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New turbine can harness electricity from ocean currents

Bangalore - DNA - 1 hour 27 min ago

Scientists have developed a new turbine that can harness energy from ocean currents to produce low-cost and sustainable electricity. Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan began a project titled "Sea Horse," which aims to harness energy from the Kuroshio ocean current that flows from the eastern coast of Taiwan and around the southern parts of Japan.

It uses submerged turbines anchored to the sea floor through mooring cables that convert the kinetic energy of sustained natural currents in the Kuroshio into usable electricity, which is then delivered by cables to the land. The initial phase of the project was successful. However, the OIST researchers also desired an ocean energy source that was cheaper and easier to maintain. Tetrapods concrete structures shaped somewhat like pyramids that are often placed along a coastline to weaken the force of incoming waves and protect the shore from erosion - "Thirty per cent of the seashore in mainland Japan is covered with tetrapods and wave breakers," said Tsumoru Shintake from OIST.

Replacing these with "intelligent" tetrapods and wave breakers with turbines attached to or near them, would both generate energy as well as help to protect the coasts, researchers said. "Using just one per cent of the seashore of mainland Japan can generate about 10 gigawats of energy, which is equivalent to 10 nuclear power plants," Shintake said. In order to tackle this idea, the OIST researchers launched The Wave Energy Converter (WEC) project in 2013.

It involves placing turbines at key locations near the shoreline, such as nearby tetrapods or among coral reefs, to generate energy. Each location allows the turbines to be exposed to ideal wave conditions that allow them not only to generate clean and renewable energy, but also to help protect the coasts from erosion while being affordable for those with limited funding and infrastructure. The turbines themselves are built to withstand the forces thrust upon them during harsh wave conditions as well as extreme weather, such as a typhoon.

The blade design and materials are inspired by dolphin fins - they are flexible, and thus able to release stress rather than remain rigid and risk breakage. The supporting structure is also flexible, "like a flower. The stem of a flower bends back against the wind," Shintake said. The turbines too bend along their anchoring axes. They are also built to be safe for surrounding marine life - the blades rotate at a carefully calculated speed that allows creatures caught among them to escape.

Researchers have completed the first steps of this project and are preparing to install the turbines for their first commercial experiment. The project includes installing two WEC turbines that will power LEDs for a demonstration.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review: A powerful flagship

Bangalore - DNA - 1 hour 51 min ago

After the unfortunate debacle of the Galaxy Note 7 last year, there were rumors that Samsung may ditch the Note series altogether, and that the Galaxy Note 8 may never happen. On the contrary, even after the Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco, Samsung’s image hasn’t been dented much, and people seem to have forgotten it as if it were a bad dream. Fast forward to 2017; the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ turned out to be the most attractive premium Android smartphones. And that brings us to the Galaxy Note 8 that was recently launched in India.

Priced at Rs 67,900, the Galaxy Note 8 brings the best features of the Galaxy S8, along with a few new additions such as the dual-camera setup at the back, improved S Pen and more. When I first got my hands on the Galaxy S8, within a couple of hours I was sure that I’m buying it, and I did just that. There are just three things I wish the Galaxy S8 had – a dual-camera setup, better battery life and the S Pen. Samsung has offered all three with the Galaxy Note 8. After using the smartphone for some time now, here’s my review.

Familiar design, with a slightly larger display

With the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung introduced the ‘Infinity Display’ with thin bezels along the top and the bottom, and curved edges along the sides. It has helped Samsung to add a bigger, taller display, while maintaining a compact form factor. The Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch display, the Galaxy S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch display, whereas the Galaxy Note 8 comes with slightly bigger 6.3-inch display.

The display panel on all three smartphones is a Super AMOLED one, running at QHD resolution with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The Galaxy Note 8’s display is crisp, vivid and color reproduction is more lifelike. The screen is also adequately bright, and viewing under direct sunlight is no issue either. It also supports HDR video, with content from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube compatible with the phone’s screen. 

Design wise, you get a metal frame with rounded edges, sandwiched between front and back glass. And the glass is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. With the relatively compact form factor, the Galaxy Note 8 is easy to hold, but single-handed operation is not possible. And no matter how attractive the Galaxy Note 8 looks, the front and back glass has a couple of drawbacks. Firstly, it attracts a lot of smudges and you will often find yourself cleaning it. Secondly, the glass also makes the phone slippery, especially if you have sweaty palms. Samsung has bundled a free clear skin case with the smartphone, but that adds bulk to the device.

The buttons and ports placement is similar to the Galaxy S8 duo. The hybrid dual-SIM card slot is at the top, whereas the bottom houses the 3.5mm audio jack and USB Type-C port. The power button is on the right, while the volume rocker and dedicated Bixby button is placed on the left.

