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Blue-Eyed Pakistani Chaiwala Becomes Internet SensationArshad Khan, latest sensation, works at Islamabad’s Sunday Bazaar
Instagram post on October 14 by aspiring photographer has gone viral
Mr. Khan says people have taken more than 150 pictures with him so far.
A blue-eyed handsome young chaiwala or tea seller from Pakistan has become an internet sensation after a local photographer posted his picture on social media.

Arshad Khan, who works at Islamabad’s Sunday Bazaar (Peshawar Chowk), has women gushing over his good looks.

The Instagram post on October 14 by aspiring photographer Jiah Ali (@jiah_ali) went viral and caused a sensation with #chaiwala being among the top Twitter trends on Monday.

The story was picked up by international media, including popular US website Buzzfeed.

In an interview with local TV news, the blue-eyed Arshad indicated that he has been living in Islamabad for the last 25 years and joined the tea stall a few months ago, the Daily Pakistan reported.

When asked if he knew what Twitter or Instagram is, Arshad replied that he has no idea what those things meant.

Brother of 17 siblings, he expressed his ecstasy on becoming famous in one day.

Talking to Dunya News, he said that he is happy with his overnight popularity but it is irritating when people gather around him for pictures during working hours as he is supposed to work to earn the livelihood.

Arshad said that people have taken more than 150 pictures with him so far.
Twitteratti has been abuzz with comments on Arshad’s good looks.

“Hello Indians, this is a chai way from Pakistan mashallah,” said one post.

‘I present you with a chai walla (tea seller) in Pakistan who forgot that he should’ve been modeling instead,” said another.

“Meet the steamin’ hot ‘chai wall’ from Islamabad (Pakistan), who’s going viral as we speak,” went another post, with a picture of Arshad attired in blue, and pouring out tea.

“A chai way from Pakistan is now famous on Indian social media. This is truly aMan kee Sasha,” said one Twitter post.

Another Twitteratti, commenting on the current India-Pakistan tensions, said: “India and Pakistan are divided by terrorism and cricket but are united by hot chai wall.Funny but true.

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New Delhi: The internet is free and open, or so we like to believe. In recent years, a number of countries have blocked particular applications, shutdown specific digital services, turned off mobile telecommunications services, or disrupted the entire internet.

In a recent paper Internet shutdowns cost countries $2.4 billion last year by Brookings Institution, a non-profit public policy organization, author Darrel M. West analyses the economic impact of temporary internet shutdowns. West examines 81 short-term shutdowns in 19 countries over the past year and estimates their impact on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of those nations.Based upon this analysis, West finds that between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016, internet shutdowns cost at least $2.4 billion in GDP globally.

India faces the highest economic loss at $968 million followed by $465 million loss in Saudi Arabia, Morocco ($320 million) , Iraq ($209 million), the Republic of the Congo ($72 million) , Pakistan ($69 million), Syria ($48 million), and Turkey ($35 million), among other places. These are conservative estimates that consider only reductions in economic activity and do not account for tax losses or drops in investor, business, and consumer confidence.West argues in the paper that internet disruptions are creating significant detrimental impacts on economic activity in a number of nations around the world. He says: “As the digital economy expands, it will become even more expensive for nations to shut down the internet. Without coordinated action by the international community, this damage is likely to accelerate in the future and further weaken global economic development.”

