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  1. A name that easily pops up at the mention of ‘most-loved Indian’ has Mr Ratan Tata’s. Indians, both young and old, admire this 82-year-old business tycoon for a reason. Mr Tata is not only known for his remarkable business foresight, but the visionary leader is also loved for his humility and kindness which even massive success and fame couldn’t corrupt. © Instagram Ratan Tata On multiple occasions, Mr Tata has proven that he continues to lead a dignified life without backing down on his ideals and one that is based on empathy and goodwill. Hours ago, Mr Tata yet again proved all of this to be true when he took to his Instagram account to respond to some questions asked by his followers for a Q&A. © Instagram Ratan Tata While some questions were personal, a few insightful and others came packed with wisdom this good-natured man happily shared with the world. Here are 5 such responses Mr Tata gave which prove he truly is a great personality with a simple approach towards life and a heart of gold. 1. The Art Of ‘Playing Fair’ © Instagram Ratan Tata One of the major things that stood out to me about Mr Tata’s responses was this one wherein his ethics and game plan as a business was laid bare by a simple question. It’s a rather simple and yet poignant question - how does one compete when others don’t play fair. Mr Tata gives the best response when he suggests that one can still be doing their very best as long as they stay true to those who believe in them and deliver in fairness to those who support their vision. 2. The Variable Of ‘Contentment’ © Instagram Ratan Tata I guess a lot of people could relate to this one because a lot of times we find ourselves not living the dream we had set out to achieve. What happens next is that we “settle” for less, and as is pretty obvious in this case, we are never really at peace with it and seek approval from others to feel okay. But one look at Mr Tata’s response and we know that as long as we are not “truly content” with the decision to settle for less, it’s never really okay. Although, sometimes many people do find contentment in settling for less, no matter how rare. 3. A Yogic State Of Mind © Instagram Ratan Tata A rather unusual question, but we’re glad somebody asked because now we know that despite being one of the busiest men in the country, 82-year-old Mr Tata still takes out the time to do yoga every evening. What does it have to do with Mr Tata or leading a successful life? Well, we all know the wonders a healthy mind and body can do, and Mr Tata has just proven that unless we’re taking the time to step back, indulge in routine self-care practices and recentre ourselves everyday, new ideas, better solutions, valuable insights and greater success may continue to evade us. 4. Dog’s The Way © Instagram Ratan Tata Anybody who has been following Mr Tata, even for the shortest time, probably knows about his love for dogs. So when asked about the kind of relationship he shares with his furry friends, Mr Tata said it’s a “bond that expects nothing from the other except love and affection.” Why is this important? Because a person who can selflessly love and care for another without expecting anything in return, is a glimpse of a great human being and leader who is completely invested in not only the company but also the future of all those people who work everyday to make that company great and successful. 5. The ‘Ultimate’ Goal To Aspire For © Instagram Ratan Tata This one was a weighted question for a lot of reasons, but Mr Tata chose to give a simple answer which still held a lot of value. When asked what he ultimately wants to be remembered for, Mr Tata said “for making a difference perhaps.” Isn’t this exactly the kind of thing that binds together all the great human beings the world has seen? Yes, making money and being successful as a businessman is a great goal to chase, but that can’t be the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal should always be to utilise the success, money and power to make a difference to the lives of those who may not be as fortunate as you. For instance, when asked about what his dream project is, Mr Tata said it is to “attack malnutrition in infants across India” and he has been doing his bit to make a difference in this regard through measures such as Tata Trusts’ Making It Happen initiative which is tackling malnutrition in mothers and children in Andhra Pradesh, apart from also supporting various charities and giving wings to a number of youngsters who dared to dream. Truly a visionary and inspiration, isn’t he? View the full article
  2. PIA officials say filing an appeal at this stage would be counter-productive
  3. Chennai Super Kings star cricketer Suresh Raina had pulled out of the Indian Premier League this season citing “personal reasons”. The news had flooded social media as people suspected that Raina could possibly have COVID-19, as CSK's 12 members that included an India T20 specialist fast bowler, earlier tested positive for COVID-19. © Reuters This lead to an extension of their quarantine period in the country till September 1 before they leave for UAE. However, the real reason for Raina pulling out of the IPL turned out to be much worse. Raina's 58-year-old uncle died while four members of his family sustained injuries earlier this week. This allegedly took place in an attack inflicted by robbers in the Pathankot district of Punjab. The deceased has been identified as Ashok Kumar, a government contractor. As per the police, this unfortunate incident took place in the Thariyal village in Punjab’s Pathankot, on the night of August 19. © Reuters Ashok Kumar’s older brother Shyam Lal confirmed that the victim was the cricketer’s uncle. Raina is expected to visit the village soon The police also said that members of the infamous ‘Kale Kachhewala’ gang had attacked Ashok Kumar and his family members at their house with the intention to rob them, this incident took place in the Thariyal village near Madhopur of Pathankot. © Reuters When the family was attacked, they were all sleeping on the terrace. Raina's uncle suffered head injuries and died on the spot, police added. Meanwhile, the IPL starts on September 19 this year. It has been moved to UAE this year attributing to the alarming rise in the COVID-19 cases in the country. CSK released a statement on Twitter in support of the cricketer. “Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time,” CSK tweeted CEO Kasi Viswanathan’s statement. We hope the accused are caught soon. View the full article
