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Ancient wisdom can keep us from cursing (The Funny Side)
Psychologists say that cursing can alleviate negative feelings, so how can clean-mouthed people avoid missing out? 
 
Your narrator was inspired to create a piece of Zen wisdom the other day: A journey of a thousand miles begins with: "Where's the @#$%ing remote?"
 
Nine hundred and ninety nine miles later, the answer to this question for people with children is (a) in the fridge, (b) in the toilet, (c) in the dog, or, thanks to interstellar wormholes, (d) apparently in a galaxy, far, far away, never to be seen again.
 
Oh, and please excuse the "bad" language in the first paragraph. But I like using symbols like @#$%^&, because readers can insert the "right" type of bad word according to their personal standards.
 
My family members are mild religious people whose strongest curse word is "bothersome", followed by blushes and apologies. My work friends are at the other extreme, and one former journalistic colleague surely popped out of the womb with the words: "What the @#$% just happened?"
 
But you know what? Some people should never use bad words because it just sounds wrong in their mouths. Business commentators are an example. "Share prices fell 'a #$%^-load of points' yesterday, an analyst said. Today's trading will see the index fall by 'a #$%^ of a lot', he added."
 
Some professions have their own swear words. I was once at a meeting where an auditor used the term "non-compliant" and two shocked accountants put their hands to their mouths. If you want to upset musicians, call what they do "karaoke". And if you want to shock any doctor who enters your workplace, say: "Sorry, we don't serve homeopaths."
 
Psychologists say that cursing can alleviate negative feelings, so how can clean-mouthed people avoid missing out? I like the system used in the children's book Fantastic Mr. Fox, where "cuss" is used as a curse. "This is cussing bad," characters say. 
 
I used to know a guy who used a list of avian species to express his feelings. For some reason known only to The Universe, the names of birds make really satisfying curses: Lazy Cisticola, Tufted Titmouse, Warbling Doradito, Brown Trembler, Paltry Tyrannulet, Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Rough Faced Shag, Red Faced Booby, Spangled Drongo, Agile Tit-Tyrant and the like.
 
The fact is that real life can be incredibly bothersome (sorry!), leaving you in danger of losing your cool. But instead of cursing, keep calm by strengthening your inner spirit with modern day Zen sayings. Here are three that serve me well:
 
1) Good judgment comes from bad mistakes, so be sure to make plenty. 2) A good meal and three glasses of red magically turns any restaurant into a karaoke bar. 3) The most important lesson in life world is to just learn to let go. Except maybe for rock climbers. And trapeze artists. And arm wrestlers. And parents crossing the road with small children. And people in tug-of-war contests. Oh never mind.
 
But you can definitely use Zen on kids. When mine were smaller, I gave them a magically powerful piece of ancient wisdom which I'd just made up: "If the name of the day of the week includes 'day', something wonderful is going to happen." That helped them live charmed lives for years.
 
(Nury Vittachi is an Asia-based frequent traveller. Send ideas and comments via Facebook)

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Telecom regulator lowers tariff ceiling for national roaming

“All subscribers will benefit from the reduced ceilings... competitive pricing below the new ceiling levels is expected,” the regulator said in a statement

 

Aiming to give some benefit to mobile phone subscribers, the telecom regulator has reduced tariff ceiling for national roaming calls and messages and has mandated telecom service providers (TSPs) to offer a special roaming tariff plan, an official said here on Thursday.
 
These changes will come into effect from May 1 next.
 
“All subscribers will benefit from the reduced ceilings... competitive pricing below the new ceiling levels is expected,” the regulator said in a statement.
 
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has set the ceiling for outgoing local calls while roaming at 80 paise per minute from Re.1 while it reduced the calling rate to Rs.1.15 per minute from Rs.1.50 a minute for STD calls (inter-circle).
 
Incoming calls on roaming will be charged at the most 45 paise per minute -- from 75 paise charged earlier -- while a maximum of 25 paise per SMS will be charged for a local SMS sent compared to Re.1 charged earlier while on roaming. The STD SMS while on national roaming will cost 38 paise per SMS -- down from Rs.1.50.
 
The new tariff structure will reduce call charges while nationally roaming by 20 percent and messaging charges by 75 percent.
 
National roaming service is the facility provided to a subscriber to avail services subscribed in its home network, while travelling outside the geographical coverage area of the home network, by means of using a visited network. As per the existing framework for telecom access services, the country has been divided into 22 licensed service areas.
 
Tariff for national roaming services were last revised in 2013 through the Telecommunications Tariff Order (55th Amendment), 2013 dated June 17, 2013.
 

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Nifty, Sensex, Bank Nifty charged up by Moody’s – Thursday closing report
All three indices are now expected to drift higher
 
In Wednesday closing report, we mentioned that the uptrend on the NSE’s CNX Nifty is still strong and for it to pause it should close below 8,650. The 50-share benchmark had a gap up opening on Thursday and moved higher. The volatile session, where the index gave up all the intra-day gains twice, finally ended with Nifty closing in the positive after hitting a higher high.
 
The S&P BSE Sensex opened at 28,858 and moved in the range of 28,622 and 28,907 before closing at 28,885 (up 177 points or 0.62%). Nifty opened at 8,756 and moved between 8,682 and 8,786 closed at 8,778 (up 64 points or 0.73%). Bank Nifty was seen trading higher for the almost the entire session. After opening at 18,523, it moved from the low of 18,401 to the high of 18,895 and closed at 18,876 (up 459 points or 2.49%). NSE recorded a volume of 98.86 crore shares. India VIX rose 0.49% to close at 14.4175.
 
The main reason for the rally was that rating agency Moody's Investors Service affirmed India's Baa3 rating. Moody’s changed India's outlook to positive from stable, saying there is an increasing probability that actions by policy makers will enhance the country's economic strength and, in turn, the sovereign's financial strength over coming years. However, the report also highlighted concerns regarding Indian banking sector's asset quality.
 
Monsoon rains are expected to be normal this year, the chief economic adviser at the finance ministry said on Thursday. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will continue to focus on targeting inflation and cannot drop guard, governor Raghuram Rajan said in an interview.
 
Coming back to Indian stock market, Kailash Auto Finance (9.85%) was the top gainer in ‘A’ group on the BSE while Sun Pharma Advanced Research (4.15%) was the top loser in the group.
 
Reliance Industries (3.40%) was the top gainer in the Sensex 30 pack. The company was in news for its find of massive gas reserves at MJ-1 block in its KG-D6 basin. 
 
Sun Pharma (3.21%) was the top loser in Nifty. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoAML) downgraded stocks from pharma sector and said it foresees Sun Pharma to underperform. 
 
US indices closed Wednesday in the green. 
 
The minutes of the Federal Reserve's last meeting showed the Fed was still on course to hike interest rates this year.
 
Asian indices showed mixed performance. Hang Seng (2.70%) was the top gainer while Shanghai Composite (0.93%) was the top loser. 
 
European indices were trading in the green. US Futures were trading flat.
 
German industrial production was up by 0.2% in February from the previous month on a price, seasonally and working day adjusted basis, compared to the expectation of a 0.1% gain, latest data released by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) showed. The output had contracted 0.4% in January.
 
Greece confirmed it will pay a 450 million-euro loan tranche to the International Monetary Fund.

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