ISRO added another feather in its cap with the successful launch of India's fourth navigation satellite on Saturday. Exactly at 5.19 p.m, the rocket - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - (PSLV-C27) standing about 44 metres tall and weighing around 320 tonne, tore into the evening skies with fierce orange flames at its tail. The expendable rocket had a single but important luggage, the 1,425 kg IRNSS-1D. The rocket blasted off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here, around 80 km from Chennai. For the onlookers the rocket looked like an inverted flare/torch with a long handle as it gathered speed amidst the cheers of the ISRO officials and the media team assembled at the rocket port here. (With Agency inputs)
So after a dream run at the World Cup this year, Team India didn’t make it to the finals and lost out their spot to Australia. As you might know by now, Virat Kolhi didn’t manage to perform as well as he was expected to on the D-day and in a very classy turn of events (*rolls eyes*), his girlfriend Anushka Sharma was blamed for it because apparently, her presence at the match distracted him from playing a good game. Thankfully though, many people, including celebrities, came out in support of Anushka and the makers of NH10 also came up with the most fabulous video response by Anushka to all the nonsense We spotted the duo at the airport, returning from Sydney and the couple, obviously enough, looked rather somber. But you know what the cutest part was? Anushka and Virat held hands tightly from the time they walked out of the airport, to when they got into their cars.It’s so nice to see Anushka standing by her man in good times and in bad. As for Virat, not that we need to tell you, but this one is a keeper. :)What do you think?
A key Hindu rights organisation here has hit out at India’s decision earlier this week to side with nations that sought to reverse the United Nations Secretary-General’s decision to extend benefits to same-sex couples working at the multilateral organisation. In a statement, the Hindu American Foundation commended Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s move towards protection of gay rights at the U.N. and criticised the resolution, introduced by Russia and supported by 43 countries, including India. The resolution introduced on Tuesday was, however, defeated with 80 nations voting ‘nay’ and 37 countries abstaining, which effectively implied the U.N. was free to extend benefits to partners of gay employees. “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 favour 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.”
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. Industries like FMCG, pharmaceuticals and aviation exhibited a comparatively lower attrition rate at 18 percent, 12 percent and 15 percent, respectively. PSU sector would witness an attrition rate of 8 percent due to strong employer branding By Premji
The former girlfriend of Lubitz has broken her silence about the tormented man who killed 149 people and himself in the Germanwings plane crash on Tuesday. The woman, who remains anonymous, told the German newspaper Bild that Lubitz would wake from nightmares screaming “We’re going down”.She said Lubitz made an ominous reference a year ago to the heinous act he carried out this week. “When I heard about the crash, there was just a tape playing in my head of what he said, ‘One day I will do something that will change the system and everyone will then know my name and remember me’,” she said.“I did not know what he meant by that at the time, but now it’s clear.” The woman said she left Lubitz because of his erratic behavior, and the break-up reportedly devastated the already disturbed pilot. It’s understood he had bought matching Audis and planned to give one to her. The ex-girlfriend’s revelations affirm reports from others who knew Lubitz as a troubled man who had endured long bouts of depression and burnout. He had a sick note excusing him from work on the day he is suspected of having intentionally crashed Germanwings Airbus A320, killing everyone on board. It has also been revealed he had been in hospital just a fortnight earlier and may have been on medication for his illness — believed to have been psychological — but hid the fact from his employers so he could keep alive his boyhood dream of flying. Lubitz reportedly feared he was about to lose his flying license on the grounds of his medical condition, as at least two doctors deemed him unfit.
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." The first issue of Haqiqah terms ISIS as an "empty banner" and states that "interspersing the occasional out of context Quranic verse with hyperbolic arguments" does equate to legitimacy. This misconstruction, is not Islam, the magazine tells. By Premji
A new study revealed that persons sleeping more than nine hours and less than 6 hours are likely to die soon. Scientists suggest seven and eight hours of sleep is must for medium sleepers. The study was conducted by Warwick University on one million people and the sleeping habits were noted. It revealed that people who sleep regularly for less than six hours are known as short sleepers and they were also likely to die earlier than those who gained seven hours at night. 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. "Naturally, you have to rely on your memory and you don't know if you're reporting time in bed or time asleep and whether you're accounting for naps, and so forth” he added. Shockingly, the significant rise in mortality risk is equivalent to the risk of drinking several units of alcohol per day. So to avoid morality risks, scientists suggest sleeping seven or eight hours a day is must. More than 9 hours of sleep could result in creating problems associated with depression, heart disease, diabetes and other underlying health concerns. AW: Lizitha
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 proposalVistara, 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 Source For 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.
The much outraged sanitation staff of New Delhi took the streets of east Delhi to express their angst. Sweepers of East Corporation, who has not been paid since January finally lost their temper and dumped the garbage on all major roads in east Delhi and outside the Deputy Chief Minister’s house. There is much ire against the Aam Aadmi Party. “Only when people touch the heat, they will understand the severity,” said Rajinder Mewati, President of Safai Karamchari Association. The protesters also burned effigies of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and shouted slogans against him. The drama effected many areas in New Delhi such as Trilokpuri, Preet Vihar, and Mayur Vihar along with some adjacent areas as well. The whole hindered the traffic very badly and caused many accidents.Residents of Vikas Marg surprised as some 500 protestors came into the area all of a sudden and blocked the traffic over 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 sieged two zonal offices of the corporation in Shahdara (north and south) and did not let officials enter. Police were called after garbage was piled up outside the offices. "On Saturday, we will not let trucks and loaders pick up garbage from dhalaos and the collection centre in Vivek Vihar," Mewati said. Congress, which does not have a single seat in the state assembly now, supported 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
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. The services of the IM apps were always superior to the telecom service providers. Moreover the service providers used to charge exorbitantly with a nontransparent billing system. By Premji