Hyundai Venue: Most Value For Money Variant

It’s been just weeks to the launch of the Hyundai Venue and the subcompact SUV is already proving to be a blockbuster for the Korean carmaker. Car buyers are excited about the new offering and it has bagged over 20,000 bookings so far. Despite being little late to the party, the Venue ticks many right boxes. In fact, its growing popularity in such a short span substantiates that. Over being India’s first connected car, it also packs-in a bundle of segment-first features. Then Hyundai is also offering the Venue in four trim levels [(E, S, SX, SX(O)] and with four dirvetrains, giving buyers a range of options to choose from. Among all variants, we tell you which all offer the most value for your money.

Hyundai Venue E S SX SX (O)
1.2 Kappa Petrol ₹ 6.50 lakh ₹ 7.20 lakh
1.0 Turbo Petrol ₹ 8.21 lakh ₹ 9.54lakh ₹ 10.60 lakh
1.0 Turbo Petrol Auto ₹ 9.35 lakh ₹ 11.10 lakh
1.4 U2 Diesel ₹ 7.75 lakh ₹ 8.45 lakh ₹ 9.78 lakh ₹ 10.84 lakh

Petrol

Hyundai Venue Petrol 1.0-Litre Turbo Petrol 1.2-Litre
Displacement 1.0-Litre, Three-Cylinder Turbo 1.2-Litre, Four Cylinder
Max Power 118 bhp 82 bhp
Peak Torque 172 Nm 114 Nm
Transmission 6 Speed MT / 7-Speed DCT 5-Speed MT

Hyundai is offering the Venue in two petrol iterations. The base two variants (E and S) are equipped with the i20 sourced 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine which puts out 82 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Then there is the much talked about 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Turbo GDI engine which puts out an impressive 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque. Now this engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission in the S, SX and SX (O) variant and gets a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) in the S and SX variant.

8bucatm8The Hyundai Venue petrol is offered with two engine options.
The 1.2-litre E and S variants are priced at ₹ 6.50 lakh and ₹ 7.20 lakh respectively but are bare basic. Along with the bluelink connected car feature, both variants also lack some must-have features like USB charging ports and Smartphone Connectivity Options (Android Auto And Apple CarPlay). The base E variant is offered even without an audio system, powered ORVMs, rear AC vents and luggage lamp among others.

mdj9ggigThe DCT SX variant of the Hyundai Venue is offered with some specific features seen on the SX(O) trim.

The SX and SX (O) trim is offered with the 1.0-litre Turbo engine, however, the DCT gearbox is only available in the S and SX trim. That said, priced at ₹ 11.11 lakh the SX with the DCT is the most expensive variant but also packs-in tons of features along with the bluelink connected car tech. For instance, the 8.4-inch touchscreen is an HD unit and comes with Arkamys sound system in the SX DCT variant as well along with the SX (O) petrol.

je9gunc8The SX (DCT Only) and SX(O) variants only get the Bluelink connected car tech.

Other Features in the SX DCT and SX(O) variant include USB charging, voice recognition, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, Front projector fog lamps, Auto headlamps, Projector headlamps with cornering function, LED daytime running lamps, Wing mirrors with turn indicators, LED tail-lamps, ESC, Wireless charging, Audio-video navigation, OE Telematics, Day/night auto internal mirror, Smart key with push-button start, Air purifier, Security System, Supervision cluster, Adjustable rear-seat headrests, Leather-wrapped gear knob & steering wheel, Leather Seats (Only in SX dual-tone), Height-adjustable driver’s seat, Power folding wing mirrors, Rear-camera display on Audio player, Cruise control, Powered Sunroof, Map lights, Automatic climate control with digital display, 8.0-inch display with Arkamys system, Shark-fin antenna.

o9rvogp4The SX DCT variant is ₹ 50,000 more expensive than the top-notch SX(O) 1.0-Litre MT variant.

