Reliance Jio Launch in India: Lyf Smartphones Under 5000 Available with Unlimited 4G Data, Calls, and SMS


LYF Wind 6 Smartphone

Reliance Jio, India’s newest mobile carrier, means to bruise competitors with the new 4G services expected to roll out from Monday, 22 August. A great number of customers are already enjoying the services in the LYF smartphones and a few Samsung models. The Reliance Jio preview offer on these phones gives customers not only unlimited internet access but also free calls and SMS for 90 days.

LYF Wind 6 Smartphone priced at Rs 4,999 comes with Jio 4G Preview offer. Image Credit- Reliance Digital Official Website

The preview offer was seen as a move to bolster sales of LYF smartphones. These smartphones are mostly mid-range and low-end smartphones which support 4G LTE. LYF smartphones range from Rs 3,000 to Rs 20,000. The company offers several models with 4G LTE priced at under Rs 5,000. All LYF devices get the 4G preview plan.

UnIndian film review: This side, that side



UnIndian movie review: Bret Lee plays Will who falls in love with Tannishtha Chatterjee’s Meera, only to be told — repeatedly — that he is UnIndian.

Brett Lee, surprisingly, isn’t bad at all, and manages the emotional bits quite well, though he does flatten in bits.

A cross-cultural romance comes with its own tropes. A successful one manages to break free while acknowledging the need for said conventions. UnIndian does quite well on that count; it’s familiar enough and yet manages to please.

Naga group claims army casualties in Indian ops against its rebels in Myanmar

At least 30 army commandos crossed over into Myanmar and exchanged fire with members of the separatist SS Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) early Friday morning, officials in Nagaland told HT.

But army sources rejected reports that special forces commandos had entered Myanmar, saying the gunbattle took place inside Indian territory.

Passenger traffic up 26% in July, SpiceJet leads the flock

Domestic air passenger traffic increased by 25.82 per cent during July to 85.08 lakh, budget carrier SpiceJet leading the flock with over 90 per cent capacity utilisation, official data showed on Friday.

The domestic passenger traffic during the corresponding month of last year stood at 67.62 lakh.

The data furnished by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) further showed that the passenger traffic during January-July period grew by 23 per cent.

"Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-July 2016 were 560.87 lakh as against 455.95 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 23.01 per cent," the DGCA said in its statistical analysis for the last month.

Samsung is reportedly working on a Galaxy C9 smartphone



NEW DELHI: Back in May 2016,Samsung launched two smartphones under its Galaxy C series - Galaxy C5 and the Galaxy C7. And now it seems that the South Korean tech giant is all set to add a third member to the line-up - the Galaxy C9.

As reported by SamMobile website, the handset in question will have the model number SM-C9000 and will be codenamed 'Amy'. It is also rumoured that the smartphone's design will be in line with the two Galaxy C devices launched previously. Although Samsung has not mentioned anything about the device, it is expected that the C9 will be a mid-range device. It's also expected to have a fingerprint sensor.

First Appearance, First Silver: The First Indian Woman To Win An Olympic Silver, The Journey Of PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu carried the expectations of 1.2 billion people to the Rio Olympics finals of women's Badminton. The 21-year old Hyderabad fireball has shown her indomitable spirit and never-say-die attitude as she daringly took on World No. 1 Carolina Martina of Spain. In the process, she has become the only woman from India to clinch an Olympic silver medal ever. Her journey from the bylanes of Hyderabad to the Olympics medal podium is one of hard-work, discipline and inspiration.

Narsingh Singh was defeated by his compatriots: IOA



Narsingh's fortunes took a turn for the worse when he was ousted from the Olympics and slapped with a four-year ban.
WADA had appealed against the NADA. (Source: Express Photo)

Dejected by the four-year ban imposed on Narsingh Yadav by CAS, the Indian Olympic Association has said that the embattled wrestler has been “defeated by compatriots” rather than opponents.

1.3 million pellets used in 32 days, CRPF tells HC



A security man with apellet gun.– File PHOTO

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) told the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday that it used 1.3 million pellets in 32 days in Kashmir to control street protests.

