Dell XPS 13 (2019) – Almost A Perfect Ultrabook

Over the few years windows laptops makers are giving a very tough competition to the Apple’s MacBook lineups. With Dell’s XPS series is no such exception. Over the years, Dell has been improving its XPS lineup for its customers. 

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With the release of XPS (2019) model 9380, Dell has finally fixed the web camera issue. Earlier, it was located on the bottom chin of the display which makes it really odd for the Skype or any video call. In 2019 model, the engineers of the Dell managed to put a 2mm web camera on the top bezel of the display. 

Display and Design

Dell XPS 13 is a beautiful looking laptop especially the white color model. XPS is made up of the aluminium mate finish design and the body is made up of carbon fiber. Dell XPS comes with infinity edge display which is available in full HD and 4K display panel. Both the screens look perfect. But 4K panel supports touch along with HDR and is Dolby Vision certified. However, you won’t be able to notice a huge difference between the two-screen due to its size.

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 As far as keyboard and trackpad are concerned they haven’t changed. They are same as the last years models. Typing on XPS is a pleasure giving experience with good tactile feedback. It has the glass touchpad with windows precision drivers. It’s better but not the best in the class. It would be appreciated if Dell would have increased the size of the trackpad.

Performance

Dell XPS offers a wide variety of specifications. The base model comes with 8thGen i3 Processor and 4GB RAM with 128GB SSD storage and upgradable up to Core i7and 16GB RAM with 1TB SSD storage. XPS comes with the Intel UHD Graphics 620.

XPS handles day to day task very easily. Even it can manage to perform good at photo and 1080p video editing. Its performance is surely better than the other windows laptop in the market with good battery performance. 

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A single full charge renders 13 hrs battery in 1080p model and 8 hrs in 4K model due to its high screen resolution. The audio quality on XPS is better than the average laptops but it lacks base in the sound.

Ports Connectivity

As 2019 model is 23% thinner than last year’s model it has no tradition USB ports. However, it has 2 thunderbolts USB type-cports and 1 USB type-calong with micro-SD cardslot and 3.5 mmaudio jack. Apart from these ports, Dell has also included a traditional USB type-A dongle in the box.

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Final Thoughts

Dell XPS 13 is powerful and your go to laptop. It can be carried out easily as it is only 1.29 kg. It’s smoothly handles the day to day task without any lag. But it’s not perfect for high end gaming and 4K video editing. 

If you are planning to buy this laptop than do not chose the base model. Chose the model with core i5 with 8GB RAM along with 512GB SSD storage. Dell XPS 13 is one the best windows laptop in the market that’s the reason I quotes it as “Almost a perfect laptop”.

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Is iPhone XR Really A Budget Phone?

Apple is considered to be the king of smartphone market in the world. Anyone who loves Apple wait every year for the new iPhones. This year was special for the Apple as it has released three new iPhones in the market on September 26, 2018 from it’s headquarter at Cupertino, California.

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It has released iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Both iPhone XS and XS Max are the premium devices whereas iPhone XR is sort of budget device which Apple claims.

Before the release of iPhones there were rumors that- this year Apple will release a budget range iPhone. However, this is true that iPhone XR is less expensive than both the other iPhone XS and XS Max. The starting price of iPhone XS and XS Max is US $1000 and $1500 while XR is $749.

But the question arises that- Is iPhone XR really worth the price? In India the starting price of iPhone XR is Rs. 76,900 which is almost 40% higher than the USA pricing. This device does not have something new rather than having the more color options. It is available in red, yellow, gray, blue etc.

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There are many cons in device like that in the age of dual or triple camera it has only single lens camera with no wide angle and telephoto cameras. The design is similar to the previous year’s iPhone X with a notch. There is no home button on the device. One can use face ID or the old school password.

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The device comes with 5.8” Liquid Retina HD Display which is just a normal LCD panel. It has the screen resolution of 1792×828 pixels which is 326 ppi only. Its screen resolution is equivalent to the screen resolution of iPhone 4 which was released on June 24, 2010. Unlike other models it does not have 3D touch.

There are many best options available in the android smartphone in the market in less price. No doubt, the device looks beautiful but Apple as always charging very high for its products.

Life is hard, but thank God, here in India, we have a life to live: Rohingya Refugees

“In 2012, I left everything and fled to India along with my family”, said Noor Yunus, in a nostalgic voice. A man in his late 50s is a Rohingya Muslim refugee.

 

Rohingyas are the ethnic group of Muslim people living in the north-west of Rakhine in Burma. They are often described as “among the world’s least wanted” and “the world’s most persecuted people”. Simply one can described them as stateless people.

Yunus came to India 4 years ago to save his family from the exploitation of the Burmese military. He lives at one of the refugee camps at Kalindi Kunj in Delhi. There are 8 members in his family including 6 children out of whom 2 are daughters & 4 are sons.

Now, Yunus is the head of the Kalindi Kunj Refugee Camp. He tries to help every Rohingya Refugee he comes across to. In his office, there display helpline numbers & some other ‘to do things’ list, in case of any untoward happening in camp as the structures are temporary & fragile.

