Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Match Report : Porto Vs Juventus - Round of 16

A team that has been their league’s champions for the past 5 consecutive seasons travelled to play against a team that had seen Champions League glory and have been crowned leafgue champions more than once and even this season have a pretty good chance of winning the league. It was Porto Vs Juventus.
Two of the best goalkeepers in the world who have shown more dedication to the sport than many were facing each other. It was Iker Casillas vs Gianluigi Buffon. The stage was set for a glimpse of the legends collision for may be the last time.
Starting 11
Porto : Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Felipe, Marcano, Alex Telles, Danilo, Herrera, Ruben Neves, Brahimi, Andre Silva & Soares
Juventus : Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Brazagli, Cheillini, Alex Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic & Higuain

A free-kick in the starting stages of the game saw Porto’s Brahimi have his go for goal but the shot went just wide but given the position and distance where the free-kick was awarded to Porto, you just cannot miss from there. That could have been one of the juiciest spot to get a free-kick and had that been converted may be Juventus would have struggled a little to get back into the game.
For Juventus who were trying to get a shot on target were also having a hard time as it was wide shots after wide shots after wide shots but they were relentless in their pursuit of that goal and that allowed them to accept some physical challenges by Porto and that saw Porto getting reduced to 10 men early in the game when Telles who was already booked at the start of the game, receive his second yellow and as a result his marching orders as well.
An argument that followed the departure of Telles forced the referee to not put the card back into his pocket but to instead raise the yellow card high above his head. In the 33nd minute Pjanic had a long range effort on goal saved by Casillas. Juventus played like Juventus and I think that Porto, after being reduced to 10 men had little option to go forward and risk exposing their defense to a Juventus counter-attack that might result in an away goal.  So, Porto settled deep and defended while Juventus had more than a few chances at goal but they could not find the finesse in their attempt. The first half ended 0-0 and the start of the second half saw no huge change in the way how the game was played.
In the 46th minute, Dybala slotted the ball past Casillas after a great piece of football from Juventus but the flag was raised. A rare chance that saw Porto attack in the game saw the ball fly into Juventus’s penalty box but Herrera missed it. It really was a golden chance and when you are down to 10 men and playing a team like Juventus you just cannot afford to miss chances like that. In the 53rd minute another long range effort was saved by Casillas.
What really surprised me was the lack of finishing from Juventus. They had such great players like Higuain, Dybala, Mandzukic & Pjanic but there were so many wide shots and missed shots and long range shots that were mere practice for Casillas. Juventus could have broken the dead lock a long time ago had they had more composure in their attack. Their attacks were purposeful but it completely lacked patience.
But as it had happened time and time again to many teams, who simply cannot keep defending as their defense will be breached at one point of time. Porto’s resilient defense was broken by Marko Pjaca in the 72nd minute. This was not a because of a brilliant play by Juventus, this goal was a result of a mistake by Porto that had cost them and just before, the fans of Juventus could settle down from their celebration and before Porto supports could come out of their misery Juventus struck again through another substitute. The former Barcelona Full-back Dani Alves, scored the goal from near post in the 74th minute that all but confirmed that Porto were out of the completion this year.
There is no way for Porto to enter the reverse fixture and win the match with a large margin but I'm not saying that impossible. There is nothing wrong in being optimistic, after all miracles do happen. Especially in football.

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Match Report : Seville Vs Liecester City - Round of 16

