Every winter, the Olive Ridley turtles begin returning to the beaches of the Eastern coast to lay their eggs. Theirs is a treacherous journey. Trawlers and fishing boats are a threat for them, lights on shore confuse them, and they are routinely disoriented by human disturbances along the beach. But a more obstinate problem awaits the turtles lucky enough to make it to shore: in many places, beach erosion, which has been more pronounced post cyclone Hudhud, has left them with little place to dig a good nest. In part the problem is not only the extensive loss of beach due to the severe erosion this season. As the endangered turtles lumber out of the surf in the darkness of a balmy spring night to look for a spot to nest, it is a combination of factors – human disturbances and unfavourable environmental conditions – that are resulting in disorienting these highly sensitive marine creatures. Forest officials and environmentalists have expressed concern over the dwindling … [Read more...] about The mystery of the Olive Ridley turtles
'The major worry for everyone using Internet-linked devices today is whether the latest download on his smartphone or laptop is a bait from a digital hacker who is out to secure access to his hard-earned money,' notes T A Ramalingam, chief technical officer, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/ Rediff.com We live in an era of hyper-connectivity which allows us to share information across a wide variety of devices. While offering many advantages, this state of existence has its flip side too. Earlier generations lived in fear of their wallets being stolen from their pockets. We live in perpetual fear of our banking details and other personal data stored online being stolen, hacked, damaged, or erased. The biggest nightmare for an individual in this digital age is to see an unauthorised debit in his bank account and realise he has been a victim of an online fraud . Digital criminals are out to rob people via spoof SMS, phishing … [Read more...] about How To PROTECT Yourself Against Online Scams
Chennai-based PA System , an alternative band, is all set to come out with its first album, Strangers Down The Hall. The first song from the eight-track album will be released this month. In a chat with us, the band members - Pratyush Shankar, Ashwin Iyer , Hrday Sunil, Prashanth Venkat and Arvind Krishnan – talk about their musical journey, their inspirations and more… PA System has been in the scene for about two years now. How did you guys meet and what was the spark behind this band? It was founded in 2018 by Pratyush Shankar (vocalist and songwriter) and Ashwin Iyer (music producer and keyboardist). We all attended AR Rahman sir’s KM Music Conservatory, where we connected through our shared musical tastes. The rest of the band, consisting of Hrday Sunil (guitarist and music producer), Prashanth Venkat (bassist) and Arvind Krishnan (drummer) came together within the next year. Why PA System? The band was initially formed by Pratyush and Ashwin, and we named the band … [Read more...] about Band PA System: We really appreciate what Rahman sir has done for the independent music scene in India
'If you're going to tell me what a lame fossil I am, save it,' says Mitali Saran. Rediff.com My generation regularly left home to go to shops to buy things even after the advent of the Internet and smartphones -- which, for a long time, we did not even have. We lived for decades in these horrific conditions, like primitive amoebae scrabbling about in the mud. But let us not dwell on sad things. The good thing is that, as the generation that went from booking long distance calls two days in advance, to booking space travel online, we are fairly adaptable. We move with the times. In that spirit, I would like to announce that I may never visit a shop again, because of a thing I've discovered called 'online shopping'. If you're going to tell me what a lame fossil I am, save it. Some people learn embarrassingly late in life that sexism is pervasive; others are late bloomers when it comes to giving all our money to Amazon and feeling grateful for it. There … [Read more...] about Gosh! I’ve discovered online shopping :)
Tamannaah, Raashi wrap up their shoots while Taapsee is on her final schedule. Photograph: Kind courtesy Shriya Saran/Instagram Shriya Saran gets romantic with husband Andrei Koscheev . Photograph: Kind courtesy Soni Razdan/Instagram Soni Razdan shares a throwback picture of her daughters Shaheen Bhatt and Alia Bhatt . Photograph: Kind courtesy Arjun Kapoor/Instagram Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor and Producer Ramesh Taurani leave for the shoot of Bhoot Police . Photograph: Kind courtesy Taapsee Pannu/Instagram Taapsee Pannu salutes the sun, Rashmi style, as her film Rashmi Rocket races towards the final schedule. Photograph: Kind courtesy Tamannaah Bhatia/Instagram 'Wrapped up shoot for November Story today! It's been such an exciting project for me and I can't wait for you guys to binge watch this nail biting series which releases soon on @disneyplushotstar. Can't thank my team enough for this incredibly … [Read more...] about Who is Shriya Saran kissing?