The S Pen stylus is placed at the bottom right corner, and you just need to press it once to eject the stylus. With the Galaxy Note 5, a lot of users complained about the S Pen getting stuck inside the slot if accidentally inserted upside down. The issue was fixed with the Note 7, and same continues with the Galaxy Note 8 too. You can no longer insert the S Pen any way except the correct way, which means it won’t get stuck inside.

Also, a lot of users had complained about the odd placement of fingerprint scanner at the back on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Samsung has fixed that too. While the placement below the camera modules would have been perfect, Samsung has placed it besides the flash module, meaning you are less likely to accidentally touch your finger on the dual-camera module. The Iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 8 works flawlessly, irrespective of the lighting conditions, and I barely found myself using the fingerprint scanner, so the placement didn’t matter much.

Dual cameras – the best gets even better

The Galaxy S7 duo and Galaxy S8 duo are equipped with what is considered among the best camera systems on smartphones. And while a lot of users were expecting the Galaxy S8 duo to ship with the dual-camera setup, Samsung had reserved it for the Galaxy Note 8. The setup includes a pair of 12-megapixel sensors – one is a wide-angle lens of aperture f/1.7 for your regular and wide-angle photos, whereas the other is a telephoto lens of aperture f/2.4 for 2X optical zoom and portrait mode to add DSLR-like blur effects to your photos. The Galaxy Note 8 is the first smartphone to house dual optical image stabilization (OIS) on both cameras. 

The camera app is easy to use, and has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. Ever since I bought the Galaxy S8, I have completely ditched my DSLR, and have only been using the smartphone to capture photos. On my recent trip to Malaysia and Singapore, I again ditched my DSLR and went with the Galaxy Note 8, and I don’t regret the decision at all. Let me first talk about the portrait mode, which Samsung calls Live Focus.

Just above the camera shutter button, you have the option to switch to the Live Focus mode. Once the mode is activated, ensure that you are about four meters away from the subject. You can tap on the subject to focus, and once the frame is perfect, the app will highlight ‘live focus available’ in yellow.

You may have to move around a bit front and back to get properly in focus and make the feature work. You also get a slider beside the shutter button allowing you to adjust the blur intensity. What’s more, you can also adjust the intensity after the photo has been taken. I tried the mode in different conditions, and found it works best in daylight. It does to some extent work at night too, but the picture turns out to be a bit grainy too. Below are some camera samples I shot on the Galaxy Note 8 with live focus mode, and I’m sure you’ll agree that the results are excellent.

Samsung has also added dual-capture mode which lets you click portrait shots along with wide-angle ones. Unlike other smartphones where the wide-angle lens has a lower resolution, which results in a drop of quality, that isn’t the case with the Galaxy Note 8. Below are some sample shots of the above photos in wide-angle mode.

The secondary telephoto lens allows for 2X optical zoom, without losing quality, and the mode works very well. You can check the samples below.

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 duo featured some excellent low-light capabilities, and the same continues with the Galaxy Note 8 too. I extensively used the Galaxy Note 8 in low-light conditions as well, and it was able to capture good photos with minimal noise. Below are some low-light samples.

Selfies have become something we can’t avoid, and with a lot of people also using their smartphones for making face-to-face video calls, Samsung has added an 8-megapixel front-camera with auto-focus and on-screen flash. I clicked a lot of selfies and once again, was impressed with the quality. The skin tones look natural, and the photos look detailed too. Even low-light photos look good with less grain.

Samsung has also added selective focus mode, which uses the auto-focus to sense the depth between subject and background to add portrait mode like blur effect to your selfies, and it works very well too. But ensure that you capture photos with selective focus mode in daylight, as the module cannot detect the subject and background under low-light scenarios. Below are some front-camera samples with selective focus mode at work.

S Pen – mightier than a sword

There are some improvements to the S Pen stylus on the new Galaxy Note 8. To begin with, the stylus can now sense up to 4,096 levels of pressure, and the ultra-thin 7mm nib is designed to offer an experience of writing on a paper using a pen. The S Pen is also water resistant and I’ve used it underwater too, and it works flawlessly.

Samsung has added some tricks to the S Pen. When you eject the stylus, the notes taking screen pops up, and you can start jotting down notes without even unlocking the smartphone. You can even pin these notes to the ‘always on’ display, which will be available even without unlocking the smartphone.

In terms of air command, you get new options such as live message, where you can use the S Pen to write on solid background or over a photo, and it can be saved as a GIF and then send it to your friends on social networks. Next is the ‘smart select’ option where you can record a GIF from the video that is playing, or select a portion of the screen to save as a screenshot. You can also doodle over it.