In response to a public interest litigation seeking a ban on pellet guns that has left more than 400 injured in their eyes, the CRPF in its affidavit admitted that “it was difficult to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) given the nature of the protests.”

It said 3,000 pellet cartridges, or around 1.3 million pellets, were fired from the pump action guns.

Won’t skip NAM meet: India to Venezuela



External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj meets Delcy Rodríguez, Minister of External Relations of the Bolivaria

NEW DELHI: Venezuela's foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez met her counterpart Sushma Swaraj here on Thursday to invite India for the upcoming 17th Non-Aligned Movement summit in the South American country.

After a couple of postponements, the summit will be finally held in Venezuela's Margarita Island on September 17-18.

Feeling valued in relationships improves your sleep, says study


According to a new study, when you don't feel valued in a relationship, your sleep suffers.​


Being valued by your partner is more important to your health than you might think. Photo: Stocksy

We spend up to one-third of our life asleep, but not everyone sleeps well.

For couples, it turns out how well you think your partner understands and cares for you is linked to how well you sleep.

Research published in journal Social Personality and Psychological Science says individuals with responsive partners experience lower anxiety and arousal, which in turns improves their sleep quality.

NSA website goes down as hackers auction stolen ‘cyber weapons’

If you try to visit the NSA’s website right now, you’re in for a big disappointment.

Because someone or something has made nsa.gov inaccessible to the outside world, and the United States’ National Security Agency has been struggling to get its website back online since Monday evening.

Everything You Need to Know About Federal Tax Incentives for Solar Energy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Often referred to as the "premier tax manual for the solar industry," those interested in solar tax and finance issues now have an entirely new edition at their disposal. For the first time in three years, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released an updated Guide to Federal Tax Incentives for Solar Energy.

Developed with the help of Keith Martin at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP, version 8.0 of this widely-used resource contains valuable information about qualifying for the solar investment tax credit (ITC), how commence construction works, depreciation bonuses, financing issues and more.

Sakshi Malik ends India’s Olympics medal drought, wins bronze

India’s Sakshi Malik came from behind to beat Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in the bronze medal play-off in 58kg category, thereby ending India’s medal drought at Rio Olympics.

Sakshi is only fourth Indian woman athlete to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleshwari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.

The 23-year-old wrestler is from Rohtak in Haryana. There were scenes of jubilation at Sakshi’s house in Haryana after her historic win.

Her mother, Sudesh Malik, told ANI, “India’s daughter has stopped India’s medal drought. So proud of her.”


Sakshi had lost 2-9 to Russia’s Valeria Koblova in the women’s Freestyle 58kg category wrestling quarter-final at the Rio Olympics here on Wednesday. She was, however, still in contention for bronze via Repechage after Valeria made it to the final.

This has been one of India’s worst Olympics in recent times after their athletes failed to win a single medal even 11 days after the sporting extravaganza started in the Brazilian city.

Haryana government has announced Rs 2.5 crore and a government job for Sakshi.
Source - janta ka reporter

Amnesty India closes offices, postpones events after sedition accusation

HIGHLIGHTS

• The temporary closure comes over safety concerns for its staff after the charity was accused of sedition by protesters

• Political activists held demonstrations against Amnesty, accusing it of inciting hatred against the state

• Police said they were investigating if "anti-India" slogans were raised at the event

NEW DELHI: Amnesty International India has temporarily closed its offices and postponed events aimed at raising awareness of rights abuses over safety concerns for its staff after the charity was accused of sedition+ by protesters, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

PM Modi, Amit Shah lay foundation stone for new BJP headquarters in New Delhi



The new party office is set to be a hi-tech, eco-friendly building on an 8,000-square-metre plot with 70 per cent green area.

PM Modi, Amit Shah, laying the new BJP headquarter’s foundation in New Delhi. (Source: Twitter/@ANI_news)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by other Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leaders, laid the foundation for the ruling party’s new headquarters in Delhi on Thursday.

