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पेट्रोल, डीजल और सस्ता हो गया है। पेट्रोल 2 रुपये 41 पैसे सस्ता हुआ है, तो वहीं डी-रेग्युलेट होने के बाद डीजल के दाम में 2.25 रुपये की कमी आई है। नई कीमतें शुक्रवार आधी रात से लागू हो जाएंगी। सरकार ने दो हफ्ते पहले ही डीजल के दाम बाजार के हवाले किए थे। तब डीजल के दाम में 3.37 रुपये की कमी आई थी। इस कटौती से पेट्रोल के दाम 16 महीने में सबसे कम और डीजल का साल भर पहले के लेवल पर पहुंच गया है। इससे महंगाई और कम होने की संभावना है, क्योंकि दो हफ्ते से कम समय में डीजल करीब 11 पर्सेंट तक सस्ता हुआ है। 
प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी का सपना जल्द पूरा होगा। वैश्विक स्तर पर योग दिवस मनाने के प्रस्ताव का लगभग 50 देशों ने समर्थन किया है। मोदी ने पिछले महीने संयुक्त राष्‍ट्र महासभा के वार्षिक अधिवेशन में ये प्रस्ताव दिया था। 

संयुक्त राष्ट्र स्थित भारतीय मिशन ने प्रधानमंत्री के प्रस्ताव को मसौदे को रूप दिया है। अमेरिका, कनाडा और चाइना समेत 50 देश मसौदे का समर्थन करने के लिए तैयार हैं। मसौदे में 21 जून को विश्व योग दिवस के रूप मनाए जाने की मांग की गई है। ये मसौदा जल्द ही संयुक्त राष्ट्र सचिवालय को सौंपा जाएगा। 

भारत सरकार प्रयास कर रही है कि प्रस्ताव को इस वर्ष के अंत तक स्वीकार कर लिया जाए, ताकि अगले वर्ष से विश्व योग दिवस मनाया जा सके।
MORADABAD: The Uttar Pradesh government's 'free laptop' scheme may have been launched to uplift the education standard in the state, but its beneficiaries seem to have a different goal in mind. It has been found that students have been trading these laptops on e-marketing portals for easy money.

The incident came to light when it was found that a mathematics teacher of the private Munda Panday inter college sold a laptop for Rs 14,000 to a Rampur resident through an e-tailing site. On further investigation, it was found that he had purchased the laptop from the father of one of his female students who had received it under the scheme.

The scheme was launched by the Akhilesh Yadav government in 2012 under which laptops were distributed among students in the state passing out from class X and XII.

District inspector of school, Sarwan Kumar Yadav said that the state government had distributed 24,143 laptops each costing around Rs 19,000 in the Moradabad district. Speaking with TOI, Yadav said, "The chief minister wants to make the students more tech savvy and laptops are the best equipment for imparting e-education. We are saddened to hear that the students are selling their laptops." He said that the matter of this teacher of a private inter college selling a laptop distributed under the scheme will be looked into and action will be taken accordingly.

As per earlier news reports, some such laptops had also been sold earlier in other parts of the state.

The Moradabad teacher had used the description, 'Mulayam Wala Laptop or Sath me net setter, new keyword, new mouse' etc to make the product more attractive for buyers. When TOI contacted the teacher through the details given on the website, he confirmed selling the laptop for Rs 14,000, saying that he mentioned keywords like Rampur in the ad he posted as it is very close to where he teaches. He said that he had used the laptop for merely 50 hours before selling it.

The teacher claimed that he has a Bachelor of Education and BSc Mathematics degree and despite having a government job, had to sell the laptop due to shortage of money.

Many sellers also post ads expressing their desire to buy laptops distributed under the SP government's free laptop scheme. The Rampur resident had also expressed a desire to purchase 'Mulayam Wala Laptop' for Rs 9,000.

Socialist and the renowned Dalit writer Kanwal Bharti, says, "The basic needs of the students are not the laptops. In rural areas, students don't the have a basic education system in place. Due to lack of money, inability to access the internet and shortage of electricity, they end up selling their laptops." He said the state should provide free education and employment first; laptops are secondary needs.

