How to make a Digital Will to access your social media accounts when you’ll be no more?

Have you decided what will happen to your social networking accounts and your digital possessions when you are no more?

Like physical possessions, all the digital content that we create during our lifetime also has some value. Like your other worldly possessions, you should try to pass on your digital property also to someone in a planned manner by creating a digital will.

How to make a digital will

We all are aware of the significance of our social media accounts but we never imagine that who will access our digital accounts when we will be no more to access it.

How to make a Digital Will to access your social media accounts when you’ll be no more?

Like your physical possessions, you should plan to pass on your digital contents and social media accounts also to your loved ones in a systematic manner.

If you don’t take the necessary steps, most of these sites won’t share the contents with your relatives, as doing so violates their terms of service. It was often found in many cases where friends and family members of the deceased have had to fight to get access to their online accounts.

Most major social media services such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, etc allow you to either designate a person in advance to manage your account after you, or to specify what should happen to it after your lifetime.

As per the report of the advocate of cyber laws “If an individual passes away without giving access to account details, the only way has the legacy contact family can obtain access is by approaching a court, and that can be a tedious process”.

Social Media accounts and their clauses:

Facebook:

# You can permanently delete your account or you can memorialize it.

# You need to appoint a legacy contact to look after your memorialized account.

# A legacy contact is a person who looks after the account if it’s memorialized.

# Once an account is memorialized, the legacy contact will have limited access to it.

# The person can share posts, change the profile picture and respond to new friend requests.

# He can also request for removal of the account.

# This practice has become quite popular in India, where family, relatives, and friends post a tribute or share funeral plans.

Instagram: 

# It works on similar principles as Facebook.

# Family members or friends can request Instagram to memorialize or delete the account.

Twitter: 

# In the event of a user’s death, Twitter accepts a request only from a verified immediate family member to deactivate the account.

# The family member needs to provide proof of identity, information about the deceased, and a copy of the deceased’s death certificate.

# Twitter doesn’t provide access to the account to anyone.

LinkedIn and Pinterest:

# It has similar policies as Twitter.

# When notified of a user’s death, they delete the account after receiving all the necessary documents proving the person’s death.

Microsoft: 

# Its accounts include MSN, Live, Outlook, and Hotmail.

# It lets its users choose in advance either to close the account or keep it active.

# By providing legal proof (subpoena or court order), family members can get access to the account of the deceased user.

Google: 

# Your Google accounts would include Gmail, Google+, and YouTube.

# It lets its users make arrangements in advance regarding what happens to their data and their accounts after their death.

# Firstly, it asks you to fix a time frame of three to eighteen months. After this waiting period ends, the account turns inactive.

# Thereafter, you can choose to have it deleted or you can share the information therein with select people.

# You can choose up to 10 people who will be notified about your account turning inactive.

# Depending on what you choose to share, they will get access to your data.

# You can also choose to delete your account.

# This will happen three months after it turns inactive.

# In case you delete an account, publicly shared data such as YouTube videos, blogs, and posts in Google+ will also get deleted.

How to create a Digital Will?

If a person doesn’t share his social media or digital account details before he dies, the only option is the family will have to move the court to recover the data. Service providers demand a court’s succession certificate to let a legal heir access the deceased’s accounts.

Getting a succession certificate takes a lot of time and can cause hassles to the family. The best way to handle digital assets is to create a Will for them, just as you would for your physical assets.

# You can mention your digital assets either in a physical Will, or you can create a digital Will, where you mention to whom your digital assets are to be bequeathed.

# A digital Will is similar to a physical Will, except that it carries a digital signature.

# This means that the family doesn’t have to worry about complications such as signature mismatch.

# You can get a digital Will created for your digital assets by your lawyer.

# You can also leave your passwords in a sealed envelope with a person you trust or open a digital locker and store these passwords.

# Details mentioned in the Will are stored securely in an encrypted format or in a bank locker. # Mentioning your digital assets in a Will helps determine which of your accounts should survive and which should be erased.

# For your family to get access to your electronic devices, either share your passwords with them or keep your devices backed up regularly through an online backup account so that your family can access the content.

# People can designate a trusted person to operate the locker after their demise.

As per the statement of the advocate of cyber laws “We create an inventory of all the digital assets of an individual, and then depending on what the executor wants, it is bequeathed to the intended person. The digital Will is signed off with the digital signature of the executor which won’t be challenged in the future, unlike physical signatures.” The digital signature has been granted legality under the IT Act.

Notably

It’s very vital to handover our digital accounts to our closed ones when we will be no more to access that. By making a digital will you can save you important digital accounts from misuse or hacking.

In-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights may soon be a reality with 30% excess fare

The Indian government’s department of telecommunication (DoT) will soon be allowed to use Wi-Fi services inside the flights for people flying in flights over Indian airspace. The airlines could charge 20 to 30 percent of the fare to offer the WiFi service. Also, this service could be restricted only to business class travelers.

