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  1. Lebanon was mired in an economic collapse even before the August 4 cataclysmic blast at Beirut's port
  2. Apple is somewhat considered a premium and luxury brand even for technology enthusiasts, however, we’ve seen the company shift away from that image this year. Apple launched the iPhone SE in April 2020 which is the most affordable iPhone the company has launched in years. We could see the Cupertino Giant apply the same strategy for one of their most successful products ever, i.e the Apple Watch. © andres-urena-unsplash The company usually launches a new Apple Watch alongside the latest iPhone every year, however, according to reliable leaker Komiya, Apple Watch SE may also be in the works. Currently, customers can buy the Apple Watch Series 5 and if they are looking for something cheaper, Apple Watch Series 3 repeatedly goes on sale. The fact that an older Apple Watch still manages to sell well may have prompted the Cupertino giant to launch an affordable version of the Apple Watch this year. It may even be a replacement for the Apple Watch 3 with a familiar design and longer battery life. © daniel-canibano-unsplash The leaker detailed that the Apple Watch SE will probably have the same design as the AW3 but will only come in an aluminium version. Having said that, Komiya also detailed the hardware that will be used for the rumoured watch. The new affordable Apple Watch is expected to use the S6 and W3 chips that are currently found on the Apple Watch Series 5. This means that the watch will not have a new design but impressive hardware that currently powers the latest Apple Watch. It is a similar strategy as the iPhone SE, where Apple uses up-to-date hardware but retains the classic design to distinguish with their latest products. How Much Will It Cost? Apple Watch SE - Old design - Replacement of Series 3 - S6 & W4 chip - All 16GB - Only Aluminium model - Digital Crown with haptic feedback? - Bluetooth 5.0 - international SOS calling (only cellular model) - Coming next March - Same prices as Series 3 pic.twitter.com/AV3IApxvnH — Komiya (@komiya_kj) August 16, 2020 The Apple Watch SE is rumoured to cost $199 i.e, around Rs 15,000 which is significantly cheaper than the flagship model. The new Apple Watch could be a new way for Apple to capture the wearables markets further as it would be a gateway for users who do not want to spend huge amounts of cash for Apple products. View the full article
  3. Following the ban on 59 apps, India has now shortlisted 275 other Chinese apps that include PUBG Mobile, Resso, Ali Express and others that are underway scrutiny for any violation of national security and user privacy. The news comes from our sister website Economic Times who cited sources that are aware of the developments. © MensXP The move comes after the Indian Government banned 59 apps, including TikTok, citing national security reasons and privacy issues. We also came across instances where PUBG Mobile was found censoring content on the popular game that was not favourable to the Chinese Government. The list has been reviewed by ET and includes other applications like Zili by Xiaomi, Ulike from Tik-Tok owner BytDance and other applications that are of Chinese origin. “Some of these apps have been red-flagged due to security reasons while others have been listed for violation of data sharing and privacy concerns,” an official said in a statement to ET. It is also worthy to point out, amongst the apps in the list, 14 of them belong to phone maker Xiaomi and other apps from companies like Tencent, Netease, Yozoo Global and others are also on the list undergoing scrutiny. According to ET, a senior government official has said the government is looking to make such bans official by framing a new law or circular or a type of regulation for scrutinising apps operating in the country. “A set of rules or defined procedures may take time but is the correct process to go about it in the future,” the official said. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla As TikTok was banned in the country, Zili and Snack Video; both owned by Chinese companies, garnered new users and reached Play Store’s top 10 list as it was considered a replacement for the popular short video social media app. PUBG Mobile’s ban in India would be a huge move as India is the game's current largest market with about 175 million installs in the country to date. The game took over the country by storm as a free Battle-Royale game which pits gamers against each other in a map until the last player remains. The mobile version of the Battle Royale game has been developed, marketed, distributed and operated by Chinese company Tencent, which is currently the world’s largest video game company in the world. The game has been previously banned in India in certain regions due to its highly addictive gameplay and concept. Source: Economic Times View the full article
  4. "Pakistan-India matches are the most-watched cricket matches in the world," says Ehsan Mani
  5. The Indian government's decision to ban the use of 59 Chinese apps in India is still making headlines across the globe. This is indeed a huge and unprecedented move by our government that is going to do a great deal of damage to TikTok, in particular. TikTok has a huge user-base in India with millions of daily active users. And since the app is completely unusable right now, TikTok's parent company is facing a huge loss of up to $6 billion. The same has been confirmed by China's state-run media The Global Times. Here, check it out - The loss of Chinese internet company ByteDance â mother company of Tik Tok â could be as high as $6 billion after Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps including Tik Tok, following deadly border clash between Indian and Chinese troops last month: source pic.twitter.com/wGvnqVO7mR â Global Times (@globaltimesnews) July 1, 2020 Bytedance could lose up to Rs 45 thousand crore given now that the app has