Jacintha Mendonca: I survived on water, juice and biscuits

Mangaluru: A 47-year-old Jacintha Mendonca, who was trafficked to Saudi Arabia in June 2016 has finally reached home safely on September 22.

Telling her tragic story, Jacintha said that she was allowed to eat only leftover
food after working for straight 20 hours and taking care of her employer’s 28 children.

Narrating her horror in the Gulf country, Jacintha says that 60-year-old Kafil Abdullah Mohammad Aoun Allah Almutairi had three wives. The first wife has 16 children, second 11 and the third wife, a 28-year-old, had a year-old baby. “They all stayed in adjacent mansions and I was the only maid taking care of all them,” said Jacintha.

“My day began at 6am. One of the wives used kick me to wake me up. I worked in all three mansions till 2am. Sometimes, the children used to wake me up in the middle of the night. They would pour water on my face or yank my hair, if I took time to wake up. My health started to deteriorate with no sleep and food. I refused to eat the leftover food and survived only on water, biscuit, tea and canned juices. They showed no mercy when I pleaded that I was too ill to work,” recalled Jacintha of her ordeal.

Jacintha fled from the house on November 28. To her bad luck, a neighbour on the pretext of directing her to the Indian embassy took her to the police station. Police took her back to her employer.

“My day began at 6am. One of the wives used kick me to wake me up. I worked in all three mansions till 2am. Sometimes, the children used to wake me up in the middle of the night. They would pour water on my face or yank my hair, if I took time to wake up. My health started to deteriorate with no sleep and food. I refused to eat the leftover food and survived only on water, biscuit, tea and canned juices. They showed no mercy when I pleaded that I was too ill to work,” recalled Jacintha of her ordeal.

Jacintha fled from the house on November 28. To her bad luck, a neighbour on the pretext of directing her to the Indian embassy took her to the police station. Police took her back to her employer.
The worse was to come after Jacintha’s attempt to escape. The abuse got brutal now. “Four men beat me up black and blue, slammed my head against the wall. One of them caught my jaw while another pulled my hair from behind. I injured my jaw. They then threw me on the bed. For four days, I couldn’t speak a word or swallow. My face was swollen,” recalled a shocked Jacintha.
Jacintha never got her salary on time and had to beg for it. They never entertained any calls from her children and saw to it that she never had a cellphone.

Jacintha’s Journey

After husband Vincent Mendonca’s death in 2013, Jacintha became the sole breadwinner

Spots an ad for a house nurse with a monthly salary of Rs 25,000 in Qatar. Contacts Mumbai-based recruitment agency ‘M/s Trio Tracks Consultants’, headed by Shabaz Khan. Gets a passport. Agency was blacklisted by MEA.
Travels to Mumbai by train, flies to Goa and then to Delhi. From Delhi flies to Yanbhu, Saudi Arabia, in June 2016

Sponsor pays her agents Rs 5 lakh

In December 2016, Jacintha’s 3 children approached HRPF complaining that their mother was being tortured by her employer. Work for her safe return begins.
She lands back in India on September 22.

OMG…… Mangaluru bikers cover 11,000-km in 43 days

Mangaluru: This is called achievement. A group of youngsters hopped onto their bike and set a new record marking their names in the record.

A long haul bike ride of a distance of 11,000-km in 43 days from Mangaluru, through  Kashmir   was not just exploration of places but also taught lifetime lesson on adjustments and minimising the expenditure and saving money, said three bikers from Mangaluru. The panoramic view of the nature, biting cold is what bikers will experience at Leh, said Varun Aithal and Manojna M.

Varun Aithal, Manojna M and Denzil Rose set out on a bike ride after their engineering graduation before joining work, to explore the places and know the culture and tradition of different places.  From Mangaluru they travelled to Murdeswar-Pune-Gujarath (Vadodara and Ahmedabad-Delhi-Amritsar-Wagah Border-Ramban (Jammu and Kashmir)-Sonamarg-Dras war memorial-Kargil-Leh-Khardong La- Pangong Lake-Karu-Kilong-Manali-Delhi-Sagar-Nagpur-Hyderabad-Bengaluru- Palani- Kodaikanal -Rameshwaram-Kanyakumari-Kochi-Kasargod-Mangaluru.

Biker Varun Aithal and Manojna describes the view as spectacular and breathtaking. “The views of the valley are awesome.  It was also a challenging experience.”

They battled rain, experienced extreme biting cold in the tough terrain. “At Khardung La, the heighest motorable road, we had to carry a small oxygen cylinder. At Nubra valley, the weather was extreme. We wore gloves but still the coldness numbs your senses,” they said.

Biking enthusiasts for last three years, Aithal along with Manojna and Denzil have ridden several short distance routes. “On a few stretch on our this trip, there was nothing except straight roads. So we had to carry fuel as well. At Pangong, there is no electricity. Only one generator is used and is switched off after 10 pm. At Rohtang Pass, the temperature was very cold and there was hairpin curve roads where the visibility was very poor. While returning from Delhi to Sagar, we covered four states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhyapradesh and Rajasthan,” they said proudly.

