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Personal technology is advancing at a rapid pace and if you For instance, there Let me make things a little simple here. True wireless headphones refer to Bluetooth earbuds that have neither cords or wires between them nor to an audio source (mobile phones, MP3 players, tablet, etc.). Since they have no wires, the mic, controls and battery are built into the housing of the earbuds. The reason they are currently the rage these days is whether you On the other hand, wireless headphones are still connected in some way (over-head, in-ear, or around the back of the neck (like many sports sets), but no longer need access to a phone jack. We are here to talk about the all-new Dime True Wireless Earbuds from Skullcandy, available at an aggressive price point of Rs 2,249, the USP of this device is it delivers great sound, has simple controls and up to 12 hours of battery life. Basically, the latest solution from this audio brand offers an affordable way to get into the true wireless game. Dime delivers a pocket-friendly, stylish form factor in a variety of colours (Dark Blue\/Green, Dark Grey and True Black) that won It grants users the freedom to live without wires, combining expertly tuned audio with a noise-isolating fit and must-have features, like a microphone in each bud. Company officials inform that Dime is an ideal, everyday audio companion that boasts up to 12 hours of battery life, freeing users from the hassle of snagging, yanking and tangling wires. When earbuds are removed from the charging case secured with a snap lid, the buds automatically turn on. Easy connection offers a simplified listening experience that There are also intuitive, touch-enabled media controls on the compact stick-style buds that enable Dime users to effortlessly take calls, change tracks, adjust volume and activate native voice assistants like Google and Siri, all without ever reaching for their devices. There are microphones in each bud; you can use either bud solo without losing the ability to take calls. Plus, there is a full suite of media controls on the Buds, so you can take calls, change tracks, adjust volume controls and activate native device assistants (Google, Siri, etc.) without ever touching a phone. There is Auto On\/Connect feature so you can enjoy automatic turn on and pairing with the last device used. Dime has a noise-isolating fit, there is IPX4 sweat and water resistance, so you can go on any adventure without missing a beat. Plus, you can rely on secure portability that protects the charge case and buds from drops. As mentioned earlier, there is up to 12 hours of battery life, so you can listen longer with 3.5 hours of battery life in the earbuds and 8.5 hours in the charging case. We have been quite impressed by Skullcandy Battery life is pretty good too, making them a fine choice for work or workouts. KEY FEATURES Microphones in each earbud Full suite of media controls on the Buds Auto On\/Connect Noise-Isolating Fit, IPX4 Sweat and Water Resistance Up to 12 hours of battery life Micro-USB charging case with Snap Lid Estimated street price: Rs 2,249
People infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, are most contagious two days before, and three days after they develop symptoms, according to a study conducted in China. The research, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, also found that infected individuals were more likely to be asymptomatic if they contracted the virus from a primary case – the first infected person in an outbreak – who was also asymptomatic. In previous studies, viral load has been used as an indirect measure of transmission, said Leonardo Martinez, an assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) in the US. We wanted to see if results from these past studies, which show that that COVID cases are most transmissible a few days before and after symptom onset, could be confirmed by looking at secondary cases among close contacts, Martinez said. The researchers conducted contact tracing and studied COVID-19 transmission among approximately 9,000 close contacts of primary cases in the Zhejiang province of China from January 2020 to August 2020. Close contacts included household contacts – defined as individuals who lived in the same household or who dined together – co-workers, people in hospital settings, and riders in shared vehicles. The researchers, including study co-lead Yang Ge from the University of Georgia College of Public Health, US, monitored infected individuals for at least 90 days after their initial positive COVID test results to distinguish between asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic cases. Of the individuals identified as primary cases, 89 per cent developed mild or moderate symptoms, and only 11 per cent were asymptomatic – and no one developed severe symptoms. Household members of primary cases, as well as people who were exposed to primary cases multiple times or for longer durations of time, had higher infection rates than other close contacts. However, regardless of these risk factors, close contacts were more likely to contract COVID-19 from the primary infected individual if they were exposed shortly before or after the individual developed noticeable symptoms. Our results suggest that the timing of exposure relative to primary-case symptoms is important for transmission, and this understanding provides further evidence that rapid testing and quarantine after someone is feeling sick is a critical step to control the epidemic, Martinez said. In comparison to mild and moderate symptomatic individuals, asymptomatic primary individuals were much less likely to transmit COVID to close contacts – but if they did, the contacts were also less likely to experience noticeable symptoms, the researchers said. This study further emphasises the need for vaccination, which reduces clinical severity among people that develop COVID, Martinez added.
