Honda Cars India launched its new MPV, the Mobilio at a starting price of Rs 6.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The petrol car will cost Rs 6.49 lakh for the E variant, Rs 7.50 lakh for S variant and Rs 8.76 lakh for the V variant. The diesel Mobilio has been priced between Rs 7.89 lakh to Rs 10.86 lakh. Its direct competitor, the Ertiga petrol is priced between Rs. 5.8 lakh and Rs. 7.3 lakh while diesel starts at Rs. 7.22 lakh and goes up to Rs. 8.49 lakh.

Take a look at the comprehensive photo gallery of the Mobilio and also read our test drive report of Honda Mobilio.

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For three-year-old Sneha, life is a struggle in continuity. A patient of Thalassemia major, Sneha battles death every single day. Her parents, despite being advised to undergo medical tests to diagnose her condition when she was in her mother’s womb, chose to disregard this warning. Now, this unawareness and lack of understanding might cost them dear. Unfortunately, they lost their four-year-old son two years ago due to the same blood disorder.

According to medical experts, more than 10,000 children are born with Thalassemia every year in India due to the sheer lack of awareness among couples, consequently leading to more and more deaths. The disorder causes iron overload, bone deformities and also cardiovascular illness leading to death. If either parent is Thalassemic, then there is a 25 percent chance that their offspring will have the disorder as well.

According to a WHO report, more than 90 percent patients with Thalassemia in Western countries lead a long and normal life. However, half of such patients in India die before reaching adulthood. The reason is simple: lack of awareness and complete care.

Relief India Trust, an NGO with a body of charitable work over the past few years, is actively involved in the promotion of awareness of the disease and support to those who are underprivileged, therefore ill-equipped to bear the cost of medical treatment. Relief India Trust’s ongoing relationship and network with various leading hospitals in the country enables patients to get free or subsidised treatment. The NGO’s recommendation letter on behalf of the patient is taken into consideration by the hospital concerned and they offer all possible help towards the treatment.

RIT (Relief India Trust) conducts blood donation camps for Thalassemia patients and provides this blood to various hospitals for patients totally free of cost. Medicines and injections are provided to hospitals specifically for those Thalassemia patients who cannot afford the cost of the medicine. The organization, through various media portals, creates awareness of the disease, especially in rural areas and keeps them informed about the availability of free treatment, medical and family help at their centers.

Relief India Trust NGO also offers free consultations for patients who face extreme trauma and depression. The organisation’s main thrust revolves around human touch. Being sensitive, and not just providing medicines and treatment, is inherent to the NGO’s work ethics. The Government has, from time to time, lent its support to the organisation.

India urgently requires more public and private participation towards eradication of this malady. The number of NGOs presently involved in the project is far too low and unless there is increased contribution from all spectrums of society, the curse of Thalassemia will only thrive.


Your_IQ_Drops_10_Points-64b4c597514ecd75a3141e0997b5f770We spend 13 hours a week on email and unlock our phones 110 times a day.

What is that doing to our brains?
The short answer is it’s making them worse, according to the Harvard Business Review and other sources.

Here’s the science:

• It saps our time: Every time you get interrupted — like when your phone buzzes with a new email or your Gmail tab compels you toward the inbox — you lose 20 minutes. According to a University of California-Irvine study , that’s how long it takes to reacquaint yourself with the details of what you left.

• It makes us dumber: A psychiatrist at King’s College London University found that fussing with your email leads to a functional drop of 10 IQ points, more than smoking marijuana.

• It slows us down: 20 years of psych research shows that switching between tasks takes up to 40% longer than just taking one task at a time.

• It erodes our ability to concentrate: People who multitask all the time have trained their brains out of being able to focus. As Stanford researchers have found, multitasking — like constantly switching between your work and your email — slowly changes your brain structure so that you can’t focus.

The best option might be to take strategy consultant Ron Friedman’s advice: Change your environment by way of quitting Outlook, closing email tabs, and turning off your phone for a 30-minute chunk of deep-diving work.