Wi-Fi connectivity for domestic flights

In-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights may soon be a reality with 30% excess fare

With in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity, your air travel will soon become more exciting. Although in-flight Wi-Fi isn’t new or certainly even restrictively priced anymore, the power is comparatively exceptional in India. It is because the Indian authorities’ division of telecommunication (DoT) has to this point not allowed the facility on flights over Indian airspace, citing safety and feasibility causes.

The Telecom Commission which is the supreme decision-making body at Department of Telecom(DoT) will approve the proposal at its next meeting which is to be held on May 1. The proposal has received consent from all including the ministry of affairs. The plan will initially offer only data services and slowly will offer voice services too.

Airlines will have to install antennae on planes based on how they decide to receive and send the signals, either over mobile towers on the ground or over satellites. The move may help airlines add value to services for business class travelers on domestic and international routes. It may not be an option for low-cost carriers.

What will be the fare structure of data service on board?

# The pricing of the services will be left to the airlines. The airlines could charge 20 to 30 percent of the fare to offer the Wi-Fi service. In-flight internet connectivity may be too expensive for passengers and airlines in the domestic sector.

# Also this service could be restricted only to business class travelers.

# The charges for in-flight net connectivity would range from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 for thirty minutes to an hour, according to international standards and taking into account the charges levied by service providers for slots on satellites.

# Airlines have to pay service providers like Inmarsat and others a hefty sum to activate in-flight net connectivity.

# With advance booking fares starting from Rs 1,200 to Rs 2,500 on short domestic routes,

# As the price of organizing the Wi-Fi infrastructure on the plane, in addition to delivering it, remains to be comparatively excessive.

# Globally, airways and repair suppliers cost around $7 (roughly Rs 460) per hour, going as much as $25 (roughly Rs 1650) per day on use masking a number of flights with the identical airline.

How does Mid-Air Wi-Fi technology work?

# Airlines could use either of two technologies to provide Wi-Fi services – air-to-ground (ATG) and satellite-based Ku-band and Ka-band. In case of ATG, ground stations are responsible for sending airwaves that airplanes latch on to, and connect with ground stations.

# Once these signals are picked up, they are converted into standard Wi-Fi signals and then distributed to passengers.

# However, there are some factors that affect the Wi-Fi speeds, such as interference from objects, human bodies and more. 

# To ensure stable connectivity, most airlines choose to use satellite-based ‘Ku’ and ‘Ka’ bands.

# For shorter distances on domestic flights Ku-band is an ideal choice, whereas, for long-haul flights traveling at higher altitudes, Ka-band is a perfect choice.

# While Inmarsat offers the connectivity network, hardware providers like Honeywell offer the equipment required for receiving signals from the satellite. It is capable of reaching maximum download speeds of up to 14.2Mbps.

How would in-flight Wi-Fi be helpful for both crews and passengers?

# The in-flight data connectivity may be useful on long-haul flights. It may be good during an emergency.

# Besides offering passengers with a service to access the high-speed internet at 35,000 feet, in-flight Wi-Fi also proves to be helpful for the pilots.

# Pilots can use apps on their smartphones to carry out important information about flight operations.

# Flight crews can also collect weather related data to determine the best flight paths, avoid bad weather conditions and turbulence.

# This also eliminates the need for contacting air traffic control or planes ahead for weather updates.

What about security measures?

As airplanes have evolved over the years from being purely mechanical to a highly interconnected cyber-physical system, it also creates opportunities for cybersecurity attacks.

# The flight crew has complete control of the airplane and they also get the ability to override flight systems.

# Also, the Wi-Fi system in the cabin is only dedicated to the passengers, whereas the network in the cockpit is separate, serving as an additional security measure.

# With connectivity in the cockpit, pilots can communicate with the ATC through a text-message like a system called controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC).

# This enables pilots around the world to take advantage of more efficient routes like on traffic between the United States and Europe over the North Atlantic.

Notably

 As per the report, frequent travelers say that except for a handful of business travelers, there are no takers for in-flight internet even on international routes.

Some airlines allow passengers to use Wi-Fi free of charge for WhatsApp and other messenger services which may not need much bandwidth. Lufthansa, Emirates, British Airways, and Delta are among the airlines that offer the service on international routes.

WhatsApp brings Dismiss as Admin and High Priority features

WhatsApp launched new features include High Priority notifications and the Dismiss as Admin feature on iOS and web. These alleged upcoming features have been spotted in the latest beta update on Android.  The ‘High Priority’ feature allows users to manage push notifications better. 

WhatsApp new Dismiss as Admin feature

WhatsApp brings Dismiss as Admin and High Priority features

WhatsApp is now rolling out ‘dismiss as admin’ feature for Android and iOS which is long overdue. WhatsApp was first found testing this feature back in January 2018. This feature will let group administrators demote other admins, but group creators can’t be dismissed from being an admin. 

Meanwhile, in the latest WhatsApp beta version, the app has added ‘High Priority’ notifications that will enable users to manage push notifications better. It is similar to the pinned chats feature that WhatsApp had rolled out last year. The app also recently allowed users to post their Instagram stories directly to their WhatsApp status.

