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  1. Apple announced a brand new iPod touch yesterday with a familiar design targeting a familiar audience. Apple has always been deeply involved with music and if you love to listen to music on-the-go, the new iPod touch is for you. The iPod touch is probably the only comprehensive portable music device you can buy right now and Apple has updated it with some great features and hardware. Apple customers may already own an iPhone but not everyone has upgraded to the latest device and are taking advantage of some exclusive features such as Augmented Reality games and the ability to use AirPods without any hassle. The iPod touch is the perfect gadget for someone who doesn't really need a new phone but still wants access to his/her music. The iPhone SE is also a great option to look at; however, storage space can be an issue as it maxes out at 128GB. So here are some of the reasons why you should think about buying an iPod touch if love listening to music: Upgradeable Software The new iPod touch comes with A10 Fusion chip which means you can upgrade the firmware of your iPod touch to at least iOS 14 when it comes out. Apple does a great job at optimising iOS for devices with older chipsets and the iPod touch will be no exception. It's More Than Just Music The iPod touch comes with Apple's A10 Fusion chip which basically enables Augmented Reality (AR) features, Group FaceTime and iMessage communication. Since the iPod touch is not a full-blown smartphone, you can use the iPod touch for various purposes such as gaming, basic communication and internet browsing. Gaming © Apple Since the iPod touch has Apple's A10 Fusion chip, it can handle most graphics intensive games and will be an integral part of Apple's upcoming Apple Arcade subscription platform. Apple Arcade will have the ability to people play games offline, and if you love to game on-the-go, the iPod touch is perfect for you. Augmented Reality © YouTube If you are interested in Augmented Reality apps, websites and games, the iPod touch is capable of delivering the same experience as the iPhone. It is by far the cheapest product by Apple if you want to use it for playing AR games. Augmented reality is also being used as a great tool for educational applications it puts virtual items in the real world around you. Music © Apple The primary purpose of having the iPod touch is for having the ability to store music on your device for offline play. You can also take advantage of music streaming by using Apple Music or Spotify and keep your favourite music locally downloaded on your device. If you love streaming radio, you have access to countless apps from the App Store or you could always listen to my favourite Beats 1 channel on Apple Music. It Has A Headphone Jack The iPod touch is one of Apple's latest devices that has a headphone jack. If you have invested in a nice pair of cans or earphones, you finally have a small device that is deeply integrated with Apple's ecosystem and enjoy music the way you want to. Using wired headphones always deliver a better audio experience and you can read more about it here It Works With AirPods If you are one of those people that prefer convenience over sound quality, you can pair Apple's AirPods seamlessly with the new iPod touch. This is partly thanks to the A10 Fusion chip and it was the same chipset that enabled the feature on the iPhone 7.
  2. Giving up on people because they've let you down, whether it's your favourite athlete, a political figure, or your best friend, seems a bit polarised. Guess what happens when you stop working on your relationship? When you take your partner for granted, use him/her as a punching bag, and push them away instead of pulling them close? It nearly destroys your relationship just as your favourite athlete disappoints you in a game or your best friend betrays you. When you've been hurt, betrayed, or disappointed by someone you care about, it's hard to imagine giving that person another chance. But what if the person wants to return to you, should you give them a second chance and offer your trust again? Here are 5 sure shot ways that can help you ease your confusions and help make a decision: © UTV Motion Pictures 1) Forgiveness Is Foremost We have always heard to forgive and to give someone an opportunity to make up for past mistakes but not everyone is capable of doing so. We tend to think of forgiveness in interpersonal terms. Forgiveness seems to be a critical element but when the person apologizes, you accept it and don't hold a grudge or strike back. But you need to decide for yourself if you are able to forgive this particular person and welcome them back into your lives again, without holding any grudges. © UTV Motion Pictures 2) Inspect The Worth Of Revival People can change and can learn from their mistakes. They can turn everything around once again by becoming the person you were attracted to at the beginning of the relationship. You need to analyse if they deserve a second chance—and when you give them a second opportunity, allow them to show you their new side. You'd like people to treat you the same way, wouldn't you? © Zee Studios 3) Empathising Is The Key Turn the tables and imagine that it's you who needs the second chance. Wouldn't you feel better if you were given an opportunity to try again? Whether it's the car you've been hired to fix or the relationship that took a turn for the worse due to your own mistakes, it's nice to know that someone is willing to give you a chance to redeem yourself. © Yash Raj Films 4) Check Credibility The first thing to decide is whether you can rebuild your relationship and learn to trust your partner again. This is incredibly difficult! Take a deep breath, and think about it: can you convince yourself to trust them again. If so, then maybe you should give them a second chance. © UTV Motion Pictures 5) Converse With Each Other Now, once you evaluate things on your part, talk everything over. Focus primarily on what led to you two breaking up in the first place. Whose fault was it? Was it necessary? These are all the things you two need to talk through so that there won't be any unfinished business when you two reconcile. A second chance is something to hold on to. Once you get it, you can't think that it won't be slightly awkward at the start. Take your time with each other before and during the relationship. Gaining someone's trust and affection back is extremely hard. Restart the relationship on a hopeful note that this time around, things will be different.
  3. The young lovers of this generation fear getting attached too quickly. And why shouldn't they? Love today moves faster than sound and diminishes quickly without much remorse or regard. We have dating apps at our disposal which make it easier to move on from something as daring as love and, because of this, every relationship is seen as frivolous and daunting. © AA Films The worst possible thing to happen to someone at this day and age is to get emotionally attached without many tools left at their disposal for detachment. Detachment is important with the frivolity we all live under today and if someone does break your heart, it takes a while to fix it back, making it harder to fall in love or trust love altogether. So before you set out to like someone and start getting attached to them, maybe keep these 3 very basic things in mind, so that you can protect your heart at the right time. (1) Are You Both Ready? By ready I don't mean for an association but are you both ready to emotionally invest in each other? If not, there are other ways to do this, like having a fling with one another but if you think you both are emotionally fit to have a deeper, more emotional dynamic than that, then go right ahead. If not, stay put because once you're in, it's difficult to get out unscathed. © Eros International (2) Are They Emotionally Available? While having feelings for someone and getting attached to them, you may experience the need to let go of your emotions little by little, trying to see if they can handle them. More times than often, they probably will put up a good show of being there emotionally for you but as time goes by, an emotionally unavailable person will begin to show their true colours. You have to recognise that before you're heavily invested. Because if you're associating with an emotionally unavailable woman, you're definitely in for a world of pain because she's not going to recognise or value your emotions after a point in time. So, it's better to make sure your partner's EQ (emotional intelligence) is at par with yours, before heading for a commitment. © AA Films (3) Are You Over Your Past? You don't want to get attached for the wrong reasons now, do you? Definitely don't look for someone else to fill a void because that doesn't work out well in most cases. First try and be complete and happy within yourself before you go looking for something more substantial with another person. If you're not happy and are looking to just fill a void, more often than not you'll end up getting hurt because you'll definitely not find what you're looking for. If you do get attached to another person while getting over your past, it's important to recognise that and try and work on it individually before seeking emotional help from another person. © Fox Star Studios Emotional attachment wavers on a thin line and if you think you're not an emotional being, so you don't have to worry about attachment, you're wrong. Everyone is emotional and everyone gets attached. You just need the right time, space and cue to figure out when and how to look for a healthy emotional attachment with the right person.
  4. Whenever it comes to styling outfits be it formal or casual wear, every little detail matters. Your outfit can be one to remember or a hit-and-miss, all because it wasn't accessorized well. Accessories like your belt, socks, jewellery, shoes play a vital role in taking an outfit from basic to next level. Accessories are often taken as an optional thing when it comes to putting an outfit together. Often we don't realize the errors that we make while matching one's accessories. Such a minimal step can transform your whole look and be the difference between a plain old meeting and a kickass first impression. Here are 4 guidelines one must consider sacred when it comes to matching accessories: 1. Match Your Belt To Your Shoes © Instagram @kartikaaryan Let's start with accessory basics, shall we? Most men know this rule already but do they actively consider it while dressing up? Here's why this is a crucial step in accessories. You need to match your belt to your shoes. Like a black belt, shoes should be worn with black shoes, a brown belt should be worn with brown footwear. Making the look uniform in colour keeps the aesthetic on point and makes you look professional. 2. Select The Right Tie © Instagram @ishabhansali Matching one's tie to their outfit is an essential step. Any old tie thrown on a shirt wouldn't compliment your outfit unless it goes with the colour scheme of the look. The right tie should stand out but have some elements of the theme of the outfit. Be careful while choosing a printed tie and remember to go for darker colours as they are more versatile. Also, your pocket squares should match your tie in some way or the other. Be it the same colour, print or pattern. 3. Matching Metals Is A Thing Too © Instagram @alifazal9 Yes. You read that right. Be it the frame of your glasses, watch, cufflinks or belt buckle, metals play an important part in making your outfit look as coherent as possible. Make sure it's all from the same metal family as shiny objects draw attention and are easily noticeable. This step would add finesse and symmetry to your outfit. Mind your metals, lads! 4. Choose The Right Sunnies © Instagram @vickykaushal09 Sunglasses are not just for the sun, they contribute an extra layer of style to your outfit. Choose your sunnies according to the setting you're planning to wear them in. The tint of your sunglasses should compliment the colour scheme of your outfit and make you stand out. Choose a rectangle or an aviator in a light tint for formal occasions and reflective sunglasses in a round or wayfarer style for more casual outings. See? It's the little details that separate boys from men.
