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  2. If you're a frequent train traveller, then you probably already know that the Indian Railways needs some upgrades. Not that it's not safe to use for the passengers already, it's just that we think our railways can use some improvements to make the passengers' journeys much more comfortable than what it is right now. There's been a lot of chatter about the Indian Railways upgrading its services to offer us a better experience. But exactly what are these upgrades that we're talking about? Well, here are 5 tech introductions that will take the Indian Railways to the next level - 1. Real-Time CCTV Footage © Reuters This is probably the most important addition that's coming to the trains. Currently, there's no way to monitor what's happening inside a moving train, which is simply not ideal in case of an emergency. Especially, real-time monitoring is going to be extremely useful. The CCTV display unit will be provided in the guard's compartment and videos can be recorded to be viewed later. 2. Air Quality MonitoringIt looks like Air Quality monitors will be installed onboard the train compartments. This is definitely a great addition to make sure the passengers are safe at all times. 3. Issuing Unreserved Tickets Through AppsThe Northern Railway has developed a system through which they will issue unreserved tickets through mobile apps and Bluetooth printers. This is a great way to avoid commotion and to make sure the tickets are being issued properly. © Reuters 4. Ultrasonic Detection Of RailsThe North Central Railway has developed a vehicular system for ultrasonic flaw detection of rails. This is something that's currently being done manually, and it'll be a great new introduction. The Malda division of Eastern Railway has used pyrometers to monitor the speed and temperature of tracks. In addition to that, the carriage and wagon department of Allahabad has developed a detector for hot axle box in running trains. Well, those are some of the new additions that are coming to the Indian Railways. The railway board has, apparently, instructed the zones to furnish implementation reports of these additions within the next three months, so we'll soon be seeing some great upgrades happening. We just hope we'll be able to leave this pandemic behind and travel again soon. Source: Livemint View the full article
  3. It has been over 8 months since Death Stranding launched for the Playstation 4 and the game is now making its way to PC on July 14th. We played the game for a short while on our PC rig to test out the performance and how the graphic fidelity of the game. The game has been written, directed, and produced by Hideo Kojima; so as expected the game offers some whacky narratives and gameplay mechanics. The game has already been out for a while, so our review is going to limited to the actual performance of the game. For people who want to know what the game is all about, you play Sam Porter Bridges; a courier delivering essential supplies in the post-apocalyptic world of ‘United Cities of America’. You will spend a lot of time traversing the rough terrain, climbing hills, and constructing bridges to deliver your packages. The game is quite connected to other players of the world where you will also find pre-existing bridges, shelters and other resources left behind for you to use. Inversely, you can also help out other players of the game by leaving behind tools and buildings for them to use in their playthrough. © Kojima Producrtions_505Games Simply judging by the visuals, we played the game on both a 4K TV and a 1440P monitor and the post-apocalyptic world of North America looks absolutely stunning. Whether you are playing in 4K or lower resolutions, you will thoroughly enjoy the world crafted by Kojima and his team for the PC port. You will be spending anywhere between 40-45 hours completing this game with bonus content for Half-Life fans. We tested the game on our dedicated gaming PC build that consisted of an RTX 2080 Ti, 32GB of 3200MHz DDR4 RAM, and an Intel i7-8700K CPU. We have to point out that we were able to achieve anywhere between 55-60 frames while playing in 4K resolution which was more than enough, as this game was playable even on the PlayStation 4 with 30 FPS. Having said that, if you turn down the resolution you can push even more frames; we were hovering between 110 - 120 FPS on 1440P resolution. The game’s video settings allow you to extend it up to 240 FPS. However, to achieve higher frames, we recommend turning off motion blur effects and toning down the depth of field from the settings. The game also provides additional settings for shadows, ambient occlusion, the choice between TAA or FXAA anti-aliasing amongst other settings you can tweak according to your preference and PC specifications. © Kojima Producrtions_505Games Having said that, the game doesn’t require a powerful gaming PC like ours. Sure, you will experience a little drop in performance on older hardware however it will still hold up well for most current PC gamers. The minimum and recommended requirements for Death Stranding are mentioned below: © Kojima Producrtions_505Games We do have to mention that the game does not offer any real-time ray tracing which was a big disappointment. However, the game makes up for it for having NVIDIA’s DLSS 2.0 support. NVIDIA has already issued a driver update and we highly recommend upgrading before playing this game. DLSS 2.0 only works on RTX GPUs where it uses a neural network to boosts frame rates while maintaining the overall image quality. For RTX GPU users, you will not face any major frame rate drops even when playing in higher resolutions. Having said that, with DLSS 2.0 turned off, we did feel the game was being held back a little. If you aren’t an RTX GPU user, you may experience lower frame rates but nothing too drastic that would hamper the overall experience. Overall, the PC port of Death Stranding has been optimised well and delivered an experience expected from a single-player adventure. The Final Verdict If you’ve been wanting to play this game with better performance, frames and upgraded graphics; you really should check out Death Stranding on PC. However, if you already own a PlayStation 4, you can find the game for cheaper online and at your local retailer. 505Games didn’t follow through with regional pricing for this game and it could be a bit expensive purchase for a game that has already been out for several months. View the full article
