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Indian shares tank, key index sheds 1,000 points
The rupee also hit a fresh two-year low of 66.47 to a dollar
 
Weak global cues and a steep fall in Shanghai stocks, along with concerns over the Indian government's stand on minimum alternate tax (MAT) shaved 1039.34 points, or nearly 3.80 percent, off a key equity index of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at noon on Monday.
 
The rupee also hit a fresh two-year low of 66.47 to a dollar.
 
The 30-share sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE opened sharply lower at 26,730.40 points against the previous close at 27,366.07, plummeted further to 26,326.73 points (12.01 p.m.), to log a loss of 1,039.34 points, or 3.80 percent.
 
The wider, 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange, followed a similar trend and was ruling at 7,985.30 points, with a loss of 314.65 points or 3.79 percent.
 
Each of the 30 shares that go into the Sensex basket, was trading in the red - the lowest loss being 1.33 percent for Hindustan Unilever and the steepest for the state-run GAIL India at 6.98 percent.
 
The realty stocks were the worst hit. The index for this sector was down 6 percent, followed by a loss of 5.40 percent for power, 5 percent for oil and gas, 4.77 percent for banking and 4.45 percent for capital goods.
 
Besides global developments, analysts cautioned that the slide in the rupee value, which closed on Friday at a two-year low of 65.83 to a dollar to breach the 66-mark, also dampened sentiments.
 
"The continued sell-off in the US markets reflects the recent downward momentum for the markets which came amid overarching concerns about developing economies and the outlook for US interest rates," Angel Broking said in a statement.
 
The carnage in the global equities market had its effect on stake sale in the state-run oil refiner-retailer Indian Oil Corp that was subscribed around 55 percent, four hours after bidding began at 9:15 pm. The stock was also quoting below the floor price.
 
At 1:15 p.m., bids were received for 13.96 crore shares, representing 57.5 percent of the 24.28 crore shares which the government proposes to divest at a floor price of Rs.387 a piece. At the Bombay Stock Exchange, around that time, the company's share was quoting at Rs.380.45.
 
The retail portion barely managed around 6 percent, even though the government has offered set aside 20 percent of the shares for them at a discount of 5 of the Cut off price. The non-retail portion fared better with around 70 percent subscription.
 
Bidding closes at 3:30 p.m.
 
The current government holding in Indian Oil Corp, the largest oil retailer in thde country, is 68.57 percent and the proposal is for divesting another 10 percent to raise at least Rs.9,400 crore, taking into accout the floor price of Rs.387 per share. 

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The Forever Fight against Ageing
Only holistic measures to improve one’s consciousness will help, not young blood or young girls
 
A friend of mine sent me an interesting article written by a journalist, Ian Sample, on the above-mentioned subject. At first, I thought the idea is novel and should be a do-able proposition. Later, I realised how foolish the idea was. The article was about an ‘earth-shaking discovery’—that infusing young blood into old/elderly is the treatment for old-age diseases; it also makes the recipient younger morphologically! For a lay-reader, this is very exciting. Who wants to grow old and die? 
 
History is replete with such crazy ideas. The elderly have been getting blood of the youth transfused into themselves, in the hope of staying eternally young—and immortal. All of them came to grief, though. There have been attempts at sleeping with young girls to get ‘rejuvenated’. Most, of course, went to their Maker a bit prematurely, some thanks to sexually transmitted diseases. Our memories are fresh about the macabre stories of young children being kidnapped for sacrificing them to supply blood for the rich old people. 
 
In January 2014, Wyss-Coray set up Alkahest, a company that aims to separate plasma into its constituent parts and combine them into a potent, rejuvenating cocktail. Wrote Ian Sample, “In Silicon Valley, scientists frequently launch start-up companies on the back of early-stage research—an alignment of the commercial and the scientific that some researchers still frown upon.” Sergio Della Sala, a professor at the University of Edinburgh, warns that it can raise a conflict of interest. “Science should first understand then sell,” he said. “We should always be sceptical when these two factors are reversed.” Unfortunately, that is exactly Western reductionist science is all about! Any scientific discovery that has a business possibility even attracts the attention of the Nobel committee. 
 
Real science, or what is called ‘The Reality’, is totally different. The human body cannot be cured or rejuvenated by any one of these reductionist methods. Human body is but the human mind or human consciousness. It can be preserved or rejuvenated by changing the human mind to be altruistic. Pain, even of the severest variety, could be controlled by our own mind helping our forebrain to produce powerful opioids and not by reductionist chemical pain-killers as the layman thinks. Ageing reversal also could be done through our consciousness. Mindful meditation has been scientifically demonstrated to increase the length of the telomeres—the circular bands at the end of chromosomes which keep becoming shorter as age advances. It is believed that this process can reverse ageing.
 