  4. Amid Coronavirus we have seen many men across the world grow their hair but this man from Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Chien is not comparable to anyone as he hasn’t gotten his hair trimmed in the last eighty years. Yes, you read that right! The 92-year-old who lives in the Southern Mekong Delta Region has 5 meter long dreadlocks and he believes that one should leave his body untouched and respect whatever they were born with. © Reuters He said, “I believe if I cut my hair I will die. I dare not to change anything, not even combing it. I only nurture it, cover it in a scarf to keep it dry and clean and look nice.” Chein worships nine powers and seven gods and believes that his purpose of life was to grow his hair this long and he bundles up his hair and ties them in an orange turban. He last trimmed his hair when he was in 3rd grade and never cut them after that and also decided to never cut, comb or wash it again. © Reuters He also added, “I remembered my hair was black, thick, and strong. I combed it, untangled it to make it smooth. But when I heard the calling from the divine power, I knew immediately that I was chosen. I touched my hair and overnight it has become really hard. It has attached to my head and became a thing of its own.” Chien needs a person who manages his giant locks. He also expressed how he follows a near-obsolete faith known as ‘Dua’ . He only survives on coconuts to retain his vitality and Dua has been banned in Vietnam. Are you also planning to not get a haircut? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  5. Mobile phones were not what they used to be back in the day. With very limited features and availability, it's safe to say that it wasn't a saturated market like it is today. It also encouraged a lot of manufacturers to come up with different, bold, and unique designs for their phones. Well, some of them were better than the others, of course. But we recently came across some very weird looking phones that made us wonder why do they even exist. On top of that, they turned out to be super expensive too. So, here are 5 ugly yet expensive phones - 1. Siemens Xelibri 6 © Siemens This particular phone was announced back in 2003. As you can see, it was targeted at women. The phone, well, it looks like a makeup case and sports two mirrors for makeup on the go. The keys were weirdly placed and the screen was just too small. Also, a version of this phone was priced at a whopping $300,000, which is absolutely insane. 2. Motorola StarTac Rainbow © YouTube/Nathan Barnatt Umm, this one looks like a kid's phone that you'd get for free, doesn't it? Yes, some people are into lively colours, but this legit looks like a toy rather than a phone. It looks super cheap but it was launched at over $1,000 back in the day. For the same price, you'd now get an iPhone 11 Pro. 3. F88 Wrist Phone © Ideaholic Do we even have to say anything after looking at this? So, it's a phone that you wear on your wrist and it's got a number pad that's integrated into the strap. There's also an antenna on the top. It was launched at around 8,888Yuan which roughly translates to around Rs 96,000. 4. Goldvish Le Million © YouTube/Goldvish Le Million We featured this phone in our list of the most expensive phones too, but just look at it. It looks very fancy with all the crystals, but isn't it ugly? Why would anyone in their right minds use it today? It was valued at $1.3 million, so there was clearly something about it that made people go crazy. 5. Motorola V100 © Motorola Last but not the least, we have the Motorola V100. It's not the first time we're seeing a design like this, but it's definitely the first time we're seeing a phone with this design. It looks like a toy calculator with a QWERTY keyboard that's uncomfortable to type. It also had a transparent body that made it looks worse. View the full article
  6. Chinese company Huawei said that the company is facing a shortage of smartphone chips due to US sanctions and will have to stop making new devices by mid-September. The company lost access to America suppliers for key components due to which the company is facing shortages according to a report by Associated Press. © Reuters The company has been in the middle of a long-running dispute between the U.S. and China over technology and security. The U.S. has accused Huawei of having backdoors in their networking systems that could be accessed by the Chinese government. The U.S. government placed the company on an “Entity List” which prohibits American companies to do business with Huawei or sourcing components for their products. This also resulted in Huawei phones not being able to support Google applications and the Play Store for devices sold outside of China. © Reuters The executive order by President Trump was extended to May 2021 and the US Commerce Department blocked the acquiring of semiconductors by Huawei as a part of an amended export rule. The rule also prevents foreign manufacturers of semiconductors who use American software and technology in their operations for manufacturing their products. This includes the world’s biggest semiconductor manufacturer i.e. TSMC who halted orders from Huawei silicon unit. Even though the ban has persisted over a year, Huawei still managed to beat Samsung as the world’s largest smartphone company. Huawei shipped more phones between April and June than any other company according to a report by Canalys. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla However, with the way things are going; Huawei may have depleted their stock of smartphone chips that were purchased before the ban was imposed. It seems like Huawei has finally run out of its stock of smartphone chipsets and will probably have to halt smartphone production until the company gets its hands on more chipsets. Source: Associated Press View the full article
  7. Ryan Reynolds is the only person who should be allowed to troll anyone ever. He's the only one who does it in good fun and he doesn't even spare himself. Taking a break from hilariously trolling his own friends, he's now taken his hatred for Green Lantern to a whole another level. So, everyone obviously knows that the movie is not great, of course, and he even had a gag about it at the end of Deadpool 2. Now, he has decided to share his own cut of the movie and honestly, it's the most Ryan Reynolds thing ever. Not even reaching the 30-second mark, the 'movie' is so abruptly cut up and put together, it even has Tom Cruise in it at one point. © Twitter This man's mind is wild and this video completely proves it. From starting off with the Green Lantern joke from Deadpool 2 to Tom Cruise in Top Gun, to finally Reynolds' Hal Jordan inserted into the ending of 2017's Justice League, this cut is as crazy as one would expect. Here’s the secret Reynolds Cut of GL you all haven’t been waiting for. In order to make it as great as possible we made some judicious cuts. pic.twitter.com/B2tUelctr8 — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 4, 2020 Both are so unnatural. honestly i dont know what's worse, herny's face in JL or yours in GL, lol pic.twitter.com/9SRQl4zmMd — The Black Suit Appreciation Society (@TheBearded_Jake) August 4, 2020 The Reynolds cut is what we needed. LOL He loves to troll.