Wednesday, March 11, 2020

2020 Maruti Vitara Brezza Petrol MT To Likely Get Mild Hybrid System

Maruti Suzuki launched the facelifted Vitara Brezza last month with cosmetic revisions and a new BSVI petrol engine

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) had the Vitara Brezza dominating the compact SUV sales charts for more than three years until the arrival of Hyundai Venue. The latter with better equipment list and wide variety of engine options to choose from as well as Blue Link connectivity features got the better of Vitara Brezza in monthly sales for a few months in 2019.
It has continued to do the same in the early stages of this calendar year as in February 2020, the Venue was the second most sold SUV in the country behind Kia Seltos. In response to the growing competition, Maruti Suzuki introduced the facelifted Vitara Brezza at the 2020 Auto Expo last month with cosmetic updates to stretch the lifespan of the existing model.
Priced between Rs. 7.34 lakh and Rs. 11.40 lakh (ex-showroom), the 2020 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza gets new front grille, sharper headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, redesigned bumper, new set of alloy wheels and a few other subtle cosmetic changes. The interior gains latest SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and cloud-based functions.
However, the biggest change of them all has to be the new 1.5-litre petrol engine replacing the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced DDiS200 diesel unit. The BSVI compliant K15B four-cylinder petrol motor comes equipped with a 12V mild-hybrid system with idle start/stop technology and torque boost. It is available only in the four-speed torque converter automatic transmission equipped variants.
A recent document emerged on the internet suggests that Maruti Suzuki will likely incorporate this system in the five-speed manual transmission equipped variants as well of the five-seater SUV. The 1.5-litre petrol engine capable of 105 PS is coupled with a 2.4 PS producing electric motor to assist in torque boosting and automatic idle engine start/stop to save fuel.
2020 maruti brezza facelift-1-2
We can expect the fuel economy to increase from the current model’s 17.03 kmpl due to the presence of the SHVS system. It could see a slight hike in price compared to the regular Vitara Brezza petrol MT that costs between Rs. 7.34 lakh and Rs. 9.98 lakh (ex-showroom).

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Nokia 5G phone to be featured in No Time

HMD Global has announced it will launch its first Nokia 5G phone.
Nokia 5G phone, possibly the Nokia 8.2, will be launched on March 19.
Nokia's first 5G phone will feature in James Bond movie, No Time To Die.

HMD Global has set March 19 as the launch date for its new generation of Nokia phones. As per recent rumours, a Nokia 5G phone is in the offing, which could possibly be the Nokia 8.2 5G. HMD Global has now announced that the first Nokia 5G phone will indeed be unveiled at its upcoming event in London. The first glimpse of the Nokia phone will be out via a 90-second video commercial that will feature the actors of the 25th James Bond movie, No Time To Die. The commercial will be aired for the first time on March 8, Sunday.

Nokia’s first 5G phone and other Nokia-branded phones that are likely to be launched on March 19 will also be featured in No Time To Die movie, the release for which has been pushed back to November this year.

The Nokia 5G phone commercial will feature Lashana Lynch as Agent Nomi and will be a part of HMD Global’s largest ever global marketing campaign. The series of commercials will outline Nokia phones as The Only Gadget You’ll Ever Need.’ The video advertisement is directed by Amma Asante, the director who has won the BAFTA previously. The commercial borrows its theme heavily from the upcoming James Bond movie. It is filmed at famous locations in London and features St Paul’s and The Shard.

While the commercial is yet to be aired, folks at TechRadar claim they have previewed the Nokia 5G phone advertisement and shared the first look of the 5G phone. In the photos shared by the publication, Agent Nomi can be seen using a Nokia phone that looks quite like the Nokia 7.2. HMD Global has also shared some portfolio shots from the commercial.

This is HMD Global’s first Nokia-branded 5G phone, which could be the Nokia 8.2, as per reports. As seen in shots, the Nokia 8.2 has well-rounded edges and sports a circular camera island with at least four cameras. There is a curved display with Android 10’s call interface. Moreover, one of the shots shows the camera app in action, revealing a regular mode, an ultra-wide-angle mode, portrait mode, and night mode among others. A rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is also available.

