UberPASS Rollout Begins in India, Flat Fees Start From Rs. 49

Last week, Uber had announced the launch of a new feature called UberPASS in select cities as a pilot. Now, the company has started rolling out the option to users. With UberPASS, you pay a flat fee to ride, with no cancellation fees or subscription – however, at least during the current pilot, you have to complete a minimum number of rides this week, to continue accessing it next week. The UberPASS fares are being applied to UberGO rides, and don’t apply on shared rides, or higher car categories.

The UberPASS feature is being rolled out to users in a phased manner – the only way to access it is if Uber sends you an email or SMS alert. After that, you can select it while booking the car.

According to the company, select riders will receive an email to unlock the feature. There is no specific eligibility criteria, but about 10 percent of riders in the four cities will get access to UberPASS. These riders will then get offers (which could include flat fares) on UberGO rides, which would vary from city to city. This in turn would unlock UberPASS.

UberPASS Rollout Begins in India, Flat Fees Start From Rs. 49
In Mumbai, for Rs. 99, you can take an Uber for up to 8km, and Rs. 159 for 8-15km. As mentioned above, there are no cancellation charges or subscription fees with UberPASS, and no promo code either; UberPASS is simply an option in the ride types, along with UberX and UberGO.

In Bengaluru, the company is offering fares of Rs. 49 for 6km, and Rs. 99 for up to 12km. An Uber representative who spoke to us said it wouldn’t be able to share a city-specific breakup, but it appears that the Chennai fee is Rs. 100, and it’s pointed out that actual drop location and pickup location must be entered correctly – changes could mean that the flat fee does not apply.


Google to Remove Private Medical Records From Search Results

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has quietly started removing a new category of online content – personal medical records – from its search results, a departure from its typically hands-off approach to policing the web.

Google lists the information it removes from its search results on its policy page. On Thursday, the website added the line: “confidential, personal medical records of private people.” A Google spokeswoman on Friday said that such information is only pulled when the company gets specific requests from individuals.

Previously, Google had only removed webpages with identifying financial information, such as credit card numbers, and with content that violates copyright laws. In 2015, Google bent its longstanding laissez-faire policy by adding “revenge porn” to its removal list – sexually explicit images uploaded without consent. The same approach applies with all these categories: Google will remove information after considering specific requests.

Google to Remove Private Medical Records From Search Results
Health records can also appear online without consent. In December, a pathology lab in India mistakenly uploaded the records of over 43,000 patients containing sensitive information, including names and blood tests for HIV. The records were indexed in Google’s search results.

Google has also recently adjusted its tightly-held search ranking system to filter misleading articles, or fake news, following criticism for hosting and promoting the content in results.

DU PG admit card 2017 released at du.ac.in, exams to begin from July 1

The Delhi University has activated the admit card link of PG, M.Phil and PhD entrance exams. These exams will start from July onwards and the applicants can download their admission ticket from official portal. After getting delayed twice, the online registration for the exam had started from June 12 and closed on June 22, 2017. DU initially planned to conduct the entrance examination online but had to change the decision.

The candidates can view the admit card on the official website – admission.du.ac.in/pg2017.

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DU PG admit card 2017, here’s how to check
Step 1: Vist the official website mentioned above
Step 2: On the homepage, click on PG link
Step 3: You’ll be directed to a new page. Enter your registered email id and password
Step 4: Your admit card will be displayed
Step 5: Download and take a print out
Remember to carry the admission ticket as it has important details like venue, exam time etc.

As per Maharaj K Pandit, chairperson of the admission committee, around 650 seats would be announced for M Phil course and around 850 seats would be allotted for Ph D courses.Admission process: The admission will be done on the basis of offline entrance examination and 50 per cent on merit basis. The exam was held in six centres – Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Nagpur and Varanasi between July 1 and 6.

New distance learning rules: Universities need fresh approvals from UGC for programmes

Universities offering programmes through distance mode will now be regulated under the University Grants Commission (UGC) (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, notified by the commission on Friday.