been taken down from both the Google Play Store as well as the App Store. The report further noted that TikTok was downloaded 112 million times in May alone, a lot of those downloads came from India. Now, you can imagine the extent of damage we're talking about. Global Times also noted that the move has dealt a severe blow to the confidence of Chinese investors and traders. Not to mention, this decision comes just as China is yet to fully recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. For safety, security, defence, sovereignty & integrity of India and to protect data & privacy of people of India the Government has banned 59 mobile apps. Jai Hind! ð®ð³ â Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) June 29, 2020 As far as India is concerned, we already have a ton of TikTok alternatives on the market. From Mitron to Chingari, we already have a lot of apps up and running. It's time for Indian developers to step in and come up with more innovative apps. View the full article
  6. There are reports claiming that Meghan Markle could potentially be pregnant yet again
  7. As the coronavirus crisis continues around the world, the network is operating on an unprecedented scale
  8. We, the kids from the 90s, have seen a transition and we are products of that change. Back in those days, it was only TV that we could rely on for our recreation on a daily basis. Well, TV shows in those days, unlike today, were clean and family-friendly, for that matter. Cut to the present, we have shows that you just cannot watch with your families thanks to the many 'intimate' scenes being shown, which is okay, however, absolutely not when you are sitting with you mom and dad! We might have become liberal but still, seeing a show with our families that has the lead actors indulging in a lovemaking scene, does make us a bit uncomfortable. Just imagine watching GOT with parents, the very thought can be disastrous. Nowadays, even Indian TV shows have taken a bolder approach so, some parents arenât comfortable with the idea of children seeing such shows with them. But the 90s did offer some shows that you could simply watch with your families without any filters or concerns. Take a look at these Indian shows that you could or still can easily watch on the TV along with your parents without filters: 1. Ramayan This, surely, would have been a part of our Sunday ritual with our parents for many of us. The show inculcates the values of brotherhood and talks of many such values that we need to imbibe. For obvious reasons, Ramayan can be watched anytime with your families. It was re-aired recently because of the lockdown situation and even millennials found an instant connection with the show. 2. Mahabharat Barring the Draupadi chir-haran scene, this show explains the way to lead an exemplary life in the present world and can easily be watched with your parents without any filters and in fact, this also added to the weekend rituals wherein families used to together and watch it on TV. 3. Hum Paanch The story revolves around an ordinary yet amusing family that consists of Anand Mathur, his second wife Bina Mathur and his five daughters. It was a treat to see how those five daughters left no chance to make sure that their parents had a tough day. The show, obviously, had no raunchy scenes and made for a perfect family sitcom as it showed an empowering side of women. Hum Paanch was one of those serials that received a cult status with its content which everyone in the family found relatable. 4. Dekh Bhai Dekh The show was based on a family with three generations and how they faced the ups and downs in life with a comic backdrop. This surely made for a family watch and you could see it with your family without even thinking twice about it. 5. Shrimaan Shrimati The popular 90s show Shrimaan Shrimati, which starred Reema Lagoo, Jatin Kanakia, Rakesh Bedi and Archana Puran Singh is still one of those cult shows that you can watch with your families anytime. It was indeed funny to see how Koki (Reema Lagoo) and Prema (Archana Puran Singh) took their husbands' cases on a regular basis. The banters were light and genuinely funny. This is also among those lucky few shows that were re-aired because of the current lockdown situation. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Archana said, âIâm extremely happy that a show whose humour has survived to date is finally going to be seen by the generation which is in many ways is starved of genuinely funny and well-written humorous shows today. Even though it was made three decades ago, it has survived the test of time and [has therefore been] reconsidered.â So, enjoy these shows once again with your families because they wonât and canât ever disappoint you! View the full article
  9. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro leaks have been making rounds on the internet and prominent leaker Jon Prosser posted a video detailing everything about the upcoming phones. The video reveals the specs, pricing, and other details for Appleâs new phones expected to launch this fall. © Unsplash_Daniel Romero According to Prosser and his sources, Apple will be launching two models i.e, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro where both models will be getting a âMaxâ model. The lineup will include a 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch model where the Pro models will come with OLED displays with 10-bit colour depth made by Samsung. The iPhone 12 will also have OLED displays but will be manufactured by BOE instead. The leaks also say Pro models will come with 6GB of RAM and a triple camera setup that will include a LiDAR sensor. The non-Pro models will feature 4GB RAM and a dual-camera setup instead. The Pro model is expected to have a stainless steel body while the non-Pro model will be made of an aluminium body. © Unsplash_Daniel Romero When it comes to the pricing, Prosser believes the iPhone 12 will cost somewhere around $649 (~ Rs 49,229) for the 128GB model and will go up