Bhopal Doctor Collects Garbage in Rs 35 Lakh DC Avanti Sportscar, Nominates Salman Khan and MS Dhoni [Video]

Dr. Abhinit attached a garbage trolley via ropes to his DC Avanti sportscar to collect garbage from the city.
According to a recent cleanliness survey by the Government of India, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh is one of the cleanest cities in India. While a clean city means every citizen has to contribute in achieving such results, a doctor in Bhopal has found a unique way of contribution to the cleanliness drive, earlier initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under his project Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Abhinit Gupta, a dermatologist by profession used his luxury sportscar manufactured by DC Auto, known for customizing cars to carry garbage around the city. Dr. Abhinit attached garbage trolley via ropes to his DC Avanti sportscar to collect garbage from the city. The trolley has hoarding reading ‘Swachta Abhiyan’.

The yellow colored sportscar was gifted to Dr. Gupta by his father and his family is supporting the cause. While there is hashtag to promote the cause saying #70LakhKiKachraGadi, the actual price of DC Avanti is Rs 34 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). So we are not sure from does the promotional hashtag emerged.

Dr. Gupta also nominated actors like Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Salman Khan and cricketers like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni to use their luxury cars for promoting the cleaning inititative. His post on Twitter reads – “Can we take this step forward? Let’s take this as a challenge!! Let this swacchta abhiyaan get bigger I challenge everyone with swanky cars and bikes to help clean their cities. #70LakhKiKachraGaadi I challenge @beingsalmankhan @ranveerofficial @msdhoni @ranbirkapoor @imvkohli”

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We are not sure behind his intent and motive behind this unique way of promoting cleanliness. However, it is natural that a swanky car like DC Avanti, that too in Yellow color, towing hordes of garbage will attract a lot of eyeballs.

As for the DC Avanti, it is India’s first indigenously built sportscar, powered by a Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 250bhp of power and 360Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.

India discovers its own planet where a year ends in 19.5 days! Amazing things to know

In one of the most remarkable scientific achievements, a sub-Saturn Exoplanet has been discovered by Indian scientists. The discovery has been done by a scientific team eld by Professor Abhijit Chakraborty of Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has a detailed report on how the scientists made the breakthrough. The discovery of the new planet was made by calculating the mass of the planet using the indigenously designed “PRL Advance Radial-velocity Abu-sky Search” (PARAS) spectrograph that is integrated with 1.2m Telescope at PRL’s Gurushikhar Observatory in Mount Abu, India. What is interesting is that this is the first of its kind spectrograph in India as it can measure the mass of a planet going around a star.

India has joined the elite club of a handful of countries with this discovery of new planets around stars. The name of the planet is EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b. The host star’s name is EPIC 211945201 or K2-236.

Here are the top facts about the new found discovery by Indian scientists:

– The sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size planet has the mass of about 27 Earth.

– Physically, EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b’s radius is sis times that of Earth,

– EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b revolves around a Sun-like star which is around 600 light years away from our planet Earth.

– The planet completes one revolution around its host star in about 19.5 days.

– As per the initial recordings, the surface temperature of the planet is around 600°C. This is due to the close proximity of the planet to its host star. The planet is seven times nearer to its star as compared to the Earth-Sun distance. Naturally, the close proximity to its host star makes the planet inhabitable.

– The discovery of such a planet is important to understand the mechanism of how such super-Neptune or sub-Saturn kind of planets are formed which are close to its host star.

– Scientists have been able to deduce what elements may be found on the newly discovered planet. Based on the mass and radius, model-dependent calculations heavy elements, such as ice, silicates, and iron content is what makes at least 60-70% of the total mass.

CM Kumaraswamy defends allocating Higher Education portfolio to ‘class 8 pass’ minister

Newly-elected Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy defended the allocation of Higher Education portfolio to Janata Dal (Secular) leader GT Devegowda who has only studied till class 8.

According to a report by Press Trust of India, when Kumaraswamy was asked about the issue on Saturday, June 9, he said: “Some people would wish to work in certain departments, but in every department, there is an opportunity to work efficiently. We have to work efficiently. Is there a better department than Higher Education and Minor Irrigation to work?”

The Karnataka chief minister, who holds a BSc degree, further added:

What have I studied? I’m working as the chief minister. Should I give Finance? There will be demand for certain ministries, but certain decisions are made internally in the party.”

