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Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge: 8 unique features

Written By kom nampultig on Sabtu, 28 Maret 2015 | 08.20


Samsung has launched its two new smartphones, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, in India. During the unveiling of the two smartphones in at the sidelines of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the company emphasized that it started from scratch when designing both phones, which means their look and feel is quite different than the company's previous Galaxy phones.

The Galaxy S6 edge (yes, the "edge" is lower-cased) is almost exactly like the S6 inside and out — except for its curved design. The phone's screen is curved on both sides, giving it a distinguished design.

But it's more than just an aesthetic change, Samsung has improved its software and added in a few other important, yet more subtle features.

Here are 8 top features of the two new smartphones.

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AAP's deep divide: How it unfolded?


March 28: Rebel AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan and Ajit Jha ousted from party's national council


March 27: Parallel press conferences on the issue by both sides


March 26: Talks called off with allegations from both sides


March 25: Internal Lokpal Admiral L Ramdas (retd) meets Kejriwal


March 17-24: Talks continue, reach deadlock


March 17: Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Ashish Khetan meet Kejriwal. Talks among interlocutors begin, Sanjay Singh etc from Kejriwal camp and Anand Kumar-Ajit Jha on behalf of Bhushan-Yadav


March 16: Kejriwal returns from Bangalore after naturopathy


March 10: Kejriwal camp, led by Manish Sisodia, issues statement of accusing duo of anti-party activities and trying to dislodge Kejriwal from convenor's post. Bhuhan-Yadav issue counter-statements demanding systematic reforms


March 7: Mayank Gandhi writes second blog


March 5: Mayank Gandhi blog accusing Kejriwal camp of working to oust duo


March 4: Emergency national executive meet where Bhushan-Yadav ousted from political affairs committee (PAC)


February 26: AAP's first national executive (NE) where Delhi unit accuses Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav of antiparty activities

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All you want to know about AAP's clash


Who's with whom

Prashant Bhushan-Yogendra Yadav camp | Prof Anand Kumar, Ajit Jha, Rakesh Sinha
Arvind Kejriwal camp | Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh, Gopal Rai, Ashutosh, Ashish Khetan


What Bhushan-Yadav say

* Kejriwal only wanted their resignation

* His camp lying that Yadav wanted Haryana convenership

* Happy to quit if five conditions are met


Kejriwal has 2 weaknesses—only wants his own decision followed, also feels if his intentions are clear, means are not important.

Prashant Bhushan


We objected to attempts made by Kejriwal to form govt in Delhi after Lok Sabha debacle.

Prashant Bhushan


Let me not mince words. Kejriwal's people are lying about us seeking his resignation.

Prashant Bhushan


Why is it that when we ask questions, our intent is questioned? We only submitted a conditional resignation letter, have not resigned

Yogendra Yadav


The conditions of Bhushan-Yogendra Yadav camp

* State units should have autonomy to decide on contesting local polls

* Party should come under the ambit of RTI and disclose decisions, expenses, funds, minutes of meeting under RTI as ordered by CIC

* Probe allegations of unethical behaviour, especially that of Kejriwal indulging in horse-trading as heard in the sting tape

* Allow volunteers to vote on major party decisions

* Fill national executive vacancies through secret ballot


What Kejriwal camp says

* Decision to contest will be taken by Delhi and PAC in consultation with state

* Willing to bring party under RTI

* Probe on Kejriwal sting not necessary as it is not horse-trading

* A list of active volunteers will soon be put up on the website and mechanism adopted to ensure their voice is heard

* Accepted Yadav's wish for convenership of Haryana state and removal of Naveen Jaihind, the present chief

* Rival camp wanted to exclude Sanjay Singh and Kumar Vishwas from national executive, and inclusion of 10 others like Atishi Marlena, Prithvi Reddy


We had agreed to all their conditions, but the conditions were only a shield. They behave holier-than-thou and constantly try to weaken the party's image

Ashish Khetan


They say something inside and something else outside Public apology had been drafted but they backtracked

Sanjay Singh

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Samsung Galaxy S6: 10 things to know

According to a recent report, Samsung Galaxy S6 32 GB version will be priced at 749 euros (Rs 54,700 approximately), while the 64 GB and 128GB versions will be priced at 849 euros (Rs 62,000 approximately) and 949 euros (Rs 69,300 approximately), respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy S Edge 32GB variant will cost 849 euros (Rs 62,000 approximately) while 64GB version will be priced at 949 euros (Rs 69,300 approximately). Samsung Galaxy S Edge 128GB version will cost 1049 euros.