Leicester had everything to prove and everything to lose as they headed into the game and Seville were full of confidence after sitting comfortably in the top half of the Spanish league. 
Sevilla Vs Liecester City
Starting 11:
Sevilla : Rico, Rami, Lenglet, Escudero, Mariano, N’Zonzi, Sarabia, Vitolto, Nasri, Jovetic & Correa
Leicester : Schmeichel, Simpson, Norgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Mahrez, Musa & Vardy
This might not be your usual high stakes or high intensity match where thousands of  fans would flock from all over the world, but Leicester were out there considering this nothing less than a final. After a fairytale story that saw Leicester, who were mostly a second division team, get their hands on the Premier League trophy, everyone was very much under the impression that may be, just maybe, the dominance of the Premier League’s top 6 will be ending but reality was not far away as this year Leicester have returned once again to a familiar position in the table, in the bottom half, fighting to avoid relegation. Going as far ahead as possible in the UEFA Champions league could be the only possibility Leicester has to show that they have got what it takes to be among Europe’s elite and their march towards title last season was no fluke but that it was a result of hard work.
The line-up clearly suggested that neither team was considering their opponents lightly and were giving each other the respect they deserve. The match started by an instant attack by Sevilla with a long range attempt by Sarabia and Leicester responded with an attack of their own by a long range effort by Drinkwater but both shots were wide off the mark. It would really be an understatement if I say that Leicester were not trying hard but it was the home team that were dominating most of the first half and their efforts were awarded with a penalty when Morgan brought down Correa. It was Correa who took the shot from the spot but Schmeichel was ready from the start and comfortably saved it and there were also a few other shots on target that Schemichel saved to keep Leicester on track but even he could do nothing when the relentless attack from the Spanish side gave Sarabia the opportunity to deliver a bullet of a header that went into the far corner of the post speeding past Schmeichel. Most of Sevilla’s attacks were based on crosses into the oppositions penalty box and hoping that someone would connect and it was during one of such attempts that Sarabia rose the highest and headed the ball home.
A couple of deflected shots by Sevilla were also saved by Schmeichel and this coupled with their blind crosses into Leicester’s penalty box, I believe, shows that the home team was more reliant on their luck rather than tactics. Leicester’s mistake was that their defense were not covering a wider area that let players like Srabia to crawl behind and have an attempt on goal and also Leicester’s central midfielders were not providing much cover to their defenders.
There was indeed one such incident where Sevilla played with tactics and an unselfish Jovetic pass to Correa saw the home team score their second goal of the game. Leicester now found themselves trailing by 2 goals and this situation was to happen at some point of the game as the away team was happy to sit back and let Sevilla have possession and you cannot do that especially with a team that have the capability to beat a team like Real Madrid and not especially when you are trying to avoid relegation in your own league.
So, did Leicester have no play in an attack? Of course they wanted to attack and they tried to but they were not pushing enough from the start. If only they had gone all-out attack and tried to put some sort of a pressure from the start on Sevilla, then perhaps an away goal that they got on the later stages of the game could have seen them get another one as well which really would have had Sevilla worried and in turn Leicester could have played a more comfortable game.
Sevile who thought that having a 2 goal advantage was enough slowed down near the end of the game and that gave Leicester a genuine chance to attack. An attack with purpose that saw Speedy Vardy reach a low cross from Drinkwater and tip it at the back of Sevilla’s net. An away goal that means so much in this stage of the tournament was something that Leicester desperately needed.
The final score of the game was 2-1 with a Sevilla victory but this does not ensure that the Spanish side will proceed further in the tournament. A crucial trip to Leicester which will definitely see the Spanish side struggle in front of the home crowd and Sevilla need to bring out their best of the best skillsets to score a couple of goals. Leicester in my opinion who now have witnessed Sevilla’s style of play up-close and personal will definitely have a trick or two ready for the reverse fixture. My biggest diasppointment was that both Mahrez and Nasri were unable to show their true quality in a match that was most important for them and their team. Will they be able to show it in the second round?
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World News Summary : 22-Feb-2017

Today’s spotlight is going to be about what could most probably be the most entertaining cricket series of this year. 
From tomorrow, 23-Feb-17, starts the 4-match test series between Australia and India where Australia travel to India and by God they will try to outshine and outmuscle the No.1 test team in the world. To give an overview of why this series is going to be nothing short of a spectacle, below are a few points that you might want to have a look at
1. Australia have a 44.4% of win record against India
2. Steven Smith’s Australian team heads into the four-match series having not won a Test on the subcontinent since 2011
3. India are undefeated in their previous 20 home Tests matches, equalling the existing record at home
4. India needs to win 2 matches in this test series to still be the No.1 Test team in the world while Australia needs to win 3 matches or more to knock out India
In my opinion, all the focus on the world, including those of the Cricket experts The importance of Kohli in handling a match like this where the expectations are off the roof will be something to watch. Not only does he have to prove that he is the right person to replace Dhoni when it comes to being a tactical genius (not that anyone doubts Kohli’s capabilities but Dhoni is Dhoni, right?) but the other major area where we have to see if Kohli shines is his ability to handle the expectations by being the captain. He can deliver as a cricketer but given the high stakes of this test series, can Kohli deliver as a captain?

