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India Successfully Test-Fires Indigenous Nuclear-Capable Prithvi-II missile in Odisha

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India Successfully Test-Fires Indigenous Nuclear-Capable Prithvi-II missile in Odisha

Posted on 02 June 2017 by GGS News

Balasore : Prithvi-II ballistic missile was successfully test fired at 9.50 am today from the launch pad No.3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Balasore.

The surface-to-surface medium range ballistic missile is a joint initiative of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). The first test-fire of the missile had been held in Chandipur on January 27, 1996.
The single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II stands at a height of 8.56 metres with a diameter of 110 centimetres and weighs about 4,600 kilograms.

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Banned outfits in Pakistan operating openly on Facebook: Report

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Banned outfits in Pakistan operating openly on Facebook: Report

Posted on 30 May 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Forty-one out of Pakistans 64 banned outfits are present on Facebook in the form of groups and individual user profiles and were operating openly via the social media giant, a media report said on Monday.

According to an investigation carried out by Dawn news last month, the outfits’ network, both interconnected and public, is a mix of Sunni and Shia sectarian groups, global terror organisations operating in Pakistan, and separatists in Balochistan and Sindh provinces.
The names of all banned outfits – including acronyms and small variations in spelling – were searched on Facebook to find pages, groups, and user profiles that publicly “liked” a banned outfit.

The biggest outfits on the social network, in order of size, are Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) with 200 pages and groups, Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) with 160, Sipah-i-Sahaba (SSP) with 148, Balochistan Students Organisation Azad (BSO-A) with 54 and Sipah-e-Muhammad with 45, according to the Dawn news investigation.

Other banned outfits which exist on Facebook at a smaller scale include Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat, Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi, Jamat-ul-Ahrar, 313 Brigade, multiple Shia outfits and a host of Baloch separatist organisations.

“An examination of some user profiles linked to these banned outfits indicates open support of sectarian and extremist ideology,” Dawn news said in its probe report.

A few of these profiles have also publicly “liked” pages and groups related to weapons use and training.

While some of the Facebook pages and groups claim to be “official” representatives of the outfits, others appear to be managed by members and supporters in ideological agreement.

“In general, the Facebook updates were in Urdu or Roman Urdu rather than English, suggesting the content was primarily for local consumption. A very small number were in Sindhi or Balochi, also indicating a niche target audience,” the report added.

–IANS

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HTC U11 launched; to hit Indian markets by mid-June

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HTC U11 launched; to hit Indian markets by mid-June

Posted on 16 May 2017 by GGS News

Taipei : Premium smartphone maker HTC is readying plans to launch its water- and dust-proof flagship 4G handset U11 by mid-June in India, which was unveiled here today at around 750 euros for the European market.
“HTC U11 will be launched in India by mid-June. Global launch is in the first week of June. We are still negotiating the price at which we can sell HTC U11 in India. There will be differences between India and the European market. It will be competitive on global pricing,” Faisal Siddiqui, HTC President for South Asia, told reporters here.
HTC has introduced a device operation technology in U11 with HTC edge sense that will allow users to control its function by applying different pressures of their grip on the edge of the phone. The sense-based control can be customised by the users.
U11 will start selling in some regions from the next week and the rest of the market, starting June. In Europe, it will sell for around 750 euros, that is about Rs 53,000 a unit, from the first week of June, a company official said.
The pricing of the phone will vary across countries due to tax structures and operational cost, Siddiqui said.
“HTC will focus on only high-end segment because it is difficult to sell innovations at low price. In India, we are looking at the best ways to ease buying of HTC phones. For HTC U11, we plan to provide sales through easy monthly instalments in partnership with companies like Bajaj Finance, Home Credit and banks,” Siddiqui added.
The company has launched variants of U11 with different storage capacity and colours that have reflection feature similar to that of liquid surface.
It plans to sell a high-end variant in India that will have 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage expandable up to 2 TB or above 2000 gigabyte with the help of an external memory card.
The phone comes with 12 megapixel main camera with HDR boost technology.
Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset, HTC U11 has 3000 mAh battery that the company claims can be completely charged in 90 minutes and support up to 24.5 hours for voice calls.
HTC, Siddiqui said, will focus on the mid- and premium- range segment.
“In India, we are planning to launch various models of 4G VoLTE-enabled Desire series smartphones that will be priced between Rs 10,000-30,000 a unit. We dont plan to sell smartphones below Rs 10,000,” Siddiqui clarified.
HTC has a retail reach across 400 cities in India. But the company plans to focus on top 200 cities and branding in top 100.
The company makes Desire series phones in India, but is still to start manufacturing of its high-end segment.

