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Video of narrow Himachal road captures the treacherous road that’s definitely not meant for the fainthearted



“Difficult road often leads to beautiful destinations,” says a tweet going viral. It shows a narrow meandering road in Himachal Pradesh which seems far too scary for just anyone to cross. Yet, the video not only captures the treacherous road that’s definitely not meant for the fainthearted, it also showcases the stunning beauty of the areas. Chances are this video will you leave you feeling confused - watching the tapering path may make you feel uncomfortable, yet the scenic beauty of the area may make you miss your last holiday to the hills.

The video has been tweeted by Ankur Rapria, IRS earlier today. “Incredible India,” he tweeted, adding that the video was recorded near Sach Pass, Chamba. “Not a regular road, covered with snow for 8-9 months,” he wrote in his tweet further.

The recording shows glimpses of the hills, a snow-covered valley and even a waterfall on the road.

Rapria mentioned in the comments section that the video was recorded in July 2019 by him while his friend drove. And in case it wasn’t already clear, the video was recorded from inside a car. We’ll let you imagine a car driving on that road while you watch this video.

The stunning capture has caught the attention of many. Since being shared, the clip has collected over 2,400 likes and nearly 600 shares - and counting. “Terrifying”, “jaw-dropping”, “adventurous” are just some of the words tweeple have used to describe the video.

“This is terrifying. But Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful and mesmerising place in India,” comments a Twitter user. “A road not for the faint hearted,” writes another. “Wow, really adventurous but too scary at the same time,” adds a third. “Drove on these kind of roads on the way to Spiti and beyond. It was an experience of a lifetime. Would be chanting under my breath for dear life!” says a fourth sharing their own experience.


Method to recover your stolen WhatsApp account



WhatApp is a popular messaging app. Not only is it loved by its 2 billion users, but it’s also well liked by hackers and malicious actors who aim to spread misinformation or, worse, gain access to users accounts. WhatsApp uses a strong end-to-end encryption technology to ensure that contents of users’ chats remain safe. While that keeps the data safe, it doesn’t ensure that malicious actors cannot gain access to users’ WhatsApp accounts.

In the past week, we saw hackers using a clever technique for gaining access to users’ accounts. They disguised themselves as members from WhatsApp’s technical team and asked the victim to share their six-digit verification code in order to verify their identities. To recall, the six-digit verification code is used for verifying accounts in WhatsApp at the time of registration.

This means if a user provides this code to the hacker, they would no longer be able to use their WhatsApp accounts. While the user who highlighted this scam in a query to WABetaInfo didn’t share the verification code with the hacker, someone else might. So what do you do? How do you recover your WhatsApp account?

Thankfully, WhatsApp has an answer to this question. The company has a FAQ page dedicated to the method users can use to recover their stolen accounts. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Sign into WhatsApp with your phone number.

Step 2: Verify your phone number by entering the 6-digit code you receive via SMS. Once you do so, the hacker will automatically be logged out of your account.

Step 3: If you have enabled two-step verification in your account, you will be asked to enter the code. Enter the code and you’re good to go.

Step 4: If you don't know this code, WhatsApp cautions that the individual using your account might have enabled two-step verification. In this case, you will have to wait for 7 days to sign in your account.

Good news is that, while you may not be able to access your account, the hacker won’t be able to do so either, which in turn would ensure the safety of your account. “Regardless of whether you know this verification code, the other individual was logged out of your account once you entered the 6-digit SMS code,” WhatsApp wrote in its FAQ page.


10 Facts you should know to get into the IIT

The Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) is considered to be the best technical education institutes in India.

Over the years, IITs have evolved and have secured international recognition for its immense contribution to the global workforce. It attracts the finest of talent for its flagship (B.Tech) undergraduate programmes.Every year 10 to 12 lakh students aspire to study in their dream IIT.

Aspirants go through a gruelling selection process before getting into their dream college. This year due to the global pandemic posed by COVID-19 and subsequent national lockdown in our country, the most coveted entrance exam & gateway to the IITs, the JEE Advanced has been postponed, and will now be held on August 23, 2020.

Hence students have got an extended preparatory time. Aspirants are completely into preparatory mode at the moment. In fact their focus on JEE Advanced exam is so high that they rarely get an opportunity to look at various other aspects associated with their dream college which otherwise can enable them to strategize their preparation effectively.

In the absence of clear understanding of important facts, coupled with several myths, most often the journey to IIT becomes challenging.

So, let us look at few top things that every aspirant must know apart from cracking JEE. Some of the points may redefine the way students are looking forward to crack JEE Advanced, may end up making some strategic shifts so as to be successful in their endeavour.

