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'Everyone will remember me' - Germanwings co-pilot to his ex-girlfriend March 28, 2015 17:27

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning a spectacular gesture that everyone would remember, the German daily Bild reported on Saturday.The newspaper published an interview with a woman who said she had had a relationship in 2014 with Andreas Lubitz, the man French prosecutors believe locked himself alone into the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus on Tuesday and steered it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board."When I heard about the crash, I remembered a sentence, over and over again, that he said," the woman, a flight attendant of 26 named only as Maria W., told Bild. "'One day I'll do something that will change the system, and then everyone will know my name and remember it'.""I didn't know what he meant by that at the time, but now it's obvious," she said."He did it because he realised that, due to his health problems, his big dream of working at Lufthansa, of a having job as a pilot, and as a pilot on long-distance flights, was nearly impossible.""He never talked much about his illness, only that he was in psychiatric treatment."German authorities said on Friday they had found torn-up sick notes showing that the co-pilot was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy. Germanwings, the budget airline of the flag carrier Lufthansa, has said he had not submitted any sick note at the time.Maria W told the paper: "We always talked a lot about work and then he became a different person. He became upset about the conditions we worked under: too little money, fear of losing the contract, too much pressure."A Lufthansa spokesman declined to comment.@timesofindia   - Manohar

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WiFi in Indian Flights soon March 28, 2015 17:16

Flight passengers of India could in the coming months surf the web while flying, with the government finally warming up to the idea of WiFi - based Internet connections on flights, meeting a longstanding demand of both airlines and passengers.A senior civil aviation ministry official said his ministry has approached the department of telecommunications (DoT) with the proposal and will make a formal announcement soon. "The DoT has already said (informally) the proposal is possible to implement," he said, asking not to be named.DoT allots spectrum, or airwaves, capacity to operators to provide telecom and broadband services. In India, only foreign airlines such as Emirates, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines offer Internet connectivity on international flights.Sanjiv Kapoor, COO of budget airline SpiceJet, said several airlines had expressed interest in the proposal.Vistara, AirAsia take lead"It is a welcome proposal, it is allowed in many other places of the world. In the US these days, it is rare to be on a flight that does not have Wi-Fi," he said.Kapil Kaul, South Asia chief executive of aviation consultancy Capa, said the development is good for customers, especially business travelers. Surfing the web on flights appeals to travellers because they can be more productive or fight boredom.Like the use of mobile phones onboard even in flight mode, Wi-Fi and other technologies require regulatory clearances. Airlines typically provide Wi-Fi services by installing on board planes a server that hooks up with a ground-based mobile broadband network or links to satellites.The number of commercial airplanes globally with Wi-Fi, cell service or both is expected to more than triple over the next 10 years to 14,000, with Asia spawning most of the growth, according to research firm IHS.Revenue SourceFor airlines, desperate for new sources of revenue because of their wafer-thin margins, Wi-Fi will be a possibly lucrative service to sell. But globally, the service hasn't been a huge money spinner for airlines because equipping fleets with Wi-Fi, especially via satellites, is costly and few carriers have found a profitable way to cover costs.   - Manohar

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Moderate sleep increases life span March 28, 2015 16:55

Do you know that sleeping time affects your morality rate? A new study revealed that sleeping more than eight hours increases one's risk of dying early due to a hidden illness that causes oversleeping. This hidden illness might be due to depression, back pain, and inflammation.The study was conducted by Warwick University on one million people and the sleeping habits were noted by dividing them into three groups: the short sleepers, who slept less than six hours per night, the medium sleepers, who slept between six and eight hours, and the long sleepers, who slept more than eight hours. According to the analysis by Professor Franco Cappuccio, 30% more of the long sleepers died compared to medium sleepers, while 12% more of short sleepers died in the same period compared to medium sleepers. It is in fact as much of a risk as drinking too much alcohol. So to avoid the health risks associated with sleeping time, try to sleep for seven or eight hours a day. AW: Lizitha

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TRAI may regulate IM apps March 28, 2015 16:29

TRAI, the telecom regulatory of India is in the process to prepare a regulatory framework for VoIP and IM applications. Services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber amongst others which are very popular in the country could end up paying revenue to telecom operators as a result of this. TRAI has already released a consultation paper on a regulatory framework for OTT (over the top) services. The final decision will take more than a few months, so companies like WhatsApp and Viber can breathe easy for now. IM and VoIP services are eating into the revenue of telecom service provider as traditional communication such as text messaging and calling are slowing disappearing. On the other hand, OTT services depend on data networks which in turn boost internet sales from network providers.A few months back, Airtel decided to take matters into its own hands by launching special deals for users to access OTT services by charging normal data usage fees when using apps like WhatsApp and Viber, unless you purchased these special deals. Things didn’t go well with customers and TRAI also stepped in to investigate. If TRAI impose regulations on OTT services, apps like WhatsApp, Skype and more could end up paying telecom service provider’s big bucks.By Premji