The ‘High Priority’ feature

# The High Priority feature allows users to manage push notifications better.

# If the feature is switched on, users will see the incoming notification pinned on top of the notifications center.

# This works in both private chats and groups.

# The particular feature can be accessed from the Notifications Settings menu.

# Moreover, if your smartphone has other applications that have a similar feature, the notifications should be shown as in a chronological order.

The ‘Dismiss as Admin’ feature

# Another feature called as Dismiss as Admin is specifically for WhatsApp Groups.

# The admin feature in a WhatsApp group allows users to add or remove people from the chat.

# A number of different group members can be named as admin.

# An admin tapping on it pops up a message ‘You can’t dismiss (first name) as admin because they created this group.’ Interestingly, members don’t get to see the popup but act directly.

# This feature will allow groups admins to remove others from the admin position without removing them from the group.

# The particular option can be seen under the Group Info menu.

# Since the feature is aimed at demoting other admins, WhatsApp will not the creator of the group be demoted.

# The feature is currently in beta-stage testing on Android and is still under development for iOS.

# It is available on WhatsApp for Android version 2.18.116 and iOS version 2.18.41

How the ‘Dismiss as Admin’ feature varies from earlier?

# Earlier, administrators/creators could promote participants as admin, but in order to demote them, it was necessary for them to leave the group, and add back as a normal participant which is a tedious process.

# But with the latest update, users will no longer need to go through this hassle. Means admins can directly remove other admins without going through the process mentioned above. You can now open the Group, tap on Group Info, and then tap on the participant.

# If one of the participants is not an admin, you will see an option to ‘make admin’ and if they are already an admin, there will be an option to ‘dismiss as admin’.

# The feature is available on WhatsApp Web interface as well.

# However, while you can dismiss other participants as admins, WhatsApp doesn’t allow you to dismiss the group creator as admin.

# On the other hand, if the group creator changes the phone number using “Change Number,” other administrators might also get the ability to dismiss as admin or remove from the group. Noted that this feature is currently not tested.

Notably

As the feature is now in beta for Android, it might be a while before it rolls out to everyone. But you can download the APK from WhatsApp official website and side-load it. In case of iOS, it is available right away from the App Store.

Gmail will soon let you send emails with an expiry date – Gmail new features

To enhance the security of the Gmail account users, Google is working on redesigning its popular Gmail service, to bring a variety of features to Gmail. Google will soon let you send emails that Self-destruct.

Gmail new feature - Confidential mode

Gmail will soon let you send emails with an expiry date – Gmail new features

Google is apparently adding some new security features to Gmail according to a recent leak that will add a self-destruct function to emails that are sent. With all these added security functions, users can also configure the expiration date of an email so that it will disappear after a week, month or even after a few years. These are the new Gmail design,

The improved design includes features such as offline support, smart replies, and a snooze option to deal with annoying messages.  

Google will also introduce a new feature, defined Confidential Mode. Gmail will also be getting the ability to self-destruct an email.

With all these added security features, users can also configure the expiration date of an email so that it will disappear after a week, month or even after a few years.

How will the new version of Gmail give users greater controls over their emails?  

There is a new small lock-shaped icon added to the compose screen called ‘Confidential Mode’ that blocks other users from forwarding, copying, downloading and printing the email, follow the steps below

# Clicking on a lock icon in the window will open a popup that tells users they can set a date for when the email will ‘self-destruct’, as in they’ll be destroyed after a certain amount of time expires. 

# The self-destructing e-mail’s time restrict will also be specified by the sender. Means users can set an email to expire after one week, a month or after a couple of years.

# It also gives users the option to turn on confidential mode, which means that the recipient will be unable to forward, download or print the email. They also can’t copy and paste content from the message. 

# Another feature allows users to require recipients to confirm their identity with a passcode to open emails which will be sent via SMS or set an expiration date on sent emails. 

Other features of Gmails:

# Smart Reply – Smart reply refers three responses you might send based on the content of an email you received. Smart replies offer recommends for quick one-line replies within emails. The recipient will have to log into their Google account to view it and you won’t be able to copy and paste the message itself (although you can still apparently screenshot it).

# Snooze option – The snooze button will also temporarily hide emails from user’s inbox until a certain time. Snooze can also bring the email back when you’re at a specific location, which is useful for setting aside personal email for when you get home from work.

# Offline support – Without an internet connection, during Offline you won’t be able to read emails in your browser.

How to Install Snapmail Chrome extension to avail self-destructing emails?

Another option if you want to use the feature of self-destructing emails

# You can do so by installing the Snapmail Chrome extension.

# When you compose a new email, simply click the Snapmail button instead of Send.

# The recipient receives a secure link to the message and once opened, it’ll expire within one minute.

Notably

It is also still unconfirmed if these features will work with non-Gmail accounts or if they will only apply to Gmail users. Moreover, the report says that Gmail didn’t point out the mail is encrypted anyplace.

WhatsApp changed its Delete For Everyone feature again with redownloading option

WhatsApp changed its Delete For Everyone feature again with redownloading option in order to enhance the user experience which will enable the users to again download the deleted media files. The popular instant messenger is now keeping the deleted files on servers which means that the users can again download them if they want.