  4. The inside vs outsider argument, nepotism and favouritism debates have again come into the spotlight after the tragic demise of Sushant Singh Rajput. Not just people, Bollywood celebs are also exposing the dark realities of the industry. Recently, HotStar organised a virtual press meet to make the big announcement, which was attended by Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn and was hosted by Varun Dhawan. However, they completely ignored Kunal Kemmu and Vidyut Jammwal who too have their movies scheduled. BIGGG ANNOUNCEMENT... #AkshayKumar, #AjayDevgn, #AbhishekBachchan, #AliaBhatt, #VarunDhawan will be LIVE on #DisneyPlusHotstar with #UdayShankar [President, The Walt Disney Co and Chairman, Star & Disney India]... Mark your calendars: TOMORROW, Monday, 29 June 2020, 4.30 pm. pic.twitter.com/5qUBbVfMiJ — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 28, 2020 Kunal Kemmu took Twitter to express his disappointment and wrote, “Izzat aur pyaar maanga nahi kamaya jaata hai. Koi na de toh usse hum chhote nahi hote. Bas maidaan khelne ke liye barabar de do chhalaang hum bhi oonchi laga sakte hai.” He basically asked for equal opportunities to showcase their talents. Izzat aur pyaar maanga nahi kamaya jaata hai. Koi na de toh usse hum chhote nahi hote. Bas maidaan khelne ke liye barabar de do chhalaang hum bhi oonchi laga sakte hai — kunal kemmu (@kunalkemmu) June 29, 2020 Kunal’s wife Soha Ali Khan has shed light on this matter and made some valid points about the prevailing factor of nepotism in the industry. “I can say this much that when it comes to words like nepotism, equal opportunities, this is not something that has cropped up in the last month. It exists and it is not unique to the film industry or to India even. We can talk about what nepotism, favouritism means, how much right one has if they are a producer to work with the people they like or vs those who people think are deserving. Whether as an actor you’ve ever felt that you’ve got the love and respect you deserve or whether you would always feel that someone has taken something that was owed to you. These are very broad questions and your question will only lead to more questions. Not to answers. And it is good that these questions are being raised and that is something that should be encouraged,” Soha said in an interview to Zoom. She also added that people too need to support the actors by investing in their pictures by seeing them. “People have to look within themselves. You can’t blame other people. Whenever it comes to a systemic issue, you have to see how you can make a difference. If you want someone to be celebrated, loved, buy their tickets, see their films, follow them on social media and make them that. Because we’re in a democracy and of course favouritism exists and there is no point saying that it doesn’t. But I believe in the powers of movies. And don’t forget about it next week,” she added. Her points do make sense as the audience is equally responsible for an actor’s fate. View the full article
  5. In the past few months, the entire country found its favourite COVID-19 ‘hero’ in Bollywood actor Sonu Sood. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in India, Sonu Sood stepped up to offer aid to anyone and everyone who has been affected by the contagion one way or another. © Twitter-KaviAnuragA Be it frontline workers, the poor and helpless or the migrant workers’ plight, Sonu Sood has stood by the people in need like a great ray of hope. While some have dared to call his good deeds a ‘publicity stunt’, that has never stopped Sonu Sood to continue his good work. Keeping the trend going, Sonu Sood has now promised to extend monetary aid to more than 400 families of deceased and injured migrant workers who suffered due to the lockdown. He has gotten in touch with various state authorities of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and taken relevant information to transfer financial aid. © BCCL According to News18, Sonu said in a statement, “I've decided to help families of the deceased or injured migrants for them to have a secure future. I feel it's my personal responsibility to support them.” From launching a toll-free number for migrant workers, opening his Juhu hotel for healthcare workers, feeding 45,000 needy people in Mumbai, distributing 25,000 daily meals during Ramzan or donating thousands of PPE kits and of course, helping thousands of migrant workers reach home, Sonu Sood has been going above and beyond his duties as a good samaritan during this crisis. © Facebook/ Sonu Sood Now, with this latest move, he has yet again won us over with this thoughtfulness and empathy. Sonu has proved yet again that all it takes to do good is one decision and the conviction to see it through. Thank you for being you, Sonu! View the full article
  6. The world is no longer one’s oyster. Your smartphone, though, is one. Thanks to the continued nuisance that the endless lockdowns have become, keeping yourself from banging your head against the wall out of boredom and mundane lives, is becoming a challenge. Online courses and stuff like that are fine, but seriously, does anyone really feel like going back to school? No. © iStock This is where we step in, with an awesome new concept called Online Experiences. We figured, why not pick a few skill that you’ll actually use, hang out with some really cool and fun people while you do it, and have a great time? © iStock We’ve got a bunch of your favourite digital creators and influencers for some seriously epic stuff. Wanted to start your own podcast, but never knew where to begin? No problem. Wanted to amp up your Instagram game, just using your phone? No worries! Wanted to seriously get in to beatboxing, but have absolutely no clue how you’re supposed to start? We’ve got you covered! © Kunal Malhotra We have a series of some really epic experiences lined up, using which, you can actually pick up a skill, with no hassle whatsoever. The best bit? We have some really cool mentors/instructors for you guys. 1. Shoot It Like A Pro, With Kunal Malhotra © Kunal Malhotra Kunal Malhotra aka @the.photography.blogger is one of the best pros you can learn from. He’s going to teach you guys 10 dope photography tricks that’ll make you a master shutterbug. And the best bit of it? You don’t even need to have a bulky camera, just your smartphone will do. 2. How To Doodle On Photographs, With Samar Khan © Samar Khan Ever wondered how to amp up your photographs with that little extra oomph, so that your Insta feed stands out? Well, who better than Samar Khan, aka @metrodoodle to teach you how to turn your boring, mundane photos, into DaVinci like a masterpieces? Again, all you need is a smartphone to start illustrating, no fancy tablets, or specialised programs. 