There is translate feature where you can select a word or paragraph, and translate it from source language to the destination. The other is a magnify feature, which lets you zoom into the photo or text or maps app by up to 300 percent, to read things crystal-clear. Lastly, you also have a glance feature, more like a picture-in-picture (PIP), where you can continue working while a small window is at the bottom. Simply hovering over the window will open it, and then close it too. So if you are following live sports, it can be refreshing in the window, while you continue working on the main screen.

Faster hardware, improved software and reliable performance

With the Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC on board paired with 6GB of RAM, the Galaxy Note 8’s performance is smooth as butter. Apps open and close smoothly, and multitasking is a breeze. In fact, after using the Galaxy Note 8 for a week, my Galaxy S8 feels a bit slow in comparison. Of course, having that 2GB of extra RAM does the trick, and I never came across a moment where I felt that the phablet underperformed.

The Galaxy Note 8 ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box, layered with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX on top. The security patch level is of August 2017. The UI is smooth and there is nothing to complain about here. The Galaxy Note 8 is also due to get Android 8.0 Oreo update in the coming months.

In terms of software additions, you get ‘Edge Panels’ where you can add quick shortcuts for apps, people, you can add sports updates for live scores, weather, reminders and more. Samsung has also included ‘apps pair’ which lets you pair two apps and run them at once. So, for instance, you are on some banking website, you will need a browser and SMS app for OTP, you can pair these apps, and they will open in multitasking mode. And because the smartphone is a dual-SIM device, you also get to add two WhatsApp accounts to have the right balance between work and personal life.

Samsung is also betting on its virtual personal assistant, Bixby. As of now, you only get a Google Now-style cards interface, bringing you information from your mails, calendar, reminders, and other compatible apps. Bixby will soon be getting voice functionality too. And unlike your usual assistants out there, Bixby can do a lot of things with voice commands. 

You can summon the voice assistant by saying ‘Hi Bixby’ followed by voice commands. For instance, you can say, ‘Hi Bixby, send a WhatsApp message to Sambit, I’m on leave for 10 days, let’s catch-up after that’. It will send it, and while Google Assistant also does that Bixby is a bit more advanced. You can ask Bixby to show your notifications, clear background apps, open Facebook Messenger and show messages from a particular person, send your last photo to a contact on WhatsApp / Messenger. You can also ask the voice assistant to delete your last photos, move all your photos from last week to a new album and more.

Lastly, we come to the battery life. Having a feature-packed and powerful smartphone is good, but there is no point if the battery cannot last long enough. Honestly, the battery life on the Galaxy Note 8 could have been slightly better. Not that it is bad, especially considering the raw power it has, and the massive display it has to cater to.

On a single charge, I could barely get through half a day with heavy usage. This includes a few phone calls, 4G internet connected all the time, as well as clicking a lot of photos and videos through the day, Bluetooth connected and listening to music nearly all the time. With all this, I could get about three hours of screen-on time. After turning the battery saver on, I could stretch the screen-on-time for close to four hours. On a more moderate usage, I could get one full day worth of usage, but there is no improvement in screen-on-time.

Verdict – Is it worth the premium?

The Galaxy Note 8 is a beast of a smartphone, and is arguably the best that Samsung has ever made. It looks beautiful, has one of the best displays, has powerful hardware under the hood, and offers smooth and reliable performance. The dual-camera setup, which is the highlight impresses all the way, whether it is daylight or low light. The live focus (portrait mode) and wide-angle modes are bonuses.

The neat tricks of the S Pen help you be as productive as you can. Other features such as water and dust-resistance, wireless fast charging, and support for DeX accessories make the Galaxy Note 8 one of the best Android smartphones available today. My only problem is that the battery life could have been a little better.

If you are looking for the best and most powerful Android smartphone in the market, and can compromise a bit on the battery, the Galaxy Note 8 is a hands-down winner. If budget is a constraint, there are other options out there in the form of OnePlus 5, Honor 8 Pro and LG G6. And if you can compromise on the S Pen functionality and dual-camera setup, the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ are other excellent alternatives.

The article originally appeared on BGR India

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London Tube terror attack: British police make seventh arrest

Bangalore - DNA - 1 hour 52 min ago

A seventh man was on Tuesday arrested by British Police's counter-terrorism officers in connection with the bomb attack on a London underground train that injured 30 people earlier this month.

The 20-year old man was arrested at an address in Cardiff, Wales, early this morning under Section 41 of the UK's Terrorism Act.

He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody, Scotland Yard said in a statement.

The arrests were carried out by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter-Terrorism Command, supported by colleagues from the Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) and South Wales Police.

Officers are also carrying out a search at an address in Cardiff as part of the ongoing investigation into the attack at Parsons Green station in London on September 15 which injured 30 people.
It was Britain s fifth major militant attack so far this year.