  5. I call Delhi my home. And why shouldn't I? I've lived here for over 30 years and went through all of its phases it had to offer. As a child, I developed chronic bronchitis while staying in the city and it made me uncomfortable from time to time. It was nothing major to worry about because it was latent and it hardly ever occurred again in my growing-up years. But as the years progressed with my time in Delhi, the latency of my health issue started brimming to the surface. It wasn't because my lungs were not functioning well. it was because the air quality in Delhi subsequently dipped. (c)Twitter The last five years have been a literal living nightmare in Delhi with the bad air quality that surrounds us and let's face it, we've done nothing productive to counter or tackle this grave issue. Instead, we've been counter-productive towards this very problem and enhanced it in a way that we can't seemingly make it better instantly. But I wouldn't blame the commoners as much as I'd blame the government and together, we've managed to make Delhi the most polluted city in the world. Yes. Let that information sink in, slowly. Imagine, living in a smoke bubble constantly, trying to find your way out. Well, let me tell you, there is none, and the only probable solution that'll ever come out of this is if we dearly depart this highly toxic city. (c)Times Of India Recently, I caught the flu pretty bad due to severe weather change and it developed into a bad chest congestion bringing my bronchitis back. I went to the doctor immediately because I was literally choking and when I got there, I had to wait for 1.5 hours to see her. Why? Because everyone around me was really sick. When I finally got my time with her she told me I was the 106th patient to come see her for the same reason. The symptoms appearing after breathing in the toxic air are- wet cough, wheezing, chest congestion, eye burns and swollen glands and other lung-related ailments and the doctor had a fair share of patients dealing with the same that day. The worst bit- she said, was that 60 cases out of the 106 cases she'd seen that day were babies and children. (c)Twitter "I get a lot of patients on a daily basis fighting pollution-related ailments and my only advice to them is leave the city. There is nothing else we can do right now. Especially children" - Dr Mugdha, Fortis Hospital. #Delhi's Anand Vihar at 999, area around US Embassy, Chanakyapuri at 459 & area around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium at 999, all under 'Hazardous' category in Air Quality Index (AQI) pic.twitter.com/QX7z5UYOl9 — ANI (@ANI) 8 November 2018 But it's not just the lack of information and awareness. My doctor telling me to leave this city to improve my health is not the solution and backing down and bowing in front of it will not make it any better. The only solution left is to fight the air, which will continue to make the Delhi winters worse. The lethal level of pollutant PM2.5- the particles of which can easily penetrate the lungs and cause respiratory diseases was at a 'hazardous' 644ins some parts of Delhi about two days before Diwali this year. But Diwali left us with little or no mercy and the air quality worsened instantly, right after Diwali. The air quality oscillated between 'poor' and 'very poor' because people defied the Supreme Court's orders to not burst hazardous crackers in the first place. The air quality recorded with an overall index rising to 574, which falls in the 'severe-plus emergency' category according to data by the centre run-SAFAR. (c)Twitter So, this is how it really works- An AQI ( air quality index) between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is 'satisfactory', 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is 'poor', 301-400 is 'very poor', and 401-500 is 'severe'. Any guesses which category we fall under? Dear Delhi: we just let ourselves down with this brazen contempt of the Supreme Court. We were better than this, I thought... — barkha dutt (@BDUTT) 7 November 2018 "The origin of Delhi air pollution problem is linked to the development of it obviously. When Delhi's population started expanding, construction dust, which is a high factor to the pollution in Delhi contributed to air pollution a lot and so has industrialisation and obviously vehicular emissions, which are increasing air pollution all year around. The last 3-4 years stubble burning came to the narrative and stubble burning only impacts pollution during winter. So, all year around, waste burning, plus the mentioned issues become contributors to the pollution factor to Delhi. (c)Twitter From a solving perspective, obviously sustainable development is one, improving your waste practices is one and protecting our trees - are the small solutions we can work towards or a more long-term benefit" - Tamseel Hussain, an environmentalist who also runs #letmebreath, which is India's first pollution storytelling community, which started last year during peak Diwali season. The depletion, though, in air quality hasn't just been witnessed this year. In 2017 the AQI pos Diwali was 340, in 2016 it was 445and in 2015 it was 360, all falling under the 'severe' quality. "The Delhi government has proposed the Graded Response Action Plan, which we still have to see the impact of and the central government has proposed the National Clean Air action plan The thing is, everyone keeps blaming that people need to contribute but I think it's a combination of the government and people coming together and collaborating to solve this crisis" - Tamseel Hussain Long ago I was told that there was no culture in Delhi but a "vulture". Today I discovered that we are worse than vultures. We feed on ourselves. How else do you explain crackers going on in brazen violation of court orders, leaving behind choking smog putting all of us to shame. — Anil Swarup (@swarup58) 7 November 2018 While we think the problem lies with the people who've been burning firecrackers all year round, I solemnly believe it's not just them. I have witnessed a terrible drop in air quality because I am prone to sicknesses when that happens since the past three years, and it's something that happens frequently and not just during Diwali. Yes, the air quality does worsen during Diwali but we suffer a lot more from the smoke of crops that burn and we don't realise it. But as ardent citizens of a country that's losing its face in the name of corrupt practices, we can surely rectify these issues and make them more minor than major. As Tamseel points out, we can do our own bit to maybe curb the pollution issue so the kids in our city can breathe fresh air, instead of being rushed to the hospital to be nebulised. (c)Twitter I wish to go back to the Delhi I grew up in, where the air was cleaner than what it is today and for that to happen, we need to encourage more changes in and around us and obviously, within our lifestyles as well.
  6. Smartphones usually get incremental upgrades with a facelift, that is not something which is appreciated by smartphone buyers. Every company is guilty of it, however, it seems like Vivo has taken it upon itself to get creative. Today, companies want to deliver a smartphone with a full view display, so that the viewing experience is not obstructed. While companies incorporated minimal bezels or a notch to tackle this problem, Vivo, on the other hand, removed the front-facing camera altogether and even the fingerprint sensor. The company launched the first in-display fingerprint sensor-based smartphone i.e. the Vivo X21 and the company has now launched the highly anticipated Vivo Nex. © MensXP Vivo Nex is probably the first smartphone that embraces a true alap-screen design. It doesn't have a notch and has a hidden selfie camera. The selfie camera is powered by a motorised moving part and the fingerprint sensor has been embedded under the display. There aren't many smartphones out there that are pushing the envelope like the Nex. Creativity and innovation aside, how is the phone and does it perform as well as its competitors? Is it just all talk and no walk, or does it really deliver what it promises? Let's find out! Design The smartphone is quite similar to other smartphones that you may see in the market, however, it is noticeably bigger, thicker and heavier than any other smartphone that has launched in India this year. The phone has a 6.69-inch true bezel-less display and a glass back that is prone to scratching. Speaking of the display, the Vivo Nex does have a very slim bezel at the top and the bottom which is quite negligible when compared to other smartphones. © MensXP The New also has a motorised module that pops up the selfie camera, which is probably why the smartphone has added weight. In terms of ports, the smartphone has a USB-C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack for music lovers. The right side of the smartphone has the power key and the volume rockers while on the other side Vivo has provided a dedicated key for Google Assistant and Lens. © MensXP Overall, the smartphone does not have a unique look when one sees it from afar, however, one would instantly notice the absence of the selfie camera or any bezels. In terms of design, the smartphone delivers what it was aiming for. Display The display of a smartphone can either make it or break it, especially when you're paying a premium. The Nex has a massive 6.59-inch display that has a full HD+ resolution. The smartphone uses a Samsung super AMOLED display which is probably the best a smartphone could use in 2018. © MensXP While the AMOLED panel is capable of delivering vivid and accurate colours, we did come across a pixelation issue when we attempted to watch a full HD TV show on Netflix. Regardless of rare issues, the smartphone is a pure joy to use due to the screen size and the fact that nothing obstructed our viewing experience. Normally, we don't talk about these features in the display section, however, there's a lot going on behind the display that needs to be talked about. The display also houses the fingerprint sensor under the display which works exactly how it does on the Vivo X21. Since there is no noticeable earpiece at the front of the phone, the display also acts as a speaker and the earpiece. Setting up the fingerprint scanner was sluggish, frustrating and a slow process and isn't the most reliable way to unlock the smartphone. The display refused to recognise my left thumb, even after I've wiped it clean of dirt, moisture, and self-doubt. Having said that, it is a brand new technology that needs more time to be developed, which is why it will get a pass this time around. Performance The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC which is paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GG of internal memory. The processor and components have been complimented with Android Oreo 8.1 with Funtouch OS 4 on top. The user interface is probably our biggest disappointment, as it does not look refined or visually appealing. Having said that, the operating system works well and smoothly in terms of performance. Processor-intensive applications such as PUBG worked without any glitches, frame rate issues or lag. The RAM has been optimised enough to work well with SP 845, however, we feel it is not utilising its full potential. During the course of our testing, the Vivo Nex performed considerably well on Geekbench with a score of 2417 (single core) and 9094 (Multi-core), that's ahead of the OnePlus 6, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 8 and other flagship devices. © Youtube- MKBHD When it comes to battery life, the Vivo Nex outperforms any smartphone in its class. It has a 4,00 mAh battery that can be fast charged thanks to the USB Type-C port. Having said that, we don't recommend you using a third-party charger, as the Vivo Nex will freeze up when charged by a different charger. In terms of battery life, our review unit easily lasted for one and a half day, which included heavy use of GPS services, gaming, and communications. We also used the smartphone to watch videos on Netflix and YouTube. Camera Quality © MensXP The Vivo Nex is outfitted with a 12-megapixel primary camera that has been partnered with a 5-megapixel depth sensing sensor, having an aperture of f/1.8 and f/2.4 respectively. The front-facing camera features an 8MP f/2.0 sensor which enables it to take some kickass selfies. The primary camera performs well for its price category but fails to challenge the status quo held by current flagships. In well-lit environments, the smartphone is capable of taking some impressive photos while underperforms in low-light environments. The camera is unable to capture details or colours when it comes to low-light photography. © MensXP The selfie camera, on the other hand, has an interesting feature that may interest onlookers. The 8-megapixel front facing camera pops out each time you fire up the selfie mode. While the camera pops up, it even makes a sound that gives it a feel of something arriving from the future. The selfie camera takes clear shots that also has a beautify mode that removes blemishes and marks. It is also capable of taking self portrait shots, which needs a little more tweaking for the blur effect to be accurate. Here are some samples from the camera for your judgement: Unedited pictures taken using the #VivoNex #smartphones #technology A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on Jul 23, 2018 at 1:30am PDT The Final Say Vivo Nex retails in India for Rs 44,500 and we feel that you get your money's worth if you make an investment in it. You get a cool phone with features no other device can boast of, it performs better than many other Android devices and it lasts really long in terms of battery life. The camera definitely needs improvement and if you are looking for an alternative to the OnePlus 6, you can definitely have a look at the Vivo Nex.