3. Start Your Own Podcast Ft. Sukriti Chaturvedi © Sukriti Chaturvedi Some people love to talk, while others love to listen. For both of these people, there are podcasts. For people who love to have conversations and are actually planning on making a profession out of it, Sukriti, aka @hisukriti is the person to go to. For her Online Experience, she will be talking about how one actually starts out with a podcast, and even help you figure out the subject of your podcast. 4. Beatboxing 101 With Aaron Koul © Aaron Koul Admit it, every time you’ve heard a bass-heavy EDM track, you have tried to mimic the track by making sounds from your mouth or basically, beatbox. What if we told you that you can actually make it a legit skill, or at the very least be the voice of a party? Aaron, aka @aaronkoul, is a properly self-taught beatboxer, apart from being a dope content creator. Prepare yourself to be the one-man orchestra at a party, that everyone raves about. Plus, there are tons of other funfilled Experiences one can try out. Do check out MensXP Experiences for all the details, and how to join in. View the full article
  7. The thought of Indian politics leaves a strange aftertaste in our mouths. at least for some of us. Thinking about our politicians or public representatives that they are, should fill our hearts with hope and confidence, but more often than not it makes us think of corrupt, undeserving, power-hungry people who fail to live up to our expectations after making tall promises before the elections. From lack of proper qualifications to criminal backgrounds and absolute cluelessness about general as well as current affairs, we have seen it all from our netas which make us question if there are any good ones left around at all. But you will be happy to know that amid the muck of ignorant and dense politicians, we have also found 14 highly-qualified Indian politicians who have proved that not every neta is an angootha chhaap. 1. Sachin Pilot © Facebook Sachin Pilot The Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Congress leader Sachin Pilot holds a strong educational background. Sachin has a BA from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi followed by a PGDM in Marketing from IMT Ghaziabad as well as an MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. 2. Shashi Tharoor © Facebook Shashi Tharoor We are all aware of Mr Tharoor and his terrific wordplay, and given his academic backing, all of those heavy words suddenly make sense. The Congress MP holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from St Stephen's College, DU, a Master’s degree in International Relations and Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University as well as a PhD in International Relations and Affairs from the Fletcher School. 3. Subramanian Swamy © EconomicTimes Another leading Indian political leader who is gifted with the way of words, Mr Swamy is a BSc Mathematics graduate from the renowned Hindu College, University of Delhi. He also holds an MSc in Statistics from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata as well as a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. 4. Jayant Sinha © Facebook Jayant Sinha Not many may be aware that BJP Lok Sabha MP Jayant Sinha is an IIT Delhi graduate in BTech. Having completed his graduation, Mr Sinha is said to have pursued his MSc in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and later, added an MBA from Harvard Business School to his list of qualifications. 5. Salman Khurshid © Facebook - Salman Khurshid Veteran Congress Leader Salman Khurshid is a man of law quite literally. Although an Arts graduate from St. Stephen's College, DU in B.A. English and Jurisprudence, Mr Khurshid went on to pursue M.A., Bachelor of Civil Law from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and is a notable advocate in the country. 6. Suresh Prabhu © Facebook Suresh Prabhu BJP leader Suresh Prabhu also holds a distinguished educational profile with a BCom Honours from M. L. Dahanukar College, followed by a Bachelor in Law from New Law College, Ruparel College campus in Mumbai. Mr Prabhu is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India who held the 11th rank in his CA exams. 7. Dr Manmohan Singh © Wikipedia You would have to be living under a rock if you don’t already know what an educated person Manmohan Singh is. Don’t go by his usual silence because his academic excellence can shut you up for good. Mr Singh holds both a BA and a MA degree in Economics from Panjab University along with an Economics Tripos at University of Cambridge as a member of St John's College as well as a DPhil from the University of Oxford as a member of Nuffield College. 8. Arvind Kejriwal © Facebook Arvind Kejriwal The Chief Minister of Delhi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is originally an engineer with a BTech degree from IIT Kharagpur. Although he didn’t pursue higher education, Kejriwal did clear the Civil Services examination and joined the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as an Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax in 1995. 9. Atishi Marlena © Facebook Atishi AAP leader Atishi too holds a strong academic background with a Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, followed by a Master’s degree from Oxford University. She has also worked as a Rhodes scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford. 10. Nirmala Sitharaman © Economictimes Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s love for numbers and stats goes back to her college days where she did her BA in Economics from Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College in Tiruchirapalli. She followed that up with an MA in Economics as well as an MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University. 11. Jyotiraditya Scindia © Facebook Jyotiraditya Scindia Former Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia is also highly dependable when it comes to holding a noteworthy educational background. A BA graduate in Economics from Harvard College, Harvard University, Mr Scindia also holds an MBA from the famed Stanford University. 12. Dr Harsh Vardhan © Wikipedia Union Health Minister and veteran BJP leader Dr Harsh Vardhan is an MBBS from Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College, Kanpur University, and also holds a Master of Surgery in Otorhinolaryngology from the same college in Kanpur University. 