In our opinion, the SX DCT petrol variant is a better choice over the top-notch SX (O) petrol variant for some reasons. At ₹ 10.60 lakh, the SX (O) variant is just ₹ 50,000 cheaper than the SX DCT variant. In terms of features you just get Rear-seat armrest with cup holders, Sliding centre armrest, 60:40-split rear seats and side and curtain airbags as extra over the SX DCT variant and to remind you, the SX (O) lacks the automatic transmission which is a relief in today’s city traffic conditions. The DCT also supports spirited driving to an extent, save for the bottom end lag which is typical of a 1.0-litre turbocharged motor.

Diesel

Hyundai Venue Diesel 1.4
Displacement 1.4-litre, Four Cylinder
Max Power 89 bhp
Peak Torque 220 Nm
Transmission 6 Speed MT

q9t3a9j8The Hyundai Venue E and S variants are identical to the 1.2 Petrol E and S variants in terms of features.

The 1.4-litre diesel engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and is the only diesel drivetrain available. The engine develops 89 bhp and 220 Nm of peak torque across variants. So the pick here mainly depends on the features. The E and S variants are identical to the 1.2 petrol variants in terms of features and are priced at ₹ 7.75 and ₹ 8.45 lakh, respectively. Therefore, let’s straightaway move to the SX and SX(O) variants where the feature difference is quite some.

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The Hyundai Venue Diesel gets the Bluelink Connected Car tech only in the top-end SX(O) Variant.

Yes! As we have already mentioned that the DCT unit is offered with some specific features which it borrows from the SX(O) variant, however, that’s not the case with diesel variants. For instance, the SX diesel lacks the HD display for the touchscreen and the bluelink connected car tech the Venue is known for. That means only the top-end Venue diesel is a connected car which itself is a very big reason to go for it. Other features which the 1.4 SX variant misses are chrome finish on door handles, air purifier, wireless phone charger, push-button start, Security System, Keyless Entry, Telematics on the inner rearview mirror, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Management Control and Hill Assist Control.

nmc00438The SX Variant of the Hyundai Venue is also offered in dual-tone colour option.

The 1.4 SX variant is priced at ₹ 9.78 lakh for the single tone roof variant whereas the 1.4 SX (O) variant is priced at ₹ 10.84 lakh and is ₹ 1.06 lakh more expensive. Agreed that the difference in prices is steep but considering the number of bells and whistles you get in the 1.4 SX (O) over the SX makes it worth the asking. Moreover, the added features are mechanical and not aftermarket accessories which can be installed later.

Also Read: Hyundai Venue Vs Rivals: Specification Comparison

881khvmgThe Hyundai Venue is the most feature loaded subcompact SUV on sale in India.

To put things better into perspective, if you are in the market for a subcompact SUV, the top end variant of no other model offers as many features as the Venue. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon at ₹ 9.99 lakh are just ₹ 85,000 cheaper while the Ford Ecosport at ₹ 11.90 lakh for the top-end 1.5 L Diesel S MT is ₹ 1.04 lakh expensive. Mahindra’s latest offering, the XUV300 W8(O) diesel on the other hand at Rs 11.99 lakh is ₹ 1.14 lakh more expensive over the diesel Venue top-end.

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Now sign up for mutual fund SIPs on Paytm Money without paying upfront

Customers of Alibaba-backed Paytm, looking to invest in SIPs through its mutual fund (MF) investments platform Paytm Money will now have an option to start to their SIPs and pay the investment amount later under its new service Register SIP Now, Pay Later.

Paytm Money will send the SIP for registration to the asset management company (AMC) after the first successful payment for SIP in the MF scheme is made, the company said in a blog.

“With this new feature investors who wanted to invest via SIPs, but didn’t have funds at the time of registering, can now choose to make the payment when they have the required funds,” said Paytm Money whole-time director Pravin Jadhav in a statement.

More than 75% of investors on Paytm Money are opting for SIPs, the company said. The service is enabled across all MF schemes from all AMCs.

Paytm Money said that the amount will be automatically invested on scheduled SIP date for investors who have opted for auto-pay for their SIPs. Those choosing for UPI or Net Banking mode of payment will receive reminders for the same.