Books & Art :
1. Philip Roth, Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith and others say ‘writers, artists, musicians and filmmakers are often at the vanguard in the fights against terror’
2. Tom Hanks to publish first book, Uncommon Type: Some Stories
3. Artists and campaigners call for closure of the LD50 gallery after accusing it of promoting ‘hate speech not free speech’ but owner criticizes protesters
4. Francis Kéré  is planning to bring one of his characteristically stripped-back structures, honed in the villages of his native Burkino Faso, to leafy west London
5. An English-language book chronicling the history of Polish fashion, entitled “Chrysalis”, has been launched during London Fashion Week
6. As part of the celebration marking its 100th anniversary, the Women's National Book Association will send a book a day throughout March to President Trump that the organization believes sheds light on many of the critical issues faced by the country

Sports :
1. Football : Despite being linked with China for a huge money transfer, sources say that Wayne Rooney will still remain in United as its captain.
2. Athletics : Bunbury triathlete Ryan Bailie was last night named the 2016 South Western Times AJ “Tood” Buswell Sports Star of the Year 
3. Football : Manchester City outshine Monaco in a thrilling 5-3 victory
4. Football : Atletico Madrid have all but written off Bayer from Champions league with a 4-2 victory
5. Cricket : Michael Clark joins the expert panel to discuss India-Australia series
6. Cricket : Ross Taylor scores his 17th century to help New Zealand beat South Africa
7. Cricket :  Steve Smith admits that Australia are the underdogs in 4 match test series against India
8. Football : Claudio Raneiri urges Leicester to play like Gladiators in their Champions league knockout match tonight against Seville 
9. Football : Italian Champions Juventus will travel to Portugal to face FC Porto in Champions League round of 16, first leg tonight

Climate :
1. Bob Inglis was a Republican Congressman, which to him meant one thing: "Climate change was nonsense." But now he is in Australia trying to convince conservatives to fight climate change
2. Fossil fuel industries in Australia could be left behind by improvements in renewables and the possibility Donald Trump changes tack on a carbon tax, a former US Republican congressman has warned
3. On Tuesday, researchers with the British Antarctic Survey released new aerial footage showing the widening rift that threatens to tear the ice shelf asunder at any moment
4. The Climate Narrative Project aims to inform Iowa City about climate change in a unique way
5. German chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing to spring an ambush on President Trump at this year’s G-20 summit in July. And Trump’s response will determine whether his presidency plays out like George W. Bush’s second term or puts America’s energy exceptionalism at the service of reviving American greatness
6. Scott Pruitt does not mention climate change in first speech as EPA director

Political :
1. Nepal : Put Nepal First: Nepali political parties must stop thinking in mutually exclusive terms
2. Israel : Prime Minister Netanyahu said there was no replacement for the US on the diplomatic scale.
3. India : Congress leader Sonia Gandhi has written a letter stating her support of Congress-SP alliance but takes her toll on Modi
4. Nagaland : Shurhozelie Liezietsu was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Nagaland by Governor P B Acharya
5. India : BJP, which is a coalition partner in Mehbooba Mufti led government in Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday accused the state government of rewarding "stone-pelters and terrorists"
6. India : DMK party start their hunger strike to show their discontent in trust vote
7. USA : Politicians who have used a divisive and dehumanized rhetoric are creating a more divided and dangerous world, says rights group Amnesty International
8. UN : A top adviser to the U.N. envoy for Syria said Tuesday that their "main guidance" for the first Syrian peace talks in 10 months will be a Security Council resolution that calls for a political transition
9. USA : Donald Trump is mistaken if he thinks new security adviser HR McMaster will back all his policies
10. Iran : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit last week to Kuwait and Oman was the latest sign of an improvement in the tone of Tehran’s relations with the Persian Gulf states, and in particular Saudi Arabia
11. USA : Millions of people are targeted for deportation under Trump’s rule
12. USA : The Trump administration is revamping how U.S. immigration laws are to be enforced

Money :
1. Many policy experts like the idea of border adjustment for its economic effects. By taxing imports but not exports, it would move the U.S. closer to taxing consumption rather than savings and investment, which in turn would encourage economic growth
2. Focus is on production and supply of Rs 500 and lower denomination notes, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das has said and also there is no plans of introducing 1000 Rs notes
3. “Many workers who are saving for retirement may be missing out on the Saver’s Credit because they are unaware of it,” said Catherine Collinson, president of the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS)
4. The rupee closed at 66.97—down 0.07% from its previous close of 66.93