Sarwan Kumar Yadav said, "It's not easy for the administration to stop students from selling their laptops. We can only request that instead of selling, they use the technology for their own benefit and make their future brighter."

MORADABAD: The Uttar Pradesh government's 'free laptop' scheme may have been launched to uplift the education standard in the state, but its beneficiaries seem to have a different goal in mind. It has been found that students have been trading these laptops on e-marketing portals for easy money.

The incident came to light when it was found that a mathematics teacher of the private Munda Panday inter college sold a laptop for Rs 14,000 to a Rampur resident through an e-tailing site. On further investigation, it was found that he had purchased the laptop from the father of one of his female students who had received it under the scheme.

The scheme was launched by the Akhilesh Yadav government in 2012 under which laptops were distributed among students in the state passing out from class X and XII.

District inspector of school, Sarwan Kumar Yadav said that the state government had distributed 24,143 laptops each costing around Rs 19,000 in the Moradabad district. Speaking with TOI, Yadav said, "The chief minister wants to make the students more tech savvy and laptops are the best equipment for imparting e-education. We are saddened to hear that the students are selling their laptops." He said that the matter of this teacher of a private inter college selling a laptop distributed under the scheme will be looked into and action will be taken accordingly.

As per earlier news reports, some such laptops had also been sold earlier in other parts of the state.

The Moradabad teacher had used the description, 'Mulayam Wala Laptop or Sath me net setter, new keyword, new mouse' etc to make the product more attractive for buyers. When TOI contacted the teacher through the details given on the website, he confirmed selling the laptop for Rs 14,000, saying that he mentioned keywords like Rampur in the ad he posted as it is very close to where he teaches. He said that he had used the laptop for merely 50 hours before selling it.

The teacher claimed that he has a Bachelor of Education and BSc Mathematics degree and despite having a government job, had to sell the laptop due to shortage of money.

Many sellers also post ads expressing their desire to buy laptops distributed under the SP government's free laptop scheme. The Rampur resident had also expressed a desire to purchase 'Mulayam Wala Laptop' for Rs 9,000.

Socialist and the renowned Dalit writer Kanwal Bharti, says, "The basic needs of the students are not the laptops. In rural areas, students don't the have a basic education system in place. Due to lack of money, inability to access the internet and shortage of electricity, they end up selling their laptops." He said the state should provide free education and employment first; laptops are secondary needs.

Sarwan Kumar Yadav said, "It's not easy for the administration to stop students from selling their laptops. We can only request that instead of selling, they use the technology for their own benefit and make their future brighter."

LONDON: A protest march by a UK-based pro-Pakistan group on the Kashmir issue in the heart of London fizzled out as barely a few hundred protesters gathered to wave placards and flags.

READ ALSO: Goa leader sends barking dog to Bilawal over Kashmir rant

The so-called 'Million March' from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street descended into chaos as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stepped on to the makeshift stage to speak.

The crowd began booing and throwing empty plastic bottles and refused to let Bilawal Bhutto speak. He was later led away under protection. The police stepped in and ended the rally.

"This march was to be about Kashmir and for the welfare of Kashmiris. Bilawal has no business being here," said a group of angry protesters who had travelled from Derby in the East Midlands region of England. 

The march was led by Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, referred to as a former prime minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and was supported by Mirpuri-origin British parliamentarian Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham.

While the group had claimed overwhelming support from various communities for the march, others had dismissed it as against the "national interest of the people of J&K".



LONDON: A protest march by a UK-based pro-Pakistan group on the Kashmir issue in the heart of London fizzled out as barely a few hundred protesters gathered to wave placards and flags.

READ ALSO: Goa leader sends barking dog to Bilawal over Kashmir rant

The so-called 'Million March' from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street descended into chaos as Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stepped on to the makeshift stage to speak.

The crowd began booing and throwing empty plastic bottles and refused to let Bilawal Bhutto speak. He was later led away under protection. The police stepped in and ended the rally.

"This march was to be about Kashmir and for the welfare of Kashmiris. Bilawal has no business being here," said a group of angry protesters who had travelled from Derby in the East Midlands region of England. 

The march was led by Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, referred to as a former prime minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and was supported by Mirpuri-origin British parliamentarian Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham.