GT Devegowda himself was reportedly upset over the allocation as his formal education is quite limited. He had mentioned in his election affidavit that he had only cleared class 8. Apart from Devegowda, even JD(S) leader CS Puttaraju too was dissatisfied with the Minor Irrigation portfolio allocated to him, reports PTI.

A party leader from the JD (S) camp told Deccan Herald that Devegowda was looking forward to being allocated the Energy or the PWD portfolio. “But the party refused to allot either of these portfolios. He was at least hoping that he might get the Transport portfolio.

As he does not have a college education, Devegowda is worried whether he will be able to handle the responsibility.”

In the assembly polls that took place on May 12, GT Devegowda had emerged victorious against former chief minister Siddaramaiah in the Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru.

Kumaraswamy kept Finance portfolio and gave Home to Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader G Parameshwara.

After days of speculations, the complete list was finally released on Friday, June 8. Kumaraswamy inducted 25 new ministers from JD(S), Congress, BSP, and KPJP. Here is the complete list.

Blood test might predict due date, premature birth risk

Scientists have developed a blood test that is reportedly just as accurate as ultrasound, but is less expensive and can reliably predict a pregnant woman’s due date. The test can also be used to predict if the pregnancy will end in a premature birth.

The research is still at a nascent stage and was based on data obtained from a small number of women. The study was led by Stephen Quake of Stanford University, who said that the test could provide a low-cost method of estimating a fetus’ gestational age.

The test detected the variations in RNA in a pregnant woman’s blood and estimated due dates within two weeks in nearly half the cases. It was as accurate as the current method of ultrasound and more accurate than guesses based on woman’s last menstrual period.

A similar analysis of RNA was carried out on eight women who delivered prematurely and researchers were able to classify six of the pregnancies as preterm. If the study is carried at a larger level and the results are comparable to the smaller analysis then this test could replace ultrasound. This can become a tool to prevent unnecessary induction of labour and cesarean deliveries. This could help save the babies who would have died because they were born too early.

A New York Times report points out that 15 million babies are born prematurely in a year globally and this blood test can potentially save their lives.

“RNA is what’s happening in the cells at any given moment”, said Dr. Quake, co-president of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, which funded the study along with others. “We had this idea that we could make a molecular clock to see how these things change over time and it should allow you to measure gestational age and see where things are in pregnancy.”

Dr. Quake, who invented the first noninvasive prenatal blood test for Down syndrome, said that the team is planning to go for a trial with a larger population to collect more data for the research.

The current study is far from ready for use, but researchers say that the study looks promising.

Rise of FMCG Bharat: How Babas are exploring India that FMCG majors missed

Spiritual gurus such as Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravishankar are exploring a consumer segment which was totally missed by big FMCG companies, especially MNC’s. Rather, many of them tried to veer Indian consumers away from the swadeshi products which were usually home-made or manufactured by small local companies. Now the success of Patanjali Ayurved forced many of them to target the desi segment.

Nothing explains the situation of big FMCG firms than two ColgateNSE -0.35 % ads separated by decades. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Colgate was trying to convert charcoal users to tooth powder. It had launched a commercial that said ”
khurdare padaarth” (abrasive substances) can spoil enamel, the outermost covering of the teeth. In 2015, it came out with a commercial for its new toothpaste ‘Colgate Total Charcoal Deep Clean’ that contradicted the multinational’s earlier claim.

Babas are targeting the huge desi segment which was ignored by the multinational FMCG companies. In an interview to ET a few months ago, Rakesh Kapoor, global chief of British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser said that Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali had made the entire fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry “better”, illustrating how India’s cultural roots could be harnessed to build a scalable business “The role of competition is not to eat your lunch; it is to make you better. Patanjali is making everyone better because it is making everyone deliver better value, not only in price but also in benefits,” Kapoor told ET.

The success of Patanjali Ayurved forced multinational FMCG companies to acknowledge the segment they had ignored so far. Colgate’s Cibaca Vedshakti and HUL’s Ayush toothpastes were clearly nods to Patanjali’s Dant Kanti toothpaste which is a flagship product of the desi company.

“There are companies like Patanjali which are trying to show that the way to reach Indian consumers is through their cultural roots and not operate at superficial levels. It will make companies better because they will be forced to understand Indians in a way that perhaps they would not have; and provide innovation and value,” Kapoor said. He said it was going to make other FMCG companies realise what India was all about at the grassroots.