The company claimed to have acquired more than 1 million users in “few months” of its launch to become the “largest platform for MF investments in India.”

Last month, Paytm had said that its users would now be able to track the performance of their mutual fund investments on its subsidiary portal Paytm Money for free.

Paytm Money claimed to have partnered with 34 asset management companies covering over 94% AUM of the mutual fund industry.

Paytm’s mutual fund arm operates from Bengaluru and has a team of over 250 members Paytm Money, which aims to become a full-stack investment and wealth management services company, offer users mutual fund investments starting with Rs 100 via systematic investment plan or lump sum mode.

The company is also reportedly planning to expand into lending and credit cards services.

Paytm, recently ventured into hotel booking space by acquiring hotel booking app NightStay. It also announced investment of over Rs 500 crore for scaling its operations and expanding its portfolio, the company said.

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Bengaluru goes from technology capital to talent hub as e-tailers hunt for IT skills

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Be it in New York City or a small town in Oklahoma, Target stores look similar in design, but not so when it comes to the way goods are stacked.

In a world where the placement of products is counted as a key driver of sales, even the positioning of a can of beans is significant. Often, the decision on where to place a product or how to highlight a brand is made halfway across the world, here in Namma Bengaluru.

At Target, decisions such as the floor plan and where to stock what are increasingly made with the help of experts in India’s technology capital. Data scientists here scan shop sales data to find patterns on customer spending and look for ways to nudge them to spend more. The team in Bengaluru also engages with the shoppers on smartphones to get them buy online from Target, rather than rival Amazon.

As the world’s largest retail companies look to tank up on technology skills to stay ahead, they are flocking to Bengaluru. Out of 25 Fortune 500 retailers, about 10 have set up technology shops in India and smaller retailers are following their larger rivals, show data from IT industry lobby Nasscom. When they are not setting up their own captive units, these retailers are working with Indian IT companies to outsource services.

The early entrants came in the mid-2000s and as they experienced success, rivals started facing the ‘peer pressure’ to join them. From US-headquartered Walmart and Target to Japan’s Rakuten and Chile’s Falabella, retailers are expanding their engineering workforce in India and even more are looking to set shop here.

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“We are talking to about 80% of the top retailers, not just in the US but in Europe as well, and almost everyone is looking at setting up captives in India. They are at different stages of the plans, but three years out, I would expect about 80% of the world’s top retailers to have a presence here,” Lalit Ahuja, CEO of consultancy ANSR, told ET.

Ahuja’s firm has helped about three dozen companies set up inhouse centres in India. As many as 11 of these were in the retail sector and four in consumer products.

If the early players came looking for the technology talent that India offered, they now realise that the country has not just technology but a concentration retail expertise, he said. Others too have similar views.

“Initially, everyone saw what Amazon did and tried to replicate it. Now they want to go beyond Amazon and India has everything — digital native talent (and) a thriving retail and ecommerce market that is open to experimentation,” KS Viswanathan, vice president of industry initiatives at Nasscom, said. “The cost of failure is lower here as well.”

Amazon has had executives working on global product development for more than 12 years in India, long before the 2013 launch of its marketplace in the country.

No single company is as invested in beating Amazon as Walmart. The world’s largest retailer got its India tech foothold through an acquisition, of Kosmix which it rebranded Walmart Labs. The country is now key to its tech plans.

“We have four chief technology officers in Walmart and we meet every week and we’re constantly talking about growth plans and how many seats in Bangalore we get. Bangalore is the one place we all are. It’s serving as the seed for the new models,” Jeremy King, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Walmart, told ET. King said Walmart had begun piloting robots in stores to help clean spills and spot empty gaps on shelves.

In addition to its $19 billion acquisition of ecommerce company Flipkart and boosting talent at Walmart Labs, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company is scouting for startups it can take over for the talent they have. ET reported that the company made its second acqui-hire, Int.AI, in India last month, as part of its plan to buy about five startups a year in the country. It even has a unit of what it calls the CIA — competitive intelligence analytics — in India to help win the global ecommerce race.

