Om Puri Death: Veteran actor Om Puri passes away, Bollywood

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Om Puri dies in India aged 66 after a successful career in Bollywood and Hollywood

 

Veteran actor Om Puri has passed away after a massive heart attack early on Friday morning. The actor was 66. Om Puri’s friends and colleagues from Bollywood reached his Andheri residence to pay their last respects to the actor. Various Bollywood actors, who shared screen space with Puri, were present at the funeral to pay their tributes.  Confirming the news to indianexpress.com, filmmaker Ashoke Pandit — a close friend of Puri — said,”Omji suffered from a massive heart attack in the morning today. We have just reached his residence.” 

The actor has appeared in mainstream Bollywood cinema as well as Pakistani, British and Hollywood films. The actor has received an OBE as well as Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled his death. “The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri & recalls his long career in theatre & films,” PMO India tweeted. Puri’s friends in Bollywood were left shell-shocked by his death. Mahesh Bhatt tweeted: Goodbye Om! A part of me goes with you today. How can I ever forget those passionate nights we spent together talking about cinema & life ?

Will WhatsApp and Facebook start charging ?

Will WhatsApp and Facebook start charging? Latest scam tells users to pass on chain messages to avoid costs

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THE PAYING SCAM 

Messages have been circulating recently, suggesting the free messaging app WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger are going to start charging.  The message reads: 'From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue and will remain free.  'As discussed in the paper today. Facebook will cost 0.01ps per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise facebook will activate billing.'  This is not the case, as Facebook's business model relies on keeping its service free to customers, and being paid by advertisers. 

The messages are a scam trying to take personal information from people, so if you have received one of these messages, delete it and ignore it. 

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Hoax messages have been circulating recently, suggesting the free messaging apps WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger will soon start charging. WhatsApp itself has said, since the start of last year, it will not charge its customers, and Facebook relies on keeping its service free to users.  If you have received one of these messages, delete it and ignore it instead of passing it on, experts have warned. There doesn't seem to be any danger to those participating in the hoax, except for wasting their time. With more than 1 billion monthly users, WhatsApp provides a precious service to people all over the world, keeping them in touch with friends and family.

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While Facebook Messenger has a similar reach of around 1 billion users each month, this huge reach of users also comes a huge potential for cyber criminals to attack customers and steal personal information.

The most recent of these scams is a message that says Facebook is going to become chargeable. The message reads: 'From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue and will remain free.  'As discussed in the paper today. Facebook will cost 0.01ps per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise facebook will activate billing.'  This is not the case, as Facebook's business model relies on keeping its service free to customers, and being paid by advertisers. The same message is being sent around with the word WhatsApp replaced for the word Facebook, but otherwise the same. 

The messaging app became a free service to all users in January last year, and the company has said it will stay free forever. Scans like this circulate the internet suggest the service will start charging, unless users forward the message to ten contacts, for example.  Others say your account is about to expire and you must click a link to pay money to renew it. 'Since the beginning of 2016, WhatsApp has stopped charging its users for subscription fees,' Malwarebytes malware intelligence analyst Jovi Umawing said in a blog post.  

'We always advise you to block the sender, disregard the message and delete it,' the company says. 

WhatsApp scams can come in various forms, some of them pronounce themselves as public service announcements while others are more malicious, and masquerade as official messages from the company itself. But knowing what the most common scams are could help you avoid being targeted. 'These WhatsApp scams have been actively circling for some time,' a spokesman from Kaspersky Lab told MailOnline. 'They are so advanced that they can 'speak' several languages so the attacks can be customised for each market.' 

MOH fees On Services For Expats To Rise By Mid February

MOH fees On Services For Expats To Rise By Mid February Nearly 500 percent increase for health charges for expats

 

Nearly 500 percent increase for health charges for expats

The new price list prepared by the health ministry reveals increases that reach nearly 500 percent for residents and much more for visitors on healthcare charges.

As per local media report, the new charges reach a peak in the treatment of tumors with TheraSphere, at KD 5,000 for visitors compared to KD 500 for expat residents, while the previous charge was KD 100 only.

Treatment of bone cancer with isotopes will now cost KD 1,000 for visitors and KD 500 for expats, while the previous price was a mere KD 50.

