This is how OnePlus 8 Lite could look like

This is how OnePlus 8 Lite could look like

OnePlus is expected to launch three smartphones. The phones are reported to be OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 Lite. The OnePlus 8 Lite are the first ever mid-range smartphone from the smartphone maker. OnePlus 8’s Liter variant is expected to compete with under Rs 30,000 phones like Redmi K30 or the Realme X2 Pro. A leak that is new now provides a glimpse at the upcoming Liter edition of OnePlus 8.

A tipster SlashLeaks has posted some images of a dummy unit of the alleged OnePlus 8 Lite. As also reported by leaks before with a camera setup the OnePlus 8 Lite appears in the pictures. In addition, another tipster who goes by the title OnLeaks has shared a render of the OnePlus 8 Lite. The render goes in like with the unit’s images and shows the presence of three cameras on the back.

The render shows that the upcoming OnePlus 8 Lite will come packed a punch-hole display. This is the first time that a OnePlus phone will package a screen technology. The render indicates that the punch-hole will sit at the top-middle and not on the side. In colour the OnePlus 8 Lite looks in both unit image and leave. The company could launch the phone is some more colours.

It also suggests that the OnePlus phone will come packed with an fingerprint sensor technology. So expect a good and enhanced experience th bezels around the display of the phone looks extremely thin.

A few months ago, Slashleaks revealed the specification sheet of of the three phones under the OnePlus 8 series. Out of the three the OnePlus 8 Lite is expected to garner more attention and it is a result of the specs it is expected to pack despite the price tag that was affordable. The OnePlus 8 Lite will be the phone in the 8 series.

According to the leak, the OnePlus 8 Lite will come packaged with a 6.4-inch S-AMOLED screen which will offer 20:9 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate. It should be noted that OnePlus is yet to confirm the OnePlus 8 Lite’s specs.

The identical flow suggests that the OnePlus 8 Lite will cost approximately 2,999 Yuan (approximately 30,000) for the base model that is expected to include 128GB storage. It suggests that there’ll be a 256GB model of the phone and that will be priced approximately 3,299 Yuan (roughly around Rs 34,000).

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Operation Twist-III: RBI buys and sells bonds worth 10k crore each

Operation Twist-III: RBI buys and sells bonds worth 10k crore each

Mumbai: At the next particular open market operation in as many weeks, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday bought $10,000 crore of three long-term securities while promoting a same amount of three short-term trades.

Although the RBI offered to sell four securities in the auction, it accepted bids . In the present OMO purchase auction, the RBI offered to buy three securities including 10-year benchmark government bond, as against only one bond from the previous two auctions.

It obtained bids worth $ but choose to take only $10,000 crore of bids.

It got 198 bids for 7.32 per cent-2024 but accepted 12 bids and for 7.27 per cent-2026 bonds the RBI received 163 bids and accepted only two bids.

The RBI received 224 bids for 6.45 per cent-2029 safety but approved only 22 bids. It offered to sell four government securities-6.65 per cent- 2020; 7.80 per cent-2020; 8.27 per cent-2020 and 8.12 per cent-2020 through OMO sale. The RBI from the past two OMO sale auctions offered these securities. It received $47,540 crore of bids but approved to sell crore of bids.

In terms of number of bids, the central bank received 26 bids for 6.65 per cent-2020; 40 for 7.80 per cent-2020 and 35 for 8.27 each cent-2020 but approved 7, 3 and 4 bids, respectively.

For 8.12 per cent-2020 bond, it obtained 41 bids but didn’t accept any of them. In the two similar auctions, the RBI had purchased crore and sold $15,326 crore of bonds. These special OMO auctions are similar to the US Federal Reserves’ Operation Twist aimed at faster transmission of policy rates, an analyst said.

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What’s Mahdi Army? The group Iraqi cleric wants to reactivate after Soleimani murdering

What’s Mahdi Army? The group Iraqi cleric wants to reactivate after Soleimani murdering

New Delhi: The US attack that killed as action against each other is now threatening, Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on 3 January is set to have major repercussions in West Asia.

