Remember Rajamouli's Eega, where the protagonist Nani reincarnates himself as a housefly to wreak vengeance on the baddie?
Eega is being enacted in Valmiki Railway station of Bihar's Champaran, the only difference is that it's a monkey that is wrecking vengeance this time around.
Unbelievable but true, a monkey is targeting only goods train drivers. The railway authorities, who initially ignored the attacks, see a pattern now. The first driver was attacked in Valmiki station, and all the others struggled to  save him. One more driver was attacked when he was on the tracks and had to hide in a cabin to save himself. Just a day later, one more driver was attacked while in the engine cabin. He had to send an SoS to Railway Police, who came in time and saved him.
According to the railway officials, a monkey is targeting goods drivers after its simian sibling was moved down by a goods train.


The Islamic State group has released a chilling new video beheading eight Shias.

The hostages, wearing orange uniforms with hands tied behind their backs, were hurled profanities. The video also shows adolescents in black clothes handing over weapons to the executioners.
The video was uploaded on popular social media site, and various news agencies have confirmed its authenticity.
One of the men stated "Our swords will soon, God willing, reach the Nuseiries and their allies like Bashar and his party," insulting Syrian President Bashar Assad and Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group.
Two-dozen soldiers and policemen are still held hostage by the IS group that went on a rampage at the border town of Arsal. The site was bombarded by IS and Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra last year.


The much-awaited Movie Artistes Association elections results could be further delayed as the city civil court hearing the plea of producer O Kalyan has adjourned the case for April 7.
The vote counting will take place only after the verdict in the case is pronounced. The most keenly contested elections of MAA have bordered on acrimony and accusation-flinging. The rival panels headed by Jayasudha and Rajendra Prasad turned it into a no-holds barred contest.
O.Kalyan approached court citing  discrepancies in the MAA polls. He also demanded that MAA ex-president Muralimohan present the accounts of the expenditure incurred. Despite the acrimony,  MAA elections were conducted peacefully, where 394 out of 702 voted.


The Supreme Court summoned Former Deputy Prime Minister L.K Advani, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharati and other leaders in connection with the Babri case. They were asked to appear before the court by April 16.

The summons was issued on Monday to these leaders based on the evidence gathered by Central Bureau of Investigation. The matter has been pending since 2011 at the Apex Court, it is the first hearing in Babri case after Narendra Modi government come to power.
Earlier, The Allahabad High Court had dropped the conspiracy charges in its verdict on May 20,2010. The court stated "evidence for all the offenses was almost the same".
The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished in 1992 by Hindu activists. The Masjid was constructed in 1527 by Mughal emperor Babur.
The SC will hear the CBI's appeal challenging the HC verdict which had acquitted L.K Advani, UmaBharati and others.
The others who were summoned by the SC are former Union Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, prominent BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, Late VHP leaders Vishnu Hari Dalmia, VHP Giriraj Kishore and Mahant Avaidyanath, VHP chief Ashok Singhal and Governer of Himachal Pradesh Kalyan Singh.


YSRCP leader from Anantapur Vijay Bhaskar Reddy was brutally murdered while he was holding a meeting of the Kishtipadu village cooperative Bank on Tuesday.
TDP-backed goons barged in even as the meeting was on and hacked Vijay Bhaskar Reddy. The TDP men attacked him with sickles and sticks. The death was instantaneous.
A tense situation prevailed in Pedda Vaduguru mandal after Reddy was done to death. Reddy is the president of the bank and is very popular locally. The police recovered the body of the leader and registered a case.


New Delhi: A 25-year-old youth identified as Azarhuddin has been arrested for withdrawing money from ATMs after tampering its keypad in Khan Market area in captial city.
Azarhuddin was caught red-handed by ATM guard on Sunday afternoon while trying to steal money from an atm and handed him to police.The accused hails from Gaya, Bihar and his arrest came after police had received information from the staff of Bank of India's Khan Market branch that its ATM was being tampered with.
According to the CCTV footage of the ATM, a person aged about 24-25 years was seen entering the cabin and pouring Fevikwik on the CANCEL button of ATM's keypad. When the customer inserts his/her card in ATM, the machine asks PIN. The customer enters the PIN but further proceeding stops due to the tampering. The customer could neither withdraw the money nor 'cancel' the proceeding. Once the customer left the ATM, the accused would take out money from the same machine by cleaning the material using pins.
DCP Vijay said the photograph of the suspect was procured and circulated to all guards of the ATM machine as well as parking attendants and beat staff of the area. On Sunday, around 2.30 pm, Azarhuddin came to the ATM and as he tried to pour Fevikwik on the ATM buttons, the guard Ajit Das raised an alarm and informed the beat staff and he was apprehended immediately, police said.