HMD Global is expected to launch at least five phones at the March 19 event in London. There will be its first Nokia-branded 5G phone aka Nokia 8.2, the Nokia 5.2, Nokia C2, Nokia 1.3, and possibly, the Nokia 400 4G.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Belle Mare – Mauritius

Belle Mare – Mauritius

If powder-white sand and coral reefs are your thing, then Belle Mare beach is heaven. It’s on the south coast of the island and is surrounded by unspoilt nature, with only a few hotels and luxury villas.
The coral reef offshore creates a lagoon, so the water is perfect for swimming.

Belle Mare

 Monach Isles – Scotland

These remote islands in the Outer Hebrides have beautiful untouched beaches, rocky ledges and endless dunes. Beaches here are wild and rugged, and it’s not unusual to have the entire stretch of sand all to yourself.

You’ll find no shortage of beautiful beaches in Grenada, but tranquil, sheltered Grand Anse is one of the best. Two miles of milky-white sand on the western, leeward side of the island, it’s a short water-taxi ride from the capital of St George’s, and is overlooked by some of Grenada’s finest hotels. You won’t want for anything here, whether it’s goblet-sized G&Ts, market stalls or seahorses that swoosh around snorkellers.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Beaches In The World

Lucky Bay – Esperance, Australia

Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay, is also one of Western Australia’s most well-known gems. Its perfectly clean sand and turquoise water make it a must-visit, with the bay stretching on for 5km.
Keep an eye out for kangaroos lazing on the sand!

Lucky Bay

 Glass Beach – California, USA

This is no ordinary beach – Glass Beach gets its name from the smooth colourful glass pieces that make up its shore. Once a local dumping site, the glass has become pretty pebbles over the years and the beach is now a protected spot.

Glass Beaches


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Health Tips for Heart, Mind, and Body

Health Tips for Heart, Mind, and Body
Unhealthy lifestyle. It’s a common contributor of our biggest health problems: stroke, heart disease, diabetes, cancer. 
1. Daily exercise.
You brush your teeth every day; exercise is equally important for your daily routine. Turn off the TV or computer, and get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. To work your heart, it’s got to be aerobic exercise. You’ve got lots of options: walking, jogging, biking, rowing machine, elliptical machine, swimming. But don’t feel like you have to be an athlete. Walking is great exercise. Get 10 minutes here and there during the day. It all counts.

2. Healthy diet.
Quit eating junk food and high-fat fast food. Your heart, brain, and overall health are harmed by foods high in saturated fats, salt, and cholesterol. There’s no getting around it. You’ve got to replace them with healthy foods: lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, olive oil — what we call the Mediterranean diet.
3. Weight loss.
Too much body weight puts your health at great risk. When you take in more calories than you burn, you get fat — it’s that simple. You’ve got to eat less. You’ve got to exercise more. You’ve got to push yourself to make these lifestyle changes — but you’ve got to do it to help avoid serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, or stroke.
4. Regular physical exams.
Tell your doctor your family medical history. Learn your personal risk factors, and the screening tests you need. Women may have mammograms to screen for breast cancer and Pap tests for cervical cancer. Men may have prostate cancer PSA tests. Routine screening for colorectal cancer should start at age 50, perhaps earlier if colon cancer runs in your family. You also need regular diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol tests. Make sure your immunizations are up to date. You may need flu and pneumonia shots, depending on your age.

We should not be working so hard that we’re neglecting the things that keep us healthy. This is important advice, too, for people who take care of elderly parents or young children. Make sure you’re getting proper exercise and sleep — and that you’re not trying to do too much.