The commission, through the regulations, has laid down the minimum standards of instruction for the grant of degree at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels through open and distance learning mode.

According to officials, under the new regulations, students will also be allowed to take up to 20% of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through the online learning courses/massive open online courses as per UGC’s (Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through SWAYAM) Regulations, 2016.

“Under this mode, students will be able to opt for online courses offered by various universities and institutions across the country and the credit will be transferred to them,” said a senior UGC official.


All higher educational institutions offering a programme in open and distance learning mode will now have to seek fresh approval from the commission to operate.

Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Kurukshetra University among others will be impacted by the move.

The regulations will apply to universities offering distance learning mode for all degree programmes at the undergraduate and post-graduate level, other than programmes in engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture, physiotherapy and programmes not permitted to be offered in distance mode by any other regulatory body.

All examinations for programmes of the open and distance mode will be conducted within the institution where the study centres or learner support centres are located.


When I boarded a plane bound for Florence, Italy during the summer after my sophomore year of college, I didn’t like tomatoes. When I boarded a return flight just five short weeks later, I scoffed at my previously immature tastebuds. Had I found myself while studying abroad? Debatable. But in response to whether Florence made me a better person, the answer is undeniably yes. The Tuscan capital finally gave me an acquired taste for tomatoes.

I spent most of my trip eating an average of a tomato a day. There’s the caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella and local balsamic and predictably fresh slices doled out on top of a sizzling margherita pizza. But one of the best ways to love the juiciness of Italy’s tomatoes is to squeeze them between two thick slices of bread.

Enter the burrata and marinated cherry tomato sandwich. Based off a sandwich offered at Casa del Vino, one of the city’s oldest enotecas, it’s satisfyingly messy, owing to the juiciness of the cherry tomatoes marinated overnight with anchovies to lock in the salty flavor. It’s another ingenuous way Florentines have combined tomatoes with cheese, in this case semi-soft burrata, which is made from mozzarella and cream.

Pecorino, Parsley, and Anchovy Sandwiches

What I quickly learned while living in the city is that sometimes a panini is literally your only option, but trust us, you’re not settling. You’re wandering through the cobblestone streets in a trance-like state overwhelmed with culture and you suddenly become ravenous. You’ve skipped lunch; it’s 4 p.m. No restaurant in sight will be open during the midday siesta, but what is available to you are a plethora of hole-in-the-wall sandwich shops serving up both the most classic of Italian paninis and the most innovative. There’s no time in Florence you can’t find a decent glass of wine and a delicious sandwich.

The porchetta sandwich with marinated onions and salsa verde fits the bill. The meat is fatty and the salsa is unexpected; what more could you ask for. Other than the vinegar-laced onions generously piled on top.

Another classic from Casa del Vino is one of the simplest sandwiches you could ask for. There are essentially only three ingredients to top the bread—pecorino, parsley, and anchovy—but what it lacks in number of ingredients, it makes up for in boldness of flavors. The key is to coat the parsley on top with the olive oil mixture, but make sure it’s not dripping. It should still feel light and fresh when you take the first bite.

Here’s the thing about Florence, it doesn’t matter which sandwich you try first, you’re always going to think it’s the best one you’ve had until you try the next one. It’s why people eat every 2-3 hours; there are simply not enough hours in the day for the endless possibilities between two slices of bread. You can find seven other reasons why we love Florence, along with more of the story behind this star trio of sandwiches, right here


Samsung to start selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 from July 7 onwards

According to latest reports, Samsung will start selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices next week. The news comes from Korea through a renowned publication which also claims that the controversial smartphone which seems to have been now fixed will go on sale starting July 7.

Further citing unnamed sources, the publication reports that Samsung will release the smartphone under the name the Galaxy Note Fandom Edition (FE) and with a price tag below 700,000 won (approx $616 or Rs. 39,684).

However, a Samsung spokesperson has stated that the smartphone’s final cost price is yet to be fixed. As of now, they are waiting for the Samsung’s phone and information technology division to officially announce the launch date.