New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday attached assets worth about Rs 2 crore of former Coal Minister and top tollywood director Dasari Narayana Rao in coal scam case.
An order for attachment of two vehicles, a few fixed deposit receipts worth Rs 50 lakh and a residential premise of Dasari, a Minister of State (MoS) in Manmohan Singh's cabinet, was issued by the agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in connection with its money laundering probe in the coal blocks allocation scam case. Sources said .The orders for freezing of these assets will be in place for the next 180 days during which the affected party can appeal it to the Adjudicating Authority of the PMLA. A PMLA attachment is aimed at depriving the accused of money laundering from taking benefits of his or her ill-gotten wealth.


It was meant to be a helpline for women in distress.
But, the distress calls are coming from men, who are pleading with the authorities “Mujhe Meri Biwise Bachao.”  Harassing wives and pesky partners are making lives a hell for Gujarati men and at least 181 SoS calls from men flooded the Abhayam Helpline for women. At least a good 25 per cent calls were made by men.
Most prominent reason is the threat to file a domestic violence complaint. The second reason for complaint is the wife’s constant demands for more money. Clash between the mother in law and wife is the third major reason for complaint.
The Abhayam staff and tele-callers, who are trained to handle women’s complaints, are finding themselves at the wits end as to how to deal with the pleas of harassed and harried husbands.


Remember Rajamouli's Eega, where the protagonist Nani reincarnates himself as a housefly to wreak vengeance on the baddie?
Eega is being enacted in Valmiki Railway station of Bihar's Champaran, the only difference is that it's a monkey that is wrecking vengeance this time around.
Unbelievable but true, a monkey is targeting only goods train drivers. The railway authorities, who initially ignored the attacks, see a pattern now. The first driver was attacked in Valmiki station, and all the others struggled to  save him. One more driver was attacked when he was on the tracks and had to hide in a cabin to save himself. Just a day later, one more driver was attacked while in the engine cabin. He had to send an SoS to Railway Police, who came in time and saved him.
According to the railway officials, a monkey is targeting goods drivers after its simian sibling was moved down by a goods train.


Hyderabad:As many as 76 people have lost their lives to swine flu and related health complications since January 2015 in Telangana.
State government issued a bulletinon Tuesdaysaid that 2,243 cases of swine flu infection were reported this year. FromJanuary 1till March 29, 7,240 samples were tested, of which 2,243 were found to be positive. The number of deaths because of swine flu and other related complications stood at 76. Eight samples out of the 84 which were sent for analysison Mondayhad tested positive for the H1N1 virus. The number of positive cases reported in the last seven days is 32, 13, 07, 16, 15, 8 and 19, respectively.


Hyderabad: In a tragic incident, two children were killed and their parents critically injured in a wall collapse in NTR Nagar near Borabanda in the early hours of Tuesday.
GHMC contract employee Raju and his family of four rented a house in Set 3 of the Weaker Section Colony Devayya Basti in the Borabanda area. The family moved into the house only on  Monday. The wall of the house weakened due to unseasonal rains that lashed the city on Monday and collapsed while the family was asleep.
Sai Charan (4) and Navya (3) died on the spot, while their parents were critically injured and have been rushed to Gandhi Hospital. Probe is on and more details are awaited.


  • *GO effective from April 1
  • *AP govt wants existing taxation method to continue
  • *T-govt firm on entry tax
The Telangana government has decided to collect entry tax for the commercial vehicles entering into Telagnana from Andhra Pradesh.
The decision has been taken despite pleas from the lorry owners from Andhra Pradesh, Even the Telangana truck owners want the present system to continue for another two years.
The move was initiated as the present tax regime is ending on March 31 and the new order would be applicable from April 1.  All transport vehicles, lorries, motor vehicles, cabs and RTC buses come under this law.

Facebook Still Forcing LGBT People And Others To 'Authenticate' Their Identities

A significant number of people operating personal profiles on Facebook under pseudonyms, stage names or any name not matching their legally documented identity received this message when logging into their Facebook accounts at the end of last summer:

The change affected anyone who might have a reason to self-identify on the Internet using a name different from the one on their legal ID, including drag performers, transgender individuals, people with sensitive occupations like teachers and survivors of domestic abuse. The new policy drew outrage and became a rallying point for many in the queer community before igniting what seemed like the beginning of a major exodus to social media platform Ello, which offers less restrictive guidelines for users.
As a result of Facebook's newly enforced rules, Sister Roma, a member of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an "order of queer nuns" dedicated to promoting human rights, organized the #MyNameIs social media campaign, a meeting with Facebookand a press conference in hopes of convincing the company to change its policy.
Several days later, Facebook publicly apologized to the LGBT community via a statement from the company's chief product officer's personal Facebook, which read in part, "Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name. The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life."
Sister Roma met with Facebook again on March 5 to discuss what, if anything, has progressed since the original meeting in October 2014. In an email sent to The Post she writes:

Basically the #MyNameIs team has been reduced to a test market group, suggesting modifications and options to their customer service department.
The bottom line is that Facebook refuses to budge on their real name policy. Calling it "authentic identity" is no different as long as they demand I.D. from users to prove their name. All of their concessions are mere smoke screens to the bigger issue. They believe that they are making the user experience a better one. They believe that these small modifications will cut down in the number of malicious targeted reports based on "fake names." They are wrong.
This week there has been a upsurge in malicious reporting. Hundreds of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence [members], entire drag communities, burlesque performers and other users around the world are reporting that their accounts have been disabled because they are using a "fake" name... Mark Zuckerberg has created an Internet monster that is bigger than he is or any of us.