Students who are expected to score well in board exam (say 92%) will get a good rank in JEE Advanced too, since the syllabus of JEE and CBSE (class XI / XII) is almost same. Is that true?

No. A good score in board exam will have no bearing in JEE Advanced rank, as both exams are different even though the syllabus is same.

Board exam evaluates a student in absolute terms; as there is no limitation on the number of students who can pass the exam, so logically all students appearing in the exam can qualify whereas JEE Advanced is a competitive exam, it selects only few students out of all the aspirants, hence it evaluates in relative terms, which means the performance of a student is assessed with respect to other students and the best are selected.

So on a given day, a student has to perform better than others to get selected, even a very high score may not guarantee selection as others might have scored better.

JEE Advanced is a conceptual based paper, designed to test a student’s comprehension, reasoning and logical and analytical thinking.

Questions asked are application based and requires deep thinking. So even if a student has prepared well for board exam, but lacks application of learned concepts, they will find it extremely difficult to solve JEE Advanced questions.

In a board exam, a student can even earn marks partially depending upon how much they have written (due to step marking) even if they are not aware of the complete solution whereas in JEE Advanced one can either earn or lose marks if they attempt or at best can leave a question to prevent negative marks

.2. What is the right time to start preparation for JEE?

An early start is desirable as time is the most precious thing. More the time devoted better it is.

The quantum of effort gets distributed over a period of time. The progress is gradual and smooth. The skills required to be successful can be developed and nurtured over a long duration. So students are under less pressure. They would have greater bandwidth to pursue on extra-curricular activities which helps in development of other important skills and overall personality. 

Although there is no thumb rule on the right time to start but it largely depends on the student’s potential and their set goal. It is recommended that the moment a student decides to take up engineering as a career irrespective in which class they decide, they should immediately start their preparatory journey without wasting further time.

As a result students would be passionate about their academic journey which will in turn help to improve the quality of daily efforts; focus will be on learning & ways to improve various skills. Students will start optimising their resources, time and avoid distractions.

Studying lot of books or solving many questions, are these compulsory to get a good rank in JEE Advanced?

Referring too many books from different sources could be counter-productive.

Every author as its own style of writing and presenting things, so by referring to different books, it may add to confusion which could eventually lead to wastage of valuable time. So it is suggested that students should refer to books from a single source; the level of books should be as per the students learning capability so that there is no level mismatch hence students must seeks experts help.

Most often it is seen that a student start solving very difficult questions from multiple sources thinking that it will help them to become better. In the process they end up solving non-relevant questions which are generally not asked in the exam. Valuable time is also lost. So, solving relevant questions is extremely important. So one must subscribe to a good all India level test series, where they would get relevant test papers prepared by experts administered in a simulated testing environment.

It's a myth that to qualify JEE Advanced, a student has to score very high marks

The common belief amongst engineering aspirants is that one has to score very high marks in JEE Advanced. Moreover it is an extremely tough exam. So, one should be extremely talented in order to qualify. But, in reality it is not a tough exam and you do not need to score high marks.

JEE Advanced is highly competitive exam, around 2.5 lakhs students compete who are shortlisted from 10-12 Lakh students through JEE Main. So, the level of competition makes it really difficult for the students to feature in the common merit All India Rank list.

If we look at the cut-off i.e. the minimum marks required to feature in the All India Rank list, you will be astonished to know that the cut-off marks percentage is just around 30%, which is less than even a school exam. So JEE Advanced is a low scoring exam.

Excellent opportunity for girl students to study in an IIT

As a part of empowering girl child initiative, IITs are now encouraging girl students to choose engineering career.

The government and the IIT council have taken several measures in the last few years to increase the number of girl students opting to join IIT for pursuing technical education.

One of the first step was to introduce seat reservation for girl students.

As per the latest guidelines, 17% seats are now reserved for girl students in every branch of engineering.

Apart from that, the entry criteria for girls students has been relaxed substantially. In fact it is now a lot easier for a girl student to get their desired branch of engineering at a lower rank compared to general category students.

Eligibility: 75% marks in Class XII board exam and/or in top 20 percentile in your board

The general perception among students is 75% marks in aggregate in class XII board exam along with JEE Advanced rank will make them eligible for admission into the IITs.

Well, 75% marks can make them eligible but it will also depend upon the board exam marks of other students who have qualified JEE Advanced.

There could be an instance wherein a student securing 75% marks may not feature within top 20 percentile in their board, which may impact the admission process. So students should try to score as much as possible in their board exam.