to $749 (~Rs 56,800) for the 256GB variant. The Max version fo the iPhone 12 will be a bit more expensive and will start at $749 (~Rs 56,800) for the 128GB model and cost $849 for the 256GB (~Rs 64,400) variant. For the Pro models, there are expected to be three variants for each size where it will start at $999, $1,099, and $1,299 for the 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions respectively. The Max models of the 12 Pro are expected to be priced at $1,099, $1,199, and $1,399 for the same storage versions respectively. © Unsplash_Daniel Romero Yesterday, it was rumoured that the iPhone 12 Pro would come with a 120Hz ProMotions display however Prosser says there is an internal conflict at Apple. The phones might ship with the features but will not be enabled depending on the battery performance of the two devices. It is worthy to note that Prosser is quite new to the Apple leaks scene, however, he has accurately predicted the launch of Apple products in the recent past. His track record has been on point so far which adds more weight to these leaks. Having said that, the information above is still based on leaks and it is still quite early to determine Appleâs plans. Features could change before the launch of the iPhone 12 series later this year or these leaks could just be untrue. We can only know for sure when Apple launches the new iPhone later this fall. Source: Front Page Tech View the full article
  10. We don't know anything about Thor: Love and Thunder right now except for one thing - that it's going to be amazing. And, how do we know that? Because we can trust Taika Waititi to top himself and make the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movie after he gave us the incredible Thor: Ragnarok. Since there's a long way to go for the shooting to even begin for the fourth movie, we actually won't know anything about the plot for well over a year. So, what else can fans do in that much time except for speculating the plot and coming up with theories? Moreover, everyone has some extra time right now to completely geek out, so why not? © Marvel A fan theory about Thor: Love and Thunder not only ties together the entire phase four but also explains how Jane Foster might be able to wield Mjolnir, a hammer that doesn't even exist in the current reality. Basically, a theory from the r/FanTheories subreddit suggests that the movie will probably loosely adapt The Mighty Thor comics storyline where Jane Foster becomes Thor. But, it's not just that, it also ties in The Eternals and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It starts with "In present-day NY, Jane Foster is suffering from breast cancer after she was possessed by The Aether." While the aether was not the reason behind her cancer in the comics, this could be a great way for some continuation because after all, she did have an infinity stone inside of her. © Marvel Then comes the Doctor Strange connection - "A hammer from alternate timeline makes its way to the main universe through the portals opened by Doctor strange during MoM events, it's looking for new wielder and Choose Jane, she picks it up and becomes Mighty Thor." There is a small Guardians of the Galaxy connection since Thor did leave earth with them - "In space, Guardians drop Thor on Vanaheim and left for their own adventure. Thor is looking for lady Sif after she was absent during Ragnarok but he finds out that she is already gone somewhere." Lady Sif's absence was painfully felt in Ragnarok and honestly, it would be great if she came back. © Marvel The best addition to the new movie is obviously Christian Bale and here's a theory on what he could be playing - "Actually Sif and her new friend Beta Ray Bill are investigating about the same alien who was the lone survivor of his race, he is known as Gorr. It is said that Gorr was the one who killed Celestials for revenge.he is so powerful that even Celestials feared him and if he is freed again he will continue to wreak havoc on the universe. Odin feared Gorr himself and that is why he had Hela to protect Asgard." Then, of course, Gorr is freed and ends up meeting Thor and we get to know his backstory - "Years ago when his planet was dying of drought he prayed for rain but no one listened to them instead Celestials came and destroyed it and since then Gorr is on a vengeful mission to wipe anyone against his will." © Marvel This calls for a superhero team-up and Thor, along with Sif, Beta Ray Bill, Valkyrie, and Jane defeat the villain. Lastly, the theory suggests that the movie will end with Sif sacrificing herself and then finally Thor's retirement. Well, that is a compelling theory and honestly, pretty believable as well. But, I'm still holding out hope for Loki's return since it's not a Thor movie without Loki, of course. View the full article
  11. The sudden passing of Rishi Kapoor who succumbed to a long battle with leukaemia at the age 67, has left a gaping hole in the hearts of friends and admirers of the spunky veteran star. Crowned Bollywoodâs âKing Of Romanceâ and lovingly called as Chintu Ji by his close associates within the industry, Rishi Kapoor has left behind a vibrant body of work that promises a memorable journey to his viewers. © Twitter/taran-adars However, the late actor couldnât finish his last project, Sharmaji Namkeen which had come as good news to his fans, who had been waiting to behold him on the silver screen as the leading man in a film once again. Here is what we know about Rishi Kapoorâs unfinished project, Sharmaji Namkeen: 1. Sharmaji Namkeen would have starred Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla in leading roles, while Gufi Paintal and Sheeba Chaddha were cast as supporting cast. The film was being directed by Hitesh Bhatia and produced by Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment. © Twitter/iam-juhi 2. Reportedly, Sharmaji Namkeen is a cheerful, coming-of-age story about a loveable 60-year-old man and his take on life. Reportedly, the titular characterâs love for food was identical to Rishi Kapoorâs personal culinary weaknesses. 