Even for those companies that have come to Bengaluru initially to handle customer calls and process employee payrolls, their operations here have advanced to handle more critical business roles.

“Over the years, our business at Bengaluru has evolved from being a shared service to a business service model. Technology has evolved from service delivery, to a ‘Dev-Ops’ model,” said Sumit Mitra, chief executive of Tesco Business Services and Tesco Bengaluru. “Some 78% of all our Technology colleagues working here are engineering-focused.”

The scale at which retail companies are growing is leading to a massive hunt for talent with senior leadership coming from homegrown ecommerce players. Walmart’s India Lab is headed by Hari Vasudev, who was previously a senior vice- president of engineering at Flipkart. Online commerce and Internet company Rakuten’s India unit is also headed by a former Flipkart executive, Sunil Gopinath.

“We have been able to grow Rakuten as a technology brand in India. If you look at the kind of talent we are getting, we are hiring people from Amazon, eBay, Flipkart, from fin-tech companies like Paytm, startups and from big software companies like Oracle. There is probably no top company in Bangalore that is not represented as a hire by Rakuten,” Gopinath told ET in a recent interview.

Rakuten’s India headcount is currently about 450 and the company plans to double that in the next 12-18 months. Indian talent is also part of its operations in Japan — out of the 2,500 engineers in its home country, about 60% are non-Japanese, from India, China, the US and Korea.

Smaller retailers that have established centres in India are also expanding their technology operations here. Jobs at these companies span the spectrum, though, unlike traditional IT services, there are limited requirements for freshers. Mid-level jobs are more common and senior leaders are also in demand.

For some companies, the employee growth rates have been significant. Lowe’s began its India operation four years ago with 20 employees. It now has 1,600, and expects to add more. “In the coming years, we plan to hire more people to join our team in Bangalore, to enable our technology transformation initiatives and be a part of our growth story,” said James Brandt, senior vice president and managing director of Lowe’s India.

Lowe’s employees work on ecommerce and digital solutions, data management and analytics, finance, infrastructure, quality and operations.

Given the long distance between Bengaluru and the retailers’ locations across the globe, companies go the extra mile to keep the operations here connected to their global strategy. Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Target, one of the earliest retailers to bet on Indian talent, has a yearly strategy meeting that takes place at the start of the financial year for its Minneapolis and India leadership. Its CEO and chairman, Brian Cornell, and his executive team attend the annual India meeting.

“Visits by our team members to our headquarters in Minneapolis help them get a better sense of the Target experience and our guests. Team members collaborate at every level. A matrixed approach to organisational structure is adopted where product ownership lies wherever the expertise is,” Ankur Mittal, vice president of Digital Technology for Target India, said. Target has nearly 3,000 employees in India, Mittal said.

Retailers are also focused on hiring and keeping the best employees. Most companies are transferring the ownership of products to Bengaluru — to allow employees here to make decisions without needing to constantly check back with the headquarters, and help motivate them. “It comes to the quality of work. As long as you are able to drive the right models of ownership, then that is the number one motivator,” Walmart’s Vasudev said. “Money alone has stopped being a motivator.”

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Reliance Jio launches mobile browser for Android, promises fast speed, low data usage

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After Xiaomi, Reliance Jio has launched a standalone mobile browser for Android users in India. Called JioBrowser, Reliance’s new browser is promised to deliver faster speed and consume lesser data. The app supports up to eight Indian languages, for now.

Reliance JioBrowser: How to download and install

You can download Reliance JioBrowser from Google Play Store. The application is roughly 5MB in size and is compatible with phones running on Android 5.0 and above. The app has over 1,000,000+ installs with 4.4 average rating. Download link.

Reliance JioBrowser: Interface

Reliance Jio’s new mobile browser is not very different from other lightweight mobile browsers such as UC Web. While the application UI is smooth and easy-to-use, focus is rather on the content than browsing.

The home page features a Google News-like feed with content from different publications. Users can add more categories to the News Feed. The interface seems to be inspired by Google’s Material Design, which is certainly not a negative. It’s neat and easy to get started.

