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Anupreet KaurOctober 25, 2017
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According to a media report, American actress Heather Lind has alleged that former US President George H. W. Bush has touched her twice wrongly and shared the dirty jokes, this happened during a screening of a TV show.

His spokesman on behalf of the former president said that Bush was doing this just for Humor, it was not intended to hurt anyone’s feelings. He also said that if Linda gots hurt, he (Bush) apologizes.

The 34-year-old actress explained the incident on Tuesday by writing a lengthy post on Instagram. Lind said that in a photo, she became disturbed by seeing former US President Barack Obama with the 93-year-old Bush.

She said, ‘It was a troubler because I know about the respect given to the former presidents. I am proud of many people in the photo, but when I got a chance to meet George H. W. Bush while promoting a historical television show four years ago when I was posing for a similar photo, my sexual harassment was done.’

Lind wrote, ‘They did not shake hands. He was in the wheelchair he touched me from behind During this time his wife Barbara was also on the side. He also told me a dirty joke. And he touched me again during photography. His security guards told me that I should not have stood near him. ‘

According to the report. Lind Said “I am grateful for the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences.”

 


Anupreet KaurSeptember 27, 2017
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Soon, Japan is going to launch their own cryptocurrency in the market. This coin can be named J-Coin. Bank of Japan is going to give one more cashless option. Mizuho Financial Group is the first institute that is moving fast in this direction.

The bank’s spokesperson said on Wednesday that this project is in the initial phase. Round of meetings with other institutions is happening. This project also includes various banks, in which the Bank of Japan is also included. It is expected that this J-Coin can be released during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

However, Mizuho Bank has refused to disclose the partner institutions and the launching date of J-Coin. The bank’s spokesperson has said that the project has not been approved by the regulator yet and the information has been sought for the same. It will be launched in front of the Japanese currency yen and hopefully, this digital currency will work on the mobile app.

Mizuho has been working on digital currency for the last several months. They are also working on blockchain technology which is essential for the cryptocurrency. In the beginning of this year, the bank has seen the completion of sending a special document through its blockchain technology project from Japan to Australia.

Significantly, Japan has approved bitcoin early this year and big retailers are accepting it. Yet a large number of people in Japan use cash. The government is looking into the mood to stop it with the help of J-Coin.

Read more about cryptocurrency news

 

 


Anupreet KaurJune 28, 2017
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Due to heavy rains, water logging has started in Mumbai and its suburbs. Due to heavy rains at Mankhurd station in Mumbai, the transportation was affected due to the sloping of soil below the railway track. A train stayed on this route from 8 to 9 in the morning.

However, seeing the growing crowd of people, the train was started. However, the work of repairing the track of every second train is underway.

Due to the rain, the trees fell on several places on the Mumbai-Goa highway, due to which many kilometres of jam was seen on the road. Also, the speed of the local train running on the Central and Western routes has slowed down.

According to the Meteorological Department, there will be heavy rains and waves for the next 24 hours. There is a mist like a situation in the ocean due to humidity.

On Tuesday Between 12 to 1 in the afternoon, 11 mm in Dadar, 24 mm in Vikroli, 14 mm in Kurla, 18 mm in Dindoshi, 13 mm in Goregaon and Andheri, 11 mm in BKC and 10 mm in Bandra rain was measured in these areas

On Wednesday, around 3.15 pm High tide alert was announced, in which waves up to 4.5 to 5 meters can rise. To enjoy the weather, people are gathering for fun on the banks of the coast.`


Anupreet KaurMarch 5, 2017
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With abundant perspectives on the Gurmehar Kaur’s gutsy step, it took a while to bifurcate the section of people criticising and appreciating her. Not easy in existing circumstances where on one side we are combating the slow yet steady rise of communalism and at the other end, there is invisible and visible segment of people hounding to judge your statements. Cricket icon Virender Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda faced the ire of numerous personalities for being cynical on this issue.

Gurmehar is a common girl who voiced protest ‘Save DU Campaign’ against the ABVP for creating commotion at Ramjas College in Delhi on February 22 as JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were supposed to attend a seminar. Kaur had uploaded an image on the Facebook page which stated: “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP”.

Her opinion was misguided by digging out a video which is a part of #ProfileForPeace campaign posted in 2016. As her father Captain Mandeep Singh was martyred during a war with Pakistan, in the video, one of the placards read: “Pakistan didn’t kill my father but the war did.” While she tried to advocate peaceful relations with the neighbouring country, the video was brought into the limelight in wrong time.

The statement was enough to ignite the issue politically. Apart from garnering enormous support from students and her college, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, for her right of free speech, Kaur was trolled on Twitter, received rape and life threats and was tagged as anti-national. The association of two things said at different times to highlight an issue was unfortunate. Later, Kaur was compelled by the circumstances and threats to withdraw from the campaign.

It isn’t wrong to express an opinion but being judgmental on an issue is incorrect. One video from her past made people overshadow her DU campaign. Where and how did the freedom of speech vanish in her case? Was it because she said Pakistan didn’t kill her father?