  7. Summers are here which means it is time to take a dip in the cool waters of your nearby pool. Before you head out to the pool wearing those last season swimming trunks that you just dug out from your wardrobe we suggest you take a long look at them. Are they comfortable enough? Do they still fit you after 6 months? These might be some questions you might want to ask yourself. If you aren't happy with the answers or simply looking for a change, you are in the right place. We can't stress over the importance of your swimming gear being a key deciding factor of how your time in the pool goes by. After all, you wouldn't want to cut short your swim mid-way because your swimming trunks weren't comfortable enough. To ensure that your swimming gear is as perfect as your backstroke, here are 5 factors you should consider before buying the right swimwear for yourself. 1. Usage © Facebook/John Abraham Swimwear isn't just worn when taking a dip in your pool, it can be worn on the beach or even at a pool party. So, it is essential to pick out a piece that is perfect for the occasion. Another thing to consider is, figure out whether you are swimming just for fun or are you into professional swimming or water sports. Each of these occasions calls for a different gear. So, based on your ultimate use, pick out the swimwear that suits it well. 2. Fit © Facebook/Tiger Shroff A very essential factor that many get wrong. Your swimming briefs are the only thing you wear during a swim, so it is basically an underwear that is waterproof, hence choosing the right fit is essential. Your gear shouldn't be too loose that it drops off mid-swim nor should it be too tight that it doesn't allow your legs to move at all. Another thing to keep in mind is how the swimwear feels around your crotch. You don't want it to be too tight and be on display, nor too loose that it is just hanging out there. Your swimwear should also be able to secure your pouch in a way that it feels comfortable and allows movement. 3. Length © Amazon India Another factor to consider is, how much skin you wanna show off. An ideal length for trunks is that it should cover half of your thighs, but then again, it is all on personal choice. If you don't want the cloth to hinder your movement then you can opt for a pair of brief-style swimwear, whereas if you want covered thighs, then opt for speedo swimwear which will also facilitate your movement. And if you are somewhere in between, then opt for boxer brief-style swimwear that covers your hips and a bit of your thighs. Buy it Here 4. Colour © Facebook/ Varun Dhawan The fourth factor to consider is colour. While many play it safe with dark shades like blue and black, it is always good to experiment a little. Choose the colour based on the occasion and what suits you. While guys prefer darker shades, because they don't get dirty easily, opting for warm shades like yellow or even a daring pink can make you stand out from the crowd. 5. Prints © Amazon India A crucial factor that many don't put much consideration to. Prints are everywhere this summer so you shouldn't shy away from wearing a printed pair of swimwear. You can opt for basic styles like stripes or go all out with floral or geometric patterns. We advise you to stay away from checks as it looks a bit like underwear. Regardless, go crazy while choosing a printed swimwear but choose something that is trendy yet suits your personality. Buy it Here
  8. If you belong to a typical Indian family, you know that buying a new car isn't an easy decision to make. There are different opinions, clashes of choices and the ultimate goal of finding a car that fits perfectly well with every need and comfort of the family. And more so, a car that reflects your personality and is a smooth ride all the way! To say that we've found a sedan that is edgy, classy and more than your typical tech-savvy sedan options, is an understatement. That being said, there are key pointers to keep in mind while purchasing a car that defines your status. And the following factors prove just why we are leaning towards the Toyota Yaris! 1. Safety First! The most important features to look for in a car begin with its safety elements. The right questions to ask include the number of airbags, the assistance in parking and driving in the dark. The Toyota Yaris has 7 SRS airbags across all variants and has received 5-Star ASEAN NCAP (New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries). With trusted safety and class-leading technologies it also has powerful LED headlights that assist while driving in the dark. The Yaris's projector headlamps with line guide improve road visibility and give the car a sporty, elegant look while illuminating the road ahead. The Yaris also has front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera that allows the driver better manoeuvring of the car, especially in tight corners and parking spots. All 4 disc brakes provide consistent braking power and enhanced braking capabilities, giving you more control of the driving experience and an assurance of safety in any condition. It features Hill Start Assist Control that activates braking for 3 seconds to let you start your car on a slope without the fear of sliding back. Assured safety from all the angles. 2. A Sedan That Shows Character The character of the car is evident when its sleek and intuitive design that matches its performance. The seamless amalgamation of the two is what makes this car unique. The Toyota Yaris is specifically built for Indian car owners who know the roads they are driving on, making the driving experience smooth and enjoyable, no matter where you drive. Style and functionality in perfect unison. 3. Comfort Over Plain Jane Luxury Of course, luxury is important but not more than comfort, right? The Yaris makes its mark here as well. Its power driver seat is what had our attention. It allows customisable comfort for the driver by letting them adjust the seat in more than one axis, including height and distance from the steering. In addition, with the cruise control feature, the driver can opt to lock into cruise mode for smooth, uninterrupted, effortless drives across long stretches of roads. And with paddle shift, the drivers can change the controls from manual to auto, based on their convenience. The Yaris has ample leg space and comfort, not just at the front but at the back too, courtesy the completely flat rear flooring, which lets even the passenger seated in the middle to be comfortable. Along with that, it also has roof-mounted air vents with ambient illumination, that facilitate the flow of air uniformly through the otherwise neglected back seats to ensure no complaints from passengers at the back! All round comfort at your fingertips. 4. A Car For Every Season In a country where rains often wreak havoc in traffic, we can't help but be precautious with the features we opt for. The Yaris has automatic rain sensing wipers that activate themselves as the rains begin, using IR technology, so that no time is wasted and visibility is not compromised even for a second. With HSEA (IR Cut) Acoustic and Vibration control windows controlling the UV rays that enter the car, you can feel the coolness inside even on hot days! Roof mounted air vents with ambient illumination. 5. A Family Entertainer When it comes to the much sought-after technological edge, this well-equipped sedan wins hands down! The Yaris has an LED Infotainment setup that allows navigation with hand gesture control. It makes those long drives a lot more fun with a world of entertainment at your fingertips. It's truly a pleasure to run through those extensive music collections with no effort while you enjoy the open roads and scenery. Information and entertainment made effortless. 6. Brand Is Always Important When you buy a new car, it's always important to know the manufacturer and their brand value, and Toyota does not disappoint. Its cars have historically had longer product cycles than most others, and their after-sales care and service has always been commended by users over the past 20 years of its function in India. With a low maintenance cost, the Yaris is yet another sensible addition to the line-up of the Toyota family – Qualis, Innova, Corolla and Etios. Quality, durability and reliability - all the way! So, have you made the decision to buy the ultimate Sedan yet?