Total intake is around 14,000 students as per Common Merit List (CML)

The total intake of students through JEE Advanced across 23 IITs is around 14,000.

There are 50+engineering programmes being offered at the IITs

At one point, there used to be core 6-8 branches of engineering.

Today, several emerging fields of technology have opened up.

A wide variety of branches/sub branches and specific field of study have led to the introduction of several new and innovative fields of technical education at the IITs. So, the total number of engineering programmes are more than 50.

Dual degrees option, 5 year integrated programmes

IITs offer dual degrees, which are essentially 5 year integrated programmes on several new and interesting fields of technology.

The degrees offered are mostly integrated MTech. These integrated programmes helps a student to save 1 year of education as conventional BTech (4 years) + MTech ( 2 years) is equal to 6 years of education.

10 Lateral branch shift

There is a provision wherein a student can shift to a different engineering branch after the second semester based on their academic performance i.e. CGPA score.

Every IIT would have its own criteria for allowing students to change their branch. So, a student should refer to the guidelines thoroughly before considering to apply for branch shift. 


US has terminated its relationship with the World Health Organisation



Accusing the World Health Organisation (WHO) of being “totally controlled” by China, where the first case of the novel coronavirus emerged, US President Donald Trump late Friday announced the country will permanently “terminate” its relationship with the organisation and will redirect funds from the WHO to other organisations.

The US President also said he is directing his administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment, citing the Chinese parliament’s advancement of national security legislation for Hong Kong, which democracy activists and Western countries fear could erode the city’s freedoms.

Trump’s statement comes a week after he threatened to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider the membership of the United States in the body.

Trump had suspended US contributions to the WHO last month, accusing it of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the coronavirus outbreak, although WHO officials denied the accusation and China said it was transparent and open.


Kerala on ‘brink of community spread’ as cases spike



Kerala, which had flattened the Covid-19 curve in the previous two bouts, is on the brink of community spread with a steady spike in cases in the last 20 days, mainly due to the return of people from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Kerala on Thursday reported 84 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total to 1,088. The number of positive cases has more than doubled over the last 20 days in the state, which had reported only 503 cases for 100 days from January 30 to May 8.

After the review meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told media that the state is on the brink of community outbreak of infection. “At this stage, we cannot say that there is community spread of Covid-19 in Kerala. But, we are on the brink of community spread. The number of positive cases has gone up. But, most of them are from outside and infected through contacts in Kerala. That is a positive sign that we can still contain the spread of infection,’’ he said, adding that all cases with cold and flu would be subjected to Covid-19 test.

The data on daily cases over the last one week shows more people coming from other states are testing positive in Kerala than those coming from abroad.

Health department officials said there was hope because positivity rate is low. Of the 10,000 persons who came to Kerala from abroad by flights and ships till May 26, only 1% have tested positive. Nine out of 1,000 persons who returned from Maharashtra have tested positive and the figure for Tamil Nadu returnees is 3 out of 1,000, sources said.

The state has also ramped up daily testing, which is also being cited as a reason for identifying more asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Till May 2, the state had only tested 31,183 samples as part of regular daily testing, to save test kits for emergency situation. But on May 28, the total tests in Kerala jumped to 60,685, which shows that 49% of the testing happened in the last 26 days.

Apart from above, 8,599 samples were taken from groups like healthcare workers, persons with high social exposure, workers etc. as part of Sentinel surveillance, of which 6 samples tested positive. As many as 8,174 samples tested negative, while result of 419 are awaited. What worries officials is the steady rise in cases of patients who got infected as primary or secondary contacts of persons with travel history.

“Cases from contact transmission is being regularly reported from Palakkad, a gateway to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, after curbs were eased. Tests are being ramped up with an assumption that there is a community spread lurking in the state,’’ sources said.


Health minister outlines five phase plan to return back to normal life



Kuwait Minister of Health Dr. Sheikh Bassel Al-Sabah gave details of a five-phase plan for a gradual return to normal life, brought to a standstill by the novel coronavirus, starting with easing of curfew but locking down virus-hit areas.

Addressing an online news conference, Sheikh Bassel said the phases would begin on Sunday, May 31, and each would last for three weeks. He said health authorities would give the go-ahead to move to the 2nd phase if the assessment of the first phase was positive. However, if the health situation was not satisfactory, the phase could extend.

“If indicators are positive we move to the next phase. If no indicators are safe in any phase, we will remain in the current phase for a longer time or go back to the previous phase,” he said. The first phase, he explained, included partial curfew coupled with a lockdown on Farwaniya, Khaitan and Hawally areas because they saw surge in cases.