Internet disruptions over the past yearWest finds that there is a rising trend of governments disrupting the internet and quotes a study by University of Washington researchers who identified 606 occasions between 1995 and the first part of 2011 where 99 different governments deliberately “interfered” with the normal operation of the internet.To ascertain the number of times disruptions have happened in the past year, West collected cases from internet searches, English-based news coverage, and lists compiled by non-profit organizations that track such disruptions. Overall, he cites 81 disruptions in 19 countries during this period. This includes 22 in India, Iraq (22), non-ISIS controlled parts of Syria (8), Pakistan (6), Turkey (3), and 2 each in Bangladesh, Brazil, North Korea, the Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Vietnam, among other places.West also identified six categories of disruptions: national internet, sub-national internet, national mobile internet, sub-national mobile internet, national app/service, and sub-national app/service (including VoIP)Overall, these disruptions cost countries a total of at least $2.4 billion over the past year, with impact ranging the highest in India at $968 million. These disruptions lasted 753 days in total across all countries. West also cites a number of notable internet disruptions. One took place in Saudi Arabia in May 2016. Citing economic damage to telecommunications providers, the government blocked functionality of a number of apps related to VoIP, texting, and instant messaging; those impacted included WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype, among others. The move cost the country $465 million in GDP. India, for instance, shut down mobile internet services in Rohtak on February 19, 2016, in response to street demonstrations in Rohtak and Jhajjar. The disruption lasted more than a week and cost $190 million. Law enforcement officials explained that “this has been done so that rumors are not spread as this could lead to the situation getting out of hand.”In Brazil, a local judge ordered telecommunications companies to block access to WhatsApp on May 2, 2016, following an earlier shutdown in December 2015. The May shutdown blocked access to the predominant communications service across the country for a day and cost the Brazilian economy $39 million.West concludes by saying that government officials in many countries around the world appear increasingly comfortable blocking access to online services and apps, despite the significant economic and social damage that internet service disruptions bringto their countries. Whether their ostensible motivations are public security or political self-preservation, government officials should understand the wide-ranging and destructive consequences of these moves. Shutting down accessto popular services or to the whole internet—even for a short period of time—undermines economic growth, puts lives in jeopardy, separates people from friends and family, and erodes confidence in the governments that takesuch drastic and ill-advised steps. West said in an email interaction:“Government leaders need to understand they shoot their economies in the foot when they disrupt the internet. Shutdowns harm small and large businesses and lead to big economies losses. As the digital economy grows, these costs will accelerate.”

 

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For-Naspers-Story_ThinkstockPhotos-586183738Consolidation is not an unfamiliar word for new-age Internet businesses. It signals a maturing of the industry after a burst of innovation backed by venture capital money.

If the roughly decade-old history of Indian Internet industry is scanned, the real take-off with consumer adoption started only around 2010-11. Around the same time, a little known international firm played the first strong bugle of the many to come; the latest was this week.

As South African media and Internet conglomerate Naspers Ltd agreed to merge travel services firm Goibibo with NASDAQ-listed online travel agency MakeMyTrip Ltd, it has not just repeated what it has been doing for the past five years but also quietly added heft in India’s digital market.

Naspers already owns a 15% stake in India’s top e-commerce firm Flipkart, a majority stake in one of the two largest consumer-to-consumer classifieds venture OLX, and runs a large digital payments business with PayU and Citrus.

With a little over 36% effective stake in MakeMyTrip after the deal is concluded, Naspers will also become the single-largest shareholder of India’s top online travel agency.

“Consolidation makes a lot of sense,” says Arvind Singhal, chairman at consultancy firm Technopak Advisors. “We will continue to see more consolidation, not so much to achieve more profitability but to gain dominance.”

An email query sent to Naspers on its investment and consolidation strategy for the India market did not elicit a response till the filing of this article.

Pioneers of consolidation

Naspers virtually started the big wave of consolidation now sweeping through the Internet industry in India with deals involving FirstCry and BabyOye, Myntra and Jabong, Ola and TaxiForSure, Titan and Caratlane, and Future Group and Fabfurnish.

The conglomerate struck its first key deal when it acquired a majority stake in auto classifieds portal Gaadi.com in 2011. This came ahead of Flipkart’s acquisition of LetsBuy in 2012.

In 2013, it bought India’s top bus ticketing venture redBus, through bimbo.
As a cross-category Internet firm that has built multi-geography businesses with same or different brands, Naspers has been doing what Germany’s Rocket Internet has been trying to do, only more successfully and in a very different operating style.