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Live blog: Femina Miss India 2015

Welcome to the nation's most coveted beauty pageant fbb Femina Miss India 2015. We bring to you the latest updates from the gorgeous event that will crown the new Miss India this year. From backstage madness to the Red Carpet glamour to the Crowning moment - we bring it all here just for you! Stay Tuned!

08:45 PMPalak and Dadi call upon the hottie in the house John Abraham on stage...they are going to teach him how to wear a saree in just five minutes
08:44 PMGet ready to laugh your lungs out as Kapil Sharma's Palak and Dadi are here
08:40 PMThe stunning Manisha Koirala
08:35 PMWhile the contestants are walking the ramp...quickly getting you a glimpse of our judges
08:30 PMThe contestants are walking the ramp in Mandira Wirk creations
08:29 PMMeet Brothers setting the stage on fire
08:27 PMThe very very talented Kanika Kapoor welcoming the 21 contestants on stage now
08:27 PMGorgeous Chitrangada
08:22 PM

Extremely glamorous Shilpa Shetty is here people.

08:21 PM

Guys and we have Sonu Nigam in the house

08:21 PM

And it's the gorgeous and very talented Manisha Koirala...our next judge for the evening

08:20 PM

Lets shout for Shiamak Davar...the next judge for the evening

08:19 PM

Our next judge: the very very stunning Sonali Bendre

08:19 PM

Renowned designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla too take their seats

08:18 PM

And Chitrangada Singh just took her seat as an esteemed judge

08:18 PM

Manish Paul calls on the judges of the evening

08:16 PM

Miss India is a great platform to discover new talent. Our association with Times of India group has always been very beneficial

Firoz Nadiadwala

08:14 PMAnees Bazmee and Firoz Nadiadwala join Anil Kapoor and John Abraham on stage
08:11 PMThe cast of Welcome 2 just arrived on stage...Anil Kapoor and John Abraham are looking so dapper
08:08 PMSinger Shalmali Kholgade of 'Main pareshan...' fame looks stunning!
08:08 PM

I've got to be my fittest here, after all I'll be meeting amazing women here

Manish Paul

08:07 PMAmazingly witty Manish Paul is here and the show has just kick started
08:05 PMEx Miss India and now a popular name of Bollywood Neha Dhupia arrives!
08:04 PMOh Look! The man who has ditched his age, always. Anil Kapoor adds to the glamour at the Red Carpet!
07:47 PMAnd we get the hottest judge possible for our Miss India finalists. John Abraham raises the Red Carpet hotness quotient!
07:37 PMJust a few more minutes to go before we start the grand finale of fbb Femina Miss India 2015...Stay tuned everyone!
07:33 PMMiss Supranational 2014 Asha Bhat is a Diva in true sense. She looks stunning!
07:31 PMBigg Boss winner Gautam Gulati looking dashing as he walked the red carpet
07:22 PMAnd Shaimak Davar just arrived on the red carpet. He is looking dapper.
07:21 PMBeware finalists, you are going to be judged by this sultry and sexy woman! Sonali Bendre is a stunner!
07:18 PMIs he a better looker or a better singer? Let's settle for both! Sonu Nigam is one of the judges tonight. The finalists will surely love it!
07:16 PM...And the Diva arrives! Is there ever a moment when Shilpa Shetty does not look gorgeous?
07:14 PMWelcome Manisha Koirala! The esteemed judge tonight.
06:57 PMAny guesses who are the other judges tonight? Hint one: He is one of the hottest actors of Bollywood
06:54 PMThis hot and gorgeous actress will be one of the judges tonight! Any guesses? We are waiting for the arrival of the Diva herself!
06:39 PMThe designer duo that will judge the 21 Miss India finalists tonight! We welcome Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.
06:38 PMThe glamour of the Red Carpet begins! We welcome our esteemed guest and one of the judges Chitrangada Singh!
06:12 PMHe will be your Host and Dost for the evening! Wittiest of the lot - Manish Paul!
06:01 PMWondering what are the finalists doing?
05:58 PMLook who is rehearsing for tonight! Ali Asgar or is it 'Dadi'?
04:42 PMWondering how the girls will look tonight? Here's a sneak peak in their wardrobe...Any guesses for the designer?
04:34 PMTake a glimpse of how the gala night will look at YRF Studios, Mumbai

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Five ways to deal with office bullies

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 26 Maret 2015 | 08.20

The workplace becomes toxic in the presence of co-workers who are bullies. The victim must raise objections followed by intervention by the organisation. If not handled deftly, office bullies can cause irreparable damage to the individual as well as overall productivity. ET shows how you can keep office bullies at bay.