Sheikh Bassel said activities to resume in first phase included home deliveries of restaurants, telecommunication companies, food retailers, companies’ transportation of employees, gas stations, private clinics and car workshops. The second phase will see the curfew shortens to be between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., said Sheikh Bassel.

In this phase, he said, workforce in government and private sectors should be less than 30 percent, in addition to resumption of constructions, banking sector, malls opening for eight hours and according to special instructions, parks and pickups from restaurants. Sheikh Bassel said the third phase would see an end of curfew, and health authorities would be assessing situation of areas under lockdown. He said phase three would see increase of workforce to less than 50 percent.

He added visits for social care homes would be allowed, reopening of hotels, resorts and hotel apartments. Taxis will be allowed to operate with only one passenger, and Mosques would be allowed to perform Friday prayers.

Phase four, said the Minister of health, would see an increase in workforce, restaurants would be receiving customers but with restrictions, and public transportation resumed but with distancing. Sheikh Bassel said all activities would resume in phase five, government and private sector returned to normal, families could gather, weddings and graduation ceremonies, health clubs and gyms to reopen, as well as cinemas and theaters. Sheikh Bassel said success of phases depended on compliance with health instructions, like two-meter physical distancing, covering mouth and nose, hand wash and stay home.

He urged the public to be extra careful with senior citizens who suffered from chronic diseases. “Failure to comply with these instructions could cause a setback and we go back to the previous step,” he warned. There will not be a normal life without a vaccine or a drug, he said. Sheikh Bassel addressed a message to all people in Kuwait: “Cooperate, optimism and not let down.”


Proposal submitted to limit number of expats in the country with nationality wise quota-15% for Indians



Parliamentarian Dr. Badr Al-Mulla presented a proposal to the parliament regarding the demographics, pointing out that the demographics imbalances are among the problems that Kuwait has suffered in recent years.

The parliamentarian said that it was found that that expats residing in overcrowded areas without health requirements, which clearly contributed to the spread of the epidemic, which enforced total lock-down in some areas.

The proposal suggested that a law to be established that sets the maximum percentage of foreign nationalities in relation to the total number of citizens, and prohibits the recruitment of any person from this nationalities to work in the event that the number of its community exceeds the number of citizens, daily added.

As per the proposal, quota will be assigned for each nationality proportionate to the total number of Kuwaiti citizen. Indians will be allotted 15% of the total Kuwaiti population while the number of Philippines, Egyptians and Sri Lankan's will be limited to 10% of the Kuwaiti population. Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Vietnam citizen will be limited to 5% of the Kuwaiti population.


Locust cloud over 15 districts in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh



Grappling with the Covid-19 outbreak, the country is faced with a formidable new challenge – “active swarms of immature locust” that have now reached 15 districts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

According to the Locust Warning Organisation (LWO), which monitors locust swarms, there is no immediate danger of the swarms heading towards Delhi.

In a statement, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare said on Wednesday, “As of today, there are active swarms of immature locust in Barmer, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Bikaner, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Sikar, Jaipur districts in Rajasthan and Satna, Gwalior, Seedhi, Rajgarh, Baitul, Devas, Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh.”

The statement said that “since 11th April 2020, locust hoppers and from 30th April, 2020, the incursion of pink immature adults has been reported in bordering districts of Rajasthan and Punjab, which are being controlled.”

The Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has stepped up locust control operations in Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh, the Ministry said.

“At present 200 Locust Circle Offices (LCO) are conducting survey & control operations in close coordination with district administration and agriculture field machinery of the affected states… In Rajasthan 21 districts, in Madhya Pradesh 18 districts, in Punjab one district and in Gujarat 2 districts have undertaken locust control till now,” it said.

Citing the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Locust Status Update of May 21, the Ministry said: “New swarms will migrate to the summer breeding areas along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border as well as to Sudan and West Africa. As vegetation dries out, more groups and swarms will form and move from these areas to the summer breeding areas along both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border.

“Good rains are predicted during the first half of June along the Indo-Pakistan border that would allow egg-laying to occur.”

The Ministry said that temporary locust control camps had been established in Ajmer, Chittorgarh, and Dausa in Rajasthan, Mandsaur, Ujjain, and Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh, and Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. “There is no report of crop damage due to locust attack in Rajasthan, MP & Gujarat,” the Ministry said.

The Centre has, meanwhile, approved assistance of Rs 68.65 crore for Rajasthan to fight the pests.

