Muslims, Settlers To Play Key Role In Polls In Hyderabad Region: Experts

Muslims, Settlers To Play Key Role In Polls In Hyderabad Region: Experts

Muslims and the “settlers” from the coastal and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh are likely to play a crucial role in the electoral fortunes of the candidates in 24 constituencies falling under the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

In the 2014 Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had won nine seats, Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) seven, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) five and Telangana’s ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had won three seats.

The TDP and the BJP were in an alliance in 2014. For the upcoming Telangana Assembly polls, the N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP has struck an electoral pact with the Congress.

In the December 7 election, all the nine MLAs of the TDP, who had left the party subsequently, are contesting on TRS tickets.

Mr Naidu has been campaigning vigorously in the region for the candidates of the Congress-led “Praja Kutami” or the grand alliance, also comprising the TDP, the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI).

Mr Naidu has also addressed poll meetings along with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the GHMC areas, which have over 40 lakh voters.

The AIMIM, which counts the old city as its stronghold, has fielded eight candidates in the region and is supporting the TRS in the remaining seats.

The K Chandrasekhar Rao-led TRS has described the AIMIM as a “friendly party” and said it would have “friendly contests” in the seats where the Owaisi-led party has fielded its nominees.

AIMIM MLC Syed Aminul Hasan Jafri said Muslims constituted 12.7 per cent of Telangana’s population and in the 24 constituencies in the GHMC areas, it was 30 per cent.

“The Congress’s tie-up with the TDP, which was a BJP ally until recently, may not gel well with the Muslim voters. Not only that, since the beginning, not many members of the minority community have voted for the TDP.

“Constituencies like Rajendranagar, Maheswaram, Serilingampalli, Kukatpally, Kutbullapur, Malkajgiri, Uppal and LB Nagar have large numbers of minority voters who certainly have a say,” he told PTI.

Most of the constituencies located in the GHMC area have a large number of people from Andhra Pradesh, also called the “settlers”, accounting for about 20 per cent of the total votes.

The TDP, which is being projected by the TRS as an “Andhra party”, is contesting in some of the key constituencies in the area such as Serilingampalli, Kukatpally and Uppal.

Mr Naidu’s party, which largely banks on the votes of the “settlers”, has fielded party founder NT Rama Rao’s granddaughter Nandamuri Suhasini from Kukatpally.

Political analyst and former MLC Nageswar said the “settlers” would certainly play a decisive role in the electoral outcome in these seats, but they might not vote en masse for any particular party, given the “diverse social structure”.

He pointed out that the TRS had won 100 seats in the GHMC polls largely due to the votes of the “settlers”.

“They (settlers) may not vote for the TRS now, unlike the way they had done in the GHMC polls. At the same time, they may also not vote for the TDP en masse. A particular community, which has got the backing of the TDP, may vote for it, but there are other influential communities which may desist it,” Mr Nageswar said.

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Guy proposes to girlfriend. Drops ring in gutter. New York Police tracks him down and saves the day

This guy mistakenly dropped the ring in a gutter while proposing to his girlfriend.

Nothing can come in between of you and your happiness when your love is true. And what happened to this couple in New York just proved it.

A man proposing to his girlfriend at the famous Times Square in New York was in for a rude shock when the ring slipped from his finger accidentally and fell into the gutter right below his feet.

The man tried a little bit to extract the ring out of the gutter but unfortunately couldn’t, so the upset couple just went their way and forgot about the ring.

The entire scene was captured in a CCTV footage by a camera installed nearby. The New York Police Department aka NYPD got hold of that video and immediately got into action. They extracted the ring out of the gutter and then began the real challenge.

They posted the video on their Twitter page and asked people to recognize the couple if they could, because the couple had not filed any request with the police.

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School Teachers Can Help Increase Physical Activity In Kids

School Teachers Can Help Increase Physical Activity In Kids

Involvement of teachers as participants in school recess — leading games, monitoring play and ensuring conflicts — may boost kid’s physical activity, a new study has found.

Recess is seen by educators and policymakers as a valuable part of a child’s school day, in part because physical activity plays an important role in helping to curb high child obesity rates.

The findings, published in the journal Preventive Medicine Reports, suggested that students are more likely to be active and engaged during longer recess periods.

“While recess is often perceived as a break for students and teachers alike, it can also be an opportunity for teachers and students to interact in more informal settings, for teachers to model healthy behaviour and appropriate social skills and for students and teachers to develop stronger relationships,” said lead author William Massey, Assistant Professor at the Oregon State University in the US.

