Popular science fiction-horror web series Stranger Things 2 and Narcos were the top shows for Indian viewers this year on streaming platform Netflix. A member in India watched The SpongeBob SquarePants movie 171 times in 2017. This year, Netflix members around the world watched more than 140 million hours of TV shows, movies, documentaries and more per day - that's about one billion hours per week. The average global member watched 60 movies on Netflix this year, read a statement from the global streaming video service. Netflix members ranked Stranger Things 2 as the top show to watch together as a family.
December 12, 2017 10:41 UTC
On Tuesday, the Election Commission ordered repolling in six booths, where first phase polling was held on December 9, said officials. Re-election was necessitated as the presiding officers of these booths had forgotten to wipe out the mock drill poll results necessitating the re-election.The re-polling is scheduled for December 14, Thursday. Swain said the poll panel has cancelled the results stored in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in six booths in four constituencies of the first phase of elections. All the voters of these booths, the concerned officials and political parties have been informed about this change. The re-polls will be held along with the second phase elections for the remaining 93 seats of the 182 seat state assembly.
December 12, 2017 10:41 UTC
One of the biggest questions posing a daunting challenge to analysts today is, whether there is a post Modi slide in fortunes for the Gujarat BJP. On the face of it, the BJP was redeemed winning 117 seats, with a slightly lower vote share 49%. However in south Gujarat - Surat being the lead city there, which symbolized the newly Industry driven urban Gujarat, the BJP surged from 42% to 51%, almost compensating the vote share loss in central Gujarat. Its disproportionately high vote share in urban areas, covered the overall vote share churn in the rural areas of the state. In the rural areas, the vote share difference between the BJP and the Congress was a mere 3% of the votes as compared to urban areas where the vote share difference was 18%.
December 12, 2017 10:40 UTC
Here is a look at the documents and services that need to be linked with Aadhaar , and other important details about the case:The deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN was extended to March 31, 2018 from the earlier December 31, 2017The last date to link Aadhaar with one's mobile phone number is February 6, 2018. The linking can be done at a store or a service centre of a service provider, or by calling customer service. (Incidentally, showing proof of Aadhaar is mandatory for those who want to open new bank accounts. *The Centre has said it will extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar for services and welfare schemes to March 31, 2018. *However, last year, the UIDAI urged people to be "discreet" about sharing their Aadhaar and other identity documents.
December 12, 2017 10:35 UTC
Former PM Manmohan Singh’s attack triggered a series of reactions from the BJP including senior ministers like Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad. Each time Dr Manmohan Singh has spoken, the BJP appears rattled. Modi was considered a complete contrast to Manmohan Singh. “Fearing imminent defeat in Gujarat, desperation of Prime Minister to hurl every abuse and latch on to every straw is palpable,” his statement said. That’s why BJP is always worried when Dr Manmohan Singh gets angry.
December 12, 2017 10:30 UTC
PM Modi and seaplane swagOn December 12, PM Modi boarded a seaplane to reach Mehsana district from Sabarmati river ahead of the second phase of polling in Gujarat. Seaplanes are, however, not a recent phenomenon in the world; here’s a look at some interesting history and insights about seaplanes...
December 12, 2017 10:29 UTC
Palwinder Singh is survived by his wife and two daughters. (Express photo) Palwinder Singh is survived by his wife and two daughters. On Tuesday, Gurbachan Singh appealed to the government to help him bring back the body of his son, Palwinder Singh. “We received a call from Colombia from another youth who is from Tanda’s Miani village and was also going to the US along with my son,” Singh said. Singh, however, lamented the fact that Palwinder took an illegal route to reach the US.
December 12, 2017 10:27 UTC
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has taken a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his seaplane ride from Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district today, the last day of campaigning in Gujarat. Taking to Twitter, Lalu Prasad Yadav said that BJP has lost ground in Gujarat where Congress is giving it a tough fight in the ongoing Assembly election. "Zameen nahi rahti to paani aur aasmaan hi bachta na (When there would be no ground, only water and sky will remain)", tweeted, Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD chief. Lalu also raised questions on why BJP leaders did not talk about issues of development in any of their rallies. I appeal voters to think about these things and then decide whom to vote", advised Lalu Prasad.
December 12, 2017 10:18 UTC
Benefits- This pose will strengthen the legs and open the shoulders and stabilise them for the advanced poseSALABHASANA (LOCUST POSE)Lie down on the belly, forehead on the floor. Now work on lifting the legs higher and the shoulders towards each other, lifting the chest higher off the floor. Intensify the pose by lifting the right thigh off the floor and lifting the chest up and back. DANURASANA BOW POSELie down on the belly with palms facing upwards and close to the body, forehead on the floor and the feet hip-distance apart. Exhale; lift legs off the floor, bending from the knee.