5. Measure servings and control portions

Eating too much of any food, even low-calorie vegetables, can result in weight gain.
Therefore, people should avoid estimating a serving size or eating food directly from the packet. It is better to use measuring cups and serving size guides. Guessing leads to overestimating and the likelihood of eating a larger-than-necessary portion.
The following size comparisons can be useful for monitoring food intake when dining out:
  • three-fourths of a cup is a golf ball
  • one-half of a cup is a tennis ball
  • 1 cup is a baseball
  • 1 ounce (oz) of nuts is a loose handful
  • 1 teaspoon is 1 playing die
  • 1 tablespoon is a thumb tip
  • 3 oz of meat is a deck of cards
  • 1 slice is a DVD
These sizes are not exact, but they can help a person moderate their food intake when the correct tools are not available.

6. Eat mindfully

Many people benefit from mindful eating, which involves being fully aware of why, how, when, where, and what they eat.
Making more healthful food choices is a direct outcome of becoming more in tune with the body.
People who practice mindful eating also try to eat more slowly and savor their food, concentrating on the taste. Making a meal last for 20 minutes allows the body to register all of the signals for satiety.
It is important to focus on being satisfied after a meal rather than full and to bear in mind that many "all natural" or low-fat foods are not necessarily a healthful choice.
People can also consider the following questions regarding their meal choice:
  • Is it good "value" for the calorie cost?
  • Will it provide satiety?
  • Are the ingredients healthful?
  • If it has a label, how much fat and sodium does it contain?

7. Stimulus and cue control

Many social and environmental cues might encourage unnecessary eating. For example, some people are more likely to overeat while watching television. Others have trouble passing a bowl of candy to someone else without taking a piece.
By being aware of what may trigger the desire to snack on empty calories, people can think of ways to adjust their routine to limit these triggers.

8. Plan ahead

Stocking a kitchen with diet-friendly foods and creating structured meal plans will result in more significant weight loss.
People looking to lose weight or keep it off should clear their kitchen of processed or junk foods and ensure that they have the ingredients on hand to make simple, healthful meals. Doing this can prevent quick, unplanned, and careless eating.
Planning food choices before getting to social events or restaurants might also make the process easier.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

When is Diwali (Deepavali)? Dates for 2019 to 2025

When is Diwali (Deepavali)? Dates for 2019 to 2025

Diwali or Deepavali, also known as the "Festival of Lights," is the biggest festival in the Hindu Calendar, celebrated in early fall of each year; but when Divali occurs in the calendar changes every year. Spiritually, it symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance. As the term "Festival of Lights" suggests, the celebration involves millions of lights illuminated from rooftops, doorways, and windows in thousands of temples and buildings all over the countries where the festival is observed. 

Diwali: 2019–2025
Because Diwali is such a meaningful celebration, it is not uncommon for individuals to plan festivities years in advance. Diwali lasts five days, and the main celebrations are held on the third day. For planning purposes, here are the dates for the main celebrations for Diwali for the next few years:

2019: Sunday, October 27 (starts on October 25, ends on October 29)
2020: Saturday, November 14 (November 12–16)
2021: Thursday, November 4 (November 2–6)
2022: Monday, October 24 (October 22–26)
2023: Wednesday, November 7 (November 5–9)
2024: Friday, November 1 (October 30–November 3)
2025: Tuesday, 21 October (October 19–23)
Fast Facts: Diwali
Short Description: Diwali (or Deepavali) is a four- or five-day celebration in October or November each year, held in honor of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. 
Start Date, 2019: October 25
Main Celebration: October 27
End Date: October 29
Location: In India and throughout the diaspora
Fun Fact: The date changes each year because the festival is scheduled according to the lunar calendar: Diwali celebrates the new moon of the first lunar month, Kartik. 
Fun Fact: Diwali is known as the festival of lights and is characterized by massive amounts of fireworks and firecrackers, to offset the cold dark nights of the coming winter. 
The date to celebrate Diwali generally changes by a week to ten days every year. The reason Diwali's celebration date is different each year is that each of the Hindu calendars—there are several—is lunisolar, meaning they take into effect both the movements of the sun and the moon. A solar calendar (like the Gregorian one) has an average of 365.24 days. A lunar year varies in length, each month containing approximately 29.5 days (354 days) depending on the moon's movement with respect to the earth. In some months, a day needs to be dropped to correlate with a shorter lunar cycle. 

