Yesterday, reports surfaced online claiming that Xiaomi was planning on launching its ultra-affordable smartphone on April 8. But at its ongoing event in China marking its fifth anniversary, CEO Lei Jun took the wraps off the Redmi 2A. As the name suggests, the Redmi 2A is an affordable variant of the Redmi 2, which launched in India earlier this month. The Redmi 2A is powered by a 1.5GHz Leadcore LC1860C quad-core processor paired with Mali T628MP2 GPU and 1GB of RAM. In comparison, the Redmi 2 is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core 64-bit processor paired with Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The rest of the specifications are quite similar to the Redmi 2. So in essence, it features a 4.7-inch HD (1280×720 pixels), 8GB internal storage, 2,200mAh battery, and LTE support. As for pricing, unlike what was earlier believed, the Redmi 2A is not a whole lot cheaper than the Redmi 2. Where the Redmi 2 is priced at Rs 6,999, the Redmi 2A is priced at 599 Yuan (Rs 6,044 approximately). There is currently no word on when the company plans on launching the smartphone in other markets.
Old myth busted after years with the research done by Dartmouth Medical School on more than 8000 people. They found that “An apple a day probably won’t keep the doctor away, but it may keep you out of the pharmacy”. Researchers 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. According to the study, apple eaters had higher educational fulfillment and, were more likely to be from a ethnic or racial minority. Also, they were less likely to smoke. 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. “Apples probably won’t cure the woes of our health care system, but they certainly won’t hurt,” Hayes added. However, Apples have been associated to a reduced risk 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. So it is good to eat apples every day strengthening the statement “An apple a day keeps pharmacist away”. AW: Lizitha
It's a proposal so controversial that it has been rejected by two Presidents, Pratibha Patil and APJ Abdul Kalam, but the Gujarat government is determined to push ahead with a proposed law aimed at combating terrorism and organized crime A bill was introduced in the state assembly today for the fourth time in 12 years and was passed in the absence of the opposition Congress, which had walked out. "We need such laws to counter terrorism. This law will ensure that those involved in anti-social activities will not come out on bail easily," said Nitin Patel, spokesperson of the Gujarat government. The bill has always been passed in the state, because the ruling BJP has a clear majority, but it couldn't become law as the president refused to sign off on it. "A state cannot pass a bill contradictory to the central law. Two presidents have rejected this bill," said Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil. The Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Bill is an amended version of the previous bill, but still vests the police with far too much power, say critics. Authorities are entitled to intercept phone calls; recordings are admissible in the court as evidence. Confessions made before senior police officers can be submitted as evidence in court. Rights activists warn that this means suspects can be tortured into confessing and this could be used in court. A suspect can be kept in custody for 30 days, instead of the current 15-day period; and if a public prosecutor recommends it, the police can take 180 days to file a chargesheet - that's twice the current time limit and can subject a suspect to immense harassment, say critics. The first version of the proposal was sent to the Centre in 2004, when Narendra Modi was Chief Minister; the Union government headed by the BJP's Atal Bihari Vajpayee had sent it back, asking for major changes. The coalition government led by the Congress also objected to later versions of the bill. @ndtv Manohar M
According to a research conducted by Nestlé’s new Kids Nutrition & Health Study (NKNHS) in US, it was revealed that skipping lunch is a common practice in children and young people and pointed that the lunch skippers are missing some key nutrients that are essential for growth and development. The researchers evaluated eating patterns of 3,647 children ages 4-13 years and found that 13 percent of younger children and 17 percent of 9-13 year old skip lunch on a given day. Lead author of the study, Kevin Mathias, PhD and Scientist at the Nestle Research Center said that the 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. “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. AW: Lizitha