Unlike multinational FMCG companies, Baba entrepreneurs know what India is all about at the grassroots. Patanjali Ayurved Limited has been ranked as India’s most trusted Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) brand in the TRA’s Brand Trust Report 2018. Patanjali’s runaway success has inspired spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar to scale up his own business of desi products. His FMCG brand Sri Sri Tattva plans to ramp up its marketing spend, earmarking about Rs 200 crore for advertising and promotion. The new entrant in the field of ayurveda and herbal products will spend this amount on mass media advertising, outdoor campaigns and below-the-line marketing across the country to support its expansion plan of opening 1,000 stores in the country. The Bengaluru-based firm was among the largest advertisers in the FMCG category during the recently concluded India Premier League (IPL), spending Rs 10 crore on television advertising. Within the personal care and food category, Sri Sri Tattva will focus on face wash, creams and lotions, shampoo, and ghee, range of rice, special products such as organic version of coconut oil and organic jaggery, respectively.

Sri Sri Tattva aims to achieve a turnover of Rs 500 crore by financial year 2019-20 through its retail stores. According to Tej Katpitia, CEO of Sri Sri Tattva, the company plans to roll out 1,000 franchised stores by March 2020, of which around 600-700 stores will be opened by the end of March 2019 itself. The company will have three type of stores — Sri Sri Tattva Mart, Sri Sri Tattva Wellness Place, and Sri Sri Tattva Home and Health.

Sri Sri Tattva Mart, the first format, will showcase and sell its packaged food, personal and home care products, while Sri Sri Tattva Wellness Place will focus on health and wellness, and will have healthcare practitioners who will provide a detailed diagnosis and prescribe lifestyle and ayurveda medicines to patients. The third format, Sri Sri Tattva Home & Health will retail the entire range of daily use products and medicines apart from also having ayurveda doctors.

In the wake of Patanjali’s success, Sri Sri Tatva aiming at capturing the desi consumer segment and even multinational FMCG companies rolling out desi products indicate a consumer segment has now started emerging which was never explored by big companies.

Telangana CM to splurge Rs 66 crore on Iftar party even as state reels under Rs 1.80 lakh crore debt

Telangana continues to reel under a debt of Rs 1.80 lakh crore, but Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is planning to splurge Rs 66 crore on an Iftar party. This has stirred a controversy in Telangana and social activists approached the Hyderabad High Court on Friday (June 8) over the CM’s plan to hold the event.

Social activists call it ‘squander of funds’

The activists in a statement have dubbed the event, which is scheduled to take place at Hyderabad’s Fateh Maidan on Friday evening, as the Telangana government’s way of politicising the issue.

“Iftar is a personal affair of a Muslim and the government is politicising it. If the government wants to show that it cares about minorities and communal harmony, then all ration card holders who are Below Poverty Line (BPL) can be given dry fruits through Public Distribution System (PDS),” The News Minute quoted their statement.

The activists have also called the spending of Rs 66 crore on Iftar parties as a “squander of funds”.

“It is a shame that such a squander of funds and insensitivity to ‘minority welfare’ is being sanctioned through the Budget being passed by lawmakers of all political parties without any question on the need of Rs 60 crore being allocated for a feast,” they said in their statement.

At the beginning of the week, the state government had sanctioned Rs 15 crore to make necessary arrangements for the event which will be attended by around 7,000 guests.

Iftar parties
KCR has spent crores on extravagant Iftar parties since 2015. (Representational Image)Wikimedia Commons
However, this is not the first time that CM KCR is spending crores on extravagant Iftar parties. He has been hosting such events since 2015.

The money spent on the party will burn a significant hole in the state treasury pocket, which has already witnessed mounting debts.

According to the Budget 2018-19, which was tabled in the Assembly in March, the debt has increased by 5.21 percent since 2015-16. The debt was 16.18 percent of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in 2015-16 (Rs 93,155 crore) and increased to 21.39 percent (Rs 1.80 lakh crore) in 2018-19.

Facebook says privacy-setting bug affected as many as 14 milliom

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The Tatas want to build a Rs1,000 crore brand by selling daily-wear jewellery

Eight years after it was launched, Mia, a low-priced contemporary brand under the Tata group’s Tanishq line of jewellery, is pulling out all the stops.

