Interesting Facts


2016 Māori Language Week Celebrations to Begin on 4th July

te wiki o te reo Māori, i.e. the Māori Language Week 2016 celebrations will be commencing from 4th of July to 10th of July. Māori is actually an indigenous language of New Zealand.

This language week is basically an initiative sponsored by the government that aims at encouraging the New Zealanders to promote the language and its use.

This week is celebrated since 1975.

The Māori Language Commission plans a theme for the celebration week and a wide range of events, promotions and activities that encourage the use of te reo Māori around the country.

The theme for this year is akina to reo – behind you all the way. This theme aims at using the language to support, encourage and motivate people.

Reports say that 50 phrases based on the theme have been developed by the Maori Language Commission.

Plans also suggest using the key words in connection with some major sports events, like the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio. Reports say that this will help in building interest in the language during the language week.


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Sleep for 7 Hours in Your Office and Earn $300 Per Year

Do you know you can now earn $300 per year for simply sleeping for 7 hours or more at the workplace? Well, it has become a reality for the employees working in a US firm that is highly concerned about the adverse effects of sleep deprivation on the performance of their employees.

The staff at Aetna has been provided with a scheme that allows them to sleep for a minimum of seven hours every night.

The staff that would be participating in it would be rewarded and can earn a maximum limit of $300 every 12 months. For every 20 nights, the employees will be rewarded with $25.

But, for this, they will have to enjoy a sound sleep for seven hours or more.

Reports say that this scheme was introduced in 2009. Nearly 12,000 out of 25,000 employees working in the firm participated in this scheme last year.

Staff can either manually record their sleeping duration per night or record it automatically via wrist monitor. The wrist monitor will be connected to Aetna’s computers.

Reports show that this commitment by the company to let the employees have a sound sleep comes after analyzing several studies that say sleep deprivation can result into lesser productivity. It decreases the ability of an employee to do his job.

It seems that this move by the company may certainly help the staff to come across healthy behaviours.

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Students May Now Learn Tulu Language in Udupi

Students in Udupi will now learn Tulu as an optional language subject. Reports say that 14 students have showed their interest in learning the language.

Tulu is generally spoken in Kasaragod district and Karnataka.

According to the Chairperson of Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, this language was the lingua franca of Tulunadu. She said that people are able to express themselves more precisely, when they speak in their native language.

But, to be able to write the language is also essential. Hence, learning Tulu language plays a vital role.

It was also said that the students learning Tulu have the potential to establish their career as writers in the language.

Further, Chandrahasa Rai, who is the Registrar of Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, said that for the last three years, this language was taught in 13 schools located in the Dakshina Kannada district. Now, Tulu will also be taught in Udupi city.

It was reported that almost 25 students were learning Tulu language in 6th and 7th standard in Dakshina Kannada district. Not just this, it is also said that 541 students in Dakshina Kannada district and almost 555 students, inclusive of 14 students of Udupi were learning the language.

Further, he says that it would be possible to introduce the language in first year and second year pre-university courses, if more students get interested in choosing Tulu as the third optional language in 10th standard.

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Indonesian Language Towards Extinction In Australian University

Reports suggest that Indonesian language is towards a decline in Australian University and might soon get completely extinct in a decade.

Indonesian language is towards a decline in Australian University

Figures show that the Australian students have just little interest in the language.

After the Bali bombings, a travel warning was issued by the Australian Government. This discouraged schools in Australia from sending the students to Indonesia.

According to the Professor Tim Lindsey (expert in Indonesian law), this is one of the reasons or contributors towards the decline of Indonesian studies in Australian schools and institutions.

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He said that the children will not be able to learn a foreign language unless and until they are provided with an immersion opportunity.

The professor said he was disappointed from the fact that only a small proportion of Australian students learn the Indonesian language today.

According to him, in the 1970s, Indonesian studies were quite strong in Australia. But, due to certain reasons, the graph declined significantly.

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He says that if such rate of decline will continue, there would be no Indonesian studies in the Australian universities in a decade.

Over the last 15 years, there has been a dramatic fall in the number of schools teaching Indonesian.


Smart Ear Piece Language Translator to Carry While You Travel

There’s a new and smart ear piece translator in town, known as the Pilot. This has been introduced by Waverly Labs that is a startup based in NYC.

Smart Ear Piece Language Translator device

The company has started taking pre-orders for this smart device.

According to reports, the entrepreneur Andrew Ochoa came to this unique idea after meeting a French girl. He actually was unaware how to speak to her.

Hence, such an idea came to his mind.

This is not the first time, when such handy translators have been thought about or launched. Earlier, a USB sized translator was launched for the travel lovers, as it as easy to carry along.

Talking about this device, i.e. the pilot; it is also very easy to carry, as you just need to wear it when talking to a non-native person.

Hence, this is a wearable device that would translate different languages in real time, into the ears of each person involved in the conversation.

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Not much is known about this device. But, reports suggest that this language translator would connect to an app. This, in turn, will allow for downloading and toggling languages.

Furthermore, languages like English, Italian, French and Spanish would be translated. Afterwards, it would expand for other languages.


Language Disorders Affect Students’ Learning: Report

According to a report, language disorders are experienced by every two children in Year 1 class. This affects their learning.

The study or the report says that children have more emotional, social and behavioural problems, when suffering from unexplained language disorders.