Reliance JioBrowser: Top features

Voice search: Reliance Jio has integrated Google’s voice search in its search bar. The searched content (audio) is saved to the registered Google account on your phone. Google Assistant is also available on Chrome and Xiaomi’s Mint browser.

External share: JioBrowser users can share web pages with friends on other applications. You need to tap on three dots menu on the right top corner > tap on share icon > choose the app you want to share with.

JioBrowser consumes lesser data while web browsing (Screenshot/Jio)

Privacy, security: Like any other mobile browser, JioBrowser allows you to browse the web in incognito mode. Under the Settings, users can also clear cache, browser cookies and web storage.

What’s missing on JioBrowser

Dark Mode: At the moment, JioBrowser does not support native Dark Mode feature. Dark Mode inverts the white theme into black or grey-tone to make the content more comfortable to eyes.

Multi-tasking: Since it’s a stripped down version of a main browser, don’t expect dynamic features like Read Mode or customise the window panels. Users, however, can increase the text size of the content within the application.

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Augmented reality and acid attack: Using technology for social change

Priya's Mirror,Exhibition,Triveni Kala SangamArt and technology can be an effective tool for social change and sensitisation. This one-of-its-kind exhibition in the Capital demonstrates the same. Priya’s Mirror, the ongoing exhibition, uses augmented reality for the cause of acid attack survivors.

The exhibition is about India’s first female superhero Priya Shakti, who is a rape survivor, and was named by UN Women as a gender equality champion. She is now helping a group of acid attack survivors to find their strength and conquer their fears – similar to how she overcame her fears after surviving a brutal rape — highlights the works at the exhibition. One needs to download a free mobile app and scan the comic book images at the exhibition, using the phone camera. And, that’s all you need to interact with the 2D images.

“Art is not just for visual aesthetical enjoyment but is an important tool to enable conversations and lead the way forward. Our epics are full of stories of women who were violated and the violators had to differ karmic lessons whether it was Indra Dev (violated Ahalya) or Ravan (collated Ramba and many other women). But these stories perhaps have no resonance in modern world. Hence we need contemporary stories in contemporary mediums to explain not just how heinous the crimes against women are but also women have the power to overcome the suffering through their own inner strength and that society has a responsibility to support these women,” says Mukta Ahluwalia, the curator of the exhibition.

Priya’s Mirror has been created by filmmaker Paromita Vohra, and documentary filmmaker Ram Devineni, actor Shubhra Prakash and one of the comic book creators Dan Goldman. “Priya is the main character of our comic book series and is India’s first female superhero who is a rape survivor. The reason why she is in this chapter, “Priya’s Mirror” is because we observed that acid attack survivors and rape survivors face the same cultural stigmas, prejudices and fears. So, this was an opportunity to make correlations between them through Priya,” says Devineni who has designed the augmented reality experience.

To come up with the series, the team has worked closely with the acid attack survivors in India, Colombia and USA and interviewed them. “Listening to the interviews was very important, because while we look at acid attack victims and think of the horror of their crime, visually evident in scars, when we listen we hear the person they are: mischievous, sweet, hopeful, intelligent. We learn to see them again as the people they are, not only the way we are schooled to see their appearance. This was a very crucial holistic way of looking at the women as multi-faceted people,” says filmmaker Paromita Vohra.

This Wellness Article Is Going Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

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Trump. Brexit. Climate change. It’s only two weeks into 2019 and we’ve already had spiders falling from the sky.

It’s understandable to crave a little bit of self-care, a trend clearly reflected in our Internet histories. Search results for “wellness” has almost doubled over the past 10 years, with a particularly noticeable spike in February 2017.

But while we credit the wellness movement for encouraging people to prioritize their mental wellbeing, we have to admit, at a certain point, it goes way too far. That point is gushing about the life-changing benefits of hyperbaric oxygen chambers, human chargers, and pink coconut water. Because white coconut water, apparently, is just not hydrating enough.

These are just a few of the frankly bizarre wellness practices mentioned in a recent Times article, which has gone viral for all the wrong best reasons.