Sister Roma also noted that The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is in the process of staging a massive protest in response to Facebook's "authentic identity" policy.
In an attempt to find other individuals affected by Facebook's name policy, The Huffington Post did a social media call-out asking anyone who has had an account deactivated and was thereby forced to either use their legally documented name or lose their account to share their stories. Here is a small sampling of the overwhelming response we received:
Enby Fox -- transgender individual self-identifying to escape abuse
"I am 20 years old and have and am working on escaping a couple of different abusive relationships. My boyfriend -- I broke up with him in August -- was extremely abusive and controlling. Even though we were long distance I'm still sometimes scared he might have me hurt or killed... For many (including myself) the Internet is my main form of communication. Being forced to dead name yourself can be both risky to safety as well as adding to dysphoria or other mental health issues. Just like anyone would want the identity that reflects them and their own identify, trans people need that as well."

Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Anti-Gay Religious Freedom Laws Are Dangerous

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business.

The bills, like the one enacted last week in Indiana, create a legal framework for individuals, mostly business owners, to claim that a law or regulation mandated by the government infringes on their religious beliefs.

In an op-ed piece for The Washington Post, the leader of the nation's largest corporation said that the bills under consideration "have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality."

He cited actions taken by lawmakers in Texas, Indiana and Arkansas, but said that a "wave of legislation" has been introduced in more than two dozen states.

Cook said he was opposing the legislation on behalf of Apple Inc. He came out as gay in October, saying that he wanted to make a difference for others.

In a letter he wrote then, Cook said, "there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation."

Cook said in his criticism of religious objection laws that he has great respect for religious freedom, but that it can never be "used as an excuse to discriminate."

The legislation is not a political or religious issue, but rather "about how we treat each other as human beings," Cook said.

"Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it's time for all of us to be courageous," Cook said

DEA, Secret Service Agents Accused Of Stealing Bitcoins During Silk Road Investigation

WASHINGTON -- Two former federal law enforcement agents who investigated an online marketplace used to trade drugs have been arrested and charged with stealing bitcoins during the investigation, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Carl Force, 46, a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, 32, a former special agent with the Secret Service, participated in the investigation of Silk Road. The creator of that online marketplace, Ross Ulbricht, was convicted of drug trafficking and other crimes earlier this year.

Now Force has been charged with wire fraud, theft of government property, money laundering and conflict of interest, while Bridges is facing wire fraud and money laundering charges.
Force, who worked undercover in the case using the identity "Nob," chatted with Ulbricht, who was using the name "Dread Pirate Roberts," according to federal authorities. Force allegedly failed to put the private keys and passwords needed to decrypt those conversations into the case file, and failed to provide them to the prosecutor on the Ulbricht case or anyone else in his chain of command, according to an affidavit from another agent in the case.
While Force was authorized to work under only one undercover identity, he allegedly had another, "French Maid," and yet another, "Death from Above," that he used to communicate with Ulbricht and extract money from him. He is accused of seizing funds from a California resident that ended up in his personal bitcoin account, which was then converted into U.S. funds that went into his personal bank account. He also allegedly launched his own limited liability company within days of the seizure of the funds.
Force was making roughly $150,000 a year as an agent. Yet he allegedly "paid off his mortgage, a government thrift savings plan loan, and wrote several very large checks for tens of thousands of dollars" while also investing in properties and businesses, and wiring money to an overseas account, according to a federal agent's affidavit.
Bridges had worked with Force in the Silk Road investigation, according to the affidavit. In particular, he had been part of an effort to provide "proof of death" photos to Ulbricht in order to convince the Silk Road boss that a hit he had allegedly ordered against a former employee had been carried out.
Bridges and Force allegedly texted back and forth and monitored the price of bitcoins. The former is accused of diverting more than $800,000 in bitcoins to his personal account.
The affidavit said that Bridges "abruptly resigned" from the Secret Service on March 18, 2015. Force has also resigned from the DEA.
Force was arrested on Friday and will appear in Maryland federal court on Monday, while Bridges surrendered on Monday and will appear in California federal court.

InFocus M2 review: This Rs 4,999 smartphone with 8 MP front and rear cameras is the best bet at this price

Earlier this month, US-based InFocus Mobiles entered the Indian smartphone market with its InFocus M2 3G smartphone. Coming from a company more synonymous with LCD projectors, we were curious to know what kind of phone were they projecting at the Indian consumers.
The InFocus M2 has a 4.2-inch display with a 1280x768 resolution that offers good visibility even under bright sunlight. The phone sports an overall thin design with a slightly curved back body. It is easy to operate with one hand and the overall touch response of the phone is also good.
The lock button and volume controllers are appropriately placed for easier access on either sides of the phone. The phone comes with an LED notification light in the front for missed conversations, calls, messages, and other similar updates.