Entertainment : 
1. Chris Brown ordered to stay away from ex-girlfriend as Karrueche Tran alleges Brown has made threats against her since December
2. Mary Berry 'stands by' Paul Hollywood after Bake Off move
3. “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines may not stay in Waco, Texas, forever.
4. David Cassidy worried fans would confuse his dementia for alcoholism
5. After Akshay’s ‘Jolly LLB 2’ success filmmakers are ready for ‘Jolly LLB 3’
6. Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees releases in Egypt, Jordan

Health :
1. Life expectancy to break 90 barrier by 2030
2. High intake of carbohydrates like vada pav and dosa could be really dangerous, particularly if taken in the morning 
3. Brain scans 'may spot teen drug problems'
4. Older men with low testosterone levels might benefit from hormone treatment for healthy bones, but it may also increase their risk of heart problems, US trials suggest.
5. Mosquito Spit Vaccine Would Fight Malaria, Zika, West Nile, Too

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

World News Summary : 21-Feb-2017

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the most loved and the most successful Indian captain of all time, has been stripped off his captaincy in this year’s IPL by the board of Rising Pune Super Giants. 
This action of theirs is something that I have deep trouble in understanding. His name is synonym to captaincy. If you have Dhoni in your team, you have to make him your captain, that is probably like a thumb rule but as it appeared, the boars seems to think different. Though there is no way of knowing the actual reason why such a thing has even happened. 
Many, including former Indian captain Azar has also raised his voice against this. This is something that everyone will definitely condemn not to mention the wrath of his fans. This is a decision that will definitely have consequences as I believe that an incident like this could not have happened without any strong background.

Books & Art : 
1. Milo Yiannopoulos book deal cancelled by Simon & Schuster after 'pro-paedophilia' podcast controversy
2. Walt Whitman’s lost novel, The life and adventures of Jack Engle has been found and it is available for free online
3. Moonlight and Arrival bag the top prize in 2017 Writer’s guild award
4. Four more libraries have been forced to close due to budget reasons
5. Monet’s view of the parliament in fog sells for 11 million pounds

Sports :
1. Indian government has suggested that sports must be made a mandate in school and must be given marks
2. Olympics : Due to the increase in financial pressure, sports that are failing in podium test will be asked to pay more
3. Olympics : UK Sport rejects Tokyo 2020 funding appeals from seven sports (Archery, badminton, fencing, goalball, table tennis, weightlifting and wheelchair rugby)
4. Football : Theo Walcott has scored his 100th goal as Arsenal defat Sutton in FA Cup 5th round
5. Football : Bayer vs Atletico Madrid and Man City vs Monaco will be tonight’s UEFA champions league action
6. Formula 1 : Lewis Hamilton says he has no problem with Bottas
7. Cricket : Mohammad Azharuddin has raised his voice saying that the stripping of MS Dhoni as Pune teams captain calling the action as “third rate and disrespectful”
8. Football : Dani Alves had said that his former club Barcelona does not know how to treat its players
9. Tennis : Federer wants Nadal as Laver Cup doubles partner

Climate :
1. Study from decades ago proved remarkably accurate in showing how global warming would affect the Arctic's sea ice, currently in steep decline
2. Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action
3. Hundreds of scientists and their supporters rallied in historic Copley Square on Sunday, demanding that the Trump administration accept empirical reality on issues such as climate change and highlighting the centrality of objective information to making policy
4. Quebec providing $12.7 million for climate change research
5. As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease
6. Rogue Climate meets with Senate District 3 Monday night in Ashland to push the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, SB557

Political :
1. India : DMK has written to Assembly Secretary seeking No-Confidence motion
2. India : Venkaiah Naidu says BJP will win UP election
3. India : Nirmala Sitharaman says India wants certainty, transparency in US visa regime: 
4. South Africa : South Africa's Gordhan Sees Difficult Political Year for Ruling ANC
5. India : Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today held talks with China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi ahead of a key strategic dialogue tomorrow to improve bilateral ties 
6. USA : Bernie Sanders says 'We are looking at a totally new political world'
7. EU : NICOLA STURGEON will be told there are “no set of circumstances” in which Scotland will remain an EU member state after Brexit.
8. Somalia : US ambassador gives 'Make Somalia Great Again' cap to the Somali President
9. USA : Left-leaning voters in the US are warning Democrats in Congress they will be “replaced” if they do not form a more effective opposition to President Donald Trump.
10. USA : U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for speaking his mind and challenging his superiors
11. India : Cash withdrawal limits to be removed from March 13