Sources said the assistance from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) in the wake of “pest (locust) attack” during 2019-20, was approved by the High Level Committee headed by Home Minister Amit Shah on May 15. An order was issued on May 23, asking the Department of Expenditure to release the assistance to the Rajasthan government.

Earlier this month, as locusts threatened the region, India had reached out to both Pakistan and Iran. India had suggested to Pakistan that the two countries should coordinate locust control operations along the border, and had offered to facilitate the supply of the pesticide malathion to Pakistan.


India Kuwait undertake mega evacuation plan under ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, Indian NRI lauds efforts

India Kuwait undertake mega evacuation plan under ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, Indian NRI lauds efforts

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vandebharatAt the time of this grave health crisis that has hit the international community with COVID 19, India and Kuwait have come together to fight the pandemic and evolve strategies to contain the virus and save the mankind.

India and Kuwait are jointly working to fight the virus and recently New Delhi had send a high level medical team of specialist doctors and paramedic staff to help Kuwait fight the virus. Both nations later joined hands for the NAM summit called by Prime Minister Modi for greater cooperation among non-align nation countries.

Kuwait is working closely with the India government to implement its massive evacuation plan to help Indian expat who are willing to return to India in view the pandemic and the extraordinary situation prevailing in the world Senior most NRI and former Chairman of India Business Council, Kuwait Surender K Wadhawan welcomed the initiative and expressed the community heartiest gratitude to the Kuwait leaders led by the Amir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad Sabah for initiating extraordinary measures to contain the pandemic in the world.


He said the way the Kuwait Government and the ministers, health workers, police officials and volunteers have engaged in the fight against corona pandemic is a matter of deep appreciation. “ The government is taking full care of the welfare of the expatriates”While expressing deep thank to the benevolent gesture of the Kuwaiti government to grant general amnesty to expatriates, Wadhawan said that the government is offering free passage and free airfare to their home countries.

The Indian businessman also lauded the role of Indian government for the historic decision to evacuate stranded Indian from across the world describing it as historic and unprecedented.

Wadhawan said the Indian government decision to depute high level medical team of specialist to Kuwait has given a fresh boost to the centuries old relation between India and Kuwait which has withstood the test of time.

At this time of health crisis Wadhawan complimented the Indian Ambassador in Kuwait Excellency Jeev Sagar who has led the community from the front not only by organising the humanitarian help but also attending to their various problem and issues personally.


“I salute the Indian Embassy officials in Kuwait for their exemplary work im evacuating distressed Indian citizen as a part of mega evacuation plan “Vande Bharat” mission.” he pointed outIndian constitute the biggest expatriate population in Kuwait and are now over a million who are referred by Kuwaiti as partner in progress.

It may be recalled that Kuwait Ambassador to India Jassem al Najem has lately stated that no credence should be given to a report circulating across non-official social media handles in Kuwaiti with reference to the relationship between Kuwait and India.

Ambassador Jassem said “Kuwait is deeply committed to friendly relations with India. We do not support any interference in the internal affairs of India.”He lauded the relations between India and Kuwait and said the historic relations between the two countries always seek to development them in wider economic and political domains

The Kuwait ambassador had also deeply appreciated the decision of Indian government to provide full assistance to Kuwaiti nationals who were stranded during the lockdown in India and facilitated their return back home.




Tips to extend the battery life of your Android phone



Smartphones have made our lives easier in many ways, thus making us more and more dependable on it. Saving the battery life of our mobile phone is of the utmost priority especially when you are outside and cannot charge your phone for an extended period of time. Today, we are sharing some tips with you which will improve the battery life of your Android phone smartphone. The good bit is, tips can be tried by everyone.

Turn the GPS location off

GPS takes up a lot of power. While some apps need the location access to help you serve better, keeping it on at all times ends in speedy loss of battery. You can turn on the GPS when you really need and keep it off otherwise. You need to go to Settings > Location and turn off the ‘Location Service’. Some Android phones also provide you with an option to turn off GPS and rely on mobile network or Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to determine location, which saves battery. You can also find the Location or GPS option in the quick access notification panel.

Turn on the Dark Mode

Nowadays, most of the Android devices come with Dark Mode option that applies dark theme across the user interface. If your phone has an OLED screen, it will help you preserve battery. Since OLED panels don’t need a backlight, it produces rich blacks by turning off individual pixels. So, applying a dark theme will minimise the power used to lit up your phone screen, thus saving battery power. You also need to turn on Dark Theme on all the supported apps and while you are at it, use a darker background— preferably all black to save more energy.