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Scientists detect massive lava waves on Jupiter’s moon Io

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Scientists detect massive lava waves on Jupiter’s moon Io

Posted on 12 May 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Scientists have detected two massive waves sweeping across the largest lava lake on Jupiter’s moon Io – the most volcanically active body in our solar system.

Taking advantage of a rare orbital alignment between two of Jupiter’s moons, Io and Europa, researchers at University of California (UC) Berkeley have obtained an exceptionally detailed map of the largest lava lake on Io.

On March 8 in 2015, Europa passed in front of Io, gradually blocking out light from the volcanic moon.

Since Europa’s surface is coated in water ice, it reflects very little sunlight at infrared wavelengths, allowing researchers to accurately isolate the heat emanating from volcanoes on Io’s surface.

The infrared data showed that the surface temperature of Io’s massive molten lake steadily increased from one end to the other, suggesting that the lava had overturned in two waves that each swept from west to east at about a kilometre per day.

Overturning lava is a popular explanation for the periodic brightening and dimming of the hot spot, called Loki Patera after the Norse god.
The most active volcanic site on Io, Loki Patera is about 200 kilometres across. The hot region of the patera has a surface area of 21,500 square kilometres.

“If Loki Patera is a sea of lava, it encompasses an area more than a million times that of a typical lava lake on Earth,” said Katherine de Kleer, a graduate student at UC Berkeley.

“In this scenario, portions of cool crust sink, exposing the incandescent magma underneath and causing a brightening in the infrared,” said de Kleer.

“This is the first useful map of the entire patera. It shows not one but two resurfacing waves sweeping around the patera. This is much more complex than what was previously thought,” said Ashley Davies, of the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US.

“This is a step forward in trying to understand volcanism on Io, which we have been observing for more than 15 years, and in particular the volcanic activity at Loki Patera,” said Imke de Pater, a UC Berkeley professor of astronomy.

The images were obtained by the twin 8.4-metre mirrors of the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory in the mountains Arizona, linked together as an interferometer using advanced adaptive optics to remove atmospheric blurring.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 to go on sale on Flipkart today

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 to go on sale on Flipkart today

Posted on 10 May 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 to go on sale on Flipkart todayEver since Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 in India, the phone has been in high demand. In other words, it has been out of stock most of the time. But today the phone is going to sale again, tweeted Xiaomi India chief Manu Jain. The Redmi Note 4 will go on sale at 12PM on both the Mi Store and Flipkart and it will have a starting price of Rs 9,999.

Update: The Redmi Note 4 apparently went on sale at Flipkart and Mi Store today at 12PM. On Flipkart, it is already out of stock. All three variants of the phone are out of stock. On Mi Store it says that the phone is still available, although we expect it to go out of stock from there too pretty soon.

The Redmi Note 4 is a pretty neat phone for its price. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, has a 5.5-inch screen with FullHD (1080P) display and the sports a 13-megapixel shooter at its back. On the front there is a 5-megapixel camera. It is available in 3 variants. The base variant has 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Then there is the 3GB version with 32GB internal storage and the top-end variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The phone supports feature like dual-SIM and expandable storage. The software, though, is still rather old. It uses MIUI based on Android Marshmallow that is now almost two years old. In some of its high-end phones Xiaomi has managed to shoe-horn Android Nougat but its budget phones — and the budget phones are all that the company sells in India — it is still sticking to Android Marshmallow that was released in 2015.

Although Redmi Note 4 is a nice phone, given that it is going on sale today that is May 10, there is an obvious question? Should you buy it or should you wait for the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime, two phones that Xiaomi may launch on May 16. The reason behind this question is pretty simple: Both the Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi 4 Prime use Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Xiaomi had earlier teased that it is going to launch a phone that will give “power” to users. Power here refers to performance and we are very sure that this phone is going to be the Redmi 4 Prime.

Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 India launch is on May 16, price likely to be around Rs 8,000

Other than processor, the rest of the hardware of the Redmi 4 Prime too seems quite good. The phone comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a 13-megapixel camera, which in all likelihood is similar to what is there in the Redmi Note 4. The front camera too is the going to be similar with its 5-megapixel image sensor. The screen, however, is smaller at 5 inches but the resolution is FullHD so that means it should be quite sharp and clear.

But the biggest reason to wait for the Redmi 4 is that this phone will be cheaper than the Redmi Note 4. We are assuming a difference of around Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 between the base variant of the Redmi Note 4 and the high-end variant of the Redmi 4. Considering that it is just one more week before consumers get all the details, it does make sense to pause today before you pull the trigger on that Redmi Note 4.