Technology : 
1. Given the modest buyback premium, retail investors with a long-term view on the company will be better off by not tendering their shares.
2. Infosys denies executives gained from Panaya deal
3. N Chandrasekaran says Tata Group to focus on consumers, technology innovation 
4. DBS to hire 100 technology skilled professionals through hackathon 
5. According to Forbes these 3 Technologies That Will Put Your New Year On The Right Track
a. Fiber-optics
c. Security
6. Tech Crunch reports that Snap starts selling its Spectacles online in the US. The sunglasses are now available at for $129.99
7. Nearly 10 lakh consumers and merchants have been awarded over Rs 153.5 crore in the last 58 days under Niti Aayog's schemes to promote digital payments, its CEO Amitabh Kant said today.
8. By 2020, 40% of voice calls will be on VoLTE, says Aircel CTO Sameer Dave
9. Vodafone India today told the Delhi High Court that it was aggrieved by the free voice services being provided by Reliance Jio (RJio) as it violated TRAI's tariff orders.
10. Robots that steal human jobs should also pay taxes says Bill Gates

Money :
1. Slapping a penalty on Unitech Resorts for delaying handing over of flats, the Supreme Court on February 20, 2017, directed it to deposit 14% interest on Rs 16.55 crores, invested by 39 home buyers with it

2. Reliance Jio won’t just make a lot of money, it’ll revolutionise India while doing so
3. Mark Cuban says, a job that will allow people to do automation for automation is going to have a great demand in 10 years
4. Government agencies have conducted over 1,100 searches and issued 5,100 notices to verify suspicious high-value cash deposits post demonetisation 

Entertainment :
1. Lin-Manuel Miranda predicts ‘Oscars will be political’
2. Experts believe Moonlight could just sneak in from under and cause a major upset in the Oscars
3. An all new registered 2017 Toyota Camry is the new love of Actor Richard Asante, popularly known as Kalybos
4. Ambitiouz Entertainment has finally responded with a rather vague statement saying that they are aware of the allegation but will neither confirm nor deny it over the storm that erupted around Fifi Cooper, A-Reece, B3nchmarq and Flame's mass walk out from the stable.
5. Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara to make her debut
6. Iconic actor Amitabh Bachchan completes 48 years in the industry
7. Jimmy Kimmel says not everyone in Bollywood is very liberal
8. Liam Neeson says that a "new wave of cinema is tackling world issues and giving powerful political messages" right now

Health :
1. A multiple sclerosis treatment being tested in patients can stop the disease for at least five years, say doctors. The risky therapy involves wiping out the person's immune system with strong cancer drugs and then rebooting it with a stem cell transplant.
2. The United Nations' children's agency Unicef is warning that almost one-and-a-half million children are at risk of starvation in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia
3. Health apps could be doing more harm than good, warn scientists
4. Yo-yo dieting benefits health and can be compared with going to the dentist, according to a scientist whose research appears to support the extreme slimming method
5. Young carers in Scotland are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, stress and sleep disorders than their peers, a study has found
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Monday, 20 February 2017