13. Prithviraj Chavan © Facebook Prithviraj Chavan Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan is a qualified mechanical engineer with a BTech degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and a Master of Science from the University of California, Berkeley. 14. Sugata Bose © Wikipedia All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) leader Sugata Bose holds a Bachelor's degree from the famed Presidency College of University of Calcutta as well as a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Mr Bose is also said to have worked as a research fellow at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. Were the educational qualification details about any particular leader a revelation to you? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  8. The source of income of Bollywood actors is not just limited to acting in movies but there are several ways in which they bring home big, fat paycheques. They also host or judge reality shows and charge a whopping fee for a single episode that will certainly make your jaw drop. These celebrities, sometimes, earn way more than do they in movies and here's what the zeroes on their paycheques look like. 1. Amitabh Bachchan © Twitter/Amitabh Bachchan Kaun Banega Crorepati that's hosted by the legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan, became one of the most popular quiz shows in India. Inspired by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, this show kept the audience hooked to their screens. Speaking of how much money he took home, it is reported that Big B earned around Rs 25 Lakhs per episode during the first season, which increased to a staggering Rs 3.5 Crore per episode by Season 11. That's just too hard to sink in! 2. Shilpa Shetty © Twitter/Shilpa Shetty Shilpa Shetty's dancing skills speaks for itself and hence it was no big deal when the successful businesswoman forayed into the small screen to earn even more money. Turns out, the actress judged several reality shows including Nach Baliye, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Zara Nachke Dikha etc. Another one in the kitty was SuperDancer for which she made Rs 14 Crores for the very first season. 3. Sohail Khan © YouTube/Bollywood Masala Sohail Khan might have gone under the radar in Bollywood in the past few years but the actor did make an appearance on a small screen as a judge on Comedy Circus. It is reported that he charged Rs 3 Crore for every season and was accompanied by Archana Puran Singh on this show. 4. Shahid Kapoor © Colors TV Shahid Kapoor also made a small-screen debut and judged the eighth season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. While him being a part of the judging panel did not come as a surprise, his fee was certainly a shocking affair. The actor earned Rs 1.75 Crore per episode to judge JDJ! 5. Hrithik Roshan © Twitter/Hrithik Roshan A dance reality show would look incomplete if it wasn't judged by Hrithik Roshan, for obvious reasons. Besides proving his prowess with his dancing skills, the actor made it a point to judge a dance reality show called Just Dance, for which he charged a stupefying amount Rs 2 Crores per episode. 6. Sonakshi Sinha © YouTube/Star Plus Sonakshi Sinha has successfully made her mark in the Bollywood industry . Besides that, when an opportunity of being a judge on Nach Baliye came along, the actress hopped on the panel and cashed Rs 1 Crore for each episode. 7. Karan Johar © Twitter/Karan Johar Besides making high-budget movies and being called the gossipmonger of Bollywood, Karan Johar has also worked as a judge on two reality shows Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, and India's Got Talent. While we can't comment on his 'judging' skills, it is certain that the actor charged a whopping fee for the shows he did. It was reported that he took home Rs 10 Crores for every season of JDJ. 8. Salman Khan © Twitter/Salman Khan Lastly, speaking of Salman Khan, who made Bigg Boss what it is, also charged a huge sum to host the show. The actor charged Rs 6.5 Crore for each episode earlier, which gradually increased to Rs 8.5 Crore per episode, that sums his total for the whole season to Rs 200 Crore. View the full article
  9. The context of the first season comes in handy to understand the shaky premise that the second season, Breathe: Into The Shadows is built upon. © Prime Video In the first season of the show, a seemingly innocent football coach and father (R Madhavan) kills organ donors in order to escalate his six-year-old son's name (who is terminally ill) on the organ recipient list. Also starring Amit Sadh as police inspector Kabir Sawant (who reprises his role in the second season), deals with a tragic past while solving the case. As a pulsating narrative, the show worked and balanced itself out as it navigated on the fine lines of moral ambiguity leaving the spectator thrown off and unable to sympathise entirely with either the killer or his victims. © Prime Video Directed and co-written by Mayank Sharma along with Bhavani Iyer and Vikram Tuli, Breathe: Into the Shadows is a thematic sequel that introduces us to Dr. Avinash Sabharwal (played by Abishek Bachchan), a psychiatrist who is often consulted by the crime branch and his wife Abha Sabharwal, (played by Nithya Menen) a chef at a luxury hotel. The couple is hit by a tragedy when their 6-year-old daughter Siya is kidnapped. © Prime Video In the 'usual' abduction cases, a ransom call is expected within the next 48 hours of abduction, Avinash worryingly notes from his experience of handling cases with the crime branch, as shown in an irrelevant short stint at the beginning of the series. In their daughter's case, no contact has been established for nine long months at a stretch, this is what the trailer tells you as well. © Prime Video This peculiarity becomes the plotline for the series. When the kidnapper, a masked man with a limp, finally sends out a parcel that gives hope to the parents, it also comes with underlying conditions that involve murdering people. The show goes on to explore how far the parents go to get their daughter back but fails to set up the apparently 'unprecedented' circumstances that await them despite spending four episodes on the setting up the context. It fails to convince the spectator that a seemingly sensible couple has run out of all rational options available to them. © Prime Video Avinash soon figures that he will have to murder 10 people to get his daughter back, with each victim representing the ten heads of Raavana (emotions like anger, fear, lust), as the show follows the trope of adding a mythological angle (seen in shows like Sacred Games, Asur) to make the plot more complex. However, as the