Twitter introduced new features in Direct messages for better business

Twitter has introduced a new feature that makes sure businesses can always respond to the customers Direct Messages (DMs), in order to make customer experiences better on Twitter, the micro-blogging site has relaxed the rules for customer service Direct Messages (DMs)

Twitter new feature of Direct messages

Twitter introduced new features in Direct messages

“We have introduced features that allow people to more easily start a private conversation with businesses such as the Direct Message deep link and Direct Message Card. We have also made it easier for people to quickly engage with welcome messages and quick replies,” as per the statement of the company.

“We are excited to introduce adaptive rate limits, a new feature for developers sending Direct Messages through our API,” the company added.

Adaptive rate limits help to ensure that businesses can always respond to customers who privately message them, even when inbound volumes are high.

The change means that for every message you send to a company over DM, they can send you five responses within 24 hours.

If you send them another message, then that figure resets, meaning that you can theoretically chat forever, should you want to, according to the report.

How to use Direct messages for customer service?

For the best customer service experiences on Twitter use Direct Messages to resolve issues and engage with their customers in simple and intuitive ways.

# Change your account settings to receive Direct Messages from anyone

People don’t have to follow you to send you a Direct Message. You can update your account settings to “Receive Direct Messages from anyone”, making it easier for your customers to start a private conversation with you. And once anyone sends you a Direct Message, you’re free to send them one back too (again, without having to follow them).

To change your settings, update this setting at the bottom of your account’s security and privacy settings.

# For better transaction several updates need to its Direct Messages

Twitter announced several updates to its Direct message features for businesses, which will better enable brands and developers to provide customer service via the social network.


# Use Direct Message prompts in Tweets to get more people to message you

Customer service conversations often start with public Tweets but then need to transition to a private channel. We’ve made that transition as easy as a single click. A business can now add a Direct messages deep link to their Tweets that will automatically display a “Send a private message” link to send the business a Direct Message, quickly and easily.

# Direct Messages allow limits up to 10K characters per message

Direct Messages allow up to 10K characters per message including photos, GIFs, and videosThis increased character limit makes customer service on Twitter easier for everyone. It removes friction for your customers by letting them describe their issue in more than 140 characters. It also provides room for you to send a complete response in a single message.

What is the main benefit to Twitter users?

# Businesses who use this feature end up receiving a Direct Message an average of 30% more often compared to those who simply ask users in the Tweet text to send them a Direct Message.

# When they are interacting with brands on the social network, they will be able to tell if their messages were read by customer-service agents or if a chatbot is in the process of responding, due to the introduction of reading receipts and typing indicators.

# On the brand side, welcome messages are now nameable and editable, which will help businesses find and use welcome messages when creating Direct Message Cards and keep those messages relevant as campaigns progress.

# It gives you enough space for interaction in private with your customers where you can ask customers for the specific information you need to resolve their issues. Instruct your customers to use Direct Messages when they need to share more personal information that shouldn’t be shared in a public Tweet, like an order number, a store they visited or the name of an employee they interacted with.

# Finally the best part of using Direct messages is that you can get a quick response. They have the same expectations for response times with DMs and Tweets, so it’s important to treat both types of messages with equal priority and as part of one single conversation with the customer. The best businesses track each new message, regardless of whether it’s public or private, and optimize response time to that customer.

PPF and NSC for NRIs – Latest Rules 2018

Recently Government reversed the rule which it has notified on 3rd Oct 2017.  What is the PPF and NSC for NRIs – Latest Rules 2018? How is this impact existing PPF investors?

When its come to the question of tax saving with good interest then PPF is no doubt a better option as a small saving scheme. PPF has been a beneficial product for all investors. Even NRIs prefer to continue with their PPF accounts until the time they can, as the product earns them tax-free and safe interest. Even National saving Certificate also is considered a safe and preferred investment by many. However, NSC not enjoys the tax benefits like PPF and also NSC is not the long-term product (NSC period is 5-Yrs only).

Public provident fund (PPF) and national saving certificate (NSC) are the most common and relatively risk-free long-term investment options for Indians as they are ruled by the government. And because of its tax-free interest feature, compounded annually attractive interest rates, and section 80C tax benefit, PPF has become the first choice for every investor.

In India, a major portion of the salaried class employees would prefer to invest in PPF and NSCs as part of their annual long-term financial planning.

But if you are an NRI, then you must be aware of the fact that you cannot open a new PPF account, or invest in National savings certificate. However As per the new Amendment rules in 2017 by the Government, if you had a PPF account or NSC certificate before you become an NRI, then as per PPF account rules and NSC conditions you were allowed to continue with the same till their maturity. It means you no need to close your account rather you can continue it with the bit cut off interest rates.