Notwithstanding the pandemic severe shock, Indias macroeconomy is more healthy and ready for faster growth, eminent economist Ashima Goyal said on Sunday, observing that recovery from both the first and second waves was faster than expected points towards inherent strengths of the economy. Goyal in an interview to PTI said there are already signs of a rise in private investment in sectors where capacity constraints have appeared. Despite the Covid-19 severe shock, Indias macroeconomy is more healthy and ready for faster growth than it has been for a long time. That recovery from both the first and second waves was faster than expected points towards inherent strengths of the economy, she said. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has lowered the countrys growth projection for the current financial year to 9.5 per cent from 10.5 per cent estimated earlier, while the World Bank has projected Indias economy to grow at 8.3 per cent in 2021. Goyal, who is also a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank, said that although many Indian start-ups are doing well but we should not, however, expect the private infrastructure investment boom of the 2000s. Portfolio inflows into India are not only due to the quantitative easing of rich countries central banks, they are also attracted by Indias growth prospects. All emerging markets do not get such inflows, the eminent economist opined. She pointed out that the government is leading infrastructure investment and more durable foreign direct investment has a larger share in recent capital inflows. India, moreover, has enough reserves to ride out any volatility while ensuring interest rates are aligned to the domestic policy cycle, she said. On the stock market boom at a time when economic growth has slowed down, Goyal said stock markets are forward looking, so normally they do move ahead of the real economy. Low interest rates also increase the present discounted value of future earnings and reduce the attractiveness of fixed deposits. A wider Indian public has started participating in stock markets giving them a more diversified portfolio of assets, she said. Observing that having different investor-types makes markets more stable and reduces volatility, Goyal said gradual rise in policy interest rates need not lead to a major correction if the rise accompanies a growth recovery, which is positive for markets and long term growth prospects remain good. On recent calls for using the huge forex reserves for infrastructure development or recapitalisation of public sector banks, the economist said Indian forex reserves are not earned by an excess of exports over imports. They are borrowed reserves built up from foreign inflows that create liabilities. Reserves have to be kept in a liquid form and capital-value preserved to meet repayment obligations, she said, adding they give security but are costly. According to Goyal, the best way to prevent excessive reserve accumulation is to increase absorption of foreign inflows in productive investment. Until this happens, inflows could be mitigated using market-based capital flow management tools. A push for better international regulation and safety nets should also continue, she said. Replying to a question on the RBIs proposed digital currency, Goyal said correctly designed digital currency would have many advantages. It could build on Indias exemplary innovations in payment systems, ease cross-border flows, reduce costs, improve transparency, financial inclusion and monetary policy transmission all in partnership with banks, she said. On the Asset Monetisation Pipeline programme, Goyal said this a good innovative addition to the toolkit for financing new infrastructure. She pointed out that private participation is easier since there is no project risk, which is the most difficult for private players to handle. But PPP contracts have to strike a fine balance between government revenues, private profits and reasonable user charges. Good regulation is a prerequisite to ensure the latter, she cautioned. Asked if high CPI and WPI inflation is a matter of concern, she said inflation is currently within tolerance bands. Signs of persistence are limited implying it is largely due to Covid-19 related global and domestic supply-side bottlenecks and should be transient, provided the government undertakes complementary supply-side actions, she noted. On what else can the RBI do to help economic recovery, the eminent economist said the RBI has done a lot through timely yet temporary measures that limit long-term dependence and risky-behaviour. According to her, some measures are already reversed. Targeted liquidity programmes that ensure liquidity reaches every corner of the economy should continue. Further normalisation has to be slow and gradual conditional on recovery so as to anchor inflation expectations yet sustain growth and ensure financial stability, she said. Asked what fiscal measures are necessary to support households in distress, Goyal said that the fiscal deficit is already in double digits and interest payments take up the biggest chunk of revenue. Given our very large population, protection transfers of the advanced economy type would require our deficits to rise to 50 per cent of GDP, which is not feasible, she said. Noting that funds have to be well and carefully used, she said that free food helps the very poor and disabled but the best targeted support for most households in distress is to increase job availability and capacity to work through better support for health, training and education. The focus on infrastructure is also useful since it creates jobs now and makes it easier to work later, she said.