"So far, seven people have been arrested as part of the investigation being carried out by the Met s Counter-Terrorism Command; one person has been charged in relation to the attack, three people remain in police custody and three people have been released with no further action, the Met Police said.

Ahmed Hassan, believed to be of Middle Eastern origin, was the first suspect to be formally named by Scotland Yard last week as officers produced him before Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Friday.

The 18-year-old, arrested a day after the London Tube bombing on September 15, was remanded in custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey court in London on October 13.
The police had also revealed the explosive used by the prime suspect in the terror attack as triacetone triperoxide (TATP), similar to ingredients used in some of the previous terror attacks in Europe such Paris in November 2015. 

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DMK moves Madras HC seeking disqualification of O Panneerselvam and 10 other AIADMK MLAs

Bangalore - DNA - 1 hour 54 min ago

In a fresh development, DMK whip in Tamil Nadu Assembly has approached Madras HC seeking disqualification of Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and 10 other MLAs for voting against CM E Palaniswami government on February 18 trust vote. 

DMK has pointed out that by going against party whip during the confidence motion they are subject to be disqualified under  Tamil Nadu Legislative (Disqualification on ground of Defection) Rules of 1986.

Last week TN Assembly speaker disqualified 18 AIADMK dissident MLAs. According to DMK, speaker disqualified them with malafide intention and instead should take action against Panneerselvam and his team members for voting against the party whip. 


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Panama Papers scandal: Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan to face charges

Bangalore - DNA - 2 hours 18 min ago

Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday returned to the country from the UK after nearly a month to face corruption and money laundering charges in the Panama Papers scandal.

He was in London from August 31 to be with his ailing wife Kulsoom who is undergoing treatment for throat cancer.

Sharif, 67, decided to return after consultations with senior party leaders including his younger brother and Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in London, party officials said.
The aircraft carrying him landed here at around 7.30 AM and a confident Sharif came out, waved to his supporters and left, TV news reports showed.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) officials said that he would stay in Punjab House in Islamabad and hold meetings with party leaders today and tomorrow.
Sharif's spokesman Asif Kirmani told reporters that the former premier would appear before the accountability court on Tuesday.

"Nawaz Sharif is meeting with advisors and party leaders for political and legal consultations. He would appear before the court (tomorrow)," he said.
The Accountability Court in Islamabad, which is hearing the corruption cases against the Sharif family, last week summoned Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law capt (retd) Safdar to appear before it on September 26.

Sharif stepped down after the Supreme Court disqualified him on July 28 from continuing in his office for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed three cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his sons -- Hassan and Hussain, daughter -- Maryam, son-in-law -- Safdar, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Accountability Court in Islamabad and Rawalpindi recently.

The anti-graft body last week froze the bank accounts and seized properties of Sharif and his family members to put pressure on them to appear before the court.
Earlier, Sharif skipped a court hearing last week to defy the cases. His family has alleged that the cases are politically motivated.
Maryam said that Sharif was returning to face cases for the sake of his people.

"Knowing what he faces is not accountability, the man decides to return. It is not about this person anymore. It is the battle of 200 million (Pakistanis)," she said in a tweet.
Sharif's wife has undergone three successful surgeries for her cancer.

Kulsoom contested on Lahore's NA-120 seat that fell vacant in the wake of his disqualification and won.
Their three children are still in London as he prepares to appear before the court in Islamabad tomorrow.
The court has also summoned Maryam, Hussain, Hasan and Safdar but it was not immediately known if they would appear before the court tomorrow.

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Jellyfish found to be first brainless animals to sleep

Bangalore - DNA - 2 hours 28 min ago

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have found that jellyfish go into a sleep-like state, making them the first animals without a brain or central nervous system to do so. The findings push the origin of sleep further down the evolutionary tree of life - to before the emergence of a centralised nervous system. "It is the first example of sleep in animals without a brain," said Howard Hughes, from California Institute of Technology in the US.

Researchers studied Cassiopea, a mostly stationary jellyfish native to mudflats, mangrove swamps, and other warm, shallow waters. The jellfish were kept in tanks with artificial seawater in labs. Cassiopea do not look like typical jellyfish - they are silver dollar-sized, splotched with black pigment, and rest upside-down on the sea floor, researchers said. With tentacles curled above bell-shaped bodies, the jellies resemble miniature heads of cauliflower. However, they pulse like other jellyfish, contracting and relaxing in a steady rhythm, and researchers wondered if the behaviour was continuous.

"We went in at night and videotaped them with an iPhone," said Ravi Nath, graduate student at Caltech. After recording the jellies, the team got their first clue that Cassiopea might be sleeping: They pulsed less frequently at night. Researchers then created an image processing programme to count the pulses of 23 jellies over six consecutive days and nights. They observed, as earlier, that pulsing activity ebbed at night but a little food dropped in the tanks could quickly wake the jellies up again.

