Top 10 Highlights from the life of STEPHEN HAWKING

The 16th century had Galileo, the 17th century had Issac Newton and 18th century had Einstein. Each era has had one standout genius of its own who was not only a great visionary but also had the audacity to stand up against the existing scientific convention, and challenge them to alter the course of scientific discoveries and inventions. So was Stephen Hawking.Thanks to him we know more about the black hole, the life beyond stars and A brief history of time. Today we are celebrating the life of the greatest mind of the 21st century by counting down our picks for the Top 10 Highlights from the life of STEPHEN HAWKING

1. His belief in Aliens

The universe is an immense, something which Stephen knew as much as anyone else. He believed that there is an intelligent alien life existing somewhere in the universe. However cosmologist also believe in this possibility, Stephen Hawking also believed that humans must remain careful about trying to contact them. Why? 

Because he posits that such species will likely try to destroy the human race or at least ravage earth for resources. In 2010 Hawking publicly stated his concern about comparing invading alien civilization and its effect on humans to Columbus landing in America and its effect on native Americans. In-spite of that he supported Breakthrough Listen a research program dedicated to finding alien life. But if we were to the Hawking’s way, its better we just find them not get in contact with them.

2. A Mediocre Student, Hawking

Like many of our revolutionary scientists, initial days in school were tough for Hawking. As far as grades were concerned he was an average student. He himself had admitted to the fact that he was a lazy student throughout high school and all the way to his days at The Oxford University. He struggled to read until he was 8 years old. 

Fortunately, one Mathematics teacher inspired him and brought the sparking in him for Math and Science. Once Hawking realized that he was diagnosed to ALS, he began working on making something of himself with whatever time that was left for him and spent his time in cosmology, Quantum Mechanics, and Hawking’s Radiations.

3. Stephen, The Star Rower.

Even before being diagnosed with a physically disabling illness, Hawking didn’t have what one would call a large or athletic build. However, row teams recruited smaller men like Hawking to be coxswains — a position that does not row but rather controls steering and stroke rate.

During his early days at Oxford  Hawking often used to get bored with classes and was in constant need of social interactions. In an effort to try something new he joined school’s Boat club, and very soon he picked up to become the most important member of the crew, THE COXON, which for a person with his physical built and strong voice was an ideal role. There he proved to be a bit reckless. Steering his crew through narrow spaces and often damaging the boat as a result. One of his crew mates labeled him as the adventurous type.

4. Stephen, The betting Guy

Stephen Hawking loved making science bets. Though his track record wasn’t that great. For example, he once bet that the existence of the Higgs Boson  would never be proven. For you kind information thanks to the determination of scientists at CERN the Higgs-Boson was discovered in 2012 thanks to determined scientists and The LARGE HADRON COLLIDER.

Before that Hawking teamed up with fellow theoretical physicist Kip Thorne in bet against Jacque Fresco about the black hole information paradox. The question was does the information that falls into the black hole gets destroyed. Hawking and Throne said yes while Prescott said no. In 2004 Hawking officially conceded admitting that his opinion on matter had evolved.

5. Stephen Hawking:The Pop culture sensation

Since 1987, Stephen Hawking had been making numerous number of public  appearances and guest starring multiple number of popular TV shows like The Simpsons , Futurama, Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory just to name a few. These cameos often showcased his intelligence and dry humor along with some light good-natured deprecation.

Due to his TV appearances he became a household name for all age groups. His reference can be found in numerous songs, comics, video games, movies and more, making him the pop culture icon that he truly was. While there are increasing number of scientist who are developing public personas of their own, nobody has been able to strike a chord with the audiences like Stephen.

His dry humorous side can be well seen in this interview with popular late night talk show host John Oliver

6. Stephen, The Author

Professor Stephen Hawking at the Oxford Union, UK - 14 Nov 2016

During the course of his constant battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Stephen Hawking had authored numerous articles and books. His writings enticed scientist, physicist, engineers ,high school graduates, science enthusiasts and people from all walks of life. 

In 2007, Hawking wrote George’s Secret Key to the Universe  — a charming, imaginative story about the mesmerism of space and the allure of time-travel, featuring lovely semi-Sendakian crosshatch illustrations by Garry Parsons. What makes the book especially endearing is that Hawking co-wrote it with his daughter Lucy.

Stephen Hawking Brief History Of Time

His best and most recognized international bestseller till date has been A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. In this book, Hawking writes in non-technical terms about the structure, origin, development and eventual fate of the universe, which is the object of study of astronomy and modern physics. He talks about basic concepts like space and time, basic building blocks that make up the universe (such as quarks) and the fundamental forces that govern it (such as gravity). He writes about cosmological phenomena such as the Big Bang and black holes

7. Stephen Hawking : The Atheist

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Hawking was probably an atheist from an early age. His family was nominally Christian, but in reality, they were intellectuals and atheists.

As a school boy at St. Albans school, he argued with his classmates about Christianity. During his college years at Oxford and Cambridge, he was a well-known atheist.

His first wife, Jane, whom he married in 1965 and divorced in 1990, was a devout Christian. It is clear they were never on the same page about religious matters, and this was perhaps one of the reasons why the two decided to go their separate ways.

Hawking’s statement denying the existence of God should not have come as a surprise to anyone. Throughout the years, Hawking has made many statements in opposition to religious beliefs.

Stephen Hawking Marriage

Some of his controversial quote about religion are here

“We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is; there is no God. No one created our universe, and no one directs our fate.”

“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

8. Stephen's Computer

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Designed, developed and constantly updated by Intel. Since 1997 Stephen Hawking’s Computer had been his medium to communicate his thoughts and feeling to the rest of the world. 

It is basically a tablet computer mounted on the arm of his wheelchair and is powered by his wheelchair batteries, although the tablets internal battery will keep the computer running if necessary.  

The main interface to the computer is through an open source program called ACAT, written by Intel. This provides a software keyboard on the screen. A cursor automatically scans across this keyboard by row or by column. Stephen could select a character by moving his cheek to stop the cursor. His cheek movement was detected by an infrared switch that was mounted on his spectacles.

Here is a humorous clip where celebrities audition for the role of Stephen Hawking’s voice.

9. Awards, Honours and Cinematic Tributes.

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Stephen’s life story has been an inspirational one. It was one which was needed to be told to the world full of people who often give up the moment things start to become difficult. So in 2014 filmmaker James Marsh took charge to take this story to the silver screen by the name The theory of everything

 

The academy award winning The Theory of Everything is a 2014 British biographical romantic drama film which is set at Cambridge University and details the life of the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Directed by James Marsh, and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neurons disease), and his success in physics.

Hawking received numerous awards and honours. Already early in the list, in 1974 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). 

Hawking received the 2015 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences shared with Viatcheslav Mukhanov for discovering that the galaxies were formed from quantum fluctuations in the early Universe. At the 2016 Pride of Britain Awards, Hawking received the lifetime achievement award “for his contribution to science and British culture“. After receiving the award from Prime Minister Theresa May, Hawking humorously requested that she not seek his help with Brexit.

10. Homage

Tribute Stephen Hawking

On March 13, 2018 the most inspirational, visionary and beautiful minds to have ever step foot on planet earth said goodbye forever. The world pays tribute to Ultimate Great One. 

Perhaps now he will be able to solve the mystery of Black hole and the universe, since now he has gone to one of them. 

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TECH-A-MOMENT 2: Top 10 Trending tech news.

The new year 2018 is upon us and we slowly progressing towards the second half of the first quarter, and a lot has happened in the technological field. Let’s take glimpse at all these technological advancement with TECH-A-MOMENT 2: Top 10 Trending tech news from around the world.

 

1.Google, Machine Learning, AI

Google is offering a free Machine Learning and AI course from 1 March onwards  Tech giant Google Inc. Google has been pursuing AI education for a while, both with advanced projects like TensorFlow and more playful projects like cat doodles and a machine vision experiment meant to showcase AI projects in more practical ways.

Machine learning and AI are some of the biggest topics in the tech world right now, and Google is looking to make those fields more accessible to more people with its new Learn with Google AI website.