One of the best things about this phone is its cameras. InFocus has been able to hit the sweet spot of the average mobile consumer in India who looks for a good camera phone without splurging too much on it. This smartphone includes 8 megapixels cameras on both the front as well as the rear, complete with flash on both sides. The picture quality is good both indoors and outdoors. The default camera app lets you click selfies with voice control and offers a variety of options like skin lightening and make up application while editing. It also offers you advanced settings for ISO, white balance, and scene modes before you capture.

From camera to sound - this phone has a good audio output. I tried testing it in our good old choked Delhi Metro compartment where even as the in-metro announcement was blaringly high, the InFocus M2 made sure to deliver comfortable listening. Even at its highest, the audio is neat and doesn't hurt the ears. However, if you play music on speakers, you will notice slight humming noise in the background, which is not noticeable when you plug in the earphones. If we take into comparison Fly Qik+ which has a poor audio at Rs 6,999, the one by InFocus is still a much better deal at a lower cost.

With Android KitKat, the phone offers Google's smooth interface. InFocus has pre-installed some productivity apps which you can disable from the settings panel. The phone runs a 1.3 GHz quad core processor and while playing around with the phone, I did not come across any app crash or freezing. However, when I tried playing a game on the device, I could never get the game loaded properly in the first go. Browsing the web over Wi-Fi was with little or no glitches.

The 2,010 mAh battery is long lasting and lets you listen to music, browse the web, watch videos, and carry out basic functions on a usual day out.
For a price of just Rs 4,999, you couldn't have asked for a better device. It is sleek, offers dual-SIM support, is Android-based, is 3G enabled, and gives you dual 8 megapixel cameras with flash, all with a good battery backup. If you are looking for a change in brand and want an affordable smartphone with all the features, InFocus M2 is the best bet.
Rating: 4/5

Physical Characteristic
ColourWhite, Black
Dimension135mm(H) x 64.5mm(W) x 11.1mm(T)
Weight145g (5.1oz)
OSAndroid KitKat 4.4.2
Battery2,010mAh Li-Ion Polymer (unremovable)
3G standby time:up to 280 hrs
3G talk time:up to 480 mins
*NOTE: All battery claims depend on the cellular network, location,,signal strength, feature configuration, usage, and many other factors;,actual results will vary. Battery has limited recharge cycles and may,eventually need to be replaced by an authorized service provider.,Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. Battery tests,were conducted using specific InFocus units.
SIMDual SIM (Micro SIM type, dual standby)
CPUMediaTek MT6582, Quad-core 1.3GHz
GPUMali-400, 500MHz
Size4.2 inches (9.2 x 5.5 cm)
TypeLTPS LCD, 16.7M colors
ResolutionWXGA 1280×768 (355PPI)
TouchCapacitive touch screeen with multitouch
InternalROM: 8GB / RAM: 1GB
*available capacity varies by system and pre-load applications
Card slotsupports microSD™ memory card for up to 64GB additional storage

850/900/1800/1900 MHz


900/2100 MHz

*HSDPA up to 21Mbps
Main8MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, Autofocus, 4x digital zoom, Flash LED
Front8MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, Autofocus, 3x digital zoom, Diffused flash LED; Smile auto selfie shot
FeaturesExposure compensation, Continuous shots, Scene setting, White balance, Face recognition, Beauty shot and Photo enhancer, video recording with 720×480, 1280×720, 1920×1080@ 30fps
Multimedia format
VideoH.263, H.264, MP4, VP8
MusicMP3, MP4, MEG4, H.263, H.264, 3GP
PictureJPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, WebP
Alert typesVibration, MP3, WAV, Custom ringtones
Loud speakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
MicrophoneDual microphones for noise cancelling

802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 4.0+LE/EDR/A2DP/HSP/SPP/AVRCP,,GPS/AGPS, WLAN Direct, micro-B USB connector for data transferring and,battery charging

Ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, G-sensor, Gyroscope
UIInLife UI, EZ Launcher
BrowserChrome, support HTML5
MessagingSMS (Threaded view), MMS, Email, Push mail, IM
AppsFacebook, Dropbox, Youtube, Selfie/Photo Enhancer (MeituPic), Music player, Video Player, Audio Effects, Office document viewer, Weather and Google Pack

FM radio, LED indicator

IBM to invest $3 billion to build 'Internet of Things' division

New York: IBM is investing $3 billion to build an "Internet of Things" division aimed at harnessing the massive trove of data collected by smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances and using it to help companies better manage their businesses.
IBM estimates that 90 per cent of all data generated by mobile and "smart" devices is never analyzed. The Armonk, New York, company hopes to change this by teaming up with companies like Twitter and the Weather Co., the owner of the Weather Channel, and developing cloud-based data services and tools for app developers.
IBM is training more than 2,000 consultants, researchers and developers to help businesses come up with new ways to use the vast amounts of data that are now available, said Glenn Finch, Big Data and Analytics Lead at IBM Global Business Services. This could mean combining Twitter data with economic and weather data to predict what someone might be interested in buying. The new business unit is part of IBM's shift away from hardware toward spending billions to focus on analytics, cloud computing, mobile services and security.