Researchers noted a second sign of sleep after dropping the floor out from dozing jellies. The team placed Cassiopea inside a pipe with a mesh bottom and then dipped the pipe into the tank - so submerged jellies rested on the mesh instead of the tank floor. Then they lowered the pipe deeper into the tank, forcing the jellies to lift off the mesh and float in open water.

During the day, Cassiopea will quickly pulse their bells and swim down to rest on the mesh again. However, at night, it takes them about three times longer to start pulsing. It is like the jellyfish are a little groggy. This delayed response to stimulation is typical for sleeping animals, researchers said. The study was published in the journal Current Biology.

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New AI software can detect electricity theft

Bangalore - DNA - 2 hours 34 min ago

Scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that can detect electricity theft and meter misreadings - a common problem in developing countries. Electricity theft is a huge problem, some countries see as much as 40 per cent of their supply syphoned off largely by users who have tampered with meters, researchers said. A team from University of Luxembourg looked at the energy use of 3.6 million Brazilian households over five years.

The researchers specifically focused on nearly 200 million monthly readings made by professional meter readers. They then developed an algorithm that, after sifting through the readings, could recognise when energy use at a property was suspiciously low. Researchers verified their results with data on past inspections, checking if their tool was correctly highlighting potential cases of fraud or faulty metering.

The most accurate versions of the system were able to identify problem cases just over 65 per cent of the time, 'News Scientist' reported. "This could help better target physical inspections of properties, which cost time and money and can also be dangerous," researchers said. "It could also offer insights for electricity suppliers elsewhere seeking to do a better job of reading your meter," they added. 

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In Pics: Devoleena Bhattacharjee aka Gopi Bahu from 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya' slays it in these sizzling pics

Bangalore - DNA - 2 hours 48 min ago

One of Indian Television's most sanskaari bahus Devoleena Bhattacharjee, popularly known for portrayal of her character Gopi Bhau in TV soap Saath Nibhana Saathiya, has been slaying it on social media with her stunning pictues. Looks like the TV actress recently got a photoshoot done and the pics are absolutely gorgeous. 

Devoleena can be seen in a never before seen avatar in the pictures. The actress has shed her shy and sanskaari image and has gone bold for the photoshoot. 

A report on IndianExpress quoted the actress as saying, "It just happened. There were no plans and all of a sudden I decided to get a photoshoot and though I was a bit nervous it was beautifully pulled off.”

Talking about breaking her image of a sanskaari bahu on Television, the actress further told the portal, "Why do I need to break the image, it can survive in its own way. Gopi is a fictional character and I was extremely lucky to play it. But in reality, I am Devoleena and I like being me.”

Check out some of the pictures right here:  

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Medical admission: SC for 'deterrent measures' to avoid last minute litigations

Bangalore - DNA - 2 hours 54 min ago

The Supreme Court has taken note of a surge in "last minute" litigations related to admissions in medical colleges, which end up giving jitters to medical aspirants and colleges alike, and decided to lay down "deterrent measures" to avoid such situations.

The top court is flooded with last minute petitions relating to the issue of either grant or denial of permission to medical colleges to admit students for MBBS and other courses across the country. A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L N Rao, while dealing with medical colleges related matters, observed that annual recurrence of this kind of litigation creates high pressure and anxiety for students, medical institutions and all concerned.

"All the counsel appearing for the parties agreed that it is high time some deterrent measures be laid down for colleges and state authorities from doing acts which generate such last minute litigation," the bench said. "We therefore, consider it appropriate to post the matter for further hearing and orders on such measures on a later date," the court said and posted the matter for hearing in December. The apex court was dealing with petitions filed by some private medical colleges which were denied permission to admit students in MBBS course for the academic year 2017-2018 by the orders issued by the Central Government last month. The colleges had told the bench that they were denied the permission to admit students in spite of the findings arrived at by the Centre that there was no or negligible deficiencies.

After the government's order, these colleges had moved the Kerala High Court which, in an interim order, had allowed them to provisionally admit students for academic year 2017- 18. Thereafter, the Medical Council of India (MCI) had moved the apex court challenging the interim order of the high court which was set aside by the top court. However, the apex court had permitted the colleges to approach it by filing writ petitions.

The bench, while dealing with the petitions filed by the colleges, observed that it was surprised that without giving any reasons, the government had declined permission to it for fresh batch for the year 2017-2018.
"Having regard to the fact that on merits, we find the deficiencies in the colleges are marginal and the colleges are largely compliant, we consider it appropriate to make a definite direction regarding the admission of students as has been done in the earlier decisions as cited above," it said.