Google envisions the Learn with Google AI site serving as a repository for machine learning and AI, and it’s meant to be a hub for anyone looking to “learn about core ML concepts, develop and hone your ML skills, and apply ML to real-world problems.” The site will apparently cater to all levels of AI enthusiasts, from researchers looking for advanced tutorials to beginners.

2. HYPERLOOP INDIA

India could be the first country to get Hyperloop One. If all goes well, work on India’s first hyperloop between Amaravati and Vijayawada will commence in 2018, said Bibop Gresta, chairman and co-founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, speaking on the sidelines of the CII Partnership Summit.

Hyperloop is a proposed mode of passenger and/or freight transportation, first used to describe an open-source vactrain design released by a joint team from Tesla and SpaceX. Drawing heavily from Robert Goddard‘s vactrain, a hyperloop is a sealed tube or system of tubes through which a pod may travel free of air resistance or friction conveying people or objects at high speed while being very efficient.

Andhra Pradesh is likely to become the first state in the country to experience the futuristic Hyperloop facility. Hyperloop is expected to run on a 40-km route connecting Amaravati and Vijayawada. The Hyperloop was proposed as an open design challenge by Tesla & SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in a white paper in 2013. in 2016, SpaceX built a one mile Hyperloop vacuum track in California, & challenged student teams all over the world to build Hyperloop pods to race on tracks. Hyperloop India is the first and the only team from India, and one of the two from Asia that has been selected to build and race their Hyperloop pod on the SpaceX track

3. BITCOINS

After a prolonged correction, Bitcoin is back big time. The “people’s currency” gained close to 7% this week, stabilizing around the $11,000 mark.

Is this comeback for real? Hard to say, as there are hardly any “fundamentals” to judge whether Bitcoin is undervalued or overvalued at these levels. Still, there are a couple of bullish signs for the digital currency worth noticing.

One of them is that Bitcoin is beginning to behave like the ‘new gold,’ shining in times of extreme uncertainty that take over Wall Street.

There was a time when gold would shine as Wall Street faltered. That was long time ago, when it was the hedge against uncertainty. It was the asset where investors could park their cash in times of political and economic turmoil.

4. CLOUD COMPUTING

This week, telecommunications experts will gather in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, the industry’s premier event and a chance for tech companies to show off their latest innovations in areas as diverse as 5G technology, artificial intelligence, and the cloud.

Although the cloud is far from a new idea, its true capabilities are only now beginning to be realized. Here are four ways in which the cloud will shape our lives over the next decade and beyond.

Regardless of industry or size, all companies need digital infrastructure to support their business operations. But cloud will change ICT from a support system into a production system. For example, OpenDesk, a London-based company, uploads furniture designs to the cloud and lets customers download the designs and manufacture the furniture locally. This lowers shipping and inventory costs, while reducing the company’s carbon footprint.  

5. WORLD IN 5G

Before we get started though, let’s go over a brief history of what 5G is, and how it has evolved most recently. In simple terms, 5G refers to a collection of tech that makes up the fifth generation of wireless communication (though there is a little controversy over how the definitions of generations have changed over time).

To make 5G a reality, companies are combinations things like millimeter wave radios that cover the 26GHz to 60GHz spectrum with other tech like Massive MIMO, which is the practice of jamming together 50 to 200 antennas on a single transmitter to offer better bandwidth and capacity.

At Mobile World Congress 2018, 5G was easily one of the biggest buzzwords thrown around. Now that shouldn’t really be a big surprise, as this next evolution in wireless communication is being touted as the linchpin that’s going to make things like superfast mobile internet, autonomous cars, and armies of flying delivery drones possible. So naturally, every company from the big four US wireless carriers to networking equipment manufacturers and phone makers had something to say about it.

Make no mistake, 5G is coming. However, when that tech will actually affect you is a much more complicated question. That’s why I combed the news and spoke to all the major players to find out what you can actually expect from 5G in 2018.

6. HALO Cockpit Protection System

Motor sport by its nature involves risk but it is the mission of the FIA, as the sport’s governing body, to continually strive to minimise that risk through the constant pursuit of greater safety on the track through sound research and technological development.

Over the past decade motor sport has witnessed serious incidents that  affected drivers. The severity of the incidents made it clear to the FIA that developing a solution to mitigate against frontal impact in the area of the cockpit is a research priority for the FIA to address this existing weak point. They were also a number of near misses accidents that highlighted the need for action.Following several incidents, the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association also expressed to FIA President Jean Todt in July 2016 a request that some form of frontal cockpit protection be “implemented as swiftly as possible”.

By contrast, tests of the Halo continued to prove successful. Centring on three significant major risk types, car-to-car contact, car-to-environment contact and external objects, tests revealed that in the case of car-to-car incidents the Halo was able to withstand 15x the static load of the full mass of the car and was able to significantly reduce the potential for injuries. In car-to-environment tests it was established that the Halo was able to prevent helmet contact with a wall or a barrier in many cases, using a selection of previous incidents as a reference.

7. WINDOWS 10S

Microsoft will now give its users the option to have Windows 10 S mode on any version of Windows 10 instead of it being its own edition. Which means that a consumer can choose to purchase a Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro PC and choose to enable the S mode and enterprises will be able to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise with the S mode enabled.

It is widely said that Windows 10 S was introduced as contemporary to Chrome OS a lightweight, more secure and a rather powerful operating system.Though the implementation had some short comings. In order to take full advantage of Windows 10 S, users were required to obtain a copy Windows 10 Pro, which was completely unnecessary.

The cost of upgrading from S mode to full access would depend on the version of Windows you’re running; it would be free for some, while others would have to pay a $49 fee.

8. Google I/O , 2018

Google’s annual developer’s conference returns this may at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California, United States. The conference which brings together developers from all around the globe aims at creating a truly immersive experience focused on exploring the next generation tech and showcases the technical in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open sources such as Android, Chrome and Chrome OS, APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine

This year’s Google I/O developer conference will take place from May 8th to May 10thSimilar to last year, Google revealed the date through an online puzzle. Last year’s Google I/O focused on Android Oreo, Google Assistant, Google Photos, and Daydream standalone headsets. We’re expecting to hear about the next version of Android this year, and given Google’s CES focus on its Assistant, the company will undoubtedly have more to share about its future plans. Stay tuned to The Verge on May 8th for live coverage of Google I/O 2018.

9. IMPRINT - II

Under the Impacting Research Innovation & Technology (IMPRINT) India a fund is being created by the Department of Science and Technology & ,Ministry of Human Resource and Development (Govt. Of India) together, and participation will come from other ministries and industries as well.

The fund of ₹1000Cr. is expected to be a booster for the research and innovation in India. All the projects cover crucial domain such as the security, defense, IT, Energy , sustainable habitat, advance materials, healthcare, nano-technology, climate change e.t.c

All these projects are expected to result in publication and also patents with the help various central government partners such as 

The programme builds around the great research talent and highly equipped and promising infrastructure of the Indian Institutes of Technologies and the Indian Institute of Science. With an aim of achieving inclusion, the programme has currently also encompassed the Centrally Funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs) and in the future is poised to cover all the academic and research institutions of the country.

Under the IMPRINT-I programe , an amount of ₹318.71Cr. has already been sanctioned for the projects which are under implementation.

10. Email Address in India language

That is absolutely right!! Global computer giant Microsoft has announced support for email address in 15 Indian languages across its email apps and services.

This means that the for the very first time users will be able to use local language email addresses for Outlook on PCs. Users will also be able to send and receive mails to and form local-language email addresses via Outlook Clients on PCs, outlook.com, besides Outlook app on Android and iOS.

The languages supported are : Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujrati, Hindi, Konkani, Maithili, Manipuri, marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

All of these languages support Unicode.

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North-East Elections 2018 Results : Key Highlights.

The fall of the 25-year old Left regime in the hilly state of Tripura, has further consolidated NDA’s position for an evident return to the power at center after the 2019 General Elections. With pre-eminence of PM Narendra Modi at the helm of every election campaign and the Sangh Parivar mustering all the support form its side, BJP-led National Democratic Alliance would certainly look to maintain the winning crusade in Karnataka and heading up to the Lok Sabha Elections next year.

