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As pollution grows, so does the business of it

05:30pm, Saturday, 12'th Oct 2019
By Shefali BhattIt’s the season of shopping — and of air pollution. The month of Diwali is when every seller across consumer goods categories — from electronics to gold — gears up for a festival bonanza. Jai Dhar Gupta in Gurgaon is also readying for what’s emerging as the latest in the endless list of must-have Diwali accessories — anti-pollution products. For the last three years, thousands of orders pour in daily on his company website during this period, often crashing the site. Forty-seven year-old Gupta’s company Nirvana Being sells a range of products to meet the Indian consumer’s growing need to combat air pollution — from air purifiers to masks to “air bags”. It has also made `12-15 crore in annual revenue in the process. “While the air quality is hazardous in several Indian cities throughout the year, it is between mid-October and mid-March that we see peak traffic on the site,” says Gupta. “Owing to the bursting of firecrackers and burning of crop stubble, the level of toxicity in the air shoots up. Read more
The Hard Rock Hotel collapsed while under construction Saturday in New Orleans' French Quarter, alarming onlookers as a crane collapsed and dust covered the streets. Videos and pictures posted to social media showed the tall building collapse on to the streets, sending some running. The number and extent of injuries from the incident were not immediately clear. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Hard Rock Hotel collapsed while under construction Saturday in New Orleans' French Quarter, alarming onlookers as a crane collapsed and dust covered the streets. Videos and pictures posted to social media showed the aftermath of the tall building collapsing on to the streets, as the fronts of several floors were left falling over the building's entrance. However, one video posted by WWL-TV that was taken by a viewer shows the shocking moment when the structure starts to descend into a thick, dusty mass. INCREDIBLE VIDEO: Viewer video from Michael Dalle captures the moment the construction site for the Hard Rock Hotel collapsed on Canal Street Saturday morning. Read more
Kate Middleton's brother James said he'd "had enough of big weddings" in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph. Middleton announced his engagement to French girlfriend Alizee Thevenet on Monday. His sister, the Duchess of Cambridge had a somewhat grand ceremony in her royal wedding with Prince William in 2011. Middleton also spoke about his mental health in the interview, and revealed that his sister had attended therapy sessions with him during his recovery from depression. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Kate Middleton's brother James is planning a low-key affair for his marriage to French fiancée Alizee Thevenet, with whom he announced his engagement on Monday. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph published on Saturday, Middleton said he'd "had enough of big weddings" — a nod to his sister the Duchess of Cambridge's somewhat grand marriage to Prince William in 2011. Middleton also attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May last year, of course. He told The Telegraph that his family was delighted with the news of his engagement to Thevenet, who he has been dating for around 15 months. ❤️She said OUI ❤️ . Read more
Liam Hemsworth was photographed in New York City on Thursday holding hands with Maddison Brown . The 22-year-old Australian actress stars on The CW drama series "Dynasty." She's also a model and has appeared in major campaigns for brands like Miu Miu. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Liam Hemsworth was photographed in New York City on Thursday holding hands with "a mystery woman," per TMZ — who was later identified as 22-year-old Australian actress Maddison Brown. A speculative frenzy has surrounded Hemsworth in the aftermath of his split from Miley Cyrus in August, though he has laid relatively low. His outing with Brown coincides with Cyrus apparently moving on with Australian singer Cody Simpson . Here's everything you should know about Brown. 1. She's close friends with her 'Dynasty' costar Elizabeth Gillies Brown plays Kirby Anders, an ostracized daughter in a rich and powerful family , on The CW's "Dynasty." The modernized reboot of a beloved '80s soap opera is currently in its third season. "It's soapy. Read more
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Decline in US visa approvals continues

