Thursday, October 27, 2016


Google Launches New ‘Pixel’ SmartphoFollowing an absolute d
eluge of pre-event leaks and revelations, Google's 
new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are now finally official. Differentiated primarily by the size and resolution of their screens — 5-inch 1080p display on the Pixel and 5.5-inch Quad HD panel on the XL — these two devices are built by HTC, but Google takes full credit for their design and makes this explicit with its "phone by Google" branding. Both Pixel models are powered by the latest Snapdragon 821 processor and run a specialized version of Google's Android software, which includes support for the Daydream virtual reality platform that was announced at Google I/O in the summer.

The Pixel name, says Rick Osterloh, Google's recently hired hardware chief, "has always represented the best in hardware and software, designed and built by Google, together." He highlights five key points for the new Pixel phones:
- Google Assistant. Pixel is the first phone with the new Google Assistant built in. When you touch and hold the home button or say the "hot word," the Assistant "jumps into action." In Google's event demo, the Assistant is used to bring up photos from a particular time or place from the past, and also plays whatever music you ask it to play, choosing your favorite music app by default. Similarly, it integrates the Google Now on Tap functionality, allowing the user to swipe up with information on the screen, such as a restaurant name, and provides further information, such as reviews and the restaurant's address. Also, like a bot, the Google Assistant will take your reservation for that same restaurant using only voice prompts.
- Camera experience. The Pixel and Pixel XL rear camera scores an 89 in DxOMark, the highest rating ever. That benchmark isn't the most consistent measure of good performance, but at least it's an indicator of the sensor's potential in the new Pixel phones. It has a 12.3-megapixel resolution with large 1.55-micron pixels and an f/2.0 aperture. Google claims that its new camera has "the shortest capture time on any mobile camera ever." There's also very intricate, gyroscope-based video stabilization on board, however there's no optical image stabilization for stills. Google isn't shy in presenting this as the best smartphone ever.


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24Maoists   killed in encounter on Odisha-Andhra border

AT LEAST 24 Maoists, including 11 women, were killed in a 90-minute-long encounter with a joint team of the Odisha Police and Andhra Pradesh Police Greyhounds personnel early on Monday morning, in a forest in Malkangiri district near the Andhra-Odisha border.
While two Greyhounds personnel were injured, one later died in a hospital in Visakhapatnam. He has been identified as Muhammad Abu Bakr.
Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra said following intelligence reports, a joint team of the Greyhounds, Odisha Police Special Operation Group and District Voluntary Force surrounded a Maoist camp in a forest area between Bejing and Muchiputam, under Panasput gram panchayat of the district, in the early hours of Monday.
The Maoists were reportedly holding a plenary session, which was to be attended by central committee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna alias RK. While there were reports that Ramakrishna had escaped, police could not confirm if he was there. However, police sources said Ramakrishna’s son, Munna, was among those killed.
“We had definite information about the presence of 50-60 Maoists, mostly from Andhra Pradesh. Since the area is located in the cut-off area on the Andhra-Odisha border, the operation was launched from the other side, and Greyhounds took the lead,” said Mahapatra. “Our teams are still sanitising the area,” he added.
While there were reports that top Maoist leaders, including Gajarla Ravi alias Uday and Chalapathi alias Appa Rao, were among those killed, there was no confirmation from the police. Fourteen of the bodies are yet to be identified.
As military in-charge of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, Ravi took part in the peace talks with the Andhra Pradesh government in 2004 along with Ramakrishna. Chalapathi is secretary of the East division.
Some of the other Maoists who were killed have been identified as Daya, Venkat Ramana, Bengal Suresh, Ganesh, Latha, Mamata, Budri, Rajesh, Swarna, Madhu and Murali.
Four AK-47s and three SLRs were among the weapons recovered from the encounter site.
The place where the encounter took place is reportedly about two kilometres away from the spot where Ramakrishna addressed a meeting of villagers earlier this month, asking them to boycott the panchayat polls next year.
Gajarla Ravi hails from Velishala village near Warangal in Telangana. He, along with two of his brothers, joined the Maoist movements in the late ‘80s. One of them, Gajarla Ashok, surrendered last November. The other, Gajarla Saraiah alias Azad, was killed in an encounter in Warangal in April 2008.
Venkat Ramana was from Hakimpeta mandal of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh.
Police officials said the encounter dealt a severe blow to Maoists, who were pushed to the Andhra-Odisha border after being driven out from Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks of neighbouring Koraput district.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016