season progresses, the mythological connection becomes a redundant angle added to the narrative. © Prime Video This, although, is only one of the examples of the many intervening subplots in the show, with little to no significance to the narrative and unconvincing flashbacks conveniently plugged in to justify the progression of the plot. The writing falters in keeping the multi-layered narrative taut as it moves forward, leaving the 12 episode series to partly become a chaotic mess. © Prime Video Avinash Sabharwal as the center of the show ironically has the most underwritten character that the show could've potentially explored, delved deeper into, and yet what we get instead just doesn't sit right or feel plausible enough. © Prime Video But the show does have its merits. The casting for all the supporting characters has been done impeccably. From the jealous inspector Zeba Rizvi (played by Shraddha Kaul), an insecure police officer to Saiyami Kher as Shirley, a *** worker and the two sub-inspectors who constantly compete to become Kabir's right hand. © Prime Video But the one character who saves the show is inarguably Amit Sadh. Sadh's haunting composure and all-consuming screen presence make his agenda a worthy one to root for. © Prime Video In some scenes, Sadh conveys his character's conviction without any words. With a traumatic past and 6 months in jail and a troubling liver, Sadh pulls off an effortless stint. © Prime Video Other than that, another commendable aspect is the fact that from Abha's job as a chef to manic pixie Meghna's support group, all women have defining careers in the show, details that the script attempts to involve in the narrative in an engaging way. The show also attempts to end on a symbolic note, showcasing the merging of two realities of when the mask and the person behind it become one which if fine-tuned could have been a striking climax. © Prime Video With the 'C-16' cliffhanger in the epilogue, the show quite possibly could return with a sequel to the story. View the full article
  10. Thanks to the fertile (as well as a volatile) playground that the Internet is in this day and age, we all have come across something that really ruffled our feathers, as we vehemently disagreed with an opinion, a sketch, or sometimes even a joke, that differed from our opinions © iStock Now, ideally, if you have some patience, or more importantly, some common sense, you’ll stop consuming such pieces, and other works from artists that you don’t agree with. Or, you’ll end up posting some comment, pointing out the mistakes, or the wrongdoings of the artist/creator in question, in a civil manner. But alas, that’s not how things often are. © iStock It takes a special kind of a disgusting human being to threaten another human being with rape and death. Shubham Mishra, and Hindustani Bhau, are two such human beings, and YouTube “stars.” © BCCL There is nothing wrong with having a differing opinion. In fact, democracies depend on this very principle that people will have differing opinions. The problem arises because of the manner in which certain people voice their opinions. Agrima Joshua’s case isn’t the first time when we have had such a case, and unfortunately, it certainly won’t be the last. © YouTube/OKComedy Women, who speak on socio-poitical issues are often inundated with rape and death threats. Men, who do the same, also get death threats and are often threatened that female members of their family, will be raped and killed. Take Gurmehar Kaur & Ravish Kumar as examples. Back in 2017, Kaur put up a post condemning the ever-increasing chances of a war breaking out between India & Pakistan. As the daughter of a martyred army captain, she knew exactly what wars entail. Her message for peace was a condemnation neither of India nor of Pakistan. It was a condemnation of war. Alas, what she said, and what some people heard, were two completely different things. © Gurmehar Kaur Ravish Kumar, too in his prime time hour with NDTV, says a lot of things that go opposite the mainstream narrative; things that clearly upset and rile a lot of people. But does that justify the sheer volume of death threats and the threats of violence against his family members he receives on a day to day basis? Certainly not. © PTI Let’s leave socio-political issues aside for a moment. A lot of our influencers, content creators, and artists, especially women, and LGBTQI content creators, like Kusha Kapila, Prajakta Koli, Priyanka Paul, Anwesh Sahoo and many others like them have to deal with the scum of the earth, in their vilest forms. © Anwesh Sahoo And let's not even get started with what women in Bollywood have to face. Virat Kohli’s form in cricket is suffering? Oh, surely Anushka Sharma is to be blamed. Anushka produced an OTT series that hurt your sentiments? Oh, surely Virat just has to divorce her. And remember the entire fiasco over Deepika Padukone standing against police brutality against students, or just for acting in Padmaavat, and the garbage that she had to face? That was just appalling. © Reuters Don’t get me wrong, trolling, in a certain context and in a certain manner, is acceptable, as long as it is humorous. Making fun of Ananya Panday for saying that she has had to struggle a lot, or laughing at Alia Bhatt for saying that Prithviraj Chauhan is the president of India, is okay. Threatening them with rape and murder, however, is simply reprehensible and in fact, criminal. © Viral Bhayani Here’s how you can voice your disagreements in an online forum, in a civil manner, and not sound like an incel. © Colours Entertainment Use language that wouldn’t shame your parents. Its very simple. When you’re online, whether you’re posting a video or writing something down in the comment section, always remember that your parents can perhaps come across that. This not only civilises the discourse but also forces you to argue better. Remember, whenever you start attacking someone personally and start calling out names, you’ve already lost the plot. Shaming someone for something personal is never going to work, especially if you’re in a proper debate. Calling someone names, as we said, is just a desperate divisionary tactic and people recognise that. © iStock Keep families out of it. One of the biggest gripes that people have with curse words and abuses, is that does not denigrate the person who’s at the receiving end, as much as it does the people who they’re related to, especially the women in their families. People seriously need to come up with a better way to cuss that doesn't involve sinking so low. Threatening someone or their family members