“Once you enter Jammu and Kashmir, you see many army personnel. We also visited the war memorial at Kargil. And, caught a glimpse Nubra Valley. We saw the double-humped camel. The army personnel were very kind. Whenever we stopped enroute seeking direction, they would offer us tea or snacks,” said Aithal.

“While returning from Hyderabad, we had to go to Bengaluru as Manojna had to write KPSC exam. In Rameshwaram, we met bikers from Karnataka, who accompanied us till Kanyakumari,” they said.

In fact, Varun and Manojna did not know each other till three years ago. It was fascination for bike ride which brought them together. Later, the trio formed ‘Wanderers on Wheels’, where they would set out short ride very often.

Aithal said “I have been documenting all my trips and uploading it on YouTube, so that people will know the culture and tradition of each state and beauty of the country. It is an attempt to showcase the beauty of India to the world as well.”. Their aim has been harmony and humanity.

_ Mangalore Today

Dhinchak Pooja – Baapu Dede Thoda Cash : Music Review

As always Dhinchak Pooja is back with not so pleasant song. However this time she has worked on her music and the beats sounds better than her previous one.

The music video looks ridiculus as usual with lame actors and amateur dance moves. The script looks worst than any annoying movie.

Pooja became popular on the Internet after her songs like ‘Swag Wali Topi’, ‘Selfie Maine Le Li Aaj’ went viral for not exactly the right reasons. Foraying into cringe-worthy pop, Pooja made sure all her songs were tone-deaf and off-note.

Arjan Singh, hero of 1965 war, remembered: Marshal of Indian Air Force’s glittering career in and out of uniform

With the passing away of Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh on Saturday, India lost its last five-star officer.

The 1965 War hero enjoyed a distinguished career in the Indian Air Force and later also had a stint in diplomacy and public affairs. As we mourn the marshal’s death, let us look back at his illustrious life.

Born on 15 April, 1919 in Lyallpur (now Faislabad) in Punjab in undivided India, his father, grandfather and great grandfather too had served in the cavalry.

Educated at Montgomery (now Sahiwal), now in Pakistan, he joined the RAF College, Cranwell in 1938 and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in December the following year.

 

As World War II began in Europe, Singh joined squadron 1 in Ambala. His first assignment on being commissioned was to fly Westland Wapiti biplanes in the North-Western Frontier Province.

After a brief stint with the newly formed squadron 2 where the Marshal flew against the tribal forces, he later moved back to Squadron 1 as a Flying Officer to fly the Hawker Hurricane. In 1943, he became the Commanding Officer of the squadron.

Singh had the honour of leading the fly-past of over a hundred IAF aircraft over the Red Fort on 15 August, 1947.

Apart from being a competent officer, Singh was also considered a gentleman, as he served as a mentor to many of his juniors. Intrestingly, Singh once came very close to getting court-marshalled by the British authorities.

 

Is iPhone X worth buying?

iPhone X was launched released. Everywhere we can see news of X hitting headlines, online trollers making memes out of the launch news etc etc.

If you have any plans of buying this phone, then you must have a detailed information about the product.

Here are the reviews and comparison between iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Both the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X represent the best of what Samsung and Apple have to offer in the smartphone arena. The Galaxy Note 8 is arguably one of the best Android phones out there and the iPhone X (by default) the best iPhone. So both smartphones also represent the best Android and iOS have to offer as of September 2017.

Both the Note 8 and iPhone X come with immensely powerful internals, a gorgeous bezel-less design, capable dual cameras, an OLED display and facial recognition. In this cold and ruthless match-up, which smartphone has what it takes to emerge victorious? Let’s examine both phones in detail:

The story of both smartphones revolves around their design. The Galaxy Note 8 carries forward much of the same design motifs Samsung introduced in the S8 and S8 Plus. It comes with the same edge-to-edge ‘Infinity display’ and as a result looks as sleek and gorgeous. The smartphone is carved out of glass and metal and thanks to the edge-to-edge ‘Infinity’ display, has an incredible screen to body ratio of 83 per cent. While it looks very similar to the S8, it is not as curvaceous – it looks much more blocky and squared off.

Just like the Galaxy Note 8, the iPhone X also comes with a striking bezel-less design with no physical buttons, an expansive edge-to edge display and an all glass back. The stainless steel centrepiece that joins the front and back fascia of the smartphone is virtually non-existent giving the impression that the phone is one continuous sheet of glass. What comes in the way of the seamless experience a little bit is the ‘notch’ at the top of the display which houses the front facing camera and assortment of sensors including the all important TrueDepth camera system that powers Face ID.

Choosing between the two smartphones purely on the basis of design will depend completely on personal tastes and preferences. Some might like the smaller and curvaceous iPhone 8, while others might prefer the more hefty and industrial looking Note 8. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What cannot be denied is that both smartphones look extremely futuristic and cutting edge.