But one that many did not anticipate, another fallout of the Donald Trump government’s decision, is the dreaded Mahdi Army led by the Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr’s resurrection.

In a tweet after Soleimani was killed, al-Sadr expressed his condolences to Iran as well as to the Shia-majority country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, also said the Mahdi Army is willing to’protect Iraq’ if American forces attack Iran’s next-door neighbour.

In an effort the 45-year-old al-Sadr even seen Soleimani’s house in Tehran.

Meanwhile, pre-empting a retaliation by Iran and attack on the 6,000-strong US military contingent in Iraq, US President Donald Trump has said America will attack 52 important sites in Iran’very quickly and very hard’.

What’s the Mahdi Army?

The Mahdi Army was founded by al-Sadr in the June of the year with the purpose of throwing away forces.

It started with the recruitment of almost 500 young students from several madrasas in Sadr City area of Baghdad, which was Hussein’s power center.

According to Muqtada al-Sadr, Patrick Cockburn’s book and the Fall of Iraq, the cleric’s only claim to fame was the family he belonged to. Both father-in-law and his father were revered as martyrs as Hussein and his men killed them.

‘Sadr’s overarching objective is to meet the heritage of the martyred male relatives to whom he owes his status.’

Al-Sadr believed that never was, although it was his time to rule Iraq after Saddam was overthrown by US forces in 2003. Al-Sadr, nevertheless, continued to maintain tensions alive in the country.

It was a force that came to be identified with’death squads and cleansing’, Cockburn says in his book, including this is one of the reasons and Iraq could not be ruled by him.

Al-Sadr disbanded the Mahdi Army to revive it.

The nomenclature of his Mahdi Army also changed to’Saraya al Salam’ and revived it to combat ISIS.

In 2016, as the militias and Iraqi security forces ready to retake Mosul in the Islamic State, Sadr threatened to attack U.S. troops with his militia if additional soldiers were not deployed to aid in the fight.

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Vertical Farming Envisages Profitable and Proper Agriculture Business

Vertical Farming Envisages Profitable and Proper Agriculture Business

A silent revolution is underway in the agriculture industry that’s currently going to be evident in the days to come. With the global population is set to reach near 10 billion mark by 2050 the food production must increase by 70 percent estimates the United Nations.

However is a global appeal seeking restrictions on the forests. There comes the requirement of technological innovation from the farming procedures. And the notion of farming is one of them.

It is in the accordance with the principles of sustainable development which beseeches judicious utilization of environmental resources.

Vertically farming is a practice of growing crops in vertical stacked layers in controlled-environment. It doesn’t just reduce the requirement of water but also increases yield and capacity to cultivate a variety of crops.

The concept of vertical farming eases cultivation of plants even those which are not suitable to the regional conditions. It means potatoes near Chennai or tomatoes near Delhi.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) the vertical farming system absorbs 75 percent less raw material than traditional farming and only 60 watt of power daily to grow 150 kg of vegetables in a month.

To obtain this amount only 6 space is needed by vertical farming while farming requires at least 72 area. In addition, the requirement of water could be to produce 1 kg of vegetables because of recycling as opposed to 300-400 L under normal farming.

More importantly the vertical farming ecosystem holds a key to the significant problem of weather-related crop losses.

Effects of climate change such as floods in the country and erratic rain events prolonged droughts are currently causing farmers to incur heavy losses. There have been many instances when crops were destroyed due to the unseasonal rains.

Plants can be grown indoors with or without dirt under vertical farming which assures the protections from unruly winds incessant rains dry climate.The key environmental components such as light temperature humidity and micro-nutrients are controlled to optimize plant growth.

Farming could be carried out in the areas with scarcity of water as well as in urban areas as it can be set up in small plots. There are some gardening methods that are different. The dominant is hydroponics in which the roots are submerged in water.