WhatsApp Delete For Everyone feature modified again

Initially, WhatsApp launched the new feature of Delete For Everyone last year. At the time of the launch, it allowed people delete sent messages, including media within seven minutes of sending them. Both recipient and sender get a notification when messages get successfully deleted.

But unfortunately, later the feature of Delete For Everyone come out with major drawbacks like if someone has quoted your message on WhatsApp before you delete it, you will still be able to see that message making the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature ineffective. That’s why WhatsApp update its feature where users will be able to delete sent messages even after an hour means up to 1hour 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

WhatsApp changed its Delete For Everyone feature again with redownloading option

The instant messaging service, WhatsApp keeps on rolling new features regularly to make the messaging app more intuitive and enhance user experience. The company has now started rolling out a new feature which will enable the users to again download the deleted media files.

It may have happened to a lot of users when a file, image, document or a video sent to them on WhatsApp, gets accidentally deleted. If you’ve deleted the relative file in the WhatsApp folder, you weren’t able to download it anymore.

As per the report, a Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp’s beta builds, the company has introduced a feature for Android that will enable the users to again download the media file which was accidentally deleted.

Meanwhile recently, the WhatsApp beta testers reported a mysterious timestamp bug in the messenger. Due to a mysterious bug, the timestamp on the chat window of users is appearing with numbers. For example, instead of ‘Today’, messages which are exchanged on that day are appearing with “84oday”; instead of ‘Yesterday’ the timestamp is shown as “89esterday” for messages which are exchanged a day before. However, the company has now rolled out a fix for the same.

How to redownload deleted files?

# In the latest beta version, the popular instant messenger, WhatsApp is now keeping the deleted files on servers which means that the users can again download them if they want.

# Earlier, WhatsApp used to delete the files from its servers which were deleted by the users.

# The un-downloaded media was deleted after the period of 30 days, while the downloaded media was deleted immediately after the download.

What is the advantage of this new feature?

# This feature will turn out to be quite useful as often we accidentally delete some important files.

# During the testing of the feature, researchers discovered that they were able to recover the deleted files of up to two months.

# Even though the files are saved on the server, the instant messaging app keeps the data secure. Media files continue to be end-to-end encrypted.

Notably

This feature is only available for Android users and not for iOS users.

Govt launches e-FRRO scheme to provide hassle-free travel for foreigners

To facilitate hassle-free travel to India for foreigners, the government yesterday formally launched the e-FRRO (e-Foreigner Regional Registration Officer) scheme under which they can avail of various visa and immigration-related services online.

The e-FRRO scheme is going to provide fast and efficient services to foreigners visiting India so that they had a pleasant stay. The e-FRRO is a web-based application aimed to build a centralized online platform for the foreigners for visa related services.

e-FRRO scheme

Govt launches e-FRRO scheme to provide hassle-free travel for foreigners

Home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday launched the web-based application ‘e-FRRO’, which will allow foreign tourists/ travelers to avail of paperless and cashless visa-related services online while eliminating the need for any human interface.

The e-FRRO scheme is aimed at building a centralized, transparent online platform for foreigners to avail of visa-related services and to provide faceless, cashless and paperless services to the foreigners with the user-friendly experience, as per the statement of Singh.

As per the report, in 2017, more than one crore foreigners visited India and out of them, approximately 3.6 lakh had to visit FRRO offices spread across the country for various visa-related services.

How does the new scheme act?

The e-FRRO scheme would be a quantum jump towards improving the ease of service delivery with respect to foreigners visiting and staying in India. In the new system, foreigners will be able to get 27 visa and immigration-related services in India from the comfort of their place of stay.

Foreigners touring India will no longer need to visit the Foreigners Registration office or the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRO/FRRO) for visa-related services, including registration and visa extension, which will now be offered online through the e-FRRO platform.

How the old scheme acts related to visa services?

# As of now, foreigners staying in India on visa duration of more than 180 days have to get themselves registered with their respective FROs/FRROs.

# Similarly, foreigners requiring different kinds of visa-related services such as visa extension, visa conversion, change of address, change of educational institutions, exit permits etc. are currently required to visit the FROs/FRROs office.

What are the salient features of e-FRRO?

# Using e-FRRO application, foreigners can apply online on the portal and obtain the service through email/post without appearing in person at the FRO/FRRO office.

# The new scheme includes online FRRO service delivery mechanism without the requirement of visiting FRRO/FRO office barring exceptional cases. Using this application, foreigners are required to create their own User ID by registering themselves.

# Afterwards, they can apply online through registered User-ID for various visa and immigration-related services in India, registration, visa extension, visa conversion and exit permit.

# The necessary immigration, visa documents like registration permit/certificate (RP/RC), visa extension will be sent by post on the address mentioned in the online application. It will also be sent electronically to the foreigner to his/her registered email ID.

# In case of exigency, the foreigner can visit the FRRO/FRO office directly for grant of service.

What are the advantages of e-FRRO?

# Facilitation of legitimate foreigners through “Digital India” vision of the Government.

# Foreigners need not visit FRRO/FRO office – “Services from the comfort of home”

# Convenient and Time-saving, exclusive dashboard for the User-friendly experience.

# Uniform & Standardized Services across the Country.

What are major changes between current C-FRO (Centralized Foreigners Registration Office) system and e-FRRO ?

