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Online application process for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra starts
New Delhi : The process for online application for this year's Kailash Manasarovar Yatra has begun, the ministry of external affairs announced on Wednesday.
 
The ministry said applicants should access the website http://kmy.gov.in to file their application online.
 
The 2016 Yatra is planned between June 12 and September 9 through Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand and Nathu La Pass in Sikkim, it said in a statement.
 
It said the route via Lipulekh Pass would involve extensive trekking of about 200 km costing about Rs.160,000 per person and will be conducted in 18 batches of 60 pilgrims each. 
 
The route through Nathu La pass, which is motorable, will cost about Rs.200,000 per person and will be conducted in seven batches of 50 pilgrims each.
 
“Age limit for applicants is between 18 and 70 years as on January 1, 2016,” the ministry statement said. 
 
“Applicants can opt for either of the routes. Senior citizens will have priority on the Nathu La route. First time applicants, senior citizens and medical doctors will be given priority.”
 
It said applicants for this Yatra would be selected and assigned routes and batches “through a fair, computer-generated, gender-balanced selection process”. 
 
Applicants can get information, and track the status of their application through the helpline number 011-24300655.
 
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Dole out cash to workers if you want them fit
New York : Fit workers lead to better productivity and if you want your employees to be physically active, start rewarding them with financial incentives, a team of researchers including an Indian-origin scientist has said.
 
According to the researchers, the combined incentive scheme worked best at getting people to exercise more as providing individual rewards may be less effective because there is not enough social reinforcement from peers. 
 
"Better to try a combination of individual and team incentives," said Mitesh Patel from University of Pennsylvania.
 
"The findings provide a better understanding of how team-based models and financial incentives can be used to change people's behaviour towards better health and how physical activity interventions and wellness programs can be better designed," added Patel in the paper published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. 
 
For the study, the researchers challenged 304 employees from an organisation in Philadelphia and divided them into 76 four-member teams to take at least 7,000 steps a day. 
 
Participants received daily feedback on how well they fared. Smartphones were also found to be a hassle-free and more objective way to monitor a person's physical activity. 
 
The results showed that the combined incentive scheme worked best at getting people to exercise more. 
 
Participants in this group averaged 5,280 steps per day -- 1,446 steps more than the control group. 
 
People tend to be more engaged when they are offered variable rewards such as through a lottery or drawing than through a constant payment, the authors noted. 
 
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Government buying boosts tablet PCs sale in India: Report
New Delhi : Thanks to government buying, the sale of tablet PCs in India rose marginally in 2015 with 4.4 million devices sold across the country -- registering a growth of 13 percent over 2014, a report said on Wednesday.
 
According to the "India Annual Tablet PC Market Review, CY 2015" by market research firm CyberMedia Research (CMR), Samsung, Datawind and Micromax took the top three leadership positions in the tablet PC market in 2015. 
 
"The marginal rise in tablet performance could be attributed to a few government deals. However, with the rising demand for phablets/smartphones, the challenge for the industry would be to make it more exciting and bring in features attracting consumer segment especially, which should be other than the screen size," said Tanvi Sharma, analyst for tablet devices at CMR, in a statement.
 
The appetite for cellular access devices is increasing in India where three of the four devices sold in 2015 were supporting cellular internet access technologies.
 
The uptake of 4G-enabled tablets is also on the rise with a little over seven percent of the total tablets shipped supporting 4G, the report found. It said 4G tablets formed 9 percent of the total Tablets shipped.
 
iPad sales dipped 22 percent in units while Android was still the "default" OS choice with 92 percent share. Windows rose by one percent at three percent.
 
"The trend could be seen shifting towards convertibles tablets that come with a detached keyboard. At the same time, price sensitive consumers are resorting to sub-5K band instead of 5k-10k tablets, which was the trend last year," Sharma said.
 
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