While the group had claimed overwhelming support from various communities for the march, others had dismissed it as against the "national interest of the people of J&K".





Happy New Year

Here’s a new record that Farah Khan’s latest flick has set…

Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year, produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd, continued to break records by having the biggest Box Office collection in India for the opening weekend. It has collected Rs. 108.86 Crores on the opening weekend all India, with Rs. 104.10 Crores in Hindi, Rs. 2.92 Crores in Telugu dub and Rs. 1.84 Crores in Tamil dub.
HNY has become the highest opening weekend ranker in Indian films so far. Venky Mysore, CEO RCE said, “We are thrilled that after Chennai Express had set a new record in 2013, Happy New Year has set another new benchmark. We are grateful for the ongoing love and support of audience.” Gaurav Verma, Chief Revenue Officer RCE said, “We are thankful to all our partners, exhibitors and especially YRF for helping us achieve this significant milestone.”


Happy New Year is produced by Red Chillies and directed by Farah Khan. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Jackie Shroff, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah in lead roles.
BBC News - Welsh NHS has 'nothing to hide', says health minister

The Welsh NHS has "nothing to hide" about its performance, the health minister has said, as the political row over Welsh Labour's record continues.
Mark Drakeford told the BBC's Sunday Politics programme that Wales had the UK's "most scrutinised" health service.
The minister said the "big picture" in Wales was one of a "careful" and "compassionate" service.
He rejected calls for a "backward looking" inquiry, saying problem areas were investigated as they arose.
BBC News - Welsh NHS has 'nothing to hide', says health minister

The Welsh NHS has "nothing to hide" about its performance, the health minister has said, as the political row over Welsh Labour's record continues.
Mark Drakeford told the BBC's Sunday Politics programme that Wales had the UK's "most scrutinised" health service.
The minister said the "big picture" in Wales was one of a "careful" and "compassionate" service.
He rejected calls for a "backward looking" inquiry, saying problem areas were investigated as they arose.
trilokpuri kandत्रिलोकपुरी में दो समुदाय के बीच बवाल को लेकर रविवार को भी इलाके में तनाव का माहौल बना रहा। चौथे दिन किसी भी इलाके से कोई भी अप्रिय घटना की सूचना नहीं मिली। इलाके में लगाई गई धारा-144 की वजह से सड़कों पर सन्नाटा रहा। दोपहर बाद ही लोग जरूरत का सामान लेने के लिए घरों से बाहर निकले।

तनाव वाले इलाके में रविवार को भी भारी संख्या में पुलिस बल और रैपिड एक्शन फोर्स के जवान तैनात रहे। त्रिलोकपुरी के सभी ब्लॉकों में जवानों ने फ्लैग मार्च किया। वहीं मयूर विहार थाने में पुलिस के आला अधिकारियों ने बुजुर्गों के साथ बैठक की और उनसे इलाके में शांति बहाल करने के लिए अपील करने का आग्रह।

पूर्वी जिला के पुलिस उपायुक्त अजय कुमार ने बताया कि इलाके में स्थिति तनावपूर्ण लेकिन नियंत्रण में है। शनिवार के बाद इलाके में किसी भी अप्रिय घटना की सूचना नहीं है। लोगों को घरों में ही रहने की हिदायत दी गई है।
'हैप्पी न्यू ईयर' ने बनाया रिकॉर्ड, किक और धूम 3 भी पीछे छूटे
Happy New Year

शाहरुख खान की मल्टी स्टारर फिल्म हैप्पी न्यू ईयर ने पहले दिन ही बॉक्स ऑफिस के सारे रिकॉर्ड तोड़ दिए. फिल्म ने ओपनिंग डे पर कुल 44.97 करोड़ रुपये की कमाई कर आमिर खान की धूम 3 को भी पीछे छोड़ दिया. इस रेस में सलमान खान की किक तो बहुत पीछे छूट गई. यह जानकारी ट्रेड एनलिस्ट तरण आदर्श ने दी. उन्होंने लिखा कि हैप्पी न्यू ईयर ने पहले दिन 44.97 करोड़ रुपये की कमाई की. फिल्म ने हिंदी में 42.62 करोड़, तेलुगू में 1.43 करोड़ और तमिल 92 लाख रुपये कमाए.