Assess the problem

Take your time before you brand the offending person a bully. If the 'aggression' or irrational behaviour is a one-off incident, it's best to ignore the behaviour. "Do not jump to conclusions. Analyse the issue before calling the individual a bully," says Gaurav Singh Kushwaha, CEO and founder of BlueStone.com. "Some office bullies suffer from superiority issues; others have a deep-rooted insecurity," he adds.


Create transparency

Organisations need to create a transparent environment for employees to voice disgruntlement against an employee. Lisa Srao, chairman and managing director at I Brands Beverages, promotes an open-style management in her company. "Any employee can directly speak with me in case of grievances, and that is immediately followed by necessary action," she says.


Confront the bully

Once you have thoroughly analysed the person and found that the bullying behaviour is consistent, it is time for you to face him or her. Your politeness can be mistaken for timidity. "People get bullied most of the time if they pose a threat to the bully in any manner, be it in a professional scenario or personal," says Srao. "We need to confront the individual directly in case we encounter such a situation," says Priya Ranjan, group president and HR head, UTI Mutual Fund.


Eschew guilt

Never blame yourself or lose confidence if the bully continues with his or her behaviour. Talk it out with other colleagues and superiors. "In case the problem persists, do not blame yourself for the bully's behaviour or things you are not responsible for," says Kushwaha. If you are ever pressurised, try not to succumb, and believe in what is right. Srao adds that some sort of evidence or witnesses from your colleagues is an added advantage.


Escalate the matter

If the situation gets out of control, reach out to the HR or your boss immediately. "We need to com municate to the individual that such behaviour is not acceptable. Use the services of the HR department and other people to counsel the employee to stop doing it," says Ranjan. "Bullying often harms the mental health of a person, if not physical, hence the onus is on the employer to make sure each employee is happy," says Srao.

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DK Ravi's death: 5 unanswered questions

The death of 35-year-old IAS officer DK Ravi, who was found hanging in his residence on March 16, has triggered several questions regarding the motive. It has also caused widespread public outrage over the way the case has been handled with politicians floating personal angle to the suicide theory. As the probe falters, protests mount and politics comes into play, TOI looks at the theories, counter theories and unanswered questions surrounding the death.

Why was suicide theory floated before probe?

Controversy was stirred on day one when city police commissioner MN Reddi claimed it was prima facie suicide within hours of the incident being reported and a day before the postmortem was conducted.

The postmortem findings the next day revealed Ravi died of suffocation, which may have been caused either by strangling or hanging, punching holes in the suicide theory.


Was there a death note?

No suicide note was found and officer had behaved normally with family and colleagues that morning.

Later there were revelations that a note did exist and that it is in police custody.


Why are other angles being ignored?

Ravi, who is regarded as an honest officer, had run-ins with land and sand mafia in Kolar and with tax-evading builders in Bengaluru.

So far these angles have not been investigated, with selective leaks and ruling party politicians insinuating only at personal reasons behind 'suicide'.


Why was CID officer removed and then reinstated?

A day after the death, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah defended CID's credentials to probe the matter and said the CBI is no paragon of excellence.

But hours after ordering a CID probe, the government moved out a reputed officer Pronab Mohanty from the agency. The very next day, he was reinstated after pressure from the public and media.


Why is probe floundering?

Five days since Ravi's death, police sources say CCTV images at his residence and his mobile calls are yet to be analyzed, visceral samples and body fluids are yet to reach the forensic lab, while selective leaks are seen to hamper the probe.

Even as the government reiterated that it will not hand over the probe to CBI, the move appears likely on Monday with the CM set to announce it on the floor of the House.