# In the current C-FRO system, the foreigner needs to take appointment online and visit FRRO/FRO office mandatorily whereas in the proposed e-FRRO system there would not be any requirement of mandatorily visiting FRRO/FRO office. However, in certain exceptional cases, the foreigner will be intimated to visit the FRRO / FRO on scheduled date and time for the interview.

# In the current C-FRO system, endorsement in Passport and Signed/Stamped RC/RP given to the applicant whereas in the proposed e-FRRO system, no endorsement in Passport, digitally signed Immigration document, emphasis on online verification.

# At present C-FRO system, manual interface while in proposed e-FRRO, Online, Cashless, Paperless.

# In present C-FRO system, lack of expertise at FRO level in dealing with foreigners while in proposed e-FRRO, Uniform and Standardized services through FRROs under Bureau of Immigration, FROs to be consulted online by FRROs.

The e-FRRO scheme has been running successfully in four FRROs (Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai) since February 12, 2018. Now, it has been rolled out in Kolkata, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

Noted

It may be noted that the online services offered by E-FRRO scheme are not available even in some of the most advanced countries in North America and Europe.

Latest TDS Rates for FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20)

What is the Latest TDS Rates for FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20)? Many of us are aware of the TDS rates applicable to Bank FDs or when our employers deduct the TDS from our salary. But do you know there are many incomes where TDS is also deducted?

TDS or Tax Deducted at Source is the process deducting the tax from the original source of income (like Bank or employer).

TDS is calculated and levied on the basis of a threshold limit, which is the maximum level of income after which TDS will be deducted from your future income/payments.

As I told earlier, apart from salary income and Bank FD earning, there are many ways TDS is deducted like  interest income from the post office, insurance commission, rent payment, early EPF withdrawals, the sale of immovable property, rent payments on property etc.,

Latest TDS Rates for FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20)

Now let us discuss about the Latest TDS Rates for FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20). Below is the complete chart of the same.

Note-

  • From the Budget 2018, the threshold limit for deduction of tax at source on interest income of Bank / Post office / Co-operative Bank deposits for senior citizens raised from Rs.10,000 to Rs. 50,000.
  • TDS on Life Insurance is applicable if it is not exempt under Sec.10(10D).
  • Tax Collected at Source (TCS) is applicable on purchase of Motor vehicle worth more than Rs 10 Lakh.

Latest TDS Rates for FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) for NRIs

  • Interest earned on Non-Resident Ordinary Account (NRO) is taxable. A TDS of 30% is applicable to it.
  • Interest earned on Non-Resident External (NRE) accounts and Foreign Currency Non Resident (FCNR) accounts are not taxed in India. Therefore there is no TDS.
  • When an NRI sells the property, the buyer is liable to deduct TDS @ 20% on Long Term Capital Gains. A TDS @30% is applicable if it is Short Term Capital Gains.
  • NRI Investments in Shares / Mutual Funds -Below are the TDS rate applicable on MF redemptions by NRIs for FY 2018-19.

Latest TDS Rates for FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) for NRIs

Some misconceptions about TDS (Tax Deducted at Source)

  • No TDS does not mean no tax liability. Based on the product you still have to pay the tax as per your tax liability.
  • If you paid the TDS, then your tax liability not ends there itself. You have to file IT return and if anything more than TDS is payable, then you have to pay it.
  • Submitting Form15G or Form 15H is not the solution. You have to first find out the eligibility of submission of such forms. It is a misconception that all can submit Form 15G or Form 15H.

Hope this information is sufficient for you all to understand the applicable Latest TDS Rates for FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20).

Top 10 Best 1.5 Ton Split AC in India 2018

The overall guidance of the Top 10 Best 1.5 Ton Split AC in India 2018, from where you can easily select your best Split AC which is available on the market today. There will be a lot of things to be considered while buying Top branded Split Air Conditioner.

The features may include capacity, Star rating, Compressor, and even BTU and other new specifications along with the various customer reviews and rating on online shopping sites.

‘Summer is coming’ hope you all are ready to face the scorching hot summers. As the summer days are unbearable and the scorching heat makes it impossible to survive then the fan alone can’t keep your house cool and so you need an Air conditioner to do that for you.

There are several factors which you need to keep in mind including the conditions to buy the best 1.5 Ton Split Air conditioner in India.

# There are mainly 2 types of ACs: Window AC and Split AC. Window ACs have efficiency levels 1 level lower than split ACs. So a BEE 4 star rated split AC is equivalent in efficiency to BEE 5 star rated window AC.

# The best split ac in India ranks itself according to the BTU it Provides. BTU is the British Thermal Unit.The general BTU of best split ac in India ranges from 9000 to 30000. If the room size is large, consider buying a larger Split Air Conditioner. ACs with higher BTU would generally mean that they consume more energy.

# If you are ready to spend a bit more then go with Inverter ACs. They consume much less electricity means fewer electricity bills.

