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Flood Fury in Kashmir March 30, 2015 10:44

Jhelum river on Monday crossed danger level in Srinagar and Sangam area of South Kashmir with heavy rains lashing most parts of the state, which sounded an alert asking people to move to safer places.The Jammu and Kashmir government has declared floods in parts of Kashmir valley as the water levels in the Jhelum rose steeply in last 12 hours.The government has advised people living near the banks of the Jhelum and in the low lying areas of the valley to shift to safer places.Jammu and Kashmir, JK floods, J&K floods, Kashmir floods, River Jhelum, Jhelum flood An Indian paramilitary soldier walks through a flooded street following heavy rains in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Heavy rains have been reported in several parts of the Kashmir valley. A senior official said water level of river Jhelum at 6 am at Sangam (South Kashmir) and Ram Munshi Bagh (Srinagar city) has touched 22'.4 feet and 18'.8 feet respectively. Danger level at Sangam is 21 feet and at Ram Munshi Bagh it is 18 feet.At Ram Munshibagh in Srinagar, the water level at 6 am has been recorded at 18.55 feet which is slightly higher than the flood alert level. The government has advised people living near Jhelum banks and inn the low lying areas of the valley to shift to safer places.The incessant rains have triggered panic across Kashmir as waterlogging has closed many roads for traffic movement. The flash floods in rural Kashmir has also damaged bridges and road infrastructure and caused panic in the valley.- Manohar

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India's Launch of fourth navigational satellite March 28, 2015 19:53

The ISRO will launch the IRNSS 1-D satellite through the PSLV C-27 (XL) vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Saturday, helping India begin the operation of an indigenous regional navigation satellite system.“With the functioning of IRNSS 1-D in orbit, proof-of-concept of an independent regional navigation satellite system over India can be established,” the ISRO said.The 1,425-kg IRNSS 1-D is the fourth in a series of seven satellites that, along with ground stations, form the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).The IRNSS 1-D launch, scheduled for 5.19 p.m., will help the country begin operations partially, and the system will become efficient once all seven satellites are positioned in space, an ISRO official said. A common service and restricted service will be provided after the seventh satellite is launched. Though the navigation system is indigenous, it cannot be compared with the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), since the IRNSS will cover areas only in South Asia.“The countdown is proceeding smoothly, and the vehicle is ready at the second launch pad,” the official said.   - Manohar

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Bollywood stood for Anushka March 28, 2015 19:30

India’s exit from the World Cup has been especially testing for the couple, as angry fans, both on social media and in the real world, blamed the actress for Kohli’s poor performance in the semi-final against Australia in Sydney.Anushka has been at the receiving end of constant flak for her presence at the match, ever since her rumoured beau and cricketer Virat Kohli walked back to the pavilion to begin the Indian slide to defeat at the India-Australia semi-final in Sydney on Thursday.Members of the film fraternity have condemned social media trolls against Anushka Sharma. While Priyanka Chopra says it’s “horrible to see a supportive girlfriend being lynched for a game she just watched”, Dia Mirza has called it “disgusting”.Anushka has been been trolled unabashedly on social media for her presence at the match, ever since her rumoured beau and cricketer Virat Kohli walked back to the pavilion to begin the Indian slide to defeat at the India-Australia semi-final in Sydney on Thursday.But film celebrities have come out in support of the actress.Here’s what they had to say.Dia Mirza: It’s ok to be disappointed or critical. BUT these comments about Anushka are DOWNRIGHT disgusting.Priyanka Chopra: So horrible to c a supportive girlfriend being lynched for a game she just watched!!Stop with the disrespect! #StillBleedBlue @AnushkaSharmaSushmita Sen: So happy 2 C @AnushkaSharma b there 2 support her man n her country!!Those mocking her, pick another sport..IND’s spirit n Cricket not 4 UY’Z:)Rishi Kapoor: With you my dear Anushka! Bunch of uneducated idiots who target you. Been through this dam thing. Jakho rakhe sanyaan maar sake na koi!Arjun Kapoor: Let’s give the Australian Team credit for playing well on the day instead of finding lame reasons, excuses & blaming individuals for our loss.Even tennis ace Sania Mirza came to the actress’ rescue, and tweeted: “Blaming and joking bout Anushka?? cz a woman can ONLY be a distraction and not a strength? Wht bout d other times we won or Virat made a 100?”India bowed out of the World Cup on Thursday, losing to Australia by 95 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.   - Manohar