Charges for x-rays and laboratory tests were also increased, such as thyroid gland testing, from KD 15 to KD 40 for expats and KD 90 for visitors.

Thyrogen injection charges have risen to KD 500 for residents and KD 790 for visitors.

The charges for tests for esophagus and gastric reflux, stomach, liver, spleen, gall bladder and blood vessels range from KD 10 to KD 50 for expats and KD 100 for visitors.

Cardiac test fees have increased from KD 10 to KD 50 for expats and KD 100 for visitors, while ischemic heart testing charges increased from KD 30 to KD 50 for expats and KD 100 for visitors.

Charges for blood plasma tests will go up from KD 20 to KD 250 for expats and KD 470 for visitors.

Mammography charges increase from KD 20 to KD 50 for expats and KD 100 for visitors.

Testicular test fees have increased from KD 10 to KD 40 for expats and KD 90 for visitors, while that of vein tests have risen from KD 15 to KD 40 for expats and KD 90 for visitors.

Lung aeration test fees have increased to KD 50 for expats and KD 110 for visitors.

Kidney tests with DMSA and MAG 3 increased from KD 10 to KD 40 for expats and KD 90 for visitors, while spinal cord test fees increased from KD 20 to KD 50 for expats and KD 100 for visitors.

Pregnancy ultrasound charges increased from KD 10 to KD 30, while CT scans will now cost KD 80, and MRI scans KD 120.

 

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Tax on the remittances of expatriates ..KUWAIT

Tax on the remittances of expatriates

MP Faisal Al-Kandari on Thursday submitted a proposal to impose tax on the remittances of expatriates.

Article One of the bill stipulates imposing tax on money that expatriates send outside Kuwait.

Article Two states that the remittance tax must go to the State’s coffers. Two percent tax will be imposed on remittances less than KD 100, four percent for KD 100 to KD 499, and five percent for KD 500 or more.

Article Three obliges accredited banks and money exchange companies to send money orders and cheques to the Finance Ministry for proper control.

Article Four stipulates a jail sentence of up to six months or fine of up to KD 10,000 for those who will send money without paying the corresponding tax.

Nasa detects TWO space rocks heading towards Earth

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Nasa detects TWO space rocks heading towards Earth - but it still can't work out whether one is an asteroid or a comet
On 25 February this year, it will approach Earth's orbit, passing at a distance of nearly 32 million miles (51 million kilometers) from Earth. This is a safe distance and it is not a threat to Earth for the foreseeable future, Nasa says. Artist's impression

WARNING SCIENTISTS : Climate change could cause ocean currents to COLLAPSE

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In the 2004 film, 'The Day After Tomorrow', ocean currents around the world stop as a result of global warming, leading to a catastrophic storm which wipes out major cities around the world. And experts believe that the terrifying plot could soon become a reality. A new study suggests that ocean circulation patterns could collapse in the near future, plunging the Northern hemisphere into an ice age. Previous studies have estimated that carbon dioxide levels will double to 700 ppm by 2100. If this is the case, ocean currents could collapse by the year 2400. 

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Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have shown that climate models may be drastically underestimating the possibility of ocean circulations collapsing. They found that a bias in most climate models exaggerates the stability of a pattern, called the Atlantic Meridonial Overturning Circulation (AMOC). When the researchers removed this bias, they predicted that circulation could collapse in the future, setting off large-scale cooling in the North Atlantic. The collapse would stop the AMOC, which delivers warm water towards Greenland then sinks as it cools and flows back towards the equator.

Wei Liu, who led the study, said: 'The significance of our study is to point out a systematic bias in current climate models that hinders a correct climate projection. 'A bias-corrected model puts the AMOC in a realistic stability regime and predicts a future AMOC collapse with prominent cooling over the northern North Atlantic and neighbouring areas.  'Our study has enormous implications for regional and global climate change.' To make their prediction, the researchers used doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration as a simple climate change scenario, and relaxed the assumption of AMOC stability. The prediction showed that the circulation collapses 300 years after the carbon dioxide concentration doubles.

