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WhatsApp Voice calling is finally available without any invitation April 01, 2015 10:42

WhatsApp voice calling feature has been recently released by the company. But due to its limitations some users have faced problems to use the service. Today, with the upgrade of the latest WhatsApp application, users need to no longer wait for the exclusive call from a friend or acquaintance to be able to talk free on WhatsApp. With this latest upgrade, the app is going to bring millions and millions of new users to WhatsApp. It is expected to have more success than social networking site Facebook which actually owns the WhatsApp service. With WhatsApp Calling feature, you can place calls to your WhatsApp contacts over the Internet for free. The feature doesn't use the cellular network but the Internet connection. But the users need to remember one thing that once you are on call through the app then network calls will not work. However it will be automatically enabled once you cut the Voice call on WhatsApp.The WhatsApp voice calling feature is available only for Android, and is expected to make its way to iOS users soon. AW: Lizitha

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Lufthansa knew about Co-pilot's severe depression well before April 01, 2015 10:08

The co-pilot who crashed Flight 9525 into a French mountainside last week had informed the German carrier Lufthansa in 2009 about a “previous episode of severe depression,” the airline said on Tuesday, raising fresh questions about the series of decisions that allowed Andreas Lubitz to stay in the skies.The admission that the company knew at least some of the history of Lubitz’s mental illness came after the company’s chief executive, Carsten Spohr, said publicly last week that Lufthansa - parent of the budget airline Germanwings for which Lubitz worked - had no previous knowledge of his medical history.In a statement Tuesday, however, the carrier said it wanted to issue a “swift and seamless clarification.” In 2009, Lubitz had taken several months off during his training to become a pilot. When he resumed the program, Lufthansa said, he provided the airline “medical documents” that noted his bout of severe depression.The company said it had forwarded those documents to prosecutors who are now handling the crash as a homicide case.Under European aviation law, pilots with active and untreated cases of depression are prevented from flying. But if deemed medically cured, there may have been no legal impediment for Lubitz to continue his training and obtain his license, experts say.@washingtonpost- Manohar

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Gujarat passed controversial anti-terror bill March 31, 2015 19:43

Gujarat's controversial anti-terror bill, which failed to get Presidential assent thrice, was passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday with the rechristened legislation retaining provisions like empowering police to tap telephonic conversations and submit them in court as evidence.The Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill 2015, which also makes confessions made before police admissible in court and extends the period of probe from the stipulated 90 days to 180 days before the filing of chargesheet, was approved by a majority vote amid stiff resistance from oppposition Congress, which walked out of the House over its controversial provisions.After failing to get Presidential assent for its Anti-Terror Bill thrice since 2004 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister, the Gujarat government re-introduced the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill by renaming it but has retained the controversial measures.The bill has several controversial provisions including admissibility of evidence collected through telephonic interception and confession made before police officer being considered as evidence in court. Congress leaders Shankarsinh Vaghela and Shaktisinh Gohil demanded that the measures be dropped as per the suggestions of past Presidents when they rejected the bill.The bill also came under attack from social activists like Medha Patkar who said it has "dangerous implications". "It is a very very dangerous situation for the rights of the people," she said. However, the government justified the provisions by saying that the existing legal frame work like the penal and procedural laws and adjudicatory system have been found to be rather inadequate to curb or control the menace of organised crime.It is therefore considered necessary to enact a special law with stringent and deterrent provisions, it said.Justifying the provision of telephonic interceptions, the 'Statement of Objects and Reasons' in the Bill states that this is necessary in these times where organised criminal syndicates make extensive use of wire and oral communication.It says that the interception of such communication to obtain evidence is inevitable and an indispensable aid for the law enforcement.Former President APJ Abdul Kalam had in 2004 objected to the particular section-14 (telephonic interception as evidence) and returned the bill to the Modi government asking it to remove the clause. The Bill was again introduced today in the House by Minister of State for Home Rajnikant Patel, after which a long debate took place on it, in which Opposition Congress demanded removal of controversial sections like telephonic interceptions, confessions made before some police officer as evidence and time limit of 180 days for filing of chargesheet. Rejecting the demand of the Congress, Patel said that the provisions of this Bill are in favour of the nation and people besides allowing authorities to take action against "traitors".   - Manohar

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An apple a day may also keep pharmacist away, study revealed March 31, 2015 19:36