According to Yunus, there are around 83 more families living in that area. The place is rented, so every family has to pay around 700-1000 rupees a month excluding electricity charges.

 

This camp is more like a slum area. Here people are deprived of the basic amenities. There is a lack of sanitation and hygiene. They have no access to the clean drinking water. They even don’t have the toilets in their vicinity.

When we visited the camp we saw children were roaming around in semi naked conditions. They were playing in the dirty mud. The future of these children are uncertain. Families living here don’t have any identity proof except for the card issued by the UNHCR.

During the conversation we asked Yunus if he is happy to be here despite living in this miserable conditions. He optimistically said, ‘I am happy because I have my family with me and they are safe here’.

We were amazed by his response because it’s not easy to leave everything we have and started living in an alien country. While we were closing up the conversation he said, ‘Life is hard here but I am happy. At least I have a life to live.’ ‘I hope the conditions will improve soon’, he added, with a smile.

 

More pictures of the Camp

 

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Mohammed Yunus in his office.

 


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Noor Yunus, Head of Kalindi Kunj Rohingya Camp, in his office (Photo-MTNS)

Life: The Greatest Gift

There was anyway no point in living this life further. I anyway would just have been a living dead body. What has happened has happened. It would have happened any time anywhere. I know it will be difficult from now on but not impossible. Just think I never existed.

THE MORE YOU TRY TO FORGET ME, MORE HAPPY MY SOUL WILL BE.”

These were some of the last lines written by a 28 years old UPSC aspirant named Varun Subhash Chandran. He was from Karnataka. He recently committed suicide on Sunday evening. The reason behind his suicide was- he was not allowed to enter the examination center as he was just 4 minutes late.

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Varun Chandran was originally from the town of Kumta, Karnataka. He had been living in Delhi’s Rajinder Nagar for the past one year. On Sunday morning, Varun Chandran was to appear for the preliminary exam of UPSC. By mistake, instead of going to the correct exam centre he went to wrong centre. The right centre was 5 KM away from the correct centre which was at Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya. He reached there by 9.24 am. In the admit card issued by the UPSC – says that no candidate will be allowed to entered the exam by 9.20 am.

He straight away went back to his rented room in Ranjinder Nagar and hanged himself from a fan. Her friends even tried to call her but he didn’t answer. At 5.55 pm the police control room received the information through his landlord. Police went to his room and found him hanged along with the admit card and a suicide note.

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This incident was shocking and heartbroken. But there are many students like him who are committing suicide every year. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) a total of 9,474 students committed suicide in 2016. That means one student committed suicide in every 55 minutes. The most of suicidal cases were from Karnataka, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Sikkim etc.

Maharashtra was among the top states where 1,350 cases were recorded in the year 2016.  West Bengal and Tamil Nadu were among on the second and the third position where number of suicides cases were 1,147 and 981 respectively.

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Reasons of Suicides

There are several circumstances under which students takes this hash step of life. These reasons are -fear of failure, economical conditions, over pressure of exams, excessive expectation of parents, extreme competition, poor relationship with parents and many more other reasons.

My thoughts on the Suicides

Life is a very beautiful gift given by GOD. We all live in this world for a purpose. Success and failures are the part of life. I know it’s been a very painful for those who had committed suicide. Sometimes I wonder about those students how much mental pressure they had taken. I mean taking their life seems to be easy for them than to live. The fear of failure is so much that- the death is the better solution for them to face the reality.

GOD has given us this one life and we should live it happily. Life is like a rainbow with multi color. The some part will contain extreme happiness and another will contain dilemma. Face the reality and never leave the company of your closed ones. Talk to your parents, your friends, your teachers and share with them your problem. Don’t let the problem hollow you from inside your mind and body. Life is beautiful and until you are alive just keep on doing hard work and one day for sure you will get the success.

World’s biggest health care scheme: Ayushman Bharat

World’s biggest health care scheme: Ayushman Bharat

This year’s Union Budget for 2018 saw a major reform in the health sector. When Our Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitely has announced a scheme called Ayushman Bharat. It is considered to be the biggest health scheme. No other country in the world has ever implemented such a huge scheme which will gonna benefit millions of people for free of cost. It first draft came on 21st March 2018.

Ayushman Bharat comes under the NHPM (National Health Protection Mission).Its universal health care scheme with a budgetary support of Rs 85, 217 crore by the Central Government. Under this scheme, insurance of Rs. 5 lakh per year will be given to the 10 crore poor and vulnerable families or approx 50 crore beneficiaries.

This policy will cover all secondary and almost all tertiary care hospitalization. This scheme will now subsume two other schemes which were running by the central government. These schemes are RSBY (Rashtya Sawasthya Bima Yojna) and SCHIS (Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme).

Understanding Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Health Care

  • Primary Health Care– This constitutes treatment on an out-patient basis. To understand it better let’s take an example like normal fever. You go to nearby clinic and same day you discharged and come home. This will come under primary health care with does not required kind of special treatment.
  • Secondary Health Care– This refers to the hospitalization for “non-critical” ailments”. Like typhoid and other related diseases where you have to admit in hospital for 10-12 days.
  • Tertiary Health Care- This relates to the treatment of critical ailments and requires high tech and expensive facilities equipment. Like treatment of cancer which requires long time for treatment.