Sex Bomb Sunny Leone is now coming with back to back films in Bollywood. She has recently signed many adult comedies and one among them is Kuch Kuch Locha Hai which has completed shoot. The movie has been directed by Devang Dholakia and the film features Sunny Leone, Ram Kapoor, Evelyn Sharma and Navdeep Chabbra in the lead roles. The movie is said to be a sex comedy and Sunny Leone will be seen as a successful Bollywood star while Ram Kapoor will be seen as a Gujarati businessman in the movie The theatrical trailer of the movie has been released which has been filled with comedy and adult sequences. The trailer has been racy and colorful which will sure bring the heat among the youth. The movie has been produced by Alumbra Entertainments, Magic Pictures along with Maximus Multimedia. KK Agarwal and Mukesh Purohit are the producers for the movie. The movie has been initially titled as Patel Rap and later it has been renamed to Kuch Kuch Locha Hai. The movie will complete all the formalities and will release on May 8th all over.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought responses from senior BJP leader L K Advani and others on a plea against dropping of criminal conspiracy charge against them in the Babri mosque demolition case. A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu issued notices to the BJP leader and the CBI on a separate plea filed by Haji Mahboob Ahmad, one of the petitioners in the Babri mosque case. Ahmad, in his plea, has alleged that CBI may dilute its stand in the wake of the change in the government at the Centre. Mulayam connived with Advani to demolish Babri Masjid, Beni Prasad Verma says Advani must be tried for Babri Masjid conspiracy: CBI to SC The apex court was hearing the CBI's appeal challenging 2010 Allahabad high court verdict discharging of LK Advani and 19 other senior leaders of BJP and Hindu outfits the charges of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of the Babri Masjid. The CBI which had moved the apex court February 18, 2011, nearly nine months after the Allahabad high court verdict May 20, 2010, has yet to persuade the court on the justification for delay in challenging the high court order. The CBI in its appeal before the apex court has said that the verdict discharging Advani and others of the offence of criminal conspiracy "is inconsistent with the previous judgment rendered by the Allahabad high court on February 12, 2001". The Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court by its February 12, 2001 order had held that the trial court committed no illegality in taking "cognizance of joint consolidated charge sheet and all the offences were committed in the course of the same transaction to accomplish the conspiracy". The high court by its said order had noted that the "evidence for all the offences was almost the same". @timesofindia
Ageing brings wrinkles on your face. To remove those we will be trying different tricks to reduce them. Here i will help you out by suggesting some natural fruit remedies which will make you look younger. 1. Papaya and banana paste: It may be any season, papaya and banana will be available across the year. They can be effective for soothing, toning and moisturizing your skin. Try using banana and papaya combo face packs for wrinkle free skin. Papain enzyme in papaya and rich vitamins in banana are the reasons for revitalizing your skin. Even the pulp is good for premature ageing signs. 2. Grape magic: Grape will help in tightening your skin and also offers healthy glow. Cut grape into half and apply pulp on the face targeting all those fine lines. Leave the juice on for as long as you can and wash off. A few re-runs over the next few weeks and your skin will be supple and wrinkle free. 3. Coconut glow: Coconut will give your skin glow and radiance. Grate raw coconut and squeeze milk out of it. Apply this milk on your face and rinse off after sometime. Repeating this often can reduce your wrinkles on your face. Even it is effective remedy to remove wrinkles under the eyes. Massage under the eyes with coconut oil every night before having sleep. 4. Lemon Juice: This is not just useful to quench your thirst during the summer, but you can use them as part of your beauty treatment as well. Just applying a few drops of lemon juice on your face can remove blemishes and age spots as well. 5. Avocado wonder: Avocado is rich in vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants which are helpful to improve skin from inside. This fruit is a blessing for those with premature wrinkles. Along with halting premature ageing, it reduces wrinkles and pampers your skin back to health. It is one of the most used ingredients in all anti-ageing creams. Apply the pulp of this fruit on your face before you go to bath. Your skin will glow with radiance and vitality. AW: Lizitha