Whether right or wrong, an opinion must be given liberty. And if there is anything wrong, then it can be objected but not in the disguise of threats. With due respect to her outlook, I don’t agree with her above statement.

Pakistan has always fueled the situations of war. There have been cases of infringement by Pakistan near the LoC various times that has killed and injured our country’s soldiers. The terrorists from Pakistan have attacked the base camps of our army which martyred many soldiers. What about the Pathankot attack? How can we forget that? Now, please tell who is to be blamed: war or Pakistan? Still, our country endeavoured to pacify relations with Pakistan which has always tried to intrude in our country.

For those nationalists, who are threatening Kaur for expressing her opinion, where do they vanish when our leaders in the name of politics cross their limits to target each other? Why are questions not raised when they manipulate opposition to entice people for votes?

Where are the pinpointers who ignore the speeches of leaders trying to create communal division by raising slogans related to temples and mosques? Why such statements are overlooked and opinions are not uttered against the leaders polluting the mind of the public?

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When movies are made to highlight issues (like Udta Punjab) or talk about gender equality (like Lipstick Under My Burkha), they are either scrapped, censored or denied certification. Most of the time, the functioning of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are hindered because of clashing viewpoint between our leaders. The bills fail to pass but the blame games persist. Why don’t the student bodies protest in that case?

They should be held responsible for raising such statement but that’s absolutely not happening as it is a case of free speech and our country is a democratic one. Leaders have the right to express their view, then why not public?

There are various concerns and the ones stated above are just a part of it. Kaur’s case has highlighted this alarming concern. We really need to think about it. Such partial reactions raise questions on the boundaries of free speech set for the common man of a democratic country set by the people of a democratic country.

PS: The perspective is a part of free speech right.


Anupreet KaurJanuary 24, 2017
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Chinese telecommunications company Huawei unveiled a new model Honor 6X that will be competing with the low-cost smartphones in the Indian market. Priced at Rs 12,999, the 3G compatible phone with a storage capacity of 32GB will be available for sale online only on Amazon and other retails shops from February 2. The 4G compatible phone with 64GB storage capacity has been priced at Rs 15,999.

Through an affordable price, Huawei has targeted young customers looking for value-based features – dual lens camera, good performance and long battery life — in a budgeted phone. The smartphone is a dual combo of price and features. The product also seems to give competition to other phones in minimum range.

The dual lens camera at the rear end is the highlight of Honor 6X. It has a 12-megapixel primary camera combined with a 2-megapixel secondary camera to get sharp and beautiful pictures. It blurs out-of-the-focus objects and focuses on the important object. The phone also has phase detection autofocus technology along with LED flash and 8-megapixel front camera.

Available in gold, silver and grey, Honor 6X has 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display with 1920 X 1080 resolution. The smartphone has a metallic slim body with a thickness of 8.2mm and 2.5D glass on the front and curved panel on the back. It works on HiSilicon Kirin 655 octa-core processor and is supported by EMUI 4.1 operating system based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has a battery of 3340 mAh.

The operating system has been developed according to the Indian users in 14 local languages like Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, and Maithili & Nepali. Honor 6X also comes with an SOS button. During any emergency, once the button is pressed, it will act as an alarm and send a message to preset numbers and track the location. The smartphone will be manufactured in the Chennai manufacturing unit from February 2017. Honor 6X has 15 months warranty and touch screen replacement within the first month of purchase.


Anupreet KaurJanuary 23, 2017
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Vivo launched another series of smartphone for the selfie-obsessed users. The Chinese technology company revealed Vivo V5 Plus on January 23 at a cost of Rs 27,980. The mobile, which will be available for sale online and retail shops from February 1, can be pre-booked till January 31.
Vivo V5 Plus has Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.0GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM and a non-expandable storage capacity of 64GB. It has 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with 1920 X 1080 resolution and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 touch screen which makes the phone weigh 158.6g and has been added for tougher screen protection. For smooth functioning of the phone, Vivo V5 Plus has been supported with the Funtouch OS 3.0 operating system, an updated version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The USP of V5 Plus is the camera. The dual front camera has 20-megapixel primary lenses combined with 8-megapixel lenses to create bokeh effect to give the customer an experience of professional photography. The bokeh mode blurs the background and sharpens the features of the focused object. Hence, in this case, it allows enhancing your features in the selfie and blurs the background. Through this effect, one can also highlight an object after taking the picture. It also has moonlight glow feature like Vivo V5, launched in November 2016. The rear camera supports 16-megapixel assuring better quality images.
Vivo V5 Plus has 3055 mAh battery and fingerprint recognition technology on the front screen to unlock the phone in 2 seconds. It also has smart slip feature that splits the screen into two parts and gives you the liberty to view and reply to text messages while watching videos. The eye protection mode helps the user in smooth reading. The dual-SIM phone has a metallic body with all the basic connectivity features and is compatible with the 4G network.

Anupreet KaurJanuary 11, 2017
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For an event on January 19, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is anticipated to launch Redmi Note 4 in New Delhi. The company has sent invites for launch, but nothing is lucid about the event. Redmi Note 4 was introduced in the Chinese market last year in August in two variants: 2GB RAM and inbuilt storage of 16GB worth Rs 9000 and 3GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage worth Rs 12000. In India, it is expected to be introduced in a similar range.

