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Siftr Magic: Magic Cleaner for WhatsApp

Professor Kleen believes in cleanliness. So why not invite him to your phone to keep it clean? He knows intuitively what is clean and what is trash.

WhatsApp has this nasty habit of saving every single picture you have ever sent or received. While the app means well, the result is that every single time someone sent you a ‘cute’ photo, or a screenshot of their phone, it’s cluttering your storage.  Over time, hordes of WhatsApp messages clog your device’s memory. It is painful to sift through the pictures you need to keep and delete the rest. Magic Cleaner for WhatsApp does exactly that for you.

After you install and run the app, it will analyse all your WhatsApp photo and video attachments, find those that it feels are junk and then neatly categorise the junk into various groups—quotations, cartoons, forwards, etc. It allows you to review them and, ultimately, to delete them—all in one shot.

In my initial trials, I found that all this was done very intelligently, using cutting-edge technology and neural networks. After a few iterations, I was confident and was able to delete the junk, without even a review.


Siftr Magic works equally efficiently for WhatsApp, Line, Viber, Telegram and Hike.

Android: https://goo.gl/rYYtTw
 

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Court Comes to the Rescue of Ailing Girl
For Zoroastrians, the holiest of holies is Udvada, a village in south Gujarat. It is loaded, or at least it was, with priests. When, over a hundred years ago, the British insisted on everyone having a surname, those who had none chose either their profession or their place of residence. Those from Udvada became Udvadias.
 
Fast forward to Bombay, as it was then called. Udvadias opted for various vocations. One family soon became full of doctors, in almost every field. This is the story of one of them and his battle with bureaucracy.
 
Tuberculosis (TB) is a deadly disease. It saps the very vitals of the patient slowly. No drug in India could combat it till the 1960s. Then, an antibiotic, Rifampicin, was discovered. Soon, everyone would say, ‘TB is curable’. The dreaded disease had been contained. Then, the turn of the century brought up a new problem. Viruses and bacteria do not like to die. Like humans, they resist death. They mutate. TB germs fought back and became drug resistant. Rifampicin and other medicines no longer worked.
 
A girl from Bihar was diagnosed with TB in 2012. Normal drugs seemed to work at first. Then, she started to lose weight and the slide downhill was blamed on drug-resistant TB. Medicines failed. A glimmer of hope lay in a new wonder drug called Bedaquiline.
 
By now, it was May 2014. She was moved to The Lala Ram Swarup TB Hospital in Delhi. Bedaquiline would help. But it was not administered to the girl. She was not even told that it existed. By October 2016, she weighed only 25kg. That is when she was brought to Mumbai and to Dr Zarir Udvadia. He recommended Bedaquiline. After all, he was the first to publish a study on the drug in 2012.
 
Unfortunately, he could not administer it as its use had been restricted by the Union government under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme. Good intentions gone wrong. The drug could only be given in select cities, Delhi being one. But not to this dying girl. Why? Because she was not from Delhi!
 
Dr Udvadia tried every avenue. He failed. Not one to give up, he, and the girl’s father, sought the court of last resort: a law court. The father petitioned the Delhi High Court; his daughter was withering away.
 
You be the judge. Should the judge uphold the  government’s rule or try to save the child? Blessed are the courageous souls that grace our courts. He ordered the administering of Bedaquiline. A law court had come to the rescue of a sick girl.              
 
“My daughter would still be struggling in the absence of any treatment, if Dr Udwadia had not helped us. He was hand-holding us at every step. I and my entire family is indebted to him,” said the relieved father. Dr Udvadia has this to say: “Thousands more in this country need access to it (Bedaquiline) urgently.” He says that he currently has 30 patients on Bedaquiline and the success rate is 70%. “Many more patients under my care need this miracle drug; but access to it remains difficult. I have gone through a lot of difficulties to get Bedaquiline.”
 
One may not find fault with the authorities for the restrictions. Wonder drugs are powerful; they also have side-effects, sometimes fatal. But a ‘one-size-fits-all’ bureaucratic attitude may be self-defeating. Does every patient have to seek legal redress? The question then is: Where does one draw the line? In the case of TB, its recent resurgence has raised much apprehension. Even a single day’s neglect in taking the pill can lead to resistance. So strict has the enforcement to be that health workers make daily rounds to ensure compliance. A full course takes 18 months. TB can spread like wildfire and some estimates conclude that 90% of the population may be carrying TB germs. Only, they have not manifested themselves. As yet.
 
As a TB patient from 1996 to 1997, this author knows only too well the ravages it causes to the body. Unfortunately, there is no preventive vaccination for drug-resistant TB. One can only hope that, like smallpox, TB too is eradicated. And not burden our over-burdened courts.

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Silloo Marker

1 week ago

Thank God for doctors who find time for being truly good doctors. Dr. Udwadia is one of many who may be unknown but there are unfortunately more doctors in 5-star hospitals who do whatever is required to make those expensive establishments work, even at the cost of ordering unnecessary interventions and drugs for their patients. It is a sorry state of affairs in our country where more accessible hospitals are required urgently and with more humane doctors.

CCI imposes penalty on Hyundai for anti-competitive conduct
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found automobile major Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) guilty of anti-competitive conduct and imposed a penalty of Rs 87 crore on the company.
 
According to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the CCI found HMIL to be in contravention of the provisions of Competition Act, 2002 for imposing arrangements upon its dealers which resulted into "resale price maintenance in sale of passenger cars manufactured by it". 
 
"Such arrangements also included monitoring of the maximum permissible discount levels through a discount control mechanism," the ministry said in a statement. 
 
"Further, HMIL was found to have contravened the provisions... for mandating its dealers to use recommended lubricants, oils and penalising them for use of non-recommended lubricants and oils."
 
Apart from issuing a cease and desist order against HMIL, CCI imposed a penalty of Rs 87 crore upon the company for the anti-competitive conduct. 
 
"The penalty has been levied at the rate of 0.3 per cent of the average relevant turnover of HMIL of preceding three years," the statement said. 
 
"CCI noted in its order that for the purposes of determining the relevant turnover for the impugned infringement, revenue from sale of motor vehicles alone have been taken into account."
 
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