Government Working On New Industrial Policy

New Delhi: The government is working on a new industrial policy with a view to promoting and developing frontier technologies, innovation and enhancing competitiveness of domestic products.

“With the changing manufacturing scenario, introduction of new technologies, innovation, R&D, artificial intelligence and automation, there is a need to completely revamp the industrial policy of 1991. We are working on that,” a senior official said.

The official said the new policy would focus on several areas like ways to encourage innovation, further simplification of taxation system and address new challenges of the manufacturing sector.

The DIPP, under the commerce and industry ministry, is working on this proposal.

It would also be aligned with the government’s flagship programmes such as Make in India, Skill India, Startup India and the foreign direct investment policy.

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), under the commerce and industry ministry, is working on this proposal.

“The draft of the new policy should be ready by September this year,” the ministry official said.

As per the DIPP website, industrial policy since 1991 has been more for facilitating the industrial development rather than anchoring it through permits and controls.

Industrial licensing was abolished for most of the industries and there are only four industries, including defence and explosives, where licence is currently required.

It said that a number of initiatives have been taken for ease of doing business for industrial licensing, increasing initial validity period of those licences and simplification of application forms.


Apple Working to Make the iPhone a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Your Medical Records: Report

If a new report is to be believed then Apple wants its iPhone to work as a “one-stop shop” for all medical information of its owner. The Cupertino-based giant is reportedly in talks with hospitals, developers, and other industry experts to make this a reality.

CNBC reports that there’s a “secretive team” within Apple’s “health unit” that is working to make sure that the iPhone can store clinical data including lab results and allergy lists, which could later be shared with third-parties like a hospital or an expert. The report cites almost half-dozen people familiar with the team, and adds that the company is also looking at startups in the “cloud hosting space.” It says that Apple is even considering acquiring a startup that could fit in the company’s plans.

Apple Working to Make the iPhone a 'One-Stop Shop' for Your Medical Records: Report

Apple is being said to be in talks with health IT industry groups including “The Argonaut Project,” which is promoting the adoption of open standards for health info, and “The Carin Alliance,” which is an organisation that’s working to offer patients a central role in controlling their own medical data.

The report also adds that Apple’s Vice President of software technology Bud Tribble has been personally involved with the “The Carin Alliance” project. It further claims that Apple has “hired some of the top developers” involved with FHIR, a protocol that’s used for exchanging electronic health records.

“Essentially, Apple would be trying to recreate what it did with music – replacing CDs and scattered MP3s with a centralised management system in iTunes and the iPod – in the similarly fragmented and complicated landscape for health data,” stresses CNBC’s Christina Farr.

This won’t be the company’s first attempt to cater to health care sector as Apple’s HealthKit has been in existence for a couple of years now. Though, HealthKit has mostly been focused more towards fitness and wellness. Apple’s HealthKit includes a feature dubbed health records but that involves manual import of reports, and lacks a centralised feature that could help the user share medical info with a third-party.

Apple’s latest move could bring a revolutionary change to the way healthcare sector has been functioning for years. One of the biggest issues with medical sector has been keeping tap of the latest medical records of the users, and if Apple can get things right then this might turn out to be a boon.


From dry shampoo to white colour pencil, beauty hacks for working women

Most working women are in a hurry or have less time to get ready which affects the make-up that needs to be done at the last minute. Dry shampoos and petroleum jelly are some of the products that can make life easier, suggest experts.

Make-up artist Aashmeen Munjal and beauty expert Bharti Taneja have suggested some tricks that work:

1) To start with hair, when there is no time to shampoo hair and you need to head to a party after work, then keep a dry shampoo as a must-have. If it’s in a spray form, just spray it on roots and brush them. All the oil, dirt that is there in the hair will be gone. And after washing hair in the morning, if there is no time to use a dryer then use a towel and tie up with a cotton T-shirt.

Opt for dry shampoo for the clean look. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The cotton T-shirt will absorb the moisture quickly and will leave the natural moisture in the hair which will maintain the natural curl. One can follow it up with a serum too.