Despite the ongoing commotion over the NAGA FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT or the Ethnic Conflict in Nagaland, BJP and its allies have given an impressive performance, in Nagaland and Meghalaya as well, in these key assembly elections.

Let’s take a look the Key Highlights and some important takeaways from this North-East Election Results 2018.

1. THE MODI Inc.

Let’s call spade a spade. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been at the forefront of every NDA-lead election campaign. Ever since the 2014 general elections, Narendra Modi has led his party and allies to a comprehensive victory over the past 4 years. Politicos across every corner of this country have used this name for gaining political points. 

Whether it comes to showing contempt or parsing India’s quest towards becoming the fastest growing economy in the world, The one name which resonates with every success and failure of India as a whole is MODI. So much so that even global community now adheres to  Mr. Modi being one of the most influential leaders of the East.

Despite the painstaking “DEMONETIZATION” and the overpriced goods as a result of The Goods and Services Tax, people have unprecedented belief and faith in the “MODINOMICS”

Mr.Modi and his speeches have often given the people a great sense of belongingness.  As a result of which THE BRAND MODI wave has been the main impetus behind these landslides victories of BJP-Alliance in state assembly elections.

2. The Ailing CONGRESS

With a consistently crumbling leadership and the disoriented political workforce, The Indian National Congress seems to have completely lost the ground.  Its repeated attempts to muster popular support by mindlessly promulgating unstructured propaganda’s has caused a great popularity deficit in vast stretches.

INC’s repeated attempts to defame the NDA with continued attacks on the DEMONETIZATION and GST have tremendously backfired. Political thinkers and ideologists are calling it an act in desperation. Congress’s Idea to digress form the idea of concentration of power in the hands of one man, seems to have lost accountability as a result of the unwillingness of their many prominent leaders to take charge of the grand old party.

Its high time for the India National Congress to change their ideology from “TO FORGE A NATION” to rather more convincing idea of to “TO FORGE THE PARTY“.

3. The NAGA FRAMEWORK Resolution.

The persistent presence of the BJP-Lead government in the state of Nagaland and it’s adjoining states, the central government will look forward to resolving the ambiguity surrounding the NAGA FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT which has been in an impasse for quiet some time now.

The election results should help implement the ‘framework’ agreement to resolve the country’s oldest insurgency, which was signed in 2015. The election results will encourage national security adviser A K Doval to accelerate efforts for an early closure on negotiations

4. The Aspirational Bengalis and Tibals of Tripura.

The Left had so far swept the polls by capitalising on its success in crushing the violent tribal insurgency through a combination of police action, covert operations against rebel bases allegedly using surrendered militants and local mafia, and grassroots development.

Rural Bengali settlers, threatened with violence and ejection, voted for the Left because they felt they needed a tough government to keep the head on their shoulder before bothering about the stomach. But the aspirational middle-class Bengali in the cities, especially capital Agartala, has clearly lost hope in Manik Sarkar, whose development record did not inspire the young.

Ruled continuously from 1978 (with the exception of one term between 1988 and 1993) by the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front, Tripura has finally gone the saffron way.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Ram Madhav described the victory as a historic win, saying he was “not surprised because Tripura wanted a change”.

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TOP 10 Must See Trending Sports.

Just as a library is necessary for the mental well being of an individual,  so is the playground and sports necessary for the not just physical but inclusively overall wellness of a person.

Instances in sports such as the victory of an underdog over a favored team, the last-minute penalty shot that wins the tournament, the high energy training montages, being passionate and glorifying emotions on a playing field, cheer for favorite teams are just some of the few points which have made sports a global phenomenon.

So if this year watching some invigorate and adrenalin pumping sports is on your bucket list then here is the list of  TOP 10 Must-See Trending Sports.

 

1. THE MASTERS

The Masters Tournament, also known as The Masters or the US Masters, is one of the four major championships in the professional golf. Scheduled in the first week of April, The Masters is the first major of the year, and unlike the others, it is held at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private course in the southeastern United States, in the city of Augusta, Georgia. With winning amount of $11 Million, this tournament is the highest rated Golf Tournament in the world. 

With the likes of Mark O” Meara, Tiger Woods and Sergio Gracia to have graced this Golf Spectacular. This should certainly make it to everyone’s TOP 10 Must-see Trending sports.

2. THE FIFA WORLD CUP 2018

The global Soccer juggernaut is back. This time in the land with tundra and subtropical beaches in its backdrop, RUSSIA. 

Scheduled in the month of June 2018, This world wide football carnival promises to be a rollercoaster ride with like of soccer superpowers such as Brazil, Argentina, England, Portugal, Germany, Spain, just to name a few, at its helm. 

Be sure to watch this football carnival this summer as it makes it to the TOP 10 Must-See Trending Sports

3. INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (CRICKET)

The Global Indian Cricket carnival returns this summer with all its glitz and glamour plus some action-packed, over-the-top adrenaline pumping cricket at its core.

With the plethora of cricketing talent from around the world teaming up with upcoming and talented Indian cricketing pool promises to be a money spinner. With likes of Ben Stokes, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan already proving their worths in the recently concluded auctions, are now ready to show their might on the field.

With the return of former champions like CSK and Rajasthan Royals making a comeback this summer, this cricket festival should surely be on everyone’s list of TOP 10 Must-See Trending Sports.  

4.THE WIMBLEDON (TENNIS)

One of the 4 major Grand Slam Titles of the ATP and considered as the most prestigious tournament of all times. Scheduled in July every year offers a variety of tennis formats such as Men’s and Women’s Singles and doubles, and mixed doubles as well.

 

The tournament traditionally took place over two weeks in late June and early July, starting on the third Monday in June and culminating with the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Finals, scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday at the end of the second week. However recent changes to the tennis calendar have seen the event moved back by two weeks cumulatively to begin in early July. Five major events are held each year, with additional junior and invitational competitions also taking place. Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors and Royal patronage.

For all Tennis maniacs, Wimbledon is always on TOP 10 Must-See Trending Sports.

5. THE WINTER OLYMPICS

The Olympic Winter Games are a major international sporting event held once every four years for sports practiced on snow and ice. The first Winter Olympics, the 1924 Winter Olympics, were held in Chamonix, France. The modern Olympic games were inspired by the ancient Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. 

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games  , officially stylized and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, is an international winter multi-sport event currently being held from 9 to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, with the opening rounds for certain events held on the eve of the opening ceremony—8 February 2018. 

 

The games feature 102 events in fifteen sports, with the addition of big air” snowboarding, mass start speed skating, mixed doubles curling, and mixed team alpine skiing to the Winter Olympic programme.

6. SUPER BOWL

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The game is the culmination of a regular season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Normally, Roman numerals are used to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season. The most recent Super Bowl was Super Bowl LII, on February 4, 2018, following the 2017 regular season.

New England finished the regular season with an AFC-best 13–3 record, then extended their record Super Bowl appearancesto ten, their third in four years, and their eighth under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Philadelphia also finished the regular season with a 13–3 record, but became underdogs entering the playoffs after starting quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury late in the regular season and was replaced by journeyman backup Nick Foles. Still, the Eagles advanced to their third Super Bowl appearance, having previously lost to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV and to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.

7. TOUR DE FRANCE

The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Like the other Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España), it consists of 21 stages over a little more than 3 weeks.

There are usually between 20 and 22 teams, with nine riders in each. All of the stages are timed to the finish; the riders’ times are compounded with their previous stage times.The rider with the lowest cumulative finishing times is the leader of the race and wears the yellow jersey. While the general classification garners the most attention, there are other contests held within the Tour: the points classification for the sprinters, the mountains classification for the climbers, young rider classification for riders under the age of 26, and the team classification for the fastest teams. Achieving a stage win also provides prestige, often accomplished by a team’s cycling sprinter specialist.

8. NBA FINALS

Some of sport’s highest-paid athletes strut their stuff over seven nail-biting and highly entertaining games to decide the NBA champions.