3. This was supposed to be Rishi Kapoorâs comeback film after the cancer hiatus, followed by Deepika Padukone starrer The Intern and Pandit Galli Ka Ali with Sanjay Dutt. Sharmaji Namkeen director Hitesh Bhatia revealed that he was excited to essay Robert De Niroâs role in the Bollywood remake of The Intern. © Twitter/iam-juhi 4. Sharmaji Namkeen would have been Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawlaâs collaboration on a project after 10 years, since their last performance together in Luck By Chance where they played a typical fun-loving and loud married Punjabi couple. 5. The principal photography of Sharmaji Namkeen was being done in Delhi. Reportedly, Rishi Kapoor had started shooting for the film by the end of 2018, even before he was diagnosed with cancer. However, the shooting had to be stopped when Rishi Kapoor fell sick while shooting and ended up moving to the US for his treatment. © Twitter/shiwangipes 6. It is also being reported that the cast was on the final leg of filming with only a final few days of shooting left. 7. Now with Rishi Kapoorâs sudden demise, and parts of the film still left unfinished, it is being speculated that Sharmaji Namkeen will either be re-shot or shelved indefinitely. © Twitter/msrbh 8. The shooting for the film with Juhi Chawla began in January, and reportedly, Rishi Kapoor had fallen sick even around that time. He tried his best to finish the film despite his fragile health and a family tragedy, his sister Ritu Nandaâs death. 9. The last scene for Sharmaji Namkeen that was shot before the lockdown was announced, was a car scene featuring Juhi Chawla and Rishi Kapoor. View the full article
  12. The number of people facing acute food insecurity could nearly double this year to 265 million due to the economic fallout of COVID-19, the United Nations? World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
  13. 'If it was a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. But if they were knowingly responsible, then sure there should be consequences'
  14. Just a few days ago, OnePlus announced new phones - the 8 and 8 Pro with prices that were not really up to everyoneâs expectations. OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro retail in the US starting at $699 and $899, respectively. However, the company also announced the smartphone in China today and the prices for the phone are very different from the global prices. © Twitter_MKBHD In China, the OnePlus 8 launched for RMB 3,999 which roughly translates to Rs 43,160 and the OnePlus 8 Pro launched for RMB 5,399 which converts to Rs 58,270. These prices are considerably less than prices of the OnePlus 8 Series in other regions which could give a hint at how the phone will be priced in India. © Youtube_INSPIRATION While China prices are considerably lower than North America and Europe, it can give us a big hint at the India pricing as well. India and China are the most important markets for OnePlus where the two countries make up most of their sales when considering the total number of sales. India accounts for almost 33% of the total sales for OnePlus, which means the company is expected to follow a similar strategy in India. With a lower price margin, OnePlus may want to sell more in volume and recover margins from other regions. It is a similar strategy they adopted for the OnePlus 7 Series as well and we can see Indian prices to be similar to what OnePlus is offering in China. If we go by OnePlusâ China prices, we can expect the OnePlus 8 to priced at Rs 45,000 considering import duty and the new GST rules as well. For the OnePlus 8 Pro, we can expect the phone to be priced at Rs 60,000. It is worthy to note that these prices are not set in stone and OnePlus may make the final pricing even cheaper or costlier than expected. View the full article
  15. After rapid testing kits, it has been determined that dogs could potentially help detect the novel Coronavirus and may join various task forces in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken over the world. © iStock The strong sense of smell that dogs possess might help in the detection of COVID-19 carriers. In fact, reportedly, they may even be more effective than tests that are limited in quantity and are not used on asymptomatic people in countries like India. Reportedly, dogs will be able to discern the asymptomatic carriers or COVID-19 from the population who have the potential to turn into super spreaders. © iStock A British charity has teamed up with scientists to see whether dogs could help detect COVID-19 through their keen sense of smell. Medical Detection Dogs will work with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Durham University in northeast England to determine whether canines could help in diagnoses. © iStock They're following previous research that talks about dogs' ability to sniff out malaria. The study is based on the hypothesis that each disease creates a distinct odour in humans, and dogs can, in fact, decipher these odours. The organisation said they had begun the prep to train dogs in six weeks "to help provide a rapid, non-invasive diagnosis towards the tail end of the epidemic". The charity has previously trained dogs to detect diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's and bacterial infections by sniffing samples taken from patients. And even, the detection of slight changes in skin temperature, which helps determine if the person has a fever. © iStock "In principle, we're sure that dogs could detect COVID-19," said Claire Guest, founder and chief executive of Medical Detection Dogs. "We are now looking into how we can safely catch the odour of the virus from patients and present it to the dogs. The aim is that dogs will be able to screen anyone, including those who are asymptomatic, and tell us whether they need to be tested. This would be fast, effective and non-invasive and make sure the limited NHS (National Health Service) testing resources are only used where they are really needed." But what about accuracy? The head of disease control at the LSHTM has confirmed that dogs could detect malaria with "extremely high accuracy" and, there was a "very high chance" it could also work with COVID-19. If this project by the charity is successful, dogs will be able to supplement ongoing testing by screening for the virus accurately and could âtriageâ 250 people per hour. View the full article