# The capacity of an AC refers to the amount of air that it can cool in one day. It’s measured in tons. For example, a 1-ton AC can cool about 1000 kg of air in 24 hours. 1.5-ton ACs have the ideal capacity; it’s not too high or low.

# Efficiency of ACs is measured using the number of stars. More stars signify greater efficiency and savings. So an AC with 5 stars rating is considered most efficient.

Below are the overall guidance of the Top 10 Best 1.5 Ton Split AC in India 2018, from where you can easily select your best Split AC which is available on the market today.

Top 10 Best 1.5 Ton Split AC in India 2018

1. Voltas 185JY/183JZJ1, 1.5 Ton Split AC

Voltas 185JY/183JZJ1, 1.5 Ton Split AC

Key features:

  • 1.5-ton capacity
  • 3 star Energy Efficiency rating.
  • Aluminum condenser
  • LCD remote control 
  • 230 voltage, 1430 wattage
  • Turbo Cool mode
  • Anti-bacteria mesh, auto restart, auto diagnosis, auto clean, and twin temperature facilities available.
  • Provides 5050W of cooling capability, 1430W of potent power and rotating compressor.
  • 1-year warranty on AC and 5-year warranty on the compressor.

Pros

  • Saves a lot of energy
  • Availability of Sleep Mode
  • Advanced triple filters.

2. Carrier CAI18EK3C8F0, 1.5 Ton 3 Star Esko Inverter Split AC

Carrier CAI18EK3C8F0, 1.5 Ton 3 Star Esko Inverter Split AC

Key Features:

  • 1.5-ton capacity
  • 3-star energy rating
  • Power Requirement: AC 230 V, 50 Hz
  • 230 voltage
  • 1522 wattage
  • Copper condenser
  • Anti-bacteria filter, Dust Filter, Strong Dehumidification.
  • LED Display, Stabilizer free operation, Auto restart, follow me functionality, sleep mode, PM 2.5 filter, Super turbo mode.
  •  It can work efficiently between 150V – 280V even at a temperature of 48 degrees without stabilizer.
  • 1-year warranty on product and 10 years warranty on the compressor.

Pros

  • Powerful Cooling
  • High Energy Efficiency
  • Decent after sales service.

3. Blue Star 5HW18ZBW, 1.5 Ton Split AC

Blue Star 5HW18ZBW, 1.5 Ton Split AC New

Key Features:

  •  1.5-ton capacity
  • 5 Star energy rating
  • 1555 w Power Consumption
  • LED Display and Self Diagnosis
  • Nightglow buttons on remote and auto restart
  • Blow button, self-clean, turbo operation, wide-angle airflow, and energy saving mode
  • Consumes 1555 W power input.
  • 1-year warranty on product and 5 years warranty on the compressor.

Pros

  •  High Energy saving efficiency
  • Multi-level filters
  • Amazing cooling capacity.

4. O General ASGA18FTTA-1.5 Hyper Tropical Wall Mounted Split AC 

O General ASGA18FTTA-1.5 Hyper Tropical Wall Mounted Split AC

Key Features:

  • 1.5 Ton capacity
  • 5 Star BEE Rating
  • Sleep Mode, Auto-adjusts the temperature to ensure comfort during your sleep.
  • 1.5 tonnage & 5000 watts cooling capacity
  • Dual protection filter and Anti-Bacteria Filter
  • Double Swing Auto – 3-dimensional air flow technology.
  • Nightglow buttons, LED display, Auto Restart
  • Power Requirement – AC 220 – 240 V, 50 Hz
  • Power Consumption – 1510 Watts and has a dry function
  • Compressor – Hyper Tropical Rotary
  • 1-year warranty on product and 5 years warranty on the compressor.

Pros

  • It has child lock feature to prevent your children from fidgeting with the A/C. Also, you can set the A/C on home leave operation.
  • General Air Conditioners can perform at ambient conditions as high as 55 C.
  • They are placed in larger outdoor units and carry high BTU hyper-tropical compressors with large copper heat exchangers.

5. LG JS Q18FUXD1, 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC

LG JS Q18FUXD1, 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC New

Key Features:

  • 1.5 Ton Capacity
  • 3 Star BEE Rating
  • Condenser Type: 100% Copper
  • Stabilizer free operation
  • Power Consumption(Cooling): 5187 Watts
  • Power Supply: 230V/50Hz/1Phase
  • Cools @ 52C
  • Auto clean, Auto Air Swing (Up-Down)
  •  Energy saving mode, Low refrigerant detection, Monsoon Comfort, Refrigerant: R-410
  • Dual Inverter Compressor, Himalaya cool
  • Gold Fin Condenser, Micro Dust Protection Filter(3M). Anti Bacterial Filter
  • 1-year warranty on product and 10 years warranty on the compressor.

Pros

  • 100% Copper with Ocean Black Protection

Special Ocean Black Protection applied to both Indoor & Outdoor unit provide exceptional durability for the air conditioner in typical Indian regions affected by sand, salt, industrial smoke & pollutants.

  • Dual Inverter ACs cool faster, last longer and run quieter.