 The interest for both PPF and NSC schemes stands at 7.8% p.a for October-December. Since April last year, interest rates on all small saving schemes are declared on an on a quarterly basis.

Who are NRIs?

 Before I proceed further first let clear you about the NRI concept. A person is considered resident in India if he is in the country for 182 days or 60 days in a year and 365 days in each of the preceding four years as per Income Tax Act. When a person doesn’t satisfy both these conditions, he is termed as NRI. 

On 3rd October 2017, Finance ministry in central government has come up with a quiet notification which will force all NRIs to come out of their small saving investments.

The structure of investment for NRIs in PPF

# An NRI can now invest up to Rs 1,50,000 per financial year in an existing account, that is, an account that he opened prior to becoming an NRI.

# An NRI can use funds in the NRE account or the NRO account to make investments in the PPF account. It is important to remember that the PPF rules require you to invest at least Rs.500 per financial year in the PPF account.

# If you fail to make the minimum investment in a year or years your account will be considered dormant. Subsequently, when you want to revive the account, you would need to invest Rs.500 for each year that you missed plus pay up a penalty of Rs.50.

What taxes are applicable on PPF interest for NRIs?

There are two stages at which there will be a tax implication – one in India and the other in the country of NRIs residence.

In India

In India, PPF is one of the investments available for deduction under section 80C. That is, if you have income in India (from say rental property), then you can reduce your tax payout in India by investing in the PPF. The interest income, as well as principle withdrawals, are tax-free in India.

 In the US

# The tax rules that apply in the country of your residence like in countries the US, the interest earned on the PPF will be taxable. PPF does not qualify as a retirement account under the US tax laws and therefore the interest will be taxable in the US.

# You should pay tax whether every year on the accrued interest or on the entire interest at the time of withdrawal depending on what is beneficial to you but whatever method you choose, ensure that it is followed consistently.

What are the drawbacks for NRIs?

# PPF is an attractive investment from the returns point of view – 8% tax-free. If you have income in India, PPF will also give you a tax deduction under section 80 C. However, you cannot invest too much in this account. The limit for maximum investment is just Rs.1,50,000 per annum.

# Secondly, like all investments that NRIs make in India, the PPF is also subject to currency risk. If the rupee falls significantly at the time of maturity of your account, your interest rate gains 

# Till the time the PPF account is actually closed or the NSC certificate encashed, the accumulated money in the account would earn interest at a much lower rate, equivalent to the interest earned from a post office savings account (POSA), which is 4% per annum currently.

# Also, family members accompanying the outbound assignees will get impacted on getting NRI status.

PPF account rules & NSC rules for NRIs (Before 3rd October 2017)

# Aspe the rules, NRIs were not allowed to open a new PPF account neither they can make new NSC Investment. 

# If a resident having PPF account or NSC, has become an NRI, then he is allowed to continue with the respective account till the maturity.

# If the PPF account was in an extended status, means the investor has already extended his PPF account for 5 years (after the completion of 15 years), and later become the NRI, in this case, the investor is allowed to continue the PPF account. But he will not be able to extend the account further for another block of 5 years.

# However, NRI was permitted to make a regular contribution to the maximum limit and keep earning tax-free interest (in case of PPF only) like resident investors.

# On maturity of PPF account and NSC, NRIs have to compulsorily close the account. An NRI is not eligible for the extension on the PPF account.

 PPF account rules and NSC rules for NRIs (after 3rd October 2017)

# Though NRIs still can’t open a fresh account, now NRIs even not allowed to continue with their ongoing PPF and NSC accounts, which they were earlier allowed to continue till the maturity. All accounts in the name of NRIs stands closed on 3rd October 2017.

# All NRIs, PPF and NSC accounts will earn the PPF interest rates until the date of notification i.e. 3rd October 2017. After that, they will earn Post office savings rate until they close PPF or NSC. 

# This means now NRIs can close the PPF and NSC accounts immediately irrespective of their closure rules.

# For the resident Indians who are turning to be NRIs, if they have PPF or NSC investments, their account will automatically be closed or deemed to be closed the time their residential status changes from Resident to Non Resident, and they will get Post office savings bank rate on their deposit from the day they become NRI till the money is withdrawn.

PPF and NSC for NRIs – Latest Rules 2018

Recently on 23rd February 2018, Government came with clarification with PPF investments. As per this new notification, it kept the 3rd October 2017 notification in abeyance.

