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WHAT IS NEOWISE COMET AND THE BEST WAY TO SEE IT !

Comet Neowise has been entertaining space enthusiasts across the northern Hemisphere. Although its official name is C/2020 F3, the comet has been dubbed “Neowise” after the near earth object wide field infrared survey explorer space telescope that first noticed it earlier this year. The Neowise Comet was discovered on March 27th and it is closely passing earth, i.e, it’ll be only 200 times as far as the moon is from the earth. All the hype of this comet is because you can actually watch it with naked eye. The last time humans could see a comet with the naked eye, it was comet Hale- Bopp in 1997.

How can one see it with naked eyes?

Find the darkest possible swath of sky and make sure your eyes are adjusted so that you give yourself the best possible opportunity to see faint objects. You need 15 minutes or so to adjust your eyes, so that your pupils are adjusted, and they are used to seeing fainter thing. You can also use the app “comet neowise” developed by astrophysicist Hanno Rein of university of Toronto Scarborough to see exactly where it is, so that you know the direction which you need to look upon.

You can take a moment to look up and enjoy this beauty glazing through the space for about 20 minutes right after the sunset. A ll should witness this surreal experience before it disappears into the outer-space for next 6000 years.

SUBSTITUTES FOR THE BANNED CHINESE APPS

The central government of our country took a very massive and bold decision on 24th, July, by banning 59 Chinese apps including Tiktok, Share it, Xender and many more. In a press release, the government said, ” the applications are engaged in activities, prejudicial to sovereignty of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” The ban has been imposed under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with relevant provisions of the Information Technology rules,2009, it said. Some of the apps which are banned are very random and aren’t that useful, but there were some apps which were very helpful and useful to the people of every age. Below is the list of the apps which you can use instead of the apps which are banned by the government.

SHARE ALL : Share All is the Indian substitute for the Chinese file transfer app “Share It”. According to its makers, ” This is app requires no active internet connectivity, can share files or data irrespective of their size and no no cable is required.

DUBSMASH : Dubsmash is a very great substitute if you are looking for an alternative for Tiktok. Dubsmash is a German based application, launched in November 2014. One of the first apps of its kind, Dubsmash was very popular initially, garnering over 50 million downloads from users in 192 countries. The app allows users to record videos of themselves lip-syncing to various audio clippings. The app is available in 20 different languages, including Hindi.

GOOGLE CHROME : UC Browser can get substituted by Google Chrome.Google Chrome mostly comes pre- installed in many android mobile phones. It supports dark mode and gets a dedicated lite mode for saving on data consumption. Plus, it lets you save and sync your accounts, passwords and payment methods across all your devices.

MICROSOFT OFFICE LENS : Cam Scanner was one of the most useful apps which got banned, but there are various options which you can select if you are looking for a similar app. Microsoft office lens lets you scan all kinds of documents and export them to word or powerpoint directly.

AJIO : Shein was a very eminent brand in India because of the clothes they offered but as it is one of the apps on the list which got banned by the central government, Ajio comes to the rescue. Ajio is a multi-branded platform that helps you to get amazing options to chose from clothes, that are stylish and perfectly affordable. The best thing about Ajio is the collection, that you will only get from the Indian manufactures.

IS ANIMAL TESTING NECESSARY?

Over the time, the scientists and doctors have developed ways to test new products or medicines over the animals. Whenever the doctors come up with a cure for something, they try the medicine or the concerned products over the animals first. The product is tested on a number of different animals and only when it gives a helpful and positive outcome, it gets recommended for humans. Not only medicines but various different experiments are also conducted on animals.

Over the years, the different groups of people have either supported or criticized this system this system of animal testing. The opinion of the world is generally divided on whether the animal testing is right or wrong? Whether animals should be made the escape goats for the advantage of human race? A major class of people stands rightfully against animal testing as according to them it is an injustice being done to animals. These people say that if the lives of the humans are important, then the lives of the animals are also equally important. Just because humans are superior than animals don’t give them any right to consider the lives of others as being mere. There are many organizations like PETA(People for Ethical Treatment Of Animals) or PFA(People for Animal)etc. which are strictly against animal testing and have been trying to make it unlawful.On the other side according to the people who support animal testing , it is very important to create the right type of drug or medicine to save human lives. They believe if the humans are superior species and they have the power to dominate the over other life forms, they should dominate them and use them when required.

