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  • Taj Mahal may meet the same fate as Babri Masjid: Azam Khan

    Rampur: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on Wednesday said he fears Taj Mahal would meet the same fate as Babri Masjid, while retorting to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Vinay Katiyar’s statement describing Taj Mahal as a “Hindu temple”. “If Babri Masjid can be destroyed, then any building in the country can be pulled down. In such a situation, it will be no surprise if Taj Mahal is also destroyed some day. If Babri Masjid was demolished in the name of Ram Mandir, then these people can do anything,” Azam Khan told ANI.

    He further said if Babri Masjid was destroyed as people believed there was a temple, then no place of worship in the country was safe.

    “During the temple-mosque issue at that time, there was a high court and the Supreme Court stay, but still the mosque was destroyed. I firmly believe that the Taj Mahal is set to meet that same fate. But because there is so much international attention on the issue, the monument is still standing, ” Khan said, referring to the 1992 destruction of the 16th century mosque built on Mughal emperor Babur’s orders.
    Katiyar courted controversy on Wednesday when he claimed that the Mughal mausoleum, Taj Mahal, was a Hindu temple and that its name should be changed. He said that the Taj Mahal was known as Tejo Mahal and had a ‘Shivlinga’, which was later removed from the monument.

    Katiyar’s statement comes a day after, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath gave a clear snub to BJP MLA Sangeet Som for stirring the Taj Mahal controversy, stating that “it does not matter who built it and for what reason; it was built by blood and sweat of the Indian labourers”. Som, who was the first to begin this controversy earlier in the week, said that the iconic Taj Mahal was built by traitors and hence, cannot be included in the Indian history.

NATIONAL

  • Aadhar should be made mandatory, says Madhya Pradesh food minister

    Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Two days after a minor girl in Jharkhand allegedly died of starvation as her family did not have Aadhar-linked ration card, Madhya Pradesh food minister Om Prakash Dhurve on Thursday said the Aadhar should be made mandatory.

    “This is a sad incident, this should not have happened and it will not happen in Madhya Pradesh. But we have to understand that aadhar card is mandatory for many things and so it is important to mandate it,” Dhurve told ANI. Dhurva also said his government is also working to ensure every person in the state has an Aadhar card. “It has not been mandated yet, but we are still working that everybody’s aadhar card is made,” he said.

    He also said the state was preparing a list of people without Aadhar card so that the ration could be sent to them manually. “We have given an order that a list be made of people without Aadhar so that we can send them ration manually. We have instructed the collector and shops to do so as well,” Dhurve added.
    An 11-year-old girl allegedly died of starvation in Jharkhand’s Simdega District recently, as her family’s ration card was not linked to the Aadhaar, the 12 digit unique-identity number, issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data.

    The girl died on September 28 after her mother was unable to feed her. The family was struck off from government welfare rolls for not linking their ration card with the Aadhaar card. “Went to get rice, but I was told that no ration will be given to me. My daughter died saying ‘Bhat-bhat’ (rice),” the girl’s mother, Koyli Devi, said on Monday. The state of Jharkhand is regarded as being among the poorest in India. It is being alleged that millions of people in the state have been struck off the ration card rolls because they are not Aadhaar linked.

WORLD

  • 38 people injured in twin blasts in Baluchistan

    Karachi: Two grenade blasts have rocked Pakistan’s restive south-western province of Baluchistan, injuring at least 38 people, police said.

    The twin blasts took place within minutes in the Mastung and Gwadar districts, police said. According to senior police officials, around 12 people were injured, three of them seriously, when two men on a motorcycle wearing helmets threw a hand grenade at a crowd in the Sultan Shaheed area in Mastung town yesterday.

    The injured were shifted to a hospital while three were moved to Quetta as their condition was serious, local police official Gulab Khan said. The second attack took place when two men on a motorcycle threw a hand grenade at Al-Zubair hotel outside a mobile market in Safar Khan area of Gwadar town.

    “At least 26 people were injured in the blast,” local police official Ayaz Baluch said. He said the injured included 15 labourers from Sindh and 11 from Punjab who had gathered after work to have tea. “Three of them have been shifted to Karachi for treatment,” he said. The injured have been shifted to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Mastung.