Buoyed by rising urban disposable incomes, increasing availability of quality retail space, and tumult among key rivals, Mia, a part of Tata’s watch and jewellery retailer Titan Company, is looking to more than double its number of stores by the end of the year.

Tanishq hopes that younger women looking for better designs, inexpensive products, and day-wear options will spend more on Mia. Over the next five to six years, Mia is targeting Rs1,000 crore in turnover, adding 25 stores this year alone.

Titan recently put together a separate team for Mia and stepped up its number of collections from three annually to about six. It is also looking to move beyond gold and diamond, to silver and even Swarovski. “Positioning is very critical. We want to be viewed as an aspirational and fashion jeweller,” said Sandeep Kulhalli, senior vice-president for retail and marketing at Titan’s jewellery business.

The Indian jewellery market
India is a big jewellery market, although most of the demand is centred around weddings and festivals. Weddings alone account for 40% of all gold sales, followed by the harvest season and festivals.

In fact, Tanishq, Titan’s largest business, gets close to 35% of its sales across its 250 stores from the wedding market. The jeweller sells more traditional designs, including diamond pieces, gold sets, and wedding jewellery, priced at Rs20,000 and above.

Those prices leave many young professionals and first-time buyers with few choices, a gap Mia was expected to fill following its launch in 2011 with its 14-carat jewellery. Mia sells daily-wear gold and semi-precious stone jewellery now priced between Rs4,000 and Rs30,000. “We were then creating a market for more working women who were looking to buy gold and other gemstones or first-time jewellery buyers,” said Kulhalli.

With higher disposable incomes, especially in urban areas, young women are spending more on a variety of products like apparel, entertainment, and, of course, contemporary jewellery. “While the wedding market will continue to be big, the exciting part is that younger women are coming into the jewellery market,” said Kulhalli. “The occasions for which they are buying jewellery have also increased to daily-wear and social events.”

It also helps that India’s mall supply has steadily increased over the past few years, helping retailers such as Mia open more stores to target affluent shoppers.

Market experts reckon there is a shift in consumer preferences, which Tanishq is trying to capture.

“There is clearly a subtle shift in how consumers are viewing jewellery purchases that are more daily-wear than those bought for big occasions,” said Ankur Bisen, vice-president at management consulting firm Technopak. But a brand like Mia, he added, is likely to face tough competition from a large number of local jewellery retailers and a spurt of new-age contemporary designers in the country’s large cities.

India’s Rs1.7 lakh crore gems and jewellery market has lately benefited from the introduction of the goods and services tax and demonetisation. These changes have prompted some shoppers to buy gold from big chains that promise proper bills and minimise the use of cash.

For the financial year 2018, Titan clocked a turnover of Rs15,655 crore, up 20% from the previous year. Profit was up 52% at Rs1,571 crore. Moreover, with the recent banking scam associated with one of India’s top jewellers, Nirav Modi, diverted customers towards rivals like Tanishq, which cashed in by offering guarantees on quality and certified jewellery.

Now it’s Mia’s turn.

Days feel longer? Blame the Moon for moving slowly away from Earth

The Moon is moving slowly further away from the Earth and this is causing days to get longer by the year. The Moon is actually moving by about 4 cm a year away from Earth.

New research into the relationship between Earth and the Moon has delved deep into the history of the Moon which showed that the Moon was so close the Earth about 1.4 billion years ago that a day on Earth was only 18 hours long, notes a report by Phys.org.

“As the moon moves away, the Earth is like a spinning figure skater who slows down as they stretch their arms out,” explains Stephen Meyers, professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-author of the study.

Planet Earth in space moves under the influence of other astronomical bodies that exert their own gravitational forces on it, this includes other planets as well as the Moon. Variations in the Earth’s rotation on its axis, its orbit around the Sun, and the wobbling it exhibits can be determined using these external forces, notes the report.

All of these variations are known as the Milankovitch cycles and they are used to find out where sunlight reaches Earth and also determine the planet’s climate patterns. Scientists have previously seen this climate pattern in rock records that span through the history of Earth, notes the report.

To understand the Moon’s influence, one needs to go back billions of years, says the report, but rock samples are no longer accurate on those scales, notes the report. At that time scale, even redioisotope dating will not work.

