Deepika looks ‘pure royalty’ in first look poster of ‘Padmavati’

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Hold your breath guys! Deepika Padukone’s first look as Rani Padmavati is out and it is surely a perfect sync with the commencement of the auspicious festival of Navratras.


The Mastani of Bollywood star took to Twitter and shared the first look of herself from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’.


The makers came up with the look and she posted it on her social media handles, captioning it in Hindi, which says, “On the auspicious occasion of Navratras, meet Queen padmavati Devi.”


Two posters that are set to bring in royalty to its truest sense, sees Deepika as Ran Padmavati, in her ghaghra-choli and exquisite jewelry.


Yesterday, the film’s lead cast Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor announced, “Queen Padmavati will appear at sunrise” on their social media accounts.


Helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie stars Deepika as Rani Padmavati, Shahid as Raja Rawal Ratan and Ranveer as Alauddin Khijli.


The flick is all set to release on December 1.





Andhra to buy Google X’s new wireless technology for high-speed internet

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Alphabet Inc’s X research division said on Thursday that the Andhra Pradesh state government would buy its newly developed technology that has the potential to provide high-speed wireless internet to millions of people without laying cable.


Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the agreement, which begins next year, would see 2,000 boxes installed as far as 20 kilometres (12 miles) apart on posts and roofs to bring a fast internet connection to populated areas. The idea is to create a new backbone to supply service to cellphone towers and Wi-Fi hotspots, endpoints that users would then access.


The agreement is an outgrowth of X’s Project Loon, which on several occasions has beamed cellphone service to Earth from a network of large balloons. The balloons link directly to smartphones but are meant for rural areas with a low population density, according to Google X.


Alphabet, which owns Google, and other online service providers view increasing internet accessibility in developing countries as crucial to maintaining their fast-growing businesses.


Andhra Pradesh, a state with 53 million people, had nearly 15 million high-speed internet subscribers as of last December, according to a report by India’s telecom regulator. The state wants to connect an additional 12 million households by 2019, Alphabet said.


X plans to deploy free space optical technology, which transmits data through light beams at up to 20 gigabits per second between the rooftop boxes. There would be enough bandwidth for thousands of people to browse the Web simultaneously through the same cellphone tower, X said.


Researchers have said such systems hold promise in areas where linking cellphone towers to a wired connection is expensive and difficult. But the technology has not taken off because poor weather or misalignment between the boxes can weaken the connection.


Baris Erkmen, who is leading the effort inside X, said his team is “piloting a new approach” to overcome the challenges, but he did not specify the software and hardware advancements.


X plans to have a small team based in Andhra Pradesh next year to help roll out the technology.


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FB launches ‘click-to-WhatsApp’ feature for businesses to reach users

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If you are an advertiser on Facebook, you now have a bigger audience to cater to as Facebook has launched a click-to-WhatsApp button on its platform that will let advertisers connect with over one billion WhatsApp users.


Facebook that has over two billion users confirmed this to TechCrunch on Friday that it is rolling out the feature gradually, starting with North and South America, Africa, Australia and most of Asia.


“Many people already use WhatsApp to communicate with small businesses. It’s a fast, convenient way to stay in touch,” Pancham Gajjar, Product Marketing Manager, Facebook, was quoted as saying.


“By adding a click-to-WhatsApp button to Facebook ads, businesses can now make it even easier for people to learn about their products, set up an appointment or use their service,” he added.

Facebook said that over a million Pages currently include WhatsApp numbers in their posts.


To make the new feature work, reported Adweek, businesses that have WhatsApp numbers can add ‘send message’ buttons with the WhatsApp logo to their Facebook ads and those ads will only be delivered to users who have WhatsApp installed on their smartphones.


People must add businesses’ WhatsApp numbers to their contacts to initiate conversations.


Once they do it, the messaging app opens with a default message expressing interest, which can be edited by users before being sent.


The feature is similar to the click-to-Messenger button that Facebook introduced in its ads in November last year.