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There’s a “wellness” article in The Times today that has finally convinced me the people won’t live longer it’ll just feel like it. Look how BUSY these 3 are, all before 9am

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Not all of the suggestions made in the article are too wild (think: green smoothies and blue-light blocking shades), but others make Goop’s hormone-regulating jade eggs sound vaguely plausible. Take, for example, nail beds, quartz crystals, and salt lamps said to absorb radioactivity.

One person recalls going barefoot to receive electrons from the Earth.

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Another respondent reports waking up extra early to ensure he has time to rehydrate, meditate, and, erm, re-charge with his HumanCharger before heading off to work. These sleek-looking devices promise to increase energy levels and mood and prevent jet lag by channeling a bright light through your ears, straight to the light-sensitive areas of the brain. It receives mixed reviews on Amazon and the science is murky at best, as one Guardian reviewer puts it. Experts suggest it works just as well as a placebo.

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Still paying off student loans? Don’t hold out for forgiveness

Everyone with debt from student loans loves the idea of a forgiveness program. College is more expensive than it’s ever been. Thanks to excessively high-interest rates, even graduates who completed their studies would benefit from such a program. The reality, however, isn’t as good as it sounds. Student loan forgiveness programs have strict qualification requirements that most people can’t meet.

If you’ve stopped paying back your student loans because you heard about a forgiveness program, it’s time to reconsider and start making those payments.

Why student loan forgiveness programs are desirable

Student loan forgiveness programs exist to wipe away debt carried by some former students. Forgiveness programs are few and have tough qualifications. Unlike personal debt, it’s not easy to eliminate student loan debt without paying it off.

People want forgiveness programs because standard debt reduction strategies don’t apply to student loans. Consolidation loans, for example, are one of the best ways to eliminate debt and reduce interest rates, but student loan debt can’t be consolidated. There’s also no statute of limitations on student loan debt – it will follow you forever.

Forgiveness programs aren’t working as intended

The idea of forgiving student loans is wonderful, but unfortunately, it’s not working as planned.

The most well-known forgiveness program is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program signed into law in 2007. This program was created to forgive the debts of public servants working for the government and non-profit organizations.

The goal of the PSLF program is to help borrowers with high levels of debt to pursue their careers without debt hanging over their heads. Unfortunately, this program has yet to make good on its promises. As of December 2018, only 206 applicants out of 41,000 have been approved for the PSLF program, which essentially means there’s a 99% rejection rate. The reason? Strict requirements that were rarely, if ever, communicated to borrowers.

To qualify for this program, borrowers must:

• Have a direct federal loan (not indirect)

• Be enrolled in an approved repayment plan (some repayment plans don’t qualify)

• Be employed in a government job or work for a 501(c)(3)

• Have made 120 payments on time (not necessarily consecutive) with one catch

Borrowers who regularly paid more than their required minimum payment may be out of luck due to the way those payments are processed in the system. Making higher payments puts borrowers in paid-ahead status, which pushes out the due date of their next payment, which then disqualifies that payment as an on-time payment in the eyes of PSLF.

In other words, say you have $300 due on January 10, and you pay on time, but you pay $500 instead. You’re put into paid-ahead status, and your next due date might be February 25. Say you pay another $500 on time by February 25. That payment is considered late because the previous payment pushed the due date out. Your next payment will be considered late as well because you’ll be put in paid-ahead status again.

Even though the lender changed your due date, you suffer the consequences. It doesn’t make sense and it’s not fair, but that’s the reality of this program.

With all of this coming to light, it’s clear something isn’t right. The problem is so apparent, according to MarketWatch, the American Federation of Teachers is launching an investigation into how student loan companies and the government may have sabotaged the program.

If you don’t qualify for the PSLF program, there’s one other program you might qualify for if your school closed.