Despite the failure in semis, the combative Indian batsman Virat Kohli stood in fourht position and secured his place in the top 10 in the ICC ODI rankings 2015. On the other hand Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who played some memorable innings, climbed to sixth position while Skipper MS Dhoni stepped down to eighth position, but still managed to be in top 10. Another Opener Rohit Sharma is progressive with seven positions up and shared the 12th position with Aussie butcher Steven Smith and Pakistan Captain Misbah-ul-Haq. Team Australia took home the World Cup and won USD 175,000 after finishing as the number-one ranked side on the April 1 cut-off date. India collected USD 75,000 for finishing second in the team rankings. Below are the rankings: Rank Name Country Rating 1 A.B. de Villiers SA 9022 K.C. Sangakkara SL 8603 H.M. Amla SA 8284 V. Kohli IND 8225 T.M. Dilshan SL 7936 S Dhawan IND 7567 K.S. Williamson NZ 7338 M.S. Dhoni IND 7319 G.J. Maxwell AUS 72010 G.J. Bailey AUS 697 ICC Player Rankings Rank Name Country Rating 1 M.A. Starc AUS 7832 Imran Tahir SA 7343 Saeed Ajmal PAK 7184 D.W. Steyn SA 7175 S.P. Narine WI 7096 T.A. Boult NZ 6936 M.G. Johnson AUS 6938 J.M. Anderson ENG 6709 M. Morkel SA 66610 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 659
With two senior AAP rebel members - Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan - calling a meeting of their supporters on April 14, speculations are getting rife about the duo floating a new party in the near future. The two senior AAP leaders, who have been ousted from party's National Executive, are expected to invite former AAP internal Lokpal Admiral L Ramdas and noted social activist Medha Patkar to the meeting. Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday removed Bhushan from the National Disciplinary Committee and Admiral Ramdas as internal Lokpal. Patkar on Sunday formally resigned from AAP and termed ouster of Yadav and Bhushan from the party's national executive (NE) as 'questionable and condemnable'. Patkar had announced her resignation as member of the party on Saturday, few hours after the NE expelled Yadav and Bhushan for their alleged anti-party activities. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that AAP is "doing alright", after the weekend saw bitter infighting and a crackdown on dissidents who had challenged his leadership. While speaking to PTI, Yadav refused to answer any question on their next move except to state that their supporters, volunteers and well-wishers would meet on BR Ambedkar's birthday on April 14. Anticipating his expulsion as well as of Bhushan from AAP, Yadav said the AAP leadership would not stop before throwing him and Bhushan out of the party and both of them were ready for it. He said he will not resign on his own. "Going by what we have witnessed in the last one month, that will be the most natural consequence. I thought initially that sidelining us was enough for them. Yadav said thousands of supporters and well-wishers of AAP were deeply disturbed about what was happening and want to see a way in which some of these things can be redressed.
Mercury dropped in several parts of north India today as rains lashed many places including Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, where sixteen people died due to house-collapse and landslides. Incessant rains led to flooding of several areas in Kashmir causing panic among the people. Due to heavy rains over the past 36 hours, river Jhelum was flowing above the danger mark at several places including Sangam in Anantnag district and Ram Munshi Bagh in Srinagar. Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed said one person died and 10 others are trapped in the debris of a house which collapsed in Laldan area of Budgam district of Kashmir valley due to floods. Police later said that six persons have died while 13 other people are believed to be trapped in the debris after a landslide brought down four houses in Budgam. The authorities declared a flood situation in Kashmir and the Centre and the state government swung into action, with eight teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) being rushed to the Valley to help in rescue and relief. Two NDRF teams comprising 100 personnel have already been rushed by an IAF plane from Bhatinda in Punjab to Srinagar. However, as the day progressed rainfall stopped Srinagar and the authorities announced that the water level of Jhelum river which had touched the flood levels at Sangam and Ram Munshi Bagh was showing a declining or static trend. In the national capital, overcast conditions prevailed throughout the day and temperatures settled within comfortable levels after overnight heavy rains. The Safdarjung observatory which measures the official reading for Delhi recorded 11.2 mm rains, while areas under Lodhi Road, Palam, the Ridge and Ayanagar received 10.6 mm, 20.6 mm, 9 mm and 8.6 mm of rainfall, respectively. According to the MeT department, rain accompanied with thundershowers may occur in some parts of Delhi till midnight.The maximum temperature in the city settled four notches below the season’s average at 29.3 degrees Celsius while the minimum was recorded a notch above the normal at19.9 degrees. Most parts of Himachal Pradesh were lashed by rains and thunderstorm while Shimla and its surrounding areas were lashed by a severe hailstorm and high altitude tribal areas had another spell of moderate snowfall. A severe hailstorm lashed Shimla and surrounding areas this evening, reducing visibility and forcing people to rush indoors. The roads were covered under 5 cm thick layer of hail disrupting vehicular traffic. @thefinancialexpress