Why no noise about high decibels?

While the poor air quality in Delhi has pushed authorities to at least announce some action plans, the government seems least concerned about noise pollution, which has severe physiological and psychological impacts. Of late, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has started displaying decibel levels in real time and most stations in the city are far from meeting standards.
TOI looked at 24-hour average noise levels (LAE) or sound exposure levels between June 1 and June 7 at Anand Vihar, East Arjun Nagar, Civil Lines, ITO, RK Puram and Punjabi Bagh. RK Puram and Punjabi Bagh–categorised as “quiet area” and “residential area”, respectively–recorded more than 65 dBa on most days.

Noise Pollution Rules 2010 recommend a standard of 65 dBa for day and 55 dBa for night in commercial areas. In residential colonies, the levels should be 55 dBa for day and 45 dba for night. If the noise level exceeds the standards by 10 dBA at any location, it can be recorded as a “violation” and penalised by the authority concerned.

For example, if there is excessive honking, traffic cops can impose a fine of Rs 100. Ironically, Delhi traffic police don’t have the equipment to monitor noise at intersections.But the noise pollution problem in the capital is far larger than just some random honking cases. CPCB’s ‘Status of Ambient Noise Levels in India’ for 2015-16 had highlighted that locations like ITO, Delhi Technological University (DTU) on Bawana Road and NSIT, Dwarka didn’t meet noise standards all year round.Former environment minister Anil Madhav Dave had informed the Rajya Sabha recently that 70 monitoring stations in Mumbai, Lucknow, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru were monitoring noise levels and “the data from these monitoring stations indicate that average noise pollution levels generally exceed the permissible limits”.

Why no noise about high decibels?

Despite such a trend, both civil society organisations and the government continue to maintain silence over the matter. Some experts say the noise pollution guidelines are “flawed.” “The guidelines should specify whether they are meant for 24-hour average or levels in real time.Due to lack of clarity , authorities tend to interpret the norms in their own ways,” said a government scientist.

According to Nasim Akhtar, a senior scientist at Central Road Research Institute, heavy vehicles are responsible for a major part of the noise pollution in Delhi.”One truck causes as much noise as 7-8 cars. In addition, every time there is an increase in noise by 10 dBa, the loudness is doubled. This affects people’s health. While our guidelines are similar to those in Europe, residential areas in European cities are 200 to 300 metres away from the road. There is also a buffer zone between the road and houses in those cities. In India, people are exposed directly to road noise,” he said.

Akhtar wondered why noise pollution, unlike air pollution, was not treated as a health hazard when there is enough evidence showing its impact on health. The rules for silence zones (100 metres around hospitals, educational institutions, courts, religious places) are violated everywhere. Akhtar explained that the problem of noise from banquet halls or religious ceremonies was hardly anything compared to that from traffic. CPCB scientists said an “action plan” was prepared following their 2015-16 report, but it’s yet to be made available in the public domain.

WHO guidelines recommend less than 30 dBA in bedrooms for a good night’s sleep and less than 35 dBA in classrooms to allow ideal teaching and learning conditions. According to Dr Salabh Sharma, an ENT consultant at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, there is no adequate data yet to establish whether noise pollution alone is behind increasing cases of partial and full hearing loss.”But we are seeing a rise in such cases in the past 15 years…Noise pollution damages the hair cells inside the cochlear. These problems are also being seen among relatively younger people. This can have adverse effects at a subconscious level, resulting in irritation and tiredness,” he said.

OnePlus 5 Is As Powerful As Expected, But It’s No Flagship Killer

The OnePlus 5 made its official debut and it’s undoubtedly a powerful beast, but is OnePlus starting to lose its competitive edge?

OnePlus made a name for itself by launching “flagship killers,” meaning high-end smartphones with powerful specifications, but at a fraction of the price of other comparable flagships.

With the OnePlus 5, however, it seems the company’s days of offering premium specs at dirt-cheap prices are behind it. The OnePlus 5 is the most expensive handset yet in the company’s lineup and while it still doesn’t cost as much as other flagships such as the Galaxy S8, it does cost significantly more than OnePlus fans likely expected.

OnePlus 5 Specs

The latest OnePlus 5 flagship comes with top-notch specs, including the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 graphics, and two RAM and storage configurations — 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space, or a staggering 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

The smartphone features a 5.5-inch full HD display (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), dual rear cameras consisting of a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 20-megapixel telephoto lens, a 16-megapixel front shooter, and a 3,300 mAh battery with Dash Charge rapid charging technology.

OnePlus 5 Competitiveness

The base model with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage costs $479, while the premium one with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage goes up to $539.

