Friday, September 16, 2016

Indian Tourism Ministry approves projects of Rs. 450 Crore under Swadesh Darshan

M/o Tourism approves projects of Rs. 450 Crore under Swadesh Darshan for Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim 

The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) for the Swadesh Darshan Scheme in Ministry of Tourism has approved projects to the tune of Rs. 450 Crore for development of Heritage circuit in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Ramayana Circuit in Uttar Pradesh, North East Circuit in Sikkim and Coastal Circuit of Tamil Nadu. 

The Heritage Circuit in state of Madhya Pradesh, covers Gwalior- Orchha- Khajuraho-Chanderi-Bhimbetka-Mandu with total project cost of approximately Rs. 100.00 Crore. The project envisages world class infrastructural development of the sites which includes developing a Theme Park and Convention centre in Khajuraho, Sound and Light Show in Mandu. Site Illumination, Construction of Tourist Facilitation Centres and parking area are other intervention proposed in the circuit. The Heritage Circuit in Uttarakhand is on developing Tourism Infrastructure in Jageshwar-Devidhura-Katarmal-Baijnath sites with total project cost of approximately Rs.83 Crore. The highlights of project in Uttarakhand are development of Eco Log Huts, Sound and Light Show and Upgradation of Temple Pathways. 

Coastal circuit in State of Tamil Nadu envisages development Chennai- Mamamallapuram-Rameshwaram-Manpadu–Kanyakumari with total project cost of approximately Rs.100 Crore has been approved. Sound and Light Show, development of Beach amenities, Construction of Pedestrian Bridge connecting Vivekanand memorial with Tiruvalluvar Statue are major highlights of project. 

Ramayana Circuit in State of Uttar Pradesh envisages development of two destinations viz. Chitrakoot and Shringverpur. The Project cost for this circuit is approximately Rs.70 Crore for development of Parikrama marg, food Plaza, Laser Show, Foot Over Bridge connecting MP and UP part of Chitrakoot. Development of Ghats, Tourist Facilitation Centre and Parking area. Ramayana Circuit in Uttar Pradesh also includes Ayodhya for which the State Tourism Department of Uttar Pradesh is preparing Detailed Project Report (DPR) 

North East circuit in State of Sikkim with approximate project cost of Rs.95.50 Crore includes development of eco log huts, cultural centre, paragliding centre, craft bazaar, base camp for mountaineering and meditation hall. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Anti HIV medication taken daily eliminates risk of sex with HIV positive partner

A daily dose of anti-HIV medication almost eradicates the risk of infection for people in a relationship with an HIV positive partner, a study showed on Tuesday, raising hopes of reducing HIV rates among one of Africa's highest risk groups. More than 1,000 Kenyan and Ugandan couples took part in the two-year project where the HIV positive partner, two-thirds of whom were women, took antiretroviral therapy (ARV) and the HIV negative one took pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

"HIV was virtually eliminated in this population," the lead researcher, Jared Baeten of the University of Washington, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. "More than 95% of the HIV infections that we expected to see, we did not see." The results were announced on Tuesday at the Durban International AIDS Conference in South Africa, where delegates are discussing the UN target of ending AIDS as a global health crisis by 2030.

South Africa has the world's largest population of people living with HIV, accounting for 6.8 million of the 36.7 million infected globally. Baeten said the study was good news for serodiscordant couples - where one partner is HIV positive and the other HIV negative - who want to have children. Public health facilities can offer generic versions of PrEP for $100 a year or less, he said.

In the study, the HIV negative person was offered PrEP, a once-a-day pill that works to stop HIV reproducing in the body, until their partner had taken ARVs for six months to reduce their viral load and the risk of transmission. "Couples really value something like this because it's important for maintaining their relationship, for maintaining their family," Baeten said. "PrEP offers a really potent, usable, deliverable HIV prevention strategy ... PrEP has to be part of the puzzle for ending HIV."

The use of PrEP among high risk groups, like gay men, is increasing in the United States, leading to a fall in HIV rates in San Francisco, which has a large gay population, Baeten said. Kenya and South Africa are among seven countries globally to have approved PrEP, Chris Beyrer, president of the International AIDS Society, said in a pre-conference briefing.

"(We are) really going to focus on the affordability and access to PrEP and, we hope, really begin a PrEP access era globally," he said. Kenya announced on Friday that it will offer free PrEP to high risk groups, such as serodiscordant couples, as well as ARVs to everyone who is diagnosed positive. Married couples account for 44% of new infections in Kenya, which has 1.5 million people living with HIV, government data shows. The United Nations is trying to increase the number of people who are tested, diagnosed and treated with ARVs to reverse the pandemic. Less than half of people with HIV globally are on treatment, it says. Many do not know they are infected.