This means NRIs who are currently holding PPF account, then they can continue it until maturity and enjoy the interest rate which is applicable to PPF. But they are not allowed to extend further.

However,  for NSC holders, they have to close it immediately when their status changes to NRI.

PPF and NSC for NRIs - Latest Rules 2018

Hope this new Government notification might have relieved many NRI PPF investors.

Sridevi passes away at 54 in Dubai due to Cardiac arrest

The sudden death of actress Sridevi the glamorous queen of Bollywood has left the country shocked and grieving. Bollywood’s Veteran actress Sridevi passed away at the age of 54, after suffering a cardiac arrest on Saturday in Dubai where she was attending the wedding of actor Mohit Marwah, a nephew of the Kapoor family. 

Sridevi - Passes away

While some of her family members returned from Dubai after the wedding, Sridevi, Boney and her younger daughter Khushi stayed back. Her elder daughter Janhvi did not accompany the family due to her shooting schedule.

The last image of Sridevi from Mohit Marwah’s wedding in Dubai 

Besides Boney and Khushi, she is survived by older daughter Janhvi Kapoor, who is currently working towards making her entry into the Hindi cinema. Sridevi was step-mother to actor Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula, who Boney had from late first wife Mona.

The actor, the wife of producer Boney Kapoor, is considered the first female superstar of Indian cinema and leaves behind her a rich legacy of films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi.

The journey of the Padma Shri awardee Sridevi

Those expressive eyes and the mischievous smile sent hearts aquiver and lit up the cinema screens, making Sridevi Bollywood’s first female superstar. Sridevi was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor, in 2013.
Sridevi was born in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu on August 13, 1963. She began acting at the age of four in 1969 film Thunaivan. Malayalam film Poompatta won her a Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist in 1971. She also co-starred with late actress-politician Jayalalithaa in three films, including Adi Parashakti. In 1975, a year before Sridevi made her debut as a leading lady, she appeared in her first Hindi film, Julie, playing the sister of the heroine.

Sridevi - passes away

Sridevi’s beguiling eyes, scintillating screen presence, and acting prowess soon made her one of the most sought-after actors in the Hindi film industry. While films like “Mawaali” (1983), “Tohfa” (1984), “Mr. India” (1987) and “Chandni” (1989) kept her at the top in the box-office game, her outings like “Sadma” (1983), “ChaalBaaz” (1989), “Lamhe” (1991), and “Gumrah” (1993) earned her critical acclaim.
In an impressive career, spanning five decades, the actor ruled the commercial cinema space in the ’80s and ’90s like no heroine had done before.
Sridevi, known for her versatility as an actor, made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with “Solva Sawan”. But it was only after five years with Jeetendra-starrer “Himmatwala” that she gained commercial success.
Her other major box office hits of the era were “Chaalbaaz”, where she played the role of twins, “Nagina”, and “Khuda Gawah” opposite Amitabh Bachchan.
Before her entry into Bollywood, the actor had been a known face in South Indian films. She made her debut as a child artist in in Tamil film “Thunaivan” in 1969. She was 4 at that time. She also worked in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films.
After “Judaai”, Sridevi took a break from acting to focus on her marriage with Boney Kapoor. She had two daughters — Janhvi and Khushi — with Kapoor. 

After marrying producer Boney Kapoor, Sridevi took a break of many years – her last starring role before the hiatus was Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin with Akshay Kumar, which was filmed in 1994 but released in 2004 – before making what the film industry calls a comeback. 2012’s acclaimed English Vinglish was the comeback of comebacks and Sridevi worked steadily ever since, appearing in Tamil film Puli and last year’s MOM. She will be seen posthumously in a special appearance this year in Shah Rukh Khan’s film Zero.

Minutes after the news of her death broke, many Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen, Sidharth Malhotra and Riteish Deshmukh took to Twitter to pay their condolences.

Blue colored Baal Aadhaar for children introduces by UIDAI

UIDAI has now introduced a blue colored Baal Aadhaar card for children below the age of 5 years, Considering the increasing importance of Aadhaar. To recall all children below the age of 5 don’t need to give biometric details for getting an Aadhaar card.

Blue colored Baal Aadhaar

As per UIDAI, everyone can enroll for Aadhaar – even a newborn child. UIDAI has now also introduced a blue colored – Baal Aadhaar card for children below the age of 5 years and when the child does become 5, then he/she has to submit biometric authentication.

What is the importance of Baal Aadhaar Card?

Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identity number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is a compulsory identity card. Aadhar is increasingly becoming mandatory to make use of most of the government schemes and other activities such as getting a new SIM card or opening a new bank account.