Aankhen 2 first look launch: Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal to return in sequel by Anees Bazmee



The film will again be produced by Gaurang Doshi, and will see 3 blind men rob a casino, instead of a bank.
The wait if finally over. The entire star cast of Aankhen 2 has finally been revealed. Amidst much pomp and show in Mumbai, producer Gaurang Doshi and director Anees Bazmee released a promo of Aankhen 2 late on Wednesday night. The makers of the film have retained Amitabh Bachchan as the schizophrenic protagonist. 

'Baar Baar Dekho' spins Bollywood twist on time and love



MUMBAI: It is not easy fusing a cocktail of genres including music, comedy and time travel into a movie, but the leading stars of new Bollywood film "Baar Baar Dekho" hope to convey a multi-faceted love story.

"Baar Baar Dekho," which translates as "Look Again and Again," centers on Jai (Sidharth Malhotra) and Diya (Katrina Kaif), two childhood sweethearts now grown up and getting ready for their wedding. Jai gets cold feet as he wonders how to balance his personal and professional life.

ZenFone 3 Launch: Asus to Focus on Premium Smartphone Segment in India



HIGHLIGHTS
  1. Asus targeting 10 percent market share with the latest ZenFone 3 range
  2. The Asus ZenFone 3 is the first device to launch from the range
  3. The other three phones will be available from September 2016
Asus on Wednesday unveiled its ZenFone 3 series in India apart from other new products. With its new ZenFone 3 range, Asus wants to target the premium segment in the country, a change from earlier Zenfone devices that were priced in the Rs. 8,999 to Rs. 19,999 range. In contrast, theZenFone 3 will start at Rs. 21,999.

Nokia-Branded Android Smartphones, Tablets to Launch in Q4 2016: Report



HIGHLIGHTS
  1. Nokia to launch Android-powered smartphones, tablets by end of 2016
  2. Devices will be manufactured by Finnish firm HMD Global
  3. Rumours suggested Nokia will launch two phones with 2K displays
Nokia has seen its share of ups and downs. The company was once among the biggest brands on the planet. However, it could not keep up the pace with the changing face of the smartphone industry, and lost its position to the likes of Apple and Samsung. It even came to a point where the company had to sell its phone business to Microsoft in 2014. Now, the company has reportedly confirmed that it will be making a comeback by launching Android-powered smartphones and tablets in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Lack of fresh food choices linked to signs of early heart disease



DALLAS, August 15, 2016 -- A lack of access to nearby stores selling fresh food may increase residents' risk of developing the signs of early heart disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation.The lack of healthy food stores may help explain why people in these neighborhoods have more heart disease," said Jeffrey Wing, Ph.D., M.P.H., co-lead author and assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. "The thought is that greater access to healthier foods may have promoted healthier diets and, in turn, less coronary plaque formation."Past studies found that limited fresh food choices and/or numerous fast food restaurants in poorer neighborhoods were linked to unhealthy diets. Residents in these neighborhoods have a greater likelihood of early atherosclerosis (a disease that hardens arteries and underlies many types of heart disease), but no studies have examined which factors might cause this.

Jnanpith awardee Punjabi novelist Gurdial dies





BATHINDA: Much acclaimed Punjabi novelist and story writer Gurdial Singh passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday. Gurdial, 83, was the second Punjabi author to be bestowed with the Jnanpith Award -India's highest literary award -after poet Amri ta Pritam. He retired as a professor from Punjabi University, Patiala, in 1995.

Two Punjabi films were based on his two great novels `Marhi Da Deeva' and `Anhe Ghode Da Dan' and won national film awards and internatio nal honours. Gurdial's famous novel `Marhi Da Deeva' (The Last Flicker) was recently translated into Manipuri.

'Anhe Ghore Da Daan' was also shortlisIndia's official entry to ted for India's official entry to the Oscar Awards.

His other iconic novel `Adh Chanani Raat' (The Half-Moon Night), written in 1964, was translated into 13 languages.The National Book Trust also published an English translation of his novel `Parsa.' Gurdial penned nearly 40 works, including novels, short stories and books for children. Hailing from Jaito town of Faridkot district, Gurdial had started writing in 1957 and devoted nearly six decades to Punjabi literature. He was conferred the Jnanpith Award in 1999, He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1998 and the Sahitya Akademi award in 1975.