    Chief Minister of Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri has condemned the incidents and asked the authorities to submit a report on the blasts. The attacks have come, a day after a suspected suicide bomber hit a police truck in Quetta, Baluchistan’s capital, killing seven policemen and a civilian and injuring 22 others.

SPORTS

  • Saina Nehwal wins, PV Sindhu loses in Denmark Open

                                                     Saina Nehwal wins, PV Sindhu loses in Denmark Open के लिए चित्र परिणाम

    Odense: India had a bittersweet day at Denmark Open as Saina Nehwal knocked out Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain but title-contender P V Sindhu suffered a straight game loss against China’s Chen Yufei to crash out of the opening round, here. Glasgow World Championship bronze medallist, Saina defeated two-time World champion Marin 22-20 21-18 in a hard-fought battle to avenge her Japan Open second-round loss to the Spaniard.

    She will play either Thailand’s NitchaonJindapol or Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the next round. Late in the day, Sindhu, however, failed to break the rhythm of World No 10 Chen to go down fighting 17-21 21-23 ina 43-minute match. This is her second successive early loss after clinching the Korea Open she had lost in the second round of Japan Open last month. Earlier, Indian top shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and H SPrannoy made positive starts but B Sai Praneeth bowed out in the opening round of men’s singles competition. World No 8 Srikanth overcame a spirited effort from compatriot qualifier Subhankar Dey 21-17-21-15 to set up a clash with Korean Jeon Hyeok Jin, the 2016 Australian Open runner-up. On the adjacent court, Praneeth failed to erase 11-7 and11-8 deficits to go down 10-21 15-21 to local hope Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus in a lop-sided contest.

    World No 15 Prannoy, meanwhile, recovered from a 6-11deficit in the second game to oust Denmark’s Emil Holst 21-1821-19 in a hard-fought match. It was his third win over theDanish shuttler. The Indian is likely to play former World No.1 Malaysian Lee Chong Wei on Thursday. Among other Indians in fray, young doubles specialistSatwiksairaj Rankireddy suffered twin defeats in mixed and men’s doubles competition to end his campaign here. Satwik and his mixed doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa, who had reached the semifinals last week at Dutch Open, lost19-21 17-21 to local combo of Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen.
    In men’s doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty, who had reached the quarters at Korea Open, failed to get across Korean pair of Chung Eui Seok and Kim Dukyoung, losing 21-1418-21 17-21 in the opening round. Experienced men’s doubles combo of Manu Attri and BSumeeth Reddy also lost 13-21 18-21 to Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding, while it was also curtains for Ashwini and Sikki in women’s doubles after they went down fighting 21-15 18-21 21-23 to Malaysian combo of Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean. Another mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, who had reached the semifinals at Japan Open, also crashed out last night in the opening round after losing17-21 15-21 to Irish combo of Sam Magee and Chloe Magee.

    The highlight of the day, however, was the match between Saina and Marin where the world no 12 Indian dished out a controlled game mixed with aggression and caution to outwit the World No 4 Spaniard. The match started on an aggressive note as both the players were locked in an initial battle before Saina managed to eke out an 11-9 lead at the break with the help of her better net play and disguished strokes. She moved to a 13-11lead with accurate down the line smashes. But left-handed Marin kept breathing down her neck and leveled par with two points. Every time Saina grabbed a point, Marin came back with her trademark strokes and also took a crucial 19-18 lead with a net return. Once again Saina’s down the line smash came to her rescue as she drew parity and soon grabbed the game point.

    Marinagain came up with another precise net return to level par at20-20. However, she hit wide next to hand over an opportunity to the Indian, who sealed it with another superb smash. After the change of sides, Marin started dictating terms initially moving to a 5-3 lead but a pumped up Saina soon came back to turn the tables at 7-6 when her opponent hit wide and managed to lead 11-8 at the break. After the interval, Marin narrowed the margin to 10-11but Saina didn’t allow the Spaniard to make a comeback as she jumped to a 16-11 lead. Marin made a last-ditch effort to clawback at 18-20 but Saina soon shut the door without much ado. “I was moving well and finally it is about movements and picking up shots. She is the best player in the world and she is playing extremely well but I was happy with the way I was retrieving my shots,” said Saina after notching up her fifth win over Marin in nine meetings.

