Citizens' Issues
Disabled have divine ability, government scheme in Guinness records: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said physically challenged people have a "divine ability" and urged people to change the way to address them. He also said the government's "Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme" has received a place in the Guinness World Records as the largest such scheme.
The action plan of 'Start-up India, Stand-up India' will be launched on January 16, Modi said, as he greeted the nation on Christmas and New Year.
Addressing the public in his last monthly radio address "Mann Ki Baat" for 2015, Modi said: "Start-up India, Stand-up India has brought new opportunity for the youth of our country. Be it manufacturing, service sector or agriculture, this new initiative will bring in new ideas, new ways, and new innovations." 
"The action plan of 'Start-up India, Stand-up India' will be launched on January 16. A blueprint will be presented on that day," he said while extending his "greetings for Christmas and New Year to every citizen of India".
Modi urged the public to change the way physically challenged people are addressed. 
"We often address the physically challenged people as handicapped, disabled and specially-abled. But sometimes, when we get introduced to them, we get to know that they are endowed with 'extra power' which can't be seen with bare eyes," he said.
"Then this idea came to my mind: why don't we use the term 'Divyang' (divine body) instead of 'Viklang' for the physically challenged people?"
Modi said they are endowed with an ability which is divine. "Normal people like us are not gifted with such powers."
On the government's "Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme", he said it has received a place in the record book as the largest direct benefit transfer scheme.
"It gives me immense pleasure to announce that the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme has recently found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and it has been implemented successfully."
As of now, already Rs.40,000 crore has been transferred to the accounts of the beneficiaries through different schemes, he said.
"I believe about 35-40 schemes are being integrated with the direct benefit transfer scheme."
Observing that there has been little discussion over fundamental duties in the country, Modi invited people's views on it by the Republic Day.
"There is a lot of discussion on fundamental rights and there should be. But there is very little discussion on fundamental duties. Our Constitution gives importance to duties as well."
He called on schools and colleges to hold essay-writing and poetry competitions on the topic "duties" before January 26. 
Modi asked people to express their views on duties on the '' portal, so that he could learn what they think.
He also said that before Republic Day, people should take on the task of cleaning up the statues of various personalities located in various cities, towns and villages.
He also sought ideas from the youth about the 'National Youth Festival' that will commence on January 12, marking the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
In his bid to reach out to the people, Modi invited people to connect with him by downloading the 'Narendra Modi App'.
On cleanliness, he stressed the need to pay attention to tourist spots.
"We must ensure cleanliness at tourist places," Modi said citing a letter by Ganesh V. Sawaleshwarkar from Pune.
He said Ganesh raised a vital point on the importance of cleanliness at tourist places and pilgrimage sites.
Modi welcomed Ganesh's suggestion, saying clean tourist spots will contribute to building a better image of India in the world. He said many foreigners come to visit the country during the festival season.
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article. 


Buying Tech Devices
A better processor, RAM and battery power will make your latest tech device last longer
Most people spend on tech products on impulse and regret later. For example, a friend bought a device with 1GB (gigabyte) RAM (random access memory) and 8GB in-built memory, when another handset with 2GB RAM and 16GB in-built memory and similar features was available at almost the same price. Anyone would tell you that a device with lower RAM will lag behind compared to one with higher RAM; yet, my friend ended up with this device due to impulse buying. This holds true for in-built memory as well. Out of the 8GB RAM, the OS, in-built apps, contacts and message storage eats up around 4GB, leaving mere 4GB space for the user. So, the user ends up cleaning or un-installing apps all the time.
How does one overcome these technical issues while buying a mobile handset or gadget? The simple rule is always look, or buy, into the future. This means checking if another mobile costing a few rupees more offers you a better processor or higher RAM or good-quality screen and ample in-built memory. Also, understand that the lifespan of the current generation of smartphones is very short. Therefore, you may be tempted to replace your current device next year instead of after two-three years. You can avoid this, if your current device or the next device is future-ready and will not lag behind in performance over the next year or so. But, remember, the statutory warning (like for financial products): “Past performance is no guarantee of future…”
Now let us review what happened in 2015: A few noteworthy happenings include the launch of Android Marshmallow (Android 6). Samsung is trying to regain the market in the under-Rs15,000 segment. In 2015, it launched its ‘J’ and ‘On’ series of mobiles. Mobiles in both these series are priced over Rs6,000. However, stay away from some of the low-RAM and low-memory devices. Also, several smart watches were launched in 2015; but, so far, they have received a lukewarm response from price-conscious Indian buyers. People here prefer to buy a smartphone instead of a smart watch that is priced at the same level. 
While Google is rolling out Marshmallow updates on Nexus devices, other manufacturers are working (modifying) on the OS (operating system). By mid-2016, most Android-run devices will feature this updated OS. After gaining some foothold in low- and mid-range devices, Microsoft is now targeting the higher price market with its Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. But only time will tell if it can compete with the likes of Samsung Note 4 and S6 Edge, Apple iPhone6 or 6 plus and Sony Xperia Z3. Frankly, instead of paying Rs43,699 for Lumia 950, an Indian buyer will get a new Windows 10-based laptop. Nevertheless, it is a good attempt by Microsoft to widen its range of offerings.
Three noteworthy devices launched in 2015 include Coolpad Note 3, Xiaomi Mi 4i and Gionee Marathon M5. Coolpad Note3 is the first device in India to feature 3GB RAM and fingerprint scanner in the under-Rs10,000 category. Xiaomi’s Mi 4i received a good response, especially from online buyers, due to the massive discount and exchange offers. Gionee is, again, setting new standards in battery capacity with its M5 handset from Marathon series. As the name suggests, the M5 boasts a 6,020mAh battery that can last for more than a day. In addition, M5 can be used as a power-bank to recharge other devices. Gionee Marathon M5 is priced at Rs17,999. 
So, what is in store for mobile devices in 2016? Expect 4G becoming the keyword, though you may not get connectivity at that speed. In terms of prowess, Octa-Core processors, 3GB RAM and 13 MP cameras will become basic requirements, while full high definition (HD, 1920x1080 pixel) will gain more ground. While higher capacity batteries may not gain entry into the mass market, solar-powered chargers would become more visible across the country. 