That’s still a bargain price for what the OnePlus 5 has to offer, but it’s nowhere near previous flagships that dramatically undercut all others. The OnePlus 5 has solid specs, but it’s not that much cheaper than the Galaxy S8 and it has a full HD display, not the gorgeous Infinity Display with a QHD resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It’s not that much cheaper than the iPhone 7 either, to which it bears an uncanny resemblance.

Without an aggressively competitive price point or a design that doesn’t look like an iPhone clone, does the OnePlus 5 really have a solid chance of competing at the high end of the smartphone market?

Will fans pay $539 for the premium OnePlus model, knowing that it could be discontinued in less than a year? The OnePlus 3 was discontinued when the OnePlus 3T hit the scene, and the OnePlus 3T was discontinued recently after less than a year on the market, as the company prepared to release the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus had a spectacular growth since it launched its first smartphone, the OnePlus 1, but the OnePlus 5 no longer seems like a flagship killer. It’s not the best flagship smartphone out there; it’s the most expensive OnePlus smartphone yet, and it looks as much like an iPhone 7 as many other Chinese smartphones copying Apple’s design.

On the other hand, although it lacks originality, the OnePlus 5 does boast a beefy amount of RAM that sets it apart from the crowd. Whether that’s enough or not remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: the OnePlus 5 is no longer as aggressively competitive as its predecessors.

 

RERA norms: No ads of realty projects without registering with new regulator

Clearing the air on real estate developers issuing advertisements, the government has said no ongoing or future projects can be advertised without registering them first with the new regulator.

The clarification is likely to further dampen the already subdued real estate market that has seen no real appreciation in value of property or sales growth during the last few years.

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act was passed last year to regulate the sector, eliminate fly-by- night operators and protect buyers’ interest. The Act came into force from May this year.

Realtors’ body NAREDCO had submitted a representation to Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation seeking clarity on advertisement and sale of the ongoing projects amid conflicting reports and interpretation on the issue.

“Section 3 (1) of the Act prohibits advertisements for all projects (ongoing/future) without registration with the real estate regulator. This provision has come into effect from May 1, 2017,” the ministry said, while responding to the NAREDCO’s letter.

NAREDCO President Parveen Jain said the prohibition on advertisements and sale in the ongoing projects will hit the industry.

As per the Act, Section 3 (1) specifies that “no promoter shall advertise, market, book, sell or offer for sale, or invite persons to purchase in any manner any plot, apartment or building…,in any real estate project or part of it, in any planning area, without registering the real estate project with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority established under this Act.”

For the ongoing projects, this section provides that the promoter should make an application to the authority for registration of the project within a period of three months from the date of commencement of this Act.

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Ending the 9-year long wait, the real estate law, which will regulate the realty sector involving over 76,000 companies, came into force from May 1, 2017.

With all the 92 Sections of the Act coming into effect, developers are required to get all the ongoing projects that have not received completion certificate and the new projects registered with regulatory authorities within three months, ending July.

This would enable the buyers to enforce their rights and seek redressal of grievances after such registration.

 

Audit finds no evidence of wrongdoing in Panaya deal: Infosys

IT major Infosys on Friday said its internal audit committee has found no evidence supporting a whistleblower’s allegations of improprieties related to the Panaya acquisition.

In February, Infosys had said it will investigate claims levelled by the whistleblower in an anonymous mail to market regulator Sebi, alleging wrongdoings by the company when in buying Israeli automation technology firm Panaya.

While strongly refuting the allegations, the Bengaluru- based firm had also hired Gibson Dunn and Control Risks (GDCR) to conduct an internal investigation into the charges.

“Gibson Dunn and Control Risks have now completed their detailed and extensive Independent Investigation and as they have described in the attached document, they did not find any evidence whatsoever of wrongdoing,” Infosys said in a statement.

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It added that the company has fully cooperated with all requests for information from Sebi regarding the anonymous complaints.

In February 2015, Infosys had announced buying the Israeli automation technology company for $200 million or Rs 1,250 crore in cash.

GDCR, in its report, said it had found no evidence to support allegations regarding wrongdoing by the company or its directors and employees.

It added that there were no conflicts of interest or kickbacks and the approvals required for the acquisitions were obtained with regard to the Panaya acquisition.

“…thorough due diligence was conducted, the valuations of the target companies done by an outside financial advisor were reasonable, and the purchase prices were within the range of values determined by that advisor,” it said.

Also, it said it had found no evidence that CEO Vishal Sikka had received excessive variable compensation or incurred unreasonable expenses for security, travel and the Palo Alto office.