  9. Honor has been getting more aggressive in the Indian smartphone market when it comes to affordable smartphones, and the same can be said about their latest offering. The Honor 10 is a great looking device that doesn't break your bank balance and delivers more than one can ask for. Its a natural competitor for the OnePlus 6 and has solid specifications that make it a worthy contender. It has new features such as an under-the-glass fingerprint scanner and an AI camera, that in our opinion, delivers more than we expected. It even has a notch which can be removed with the software. We've been using the device for almost 3 weeks and it was our go-to device until the OnePlus 6 launched. Here's our opinion of the Honor 10 and why we feel it is a good option in the mid-budget segment. Design Language The very first thing you will notice about the device is how great it looks. It has an eye-catching back that is made up of a stunning pearlescent glass back and has a tall-thin body-to-screen form factor. We've been using the Phantom Blue variant and to be honest, we could not get our eyes off of it. © MensXP The device is built in a way that it feels lighter, a bit shorter and not as wide as other phones in the segment. It feels great in the hand while gripping the device is reminiscent of the iPhone 6/6s form factor. The narrow chassis is the most noticeable feature of the phone when it comes to design language and we want more companies to make smartphones of this size. © MensXP The fingering sensor is on the front of the device which in our opinion was a great decision as it allows to have a really sexy back design. The fingerprint sensor sits underneath the glass and even though it isn't that noticeable, the performance of the sensor disappointed us. It particularly doesn't perform well if you have sweaty fingers like me. In terms of other features, it has a USB Type-C port for faster charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack for music lovers. It even supports dual sims so if you like to use multiple numbers, you won't be disappointed here. Display Since the device is not as wide as other devices with a full-view design, the Honor 10 is equipped with a 5.8-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display and has a resolution of 1,080X 2,280 pixels. The screen looks absolutely beautiful to look at - even with that notch and most people won't notice the difference between this screen and an AMOLED panel. © MensXP By default, the display has excellent colour reproduction, however, the contrast and peak brightness are not as high as we expected it to be. In our tests, the display was able to achieve 94.3% coverage of the sRGB colour gamut which is quite impressive for a mid-budget device. Due to the low contrast and brightness, it was a bit hard to use the phone in bright sunny environments and one would have to turn on the Vivid mode to use the phone more effectively. Performance The Honor 10 is powered by Huawei's proprietary chipset i,e, the Kirin 970 SoC. It is the same processor that is being used on the Huawei P20, P20 Pro and View 10. The chipset has been coupled with 6GB of RAM which is more than enough to carry out daily tasks and heavy gaming. In fact, during our tests, the processor performed well when compared to some other devices in the same price bracket but it didn't manage to beat them. © MensXP In terms of graphics performance, the Honor 10 did well when we tested the device by playing a few rounds of PUBG. We noticed no lag, glitches or frame rate drops and were completely satisfied with the experience. The onscreen scores are at par with flagship devices like the Galaxy S8 and will probably be able to handle any heavy-duty game you throw at it. Having said all of the above, the Honor 10 didn't fare well in terms of battery life. You would often find yourself charging the device at least twice in a day and for intense users, you can experience a battery life of 12 hours. Honor will have to improve the battery life performance on future phones if it intends to compete in a very crowded market. Camera Performance The Honor 10 has a dual camera setup that consists of 16- and 24-megapixel sensors that each have an aperture of f/1.8. The second sensor is primarily used for monochrome photography and can also be used to add more details in colour pictures. © MensXP The AI software in the camera can be a great help as it is able to identify different types of scenes and objects. The software optimises the camera settings according to your subject for the perfect shot, and in our opinion it worked well nine out of ten times. While using the AI mode, the camera results were impressive and worked like a charm. In fact we feel it has the best camera for a smartphone priced between Rs 30,000 and Rs 40,000 —yes it beats the OnePlus 6. Here are some camera samples to draw your own conclusion: Images taken while reviewing the #Honor10 A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on May 21, 2018 at 12:21am PDT The Final Say The Honor 10 is probably one of the best-looking smartphones we've used in 2018 — possibly all time. It's a powerful phone that can deliver some amazing pictures and it only costs INR 32,999. Having said that, the battery life of the smartphone is not as great as its competitors, so you will have to carry a power bank with you. If you want a smartphone that is a head turner, the Honor 10 is for you.
  10. An arranged marriage is not an alien concept in our culture. Indian men and women alike are prepped for this concept since childhood and if you don't find a partner to suit yourself, rest assured your parents will find one for you, regardless. But most people abiding by this culture settle in for an arranged marriage without thinking twice. It could be because they haven't found anyone so they leave the hunt for a partner to their parents, or because their parents are fastidious about finding their children a match on their own. Whatever is it, the concept of an arranged marriage is very transparent in India and seemingly, spending your entire life with a stranger is not a strange phenomenon to many! © Twitter But before you embark on your journey with a complete stranger, there are a few things you have to keep in mind. It's true, you never really know someone unless you've lived with them for a considerable amount of time but if you are planning to marry a complete stranger, there are a few things you can keep in mind, before jumping into an arranged marriage. It just makes the process of living with someone you barely know easier. Here are the 5 most pertinent things to keep in mind, while considering an arranged marriage. Set A Timeline Setting a timeline is quiet important, unless of course you're in a rush to get married! Setting a timeline means selecting a partner though a matrimonial site or through an arrangement by your parents and giving the other person considerable amount of time before marriage, so you can get to know each other better. It's only fair if you have no idea about the person! You can spend a lot of quality time together, finding out your likes, dislikes, habits and other important things. If possible, try and live together for a bit. It will definitely tell you a lot about the other person. © Twitter Spend Time With Her Family They say if you marry someone in India, you marry their family too. So, it's quite important to spend adequate amount of time with the family too. If you think you can adjust around them and they treat you well, and you get along fine, it's definitely a green flag. Remember, you will have to deal with her family for the rest of your life too, so make sure you know them as well as you know her. © Facebook Financial Compatibility This is an important aspect in today's day and age and it would have been important enough even if it wasn't an arranged marriage. By financial compatibility, I mean the financial stability should be flexible and compatible between the two of you. It does not mean you should be earning more than her or she should be earning any less. It just means there should be equality in finances and it's a little important that both of you are financially secure and independent. Of course you will be splitting costs after marriage but it's good to figure out what your partner's financial compatibility is, before you get around to doing that. © Pinterest Lay All Your Cards On The Table If you're in a relationship with someone before you get married you already know their expectations and what they want from you and what they don't. In an arranged marriage you're as clueless as she is. So it's good to lay all your cards on the table and talk about what you two expect from each other. If she wants to change anything or if you expect anything out of her, it should be discussed before you get married because it helps to map the needs and wants from your partner, for a fuller, successful marriage. For instance if you're planning on going out of the country for work, sometime in the future, she should know about it before hand. Discussing kids, future goals and career options is also a must. © Twitter Be Open About Your Past Since it's an arranged marriage, your partner will not know anything about your past and it's good to be open about it, in case there is something relevant your partner needs to know. You can of course start with a clean slate too, wherein you tell each other the past doesn't matter and you lay it all out on the table. But knowing about each other's past also gives you a peak into the other person's life and you can get to know them a lot better through this exercise. As long as you both aren't masking to be someone else, it's a great way to build any sort of relationship. © YouTube These are the 5 essentials you need to have in mind before delving into an arranged marriage. It's exciting and wonderful to get to know someone entirely new but it also becomes easier if you do your due diligence and keep these 5 things in mind, before committing to anything.
  11. US President Donald Trump. Photo: ReutersWASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for reducing the number of US troops in South Korea, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing several people briefed...
  12. BNP leader and former Bangladesh premier Khalida Zia. Photo: File DHAKA: A Bangladeshi court granted bail on Monday to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, who was jailed last month for five years for graft, raising a chance her party might take part in a December general election. Zia is a two-term prime minister whose bitter rivalry with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has defined Bangladeshi politics for years. Their feud hangs over the run-up to a December election with Zia?s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) vowing to boycott the polls in a protest against what it has said was Zia?s unfair jailing on trumped up charges. ?The high court granted her bail for four months,? Moudud Ahmed, a lawyer in the case and also a senior leader of Zia?s party, told reporters after the court ruling. The decision to release Zia on bail could open the door to her party?s participation in the general election, party secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told Reuters. ?We can not say just now. Let our chief come out and then we will sit with her and we?ll discuss it,? Alamgir said. ?We are always in favour of elections, but there must be a congenial atmosphere.? It was not immediately clear when Zia would be released from detention. Earlier on Monday, Alamgir said an election without Zia would be ?meaningless?. He also said that unless the judgment against her was overturned, she would not be able to contest the election even if she got bail. Under Bangladesh electoral rules, anyone jailed for more than two years cannot contest an election for five years. The BNP boycotted the last polls, in 2014, in a protest against Hasina?s scrapping of the practice of having a caretaker government oversee elections. A boycott in December would again give the prime minister?s Awami League a clear run at power when the opposition could be benefiting from voter frustration with prices, unemployment, power cuts and anger over what many see as heavy-handed government tactics against opponents. Another boycott would also dash any hopes of stability, and raise risks for the country?s garment industry, which accounts for 80 percent of exports, which could face disruption by transport blockades in the event of unrest. ?Toxic' politics At the same time, efforts to combat religious militants behind a string of bloody attacks in recent years risk being hampered by turmoil. ?Politics could become even more toxic,? the International Crisis Group think-tank said in a recent note. ?The government?s continued marginalisation of BNP and its forcing underground of opponents like Jamaat-e-Islami, risk sapping resources from efforts to disrupt jihadists.? Bangladesh ex-PM Khaleda Zia found guilty of corruption Zia gets five-year jail term, son Tarique Rehman and four other accused get 10 years each and heavy fine Jamaat, Bangladesh?s largest religious party and an ally of the BNP, has been accused of inciting militancy. It denies that and opposition parties have denounced the crackdown on Jamaat leaders as a way to silence rivals. The BNP says the case against Zia is politically motivated by a ruling party riding roughshod over human rights and the rule of law. ?This is a totally one-party-rule here and it is totally dictatorial. Under these circumstances she?s been convicted,? Alamgir said. Law Minister Anisul Huq said the court decision to grant Zia bail proved that the government did not interfere in court matters. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, a senior member of Hasina?s party, denied that the government had any role in Zia?s conviction, and said the BNP was merely trying to score political points with its accusations.