This is why researchers looked to the Moon. “Beyond about 1.5 billion years ago, the moon would have been close enough that its gravitational interactions with the Earth would have ripped the moon apart,” Meyers explains. However, it is a fact that the moon is about 4.5 billion years old- similar in age to the Earth and the Solar System.

These complications and the number of variables that went into accurately measuring Milankovitch cycles and the Earth on the whole. This study by Meyers led to a collaboration with Alberto Malinverno of Columbia University, notes the report.

The two researchers then developed a statistical model which linked astronomical theory with geological observations. Using this model, they tested two rock layers from the 1.4 billion-year-old Xiamaling Formation in northern China and another from the 55 million year old record from Walvis Ridge, in the south Atlantic Ocean. Results of the experiment helped the duo look far back at the history of the Earth.

Meyers and Malinverno were able to identify variations in Earth’s orbit, as well as how the distance between Earth and the moon as well as the length of day changed over the aeons. They also found that the Moon has moved about 44,000 kilometres away from Earth over the last 1.4 billion years or so and continues to drift away at a rate of 3.82 centimetres year after year. That means in about 200 million years, the average day on Earth will be about 25 hours long.

The study was first published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Looking further out, if the Sun hasn’t already swallowed the Earth, in about 600 million years, the Moon will be so far out that there will be no chance of eclipses. A few million years after this happens, when the Moon finally breaks free of the Earth’s gravity, the Sun’s gravity is likely to push the Moon a lot closer to the Earth than it is now, after which the Earth’s gravity will completely rip it apart, it will then settle like a ring around the planet, according to an unrelated study published in August last year.

The world is running out of Japanese people

Japan is shrinking. Fast.

The health ministry recently announced that only 946,060 babies were born in Japan in 2017, the fewest births since official statistics began in 1899. At the same time, 1,340,433 Japanese people died last year. This means that the non-immigrant population declined by nearly 400,000 people.

It’s an astonishing shift. The Japanese population grew steadily throughout the 20th century, from around 44 million in 1900 to 128 million in 2000. The gains were primarily due to increased life expectancy, but also buoyed by families that typically had at least two children. But beginning in the late 1970s, birth rates crashed. While the average Japanese woman had 2.1 kids in the 1970s, today, they only have about 1.4—far lower than in comparably wealthy countries like the US and Sweden.

Today, Japan is a land of aging baby boomers and young adults who don’t want to have kids. By median age, Japan is the oldest large country in the world. More than half of its population is over the age of 46. By comparison, in Nigeria, just over a tenth of the population is over that age.

The oldest countries by median age, 2015
Rank Country Median age
1 Japan 46.3
2 Italy 45.9
3 Germany 45.9
4 Portugal 43.9
5 Martinique 43.7
6 Bulgaria 43.5
7 Greece 43.3
8 Austria 43.2
9 Hong Kong 43.2
10 Spain 43.2
Demographers forecast a steep population decline for Japan this century. The Japanese Statistics Bureau (pdf) estimates that the Japanese population will fall to just over 100 million by 2050, from around 127 million today. The United Nations estimates that Japan’s population will decline by a third from current levels, to 85 million, by 2100. That would make it the fastest-contracting country among the world’s 30 most populous nations.

How low can it go? At the pace of decline projected by the UN, and assuming no change in migration or fertility rates, the Japanese population would fall to 8.5 million by 2300. By 2800, it would be less than 2 million. The laws of math mean it would decline very slowly from there.

The decline isn’t inevitable if Japanese women choose to have more children, or the country decides to take in more immigrants. The government’s clear preference is for the former.

Beginning in the mid-1990s, Japan’s government enacted a number of programs to make having kids more appealing for young adults. These were supposed to reduce the costs of childcare and force companies to adopt more parent-friendly policies. The plan doesn’t seem to have worked—though perhaps it stopped the decline from getting even worse.

To avoid massive population declines, Japan will almost certainly have to turn to immigrants. The government seems to reluctantly acknowledge this. The number of foreign workers skyrocketed over the past decade, from 300,000 in 2007 to nearly 1.3 million in 2017. Yet few of these workers are offered permanent resident status, and to discourage them from staying most are not allowed to bring over their families.

Yet to truly solve Japan’s population problem, it will need to embrace immigrants in a way it never has before. If it doesn’t, some day there may be barely any Japanese left at all.