IBM plans to launch an online service that helps insurance companies extract insight from connected vehicles, to create new pricing and services customized to individual drivers. Meanwhile, the Weather Co. plans to shift and integrate its massive weather data operation into the IBM Cloud, so that insurance providers could send policyholders text messages alerting them to impending hailstorms and vehicles could be moved before being damaged, for instance. It could also help determine exactly how many people were hit by a natural disaster so insurers could respond to claims faster.
"Most people, most businesses, most governments wait for weather to happen to them and react to it rather than anticipate what it will do to them," said Mark Gildersleeve, president of the Weather Co.'s WSI division. The IBM partnership "aims to help governments and businesses essentially serve their end users better by making decisions earlier," he said.

Nailed it! Shilpa Shetty looks chic as she steps out with husband Raj Kundra

She was seen all glammed up to attend Miss India 2015 pageant's red carpet recently. But the actress opted for a casual ensemble as she planned an outing with husband Raj Kundra. Shilpa sported a chic look as she teamed a white top with a short stylish skirt. Take a look.

Modi government to push for cow slaughter ban across India

New Delhi: India will use all its "might" to ban cow slaughter across the country, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a speech to spiritual leaders, as the Hindu nationalist government moves to fulfil a poll promise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A renewed thrust by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to protect cows, worshipped by majority Hindus, has led to a clamp down on beef trade run mostly by Muslims.
India is the world's second largest beef exporter and fifth biggest consumer.

Maharashtra, India's second most populous state, extended a ban on the slaughter of cows to bulls and bullocks this month. Other BJP-led states such as Jharkhand and Haryana have also tightened curbs.
"How can we accept the fact that cow slaughter is allowed in this country?" Singh said on Sunday. "We will use all our might to ban it. We will try to build a consensus."
Critics say tougher anti-beef laws discriminate against Muslims, Christians and lower-caste Hindus who rely on the cheap meat for protein, and fear they could pave the way to a nationwide ban that would threaten thousands of jobs.
India has some 300 million cattle, and animals foraging for food are a familiar sight on the rubbish-strewn streets of towns and villages. Their numbers could swell by 200,000 in Maharashtra alone as farmers abandon animals they can't sell, according to the beef trade.
Modi, who in his election campaign last year criticised the previous government for promoting beef exports, in 2011 spearheaded a ban on beef trade in his home state of Gujarat that he led for more than a decade.
There is no central law on cattle slaughter though various states have brought in their own legislation.
Maharashtra's latest ban has been widely ridiculed on social media and traders in Mumbai have shut abattoirs for days in protest.
Mohammad Ali Qureshi, president of the Bombay Suburban Beef Dealers Association, said a nationwide ban on beef will fail as people in several regions enjoy the meat that is a cheap source of protein.
"A nationwide ban on cow slaughter is impossible," Qureshi said. "If the government takes any such decision we won't sit quiet and their will be nationwide protest. They will have to regret their decision."

World Leaders' Personal Data Mistakenly Released

With a single key stroke, the personal information of President Obama and 30 other world leaders was mistakenly released by an official with Australia's immigration office.

Passport numbers, dates of birth, and other personal information of the heads of state attending a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, were inadvertently emailed to one of the organizers of January's Asian Cup football tournament, according to The Guardian. The U.K. newspaper obtained the information as a result of an Australia Freedom of Information request.

Aside from President Obama, leaders whose data were released include Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The sender forgot to check the auto-fill function in the email "To" field in Microsoft Outlook before hitting send, the BBC reports.

The November 2014 breach was reported less than 10 minutes after the email was sent, according to Australia's ABC News. The sensitive material was immediately deleted by both the sender and the recipient.

The Immigration Department described the incident as an "isolated example of human error" and said the risk of the breach to be "very low", given data such as addresses was not included.

The Guardian says given that low risk, the immigration officer recommended that the world leaders not be made aware of the breach — a decision that could be at odds with privacy laws in some of the countries. The newspaper says it's not clear whether the immigration department subsequently informed world leaders.

Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations

Low oil prices are forcing Venezuela to cut a generous subsidy program to Cuba and a dozen other Caribbean nations.

Venezuela is Latin America's largest oil producer, and its economy depends heavily on oil exports. It's been been hit hard by the tumbling oil prices.

"Venezuela is in desperate straits. The oil sector has been deteriorating, and now with the slumping oil prices, they needed cash desperately," says Michael Shifter, the president of the Inter-American Dialogue.

Shifter says it's no surprise that Venezuela is trimming back a program that provides heap oil at favorable rates to many of its Caribbean neighbors that are dependent on energy imports. Petrocaribe was created a decade ago by late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. It provided subsidized oil to countries such as Belize, Haiti and Jamaica.