The click-to-Messenger ads debuted on Instagram in May this year.

Facebook said that over a million Facebook pages currently include WhatsApp numbers in their posts.

To make the new feature work, businesses that have WhatsApp numbers can add ‘send message’ buttons with the WhatsApp logo to their Facebook ads and those ads will only be delivered to Facebook users who have WhatsApp installed on their phones.

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Using AI, Nasa discovers another solar system like ours; has 8 planets

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A solar system with as many planets as our own has been discovered with the help of NASA‘s Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence, the US space agency said.


“Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star,” NASA said in a statement yesterday.


However, none of the planets are expected to be hospitable to life.


The eight-planet system — the largest known outside of ours — orbits a star called Kepler 90 some 2,545 light-years away.


“The Kepler-90 star system is like a mini version of our solar system,” said Andrew Vanderburg, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin.


“You have small planets inside and big planets outside, but everything is scrunched in much closer.”

The newly identified planet, Kepler-90i, is a rocky planet like Earth, but orbits its star once every 14.4 days, meaning a full year there is the same as two weeks on Earth.


“Kepler-90i is not a place I’d like to go visit, though,” said Vanderburg.


“Its surface is likely far too hot.”NASA calculated its average temperature at about 426 degree Celsius — as hot as Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun.


Scientists found it by using machine learning from Google.


The process involved teaching a computer to scan a trove of 35,000 possible planetary signals collected from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope for search for signs of planetary transits.


Transits are the dimming of light when planets pass in front of a star.The Kepler Space Telescope launched in 2009, and has scanned some 150,000 stars.

Astronomers have already confirmed the existence of some 2,500 far-away worlds using Kepler data.


“I became interested in applying neural networks to astronomy when I learned that the Kepler mission had collected so much data that it was impossible for scientists to examine it all manually,” said Christopher Shallue, a senior software engineer with Google’s research team.


“Instead scientists selected the strongest signals, which are the most likely to be actual planets, to receive the most attention.”


Shallue likened this process to “looking for a needle in a haystack.”


“Machine learning really shines when there is too much data for humans to examine for themselves.”


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FCC repeals net neutrality rules amid protests

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The US Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.


The protesters had gathered to oppose the change.The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal marks a victory for internet service providers like AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and hands them power over what content consumers can access.


Democrats, Hollywood and companies like Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc had urged Pai, a Republican appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump, to keep the Obama-era rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content.


Consumer advocates and trade groups representing content providers have planned a legal challenge aimed at preserving those rules.


The meeting was evacuated before the vote for about 10 minutes due to an unspecified security threat and resumed after sniffer dogs checked the room.


FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat, said in the run-up to the vote that Republicans were “handing the keys to the Internet to a handful of multi-billion dollar corporations.


Pai has argued that the 2015 rules were heavy-handed and stifled competition and innovation among service providers.


“The internet wasn’t broken in 2015. We weren’t living in a digital dystopia. To the contrary, the internet is perhaps the one thing in American society we can all agree has been a stunning success,” he said on Thursday.


The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal the net neutrality rules.


Consumers are unlikely to see immediate changes resulting from the rule change, but smaller startups worry the lack of restrictions could drive up costs or lead to their content being blocked.


Internet service providers say they will not block or throttle legal content but that they may engage in paid prioritization. They say consumers will see no change and argue that the largely unregulated internet functioned well in the two decades before the 2015 order.


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Deadline for Aadhaar-bank A/C linking extended till March 31: How to do it

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The December 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar to bank accounts has been extended ahead of Friday’s hearing of the matter in the Supreme Court. The new date to link the Unique Identification number and the PAN to accounts more than six months old is March 31, 2018.


A government statement said the rule under the 2002 Prevention of Money Laundering Act, had been amended. For accounts opened after June 1, 2017, Aadhaar, Permanent Account Number or PAN and Form 60 will have to be submitted within six months of opening or by March 31, 2018 — the later date will be the deadline. For older accounts, the deadline is March 31, 2018.