Although the World Health Organisation recommends everyone with HIV should be given ARVs as soon as possible after diagnosis, many are reluctant to start medication. "People want to delay the process," said Elizabeth Bukusi, chief research officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute's Centre for Microbiology Research, which was involved in the study. "For someone who has no symptoms, there is nothing they are responding to." PrEP can act as a useful bridge for the HIV negative person to protect themselves as they wait for their partner to start treatment, she said.

Government of India sanctions Rs 450 crore for Beach Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism has recently approved projects to the tune of `450 crore for development of various tourism circuits.

In an attempt to woo a greater number of domestic as well as foreign tourists, the central government has geared up to promote the potential of coastal tourism by cashing in on the beauty of India's pristine shoreline. The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) for the Swadesh Darshan Scheme in the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) has recently approved projects to the tune of `450 crore for development of various tourism circuits, officials said.


According to officials, the development of the Chennai-Mamamallapuram-Rameshwaram-Manpadu-Kanyakumari coastal line, with a total project cost of approximately `100 crore, has already been approved by the tourism ministry. Sources in the ministry said the coastal tourism project in Tamil Nadu comprises light and sound shows, development of various beach amenities, construction of pedestrian bridge connecting Vivekanand memorial with Tiruvalluvar statue, amongst other major highlights.

Besides these, many Tamil Nadu beaches, including the famous Marina beach, would be introduced to water sports events, advanced safety measures and word-class amenities to boost its tourism potential. Water sports like beach volleyball court, water-powered motorbikes, water skiing equipment will be there for tourists. Sources said the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation also has plans to purchase life-saving boats, install CCTV cameras and solar-powered LED lighting along the beach, in a bid to improve safety measures.

Sports activities are also being planned for Elliot's beach - the second most popular beach in the state. Of the total allocation of Rs 100 crore, around Rs 6 crore is likely to be spent towards development of Manapad beach to make it a world-class surfing destination.

The government hopes to attract tourists during the International surfing festival that takes place in January. "PM Narendra Modi always talks about importance of tourism as a foreign exchange generator, employment generator, tool for women empowerment and to showcase rich Indian heritage and culture to the world's diaspora. And we are moving towards that direction," tourism minister Mahesh Sharma said.

Incredible India Tourism Investment Summit 2016

A three-day Incredible India Tourism Investment Summit (IITIS)-2016 will open here on September 21 as a platform for investors across the globe to explore opportunities available in India's tourism sector as well as core infrastructure areas.

Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma said here today that India is one of the fastest growing economies and the tourism sector was expected to create employment and generate income.

Briefing media persons on the IITIS, Dr. Sharma said the objectives of the summit were to showcase a bouquet of investment ready projects from all the Indian states and private project owners besides opportunities for global investors to understand the investment ecosystem for garnering investments.

It was also proposed to catalyze partnership in the form of B2B linkages and Identifying opportunities for local players to move up the value chain through technical collaboration and global partnership.

The summit’s main objective is to position the Indian tourism sector for attracting large investments and presenting to the investors tangible investment-ready projects in the different States and Union Territories (UTs).

The summit will provide a global platform for interaction with investors, policy makers and Indian industry leaders, and other stakeholders.

Mr Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Tourism said the tourism landscape was undergoing significant transformation, heralding a new paradigm of growth and development in creating employment, generating and ushering entrepreneurship.

He said the Indian tourism sector presented a plethora of investment opportunities in the areas of infrastructure development, both from India and overseas.

With the streamlining of infrastructure in the core and tourism related sectors through investments and partnerships between the public and private sectors, Incredible India can be catapulted among the most sought after destinations in the world, he added.

Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), said the Government was making substantial efforts to develop quality tourism across the country. While state governments have framed their tourism policies, the Central government has allowed 100% FDI under the automatic route in tourism and hospitality and in tourism construction projects, including the development of hotels, resorts and recreational facilities. These policies offer attractive investment potential in India’s tourism sector.

Highlights of the summit will be State Presentations encompassing all investible properties, session on Why Invest in India, MSME in tourism sector, panel discussions on core infrastructure for tourism, session on Start-ups, digital India, investing into Swadesh Darshan, PRASAD, MICE and Niche Tourism Products, B2B meetings and signing of MoUs.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ejaculation Is Murder Every Sperm Cell Is A Life

The pro-life movement in the United States has long advocated their stance that human life begins at conception and that the human fetus is a person and therefore has a right to live. However, a new argument has taken flight over the last month that is taking the abortion debate to the next level. The variety in opinion on the issue of abortion is reflected in the diverse views of religious groups, but now pro-lifers are declaring “ejaculation is murder” and they want strict laws against the practice.

