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All 43 McDonald’s Delhi outlets to shut till this Week

NEW DELHI: In an unprecedented move, the infighting between Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPRL), the 50:50 local joint venture between Vikram Bakshi and the US-headquartered McDonald’s that operates the fast food chain in north and east India, and the global burger giant took an ugly turn with the CPRL board deciding to shut down 43 out of 55 restaurants in Delhi from Thursday.

“It’s unfortunate, but operation of 43 restaurants operated by CPRL has been temporarily suspended,” said Vikram Bakshi, former managing director of CPRL, which operates 168 restaurants.

Bakshi is still on the CPRL board along with his wife. McDonald’s has two representatives on the CPRL board. The decision to close down the outlets was taken during a board meeting via Skype on Wednesday morning.

While the estranged joint venture partner declined to share reasons for closure, highly-placed sources disclosed that CPRL failed to get the mandatory regulatory health licences renewed because of the infighting between Bakshi and McDonald’s. The move, they point out, will render over 1,700 employees jobless.

Bakshi, who was dramatically ousted in August 2013 as managing director of CPRL, has been embroiled in a protracted legal fight with McDonald’s, dragging the world’s largest fast food chain to the Company Law Board (CLB), which is yet to announce its verdict. McDonald’s has been pursuing arbitration against Bakshi in the London Court of International Arbitration. Westlife Development Ltd, through subsidiary Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt. Ltd (HRPL), owns the master rights for the west and south India operations of McDonald’s and runs 242 restaurants.

The closure, reckon marketing and branding experts, will hurt McDonald’s, which has been sliding in India since it was dethroned by pizza brand Domino’s from pole position in 2013 as the largest quick service restaurant (QSR) chain in the country.
 “It’s a body blow for the brand,” said Ashita Aggarwal, head of marketing at SP Jain Institute of Management and Research.

It might well turn out to be precursor to the final nail in the coffin of the American fast food chain that made Indians graduate from roadside vada pavs to branded burgers, she adds.

Brand strategist Harish Bijoor contends that unless McDonald’s sorts out its legal battle, things might worsen. “Every passing day is a slur on the front-end brand,” he says, adding that there is nothing really bigger than the brand.

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Best WordPress Security Plugin

After backups, the next thing we need to do is setup an auditing and monitoring system that keeps track of everything that happens on your website. (Security Matters a Lot )

This includes file integrity monitoring, failed login attempts, malware scanning, spams etc.

Thankfully, this all can be  taken care by the World  best free WordPress security plugin, Sucuri Scanner.

You need to install and activate the free Sucuri Security plugin. For more details, please see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to go to the Sucuri menu in your WordPress admin.

The first thing you will be asked to do is Generate a free API key. This enables audit logging, integrity checking, email alerts, and other important features.

The next thing, you need to do is click on the Hardening tab from the Sucuri Menu. Go through every option and click on the “Harden” button.

These options help you lock down the key areas that hackers often use in their attacks. The only hardening option that’s a paid upgrade is the Web Application Firewall which we will explain in the next step, so skip it for now.

We have also covered a lot of these “Hardening” options later in this article for those who want to do it without using a plugin or the ones that require additional steps such as “Database Prefix change” or “Changing the Admin Username”.

After the hardening part, most default settings of this plugin are good and doesn’t need changing. The only thing we recommend customizing is the Email Alerts.

The default alert settings can clutter your inbox with emails. We recommend receiving alerts for key actions like changes in plugins, new user registration, etc. You can configure the alerts by going to Sucuri Settings » Alerts.

This WordPress security plugin is very powerful, so browse through all the tabs and settings to see all that it does such as Malware scanning, Audit logs, Failed Login Attempt tracking, etc.

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Moto E4 Plus to launch in India soon, pricing and availability leaked online

Motorola has been teasing Moto E4 Plus India launch for quite some time. Now it looks like Moto E4 will make its way into India soon as well. According to a tweet by Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom (which was later taken down), Moto E4 is expected to bear a price-tag of around Rs 8,500. The Lenovo-owned company recently unveiled Moto C and Moto C Plus in India. While Moto C is offline exclusive, Moto C Plus is only available on Flipkart. Motorola is said to adopt the same strategy for Moto E4 and E4 Plus as well, where Moto E4 will be available offline and the latter online.