 

Infosys’ Audit Committee Finds No Wrongdoings In Panaya Deal

New Delhi: IT major Infosys today said its internal audit committee has found no evidence supporting a whistleblower’s allegations of improprieties related to the Panaya acquisition. In February, Infosys had said it will investigate claims levelled by the whistleblower in an anonymous mail to market regulator Sebi, alleging wrongdoings by the company when in buying Israeli automation technology firm Panaya.

While strongly refuting the allegations, the Bengaluru-based firm had also hired Gibson Dunn and Control Risks (GDCR) to conduct an internal investigation into the charges.

“Gibson Dunn and Control Risks have now completed their detailed and extensive Independent Investigation and as they have described in the attached document, they did not find any evidence whatsoever of wrongdoing,” Infosys said in a statement.

It added that the company has fully cooperated with all requests for information from Sebi regarding the anonymous complaints.

In February 2015, Infosys had announced buying the Israeli automation technology company for $200 million or Rs. 1,250 crore in cash.

Infosys' Audit Committee Finds No Wrongdoings In Panaya Deal

GDCR, in its report, said it had found no evidence to support allegations regarding wrongdoing by the company or its directors and employees.

It added that there were no conflicts of interest or kickbacks and the approvals required for the acquisitions were obtained with regard to the Panaya acquisition.

“…thorough due diligence was conducted, the valuations of the target companies done by an outside financial advisor were reasonable, and the purchase prices were within the range of values determined by that advisor,” it said.

Also, it said it had found no evidence that CEO Vishal Sikka had received excessive variable compensation or incurred unreasonable expenses for security, travel and the Palo Alto office.

 

MAKE-UP BUT NO MELTDOWN Wearing full make-up isn’t easy in the heat son here’s how to sit pretty as you swelter in the sun

But there is no need for a make-up meltdown. With clever tips and tricks you can make your face stay put.

Here, celebrity make-up artist LISA SLONEEM reveals how to melt-proof yourself for summer.

1. USE OIL-FREE MOISTURISER: This is an essential holiday beauty product for keeping summer skin hydrated without looking greasy.

Try La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat, £14.50. This moisturiser is the perfect base for make-up. It leaves your skin with a matte finish, reduces oil production, tightens pores and will improve your skin’s luminosity.

Keep summer skin hydrated without looking greasy with oil free moisturiser

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Keep summer skin hydrated without looking greasy with oil free moisturiser

2. PREP SKIN WITH A PRIMER: Primers refine pores and wrinkles, creating a smoother base for application of foundation – and reduce the need for heavy make-up, which also helps it stay on.

Try Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £26. This clear gel helps to smoothe the skin and blurs any flaws – it’s a regular favourite among make-up artists.

Create a smoother base for application of foundation with a primer

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Create a smoother base for application of foundation with a primer

3. GO WITH THE GLOW: In extreme heat it is better to let skin breathe by using cream-based products.

Try a full-coverage concealer that lasts. Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup SPF 15, £32.50, gives a great matte finish, conceals skin imperfections with 12-hour wear and protects from UV rays.

Let skin breathe with cream-based products

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Let skin breathe with cream-based products

4. THE PRE-APPLY TOUCH-UPS: Before reapplying make-up during the daytime, take down any excess oils with a blotting paper or tissue.

Try DHC Oil Blotting Paper, £4.50. These sheets work wonders to absorb and remove shine from the skin without also removing any make-up that you have applied earlier.

Take down any excess oils with a blotting paper or tissue

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Take down any excess oils with a blotting paper or tissue

5. WATERPROOF EVERYTHING: It is not only mascaras that have waterproof formulations. Eyeshadows, liners, brow products and even lipsticks mean you can go full-glam by the pool without worrying about panda eyes.

Try Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, £8.99. This highly pigmented gel liner is smudge-proof and sets to a waterproof finish.

Go full-glam by the pool without worrying about panda eyes

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Go full-glam by the pool without worrying about panda eyes

6. LASTING LIPPY: For a fresh and summery look, go with a tinted lip balm. A stain will provide a sheer wash of colour that won’t smudge.

But if you really want a more defined, opaque look, liquid lipsticks will have the staying power to withstand the heat.

Try Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, £5.99. With impressive staying power, this is kiss-proof, touch-proof and waterproof.

For a fresh and summery look go with a tinted lip balm

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For a fresh and summery look go with a tinted lip balm

7. EXTRA HOLD: A setting spray will go that step further to make sure your make-up won’t move. Think of it as hairspray for your face, keeping everything in place.

Try Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray, £23.50. It helps keep make-up looking perfect without melting, fading or settling into fine lines.

Make sure your make-up won’t move with a setting spray

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Make sure your make-up won’t move with a setting spray