6. Godrej 1.5 Ton 5 Star Wi-Fi Inverter Split AC (GIC 18 CAH 5 GWQG, White)

Godrej 1.5 Ton 5 Star Wi-Fi Inverter Split AC (GIC 18 CAH 5 GWQG, White)

Key Features:

 

  • 1.5 Ton Capacity
  • 5 Ton Inverter Split AC
  • Energy Rating: 5 Star
  • Anti Bacteria Filter, Dust Filter
  • Strong Dehumidification, Auto Restart, Sleep mode
  • Copper condenser, Turbo mode, My mode
  • LED Display, Remote Control
  • 240 Volts
  • Aluminum Condenser, copper condenser, energy efficient
  • Wi-Fi technology control with the app, Eco mode
  • Warranty tenure: 1 Year on the product, 10 Years on Compressor, 5 Years on the condenser.

Pros

  • This Godrej NXW air conditioner comes with one of the perfect Power Ranking of 5.2 ISEER and a devoted Wi-Fi cellular software, that is helping you screen and perform your AC easily.  

7. Hitachi RAU518HWDS, 1.5 Ton 5 Star Split AC

 

Hitachi RAU518HWDS, 1.5 Ton 5 Star Split AC New

Key Features:

  • 1.5 Tons capacity
  • 5 Star energy rating
  • cooling capacity is 5500W
  • Power Input – 1485 W
  • dust and anti-bacterial filters.
  • power supply: 230V 50Hz,
  • Turbo Mode, Sleep Mode,
  • Auto Restart, LED Display
  • 1-year warranty on product and 5 years warranty on the compressor.

Pros

  • The condenser coil is made of copper, which ensures minimal thermal losses.
  • The AC also features a rotary compressor, which makes the cooling process more efficient. 

8. Whirlpool EZ Fantasia, 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC

Whirlpool EZ Fantasia, 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC

 

Key Features

  • 1.5 Tons capacity
  • 3 Star BEE Rating
  • Turbo Cool, Auto Mode, Sleep mode
  • Self Diagnosis, Self Clean
  • 24 Hours on/off timer, Auto restart
  • 100% Copper with an assurance of low maintenance cost
  • Power input (watts): 455 – 1570 – 1917
  • Cooling capacity (w): 1700 – 5300 – 5800
  • Anti-Bacteria filter
  • 1-year warranty on the product, 10 years on compressor and 5 years on the condenser.

Pros

  •  Its 6th SENSE Inverter Technology continuously monitors the room temperature and constantly regulates the cooling to ensure optimum comfort.
  • Up to 40% Faster Cooling – The superior temperature control enables the Fantasia Inverter Compressor to reach the target temperature up to 40% faster, thus delivering a better cooling performance that other Inverter ACs.

9. Mitashi MiSAC103v01, 1.0 Ton 3 Star Split AC

Mitashi MiSAC103v01, 1.0 Ton 3 Star Split AC New

 

Key Features

  • 1.0 Ton capacity
  • BEE 3 star energy rating.
  • Condenser: Copper
  • Anti-Bacteria Filter, Dust Filter
  • 4 Way Swing, Energy Saver, Turbo Cooling Mode
  • Timer: On/Off Present, Sleep Mode, Auto Restart
  • Power Input: 1090 Watt
  • Power Supply: AC 220 – 240 V, 50 Hz
  • Power Consumption(Cooling): 3450 Watts
  • Cooling capacity: 12000 BTU/ Hr
  • Warranty for 1 Years on AC and 5 Years on Compressor.

Pros

The 4-way swing feature enables air circulation in multiple directions, thereby ensuring maximum comfort and low energy consumption.

 10. Samsung AR18NV3HFTR, 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter AC

Samsung AR18NV3HFTR, 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter AC

Key Features

  •  1.5 Ton Capacity
  • 3 Star BEE Rating
  • Cooling Capacity: 5000 W
  • Auto Restart and Multiple Modes.
  • Anti-bacteria Filter, Dust Filter
  • Power Requirement: AC 220 – 240 V, 50 Hz
  • Power Consumption: 1700 W
  • 10 years Warranty on Digital Inverter Compressor and 1 year on Copper Condenser.

Pros

  •  Samsung 1.5 Ton Inverter AC comes with Triple Protector Plus feature and an In-Built Stabiliser. This AC is protected from sudden voltage drops and power fluctuations (80 V to 450 V).
  • Its Triple Protector Plus technology safeguards the machine against voltage fluctuations. Also, it features an 8 Pole Digital Inverter which consumes less energy and makes the machine more durable and efficient.
  • The Condenser of this Samsung Inverter AC is resistant to corrosion. You can go with this model even if you live near to a water body. 

Note

Hope my overall guidance on Top 10 best Split AC in India of 2018, will help you to select the best Split AC as per your budget and need but one thing which is very important while buying before it is that make sure that the particular product also providing the service nearest to your location.

How to get the refund on cancellation of train tickets?

How to get the refund of fare on cancellation of train tickets as per Railway Passengers (Cancellation of Tickets and Refund of Fares) Rules, 2015, now the detail feature of different paths available for a passenger are as below;

cancellation of train tickets

How to get the refund on cancellation of train tickets?