For the study, the team outfitted 146 children in grades 4-6 from seven schools with fitness tracking devices to monitor their physical activity during the school day, including recess.

They examined several variables that affect both a child’s engagement in recess activities and the amount of physical activity they netted during recess periods.

The researchers also observed recess activity for 8,340 students at nine schools and analysed the quality of the recess environment and the students’ engagement in activities.

They found that the average recess period was nearly 23 minutes and that students averaged just under 42 steps per minute during recess. The researchers also found that boys averaged about 10 more steps per minute than girls in each recess period.

Overall, recess contributed to 27 per cent of the students’ daily step count average, even though it made up just 5.6 per cent of the children’s school day. The researchers also found that boys were more engaged in recess than girls.

“This study underscores the importance of a high quality recess experience for children, including the need for adults who are actively engaged with the children on the playground,” Massey noted.

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Risks Of Epidemics Rise In Kerala As Flood Water Recedes

Risks Of Epidemics Rise In Kerala As Flood Water Recedes

As Kerala continues to battle the worst flood disaster, it faces yet another fear: epidemics.

Health experts say as the flood water recedes, the state may have to cope with waterborne and vectorborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, malaria, hepatitis and other fevers.

“Most houses are submerged and the people are living in relief camps where it is very difficult to maintain hygiene. So, there are chances of getting infected by typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, hepatitis A and E,” said Ashok Grover, Internal Medicine, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali.

According to the directorate of health services (DHS), Kerala, the state has already recorded 846 cases of dengue fever, 191,945 cases of acute diarrhea disease (ADD), 518 cases of malaria, 34 cases of chikungunya and 225 cases of leptospirosis (infection from animals).

“Stagnant water is the source of mosquitoes and other insects. Diseases like malaria and dengue don’t take much time to spread in relief camps,” said Amitabh Parti, Additional Director, Internal Medicine, Fortis Memorial Research Institute.

The health experts also warn that not just waterborne and vectorborne diseases, other diseases such as skin allergies, ENT problems and conjunctivitis may emerge, too.

Fever, chills, abdominal pains, vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration and fatigue are some of the early symptoms for both waterborne and vectorborne diseases.

“Such illnesses can be controlled before turning into major epidemics by maintaining hygiene in the relief camps. No raw fruit or food should be consumed. It is better to eat only well-cooked food. However, maintaining hygienic conditions in such an atmosphere is difficult,” Parti said.

“Washing hands is a must. Also consuming more fluids is recommended to resist falling prey to the epidemic-prone diseases. One must take ORS and other liquids such as fresh lime and coconut water,” Grover said.

The doctors recommend medicines only after medical tests.

As a preventive step, the Ministry of Health and Welfare is also taking measures to combat communicable disease.

According to the ministry, it has already set up 3,757 medical camps in Kerala and shared health advisories on infectious diseases.

“While no outbreak of any communicable disease has been reported, health experts warn that once floodwater recedes, the environment will become conducive to epidemic diseases,” said the ministry on Sunday.

The Health Ministry said it has also sent the first batch of 90 types of medicines as requested by the state.

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Chemotherapy may lead to early menopause in women with lung cancer

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Chemotherapy may cause acute amenorrhea leading to early menopause in women with lung cancer, according to a new study.

The study is the first to comment on amenorrhea rates in women below 50. It concludes that women with lung cancer, who desire future fertility, should be educated about risks and options before starting treatment.

Premenopausal women with lung cancer may want children and should consult their healthcare providers about options for embryo and oocyte cryopreservation, the gold standard for fertility preservation.

The study included 182 premenopausal women (average age at diagnosis, 43 years). The Mayo Clinic Epidemiology and Genetics of Lung Cancer Research Program surveyed women between 1999 and 2016 at diagnosis and annually thereafter about their menstrual status. Types of lung cancer treatments were recorded, and frequencies of self-reported menopause at each survey were calculated.

The results suggested that chemotherapy for patients with lung cancer increases the risk of the early loss of menses in survivors.

Executive director of NAMS, Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton said, “Although more definitive research is needed, premenopausal women who need chemotherapy for lung cancer appear to have a similar risk of amenorrhea, early menopause, and loss of fertility as premenopausal women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer and lymphoma.”