# It is required at the time of school admission.

# During the opening of a bank account.

# While LIC investments in the name of the child or it is a good idea to include the new child in the family floater health policy.

# While taking the child overseas on a holiday. 

Apart from the single birth certificate document for the children now Baal Aadhar card is also a significant document for mutiple purpose of usage for your children that acts as proof of citizenship, identity, and address. 

This is a mandatory document that must be obtained within 21 days of the child’s birth. It records the name, gender, parents’ name, address, date of birth and place of birth of the child.

Step by step guide for enrolling Baal Aadhar card number

For enrolling children below five years, you need to visit the nearest enrolment center and fill out the enrolment form.

# Provide the child’s birth certificate. One of the parents must also provide their Aadhaar card number for authentication purposes. It is necessary to provide the ‘Aadhaar’ card of one of the parents for enrolling for child’s Baal Aadhaar card.

#It would be ideal to carry the original documents also provide a mobile number. # As the age of the applicant, in this case, is below five, no biometrics will be recorded and the only photograph would be sufficient. Biometrics should be updated after the child reaches the age of five.

# A photograph of your child will be clicked.

# Child’s ‘Aadhaar’ will be linked to the UID (Aadhaar card number) of his/her parents and when he turns five, a mandatory biometric verification is necessary.

# After confirmation, collect an acknowledgment slip.

# Once the registration and verification process has been completed, an SMS will be sent to the registered mobile number. Within 60 days of receiving this message, the Baal Aadhaar card number will be issued to the newborn child.

For children above 5 years old

# If a child is above the age of five, the enrollment form has to be filled out and crucial documents such as birth certificate and school’s identity card have to be provided. 

#A biometric update is mandatory at age 5, at age 10 and again at age 15. Also, the same process of updating biometrics of 10 fingers, iris and the facial photograph has to be repeated at the age of 15 again. 

Cautious

If you failing to do enroll for Baal Aadhaar of your children, within the next 7 years would result in suspension of the Aadhaar card. Though there is no compulsion to register for Aadhaar at such a young age, it will be required to be eligible for overseas education or to get government scholarships.

Uber Officially launches Uber Express POOL : Walk a little to save fares

Uber has launched Uber Express POOL officially, a new carpooling service, by offering even cheaper rides that will reduce fares from Uber POOL rates by 20-30 percent, in exchange for a little walking and waiting.

Uber Express POOL

Uber Express POOL is very similar to the current standard Pool with one major difference which is bit annoying with highlighted two key actions as Uber is asking riders to help out with – Walking and waiting. Means instead of the car going to pick up riders one by one, the app will ask riders to walk few meters to a point for easy pickup.

For better understanding let me clarify you that how the service makes a difference from earlier.

How Uber Express POOL differs from Uber POOL?

Uber POOL is a door-to-door carpooling service where drivers drive around to individual pickup locations for customers traveling in the same direction or on the same route, and then drop them off at their respective destinations along the way.

But Uber Express POOL changes this pattern by using a completely new algorithm. Here when passengers hail a cab, they will be asked to walk to a nearby spot or wait a few minutes before the trip starts. It will work in the same way while dropping off.

This will help Uber’s algorithm to go through nearby locations, drivers, and other riders to optimize the route by covering the shortest distance possible so that a higher number of riders can benefit.

How can users save on fares?

According to Uber, the rates for Express Pool will be up to 50% cheaper than the standard Pool.

As now with the new Uber Express POOL service users will get the freedom to choose their ride as per their budget and urgency means if you want to save your few bucks and is ready to walk for a minute or two then you will definitely go with the existing POOL service whereas if you have the urgency in that case without bothering to spend a little more, you can easily go with the new Express POOL service.

How is Uber Express Pool different from Ola’s Share Express?

For Indian rideshare users, Uber is not the first service to offer low prices for less convenient pool rides. The Uber Express Pool feature is similar to Ola’s Ride Express in India, that lets users share cab rides on fixed routes.

But a major difference is that Ola Share Express works along fixed routes that passengers can walk to/from for their pickups and dropoffs.

However, Uber Express POOL is powered by a completely dynamic algorithm this means that pickup and dropoff points and routes may vary depending on who you’re matched with for any given trip.

 Notably

As of now, Uber is only rolling out the features in selected US cities, such as Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Miami, Denver, Los Angeles and San Diego, with more cities across the US to be added in the coming weeks and months.

So if you will going to take a ride on new Uber Express POOL then share your experience with us that how exactly does the new service work.

Instagram New replay Privacy Controls feature for senders!