Limit apps running in the background

We are habitual of exiting apps either by tapping on the home button or by swiping up from the bottom. It leaves the application running in the background. First, you need to exit the application properly or clear it from the recent items. Secondly, you need to restrict some apps from running in the background. For this, go to Settings > Apps and select an application. Now go to the Power Saver or Battery option and select “Don’t Run in Background”.

Get rid of battery killers

At times, some apps suffer from bugs and other issues causing them to malfunction and drain the battery life of your phone. You need to monitor the battery usage of your phone to identify such apps and get rid of them. Go to Settings > Battery > Power Usage to monitor the apps’ power usage. You can also install a third-party assistant to keep an eye on such kind of app behaviour.

Switch to Lite apps or web-based interface

A lot of applications have a slimmed-down version of their apps on the Play Store like Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite, and more. Other apps offer a lite experience via a web-browser like Ola Cabs. Companies do this to help people with underpowered phones access their services. However, you can use these web-based interfaces or the lite versions to save your battery life.


Coronavirus tracking app Aarogya Setu becomes open source to address privacy concerns



The government on Tuesday announced opening the source code of its coronavirus tracking app, Aarogya Setu, for scrutiny by the developer community to address privacy concerns and launching a bug bounty programme for finding security flaws.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant asserted that no other government in the world has been open source at this scale.The government has opened the source code to address concerns around privacy of data being collected by the contact tracing app.

"Transparency, privacy and security have been the core design principle of Aarogya Setu. Opening the source code to developer community signifies Government of India continuing principal to these commitments. No other government anywhere in the world has been open source at this scale," Kant said.

Meity Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney said that nothing that is done by human being can be perfect by definition but several developers volunteered for the app and made it close to a perfect product. He said the e-commerce and other companies are using this app as a precaution and get alerted about exposure to coronavirus.


National Informatics Centre Director General Neeta Verma said that there will be four categories of rewards for people who find a bug in the app and come up with a suggestion to improve the programming of the app.

"There are three categories of securities vulnerability for which Rs 1 lakh be given in each of the categories. Then there is Rs 1 lakh prize for code improvement bounty," Verma said.

The app was launched on April 2 and has around 11.5 crore users at present.

"The source code of Aarogya Setu will be available at Github after 12 am-midnight," Verma said.

Advocacy groups have alleged that the government is using Aarogya Setu for mass surveillance especially in the absence of any legislation around privacy. A cybersecurity expert also made similar allegations that there are loopholes in the app.

Following allegations and concern, the government on May 11 issued a set of guidelines for data processing of Aarogya Setu app users and added a few clauses that may lead to imprisonment of persons found guilty of violating certain norms.

The new rules prohibit the storage of data beyond 180 days and enable individuals to seek deletion of their data from the government's Aarogya Setu related record within 30 days of raising the request.

The new norms allow the collection of only demographic, contact, self-assessment and location data of persons infected by the coronavirus or those who come in contact with the infected person.


List of Vande Bharat Mission phase 2 flights from 28th May -16 flights from Kuwait



Indian Ministry of External Affairs in its official website published the additional list of flights of phase 2 under Vande Bharat Mission. Readers can view the full list at

This is a dynamic list and is bound to undergo changes based on operational, technical and other considerations. The list should not be considered as final and is only for the purpose of information. This list cannot be quoted for any legal claims. All visitors are advised to counter-check with Air India for confirmation of the flights, timings, dates, destinations and other details.

No.Receiving State/UTCountry of OriginFlight NumberAirport of DepartureDate and Time of Departure
(local time)
Airport of ArrivalDate and Time of Arrival
(local time)