Some people believe since the act is cruel to animals, animal testing should be practiced only in extremely needed cases and in such ways they do harm as less animals as possible.

SUICIDE RATE AMONG MALES: A WAKE UP CALL !

Yesterday I was reading an article about suicides and the statistics and figures of males attempting and dying because of it and those were indeed horrifying. Suicide has become very common these days, be it a celebrity or a common man, we are constantly hearing news about people taking their own life. But the suicide rates among men are very shocking and alarming at the same time. According to a survey :

* Compared to women, men are 3 times more likely to die by suicide in Australia, 3.5 times more likely in the US and more than 4 times more likely in Russia and Argentina. * In 2016, the last year global data is available from the World Health Organization, there were an estimate 7,93,000 suicide deaths worldwide, mostly men. * Suicide is still the single biggest killer of men under the age 45.

After looking at the aforementioned figures, one question which pops in everyone’s mind is that what could be the possible reason behind taking this tragic step and why the numbers of males are so damn high? Well there can be numerous reason for the same. Let us try to understand the basic reasons behind the sky-scraping suicide rates among men:

* The major reason can be Communication. It is quite obvious that women are willing to share their problems whereas men tends to bottle them up. Men don’t express from what they are suffering or going through. The society has made men inexpressive and and are always expected to be strong.

* Other factor can be family or work. Worrying more about finances or trying to find a job can be exacerbate mental health issues. When there’s an economic downturn that results in increased unemployment , there tends to be an associate increase in suicide.

* Sense of isolation can also be a prominent factor. The outwardly successful professional who has prioritize career career advancement to the detriment of all else, including social relationships may sense a feel of loneliness at times.

THE CHALLENGING JOURNEY OF KFC IN INDIA

Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC, is a fast food restaurant chain that is known for its fried chicken. Headquarted in Louisville, Kentucky, the United States, KFC is the world’s second largest chain restaurant after McDonald’s. Currently, KFC has more than 18,000 outlets in over 100 countries. Every day, more than 12 million customers are served at KFC outlets around the world. KFC is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, which also owns Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. KFC was the first foreign fast food restaurant chain to enter India in 1990s after the Indian government implemented the LPG policy. At that time, KFC received permission from Indian government to open 30 outlets across the country.

The first KFC outlet in India was opened in Bangalore in June 1995 and from these outlets, the number has grown to 296 today. Fast food restaurants have gained popularity in India because of their customized menus that suits the taste-buds of the citizens. When KFC first entered the Indian market, there were a lot of protests, and the Bangalore outlet was repeatedly ran-sacked. Many Indians were worried that the western culture would seep into the Indian roots, leading to the dilution of indigenous traditions. Another KFC outlet was opened in Delhi in the same year but the combined revenue of both the outlets was not sufficient to continue the KFC business in India. The reason why KFC didn’t gained the popularity is because anti-KFC movements that accused KFC of using illegally high amount of mono-sodium glutamate, which are harmful to health. Also, the anti-KFC movements claimed that KFC sold food that was cooked and fried in pork fat. Because of these KFC had to abandon Indian market.

Once the Indian market cooled down, KFC returned to the country in 1999, and set up an outlet in Bangalore. Until 2004, KFC only operated 1 outlet in India, As the sole outlet started making money, KFC expanded its operation throughout India and today, KFC outlets can be found in a number of cities.

It is the tenacity, that won the hearts and stomachs of millions of Indians, to finally decided to embrace KFC’s dishes and gave KFC a second chance.

J.K ROWLING : THE JOURNEY OF THE FIRST MILLIONAIRE AUTHOR

Author J.K Rowling has lived a life from rags-to-riches. She lived for years with government as a single mother, and overcame a dozen rejections from publishers to become one of the most successful and widely read author in the history. After a couple of decades of “Harry Potter” , Rowling has turned the boy wizard into an entertainment franchise including books, movies, a play, a theme park and many more. When Rowling was 15, her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She died a decade later, before Rowling became a published author. The author studied French at the university of Exeter, graduating in 1986. Her classics knowledge was later used when she came up with the names for spells in the Harry Potter series. After graduating, Rowling worked at the research desk for Amnesty International, doing translation work.She said it didn’t suit her. On a delayed train from Manchester to London’s King’s Cross Station, Rowling came up with the idea for Harry Potter.Over the next five years she outlined the plots for seven books in the series, writing in longhand and amassing scraps of notes written on different papers. Without a job, Rowling visited different Edinburgh to write her very first novel on a typewriter. During that period, Rowling lived off government welfare. In a 2008 interview with the Sunday Times, Rowling said she was severely depressed and sought professional help. In 1995, Rowling finished the first the first Harry Potter book and sent it to publishers which was roundly straight. Her book was accepted by Christopher Little , an Obscure London literary agent. After a year, Little made a deal to print 500 copies of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” with Bloomsbury. The book appeared in print in 1997.

