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BurnNote: Delete Message Automatically
Many a times, it so happens that you have to communicate something private to a close friend/family member. And you are worried that it may fall into the wrong hands. For example, in an emergency, you need to send your bank 

account number, or your credit card number, to your spouse. You may send it via email, but there is a chance that, after using that information, the recipient does not delete it from the mailbox. Anyone having access to that mailbox can then misuse that information.
 
BurnNote allows a user to send a message to someone in such a manner that the message will be automatically deleted after a predefined number of seconds, once it has been read. So, if you have set it to 180 seconds, the message will destruct itself 180 seconds after it has been read by the recipient. 
 
The implementation is simple. Go to BurnNote.com or the BurnNote app, and fill up a simple registration form. Now, you can compose a mail to anyone and define, say, 180 seconds after reading it, it should self-destruct. If you want to be doubly sure, you can even create a password for accessing the mail. The site will generate a link and you can then copy-paste that link in your regular email. The recipient just needs to click on that link, enter the password (if any) and read the mail as desired. Once the mail has been read, after 180 seconds, the link will be inactive and no longer accessible to either the sender or the receiver. BurnNote can also be made copy-resistant using the Spotlight display option which limits how much of the message is viewable at once.
 
In short, BurnNote puts you in total control of your privacy. Maybe the US government should have used it for their diplomatic cables! https://goo.gl/wGgP0j
 

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To Swear or Not To Swear?
What does one say, as a reaction, to a sudden catastrophe? Or to an unpleasant situation? ‘Oh! S ***’! ‘Bloody Hell’! ‘Damn it’! Some might invoke more colourful words in the local lingo. Does this constitute a criminal liability? Can words import so much attention?
 
The law prohibits the use of certain derogatory words. The Scheduled castes (SC) must not be referred to by their birth, and punishment is severe. It is so not only in India. To address an American-African a ‘black’, is politically correct. But only a black can call another black, a ‘negro’.
 
In India, that is Bharat, to use a caste appellation is punishable only when someone from another (‘higher’) caste utters it. Intra-caste references are not justiciable because all of them must flow as gravity ordains it, from a ‘higher’, to a ‘lower’, caste. One question remains. With so many caste classifications, if say, ‘xxx’ is punishable when used by a non-SC person, would the same be the case if ‘xxx’ is said by a member of the SC, but of a slightly higher denomination, to someone lower down the pecking order? The use of expletives is another matter. ‘Bloody’ was considered profane, until someone came up with its etymology. It’s a short form of ‘Bless our Lady’ and ‘Bless the Lord’, they lamented. Right or wrong, it has now found common usage. So, unfortunately, has the ‘f’ word in daily parlance, but which still is, and will remain, verboten. 
 
When problems arise, real or perceived, on the use of objectionable non-bon-mots, we tap the most human reaction of all. Pass a law. And that is exactly what the American state of Michigan did, in 1897, along with a caveat. Recognising that men being men, and that free speech among friends should be unfettered, swear words were geographically banned. The territorial jurisdiction began within the vicinity of women and children. ‘Earshot’ was the amplitudinal limit. Seventy-five years later, the infamous ‘expletive deleted’ Watergate tapes Nixonised profanity.
 
Hundred and one years passed. The law remained on the statute books. By then, Timothy Boomer had taken to canoeing. He selected a river, Rifle River. But he selected the wrong state; Michigan. As canoes and kayaks go, overturning is an occupational hazard. And Timothy took a hazard hit. 
 
OMG. Rifle River hath seen no fury as a canoeist drenched. As water gushed out of his nose and ears, along came a volley of expletives—close to a mother and her two children. Either the family was too near, or the torrent (of words, not of the water) was a few decibels too high. They heard; Timothy was booked. You be the judge. Would you convict Timothy, wet and forlorn? Or let him off?
 
Guilty as charged, said the jury. Timothy faced 90 days in jail. Luckily, he got off with a small fine and just four days of social service. But the black mark of a conviction remained. He appealed. Judge William Murphy, of Michigan’s Court of Appeals, overturning, stated:
 
“Allowing a prosecution where one utters ‘insulting’ language could possibly subject a vast percentage of the populace to a misdemeanour conviction. We find it unquestionable that [the law], as drafted, reaches constitutionally protected speech, and it operates to inhibit the exercise of First Amendment rights.”
 
The American reliance on ‘The First’ seems to know no bounds. Thank God. But what of our unconstitutional enforcement of forced speech? In today’s vitiated atmosphere, not saying something invites the threat of decapitation. Silence is no longer golden. It is, now, a cross too huge to bear. Like so much else, Muteness is banned. Sound must prevail. Sound-bytes, actually. Will each new dispensation introduce a novel jingo-lingo? Why worry? No need for optics to shout. In fact, visual (and mental) incapacity should be a boon. As for Michigan, did it ever enforce the law against any woman for seething within audibility of other women? Gender bias, dammit! Expletive deleted.

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Nifty has to close above 7,757 for the downtrend to end
We had mentioned in Tuesday’s closing report that Nifty, Sensex were headed lower and that Nifty would have to close above 7,795 for the bulls to end the current decline. The major indices of the Indian stock markets were largely trading in the red on Wednesday and closed 0.5%-07% lower than Tuesday’s close. The trends of the major indices in the course of Wednesday’s trading are given in the table below:
 
 
Negative global cues, along with lower crude oil prices and caution ahead of quarterly results, depressed the Indian equity markets on Wednesday. The key indices opened on a flat-to-negative note, in-sync with their Asian peers. The equity markets also took cues from the negative close of the US and European indices on Tuesday. Asian markets remained subdued after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned about the possibility of a slowdown in China and Japan. Besides, profit booking and caution ahead of Q4 (fourth quarter) results dampened sentiments. The BSE market breadth was tilted in favour of the bears -- with 1,777 declines and 792 advances.
 
Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power has bagged a 750 MW natural gas-based project in Bangladesh, with a potential investment of around $1.3 billion, touted as the largest for the South Asian country. "Under the approval, the first phase of 750 MW plant will be set up at Meghnaghat in Narayanganj district, some 40 km south-east of Dhaka, with a floating storage and regasification terminal at Maheshkhali Island in the Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh," a Reliance Power statement said. "The first phase will be commissioned in 24 months from the zero date, in 2018-19, the company added. According to company officials, Reliance Power proposes to install the same equipment that was procured globally for the combined cycle power project at Samalkot in Andhra Pradesh, including those supplied by General Electric. Reliance Power shares closed at Rs49.75, down 3.12% on the BSE.
 
Adani Power on Tuesday reported a 64% increase in consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter of 2015-16 at Rs.1,173.39 crore as compared to Rs.715.05 crore for the corresponding period of 2014-15. Consolidated total income for the quarter was Rs.7,456 crore while its EBITDA for the quarter stood at Rs.3,271 crore, the company said in a statement. "Consolidated net profit for the year (2015-16) is Rs.488 crore as compared to the net loss of Rs.816 crore in the previous year," the power producer said, adding that consolidated total income increased by 29% to Rs.25,433 crore as against Rs.19,791 crore in 2014-15. Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani said that the company would remain to expanding towards the goal of achieving a thermal power generation capacity of 20,000 MW by 2020. Adani Power shares closed at Rs30.45, down 3.94% on the BSE.
 
The top gainers and top losers of the major indices are given in the table below:
 
 
The closing values of the major Asian indices are given in the table below:
 

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