#ReleaseTheSnyderCut https://t.co/vy8yCBKL0B — Raft3r (@Raft3r) August 5, 2020 Of course! Obligatory obvious mid-roll post-credits stinger https://t.co/fPzrPm4bhC pic.twitter.com/4cirMS3t75 — Aviation American Gin (@AviationGin) August 4, 2020 Yes, he did. Hahaha he switched himself out with Tom Cruise and stuck himself in Justice League. — Chris Wong-Swenson #PingPongFlix (@nexuspong) August 4, 2020 Correct reaction. Tom Cruise? — Jonathan Ortega (@Jonatha80958138) August 4, 2020 Oscar-worthy. A true masterpiece. https://t.co/Anhu9fjwMI — JΛCK (@JackOCine) August 4, 2020 The best out there. Lmaooo this guy is the biggest troll ever https://t.co/FpttvMTXDt — The RapNerd (@TheRapNerd88) August 4, 2020 Forget the Snyder cut. #ReleaseTheReynoldsCut you BASTARDS. https://t.co/NQGRpCyE0Z — TASK & the Boys #BlackLivesMatter (@UpToTASK) August 4, 2020 Winning at life. Alright you win https://t.co/vMO9yvMQ2q — Yaxus Ω (@narbacularboy) August 4, 2020 It does. Confirmed Tom cruise is green lantern. I mean this video is the proof. Right? Ryan tweeted it, so it's confirmed. Isn't that how it works? https://t.co/c4VKmcZFqt pic.twitter.com/KkzAEIupFj — ★ ℳi$T€ℜ J ★ (@ColdBloodedJoke) August 4, 2020 And, it's great! he’s having WAY too much fun with this https://t.co/VzcBqUVdN5 — sabrina🦇 (@nightwaynes) August 4, 2020 Hmm. Looks like the rumor about GL in the Snyder cut is unreal. Reynolds putting this out this morning https://t.co/HePDn9OzDF — NerdHerd (@NerdHerd08) August 4, 2020 Fair enough. My new favorite thing on the internet https://t.co/xqa7HLAZhl — Calee Free (@CaleeFree) August 4, 2020 Yes, for sure. The Reynolds Cut of Green Lantern is what the true fans have been waiting for. https://t.co/mZusuh2TYu — Scott Johnson (@ScottJohnsonArt) August 4, 2020 Definitely. all ready better then the Snyder Cut https://t.co/dL6OrTgl8O — Jim Gisriel (@JimmFORCE) August 4, 2020 An entire movie of this. We want Reynolds cut of green lantern #reynoldscut https://t.co/JQJgihVjdy — Victor Alfred (@VictorAlfreddir) August 4, 2020 View the full article
  8. On 14th June, we all were relaxing as it was a Sunday but everything changed when the news started to flash that Sushant Singh Rajput is no more and the reason stated was that he died by suicide. We were numb and hundreds of questions started to bother us when his last pictures surfaced on the internet. His case was more complicated than it looked like and there were set of revelations that were to come in light. The fans and well-wishers flooded the social media platforms and questioned if he was murdered because pictures of his deceased body told a different tale than it was being presented on the TV. For those who have met him, they were unable to wrap their heads around the whole theory of suicide but it looked like a well-planned murder. On YouTube, some forensic experts started to do the virtual autopsy and claimed that he was brutally beaten up before being choked to death. In no time, people started to ask for justice for Sushant Singh Rajput and it’s more than 50 days, there’s no development in the direction of finding the truth. When Sushant’s father filed an FIR against Rhea Chakraborty, the whole narrative of the case changed, and here’s when news channels swung into action and since then, there have been some very shocking revelations. We are sharing with you the 10 most shocking claims that came out in his case and it might change your perspective to see it. 1. As per a report in Mid-Day, a forensic surgeon, on the condition of anonymity, told the tabloid that the forensic surgeons who had done the autopsy on Sushant may not have collected the crucial finger swabs and nail clippings. The report quoted a forensic surgeon saying, “This swab could have indicated if dust particles from the ceiling fan were present on Sushant's fingers. This would have cleared the ambiguity over foul play. The dust particles would have been on the cloth used for hanging, on the ceiling fan and fingertips. The type of dust particles on all would have offered a clue. Even if the fingertips did not have dust, the cloth and fan would surely have had.” The forensic surgeon told the daily, “The forensic surgeons/scientists could have asked to take specific fingerprints, which a fingerprint expert may miss out on as every crime scene is different. An analysis of the same by a forensic surgeon and forensic scientist usually helps gather more evidence.” 2. Sushant Singh Rajput's family's appointed lawyer Vikas Singh, in an interview with Pinkvilla, had made some shocking revelations about Rhea Chakraborty. Well, she claimed that Sushant’s sister Priyanka Singh molested her at a party. Rhea invited Sushant and Priyanka to her brother Showick Chakraborty's birthday party. It was on 20th April that Sushant and his sister were at the party and things got ugly when Rhea allegedly told him that his sister took advantage of her. The lawyer said, “Rhea told Sushant the earlier night, after the birthday party, that his sister Priyanka tried to take advantage of her and molest her on the intervening night of 18-19th April at Sushant’s residence, Sushant believed Rhea and had an altercation with his sister Priyanka and Priyanka couldn't even believe that Sushant would get manipulated this way but she wanted peace and vacated the apartment. Once she reached Delhi and told her husband about it, her husband told her that what happened was not correct as he was also there on the intervening night of 18-19th April 2019 and reasoned it out with Sushant directly through WhatsApp messages but Sushant wasn't ready to listen." Eventually, he did come back to realize that Rhea manipulated to create a rift between the siblings. 3. Rhea Chakraborty and the family left their building right after the Bihar Government sent the officials to investigate her. She was not available and the Bihar police also added their motive is not to punish any innocent. “If Rhea has not done anything wrong then she should stop playing hide-and-seek with the police and come forward to clarify the things," the Bihar Police said. 4. Sushant’s former cook Ashok said the actor hardly took any medicine when he was working there. It was after the Europe trip, that things started to change. Ashok was asked not to continue and wasn’t given any concrete reason for that. "I was working as a cook in Sushant's house and I am a chef. I worked for three-four years with him up till September 2019. Everything seemed fine till I was working there, neither did I see him taking any medicine during that time. I don't know what happened afterward," Ashok told ANI. He added, “Sushant was in touch with his family till the time I was working. Even I spoke to his family members on some occasions when they used to call him. He was a strong man and how can he be depressed?" 