What to look out in Redmi Note 4 is its metal body with deca-core SoC available in three colours: gold, silver and grey. A dual-SIM smartphone and it has Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. The phone has a curved glass with a 5.5-inch screen. The phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front cameras with 4100 mAh battery.

You may be interested – Vivo V5 Plus with Dual Front Camera to launch in India.

The phone also has a fingerprint scanner in its backside and an infrared sensor. The expectations from the phone Redmi Note 4 has surged as Redmi 3 was among the maximum selling products online. Xiaomi holds a large chunk in the Indian market as the company’s reports revealed that it garnered $1 billion income in 2016 from India. Let’s see how the market will react to Xiaomi’s latest launch. The competition in the smartphone market, indeed, will be intense.


Anupreet KaurJanuary 10, 2017
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The era of Internet trailblazer Yahoo, founded in January 1994, has come to an end and will cease its existence by March end. In a deal with telecommunications company Verizon Communications Inc., Yahoo had sold its entire Internet business worth $4.8 billion including apps, digital advertising, email and messenger in July 2016.

As March end will complete the sale proceedings, the complete web portal will be owned by Verizon. The remnant of Yahoo, which holds around 15 percent stake ($35 billion) in Chinese Internet group Alibaba Group Holding Inc. and Yahoo! Japan, will be known as Altaba Inc., an investment company.

The current Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo and former Google engineer Marissa Mayer will resign from the company after the completion of the deal along with five other board members. The reason for their resignation is not “due to any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices” as mentioned in its Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing.

Yahoo’s co-founder David Filo will also quit the company. Altaba will be left with five board members: Eric Brandt, Catherine Friedman, Tor Braham, Jeffrey Smith and Thomas McInerney. Eric Brandt has been announced as the new chairman of the board.

The new Yahoo to be known as Altaba is a convoluted name for the users who were accustomed to the word Yahoo for over two decades. Once the top pioneers among the Internet providers, Yahoo failed gradually after 2000 which helped Google in surging its dominance. Yahoo had an assortment of products like Web portal, Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Answers, advertising, online mapping, video sharing and fantasy sports.

However, the deal with Verizon came under pressure after Yahoo reported two hacking cases. The Verizon team is investigating the reason behind the data breaches.


Anupreet KaurDecember 6, 2016
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Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was laid to rest in a sandalwood casket with full state honours next to her mentor Dr MG Ramachandran’s memorial at the Marina Beach in Chennai on Tuesday evening. The casket had her name Puratchithalaivi Selvi J Jayalalithaa inscribed on it in English and Tamil. Sasikala Natarajan, a confidante of Jayalalithaa, executed the last rites.

Thousands of her supporters thronged the ground for her last glimpse. The leaders of AIADMK, Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and other political leaders paid homage to the Iron Lady of Tamil Nadu. It was an emotional adieu to Amma who ruled as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for almost 14 years. During her final journey to the funeral ground, people chanted ‘Long Live Amma’. Heavy security was deployed during the procession to avoid any chaos.

Jayalalithaa took her last breath at Apollo Hospital in Chennai at 11:30 pm on Monday after she had a cardiac arrest on Sunday. The 68-year-old leader was admitted in hospital since September 22 due to fever and dehydration. Post the news of her death, she was taken to her home in Poes Garden. In the wee hours of the day, she was brought to public auditorium Rajaji Hall for people to pay tribute. O Panneerselvam was appointed as the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The state has announced seven-day mourning. Schools and colleges will remain closed for three days.


Anupreet KaurDecember 5, 2016
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NASA strikes a milestone in space biology. An experiment was conducted to exhibit how NASA applies science across disciplines. 
As part of the Veg-03 experiment, six lettuce plants were planted abroad the International Space Station on October 25. The result has been remarkable as the lettuce plants have grown concurrently. The experiment was initiated by the NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough under the guidance of on the ground gardeners at Kennedy Space Center. 
Kimbrough tasted the “Outredgeous” Red Romaine lettuce leaves. The motive behind plantation is to escalate the on-orbit harvest and provide astronauts fresh and nutritious diets. The experiment on-orbit was done after testing it on the ground. 
Elaborating about the experiment, Veggie Project Manager Nicole Dufour said, “During their first week of life, the small seedlings were getting too much water. This put the plants’ growth a bit behind schedule, but they recovered nicely after we instructed Kimbrough to use a fan to dry up some of the moisture.”
The technique used for cultivation of crops in space is Cut-and-come-again. As the name suggests, the procedure involves a harvest of selected leaves, while the others are left intact. The plants will continue to grow and produce more leaves for harvest in every ten days approximately. “A repetitive harvest allows us to provide more food for both the crew and science, so it’s a win-win. We are looking forward to hearing how Shane enjoys his first harvest,” said Dufour.
 
The crew members mounted a plaque near the chamber which read, “Dedicated to the memory of space biology pioneers Thora Halstead and Ken Souza, for all they did to plant and nurture the seeds of biological research in space.” 


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