By March of 1999, over 300,000 copies were sold in the UK itself. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” , the second book in the series was sold in the UK in July of 1998 also to huge acclaim and sales. In 2004, Forbes reported Rowling was the first person to become a millionaire by writing books. Later she dropped off the list because she gave so much money to charity. In 2007, Rowling finishes the series with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” , which became the fastest selling book of all time and have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 67 languages.

“BOYS DON’T CRY BUT REAL MEN DO “

“Hey! why are you crying like a girl”, “Boys don’t cry”, “How can you be afraid? Boys should be brave”, “You read books? What kind of a girly hobby is this?”. I am very sure you all must have heard things like these many times, and we still listen it everyday. These are such stereotypes which the society has made for men, and the men have to act accordingly. But do we even realise how a simple sentence can affect them in many ways. In this article we’ll be talking about these stereotypes and how adversely they affect them. The whole concept about typecasting boys starts from childhood only where we tends to buy cars and adventure toys for the boys and sweet and simple toys like barbie dolls for girls. Again I am not saying that playing with a barbie is a weird thing or something but I think it would be better if we let them decide instead about there toy preferences. Whenever a boy cries due to some reason, everyone is like “Hey! you are not a girl, stop crying”, but the question is why can’t boys cry? Boys are considered to be mentally and physically strong and are expected to bear their pain, agony, anger or sadness without showing their emotions. But it is very important to let them show their emotions, to let them feel their emotions, which will make them even more stronger. Another common stereotype which we have seen is generalization of colours by gender. Have you ever noticed that all the essentials and clothes of boys are mostly of blue colour while Pink is used for girls. So, what made us so sure that blue is boys’ favorite colour and pink is loved by girls only? Try to understand the seriousness of this concept that it has even affected the colour choice.

Because of these stereotypes, we, the society have made men emotionless, unexpressive and rigid. People must not see a boy as an emotionless human but as a human who feel emotions, who expresses emotions and who convey these emotions. Adults should try to be role models for this. even though this is a stereotype, a father should perhaps not only play soccer with his boy, but read a book too.

“And to all the boys who are reading this, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay if you feel pain, it’s okay if your favorite colour is not blue and it’s okay if you don’t like soccer but hiding your emotions and suffering in pain is definitely not okay.”

CASHLESS ECONOMY : BOON and BANE?

Because of the technology innovations, the whole world is going digital in almost every sector. Unlike India, other countries are on a way on becoming a fully cashless economy. Now, the government of India is also emphasizing on going cashless. After the demonetization, the government is urging the citizens to lessen the use of cash and to use debit cards, credit cards, e payment apps instead. The use of e payment applications such as Paytm, Phonepe, Amazon pay and Yono has increased rapidly, specially after the demonetization. Cashless Economy has its own advantages- Easier to budget, making losing money more difficult, easier to keep on top of where money has gone, stop the spread of germs and many more,

During the pre-demonetization, the cash to GDP ratio in the country was between 12-13% of the GDP which fell to 7.3% during the demonetization. It was less than that of US where cash GDP is at 7.8%. As India moves towards a cashless economy, following advantages are expected to occur :

*The electronic payment will help the entrepreneur to increase their customer base and breach the geographical limitations. *Increasing share of cashless will improve government revenue as online transaction lead a trail of events which can be traced to find out tax evasion if any. *Since the cashless transactions are more visible, it will help in curbing the clack money. *Being cashless also inculcates budget discipline. *One can trace the funding of terror activities as online transactions leave a trail.

However, being cashless has its share of disadvantages too :

*The biggest fear is the risk of identity theft. One can also become a victim of phishing trap. *In case of loss or theft of card, getting another card is time consuming process. *Since mobile phone had become an important element of cashless economy, loss of phone may become a double whammy as many financial details can be retrieved from it. *If we take into account the proportion of non-tech-savvy population, the practical implementation of cashless economy will take enormous efforts.