At the same time, there is another aspect of it that you should consider: Availability of Xiaomi phones. These phones are notoriously difficult to find in stock. So, if you are among the consumers who don’t like to wait, we will suggest that you get the Redmi Note 4 if you can. After a week or so when the Redmi 4 is here and even if you like that phone, there may not be a guarantee that you will be able to purchase it, especially due to the initial rush.

The Redmi 4 is not the only product that Xiaomi is looking to launch in India this month. The company is also launching its Internet of Things in India on May 11. These products are part of Xiaomi Home category and they consist of devices like smart lighting, smart switches, Wi-Fi routers, products like robot cleaners that are similar to now iconic iRoomba and beauty products.

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#WorldPasswordDay: List of passwords you should NEVER use

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#WorldPasswordDay: List of passwords you should NEVER use

Posted on 06 May 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Though the number of internet users in India growing by leaps and bounds there is still lack of awareness about password management among the masses, making them vulnerable to cyber attacks,

The first Thursday of May of each year is designated as World Password Day — an occasion to promote better password habits.

It is important that one password should not be used for multiple accounts, because if one password is leaked, several accounts can be hacked.

Here is a list of passwords, which you should strictly not use.umerical Series (taking eight character password)
11111111, 22222222, 33333333, 44444444, 55555555, 66666666, 77777777, 88888888, 99999999, 00000000

Numerical Series in Ascending

123456789, 1234567890

Numerical Series in Descending

0987654321, 987654321

Series in Number Keys

741, 852, 963

Series in Number Keys Inverse

147, 258, 369

Characters in QWERTY style

QWERTY, QWERTYUIO, ASDFGHJKL, ZXCVBNM

Reverse Characters in QWERTY style

POIUYTREWQ, LKJHGFDSA, MNBVCXZ

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Reliance Jio Prime Membership expires today: Your last chance to take subscription

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Reliance Jio Prime Membership expires today: Your last chance to take subscription

Posted on 31 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : The march of the newest entrant into India’s booming telecom market, Reliance Jio, was dampened a few days ago when reports stated that the company was contemplating extending its Happy New Year offer in a bid to attract further takers for its Jio Prime membership, the numbers for which supposedly didn’t measure up to expectations. However, sources have now revealed that this might not be the case.Sources within the company have said that Jio is closing in on the 50 million Prime member mark, a target that it had set for itself. This means that close to 50 percent of Jio’s 100 million or so users are now Prime members. On the back of these latest figures, the telecom operator seems content to allow its Happy New Year offer, set to expire on March 31, to end.
This may prove to be good news for the rest of the industry, which has been forced to push down prices amidst the onslaught from the Mukesh Ambani-led newbie ever since its release last year. It will be interesting to see how the industry shapes up in the months to come, as quality and network expansion again take centre stage. Adding further spice to things are the recent Vodafone-Idea merger and the case Jio registered against Airtel for its claim of being the proven fastest network in India according to the Ookla Speed Test. Jio had referred to the latter as damaging and malicious, demanding that the advertisements be taken off the air and stating that Ookla wasn’t suited to judge such an issue.Reliance Jio took another step ahead in its effort to bring more customers onto its platform recently, unveiling a new ‘buy one get one’ offer where Prime users are given additional data benefits on a recharge of Rs 149 and above. The window starts from 1 GB and goes up to 5 GB and 10 GB of data for the recharges done within the period of the Happy New Year offer, which is slated to end on March 31. However, the data offers remain available till April 1. In the new offer, the Jio users can claim up to 10 GB of free data on early recharges.

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Reliance Jio announces another bumper offer

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Reliance Jio announces another bumper offer

Posted on 23 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has been offering free voice calls, SMS, app services and high-speed 4G data to its subscribers since its launch last year. And, now that the Reliance Jio ‘Happy New Year’ offer is coming to an end on 31 March, 2017, the company is offering perks to secure as many subscribers as possible by offering membership plans and other benefits under which the subscribers can retain their Reliance Jio connection and continue to access and enjoy its services at an affordable price tag.To continue taking the Reliance Jio benefits post 31 March, the subscribers need to recharge the Reliance Jio connection with Rs 99.