05:32pm, Friday, 11'th Oct 2019
PUNE: The US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved fewer intracompany transfer visas in its financial year 2019, with analysts attributing it mostly to improper documentation by applicants. The number of approved L-1A and L-1B visas stood at 71.9% in FY19, compared to 77.8% in FY18, according to the latest data by the visa approving authority whose fiscal year runs from October to September of the following year. The L-1 visa is often used by technology firms to move existing employees to the United States from other locations. “Apart from technology firms, this visa is also used by small businesses to set up operations in the US. Many times, these rejections have to do with compliance issues, like not providing the right certifications or other required documents,” said Mark Davies, founder of an immigration law firm Davies & Associates. Poorvi Chothani, managing partner at Mumbaibased immigration law firm LawQuest, confirmed that L-1 visas were being denied, something that had almost never happened in the past. “All this seems to be triggered by increased scrutiny of visa applications with a focus on minute details without looking at the bigger picture,” she said. “It is almost as if the USCIS is looking for ways to deny petitions.” Meanwhile, the approval rates for the coveted H-1B visas were also similar to last year's, at 84.8% against 84.5% in FY18, according to the USCIS data. Read more
Amazon (AMZN) launches two new devices, namely Kindle Kids Edition and Fire HD 10 Kids Edition to gain traction from kids as well as parents. Read more Inc.'s stock surged 1.6% in morning trading Friday, to bounce back after falling in the previous session while its large-capitalization technology peers rose as a bearish "death cross" chart pattern appeared. On Thursday, the stock's 50-day moving average (DMA) crossed ( below the 200-DMA. Many chart watchers believe that pattern, known as a death cross, marks the spot a shorter-term pullback transitions to a longer-term downtrend. The 50-DMA is currently at $1,782.02 and the 200-DMA is at $1,787.71, according to FactSet. The last death cross that appeared was on Dec. 12, after the stock had already lost 18% from the Sept. 4, 2018 record close of $2,039.51. The stock fell another 19% in 8 sessions before bottoming. Amazon's stock had slipped 0.1% on Thursday, while shares of Apple Inc. had climbed 1.4%, Microsoft Corp. rose 0.6% and Google-parent Alphabet Inc. gained 0.6%, while the S&P 500 had tacked on 0.6%. The 50-DMAs of Microsoft, Apple and Alphabet shares are still well above the 200-DMAs. Read more
If your Xbox One won't turn on, first check the power cable connection points at the console and wall outlet, and test the outlet with another electrical device to ensure it isn't the problem. A quick power reset is usually all that's needed to get an unresponsive Xbox One console working, and with an Xbox One S and X , a reset is as simple as unplugging the console for a few seconds. If you have an Xbox One Original, the power supply is external, and the power reset requires different steps. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . So, your Xbox One console won't turn on? Well, that's that. Throw it away and grab a book. Either that, or you can troubleshoot the problem and get the system working again. Check out the products mentioned in this article: Xbox One X (From $499.99 at Best Buy) Xbox One S (From $249.99 at Best Buy) AstroAI Digital Multimeter (From $9.24 on Amazon) How to check your Xbox One's power supply 1. An unresponsive Xbox One usually involves an issue with the power supply. Read more
Tea lovers can never have too much tea or too many tea-themed items at home. We've rounded up the best gifts for tea lovers so you can surprise your giftee with some fun, new items. If you're shopping for other types of gifts, you can check out all our gift guides on Insider Picks . There's nothing better than a steaming cup of hot tea. If you know someone who subscribes to that philosophy and has more teapots and tins of tea than you can count, you probably know a tea lover. Tea lovers can never have too many kinds of tea on hand, nor yet too many cute tea pots and mugs in their collection. Still, you want to surprise them with a mix of old and new favorites. If you're struggling to figure out where to buy excellent loose-leaf tea, porcelain tea sets, and all the other tea paraphernalia that's out there, don't worry — we've got you covered. I'm a self-professed tea lady with several shelves dedicated to my tea collection and everything that goes with it. I've personally tasted and used nearly every tea and tea-related product I'm recommending here, so rest assured — your tea fanatic will be over the moon with any of these gifts. Read more
Amazon is making it easier for developers to improve the quality and accuracy of their Alexa experiences with two new tools for the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), the company announced this week. The additions are designed to enable developers to overcome issues that may reduce natural language understanding (NLU) accuracy in their Alexa skills. Here's how: The new NLU Evaluation Tool prevents overtraining developers' NLU models — adding too many sample utterances — which Amazon says can hurt accuracy. It also supports regression tests and accuracy measurements so developers can evaluate their models as new features are added and gauge the impact on accuracy. Utterance Conflict Detection prevents developers from building voice models with unintended conflicts, which can also reduce NLU model accuracy. It pinpoints utterances that are accidentally mapped to multiple intents, and it can be used before and after the skill has been published. Amazon has been working extensively to boost Alexa's accuracy and catch up to its rivals, and the new additions to the ASK play into this effort. Read more Inc. announced Friday that Amazon Studios has partnered with Howard University to launch a program, Howard Entertainment, that will train… Read more
WhatsApp vanished from the Google Play store on Friday morning. The app then reappeared just over an hour and a half later. It's unclear at this stage why it disappeared — it may be the result of a bug. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. WhatsApp, the hugely popular encrypted messaging app owned by Facebook, temporarily vanished from the Google Play Store. WhatsApp's sudden absence was first noticed on Friday morning by WhatsApp-focused blog WABetaInfo , and Business Insider was able to confirm that the app had disappeared from the Play Store on Android and the web. The messaging app's company-focused app WhatsApp Business did not vanish, and its main app also remained available on Apple's iOS App Store. WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion monthly active users . A company spokeswoman declined to share a breakdown of the number of iOS versus Android users. Read more: Most Americans don't know Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp Roughly an hour and forty minutes after it vanished, WhatsApp reappeared on the Play Store. Read more
President Trump has joined video-streaming platform Twitch. Twitch is primarily used by gamers to broadcast what they're playing to their followers. Twitch is owned Amazon, a company which Trump has frequently attacked along with its owner Jeff Bezos. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. US President Donald Trump has taken to a surprising new digital platform for his 2020 campaign trail — Twitch. Twitch is a video-streaming website primarily known as a site for gamers to broadcast live footage of what they're playing to followers. It has more than 15 million average daily visitors , helped launch the careers of a generation of professional gamers and streaming personalities like Fortnite pro Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, and is owned by Amazon. Trump's account bears a verified tick on the site, and thus far only contains video of his Minneapolis rally from Thursday night. When The Verge first reported on Trump's Twitch debut on Thursday, his channel had just 135 followers. At time of writing, that has shot up to almost 35,700. Read more
Global retail major Walmart Inc is planning to demerge PhonePe, the payment system and digital wallet company of Flipkart, so that its ownership will be vested directly with the US retail giant, two people familiar with the transaction told ET. The proposed move will pave the way for Walmart to get into India’s booming digital payment space directly. This is currently dominated by Ant Financial and SoftBank-backed Paytm, but competition is set to heat up with tech giants Google, Amazon and Facebook testing the market through their respective payment gateways—Google Pay, Amazon Pay and WhatsApp. The proposed demerger will coincide with PhonePe's ongoing fund raising plan of about a billion dollar through primary and secondary sale of shares. (Arun Kumar/ET Bureau) Walmart’s big plans Read more

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