“Life begins BEFORE conception. This is why the Catholics do not believe in birth control,” said Rachel Stratt, pro-life activist. “God made men’s semen for a purpose, and you can just “waste” that purpose by gratifying yourself whenever you want to. Every time you do, you are literally killing thousands of babies! Ejaculation is murder and every sperm cell is a life!”

Stratt and her group of protesters are calling for a law that will make ejaculating for self gratification illegal in every state across the country. “Millions upon millions of innocent lives are wasted every day while men have lustful thoughts or watch those sick p*rnos on P*rnHub. We have got to put a stop to this as a human race. Save the sperm, save the children!” A petition on to stop the ‘needless wasting of sperm through self gratification’ has already received 85,000 signatures in less than three weeks. The petition needs 100,000 signatures before it is reviewed and responded by the White House. This week, 38 White House conservatives say they would pass the bill if given the opportunity to do so – all 38 of them are women.

Friday, April 29, 2016

How does HIV virus evade the immune system

Scientists have identified a human (host) protein that weakens the immune response to HIV and other viruses.

"Our study provides critical insight on a paramount issue in HIV research: Why is the body unable to mount an efficient immune response to HIV to prevent transmission?" said one of the researchers Sumit Chanda, professor and director of Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) in the US.

The findings showed that a deficiency in NLRX1 -- an intracellular protein -- reduces the replication of the HIV virus.

It also slows down the power of immune system and promotes immunity to infection.

"Importantly, we were able to show that deficiencies in NLRX1 reduce HIV replication, suggesting that the development of small molecules to modulate the innate immune response may inhibit viral transmission and promote immunity to infection," Chanda added, in the paper published  .. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Freedom 251 smartphone website users unable to book

Noida-based company Ringing Bells has launched the world's cheapest smartphone Freedom 251 priced at Rs 251. The company announced that the customers can purchase the device from its website starting at 6am on February 18.

However, it seems the company's website is facing glitches. We tried ordering the smartphone 10 timws but failed all the times. While early morning the website of the company was not opening, we tried again around 9am and this time while the website opened, when we clicked on the 'buy now' button, a new page opens which asked us to fill all our details. However, as soon as we clicked on 'pay now' button, the page refreshes and we are not able to order the smartphone.

we also spoke to few others who wanted to buy the smartphone and are facing same issue. Says, Nikita Singh, a student, "I have been trying to order a smartphone since morning, but have not been able too."

On specifications front, Freedom 251 features a 4-inch qHD display with 960x540 pixels resolution. The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. The smartphone offers 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded further up to 32GB using a microSD card.

The smartphone comes equipped with a 3.2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front facing snapper for clicking selfies. Its connectivity attributes include 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and packs a 1,450 mAh battery.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Huawei Mate S

Huawei’s Fingerprint Sense 2.0 is not your average fingerprint sensor. Although it can be used to do trivial things like unlock your phone or make mobile payments, it also allows you to control apps on the phone in new ways. For example, you can scroll through images or select particular notifications by moving your finger on the sensor. You can even trigger that perfect selfie shot with it. The new sensor resides at the back of the phone, which is the perfect spot for these types of control.

Then, there is Knuckle Sense 2.0, which enables your knuckles to crop photos or trace letters on the display for shortcuts to your favorite apps.

That stuff sounds cool, but probably the biggest news is that Force Touch will also be onboard in select versions of the phone. Apple is expected to debut this feature on the iPhone 6S, but Huawei beat Apple to it. With Force Touch, the Mate S will be able to sense how hard you are “touching” the display. Different types of force can be used for quicker zooms when looking at pictures, or to access app shortcuts. Huawei also claims it can weigh things such as oranges, though we’re not sure why you’d need that.

The Mate S has a premium feel with a metal body, and it should be comfortable to hold since it’s only 7.5mm thick and has a curved back. The Mate S sports a nano coating to protect it from small spills.

Release date September 2015
Form factor Touchscreen
Battery capacity (mAh) 2700
Removable battery No
SAR value NA
Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
Processor make Kirin 935
Internal storage 32GB
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 8-megapixel
Operating System Android 5.1.1
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported NA
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
Headphones 3.5mm
Number of SIMs 2
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Motorola Moto G

The third generation Moto G is an Android smartphone developed by Motorola Mobility, announced on July 28, 2015.The phone was first unveiled at a launch event in India.