    “I really don’t know what I played today, everything happened so fast. The court is little fast, it was not a really kind of court. The smashes were going well but anything could have happened but I picked up those difficult shots,” she added. In another women’s singles match, Sindhu conceded a 3-0lead early on but she managed to erase the deficit when she drew parity at 9-9 and moved together till 17-17. It was at this moment when Chen stepped up and grabbed four crucial points to earn the bragging rights. In the second game, Chen once again surged to a 7-3 lead and Sindhu once again clawed back with four straight points but at the break, it was the Chinese who had a slender one-point lead. After the interval, Chen extended the lead to 15-11.Sindhu managed to reduce it to 16-17.

    However, Singh struggled to retrieve some low shots and with one of her net dribbles going to net meant Chen had four match points. Sindhu then saved off four match points to make it 20-20but eventually Chen closed out the match at 23-21 to avenge her World Championship loss to the Indian.

  • India U-19 squad for Asia Cup announced, Himnashu Rana to lead

    Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the India U-19 squad for the fourth edition of the Under-19 Asia Cup to be played in Malaysia from November 9-20.

    Defending Champions India, who have won the tournament thrice will be led by Haryana batsman Himanshu Rana. Rana averages 33.57 in first class cricket, scoring 705 runs in 13 matches.

    India U-19: Himanshu Rana (captain), Abhishek Sharma (vice-captain), Atharva Taide, Manjot Kalra, Salman Khan, Anuj Rawat, Harvik Desai, Riyan Parag, Anukul Roy, Shiva Singh, Tanush Kotian, Darshan Nalkande, Vivekanand Tiwary, Aditya Thakare, Mandeep Singh.

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Can this World Cup usher in a new dawn for Indian football?

    India, a land of 125 crore people has different castes, creed and culture, but when it comes to sports, Indians forget everything and get all united to cheer for the tri colour and will scream their lungs out to show support for the sport. Wait, but this happens only for cricket, right? Yes, the sad reality is cricket is treated like a religion in our country and all the other sports take a backseat and everyone becomes some sort of an expert, while talking about cricket and other sports suffer because of it.

    The Under-17 FIFA World Cup 2017 will be played in India from 6th October to 28th and India by virtue of being hosts have got a direct entry into the event and all eyes will be on India, how they will perform in this marquee event. Not many people apart from football enthusiasts must be knowing this and 90 per cent of people might be clueless about this event even though it is happening in India. And, you cannot blame them because our system and All India Football Federation (AIFF) has done very little to create awareness about this event and, as a result, the beautiful game doesn’t feature in our day to day discussions and we are totally ignorant about football culture in our country.

    Sunil Chhetri, Bhaichung Bhutia (now retired), Jeje Lalpekhlua are some of the names that football lovers are aware of, but after that even the die-hard fans must be having hard time to continue the discussion. Our team has made huge strides in recent past on international stage but our ranking is still dismal 107 and it doesn’t matter and we are quite satisfied with it. This culture reflects how seriously we take football in this country and it comes as a no surprise that we are making our debut in U-17 World Cup because we lack basic infrastructure and there is no accountability in our system.


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    Indian Super League (ISL) has come as breath of fresh air, but we are still a long way from competing at the highest level and our league can’t be compared with English Premiere League and Spanish La Liga for obvious reasons. The influx of money is a good thing for football, but our archaic and dysfunctional system has seen a neglect over the years and it will take more than couple of ISL seasons to get our game back on track.

    The current World Cup can unify the game and if India performs well then it could create a legacy and more youngsters apart from north east belt and other parts of country will dream to become another Chhetri or Lalpekhlua and for that to happen we have to let our kids grow and tell them it’s okay to play another sport apart from cricket. The jury is still out on whether this World Cup will make any difference or the things will remain the same.

  • SGM decides to constitute a committee to implement Supreme Court order

    Mumbai : In a move expected to further delay the implementation of Lodha panel reforms, the BCCI on Monday decided to form a committee for analysing how “best and quickly” the principal Supreme Court order can be executed.

    The two hour and 45 minute long Special General Meeting, attended by controversial former BCCI president N Srinivasan, did not take any decisive call as requested by the Committee of Administrators during a meeting with state units on Sunday.

    Chaudhary said that the committee will have a deadline of of a fortnight to submit its report and it will start working in the next two days.