The high levels in carbon dioxide would cause Arctic and Greenland ice melt, increasing the amount of freshwater run-off into the ocean. This increase in freshwater would dirupt the AMOC, which relies on a balance between fresh and salt water. And in 300 years, the current could stop altogether, with catastrophic consequences.  The northern Atlantic Ocean would dramatically cool, spreading Arctic sea ice. North Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures would drop 2.4° C (4.3° F) and surface air temperatures over northwest Europe could drop by as much as 7° C (12.6° F). Zhengyu Liu, co-author of the study, said: 'It's a very provocative idea. 'For me, it's a 180-degree turn because I had been thinking like everyone else.' 

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WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF OCEAN CURRENTS COLLAPSED? 

The prediction showed that the circulation collapses 300 years after the carbon dioxide concentration doubles.

The high levels in carbon dioxide would cause Arctic and Greenland ice melt, increasing the amount of freshwater run-off into the ocean.

This increase in freshwater would dirupt the AMOC, which relies on a balance between fresh and salt water. 

In 300 years, the current could stop altogether, with catastrophic consequences.

The northern Atlantic Ocean would dramatically cool, spreading Arctic sea ice.

North Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures would drop 2.4° C (4.3° F) and surface air temperatures over northwest Europe could drop by as much as 7° C (12.6° F).

 

Source: Mailonline

Members of the Human Rights Commission in a visit to the central prison

 

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Members of the Human Rights Commission in a visit to the central prison to see the conditions of prisoners and procedures in the public administration of correctional institutions.

Kuwait fire department receive 67 new fire trucks

 

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Kuwait fire department receive 67 new fire trucks

BREAKING NEWS: Terrorism hits Turkey again

Three wounded after explosions near a courthouse in Izmir, Turkey the day after local police arrested 20 ISIS suspects in search for Istanbul nightclub killer 

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Turkish police have killed an 'attacker' after a bomb blast outside a courthouse in the western city of Izmir left at least three people injured, it has emerged. Several ambulances were rushed to the scene after the blast outside the prosecutors and judges' entrance in the usually peaceful city on the Aegean Sea.  Eyewitnesses said the explosion appeared to come from a vehicle while pictures on social media show a cloud of smoke rising up from the street.

It comes a day after local police in the city arrested 20 ISIS suspects in the search for a gunman who went on the rampage murdering 39 revellers at an Istanbul on New Year's Eve.  There are reports that police have killed an attacker. The incident follows a string of attacks, carried out by ISIS or by Kurdish militants, that have left Turkey on edge. 

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Source : Mail Online

India to launch a record 103 satellites in a single rocket mission next month

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India to launch a record 103 satellites in a single rocket mission next month as the famously frugal space agency zooms ahead of Russia in the commercial space race
India is set to launch a rocket carrying 103 satellites next month in a record single mission. The country's famously frugal space agency is seeking to zoom ahead in the commercial space race, according to reports. The rocket will blast off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota carrying three Indian satellites and 100 from countries including from the US, France and Germany, the Press Trust of India said.

If it succeeds, India will set a world record as the first country to launch the most satellites in one go and leave behind Russia, which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014. 'We are making a century by launching over 100 satellites at one go,' S. Somnath, a director at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was quoted as saying at a science convention in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Another official told AFP that most of the 100 foreign satellites were meant for commercial purposes, while the Indian satellites were intended to observe and measure the Earth's atmosphere.

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The business of putting commercial satellites into space for a fee is growing as phone, internet and other companies as well as countries seek greater and more high-tech communications. India is competing with other international players for a greater share of that launch market, and is known for its low-cost space programme. Last June, India set a national record after it successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, including 13 from the US.

In May, it successfully launched its first mini space shuttle as it joined the global race to make reusable rockets. It sent an unmanned rocket to orbit Mars in 2013 at a cost of just $73 million, compared with NASA's Maven Mars mission which had a $671 million price tag. ISRO is also mulling the idea of missions to Jupiter and Venus, according to PTI.

'We are looking at other planets that we can explore... two of them are Jupiter and Venus,' M. Nageswara Rao, an associate director at ISRO, said Wednesday, adding 'it may take few years from now'. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often hailed India's budget space technology, quipping in 2014 that a rocket that launched four foreign satellites into orbit had cost less to make than Hollywood film 'Gravity'.

 

Source : Mailonline

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