Uddhav says BJP can approach Shiv Sena for support
 Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, holding a press conference after BJP set to appear as the single largest party in Maharashtra, gave his first reaction after results and said that he has not been approached by any party for post-poll alliance while making it clear that the Shiv Sena will consider any proposal to ensure stable government in Maharashtra.
On the question of NCP offering outside support to the BJP to form government in the state, Uddhav said that if they are fine with it they can go ahead and take the support.
Uddhav said that if BJP wants support in Maharashtra it can approach Shiv Sena. While on the question of him taking the proposal to the BJP for post poll alliance, he said, "If I take the proposal and they say no then? Therefore, it's better to wait."
"If the BJP doesn't come with a proposal, then what can I do about it?" he said jokingly.arrived at the at the BJP headquarters in Delhi for parliamentary board meeting. He was greeted by BJP chief and his close aide Amit Shah - the man credited for BJP's exceptional show both in Maharashtra, where it is set to emerge as the single largest party, and Haryana, where the party has won simple majority.
डुमरा (सीतामढ़ी)। शहर के भवदेपुर निवासी व नगरपालिका मध्य विद्यालय की सातवीं कक्षा की छात्रा सोनी के मुंह से पत्थर निकल रहा है। यह सिलसिला पिछले छह दिनों से जारी है। दिनभर परिजन पत्थर जमा करते रहते हैं। यह बालू से निकला पत्थर जैसा है। इस बीमारी से जहां सोनी और उसके परिजन परेशान हैं, वहीं चिकित्सक भी लाचार दिख रहे हैं। दो-दो बार सदर अस्पताल से रेफर की जा चुकी सोनी तीसरी बार सोमवार की देर शाम गंभीर स्थिति में यहां भर्ती कराई गई है।
सालभर पहले उसके पेट में दर्द हुआ। मूत्र त्याग में शिकायत के बाद सदर अस्पताल में भर्ती कराया गया, जहां चिकित्सक डॉ. आलोक कुमार ने इलाज के बाद रेफर कर दिया। परिजनों ने डॉ. सावित्री सिन्हा मेमोरियल अस्पताल सीतामढ़ी में भर्ती कराया गया। जहां डा. परवीन सिंह ने इलाज किया। इस दौरान उसके मुंह से दो पत्थर निकले। इसके बाद उसे रेफर कर दिया गया। वह दो बार सदर अस्पताल में इलाज के लिए आई। चिकित्सकों ने उसे रेफर कर दिया। इसके बाद शहर में डा. रमेश कुमार, डा. राजेंद्र कुमार, डा. विजेंद्र कुमार, डा. वरुण कुमार, डा. आलोक कुमार व डा. प्रतिमा आनंद आदि से इलाज कराया गया। बाद में चिकित्सकों की सलाह पर उसका दिल्ली के अपोलो अस्पताल, इंद्रप्रस्थ अस्पताल, महावीर आरोग्य कैंसर संस्थान पटना, मौलाना सजात अस्पताल व डा. रोमन डायग्नोस्टिक में भी इलाज कराया गया। मगर मर्ज गया नहीं।
सोनी खातून मूल रूप से सीतामढ़ी शहर के भवदेपुर वार्ड 22 निवासी मो. अमानुल्लाह की पुत्री है। उसके पिता भारत बैंड पार्टी के संचालक हैं। सोनी खातून की बीमारी को जिले के कोई भी चिकित्सक अब तक नहीं समझ पाए हैं। इस मुद्दे पर चिकित्सक कुछ भी बताने से परहेज कर रहे हैं। सदर अस्पताल के चिकित्सक डा.आलोक कुमार ने बीमारी को अजीबोगरीब व गंभीर बताते हुए कहा कि इसकी गहन जांच की आवश्यकता है।