Moto E4 along with Moto E4 Plus were launched globally earlier this month. Moto E4 gets a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 720 x 1080 pixels. The smartphone runs Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. Moto E4 is powered by a Quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Moto E4 is backed by a  2,800 mAh battery. The rear camera is 8MP auto-focus, while the front camera is 5MP.

In comparison, Moto E4  features a bigger 5.5-inch HD display. It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB/32GB storage options. There’s a 13MP rear camera with autofocus and a 5MP front facing camera. Moto E4 Plus packs a 5,000mAh battery. Rest of the specifications are same as Moto E4.

Both the smartphones sport a design similar to Moto G5 series. The home button in Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus double up as fingerprint scanner. Moto E4 Plus starts at $179.99, while Moto E4 is priced at $129.99 in the US.

Meanwhile, Motorola has put out a series of tweets and videos teasing the launch of Moto E4 Plus in India.“A dead phone 📴 is the modern-day shortest horror story. We will ensure you don’t feel #Powerless again. What’s coming next? #StayTuned,” Moto India said in one of the tweets. The company has launched a contest on Twitter as well, which gives 1 lucky winner a chance to win the upcoming smartphone.

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Moto G4 Play starts getting Android 7.1.1 Nougat update

Nougat Update For Moto G4 Play User’s

If you own a Moto G4 Play then there is some good news today. While Lenovo-owned Motorola had announced earlier to release Android Nougat update for the Moto G4 Play in June, the company has finally started pushing out the update for the smartphone.

And as per the reports, we are hearing that the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update has been rolled out in Brazil. However, as it is with any update the company will be rolling it out region wise. Thus Moto G4  Play  owners in other countries should be receiving Nougat in the coming days.



Looking at the changelog, the update weighs in at around 640MB and the build number has now been moved to NPI26.48-8. Furthermore, the update brings the latest June 2017 Security Patch, New System icons, Duo Video calling application and other Android 7.1.1 features.

The update also brings the usual bug fixes and improvements in the smartphone.

Meanwhile, Motorola has instructed users to keep the battery at least 50 percent charged before updating to the new software. The company has also mentioned that device should be connected to a Wi-Fi network or LTE as data charges may be incurred while using mobile data.

Moto G4 Play users, who haven’t received the notification about the update then they can simply go to the phone’s Settings – About Phone – Software updates, and the phone will automatically download the update. The update should take around 10-15 minutes to get fully installed on the device.

If you own a Moto G4 Play and have got the update, do share with us about the new features and how is it different from the old one.

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Ajay Veer: The Undisputed Leader

Ajay Veer has been the mainstay of the organisation. His absence or isolation has rendered  it insignificant today.

The absence of the most eligible leader from the centre stage and the dominance of the spineless, nihilist, cowards and sycophants has turned the organisation into Continue reading “Ajay Veer: The Undisputed Leader”

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How to improve your Mathematics

MATHEMATICS, actually is one of the most dangerous words for most of the students. What I noticed in the result this year in my school was that students did not perform as expected in mathematics. I am a 12th class student in Delhi and I also faced difficulties in mathematics till last year. I did not score more the 60% in any of my mathematics tests. The whole year went on like this and I did not improve. But this year I was determined to improve myself in mathematics. And now I have not scored below 85% in any of my tests.

What I did to improve is simple but needs determination. We keep hearing that “practice makes us better”, but no one tells us how to practice. Now here is how you can improve yourself in mathematics –

  1. Time Table – Having a time table is must and very helpful. Studying randomly sounds good but does not help. A time table makes us punctual to our work and punctuality is what mathematics needs. Until last year I did not have a time table which made me careless to my word. I used to practice mathematics a day and skip  it for three days. This is a hazardous way of studying. A time table is must for a student.
  2. Focus – Mathematics requires focus. While solving mathematics problems one should not think of anything other than the problem. One should not leave his/her desk until his task is complete irrespective of how much time it is going to take.  Meditation helps a lot to strengthen focus. A student should meditate for at least half an hour a day.
  3. Tests – One should give test after appropriate intervals, say every Sunday. Tests give us a sense of our performance and also help us analyse our progress. I also started this and notice the remarkable change. Not only test have to be give but it also has to be analysed and then the mistakes are to be corrected.
  4. Teacher – A dedicated teacher also helps a lot. I have a very dedicated and passionate mathematics teacher and I am very thankful to be his student. Teacher not only shows us the right path but also corrects us if we are on the wrong.
  5. Studying before class – We all already know what is to be taught in the next class. So why not study it in advance. This helps a lot. I enhances our understanding power and also enables us to ask our doubts. This also boosts our confidence.
  6. Revision – No matter how hard you study but if you don’t revise you wont be able to score good. So you need to revise and revise timely.