Polavaram Project

Polavaram Project

Polavaram Project is a multi-purpose irrigation project which has been accorded national project status by the central government. This dam across the Godavari River is under construction located in West Godavari District and East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh state and its reservoir spreads in parts of Chhattisgarh and Odisha States.National River-Linking Project, which works under the aegis of the Indian Ministry of Water Resources, was designed to overcome the deficit in water in the country. As a part of this plan, surplus water from the Himalayan rivers is to be transferred to the peninsular rivers of India. This exercise, with a combined network of 30 river-links and a total length of 14,900 kilometres (9,300 mi) at an estimated cost of US$120 billion (in 1999), would be the largest ever infrastructure project in the world. In this project's case, the Godavari river basin is considered as a surplus one, while the Krishna River basin is considered to be a deficit one. As of 2008, 644 tmcft of underutilised water from Godavari River flowed into the Bay of Bengal.Based on the estimated water requirements in 2025, the Study recommended that sizeable surplus water was to be transferred from the Godavari River basin to the Krishna River basin.

In July 1941, the first conceptual proposal for the project came from the erstwhile Madras Presidency. Later Diwan Bahadur L. Venkatakrishna Iyer, then chief engineer in the Presidency's irrigation department, made the first survey of the project site and made a definitive proposal for a reservoir at Polavaram. Sri Iyer not only visioned cultivation of 350,000 acres (140,000 ha) over two crop seasons through this project, but also planned for a 40 megawatt hydroelectric plant within the project. The entire project was estimated to cost about ₹65 million (US$970,000). The old final designs of Polavaram dam was planned at full reservoir level (FRL) 208 ft MSL (Mean Sea Level) with 836 tmcft gross storage capacity and 150 MW hydroelectric plant. By 1946–47, the estimated cost rose to ₹1.29 billion. It was named the "Ramapada Sagar Project" since the backwaters of the reservoir would touch the Lord Rama temple at Bhadrachalam. In the old finalised project design by Dr. K.L. Rao, the right bank canal of Polavaram project was extended to south of Krishna River to serve irrigation needs in old Guntur district by envisaging aqueduct across the Krishna River.


Once A Mechanic, Indian Man Now Owns 22 Apartments In Burj Khalifa

The Kerala-born is believed to be one of the largest private owners within the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure.

 His stake in the property came about when a relative teased him about the 828-metre building.

"A relative of mine jokingly told me: See this Burj Khalifa, you cannot enter it," he said.

After seeing an advertisement in a newspaper about an apartment for rent in the building in 2010, Mr Nereaparambil rented the apartment the same day and started living in it from the next day.

Now, six years on with 22 of the 900 apartments at perhaps the Gulf's poshest address under his belt, he said five are rented, and as for the rest, he's "waiting for the right tenant", the report quoted him as saying.

In an incredible sounding rags-to-riches story, Mr Nereaparambil realised there was huge scope for an air conditioning business in the hot climate of the desert after first touched down in Sharjah back in 1976.

Mr Nereaparambil, who helped his father trade cash crops and made money from waste at the age of 11, then went about setting up the beginnings of his now mini empire, GEO Group of Companies.

"People in my hometown used to trade cotton, but they'd throw away the cotton seeds. Not many people knew at that time that you could make gum from those seeds," he said.

Sifting through the dirt and sand to gather up the disregarded seeds, he said he would often make a "90 per cent profit selling them on".

"I'd do the same with tamarind seeds too. I'd sell the empty shells on as cattle feed," he added