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Hindu Rights Organization condemns India's support for gay marriages March 28, 2015 19:05

A major Hindu rights organization here has denounced India’s decision to support the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon’s decision to extend benefits to lesbian couples and gay couples working at the multilateral organization.Earlier this week, India joined the bandwagon of supporting same-sex couples along with 43 nations including Russia. In a statement, the Hindu American Foundation slashed protecting of gay rights at the U.N. and laughed at UN general’s resolution.Besides the fact that 43 nations strengthen the resolution, It has waded out by 80 nations while 37 nations avoided voting.  “Same-sex couples deserve the same rights and respect granted to opposite-sex couples, and we commend the Secretary-General’s efforts to treat all U.N. employees with equal dignity,” said Samir Kalra, senior Director and Human Rights Fellow at HAF.Officials of the Ministry of External Affairs earlier reportedly explained that India’s only option was to vote in favor of the Russian resolution since homosexuality was a crime in the country and “it is a complex issue of whether nationals of a state should be governed by their laws or governed by decisions of others.”   - Manohar

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Attrition to be high due to vibrant job market March 28, 2015 18:18

Indian companies are likely to witness high attrition rates of up to 25 percent in 2015, due to an upbeat job market and improved economy. Fresher-level attrition is expected to be around 12-14 percent while at senior-level it will be in the range of 8-10 percent, according to a survey by job portal Wisdom Jobs. Mid and lateral-level attrition is pegged to grow to 15-20 percent and key role attrition is expected to touch 7 percent during the year. The causes of these high attrition rates include poor workplace engagement, unsatisfactory work environment and poor salary structures and appraisals. Office politics and restricted career growth are also among reasons for switching of jobs by employees."The survey reinforces the gut-feel in the recruitment industry that 2015 will see huge employee turnover in most sectors. This churn can primarily be attributed to job seeker optimism arising from a stable economy leading to a spurt in opportunities," said Wisdomjobs.com founder and CEO Ajay Kolla. "The sectors that are expected to get severely impacted are IT, ITeS (IT-enabled services) and software as these segments are expected to witness attrition of 25 percent or more at entry-level positions," the survey said.By Premji

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Imams come together against ISIS March 28, 2015 17:37

British imams and scholars is looking to "reclaim the Internet" with a new magazine aimed at shifting the conversation and spreading a message of truth. The militant group Islamic State, or ISIS, has pushed online campaigns to attract youth to its bloody crusade in Syria and Iraq by using a twisted version of Islam. Haqiqah, meaning "the truth" or "the reality" in Arabic, is a digital magazine created by Islamic scholars. The goal, they say, is to "drown out" the voices perpetuating violence. More than 100 imams were reportedly present at the launch of the magazine in London.“Someone has to reclaim that territory from ISIS, and that can only be imams, religious leaders who guide and nourish their community,” Qari Asim, senior editor at Imams Online, told. “But now that we live in a digital mobile world, some young people are not coming to the mosque so we must reach out to them -- and this is the Muslims’ contribution to combat radicalization on the net.""If this is part of community-led initiatives to counter ISIS, then it is exactly what's needed," Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, told. "Governments and their military forces cannot bomb away ideas of violent extremism. Authentic and credible community voices can wash away the filth from the cult of death, bring the light of life to lost souls, hoping to rehabilitate them so they don't destroy themselves and their families."By Premji

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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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