Tuesday, 11 March 2014

World Maths Day/Pi Day -March 14

World Maths Day (World Math Day ) is an online international mathematics competition, powered by educational resource provider 3P Learning (the same organisation behind the school resources Mathletics, Spellodrome and IntoScience). Smaller elements of the wider Mathletics program effectively power the World Maths Day event.
The first World Maths Day was held on March 14 2007 (Pi Day), and has been held on the 1st Wednesday in March in subsequent years. Despite these origins, the phrases "World Maths Day" and "World Math Day" are trademarks and not to be confused with other competitions such as the International Mathematical Olympiad or days such as Pi Day. In 2010, World Maths Day created a Guinness World Record for the Largest Online Maths Competition.
In 2011, the team behind the competition added a second event World Spelling Day - and officially rebranded as the World Education Games. In 2012, a third event was added - World Science Day. The World Maths Day and World Education Games games are now sponsored by Samsung, and supported by UNICEF as global charity partner.

Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant Ο€ (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the U.S. month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of Ο€ in the decimal form. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.In the year 2015, Pi Day will have special significance on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of pi.
Pi Approximation Day is observed on July 22 (or 22/7 in the day/month date format), since the fraction 22⁄7 is a common approximation of Ο€.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

University exams in Tamil Nadu rescheduled to avoid clash with Lok Shabha polls

Tamil Nadu universities have to postpone or prepone exams following the announcement of Lok Shabha election dates.
Anna University has preponed its exams, with eighth semester exams for BE/BTech earlied scheduled to start on April 14 will now start a week earlier on April 14 and end before the polls start. More than 525 self-financing colleges under Anna University running the courses have to reschedule their exams.
SRM University had to postpone a hotel management examination scheduled on April 24 to the following Sunday. "We have several outstation students. We realised that we may have to change the exam dates once the election date is announced. We've informed the students in advance so they can plan their travel accordingly," university controller of exams S Ponnusamy said.
The University of Madras has scheduled no exam between April 22 to 25. The university decided to announce the exam dates after the election dates were announced. "We drafted the timetable. We held a meeting on Saturday to discuss minor changes to be made to ensure that there are no exams from April 22 to 25. We will make the changes and announce the exam dates on Monday," said university public relations officer P.V. Ramalingam.
No just university exams, boards exams are also affected because of the Lok Shabha polls. CBSE  has been forced to postpone some board exams including Urdu, sociology, philosophy and agriculture that fall on April 9, 10, 12 and 17 to April 25, 21, 19 and 22 respectively to avoid a clash with the elections in other states. In Tamil Nadu however, there are no changes, as the boards end before April 24. The state board exams for Classes 10 and 12 too need no changes.

Academic year at the schools in the state have to end on April 22 to class poll dates as schools are the biggest polling booths. However, officials said that there was no direction regarding this from the state till Saturday evening. "Usually police take over the campus 24 hours before the polling date. They complete the arrangements within the time given," said B. Purushothaman, senior principal and correspondent of Everwin Group of Schools. The school is the largest polling centre in Kolathur constituency, and is expected to have 17 polling booths.

Malaysian airline may have turned back: Air force chief US to assist in Malaysia air crash investigation

Kuala Lumpur:  Malaysian authorities were looking into the "possibility" that an airliner which vanished with 239 people on board had attempted to turn back, the country's air force chief said Sunday.
Authorities also said they were expanding their search for wreckage to the west coast of Malaysia. Searches so far had concentrated on waters to the country's east, in the South China Sea.
"There is a distinct possibility the airplane did a turn-back, deviating from the course," said General Rodzali Daud, citing radar data.
"One of the possibilities is that it was returning to Kuala Lumpur."
Malaysian Airlines flight 370 vanished early Saturday, with the last known location of the Boeing 777-200 recorded over waters somewhere between Malaysia and southern Vietnam.
No debris has yet been found though Vietnam has said its search planes spotted oil slicks near where contact with the plane was lost.
Rodzali said a turn-back was "corroborated by civil radar", giving no further details.
But Malaysian Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the plane's systems would have set off alarm bells.
"When there is an air turn-back the pilot would be unable to proceed as planned," he said, adding authorities were "quite puzzled" over the situation.
Officials also said authorities were expanding a search operation to Malaysia's western coast, facing the huge Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Rodzali, the air force chief, said Malaysia had "requested our Indonesian friends to assist us in that matter". 

EAT FRUITS-how and when to eat.

HOW TO EAT FRUITS? 🍏πŸ‡πŸ’πŸŒ½πŸ‘πŸŒπŸπŸπŸ‹

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think.
It's important to know how and when to eat.



It will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.
In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil....
Eat fruit on an empty stomach or before meals! People complain, "Every time I eat watermelon I burp; when I eat apples, my stomach bloats up; when I eat a banana🍌 I feel like running to the toilet, etc ” This will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas, hence you will bloat!
Grey hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under eyes will NOT happen by taking fruit on an empty stomach.
There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon πŸ‹are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. Master the correct way of eating fruits, and you will  have beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.
Drink only fresh fruit juice,🍹 NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.
Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI: 🍈A good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

 APPLE: Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

 STRAWBERRY:  .. have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

 ORANGE :  Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessening the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON:  Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. A key source of lycopene  the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: 🍈 for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; good for your eyes.