1 Gujarat Kuwait AI-0990 Kuwait 29-May-20 13:55 Ahemdabad 29-May-20 20:00 150  
2 Maharashtra Kuwait AI-1652 Ahemdabad 29-May-20 21:00 Mumbai 29-May-20 22:20 150  
3 Kerala Kuwait IX 1596 Kuwait 28-May-20 11:20 Trivandrum 28-May-20 19:00 177  
4 Gujarat Kuwait AI 1990 Kuwait 01-Jun-20 12:00 Ahmedabad 01-Jun-20 18:20 149  
5 Kerala Kuwait IX 1396 Kuwait 29-May-20 15:40 Kozhikode 29-May-20 23:00 177  
6 Kerala Kuwait IX 1790 Kuwait 30-May-20 13:30 Kannur 30-May-20 20:30 177  
7 Rajasthan Kuwait AI 1990 Kuwait 31-May-20 12:00 Jaipur 31-May-20 18:30 149  
8 Kerala Kuwait IX 1396 Kuwait 01-Jun-20 11:20 Trivandrum 01-Jun-20 19:00 177  
9 Kerala Kuwait IX 1496 Kuwait 02-Jun-20 12:00 Kochi 02-Jun-20 19:30 177  
10 Delhi Kuwait AI 1944 Kuwait 04-Jun-20 11:50 Delhi 04-Jun-20 18:20 149  
11 Kerala Kuwait IX 1396 Kuwait 04-Jun-20 15:40 Kozhikode 04-Jun-20 23:00 177  
12 Delhi Kuwait AI 1944 Kuwait 05-Jun-20 16:00 Delhi 05-Jun-20 22:30 149  
13 Bihar Kuwait AI 1944 Delhi 06-Jun-20 05:05 Gaya 06-Jun-20 06:35 149  
14 Delhi Kuwait AI 1944 Kuwait 06-Jun-20 11:50 Delhi 06-Jun-20 18:20 149  
15 Odisha Kuwait AI 1944 Delhi 06-Jun-20 19:20 Bhubaneshwar 06-Jun-20 21:20 149


16 Uttar Pradesh Kuwait AI 1944 Kuwait 07-Jun-20 11:50 Lucknow 07-Jun-20 19:00 149

Turn your iPhone’s camera into a magnifying glass



The iPhone has a secret feature that turns the device into a magnifying glass. Not many people are aware of the feature but it exists. Part of Apple’s accessibility features, the magnifier is useful for low-vision senior citizens who often struggle to read the newspaper or small labels at the grocery store.

Here’s how to turn your iPhone’s camera into a magnifying glass.

*To get the feature, go into Settings>General> Accessibility

*Tap “Accessibility.”

*Choose “Magnifier.”

*Tap the switch next to Magnifier.

*Tap the switch next to Auto-Brightness, in case you want Magnifier to adjust brightness and contrast depending on ambient light settings.

Once done, tap the button on the right side of the phone three times to turn on the feature. In case you are using older models, press the home button to enable the magnifier.

The Magnifier feature works just like you would use the iPhone’s camera app. Point it at the text or object you want to magnify, and take a picture. Now drag the slider to adjust the magnification or tap the lock button to lock the focus in place. You can also use the filter button to apply various filters or turn on the flashlight in the Magnifier. There is also the option to freeze-frame and to zoom in and out on the image.


Cabinet assign the Minister to present plan regarding reopening of mosques



The government spokesperson Tariq Al-Muzram, said that the cabinet decided to assign the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to present the ministry’s plan regarding reopening of mosques during the coming period, according to the guidelines of the health authorities.

In the press conference that was held today at Seef Palace after the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, Al-Muzram added that the mandate includes how some entities attached to the mosques carry out their work.


Swarms of locusts enter Jaipur residential areas in India



Locusts normally affect districts in western Rajasthan but this time the swarms have travelled as far as Jaipur city. The swarms later headed towards Dausa district.The swarms are travelling farther and damaging trees as there are no standing crops for them to feed on, an official said.

In Jaipur's Murlipura and Vidhyadhar Nagar areas, people beat 'thalis' at the locusts that had settled on walls and trees, hoping to make them move on.

"The menace of locust has spread to 18 districts of Rajasthan and they are rapidly travelling in search of food," Om Prakash, the commissioner of state agriculture department, told PTIHe said the swarms were in Nagaur and reached Jaipur and nearby areas on Sunday.They were seen in residential areas of the city on Monday and then they moved towards Dausa, Prakash said.

"There is no standing crop on ground so they are staying on large trees and moving fast. Locust control teams conducted operations by sprinkling pesticide in Jaipur last night and today remaining swarms have moved towards Dausa," he said.

Centre's Locust Warning Organisation in Jodhpur and the state agriculture department are working in coordination to handle the locust attack issue.

The latest such attack occurred on April 11 when the swarms entered from Pakistan and damaged cotton crops in Ganganagar to some extent.The swarms later travelled to various other districts and have now crossed Jaipur.

The director of agriculture department informed that 200 teams are working in the field to monitor the movement of locusts and nearly 800 tractor-mounted sprayers are being used.

He said, fire department is also involved in the operations against the locusts.Prakash said the swarms have covered almost 54,000 hectare area in the state this time and containment operations were conducted in 40,000 hectare area.


Kuwait to end full curfew after May 30 and to honor employees working in the frontline



Kuwait government will not extend full curfew due to end Saturday, May 30 and will turn to partial curfew to pave way for restoration of normal life, Deputy Premier and Interior Ministry Anas Al-Saleh said on Monday.