with any kind of physical violence, be it rape, death, or anything worse, is simply unacceptable. It’s that simple. No matter what your ideology is, it does not supersede the sanctity of human life. © iStock Nothing beats statements based on facts. If you really want to change minds, or simply, put forth a counterpoint to something that you’ve seen, or read, put across the facts and figures that support your claim. And no, WhatsApp forwards don’t count. Finally, if you’re out there 'defending the honour' of an ideology, or a group of people, or anything for that matter, evaluate what effects will your statements have on that group. Do you really think someone as great as Chattrapati Shivaji, would have presented Shubham with a gallantry award post his behaviour? The worst thing about Agrima’s case is the fact that she wasn’t even making fun of Chattrapati Shivaji, or of his statue, although, even if she was, that still does not justify the vile statements from the two buffoons on YouTube, and the countless imbeciles that she has had to deal with. All of this does not mean that one cannot call out someone for something problematic they say or do. There are certain mature, dignified ways of doing things. Behaving like a sexually frustrated incel, and cowering behind a keyboard, or a camera for that matter, while spewing vile and filth, is not one of them. View the full article
  11. Passion and success are arguably the two biggest, most powerful driving forces in the universe. The quest to follow your passion will allow you to garner superhuman strength and the lust for success will force you to work harder. Getting recognised for putting your blood and sweat, climbing that ladder of victory and triumph can motivate you to do better. Unfortunately, the inverse is true as well. Failure to meet your aspirations can make you do things you didn’t imagine in your wildest dreams, so much so, that some people end up taking their own lives. But sometimes, people find that one ray of hope, that one reason to live and make it through difficult times. Here are five Indian cricketers who thought of taking their own lives at one point but found a reason to live: 1. Mohammed Shami © Reuters In the past couple of years, Mohammed Shami has been an integral part of the Indian cricket team’s bowling attack, he was skipper Virat Kohli’s top choice as a paceman during the 2019 World Cup and proved to be effective against some of the greatest batsmen at the greatest stage of them all. All of this might not have happened had he decided to take his life. According to ANI, Shami opened up about the darkest days of his life in an Instagram Live chat with Rohit Sharma. “When I got injured in the 2015 World cup, after that it took me 18 months to fully recover, that was the most painful moment in my life, it was a very stressful period. When I started playing again, I had to go through some personal issues, I think if my family did not support me I would not have made it, I also thought of committing suicide three times,” he said. In 2018, Shami’s estranged wife had accused him of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs. But the 29-year-old found undying support from his family who pulled him back from the darkness. “Someone used to stay with me 24*7, I was not well mentally, my family was there for me… If my family was not there then I might have taken a bad step,” the pacer added. 2. Praveen Kumar © Reuters Once the leader of Indian bowling, Praveen Kumar found it extremely difficult to accept the fact that his time as an international-level athlete had come to an end. During the twilight of his career, being dropped by the team and failing to secure an Indian Premier League contract brought him to the edge and once he announced his retirement, everything got worse. Clinical depression, insomnia and self-isolation became his life. In an exclusive with The Indian Express, he revealed that not too long ago, he drove away from his own on a cold winter morning with a revolver next to him. “I told myself, ‘Kya hai yeh sab? Bas khatam karte hain’” he said, but couldn’t go through with it as soon as his eyes caught the picture of his smiling kids that he’d keep in his car. “I realised I can’t do this to my phool-jaise bachche (innocent children), put them through this hell. I turned back,” he said. 3. Robin Uthappa © Reuters An important member of the Indian roster which lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, Robin Uthappa has featured in 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is till date. However, according to the man himself, he didn’t quite feel comfortable in his own skin between 2009 and 2011 and often fought suicidal thoughts in his mind. In an interview with The Quint, Uthappa said: “On days I would just be sitting there and would think to myself on the count of three, I'm going to run and jump off of the balcony but something kind of just held me back.” He then began to maintain a diary on his daily life, tried to understand himself as a person and also sought professional help which helped him attain peace of mind once again. According to Robin, men find it very difficult to accept the fact they are going through mental health issues and to accept that not everything is alright with them, is a really hard battle to win. "I feel sometimes being negative is necessary. I'm someone who believes in the balance of life and I believe one cannot at all times be positive in life. Being negative or having negative experiences, going through trials and tribulations is sometimes necessary for one's own growth," Uthappa said. 4. Kuldeep Yadav © Reuters India’s very own Chinaman bowler and one half of the deadly ‘Kul-Cha’ spin attack of the Indian cricket team, Kuldeep Yadav cemented his berth in the 15-men roster in 2018 but the journey wasn’t easy, far from it. In an 2017 interview with Hindustan Times, Yadav confessed that when he was 13-years-old he wanted to end his life after he was not selected to be a part of Uttar Pradesh’s U-15 team. "I had worked hard for my selection, but when I was not picked, I mentioned suicide in frustration. It happens to everyone in the heat of the moment," he said. “I was a meritorious student in school and wanted to play cricket just for fun. I never thought of making it my vocation. In fact, my father wanted me to play cricket and took me to the coach,” recalled Kuldeep. 