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The iPhone X has a slightly smaller 5.8-inch ‘Super Retina’ display which Apple claims offers great contrast, wide colour support and accurate colours. Both the Note 8 and iPhone X have an edge-to-edge panel with almost no bezels to speak of. As a result, they look sleek and futuristic – as if they have appeared from the set of a Sci-Fi film. The similarities don’t end there – both smartphones come with OLED panels that support HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. The iPhone X has an ace up its sleeve though in the form of its TrueTone technology. It’s True Tone display changes its colour temperature and hue depending on the surroundings in order to reduce eye strain.

Both the iPhone X and Note 8 have facial recognition technology on board. However, Apple claims that its Face ID is safer, faster and more adaptable. There have been widespread reports of Samsung’s facial recognition tech being fooled using photos. Apple asserts that its Face ID has a one in a million chance of being fooled by someone else’s face. Samsung’s biometric authentication also does not work very well in low light. Face ID on the other hand, according to Apple, can be used in the dark thanks to a fancy Flood Illuminator on board the iPhone X. While on paper, Apple’s Face ID technology surely sounds better than the one found on the Note 8, we will have to wait till we get our hands on the device to pass a final verdict.

The Note 8 strikes back simply by having a fingerprint scanner on board. Apple’s Touch ID sensor, which has been a staple on all iPhones since its introduction in the iPhone 5s in 2013, is conspicuous by its absence in the iPhone X. If rumours are to be believed, Apple has unceremoniously dropped the fingerprint sensor from the iPhone X because the company failed to embed it under the smartphone’s display. Even though the Note 8’s fingerprint sensor is located at an embarrassingly awkward location, it is still better than not having one altogether. The Note 8 also comes with Iris Scanning which allows you to unlock the smartphone using your eyes – a feature not present on the iPhone X.

Both the iPhone X and Note 8 come with optically stabilised dual cameras on the back. The iPhone X has a 12MP wide-angle sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 alongside another 12MP telephoto sensor with an aperture of f/2.4, the addition of which allows for 2X optical zoom and the capture of images with depth of field effects. The Note 8 also comes with a similar dual camera setup – a primary 12MP wide-angle lens with an aperture of f/1.7 and a secondary 12MP telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4 that allows for the capture of bokeh shots and 2X optical zoom.

In the imaging department, both smartphones have some pretty cool tricks up their sleeve. The Note 8 comes with a feature called ‘Live Focus’ which allows you to adjust the depth of field while previewing a shot or even after you have taken an image. Another feature called ‘Dual Capture’ allows you to take an image using both the wide angle and telephoto sensors simultaneously after which you can choose which photo you want to keep. The iPhone X on the other strikes back with ‘Portrait Lighting’ – a feature which changes the lighting effect on photos.

Let’s talk about a few extra features. Both the Note 8 and iPhone X are water and dust resistant and come with support for wireless charging. The iPhone X also comes with extremely futuristic Augmented Reality features. An improved gyroscope and accelerometer, the new A11 Bionic CPU, an improved image signal processor and Apple’s new GPU all work together to enhance the phone’s AR capabilities. The Note 8 will also support AR features to an extent in the future through Google’s ARCore.

The Note 8 also comes with an updated S-Pen which now has a 0.7mm tip and a pressure sensitivity level of 4,096. Samsung claims this helps replicate the experience of using an actual pen. The S Pen has learnt a few new tricks as well. There’s the ability to take notes without even powering on the device. There’s also a feature called Live messages through which you can send messages to people you know in creative ways – the phone will animate and add effects like sparkles to whatever you draw or write. The best part? These can be sent as GIF’s via any messaging app that supports the format.

Finally, lets’ talk about pricing and availability. The iPhone X will go on sale in India from November 3 for a starting price of Rs 89,000. The 256GB version will set you back a king’s ransom of Rs 1,02,000. The Note 8 on the other hand will go on sale in India for Rs 67,900 from September 21 onward. If you are an iPhone loyalist and have been waiting for Apple to release an ‘no holds barred’ iPhone for a long time, then there is no stopping you from buying an iPhone X. Otherwise, the Note 8 seems to offer almost everything the iPhone X does and then some more for Rs 25,000 less.

_ With inputs from India Today

Ram Rahim’s henchwomen, who forced girls to satisfy his sexual needs, roam free

In a shocking truth, it is learnt that Gurmeet Ram Rahim not only had raised a private army of castrated followers and had a qurbani dal (sacrifice group) but also had employed a group of henchwomen who lured and coerced innocent girls into satisfying his sexual needs.

These henchwomen, forgetting that they too had undergone the same trauma once, acted like programmed robots and accepted every command given to them to bring a new girl every night to gratify the physical needs of the controversial godman who did not spare even children.

It is gathered that Gurmeet Ram Rahim had not only abused girls, but also enjoyed consensual sex with some senior female followers who were close to him and lived the way he wanted. Later, they became his trusted henchwomen and started luring other innocent women for him. It is also alleged that some politicians and officials were also regulars at Dera Sacha Sauda and were pleased with wine, women and money.

Ram Rahim’s henchwomen behaved like unemotional human robots, who just did his bidding and weren’t moved by the countless screams of girls whose voices drowned in the den (gufa) where he raped and abused them. This arrangement continued until the law took its course and put Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in prison, which he had evaded for 15 long years, being hand-in-glove with Haryana’s politicians.