  13. When asked whether Pakistan will continue to allow US supplies to Afghanistan through Pakistan, PM said that suuply will be allowed because that helps in the war against terror1 Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said Pakistan does not feel that the US president?s tweet blasting it for providing safe havens to terrorists constitutes official US policy. "It has to come through an official document or an official meeting to constitute official policy, in our opinion,? the prime minister said in an interview with the Washington Post. When asked what his response would be to the tweet, PM Abbasi said ?the ground realities do not support what President Trump is saying? and reiterated that Pakistan is committed to fighting the war against terror. ?A mad scramble?: How Trump tweet on Pakistan blindsided US officials None of the elements of a coherent policy was in place when the president tweeted to end US aid to Pakistan: official ?There are no two ways about it. We have assisted the US forces and will continue to assist them. There have been over 1.1 million overflights within our airspace ? US aircraft going to Afghanistan and fighting the war there. There have been millions of tons of equipment and cargo going there. There has not been a single instance where if actual intelligence has been provided [to us], it has not been acted upon.? The prime minister said that the two countries have had good relations in the past 15 years but ties have suffered significantly after Donald Trump?s tweet. The relations started to suffer after US? raid in Abbottabad, he said. ?Pakistan?s sovereignty was affected. There was a big cry in the public that this is not acceptable. Nobody disputed that Osama was a wanted criminal, but Pakistan should have been informed.? The prime minister disputed that US was giving any kind of aid to Pakistan, saying that CSF basically reimburses expenditure incurred by Pakistan "that are made in support of US forces in Afghanistan". The security assistance provided by the US was minimal, he said. 'No more': Trump lambasts Pakistan, threatens to cut US aid Trump accuses Pakistan of giving nothing but lies and deceit and providing safe haven to terrorists He reiterated that Pakistan has been fighting the war for years and has lost civilians and soldiers to terrorism, besides the economic cost. ?Even today, Pakistan is fighting the largest war on terror in the world. We have 200,000 troops fighting a war against terror today on the western border. We have lost 6,500 troops. We have defeated the same enemy the rest of the world failed to defeat in Afghanistan, on the same terrain, with our own resources.? When asked whether Pakistan will continue to allow US supplies to Afghanistan through Pakistan, PM said that supply will not be interrupte because that helps in the war against terror. ?It helps bring stability to Pakistan, so we support that effort. We have taken our territory back. We have destroyed the sanctuaries.? He also said there are no terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan but if intelligence points towards any, Pakistan will take action. ?On the ground, the reality is that in the last year, 29 suicide bombers crossed over from Afghanistan into Pakistan and attacked our installations.? The PM on being asked about possible solutions to end Afghan conflict said that all ?war is not a solution?. "The Afghans have to sit down and resolve their problems...The US and Pakistan should facilitate the peace process." When asked what message would he like to give to Trump, PM Abbasi said that the US president needs to look at Pakistan?s viewpoint. ?The reality of Pakistan is very different from the perception he has. Pakistan is a US ally. It is a partner against the same enemy, which is terror.? Even today, he added, we continue to provide the United States with air and ground logistics for Afghanistan without any contract or payment, he said. Commenting on China-Pakistan relations, the PM said that the relationship between the two countries is 70 years old and is ever growing. The two have military and economic cooperation and are taking it forward with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. China will continue to do more investments in Pakistan, he said, adding that it is not a gift but an assistance programme to help Pakistan finance projects. ?Cooperation with US companies continues on a secondary level,? he added. Commenting on the measures taken by Pakistan to stop cross-border infiltration, the prime minister said Pakistan has started fencing border on its side, and is spending billions on the project. ?The reality is that most of the area that borders Pakistan is controlled by the Taliban. The government has minimal control there. There is a 2,000-plus-kilometer border with Afghanistan. I can tell you that in 700 of those kilometers there is not a single Afghan soldier or a post. Drug trafficking is at the highest level we have seen in 50 years. They cross over the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan,? he added.
  14. ISLAMABAD: Indonesian President Joko Widodo has assured President Mamnoon Hussain of considering, on humanitarian grounds, the return of terminally ill Pakistani prisoner Zulfiqar Ali to his country. During a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, the Indonesian president said Ali?s case was subjudice. However, Widodo said, he would respect Pakistan's wish and consider the request. The Indonesian president arrived in Pakistan earlier on Friday. The head of state and his wife were received by the president and senior government officials at Nur Khan Airbase in Chaklala, Rawalpindi. Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives in Pakistan Indonesian President Joko Widodo will address the joint session of Parliament Earlier, Ali?s mother had appealed to the Pakistani government for the return of her son from Indonesia. ?Even the doctors have told him that he doesn?t have much time,? said the mother while speaking on Geo News show Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath. A father of five from Mughalpura area of Lahore, 53-year-old Ali has been languishing in an Indonesian prison for almost 14 years. He was arrested in 2004, charged with possession of 300 grammes of heroin, and sentenced to death. His lawyers say he is innocent and have alleged serious violations of due process at every stage of the trial and appeal process. ?After being detained for nearly 14 years for a wrongful conviction, Zulfiqar may die in prison while waiting to be executed,? said the Justice Project Pakistan, a human rights organisation providing legal counsel for vulnerable Pakistani prisoners. Mother of cancer-suffering Pakistani death row prisoner in Indonesia appeals for release Zulfiqar Ali, 53, has been diagnosed with stage-4 liver cancer Doctors have estimated Ali's life expectancy to be three months. ?His attending physician confirmed last month that Zulfiqar has been suffering from cancer in both lobes of the liver. He is also suffering from chronic liver cirrhosis and Diabetes Mellitus,? the JPP said in a press release. Ali was scheduled to be executed in July 2016, but received a last-minute reprieve after diplomatic intervention by the Pakistani government and pressure from human rights groups. But he remains on death row.
  15. Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff with the Ashes urn, back in the days LONDON: Andrew Flintoff has revealed he could consider applying to become England coach when the job is open next year. Trevor Bayliss has announced his intention to step down after the 2019 Ashes series and former England all-rounder Flintoff is pondering a bid to take over. Flintoff, 40, played a key part in a memorable Ashes win for England in 2005 and says he was so "disgusted" by the state of the national squad a couple of years ago that he sent an email to the England and Wales Cricket Board to make his interest in the position known. Speaking in the latest episode of BBC Radio 5 live´s podcast Flintoff, Savage and the Ping Pong Guy, he said once it was established that Peter Moores would be reapplying for the job, his interest cooled. However, Flintoff would not rule himself out of the running when the top job comes up again. "I´m talking with my heart, yes (I´ll apply), I want to do it one day... if they want me to do it, I´ll do it," Flintoff said. Flintoff, who played 79 Tests for England, revealed how the ECB had taken some convincing his 2014 application was for real. "I thought you can bang on about it and put players down, or actually do something about it? I thought: ´do you know what? I´ll have a crack at this´, knowing I probably wouldn´t get the job," he said. "You had to apply like you do with any job, so I wrote an e-mail to the lad who was doing the interview process. Two weeks pass. No reply. Three weeks pass, no reply. "They (ECB) didn´t believe it was my e-mail. I´ve had one e-mail address all my life, and they said they didn´t know it was me. "We spoke about it and I was serious, but I had to think if I´d be better than the person they´re choosing."