How to link your Aadhaar number with your bank account:


There are two ways to link an Aadhaar number with bank account. Offline method can be completed by filling Aadhaar application form and physically submitting it to the bank.

Step 1: Download the Form No 1 and take printout.

Step 2: Fill in the all the details like name of the bank and name of the branch carefully.


Step 3: Fill the boxes provided against bank account number, name, address, Aadhaar number, gender, and mobile number.


Step 4: Ensure to complete the details like place, date and consumer signature.


Step 5: Attach a photocopy of Aadhar card with the application form.


Step 6: Visit the nearest bank to submit the form. Once the representative at the bank receives the form, he/she will enter the details in the system.


Step 7: He will also confirm whether the applicant will receive seeding confirmation form or the applicant has to submit few more documents.

Step 8: Once everything is ensured, banking official should sign the form.

The applicant should carry original Aadhaar card to the bank for verification.

How to link Aadhaar with bank account online



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Gujarat elections LIVE: Betting market predicts BJP win as Amit Shah votes

Gujarat elections LIVE: Voting underway; betting market predicts BJP win

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Gujarat Assembly election 2017: The second phase of polling that started at 8 am will end at 5 pm today. Mostly in the north, west and central parts of Gujarat, these 93 constituencies are spread across 14 districts. Of the state’s 182 Assembly seats, 89 had seen voting in the first phase held on December 9. The results to the Gujarat state election, as well as the Himachal Pradesh elections held earlier, will be announced after counting of votes cast in both phases of Gujarat polling on December 18.


As for Thursday’s phase of Gujarat polling, some 2.22 million people are expected to exercise their franchise to elect 93 legislators from among 851 candidates – including 69 women – who are in the fray. According to the Election Commission of India, a total of 28,114 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been pressed into service at 25,558 polling stations.



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Hotels can charge you more than MRP for bottled water: What you should know

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Can a hotel or a restaurant charge for a bottle of drinking water more than the maximum retail price marked on the container? The answer is yes. In a major blow to consumers, the Supreme Court on Tuesday held that hotels and restaurants are not bound by the maximum retail price (MRP) when they sell bottled mineral water and packaged food items.


The court rejected the government’s argument that overcharging for pre-packed or packaged products was an offence under the Legal Metrology Act, which attracts a fine of Rs 25,000 or a jail term, according to ET.


A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Nariman said the provisions of the law will not apply to hotels and restaurants, and these establishments cannot be prosecuted for selling such items above the MRP.


It is not a case of simple sale. Nobody goes to a hotel to buy or take away a bottle of mineral water,” the bench observed, hearing a petition by the Hotels and Restaurant Association of India.

Earlier, in its affidavit in response to a petition filed by the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), the Ministry of Consumer Affairs said that overcharging for pre-packed or prepackaged products was an offence under the Legal Metrology Act.


Sale of packaged water over MRP by hotels and restaurants may have implications regarding tax evasion as a bottle purchased by a hotel at cost price, which should be sold at MRP or less, is being sold at much higher prices, leading to possible loss of additional revenue to the government in the form of service tax or excise duty etc.,” the government had said.


Consumer complains


The sale of bottled drinking water above the MRP has been a subject of intense debate since 2003 when the hoteliers’ association approached the Delhi High Court challenging penal provisions of the law.


The high court ruled in 2007 that Delhi’s hotels and restaurants cannot sell bottled mineral water above the MRP.


Earlier this year, Union Minister of Food and Consumer Affairs, Ram Vilas Paswan tweeted about receiving various complaints on different prices charged for packaged water in different places. Many grievances about companies that printed prices higher than the MRPs at places like hotels and airports were lodged. The Ministry has demanded justification from such companies for their offences. “Mineral water bottle will be available at the same rate at airports, hotels and malls,” he tweeted. It has been directed that the selling price should be standardised across airports, hotels, malls, and any other retail outlets.



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