The third-generation Moto G has a 5-inch display with HD resolution of 1280x720p and features Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a 13-megapixel camera similar to the one from the Nexus 6 with many features including HDR and on screen brightness setting option, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, the latest version of Android, the phone back is a removable textured plastic, comes in multiple colors available in Motorola's Moto Maker and it is water resistant through the use of nano-coating and internal rubber gaskets, giving it an IPX7 rating, this phone has the capacity to resist water for up to one meter(about three feet)for 30 minutes. The low end model comes with 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, and the high end model comes with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM.This phone also features a 2470 mAh Li-ion non-removable battery. The higher end model supports LTE.

The phone runs a near-stock Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, this phone could be upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The phone has both a single-SIM and dual-SIM variant.

The phone cannot run Google Cardboard as intended due to lack of gyroscope (gyro is only available on the 1st Gen XT1039, but not on any other Moto G model or generation). Also, there is no magnetometer/compass in Moto G 3rd Gen 

Technical Specifications
Moto G (3rd generation)
Moto G (3rd generation) logo.svg
Manufacturer Motorola Mobility
Slogan Choose the phone that's always there for you
Series Motorola Moto
First released 28 July 2015
Predecessor Moto G (2nd generation)
Related Moto X Style
Moto X Play
Type Smartphone
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions 142.1 mm (5.59 in) H
72.4 mm (2.85 in) W
11.6 mm (0.46 in) D
Weight 155 g (5.5 oz)
Operating system Android 5.1.1 "Lollipop"
System on chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
CPU 1.4 GHz 64-bit Quad-core
GPU Adreno 306
Memory 1 or 2 GB LPDDR2/3 RAM
Storage 8 or 16 GB, microSD card slot
Removable storage microSDXC up to 32 GB
Battery 2470 mAh Li-ion
Display 5.0" (129 mm) 1280 x 720 (294 ppi) 720p with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Rear camera 13 MP, f2.0 aperture, dual CCT dual tone flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps, and slow motion recording
Front camera 5 MP, f2.2
Sound Earpiece, loudspeaker, 2-mic support
Connectivity Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack
Development status In production

Monday, October 12, 2015

Huawei Honor 7

Huawei Honor 7 is a smart-phone made by Huawei under the sub-brand Honor. It is a successor for Huawei Honor 6, the flagship device under Honor brand for 2014. The Honor lineup is known to feature high-end features for an affordable price range and this device continues the tradition. The models vary for different markets with a gold colored, dual-sim variant with 64 GB storage capacity being exclusive to China. International model comes with 16 GB storage option and the Indian version hosts only single-sim capabilities.

The Honor 7 features a full-metal body, 5.2 inch touchscreen, a 20 MP rear camera and a 8 MP front camera. It is available three colors- gold, grey and silver; gold being exclusive to Chinese market. Gold version also features a dual-sim capability, NFC and 64 GB of internal storage. The international version is available in grey and silver only, with 16 GB internat storage capacity. This version also lacks the NFC feature and the Indian version is the single-sim variant of the international version. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor claimed to be intelligent and highly responsive. Another notable feature of the phone is the 'Smart' button, an additional hardware button that can be assigned to specific tasks making the device easier to use.

The Honor 7 ships with Android Lollipop with Huawei's Emotion UI (EMUI) 3.0. The camera interface has a few new features including the 'Good Food' mode that adds detail and crisps the images of food items. Many convenient tweaks have been made for single-handed use. The fingerprint reader is claimed to unlock the phone at 0.5 seconds and also includes additional software features that enable easier use of the device.

Huawei Honor 7
Brand Honor
Manufacturer Huawei
Slogan Discover your Senses
Compatible networks
2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE – 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

4G LTE Rel. 8 (UE Cat 4) - 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz
First released July 2015 (China)
October 2015 (India)
Type Touchscreen smartphone
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions 143.20 mm (5.638 in) H
71.90 mm (2.831 in) W
8.50 mm (0.335 in) D
Weight 157 g (5.5 oz)
Operating system Android 5.0
CPU Hisilicon Kirin 935 CPU Octa-core (4*A53 2.2GHz + 4*A53 1.5GHz)
GPU Mali-T628 MP4
Memory 3GB RAM
Storage 16/64GB
Removable storage microSD, up to 128GB
Battery Non-removable 3100 mAhbattery (11.8 Wh)
Display 5.2 in (130 mm) IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 423 ppi (1080×1920)
Rear camera 20 megapixels 1080p 5152 x 3888 pixels, pixels, Fast Focus, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, video 1080p@30fps, HDR
Front camera 8 megapixels, front-faced soft light, panorama
Wi-Fi :802.11 b/g/n/ac
NFC (market dependent)
Bluetooth 4.1
USBmicroUSB v2.0, USB Host
Other Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor Compass