 Drinking Cold water after meals = Cancer!
 It will solidify the oily stuff you have just consumed and  slow down digestion... Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. This will turn into fats and lead to cancer. Better to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
 HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE': Not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of pain in the jaw line. You may never have chest pain during a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are common symptoms. Sixty percent who have an attack while asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can awaken you.

A cardiologist says if everyone sends this message to 10 people, you can be sure it'll save at least one life.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Lok Sabha elections begin April 7,counting May 16

Nine-phase Lok Sabha polls begin on April 7, counting on May 16
For the first time, the Lok Sabha elections will be held in nine phases — from April 7 to May 12. Announcing the poll schedule on Wednesday, the Election Commisson of India said counting of votes will be done on May 16 and the results will be announced on the same day.
Assembly elections will also be held simultaneously in the states of Andhra Pradesh, including the Telangana region, Orissa and Sikkim.
While a bulk of the polling — in as many as 525 constituencies — will take place on six days, only 18 constituencies will vote on the remaining three polling days. The maximum number of constituencies (122 across 13 states) will vote on April 17, followed by 117 constituencies across 12 states on April 24.

Most of the constituencies in the Naxal-affected states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Bihar will vote on April 10, April 17 and April 24. In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, polling will be held on six days. In West Bengal and Jammu & Kashmir (which has only six constituencies), polling will be held on five days.

The total number of days for the entire electoral process has been brought down from 75 days in 2009 to 72 days this time.

EC officials said various factors like school examinations, holidays, festivals (mainly Bihu in Assam), harvest season in some parts of the country and the weather forecast, particularly about monsoon, had to be taken into consideration.

  1. Arunachal Pradesh: April 9
  2. Assam: April 7, 12 and 24
  3. Bihar: April 10, 17, 24, 30, May 7 and 12
  4. Chhattisgarh: April 10, 17, 24
  5. Goa: April 17
  6. Gujarat: April 30
  7. Haryana: April 10
  8. Himachal Pradesh: May 7
  9. J&K: April 10, 17, 24, 30, may 7
  10. Jharkhand: April 10, 17, 24
  11. Karnataka: April 17
  12. Kerala: April 10
  13. MP: April 10, 17, 24
  14. Maharashtra: April 10, 17 24
  15. Manipur: April 9, 17
  16. Meghalaya: April 9
  17. Mizoram: April 9
  18. Nagaland: April 9
  19. Odisha: April 10, 17
  20. Punjab: April 30
  21. Rajasthan: April 17, 24
  22. Sikkim: April 12
  23. Tamil Nadu: April 24
  24. Tripura: April 7 and 12
  25. Uttar Pradesh: April 10, 17, 24, 30, May 7 and 12
  26. Uttarkhand: May 7
  27. West Bengal: April 17, 24, 30, May 7, 12
  28. Andaman and Nicobar Islands: April 10
  29. Chandigarh: April 12
  30. Dadra and Nagar Haveli: April 12
  31. Daman and Diu: April 30
  32. Lakshwadeep: April 10
  33. Puducherry: April 24

Nokia X Android smartphone listed online at Rs. 8,500 with March 15 availability

Nokia's first Android smartphone, the Nokia X, is now listed at an online retailer in India, with a price of Rs. 8,500. The retailer claims the Nokia X smartphone will be available from 15 March 2014.

The Finnish manufacturer had soon after its MWC 2014 event, listed the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL dual-SIM variants on its India site, without pricing or availability details. At the MWC 2014 launch, the company had said the Nokia X would go on sale 'immediately' in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The Nokia X has been listed on the Mobile Store and was first spotted by Maktech blog. The Nokia X is available in its Black, Green, Cyan, Yellow, Red, and White colour variants. Of course since this is a third-party store, one cannot be certain if this will be the official launch price, whenever the phone is unveiled in India.
The Nokia X is based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and is powered by Microsoft and Nokia services. The highlight of the Nokia X is the highly customised version of Android, with the Metro-inspired UI and access to Nokia's own app store. While there's no access to Google's Play Store, users can side-load Android apps from any third-party source. Nokia has used the AOSP version corresponding to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the baseline for its operating system
The Nokia X offers dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) support with dual standby. The first Android phone from Nokia features a 4-inch IPS LCD display with a 480x800 pixel resolution, translating to a pixel density of 233ppi.
The Nokia X is powered by 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, alongside 512MB of RAM. It sports a 3-megapixel rear camera. The Nokia X handset comes with 4GB of in-built storage, and can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card.
The Nokia X supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, AGPS, EDGE, GPRS and 3G connectivity options. It is backed by a 1500mAh battery, which can deliver up to 13 hours of talktime and up to 672 hours of standby time on 2G network.