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Unpaid Sweepers brought traffic to halt in East Delhi March 28, 2015 15:50

The common man became a casualty of sanitation workers' fight for salary dues on Friday. Sweepers dumped garbage on all the major roads in east Delhi, hindering traffic and filling the air with a stench.While the sweepers had threatened to stop picking up garbage after March 31 if their salaries weren't paid, Friday's action was unexpected. It also seemed politically motivated as the protesters, who work for the BJP-led municipal corporations, vent their ire mainly on the AAP government."East Corporation has not paid salaries of sanitation workers and we are left with no option but to take to the streets. Garbage was strewn on streets and outside the deputy chief minister's residence in Patparganj as a mark of protest. Only when people are inconvenienced will our demands be heard," said Rajinder Mewati, president of Safai Karamchari Association. The protesters also burned effigies of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and shouted slogans against him.East Corporation has not paid its sweepers since January. Parts of east Delhi, including Preet Vihar, Patparganj, Trilokpuri, Mayur Vihar and some adjoining areas, were severely affected. Traffic slowed down to cross the heaps of garbage and some two-wheeler riders skidded.The drama began on Friday morning when about 500 protesters blocked traffic on Vikas Marg. From there, they marched towards Mandawali and blocked the national highway around 10.30am. Although police removed them within an hour, traffic continued to crawl on Patparganj Road, Vikas Marg, IP Extension Road, Mayur Vihar, Anand Vihar, Chaudhary Charan Singh Marg and NH-24 till much later.Sanitation workers laid siege to the corporation's two zonal offices in Shahdara (north and south) and did not let officials enter. Police were called after garbage was piled up outside the offices. The workers said they will continue the protest over the weekend if their dues are not cleared. "On Saturday, we will not let trucks and loaders pick up garbage from dhalaos and the collection centre in Vivek Vihar," Mewati said.On Tuesday, sanitation workers had vandalized both the zonal offices in Shahdara. Congress, which does not have a single seat in the state assembly now, backed their protest. However, BJP, which controls all three corporations, said the sweepers have not been paid as the civic bodies don't have money. "We don't have any funds. Not only sanitation workers, even officials have not been paid for months. But protesting in this manner is wrong and dumping garbage on streets is not the solution," said B B Tyagi, chairman of the standing committee in East Corporation.Several associations of sanitation workers have declared they will strike work from March 31 to demand salary dues and regular jobs. Workers in north Delhi are also planning a protest. "To make our point before the corporations and the government, garbage will not be removed from the streets. North Corporation hasn't paid us for months," said Ashok Bagdi, president, Akhil Bhartiya Safai Mazdoor Congress.East Corporation recently cleared salary dues up to January and is trying to generate internal revenue to pay salaries for February and March. "We have released around Rs 85 crore to pay the salaries up to January. As soon as we have money, we will clear other dues," said Amit Yadav, commissioner, East Corporation.@TimesofIndia.com   - Manohar

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Gut bacteria increases risk of depression, impaired memory March 28, 2015 15:24

A study recently published in the journal Biological Psychiatry revealed that a high-fat diet produces changes in health and behavior (partly) by altering a person’s gut microbiota. To know whether bacteria in the gut can alter behavioral patterns, even in animals that do not exhibit obesity. The research was conducted in non obese adult mice who were fed a normal diet were implanted with bacteria from rodents who had consumed large amounts of fat. These animals were then monitored over time, and their behavior and cognition were measured against a control group who received microbes from mice fed a normal diet.It was observed that the mice who received microbiota shaped by high fat diet had shown multiple behaviors like increased anxiety, impaired memory and repetitive behaviors. Further, they showed many detrimental effects in the body, including increased intestinal permeability and markers of inflammation.This new study provides more evidence supporting correlations between gut bacteria and certain psychological conditions. AW: Lizitha

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After SC scrapped 66 A, Sec 67 lands an IT prof in prison March 28, 2015 14:49