 As with any finals series on the American sporting calendar, these aren’t just games, but events. We’re talking more than three hours of entertainment that doesn’t stop when the players do; if anything it kicks into gear, with musical performances, cheerleaders, dancers, competitions and T-shirts being fired out of cannons. On the court, you get some of the finest athletes on the planet guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Tony Parker and Stephen Curry battling it out for the NBA crown. The atmosphere is always electric and the skill level on court is almost difficult to believe. 

 

9.FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship is a planned motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is considered as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Drivers and teams are scheduled to compete in twenty-one Grands Prix for the World Drivers’and World Constructors’ championship titles.

Lewis Hamilton is scheduled to defend his World Drivers’ Championship, after winning his fourth championship title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix. His team, Mercedes, are scheduled to defend their Constructors’ Championship after they secured their fourth consecutive title at the 2017 United States Grand Prix.

A revision of the sport’s technical regulations means that a new cockpit protection device—commonly known as the “halo“—will be introduced for the 2018 championship. The introduction of the halo in Formula One is the first stage of a planned roll-out that will see the device adopted by all open-wheel racing series by 2020.

10. UFC 223

UFC 223: Ferguson vs. Khabib is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on April 7, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

The undisputed lightweight championship will be on the line on Saturday, April 7, as interim champion Tony Ferguson faces unbeaten contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 223 main event. Rivals for several years, Ferguson and Nurmagomedov are both looking to end their feud by leaving the Octagon with the 155-pound crown. Plus, the rematch the world has been waiting for is set, as Rose Namajunas defends her UFC strawweight title against the woman she took it from, longtime champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Fasten up your seatbelts,sport your favourite jerseys,  fill up you flasks, Catch up  your favourite amongst these TOP 10 Must-See Trending Sports. So get set and Sports…

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Top 10 Best And Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

So, here is the list of top 10 Best and Most anticipated movie of 2018. 2017 was a very good ride with movies like Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 ,  Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, and the list goes on. With raising expectation, below is the list of movies everybody is ready to watch.

1. Black Panther

Black Panther is by far the most anticipated movie of 2018. It is a  superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With a budget of 200 million USD, let’s see how King T’Challa (black panther) will do at the box office.

2. Avengers : Infinity War

Now, its time for the second installment of the Avengers film series. Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet, the Thanos. Thanos plans to use the all six Infinity Stones to inflict his terror into reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.

3. Deadpool 2

Ryan Reynolds is back. With the cheeky humour of Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool, which broke numerous records including highest-grossing R-Rated comedy and highest-grossing X-Men film. With a villain like, Cable, who is the biological son of the Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor (Jean Grey’s clone), this movie surely deserves the third place.

4. READY PLAYER ONE

From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. You will fall in love with the VFX and feel nostalgic also as they bring back the old characters like Iron Giant.

5. THE INCREDIBLES 2

Now, after 14 years we get the sequel to the 2004 film The Incredibles. It is in production by Pixar Animation Studios and will be released by Walt Disney Pictures. Seems Elastigirl will get in action, while Mr. Incredible has to take care of his cute and evil baby. Sounds fun…eh?

6. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Four years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinos while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet.

7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

With the sixth instalment in the Mission: Impossible film series, Ethan Hunt is now hunted by assassins and former allies. Sure Simon Pegg as Benjamin “Benji” Dunn will have new gadget for our action boy.

8. SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Solo is an upcoming American film centered on Han Solo, a character from the Star Wars franchise. It’s about a journey of the notorious pilot meeting his future co-pilot Chewbacca and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian. Please don’t show Jabba the Hutt again.

9. Ocean's Eight

Criminal mastermind Debbie Ocean and seven other female thieves try to pull off the heist of the century at New York’s annual Met Gala. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million.

10. Pacific Rim Uprising

John Boyega is back with as a once-promising Jaeger pilot, Jake Pentecost. To live up to his father’s legacy, he is given chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori, to stop the unstoppable. To defeat and secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous Kaju, sorry I mean Kaiju. 

Comment below your pick from the above list which you think will blow everybody’s mind. (not literally…duh!) 

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Top 10 Techno-Cultural Festivals of INDIA

 

Technical colleges across India are often considered as the “citadel of the nerds”. Contrary to this general belief, over the past decade, some of the smartest minds in the country have been able to put together some over-the-top, spectacular, technological cum cultural razzmatazz, which has unveiled their vibrant and creative side.

These pan-Indian festivals have not only caught the eye of students and academicians across all disciplines, across the globe but have also been the pulpit to some of the big-wigs all walks of life.

Policy makers, diplomats, sports figures, technocrats, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, defense personnel, war-veterans, actors, comedians, musicians and many more, have graced these festivals with their presence.These festivals have also attracted sophomores and young students by organizing various workshops to get them acquainted with upcoming and futuristic technologies and various competitions for them to prove their mettle. These festivals also have been platforms to share ideas which help build a better future.

 

1.) MOOD INDIGO

Venue: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Time: Usually towards the December end.

Genre: Cultural Festival

Considered as Asia’s biggest annual cultural festival, takes place at the one of the most prestigious technical college in India i.e. IIT Bombay.  The footfall of over 1,39,000 students from more than 1700 colleges nationwide. Mood Indigo is devoted to creating an unforgettable experience for all its visitors, simultaneously providing unique opportunities to the youth for showcasing their talents in front of extremely large audiences and top-notch judges. Being a massive platform for providing cultural exchange, Mood Indigo 2017 is ready to take all its visitors on a delightful ride through its theme ‘La Fete Carnaval’. The 47th edition of the festival concluded on the 25th December 2017.

The festival Includes events such as Pro-Nites, Competitions, Horizons, Illuminati, Rock Concerts, Art & Culture workshops.

 

2.) TECHFEST

Venue : Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Time   : Usually towards the January end.

Genre : Cultural Festival

Techfest, IIT Bombay is the annual science and technology festival of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) It also refers to the independent body of students who organize this event along with many other social initiatives and outreach programs round the year.

Started in 1998 with the aim of providing a platform for the Indian student community to develop and showcase their technical prowess, it has now grown into the largest college technical festival in all of Asia.

It is among the very few student organizations to have received patronage from UNESCO for the promotion of technical know-how as well as taking up social causes through ideate competitions and other initiatives over the years.

 

3.) RENDEZVOUS

Venue  :  Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Time    :   Towards October end

Genre  :   Cultural Fiesta

Rendezvous, famously known as RDV is the annual cultural festival held in the nation’s capital at the India Institute of Technology, Delhi. With its PAN-India craze, it receives a footfall of 70,000 students from across all academic institutions.

Graced by some of the most trending artists from the Indian Art & Culture fraternity on its Ruby Anniversary in 2016, RDV hosted 13,000+ participants and 170+ artists from more than 20 countries.

The event organized and managed by the student volunteers who work to promote creativity and intellectualism, and it symbolizes a place to be together and celebrate, as its name suggests.

The festival also hosts events such as the Music Festival Confluence, Informal, and Competitions, Rendezvous also organizes a lot of other events where people can come and watch the masters of different trades perform at their best. Saaz, the Indian Classical Musical performance is organized as a major event which is attended by people of all ages.

Rendezvous has hosted many artists and personalities on its stage in the past. The names include famous personalities from the entertainment industry in India.

The list includes Farhan Akhtar, Javed Akhtar, KK, Kailash Kher, Rabbi Shergill, Javed Ali, Anushka Sharma, John Abraham, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Imran Khan, Tania Sachdev, Sunil Chhetri and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

4.) ANTARAGNI

Venue : Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Time   : Towards the October end.

Genre : Cultural Festival

Antaragni, IIT Kanpur boasts the status of being one of India’s biggest cultural festivals, annually entertaining a footfall of more than 40000 from around 250 colleges providing them with a stellar national platform to showcase their talent.

Antaragni which loosely translates to fire within began in 1964 now hosts a plethora of interdisciplinary events such as the INDIA INSPIRED, KAVI SAMMELAN & THE MODEL UNITED NATIONS which are forums for discussion for issues pertaining social relevance and with an emphasis on youth culture.