Chelsea's young starts need to be patient

Do the young stars of Chelsea really have a chance of making an impact in the first team?
Now, to answer this question we not only have to take a look at the club’s history but also we need to look at the current set of squad and also the managerial style of Antonio Conte. It is pretty well known that Chelsea do not have a respected history when it comes to dealing with young players and that is why I’m not going to focus on that today. Instead I’ll place my opinion based on the manager and how he handles things.
If it were Mourinho, I could have blindly said without having the need to think twice, that these players have NO CHANCE. We have seen what has happened to the likes of De Bruyne & Lukaku but with Antonio Conte at the helm, things do look at little bit different but still there is no assurance.
No one can deny the fact that there is lot of potential in the Chelsea locker room. Players like Loftus-Cheek, Ake, Chalobah, Kenedy and not only that there are players out on loan who have proved themselves to be first team quality. So, are these players really going to get a chance? 
Well, in my opinion it actually depends on the summer transfer market. Antonio Conte might be a manager who gives young players the opportunity they deserve, after all it was he who brought Pogba to Juventus and made him the star that he is today. He recalled Ake from his loan spell and has been playing the lad on and off but I think that he is not the kind of guy who looks like a risk taker. After all he has been stuck with the same starting 11 for a long time. I do agree that the starting 11 is in such fine form that making any changes to that really is a difficult call to make but instead of playing the youngsters in cup matches against championship sides, I believe it will be better if they are allowed to play against Premier League team that are on the bottom half. This would give them more experience in the Premier League. 
Another reason why I believe that Conte is not a risk taker is because he makes very little or no change at all. We have seen that happen when Michy was given no chance when Costa was banned as Conte opted to play Hazard as a false 9. He has never changed his midfield partnership of Matic and Kante. It is only Fabregas who we have seen partner a lot along with Matic or Chalobah but Kante will always be with Matic. Though Conte had a load of young talent at his disposal, he was in the transfer market to buy more older and experienced players who are in their prime. Now, that is not a bad idea but it sure will push the youngsters further away from the starting 11. 
So, why I believe that it all depends on the summer transfer market? well again, if Conte decides to buy more experienced players then it will take some time for the current crop of young players to emerge as real professional stars and I honestly believe that Conte will buy at least a couple of players in August and in addition to that a few young ones will be recalled from loan to provide more depth to the squad given the fact the Chelsea will be playing in the Champions League next season. 
Overall, in my opinion these Chelsea youths do have a feasible chance to make it big but it will be at least a couple of years before the young guns of Chelsea can plant a firm feet in the Premier League and become undisputed first team players. Agree?
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Cash or Cashless? What would you prefer after March 13?

There was huge setback in India’s commercial economy after 8th November 2016, the day when demonetization was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was stated that this was the government’s effort to reduce the flow of black money in the country and also to bring out all the hidden currencies. Everyone, including me, hoped that this would the dawn of a new era and this initiative will definitely curb black money but as it turned out, it was the common public who were affected the most because of this initiative and the rich (most of them) were still having their happy days. 
Prime Minister Modi asked the people of India to give him 50 days to stabilize the situation but it has been 100 days since and nothing seemed to have changed. The increase in withdrawal limit had definitely helped but not by a large margin, there are a few regions in our country that are still suffering a lot because of demonetization. 
May  be it is citing that issue that an announcement has been made that from March 13th 2017, the cash withdrawal limits will be removed. Which means that the customers can withdraw as much as they want without any restrictions. This is really a good news but my question is if this was indeed going to be the scenario, then why was demonetization, which caused so much problem to the public, introduced in the first place? Just because a few business men could lose some money? It just doesn’t make any sense. 
In a way the country was getting accustomed to using less cash and moreover since demonetization had led to the astronomical increase in the usage of online transactions and wallets, it was really helping us to take a step towards digital India. Now, with cash flow ready to be made unlimited, it definitely will reduce the use of digital payments and maybe we will be back where we all where. Using digital payments, we were able to do almost everything, pay our bills, buy almost anything, fill fuels for our vehicles and yes of course we were worried about the barber, the milkman and few alike asking us for cash but in a way we were able to tackle it right? Then why should we take a step back from digital growth?
The greatest advantage of demonization, as far as I believe, was that with no cash to spend, more rules were followed. People used to follow traffic rules because of the fear of having to pay the cops. People began to spend far more sensibly, everyone had restricted their unwanted purchases and stuck with the basic needs and that was really a step forward in our growth. I believe that from March 13 it will all be gone. If I was asked if demonetization had helped me save more money than I used to before that, then the answer is a big yes. Also, if all payments are digital, the use of carrying cash in our wallets will be less and that means we have to worry less about theft as we know that our money is safe. 
The rural areas were more affected by demonetization, if that is indeed the reason for lifting the block on withdrawal limits, then you know as much as I know and even the government knows that there are many ways in which that could have been solved without having the necessity to remove withdrawal limits. If the debate continues about demonetization being good or bad, may be this discussion will go on forever. 
From March 13, the options will be left wide open. It will be completely up to the individual to decide, if he/she needs to carry cash or should they go cashless. I for one prefer the digital market as it has helped me save more and made my life simple. So, what are you going to do after March 13th?
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WhatsApp's all new Status tab