The discounts helped the other nations balance their budgets, and finance schools, social programs, and small businesses and farms.

"This was part of his broader strategy to extend his influence to consolidate support and also to curtail influence of the United States in the region," Shifter says. But he says when prices dropped, Venezuela "couldn't sustain this, it was impossible."

The Miami Herald, citing a report by Barclays investment bank, says the subsidy cuts are down by about half for most countries from what they were in 2012. But the report says those cuts deepened when crude oil prices began to drop in August 2014.

But Caribbean nations have been bracing for the steep cutbacks in shipments of cheap crude oil, according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper quotes the governor of Jamaica's central bank saying his government is adjusting by being more cautious about what to expect from Petrocaribe.

Even Cuba — the nation most closely-aligned ideologically to Venezuela — is seeing cuts to its subsidies. The Barclays report says Cuba paid for its oil by sending doctors and teachers to Venezuela.

But IHS Janes Intelligence Review says ties between the two counties remain very strong, and the oil supplies are essential for Cuba, because they are the country's main source of external revenue and foreign exchange.

Will 5G Bring New Dimensions to Our Wireless World?

The hottest topic at Mobile World Congress 2015 will connect billions of people and things to the Internet and one another without wires.
While much of the world is connecting their personal devices to fast data sharing 4G mobile networks, industry pioneers are shaping next generation networks to feed the world's increasing appetite for the Internet.
5G networks aren't expected to roll out broadly until 2020, but according to analyst firm CCS Insight, 5G will be one of the hottest topics at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That's because talk is significantly shifting beyond smart pipe dreams into a do-anything-anywhere-from-any-device reality.
In a nutshell, 5G networks will provide more data bandwidth and less latency due to built-in computing intelligence aimed at handling more data more efficiently than today's 4G networks. By combining communications and computing technologies, 5G networks will leverage more benefits of Moore's Law, according to Asha Keddy, vice president in Intel's Communication and Devices Group and general manager of the company's Standards and Advanced Technology team.
"3G networks were designed for voice while 4G was designed for more complex human interaction with voice and data," she told iQ just ahead of attending Mobile World Congress for the fifth consecutive year.

Smartphones were a new thing that drove big demand for 3G and then 4G. Just how it was tough to foresee that smartphones would create such a demand on networks, it's unclear exactly what will be the big, new impact on future 5G networks. What is known is that 5G networks will need to handle lots of complexity to satisfy all of those smartphones, home appliances, personal drones, robots and driverless cars that will need to connect to the Internet wirelessly five years from now.
By 2020, 5G networks will need to handle a mobile computing and communications needs of people but also more than 200 billion devices and machines around the world. Smart city sensors, transportation, industrial automation systems and other Internet of Things alone could account for 30.1 billion installed connected things, according to International Data Corporation.
Keddy describes 5G as the first network designed to be scalable, versatile and energy efficient  for the hyper-connected world.
"Existing wireless networks were never designed with smart door knobs or home refrigerators [that to connect to the Internet] in mind," said Keddy.
And they weren't designed for many of the new experiences people will want from wireless networks when using smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Keddy points out how many sporting events are using more high-definition cameras than ever, giving spectators a multitude of perspectives on a game.
"Imagine getting video streams of a volleyball match or another sporting event then switching between the two from wherever you are using your mobile device. Today, 4G networks only let you view one at a time. 5G networks might allow you to watch both. Or if the game was covered using multiple cameras, you could get 360-degree perspective then zoom into what you really want to see."

Once these kinds of things are possible, Keddy said people will find them irresistible because they can personalize their experiences.
"You and I could watch the same game but get totally different perspectives," she said. "It will be all about personalization and getting to choose the angles you want to take on the game."
Competition for defining 5G is reaching a fever pitch, as strong interest from all geographies intensifies. Keddy remembered when Japanese government said they'd be ready to demonstrate 5G in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics. South Korea responded that they would show trials in 2018 if not by late 2017.
Keddy believes most geographies want to be at the head of the pack when 5G is rolls out.
"You can imagine that some of the early trials will happen around big events like a soccer, something that brings together a lot of people."
By the time 5G rolls around in 2020, more data will be transmitted wirelessly than ever before. Up to now wireless networks were licensed, so Keddy said that 5G is being designed to provide shared (for a period of time), free (Wi-Fi) and licensed spectrum in order to handle ever increasing demand.
Ultimately, 5G networks will be faster with less latency for most devices. However, for devices that don't have much computer processing capabilities — a wearable device with a screen, for example — could connect wirelessly to another device or cloud service that can processes data or media, which then can be sent back to the wearable for viewing.
Keddy said that there will be more bandwidth but also smarter ways of using it that will decrease latency and increase energy efficiency of the network and our personal devices. This makes measurements like energy efficiency, spectrum performance, reliability and cost crucial for 5G.
"Bits per second was a standard way of measuring network performance, but 5G will encompass much more," Keddy wrote in an article that appeared in Wired Insights last fall. Instead, she'd like 5G to measure more completely by looking at bits per joule, bits per Hertz, bits per square meter of coverage and bits per dollar.
5G could be the hottest topic at Mobile World Congress, but Keddy is close attention to the evolution of 4G LTE, which she said is really just kicking into full gear as it becomes more broadly available around the world and embedded in more devices.
"We expect to see new 4G tech addressing new frequencies and interface designs," she said, referring to LTE's improving ability to interact with personal devices as well as autonomous machines.
Keddy see a new era for wireless emerging, one where computer processing and communications technologies are combing at the core, edge and access points of wireless networks as well as devices.
In the next five years, riding on a 5G network could feel more like compute power and information are following you around. Wearables, smartphones, tablets and other devices with sensors that are location and context aware will be working together with apps and services to bring digitally augmented experiences to real life.