Try out these things and believe me, if you do the same with full determination you will score better in the coming exams. Hope this article helps you.

 

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How to Create an effective 404 Page in WordPress

The page you often see when clicking on any link saying “404 Error” or “Page not Found” or “Page cannot be displayed” etc etc. is basically a 404 Error Page. Its like a dead-end for your user. Which can lead to exit of Website Surfing and obviously no one wants to see his visitors leave like that. So here are some tips to get the best out of the 404 Page.

Giving useful links and information on a 404 page can help your user stay and go more around your Website or Blog. You can check out mine here.

Showing a Search box, some recent Post or list of archives is a good way to let user stay on the Blog more.

Create a 404.php page in your theme folder if you don’t have already. You can use any styles and HTML tags you want, to fit your needs. But try using the same design structure that of Blog, so the page looks like its also part of the Blog.

Make sure you have these basic PHP Codes in your 404 file. The easy way is to follow The Custom Page Template Tutorial to create a 404 page and insert content as u like it.

<?php get_header(); ?>
<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

 

Some useful tags you may want to use:

Here are some of the tags that you can use:

Display Archive by Months:

<?php wp_get_archives(‘type=monthly’); ?>

This code will display archive by months, but it will list all months. So it might become a mess if you have a blog that is three years old.

Display list of Categories

<?php wp_list_cats(); ?>

This code will list all categories on your blog. Ofcoures you can style them however using list tags or others. To exclude any category such as “Uncategorized” follow this tutorial

Display Most used Tags

<?php wp_tag_cloud(‘smallest=8&largest=12&unit=pt&number=30&format=list&order=RAND’); ?>

This will show the most used tags in a cloud form.

Display Recent Posts

<?php get_archives(‘postbypost’, ’17′, ‘custom’, ‘<li>’, ‘</li>’); ?>

his brings the most recent Posts written on your Blog.

There are too many tags you can use but here are some most important or should say finest ones !

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Google hires Indian-origin Apple employee Manu Gulati to build processors

LOS ANGELES: Internet search giant Google has hired Indian-origin engineer Manu Gulati, who was Apple’s chip architect for iPads and iPhones, to play a key role in building its upcoming flagship pixel phone, according to media reports.

Gulati, who had worked at Apple for almost eight years as a micro-architect, announced the job change through LinkedIn. He is now the Lead SoC Architect for Google.

He has at least 15 Apple patents related to chip design under his belt and will be key in Google’s plan to build its own processors, the CNBC reported.

Google is now expanding their team of chip experts so that it can build their own chipsets for future Pixel smartphones.

Gulati was instrumental in Apple’s bid to build custom chips for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. In the past, he has been responsible for the A4 and A9 chips which powered the 2010 iPad.

Apple currently builds its own smartphone processors but Google does not.

Apple’s newest A10X chips, for example, are built-in house instead of by companies like Intel or Qualcomm. Qualcomm currently supplies its Snapdragon processor for Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

Google’s new hire could help the company differentiate Pixel from the many other smartphones by other vendors that run Android on Qualcomm (QCOM, -0.92 per cent) chips. And Gulati’s exit is seen as a set back for Apple (AAPL, -0.98 per cent), which has filed a number of chip-related patents that credit Gulati as an inventor.