“I agree that premenopausal patients with lung cancer need to be educated about the risk for chemotherapy-related amenorrhea, menopause issues (hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and bone loss), and the potential loss of fertility before chemotherapy is initiated,” he added.

The full findings are present in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society.

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10 golden rules to follow for success in your career

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Successful professional traits

There are hundreds of skills available and many alternate paths to success depending on the career you choose and the approach that works best for you. However, there is a common trait that defines successful professionals.

Irrespective of backgrounds, domains or circumstances they cultivated a few good habits that they followed daily. This defined their personality and created their success. Simple routines repeated daily have a compounding effect over time and get you results you desire.

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Limited willpower

You do not have infinite will power or unlimited mental energy. Too many decisions in a short time can reduce your decision-making ability. Consider Steve Jobs who would wear a black turtleneck and blue jeans daily, thus freeing up cognitive energy for important stuff.

Make small positive choices and continue for a month to have them show up in your behaviour and become habits. Multiple successful habits contribute more to success than accomplishing any single big task.

accomplishing any single big task.

​Be coachable

​Be coachable

Knowledge and skills are tools that earn you an income and help you achieve career goals. Hence make it a priority to constantly expand your knowledge. To do so, first become coachable. Train yourself to not react in the face of criticism and to learn from every person you meet.

Develop the habit of daily reading. Get yourself a mentor. Seize every opportunity to train on new skills. Benchmark every day against your previous self and aim to be slightly better each time.

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​Increase your energy

​Increase your energy

Any student of physics will tell you that energy gets work done. Hence the more energy you have, the more you get done. Increase energy levels by eating right and exercising regularly.

Maximise your emotional energy by investing in family, friends and a hobby or two. Meanwhile your coachability takes care of learning and mental energy levels.

​Acquire this insurance policy

​Acquire this insurance policy

Attitude is the insurance policy that gets you promoted and retained. Know that if you are a star sales person you can afford to throw a few tantrums, treat others poorly and get away with it for some time till the company has a critical need for you.

You will be cast aside when the tide turns and someone else with a fantastic attitude will continue to rise.

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​Find purpose in a marshmallow

​Find purpose in a marshmallow

Seeking happiness or joy is overrated. The Stanford Marshmallow experiment proved that people who delay gratification—let go of an immediate joy or small rewards in favour of a larger reward in the future—achieve better life outcomes.

It is possible to choose delayed gratification without much effort only when you have a larger purpose or meaning in your career. Create a purpose bigger than your income and it will give you the sense of urgency to progress faster.

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​Connect

​Connect

Work on your communication with others. It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert or an extrovert. Ask questions when you do not understand something.

Thank your manager for his guidance. Sell your output and yourself to your employer. Listen without judgment when someone is trying to communicate. Stay silent when you need to absorb.

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​Keep your buckets separate

​Keep your buckets separate

Your life is multi-dimensional but to succeed you need to live in the moment. Keep family and work buckets separate. Don’t carry your frustrations from one to another. Similarly, distinguish between friends and colleagues and treat them differently.

Do not do personal work during office time. Take ownership of your role without confusing it with individual tasks. Buckets that leak into each other lead to poor choices and outcomes.

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​Work right

​Work right

So you have decided to work hard. Have you thought about when and where you will work hard?

Look for the right openings for constant learning and growth and put your efforts to work in the right place and time when the opportunity arises.

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​Reach 15 min early

​Reach 15 min early

Practice reaching work or a meeting 15 minutes early.

Not only does the extra time come handy in contingencies but also the magical 15 minutes before a commitment gets you in the right frame of mind, conveys a fabulous impression and multiplies the possibilities of chance encounters and openings that are not available to others.

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​Fulfil your first responsibility

​Fulfil your first responsibility

You are your first responsibility. Hence prioritise your needs of visualising your future, choosing values and principles that align to that future and figuring out who you need to be to get there.

Now define the actions you are going to take and convert them into habits. Once you take responsibility for helping yourself first, you are available for your own success and for others.

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Tens of thousands of children in England rejected for mental health treatment

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More children than ever are seeking specialist mental health treatment in England but tens of thousands are being turned away despite evidence of self-harm or abuse, according to a report.

An investigation by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) found that referrals to children’s mental health services in England had increased by 26% over the last five years – but nearly one in four of those were rejected, meaning that at least 55,000 children were not accepted for treatment in 2017-18 alone.

Most of those were rejected because their condition was not regarded as serious enough to meet eligibility criteria – including young people who had experienced abuse or showed evidence of self-harm.