    The principal issues are ‘one state one vote’, age cap of 70 years, cooling off period after every three years and reinstatement of a five-member selection panel instead of current three.

    On some of the other issues like bilateral engagement with Pakistan, Chaudhary reiterated the BCCI’s stance that it can only play the arch-rivals if permitted by the government.

    “We met with the PCB on the basis of a letter signed by the BCCI back in 2014. It was necessary. Our position is still the same. The tour can take place only after government permission,” Chaudhary stated.

    About revoking the suspension order of the Rajasthan Cricket Association, the acting secretary said: “We have asked them (RCA) to formally respond to a showcause notice and they have also decided to withdraw the litigation against BCCI.”

    The new RCA president is Congressman CP Joshi. The former IPS officer also informed that the newly- constructed stadium in Guwahati will soon be hosting international matches. “The Assam CA’s Stadium is fit to hold matches barring a few areas. Inspection was done by BCCI secretary and GM (Game Development),” he said.

  • ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Buoyant India aim semis berth against Sri Lanka amid weather woes

    London: A near flawless demolition of Pakistan achieved, India will eye another dominant performance to seal a semifinal berth when they take on Sr Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy here today.

    Having pulverised Pakistan by 124 runs, India will start as overwhelming favourites against Sri Lanka, who looked in total disarray during their 96-run defeat at the hands of South Africa.

    The only worry is the fickle London weather, with forecasts of 40 percent chance of heavy rainfall.

    Contrasting performances aside, the sheer difference in quality also puts India a few notches ahead of the cricketers from the island nation. On paper, the two sides are a total mismatch.

    While India ticked almost all the boxes in their victory against Pakistan, the Sri Lankans, in their opening fixture, looked as if they have only entered the tournament to add numbers.

    The winners of the last edition have a formidable batting line-up, which is being backed very well by a potent bowling attack. And therein lies the problem with Sri Lanka, which is a side that is going through a rebuilding phase for the longest time now.

    It’s two years since both Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara quit ODIs post the 2015 World Cup but Sri Lanka have not been able to single out even a couple of players, who can show steely resolve.

    The likes of Dinesh Chandimal or Chamara Kapugedara have been around for some time but both have been guilty of not realising their full potential till date.

    No wonder Sangakkara, in his column for the ICC, has made it clear that Sri Lanka need to show aggression against India while conceding that it may not be easy for them. For India, playing Sri Lanka before facing South Africa (on June 11) is an advantage as they can go into the final group league game with a free mind.

    Rohit Sharma hitting a 91 on comeback is a reassurance while Shikhar Dhawan’s positive approach will keep the ‘Men in Blue’ in good stead.

    Skipper Virat Kohli has over the years been Sri Lanka’s nemesis and the 81 not out against Pakistan, is just the tonic he needed before taking on the likes of Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal and  Nuwan Pradeep. Yuvraj Singh was in vintage form at the Edgbaston and a placid Oval pitch will only help get a few more runs under his belt. Hardik Pandya’s power hitting at No 7 and his ability to chip in with quick wickets makes this Indian side more intimidating.

    The only thing that Virat Kohli would want now is Mahendra Singh Dhoni getting some batting time before the big game against South Africa.

    Kohli promoting Pandya ahead of Dhoni is an indication that the skipper is looking to use his former captain more as an accumulator — in Javed Miandad mould who would rotate strike, frustrate bowlers and launch a furious counter-attack after getting his eye in.

    India’s bowling unit has been sharp off late. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s controlled swing bowling, Umesh Yadav’s fiery pace backed by Jasprit Bumrah’s overs at the death has have troubled the oppositions.

    Such has been the quality that bowlers of Mohammed Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin’s calibre are warming the benches since the first XI picked for the matches so far have not given any reason to complaint.

    For Sri Lanka, this is a do-or-die match where a lot will depend on how well skipper Mathews plays and the kind of performance Malinga gives while bowling first up.

    Meahwhile, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews conceded that it will be “very hard to beat India.” After losing by 96 runs to South Africa, Sri Lanka have been plagued by injuries with skipper being unable to bowl and senior batsman Chamara Kapugedara already sustaining a knee injury.