5. The theory behind who saw him hanging is also very shady because there are different versions of it. Sidharth Pithani said he was the first one to see the body hanging and the cook also claimed the same thing. Yesterday, Sidharth Pithani, in an interview with Times Now said that he asked the key-maker to go and check who first found him hanging. He kept changing his statements every 5 minutes in the interview. He also added that he physically cut the cloth and brought down his body after his ‘jiju’ asked him but the family has denied all his claims. Then, he said the key makers were asked to leave just after they opened the door. 6. His conflicting statements in the interview made it sure that he is hiding a lot of things. He earlier said that he didn’t witness any fight between Rhea and Sushant and then went on to claim he knew about their troubled relationship. He had earlier said that he had professional ties with Sushant but then claimed that he left his job to be by the actor’s side. He said that he wasn’t aware of the fact that Rhea was handling expenses and then claimed that he had informed the family about the expenses. He also admitted that he did give medicines to him but only recalled one of the names. Here’s the interview. 7. Sushant’s former close aide Ankit Acharya told that the actor never slept with locked doors. He also claimed that he too was asked to leave and he went later to see Sushant, he was not allowed to meet him. He also revealed that he got to know that a different kind of ‘Pooja’ happened at home. He also said that Rhea used to party on his expenses. Sushant’s bodyguard also claimed that Rhea did ask him to get the medicines for the actor. 8. Sushant’s friend on the basis of anonymity told Republic that the actor had told him about Sandip Ssingh and he knows everything but the friend also added Ssingh is a mysterious character because he is twisting statements. He also said that Bollywood biggies are somewhere connected. 9. Sushant’s family friend Smita also revealed that Disha Salian’s death did upset him and he was scared. He kept telling his sister that they won’t leave me. He was very anxious but he wasn’t depressed. Bihar DGP also agreed that both the deaths are linked. 10. Sandip Ssingh claimed on TV that it was only one ambulance that came but the videos claim otherwise. There were three ambulances on the premises. There are more such revelations but for us, these 10 were too big and would change your perspective of seeing his death because it's way more complicated than it looks like. We sincerely hope that the truth prevails and justice is served. View the full article
  9. Kanye West called out both Kim Kardashian and mother Kris Jenner in a series of explosive tweets earlier
  10. Enhancement of trade links was inevitable for peace as wars always disrupted trade activities, says President Alvi
  11. The pandemic has brought about a stupid side of people that have forced us to believe that common sense is not at all common. A lot of people don’t understand the grim situation that the world is in amid the health crisis that we are facing. Recently, a 35-year-old Coronavirus positive man ran away from the isolation ward of SN Medical College in Agra just because he was craving pan masala. Yes, you read that right! © BCCL He fought with the staff and fled the ward to buy pan masala. He went to a shop and after sufficing his craving, he visited the house of a friend. The authorities of the isolation ward informed the police and then an hour-long search was conducted to trace the patient and that’s when he was found at his relative’s house. Now, everyone who met him including his friend and family is put under quarantine due to his stupidity. © BCCL He expressed to the authorities that he couldn’t find any pan shops open that day and so he had to go a bit farther. He then decided to visit his friend and his friend was unaware of his Coronavirus report status. Here’s what people on Twitter have to say about the incident- Aur Bolo Zubaan Kesari ! — Sumeet Singh Thakur (@thakurtohgayo) July 14, 2020Heights of insanity....is this how we are going to eradicate this virus or people literally want to stay idle for lives 🤯 — Ambica (@Ambica2580) July 14, 2020Please put out the name, picture and address of such crooks. Important to shame them — Unapologetic_nationalist 🇮🇳 (@sanjayrao2009) July 14, 2020Shd give him a few punches on his mouth & it will be filled with red pan masala. — Frontal Assault (@AssaultFrontal) July 14, 2020The patient also requested the family to admit him in a private hospital for treatment. Now, he is under a strict watch at the isolation ward of SN Medical College. It was also reported that he is mentally unstable and will take further treatment as well. View the full article
  12. The thought of Indian politics leaves a strange aftertaste in our mouths. at least for some of us. Thinking about our politicians or public representatives that they are, should fill our hearts with hope and confidence, but more often than not it makes us think of corrupt, undeserving, power-hungry people who fail to live up to our expectations after making tall promises before the elections. From lack of proper qualifications to criminal backgrounds and absolute cluelessness about general as well as current affairs, we have seen it all from our netas which make us question if there are any good ones left around at all. But you will be happy to know that amid the muck of ignorant and dense politicians, we have also found 14 highly-qualified Indian politicians who have proved that not every neta is an angootha chhaap. 1. Sachin Pilot © Facebook Sachin Pilot The Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Congress leader Sachin Pilot holds a strong educational background. Sachin has a BA from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi followed by a PGDM in Marketing from IMT Ghaziabad as well as an MBA from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. 2. Shashi Tharoor © Facebook Shashi Tharoor We are all aware of Mr Tharoor and his terrific wordplay, and given his academic backing, all of those heavy words suddenly make sense. The Congress MP holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from St Stephen's College, DU, a Master’s degree in International Relations and Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University as well as a PhD in International Relations and Affairs from the Fletcher School. 3. Subramanian Swamy © EconomicTimes Another leading Indian political leader who is gifted with the way of words, Mr Swamy is a BSc Mathematics graduate from the renowned Hindu College, University of Delhi. He also holds an MSc in Statistics from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata as well as a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. 