December 12, 2017 10:07 UTC
Sky gazers in the city and elsewhere in the country can watch a meteor shower display from tomorrow night till the early hours of December 14, if clouds and light pollution do not play spoilsport. "This year the Geminid meteor shower is predicted to peak on the night of December 13 and the early morning of December 14. "Though the meteors tend to originate from the Gemini constellation, they can be observed from most parts of the sky. Rocks and dust particles from space which are about to collide with Earth's atmosphere are called meteoroids. "If the Earth, in its yearly motion around the Sun happens to pass through such a trail of debris of dust particles, the small dust particles enter the Earth s atmosphere with considerable speed."
December 12, 2017 10:03 UTC
Heavy fog at the city airport affected air traffic movement today, with two international flights being diverted to Bengaluru, officials said. The fog also resulted in delayed departure and arrival of seven flights this morning, airport officials added. Earlier, two international services bound for Chennai, from Mauritius and Riyadh, were diverted to Bengaluru, about 300 kms from here, following dense fog. However, the carriers later arrived here, they added. Further, flights to and from different destinations including Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kochi suffered delays ranging up to 20 minutes, officials added.
December 12, 2017 10:01 UTC
But with these special courts, an end is in sight to the inordinate delay in prosecuting politicians who have been sitting pretty in their positions for far too long.The Centre told the SC today that it will start with 12 such special courts, and added that it has allotted Rs 7.80 crore for the purpose. It also sought some time from the top court to collect data on cases pending against elected representatives across the country, so it can better decide on how many special courts it needs to set up in total.To be sure, it isto expedite dealing with cases against politicians. The SC had in 2015 laid down that such courts be set up soon. He, however, contended that it was for the state governments to set up additional courts as the issue comes within their jurisdiction.The bench was not happy with what it called "an excuse" and said so. "On the one hand you are making [a] commitment but on the other hand you are washing your hands of it," the bench said.
December 12, 2017 10:01 UTC
While controlled blasting is going to be carried out in the city for underground Metro Station construction of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has revealed the first animated look of how controlled blasting is done and what exactly is controlled blasting. MMRC in its monthly magazine for November 2017 has explained about why and how the activity of controlled blasting is carried out. It has in the past said that at several locations where the shafts for Metro-3 are located and controlled blasting would be conducted includes Colaba, Azad Maidan, Andheri, and Mahim. "Hence, to conserve the time required for tunnelling, controlled blasting methods are preferred over conventional mechanized method of excavation, the MMRC said. In controlled blasting, Muffling (process of covering blast holes properly before blasting) is carried out to prevent fly rock (debris which is ejected through air by explosive blast).
December 12, 2017 09:56 UTC
But the reports that the proposed repeal plan is expected to be approved have worried the proponents of a free internet accessible for all, and the letter by the founding fathers of the Internet reflects that sentiment. The proposed Order would also repeal oversight over other unreasonable discrimination and unreasonable practices, and over interconnection with last-mile Internet access providers. The proposed Order removes long-standing FCC oversight over Internet access providers without an adequate replacement to protect consumers, free markets and online innovation. It is important to understand that the FCC's proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology. Despite this comment, the FCC did not correct its misunderstandings, but instead premised the proposed Order on the very technical flaws the comment explained.
December 12, 2017 09:56 UTC
SRINAGAR: The Kashmir valley was cut off from the rest of the country on Tuesday as flight operations at the Srinagar airport were suspended and the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and Mughal road were closed for traffic due to snowfall and rain.The present weather conditions in Jammu and Kashmir are likely to continue till Thursday due to a western disturbance over the state, the meteorological (MeT) office said.The 300-km long highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed following heavy rains and snowfall at several places, including the Jawahar Tunnel, and incidents of shooting stones near Panthal.In Jammu, the Mughal road, connecting Poonch and Rajouri with south Kashmir's Shopian district, was also closed after heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali "The highway and the Mughal road are closed for the second day today. The highway was closed due to heavy snowfall at the Jawahar Tunnel, the Patnitop and Ramban areas and landslides at Pathiyal. There has been heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali and other areas en route Mughal road," police officials said.In the state's summer capital, flight services to and fro from the Srinagar International Airport were hit due to poor visibility caused by the heavy snowfall, airport authorities said.Director of Srinagar airport, Sharad Kumar said, "Air traffic to and fro from the airport has been suspended due to low visibility. There has been no improvement in the visibility around the airport so far. ""We are monitoring the situation.
December 12, 2017 09:56 UTC