Instagram new replay privacy controls feature for senders now allows senders to control whether the recipients can view the images or video only once, replay it temporarily or allow it to view in chat.

Instagram New feature

Instagram new replay privacy controls feature has received direct new replay privacy controls giving complete control to users when they send a photo or video from the Instagram Direct camera. The sender can now choose to allow recipients to view the message once, replay it temporarily, or see a permanent thumbnail in the chat log. 

As per the current setting, Instagram allowed all messages could be replayed temporarily but would later disappear. Means users with Instagram can send Stories privately to each other. Users can then replay the Story until it eventually disappears.

On the flip side, Snapchat doesn’t offer users any control over the nature of private chats. Once a user sends a photo or video, the recipient can replay the message for a brief period, but then it disappears forever, but with this update on new replay privacy controls, users can exercise control over the content being shared. 

How to use the Instagram new replay privacy controls feature?

# First open the camera in the Instagram stories

# Switch to the Type mode, which can be found at the bottom next to the other options – Live, Normal, Boomerang, Superzoom, Rewind and Hands-free.

# Simply tap on the screen, and you are ready to type your thoughts.

At the bottom lift, one will find a circle dot, to change the best suitable color of the background, while the front styles can be changed form the top. Like any other story, the type stories will also disappear from the user’s profile after 24 hours.

How Instagram new replay privacy controls feature differs from earlier?

Previously Instagram introduced a new Type mode to its platform. The feature will allow users to share their thoughts in form of text without attaching a picture or a video to the background. It is to be noted, that the feature is available for both the iOS and Android platforms.

Instagram new replay privacy controls feature

Now, the Instagram Direct camera shows “View once”, “Allow replay” and “Keep in chat” options. As you can see in the above image, users will now have three new options to choose from when sending Stories via Direct. They can choose to allow the recipient to view it just once, allow it to be replayed, or keep it in the chat.

Instagrammers with the new replay privacy controls feature can indulge insensitive content by allowing them to prevent replays that can give people time to take a photo of their screen with another camera without triggering a screenshot alert to the sender.

As per an Instagram spokesperson “All these updates are designed to give people more control of what they share with friends in Direct.” The move is meant to give more controls and freedom to the senders and it is aimed at making users send more sensitive imagery by allowing them to prevent replays.

Conclusion

Now, the Instagram new replay privacy controls feature gives you a better control for sensitive or scandalous photos to keep yourself safe with the “view once” opinion. That way, there’s no chance for someone to figure out a way to record. If you want someone to keep looking, choose “allow replay” or “keep it in chat.”

Why WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature ineffective?

WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature ineffective in case if someone quotes your message before you delete it.

If someone has quoted your message on WhatsApp before you delete it, you will still be able to see that message rendering the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature ineffective.

WhatsApp Business app in India for Android

Last year, WhatsApp rolled out “Delete for Everyone” feature to allow its over one billion user base to revoke messages in case they sent those to a wrong person or a group. Users can only delete messages for everyone for up to seven minutes after sending.

But this feature now has been discovered with its major flaws which really makes you bit upset. As per the report, this isn’t a bug but instead is a part of WhatsApp’s feature. Also, there is no mention of how the feature works in cases of quotes in the WhatsApp’s FAQ.

Why WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature ineffective?

WhatsApp allows users to delete messages sent by mistake within seven minutes of sending it. You can do so by tapping on the drop-down icon of the message and choosing “Delete for everyone”.

However, WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature ineffective means it comes with a major flaw, that if within these seven minutes, that message is quoted then the original message will successfully disappear but the deleted text continues to show in the recipient’s quote. Here, the quote means replying to a particular message.

For example, if you reply to a particular message before the person deletes it, the quoted message will still appear on the chat. While you can still delete the original message, the quoted message prevails. 

WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature ineffectiveWhich drawback has found in earlier feature?

 As per the Spanish tech blog AndroidJefe it was possible to recover deleted messages from the Android notification history. “Relying on third-party apps, users could browse the notification log to read purged texts”. The Independent later pointed out that this approach could only recover deleted messages that were read or interacted with.

Noticeable

WhatsApp is trying to make worthful for the users with its upcoming new features but users must be cautious with its usage until the feature has been verified with its drawbacks.

Why Google removed “View image” option from search results?

Google removed View image option button that appeared when you clicked on a picture, which allowed you to open the image alone means from the search results appearing on Google Images on Thursday after partnering with stock photo provider Getty Images. If you visit images.google.com and operate a search query while selecting an image will no longer give you the option to view that image on its own.

