Nipah virus: Kerala locks down Sooppikkada village; people, animals evacuated and kept under observation

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“Sajietta am almost on the way. I don’t think so we can meet. Sorry. Take care of our children. Please try to take them to Gulf. They should not be left alone like our father. Lots of love…” was the last message 28-year-old nurse Lini Sajeev wrote to her husband before reportedly succumbing to the deadly Nipah virus that has put Kerala on high alert.

https://www.firstpost.com/india/nipah-virus-worried-kerala-locks-down-sooppikkada-village-people-animals-evacuated-and-kept-under-observation-4478597.html

BSY quits as Karnataka chief minister: Voters are biggest losers in this drama as a clumsy system openly cheats them

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The first lesson from the dismal chaos in Karnataka on Saturday is that there is nothing to celebrate. If anything it is a time for deep introspection because in all this packaging of political personalities and parties the voter has been totally sidelined. In fact, one can go as far as to say that the person who stood in the line and cast his franchise has been openly and blatantly cheated by a system that is clumsy and disregards the wishes of the people.

https://www.firstpost.com/politics/bsy-quits-as-karnataka-chief-minister-voters-are-biggest-losers-in-this-drama-as-a-clumsy-system-openly-cheats-them-4475615.html

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India becomes third largest solar market in the world
In India every other institution is consuming electricity via solar cell panel, be it Delhi metro, education institution or government offices.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/india-becomes-third-largest-solar-market-in-the-world-1236131-2018-05-18

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India becomes third largest solar market in the world
In India every other institution is consuming electricity via solar cell panel, be it Delhi metro, education institution or government offices.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/india-becomes-third-largest-solar-market-in-the-world-1236131-2018-05-18

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Samsung Galaxy J4, Galaxy J6 Specifications Leaked, Rumoured to Come With Android 8.0 Oreo

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Twitter is working on a ‘Secret’ messaging feature which will allow encrypted conversations
As data security concerns on Facebook and WhatsApp loom large, Twitter is reportedly working on a ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature which could make the microblogging platform safer for sensitive communications.
https://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/twitter-is-working-on-a-secret-messaging-feature-which-will-allow-encrypted-conversations-4461439.html

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Twitter is working on a ‘Secret’ messaging feature which will allow encrypted conversations
As data security concerns on Facebook and WhatsApp loom large, Twitter is reportedly working on a ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature which could make the microblogging platform safer for sensitive communications.
https://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/twitter-is-working-on-a-secret-messaging-feature-which-will-allow-encrypted-conversations-4461439.html

Walmart says Flipkart could go public in as early as four years, detailing potential listing timeline

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Walmart Inc said on Saturday in a filing with a US regulator that it may take India’s Flipkart public in as early as four years, detailing for the first time a potential listing timeline for Walmart’s largest-ever acquisition.

https://www.firstpost.com/business/walmart-says-flipkart-could-go-public-in-as-early-as-four-years-detailing-potential-listing-timeline-4466549.html

Walmart buys Flipkart in world’s largest e-commerce deal

US-based retail giant Walmart has closed the largest e-commerce deal in the world by acquiring a majority stake in the Indian e-commerce platform Flipkart, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has confirmed. According to reports, Walmart will acquire 71% stake in Flipkart for $15 billion, valuing the homegrown startup at around $20 billion.

RED CROSS DAY

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The World Red Cross Day, is celebrated by paying tribute to the volunteers for their unprecedented contribution to the people in need 🙏🙏🙏

This message is freezing WhatsApp across the world

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NEW DELHI: Recently, a news surfaced online suggesting that a Telugu text bomb was crashing the iMessage app on iPhones. Now, a similar kind of text bomb is spotted on WhatsApp is crashing the Android devices.
https://www.gadgetsnow.com/tech-news/this-message-is-freezing-whatsapp-across-the-world/articleshow/64058468.cms

Andhra Pradesh wants Special category Status Why

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Andhra sought special category status, since it would lose a significant amount of revenue as a result of Hyderabad going to Telangana.
The benefits that a state gets under the provision of being a ‘special state’ are –
· Preferential treatment in getting central funds assistance
· Concession on excise duty to attract industries to the state
· A significant 30 per cent of the Centre’s gross budget goes to the special category states
· These states can avail the benefit of debt swapping and debt relief schemes
· In the case of centrally sponsored schemes and external aid, special category states get
it in the ratio of 90 per cent grants and 10 per cent loans, while other states get 30 per
cent of their funds as grants.
· Tax breaks to attract investment

Andhra Pradesh wants Special category Status Why

Andhra sought special category status, since it would lose a significant amount of revenue as a result of Hyderabad going to Telangana.
The benefits that a state gets under the provision of being a ‘special state’ are –
· Preferential treatment in getting central funds assistance
· Concession on excise duty to attract industries to the state
· A significant 30 per cent of the Centre’s gross budget goes to the special category states
· These states can avail the benefit of debt swapping and debt relief schemes
· In the case of centrally sponsored schemes and external aid, special category states get
it in the ratio of 90 per cent grants and 10 per cent loans, while other states get 30 per
cent of their funds as grants.
· Tax breaks to attract investment

Shark skin inspires better planes, cars

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Harvard scientists have developed a new structure inspired by shark skin that could improve the aerodynamic performance of planes, wind turbines, drones and cars. The study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface sheds light on a decades-old mystery about sharkskin.
Sharks and airplanes are not actually all that different. Both are designed to efficiently move through fluid, using the shape of their bodies to generate lift and decrease drag, researchers said. The difference is that sharks have about a 400 million-year head start on the design process, they said.

WhatsApp UPI integration, edit sent messages and group calls: Top three features to expect in 2018

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WhatsApp has 1.4 billion monthly active users globally, making it one of the largest messaging platforms in the world. With the number of active users growing on the platform, the Facebook-owned company is expected to launch a slew of new features in 2018, some of which have been spotted in beta versions for iOS and Android. WhatsApp is working on a couple of India-centric features as well, like integration of UPI (Unified Payments Services) in the app, given India is one of the largest markets for the service with over 250 million monthly active users.

Rare 200 million-year-old fossil discovered

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British paleontologists have discovered a rare 200 million-year-old Ichthyosaur specimen from a private collection 22 years after it was originally found. Ichthyosaurs were a type of sea-going reptile that lived during the time of the dinosaurs.
The new fossil belongs to a rare species of “sea reptile” known as Wahlisaurus massarae and is the second known specimen of the entire species.