WhatsApp launches its official WhatsApp status. This is reported to come off as the rival for Snapchat. So without any further delay, let’s dig straight into it.
Well, this obviously was the original idea for starting WhatsApp, wasn’t it? To tell everyone your status. WhatsApp has realized that people are not able to update their status as frequently as they would want to because of limited options, which is why they have come up with this idea.
WhatsApp status is a separate new tab that one can use to upload GIF’s, photos or videos using which people can express more precisely their current state of mind. These shared items will be available for 24 hours after which it disappears and then you have to upload a new image/video to update your status. . What separates this feature from the rest is that, all these messages will be end-to-end encrypted like the messages that we send in WhatsApp.
The best thing is, you can have complete control over who can look at your status by making the privacy control setting as per your requirements. If no such setting is being done by you, everyone in your contact will be able to view it. So, it’s basically everyone in your contact or people whom you choose. So, if you’re doing something about which you want only a handful of people to know, you can choose only those people to see your status.
Well, I guess everyone will change their status every 24 hours and just leave it, without bothering to choose to be more private about it, is my opinion though.
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All you need to know about BharathQR Code

BharathQR code, a major step forward in Indian government's attempt to transform our country into a digital nation. Before I begin to explain what it is and how to use it, let me congratulate everyone who were involved in making this project a success.

For those of you who don’t know about what QR code is and how to use it, this post is for you.

So, what is this BharathQR code?

QR Code stands for Quick Response Code. This is very similar to a barcode except that it is in the shape of a square, like shown in the picture above. In India, this QR code can be used to make all you payments through your smartphone. In other words you just don’t have to use to credit or debit card anymore. You’ll have your smartphone, the merchants will have the QR code and all you have to do is match the code through you smartphone app and the money will be transferred to the merchant through IMPS (Immediate Mobile Payment Service), within seconds. Sounds fun right? So how do we use this BharathQR code?

Currently, Bharat QR is integrated into ICICI Bank’s Pockets app and HDFC Bank’s PayZApp. So, to make the payment using your QR code do the following while buying a product

  1. Have a bank application or BHIM app installed in your phone
  2. Choose a product that you want to buy (obvious)
  3. Make sure that the product has a QR code on it (I know this is obvious too but I have to say it)
  4. Select the option that your bank app or BHIM app has provided to scan the code
  5. After you’ve selected the option to scan the code, you scan the code
  6. Enter the amount that you must pay
  7. Instantly the amount from your account gets debited and the merchants account gets credited

And that is how Bharath QR works folks .

This is really a good initiative that our government has taken to reduce cost is various ways. It is because of this that merchants no longer have to buy POS terminals and we customers don’t have to use our cards anymore which reduces the transaction fees. Let’s support this initiative and take a step closer towards Digital India.

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World News Summary : 20-Feb-2017

President Trump just cannot stop himself from taking the spotlight, can he?

Another statement from the President Trump has made the world go crazy. He talked about violence in Sweden, targeting illegal immigrants once again and the very next day he TWEETS that, what he said about Sweden was based the news provided by Fox News.

Once again blaming the news to have misled him, and again he TWEETS to the News Media to give the public a break.

After his speech, the world actually believed that a terrorist attack happened in Sweden and that the media is covering it up. For those of you who don’t know, here are the TWEETS by President Trump

Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!”

“My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”

President Trump, please give us a break and please please please make up your mind before you say something and once again please stand firm on what you say.

Books & Art :

  1. Singapore authors are being looked upon by their own people who are preferring international best sellers
  2. A new study shows that almost thousands of books go unread
  3. Study suggests university presses are publishing fewer books in the humanities. Experts say the publishing industry is facing more significant changes
  4. 5 books for everyone must read to become successful
    1. Managing the Mental Game by Jeff Boss
    2. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
    3. The Go-Giver Leader by Bob Burg and John David Mann
    4. The Dip by Seth Godin
    5. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Sports :

  1. Cricket : Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan are the two Afghan players bought by SRH
  2. Cricket : Ben Stokes has become the 2nd costliest player in the history of IPL costing Pune Super Giants 14.50 crores
  3. Football : Harry Kane scores a hat-trick in FA Cup 5th round
  4. Tennis ; Tsonga beats Goffin to win World Tennis Finals
  5. Cricket : Afridi retires from International cricket after 21 years
  6. Cricket : Mitchell Strac will not participate in this year’s IPL to focus on ICC champions trophy
  7. Football : Pogba and Ibrahimovic partner to beat Blackburn in FA Cup 5th round
  8. Football : Luis Enrique is not pleased by Barca fans for jeering at their own players in their 2-1 win over Leganes
  9. Football : Jose Mourinho thinks Chelsea are Premier League champions and can focus solely on FA Cup quarter-final
  10. Cricket : Kolhi signs 100 crore deal with Puma
  11. Racing : Arrogate wins world's richest horse race ($7 million)