The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Section 66A of Information Technology Act saying the clause struck at the root of liberty and freedom of expression. It, however, does not mean that sending abusive messages through a computer or communication device will exempt an offender from conviction. A cyber culprit can still be sentenced under similar provisions of the IT Act, IPC and state-enacted provisions that criminalize harassment.A software engineer learned this the hard way. Srinath Nambudri of Karnataka will now cool his heels in prison for one year on the charge of harassing a woman colleague after she spurned his advances. The cyber cell of the CB-CID, in December 2011, had registered a case against Nambudri under various provisions including Section 66A of IT Act (sending offensive and menacing electronic mail.On Tuesday, even as the Supreme Court said Section 66A of the IT Act was unconstitutional and struck it down, a city court, perhaps following the dictum, absolved him from conviction under the section. But he was found guilty of charges under Section 67 (punishment for publishing or obscene material in electronic form) of the IT Act, 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation, if threat be to cause death or grievous hurt) and 509 (uttering any word or making any gesture to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC, along with Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act, 1998.According to police, Nambduri was working as a software engineer at TCS, Siruseri. He was attracted to a colleague, and expressed his love to her. When she spurned his advances, an infuriated Nambudri started sending several obscene and derogatory emails to her from April 2011. On one occasion, when the woman went to the US on an official visit, he emailed malicious contents about her to the company's head. Nambudri also sent a morphed nude picture of the woman to her brother. "He continued to stalk and eve-tease the woman electronically for several months," said special public prosecutor Mary Jayanthi.After returning to Chennai, she lodged a complaint with cyber wing of CBCID. It was only then did the police register a case against Nambudri.During the proceedings on Tuesday, Nambudri offered suitable compensation to the victim. Prosecutor Jayanthi opposed his contention stating it was a serious charge of harassment. Despite getting married after lodging the complaint, the victim-woman had pursued the case, and wanted the ends of justice to be met, said Jayanthi.   - Manohar

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Sureshbhai Patel assault, US cop indicted March 28, 2015 13:11

US police officer, accused of using excessive force against a 57-year-old Indian leaving him partially paralysed, has been indicted on federal civil rights violation charges. "A federal grand jury indicted Eric Parker, the police officer who threw Sureshbhai Patel to the ground resulting in him getting partially paralyzed, for deprivation of rights under color of law," said Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta and US Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama Joyce Vance. "Police officers are sworn to uphold the law and protect the public. The public must be able to trust the police. Law enforcement officers who violate their oath to protect and use excessive force must be brought to justice," Vance said.Parker's actions deprived the victim of his right under the US Constitution to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures, which includes the right to be free from unreasonable force by someone acting under color of law, the indictment said. The case was investigated by the FBI. Parker was suspended by the Madison Police days after the brutal assault on Patel. The Madison Police last month recommended that he be sacked. Patel's attorney Hank Sherrod said Patel and his family were very pleased by the "prompt and decisive action".By Premji

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Mysterious Pigeon was seen with a chip and Arabic script March 28, 2015 11:25

A pigeon carrying suspicious electronic chip and a ring with code was seen by a guard in Gujarat near Indo-Pak border. The incident, apparently linked to terrorist or anti-social activists, troubled the police, forest, coast guard, and intelligence departments.After catching the mysterious pigeon, the local administration informed the matter to the Union home ministry. Then the coast guard, forest department, forensic experts and the state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad were directed to pitch in to examine the matter. The mysterious pigeon was first seen on March 20 about five nautical miles away from the shore of Salaya Essar jetty, which is under construction, in Gujarat's Devbhumi Dwarka district.According to the reports, a security guard noticed the suspicious pigeon carrying a chip (had 'Benjing Dual' on it) on one of its legs and a number '28733' written in a ring in the other leg. The pigeon wing was written with a word 'Rasul-Ul-Allah' (in Arabic language).The jetty guards handed over the pigeon to coast guards. They have informed the local police and registered a preliminary report. The district police removed the ring and the chip from the pigeon's legs and sent the two items to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Gandhinagar for examination.At present we cannot attribute that pigeon and its goods to terrorist groups, the pigeon might have come for drinking water after escaping from a ship or a house. However, the detailed report which is yet to come may address all the issues. -Kannamsai

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Katrina's wax statue at Madame Tussauds March 28, 2015 11:13

Gorgeous Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif is the latest star to join the Bollywood line-up at Madame Tussauds, London. Katrina, born to a British mother and Kashmiri father, was picked after she went head to head with competitors Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone to win a poll last year via Madame Tussauds official website and in collaboration with Panjab Radio, with more than 225,000 votes were cast."It's an amazing honour to be asked and to be featured alongside icons of the Indian film industry is humbling," the actress said. After coming face-to-face with her wax model, Kaif said, "This is amazing it does look really like me." Katrina's figure was created by a team of 20 sculptors and artists over a four-month period, using hundreds of precise measurements taken at a sitting in Mumbai and cost 150,000 pounds to create. Over 500 precise body measurements are referenced, real head hairs are inserted one by one, and countless layers of paints and tints are applied to build up skin tones to achieve a kind of astonishing realism that visitors flock to see from around the world. The 31-year-old British-Indian actress has become the seventh Bollywood actor to be honoured with a figure at Madame Tussauds London and joins Amitabh Bachchan (2000), Aishwarya Rai (2004), Shah Rukh Khan (2007), Salman Khan (2008), Hrithik Roshan (2011) and Madhuri Dixit-Nene (2012).AW: Lizitha

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