5. Sreesanth © Reuters A young and talented pacer, marred by the allegations of being involved in spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL scandal, Sreesanth’s years of prime and peak fitness were spent on the sidelines when the BCCI banned him from playing cricket for life. When in 2019, following the Supreme Court's intervention, his punishment time was reduced to seven years, This means that he will be allowed to play from September 2020. However, the death of Sushant Singh Rajput left a lasting impact on the cricketer who opened up about his days of depression and suicidal thoughts in an interview with Deccan Chronicle. "You know I was scared of the dark at one point. I couldn’t step out of the house and I didn’t let anyone step out of the house because I feared that I/ they would get kidnapped. I was in a deep depression at the time. I had all these thoughts in my room but I couldn’t leave my room without a smile on my face because my parents would not have been able to handle it. I didn’t want to show my weakness to them. I was completely on my own in these moments, I was crying all the time trying to figure out where I went wrong and what happened to me. I was living this dual life and it was too much to handle," stated the pacer. He further opined, "I was Sreesanth to the world and Gopu to the family, but in my room, I didn’t know what I was. That’s why I started discovering hobbies and working on them with a lot of seriousness. It is something I battled with incessantly in 2013. It was there everywhere I turned, the easy way out, but my family kept me sane. I had to stick around for my family. I knew they needed me." He added, "That’s why the news of Sushant Singh’s (Rajput) death affected me so much, besides the fact that he was a good friend. I was on that edge but I walked back because I knew how much it would hurt those who believe in me and love me." View the full article
  12. Oh its really a new thing. I think Students who know that you will only use students who politely raise their hands to answer you know that they can be away safely. So try a random selection system. This forces them to be careful during your teaching time because they never know when they will be called afterwards! Give up the habit of raising your hands and use sticks to involve disengaged students. There is a quick and easy method for selecting students at random, using craft sticks. These sticks bear the names of the students. The teacher marks each end of the stick with a different color and turns it over when calling on a student. Red sticks for disengaged arts & crafts students guts(.)pk/shop/ to facilitate their motivation. Kids LOVE talking to their friends. In the classroom, you take the opportunity to give them the opportunity to “turn around and talk”. It is extremely important to set a clear goal and identify exactly what you expect from them when sharing. The pupils turn towards each other, sitting knees against knees. In this way, they can look each other in the eye while they speak. Invest time at the start of the year to teach your students exactly what to do when they talk as a couple. Anyways, thanks for sharing the nice piece of stuff with us.
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  18. Weâve all tried our hand at using portable USB fans, handheld fans and anything else we can think of to keep us cool during the summers. However, there may just be the perfect gadget now available in Japan for everyone who needs a little bit cooling this summer. Sony created a wearable air conditioner called the Reon Pocket and has started selling it in Japan from this week. © Sony The wearable air conditioner was unveiled last year and Sony said the device supports both cooling and heating modes and can be used on the move. The device is quite small and looks very similar to Appleâs Magic Mouse. It can be worn near your neck and even comes with an undershirt with a pocket to place the Reon Pocket. The shirt is quite breathable as it is made of plaster fabric and has seams to hide the air conditioner in the pocket. You can also use your own undershirts but Sony suggests it should be loose and breathable clothing for the device to be effective. © Sony The Sony Reon Pocket is not meant to be used while working out or anything that involves intense sweating. In order to control the device, one needs to use its smartphone app that connects via Bluetooth. It can even be used manually as users can choose from four different temperature levels. The portable air conditioner is currently only available to buy in Japan and we desperately need it here in India as air conditioners are ramping up huge electricity bills ever since people have started to work from home. © Sony The Sony Reon Pocket costs around 13,000 Yen in Japan which translates to roughly Rs 9,100. The undershirt is sold separately for Rs 1260. However, there is no news whether we would see this product outside of Japan. Sony did show off a âLiteâ variant of the device last year where one could only use the manual modes; however, it seems like Sony may launch that later in the year. Would you buy a wearable air conditioner if Sony sold the Reon Pocket here in India? It does sound like a whacky idea but could just be the solution to our hot weather and high electricity bills. View the full article
  19. Samsung is also looking to remove chargers in boxes of some of its smartphones from 2021, according to a report by ETNews. The company is looking to not supply the charger as many of their customers already have chargers, reduce costs and also help the environment, according to the report. © YouTube/Technical Ejaz Not including a charger in the box of a phone is already being considered by Apple for future iPhones and it seems like Samsung will also follow suit. However, Apple may remove the charger from their phones starting this year with the iPhone 12 launch, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple will be phasing out the 18W and 5W chargers that come with iPhones depending on the model. In Samsungâs case, most of their phones support 18WPD and PPS charging which means you can use any third-party âPower Deliveryâ charger with the phones. Samsung like Apple will also sell chargers separately which customers can buy and only include a USB cable in the box along with the phone. USB C has come a long way as more devices are now supporting the port and becoming the industry standard. From laptops, phones, power banks to even the Nintendo Switch; it seems like USB-C is here to stay and will become the norm for most devices this year. Samsungâs move to remove the charger from the box not only lets them cut costs; but also help conserve the environment as there will be less electronic waste. © Amazon Samsung has not officially confirmed the news; however, it looks like this move will cut costs for smartphones that have already been facing skyrocketing prices in the past few years. It could also serve as yet another business for Samsung where the South Korean giant can upstart accessories as a viable business for future smartphones. What do you think of Samsung removing the charger in the box for some of their smartphones? Do you think it will help Samsung cut costs and help the environment? Let us in know the comments section whether this is a good move by both Samsung and Apple. Source: ETNews View the full article