  16. Imagine this – You're perfect at everything. Your family loves you. Your job is enjoyable and gives you great rewards. You have a girlfriend who is the best thing to happen to you. Basically, everything is hunky-dory. Except that…you're experiencing extreme hair fall. Sucks, right? The hair on your head is as good as a crown of royalty and once you lose that, it's just all downhill from there. But thanks to science and technology, there are ways around hair fall – namely, a hair transplant, which is a technique to restore permanently lost hair. And if you're thinking of getting your crown fixed by an expert, here's everything you need to know about the process to make an informed decision: 1. Your Own Hair Is Used Thinkstock Images/Getty Images The procedure can be done with the hair that you already have. A hair transplant is done by using grafts removed from the back and sides of the head. It could also be taken from your chest, back or beard. 2. It Is Permanent Thinkstock Images/Getty Images It is permanent and the transplanted hair won't fall for about 10- 15 years, it has long-term results. 3. Hair Transplant Is Affordable Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Hair transplant surgery has advanced to a point where it is actually affordable to most. Also, the surgery isn't complicated. 4. The Surgery Itself Isn't Long Thinkstock Images/Getty Images The procedure can be done in just a few hours, there is minimal time lost from work and the results can be seen in a matter of 3 months. 5. It Is Painless Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Patients are given local anaesthesia after which the surgery is painless and the patient is very comfortable while the process is going on. 6. It Looks Natural Thinkstock Images/Getty Images There's no doubt that your hair will look as natural as it used to, before the procedure. With the advancement in technology, any small difference in the colour and texture matching of the 'donor hair' can be fixed! 7. Results Vary From Person To Person Thinkstock Images/Getty Images Before going for a hair transplant surgery, it is important to prepare your mind that regrowth of hair after the procedure is different for every person. 8. A Good Clinic Is An Absolute Must Thinkstock Images/Getty Images While success of a hair transplant depends on a number of factors: the health of the follicles in your donor area and how severely you've gone bald, the most important thing you need to be sure of is the ability of your surgeon. But you're lucky because we have done our research. Dr. Tvacha Clinic has treated nearly 50,000 clients for hair loss. Dr.Tvacha is a leader in the market and offers affordable prices. The clinic and its experienced staff uses the latest methods and technology to give superb results. Here's your chance to regain your original hairline and fullness of your hair! Check out their website for more information or call on +9122-71237000. Disclaimer: This is a sponsored brand story by Dr. Tvacha Clinic and the liability for the same solely rests with them. The content has not been created, verified or edited by Times Internet Limited, or Times Group.
  17. With 2018 right around the corner, it's time to make travel plans with your friends to ring in the New Year's! Goa is undoubtedly the most beloved destination this time around, but here are 7 other places you can visit in India with your boys instead. 1. Andaman Islands © Mouthshut Why not spend your New Year's on an exotic island? Andaman Islands are known for their blue waters, pristine beaches, and dense forests.And the coolest part? Port Blair, the capital city, is just a short plane ride away from our country's major cities! You can either try your hand at snorkelling, scuba diving, and many other adventure sports on the beach or you can go island hopping with your pals. Many resorts in both Port Blair and Havelock Island host quaint parties for their guests. If loud parties ain't your style, then the Andamans is the place to go! 2. Rann of Kutch, Gujarat © Rannutsav The breathtaking salt marsh in the Thar Desert could be a great setting for your New Year celebrations. Coincidentally, the Government of Gujarat hosts the RannUtsav, an annual cultural festival, during this time. What better way to welcome the New Year than staying in a tented accommodation in a white desert and relishing authentic Kutchi food under the starry night sky with your best buds! 3. Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu © Government of Puducherry Pondicherry is a great alternative to Goa for those who wish to venture to the southern part of our country. The French heritage of the quiet, yet exciting, town adds to the allure of the place. Beach parties, cheap booze, and chill vibes, Pondicherry has it all! Make sure you don't miss the party at Rock Beach near the French Colony. 4. Alleppey, Kerala © Rainbow Cruises Another unique way to spend your New Year's Eve is to have your own party in a houseboat inthe serene backwaters of Kerala. These ecofriendly houseboats can accommodate up to six people and are manned by a small group of staff. So, this New Year's why not bond with your bros over some chilled beer and great food as you cruise through the backwaters? 5. Gangtok, Sikkim © thenational.ae If you and your friends love the hills, then why not head to Gangtok? Apart from offering the best view of Mount Kanchenjunga, this little town is also known for its thriving music scene and nightlife. You could spend your New Year's pub hopping and listening to some great tunes. While you're at it, you and your buddies can drunk-croon to your favourite tunes in one of Gangtok's many karaoke bars. 6. Thar Desert, Rajasthan © Travel Planet Picture this: majestic sand dunes, starry skies, camping in tents, camel safaris, bon fire, and a great group of friends. How's that for a New Year's Eve adventure?! 7. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh © Thrillophilia This tiny village in the Parvati valley is a great place to spend New Year's Eve if you and your friends are looking for a quiet getaway. The picturesque landscapes coupled with the snow capped Himalayas makes Kasol every nature lover's dream destination. So what are you boys waiting for? Pack your bags and bid adieu to 2017 in style!
  18. US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters at the White House. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Federal appeals courts in the states of Washington and Virginia are set to hear arguments this week on the legality of US President Donald Trump?s most recent travel ban, which sharply limits visitors and immigrants from eight countries ? six of them Muslim-majority. Challengers ? including the state of Hawaii and immigrant advocacy organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ? argue the ban is discriminatory and violates the US Constitution. The Trump administration says it is necessary to protect the United States from terrorist attacks. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ? which is based in San Francisco, will hold a hearing in Seattle, Washington on December 6 and the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals has its hearing on December 8. Soon after taking office in January, Trump signed an order temporarily barring all refugees and visitors from seven predominately Muslim countries. The decision led to chaos at airports and numerous legal challenges and the administration eventually replaced it with a second, somewhat narrower order. When the second ban expired in September, Trump replaced it with a presidential proclamation indefinitely restricting travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and barring certain government officials from Venezuela. The administration said the restrictions were put in place after a worldwide review of each country?s ability to issue reliable passports and share data with the United States. After the most recent order was issued, the same challengers ? who sued to stop the earlier bans ? went back to court. They said the new version still discriminated against Muslims in violation of the US Constitution. The lawsuits did not dispute the restrictions placed on Venezuela and North Korea. All refugees were temporarily barred as part of Trump?s first order but were not addressed in the latest ban. Instead, under a separate directive issued October 24, refugees from 11 countries mostly in the Middle East and Africa now face additional security screening. The 9th circuit appeals court on November 13 ruled the ban could go partially into effect for everyone without close family relationships to people in the United States. The White House has asked the US Supreme Court to lift those partial restrictions while the cases are moving forward in lower courts so that the ban would apply to everyone. The government argues the president has broad authority to decide who can come into the United States, but detractors say the expanded ban violates a law forbidding the government from discriminating based on nationality when issuing immigrant visas. The administration has repeatedly said the ban is not discriminatory and pointed out that many Muslim-majority countries are unaffected by it. Trump has made statements, however, that his legal opponents say reinforce their contention that his actions are based in anti-Muslim sentiments. Last week, for example, the president shared on Twitter anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British party leader. In response to the tweet, Neal Katyal ? the attorney for the state of Hawaii ? tweeted: ?Thanks! See you in court next week.? The ACLU said in a letter sent to the Supreme Court on Monday that the group planned to file a motion that would expand the record to include the recent statements by the President.
  19. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to again consider clubbing of the three NAB references against him into one. Nawaz had earlier petitioned the Supreme Court regarding the clubbing of the references into one but the petition was rejected by the SC Registrar's office which had referred him to the relevant forum. The Chief Justice of Pakistan had also dismissed Nawaz's appeal on the registrar's decision rejecting his petition which sought an end to the multiple corruption cases against him. The petition filed today by Nawaz has appealed to the apex court to consider the objections raised by the registrar and create a new bench to hear the petition. Nawaz in his petition further stated that if a verdict is challenged, then the court has to restart proceedings on the matter. The application also stated that the apex court, under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, can also declare any verdict as void, hence the earlier ruling on clubbing the references could be considered as void. NAB references Nawaz is facing three corruption references in the accountability court filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case which led to his disqualification. The accountability court on November 8 had again dismissed Nawaz's plea seeking the clubbing of three references into one, which was later challenged in the IHC. At the hearing on November 20, Nawaz's lawyer pointed out similarities between the Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment references, pleading that they be combined. Nawaz's counsel Azam Nazir Tarar argued before the two-member bench that the accountability court had noted the similarities between the references. He had stated that the three individuals named as accused in both references are the same, adding that of the 13 witnesses in both references, six are the same. The lawyer had told the bench that the accountability court had decided against clubbing the three references ? Avenfield, Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investment ? without waiting for the IHC verdict on the matter. The bench then reserved its decision after hearing NAB's version on the matter. On November 14, the IHC had sent notices to NAB on the petition. Nawaz's petition pleaded the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references. Nawaz's petition also pleaded the IHC to direct the accountability court ?to frame one charge and conduct a single trial? against the Sharif family in the three corruption references.