Blood pressure control may provide long-term benefits for kidney disease patients

Clinical trials followed participants for several years have shown that lowering systolic blood pressure to less than 120 mm Hg is beneficial for heart health and longevity

Strict blood pressure control in patients with chronic kidney disease may help protect them against premature death, a new study has claimed.

NASA opens challenge to build robots for Mars journey



The US space agency has opened registration for a new competition -- the Space Robotics Challenge -- to develop the capabilities of humanoid robots to help astronauts on the journey to Mars.

Developed with with Space Center Houston and NineSigma, a global innovation consultant organization, the Space Robotics Challenge is a $1 million competition designed to push the boundaries of robotic dexterity.

DASH diet that can prevent you from gout and blood pressure, confirms study



Fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products are good for health and experts recommend to include these regularly in your diet. Now you have another reason to eat fruits and vegetables as the can help gout sufferers. In the new find, researchers have revealed that healthy diet can lower blood levels of uric acid which is known to trigger gout.

It has been long known that diet plays a major role in determining the levels of blood uric acid. However, there were no clinical trials yet to confirm it. Also, there is no evidence that proves that particular type of food habit can prevent gout.

Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan giving their marriage another chance? He clears up all rumours


Arbaaz Khan has confirmed that he and his wife Malaika Arora Khan are still separated and are not together.
In the past few days, estranged couple Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan have been giving us the vibes that they might be getting back together.

In the past few days, estranged couple Malaika Arora Khan and Arbaaz Khan have been giving us the vibes that they might be getting back together. They are seen at family events and even posed for the Khan family pic. The couple, who has a teenaged son together, had announced their split earlier this year.

Shah Rukh Khan's special instructions to son Aryan



That sounds unbelievable, isn't it? In today's time, even if someone is remotely associated or related to Shah... Read More

Last week, Shah Rukh Khan's rather innocuous tweet about being detained in the US for a third time - he was stopped at the customs at LAX in Los Angeles -kicked up a storm. "I fully understand and respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks," he'd reflected on his Twitter page, sending US diplomats into swift action as Rich Verma, the US Ambassador to India, and Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia in the US Department of State issued Twitter apologies.

Google Duo is by far the simplest video calling app I’ve used, but I don’t think I need it yet

By Anirudh Regidi / 17 Aug 2016 , 10:43

Google Duo is yet another video calling app trying to nudge its way into the video calling space. The app’s USP is the quick and easy setup — no login required. It also offers encrypted communication and Google’s intelligent algorithms that will scale video quality to bandwidth.

It does sound intriguing, doesn’t it? I don’t use video calling much myself, and when I do, Messenger and FaceTime have been more than adequate. Installing the app is as simple as installing any other app. You go to either here or here, depending on whether you’re on iOS or Android respectively, and install.

Asus ZenFone 3 Price in India Revealed by Snapdeal



HIGHLIGHTS
  • Asus ZenFone 3 India price has been revealed by Snapdeal
  • No other ZenFone 3 models are listed for now
  • ZenFone 3 Ultra and ZenFone 3 Deluxe were also expected
Asus is all set to launch the ZenFone 3 series in India today, but just a few hours ahead of the event in New Delhi, Snapdeal has leaked the price of at least one of the smartphones in the lineup - the ZenFone 3.

An offer page has gone up on Snapdeal that at the time of writing hadn't yet been pulled down. It lists the Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) at Rs. 21,999 - significantly higher than the global price at launch - $249, which translates to roughly Rs. 16,800.

The company appears only to have brought the 3GB RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage model to India, though it had announced a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage at the May launch in Taipei. The smartphone is listed to go on sale at 5pm IST on Snapdeal.

To recall, the ZenFone 3 features a 5.5-inch full-HD Super IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, microSD card support (up to 128GB), a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, USB Type-C port, and a 3000mAh battery.