Google removes View image option

This sudden amend falls a big impact on users who love to save the real and live image of Google. The “View image” button was extremely useful for users, as when you’re searching for a picture, there’s a very good chance that you want to take it and use it for your own purpose.

Earlier, when we had the view images option, it was way easier to download images. Now with the removal of the option, Google makes it slightly difficult to save pictures. Previously, to save images from Google, all we had to do is click on the “view image” option on the right-hand side of the page, right click on the picture and then save it. But now, with the removal of the option, Google now wants us to click on the “Visit” option, go to the source website, and right click on the image and only then save the picture.

Why has Google removed View image option?

Google has been facing a lot of trouble due to the instances of stealing the original photos by the users which were taken by the photographers and publishers who complained that peoples stealing their pictures without giving a proper credit to them.

This sudden has change came after Getty Images lodged complaints against Google in the United States and European Union for providing options to download high-resolution photographs of the image provider on the site.

Google is aiming towards curbing these issues. On one hand, the thought behind the move is for good, but it is also creating a lot of problems for people while they are trying to download images from Google.

Also, this comes after Google sealed a deal with Getty Images to improve on copyright disclaimers and on the attribution of someone’s work.

Google also removed its “search by image” button, which appeared upon expanding a search result and enabled users to find the same image on different websites, after the partnership deal, but a reverse image search can still be done by dragging it to the search bar of Google Images, and by right-clicking an image and performing a Google search.

Google removed "View image" option

How Websites badly affected earlier?

Google faced a challenging situation since long that’s why this new change has been taken out so that it could pause on image theft and lost ad revenue issue. The View Image button gave a base to the users, an easy way to snatch images from all over the web and use it for its own vicious purposes and when users just click an image from the site, they don’t see any of the site’s advertisements or even have an opportunity to engage with the content surrounding the image, which ultimately hits to the particular website’s growth in Google traffic ranking.

What is Google’s new way of saving the image?

Now, when you search for an image, you will have to visit the website in its entirety to grab the image for your own personal use. Means instead of being directed to a full resolution copy of an image with a click, users will now need to scroll through a website to find the original image.

Also, there are a few more ways to get the images saved. For instance, to save an image you can directly right click on the image, and click on view image or save image option to download the image, however, you have to compromise a bit on the quality.

There’s also an option called “Open tab in new window” this will directly open the source website, from where we can right click and save the image.

What is Google’s aim behind this amend?

Google’s intention behind the move seems to be two, either stop people from stealing pictures or drive them to the source website of the image so that at least the website can serve ads and get revenue. In the second instance, people are also more likely to see the associated copyright information, if there’s any.

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The initiative is for good, but it also has its drawbacks. But, overall, it is good to see Google protecting photographer’s credit along potential and boosting traffic to websites.

Why 14th February celebrate as International Condom Day?

The world will celebrate the three most significant events on 14th February – Valentines Day, Condom Day & Ash Wednesday.

Valentine’s Day is a day when lovers celebrate as loveday by expressing their affection towards their special “Valentine by gifts them with red roses or flower bouquet, chocolates and cards, etc. The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

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 Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason to celebrate February 14th – it is also Condom Day! International Condom Day was started in 2009 and is promoted by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS through safe sex practices.

Why international Condom day celebrated on 14th February?

 It is celebrated on Valentine’s Day as it is an ideal time to promote the campaign as Valentine’s Day focuses on romance, passion, and intimacy. Again Valentine’s Day is the second most celebrated holiday around the world, second to New Year’s Day which is celebrated on February 14th of every year.

 Condom Day falls on Valentine’s Day as it’s an ideal opportunity to promote healthy relationships and to remind people about the risks of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies. It is Celebrated in multiple countries around the world.

Condom Day is a timely reminder for people to use condoms to protect themselves and their partners and to educate them about condom use and other birth control methods.

Because at the end you are only responsible to keep safe your valentine throughout the year. So be safe with your love life by using a condom.

Well, friends, I’m not giving a lecture on the condom because I think its enough funny if I say what its importance rather I’ll definitely say that don’t be so overconfident during your coition. Because in that crucial phase often its found that you lose your controlling power of keeping hold your seminal fluid.

The most common words & facts

 #The most common excuse that people give against using condoms is it doesn’t give enough pleasure and it is wrong. It has been scientifically proven that there isn’t much difference in pleasure derived whether you have sex with or without condoms.

#According to the CDC, 1 in 20 Americans will get infected with hepatitis B (HBV) sometime during their lives. Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV.

#According to the Center for Disease Control, there are more than 19.7 million new cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the U.S. each year.