  20. “It is all about calories in vs. calories out”! I'm sure you must have read this statement in plenty of health articles. Though it is true for the most part and it is the reason why any diet will and can help you. It isn't as simple as that, or else health professionals like me wouldn't have any work to do. In this article, you will learn that not all calories are created the same. © Thinkstock Let's get started with the basics first: A calorie is a unit of energy. In nutrition, calories refer to energy consumption through eating and drinking, and energy usage through physical activity. The three macronutrients i.e. protein, fats and carbohydrates present in our food provide our body with the necessary calories. © Thinkstock These energy values were experimentally determined by Wilbur Olin Atwater 120-years-ago, and we still use them today. Quality work, isn't it? In an ideal world, a meal containing 20g fats (180 Cals), 20g protein (80 Cals) and 60g Carbs (240 Cals) should be the same as a meal containing 5g fat (40 Cals), 85g Protein (340 Cals) and 30g carbs (120 Cals) as both meals contain 500 calories. But the human body is a more complex and handles and processes different foods differently. There are a lot of factors – internal and external – that explain why calories in doesn't equal calories out as efficiently in the human body as some people believe. One of them is the Thermic Effect Of Foods- the amount of calories burnt to digest different types of foods. Each macronutrient has a different thermic effect. Protein has the highest thermic effect of all the macronutrients. If you consume 200 calories from protein, only 140 calories are available for your body to process. That's because a lot of calories are lost in heat during the digestive process. On the other hand, consuming 200 calories from fats and carbohydrates provides your body with 194 and 180 calories, respectively. Here's How To Eat When Dining Out © Thinkstock So, the next time you're dining out and you know you have to stuff your face with food or you'll never heard the end of it from your buddies, the best thing to order would be a lot of lean meats or lean soya items, if you're a vegetarian. My personal favorites are tandoori chicken cooked with minimal oil or grilled fish. Also, for people who tend to gain a lot of fat, even on a slight caloric surplus, consider increasing the caloric intake from protein rather than carbs and fats during your bulking phase. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  21. Apple is about to launch their brand new phone soon and even though Samsung has launched two absolutely beautiful smartphones, iPhone users are not going to be swayed easily. A survey was published recently which paints a picture for companies who are trying to sway iPhone users towards their products. The grim picture painted by the survey suggests that 70% of iPhone users won't even think of moving to another device. (c) BCCL The survey was conducted earlier this month which involved asking 2,117 adults who use smartphones on a daily basis. The result of the survey indicated that Apple users are going nowhere. 80% of the adults said that they plan to stick with the iPhone and 47 percent of the audience owned at least 4 iPhones in their lifetime. However, the number that is most astonishing is that the at least 70% of the sample audience said their next phone would be another iPhone and they would not even think of buying anything else. (c) YouTube More than 65% percent of the people who were part of this survey said they feel that the iPhone is the best phone one can buy. Most of the respondents also said that they would find switching from the iOS platform to Android a bit too tedious and would prefer to not go through that inconvenience. The next line of iPhones is expected to have a similar design to the current generation and another model would have an OLED screen and a design overhaul. The rumoured iPhone 8 is expected to have a new bezel-less screen and augmented reality features. The iPhone 8 is expected to cost $1,000 and at least 67 percent of the respondents who intended to upgrade to a new iPhone said that the price tag is too expensive. However, at least 40% of the respondents intend to buy it no matter how much it costs. Source: cNet
  22. LONDON: Investigators said on Friday they would consider manslaughter charges over the London tower block fire that killed at least 79 people, as thousands of apartment-dwellers a few miles away were told to leave their homes due to fire risk. The outside cladding engulfed in June 14's deadly blaze has since been shown to fail all safety tests, police said. They have already seized material from a number of undisclosed organisations. Fire safety checks are now taking place on public buildings across Britain. Late on Friday, one municipal authority in north London began to evacuate nearly 4,000 people from five tower blocks after firefighters said it was unsafe for them to stay. Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said experts had now concluded that the earlier fire, the mostly deadly blaze in London since World War Two, had started in a fridge freezer. The blaze has provoked anger and heaped pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, who is fighting for her political survival after her party lost its parliamentary majority in a snap election at a time when Britain is beginning divorce talks with the European Union. The speed at which the fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower raised questions about the external cladding on the block. Asked if the insulation and aluminium tiles used were acceptable for such buildings, McCormack told reporters: "No they're not." "All I can say at the moment is they don't pass any of the safety tests. So that will form part of what is a manslaughter investigation." As well as possible manslaughter, police will consider health and safety offences and breaches of other building regulations. McCormack said all companies involved in the building and refurbishment of the building would be reviewed. Britain also ordered an immediate technical examination of the Hotpoint fridge model FF175BP, which had not been subject to any recall to establish whether further action should be taken, but said there was no need for owners to switch off their appliances. Whirlpool's shared closed down 3.3 percent on Friday, wiping almost $500 million off the company's value. Whirlpool owns the Hotpoint brand in the Europe and Asia Pacific regions. In the United States, the Hotpoint brand now belongs to Haier, following the Chinese group's purchase of General Electric Co's appliance business. "We are working with the authorities to obtain access to the appliance so that we can assist with the ongoing investigations," said Whirlpool, the world's largest maker of home appliances. "Words cannot express our sorrow at this terrible tragedy," Whirlpool said in a statement. The company said 64,000 such fridge freezers were made by Indesit between 2006 and 2009 when the model was discontinued, some years before Whirlpool acquired Indesit. FOCUS OF ANGER The fire has acted as a focal point for anger at local authority funding cuts and, if more buildings are deemed unsafe, the government faces the task of rehousing people within existing social housing facilities which are stretched. The government said it was urgently conducting tests on some 600 high-rise buildings in England which have exterior cladding, often added to insulate them or improve the external appearance of ageing blocks. Some councils have begun removing the panels. May, who faced criticism for slow public reaction to the fire, said on Twitter that her thoughts were with the 800 households being evacuated from a group of tower blocks in north London on Friday evening. Residents complained of first hearing about the evacuation from the media and getting very short notice to leave from city officials going door to door. "It was farcical communication. You don't get everyone to leave this quickly," 21-year-old Daniel Tackaberry told Reuters outside a nearby sports centre where the local council had laid out air beds for people for whom they could not find hotels. Broadcaster Sky News showed one resident, Abdul, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, who said he had been told there was no hotel for him and he had to stay on an air bed. The council's leader, Georgia Gould, said in a statement outside the council's offices that it would take up to four weeks to repair the blocks that were evacuated and later added in a radio interview that nearly 4,000 residents were affected. Ed Miliband, the former leader of the opposition Labour Party, said on Twitter that May should have convened a central government emergency committee to assist the local council. Grenfell Tower, in west London, had undergone an 8.7 million pound ($11 million) refurbishment that was completed in 2016, but residents of the more than 120 apartments had complained about its fire safety. McCormack said the police investigation would look at the entire facade of the building, how the building was constructed and the refurbishment work. She said it would examine all aspects of the cladding: the aluminium tiles, the insulation behind it, how it was fitted to building and the installation. In addition to the criminal investigation, police and firefighters were continuing painstaking efforts to locate the victims. So far only nine people have been formally identified and police said the remains of some might never be found, the blaze having been so fierce. Some residents believe the official number of the dead or missing presumed dead was lower than the true figure. McCormack acknowledged they might not know everyone who was in the building as some people might fear coming forward because they were in the country illegally. She said the government had given assurances they were not interested in anyone's immigration status. "I remain really concerned though that we do not have a complete picture," she said. "I fear that there are more."
  23. Buddha wasn't in a meditation hall; he was in the forest. Reasons for mentioning this—you can't expect to be ‘one with nature' when you're in the confines of your air-conditioned room practising your yogasana. You can't make the best of a Surya Namaskara if you're sitting within four walls of a room. Yoga is about connecting with your mind and soul, as well as nature. It's about transcendence in the physical as well as mental realm. It's holistic and in order to reap the full benefits, Yoga should be practised in the outdoors, as much as possible. It's about getting a constant supply of fresh air and surrounding yourself with the roots of this world, literally. © Natasha Noel at JW Marriott Mussoorie Well known Yogini and TED Talk speaker, Natasha Noel has been one to propagate outdoor yoga and its benefits. “Yoga in itself is beneficial. But doing it outdoors puts the cherry on the cake,” she says. “While I say, ‘yoga' I don't only mean ‘asanas' or ‘postures' but also pranayama or yogic breathing and ‘Dhyana' or meditation.” Natasha has performed and done yoga in almost every outdoor locale she has set foot on; her most recent being at the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa. She describes yoga as an inward journey for bettering oneself emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. “As adults, we don't always give ourselves permission to move our bodies and play outdoors, to put our hands on the ground, to just stare up at the sky. When we do, it's invigorating!” © Instagram One look at her Instagram feed and you'll feel inspired by the way Natasha transforms just about any outdoor area into her own yoga mat. From her postures to her flexibility—she makes you want to stop everything you're doing, get off your chair and switch to Yoga right away. This International Yoga Day, she takes some time out of her day, to list out the reasons why she switched to outdoor yoga and why everyone should embrace the practice, too, for a healthier lifestyle and more positive state of mind. 1. You awaken your senses You smell the flowers or wet earth, you feel the grass under your feet, you listen to the birds chirping or the bees buzzing, the vibrant colors of the luscious green and sky blues are healing for the eyes. Your senses become heightened. Hence natural scenery can heighten ones awareness. #ProjectMovementIndia A lot of people ask me how do I find peace in this rat race of a city called Bombay (Side note: Mumbai is a city, Bombay is an emotion, so BOMBAY! 