate has booked suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain, Islamist group PFI and some others on charges of money laundering and alleged funding of the recent riots in Delhi, officials said on Wednesday. They said a criminal case against Hussain, facing charges of killing an Intelligence Bureau official during the riots in northeast Delhi last month, has been filed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the central probe agency. Similar charges have also been pressed against the Popular Front of India (PFI) which is already facing a separate PMLA probe.........Read more

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Himalaya Herbal Healthcare Products in USA & Canada - Pushmycart

Himalaya Ayurvedic Products Online- buy high quality products for Himalaya Herbal Healthcare USA and Himalaya Herbal Healthcare Canada that bring safe and innovative formulas.........Read more

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How to Get Back Love genuinely permanent for good life style

How to get back love - If you are thinking about How to get back love then you just need to contact with us. Get your lost love back by expert astrologer. Astrology is used in India to solve problems related health, Love, Life style problem, Husband wife etc contact on call whattsapp+91 6397142506........Read more

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Sony’s entire Xperia lineup leaks, including Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, Xperia L3

Sony will be launching up to four new handsets at MWC this year. They include the lower-end Xperia L3, midrange Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, and flagship Xperia 1. Sony is doing something different is the new extra-tall, 21:9 aspect ratio on the higher-end devices. Sony is apparently calling this ‘Cinema-wide,’ and while it’ll be great for watching TV and movies.........Read more

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France to move proposal at UN to put JeM chief Masood Azhar on global terrorist list: Report

In a significant development, France will be moving a proposal at the UN in a “couple of days” to ban Masood Azhar, chief of the UN-proscribed JeM which has claimed responsibility of the Pulwama terror strike that left 40 CRPF personnel dead. ........Read more

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With 6-Seat Offer, BJP-AIADMK Beat Congress to Bring PMK on Board Grand Alliance in TN

The BJP-AIADMK combine has beaten the Congress to win the support of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) for an electoral alliance in Tamil Nadu. The PMK will contest on six Lok Sabha seats and will be given one Rajya Sabha seat........Read more

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Army, NDRF begin relief operation in rain-affected Hyderabad

The Army was pressed into service on Saturday in rescue and support operations in the rain-affected areas of the greater Hyderabad region. Army officials met senior Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corpor........Read more

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The 'love hormone' may quiet tinnitus

(HealthDay)—People suffering from chronic ringing in the ears—called tinnitus—may find some relief by spraying the hormone oxytocin in their nose, a small initial study by Brazilian researchers suggests.........Read more

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Snapchat's secret camera sunglasses just showed up in a video

There's yet more evidence that Snapchat might be working on a pair of sunglasses with a video camera built in. A promotional video for the unannounced-but-previously-rumored glasses was apparently...........Read more

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Why The Indian Government Doesn't Really Care About Terrorism

I very strongly feel that the threat posed by the ISI or some of the radicals can bleed this country but the inherent strength of this country is so strong that it is not going to degrade this country... I think there is plenty of proof about this. We have been able to maintain... Why is India a nation?........Read more

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