4. Jayant Sinha © Facebook Jayant Sinha Not many may be aware that BJP Lok Sabha MP Jayant Sinha is an IIT Delhi graduate in BTech. Having completed his graduation, Mr Sinha is said to have pursued his MSc in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and later, added an MBA from Harvard Business School to his list of qualifications. 5. Salman Khurshid © Facebook - Salman Khurshid Veteran Congress Leader Salman Khurshid is a man of law quite literally. Although an Arts graduate from St. Stephen's College, DU in B.A. English and Jurisprudence, Mr Khurshid went on to pursue M.A., Bachelor of Civil Law from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and is a notable advocate in the country. 6. Suresh Prabhu © Facebook Suresh Prabhu BJP leader Suresh Prabhu also holds a distinguished educational profile with a BCom Honours from M. L. Dahanukar College, followed by a Bachelor in Law from New Law College, Ruparel College campus in Mumbai. Mr Prabhu is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India who held the 11th rank in his CA exams. 7. Dr Manmohan Singh © Wikipedia You would have to be living under a rock if you don’t already know what an educated person Manmohan Singh is. Don’t go by his usual silence because his academic excellence can shut you up for good. Mr Singh holds both a BA and a MA degree in Economics from Panjab University along with an Economics Tripos at University of Cambridge as a member of St John's College as well as a DPhil from the University of Oxford as a member of Nuffield College. 8. Arvind Kejriwal © Facebook Arvind Kejriwal The Chief Minister of Delhi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is originally an engineer with a BTech degree from IIT Kharagpur. Although he didn’t pursue higher education, Kejriwal did clear the Civil Services examination and joined the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as an Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax in 1995. 9. Atishi Marlena © Facebook Atishi AAP leader Atishi too holds a strong academic background with a Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, followed by a Master’s degree from Oxford University. She has also worked as a Rhodes scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford. 10. Nirmala Sitharaman © Economictimes Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s love for numbers and stats goes back to her college days where she did her BA in Economics from Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College in Tiruchirapalli. She followed that up with an MA in Economics as well as an MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University. 11. Jyotiraditya Scindia © Facebook Jyotiraditya Scindia Former Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia is also highly dependable when it comes to holding a noteworthy educational background. A BA graduate in Economics from Harvard College, Harvard University, Mr Scindia also holds an MBA from the famed Stanford University. 12. Dr Harsh Vardhan © Wikipedia Union Health Minister and veteran BJP leader Dr Harsh Vardhan is an MBBS from Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College, Kanpur University, and also holds a Master of Surgery in Otorhinolaryngology from the same college in Kanpur University. 13. Prithviraj Chavan © Facebook Prithviraj Chavan Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan is a qualified mechanical engineer with a BTech degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and a Master of Science from the University of California, Berkeley. 14. Sugata Bose © Wikipedia All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) leader Sugata Bose holds a Bachelor's degree from the famed Presidency College of University of Calcutta as well as a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Mr Bose is also said to have worked as a research fellow at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. Were the educational qualification details about any particular leader a revelation to you? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  13. Samsung is also looking to remove chargers in boxes of some of its smartphones from 2021, according to a report by ETNews. The company is looking to not supply the charger as many of their customers already have chargers, reduce costs and also help the environment, according to the report. © YouTube/Technical Ejaz Not including a charger in the box of a phone is already being considered by Apple for future iPhones and it seems like Samsung will also follow suit. However, Apple may remove the charger from their phones starting this year with the iPhone 12 launch, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple will be phasing out the 18W and 5W chargers that come with iPhones depending on the model. In Samsungâs case, most of their phones support 18WPD and PPS charging which means you can use any third-party âPower Deliveryâ charger with the phones. Samsung like Apple will also sell chargers separately which customers can buy and only include a USB cable in the box along with the phone. USB C has come a long way as more devices are now supporting the port and becoming the industry standard. From laptops, phones, power banks to even the Nintendo Switch; it seems like USB-C is here to stay and will become the norm for most devices this year. Samsungâs move to remove the charger from the box not only lets them cut costs; but also help conserve the environment as there will be less electronic waste. © Amazon Samsung has not officially confirmed the news; however, it looks like this move will cut costs for smartphones that have already been facing skyrocketing prices in the past few years. It could also serve as yet another business for Samsung where the South Korean giant can upstart accessories as a viable business for future smartphones. What do you think of Samsung removing the charger in the box for some of their smartphones? Do you think it will help Samsung cut costs and help the environment? Let us in know the comments section whether this is a good move by both Samsung and Apple. Source: ETNews View the full article
  14. Amid the raging national outcry right now against nepotism in the industry, one can't help but think back to 2017 when a fiery Kangana Ranaut openly called out the nepotism in Bollywood, when she appeared on the infamous Koffee With Karan show. View the full article
