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Smartphones can ruin romantic relationships
Researchers have found that use of cellphone can ruin romantic relationships and increase levels of depression
 
Attending to your smartphone while spending time with your partner may come at a far greater cost than you imagine as researchers have found that use of cellphone can ruin romantic relationships and increase levels of depression.
 
"When you think about the results, they are astounding," said one of the researchers James Roberts, professor at Baylor University in Texas, US.
 
"Something as common as cellphone use can undermine the bedrock of our happiness - our relationships with our romantic partners," Roberts noted.
 
For their study, the researchers conducted two separate surveys, accounting for a total of 453 adults in the US, to learn the relational effects of "Pphubbing" - or "partner phone snubbing." 
 
Pphubbing is described in the study as the extent to which people use or are distracted by their cellphones while in the company of their relationship partners.
 
"What we discovered was that when someone perceived that their partner phubbed them, this created conflict and led to lower levels of reported relationship satisfaction," Roberts noted.
 
The first survey of 308 adults helped the researchers develop a "Partner Phubbing Scale", a nine-item scale of common smartphone behaviours that respondents identified as snubbing behaviours.
 
The second survey of 145 adults measured Pphubbing among romantic couples. 
 
Results of the survey showed that 46.3 percent of the respondents reported being phubbed by their partner and 22.6 percent said this phubbing caused conflict in their relationships.
 
More than one third of the participants (36.6) percent reported feeling depressed at least some of the time
 
"In everyday interactions with significant others, people often assume that momentary distractions by their cell phones are not a big deal," Meredith David, assistant professor of marketing at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business.
 
"However, our findings suggest that the more often a couple's time spent together is interrupted by one individual attending to his/her cellphone, the less likely it is that the other individual is satisfied in the overall relationship,” David noted.
 
The study appeared in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour.
 
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Emissions cheating scandal: Volkswagen to recall 5 million diesel vehicles
The German automaker Volkswagen announced that it would recall up to 5 million diesel vehicles that are involved in an emissions cheating scandal.
 
According to a statement issued by the company, customers of the affected vehicles will be informed in weeks and months and the emissions characteristics will be corrected.
 
The company said the technical solutions and measures would be presented to responsible authorities in October, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday. 
 
A service procedure is required for some five million vehicles from the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand out of a total of 11 Group vehicles worldwide, a statement said.
 
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this month found the software on Volkswagen diesel cars showed false emission data.
 
The software installed by Volkswagen in its cars called "defeat device" can turn on full emission controls only when the car is undergoing emission tests so as to meet the legal emission standards.
 
Under normal driving conditions, the cars with "defeat device" software can emit nitrogen oxides at up to 40 times the standard.
 
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Mumbai trains blasts: Five awarded death, seven life in jail
A Mumbai special court on Wednesday awarded death penalty to five and life sentence to seven others, all convicted in the 7/11 serial blasts in Mumbai suburban trains which killed 189 people.
 
On September 11, Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Judge Y.D. Shinde found all the 12 prosecuted men guilty of their role in the July 11, 2006, serial blasts in the suburban trains - Mumbai's lifeline - which also left injured 817 peak-hour commuters rushing home that rainy evening.
 
Those awarded the death penalty are: Kamal A. Ansari, 37, Ehtesham Siddiqui, 30, Faisal Attaur Rehman Sheikh, 36, Asif Khan alias Junaid, 38, and Naved Hussain Khan, 30.
 
The seven other convicts awarded life in jail are: medico Tanvir A. Ansari, 37, Mohammed Sajid Ansari, 34, Sheikh Mohammed Ali Alam Sheikh, 40, Mohammed Majid Shafi, 30, Muzammil Sheikh, 27, Soheil Mohammed Sheikh, 43, and Zamir Ahmed Sheikh, 36.
 
During the prolonged, nearly three weeks of arguments on the quantum of sentence of the convicts, Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakre demanded death penalty for eight of the 12 convicts, terming them as "merchants of death".
 
A teacher, Abdul Wahid Sheikh, was the lone accused who was acquitted after the trial, while prime accused Azam Chima, alleged to be linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), is among the 17 who escaped and are on the run. The 17 include 13 Pakistani nationals.
 
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