The Antioxidant That’s 6,000x More Powerful Than Vitamin C

Scientists have spent decades researching natural solutions that could help you become an age-defying wonder with strong joints, youthful skin, a sharp memory and boundless energy.

Today, incredibly convincing evidence indicates that one super-nutrient can help you do it all. In fact, researchers haven't been this excited since omega-3s and CoQ10 revolutionized heart health. And many believe this is even bigger!

The super-nutrient I'm talking about is called astaxanthin, and it's the most powerful antioxidant ever discovered. As more and more human studies roll in, I've become absolutely convinced that this may be the single most essential anti-aging supplement of all.

How to Fight Dangerous Free Radical Overload and WIN

I've spent my career seeking answers for age-related conditions like heart problems, joint discomfort, vision issues and blood sugar imbalances. In virtually every case, the degenerative decline associated with aging is triggered by something called oxidative stress, and it can turn your life after 50 in to a painful, debilitating journey.
You see, oxidative stress never slows down in your body, as free radicals pound away at healthy cells. Unfortunately, these free radicals stay trapped inside your body where they damage healthy cells and deplete cellular energy. In fact, they damage your very DNA, accelerating the aging process and raising the risk for serious health problems.

Some examples of how oxidative stress can negatively affect your body:

  • Aching muscles and painful joints
  • Wrinkled skin, dryness and age spots
  • Blurred vision, especially at night
  • Clogged and hardened arteries
  • Loss of memory and concentration
  • Diminished energy levels
You simply must protect yourself from harmful free radicals. And astaxanthin is the most powerful free radical fighter on earth.

6,000 Times More Powerful Than Vitamin C

In a test that specifically measures the ability to neutralize a particularly unstable and destructive type of free radical called singlet oxygen, astaxanthin proved to be up to:
  • 40 times stronger than beta-carotene
  • 100 times stronger than vitamin E
  • 800 times stronger than CoQ10
  • and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C!
Singlet oxygen is linked to deadly cholesterol oxidation in the arteries, DNA damage and damage to skin, eyes and other tissues in the body. In fact, its destructive effects have been tied to a wide gamut of age-related health concerns.
And it gets better. As it turns out, astaxanthin's molecular composition allows it to cross the blood-brain and blood-retina barriers that other antioxidants can't cross.
That's right: many antioxidants can't protect your brain and eyes because they can't get through to the cells that need protection. But astaxanthin can.
That means astaxanthin can scavenge free radicals and singlet oxygen in your brain, eyes, joints and central nervous system in ways ordinary antioxidants simply can't. In fact, astaxanthin can enhance your health in so many possible ways that I call it the "magic bullet" of antioxidants.

Joints That Stay Flexible and Comfortable

The secret to lifelong comfort is keeping your cartilage healthy, and a big part of that is fighting off oxidative stress in cartilage collagen. If you don't, the constant free radical attacks trigger tissue degradation that can make joints feel like agony. Some people may tell you that the soreness and stiffness are just an unavoidable part of aging. Those people are wrong!
Astaxanthin protects against this free radical breakdown better than any other nutrient. One well-known University of Memphis study found that astaxanthin eased discomfort even after strenuous exercise.[1] Another study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reported reduced pain and greater mobility among people with joint pain after taking astaxanthin for only eight weeks.[2]
Astaxanthin acts to lower important inflammatory markers, slowing production of inflammation and pain-causing enzymes. In one study, volunteers taking astaxanthin for 2 months saw their levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) plummet. CRP is an important marker of inflammation in the body — and high CRP levels affect heart health.[3]

Healthier Cholesterol and Arteries the Natural Way

If you've never linked antioxidants with cholesterol management, you're in for a big surprise because this may be one of astaxanthin's biggest benefits of all.
One study found that LDL ("bad" cholesterol) was significantly lower among overweight individuals after just 12 weeks of taking astaxanthin.[4] What's more, another study found that astaxanthin raised "good" HDL cholesterol and reduced triglycerides.[5]
Astaxanthin supports artery health, too. Studies indicate that it helps stop LDL cholesterol from oxidizing so that it won't clog up and harden your arteries. And this artery-scrubbing effect means better circulation too.[6]

Vision That Stays Clear and Focused

UV sunlight and oxidative stress produce serious damage to your vision. However, studies show that astaxanthin can help protect your eyes against the damage.[7,8]
Remember, astaxanthin can cross the blood-retina barrier to positively impact eye health. In fact, it's the most powerful antioxidant among the carotenoids, which are well known for their eye-protective capabilities, and it's been shown to be 5 times more potent than lutein, perhaps the most well-known "eye nutrient" of all!