Taking a stern view of the violation of building laws by builders, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered demolition of Supertech The entire cost of the demolition will be borne by the builder and Noida authorities will supervise the demolition with expert guidance from the Central Building Research Institute, the top court said. The court also ordered the developer to refund the entire amount from the time of booking, with 12% interest to the allottees of twin towers within two months. It also asked the builder to pay Rs 2 crore to the Residents Welfare Association (RWA) for the harassment caused due the construction of illegal towers. Upholding the 2014 order of the Allahabad High Court that ordered demolition of the illegal construction, a bench comprising justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah accepted the HC The towers violated fire safety norms, national building code and minimum distance requirement between individual buildings as well as the contractual obligation to provide garden area to residents of the housing society. The judges said the approval to the two towers was a result of This cannot point to any conclusion, other than the collusion between Noida and the appellant (Supertech) to avoid complying with the provisions of the applicable statutes and regulations for monetary gain, at the cost of the rights of the flat purchasers, Coming down heavily on the officials of Noida and Supertech, the top court said the builder had raised false pleas and attempted to mislead the court, while the officials of Noida Authority had not acted bona fide in the discharge of their duties. Supertech The two 40-floor towers to be demolished has a total of 915 apartments and 21 shops, of which 633 flats were booked by homebuyers. The Emerald Court House has 15 other towers, fully built with residents living here. Their quality of life is affected the most. Yet, confronted with the economic might of developers and the might of legal authority wielded by planning bodies, the few who raise their voices have to pursue a long and expensive battle for rights with little certainty of outcomes. they are denied access to information and are victims of misinformation. Hence, the law must step in to protect their legitimate concerns, The judgment noted that the protection of environment and well being of residents needs to be balanced with need for housing, illegal constructions need to be dealt with strictly. Stating that illegal construction has to be dealt with strictly to ensure compliance with the rule of law, the bench said that any breach by the planning authority of its obligation to ensure compliance with building regulations is On April 11, 2014, the Allahabad HC had ordered demolition of the two towers and directed the company to refund money to the homebuyers. Following the HCs order, the Noida Authority had sealed the two towers, which were at an advanced stage of construction. The apex court then on May 5, 2014, had asked the real estate developer and the buyers to maintain status quo and also restrained them from selling, transferring or creating any third-party rights for the flats in the two buildings. The HC order came on a petition of the Emerald Court Owner Resident Welfare Association, which had alleged that the approval and construction of the two towers was It had claimed that the authority had given permission to raise the height of the two towers, which was earlier supposed to have only 24 floors each,
COVID-19 has triggered monumental changes for businesses, the impact of which will outlast the pandemic. Organisations have had to recalibrate their digital strategies to allow employees to remain productive and collaborative even when working from home. In this new normal, digital document workflows such as e-signatures have become standard protocol. Recently, Adobe hosted a webinar, Here Reliance on paper-based processes is creating inefficiencies, as 58% reported having to constantly rework documents due to high margins of error. Companies need to accelerate the transition from paper-based to digital workflows. Transform employee experience with digital document workflows Establishing digital workflows that reflect employees For instance, shifting to digital saw 32% of APAC businesses achieve greater levels of employee satisfaction. Additionally, 51% revealed that it improved collaboration, enabling teams to work together remotely. Shedding transactional approach E-signatures halve the time required to sign contracts and eliminates inefficiencies across departments, alleviating the pressure on IT teams. Critically, organisations must change pace and adopt a journey mindset, taking the overall customer and employee experience into consideration rather than specific touchpoints.