  15. One of the key members of the 2007 World T20 winning Indian team, Robin Uthappa has recently opened up on his battle with clinical depression. Yes, you read that right. âI donât think it matters where youâre from or what you are or honestly, how much money youâre earning, because when I was going through that, I was the second-highest paid player in IPL,â Robin Uthappa said in his interview with Quint while opening up about his battle against clinical depression from 2009 to 2011. Well, this was just years after winning the T20 World Cup with India and during a span when he was one of the most in-demand players in the IPL. That certainly sheds light on how depression can affect anyone irrespective of how successful one is or how much money is someone making or anything. It is an illness that can affect anyone. Period. The big-hitting top-order batsman, who represented India in 46 ODIs and 13 T20 Internationals, confirmed the above statement. He said, âYou think that depression comes because of lack of money or not being able to achieve your goals but no, anything can trigger it and it can happen to absolutely anybody.â Watch the full video here: Robin made his international debut in 2006 and there was no turning back since then as he gained immense popularity in Indian cricket over the next few years. However, the cricketer revealed that 2009 was the year when he started feeling something amiss. He said, âIn 2008, I played (IPL) for Mumbai Indians and I was just transferred to the RCB. I was very conflicted because the trade happened very close to the tournament. I think 3-4 weeks before. Suddenly, youâre preparing the whole year to play for one team and youâre thrown into a trade situation when you have to go to another team. Even though I was coming home (Bengaluru), I was very conflicted. And I think that was the hay that broke the camelâs back, so to speak, for me.â âI realised something was not right. I was constantly depressed, I was not okay. I would catch myself sitting on the window sill of my room on the 21st floor, with my legs dangling out and just thinking â what should I do with my life? Those are the kind of things you experience. You feel completely hopeless,â he added. Earlier, during the Royal Rajasthan Foundationâs live session "Mind, Body and Soul", the cricketer said, âI remember around 2009 to 2011, it was constant and I would deal with that on a daily basis. There were times where I wasnât even thinking about cricket, it was probably the farthest thing in my mind.â He added, âI was thinking about how I would survive this day and move on to the next, whatâs happening to my life and in which direction am I heading. Cricket kept my mind off of these thoughts but it became really difficult on non-match days and during the off-season. On days, I would just be sitting there and would think to myself on the count of three, Iâm going to run and jump off of the balcony but something kind of just held me back.â I cannot reiterate this enough. WE NEED TO SPEAK ABOUT WHAT WE FEEL WITHIN. we are stronger than we understand and IT IS COMPLETELY OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY. #depression #MentalHealthMatters â Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) June 14, 2020 I thought I had two options in life, said Robin, to end it all or get out from where I am, uproot myself, go to some corner of the world and restart. âI reached out to my counsellor again and after I spoke to my counsellor again, I slowly started getting myself out of my way and it was with her that I realised I was going through clinical depression for the last 1-2 years. Once I went back to the counsellor, I made sure I stayed the course,â added Robin, who reached out to the counsellor prior to this but quit midway. âYou feel like the best thing to do under these circumstances is to finish it all. End it all. And thatâs where I think weâre very wrong. It has been a long journey, a tough journey, but one that required help. Itâs okay to not be okay, itâs okay to not feel okay,â Uthappa had said during this interview. We are reiterating here that depression is an illness and it is extremely important to seek help when you feel something is amiss as mental well-being is as important as physical well-being. If this can happen to celebrities, who we think are living the dream lives, it can happen to anyone. Uthappa subsequently had a great Ranji run in 2014-15 season, finishing as the national eventâs top run-getter. He hasnât retired yet but neither has he played for India since 2015. The 34-year-old top-order batsman was picked by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 3 crore for this yearâs IPL, which is currently suspended owing to the COVID-19 global health crisis. IMPORTANT: If you or anyone you know, is/are facing difficulties processing your thoughts, or feel that talking to someone can make you feel better, please do not hesitate even for a moment and reach out here or call +91-9820466726. A phone call can perhaps change the course of your/someone else's life, and it certainly deserves a chance. (With inputs from PTI and Quint) View the full article
  16. Former Indian skipper and batsman Rahul Dravid has always been considered to be one of the most humble, calm and thoughtful people to have played for the Indian cricket team. He spoke very little, tried to be good friends and teammates with everyone and let his bat do the talking for him on the field. That is probably why even the biggest names from Indian cricket, like current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and âgod of cricketâ Sachin Tendulkar respected his opinion and listened to him. © Reuters During an interview with Sportskeeda on Facebook, Team Indiaâs ex-manager Lalchand Rajput shared one such incident during which the two legends of the game agreed with Dravid, who wanted them to let the younger players play in the first-ever T20 World Cup in 2007. âYes, it is true,ââRajput said. âRahul Dravid was the captain in England and some players came directly from England to Johannesburg (for the tournament) so they said âletâs give an opportunity to the youngstersâ. But after winning the World Cup they must have repented it when we won the World Cup." It was one of Sachin Tendulkarâs greatest wishes to win a world cup for the country during his magnificent career. He had been a part of the team for over a decade by then and still looking for that glory. © Reuters When the T20 World Cup took place, nobody expected India to win. Also, not a lot of players took the 20-over format of the game that seriously back then. So, when Dravid approached the senior players, they were fine with letting this one go. âUltimately, he (Sachin) won in 2011, but he was dying to win that World Cup, and this team won on the first attempt,â Rajput said. âI was a cricket manager of the 2007 T20 World Cup team. It was a big challenge, because it was a young team. There were a few experienced players, but the real seniors did not play with this team. It was a real opportunity for me as I was the coach for the first time, MS Dhoni was the captain for the first time. So, we really gelled well,â Rajput said. © Twitter /One For All âOur theme during the World Cup was âtension lene ka nahi, dene ka and Dhoni really believed in the motto that people will talk things, but we need to focus on our strengths, and donât have to worry about what others are saying. âThis was the first time T20I World Cup was played, and we had a lot of hungry, young fellows, who were looking to make a name for themselves, and get a permanent place for themselves in the Indian Team. It was a good platform. © Twitter /One For All âThere were certain senior players who were looking to make a comeback and cement their place in the team. It was a good mixture of senior and junior players. The T20I tournament is for young legs, you got to run around, and energetic, and super fit, and this made the difference in the team.â View the full article
