Author: Shivendra Singh


Cabinet clears Air India’s sell, trade unions cry foul

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The Cabinet today cleared disinvestment of beleaguered national airline, Air India which has floundered amid stiff competition from no-frills rivals and reported at least seven years of losses.

Announcing the decision, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said an in-principal approval for divestment of Air India has been taken, but did not say if it will be an outright sale or partial divestment.

“The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to fourth tranche recommendations of NITI Aayog on strategic disinvestment of CPSE (strategic disinvestment of Air India and five of its subsidiaries) based on the recommendations of Core Group of Secretaries on Disinvestment (CGD),” he said.

A Civil Aviation Ministry note for stake sale in Air India was considered by the Cabinet today.

The airline, which was afloat thanks to a Rs 30,231 crore nine-year bailout programme approved in 2012, has about Rs 52,000 crore of debt. It is hampered by debt and servicing costs, which largely eroded its recovery.

Air India, which made an operating profit of about Rs 100 crore in 2015-16 on back of drop in oil prices, but posted a net loss of Rs 3,840 crore, has seen its market share shrink …read more


Google Photos’ new sharing features are starting to roll out

Google is now starting to roll out the major new sharing features announced for Google Photos last month.

The update adds a dedicated “sharing” tab to the bottom of the app and several different ways to share photos. For one, the app will now suggest photos for you to share and who you might want to share them with. The feature is largely based around facial recognition: if Google realizes you regularly share photos of a specific person with a specific email address, it will offer to send them any new pictures.

Photos’ sharing tab will also display a feed of all the pictures and albums that have been shared with you, so it’ll get a bit easier to look through shared photos, too.

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Pakistan’s Champions Trophy hero Fakhar Zaman reveals how MS Dhoni’s behaviour ‘disappointed’ him

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Pakistan’s victory over India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final was largely due to the century scored by their opener Fakhar Zaman. The left-hander, who got lucky early on in his innings after he was caught behind off a no-ball by Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, went on to play a match-winning innings and lead his team to a dominating win over their arch rivals.

In a recent interview, the explosive batsman revealed how his knock was an arduous task, with some of his opponents trying to sledge him while he was batting. “When I was batting well, Kohli and others were saying things to me. So when I got to a hundred, I thought they would ignore it,” reported Fakhar as saying.

The 27-year-old was, however, pleasantly surprised to see the Indian captain applaud when he reached his milestone. “But when I looked at Kohli, I saw that he was looking down but graciously clapping for me,” he said.

Fakhar, though, was surprised to see no such reaction from former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. With the veteran being a wicket-keeper, and a legend of the game, it must’ve been natural for the Pakistani batsman to have a glance at …read more


Mustafa Dossa death: TADA court adjourns hearing for quantum of sentence to Friday

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Expressing shock over the death of the 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict Mustafa Dossa, a special TADA court here today adjourned till Friday the arguments for deciding the quantum of sentence.

Dossa died of cardiac arrest at the JJ Hospital here today at 2.30 pm, hours after he was rushed there due to chest pain.

When the court assembled after the recess at 3 pm, special public prosecutor Deepak Salvi told the court that Dossa was no more.

Expressing shock over the demise, Judge G A Sanap of the special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court said, “Its unfortunate and shocking.” Salvi told the court that he was not in a position to argue the case today and sought adjournment till Friday.

“Yesterday, on the occasion of Eid, he had wished everybody, including me,” Salvi told the court.

Meanwhile, the court also allowed an application moved by Dossa’s brother Haroon seeking custody of his body to perform his last rites.

Dossa’s advocate Sultan Khan moved the application and the CBI gave its no-objection.

The CBI had argued yesterday that Dossa’s crime was “more severe” than that of hanged convict Yakub Memon and had sought capital punishment for him



You can now design custom Snapchat geofilters from your phone

As of today, you can design your own Snap geofilters from right inside the app.

The ability to create custom geofilters has been available since last year, but until now, the only way to design them was with an image-editing software or Snapchat’s web tool. Now, simply enter the app’s settings and tap on “On-Demand Geofilters” to access the new mobile creative studio, which offers themes like “wedding” and “graduation” that can be personalized with text, Bitmoji, and stickers.

Once complete, select the geographic location where you would like the filter to appear, and when — from as short as an hour to as long as 90 days. The price for each custom filter starts at $5.99, and it takes about one business day for Snap to approve it.


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Halt and Catch Fire’s fourth season will premiere on August 19th

Last fall, AMC announced that it renewed Halt and Catch Fire for a fourth and final season. This week, the network revealed that the show will return on August 19th with two back-to-back episodes, beginning at 9PM ET.

Each of Halt and Catch Fire‘s seasons have dramatized some of the biggest aspects of the modern online environment, from the rise of the PC to online gaming. Last season focused on Cameron and Donna’s efforts to shift their company from the world of online gaming to online commerce. Along the way, they ran into numerous roadblocks and interpersonal problems, which ultimately results in Donna’s firing. “Halt and Catch Fire has always been about how people who make things put themselves into the things they create,”…

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Consiming excess ‘good fats’ such as olive oil may result in fatty liver, increase chances of diabetes

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Consuming excessive amounts of ‘good fats’ such as those found in olive oil and avocados may lead to fatty liver disease and increase the risk of diabetes and hypertension, a study warns.

Researchers from University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in the US found that a diet high in monounsaturated fat, combined with high starch content, caused the most severe fatty liver disease, a risk factor for metabolic disorders.

Researchers emphasised that simply counting calories does not guarantee a healthy diet.

They paired a fat, saturated or monounsaturated, with a carbohydrate, sucrose or starch, to create four different high-calorie diets in mice.

The diets were roughly 40 per cent carbohydrate, 40 per cent fat, and 20 per cent protein by calorie, a ratio on par with the average American diet.

Four groups of 10 mice were fed the experimental diets for six months and compared to mice fed regular mouse chow, which is much lower in fat.

Researchers noted that all the mice on the experimental diets, free to eat as much as they wanted, grew obese by the end of six months, and all developed some degree of fatty liver.

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Zume’s robot pizzeria could be the future of workplace automation

Zume Pizza, a food delivery startup in the San Francisco Bay Area, is expanding to a new location in the heart of Silicon Valley — with the help of robotic companions. The company, which starting today will deliver fresh pizzas to Palo Alto and the Stanford area in addition to its hometown of nearby Mountain View, says it has pioneered a robot-assisted technique for pressing pizza dough in a perfect circle in just nine seconds.

That allows the operation to improve efficiency and let its human employees spend time on less tedious work, according to CEO and co-founder Julia Collins. “We wanted to identify places where humans were overtaxed physically, bored, or whether the job they were doing was not safe, like sticking their hand into a…

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