So for, there's no mention of whether the company will launch other models in the ZenFone 3 lineup in India - specifically the ZenFone 3 Deluxe, ZenFone 3 Ultra, ZenFone 3 Laser, and ZenFone 3 Max. We'll have to wait for the official announcement later today to see what the company has in store for the Indian market.
Source - NDTV

One of the best moments of my career: PV Sindhu



Sindhu: I never thought I would lose this, because any moment anything can change. (Getty Images)

HIGHLIGHTS

Sindhu beat World No. 2 Wang Yihan in straight sets in the Q/F
She will next face World No. 3 Nozomi Okuhara in the semifinal on Wednesday
Sindhu has a 1-3 win-loss record against Nozomi
RIO DE JANEIRO: A visibly elated PV Sindhu+ rated her win over London Olympics silver medalist Yihan Wang as one of the best moments of her career hoping that she could maintain her good form against Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-finals of the Rio Olympics.

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GOOD NEWS – मध्य प्रदेश सरकार के कर्मचारियों को सातवें वेतन आयोग का लाभ जल्द




I play the coolest villain in ‘Baywatch’, says Priyanka



"I’m very excited about the movie because I was a big fan of the show"

Actress Priyanka Chopra says she will be seen as a “bombshell” of a villain in her upcoming Hollywood film debut “Baywatch.”

The actress, in a recent online chat organised by Twitter New York, shared about her character in the film, which also stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron. Priyanka plays the main antagonist in the movie, set for May, 2017 release.

Akshay Kumar: Money also important along with medals



Akshay Kumar

Superstar Akshay Kumar says that honouring winners of competitions like Olympics with just medals is not enough, and that providing them financial rewards also are a more important and practical practice. "Winning a certificate or a medal is a very big achievement, but don't you think receiving money is more practical? because I see that several people who participate, a lot of them are from poor families.

I have seen several times that some people want to sell their medals and earn money, and several such stories you all have heard. So it is better that when you honour someone, do it not just with a medal but also with money. it is important because you have to be practical in life," Akshay said in a media interaction on the success of his recent film 'Rustom'. While there are several countries like USA and China, who win numerous medals at the Olympics every time, India is a country that usually ends with medals in single digits -- if at all. India is also yet to win a medal at the Rio Olympics that conclude August 21.
Source - Times of india

‘Why not cricket at the Olympics?’



In the City for another periodical coaching stint at the MRF Pace Foundation, McGrath shared his thoughts on the ongoing Olympics.

Glenn McGrath believes that pitches for day/night First Class matches with a pink ball need to have some grass, without which the sphere could deteriorate quickly.

“That’s been our experience in Australia,” he said.

The Aussie legend’s comments are interesting, considering Duleep Trophy will be played under lights with a pink ball in Noida later this month.

In the City for another periodical coaching stint at the MRF Pace Foundation, McGrath shared his thoughts on the ongoing Olympics.

He said cricket should be a part of the Games.

“Now you have Rugby Sevens in the Olympics, there is no reason why cricket should not be there. Perhaps you can have Twenty20 cricket. I liked it when cricket was played in the Commonwealth Games.”

Replace Sugary Drink With Water to Cut Obesity

Replacing one little calorie-laden sugary soda with water may significantly help reducebody weight as well as improve overall health, says a study. The findings showed that consuming additional calories from sugary beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sweetened coffee can increase risk of weight gain and obesity, as well as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

PV Sindhu carries India’s dwindling medal hopes on Day 11 of Rio 2016 Olympics


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PV Sindhu takes on Wang Yihan in a crucial quarterfinal clash on day 11 of the Olympics. (Source: PTI)

Woman shuttler P V Sindhu carries India’s medal hope on day 11 of the Olympic Games here when she faces a daunting task against China’s Wang Yihan, silver-medallist four years ago in London, in the quarterfinals. The lanky player from Hyderabad and Kidambi Srikanth, who made it to the men’s singles quarters, are the only two medal contenders left in the competition after the shock elimination of last Games bronze medallist and former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal two days ago.

Shah Rukh and Gauri attend Aryan’s orientation in California


Proud parents Shah Rukh Khanand Gauri Khan were spotted at the University of South California, attending an orientation programme. The Bollywood power couple has reportedly enrolled their eldest son Aryan, into the college for his higher studies. Shah Rukh, Gauri and their three kids flew to the US over the weekend to spend some family time together before sending Aryan off to college.