“The alternative, which most of us consider the norm, is the cognitive equivalent of dieting in a pastry shop,” he writes. “We can all muster the willpower to resist the temptations, but doing so comes with considerable costs to our limited supply of willpower.”

Since the most successful people spend their brain’s reservoir of attention on the most important things and pare down the rest — like President Obama always wearing the same suit so he doesn’t have to think about it — it’s ridiculous to waste energy on your inbox.


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New Delhi: Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday launched the CLA 45 AMG in India. The newest member of the AMG Performance Brand was launched by Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India at Buddh International Circuit.

The CLA 45 AMG is priced at Rs 68.50 lakh ex-showroom Delhi and will be available for sales across all Mercedes-Benz India dealerships across India.

Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India said, “The launch of the CLA 45 AMG in India is a significant step forward towards the evolution of performance driving in the country. Boasting of the ‘most powerful four-cylinder series production engine in the world’ the CLA 45 AMG is an unmistakable result of Mercedes-AMG’s unsurpassable expertise in motorsports and engine development over four and half decades.”

Exterior styling and design

The compact performance sedan with its new dynamic styling combines the sculptural forms with AMG’s hallmark features. The CLA 45 AMG boasts the sporty AMG style, with the “twin blade” radiator grille encompassing the central Three Pointed Star. Three distinct openings in the front fascia enable an effective flow of air to the cooling modules; the outer black flics further optimise the air ducting. The side view features lines that blend perfectly with the side sill panels and the inserts are in matt titanium grey. The CLA 45 AMG features 18-inch 5-spoke light-alloy wheels in titanium grey finish.

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The distinctive AMG body styling ensures a dynamic appearance from any angle the car is viewed from. The CLA 45 AMG also includes following exterior design elements like front apron with inserts in front splitter in matt titanium grey, rear apron with trim in matt titanium grey and side sill panels with inserts in matt titanium grey.

Interiors

The interiors of the CLA 45 AMG greet you with an AMG start-up screen on the centrally positioned TFT colour display. The instrument cluster features round black dials, carbon-fibre design, silver/red needles and an attractive speedometer. The CLA 45 AMG has an instrument cluster with a distinguished 2-tube look. The CLA 45 exudes high-class appeal courtesy the use of high-grade materials and AMG’s hallmark main menu in the central display.

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The CLA 45 AMG’s interior features AMG Performance Seats, AMG Performance Steering Wheel and Panoramic sliding sunroof. The sportiness of the CLA 45 AMG’s interiors are also accentuated by the AMG floor mats and illuminated door sill panels with “AMG” lettering which lend an exclusive character to CLA 45 AMG. The red designo seats belts of the CLA 45 AMG completes the sportiness of the interiors.

Engine and Transmission

The newly developed award winning AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine is the most powerful four-cylinder series-production engine in the world. A maximum output of 265 kW and up to 450 Nm of torque are unmatched by any other mass-produced turbocharged four-cylinder engine worldwide. The high output and torque coupled with the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive fitted as standard make for extremely dynamic performance: the CLA 45 AMG complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and have a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

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The CLA 45 AMG’s AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission transfers the engine power to all the four wheels. The dual clutch transmission is flange-mounted on the transversely installed AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine and features seven gears, three modes, a double-declutching function and RACE START function which can be activated by pulling on both shift paddles simultaneously, thus providing extremely fast sprints with no interruption of tractive power resulting in optimum acceleration.

With an independently developed AMG front and rear axle, the AMG sports suspension of the CLA 45 AMG boasts the ideal attributes for fast cornering speeds and agile handling. All of the components are matched to provide high lateral acceleration and a reduced tendency to roll. The AMG sports suspension with specifically tuned spring/damper units and larger anti-roll bars provides for high lateral acceleration and a reduced rolling tendency in fast double bends.

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AMG performance 4MATIC with 4ETS

This innovative variant of the 4MATIC all-wheel drive of the CLA 45 AMG provides for an ideal combination of driving dynamism, traction and efficiency irrespective of myriad driving situation. This is made possible by fully variable torque distribution, ranging from front drive only to a 50:50 split. The CLA 45 AMG is equipped with performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard.