Gulati’s LinkedIn profile says he is now Google’s lead SOC architect. SoC stands for system on a chip.
He has also been employed by Broadcom and AMD.
With Gulati now part of its team, Google can have an edge over other companies while it comes as a significant blow to Cupertino-based Apple.
“Apple filed a total of 15 chip-related patents that credit Gulati as one of the inventors. Some of these filings describe fundamental chip architecture, while others are more specific to certain applications,” the report said.
If Google begins building processors in house, like Apple, it would potentially cut down on Google’s reliance on Qualcomm, the report said.
Other firms, such as Huawei and Samsung, have also started to build chips in-house, allowing them to rely less on potential supply restraints from outside parties.
A spokesperson for Apple was not immediately available for comment, the report said.
Google confirmed that Gulati is now working for the company but declined to provide additional details.
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Nokia 6 vs Moto G5 Plus: Stock Android face-off

These are good times for Nokia fans and loyalists who have been waiting for years for their beloved company to rise from the ashes and become a dominant player in the smartphone world again.  After years of decline which eventually led to a buyout by Microsoft and the collapse of the Lumia line of smartphones, Nokia is finally coming back courtesy of HMD Global, a Finnish company which was given the rights to design and make Nokia branded smartphones in 2016.

Moto G5 , Android
Moto g5


Just a few weeks after the launch of the Nokia 3310 in India for Rs 3310, HMD Global has launched the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 in the country. All three smartphones run a completely stock build of Android 7.0 Nougat and come with sleek and svelte designs. The smartphones also come with the promise of timely updates, with Android O already confirmed to arrive on all three smartphones as and when it is released.

The Nokia 6 is the top of the line smartphone in Nokia’s Android smartphone line-up and squares off directly against the Moto G5, which has gained appreciation from both critics and consumers alike. One year ago, the Nokia 6 would have trounced the Moto G4 Plus, which was quite underwhelming and received middling reviews.

The Moto G5 Plus however is a vastly improved device and features a premium metal design and much better cameras than its predecessor.  The fact that both smartphones run stock versions of Android and are similarly priced makes a face-off between them all the more interesting.

Pure, untouched Android

Finesse, great design, a hassle-free user experience and good build quality – these are the traits with which HMD Global is aiming to distinguish the Nokia 6 from the rest of the crowd. The marketing for the Nokia 6 reads – “pure, secure, and up to date”, which gives us a clear indication about how much HMD Global is betting on stock Android and timely updates to give it an edge.

However, the Moto G5 Plus is also running stock Android, albeit with minimal modifications made by Motorola.  These modifications like some first-party apps by Motorola and certain gestures like flicking your wrist to activate the camera are very light and minimal and don’t take away from the pure Android experience in any way. In fact, for some they might be useful additions that set the G5 Plus apart from the Nokia 6.

One area where Nokia has the potential to gain ground over Motorola is when it comes to updates. As mentioned above, HMD Global has time and time again re-iterated their commitment towards timely monthly security patches and new version updates.

Both smartphones run stock versions of Android and are very closely matched in terms of hardware, cameras and price

Historically, Motorola has been well known for timely  Android updates, being second only to Google’s own Nexus line-up.  However, since Lenovo’s takeover of Motorola, the company  has started coming under criticism for failing to provide timely version updates and has been non-committal to monthly security updates. There have also been some rumours swirling around the Internet which point to Motorola eschewing stock Android in favour of ZUK UI in future Moto smartphones.

On the software front, both smartphones are a clear step ahead of the competition. Most phone out there running such a distorted version  and heavily skinned version of Android that it fails to look like Android altogether. Such skins slow down the phone over time and add unneeded bloat and clutter. This is a win for both the Nokia 6 and Moto G5 Plus. Whether HMD Global will actually fulfil their promise of timely updates is a question that can only be answered with time.

Battle of the specifications

In terms of hardware, the story is a bit more complicated. The Nokia 6 is available in only one trim with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging support, and the Adreno 505 GPU.

Additionally, the  smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top, a fingerprint sensor up front and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded via a microSD card (of up to 256GB). All this in a package that costs Rs 14,999.

The Moto G5 Plus on the other hand is available in two different configurations – a model with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage for Rs 14,999 and one with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage for Rs 16,999. In both models, the storage can be expanded via a microSD card (of up to 256GB).

The smartphone comes with the octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor paired, a 3,000mAh battery, the Adreno 506 GPU and a 5.2-inch fullHD display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. We will talk about the 3GB RAM variant in the coming paragraphs as the higher-end model falls out the purview of this article.

So on paper, both smartphones have their own sets of pros and cons. The Nokia 6 offers more internal storage for the price (32GB vs 16GB), while the Moto G5 Plus comes with a more powerful processor (Snapdragon 625 vs Snapdragon 430). Other specifications are extremely similar.