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Rajesh Kalra: Fire those responsible for the para-athletics fiasco, Mr Sonowal

All of us have been appalled and distressed at the manner in which over 600 of  differently-abled athletes from across India have been treated during the 15th National Para-Athletic Championship at Ghaziabad.  Leave alone ramps and other friendly facilities that any civil society now takes for granted, the athletes have had to do without showers and water and food and generally endure conditions that even the able-bodied humans would find hard to tackle.  And this, for athletes who have come to win medals, 'against-all-odds' as our exalted ministers would parrot in speeches, tirelessly.


To be fair to the minister, he has made all the right noises as soon as the story was first broken by the TOI on Sunday. He has promised to take action too.

But, does he have it in him to reign in the all powerful babu-industrialists-politicos nexus that has vice like grip over every sporting federation/body in this country, almost invariably at the cost of the sport itself. Given the past, only a fool would believe that anything good would come out of his ranting. The federations, and those who play with the lives of our athletes, always did and would continue to run them as their fiefdom. Media would shout and forget, but their shenanigans must continue, the sport and the sportspersons be damned.

Will we ever learn? Will our sports ever be out of the clutches of paunchy and raunchy babus? Seems unlikely, and this, despite them making countless visits abroad to learn 'how to manage' sports, on our, the taxpayers money. And if it comes to facilities and caring for those with special needs, forget it! Remember the Commonwealth games? It was supposed to have facilities for the differently-abled, but we all know it was a sham. Most money was spent on completing a formality, with zero scientific input. Freshly laid footpaths had tactile tiles for the visually impaired, but you would often find them leading into bushes or trees or dead ends. Or, there would be ramps for the diabaled at the end of footpaths in the Lutyens zone of Delhi that had a gradient where even a 4×4 would've struggled to climb. It was nothing but our hard-earned money down the drain by people who didn't have to work hard for that money.

Look around, the story repeats itself in every federation. Most who run them have almost nil interest in the sport itself. Given the roadblocks that are there for an athlete in almost every sphere, it is a miracle that we even get to the stage of having so many who do our nation proud. If they do well, it is despite these corrupt sports administrators, not because of them. With that in mind alone, one feels like saluting these athletes' and their achievements even more!

We ourselves have launched the Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) on March 21. Our intention is very clear. We want to reward our athletes who toil hard and shed their sweat and blood to be able to reach a level where they can make us proud. We have picked a jury whose credentials are impeccable. They would ensure there is no favouritism or anything that mar most other such awards.

But we can only do as much. It is a tribute to the resilience of these sterling athletes that they reach where they do. Imagine what the level would be if there were genuine support from the system that exists, at least on paper, with the sole intent of nurturing, discovering and promoting budding talent in their respective categories/fields.

So, Mr. Minister, would be great if you took your angst at the treatment meted out to our Para-athletic championship athletes, beyond a series of tweets. Take it to its logical end. As I said, people have liked the noises you have made post this news and the alacrity with which you sought information on what, where, how, etc. Just do enough to take the jokers responsible for this to task, in an exemplary manner. It would not only give confidence to athletes that their minister in charge cares for them, but the rest of the federations too would get a signal that they can't take anything for granted.

Will you?

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.

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Blog: DK Ravi shows up other side of the coin

The next time you meet an IAS officer, instead of going with the typecast view of him being lazy, incompetent, a file-pusher who's rotten and corrupt, pause for a moment and step back. Try to understand the powerful, often invisible influences that shape his thoughts and actions, the puissant interplay of self-interest, perceived self-interest, self-preservation, ideology, maybe even inchoate experiences that shape his thoughts and actions.

Try positing an alternate worldview to him to help him understand why and where he meets with disapproval. It might help him get out of the well he is in and see the larger world outside.

Durga Shakti Nagpal, K M Abraham, Ranjit Kumar, Vineel Krishna, G Krishnaiah, Ashish Kumar, U Sagayam, T V Somanathan, D K Ravi. There is a deeper underlying theme connecting each of these names.

They are all case studies in the perils of being an upright IAS officer who did an extraordinary job in an unenviable ecosystem. Each of them challenged the stereotype of a 'babu' and received fairly strong public acclaim, unlike the opprobrium that others get – and yet paid a price.

What must be borne in mind is that there are many more like them, not always in the public eye, who do a silent good day's work every single day.

This piece is not about individuals but to tell the 'other' side of the story, only because there is one that is often lost in the din of public discourse. That other side is about the innumerable challenges of being a civil servant in India today, some known, many unknown and all of them infinitely more complex than the average citizen cares to believe or understand.