"It is not possible to leave the students' career in limbo. We order accordingly," it said while noting submissions of the counsel appearing for Kerala that admission of around 400 students should not be allowed to be cancelled since it could not be possible for them to take admission in any other colleges at this stage. The court also made it clear that marginal deficiencies would have to be removed completely by the college management and "they must offer the same for inspection by the MCI within a reasonable time from now and in any case well before the next academic year". 

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Samsung's foldable smartphone Galaxy X just received its final certification; launch expected in 2018

Bangalore - DNA - 3 hours 24 min ago

Samsung’s foldable smartphone, rumoured to be called Galaxy X, has been certified in the company’s home market, South Korea.

According to LetsGoDigital, the smartphone has appeared in a filing from the Korean National Radio Research Agency (NRRA), sporting a model number SM-G888N0.  This proves that the device has received the necessary approval and is gearing to be launched soon in the market. In the filing, the device is listed as a “radio equipment for global LTE communication,” while it was spotted as a “smartphone” at the Wi-Fi Alliance. However, the filing does not reveal any other information about the smartphone.

Image: LetsGoDigital

For months, specialist Samsung news websites have been talking about patents reportedly filed by the manufacturer with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), hinting at a possible design for the firm's future folding smartphone. Such a device has supposedly been in the pipeline at Samsung for years, ever since the firm showed off its first flexible plastic screen prototypes at CES, Las Vegas in 2011. One of the leaked patents features an original hinge system for folding the smartphone in half, echoing old-school flip phones but with a large display spanning the phone's front face when open.

Long referred to as "Projet Valley," the handset now looks like it could get the "Galaxy X" moniker. Samsung could initially roll out the device to Asian markets to test the water, before evaluating the potential of a folding handset on a global scale in 2018. Other manufacturers, like LG or Lenovo, could also follow suit.

Samsung has previewed flexible screens on various occasions and now fully masters flexible OLED technology. The South Korean tech firm has always sought to stay at the cutting edge of innovation, bringing Super AMOLED technology to the Galaxy S in 2010, and curving the Galaxy S6 edge's display around the sides of the handset in 2015. This type of device could also pave the way for a whole host of innovations on which Samsung is already working, such as flexible tablets with entirely transparent screens.

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'Pehredaar Piya Ki' to be back with season 2, will have Rohit Suchanti romancing Tejasswi Prakash!

Bangalore - DNA - 3 hours 27 min ago

Pehredaar Piya Ki, the show that was recently mired into a lot of controversies because of its content and was shut down, is all set to be back with its season 2. If latest reports are to be believed then the makers have already planned Pehredaar Piya Ki 2 with a time leap. 

An IndianExpress report suggests that the original female protagonist Tejasswi Prakash has been retained for season 2 of the show and that Saath Nibhana Saathiya actor Rohit Suchanti has been roped in to play the male lead in the upcoming series. The report quoted Rohit as saying, "I had auditioned for the role but haven’t yet got any confirmation yet.”

Apparently, the story of the second season will have a young Ratan returning after completing his education from abroad. How his marriage with Diya will affect both their lives will form the crux of the plot. Reportedlt, Tejasswi will be seen playing a 30 year old woman white Rohit will be in his 20s.

Furthermore, the report debunks pevious reports of Shantanu Maheshwari being finalised for the part of Ratan on the show. A source close to the TV show was quoted as saying, "Rohit fits the bill of a young boy, who looks like he has returned from abroad and yet has a royal regal persona. Both the leads will have a very grand look, while Tejasswi will don traditional attires, Rohit’s character will have a modern chic avatar.”

For those who've come in late, the show Pehredaar Piya Ki which aired on Sony TV revolved around the marriage of an 18-year old Diya with a 10-year old Ratan. The very premise had left the viewers stunned and a petition was filed against the show, demanding a ban on it. The I & B Minister Smriti Irani had then asked the channel to take the show off air. 


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Can 'open street' events lead to fewer cars in our streets? - Citizen Matters

Cycle Day - Google News - 4 hours 13 min ago

Citizen Matters

Can 'open street' events lead to fewer cars in our streets?
Citizen Matters
In Bengaluru, Cycle Days have created a model in which communities themselves drive change, says Sathya Sankaran of BCOS (Bangalore Coalition for Open Streets). While BCOS had initiated Cycle Days way back in 2013, now local RWAs or NGOs in ...

'Lipstick Under My Burkha' actress Aahana Kumra shuts down trolls fat shaming her bikini pics in the best way ever!

Bangalore - DNA - 4 hours 24 min ago

You remember Aahana Kumra from the film Lipstick Under My Burkha right? Of course you do! She played the character of Leela, who runs abeauty parlor and is upright and unapologetic about her desires. Well, the actress was spotted having a gala time in Australia. She was these for th Darwin International Film Festival. 

Aahana recently shared some pictures of herself in a bikini, on her Instagram account. Little did she know that much like many other actresses, she will also be body shamed for her pictures. 