In a country like India where sex somehow becomes a moral issue, this video is very refreshing. The YTV Network asked a bunch of Indians on the streets of Delhi about their views on ‘One-Night Stands’; to our delight, instead of shying away or debunking the idea, these Indians showed a rather open mind towards it. The general public doesn’t consider sex a taboo nor do they feel the need for uncalled moral policing. Sex is a personal choice and should be left as one!

 

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Bikram Yoga Reston is hosting the 8th Annual Bikram Yoga Women’s Retreat from July 31st to August 3rd, 2014. The Retreat will include a 4-day and 3-night stay at Landsdowne Resort and Spa in the Washington DC Area/Virginia. The focus of the event shall be to provide ample time for yoga, relaxation, as well as shared time with Yoga experts Rajashree Choudhury and Emmy Cleaves.

Rajashree Choudhury Bikram Choudhury’s wife and founder of the non-profit organization, USA Yoga Federation; conducts seminars on yoga and personal development worldwide. She formed the organization to facilitate her goal of yoga ultimately being accepted as Sport. Being a five times winner of National Indian Yoga Championship, her special focus has been on the emotional side of yoga and how yoga balances the energy of the human body and impacts not only disease, but also affects the body/mind/soul connection which constitutes vibrant health. Emmy Cleaves, a practicing yogini for over 40 years, will bestow her priceless combination of knowledge, experience and expertise in the event.
Bikram Choudhury has scheduled the event with the perspective to present a better way of deepening the understanding of self as well as yoga practice. The whole event schedule has been well packed and would render great experiences to the participants. In addition to yoga classes, the opportunity to ask questions and spend time with Emmy and Rajashree will also be provided to all. The women’s panel with special speakers will further help to deepen the understanding of the Bikram Yoga practice. Also, proper meals would be provided throughout the event along with free time for spa, relaxation and nature walk to rejuvenate the senses.
As is known and has been experienced by millions that Bikram Choudhury’s 26 Yoga postures systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, veins, ligaments, and muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health. The Bikram Yoga Women’s Retreat will further help attain greater benefits for mind, body and soul.
For even schedule visit: http://www.bikramyogawomensretreat.com/about-the-event/retreat-schedule/


Evidence suggests that there has been tremendous increase in the use of illicit drugs and reported numbers point to over 3 million drug addicts in India. This surge in Drug Abuse has brought up a major threat to the quality of human life. Drugs have proliferated across regions and countries leaving ugly scars in its wake and are very injurious to health; so to let the abusers aware about the consequences of drugs, many efforts are being made by Government as well as several Social Organizations like Dera Sacha Sauda.

 

Dera Sacha Sauda, Spiritual Organization led by Gurmeet Baba Ram Rahim Singh, is dynamically working to raise awareness about the negative impacts of drug abuse. They have been conducting several processions in cities, towns and villages of every state to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. Dera Sacha Sauda educates people about the ill effects of alcoholism and substance abuse on the individual, the family and society at large.

 

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed on June 26 and the motive behind evolution of this day since 1987, has been to nurture a society aware of the Drug Addiction consequences. UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has unveiled that worldwide nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as opiates, cocaine, cannabis and sedative hypnotics. Individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world support this day with the aim to cease Drug addiction.

 

The individuals who have developed drug problems and fail to get the required health and social support, Dera Sacha Sauda offers a helping hand to them. Dera Sacha Sauda has been instrumental in campaigning extensively against drug addiction and is running de-addiction centers where the drug abusers are provided health, medical, financial aid and much more.

 

Gurmeet Baba Ram Rahim Singhsays, “Drug abuse is a bad thing and should be quitted. And those who want to give it up; all that is required is sheer determination. Any kind of drug addiction however dangerous, however old it may be, could be overcome. If need arises medicines will also be provided free of cost apart from Residence and diet facilities.”