Despite its drawbacks, the cashless system is indeed an improvement over the traditional cash based system. However, none of the advanced economy has fully replaced the cash as it is practically not possible but reducing the amount of cash and increasing the cashless transactions will definitely improve the business transparency.

HOW PARLE- G BECAME THE LARGEST SELLING BISCUIT BRAND IN THE WORLD!

I’m sure you all know and Parle-G, a biscuit which we all are eating since our childhood. Parle-G is a brand of biscuits manufactured by parle products in India, and it has been in the market for decades. We all have some great memories with Parle -G. It can also be the ” National biscuit” of India, as your status doesn’t matter to buy this biscuit, no matter you are rich or poor- everyone can afford it. Parle-G came into existence in 1939 and today, it is a household name when it comes to biscuits. It is consumed by all age groups and is not only one of the largest selling brand but alos one of the most trusted brand too. This may come as a suprise to many but India is the world’s leading market for biscuits, leaving behind countries such as- The US, Mexico, China, Italy and Spain. During the lockdown when all the economies in the world were struggling to sustain, Parle-G records best sales in the meantime.

The reason why Parle-G has made its way into so many home is because of its diverse way of consumption. many people view biscuits as snacks or teatime food, but Parle-G has changed its perception. Today, Parley-g is not just seen as an accompaniment for tea but as a substitute of meals. This is especially beneficial for countries like India where malnutrition is rampant. So, when poor people are unable to afford meals, they can consume a few biscuits and they will get the required nutrients for the day-one pack of Parle-G biscuits offers 450 calories. In addition Parle-G can be consumed by the diabetics too. So, Parle-G can be consumed by anyone. Apart from providing the necessary nutrients, it is value of money. Parle-G biscuits are sold in various packs ranging from RS 1 to RS 50, making it affordable for masses.

Today Parle-G is exported to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, The US, Europe, and Africa. Two brands that are strong competitors of Parle-G are Britannia tiger and ITC’S Sunfeast Glucose. Parle -G is a biscuit brand that only satisfies one’s hunger and tantalizes the taste buds but it also looks into the welfare of the community.

BURSTING SOME MYTHS ABOUT CORONA VIRUS

The global Corona Virus pandemic has taken many lives till now. People were not familiar about this deadly virus before the outbreak and are still confused about many things related to it. The increasing concerns of the people are also because of the myths and rumors which are being spread through various social media platforms. There are so many news and information about the prevention, and spreading of this virus , that people can’t decide what to believe. In this article I will be clearing some really popular myths about Corona virus which are currently the talk of the town.

5G MOBILE NETWORK SPREAD COVID-19 – This is a myth. The virus cannot travel on radio waves/mobile networks. Covid-19 is spreading in many countries which don’t have the facility of 5G mobile networks.

ONLY OLD PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED BY CORONA VIRUS – Although the ratio of old people getting infected by the virus is pretty higher but that doesn’t mean that the children and adults are completely safe. The reason of the higher percentage of old people getting affected is due to their weak immune system. People with pre-existing diabetes, kidney disease and heart condition are also at a higher risk of getting infected.

CORONA VIRUS DECREASES IN SUMMER SEASON – Although the previous corona virus- SARS and MERS , survived better in cold environments, there is no guarantee that the same will be true for Covid-19. From the evidence so far, this virus can be transmitted in all areas, including area with hot and humid weather.

EATING MEAT CAN CAUSE CORONA VIRUS – The virus doesn’t spread through meat- chicken, mutton or fish, and avoiding it doesn’t mean you will be safe.

SPRAYING ALCOHOL OR CHLORINE ALL OVER YOUR BODY CAN PREVENT YOU FROM CORONA VIRUS – Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill virus that have already entered your body. They are useful for disinfected surfaces when used under appropriate recommendations.

EATING GARLIC WILL PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING INFECTED – Because of the antimicrobial properties of garlic, people think it also prevent the corona virus.But the WHO has already cleared that there are no evidence that garlic can help us in preventing from corona virus too.

DOGS CAN CAUSE CORONA VIRUS – This myth started when the news of a dog getting infected from corona virus in Hong Kong was found. But later it was cleared that the dog owner was infected with the virus, and when tested, the virus was found in the dog’s canine.

VITAMIN C HELPS CURE THE INFECTION – Vitamin C was believed to have some healing benefits in the SARS outbreak. Besides, while vitamin C supplements may help boost your immune system, there is yet no evidence that it might help people fight off the new corona virus.