    Worse, Upul Tharanga has been suspended for two games due to slow over-rate. “As you know, India is a force in world cricket no matter where they play, whether it’s at home or away. They have played fantastic cricket especially in the last couple of years. It’s very hard to beat them unless we are on top of our game. We will all have to pull our socks up and give a great performance,” Mathews said on the eve of the game against India.

    The Teams

    India: Virat Kohli (captain),  Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma,  Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik

    Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickewalla, Chamara Kapugedara, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Sekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara.

Technology

  • Google launches Pixel 2 smartphones, new devices

    San Francisco, Betting big on the best combination of artificial intelligence (AI), software and hardware, Google on Wednesday launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, smaller smart speaker “Home Mini”, a larger version called “Home Max”, high-performance convertible Chromebook called PixelBook and “Google Clips” action camera.

    The devices are available for pre-order in the US, Britain, Germany and in India, among other countries. Pixel 2 starts at $649 and Pixel 2 XL is available for $849. Pixel 2 comes with a 5-inch and larger Pixel 2 XL with a 6-inch Full-HD OLED displays with Portrait Modes on both rear and selfie cameras.

    Marked 98 on DXOmark ratings, the rear camera comes with OIS and EIS technology to remove jerks and shaky footage. The camera can also click “Live Photos” by recording up to three seconds of footage. It also has AR Stickers and Pixel users would get free unlimited storage on Google Cloud in the original quality. The devices have IP67 water and dust resistance.


    Both phones might come with “squeeze” interaction, USB-C charger and stereo speakers. The company claims it has the fastest fingerprint scanner in a smartphone. The devices come with stereo earphones called “Pixel Buds” for $159 available in November.

    Google Home Mini is priced at $49 in the US, Britain, France and Australia, among others and users can now pre-order them. Taking potshots at Apple iPhone, Google said that Home can search your Android device and ring it even if it is on silent mode. “For iPhone users, we’ll just give them a call,” the company said.

    Reimagining the sound, it also launched Google Home Max, with 2-inch tweeters and 4.5-inch woofers for amazing audio with SmartSound powered by Google Assistant that automatically tunes sound. It supports Chromecast, aux and Bluetooth 5.0. It is available in December for $399.

    The PixelBook is 10mm thin and weighs a kilo and has 12.3-inch Quad HD LCD display, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM and i5 and i7 processors. The device has multiple layers of security, automatic updates and it is the first laptop with Assistant built-in. With USB-C charger, 15 minutes charge gives two hours of backup. It connects automatically to Pixel phones in absence of wi-fi.

    The Pixelbook Pen, priced at $99 can help users get information of whatever they have on the screen. Just circle it to get info from it. Write and draw with Pixelbook Pen that has 10ms of latency and 2,000+ levels of pressure sensitivity. Available in three configurations, Pixelbook is priced at $999 and people can pre-order them now.

    Google also launched an action cam called Google Clips. All the devices launched on Wednesday deliver an Internet of Things (IoT) experience.

Social Media

  • Soon, taxmen will be prowling on Facebook snooping for black money, spending patterns

    New Delhi: A photo of your shiny new luxury car on Instagram or a costly watch on Facebook may lead the taxman to your doorstep as the tax department from next month will begin amassing virtual information to trace black money. ‘Project Insight’, likely to be launched next month, will use big data analytics to match information from social media sites to deduce mismatches between spending pattern and income declaration.

    The tax department will analyse mismatches in income declarations and spending patterns to trace tax evasions and black money, an official said. The government has also made linking of PAN with Aadhaar mandatory to get a 360-degree view of a person’s income and assets.

    The tax department had last year signed a pact with L&T Infotech for implementation of Project Insight, which is designed to strengthen the non-intrusive information driven approach for improving tax compliance. “Currently, beta testing is on and the integrated platform for Project Insight should be launched by next month,” the official told PTI.


    Project Insight has been initiated by the income tax department for data mining, collection, collation and processing of such information for effective risk management with a view to widen and deepen the tax base. It will help the taxmen monitor high value transactions, and curb the circulation of black money. However, some experts are wondering whether the new privacy law will impact the tax man’s snooping activities in the social media.

