One in six American adults now wear a computer on their wrist

The days of smartwatches as niche devices might be over, at least in the US. The NPD Group estimated that smartwatch sales jumped 61 percent in the 12-month span ending in November 2018. That’s no mean feat when some companies scaled back their efforts or quit the field entirely. The analyst firm also determined that 16 percent of American adults, or about a sixth of the group, now own smartwatches. There’s a good possibility that you’ll see someone with a smartwatch if you walk down the street, to put it differently. It was mostly…

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Woman uses makeup to give a makeover to a potato. Watch video

Makeup tutorials are all the rage on social media. How to perfect the brows, the best way to use a highlighter, the correct method to contour one’s face – the options are endless. Then there are those special makeup videos in which people completely transform themselves into other people. All these videos are impressive but this one – the makeover of a potato – is something else. A video posted on video sharing app TikTok shows a woman giving a potato a makeover. The video opens to show a regular…

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Makeup forecast: 2019 has a beauty plan ready for you!

A makeup enthusiast’s vanity kit is a treasure trove of the latest beauty tools and products in a myriad range of colours, from the essential earthy shades to the experimental rainbow hues, and their rich gilded versions. But what good is an on-trend collection if the look you create with that makeup is several seasons’ old or even oh-so-2018? With a new year, enter new trends and some continuing ones that are on their way to becoming bigger and better. Here’s what makeup in 2019 is going to be all…

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The world’s biggest economies are moving deeper into a slowdown: Report

Momentum is easing across the world’s major economies, according to a gauge the OECD uses to predict turning points. The Composite Leading Indicator is the latest sign of a synchronized slowdown in global growth, adding to recession warnings sparked by industrial figures in Germany last week and and slumping trade figures for China earlier on Monday. The indicator, which is designed to anticipate turning points six-to-nine months ahead, has been ticking down since the start of 2018 and fell again in November. The OECD singled out the US and Germany,…

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Loan waiver dole populism not a solution in Jaipur: Economists

The previous BJP government in Rajasthan had announced waiver up to ~50,000 loan for 30 lakh farmers costing the state exchequer ~8,000 crore(HT File) The Congress government’s plans for farm loan waiver and unemployment dole has not found favour with economists who say these are mere populist measures and the government needs to address the root cause of the problem. The government announced Rs 18,000 crore loan waiver for over 40 lakh farmers who have taken loans from cooperative, rural, nationalised and commercial banks. This is 9.1% of the state’s total…

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Writing their way for a better tomorrow: Pune authors who made an impact in 2018

About the book: If you ever thought that women in their 50s must lead dull, boring lives, Feisty At Fifty busts your myths and shows you that life, indeed begins at fifty. Join this witty fifty-something woman who is pursuing middle-aged sexiness, nailing the work-life balance, taking on the FOMO (fear of missing out), celebrating mid-life discoveries and generally feeling great about ourselves. Hilarious yet poignant, Feisty at Fifty, is both a moving personal story and the ultimate guide to making the fifties the most fabulous decade of your life.…

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Burari’s Nirankari Ground: A not-so-central park for many amusements in Delhi

On a bright December afternoon Shristi Sharma and her friend Asif Rihan were riding to Murthal along the Outer Ring Road near Burari when, on their left, they came upon a vast open, low-lying ground. Except that it wasn’t empty. In their own words, it was like a circus. Children and adults flew kites, some were learning to drive, others were playing cricket, or cycling, or jogging. Around them, cows, buffaloes, and a few horses galloped gaily. “We had never seen a huge open space like this in the city.…

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B Chandrakala: How a ‘dabangg’ IAS officer landed into illegal mining quagmire

Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer Bhukya Chandrakala, 38, who has been accused of corruption in the illegal mining case being probed by the CBI, was known as a ‘dabangg’ (fearless) officer popular on social media before her fall from grace. The alleged scam dates back to 2012-16 when the Samajwadi Party was in power under Akhilesh Yadav. Chandrakala, a 2008-batch IAS officer, was best known for taking action against her subordinates, mostly due to her widely-circulated videos in which she went on surprise inspections, pulling up civic officials over lack…

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