#By twelfth grade, 65% of high school students will have engaged in sexual intercourse, and one in five sexually active teens will have had four or more sexual partners.


Few vital things to do

International Condom Day 

#Be friendly with your Condom which is made from various materials such as latex, non-latex, lambskin and even female condoms. Condoms, latex and polyurethane versions, are the only method available to prevent transmission of STIs and HIV.

#Keep condoms on hand so that there is no excuse to use them if the situation arises.

#Look out for the marks of quality, expiry date on our packs to ensure that you are purchasing authentic.

#Say the Danish word for condom 10 times fast. Svangerskabsforebyggendemiddel.

#Make a donation to the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA).

#Talk to your children about safe sex and answer any question they may have without hesitation.

#Watch a movie or documentary about HIV/AIDS to understand the benefits of condoms.

Caution for Kenya

Recently the issue of fake condoms has hit the Kenyan market even as the world celebrates International Condom Day.

# You should check the front face of a pack of Trust Studded to ensure that it has a triple-tested icon on the bottom left side and a white stripe with pack content.

#The name “Studded” should also appear in bold at the center of the pack. The pack’s spine should bear content details and only bear PS-Kenya contact details and nothing more.

#Condoms, latex and polyurethane versions, have been the only method available to prevent transmission of STIs and HIV for ages. 

14th February-Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday

Origin of Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday has a non-Christian origin and was accepted into the beliefs of the Catholic Church at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. The council also settled upon the 40-day fast period as the standard length to celebrate Lent. 

Why is it called as Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return.”

It means Ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.

Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.

Is Ash Wednesday Mentioned in the Bible?

 

Ash Wednesday is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, however, from Biblical times, sprinkling oneself with ashes has been a mark of sorrow for sin. Repentance in dust and ashes often was accompanied with fasting during Bible times. 

The type of fast Jesus himself endorsed was the following, found in Matthew 6:16-18, “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Notably

The Bible directly talks about repentance and fasting but doesn’t mention Ash Wednesday specifically. Therefore, Christians are under no obligation to celebrate the holiday. The important fact to remember is that Christians should be ready and willing to repent, fast, and focus on God throughout the year and not just during the Lenten season.

Additionally, Ash Wednesday is not a day of holy obligation, although Roman Catholics attend Mass on this day in order to mark the beginning of the Lenten season. The churches of the Anglican Communion, as well as some other Protestant churches, observe Ash Wednesday. Eastern Rite churches, however, do not observe Ash Wednesday, their Lent begins on the preceding Monday.

Why Valentine’s Day Celebrated On 14th February?

 February 14th… The day when love is in the air and life is good.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year and it is more than just a Hallmark holiday. But do you know where Valentine’s day came from? Why is it celebrated on 14th February? What is Valentine’s symbol? How it became so popular? Was it always about love and good feelings?

From its bloody origins to its sweet, chocolaty modern day traditions, there are few interesting facts you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day

How did Valentine’s Day begin?

Valentine’s Day started with the Romans

There are two theories about the origin of Valentine’s Day. The first is that

The ancient Roman festival Lupercalia (“festival of the wolf”) is considered to be one precursor to Valentine’s Day. Celebrated from February 13-15, it was a purification and fertility ceremony. Reminiscent of the modern-day exchange of love notes on Valentine’s Day, boys would draw a girl’s name from a box on the eve of the festival and then escort her to the festival the next day or, some scholars say, she would be his sexual partner for the next year. The festival survived the initial rise of Christianity but was outlawed at the end of the 5th century when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St Valentine’s Day.

The second most popular theory about Valentine’s Day origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime, in fact, Claudius had banned marriage because he thought it distracted young soldiers. In the spirit of love, Saint Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14.

Why Valentine’s Day Celebrated On 14th February?

Few beliefs derive from this particular month and date,

#During the ancient Roman festival Lupercalia (an ancient precursor to Valentine’s Day), two boys would run through crowds of people swinging strings made from goatskins. If the strings touched a girl, it was divined that she would have healthy children when she grew up. The goatskins were called februa, which means to make clean and from which “February” derives.

#The popular medieval folk belief that birds choose their mates on February 14 made doves a favorite symbol for Valentine cards. The dove was sacred to Venus and other love deities and was known for choosing a lifelong mate.

#Some believe that Valentine’s Day’s is celebrated mid-February to mark the anniversary of St Valentine’s death.