  • WhatsApp voice calling is here and this is how you activate

    While several online reports have claimed that the voice calling feature on WhatsApp has arrived, there is no official announcement or confirmation from the company. Several blogs suggested that users need to download the latest version of Whatsapp or get version 2.11.528/531 to activate the feature. However, this may not work. Even newer versions like 2.11.561 is yet to get the feature. So, upgrading to the latest version will clearly not work.

    Another round of online reports informed that users will only get the calling feature activated on their accounts if someone makes aWhatsApp call to them. Suggesting that an invitation is required.

    For the record the latest version of WhatsApp (as of March 14) is 2.12.7. You can download it from the website and insatll the apk file. However, you will need someone (who already has the feature) to call you to activate it on your device.

    So, if you haven’t received the calling feature even after updating to the latest version, it’s better to forget about it for the moment and wait for the official announcement. When WhatsApp announced its WhatsWeb, the feature was available across all versions. So, we can expect the same this time for voice calling.

    Meanwhile, several malwares and fake WhatsApp calling apps have appeared to take advantage of curious users.

  • Facebook rewards $10, 000 to 10-year-old for discovering flaw in Instagram

    New York: The social networking giant has paid $10,000 to a 10-year-old boy for spotting a bug in Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram.

    According to a report in technology website VentureBeat.com, Jani from Finland discovered the security flaw in Instagram on his own.

    He found a bug in Instagram which requires you to be at least 13 before even signing up, that let him delete any comment on the social network.

    “He reported the bug by email, offered proof by deleting a message on one of Facebook’s test Instagram accounts and it was fixed in February. Facebook paid him the bug bounty in March,” the report added.

    “I would have been able to remove anyone, even Justin Bieber,” the report quoted Jani as saying.

    The Finnish boy wishes to become a security researcher. “It would be my dream job. Security is very important,” he was quoted as saying.

    He used the reward money to buy a new bike, football gear and computers for his two brothers.

    Like Google and Microsoft, Facebook also has a bug bounty programme.

    In February, Facebook announced that it had paid $4.3 million in rewards to more than 800 security researchers for over 2,400 submissions since launching its bug bounty programme in 2011.

    IANS

  • Facebook makes News Feed more relevant

    New York: In a move to make your News Feed more informative, Facebook has tweaked its algorithm to bring news that’s relevant and of interest to you.

    “Our goal with News Feed is to show people the stories most relevant to them, so we rank stories so what’s most important to each person shows up highest in their News Feeds,” said Facebook in a blog post on Friday.

    According to Jie Xu, Research Scientist, Akos Lada, Data Scientist and Vibhi Kant, Product Manager at News Feed, when Facebook rank and make improvements to News Feed, it rely on a set of core values.

    “These values — which we’ve been using for years — guide our thinking and help us keep the central experience of News Feed intact as it evolves,” they wrote.

    To better understand how the social media giant can show people the most informative stories to them, it talks to people and ask them how it can improve what they see when they check Facebook.

    “With the new update, we are creating a new ranking signal to predict what is most informative to you, so those stories appear higher in your feed,” Facebook said.

    “First, we look at the stories that people tell us they find informative. People from our Feed Quality Programme look at each story in their feed and rank it on a scale of one to five – one being ‘really not informative’ and five being ‘really informative’,” it added.

    The stories people rate as informative and really informative help create a new prediction about how informative Facebook thinks hey will find each story.

    “We then combine this signal with how relevant the story might be to you personally a” taking into account things like your relationship with the person or publisher that posted, or what you choose to click on, comment on or share a” to best predict stories that you might personally find informative,” the post read.

  • Beware! New scam on WhatsApp claiming to offer "free internet" without Wi-Fi is false

    New Delhi: New malware on most popular messaging app, WhatsApp is a new threat. This malware claims to offer free internet without Wi-Fi connection.

    This scam lures people to click on ads, download apps and even attacks smartphone with malware.
    Welivesecurity reported that a WhatsApp scam message is spreading around internationally and changes language according to the country it appears in.

    The message offers the user free internet facility without Wi-Fi connection. The message also asks the users to recommend a few friends or share within groups in WatsApp. Once the message is shared, the user is allowed to proceed to claim the so-called free service.

    In this fashion, link in the message takes the user to various websites which then forces the user either to visit malware or download a few apps from the app store. However, at the end, no free service will be offered. This scam message is to gain money through advertisements shown and even apps downloaded by the users.

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