  16. Ever heard of the term âsmall winsâ? Itâs something thatâs extremely relevant in todayâs world and more so in this story. Yeah, I understand the effect this pandemic is having on the world. For most of us, small wins donât exist right now. But, for the few of us who are still hanging on to a little hope or trying to find the bright side of this alarming virus hereâs some good news. A little while ago, people started posting pictures of the Jalandhar skyline. While this might not sound like an alarming fact, whatâs alarming was what we could see in those pictures. © Twitter/@susantananda3 The Dhauladhar mountain range which is around 213 km away from the town was clearly visible on the horizon. Now thatâs something worth writing home about wouldnât you say? Well, no one writes letters anymore so I guess, worth clicking a picture of and sharing on Twitter. Some of these images are truly spectacular. I find it hard to believe they arenât photoshopped. But, donât come for my throat for saying this. We live in a world of fake news. So, Iâm just saying, these might be doctored images. Now, thereâs a huge debate to have about whether we should be celebrating the positive effects of isolation on the environment while there are thousands dying with hundreds of thousands at risk. But, letâs save it for another day, shall we? Itâs been a long and stressful week. Letâs just sit back, relax, and enjoy the fact that, even though weâre in the middle of the biggest catastrophic event most of us will ever experience, weâre healthy, weâre safe and we might just come out of this better people. Am I being insensitive? No! Iâm just trying to make a few people feel a little better. Everyone has different theories about why it happened and more importantly, how far Dhauladhar is from Jalandhar. So, take their opinions with a grain of salt. Even the number Iâve used for this article is based on what Google Maps tells me so, I might be wrong. Still, take out some time and enjoy this beautiful imagery. Jalandhar could witness something amazing.MightyDhauladhar range after dip in pollution and clear skies.#coronapositiveeffects#coronalearningspic.twitter.com/CyfnAVkdEx â Neha Sharma@TOI (@SalariaNeha) April 3, 2020Today Morning in Jalandhar ï¸ Dhauladhar Mountain Range Seen After 30years reason being Pollution Drop @capt_amarinder@PunjabGovtIndia@CMOPb@AkaliDalJalpic.twitter.com/snkEjDGNEX â Nitin Singh Rajput (@ThatAviator) April 3, 2020This is Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal , seen after 30 years, from Jalandhar(Punjab) after pollution drops to the lowest level in 30 years. #COVID2019india Source @htTweetspic.twitter.com/kO0QBpKr8J â Anand (@Befikra_Musafir) April 3, 2020#Lockdown21 Ka Positive Side Effect!#Jalandhar woke up to a mesmerising Friday as people here watched with great delight slow-clad Dhauladhar Mountain Range in Himachal after 30 years. Now this is a super gift of staying back home. Stay To Stay in ï¸@PMOIndiapic.twitter.com/1ek8hVKnQz â DistrictCollectors (@DCsofIndia) April 3, 2020What nature was.. And what we had done to it This is Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal , seen after 30 years, from Jalandhar(Punjab) after pollution drops to the lowest level in 30 years. This is approx. 200 km away straight. Sent by a friend. Donât know if truepic.twitter.com/o7d3IeBUnC â Nitish Rajput (@NitishR09839700) April 3, 2020An amazing view of Dhauladhar Mountain range in Himachal Pradesh from my home in Phagwara, Punjab about 235KM. Phagwara is improved air quality index #21daylockdown#PMModi#NatureHeals#Phagwarapic.twitter.com/sCKGr4VeN0 â Jatinder Kalsi (@jatinderzz) April 3, 2020 View the full article
  17. 1977âs Agent Vinod had it all. © Sangam Pictures With several James Bond films to draw inspiration from, the Mahendra Sandhu starrer featured femme fatales, daring action sequences and high-stakes thrills - all viewed through the lens of a suave, flamboyant hero willing to gamble his life in the service of his country. Itâs all Bollywood at its most classic - the very name of Mumbaiâs film industry was coined during this period in Indian cinema. And among the thousands that would crowd theatres that summer to watch this flick, there must have been a few, who - whether they knew it or not at the time - had a closer connection to the world of espionage than the average filmgoer. I am, of course, talking about Indian National Army (INA) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agents - the crème de la crème of Indiaâs intelligence, espionage and counter-espionage efforts. Given Indiaâs long and sometimes tumultuous history with its neighbours, these elite individuals ended up with one hell of a life behind them, and while the nature of espionage itself means that many incredible stories will be forever lost to time, thereâs a handful that make it into the public eye. Hereâs 5 of the most fascinating, thrilling and downright hardcore spy biographies in the history of India. 