Rocket’s core model is to replicate successful global Internet businesses in emerging markets outside China with rigorous marketing. It brings in industry executives, gives them stakes in its companies, designates them as founders and then goes aggressive in building the business with marketing muscle.
Naspers invests in startups that works on proven successful categories and looks to consolidate them to eye larger long-term gains.

Limited success

Naspers, however, has not always been successful. It gave up in the auto classifieds business by selling Gaadi.com to CarDekho. It also threw in the towel in the cash burning e-commerce category when it shut down Tradus.

Tradus was previously a horizontal e-commerce marketplace and later pivoted to become a hyperlocal grocery and food products marketplace, before Naspers pulled down the shutters.

Singhal, in fact, says it’s too early to decide if Naspers’ game plan is a success. “Whether it’s e-commerce, travel service, payment services or classifieds, all of these are still being played out. All the investors in the larger digital commerce space have taken a longer view, they are all looking at India with may be a 10- or 15-year plan rather than a five-year view,” he says.

Mahesh Murthy, founder of Pinstorm and co-founder of Seedfund, is more critical. He says he is not sure if Naspers’ huge bets on Flipkart, OLX, PayU and Ibibo can be called a success at all.

Flipkart’s future is uncertain, OLX has been defeated by local companies, PayU operates in a sector where many others are leading and Ibibo has been acquired by MakeMyTrip, he says.

“They (Naspers) have invested in the loser in each space,” says Murthy. “Their gameplay is very vulnerable.”

Murthy adds that Naspers has not won any market share in any category. “They came to the country saying we would run our own business, but now they are saying we would just be passive investors and would not run any business ourselves. This was a big change at Naspers, they have taken a massive step back,” he says.

Other opportunities

While Naspers may not have succeeded in some areas, it has been quick to tap into other opportunities.
In one of the largest takeover deals in India’s nascent but rapidly growing fintech sector, Naspers-owned online payments company PayU acquired Mumbai rival Citrus Pay for $130 million (Rs 865 crore) last month.

According to the company, the deal will increase PayU’s India customers to 30 million. It expects to process 150 million transactions in 2016 worth a total $4.2 billion, growing at 50% annually. This business will benefit irrespective of who wins or loses the more glamorous e-commerce battle as the digital payments industry in India is estimated to be worth $500 billion by 2020, according to a recent report by Google and Boston Consulting Group.

Naspers also re-entered the auto classifieds market, albeit through another arm. It is now back in the used-car business in the country with Stradia.in under OLX.

The move seems to be aimed at taking competition head on in the classifieds business where OLX competes with homegrown Quikr, one of India’s 10-odd unicorns, or private companies with a valuation of $1 billion or more. Quikr had last year floated sub-domains as verticals. Auto classifieds was the first such vertical and launched in August 2015.

 

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India’s mobile internet market is at a stage where China’s was three to five years ago. Photo: BloombergBeijing: India has become an “action zone” for China’s big-time investors like e-commerce giant Alibaba as its market attracted second highest Chinese funding in IT products next to the US, state media reported on Thursday.

Citing the fast growth of India’s e-commerce website Paytm which provides services to 130 million people in India, a write-up in state-run China Daily said, “India is not just another developing country–it is the world’s fastest-growing economy”.

“A huge internet population, a rapid growth of mobile internet users, political stability, established institutions like the judiciary, a thriving start-up ecosystem, renowned IT expertise and the promising market potential… all these factors have made India an attractive, almost irresistible proposition for Chinese investors,” the report said.

Apart from Ant Financial, China’s internet giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd have already invested in Indian tech companies, it said Network Posting.

Smaller players and even start-ups in China are rushing to India as they see the country as the next frontier in internet-based businesses and a promising market for them to replicate Chinese tech giants’ success stories, it said.

While the Chinese investors look to flock to India to cash on the fast-growing e-commerce market, there are also anxieties among Chinese investors over growing calls for boycott of Chinese goods in India following China’s blocking of India’s move to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar at the UN and blocking India’s bid to become the member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Chinese officials said China’s investment in India currently touched about $3 billion, which Indian officials said not much compared to the potential. Quoting a report from itjuzi.com, a website dedicated to data on tech investments, the report said India has emerged as one of the most popular destinations for Chinese tech investors, second only to the US.