Language Disorders Affect Students

Led by Professor Courtenay Norbury, this study has been published in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

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It is said that in previous methods, children showing discrepancy in verbal and non-verbal abilities are regarded as to have a language disorder.

According to the professor, the current system puts the children at a double disadvantage – the ones who suffer from verbal and non-verbal difficulties. Also, they get just limited specialist support.

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A revised manual for diagnosis has been introduced. Thus, it eliminated the need for non-verbal abilities in children to be co­­­­­­nsidered in the normal range.

Researchers found that with the new definition, the disorders were almost 50% more prevalent than before.

Hence, almost two children in a class of 30 students are generally known to be suffering from language disorder.


Interesting Facts About India’s 7th Navigation Satellite

India’s 7th navigation satellite has been launched successfully by ISRO. It is said that PSLV-C33 carried the last navigation satellite of India. Further, as per reports, India will not have to depend on other countries for military navigation.

Sriharikota: ISRO's PSLV-C32 carrying India's navigation satellite, the IRNSS-1F lifts off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI3_10_2016_000265A)

Sriharikota: ISRO’s PSLV-C32 carrying India’s navigation satellite, the IRNSS-1F lifts off successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. PTI Photo (PTI3_10_2016_000265A)

Listed below are some facts that need to be understood:

1. Some of the major uses of this system will be: vehicle tracking, voice navigation, fleet management, disaster management, geodetic data capture, integration with mobile phones, aerial navigation, precise timing, marine navigation and terrestrial navigation.

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2. All the seven satellites cost around Rs 1,420 crore, according to some ISRO officials.

3. This system has some similarities to the GPS of US, Galileo of Europe, Glonass of Russia and Beidou of China.

4. This system comprises of seven satellites and is said to provide great accuracy.

5. It would provide real time positioning services all over India and also to the regions around India extending up to 1,500 km.

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6. The earlier six satellites were launched on: IRNSS-1F on March 10, IRNSS-1C (October 16, 2014), IRNSS-1A on July 1, 2013, IRNSS-1E (January 20, 2016), IRNSS-1B (April 4, 2014) and IRNSS-1D (March 28, 2015).

So, there are the major facts that every individual should know about the GPS system of India.


WhatsApp May Roll Out Two New Features for the Users

As per some reports, WhatsApp might soon roll out two new features – voicemail and call back for the users. These features are expected to be very beneficial for the users.

WhatsApp upcoming features

For the call back feature, it is said that it would help the users in calling back their friends without actually opening the app. The user will just have to tap the button and he would be able to make the call.

Reports suggest that this button would be present in the notifications panel. So, it is for sure that the users would be able to access the call button easily and instantly and call back to their friends.

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Another feature, that is highly talked about is the voicemail feature. This feature might be available to the iOS users. But, there is one condition in this feature.

It would operate only in the condition when the user is busy on WhatsApp call.

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The user will just have to record the voicemails and send them to whosoever he or she wishes to send it.

Further, zip files may also be introduced in the app, to send larger files.


How to Create Secure Passwords to Avoid Hacking

Passwords should always be secure and strong. Hence, when you create them, you should create the one that cannot be hacked or assumed by someone. ‘May’ is the month when the World Password Day is celebrated. Hence, good habits to create a sound password should definitely be promoted.

tips to Create Secure Passwords

Here are some key points, using which you can easily create fortified passwords for different accounts:

1. Neglect the Dictionary Words

Dictionary words should be avoided, as there are certain programs that can easily hack or crack the passwords. If necessary, you can use some numbers between the words, for e.g. comp123ut456er. You can even also use the first letter of a sentence. For e.g. use the password ‘miangambf’ for the sentence ‘meera is a nice girl and my best friend’. But, just make sure you know how to remember a password.

2. Try to Make Them Long

Experts suggest that the length of the password really matters. Hence, the password should have atleast 8 characters. However, 14 and 25 character limit is considered to be highly beneficial.

3. Think of Substitution

Substituting characters or letters with something equivalent can fortify your password. You can use the dollar sign for S and zero for the letter O.

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4. Stop Reusing Passwords

It’s ideal not to repeat or reuse the same password for two or more accounts. You can sometimes use easy passwords and reuse them, only if it does not involve posting over a message board or involving credit card. However, it would be great if you do not reuse the passwords in any condition.

So, from now on, always focus on creating strong passwords that could not be guessed by someone else.


Ready to Enjoy a Ride on Amphibious Bus in India?

Are you ready to enjoy a ride on amphibious buses – the buses that can travel both on land and water? Recently, norms have been set up these buses for tourism purpose.

Ride on Amphibious Bus 2

It is said that these buses will be used for the purpose of tourism, thereby helping the tourists enjoy sightseeing.

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According to the reports, the first bust may start operating in Mumbai in the next three months. It has been procured by JNPT (Jawaharal Nehru Port Trust).

Ride on Amphibious Bus 1

It is said that 14 of these buses would be built by a Goa based company. Hence, it has asked the ministry to provide the norms, so that the company could begin the operations part.

Also, reports suggest that the maximum spped limit assigned to the buses would be 40 km/hr. additionally, the buses would not travel after the sun sets.

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As far as the routes are concerned; these buses will be assigned some particular routes. These routes would be approved by the state transport department.

Ride on Amphibious Bus

These buses will thus, be helpful for tourists to enjoy sightseeing on both land and water.