The report also found that even those who were accepted faced long delays in getting treatment. Children in London are having to wait more than two months on average, well above the government’s target of four weeks.

“This report shows a significant increase in demand for children’s mental health services over the last five years, even as many local authorities are having to cut back on the services they are providing. This is very worrying and could lead to increased access problems,” said David Laws, the former Liberal Democrat minister who now chairs the EPI.

The EPI collected the data through a series of freedom of information requests to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and local authorities. Responses were received from 54 out of 60 services and 111 of 152 local authorities.

Whitney Crenna-Jennings, the author of the report, said there was little evidence of any significant improvement in access to children’s mental services, although it does find a small reduction in the very longest waiting times.

“There continues to be a significant postcode lottery in the proportion of referrals accepted into specialist care and waiting times to treatment, with long waits in some areas,” the report notes, with the longest reported being 188 days.

The collected data showed that between a fifth and a quarter of children referred were deemed “inappropriate” for specialist treatment, with the most common reasons being that their condition was not suitable or serious enough.

“This bleak picture of vulnerable young people being turned away from specialist mental health services or facing long waiting times for treatment is all too familiar to schools,” said Anna Cole of the Association of School and College Leaders.

“The difficulty in accessing these vital services means that schools and teachers are frequently supporting and caring for young people in severe distress, even to the extent of having to take them to A&E because they have been unable to access timely specialist support.”

Treatment criteria vary widely between services and regions. In some cases children were turned down for support if they had not engaged with other services, if they only demonstrated difficulties at school, or if they displayed “normal” responses to traumatic events such as abuse or bereavement.

“Overwhelmingly, providers reported no or limited follow-up after a referral was deemed inappropriate – only a minority contacted other services deemed more appropriate and a small minority checked whether the young person had accessed other support,” the report found.

“The fact that self-harm is not always sufficient to trigger access to specialist services clearly signals that wider preventive services are needed.”

Paul Whiteman, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said teachers were having to re-refer the majority of children who were turned down. “The reason given in most cases, that the problem is ‘not serious enough’, simply isn’t okay. Early intervention is vital when it comes to mental health,” he said.

“The government is taking steps to improve mental health services for children and young people, and its mental health green paper takes the right approach. But it is doesn’t go far enough quickly enough.

“New funding and training isn’t going to reach the vast majority of areas for more than five years. Children need help now.”

A quarter of local authorities said they had cut services related to young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing. Among the programmes cut were community-based early intervention services, school-based programmes to support children with mild or moderate mental health difficulties, and counselling and support for vulnerable young people.

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Smartphone Users in India Consuming 1GB Data a Day on Average: Nielsen

Smartphone Users in India Consuming 1GB Data a Day on Average: Nielsen

Smartphone users in India are consuming an average 1GB data per day – from an average 4GB a month not long ago – and spending more than 90 minutes on online activities daily across the entry-level, mid-range and premium segments, a Nielsen India report said on Thursday. Additionally, the report said the average selling price of mobile phones is rising too thanks to growing demand for affordable smartphones.

India has emerged among the most preferred smartphone markets in the world owing to affordable handset prices and low-cost data penetration, triggering a huge replacement demand among the customers across segments, the Nielsen Smartphone 2018 report added.

“The advent of high-speed 4G Internet, less-expensive mobile handsets and a correction in call data charges have encouraged the speedy adoption of smartphones in India,” said Abhijit Matkar, Director-Technology IPG – Nielsen India.

To meet the demand of the mass market, new Chinese and Indian handset makers have launched affordable handsets which are under Rs. 5,000.

“This sudden influx of affordable smartphones created a whole segment of new consumers who either upgraded from feature phones or were new mobile users altogether,” Matkar said in a statement.

When it comes to app usage, chat and VoIP apps dominate usage across customer segment followed by browser apps.

Interestingly, uTorrent Beta app dominates across categories when it comes of consumption of data, followed by YouTube across customer segments, the findings showed.

The smartphone users spend more than 90 minutes a day on online activities while the premium segment takes the usage up to 130 minutes per day.

“The price of handsets and data is emerging as a remarkable surrogate for monitoring the ever-widening set of users and their smartphone usage, thereby facilitating business and marketing strategy for better return on investment (ROI)”, Matkar added.

Despite the availability of economically-priced smartphones, average smartphone prices are still increasing.