This recharge enrolls the subscriber to Reliance Jio Prime membership aka “unlimited maza continue hoyenga” plan. Post recharging with Rs 99 Prime membership plan, the subscriber needs to do the monthly recharge as well but will get the Prime membership benefits.Apart from Prime membership plan perks, the company has been offering other incentives to retain its subscriber base. Take an example of the recent ‘Buy one get one free’ offers that assure additional benefits to subscribers.Under ‘Buy one get one free’ offer, the subscribers get an option to recharge either by Rs 303 or Rs 499 and above. In Rs 303 recharge, the subscribers get an add-on worth Rs 201 for free with an additional 5GB of 4G data. In Rs 499 and above recharges, the subscribers get an add-on worth Rs 301 for free with an additional 10 GB of 4G data.

Not just recharges and membership plan, Reliance Jio has been offering perks on Jio apps as well. The Reliance Jio Money app is currently offering Rs 50 cash back on every Jio payment. If users take benefit of this cash back offer, they can actually get the Jio membership, which is of Rs 99, for free.Step 1: Recharge your Reliance Jio connection with Rs 99 for Prime Membership; On successful recharge, the user gets Rs 50 cash back

Step 2: Make another recharge of Rs 303 that will get you an add-on worth Rs 201 for free with an additional 5GB of 4G data; On successful recharge the user gets Rs 50 cash backWith both the cash-back the user saves Rs 100.

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Moto G5 Plus launched in India at Rs 14,999; exclusively available on Flipkart from midnight

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Moto G5 Plus launched in India at Rs 14,999; exclusively available on Flipkart from midnight

Posted on 15 March 2017 by GGS News

The smartphone will be exclusively available on Flipkart from 11:59 PM today (midnight).

New Delhi : Lenovo has finally launched its Moto G5 Plus smartphone today in an event in New Delhi. The 3GB RAM + 16GB Storage variant is priced at Rs 14,999 while the 4GB RAM + 32GB Storage variant is priced at Rs 16,999. The smartphone will be exclusively available on Flipkart from midnight (from 11:59PM) with a bunch of exciting launch day offers. If bought tonight (at midnight), users will be able to avail additional Rs 1,500 off on exchange, extra 10% discount on SBI cards, free BuyBack Guarantee program which allows customer to sell their device back to Flipkart at an attractive price (worth Rs 1199) and the device can be purchased with no cost EMI. Apart from this, one can also get the Moto Pulse 2 headphones just for Rs 599 if bought with the Moto G5 Plus today. For the specifications, the Moto G5 Plus comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. The phone comes in two options—3GB/16GB variant along with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage model. There is also a microSD card slot through which one can expand storage up to 128GB.

On the camera front, the device sports 12-megapixel rear camera with aperture f/1.7, 1.4-micron pixels, dual AF pixels and LED flash. For the front, there is a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling. The phone is backed by 3000mAh battery and support connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC and micro USB port. The phone measures 150.2 x 74 x 9.7 mm and weighs 155 grams.

To recall, the Lenovo launched Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5 during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 trade show. T. The smartphone will compete with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Honor 6X and even Lenovo Vibe P2, as each of them have a decent performance at similar price point. Also, the company is expected to launch the younger sibling i.e. the Moto G5 soon in India.

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Airtel post-paid users can get 30GB free 4G data – Know how

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Airtel post-paid users can get 30GB free 4G data – Know how

Posted on 14 March 2017 by GGS News

New Delhi : A week after teasing postpaid customers with a surprise coming their way, Airtel has provided them with 30GB of free data under its Airtel Surprise offer. The free data will be provided for a period of three months, starting March 13.

Monthly cap for Airtel’s free data offer is set at 10GB. This means that Airtel postpaid users who avail this ‘surprise’ will get 10GB of data for three months, totalling 30GB of free data. Customers have until March 31 to claim the free data.

To avail this offer, Airtel postpaid customers need to download the MyAirtel app from Google Play or App Store. The app shows a dialogue box prompting users to claim their surprise, and clicking on the message will provide you with the 10GB data per month for three months. You will be notified of the additional data via a text message.

The new Airtel postpaid offer is similar to what Vodafone offered late last year, providing 10GB of data for free for a month; however, Vodafone had given users 10GB of data at the price of 1GB under its offer, while Airtel is providing it for free.

Airtel’s new 30GB free data ‘surprise’ comes within days of the country’s biggest telecom operator launching new prepaid recharge packs that provide 1GB bundled data per day. The Rs. 345 Airtel plan puts a restriction of 500MB data consumption during the day and the remaining 500MB data between 12am and 6am. The Rs. 549 pack comes with 1GB of data per day without any cap on timings.

Such plans by Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and other telecom operators are an effort to stave off Reliance Jio, which is providing 4G data at throwaway prices with its Jio Prime offers. Among its postpaid offers, Jio Prime customers get 1GB data per day for a month at Rs. 303, and 2GB daily for a month at Rs. 499.

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