Instagram: Photo-sharing platform Instagram has decided to do away with the much coveted swipe up link from its Stories. That The feature has been highly useful for businesses and high profile creators to easily redirect followers to the links that would let them learn more about a product, read an article or see a video, and such. However, this would not mean that there would be no possibility for adding hyperlinks to the stories. Also read | Facebook could bring voice, video calling features to its main app Instagram is instead bringing a new Link Sticker instead of the The platform has been testing this feature among a small user group since June, but from the coming Monday, the Link Sticker would be available more broadly. The announcement was first noticed by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who warned creators of the impending change. Instagram has said that it would begin to replace the The feature is accessible to businesses and creators who are either verified or have crossed the follower count threshold, which has not been officially announced by Instagram, but is widely reported to be at least 10,000. The Link Sticker is said to have advantages over the Moreover, currently, in stories where the As of now, there is no change in the criteria for users who would have access to this feature, but Instagram is mulling whether it should change the criteria to make it available to a wider user base or not.
Coronavirus Case and Fatality Rate in India, Coronavirus Third Wave August 30 Highlights: The Covid-19 surge is almost under control in most of India, with the pace of vaccination increasing and the number of Coronavirus infections declining. However, the possibility of a third wave can India reported more than 2.9 lakh new Coronavirus infections in the week ended August 29, a 32 rise in the number of Covid-19 cases over the previous week. The week also recorded the highest weekly cases since the seven-day period of June28-July 8 (3.05 lakh Covid-19 cases). With the coming festive season, the challenge to restrict the Covid-19 spread is going to be tougher. Kerala remains the concern. The southern state alone contributed 66% to India With 1.9lakh new infections (the highest weekly spike since the week ended May 23), the state reported a massive surge of 55% over the previous week (1.25 lakh cases). In order to limit the Coronavirus spread, the Kerala government has reimposed lockdown on Sundays and announced night curfew from today. The number of new coronavirus infections in India has been hovering around 30,000. However, it has shown an upward trend for the past few days, with the country reporting more than 40,000 cases. India reported 42,909 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,27,37,939, while active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day, according to Union health ministry data on Monday. With 380 fresh fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll has climbed to 4,38,210, the ministry said. The number of Covid-19 active cases in the country has increased to 3,76,324 and now accounts for 1.15 per cent of the total infections. The Indian Council of Medical Research has recently predicted the third wave could hit the nation anywhere between September and October. However, it could be less severe than the second wave, the ICMR said, adding the third wave may rear its head if states\/UT remove Covid restrictions prematurely. Ahead of the festive season, the Home Ministry has also extended Covid containment guidelines till September 30. The ministry has also asked states\/UTs not to lower the guard and take necessary measures to avoid and public gatherings and ensure strict Covid protocol in order to avoid any spread. In the meanwhile, Bharat Biotech has released the first batch of its Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin from its new plant in Gujarat. This will further boost the vaccine supply. The company is also scouting for global manufacturing partners to increase vaccine supply. On August 27, India administered a record 1.03 lakh doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, thanks to the higher uptake in rural areas. Here are the latest updates from India and around the world on Coronavirus:
Analysts at HSBC have trimmed their earnings forecasts for state-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) for FY22 and FY23 from earlier projections, citing lower-than-anticipated growth in the country The core profit after tax of Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) in FY22 will be Rs 13,514.2 crore, down 5% from the earlier estimate, according to a note by HSBC. The profit projected for FY23 now stands at Rs 16,467.2 crore, 6% lower than the previous forecast. For Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL), FY22 profit is seen at Rs 6,424.9 crore, 9% lower than the earlier forecast. Profit projection of Rs 7,230.5 crore for Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) for FY22 is 15% lower than the previous estimate. The sharp fall in profit projection for BPCL takes into account the sale of its entire 61.7% stake in Numaligarh Refinery. Total sales of petroleum products in FY22 is estimated to be 206.3 million tonne (MT) 1 MT of product sold in FY20. Demand for petrol for the first half of August exceeded the level of August 2019 by 3.74%, but diesel still lagged by 7.8%. Although gross refining margins for Indian OMCs are much lower than historical average levels, because retail fuel rates were constantly increased by them with rising global crude oil prices, OMCs have been earning attractive marketing margins on diesel and mediocre ones on petrol. Pump price of petrol in Delhi was Rs 101.49 per litre on Monday and diesel was sold at Rs 88.92 The Centre80 per litre for diesel and Rs 32.90 per litre for petrol, while Delhi state VAT is Rs 23.50 per litre on petrol and Rs 13.14 per litre on diesel. In March and May 2020, surcharge and cess on auto fuels were cumulatively increased by Rs 13 per litre on petrol and Rs 16 per litre on diesel, leading to record-high auto fuel rates.