Which country first introduced Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day was first introduced to Japan in 1936 and has become widely popular. However, because of a translation error made by a chocolate company, only women buy Valentine chocolates for their spouses, boyfriends, or friends. In fact, it is the only day of the year many single women will reveal their crush on a man by giving him chocolate. The men don’t return the favor until White Day, a type of “answer day” to Valentine’s Day, which is on March 

What is Valentine’s Symbol?

Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

What the red heart symbolize?

Red hearts are a ubiquitous Valentine symbol. Red is traditionally associated with the color of blood. At one time, people thought that the heart, which pumps blood, was the part of the body that felt love. In fact, when the Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed every organ but the heart because they believed the heart was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity.

Who is Cupid?

A common symbol of Valentine’s Day is Cupid. Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, affection, and attraction. He is the son of Venus, goddess of love, and war god Mars. Cupid in Latin is ‘amor’, which means love. He was originally depicted as a young man who would sharpen his arrows on a grindstone whetted with blood from an infant, though now he is commonly presented as a pudgy baby. This transformation occurred during the Victorian era when business owners wanted to promote Valentine’s Day as more suitable for women and children.

Why we exchange Valentines Day Cards?

One theory is that when Valentine went to prison he sent a girl he had fallen in love with a card saying “Your Valentine,” and some claim this is the inspiration behind it.

Valentines Day greetings have been popular since the Middle Ages where prospective lovers sang their romantic verses or poems to their loved ones. It wasn’t until 1400 when Valentines began to appear on paper, the first one is currently in the British Museum.

The first Valentines Day Card is thought to have been sent from Charles the Duke of Orleans in 1415 and was addressed to his wife. He sent the love note whilst imprisoned in the Tower of London after the Battle of Agincourt, just wanting to say his good lady how much he missed her.

In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

Few amazing facts about Valentine’s day

#A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.

 #Valentine’s Gifts

Valentine`s Day became more and more popular throughout the 17th and 18th centuries in England and then in America. Cards and letters were exchanged among friends and relatives on that day.

It is estimated that 15% of the women in the United States who receive flowers for Valentine’s day send them to themselves. There are no figures that tell how many of these women are married, single or in a relationship.

More than 9 million pet owners buy gifts for their pets for Valentine’s day. Now that is what can be called real puppy love.

Teachers receive more Valentine cards than anyone else, even children. Americans exchange over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards each year!

More than 650 million valentine cards are exchanged by children from ages 6-10 each year. Most of these cards are bought in the last 6 days leading up to Valentine’s day.

#True Love Knot

A True Love Knot, or Endless Knot of Love, was a very popular Valentine in England and the U.S. in the seventeenth century. As their name implies, these Valentines were drawn as a knot and could be read from any line and still make sense.

#Valentine`s Day candy dates to the 19th century, when doctors would prescribe chocolate to soothe people`s nerves and calm emotions.

#More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years. The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.

#Ribbon & Lace

The symbol of the ribbon, which often adorns modern-day Valentines, is rooted in the Middle Ages. When knights competed in tournaments, their sweethearts often gave them ribbons for good luck.

Lace is often used on Valentine decorations. The word “lace” comes from the Latin laques, meaning “to snare or net,” as in to catch a person’s heart.

#Flying Robin

It was once believed that if a woman saw a flying robin on Valentine’s day she would end up getting married to a sailor. If a sparrow was the bird she saw she would end up marrying a man that was poor and live a happy life, if she saw a goldfinch then she was to marry a man that was a millionaire. One can only wonder who she would marry if she saw a crow.

#First Valentine’s

It is believed that a mount Holyoke college student by the name of Ester Howland created the first lace valentine in the United States from lace, ribbon and colorful pictures. She has become known as the Mother of the Valentine.

# SAD

If you’re single don’t despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead. Meant as an alternative to Valentine’s Day, the holiday is for single people to celebrate or to commiserate in their single status.

 #On February 14, Finland celebrates Ystavanpaiva which is translated as ‘Friends Day’. Forget the romantic undertones – gifts and cards are given and received but by friends rather than lovers. We think it’s a great way to involve everyone.

#73 percent of people who buy flowers on this day are men, while only 27 percent are women.  A massive 85% of all gifts for Valentine’s Day are bought by women

#The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red roses are considered the flower of love because the color red stands for strong romantic feelings.

#Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet.

#220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

#The condom company Durex reports that condom sales are 20-30% higher around Valentine’s Day.

#Today, Valentine`s Day is the second-largest card-sending holiday each year. Approximately one billion Valentine cards are sent every year, of which women send the majority. Valentine`s Day candy is also very popular. Each year, eight billion candy hearts are made. Every year, 10 new sayings are created for the hearts as well.

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