1. Saraswathi Rajamani © Wikimedia One of the earliest documented spies to work for the Indian cause, Rajamani originally hailed from Rangoon in present-day Myanmar, where her father, a supporter of the Indian freedom movement, owned gold mines, making them one of the richest families in the region. In a 2005 Rediff interview, the INA veteran recounted a visit from none other than Mahatma Gandhi himself, who was shocked to find the then-young girl practicing shooting in the garden. She would go on to disagree with Gandhijiâs principles of ahimsa and join Netaji Subhash Chandra Boseâs INA in 1942, under the Rani of Jhansi womenâs regiment. For almost two years, Rajamani and some of her female colleagues masqueraded as boys and gathered intelligence. While posing as a boy, her cover was called âManiâ. Once, one of her colleagues was caught by the British troops. To rescue her, Rajamani infiltrated the British camp dressed as a dancer. She drugged the British officers who were in-charge and freed her colleague. In a thrilling escape, Rajamani was shot on the leg by a British guard but she still managed to avoid capture - serving the cause until Netaji dissolved the army after World War II. 2. Mohanlal Bhaskar © Wikimedia In a 1983 autobiography titled An Indian Spy in Pakistan, Bhaskar says that he took on a false identity as Mohammad Aslam and had himself circumcised to operate as a Pakistani Muslim on behalf of Indian intelligence in Pakistan - aiming to obtain details on the countryâs nuclear programme. Unfortunately, Bhaskar was betrayed by double-agent Amrik Singh who played on both Pakistani and Indian sides of the field, and between 1967 and 1974, was imprisoned in Pakistani jails. It was here that Bhaskar made friends and enemies alike within the Pakistani jail system. In his book, he mentions both kind and cruel jailers - the latter of whom would torture Bhaskar for valuable information through these years. His account remains one of the earliest and most interesting documentations of Pak security from the era - making key observations about top officials and Pakistani society alike. 3. Ravindra Kaushik © Navbharat Times Born in Rajasthan in 1952, Kaushik began his career far away from the military - his talent as an actor at the national level dramatics meet in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, was witnessed by officials from RAW. Soon, Kaushik was called in and offered the job of an undercover agent in Pakistan. After two years of training in espionage, politics, Urdu, Islam and other useful subjects for an agent embedded in Karachi, Kaushik began his infiltration into the country as a law student at Karachi University at the age of 23, with the cover name âNabi Ahmed Shakirâ. From 1979 to 1983, while in military service, he passed on valuable information to RAW which was of great help to the Indian defence forces. He was given the title of 'Black Tiger' by India's then-Home Minister S. B. Chavan. Unfortunately, in 1983, a low-level RAW operative named Inyat Masih was captured by Pakistan and Kaushikâs identity was compromised. He spent the next 16 years in jail, writing secret letters to his family about the torture he faced as a captive. 4. Ajit Doval © Reuters Currently serving as the National Security Advisor to PM Narendra Modi, Doval has previously been head-honcho at the Intelligence Bureau and was an instrumental figure in the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019 - continuing to pull some of the most important strings in the nation today. Before filling up these big shoes however, Doval excelled on-ground, first as a police officer in Thalassery, Kerala during the late sixties, where he helped quash violence against Muslim communities. This preceded a truly spectacular career as an intelligence operative across the country from the early seventies to the mid 2000s, when he retired as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau. In these years, Doval not only infiltrated the Miso National Front insurgency forces, gaining the trust of the majority of its commanders - he also facilitated the merger of Sikkim into India and even infiltrated the Golden Temple of Amritsar, collecting critical intel before Operation Black Thunder - a set of feats that earned him the media moniker of âIndiaâs James Bondâ. 5. Sehmat Khan © Dharma Productions/Penguin Played by Alia Bhatt in 2018âs Raazi, Sehmat Khan was a mysterious figure in Indian intelligence circles that surfaced in ex-Navy Lieutenant Commander Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat. Back in 1999, Sikka visited Kargil to research the state of the intelligence department. After expressing his disappointment, he managed to discover Sehmat Khan - the pseudonym for a woman who provided intelligence for the Indian forces during the 1971 Bangladesh conflict. Daughter of a wealthy Kashmiri businessman, Sehmat married a Pakistani Army officer. Though she was meant to be just a facilitator for the Indian Intelligence, Sehmat Khan went a step ahead to gather important security information for India - going deep behind foreign lines as the tutor to Pak leader Yahya Khanâs children. Her efforts culminated in intel that thwarted a Pakistani plot to INS Viraat, a Centaur-class, flagship aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy. She eventually returned to India pregnant with her son, who eventually joined the Indian Army. Know any cool spy tales from Indiaâs espionage elite? Share them in the comments with us! View the full article
  18. Research led by an Indian-origin engineer has resulted in a camera lens that does not need to focus on subjects. The new breakthrough for camera lens technology is a huge leap, considering the camera lenses that are used in smartphones today. Phones require multiple lenses in order to capture high-quality images and this new development may just change how smartphones are made. © University of Utah The researchers published their findings in the journal Optica and said, "Our flat lenses can drastically reduce the weight, complexity and cost of cameras and other imaging systems while increasing their functionality," said research team leader Rajesh Menon from the University of Utah. "Such optics could enable thinner smartphone cameras, improved and smaller cameras for biomedical imaging such as endoscopy, and more compact cameras for automobiles.