 As per the Government of India, Ministry of Railways, based on the press report, Refund Facilities on cancellation of train tickets

# You will get back the due amount of the train ticket across the reservation/booking counters, after the cancellation of the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counter tickets/Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) tickets on surrendering of the original ticket within the mentioned time limit.

# After the cancellation of your E-ticket you must be filed Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR) online on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website within the said time limit. Thereafter the refund amount is credited to your account from where the payment for the booking of the ticket has been made.

# Again as per the Refund Rule in exceptional situations, Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR) can be filed for getting refund amount beyond the prescribed time limit.

# The Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counter tickets can also be canceled through IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in) or through 139 and you can get back the refund amount across the reservation/booking counters on surrendering of original tickets within the defined time limit.

# During certain exceptional circumstances the Stationmasters of nominated stations have the authority to allow cancellation of tickets and grant refund of ticket fare.

Under exceptional circumstances

As per Railway Passengers (Cancellation of Tickets and Refund of Fares) Rules, 2015, when the e-tickets booked through IRCTC website are canceled then TDR filed through the IRCTC website only within the prescribed time limit. But in certain exceptional situations,

# Passenger may approach IRCTC or Office of Chief Commercial Managers (Refund) of concerned zonal Railways for grant of refund.

# In case your payment is deducted and the Passenger Name Record (PNR)/ticket is not issued due to technical reasons, then the refund is processed by IRCTC automatically on the following day of the transaction made by the user after confirmation through the file of the transaction from bank and PNR generation from PRS.

# Also, Station Managers of nominated stations of Zonal Railways have been authorized to grant refund of fare on counter tickets in exceptional circumstances.

Extra provision to facilitate passengers

# Further to the provision mentioned above, to facilitate the passengers PRS counter tickets are also canceled at relatively smaller stations wherever PRS booking facility is available throughout the day and refund is granted beyond the working hours of PRS counters/current counters.

# Also to facilitate e-tickets passengers in case of cancellation of trains, automatic cancellation is done and refund amount due is credited to the account from which the booking transaction took place. Cancellation or Filing of online TDR is not required in such cases.

Notably

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Snapchat introduces new Group Video Chat feature for Up to 16 People

The popular image and video sharing app Snapchat has introduced a new of group video chat for users to reconnect with their friends and family.  Users can add up to 16 friends at once to a group video chat, which can be accessed in the app’s messaging section.

Snapchat Group Video Chat feature

 

Snapchat introduces new Group Video Chat feature for Up to 16 People

Chat even more fun now, users can start the group chats with just a tap on the video icon. Up to 16 friends can video chat together at the same time. Meanwhile, group audio chatting can support 32 friends at once.

Snapchat is introducing two new features for users—group video calling and @ mention tagging, all hoping to connect users in a brand new way.

Now, instead of switching to FaceTime or Facebook for video chatting, users can start a group video chat to chat with friends face-to-face inside the Snapchat app.

As part of an app update, Snapchat had introduced video and voice chat in 2016 for user convenience. With the new update in place, users can now enjoy hands-free communication and get creative with filters on the app. 

How to use Snapchat Group video calls? 

It’s a simple feature to use. When you’re in a group chat on Snapchat,

# Simple tap on the video camera icon and it will invite all of your friends to join in, means each friend will receive a notification inviting them to join the call.

# When a group member opens the call, their name bubble will light up on your keyboard, letting you know they’re on.

# If you’re not looking your best at that moment, no need to worry, you can join the chat with just voice, as well as toggle between video and voice.

# During the call, you can use the Snap filter lenses as well as chat or send messages. Means to make video calls more fun, Snapchat users can also add lenses over their faces, such as puppy ears or others.

To start a voice call with a group, meanwhile, tap on the phone icon. Also, if you’d rather not use your camera during a group video call, you can turn it off and attend the group chat just by voice.

Why Snapchat launch this new feature now?

Facing heavy competition from Instagram, which has already copied a number of Snapchat features, Snapchat is trying to maintain momentum and improve the experience to keep users engaged. It’s constantly adding new or enhanced features and functionality.

For instance, Facebook has been offering group video chats in Messenger since 2016. Admittedly, this allows for chats with up to 50 people, but Snap’s 16-people offering will tempt people away from Messenger. 

Snapchat also introduced “mentions” feature

Beside Snapchat group video chats, Snapchat also introduced a “mentions” feature, which will let people tag each other in videos, and notifies people when they get mentioned. A feature popularised by platforms like Twitter and Instagram.

How to tagging People In Snapchat Stories?

# Users can tag each other in their snaps and Stories by typing ‘@’ before their usernames. In some cases, you may need to type the full username. 

# From there, your viewers will be able to swipe up on your snap to watch the tagged account’s public story or add that person as a friend.

# When someone tags you, you will get a notification in the chat window, alerting you that someone mentioned you in their Snapchat Story.

# The ability to add tags should be particularly useful for influencers or celebrities on the platform, as they will be able to easily tag a company or a brand they’re promoting.

Notably

The new group video chat features will start rolling out globally this week, and the tagging feature should as well become available soon. So get ready to use these two new features of Snapchat.