Climate :

  1. Australian Temperature reaches 47C
  2. Former Newman government 'killed off' profitable climate change company Ecofund
  3. Fears Grow That Climate Conflicts Could Lead to War
  4. Entrepreneurs bringing solar energy systems to farms in developing countries challenge for sustainability charity’s prestigious awards.

Political :

  1. EU : British attempts to “blackmail and divide” EU countries in the run-up to Brexit negotiations will lead to a disastrous “crash-landing” out of the bloc, European politicians have said.
  2. USA : Ann M. Ravel is quitting her term early because of the gridlock that has gripped the panel, offering President Trump an unexpected chance to shape political spending rules.
  3. India : Edappadi Palaniswami’s tenure as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu will be anything but stable
  4. USA : Bernie Sanders in Los Angeles: 'We are looking at a totally new political world'
  5. EU : 'Arrogance and egoism' EU's Tusk launches jaw-dropping attack on Trump after Pence talks
  6. Dutch : A DUTCH MEP has refused to offer a European Union solution to avoid a post-Brexit immigration surge to Britain.
  7. UK : BRITISH MPs are set to debate whether Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK should be cancelled. 
  8. USA : Trump mulls national security adviser pick, White House promises autonomy
  9. Australia : A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen
  10. USA : 'Do everything you can to resist trump, or we will replace you with someone who will' Democrats told
  11. India : The Chief Minister will present 14.20 kg Saligram Haram golden necklace costing about Rs 3.70 crore and 4.65 kg Kanta Abharanam costing Rs 1.20 crore. The Chief Minister had vowed to present gold ornaments to various deities if a separate state of Telangana was achieved.
  12. Sudan : Famine has been declared in South Sudan

Technology :

  1. 5G to be made commercial by 2022
  2. Oppo to Unveil '5x Smartphone Photography Technology' at MWC 2017
  3. For Infosys, slow growth is the real concern today
  4. Flipkart signs cloud partnership with Microsoft Azure
  5. US Inquiries Into Russian Election Hacking Said to Include Three FBI Probes
  6. Xiaomi's In-House Pinecone Processor to Launch on February 28
  7. BharatQR Code Interoperable Payment Acceptance Solution Launched
  8. Vodafone-Idea Merger Agreement Said to Be Likely Finalised Within a Month
  9. Researchers have found a new method to power devices wirelessly and at a distance

Money :

  1. I-T dept to launch phase 2 of 'Operation Clean Money' from March
  2. JEFFERIES: 'Chinese money is going cold on London'
  3. Cash has always been safer than investing in stocks and shares, and the unstable political environment in both Europe and the US could create market volatility

Entertainment :

  1. Actress Nana Ama McBrown and a litany of stars met the former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings – a meeting that was attended by the legendary Nigerian actor Pete Edochie as well
  2. Jolly LLB 2 to soon reach the 100 crore mark
  3. Taranaki's Multi-Ethnic Extravaganza is set to impress next month. On Saturday March 4 the extravaganza will kick off with a colourful parade starting from the Clock Tower on Devon St at 10.30am
  4. David Cassidy appeared to slur his words and fall off the stage during his southern California show Saturday
  5. There’s a baby on the way for Paulina Gretzky and Dustin Johnson
  6. Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday.
  7. Roads, Sidewalks in Hollywood closed ahead of Oscars
  8. Tuesday is the final day for Oscar voting, and on Sunday, the gold statuettes will be handed out at the 89th Academy Awards
  9. Hollywood could be sued for discrimination against female directors
  10. Kajol says relationships are tough when asked about her relationship with Karan Johar

Health :

  1. Scientifically-designed five-day fasting diet by a researcher safely reduced the risk factors for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other age-related diseases.
  2. Ma Jun, perhaps China's best-known environmentalist, thinks US President Donald Trump needs to visit China
  3. It can cause eye irritation, breathing difficulties and heart disease
  4. WC health expands Measles vaccination drive
  5. Dubai health insurance deadline extended to March 31

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