2) No time to go to a salon for pedicure and manicure? Apply petroleum jelly on hands and feet before sleeping at night.

Apply it on skin and leave it overnight wearing thick socks. It generates the natural moisture in skin. Also, make sure to put socks on.

3) After a late night party, one doesn’t generally get sufficient time to have a proper sleep. And in the morning while going to the office, the face might look dull. Apply a skin or a white colour pencil on the inner lower rim of eyes and then apply kohl or liner to instantly pop up eyes.

4) For a party after office, keep some banana bands or funky and cool accessories for hair as they add drama. The easiest hairstyle for a working woman is to make a front puff. Another option is to make a high ponytail. For that, make a puff by taking centre partition of hair.

Add funky and cool hair accessories to add drama. (AFP)

5) Sometimes there is a desire to apply a certain kind of lipstick shade, but it’s not available at that moment. Apply a good moisturiser or a good jelly on lips and then use eye shadow of the shade you want to apply instead of the lipstick.

6) Don’t forget to condition face frequently, locking the moisture with rose water spray.

7) For fuller lashes, pick a swab of cotton. Just put it in baby powder and slide it across the lashes after applying the mascara. Don’t forget to apply mascara after that again.


From dry shampoo to white colour pencil, beauty hacks for working women

Want a memorable accessory for that big event? Think beyond the traditional pinned-on boutonnière or corsage, and consider wearing a piece of floral art.

“There are those floral artists who are thinking outside the box and are using blooms and botanical elements in new, fresh ways, as in floral jewelry and wearables,” said Tobey Nelson, owner of Tobey Nelson Events and Design in Langley, Washington.

Wearable flowers have been getting play on fashion runways, and are increasingly popular as necklaces, bracelets and crowns at weddings, proms or other special occasions. Some can even be replanted later.

Nelson describes her flower jewelry as “neck gardens” or “wrist gardens.”

 This floral tiara is designed as an accessory to be worn at weddings, proms or other special occasions. Flowers are becoming the raw material for a different kind of artwork. Floral artists are using blooms and botanical elements in new, fresh ways as in floral jewelry and wearables.

“I see so many different plant parts — be it a flower or berry or an acorn or curly stem — as a gem of nature,” she said. “It is only fitting that I would fashion them into jewelry.”

Floral designers cajole blooms — often succulents — into jewelry bases that can be worn around a wrist or finger, or used as necklaces, earrings and headpieces. Many of the bases can be used again after the flowers are spent.

Succulents are resilient, simple to grow and don’t need to be watered frequently. Sedums, echeverias and sempervivums multiply rapidly. Eventually, they will expand off their bases, sending out roots in search of nutrients.

“The life expectancy of a floral wearables piece made from succulents can be three weeks to two months, as long as it is stored in sunlight,” Nelson said. “Jewelry made from succulents can be taken apart when the plants begin to outgrow the jewelry piece and then planted.”

Susan Mcleary, a floral designer, artist and instructor who operates Passionflower in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a long list of go-to flowers and foliage that she uses as wearables.

“The best way to form your own list is to test obsessively,” Mcleary said. “Anytime I get a new flower in the studio, I snip off a few blooms to test how they fare out of water.

“For floral jewelry, I love using young, tight ranunculus, astrantia blooms, hyacinth pips, delphinium florets, huechera foliage, herbs, berries, pods, miniature orchids . to name a few.”

Floral pieces appreciate a periodic misting but they are made to last for the duration of a one-day event such as a wedding or party, Mcleary said. Succulents can last up to three weeks without watering.

Mcleary’s designs often center around a single family of colors, adding a variety of shades and textures to boost interest. “Larger blooms and darker shades typically are set down first, and more delicate materials and lighter shades float above,” she said.

She receives many illustrated thank you notes from former clients — usually brides — for whom she designed succulent jewelry that was successfully re-potted.