SBI Funds Management (SBI MF) will distribute the sixth tranche of over Rs 2,918 crore to unitholders of Franklin Templeton Mutual Funds six shuttered schemes from September 1. After the payout, the total disbursement will reach Rs 23,999 crore, amounting to 95.18 per cent of assets under management (AUM) as on April 23, 2020, when the fund house announced to shut the schemes, a Franklin Templeton MF spokesperson said on Sunday. Under the first disbursement in February, investors received Rs 9,122 crore, while Rs 2,962 crore were paid to investors in April, Rs 2,489 crore in May, Rs 3,205 crore in June and Rs 3,303 crore in July. SBI Funds Management Pvt Ltd (SBI MF) would be distributing the next tranche of Rs 2,918.5 crore to unitholders across all six schemes, the spokesperson said. The payment to all investors whose accounts are KYC compliant with all details available will commence from September 1, 2021, he said. The amount to be distributed to unitholders will be paid by extinguishing proportionate units at the net asset value dated August 27 this year, he added. The payment will be made electronically to all eligible unitholders by SBI MF, which has been appointed as the liquidator for the schemes under winding up by the Supreme Court. In case the unitholders bank account is not eligible for an electronic payment, a cheque or demand draft will be issued and sent to their registered address by SBI MF. In March, the Supreme Court accepted the standard operating procedure (SOP) finalised by SBI MF to monetise assets and distribute the proceeds to unitholders of the six debt schemes of Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund. The fund house shut its six debt mutual fund schemes on April 23, 2020, citing redemption pressures and lack of liquidity in the bond market. The schemes – Franklin India Low Duration Fund, Franklin India Dynamic Accrual Fund, Franklin India Credit Risk Fund, Franklin India Short Term Income Plan, Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund, and Franklin India Income Opportunities Fund – together had an estimated Rs 25,000 crore as AUM.
PUBG: New State in India: PUBG and video game enthusiasts in India might forlornly remember the February announcement regarding the launch of PUBG: New State, which had allowed users to pre-register for the game, except that players in the country had not had the option to pre-register. This was due to the ban that the Government of India had placed on PUBG last year over its Chinese links. Now, though, PUBG fans have another good news just weeks after Battlegrounds Mobile India was launched – PUBG: New State pre-registrations have opened up for players in India as well! Also read | After months-long wait, Battlegrounds Mobile India goes live on iOS Krafton, the developer of PUBG, has said that PUBG: New State would be launched as a free-to-play experience on both Android as well as iOS platforms, and it would be released this year itself, even as the developer did not unveil the official launch date. Players can pre-register for the game using the respective app stores – Google Play Store for registration on Android and Apple App Store for iOS. Till now, the game has globally amassed more than 32 million or 3.2 crore pre-registrations ever since it had been opened up in February. However, fans from China, India as well as Vietnam are not included in these figures. It is noteworthy that users who pre-register for the app would get their hands permanently on a limited vehicle skin. As reported by Financial Express Online earlier, here The game has a familiar battle royale setting, but the game itself is set in 2051 in an area called Troi. With new weapons, vehicles and drones, PUBG: New State will also have ultra-realistic graphics and dynamic gunplay. Since the battle royale setting is similar to the original game, it is not expected to cause much trouble for PUBG players to get a hang of the new game.