“In fact, the average cost has steadily risen from about Rs. 7,700 in 2015 to about Rs. 10,000 in 2017,” said the report.

The appetite for data consumption has risen over the last 15 to 18 months. The highest engagement occurs on apps that consume a lot of data like Facebook, WhatsApp Messenger, Instagram, and Google Chrome, the report added.

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Xiaomi Sells Record 2.5 Million Products in 2.5 Days During Flipkart, Amazon, Mi.com Sales, Company Says

Xiaomi Sells Record 2.5 Million Products in 2.5 Days During Flipkart, Amazon, Mi.com Sales, Company Says

E-commerce websites Flipkart and Amazon are in the middle of their biggest annual sales and it is pouring offers on a plethora of products. The Flipkart Big Billion Days and Amazon Great Indian Festivalsale are offering discounts and other deals on a varied range of products across several brands, one of the most popular being Xiaomi. The Chinese manufacturer claims to have sold over 2.5 million devices within two and a half days during the sales. The Xiaomi products include smartphones, Mi LED TVs, Mi Band 3, Mi Power Banks, Mi Earphones, Mi Routers, and other Mi Ecosystem and accessory products that were sold across the Amazon and Flipkart sales, as well as, Mi.com’s Mi Super Sale.

Xiaomi says that the record number of sales was achieved between 12pm on October 9 and 7pm on October 11. To put the numbers in perspective, the company claimed that it managed to sell more than two million smartphones during the duration and it is the highest number of handsets that the company has ever sold in that mentioned period. To recall, last year, Xiaomi had claimed to have sold 1 million smartphones during the first two days of festive sale between September 20 and 22 September, across the same platforms.

Additionally, Xiaomi sold over 100,000 Mi LED TV units and over 400,000 Mi Ecosystem products and accessories in the duration. It is also claimed to be the highest number of Mi LED TV units Xiaomi has sold in a period of 2.5 days.

Xiaomi said that its products had special achievements in the Amazon India sale. Some of its devices achieved bestseller status in their respective categories on the platform. The Redmi 6A smartphone was the best selling product across all categories, Xiaomi said. Also, all the ten bestselling smartphones on Amazon were Xiaomi smartphones. Meanwhile, Mi LED TV became the top bestseller in the TV category, Mi Band 3 in the Wearable category, Mi Power Bank in the power banks category, Mi Home Security Camera in the home security category, and Mi Air Purifier 2S in the air purifier category.

Raghu Reddy, Head of Categories and Online Sales, Xiaomi India said in a release, “We have witnessed tremendous success during our festive season year on year, and this year has been yet another incredible one with our products seeing wonderful performance in less than two and a half days. We are thrilled, and equally humbled by all the love we received from our customers and Mi Fans across India, and we hope we continue to contribute immensely to the joyous celebrations of our customers and their loved ones, by offering them the best of our innovative products. We hope that with each passing milestone, we are able to provide smiles to millions of our customers during this festive season.”

Notably, the Xiaomi smartphones that are a part of the festive season offers include Mi Mix 2, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Poco F1, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi Y2, Mi A2, and other products include Mi LED Smart TV 4A, Mi LED TV 4C Pro, Mi TV 4A Pro, 10000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i, 20000mAh Mi Power Bank 2i, and Mi Band – HRX Edition.

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EMUI 9.0 arrives in India with market-specific features

Huawei teased the EMUI 9.0 based on Android Pie behind closed doors at IFA 2018 in Berlin. The new user interface will be officially introduced to the global audience at the Huawei Mate 20 launch in London next week, but the marketing departments all over the world already started with the local introductions.

Latest info comes from India where the Huawei branch just introduced EMUI 9.0 with market-specific features. The update will bring local languages support, Indian national calendar and deeper Paytm integration.

Other features that come with EMUI 9.0 include better one-hand operations and faster app launch speeds. There will be a new password vault to securely store passwords, faces, and fingerprints and of course all phones will get GPU Turbo 2.0 with even faster touchscreen responsiveness and improved connectivity.

The user interface will introduce the Indian users to HiVision – a camera app that recognizes major landmarks and famous paintings and proveides more info through an AR platform, while the Digital Balance panel is simply the Digital Wellbeing feature from the stock Android that allows you to monitor your screen time and to limit it, if needed.

The press message from Huawei did not clarify which devices are about to get the firmware, but if we can trust earlier rumors, the Kirin 970-powered devices will be first in line – Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design, Honor 10, Honor View 10, and Honor Play.

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