Other than that competitions in dance, dramatics, fine arts, film and photography, and musicals are conducted. There are also debates, discussions, word games and writing contests in English and Hindi. Many quizzes are held by professional quizmasters. Each of these events has cash prizes and college teams competing for the top prize. Some of the previous filmmaking contests have been judged by established film director like Abbas Tyrewala and Luv Ranjan. Dance events are held in the auditorium, with different styles of dance exhibited.

Junoon and Synchronicity organize eastern and western band rock competitions.

Workshops, talks, and exhibitions are held in the festival. The Digital Filmmaking Workshop by Subhash Ghai’s Whistling Woods International, Asia’s largest film, television, animation and media arts institute, was held in Antaragni’10. Talks in Antaragni usually center around the theme of the festival for that year. Anatargni ’10 had the national award-winning film director Mahesh Bhatt, director of several acclaimed art films.

 

5.) Techkriti

Venue : Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Time   : Usually Mid March annually

Genre : Technical and entrepreneurship festival

Titled as Asia’s biggest Technical and Entrepreneurial festival, Techkriti comes under the elite list of festivals financially supported by UNESCO, IEEE, CEE. Since its initiation in the year 1995 this festival has aimed at developing interest and encouraging innovation in technology among students.

Techkriti is known for hosting a variety of competitions with a total prize money of more than 35 Lacs. The competitions serve the backbone for fulfilling the basic motto of Techkriti- developing interest and encouraging innovation in technology among students. Competitions are classified into a few broad categories such as Robogames, ECDC, Take off, Design, Online Events, Presentation, Software Corner and Mixed Bowl.

ECDC is a cluster of many events giving students an opportunity to showcase their technical skills in the field of electronics and circuit designing. In 2017, ECDC had 4 events under it: Electromania, Embedded, Measure it-3D, and Electrode.

Robotics events have been bringing a lot of “brainiacs” together from across the world to showcase their talents through their mind-blowing bots. In the past, there have been robot armies striving to prove their mettle. There have been bots to overcome hurdles in their path to glory, surviving their journey through water and achieving their goals through image processing. There are plentiful opportunities to win humongous prize money and achieve glory.

The business category includes events that are sure to test your business acumen, intellectual prowess and much more. From exploring your avenues in marketing to tackling your brain with the good old case studies, Business Events in Techkriti have never been more challenging.

Mixed Bowl: Miscellaneous events like Astronomy (Cosmos), Rubiks Cube (IORC), WhatsUp, Nut Cracker and Crime Run awaits you as well!

 

6.) Tryst

Venue : Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Time   : Usually Mid March annually

Genre : Technical festival.

Tryst is the annual technical festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, held in February and March. The festival is the largest technical fest in North India with a huge footfall of more than 45,000 people around the globe.

It is one of the largest and a highly acknowledged technical festival of India. It is entirely organized by the IIT Delhi student body and serves as a perfect launch-pad for technology enthusiasts to showcase their intelligence and inventiveness and a massive platform for various activities, organized in the form of competitive events, guest lectures, technical workshops, and exhibition.

The festival has always been driven by the motivation to bring together the world’s leading scientific minds along with renowned technologists and influential thinkers and connect them to a broader public involving students and faculty across India.

Tryst 2018 will be held from 23 to 26 February 2018 and will feature an impressive line-up of more than 50 Sci-Tech events including Seminars, Lectures, Workshops, Exhibitions, and Competitions. In the past, we have hosted personalities such as Steve Ballmer, Horst Koehler, Jeff Lieberman, Harry Marshall and Ryoji Noyori. The event has been growing in stature and popularity ever since.

 

7.) KSHITIJ

Venue :  Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Time   :  Usually during Mid-January

Genre :  Techno-Management Festival

Honing ground for some of the modern era leaders and entrepreneurs, The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has been the host for Asia’s biggest techno-management festival. Initiated in the year 2004, the annual festival aimed to provide the technically inclined youth a national-level platform, where their talent and expertise would be recognized and rewarded. Having grown exponentially since its nascent years, Kshitij receives overwhelming participation from the student community all over the world. The official website of Kshitij, ktj.in, is the largest student-run website, receiving 8 million clicks in its 2012 edition.

Certified and funded by some of the pioneers of modern day computing and technology, such as Association for Computing Machinery(ACM) ,  The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) , American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), KSHITIJ has been at the forefront of organizing wide range of events encompassing every genre of technology and management with the aim to infuse a scientific and rational temperament in the young minds.

Kshitij organizes elucidatory workshops during and in the days before the festival. The workshops are organized in association with reputed organizations and are conducted free of cost. Asserting the importance of gaining hands-on experience in the learning process, Kshitij organizes interactive workshops on a wide variety of topics to bridge the divide between theoretical and practical knowledge. These workshops are conducted by intellectuals from hi-tech companies like Microsoft, IBM, Delloite, Texas Instruments, Jaguar, NASSCOM, Takshashila Foundation which provide technological breakthroughs and promote innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

The Kshitij Team organizes external workshops in cities like Kolkata, Indore, Nagpur, Lucknow and others before the festival.

 

8.) SPRING FEST

Venue :  Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Time   :   Mid-January

Genre :   Annual Social and Cultural Festival.

Spring Fest, popularly known as SF, is the annual social and cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur held during January in the spring semester. The first edition was held in 1960 and since then it has grown to be one of the largest student-run college fests in India. The 58th edition of Spring Fest was held from January 20th to 22nd, 2017.

Justifying its slogan, Spring Fest has always been “The True Spirit of Youth” and encompasses aspirations and enthusiasm of college students across the nation. More than 60 events from varied genres provide a platform for students where they can prove their mettle and caliber. With a myriad of fun and intellectually stimulating events, huge star nights every year and a versatile crowd profile, Spring Fest have gradually consolidated its position as the premier inter-collegiate fest. The fierce competitions, uninterrupted entertainment, breath-taking pro-shows, and something to suit everybody is what give SF its magnificence.

The fest has three national level events – Wildfire, the national level rock band competition; Shuffle, the street dance competition; and Nukkad, the street play competition.

Wildfire attracts registrations from hundreds of bands, and prizes in the 2014 edition were worth more than 4 lakh INR. Most of the socio-cultural activities are day events which involve dramatics, music, dance competitions, fine arts contests, quizzes, gaming and other literary events. Judges of the competitions are reputed and famous personalities from different fields and organizations.

One notable event is Model United Nations, which is an academic simulation of the United Nations organization in which participants take on the roles of representatives of countries/organizations in a UN council, discussing world issues. Centrifuge, the inter-collegiate dance event, is arguably the most keenly followed event of the fest.

The other notable events are Rangmanch, the inter-collegiate dramatics event; Sargam, the eastern musical jamming competition; and Mary Bucknell Trophy, the prestigious quiz competition.

 

9.) Chaos

Venue    :     Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Time      :     Towards the end of January

Genre    :      Cultural Festival

The pulpit at one of the premier institute of management studies often gets overshadowed by the glitz of the fiesta organized by Technical Institutes, Chaos is one of the most happening festivals in India. The annual cultural extravaganza is among the biggest cultural events across management institutes in the country, with the likes of Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Amit Trivedi having performed at previous editions of the fest.

This year, the festival’s theme is ‘Colours of Life’. The star performers of the fest are musical duo Salim-Sulaiman and the event will also host a musical performance from Benny Dayal, YouTube sensation Shirley Setia and rock band Agnee. Besides musical performances, Chaos will also include competitions in dance, drama, and the literary arena, along with engaging workshops such as Radio Mirchi’s RJ Workshop, Certified Marketing and Digital Marketing workshops, Terribly Tiny Tales’ flagship Writing Workshop and The Corporate Simulation Workshop, to name a few.

The fest is expected to receive over 20,000 registrations and host students from over 500 national institutes over the four-day period. Events at the fest include Hip-notize, the Western dance competition; Natya Katha, the stage play competition; Crescendo, the solo singing competition; Quizzes on various themes such as sci-tech business, and sports; and a parliamentary debate.