The challenges of working embedded inside a political ecosystem are several and it is never black versus white. Almost always, what you see is never what you get.

Even the world's best data scientists from Palantir and Mu Sigma won't be able to figure out the correlations, much less the causations of what happens inside government. A related stereotype is to abuse all politicians as being rotten and corrupt, which again is simply untrue.

Like in all professions there are good and bad ones. They are all driven by self-interest that is more powerful than in most other professions. But they handle an incredibly tough job of articulating, managing and fulfilling the expectations of a wide, heterogeneous section of society.

For bureaucrats, the least noxious problems are requests to open up the public purse to fund a seemingly public but actually a private cause, under the garb of a NGO or a society to promote public welfare. Many good officers in order to buy peace and 'not rock the boat' agree to at least a few of these requests.

Then come challenges from those with a public persona, often from the corporate sector, again seemingly fighting for a cause, but often fighting for entrenched interests masked by the cause.

Dig deeper and you will find that usually at the heart of it are requests for free allotment of expensive land or dipping into the public purse to fund a facility for which all the imports will be handled by the same person's firm or by his cronies.

Take them on and they will scream blue murder and run a sustained campaign with the high and mighty, also using their power as 'Twitter Talibans' to defame an officer whose only fault would have been to be tough and firm when it comes to the application of law. No one, not even much acclaimed heroes of the highly respected Indian IT industry, are free from this taint.

IAS officers in any job come and go and the tenure available to them to make a difference is often fairly limited. But the lower bureaucracy – the babus – are there forever.

They can hide critical information about a decision, open parallel files when inconvenient notings need to be suppressed, fudge budgetary figures and utilisation certificates vs assets created (or not created), leak information to the press to embarrass officers and work in cahoots with the political executive to make life difficult in myriad ways for him.

Unionised as they are, besides being bound by strong caste ties and money power, taking them on is perilous – certainly not for the faint hearted.

TRP hungry media is eager to lap up and build on the negative image of the stereotyped babu, whereas how many times have you seen them write about corruption in the corporate sector, which is as virulent as in government, but only less visible? (Not to mention ad revenues tied to the corporates!)

Absence of creature comforts which once made an officer's life comfortable, including basic things like complete medical reimbursement at private hospitals, admission to good schools, housing especially in metros (often absent as against popular folklore of lavish bungalows) and salaries that get eroded before reaching one's hands, only add to the woes of the honest IAS officer.

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.

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SC quashes Section 66A of IT Act: Key points of court verdict


Cops 'misuse' Section 66A

This section had been widely misused by police in various states to arrest innocent persons for posting critical comments about social and political issues and political leaders on social networking sites.


What is Section 66A

Section 66A reads: "Any person who sends by any means of a computer resource any information that is grossly offensive or has a menacing character; or any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine."


Section 66A violates Article 19(1)(a) of Constitution

The SC said Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was violative of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution guaranteeing freedom of speech and expression.


Terming liberty of thought and expression as "cardinal", a bench of justices J Chelameswar and R F Nariman said, "The public's right to know is directly affected by section 66A of the Information Technology Act."


Govt can still block websites

The court, however, allowed the government to block websites if their contents had the potential to create communal disturbance, social disorder or affect India's relationship with other countries.


What may be offensive to a person may not be offensive to the other

"How is it possible for law enforcement agency and others to decide as to what is offensive and what is grossly offensive? What may be offensive to a person may not be offensive to the other," the SC bench said.


Terms used in 66A are quite vague

The court said terms like "annoying", "inconvenient" and "grossly offensive", used in the provision are vague as it is difficult for the law enforcement agency and the offender to know the ingredients of the offence.


The bench also referred to two judgments of separate UK courts which reached different conclusions as to whether the material in question was offensive or grossly offensive.


Govt can't give an undertaking about its successor

The SC bench rejected the assurance given by NDA government during the hearing that certain procedures may be laid down to ensure that the law in question is not abused. The government had also said that it will not misuse the provision. "Governments come and go but section 66A will remain forever," the bench said, adding the present government cannot give an undertaking about its successor that they will not abuse the same.


Shreya Singhal moved court for repeal of Section 66A

The court was moved by one Shreya Singhal in 2012 following the arrest of two girls, Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan, for posting comments critical of the Mumbai shutdown following the death of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.


'We have got justice after 2 years'

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