Lifelong Memory Like a Steel Trap

Astaxanthin has been called the most "brain-friendly" antioxidant of all. So why just cross your fingers and hope your cognitive skills stay strong as you age?
Scientists know that oxidative stress on brain cells can lead to memory loss and cognitive problems. That's because about 30% of the brain's mass is highly susceptible to oxidation damage.
However it's been proven that astaxanthin's unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrier allows it to "get in" and protect brain cells better than any other antioxidant known. In fact, a study published in the prestigious Brain Journal singled out astaxanthin's potential brain-health benefits and its ability to fight oxidative damage that can lead to mental decline.[9]

Age-Defying Skin That's Protected from Within

Most people rely on marginally effective lotions to keep their skin looking young. But the fact is, the most effective protection for your skin comes from within.You see, free radical damage is the biggest threat to your skin. And while you see the effects on the outside, astaxanthin helps heal and protect from the inside.
Astaxanthin not only helps protect your skin from future damage, it can also reverse years of damage relatively quickly.[10] One of the ways it works is by protecting the skin's outermost layer against oxidative stress. This enhances cell repair and collagen production, thus increasing skin moisture, reducing wrinkles and providing for firmer, more youthful looking skin.[11,12,13]

Revved-Up Energy, Stamina and Mobility

A recent study at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health found a clear link between carotenoids, such as astaxanthin, and improved muscle strength activity levels.[14] That's because, once again, oxidative stress and inflammation cause muscular problems, fatigue and weakness, while astaxanthin protects you from the oxidative damage that contributes to fatigue and weakness.
Studies suggest astaxanthin may help improve stamina,[15]and inhibit the formation of lactic acid during exercise that can make your muscles ache.[16] It has become popular among athletes for this reason, and you too will find that astaxanthin makes exercise easier and more enjoyable.

3 Tips For Choosing the Best Astaxanthin

If you're sold on astaxanthin's amazing benefits, what's next? Simple. Find the highest-quality astaxanthin, in the optimal serving size, at the right price.
Now, it's true that astaxanthin is found in salmon and shellfish, but that's not the best way to go. You'd have to eat wild salmon every day to get enough, and then you'd be overexposed to ocean pollutants like mercury, which is the last thing you want. Supplementation is your best choice, and even that route has red flags to avoid.

Here are my 3 tips for choosing the best astaxanthin supplement:

  1. Make sure the bottle says "natural astaxanthin" and that it is derived from the marine algae species H. Pluvialis. Avoid synthetic astaxanthin, which is far less potent.
  2. You need to take 4 milligrams per day. Anything less and you won't be getting clinically beneficial amounts.
  3. Don't pay more than $25 for a one-month supply. Many companies are taking advantage of the hype and charging more than double this.

The Best Source for Best Results

The astaxanthin supplement that I take myself and personally recommend is called PurZanthin™. It's simply the best and most affordable astaxanthin on the market.

Now I must disclose that in addition to being Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now natural health newsletter, I am also CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been making premium grade supplements for nearly 20 years.

I invite you to do your own research to make sure I'm not just shamelessly promoting my own product, but here's why I think you'll discover that PurZanthin is absolutely your best option:

  • PurZanthin is made from Zanthin®, a superior source of natural, purified astaxanthin derived from the H. Pluvialis species of microalgae. In fact, this special patented astaxanthin was the first to earn regulatory approval in both Europe and the United States, in no small part because of its pioneering extraction and stabilization processes. PurZanthin assures you unparalleled quality and purity — and you'll see and feel the difference.
  • PurZanthin is highly concentrated so just one small easy-to-swallow softgel per day contains the recommended clinical dose of 4 mg. According to Dr. Rudi E. Moerck, one of the world's leading astaxanthin experts, "A 4 mg dose of astaxanthin per day is an excellent intake of this potent antioxidant…this dose will maintain an effective level of astaxanthin in the body, especially in membranes of the joints, eyes, brain and muscle [and] you will always have good levels of this king of carotenoids."
  • Like all Stop Aging Now products, PurZanthin is made in the USA in an FDA-inspected facility to meet stringent standards for quality, purity and potency. It's processed in a state-of-the-art, allergen-free facility that is Organic Certified, in accordance with the most stringent quality standards. Plus, it comes with an "any reason" 365-day guarantee.
And, for a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get PurZanthin for as low as $12.49 per bottle with free shipping, which is a great deal.
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