  17. We've seen a ton of reports about how Apple is planning to not include earbuds in-box with the next iPhone. Well, if you found that annoying then you'll absolutely hate the latest iPhone 12 reports. According to Kuo, a popular analyst for all things Apple, it looks like Apple will not be including even the power adapter inside the box. This means that folks who will be buying the iPhone 12 may have to purchase the adapter separately. Well, that's something new, isn't it? © Reuters Apparently, Apple wants to keep selling the iPhone 12 at a similar price to the iPhone 11. And one way to do it is by removing the cost involved with the in-box accessories. That's one way to sell a cheaper 5G iPhone, right? And since Apple is expecting to ditch the accessories, it looks like the box packaging for the iPhone 12 will also be considerably smaller. So, it's technically a feature. No? Okay. At this point, it's not entirely clear if the box will come with lighting cable or not. We think it'll still be included because Apple's other products like the Apple Watch and the AirPods don't ship with an adapter either, but they do come with the cable. So, maybe, Apple is just trying to keep things uniform. © Reuters As for the charger, it looks like Apple will only be selling a 20W adapter this time, which means it'll be more expensive than what's available today on the Apple website. This decision is, obviously, going to spark outrage among new iPhone buyers. However, it is expected that this will help Apple to see an increase in the sales of its AirPods range in the longer run. Source: 9to5mac View the full article
  18. Believe it or not, India as a country is held together largely by jugaad, the ingenious solutions that we have developed over the years. Apart from being an expert in almost every other thing, we Indians are master engineers. Is it any surprise that most of our parents wanted us to follow our natural calling, join IITs and become engineers? © Reuters Anand Mahindra recently tweeted out a video that best exemplifies our tenacity to come up with the âbestâ solutions with the least resources. Desi jugaad, or frugal engineering as it is known in the English lexicon, is a thing. Got this random video today. Crazy. Theyâve made this the cheapest possible tipper truck. Violates all safety& loading regulations. Hugely unsafe for those holding the truck up. Yet I marvel at how our people persevere & manage without resources. pic.twitter.com/wYbzp7KjUT â anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 24, 2020 As Anand Mahindra points out, this is certainly not safe, especially for the people at the front of the truck. Having said that, we are known to be a nation of daredevils, and risk-takers, no matter how idiotic or unnecessary the risk may be. After all, YOLO. © Reddit/r/indianstreetlife Here are a few other genuinely great desi jugaad solutions that were genuinely great: 1. The Jugaad Truck © Reuters If youâve ever taken a road trip through India, chances are you may have come across a Frankensteinian hybrid between a tractor and a truck that could either be a truck or a people carrier (theyâre not proper buses). Well, that thing is actually called the Jugaad truck. No one really knows how they came to be. What you do is, simply make up a frame using steel bits and pieces, put together a few repaired water pumps, an electric generator, a few wheels and you have your own rugged vehicle. Thatâs how theyâre genuinely made, we arenât kidding. You donât need a license to drive these things because they arenât legal and cannot be registered. Still, goes on to show how we made a working combustion engine on our own. 2. Refrigerators That Donât Need Electricity © Mitticool Seeing that many Indian households do not have access to electricity 24/7 and the fact that refrigeration does not work without electricity, a Gujarat based innovator who goes by the name of Mansukh Prajapati, created a ârefrigeratorâ using terracotta clay. All you need to do is pour a glass of water through the top, once every two or three days, and the âMitticool Fridgeâ keeps perishable food items fresh and refrigerated. 3. Bicycle-Powered Sweeping Machines © GRID This particular marvel of engineering isnât that popular yet. Nonetheless, it is ingenious, and something that we hope we see in use. This is a machine that cleans the street of solid wastes like leaves and plastic wrappers and collects it into a bin, which can be emptied into a dumpster or a dustbin. The machine is pedalled power and works in such a way that the person operating the machine, does not need to get in contact with the garbage they are disposing off. 4. Scooter-Powered Portable Flour Mill © IANS Remember the yellow coloured scooter at the end of 3 Idiots that was being used to grind wheat. It wasnât just the figment of some producerâs imagination. Several scooters like these actually exist and are being used in several areas across the country where there are no flour mills. Sheikh Jahangir, the guy who actually had the ingenious idea of attaching a small flour mill to the powertrain of his scooter, was tired of the constant power cuts in his area. So he decided why not use the power from the engine to power other stuff. Before the portable flour mill, he made several other things using the scooter, such as an irrigation pump, and a spray painting machine. 5. Pedal-Powered Washing Machine © IANS Finally, we have the pedalled power washing machine that was invented by a girl when she was 14. Remya Jose was a student in Kerala when she made this rather ingenious solution battling one of the most common issues that have persistently afflicted people across the country - access to quality and stable power supply. There are several iterations of the pedal-powered washing machine, which work really well with varying load sizes. This is actually a great way of getting a workout in and getting some household chores done. View the full article