ashish tamboli

1 year ago

Respected Yogesh Sir,

I want to purchase smart phone in between range Rs13000-20000 please suggest model name and company.



Simple Indian

1 year ago

Mobile technology has been improving rapidly in the past few years. So, even a top-end phone like Apple's iPhone becomes outdated in 6 months to 1 year, by when Apple comes out with the newer version. Hence, the shelf-life of mobiles is just about 1-2 years, unlike earlier, when one could use a Nokia handset for 3-4 years. So, while it's always good to compare specs while buying a new mobile phone, one should also consider what they will do with it. Buying an expensive phone and not using its core features is a waste of money. Similarly, buying a budget phone to cut costs, which doesn't serve the purpose, is also useless. It's best to list out one's needs and then zero in on the phone(s) which offer those features.

Vaibhav Trivedi

1 year ago

The most important factor in buying a smart phone is its CPU architecture.

Always check the CPU architecture type either on Google or specific sites such as gsmarena.

Example of architecture: ARM A6, A9, A15 etc.. Higher the number better the performance and more expensive the phone. For any type comparison use google.

A 2GB RAM on A9 will be much better than a 3GB RAM on A6 type.

Lastly, if you are not into technically modifying your phone then ensure that you buy a phone which has AT LEAST 4GB of System Reserved memory (this is unavailable to you for your use).

Of course, RAM is important.

Ninth edition of annual EDM festival Sunburn kicks-off in Goa
Sunburn Goa 2015, the ninth edition of the annual Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival, witnessed a gush of Indian and foreign tourists in the coastal state as the fest kicked-off with a lot of energy and high-octane music.
Ranked amongst the world's biggest music festivals, the four-day fest kickstarted at the Vagator Beach here on Sunday.
In total, there are five themed stages at the festival -- which I Label Stage, Experimental Stage, Techno/Deep House Stage, Psy Stage and a 200-feet Main Stage, titled "Empire Of The Sun".
The "Empire Of The Sun" draws inspiration from Indian ethnicity with the cranium of Ashoka taking centre stage on a chariot, heralding the 10th year anniversary of the dance music brand.
On the first day, artists like Dyro, Nucleya, Paji, Paperqueen and Juliet Sikora enthralled the audience with their revolutionary beats.
Dutch artist Sam Feldt created magic on the Main Stage when he played an amazing collection of refreshing deep house songs and warm tropical house hits.
World's top spot holder on annual "Top 100 DJs" poll, Belgian DJ duo of Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, headlined the first day with their famous hits like "Waves", "Wakanda" and "Mammoth" as the people at the venue danced their hearts out amid thumping beats, lasers, confetti and flashing lights.
With food courts, adventure sports, flea market and exotics bars on-site camping, a first time concept in India is a major attraction at this year's festival.
Campers, who came to get "sunburnt" at Asia's largest festival, were positioned atop the hills, getting a panoramic view of the entire venue.
Other international DJs like Headhunterz, Tube & Berger and Liquid Soul also unleashed their electrifying sets on the opening day.
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.


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