Civil Services Exam 2018 to be Held on June 3: UPSC

New Delhi, Aug 15 (PTI) The civil services preliminary examination to select IAS and IPS officers among others has been scheduled to be held on June 3 next year, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has said.

Except for this year’s test, which was held on June 18, the preliminary tests for 2016, 2015 and 2014 were held during the month of August, as per UPSC records. The preliminary exam for 2013 was held on May 26.

The civil services preliminary examination, 2018, is scheduled to be held on June 3, as per the UPSC’s programme of examinations for 2018.

Reliance Jio 4G Feature Phone Users May Get Part Refund of Security Deposit Before 3 Years?

Mumbai, August 16: The beta testing for the much-awaited Reliance Jio 4G feature phone began from August 15 while the pre-bookings for the handset will begin from August 24. According to the latest development, Reliance Jio Infocomm is believed to offer its JioPhone users the option to return the used handset before three years and get part of the security deposit back, a report by Economic Times said. It was reported that Reliance Jio, led Mukesh Ambani is likely to announce the terms of the refund scheme in the coming days.

Ever since the launch of the new 4G feature phone, the company has been questioned by many analysts that if the security deposit of Rs 1500 beneficial enough for mass usage as it is refundable after three years on the return of the phone. New entrant Reliance Jio aims to boost subscriber base with the launch of this 4G feature phone. Jio’s marketing strategy in terms of its 4G feature phone is similar to its last year’s move by launching Jio services in beta stage, ahead of the main rollout of disruptive offers in September last year. Analysts are of the opinion that through this JioPhone, Jio is targeting the 50-crore feature-phone subscriber market. Its main target audience are the 500 million Indians who are still on basic 2G/3G feature phones.

As per a report released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Jio has added 3.9 million new users to its subscriber base in the month of April. The rival incumbent telecom operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular did not fare well in terms of wooing users. Reports by ET said that Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the refund of Rs 1,500 on the phone will be lower if the phone is returned prematurely. “Jio may have options for upgrades of handsets,” it said.

The JioPhone-a smart feature phone with 4G VoLTE support comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display. The feature phone comes with with a dedicated button that enables search through voice commands. The phone supports 22 Indian languages and also has NFC support for the digital payments. It has to be noted that JioPhone customers will get additional benefits of free voice calls till lifetime at a monthly tariff of Rs 153.

#Sensex gains 154 pts on higher capital inflows

The benchmark BSE Sensex surged about 154 points and the NSE Nifty reclaimed the 9,800- level in early trade today, enthused by higher capital inflows by domestic investors.

The strong start came in the face of sharp jump in inflation numbers, which were released on Monday.

The 30-share barometer, which had gained 235.44 points in the previous session on Monday, was trading higher by 153.61 points, or 0.48 per cent, at 31,602.64, with FMCG, auto, power, consumer durables, IT, metal and realty stocks leading the gains. Markets remained closed yesterday on account of Independence Day.

On similar lines, the NSE Nifty was up by 36.60 points, or 0.37 per cent, at 9,830.75 points.

Delhi: 24-year-old sport bike rider dies in high-speed crash at Mandi House

A 24-year-old man died after he lost control of his sport bike and slammed into a wall near the Mandi House metro station in Central Delhi, according to police.

The accident was captured by the helmet camera that one of his friends riding behind him wore. Police said a distress call from the spot near was received at around 9pm on Monday. They found the damaged Benelli TNT 600i motorbike, pieces of glass and blood splattered on the road.

New Delhi DCP BK Singh said the injured Himanshu had by then been shifted to the nearby LNJP hospital by his friends. At the hospital, Himanshu succumbed to injuries which, doctors told police, were to his chest and face.

During investigation, police learnt that Himanshu and his two friends, Lakshay and Gazi, had come to Connaught Place to discuss their plans for an Independence Day ride the following morning. Himanshu and Gazi were riding a Benelli TNT while Lakshya was on a Kawasaki Ninja. At around 8.45pm, they reached Mandi House on their way home.

“When the three reached Mandi House metro station, an elderly person was crossing the road. The speeding bike of Himanshu hit that person and lost control. It hit the wall of Lady Irwin college. Passersby helped the injured and sent him to a hospital. All this was recorded in the camera installed in Lakshay’s helmet,” said DCP Singh.

Liver inflammation may raise risk of heart diseases

London: Inflammation in the liver can play a key role in the development of fat accumulation in the arteries, cause blood clots as well as other cardiovascular conditions, researchers have found.

The study showed that the inflammatory processes in the liver can elevate cholesterol levels, which is associated with the increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Elevated cholesterol is an important risk factor for atherosclerosis, which refers to build up of fat on the artery wall, circulatory disorders, which include diseased vessels, structural problems and blood clots, as well as other vascular complications.

Cardiovascular diseases, which play a key role among the long-term complications in people with diabetes, accounts for 75 per cent of all hospitalisation incidences, and are also responsible for 50 per cent of all deaths.

“Even if blood glucose levels are well controlled, some people with diabetes have a higher risk of long-term complications. We wanted to understand the underlying cause for this,” said Mauricio Berriel Diaz, Deputy Director at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen in Germany.

For the study, published in the journal Cell Reports, the team focused on inflammatory processes that are known to occur in many metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity and contribute significantly to long-term complications.

The scientists demonstrated that reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the liver inactivates the transcription factor complex GAbp (GA-binding protein).

In experimental models, this loss in turn inhibited the protein AMPK an energy sensor of the cell.

As a result, excess cholesterol was produced, and typical atherosclerosis symptoms developed.

“GAbp appears to be a molecular regulator at the interface between inflammation, cholesterol homeostasis and atherosclerosis. Without its protective effect, this leads to hypercholesterolemia and increased lipid deposition in the arteries,” said Katharina Niopek, researcher at the varsity.

Man electrocuted to death in #Tughlakabad Extn

New Delhi, Aug 15 (PTI) A 42-year-old man was electrocuted to death when he touched a water motor to repair it at his house in southeast Delhi’s Tughlakabad Extension, the police said today.

Amrit Pal Singh was killed last evening as soon as he touched the motor, they said.

He was rushed by his neighbours and the plumber who was accompanying him to a hospital where he was declared brought dead by doctors, the police said.

The matter is being investigated, they said.

Singh is survived by his wife and children.