Let the sea, set you free!  #AahanaInAustralia #diving #swimtime #underwater #imonaboat #AllAboard #ocean #seaside #greatbarrierreef #sunkissed #sunny #bluesea #bluesky

A post shared by Aahana Kumra (@aahanakumra) on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:48pm PDT


Sometimes you just have to go with the waves!  #AahanaInAustralia #imonaboat #seaside #AllAboard #greatbarrierreef #sunkissed #sunny #bluesea #bluesky

A post shared by Aahana Kumra (@aahanakumra) on Sep 18, 2017 at 5:23am PDT


The ocean is everything I want to be. Beautiful, mysterious, wild & free! #AahanaInAustralia #ocean #sea #wild #free #imonaboat #AllAboard #greatbarrierreef #sunkissed #sunny #bluesea #bluesky

A post shared by Aahana Kumra (@aahanakumra) on Sep 18, 2017 at 2:04am PDT

Some of her followers started telling her to lose some belly fat and go to the gym while others commented calling her names like "baby fato". 

Much like her bld character in the film, Aahana shut down her haters by posting another picture with a subtle but strong caption. She wrote, "Do we shape the world? Or does the world shape us?"


Do we shape the world? Or does the world shape us? #AahanaInAustralia #FederationSquare #Melbourne #Square

A post shared by Aahana Kumra (@aahanakumra) on Sep 20, 2017 at 12:18am PDT

Way to go girl! More power to you!

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Dengue reduced to a “common” viral disease in Bengaluru

Bangalore - CM - 4 hours 44 min ago
With improved reporting mechanisms, the official number of people getting affected with dengue is nearing the real numbers. Meanwhile, fatality of dengue fever has decreased, according to doctors. »
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Be careful: Tampering mobile IMEI number can now land you in jail for three years

Bangalore - DNA - 5 hours 14 min ago

The government has made tampering of IMEI number -- a unique 15-digit serial number of mobile devices -- a punishable offence that can attract jail term of up to 3 years as it seeks to curb incidence of mobile theft. The move will help curb issues pertaining to fake IMEI numbers and also ease tracking of lost mobile phones.

"It shall be unlawful, if a person, except the manufacturer - intentionally removes, obliterates, changes, or alters unique Mobile Device Equipment Identification Number," the Department of Telecom said in a notification dated August 25. The new rules called "the prevention of tampering of the Mobile Device Equipment Identification Number, Rules, 2017" bar a person from knowingly using mobile device whose IMEI number has been changed unlawfully or software that can change or tamper the unique number.

IMEI is a unique ID of a mobile handset. Whenever a user makes a call, the call record shows phone number of the caller and IMEI number of the handset from which the call has been made. The mobile number in a handset may be changed by changing SIM but IMEI number can be changed by a technical person using special equipment. The unique number of mobile devices is allocated by global industry body GSMA and bodies authorised by it. When a mobile phone is lost, people are required to mention the IMEI number of the handset for tracking.

The DoT had started consultation in June to frame strict laws around tampering of IMEI numbers which makes it difficult for police or any other security agency in tracking mobile phones. The DoT barred telecom operators in 2009 from providing service to any mobile phone with fake IMEI number but the operators face problem in identifying handsets with duplicate IMEI number. In one of the tracking cases of mobile phone, the Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) cell of the DoT found that there were around 18,000 handsets using same IMEI number.

The rules have been framed in combination of section 7 and section 25 of the Indian Telegraph Act. The section 7 gives DoT power to make rules for conduct of telecom or telegraph services and section 25 deals with damaging of telegraph line, machines and related equipment with provision of punishments of up to 3 years of imprisonment or fine or both. Besides, the Department of Telecom is putting in place a new system that will block all services on stolen or lost mobile phones on any network even if the SIM card is removed or IMEI number of the handset is changed. 

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Liam Payne announces release date for new single

Bangalore - DNA - 5 hours 23 min ago

Singer Liam Payne is set to release his next singer on October 20.

The former One Direction star took to Twitter to announce his second solo single, title "Bedroom Floor", will be released in just under a month's time.

"#WhyWeLoveLiam because Bedroom Floor will be out Oct 20! (sic)" Payne wrote.

Yep! My new single #BedroomFloor comes out on the 20th October!

— Liam (@LiamPayne) September 23, 2017

He added, "Yep! My new single #BedroomFloor comes out on the 20th October!"

Payne's first solo single, 'Strip That Down,' featuring Quavo, released on May 19.

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WATCH: Akshay Kumar wishes his darling daughter Nitara on her birthday in the most adorable way!

Bangalore - DNA - 5 hours 39 min ago

These days, star kids grab the limelight wherever they go. Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna have mostly kept their children (son Aarav and daughter Nitara) away from the paps and may be that's the reason why the netizens start crushing over them the moment any picture or video of theirs is shared by their parents on social media. 