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  22. OnePlus launched the OnePlus 8 in India after a few delays caused by the lockdown and a very serious problem at the factory. However, we got our hands on the phone last week and took our time testing the phone in various scenarios. Even though the phone seems like an upgrade, it is more of the same from last year's OnePlus 7T series. There are only minor changes in terms of design and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. Having said that, the phone does offer the best Android experience on any phone right now mostly because of OxygenOS. The OnePlus 8 may not seem like a big change to people who bought last year's OnePlus phones, it does, however, pack a punch under the hood. Here's what we think about OnePlus' affordable flagship smartphone: Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When looking at the OnePlus 8; you will notice that it doesn't look much different than its Pro counterpart or even the OnePlus 7T Pro from the back. While the phone has been positioned as the more affordable model, the design itself is premium enough to classify it as a flagship phone on its right. It has an all-glass design at the back with a triple camera module, the logo and the new hideous logo. The old logo was just fine and looked great on OnePlus phones. It complimented the design language whereas the new logo simply looks out of place. It looks like someone left the caps lock button on and just typed the brand's name. It is quite jarring and doesn't fit the overall minimal design of the phone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla At the front, you have a 6.55-inch full HD AMOLED display which is more than enough for viewing content on your phone. The first thing you will notice is a punch-hole camera on the top-left corner of the phone which we've seen earlier on Samsung Galaxy S devices. While the punch-hole camera doesn't interfere with the visual experience, we still preferred the pop-up design on the OnePlus 7T Pro. Although, without the pop-up camera module, the phone is significantly lighter and easier to hold. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The display is also a bit different from previous OnePlus phones as it now has a curved design that wraps around the edges of the display. The curved display makes it easier to grip the phone as compared to flatter devices. Having said that, it does come with its disadvantages as well as the curved display also causes accidental touches. The OnePlus 8 also has a 90Hz panel meaning it runs smoother and faster than most phones. This is partly because OxygenOS has been fine-tuned for the higher refresh rate and in comparison, the scrolling speed was faster and smoother than the Galaxy S20's 120Hz panel. You don't even have to reduce the resolution to enjoy this feature which is still a caveat on the Galaxy S20 series. Having said that, the faster refresh rate does affect your battery life as smoother scrolling and increase the tick rate of the display requires more power from the CPU. Finally, the display is good enough for most users but certainly does not beat Samsung's display quality. There is a slight blue cast when watching movies with darker scenes. Blacks are not as well represented which can be annoying if you are particular about your viewing experience. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The one department OnePlus has always been lacking is the camera department and the case remains the same for the OnePlus 8. The smartphone has a 48-megapixel main shooter with its f/175 aperture, a 16MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro lens. You will only end up using two camera sensors as macro-lens are not that important. As far as the picture quality is concerned, the main camera sensor has a lot of blurs which will not be noticeable to you on the phone's screen. Most images from the wide camera are fairly dull and tend to ignore bright colours. Once you view your pictures on a larger screen, you will notice the blur and the saturation levels which don't meet up to smartphone camera standards in 2020. Even the colours tend to be off at times as there was more saturation than we expected. As for the ultra-wide shots; let's just say you won't have a good time taking images with the phone for the time being. Having said that, the phone has improved in low light images and even the night mode works better than last year. If you like to take selfies, the OnePlus 8 is not the phone for you as we could not get the phone to take one decent picture without any blur. It looked like the image was captured by a phone from a decade ago. The overall camera experience isn't that great and can expect to be improved once fixes are rolled out via an update. Performance and Battery Life © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla OnePlus is known for delivering performance on their smartphones with utmost priority and the OnePlus 8 lives up to that ethos. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset and is more efficient than any chipset made by Qualcomm ever. Our review unit came with 12GB of Ram and 256GB internal storage. The 12GB RAM certainly played a crucial role in delivering a smooth and stable experience. It ran games and did everything at the highest setting possible with no frame rate drops whatsoever. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In our Geekbench 5 test, the OnePlus 8 scored 911 in the Single-Core test and 3239 in the multi-core test. That is faster than the iPhone 11 in the multi-core test and outperforms the newly launched Xiaomi Mi 10 as well. OnePlus 8 is the only phone out there that can match up to the iPhone 11's performance and at times be faster. Similarly, the OnePlus 8 also fared well in the GPU test where it scored 1324 in the GFX Bench Aztec Ruins Vulkan test. The OnePlus 8 performed fairly well for its 4,300 mAh battery where the phone lasted for around 11 hours in our extreme stress test. For moderate users, you can expect the phone to last significantly more. However, the battery life does drop by two hours if you turn up the refresh rate to 90Hz. The phone does support 30W wired charging and can charge the phone to 70% from 0 in about 34 minutes. In short, the OnePlus 8 fast charging method is second to none and is amongst the fastest charging phones today. The Final Say When considering a flagship phone to buy this year, one can't ignore the OnePlus 8. The phone offers an extremely fast and reliable performance that can't be matched by any Android phone apart from its bigger brother right now. Having said that, the OnePlus 8 does need some major improvements in the camera department to make it a complete flagship smartphone. If you don't mind sacrificing the picture quality, the OnePlus 8 is a viable option to consider for an upgrade. View the full article
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