  20. TikTok is one of the Chinese apps banned in India and even though âdesiâ users supported the government's decision to ban the app, we were looking for a substitute all along and it looks like we have already found one- Instagram Reels. Facebook confirmed that they are coming up with Instagram Reels in India. The 15-second video format platform is a saviour for people who were active on TikTok and enjoyed the app. This video format is going to fill the space vacated by the ban and now people can put similar content on Instagram. Instagram Reels is all about its users sharing short format videos on their feed for their followers. Also, Instagram Reels is on a test in India right now, which means that now everyone can access it and will be rolled out in planned phases. In Brazil, Germany, and France, Instagram Reels is already live for testing and India has now joined the league. As the feature went live on peopleâs phones- the users noticed the similarity between TikTok and Instagram Reels and soon the social media was flooded with memes. Not to forget, Mark Zuckerbergâs smart timing to launch Instagram Reels. Checkout the memes here- #instagramreels First too much tiktok videos on insta and now reels. Le Instagram: pic.twitter.com/mGVlPt9Sul â 2G_user. (@ManhasRomika) July 8, 2020Instagram after reels#instagramreels pic.twitter.com/pHZlgBtNl3 â Mannat (@thandrakhleyar) July 8, 2020*Instagram releases a feature called Reels where you can create & upload short videos like tiktok * #instagramreels Meanwhile tiktokers to Instagram: pic.twitter.com/8maMXcVN05 â शà¥à¤°à¥à¤·à¥à¤ à¤à¤£à¥à¤¡à¥à¤²à¤µà¤¾à¤² (@oyenikku) July 8, 2020Mark Zuckerberg launching "Reels" for instagram after tik-tok ban!#Reels #instagramreels pic.twitter.com/iZVTyWcpr8 â Harshvardhan Agrawal (@Harsh_humour) July 8, 2020*Instagram introduces a new feature #Reels Le tiktokers: pic.twitter.com/ogIffgJ6xF â Sheenu (@Sheenu61598447) July 8, 2020instagram has launched feature of 15 sec viedo. (reels) meanwhile tiktokers to insta:- pic.twitter.com/Zf4df2rqhn â à¤à¤à¤à¤¿à¤¤ (@shaktbhakt) July 8, 2020#instagramreels When everyone ask why r you create #Reels on Instagram after tiktok ban Le zuccu pic.twitter.com/M5ZvgAiLeh â Astitwa Mohanta (@The_bekar_manus) July 9, 2020*Le TikTok to the new Instagram Reels feature pic.twitter.com/0sLZ28sLcw â hoes mad (@Chey_anne18) July 8, 2020#Reels #instagramreels Me while watching tik tokiya videos on Instagram reels pic.twitter.com/TwFsa4lmj6 â SOMIL SACHAN (@meme_jong_unn) July 8, 2020 Reels can be accessed from the camera link in the Instagram app on your phone. The same way you post your Instagram stories on the app. You have a lot of music tracks, filters, and AR effects to make your 15-second videos entertaining and up to the mark. Also, with time Instagram will innovate with more and more features. View the full article
  21. Bollywood celebs keep us excited, not just with their on-screen presence but also with trivia on their investments and big fat pay-cheques. As decades passed, the numbers have only risen and besides all the money being spent on making a movie, the fees of B-town actors continue to make our jaws drop. While we can assume the cost to be a bomb in today's time, let's take a look at what a fat pay cheque looked like in the '90s. 1. Amitabh Bachchan © Twitter/Amitabh Bachchan A legendary actor, who has done more than 190 movies, Big B started his career in 1969 and made his debut with Saat Hindustani. Speaking of his fees in the 90s, he was amongst the highest-paid actors. All the projects that he picked post Khuda Gawah, he charged Rs 3 Crores approximately per film. That's a lot if you consider it in the 90s! 2. Ajay Devgn © Twitter/Ajay Devgn The promising actor made his debut in Bollywood with Phool Aur Kaante. In the 90s, he was earning Rs 70 Lakhs as per reports for each movie that he did. Though his movies failed to strike a chord with the audience initially, the actor's career progressed with time and his earning increased too. 3. Madhuri Dixit © Twitter/Madhuri Dixit Touted as one of the most talented actresses, Madhuri Dixit gave some massive hits back in the '90s. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun hit the jackpot at the box office and broke records. Post the success of this movie, Madhuri charged Rs 50 Lakhs for Rakesh Roshan's Koyla. 4. Sunny Deol © Twitter/Sunny Deol Once the most bankable star of Bollywood, Sunny Deol proved his prowess post Gadar and Ghayal. These two movies established his name in the industry. The actor was said to charge Rs 50 Lakhs for Rajkumar Kohli's Jaani Dushman, but soon enough, his fee soared and it was hiked to Rs 60-70 Lakhs. 5. Shah Rukh Khan © Twitter/SRK King Khan delivered back to back hit movies in the '90s. The actor who gave some massive hits including Karan Arjun and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge charged Rs 30 Lakhs per movie and post that we saw him strike a chord with the audience in Dil To Pagal Hai, Yes Boss and Pardes. 6. Akshay Kumar © Twitter/Akshay Kumar Akshay Kumar's star value soared in 1994, when he had 12 films, back to back. The actor earned a staggering Rs 55 Lakhs, post his movie Mohra and the zeroes only went onto increase with time. Cut to 2020, as per reports the actor has plausibly become the highest-paid actor and is said to have signed Aanand L Rai's next movie and has reportedly charged Rs 120 Crores approximately for it. (Yes, you read that right.) 7. Suniel Shetty © TOI Suniel Shetty's first movie Balwaan which released in 1992, tanked majorly at the box office. But, he saw success after the release of his movie Mohra, post which his success streak only rose with Gopi Kishan. His fee for Rajkumar Kohli's Jaani Dushman was worth Rs 30 Lakhs. 8. Nana Patekar © Twitter/Nana Patekar After Nana Patekar's revolutionary performances in movies like Tirangaa and Krantiveer, the actor hiked his price to Rs 50 Lakhs. He has also reportedly donated 90% of his income to charity. View the full article
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