The Hindu lunar calendar has two parts: dark (Krishna paksha or waning moon in Sanskrit) and light (Śhukla paksha or waxing moon), and the new moon (amavasya) always occurs in between the parts, typically on the 15th. Diwali falls on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik, which is the new moon day of the first month of the lunar year.

What is Diwali?
Deepavali means "a row of lights" in Sanskrit, and its origins were likely as an ancient harvest festival. Today it is the "festival of lights," attached to various mythological stories and explanations, particularly tales about Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The date of Deepavali on the new moon makes it the darkest night in the month of Kartik when the nights are cold, long, and dark: all the lights make that darkness easier to bear.

Diwali is typically a four- or five-day event, starting two days before the new moon and extending for two days afterward. It is traditionally a puja, or a celebration which worships, honors, and shows devotion to the divine. In India, while everyone celebrates Deepavali, people don't amass in public, but rather in small groups with their friends and families in homes, neighborhoods, and local temple communities. In the diaspora, all the countries in the world outside of the Indian subcontinent where Indian people have settled, Diwali is considered a public celebration open to Hindus and anyone else. 

Large government-produced festivals are held in London, Sydney, Toronto, and Edinburgh, and they are often a showcase for Indian culture, music, dance, fashion, food, crafts, and fireworks. The huge amount of fireworks and firecrackers set off during the five days of Diwali have become an issue in many of the cities in India, to the point that ambient air and noise during Diwali are considered somewhat hazardous to health.

History of Diwali
The Diwali festival dates back to ancient times in India. It is mentioned in Sanskrit texts dating from the 4th century CE but was likely practiced for many hundreds of years before that. Although most important for Hindus, the festival is also observed by Jains, and Sikhs and some Buddhists. While different historical events are observed in different regions and by different faiths, Diwali represents the triumph of lightness over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance for all the cultures that celebrate it.

mportant Dates, Celebration, Significance And Puja Timings For Diwali

Happy Diwali 2018: The five days of the festival are Dhanteras, Chhoti Diwali, Badi Diwali, Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj. Diwali or Deepavali or as 'the festival of lights', as the festival is also known, is celebrated by lighting up public and private spaces alike, including houses and temples.

Diwali 2019 Date: This year it will be celebrated on October 27.
Diwali 2019 Date in India Calendar: Diwali, one of the most prominent festivals celebrated in India, indicates the triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil. This year it will be celebrated on October 27.
The festival of lights is observed on the day of ‘Amavasya’ or new moon, the 15th day of Kartik, according to the Hindi calendar. Starting at the end of the cropping season, it is often associated with wealth and happiness.
According to mythology, Diwali has been referred to as Deepapratipadutsava in the seventh century Sanskrit play Nagananda, in which newlywed couples were gifted lamps and other things in remembrance of Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi’s marriage.
It has been referred to as Dipamalika in the ninth century work of the poet Rajashekhar, where traditions of homes being cleaned and decorated with lights are mentioned. There is also mention of the festival in Persian traveller and historian Al- Biruni’s 11th century memoir on India.
Today, many celebrate it in remembrance of the return of Lord Rama and Sita after 14 years of exile, while others honour the return of Pandavas after 12 years of vanvas and a year of agyatvas.
The festival, according to a popular legend, is also associated with the story of Yama and Nachiketa on Kartika amavasya — one that narrates the tale of true wealth, knowledge and right versus wrong. It is also one of the reasons why Diwali is celebrated as the festival of prosperity, wisdom and light.
Happy Diwali 2018: Themes of good versus evil and the victory of the light over the dark are celebrated