Samsung to start selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 from July 7 onwards

Reports also suggest that Samsung is currently holding its bi-annual strategic forum in Seoul and the company should fix as well as reveal the launch dates for its products including the Galaxy Note 8.

If you recall Samsung’s flagship handset Galaxy Note 7 has already had a rough start last year and the exploding fiasco did cause the firm operating losses of some 6.1 trillion won ($5 billion). But after months of speculation, Samsung claims that the Galaxy Note 7 issue has been fixed and reports also state that the refurbished Note 7 will come with a completely updated software as well as a lower-capacity battery compared to the original model.

Interestingly, a large number of petitions from environment groups were sent to Samsung asking the company to repair and reuse the 4.3 million Note 7 handsets that were produced. Well, it looks like Samsung is going forward with such move and is recycling and using refurbished phones for sale. Will you purchase the smartphone? Do let us know in the comments.

Here’s How To Remove Your Private Medical Records From Google Search Results – And Why You Should

Google is now entertaining requests of users who want to remove their private medical records online from search results.

Of course, this is one surefire way to address online safety and privacy, especially at a time when hackers tend to target the networks of numerous medical facilities or related peripherals across the globe.

How To Remove Your Private Medical Records

Before getting into the nitty-gritty details, it should be mentioned that Google recently updated its policy in removing online content from Google, which now includes “confidential, personal medical records of private people.”

Basically, what you want to do here is send proof to Google that your personal data is turning up in the search results and get in touch with the company to take it down.

Step 1: Double-check whether or not your private medical records are indeed online. To do this, simply search for your name on Google Search.

Note: Arguably, the best time to check is when news about hackers breaching medical facilities’ networks make the headlines.

Step 2: Copy and save the URL of a website where you found your details.

Step 3: Head to Google’s support page for taking down online content and make the request official.

Step 4: At the bottom of the page, click on “Remove information you see in Google Search” and answer the rest of queries accordingly. At the end of it all, provide the URL containing your personal records.

Note: If that support page doesn’t exactly fit the bill, you can head on over to Google’s legal support page for removing content, which offers more options to report.

Why You Should Ask Google To Remove Your Private Medical Records

As a rule of thumb, the less info you have on the internet, the less likely you are to become a victim of cybercrimes.

Back in August 2015, personal details of 3.9 million people got leaked online, leaving the victims vulnerable to hackers.

In other words, they were at risk of having their identities and banking and credit card info stolen, and they could’ve even had their medical information sold or used by other individuals and get denied medical attention due to debts.

The Bottom Line

To sum things up, Google is expanding the types of content it’ll remove from the search results, with the latest addition to the policy for private medical records.

It should be pointed out that users can have all sorts of sensitive info taken down as long as it’s under the company’s guidelines.

“You can ask Google to remove your sensitive personal information, like your bank account number, or an image of your handwritten signature, or a nude or sexually explicit image or video of you that’s been shared without your consent, from Google search results,” Google says.

With all said and done, staying safe and keeping your personal info private on the internet should be a top priority, as you can never know what hackers or unscrupulous users will do when they have your details.

Have you faced some online trouble before? If so, feel free to drop by our comments section below and let us know.

Myntra Eyes 25-Fold Surge, 4 Lakh New Customers From Upcoming Sale

New Delhi: Fashion e-commerce platform Myntra on Monday said it expects to see a 25-fold jump in daily sales during its ‘End of Reason’ sale to be held between June 24-26.

Myntra’s sale comes at a time when brick and mortal retail stores are offering heavy discounts to customers to clear stocks, ahead of the GST roll-out from July 1.

“Our ‘End of Reason Sale (EORS) gets bigger and better with each passing season. The sixth edition will be the largest yet and will see Jabong also participate,” Ananth Narayanan, CEO of Myntra and Jabong, told PTI.

He added that over 1,800 brands will participate in the three-day sale, offering discounts of 50-80 per cent.