History tells us that if man becomes tranquil and keeps his intellectual powers at the highest level, s/he does not age as fast as those who do not pursue intellectual excellence. Seventeenth century Edinburgh was called the ‘Athens of the North’ with many top intellectuals residing there. Medical history of those times has recorded that some of those people suffered from killer diseases like the plague, smallpox, cholera and typhoid but lived, all the same, into their 90s in good health with their intellects still alert and sharp! Khushwant Singh and Shivaram Karanth are among the few who come to mind immediately; they lived long with clear minds and sharp intellect. 
 
Only holistic measures to improve one’s consciousness (mind) will help and not young blood or young girls. The latter idea could be dangerous as it might bring back the macabre scene of children being kidnapped to keep our greedy rich people alive by our greedy middlemen and even doctors!
 
“Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men.” — Marcus Garvey

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Are You Ready for Windows 10?
After much testing, Windows 10 is here and Microsoft is offering free upgrade
 
Microsoft has started releasing volume licensing for its newest operating system (OS), Windows 10, from August 2015. Microsoft has said that during its first year, Windows 10 would be made available free to users of genuine eligible editions of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update. Since Microsoft has launched Windows 10 as a ‘service’ and not a product, it is worthwhile to look at the new features and usability of this OS. As per initial feedback, Indian users will not been able to use some advanced features like Cortana, the voice-controlled virtual assistant available only in the United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. In addition, several users are complaining that, while upgrading through express setting, Windows 10 changes the default browser to its own Edge instead of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox that you may have been using as default for surfing the Internet.
 
Unlike the previous releases, this new OS is available for upgrading through the Internet. In normal circumstances and download speed, it would take a minimum three hours to upgrade to Windows 10. However, given the state of our broadband service-providers, the download may go on for the entire night. Windows 10 upgrade is a large file—about 3GB—and you may end up consuming your entire monthly quota. So be prepared for additional bill from your ISP as well, unless you have an unlimited download plan. 
 
While upgrading, make sure to scan for compatibility of third-party applications. Third-party applications software that is not compatible with Windows 10 would be removed from the system before upgrade. You can also use a tool created by Microsoft for installing or uninstalling Windows 10. For this, too, you will need Internet connection, sufficient storage space, a blank USB (universal serial bus) or DVD (digital versatile disc) with at least 4GB space (make sure to use a blank media, as all data would be deleted during the media creation process).
 
Hardware: For upgrading to Windows 10, your PC should have 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor, 1GB read-only memory (RAM) for 32-bit version or 2GB for 64-bit version, 16GB storage space for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit OS, a graphics card with DirectX9, or later with WDDM 1.0 driver and a display of minimum 800x600 pixels (the higher the better).
 

Should You Go for It?

According to reviews, Windows 10 offers the stability and usability (read mouse+keyboard) of Windows 7 and touch features of Windows 8. Microsoft has tried to make the transition from PC to tablet, and vice versa, a smooth affair. Nate Ralph, from CNET, says, “As always, there are some quibbles and gripes with the end product, but all-in-all—after living with Windows 10 for months—I can say that it’s a winner. It’s flexible, adaptable and customisable. And it’s been battle-tested by an army of beta testers for the better part of a year, making it one of the most robust operating system rollouts in recent memory.”
 
 “Windows 10 delivers a refined, vastly improved vision for the future of computing with an operating system that’s equally at home on tablets and traditional PCs—and it’s a free upgrade for most users,” CNET says in its review for Windows 10.
 
Woody Leonhard, from Windows Secrets, an online newsletter, has a similar view. “Windows 10 appears to be a qualified success,” he says and adds, “My general advice for Windows 8/8.1 users is to go ahead and install Win10. For Windows 7 users, the recommendation is not so clear-cut. Typically, I tell Win7 users to wait a while. Let us see what Microsoft brings out for the ‘TH2’ update reportedly scheduled for October.” 
 
Windows 10 is more secure, is interesting and useful. However, it depends on you if you want to upgrade from the stable (and only a few issues) Win7 or discard the problematic Win8 for a new one. Since Microsoft offers you a downgrade to your original OS within 30 days after upgrading to Windows 10, go for ‘upgrade’ instead of a clean install and check it out yourself. Also, while upgrading, use the custom setting, instead of express, so that you can make your current, preferred browser as default for surfing the Internet.

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