  Diwali is one of the most awaited festivals in the Hindu calendar. It is likely the most widely celebrated of all festivals among Hindus and this year, in 2018, it will be celebrated on November 7 in most parts of India. However, the festival will be celebrated in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu on November 6. Hindu expats in Singapore will also celebrate Diwali on November 6. The celebrations for Diwali usually last for five days. The third day is when main Diwali is celebrated.
The five days of the festival are Dhanteras, Chhoti Diwali, Badi Diwali, Govardhan Puja and Bhai Dooj. Diwali or Deepavali or as 'the festival of lights', as the festival is also known, is celebrated by lighting up public and private spaces alike, including houses and temples.
The themes of good versus evil and the victory of the light over the dark are celebrated in Diwali. Hindus celebrate the return of Lord Rama from his exile from Ayodhya. According to the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls under the month of Karthik. According to the Gregorian calendar, the festival occurs every year in either the month of October or November.
During Diwali, it is considered auspicious to buy new goods during the days preceding Diwali. People who celebrate Diwali clean and/or renovate their homes and repair and/or clean their furniture.
Diwali 2018: Family members then rejoice by indulging in exchange of gifts and sweets after conducting Lakshmi Pujan on the occasion of Badi Diwali (Representational)
In order to celebrate the festival of Diwali, it is declared as a public holiday by the government.
Here is a breakdown of all the important dates of Diwali 2018:
Dhanteras 2018: 5th November, 2018
Chhoti Diwali 2018: 6th November, 2018
Badi Diwali 2018: 7th November, 2018
Govardhan Puja 2018: 8th November, 2018
Bhai Dooj 2018 or Bhau Deej 2018: 9th November, 2018
Significance Of Diwali:
While the significance of Diwali varies from region to region in India, the most commonly accepted tradition is associated with the Hindu epic Ramayana, which concerns the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama. The Ramayana also said that the people of Ayodhya lit lamps and rejoiced the return of Rama, who was earlier sent on exile, back to Ayodhya after 14 years. Thus, the people traditionally celebrate the victory of 'good versus evil' in Diwali. Lord Rama was crowned the king of Ayodhya after he returned from exile.
Happy Diwali 2018: While the significance of Diwali varies from region to region in India, the most commonly accepted tradition is associated with the Hindu epic Ramayana, which concerns the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama (Representational)
Puja In Diwali:
The main day of Diwali celebrations, or Badi Diwali, which will be celebrated on 7th November, is also known as Lakshmi Pujan as Lakshmi, being the Goddess of Wealth, is worshipped. The muhurat or auspicious timing for conducting Lakshmi Pujan during Diwali 2018 will be between 5.57 pm and 7.53 pm.
Diwali Greetings: Diwali 2018 will be celebrated in November 7th. Happy Diwali!
The entire family usually gets together this time and recites prayers and holy songs in unison. Family members then rejoice by indulging in exchange of gifts and sweets after this.

Diwali Calendar (Year wise dates)

We present you with all the dates Diwali will have from 2015 till 2040. Hit ctrl+D to bookmark this page, and click here to share this page with your friends.
Day & Dates
Diwali 2015 :
Wednesday, November 11
Diwali 2016 :
Sunday, October 30
Diwali 2017 :
Thursday, October 19
Diwali 2018 :
Wednesday, November 7
Diwali 2019 :
Sunday, October 27
Diwali 2020 :
Saturday, November 14
Diwali 2021 :
Thursday, November 4
Diwali 2022 :
Monday, October 24
Diwali 2023 :
Sunday, October 12
Diwali 2024 :
Friday, November 1
Diwali 2025 :
Tuesday, October 21
Diwali 2026 :
Sunday, November 8
Diwali 2027 :
Friday, October 29
Diwali 2028 :
Tuesday, October 17
Diwali 2029 :
Monday, November 5
Diwali 2030 :
Saturday, October 26
Diwali 2031 :
Friday, November 14
Diwali 2032 :
Tuesday, November 2
Diwali 2033 :
Saturday, October 22
Diwali 2034 :
Friday, November 10
Diwali 2035 :
Tuesday, October 30
Diwali 2036 :
Sunday, October 19
Diwali 2037 :
Saturday, November 7
Diwali 2038 :
Wednesday, October 27
Diwali 2039 :
Monday, October 17
Diwali 2040 :
Sunday, November 4

Diwali/Deepavali in 2019