In the first half of 2016, Chinese internet giants and venture capital firms invested more than 42.1 billion yuan ($6.26 billion) in 60 tech-related projects overseas, including 10 in India and 33 in the US.

“India will be the next big internet market after China,” said Eric Shu, a senior partner with the Hangzhou-based venture capital firm InCapital.

“We believe many successful business models in China’s internet industry can be copied in India,” Shu said, adding that as China’s economic growth slows, Chinese investors are looking for opportunities abroad.

A recent report from Forrester Research Inc. said metropolitan cities in India and China are progressive pioneers that lead the demand for product and experience innovation in the Asia-Pacific region. The Indian market is similar to that of China’s in many respects.

Li Tao, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Beijing-based Apus Group which provides launchers, browsers and other apps for mobile phones running on the Android operating system, said India’s mobile internet market is at a stage where China’s was three to five years ago.

“Unlike people in the US and China who gradually made the transition from using personal computers to access the internet to using mobile devices for the purpose, Indians do not need to go through the process. They can directly jump into the era of mobile internet,” he said.

Founded in 2014, Apus Group expects to have 80 million users in India by the year-end. The company set up a venture capital fund in late 2015 with its partners. With an initial investment of three billion rupees ($45 million), the fund focuses on investing in Indian mobile internet startups.

For investors such as Apus, India is unique in the sense that millions of Indians already use smartphones for online shopping, communications, banking, news, entertainment, ticketing, bill payments, education, so on, the report said.

The aggressive expansion of Chinese smartphone makers in India has been fuelling the trend. Chinese firms sell affordable handsets in India that are popular among millions of consumers, the report said.

The promising future aside, India’s poor finance infrastructure and the low per-capita income make it difficult to earn good returns on investment in the near term, said industry insiders.

“There are several business models for apps to make profit. But Indian netizens are not ready to pay for services yet. For now, the only practical way for internet business in India to make money is to sell online advertisements,” Zhang Lei, CEO of YeeCall, a Beijing-based startup that offers an instant messaging app in India said.PTI

 

 

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LUCKNOW: Telenor India, in accordance with its brand’s core promise- ‘Full Paisa Vasool’- has extended the benefits of free unlimited night Internet surfing and voice calling to all its subscribers.With this new offer, Telenor customers can now enjoy the benefits of free unlimited Internet surfing between 11 pm to 7 am and free unlimited Telenor to Telenor local calls between 12 am to 6 am Web Posting Reviews.
The company said that it has seen a huge surge in data users and in order to extend the benefits to maximum customers, free unlimited night Internet surfing has been made available to all existing Telenor 2G and 4G data packs.
Similarly to meet the calling needs of customers; Telenor has introduced free unlimited night local calls (Telenor to Telenor) in STV (special tariff voucher) 15 and STV 33. During normal hours these STVs will offer low call rates of 25 paise /min for all local calls with a validity of 28 days and 90 days respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, Narendran KC, Circle Business Head, UP East, Telenor India said, “Indian festivals reinforce family and social bonding. In this digital era, mobile connectivity has brought everyone closer. With people wanting to connect with their friends and exchange best wishes during the festival season, it is imperative for us to be relevant and affordable for customers by giving them the best of voice and data experience with seamless connectivity. Our new products ensure that Telenor customers always get maximum value for the mobile recharge.”
Customers can avail these offers at their nearest retail outlets trough e-load or paper voucher, through online recharge or by simply dialing *222*7*MRP# from their mobile phones. Currently, Telenor has over 705 distributors, 410 exclusive stores and 105444 Point of Sale and serves nearly 11 million customers in the UP East circle.