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. As part of the Z Series, the Z3 Compact is a scaled-down version of the Sony Xperia Z3 and was unveiled during a press conference in IFA 2014 on 4 September 2014. Like the Z1 Compact, the Z3 Compact is water-proof with an IP rating of IP65 and IP68. The phone features a new display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and has the ability to record 4K videos.

The Z3 Compact is designed with what Sony describes as "omni-balance", which is focused on balance and symmetry. Instead of a metal frame, the phone has curved edges and translucent plastic with tempered glass on the front and back. Measuring 8.6 mm thick, the device is thicker than the Z3, but is lighter, weighing at 129 g, due to its smaller size.

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact features a 4.6 inch BRAVIA IPS Triluminos display with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels (HD) with a pixel density of 319 ppi. With Live LED technology, it combines red and green phosphorus with blue LEDs to produce brighter and more uniform light without over-saturation, allowing the display to reproduce colors that are more vibrant and brighter.

It comes with a 20.7 megapixels camera, the same as the Z3, with an Exmor RS sensor and an ISO rating of 12800, designed to improve image quality in low light conditions. The camera features Sony G Lens, which is aimed at giving a wider frame for taking photos, and is also capable of filming in 4K.

On the inside, the Xperia Z3 Compact features a tweaked quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (known as Snapdragon 801) clocked at 2.5 GHz with a high capacity 2600 mAh battery, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, about 11 GB of which are available for the user and supporting a microSD card.

The Z3 Compact initially ran Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Sony's custom launcher and some additional applications, such as Sony's media applications (Walkman, Album and Movies). The Z3 Compact can play PlayStation 4 games via Remote Play.
Sony began an upgrade for both the Z3 Compact and the Z3 to Android 5.0 "Lollipop" and announced upgrades for other Xperia Z devices in March 2015. Starting in July 2015, Sony released an Android 5.1.1 update for the Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact, with the other Xperia Z devices to follow in August 2015.

The bootloader can be unlocked on both Z3 Compact and Z3 in order to install a custom ROM, but will void the warranty and delete the DRM keys, disabling the camera noise reduction feature and access to Sony Entertainment Media.

Critical reception
The Z3 Compact received generally positive reviews, with PC Advisor describing it as a great little smartphone offering everything available on the full-size Z3, with a design that is thinner and lighter with a larger display than the previous Z1 Compact. The Register praised the phone for its outstanding battery life. The Verge praised its small size while retaining the excellent battery life and performance specs of the flagship handset.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Brand Sony
Manufacturer Sony Mobile Communications
Series Sony Xperia
Model D5803, D5833, SO-02G
Compatible networks
D5803: GSM, 3G, HSPA+, LTE

D5833: GSM, 3G, HSPA+, LTE, TD-LTE
First released
4 October 2014; 12 months ago (Singapore)[1]

13 October 2014; 11 months ago (United States)[2]

12 November 2014; 10 months ago (Japan, SO-02G variant exclusively for NTT DoCoMo)
Predecessor Sony Xperia A2
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Related Sony Xperia Z1
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z5
Type Touchscreen smartphone
Form factor Slate, Omni-Balance
Dimensions 127.3 mm (5.01 in) H
64.9 mm (2.56 in) W
8.6 mm (0.34 in) D
Weight 129 g (4.6 oz)
Operating system
Android 4.4.4 KitKat (launch)

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (current)
System on chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
CPU 2.5 GHz quad-core Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330
Memory 2 GB
Storage 16 GB
Removable storage Up to 128 GB microSDXC
Battery non-user removable Li-ion 2600 mAh
Data inputs Multi-touch, capacitive touchscreen, proximity sensor
Display 4.6 in (120 mm) diagonal IPS LCD
720x1280 px (319 PPI)
Rear camera 20.7 MP still image w/ 4K video recording
Front camera 2.2 MP

Other Available in black, white, orange and green
IP65/IP68 (Dust protected, Water jet protected & Waterproof)
Remote Play
Magnetic charging port
Osaifu-Keitai (SO-02G variant only)
NOTTV (SO-02G variant only)
POBox Plus (SO-02G variant only)