Debt forgiveness for closed schools

In December 2018, the Department of Education (DOE) announced it will cancel $150 million in federal student loan debt. This forgiveness will be applied to some students whose schools closed before they could finish their program. The schools include:

• Charlotte School of Law

• Kaplan University

• DeVry University

• ITT Tech

• Everest College

• Brookstone College

• Brightwood College

Even though tens of thousands of students were affected, not everyone will qualify for this program. It’s unclear how the government will determine qualifications, but if you qualify, you’ll get a letter from the DOE.

If you didn’t attend one of the colleges listed above, and your college didn’t close before you were able to complete your degree, you definitely won’t qualify for this program.

Don’t wait for a forgiveness program

It’s clear that student loan forgiveness programs aren’t easy to qualify for, even when you think you meet the requirements. Don’t wait for a program you qualify for. Start repaying your loans to the best of your ability. Arrange to pay what you can afford and get your loan in good standing. If a better forgiveness program is created under a new administration in the future, being in good standing might help you qualify.

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Google Wins US Approval for Radar-Based Hand Motion Sensor

Google Wins US Approval for Radar-Based Hand Motion Sensor

Alphabet’s Google unit won approval from US regulators to deploy a radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in an order late on Monday that it would grant Google a waiver to operate the Soli sensors at higher power levels than currently allowed. The FCC said the sensors can also be operated aboard aircraft.

The FCC said the decision “will serve the public interest by providing for innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology.”

A Google spokeswoman did not immediately comment on Tuesday, citing the New Year’s Day holiday.

The FCC said the Soli sensor captures motion in a three-dimensional space using a radar beam to enable touchless control of functions or features that can benefit users with mobility or speech impairments.

Google says the sensor can allow users to press an invisible button between the thumb and index fingers or a virtual dial that turns by rubbing a thumb against the index finger.

The company says that “even though these controls are virtual, the interactions feel physical and responsive” as feedback is generated by the haptic sensation of fingers touching.

Google says the virtual tools can approximate the precision of natural human hand motion and the sensor can be embedded in wearables, phones, computers and vehicles.

In March, Google asked the FCC to allow its short-range interactive motion-sensing Soli radar to operate in the 57- to 64-GHz frequency band at power levels consistent with European Telecommunications Standards Institute standards.

Facebook raised concerns with the FCC that the Soli sensors operating in the spectrum band at higher power levels might have issues coexisting with other technologies.

After discussions, Google and Facebook jointly told the FCC in September that they agreed the sensors could operate at higher than currently allowed power levels without interference but at lower levels than previously proposed by Google.

Facebook told the FCC in September that it expected a “variety of use cases to develop with respect to new radar devices, including Soli.”

The Soli devices can be operated aboard aircraft but must still comply with Federal Aviation Administration rules governing portable electronic devices.

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“For Opposition Leaders, Modi Is The Issue,” Says PM: Highlights

'For Opposition Leaders, Modi Is The Issue,' Says PM: HighlightsMinister Narendra Modi on New Year’s day spoke on several important people and political issues including Rafale deal, surgical strikes, demonetisation, triple talaq and Goods and Services Tax in an interview with news agency ANI.

He also spoke on BJP’s loss in assembly elections in five states in the recently concluded assembly elections. “In Telangana and Mizoram, nobody gave BJP any chance. In Chhattisgarh, a clear mandate was given, BJP lost. But in two states, there was a hung assembly. Secondly, we were fighting against 15 years of anti-incumbency.We are discussing what was lacking,” PM Modi said

Taking a jibe at the opposition, PM Modi said that 2019 elections will be “grand alliance versus the people”.  PM Modi also spoke on the Ram Temple issue ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on January 4. “Ordinance on Ram temple can be considered after legal process gets over,” he told ANI.

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More Than 500 Charged For Drink Driving On New Year’s Eve In Delhi

More Than 500 Charged For Drink Driving On New Year's Eve In Delhi

Around 15,000 police personnel were deployed on New Year’s Eve. (File)

New Delhi: More than 500 people were fined by the Delhi Police on New Year’s Eve for drink driving, officials said today.

Around 15,000 police personnel were deployed across the national capital on New Year’s Eve and special traffic arrangements were made, the police said.

A total of 509 challans were issued for drink-and-drive cases, they said

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