Another method is Aeroponics. It has potential to reform the farming practices in the drylands and drought-prone regions as plants have been grown with very little water and no dirt in mist environment.

Some research say plants developed with the Aeroponics method uptake nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. It translates into greater yield and more healthy plants. Farming eases more crop cycles compared to that through ways.

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UPSC to hold exclusive Railway Service Exam from 2021

UPSC to hold exclusive Railway Service Exam from 2021

New Delhi: With the Modi government having decided to combine all of eight existing rail services into one Indian Railways Management Service (IRMS), the UPSC will be holding an exclusive railway service examination, ThePrint has learnt.

The exclusive UPSC examination for the new Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) will be first conducted in 2021.

This year’s UPSC examination will follow the previous pattern — where officers for the Indian Railway Accounts Service, Indian Railway Traffic Service, Indian Railway and the Indian Railway Personnel Service will be recruited through the Civil Services Exam (CSE), while those for the other services will be recruited through the Indian Engineering Service (IES) examination.

From next year onwards, however, there’ll be a preliminary examination for the railway service but the main examination for engineers will be on their domain experience and not general studies, an official said on condition of anonymity.

‘It would adhere to the Indian Forest Service (IFS) exam pattern,’ the official said. ‘IFS officers have the preliminary examination that is identical as IAS, IPS but have a mains paper exclusively designed for them.’

UPSC will be intimated about the amount of officers needed in the IRMS. Senior UPSC officials said the commission has received no such proposal.

‘The government will determine how to do it…We have not been informed or asked about anything yet,’ an official said.

The commission also has no knowledge of whether the IRMS will be considered not or a service.

DoPT not consulted before Railways service merger.

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), that is the coordinating agency for all personnel matters, was not consulted by the Modi government prior to the controversial merger, ThePrint has learnt.

‘They announced that they would consult with UPSC and the DoPT after making the announcement,’ said a DoPT official. ‘But the fact that the DoPT is the nodal agency for these matters, it was not consulted before the announcement was made.’

Officials are foreseeing a lot of problems in unifying the cadres of the eight services as well. ‘There will be issues of promotion, seniority, amongst others.

According to ThePrint before, the government will constitute a Group of Ministers to sort out all the matters.

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This trunk to Help patients with spinal cord injury

This trunk to Help patients with spinal cord injury

A Columbia Engineering team headed by an Indian scientist has invented a robotic device that can be utilized to help and train individuals with spinal cord injuries to sit stably by improving their back control, gaining an expanded active sitting workspace without falling over or using their hands to equilibrium.

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) can cause devastating damage, including loss of mobility and sensation.

“We designed TruST for individuals with SCIs that are typically wheelchair users. We discovered that TruST not only prevents patients from falling, but also maximises trunk movements beyond patients’ postural control, or balance limits,” said Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering and of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine.

The analysis, published in the journal Spinal Cord Series and Cases, is the first to measure and define the sitting workspace of patients with spinal cord injuries according to their busy trunk control with assistance from the”Trunk-Support Trainer (TruST)” robotic apparatus.

The trunk is a motorised-cable driven belt placed on the user’s chest to ascertain the control limits that are postural and sitting workspace area in people with spinal cord injuries.

It provides forces on the torso once the user performs upper body motions while sitting.

The five patients who participated in the pilot study were analyzed a customised test that required them to follow a ball with their head and move their back as far as possible, with the Postural Star-Sitting Test, without using their hands.

The test was repeated in eight directions, and the researchers used the results to calculate each individual’s workspace.

The group then tailored the robotic device for every subject while the subjects performed the exact movements 27, to employ personalised assistive force areas.

With the’TruST’, the subjects could reach during the back trips in all eight directions and significantly expand the workspace around their bodies, on an average of about 25 per cent .