Other important highlights of Ayushman Bharat.

  1. It will cover those Indian who are between 16 to 59 years of age.
  2. No premium will be charged.
  3. It will also cover pre and post-hospitalization expenses.
  4. Beneficiaries can avail benefits in both public and empanelled private hospitals.
  5. Even transport allowance per hospitalization will be paid to the beneficiary.

Unnao Rape Case

A girl’s father was brutally beaten to death in a police station. The reason was that the girl was raped by a MLA of that area. The girl’s father lodged a complaint against the MLA but police did not arrest him. They (Police) instead arrested the girl’s father. Police along with the MLA had beaten the girl’s father to death. It would have been so painful for him.

This sounds like a film story but unfortunately this is a real incident which has happened in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. This is the state of Mr. Yogi Aditya Nath. I wish he would have taken the actions earlier.

A girl was raped by Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh and his brother Jaideep Singh on 4th June 2017 at 8.00 pm, says the victim. The girl was minor that time now an adult. She and his family lodged a complaint against the MLA and his brother but police did not do anything. The girl had even written a letter to Mr. Yogi but he also didn’t take any actions against it.

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BJP MLA’S brother Jaideep Singh, the main accused of the rape.

On this Sunday the police have arrested the girl’s father from their home. First they beaten him in his home and then they took him to the police station. There tortured him at an extreme level. They even gave him the electric shocks. According to the post mortem report he got 19 serious injuries on his body. Now you can imagine how much torture this person has suffered.

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The girl’s father before his death.

This brutal case again has exposed the true face of people with political power. This shows that in UP if you have muscle and power than you can do anything. Poor people are considered nothing. The girl’s father could have been saved and the amount of charges in which he was arrested was not strong enough to put him into the jail. But he sent to jail because he was poor.

Now a probe is been conducted by the SIT. This is what happens in the very case they just set up  SIT (Special Investigative Team) at the end when girl has already lost his father.This very shameful for Yogi Government that they fail to get the justice for the girl. I think instead to making “Anti-Romeo Sqauds” please arrest the culprits. I hope this will be better for his Government.

 

Why Petrol Prices are so high?

Over the past few weeks, opposition parties are targeting the BJP for the petrol prices. However, in some sense this is right. The prices of petrol in 2017 are its peak. In Delhi, the price of petrol is Rs. 70 per liters. You will be surprised to know that government is charging almost 140% over the petrol prices. Just compare 18% GST or 140% Tax over a commodity.  As you continue reading, I will tell you more about this topic in details.

Reality of Petrol prices

One should know this fact that the petrol and its other products are depends on crude oil. Today the price of the crude oil is $52 per barrel. Barrel is an international standard to measure the rate of crude oil in dollars. In order to simplify this lets convert this barrel into the liters.

$ 52 per barrel comes out to about Rs.20 per liters. That means Rs. 20 per liters is the basic cost for the crude oil available in International Market.

To extract crude oil from the petrol, Rs 10 is processing and refining fees and Rs. 3.24 are the dealer’s commission. That means for the government the total price of petrol comes out to be Rs. 33/L. But for consumers, the government is charging more than double its actual cost.

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Actual price of Petrol

Why Petrol prices are double then its actual cost?

As consumer one must know that petrol is not under the GST. On petrol, there are two basic taxes and there charged amount also.

  1. Central Government Tax ( Central Exercise Duty)- Rs. 21.48
  2. State VAT( Value Added Tax)- Rs. 14.89

Note- VAT may vary from state to state. Currently the prices of petrol in Mumbai are Rs. 80 per liters.

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Tax you pay while buying Petrol

Reasons, what government says regarding petrol prices?

Government says that hurricanes which are occurring in the pacific regions are the cause of increase in the petrol prices. Due to which there was interruption in transportation of the crude oil. Government says that the international crude oil prices have increased by 13% from 1ST July to 13th September (US$47.86 to US$ 53.06).

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Prices in the International Market of Crude Oil- Almost decreased to half.

Hypocrisy of Government

Three years ago the prices of crude in International market was $ 109 barrel. Now it reduced nearly to half of its price but government didn’t decrease the price of the Petrol. Our Government secretly increased the central excise duty as the international prices starts to get decreased.

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Central exercise duty on Petrol & Diesel

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Remember this date, if you won’t, I will remind you on this day BJP and the other parties declared the Bharat Bandh. There, all prominent ministers come on the road to criticize the Congress over the increased in the petrol prices. But that time the International prices were $ 109 barrel. Congress Government that time was paying from their pocket only.

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On that day, BJP criticized Congress but today when they are in power; Modi Government is doing is nothing. Despite the fact that petrol prices of international market are less now. Government should think about the common people. Government should bring the petrol under  GST. For Modi Government this can be a bad sign for the 2019 general elections. Modi government must find out a solution in order to tackle this situation.