On paper, the Moto G5 wins the spec war. The Snapdragon 625 is more suited to intensive tasks and will appease power users more than the Snapdragon 430. The Nokia 6 is arguably a little underpowered for the price. However, HMD Global is stressing a lot on software optimisation and usability over raw specifications and judgement on the Nokia 6’s performance will have to be put on hold till we can get our hands on the device.

Metal mania

In terms of design, both smartphones feature sleek metal bodies. The Nokia 6 is crafted from a seamless precision-milled solid block of aluminium, a procedure which HMD Global claims takes 55 minutes to machine. The smartphone also receives two separate anodising processes, taking over ten hours to complete, with each phone being polished no less than five times.

Nokia 6 , 5 , 3 , 3110 launched in India
Nokia 6 , 5 , 3 , 3110 launched in India

The smartphone is also very durable. A  scratch test and teardown by popular YouTuber JerryRig Everything revealed that the smartphone has a metal-midplate held down by a whopping 19 screws that is sandwiched between the metal back and the screen. This arrangement adds a lot of rigidity to the smartphone and makes it extremely durable. He actually labelled it as a contender for most durable smartphone of 2017.

The Moto G5 Plus is a huge step up for Motorola’s budget oriented G series in terms of design. While all previous incarnations have features bodies made of rubber or plastic, the G5 Plus has an aluminium body that looks sleek and quite premium.  Ergonomics are also vastly improved with a smaller easier to handle screen size, rounded edges and a much better designed fingerprint sensor.

Both smartphones are made from premium materials and look sleek and sharp.  They don’t make you feel like you’re using a budget device that has been made to strict price requirements. The Nokia 6 looks more industrial and squared off, the G5 Plus has a much curvier and rounded design.

While both look good and choosing between them is subjective, there is one area where the Nokia 6 pulls ahead. The Moto G5 Plus has small plastic inserts on the top and bottom of the rear panel while the Nokia 6 is all metal and glass.

Imaging prowess

In terms of cameras, specifications reveal little about actual performance but we will give it a go. The Nokia 6 comes with a 16MP camera on the back with an aperture of f/2.0, phase detection autofocus and a dual-LED flash. The rear camera can record videos 1080p videos. On the front, the device comes with an 8MP camera that can also record videos in 1080p.

We will have to wait till we can get our hands on the Nokia 6 before passing final judgement on its camera but initial impressions bode well.

The Moto G5 Plus features a 12MP camera at the rear with dual-pixel autofocus, an aperture of f/1.7 and a dual-LED flash. This is accompanied by a 5MP camera at the front which has an aperture of f/2.2. The rear camera is very similar to the sensor found inside the Samsung Galaxy S7. The sensor is made by Sony and there is some confusion as to whether it is the IMX260 or the IMX362, both of which are very similar.

The rear camera of the Moto G5 is very good for the price and only falters a little bit when taking images in low light. This is what we had to say in our review of the Moto G5 Plus:

” In some areas the Moto G5 Plus camera excels. It captures good amount of detail and great colours in good light. It is very good at handling dynamic light. But the low light photos shot with the Moto G5 Plus are grainy and have lot of noise.”

The two smartphones are very closely matched in terms of hardware, cameras and price and it choosing between them will largely be a personal choice. A final judgement between the two will have to be reserved until the Nokia 6 gets the full review treatment from our side. Until then, we are sure both will serve you well with their combination of good hardware and stock Android.

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Democracy on Ventilation

Democracy in India

Sandeep Tomar is quite right when he writes  that democracy is on ventilation in India. There is nothing new about this  as it has been going on for years. Its condition is deteriorating day by day and will be more pathetic with passage of time.

What he has forgotten to add is that for this condition like a patient etherised upon a table we have a great deal to reproach ourselves with. No hope of improvement appears in near future too.

For any system to be successful  it has to depend upon its people. When the citizens of a nation are not mature enough to have their own opinion and the press is not free one cannot expect much one cannot expect much. The ignorant and greedy can be easily misled and misguided. Their self interest matters most to them.

Most of them have wedded themselves to one political party or the other. If a party of their choice comes to power they become its supporters and can go to any length to defend even the wrong policies and decisions.

The others who subscribe to different ideologies think it their religion to criticise every move of the party in power.

A healthy criticism is fodder for democracy. The govt too should take it in a right vein while critics should criticise staying unaligned to any political faith.