 

10.) RIVIERA

Venue : VIT Vellore

Time   : Mid-February

Genre : Cultural Festival

This famous cultural and sports fest of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, Vellore spans for 3-4 days in and around the month of January- February. Known to hold more than 100 events in the fields such as dance, music, literary arts, fine arts debates etc, Riviera is known to welcome more than 4000 students from different colleges of the country apart from seeing participation from some 45,000 VIT students.

Like other fests, the star night at Riviera is worth boasting about and is known to attract massive crowds. Popular artists such as Shankar Mahadevan, Euphoria, Parikrama, KK and Hari Haran have graced VIT Vellore’s fest in the past.

Take your pick, pack your stuff and enjoy these festivals, you have a chance to socialize yourself. Between these, you come to know many interesting and talented people. Maybe the person you are looking for!!!

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Top 10 Must Read Books

Book reading is a healthy habit. In this era of Real-time technology, where everything seems to be restless, books are the perfect medium to relax, learn ,introspect and rejuvenate your senses, and obviously become the intellectual person you had always wished to become. In Fact according to a journal published at Yale University, people who read books 3.5 hours a day have 23 percent greater life expectancy than people who do not read at all. So here is The list of Top 10 Must Read books

So don’t wait. Grab your copies from the list above. And create your own bandwagon………..

1.The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui.

This gorgeous graphic novel is a deeply personal memoir that explores what it means to be a parent and a refugee. The author’s family fled Vietnam in 1978. After giving birth to her own child, she decides to learn more about her parents’ experiences growing up in a country torn apart by foreign occupiers.

This riveting account makes at number 1 spot in this list of Top 10 Must Read books.

2.Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens, by Eddie Izzard.

Izzard’s personal story is fascinating: he survived a difficult childhood and worked relentlessly to overcome his lack of natural talent and become an international star. If you’re a huge fan of him, you’ll love this book. His written voice is very similar to his stage voice, and you’ll find yourself laughing out loud several times while reading it. Make sure that this makes it to the list of Top 10 Must Read books

3.The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Most of the books you’ve read and movies you’ve seen about the Vietnam War focused on the American perspective. Nguyen’s award-winning novel offers much-needed insight into what it was like to be Vietnamese and caught between both sides. Despite how dark it is, The Sympathizer is a gripping story about a double agent and the trouble he gets himself into, and hence makes at number 3 in this list of Top 10 Must Read books

4.Energy and Civilization: A History, by Vaclav Smil. Smil

This is his one of Smil’s masterpiece. Through this lays out how our need for energy has shaped human history—from the era of donkey-powered mills to today’s quest for renewable energy. It’s not the easiest book to read, but at the end you’ll feel smarter and better informed about how energy innovation alters the course of civilizations.

5.Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker.

Enlightenment Now takes the approach he uses in one of his earlier publications Better Angels  to track violence throughout history and applies it to 15 different measures of progress (like quality of life, knowledge, and safety). The result is a holistic picture of how and why the world is getting better. It’s like Better Angels on steroids. Steven Pinker manages to share a ton of information in a way that’s compelling, memorable, and easy to digest. It opens with an argument in favor of returning to the ideals of the Enlightenment—an era when reason, science, and humanism were touted as the highest virtues. Hence it is at number 5 in this list of Top 10 Must Read books

6. Outliers : The story of success, by- Malcolm Gladwell

We often wonder why some people achieve so much more than others. Don’t we? Can these success stories lie so far out of the ordinary? Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to silicon valley geniuses to Nobel Laureates to famous sports persons to show that the success is far more surprising ,and inspiring, than we ever imagined.. A compelling read with an important message: By understanding better what makes people successful we should be able to produce more successful. It puts a fresh perspective on  success. A must read for the youngsters and teenagers.

7. Mindfulness for Beginners : Reclaiming your present moment and your life, by- Jon kabat-Zinn

We may long for wholeness, suggests Jon Kabat-Zinn, but the truth is that it is already here and already ours. The practice of mindfulness holds the possibility of not just a fleeting sense of contentment, but a true embracing of a deeper unity that envelops and permeates our lives. With Mindfulness for Beginnersyou are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play-and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.

Here, the teacher, scientist, and clinician who first demonstrated the benefits of mindfulness within mainstream Western medicine offers a book that you can use in three unique ways: as a collection of reflections and practices to be opened and explored at random; as an illuminating and engaging start-to-finish read; or as an unfolding “lesson- a-day” primer on mindfulness practice.

A must read fro student and working professionals, and hence is at number 7 in our list of Top 10 Must Read books

8. Man’s search for meaning By- Victor Frankl

In Man’s Search for Meaning, psychiatrist and neurologist Victor Frankl (1905-1997) wrote about his ordeal as a concentration camp inmate during the Second World War. Interestingly, he found that those who survived longest in concentration camps were not those who were physically strong, but those who retained a sense of control over their environment.

He observed:

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s own attitude in any given set of circumstances—to choose one’s own way.

 

Frankl’s message is ultimately one of hope: even in the most absurd, painful, and dispiriting of circumstances, life can be given a meaning, and so too can suffering. Life in the concentration camp taught Frankl that our main drive or motivation in life is neither pleasure, as Freud had believed, nor power, as Adler had believed, but meaning.

9. Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. The book, Hesse’s ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style. It was published in the U.S. in 1951 and became influential during the 1960s. Hesse dedicated the first part of it to Romain Rolland and the second to Wilhelm Gundert, his cousin.

The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in Sanskrit language, siddha (achieved) + artha (what was searched for), which together means “he who has found meaning (of existence)” or “he who has attained his goals”. In fact, the Buddha’s own name, before his renunciation, was Siddhartha Gautama, Prince of Kapilavastu. In this book, the Buddha is referred to as “Gotama”. This spiritual account makes at number 9 in our list of Top 10 Must Read books

10. Born a crime, by Trevor Noah

The eccentric new face of Americas late night talk show Trevor Noah brings to you his childhood story ,the hardships he faced the incredible life lessons from his mother  that “The ability to appreciate the reality of the world we are in while also optimistically pursuing the future in which we wish to exist”.The book is a compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty.

 His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

Here was the list of Top 10 Must Read books. The Following list comprises of some of the best selling and highly recommended literature by some of the brightest & smartest minds of the world……………

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10 places in India to travel on semester break

Backpacking in India with your pals can put a hole in your wallet but here are the few places in India where you can travel like a pro.

India is often ranked among the most traveled countries in the world having the cheapest rates. India is a land of traveling paradise.

From hills and mountains majestic like the Himalayas to seas and ocean beaches of Goa and Kanyakumari, from sun-kissed deserts of Rajasthan to moist dense and calm forests of the East, India has it all.

As a university student, we always have the urge to explore native lands with our best mates, but we do often face the biggest problem of funds.

Well with the right information now you can enjoy traveling in India with your mates and also have your own experiences framed. Check out these top 10 places in India to travel with a few thousand in your wallets.

1. Cherapunjee – Meghalaya

Cherrapunjee, also known as Sohra, is a high-altitude town in the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya. It’s known for its living root bridges, made from rubber trees.

Not so much heard of, but one of the cheapest destinations to travel in a group if you are up for some adventures and trekking. It takes about 3 hours from Shillong and costs about 2000 for a two-day reservation for a ride. food is relatively cheap and healthy, for a three-day long trip, cost range around 6000.

2. Ooty, Kodaikanal – Tamil Nadu

If hills and heights are your favorite lookout for the following:

Land of chocolates in India, Ooty located 86 km north of Coimbatore and 128 km south of Mysore and is the capital of the Nilgiris district. It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. The hills are lovely, there’s the Fernhills palace to explore. with reasonable rates for every season, this is surely a go!

Located in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is called the Princess of Hill Stations. It clutches to an unexplainable magnificence and has of some of the best street food at the lowest prices, fried chicken is the best. Food at rock bottom prices, a lot of places to stay that are starting from just Rs. 300, this place is lit!