SRK created quite a fan frenzy at the university, as a number of young fans assembled outside to get a picture with the actor. On seeing the large crowd, Shah Rukh recommended clicking a group picture instead of individual selfies. The group of youngsters gathered around the star and posed together for photos. Gauri, who was also at the college, clicked a selfie or two with the fans before heading to their waiting car.
Source - Times of india.

WHO IS GOING TO RELEASE BAAHUBALI 2?



After the stupendous response for Baahubali:The Beginning, Baahubali 2 has begun shooting. The film directed by Rajamouli features Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Sathyaraj, Anushka, Ramya Krishnan, Tamannaah and others. The film is touted to release on the 28th of April 2017.

SN Rajarajan of K Productions has bought the Tamil Nadu and overseas rights of the second part of Baahubali. K Productions will be releasing in Tamil and Telugu in Tamil Nadu and in the overseas market, they would release the Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam versions of the film. 

K Productions have also planned to release the Sathyasiva directorial Madai Thirandhu featuring Rana Daggubati, Sathyaraj, Regina and others in Tamil and the same as 1945 in Telugu.

Mahindra TUV300 introduced in a new colour on Independence Day

Mahindra has launched the TUV300 in a new bronze green colour on the eve of Independence Day. The special variant gets this new colour to commemorate the spirit of freedom.

The special edition will be available on a made to order basis. Mahindra has not mentioned the price of the new variant, but dealers say that they are not charging any premium over the current prices of the vehicle. There are no other cosmetic or mechanical changes to the TUV300 apart from this new paint scheme.

5kg of gold stolen from Muthoot Finance Company’s office in Tamil Nadu



The theft came to light when the staff opened the office on Tuesday morning.

SALEM: Burglars entered the office of Muthoot Finance Company at Gangavalli in Salemdistrict of Tamil Nadu after making a hole on the wall and escaped with 5kg of gold jewellery in the early hours of Tuesday.

The theft came to light when the staff opened the office on Tuesday morning. "They found a hole on the side wall," the Gangavalli police said.

The police said the burglars entered the office, and also exited from it, through the hole.

"We have registered a case and initiated investigations," the police said.
Source - Times of india

Kerala official’s 14 second stare rule: ‘Irritating’, says Sports Minister Jayarajan



"The remarks are irritating. If a bureaucrat makes remarks which are not in law, certainly the minister concerned will examine it and necessary steps will be taken," he told reporters.
Singh made the comments at an event organised by a charitable trust in Kochi two days ago. (Source: PTI photo)

A top Kerala official’s comments that staring ‘annoyingly’ at a woman for 14 seconds can land a man in jail as per certain sections of law has gone viral on social media with a state minister terming them ‘irritating’. “There are sections in law to jail a man for annoyingly staring at a woman for 14 seconds. Please use it (the provisions in the law), if it is the case,” State Excise Commissioner Rishiraj Singh had said.

Singh made the comments at an event organised by a charitable trust in Kochi two days ago. Urging women to fight the hooligans disturbing them, Singh had also asked them to carry knives and chili spray in their bags to protect themselves from such elements. “Are you carrying a knife in your bag? Are you carrying chilly spray? Time is over for taking such precautions” he had said.
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While Singh’s words drew varied reactions on social media, Kerala Sports Minister E P Jayarajan termed them as ‘irritating’. “The remarks are irritating. If a bureaucrat makes remarks which are not in law, certainly the minister concerned will examine it and necessary steps will be taken,” he told reporters.

Singh’s comments drew humorous reactions on social media, with jokes such as — how a man who went to see a woman at her home following a marriage proposal ended up in jail for staring at her for more than 14 seconds. Some also expressed doubts over the points made by Singh.

They asked, “What will happen if a man blinks while staring at her continuously for 14 seconds?… what about a man who stares at a woman wearing sunglasses?”. Rishiraj Singh had courted controversy in July last year for not saluting the then Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala at a passing out parade in Thrissur.
Source - indian express

Blogger turns tables on cyber-scammer

Image captionThe scareware message told Mr Kwiatkowski to call technical support

A French security researcher says he managed to turn the tables on a cyber-scammer by sending him malware.