💙) And honestly I started believing that no matter what, the peace has to emit from within regardless of your surroundings. Because if you are peaceful and content inside of you,no matter what life throws at you or tries to destroy you, YOU will still be neutral. You will still be grounded. You will still be calm. You will then automatically make your surroundings blissful. And it's difficult to follow this if you are a person suffering from anxiety and depression. Because you see the world through a bitter lens. More importantly you see yourself through hateful eyes. But it can be changed. It can be worked upon. It takes time and effort. Call me naive But I choose to see the beauty in the chaos. The love in the hate. The calm in the storm. The purity in the filthy. Everything is beautiful we have to just be willing to see. So I'm really excited to go on this adventure and officially call this my first baby project. To see India like never before. And carl is the man who is going to be shooting this. Stay tuned for more. Photography @carlspies7 Location : Vasai Creek also thank you @ruelrebello for showing us this magical location! 😍😌 Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.🙏❤ Much love😊🙏 #ashtanga #Dancer #ashtangaYoga #yogaeverywhere #yoga #Muscles #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #Abs #yogadaily #yogajunkie #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp A post shared by Natasha noel (@natashanoel001) on Jun 8, 2017 at 1:32am PDT 2. You start listening When your outdoors there are no cars honking or busy people running around, where one can get lost in their hectic life and chaos of their own mind. But when you are with nature, one automatically calms down and you start listening to your thoughts. You start understanding what you need because you have finally started listening to yourself. "I write, I write about experiences, I write about lost dreams, I write about struggles, I write about hope, I write about people. I write about how I feel. But there's one thing I haven't written about... You. I don't think I'm ready yet. But I don't know how to describe the words I feel. It's the first time I can't pen down my thoughts and that's Because you make me feel alive. And feeling alive scares me."- Natasha noel Photo credits @reshma_badi 💙😘 Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.🙏❤ Much love😊🙏 #ashtanga #Dancer #ashtangaYoga #yogaeverywhere #yoga #Muscles #Split #Arabesque #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #Abs #yogadaily #yogajunkie #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp A post shared by Natasha noel (@natashanoel001) on May 13, 2017 at 1:21am PDT 3. Improve your balance Depending on your mindset, it can be difficult to find the “perfect” place to practice yoga and meditation outdoors. By accepting nature as it is with all the lumpy bumps under your mat, you will improve your physical balance immensely. While I wouldn't recommend practicing everyday on an uneven surface, the benefits do include increased strength of the leg and core muscles you may not normally tap into for stabilization. Also, practicing yoga outdoors can offer an opportunity to balance one's emotional need for control and perfection. By embracing life without trying to modify it, you devote more energy to allowing, accepting and enjoying the perfect imperfections. Hi you, You are doing an amazing job in this crazy spectrum called life. Today do things for you. Do things which sets your heart on fire and let your passion run wild. Be you. Trust the process. You are the freakin' sun! Keep buring bright! From me 💙 Photo credit @reshma_badi 😘😘😘 Location Kharghar Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.🙏❤ Much love😊🙏 #ashtanga #Dancer #ashtangaYoga #yogaeverywhere #yoga #Muscles #Split #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #Abs #yogadaily #yogajunkie #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp A post shared by Natasha noel (@natashanoel001) on May 7, 2017 at 2:41am PDT 4. Gain energy Did you know that spending time outside actually gives you more energy? Studies show that being outside triggers signals to our brains that the body is in its natural environment and triggers the senses to stay alert, therefore giving you more energy! If you do an outdoor practice after a long day, it's sure to give you a second wind. © Instagram 5. Alleviates stress Doing yoga alone takes away one's stress but when one does it in nature, it is even more cathartic. Studies have shown that people who are exposed to a forested environment more often have far less stress than those who are only in urban environments. The practice, called Shinrin Yoku, a Japanese term, which means taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing, has been proven to have various positive physiological effects on the body, according to a study conducted by the National Centre For Biotechnology Information, US. Day 5 of wearing my insecurity with pride. (I just came up with that name 😎💁🏾) "When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn't get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don't get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying, ‘You're too this, or I'm too this.' That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are." —Ram Dass Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.🙏❤ Much love😊🙏 #ashtanga #Dancer #ashtangaYoga #Natarajasana #yogaeverywhere #yoga #Muscles #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #Abs #yogadaily #yogajunkie #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp A post shared by Natasha noel (@natashanoel001) on Jun 17, 2017 at 10:18pm PDT 6. Improves respiration Because one breathes in fresh air, it naturally makes ones respiration stronger as cleaner oxygen is going in to the lungs making one more alert and improving their depleted energy. © Instagram 7. Vitamin D We are creatures of nature, always have been, always will be. So take advantage of your natural connection with nature and get outside with your practice! 8. Allow yourself to open up to something greater Being outside in contact with mother earth and father sky connects you to your ancestors who made it possible for you to be on the mat today and at the same time breath out your legacy for all those that come after you. Your breath will be bigger, your gazing point (drishti) will feel more limitless by looking up at the sky, and you can easily be moved towards a more inward place. Don't be surprised as you move into the koshas, layers of yourself, that you cry, laugh, and feel the largeness of you when outdoors. I strongly believe, however chaotic your life is you have a choice to see the beauty. However dim that light may be. There is still beauty. And life is never rainbows and butterflies but there will be moments which are magical. Live your life not out of hate or despair or self loathing. Live your life out of love, kindness and compassion. Because when you see beauty in life, when you see the world with love, when you forgive yourself, then how can you hate? Video credit @reshma_badi 🤗❤️ Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.🙏❤ Much love😊🙏 #ashtanga #Dancer #ashtangaYoga #arabesque #yogaeverywhere #yoga #Muscles #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #Abs #yogadaily #yogajunkie #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp A post shared by Natasha noel (@natashanoel001) on Jun 3, 2017 at 9:00pm PDT 9. Practising outdoors aligns you with nature It is just amazing for your skin, your inner glow, and connecting to the greatest of living things, our planet. There are bugs, annoying noises, messes, rain, and some changing temperatures to add to our practice. But this is our planet. All of those aspects are part of the living entity that is Earth. In balance we have some of the most amazing sunsets, gorgeous views of turquoise, greens, blues and whites blending into each other, and the fresh feeling of being in Paradise. I encourage any serious yogi to develop a meditation and asana practice outside to balance your inner, controlled practice. It is not only a benefit to ourselves, but a means of loving and appreciating our planet. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali explain that perfection in our practice is achieved when we are unaffected by the dualities. That is our goal, on the mat, and off. Then we can become true yogis full of compassion and presence.
  24. LAUSANNE: The host nation of Euro 2024 must meet certain criteria relating to the respect of human rights, UEFA said on Monday as they prepare to choose between the candidacies of Germany and Turkey. The countries are the only two to have submitted declarations of interest in hosting the competition and UEFA will decide between the two in September 2018. "For the first time ever, these bid requirements contain specific criteria relating to the respect of human rights," UEFA said in a statement. The criteria are based on the United Nations´ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other UN conventions. Criteria regarding compliance and anticorruption measures have also been included as requirements. "The protection of human rights and labour rights is of the utmost importance for UEFA," said Aleksander Ceferin, the president of European football´s governing body. "From now on, bidding nations will have to adhere strictly to these articles in the framework of the organisation of all our tournaments and finals." After Euro 2016, the first 24-team tournament held in France and won by Portugal, Euro 2020 will be held in 13 different cities around Europe, with the semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley in London. If Turkey succeeds in its bid for 2024, it will be the biggest sporting event ever held in the country. It has already failed in three previous bids to host the Euros. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently claimed a narrow victory in a referendum on expanding his powers. Opponents claim it will lead to one-man rule while the government says it will ensure political stability for a country that has experienced multiple unstable coalitions. Around 47,000 people have been arrested in Turkey under a nine-month state of emergency in place since a failed military coup in July 2016.
  25. It has been nearly three weeks since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced currency demonetization and people are still struggling to get their cash exchanged or get new notes from banks and ATMs. However, there are a few places that don’t seem to be affected by demonetization and are accepting Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes like it’s nobody’s business. One of these places are the illegal Dance bars in Mumbai and across Maharashtra. In fact, it is being said that these places have emerged as a dump-yard for all the black money coming from frequent visitors such as businessmen, gangsters and politicians. © India Today - Saurabh Vaktania So, how do they cope with the cash crunch? Well, these guys have created their own parallel currency. They’re cool like that! In order to carry forward their legacy of showering notes on the performers, people are using fake notes that are available at all dance bars. The notes have Mahatma Gandhi’s photo printed on it but the twist is that you won’t see the RBI governor signing these currency note; the signature is that of Santa Clause from the Children Bank of India. We want to run and hug these geniuses for coming up with such a great idea! Even economists are wondering why this idea didn’t strike their minds! The fake notes do bear some resemblance to the legal notes but its super quirky in terms of design. For instance, the fake Rs. 20 note used in the dance bar have ‘I promise to play with the coupon twenty or 20 rupee’ with signature of Governor Santa Clause. There was a sting operation conducted by India Today in the dance bars operating in Mumbai, Thane and Bhiwandi, that revealed that customers were showering fake notes on the women dancers and those notes were printed by one person. It was also discovered that the dancers were accepting the old currency and giving away fake notes in return that were showered on them later. So for instance, if a customer pays Rs. 2000, they will get parallel currency worth Rs. 1800 and while 50% of notes are taken by dance bar operators, the rest of the money is given to the dancer. Surprisingly, the payments for these women dancers are made in old currency and they deposit the money to their bank accounts. © YouTube The investigation also revealed that the dance bars are still generating and stashing black money and using the parallel currency to deal with the cash crunch. Now, we aren’t sure whether this is true or not, but if it is then these guys are f***ing awesome and we just can’t get over the fact that they got Santa as their governor. Well, now we know where Santa Clause gets all the cash for Christmas, he has his own bank and currency. Source: India Today
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