3. Darjeeling – West Bengal

Located in the north of West Bengal, a beautiful and gratifying travel destination, Darjeeling is famous for its traditional little hotels, homestays and cottages that are unexpectedly low-priced. The scenic beauty of the snow-laden mountains, marvelous views of the sunrise and the sunset, food available at sensible rates and the divine savor of the renowned Darjeeling tea make it a place worth adding to your travel bucket list.

4. Rishikesh – Uttarakhand

Rishikesh is a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River.

Thrilling white-water-rafting, the splendid beach camps, and the exhilarating treks wakes the adventurer in you. A trip to Rishikesh tops the charts among the adventurous budget holiday destinations in India. You can also visit the breathtaking Valley of Flowers from here. This is a vegan destination, but it is totally worth it!

5. Goa – Goa, Gokarna – Karnataka

If beaches are your kind then Goa and Gokarna is your pick.

Goa is one of the most touristy places in India. Shacks offer the most chill spots to live near most beaches. You have to take it easy while their prices take it even easier on your wallet. King’s beer at just 30 goes easy on your wallet. When you are in Goa, you can find the cheapest of accommodation options, rent a bike and roam around, eat at small yet incredible food joints, spend hours on the beach, take a dip in the sea and also, consume very cheap liquor. Up for a party? Goa is your place!

It is located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Gokarna is renowned for its temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and beaches. Framed by the majestic Western Ghats, the beaches are clean and less crowded. One of the beaches is named ‘Om’ named after the Hindu symbol. You can find budget hotels and beach resorts. Lodges and rooms run by the locals is also a good option to stay. It is perfect place for a healthy and chill retreat

6. Alleppey – Kerela

Alleppey, the Venice of the East, is famous for the countryside, lagoons, and the waterways. Located in the Alappuzha District of Kerala, you can rent a room in a houseboat here. Lose yourself in the midst of the Amazonian wilderness for an absolutely nominal price. Get your pack up and start exploring.

7. Hampi – Karnataka

If you love architecture, temples, and incredible royal buildings, then, I am sure Hampi will take your heart away. People spend days and weeks in this wonderful city in Karnataka to get the touch of the long past Indian culture. You can stay at any of the affordable cottages or hotels, rent a bicycle or a bike, eat out at amazing eateries and experience an out of the box environment.

8. Khajuraho – Madhya Pradesh

Historical monuments of Jain temples and mind-blowing architecture for all those art bourne students. Hotels at the reasonable price, healthy food and traveling might put your budget in the range from 5k to 6k.

9. Varanasi – Uttar Pradesh

Ideal place for a days trip. if your hobby is photography this place will give you the best elements. the eye capturing the beauty of the Ganga and the arts will surely make you smile on being on one of the holiest places on earth. There are several guest houses with affordable rates that will also go well with your pocket.

10. Udaipur, Jaipur – Rajasthan


Love for heritage and mesmerizing sunsets over the desert, ideal for resting your mind, Udaipur and Jaipur are ideal retreat stations. The pink city may seem costly but its all about finding the right deal.

So what are you waiting for, ‘pick up your bags off the sidewalk, don’t you hear sincerity in my voice when I talk’ – Eminem

So here are the top 10 places in India to travel on semester break, comment down below if you have any favorite place we missed.

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TECH-A-MOMENT: Top 10 Trending Tech News

1. CLOUD AUTOML   

AI is no more going to remain the secret sauce of some of the biggest Tech giants.

Google has unveiled “CLOUD AUTOML” which would help businesses across the globe, with limited machine learning expertise, start building their own high quality custom models using advance techniques provided by the Internet giant.

Cloud AutoML is a suit of Machine Learning products that enables developers with limited machine learning expertise to train high quality models by leveraging Google’s state of the art transfer learning, Neural Architecture Search technology.

AutoML Vision is the first product to be released. It is a simple, secure and flexible ML service that lets you train custom vision models for your own use cases. Soon, Cloud AutoML will release other services for all other major fields of AI.

 

 

 

2. Quad9 Domain Name System

 

 

IBM Security, Packet Clearing House & Global Cyber Alliance bring have launched a new method for consumers and businesses to ensure that they stay safe online.

That’s right!! The Quad9 Domain Name System or as they say (DNS) service is ready to help protect the netizens form accessing millions of malicious websites know for stealing classified personal information, and often infect users with malware and orchestrate fraudulent activities.

Users simply need to reconfigure a single setting on their devices to use 9.9.9.9 as their DNS server.

The service does not store, correlate or otherwise leverage any personally identifiable information of users. In contrast, other DNS services often capture information about the websites consumers visit, devices they use and where they live, for marketing or other purposes.

 

 

3. Google Lens now on Google Assistant on Pixel & Pixel 2

 

 

The Google lens feature, that enables users to scan objects in their surroundings and get search results based on them, is now integrating with the Google assistant on Google Pixel & Google Pixel 2 devices. The feature, which previously required users to access it though the Google Photos App, is now natively baked into Assistant on the Pixel devices, furthering Google’s push to make its AI companion more useful in the real world scenarios. The feature is still being rolled out, so it may be a while before it reaches your devices.

 

 

 

  4. Hike ID to guard your phone number

 

Hike Messenger, India’s first home-grown messaging platform, has unveiled a unique Hike ID, which obviates the need for the users to share their mobile numbers. This also ensures the privacy of users. Not only will users be able to search for others with the Hike ID, they will also no longer need to know that person’s mobile number in the order to send him or her a message. A company statement said many users had demanded this feature.

5. Voice Calls and Internet connectivity in Indian airspace soon.

Great news for net-savvy flyers ,as TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority if India) has recommended allowing in-flight internet connectivity (IFC) in Indian Airspace. Domestic flyers as well as those flying over the Indian Airspace shall soon be able to make voice calls and get internet connectivity on-board.

Per the recommendations of TRAI flyers will be able to check their emails, send and receive Whatsapp messages and post status and photos on various social media platforms. Currently as per the regulation of DGCA(Directorate General Of Civil Aviation), flyers are barred form of mobile phones and internet connectivity while in the Indian airspace due to security reasons. However customers accustomed  to stay connected anywhere, 24/7, with the need to keep in touch with the family, enjoy non-stop entertainment and maintain critical business based communication just to name a few, being the impetus, the Authorities have decided to do-away with their earlier regulations.

To ensure that the security concerns are fully addressed, the authority recommended “deployment of a gateway in India” as it provided an effective mechanism to lawfully intercept and monitor the in-cabin Internet traffic while the aircraft is in Indian airspace.

 

 

With these recommendations, India joins over 40 jurisdictions, including the European Union, and Australia, that authorise the use of mobile communications services on an aircraft.

 

6. FASTAG : The Electronic toll collection system.

 

 

NHAI has rolled out program for Electronic Toll Collection on Toll Plazas on National Highways to be called FASTag.
FASTag is a device that employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid account linked to it. It is affixed on the windscreen of your vehicle and enables you to drive through toll plazas. FASTag has a validity of 5 years and after purchasing it, you only need to recharge/ top up the FASTag as per your requirement.
FASTag offers near non-stop movement of vehicles through toll plazas and the convenience of cashless payment of toll fee with nation-wide inter-operable Electronic Toll Collection Services.

The various benefits which come along with using FASTag such as:

  1. Ease of payment – No need to carry cash for the toll transactions, saves time
  2. Near non-stop movement of vehicles leading to lower fuel cost.
  3. Online Recharge – FASTag can be recharged online through Credit Card / Debit Card / NEFT/ RTGS or Net banking
  4. SMS alerts for toll transactions, low balance, etc.
  5. Online Portal for customers
  6. Validity of 5 Years
  7. Incentive: You can avail a cashback of 10% on all Toll payments using FASTag in 2016-17
  8. Other benefits are:

(a)Environmental benefit  :

  • Reduced air pollution
  • Reduced use of paper

(b)Social benefit    :

  • Reduced toll payment hassles
  • Analytics for better highway management

(c) Economic benefit :

  • Reduced effort in management at toll plaza
  • Reduced effort in monitoring centrally

Are sure to make you free from the hassle of stopping, waiting in the long queue at Toll Plazas and bound to gave to smooth rides.