 

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Surfing the net while on an international Air India (AI) flight might soon become a reality as the airline is in talks with BSNL regarding various aspects of aircraft WiFi installation Web Job Posting.
Apparently, the airline has asked BSNL to work out the feasibility and cost analysis of the project. At the same time, it is also talking to some other international on-board service providers.
The airline is contemplating WiFi installation as it runs some of the longest flights out of India and most of the global airlines these days are providing their customers with on-air internet facility.
The green signal to the project depends on upon the costs involved.
Recently, AI chief Ashwani Lohani met Anupam Srivastava of BSNL to discuss the dynamics of the project.
However, it is not the first time that AI is trying to install WiFi on its aircraft. Two years ago, it had approached Geneva-based OnAir, which provides both the internet and mobile connectivity.
The project could not materialize then as AI was told that India has rules that allow only local service providers to serve the purpose. Besides, the costs involved were too high.

 

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This happened while India was playing its second ODI against New Zealand at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
The match began with India dominating the game but New Zealand quickly held itself together and bounced back. While the first innings was quite a tense affair, one girl in the stadium did not think so.
While the match was being broadcast to millions across the globe, one of the many cameras zoomed into a girl fast asleep while both the teams were fighting it out on the pitch.
As soon as the ‘sleeping girl’s’ friend (who was herself busy looking at herself in her phone camera), on whose shoulder she was resting her head, noticed the camera pointed towards them she woke up her sleeping friend. But by then it was too late Weblist Posting.
Although the girl woke up in an instant, her expressions conveyed that she was quite embarrassed. She knew that millions of people had by then noticed that she was fast asleep while the entire stadium was filled with people cheering loudly for India.
So, it was not the match nor the cricketers who caught the attention of the internet, but the ‘sleeping girl’.
In no time, social media users turned the ‘sleeping girl’ into a meme and tweeted hilarious reactions.

 

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The world is brimming with electronic merchandise of every kind. It is present everywhere in the form of old computers, connecting wires, old mobile phones, routers, and random peripherals. A lot of e-waste winds up in landfill destinations, where it lies covered under heaps of trash. Since they are non-biodegradable by nature, they do not decay but rather cause more environmental harm by letting out perilous synthetics like lead and mercury, which in time advance into the ground and water supplies.

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It is critical that individuals and business organizations attempt to reuse electronic waste. Although dumping you e-waste is the easiest solution, it also the deadliest way to pollute the earth. Therefore as a business organization it is important that you consider alternative ways to handle electronic waste. Give below is a list of ways to handle and minimize electronic waste. Read more to find out.

Fix and Upgrade

Just because a gadget has been in use since long that doesn’t mean it’s useless. Ask your data innovation office for a money saving advantage examination for fixing or redesigning old rigging. It may be that some hardware could get a touch up with some simple upgrades and can be reused. This is also one smart way to spend less instead of buying new gadgets and making use of the old ones. You can also utilize old machine parts and make news things. One smart way to save money.

Think before you act

Being thoughtful and considerate towards the earth is definitely the need of the hour. Throwing away old things and buying new ones is the easiest solution but always take a moment to re-assess the situation. Do you truly require that additional device? Take a stab at discovering one gadget with numerous capacities. Instead come up with new ways to extend the life of your gadgets. For example, purchase a case, keep your gadget clean, and abstain from cheating the battery. Buy earth amicable hardware. Search for items marked Energy Star or affirmed by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool.

Donate to charity

Rather than throwing them away how about giving your old devices to halfway houses and instructive foundations who can reuse the devices for learning purposes. This way you are not only minimizing electronic waste but also contributing to a social cost and helping those in need for their upliftment.

Take back projects

Some electronic organizations have reclaim programs for old contraptions. Enquire with the brand you utilize on the off chance that they have reclaim programs. You can likewise intentionally begin utilizing just those items that have such projects set up.

Recycle or sell

There are numerous manners by which electronic frameworks can be reused in some other shape. Turn upward on the web for approaches to reuse old PCs, which bend over as fascinating relics whenever repainted and likewise bend over as hard drives. Check up the internet for websites that allow you to sell old gadgets. Popular sites like EBay, OLX are ideal for the same.

 

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