Google Launches Duo To Take On Apple's FaceTime, Skype

Google has launched Duo which will compete with apps like FaceTime and Skype.
New Delhi: Tech giant Google has launched its video calling app, Google Duo, for Android and iOS users, which will compete with apps like FaceTime and Skype.

The video calling app, which was first announced by Google three months ago at its I/O developer conference, aims to take the "complexity out of video calling".

Will Arun Jaitley Attend SAARC Meet In Pak? PM Modi To Decide

Will Arun Jaitley Attend SAARC Meet In Pak? PM Modi To Decide
PM Modi to decide if Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will visit Pakistan for SAARC meet: sources

NEW DELHI: As relations between India and Pakistan plummet, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is unlikely to attend a regional summit in Islamabad next week, said government sources.

They said Prime Minister Narendra Modi would take a final decision on this, but India is unhappy with the way Islamabad treated union Home Minister Rajnath Singh when he visited the Pakistani capital for a SAARC conference of home ministers earlier this month.

President of India Condoles the Passing Away of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj



The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj, spiritual guru and head of Bochasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Sansthan of Swaminarayan sect. 

In a message to Mahant Swamiji, the President has said, “I am sad to learn about the demise of HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj, spiritual guru and head of Bochasanvasi Akshar Purushottam Sansthan (BAPS) of Swaminarayan sect. 

Swamiji was a pious soul, always concerned about the welfare of humanity. A constant crusader for spiritual values, Swamiji's teachings of service to mankind have great relevance in the present world. Swamiji's words and wisdom will remain a source of inspiration to all his followers and people at large, guiding them on the path of love and compassion. 

Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey them to the countless followers of Swamiji in India and abroad”.

Navy Wives Welfare Association President Visits Base Hospital Delhi Cantt (BHDC)

On the occasion of Independence Day, the Navy Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) organised a programme at Base Hospital Delhi Cantt to bring cheer to the admitted patients of the Palliative Care Centre and the Paediatric Ward. Smt Reena Lanba, President NWWA, accompanied by Smt Anita Puri, Aarogya Group Coordinator of the NWWA, distributed sweets to the patients and interacted with them. The tiny tots of the Paediatric Ward were also presented toys by the NWWA President. 

Brief Highlights of Prime Minister’s Address on Independence Day



Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi on the occasion of 70th Independence Day today. Following are the brief highlights of the speech: 

1. Today on this special day, I convey my greetings to 125 crore Indians & the Indian community living overseas. May this energy guide the nation to scale newer heights of progress in the years to come

2. We remember Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, countless people who sacrificed their lives so that we attained Swarajya. 

Shri Kiren Rijiju leads the massive Tri-colour Yatra from Leh to Khardungla



The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju, led the massive Tri-colour Yatra today from Leh to Khardungla in Leh district, as a part of the Tiranga Yatra. Earlier in the day, the Minister hoisted the National Flag at ITBP Headquarters at Leh to celebrate the Independence Day. 

In his address on the occasion, Shri Kiren Rijiju recalled the great contributions that our Freedom Fighters made so selflessly for the Independence of our country and how nation shall always be grateful and in their debt. The Minister also gave special acknowledgement for the people of border areas like Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh who voluntarily take part with the forces during emergency and has shown tremendous valour in adversities. He acknowledged special contribution of the forces and people of border areas in the defence of our borders. 

Attacks on weaker sections should be dealt with firmly: President Pranab Mukherjee

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday evening denounced the recent communal attacks in the country and said that these attacks on weaker sections+need to be dealt with firmly.

"Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos are aberrations that need to be dealt with firmly," President Mukherjee+ said in his address to the nation on the eve of India's 70th Independence Day--his fifth since assuming office.