According to the study the old proverb "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" was busted as the researchers have found that the daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who did not regularly eat the fruit. But the study revealed that apple eaters are less likely to use prescription medications strengthening the statement “An apple a day may also keep pharmacist away”. Matthew Davis of the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor along with his collegues satreted research to give simple answer to the old question. They compared daily apple eaters (those who consumed at least 1 small apple per day or 149 grams of raw apple) with non-apple eaters. Among 8000 participants only 753 (9 percent) were apple eaters and rest of 7,646 (91 percent) were non-apple eaters.The study has some limitations, the information in the investigation was self-reported and the number of doctor visits couldn’t be explicitly linked to munching on apples are two of the more serious ones, noted Dr. Sharonne N. Hayes, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “The apple eaters were highly educated and less likely to smoke,” he added. “It could be that their visits to the doctor were for preventive reasons rather than illness”.“Apples probably won’t cure the woes of our health care system, but they certainly won’t hurt,” Hayes said. As they reduce risk from several forms of cancer, asthma and cardiovascular disease. Also, the fruit may have beneficial effects for diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, weight management and bone health. It is good to have an Apple a day for its therapeutic benefits at least strengthening the statement “An apple a day keeps pharmacist away”. AW: Lizitha

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 specifications review March 31, 2015 19:27

Contrary to earlier reports that the Chinese company will launch a new affordable handset on April 8, Xiaomi has come out and taken the wraps off of the device already at an event in China on March 31.Company CEO Lei Jun took center stage to unveil the company's all new budget offering: the Redmi 2A.Now we were expecting an ultra-affordable handset, for reports doing rounds were indicative of the same. However, as things stand it's not all that ultra-affordable after all. In hindsight, the company has simply toned down the recently launched Redmi 2 as is also reflected by its naming.So, instead of a CNY 499 price tag that we were expecting, the Xiaomi Redmi 2A has been priced at CNY 599. Now if you look closely, it's not a huge difference when you consider the Redmi 2's price. Just to break it down for you, while Redmi 2 retails at Rs 6,999 in India, the Redmi 2A has been priced at around Rs 6,044.There is also no information when the device will be hitting global shores, including India since CEO Lei Jun mentioned nothing at all in relation to this.Let's take a look at the Redmi 2A's specification sheet though. As mentioned earlier, it's simply a toned down Redmi 2. Therefore it retains a 4.7-inch HD display with a 1280x720 pixels resolution, 8GB internal memory, 2,200mAh battery, and 4G LTE support.So what has changed, you ask? Unlike the Redmi 2, the Redmi 2A is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Leadcore LC1860C CPU coupled with Mali T628MP2 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The Redmi 2 on the other hand comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 CPU with Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM.The Redmi 2 also has another variant that comes with 2GB RAM keeping rest of the specifics constant, but is more like a limited edition device.  - Manohar

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IT releases big tax defaulters March 31, 2015 18:52

The Income Tax department of India on Tuesday took to the strategy of 'naming and shaming' of some large tax defaulters as it published names of 18 entities who owe over Rs.500 crore tax to the exchequer."The step is aimed to publicise and put these names in public domain so that the common man can come forward to help the department in knowing the whereabouts of these. The step is to enhance public awareness against these entities who are acting against law. These names were put up on the department's website earlier," a senior I-T officer said.Newspapers on Tuesday carried the names of the tax defaulters and the data published was quoted to have been published by the Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (Administration) based in the national capital here.Adopting an aggressive approach, government had for the first time gone public with names of 18 tax defaulters, including Goldsukh Trade and Somani Cements which, according to I-T, have turned wilful defaulters.In a bid to force these entities to pay their dues, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had asked the I-T department to post on its website, few days back, the names of 18 defaulters, of whom 11 are based in the western Indian state of Gujarat."Defaulters are advised to pay tax arrears immediately," said the notice."This is the first time the department has put in public domain a list of those wilful tax defaulters who have a tax liability of Rs.10 crore and above," a senior tax official had said, adding that in many cases the assessees were not "traceable"."The department, in the public notice, has provided the PAN number and the last known address of these defaulters for the public to know," the official added.The official said periodically the department has been proposing "naming and shaming" of wilful defaulters and the step has now been taken on the last day of the current financial year on Tuesday.The companies in the list include Somani Cement with tax arrears of Rs.27.47 crore, Blue Information Technology (Rs.75.11 cr), Appletech Solutions (Rs.27.07 cr), Jupiter Business (Rs.21.31 cr) and Hirak Biotech (Rs.18.54 cr).The other Gujarat-based companies which figured in the defaulters list include Icon Bio Pharma & Healthcare Ltd (Rs.17.69 cr), Banyan & Berry Alloys (Rs.17.48 cr), Laxminarayan T Thakkar (Rs.12.49 cr), Virag Dyeing & Printing (Rs.18.57 cr), Poonam Industries (Rs.15.84 cr), Kunvar Ajay Food Pvt Ltd (Rs.15 cr).Besides, names of Jaipur-based Goldsukh Trade India (Rs.75.47 cr), Kolkata-based Victor Credit & Construction (Rs.13.81 cr), Mumbai-based Noble Merchandise (Rs.11.93 cr) are also there in the list.   - Manohar