â He further described how the new flat lenses can maintain focus on objects that are 6m apart from each other. Flat lenses use nano-structures patterned on a surface rather than plastic or glass that makes the lens bulky. This new flat lens, if used in smartphones could potentially change how smartphones are made and even self-driving vehicles. © University of Utah âThis new lens could have many interesting applications outside photography such as creating highly efficient illumination for LIDAR that is critical for many autonomous systems, including self-driving cars," said Menon. Menon added, âThe new lens eliminates the need for focusing and allows any camera to keep all objects in focus simultaneously. Conventional cameras also use multiple lenses to keep different colours of light in focus simultaneously. Since our design is very general, we can also use it to create a single flat lens that focuses all colours of light, drastically simplifying cameras even further.â © University of Utah The researchers are now looking to ensure that these flat-lenses can be mass manufactured and extend the lens to higher apertures. This will enable the lens to function in the full visible light spectrum. âThis research is a good example of how abandoning traditional notions can enable devices previously considered impossible,â said Menon. âIt serves as a good reminder to question dictates from the past.â View the full article
  19. Hate it or love it, Bigg Boss is one dose of entertainment which cannot be ignored. If you donât like it per se, then you are obviously surrounded by people who cannot do without this drama. Here are seven big celebrities who reportedly rejected the show and also denied us the rightful entertainment that could have come our way. 1. Honey Singh The entire house would have been rapping their way through episodes with the swag heâd have got with him. However, reports claim he wasnât happy with the money that was being offered so his interest dipped. View this post on InstagramA big thanks to all my fans for always supporting me and my work. Nothing is more valuable than your unconditional love. I am what I am because of you. Keep loving and keep blessing. YoYo Honey SinghA post shared by (@yyhsofficial)2. Poonam Pandey Rumour has it that she was offered Bigg Boss season 7 which she turned down owing to finances involved. Damn! View this post on InstagramI am bored, who wants to take me for a movie?A post shared by (@ipoonampandey) 3. Mia Khalifa Back in 2015 her entire fan brigade was dying to watch this international star on a reality show. However, Mia later took to social media and clarified her disinterest in coming on this show, breaking the hearts of millions of her fans obviously. View this post on InstagramI feel like I wouldâve been a great 50âs housewife until someone tries to mansplain offsides to me. Link in bio ðA post shared by (@miakhalifa) 4. Mukul Dev Given the fact that his brother Rahul was a contestant, Mukulâs fans thought he too will appear on the reality show. However, after being pestered by fans and paps, he cleared the air on how he thought he was not cut for the show and hence preferred staying off it. View this post on InstagramThrown into an underworld of treachery and corruption, haunted by the tragedies of his own past, chasing a villain risen from the ashes. How's that for a character brief. #newbeginningsA post shared by (@thereal_mukuldev) 5. Uday Chopra If you have closely followed him on social media, you know that the man has a good sense of humour and is super fun on Twitter. Watching him would have been very interesting for some but he too denied the chance of doing so. View this post on InstagramWorkout tiredness!!!A post shared by (@udayc) 6. Rannvijay Singha Reportedly MTVâs resident host was offered the reality show some 7 times which was politely rejected by him owing to his prior commitments and work. If nothing else, weâd have loved to just watch his crazy sneaker collection on display. View this post on Instagram#travel #nature #blessed âï¸- @garminindia ð- @disrupt_india ð¸- @sartajsanghaA post shared by (@rannvijaysingha) 7. Karan Singh Grover The actor has been on several reality shows but he claimed to not being comfortable under camera scrutiny 24/7 and hence never bothered taking up the offer. View this post on Instagramð± You know what they say...it takes one to know one! Love you right back! Happy Birthday My Rockstar.. You are God's favourite child and I am so blessed that I met you.. May God give you everything you want. I will always love you. The most selfless person I have ever met is you. God bless you my Jigar Da Tukda @iamksgofficialA post shared by (@iamksgofficial) Source: Missmalini View the full article
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  21. US State Department expresses fears Pakistan's restrictions on social media platforms could be setback for development of digital economy and freedom of expression
  22. Microsoft has taken a lead when it comes to showing off the next generation of consoles. Last December, the company showed off what the console looks like and last night, detailed a lot of its hardwareâs capabilities. Microsoft confirmed some of the most important details that we needed to hear and one of them was that the Series X is capable of pushing 12 teraflops for GPU performance. © Microsoft This confirmation means that the Series X will be twice as powerful as the Xbox One X that launched during the middle of this generationâs cycle. In comparison, the Xbox Series X is capable of having the same performance as mid-range GPUs from Nvidia. âXbox Series X delivers a true generational leap in processing and graphics power with cutting edge techniques resulting in higher frame rates, larger, more sophisticated game worlds, and immersive experiences, unlike anything seen in console gaming,â said Xbox chief Phil Spencer via a blogpost. âRather than spending GPU cycles uniformly on every single pixel on the screen, developers can prioritise individual effects on specific game characters or important environmental objects,â explains Spencer. âThis technique results in more stable frame rates