 

7. Online Education: Google & COURSERA launch an online course to train people for IT support Jobs.

 

 

With upsurge in number of users on the world-wide-web platform, the need for constant and efficient IT support system has also grown subsequently. keeping in mind the need of hour Internet Giant Google Inc. is partnering with leading Online Education platform Coursera, to launch an online course to train and to offer access to its IT training program, previously only open to existing Googlers and to  help prospective employees bridge the skill gap.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s decision on Twitter earlier this week.

 

 

 

The program will involve 64 hours of video lessons as well as labs and evaluations, and it will teach IT basics such as troubleshooting, customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, automation and security. It will take about eight months to complete if a student spends eight to 10 hours a week on the program, though students can work at their own pace, according to Coursera.

 

 

Those interested in financial aid can apply by Feb. 20, while others may be selected by participating nonprofits. You don’t need an IT background or a four-year college degree to qualify. For those who don’t get a free ride, the full cost of the program is $49 a month.

 

8.Motorola announces a good ol’ QWERTY Slider Keyboard and a health monitoring Moto Mod at CES 2018

Motorola has announced the launch of the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod and a health Mod at CES 2018. This is a QWERTY keyboard which is priced at $99, which should roughly be around Rs 6,000 in India.

 

 

The Motorola Keyboard was first introduced at as an Indiegogo ‘Transform the Smartphone Challenge’ campaign. Later, this was further developed alongside Livermorium, Motorola’s inhouse Accelerator program. According to The Verge, the Moto Mod keyboard is set to be released by February or March this year.

The Slider Keyboard is a 5-row QWERTY keypad. It attaches to the back of the Motorola smartphone and slides out, tilting the display at an angle of up to 60 degrees. The keys are backlit as well. The slider keyboard is a rarity in the smartphone market, with only BlackBerry having cracked the design. Sadly, BlackBerry isn’t cool anymore and the mantle passes to Motorola.

Apart from this, Motorola has also announced the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod. This health mod can measure your heart rate, which also includes diastolic and systolic rate. Apart from that, it can also measure the respiratory rate, body temperature and pulse.

 

9. India set to enter the era of “Supersonic Rapid-Transit” : Hyperloop set to crop in Andhra Pradesh soon!!!

 

 

India’s first Hyperloop project is coming up in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Elon Musk’s revolutionary transport idea will be connecting the city centres, Vijayawada and Amaravati. The Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) for furthering the project and making it happen.

The project will be funded from a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. The major part of the funding will be coming from private investors. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) will be conducting a six-month feasibility study. After making sure of the feasibility, the team of Hyperloop will construct and build their first Hyperloop in India.

The proposed Hyperloop will be covering a distance of around 35 km between Vijayawada and Amaravati. The time taken by the Hyperloop to complete the journey will be around five minutes.

 

 

MORE ON HYPERLOOP

  • Hyperloop Technology is a brainchild idea of technology entrepreneur Elon Musk
  • It is system of magnetically levitating capsules (pods) that are sent at high speeds through low-pressure tubes
  • It uses linear Induction motors and envisages tube modular transport system that runs free of friction
  • It is still in trial stages in different countries and has currently never been implemented anywhere in the world yet

Hyperloop is two-to-three times faster than fastest high-speed rail and claimed to have speeds even greater than commercial air travel

 

India: Biggest market of Freelance workers

About 10 mn engaged in freelance work, mainly in web, mobile: PayPal survey

Freelancers in India, on an average, earn about ₹19 lakh per year, according to a new survey by global digital payments giant PayPal.

 

 

The survey, titled ‘Insights into the freelancers ecosystem’, said that web and mobile development, web designing, Internet research and data entry were the key focus areas for Indian freelancers, while some of them were also engaged in accounting, graphic design and consultancy. India is the largest freelancer market with 10 million people freelancing, according to PayPal.

About 23% of the surveyed freelancers earn in the range of ₹40-45 lakh annually, 23% earn in the range of ₹2.5-5 lakh a year, 13% earn between ₹10-15 lakh annually, 11% earn ₹2.5 lakh or less annually and 8% earn ₹7.5-10 lakh annually, as per the report. “Most people took to freelancing after having heard about it from friends, family, social media and freelancing platforms. Of the reasons that drove them to adopt freelancing, earning more income, flexibility in schedules and ability to choose who to work for, topped the list,” Narsi Subramanian, Director Growth, PayPal India, said.

 

 

He added that receiving payments in a timely, safe and secure manner was one of the key concerns for this community.

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Class Connect : Simply Sophisticated

” SIMPLICITY IS THE ULTIMATE SOPHISTICATION “

– Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

Rightly said!!. Isn’t it. Still wondering why?

Well, we all know that 21st century is also known as the digital age, or precisely “The age of Simplification”, where things may seem a tat-bit sophisticated & complex, just with the right resources we can conceive simplicity. From a nations’ viewpoint we are not far behind in embracing all things digital. Let’s see how. Form banking to socializing, from education to high-quality entertainment, from tracing location to navigation, from attenuation to amplification, from craving for things to getting them and feeling the ultimate gratification and what not!!!. The list goes on and on. All you have to do is to point at the issue and there are a plethora of applications to look from out on the digital platform to cater to your problems with their secure and easy to access Real-Time solutions.

At times people have raised great concern and doubt over the veracity of content. The people who are most affected by this are our youngsters especially college students and professionals who suffer a lot, as much of their valuable time and energy gets consumed in filtering and arranging requisite content. As a result, they often find themselves caught between two stools. This fast-paced world is being driven by people having multi-dimensional skills, and a majority of them rely heavily on the most easily accessible repository i.e. the world-wide-web and surplus supply of web-based applications. Such skill enhancement can only be achieved with ample time devotion and by synchronizing plans with absolutely authentic resources. Hence to exemplify sophistication.

 

All of this seems like a problem. Doesn’t it??. Yes, it does. Well as stated earlier, every issue on the web has its solution then and there.

Here comes ClassConnect. A web and mobile-based application software, especially handcrafted for college students. A one-stop solution to segregate work/academia related assignments/schedules/notifications/reminders with past-time conversations with colleagues/classmates and leisure activities and hobbies.

It’s off the charts features will certainly simplify things for the users, give them an edge amidst their peers and help them sustain their elegance.

Wanna know how?Let’s take a look at its awesome features.

  • Interactive UI ClassConnect provides you with its Interactive UI which lets you have a separate section for documents, notification, and messages. This lets you to easily scavenge important and necessary content from large chunks of memes and unwanted stuff.
  • Synchronization.Let’s you to synchronize your daily routine with your class/work schedule with it’s “My Schedule” & “Work Schedule”. And hence helps you to manage time for hobbies and other co-curricular activities.
  • Notification. The Notifications feature separately reminds you about the schedule of commencement and in exceptional cases regarding the cancellation of class or meeting.
  • Group & Moderator Most messaging apps have the “group” feature with mostly creator being the moderator until the lifetime of the group. The “ClassConnect” app allows the group members to vote and choose a moderator or group leader from amongst themselves. So once there are 10 members in the group, an automatic voting takes place for the election of the moderator.
  • Moderator voting is accessible in class group page and is changeable as an when felt feasible by the group members.
  • Documents/Notes feature lets you to share and categorize important notes and documents in an appropriate manner.
  • Cloud backing. ClassConnect is cloud backed. Every time some content is uploaded by the group moderator, it straightaway gets stored safely in the cloud . Thus even if the content or notes get erased from your mobile device, you can still directly log in with the web version and retrieve the content in real-time. Free from the heckle of re-uploading.
  • Interests and skills Once you sign-up, In profile section you can add interests and skills, which is also asked in the very beginning, on the basis of that you will see user result in finder section, you can filter it, sort it put a combination of both.

Other than this ClassConnect prevents you from being a victim of fake and lucrative advertisements, often cause hindrance in real-time flow of content.

 

                                  

                           

Google Play Link

Apple App Link

 

 

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Go to the play store or app store and install this amazing app which makes things simple for you so that your demeanor reflects sophistication.

 

 

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