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Places to Visit Belur March 31, 2015 18:05

An absolute must see destination in any cultural tour of India, Belur, located on the banks of the river Yagachi in Hassan district, was the capital of the powerful south Indian dynasty of the Hoysalas. Also known as the Banaras of the South, “Dakshin Varanasi”, and the place is home to the awe-inspiring Chennakesava Temple, a fine specimen of Hoysala architecture. How to Reach: By Road: Belur is connected by good motorable roads to all the important places and cities in South India, Belur is: 37 km from Hassan 154 km from Mangalore 155 km from Mysore 86 km from Sravanabelagola 86 km from Chikmagulur By Train: The nearest railhead is Hassan connected with different cities and places in India. By Plane: Mangalore is the nearest airport connected by flights to different cities in India. Places to Visit near Belur: 17 km away is another splendid attraction of Halebid which was the Hoysala capital before Belur. Previously known as Dwarasamudra, the place is famous for the Hoysaleswara temple which is a cultural extravaganza. While visiting these destinations, don’t miss Shravanabelagola for the gigantic statue of Gometashvara.

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Lunch skippers loose essential nutrients March 31, 2015 18:07

It was revealed that lunch skippers loose many essential nutrients including calcium and fiber when compares with others of their own age who ate lunch. The findings were presented at the 2015 American Society of Nutrition conference.According to new analysis of data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that evaluated eating patterns of 3,647 children ages 4-13 years, 13 percent of younger children and 17 percent of 9-13 year olds skip lunch on a given day. Even the data pointed that for some children, the lunch meal was primarily responsible for the higher essential nutrient intakes of vitamin D, potassium and magnesium, as well as a nutrient of concern, sodium.“This study highlights an opportunity for both government and the food industry to develop new strategies to encourage children and adolescents to consume a healthy lunch,” Mathias said.So it is parent’s responsibility to look after the children and making them to have lunch every day. If they are not interested in eating some regular recipes, try something different according to their taste. AW: Lizitha

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Gravity Defying Palace at Lucknow March 31, 2015 16:34

The Gravity Defying Palace at Lucknow is the Bara Imambara - bara meaning big and imambarameaning a shrine.  It was built by the fourth Nawab, Barak Imambara Asaf-ud-Daula, in the year 1784 and is a blend of Arabic and European architecture. The surrounding of the palace also includes a mosque and a step-well - bowli. The main hall was constructed exclusively with interlocking brick-work and is famous for its mysterious architecture of “Bhulbhulaiya- a dense maze”. This labyrinth is made of more than 1,000 narrow staircase passages meant to prevent any possible intruders. One can roam around the clandestine maze; preferably with an official guide. And alongside one can also explore the adjacent mosque and stunning gardens. It has been Constructed by 22,000 people. It is noted that the ordinary people worked during the day time at the construction site, noble men and courtiers, to make ends meet, worked in the nights so that they would not be identified. Defying Palace at Lucknow can be visited any time of the year.

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The Magnetic Hill-Ladakh March 31, 2015 16:01

The "Magnet Hill" is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, about 30 km from Leh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level. On its south side flows the Indus, which originates in Tibet and carries to Pakistan. The magnetic hill has become a popular stop for domestic tourists on car journeys. Magnetic hill is one of the famous offbeat destinations of India. In reality, it is just the optical illusion effect and there is no magnetic disturbance at all. This self-profound magnetic hill is one of the popular stops for domestic tourists to experience nature’s mysterious ways. This is a remarkably common illusion that is found in numerous locations around the world.  Usually it is a stretch of road in a hilly area where the level horizon is obscured. Apart from the Magnetic Hill, you can also enjoy seeing a few other places that lie at a close distance from the hill. The Himalayan region here is truly worth exploring.

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