Al-Saleh, also Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, was speaking at an online news conference following a cabinet meeting to discuss how to restore normal life next week.He said the government would be announcing more details about the gradual restoration of normal life on Thursday.The government was expecting improvement of the health situation due to compliance with the full curfew, which entered force on May 10.

Al-Saleh said the Ministry of health believed the full curfew contributed to improving the situation in the country. Al-Saleh, meanwhile, said the government formed a committee with a mandate of honoring those working in the frontline in line with His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's instructions.

Bader Al-Hamad, Undersecretary of the Civil Services Commission (CSC), spoke in the same news conference about honoring the employees working between February 24 and May 31 financially.He said the committee classified employees working during the pandemic crisis into three segments.

The first were employees of the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Health who were directly dealing with infected people and suspected infectees, said Al-Hamad.

The second, he added, were people working in government departments who were dealing with suspected cases, working in border crossings, quarantine facilities and clinics.

The third category, said Al-Hamad, were employees working in supporting lines who were assigned to work during the partial or full curfew.

Those employees, continued Al-Hamad, would be honored in accordance with the degree of risk they were exposed to: high and medium.He said the government would consider people dying from the virus as martyrs and infectees would be given a special allowance until their recovery.


Reliance officially launched JioMart in India across almost all regions



Reliance started testing JioMart, it’s e-commerce platform, last month in some parts of Maharashtra. The company has officially launched JioMart in the country across almost all regions. Currently, JioMart is available as a web version but the mobile version is expected to be available very soon. No official words from Reliance as of yet.

To purchase groceries and daily essentials from JioMart you will first need to check whether the service is available in your area or not by entering your pin code.The service is available in almost all areas and the rest will get it soon.

To start shopping from JioMart you will head to on the web browser and the page will appear. Jio claims that JioMart offers all products at 5 per cent below MRP. Interestingly, the platform further claims that all products listed are sourced directly from the registered farmers. With JioMart, the company wants to move farmers online to sell their products and boost their business.To sign up with JioMart you will just head to the official website and click on Sign up > enter your mobile number > enter the OTP you received on your phone number within the allotted time. It’s as simple as that. After entering the details you can start shopping.

Despite being a new e-commerce platform JioMart offers products across several categories including fruits, dairy, staples, snacks, personal care, home care, and baby care. JioMart is also selling face masks, a product that is in demand at this time of crisis. After adding the products to the cart by tapping on add to cart option head over to the cart and recheck if you’re missing anything. Then click on proceed. JioMart claims that the order will be delivered in just two days. 

As far as the payment options are concerned, JioMart allows customers to make the payment via debit/credit cards of almost all banks, Paytm, JioMoney, PhonePe, UPI, Mobikwik. It is also offering the cash-on-delivery option that a lot of competitors have disabled due to contactless delivery. There’s no option for payment via WhatsApp or booking order via WhatsApp. Overall, the web version of JioMart looks pretty clean and offers a great shopping experience.


Indian nurse died In Kuwait after battling with COVID-19




Indian nurse from State of Kerala passed away after battling with coronavirus at Mubarak hospital here on 24th May. The deceased is identified as Pathanamthitta native Annamma Chacko. Wife of late P. T Chacko, she was 59 year old.

She was serving as a head nurse at Al-Shaab Medical center. She was admitted to Mubarak hospital 3 days back.

She left behind her children Sara and Thomas Jacob, both are working in Kuwait.


New York Times dedicates Sunday’s front page to COVID victims



The New York Times has devoted Sunday’s entire front page to a long list of names of people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic.The names and brief descriptions culled from obituaries from around the country fill six columns under the headline “U.S. Deaths Near 100,000, an Incalculable Loss,” with a subheadline reading: “They Were Not Simply Names on a List. They Were Us.'”

The all-text list takes the place of the usual articles, photographs and graphics in an effort to convey the vastness and variety of lives lost, according to Simone Landon, assistant editor of the graphics desk, who described “a little bit of fatigue with the data.”

“We knew we were approaching this milestone,” she said in a New York Times article explaining the project. “We knew that there should be some way to try to reckon with that number.”A tally kept by Johns Hopkins University says more than 96,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the United States.

Times researcher Alain Delaqueriere compiled a list of nearly a thousand names from online obituaries and death notices and a team of editors sought to capture the uniqueness of each in a few words: “Alan Lund, 81, Washington, conductor with ‘the most amazing ear.”

Tom Bodkin, chief creative officer of The Times, said he did not remember any front pages without images, though there have been pages with only graphics, during his 40 years at the newspaper.