“The capacity of ‘TruST’ to provide constant force-feedback personalised for the user’s postural limits opens new frontiers to implement motor learning-based paradigms to retrain functional sitting in people with SCI,” says Victor Santamaria, a physical therapist, postdoctoral researcher in Agrawal’s Robotics and Rehabilitation Laboratory.

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Swiggy sharply hikes membership fees . Latest rates here

Swiggy sharply hikes membership fees . Latest rates here

Food delivery platform Swiggy has decided to sharply increase the prices of its’Swiggy Super’ programme.

The food delivery startup has decided to increase the plan of’Swiggy Super’ of $79. The three months plan is now billed at $349 rather than the present plan of $179.

The new charges will be applicable to the present’Swiggy Super’ members and will charged upon the renewal of the programme. The new rates will come into effect from 8.

But if a customer subscribe to the’Swiggy Super for the first time, the food delivery startup will continue to bill the last rate of $79 for one month and $179 for three months.

The company has also clarified that it will increase the costs of the’Swiggy Super’ in an response to a tweet when asked about the increse accountable for’Swiggy Super’ programme. It further added that it will roll out new offers and discounts for the readers of the membership programme.

The company will continue to deliver the meals without any delivery charges to any subscriber of’Swiggy Super’ when the amount the bill is more than $99 per purchase.

Mails have been sent by swiggy to the readers of the’Swiggy Super’ and informed about the increase in the membership programme.

The food delivery startup has posted a six-fold increase in losses for the financial year-ended March 2019 (FY19), due to heightened expenses which went up by four-fold during the same year at a time when the five-year-old startup has been expanding rapidly across the country to keep up with intense completion in the food delivery section.

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Medicine with side effects

Medicine with side effects

New Delhi: a medicine, Lamotrigine will have to carry a side-effect warning of potential ‘immune system reaction’ .

In a security alert communication issued on 16 December from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), a replica of has been accessed by ThePrint, the government has asked all state drug regulators to notify companies manufacturing Lamotrigine to add warnings about ‘hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)’ response as part of the leaflets or packaging inserts.

The alert, signed by Drug Controller General of India V.G. Somani, reads:’The safety issue on Lamotrigine was deliberated in the subject expert committee, neurology and psychiatry, on 27 November.

‘After detailed deliberation, the committee recommended that the warning of immune system response called HLH ought to be cited in the package insert of this medication.’

Lamotrigine is sold in India under more than 20 brand names such as Lamitor, Lametec, Lamosyn and Lamez, which are manufactured by Torrent Pharmaceuticals, Cipla, Sun Pharmaceuticals and Intas Pharmaceuticals, respectively.

Are GlaxoSmithKline, Ipca Laboratories, Alkem and Emcure Pharmaceuticals.

When is the drug used

Lamotrigine is an anti-convulsant medicine to treat seizures in epileptic patients. It is also utilized to control extreme mood swings in bipolar disorder — a health condition that leads to unusual shifts of mood, energy levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

According to statistics by AIOCD-AWACS, a health research company, Lamotrigine had registered an annual turnover of Rs 93 crore in 2019, posting a rise of over 10 per cent in its sales over 2018 in India.

US FDA’s security alert

On 25 April 2018, the US FDA had released a medication safety communication that read:’…the drug Lamotrigine for seizures and bipolar disorder can lead to a rare but very serious reaction.this can lead to severe inflammation throughout the body and lead to hospitalisation and death, particularly if the response is not diagnosed and treated quickly.’

To the concerns of FDA , therefore, the CDSCO referred in its safety alert communication:’According to US FDA, the system response called uncontrolled reaction by the immune system and HLH triggers. HLH presents a fever, usually greater than 101 degree, farenheit. And it may lead to severe problems with blood cells and organs throughout the body such as lungs, kidney and liver.’

Marked into the zonal and sub-zonal offices of CDSCO across India, the alert orders drug inspectors’to direct producers under their own jurisdiction to mention the warning of HLH in the bundle alert or the promotional literature of the medication’.