“We expect about 45 per cent growth over last year and 25X jump in revenues from what we do on an average day… We expect about 5 lakh people to be part of Myntra Shopping Groups,” he said.

Myntra Eyes 25-Fold Surge, 4 Lakh New Customers From Upcoming Sale

Myntra Shopping Groups will allow customers to form groups (consisting of friends and families) on the platform and shop together. Group members will be eligible for multiple rewards and discounts depending on the size of their shopping bags.

“EORS is also a great way to get new customers onboard. We expect to acquire 4 lakh new customers through the three day sale this time,” Narayanan said adding that discounts being offered in retail stores will not impact its own sales.

Apparel manufacturers are trying to liquidate old stock ahead of the new GST tax regime. The GST Council has decided to tax man-made apparel up to Rs. 1,000 at 5 per cent, while those costing above Rs. 1,000, will attract 12 per cent.

At present the total tax incidence is around 8 per cent depending upon the states.


Monsoon Session Of Parliament From July 17 To August 11

New Delhi: The monsoon session of Parliament will commence on July 17, the day voting for the presidential election will take place.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has recommended holding the session from July 17 to August 11, according to sources in the committee.

Monsoon Session Of Parliament From July 17 To August 11

The CCPA meeting, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, was held last evening after NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination papers.

The House may not function on the first day of the session on account of death of two sitting MPs — Lok Sabha member Vinod Khanna and Rajya Sabha member Pallavi Reddy.


Many from Tamil Nadu clear NEET, none makes it to top

CHENNAI: As many as 32,570 of the 83,859 candi dates from Tamil Nadu who took the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET)-UG qualified in the examination for admission to MBBS courses, giving the state an overall pass percentage of 38.84%.
Not a single student from Tamil Nadu made it to the allIndia top 25 rank list in the NEET-UG results that CBSE released on Friday, but several state candidates scored 600 marks or more of a maximum of 720. Data CBSE released showed that 10 candidates from Tamil Nadu scored in the range of 630 to 655 and 19 candidates scored more than 600. A total of 156 candidates from the state scored between 500 and 600720 and 565 scored between 400 and 500720. “The performance of students from Tamil Nadu has been very good this year, especially when compared to NEET 2016-2017 as well as the All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) in previous years,” a senior CBSE official told TOI.

Of the 88,881 students who applied to take NEET-UG at eight cities in the state this year, 15,206 students opted for the Tamil language paper.

Sri Ramachandra University former vice chancellor J S N Murthy said students from the state performed reasonably well in comparison with the national average.

“Around six lakh candidates of the 11 lakh (or around 50%) who took the test nationwide qualified, so the state’s pass percentage of nearly 40% gives one reason to be optimistic,” he said. “This is just the beginning of NEET and [the performance of Tamil Nadu students] only makes me believe that they will do better in the coming years.”

With the right coaching and the ability to attune themselves to the test format, students from the state will in no way be less capable of scoring well in a competitive test, he said.

Some students proved their mettle by individually putting in extra effort. A Lakshanya, a state board student from Velammal Matriculation School, who scored 635, said she had thoroughly covered both the state board and CBSE textbooks over a period beginning in Class XI and had also prepared for AIPMT.

Coaching centres in the city reported that their students performed well in NEET-UG. Akash Educational Services said a majority of the students who took the test through the centre qualified with good scores. “The scores have improved from last year and the number of candidates qualifying from our centre was also higher,” said Sanjay Gaglani of Winner’s Academy, Chennai.”More time for preparation this year was helpful.”

Some coaching centres, however, shared concerns over several state board students, particularly from Tamil-medium schools, encountered problems in the NEET physics paper due to new terminology.

“For Tamil-medium students, there is no material or test paper with which to prepare for this kind of exam,” said C Nadasurateja of Jupiter Education Academy, Chennai. “Several technical terms were not clear to students who were used to learning only theory for state board exams. They need to be given time to prepare and cannot be disregarded due to a set process.”