“A favorite photo came on one couple’s first anniversary: a pot of overflowing plants, happily nestled in their new home,” she said.


WhatsApp Will Stop Working on Nokia Symbian, BlackBerry OS Phones on June 30

WhatsApp users still on handsets running the ageing BlackBerry OS and Nokia S40 and S60 platforms will not be able to use the popular messaging service after June 30. The Facebook-owned company will officially pull the plug on the dated Nokia Symbian software and the BlackBerry OS as July starts. This comes after WhatsApp delayed ending support for them by six months, from the original date of December 2016 to June 2017. The reason behind WhatsApp killing support for old Nokia and BlackBerry phones is that they don’t have the capabilities needed to add new features in the app.

The most widely used instant messaging app had last year announced that it will drop support for a few platforms. The company later extended the support until June 2017 after BlackBerry expressed its disappointment with WhatsApp’s decision to abandon the platform. Support for Android 2.2 Froyo, iOS 6, and Windows Phone 7 was ended by WhatsApp in December last year.

In its Support page, WhatsApp explains, “These platforms [Nokia S40, S60, and BlackBerry OS] don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 2.3.3+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”

WhatsApp Will Stop Working on Nokia Symbian, BlackBerry OS Phones on June 30
Interestingly, the lack of support for the old Nokia Symbian phones is the reason WhatsApp will not work on the new Nokia 3310 feature phone. The Facebook-owned company has advised that anyone with the above-mentioned older platforms who want to keep chatting with friends via WhatsApp will need to upgrade to a newer operating system or a new device.

WhatsApp also clarifies that currently there’s no way users can transfer your chat history between platforms though the company will provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email, if requested by users. You can head to WhatsApp’s Support page to understand the steps.

WhatsApp had previously emphasised how much the market changed in the years since WhatsApp was launched in 2009. Recapping the market, the messaging service said that in 2009 Android and iOS platforms were running on less than 25 percent of the devices, while BlackBerry and Nokia’s operating systems dominated the market with roughly a 70 percent share. WhatsApp’s decision to pull the plug on Symbian and BlackBerry, however, recaps how the platforms have lost popularity.


Thai Police Bust ‘Click Farm’ Working With 500 Smartphones, 400,000 SIM Cards to Boost ‘Likes’

Three Chinese men were detained in Thailand on Tuesday after police discovered they were running a ‘click farm’ from a house near the Cambodian border to generate likes for Chinese products on social media.

The trio was arrested on Sunday after police raided their rental home and discovered a rack of some 500 smartphones hooked up to a computer. Police also confiscated nearly 400,000 Thai SIM cards allegedly purchased for the operation.

The men, in their late twenties and early thirties, told officers they were hired by Chinese companies to boost “likes” for a number of products, including herbal medicines, candy and a tour company.

“They have been charged with working without work permits because they are on tourist visas and smuggling contraband goods,” said immigration officer Colonel Ruengdet Thammana, referring to the mobile phones.

Thai Police Bust 'Click Farm' Working With 500 Smartphones, 400,000 SIM Cards to Boost 'Likes'

Police decided to search the house after they noticed the men rarely left the building or spoke to other people.

Click farms are just one of many online scams that have proliferated in recent years and become a major scourge for social media giants. Some farms control tens of thousands of fake social media accounts that can be programmed to like pages or posts.

A typical farm might boast hundreds of phones that scammers swap with different SIM cards registered to many accounts.

Or it might be a loose network of real users liking huge quantities of posts for a fee.

The farms are hired by ordinary people and politicians looking to boost their profiles, companies who want to game ranking algorithms to ensure products are given priority, and fake news writers seeking to get their headlines onto ‘most read’ lists.

India, the Philippines, Indonesia and China – all countries with low wages but high tech penetration – have emerged as key click farm hubs.

Web giants face a constant battle to tweak their algorithms to weed out fake traffic and users.

Last month Facebook said it was making changes to its ranking algorithm to keep its users from linking to “low quality” websites, part of an effort to fight spam and misinformation.