On the occasion of darling daughter Nitara's birthday, Akshay Kumar took to his Twitter account to wish her in the most adorable way ever. The actor shared a short video in which Nitara can be seen giving a shave to daddy Akki in the morning. Looks like it's their morning ritual during which the father-daughter duo bond!

Akshay captioned the video writing a heartwarming birthday wish. He wrote,My fav. part of every day,my daughter shaving me at the sink, precious moments!Happy Birthday My Princess One request,please dont grow up"

Watch the video right here:

My fav. part of every day,my daughter shaving me at the sink, precious moments!Happy Birthday My Princess One request,please dont grow up

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 25, 2017

On the work front, Akshay will next be seen in Padman which also stars Sonam Kapoor.


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Mindy Kaling says she will be a dorky mom

Bangalore - DNA - 5 hours 39 min ago

American actress, comedian, and author Mindy Kaling says she is going to be a 'dorky mom'!

In an interview with Willie Geist, The Mindy Project star talks about becoming a mom and how she feels 'anxious' about the experience.

"Do you think you're gonna be the fun mom?" Geist asks Kaling. "Because I think that's the expectation."

Kaling tells Geist that she's "really happy that that's what I project," but right now she just feels "so anxious."

She then added, as reported by E! Online, "I'd like to be the fun mom, I know I'm gonna be the dorky mom. So if I can be kind of fun too, I think that would be nice."

In July, it was confirmed that Kaling is expecting her first child while in September, some of her co-stars announced it would be a baby girl.

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New tech can spot warning signs before extreme events

Bangalore - DNA - 5 hours 54 min ago

MIT scientists developed a new algorithm that can predict extreme events that are likely to occur in the real world, by spotting instabilities that may affect climate, aircraft performance or ocean circulation.
Many extreme events - from a rogue wave that rises up from calm waters, to an instability inside a gas turbine, to the sudden extinction of a previously hardy wildlife species seem to occur without warning.
It is nearly impossible to predict when such bursts of instability will strike, particularly in systems with a complex and ever-changing mix of players and pieces. 

Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have devised a framework for identifying key patterns that precede an extreme event. The framework can be applied to a wide range of complicated, multidimensional systems to pick out the warning signs that are most likely to occur in the real world. "Currently there is no method to explain when these extreme events occur," said Themistoklis Sapsis, associate professor at MIT.

"We have applied this framework to turbulent fluid flows, which are the Holy Grail of extreme events. They're encountered in climate dynamics in the form of extreme rainfall, in engineering fluid flows such as stresses around an airfoil, and acoustic instabilities inside gas turbines," said Sapsis. "If we can predict the occurrence of these extreme events, hopefully we can apply some control strategies to avoid them," he said.

In predicting extreme events in complex systems, scientists have typically attempted to solve sets of dynamical equations - incredibly complex mathematical formulas that, once solved, can predict the state of a complex system over time. Researchers can plug into such equations a set of initial conditions, or values for certain variables, and solve the equations under those conditions. If the result yields a state that is considered an extreme event in the system, scientists can conclude that those initial conditions must be a precursor, or warning sign.

Aside from equations, scientists have also looked through available data on real-world systems to pick out characteristic warning patterns. However, extreme events occur only rarely, and if one were to rely solely on data, they would need an enormous amount of data, over a long period of time, to be able to identify precursors with any certainty. 

The researchers instead developed a general framework, in the form of a computer algorithm, that combines both equations and available data to identify the precursors of extreme events that are most likely to occur in the real world.

Sapsis said that the framework is generalisable enough to apply to a wide range of systems in which extreme events may occur. He plans to apply the technique to scenarios in which fluid flows against a boundary or wall, such as air flows around jet planes, and ocean currents against oil risers. 

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Is Disha Patani replacing Shruti Haasan in 'Sanghamitra'?

Bangalore - DNA - 6 hours 5 sec ago

Looks like the makers of the Telugu film Sanghamitra have found their leading lady in Disha Patani. Earlier, Shruti Haasan was supposed to do the film and she'd even started prep for it but she later walked out of the project. 

The film was announced at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this year and the first look poster of the film was also unveiled there. The film is to be directed by Sundar C and produced by Sri Thenandal Films. A R Rahman will be composing the music for Sanghamitra. 

An IANS report quoted a source from the film's unit as saying, "Disha has been signed for the project. The makers will very soon make an official announcement. It’s going to be a role of a lifetime for her,” adding that "It will be simultaneously made in Telugu. In Hindi, however, it will be made with an entirely different cast and the process will take time." 

The movie also stars Jayam Ravi and Arya and it is said to go on floors from December this year.

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