5 books every Indian must read



It is important to know the history of your land and it is even more important to know the correct history and not a fabricated tale filtered and narrated through school textbooks by vested interests to meet their ulterior political agenda. India's struggle for independence was an uprise against a tyrannical rule that lasted for almost 200 years. For a country divided into principalities, states and regional and religious factions, it would have been an unachievable feat, had it not found a unanimous aspiration to end the British subjugation. Our freedom struggle is a saga wrought in pain, sacrifice and devotion to a cause that went beyond personal and individual wants and became a fate, a bhagya vidhata for millions who took the path of nationalism.

Kareena Kapoor Khan to endorse pregnancy fashion line?

Kareena Kapoor Khan (Pic credit: Prathamesh Bandekar)

She's known to be a smart dresser and now too, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan who's expecting her first baby in December is 'fashionably' wanted. The pregnant actress who has been making stylish public appearances of late, has caught the attention of an online clothing fashion brand which is said to be working on a line for pregnant women. A source told a publication that she has been approached to be the face for their special collection. The source added that they were impressed by her sense of dressing and want her to endorse it. Kareena is said to be flattered by the offer and is figuring out her dates for it.
Source - Times of india

Supreme Court collegium likely to reject govt plea for greater powers to appoint judges



The government has reiterated that it should have the power to reject any name recommended by the Collegium on grounds of national security and public interest.
Supreme Court of India

The Supreme Court Collegium is likely to reaffirm its objection to certain government proposals including the latter’s right to reject a candidate for judgeship and setting up a scrutiny panel to evaluate applications in the revised draft MoP, a document which guides appointments to the higher judiciary.

Indications are that the Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur and comprising four senior judges continues to have reservations over the contentious clauses in the revised draft Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) handed over to it by the Law Ministry on August 3.

Fresh batches of yatris leave Jammu base camp

Fresh batches of Amarnath and Budhha Amarnath yatra pilgrims today left from Bhagwati Nagar base camp here for their respective destinations in South Kashmir Himalayas and Poonch district. 

The batch of 34 pilgrims comprising 29 men and five women left in two vehicles from the Bhagwati Nagarbase camp in Jammu for Pahalgam and Baltal in Kashmirthis morning, a police officer said.

So far over 2.19 Lakh pilgrims have paid their obeisance at the cave shrine since the yatra began on July 1. 

Another batch of 991 pilgrims of Budhha Amarnathconsisting 704 men, 231 women and 56 children also leftin 41 vehicles from the base camp for their onward journey in Poonch district, he said. 

The pilgrims would reach their respective destinations by this evening, he said. 

Both the yatras would conclude on August 18.
Source - business-standard

Organ donation: There can be life after death



Every brain-dead person can serve as many as eight people with the donation of organs like lungs, liver, heart, pancreas and kidneys. (Representative image )

Only 0.08 % people consent to donate organs in India —to shed light on this poignant fact and spread awareness, city hospitals observed Organ Donation Day on Saturday.

Every brain-dead person can serve as many as eight people with the donation of organs like lungs, liver, heart, pancreas and kidneys.

Eat these foods before a workout!



New Delhi: Do you usually work out on an empty stomach? Well, many of might have but it is one of the worst things to do. Most gym trainers have advised to eat a mini meal before exercising.

Egg whites

One should eat egg whites before a work out as it have potassium, magnesium, calcium as well as vitamins like riboflavin and selenium that put you through the workout with ease.

Junk food commercials trigger unhealthy choices among kids: Study



Watching food commercials on television or elsewhere may change the way children value taste, leading to more impulsive food choices, finds a new research.
The taste was even more important to children after watching food commercials. (Source: Pixabay)

Junk food commercials on pizzas and burgers during TV programmes influence food choices among children and their brain activities as well, say researchers, adding that the children’s decisions are driven by tastiness rather than healthfulness.

'Working In Hollywood Hasn't Been Easy', Deepika Padukone Reveals Details About Working In The West



Unless you've been living under a rock, you'd know that Deepika Padukone's first ever Hollywood flick, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, is all set to release early 2017. Yes, the same movie in which she stars alongside Hollywood hottie Vin Diesel. And while she was filming for the movie in the US, she shared a lot of amazing pictures and videos from behind the scenes, and it looked like the actress was having a gala time with her co stars.

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