and higher resolution, with no impact on the final image quality,â said Spencer. Xbox Series X can also support 8K resolution and up to 120 frames per second in games. The console will come with HDMI 2.1 which means it has support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). This will drastically reduce the latency and input lag when using a compatible monitor or TV. Xbox Series X will also be using a custom CPU based on AMDâs Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA 2 architecture. It will have an NVMe SSD that will drastically reduce load times and improve the overall performance of the game. Apart from the hardware reveal, the Series X will also let users play multiple games at the same time without suspending the application. It is called âquick resumeâ and will let users resume multiple games right where they left it. © Twitter Now that we know various details about the Series X, Sony still remains silent about the PlayStation 5 and has not revealed much about the console. A recent (now deleted) rumour on 4Chan claimed that Sony has still not decided the final design of the console and is going behind schedule. Sony wants to sell the console this holiday season, however they are yet to show the final design of the PS5 and we are fast approaching the month of March. The novel coronavirus outbreak has also affected Sonyâs production output in China which may also play a role in the price and the availability of the console. Sony does not have much time left to unveil the console and with Microsoft breathing on Sonyâs neck, the Japanese company has no choice but to unveil the console soon enough to garner enough interest. View the full article
  23. None of us can claim to have never tasted defeat. Though I wonât deny that it might secretly be every winnerâs most earnest desire to keep up the winning streak, but as we know, life isnât a cakewalk, and knows of the most definite ways of maintaining equilibrium. Which basically means, you and I have tasted our shares of failures and perhaps also fallen short of making it to the top by a decimal point. And unfortunately for us, nobody ever really cares to look past the winnerâs gold medal and into the eyes of the runner-up - that would be you and me. Amen to that. However, when I happened to stumble upon the trailer of Har Kisse Ke Hisse Kaamyaab, something, no, strike that, everything about this film hit me right in the feels. If you have ever known what itâs like to stand at the runner-upâs spot, or have been introduced as âjust a friendâ by a potential crush, you know the feeling and thatâs reason enough for you to read this. 1. Overshadowed By Glamour So you made that stellar PPT for the team presentation but the âbest employeeâ took the trophy when it came to presenting it? You went out of your way by âbeing thereâ for that girl-friend you hoped to make your girlfriend until she called you her best friend instead? © Red-Chillies Well, going by the Kaamyaab trailer, the same goes for the âsecond most popularâ thing that makes Hindi films such successes - the sidekicks and promising character actors who never get their dues despite their great work when it comes to name, fame and money. 2. Adding Colour To The Bigger Picture I mean, letâs face it. Where would these winners be without the likes of us? It is because we are there to charge them and push them to do better that they even make it to the top just ahead of us. If there isnât anyone to take up the second spot, who even is a winner? *Sour Grapes Alert* © Red-Chillies Such is the case of yesteryear âsuperstarâ sidekick Sudheer, who added so much flavour and dimension to the films he acted in, and yet leads a life of obscurity with little recognition from that one (out the 499) film that got him a âmemorableâ dialogue. Because of course, who remembers a sidekick despite how he helped make that movie a success? 3. The Official Face Of Bigger & Better You know, people should give us more credit for never really losing our heart and giving up. I mean, of course it sucks, missing the top spot and all the âstarry eyesâ that follows it, but really have you ever seen a runner-up giving up the fight? Right, you havenât because thatâs not how weâre wired. © Red-Chillies We love a good fight, and whether we make it to the top or not, we always believe in improving our game, and breaking our personal records. Though just like Sudheer, we keep secretly hoping someday people will notice our achievements and contributions too. 4. The Badshah Of Dashed Hopes However, all that said, more often than not, people seem to look right through us. As if that decimal point is a difference of hundreds, the presentation didnât mean as much as the speaker or the best friend is all but a caretaker, a cushion. © Red-Chillies In Sudheerâs quest to star in the 500th film, create a personal record and gain a sense of achievement, he has a lot more to lose than just his hopes. 5. Making Peace With Our Share Despite what weâd rather believe instead, we are pretty practical and know how the society works and what it prioritises. So we do what we have to do, and end up making peace with the ways of the world. © Red-Chillies Though it would be a lie to say that we donât continue to look for ways to challenge peopleâs stunted worldview, because we do and shall continue to do it till the end of time, or until runner-ups get the love and respect they deserve. View the full article
  24. More often than not, your life changes when you're least expecting it. No, I'm not trying to go all emo here, but just talk about a guy who recently received a life-changing phone call. Netraprasad Sharma is a tour guide and a class tenth drop out from Pampu Basti in West Bengalâs Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest. Oh, and now, he's also possibly the main character in an upcoming novel by JK Rowling. This is the kind of representation we've all been waiting for! View the full article
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