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Mathematical framework on molecular interactions

Mathematical framework on molecular interactions

A new mathematical framework on molecular interactions will make it easier and more efficient for scientists to create new medications and other therapies for diseases such as cancer, HIV and autoimmune diseases, say reseachers.

The mathematical framework simulates the impacts of the key parameters that control interactions between molecules that have multiple binding sites, as is true for many medicines, the researchers said in a study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The researchers have planned to use this model to develop an online app which researchers can use to accelerate the development of new therapies for diseases.

“The significant advance with this study is that usually researchers use a trial-and-error experimental method in the laboratory for studying these kinds of molecular interactions, but here we developed a mathematical model where we know the parameters so we can make precise predictions using a computer,” said Indian-origin researcher and study senior author Casim Sarkar from University of Minnesota in the US.

Casim Sarkar”This computational model will make research much more efficient and could accelerate the production of new treatments for many kinds of diseases.” For those findings, the research team studied three main parameters of molecular interactions–binding power of each site, rigidity of the linkages between the sites, and the size of the linkage arrays.

They looked at these three parameters could be’dialled up’ or’dialled down’ to control how molecule chains with three or two binding sites interact with one another.

Their model predictions were then confirmed by the team .

Study lead author Wesley Errington”At a basic level, many ailments can be traced to a molecule not binding properly,”
“By understanding how we could manipulate these’dials’ that control molecular behavior, we’ve developed a new programming language which may be used to predict how molecules will bind,” Errington added.

The requirement for a mathematical framework to decipher this programming language is emphasized by the researchers’ finding that, even when the interacting receptor chains have only three binding sites each, there are a total of 78 unique binding configurations, most of which can’t be experimentally observed.

By dialling the parameters in this mathematical model, researchers can understand how these binding configurations are changed, and tune them for a broad range of medical and biological applications.

“We think we’ve hit on principles which are fundamental to all molecules, like proteins, DNA, and medications, and can be scaled up for more complex interactions,” said Errington.

“It’s really a molecular signature that we can use to research and to engineer molecular systems. The sky is the limit with this strategy,” Errington added.

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JNU attack aided by administration, says teachers association, needs V-C’s resignation

JNU attack aided by administration, says teachers association, needs V-C’s resignation

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) Monday said they were attacked by’goons’ Sunday day whose entry into the campus was eased by the varsity administration.

‘The administration is easing entry of individuals from outside…they are allowing goons enter the campus. This is a planned attack on faculty members,’ said Majumdar.

‘What happened in JNU isn’t a law and order issue or a clash between two groups…it was a planned attack. The administration is currently trying to attack us.’

Teachers and students of JNU were beaten up and land damaged during a gathering by a group of masked men. Including JNU Students’ Union President Aishe Ghosh teachers and students received injuries in the incident, around 34.

Visuals of students bleeding from the assault and people roaming the campus carrying sticks and batons surfaced on social media. 1 footage showed faculty member Sucharita Sen injured in the incident.

‘VC should resign’

JNUTA members said the goons begun attacking everybody present there and had arrived at the place of the gathering. Teachers were the first ones to get hit when they moved forward to talk with the mob.

‘they started attacking us, although As a first line of defence for the pupils, the teachers went ahead to talk to the guys that were masked to understand what they desired. They also threw stones at the gathering,’ said a faculty member at JNU, Atul Sood.

The gathering was called to maintain calm following the JNU campus saw a series of scuffles between activists of the ABVP and Left outfits.

‘told me she was hit by a rock the size of a brick. When we arrived at the campus the stones weren’t there,’ added Sood.

JNUTA members have also demanded that Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar should resign in the aftermath of the attacks. The association has further requested the JNU administration to make public the records of CCTV footage and evidence .

Some faculty members alleged that the mob of attackers had come to their houses. Bikramditya Choudhary, a faculty member who resides in the campus, said,’Some goons knocked on my door as well.I was not home, but my wife was. She called and was terrified the police for help.’

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