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Federal health officials have offered repeated assurances that most American hospitals can safely treat Ebola, but Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which had years of preparation for just such a crisis, found out how hard that is while it cared for three Ebola patients.
As doctors and nurses there worked to keep desperately ill patients alive in August, the county threatened to disconnect Emory from sewer lines if Ebola wastes went down the drain. The company that hauled medical trash to the incinerator refused to take anything used on an Ebola patient unless it was sterilized first. Couriers would not drive the patients’ blood samples a few blocks away for testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And pizza places would not deliver to staff members in any part of the hospital.
“It doesn’t matter how much you plan,” Dr. Bruce Ribner, an infectious disease specialist who directed the patients’ care, said in an interview. “You’re going to be wrong half the time.”
Emory solved its problems, but the challenges it faced could overwhelm a hospital with fewer resources. At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, mistakes in treating a patient from Liberia — a delay in diagnosing the disease, and its spread to a health worker who had apparently taken all precautions — have raised questions about the general level of preparedness in hospitals around the country. Medical experts have begun to suggest that it might be better to transfer patients to designated centers with special expertise in treating Ebola.
Federal health officials are also beginning to consider that idea, though they emphasize that every hospital has to be able to diagnose the disease.
During a news conference this month, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said: “Essentially, any hospital in the country can safely take care of Ebola. You need a private room with a private bathroom, and rigorous, meticulous training and materials to make sure that care is done safely so caregivers aren’t at risk.”
But on Sunday, after it was confirmed that a nurse in Dallas had been infected with Ebola, Dr. Frieden said his agency would consider whether patients should be transferred to specialty centers.
“We’re looking at different options for what will be the safest way to care for patients,” he said in an interview on Monday. But he declined to explain what those options were.
There are four biocontainment units around the country that have been equipped to isolate patients with dangerous infectious diseases: at Emory; the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.; Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha; and St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont. But other large hospitals around the country could also handle Ebola patients, Dr. Ribner said.
“I think the larger regional hospitals are where the care of these patients is going to have to be focused,” Dr. Ribner said, adding that there is a long tradition in medicine of transferring critically ill patients from smaller hospitals to larger ones better equipped to care for them.
source:-nytimes.com

6 die as Cyclone Hudhud uproots trees and light poles in India


New Delhi (CNN) -- Six people have died in Cyclone Hudhud on Sunday, Indian authorities said. The storm, which made landfall on India's eastern coast, has also uprooted trees and utility poles.
When the storm blew ashore, the coast was nearly emptied out. More than 200,000 people were evacuated a day before, officials said.
India's science and technology minister, Jitendra Singh, described the cyclone as "very severe."
Hudhud's sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour (127 miles per hour) made it a category 3 storm at landfall, CNN meteorologist Derrick Van Dam. Gusts rose to 250 kmh (155 mph).
The storm rode in at high tide, which could result in surge as high as 2 meters (7 feet).
At least 100,000 residents from four districts of the state of Andhra Pradesh were moved to safer locations, such as schools and other structurally strong buildings, authorities said.
In neighboring Odisha state, another 100,000 people have also been evacuated, according to a senior emergency official.
The Indian military has mobilized its resources to areas vulnerable to Hudhud, defense officials said.
In New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed about the government's plans to prepare for and recover from the surging storm
National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday that the U.S. was closely monitoring the situation in North Korea, following a week of rumors regarding the status of Kim Jong Un as the country’s leader.
In an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, Rice was asked by Chuck Todd if she was convinced that Kim Jong Un was still the leader of his country.
“Obviously, we are watching very carefully what's happening in North Korea,” said Rice. “It's a country that we monitor with great attention.”
Rice did not rule out the possibility of Kim Jong Un being deposed, but said there was no concrete evidence regarding the North Korean leader.
“We have not seen any indications of a transfer of power at this point in North Korea that we view as definitive,” she said. “But we'll continue to watch it carefully.”
The 31-year old Kim has not been seen publicly since attending a concert on Sept. 3. He was absent from an event commemorating the anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s Workers’ Party. Various outlets have speculated his absence to be caused by everything from physical injury to illness to being removed from power.
amitabh bachchan also face bad days बेरोजगार अमिताभ बच्चन मांगने गए थे काम -


सुपरस्टार का सुनहरा दौर देखने के बाद अमिताभ बच्चन को वह वक़्त भी देखना पड़ा, जब उनके पास काम लगभग नहीं के बराबर रह गया था। एक वाक़ये को मैं ज़रूर साझा करूंगा. यह बात 1999 की है जब वह 'मोहब्बतें' में काम कर रहे थे।



ऐसा कहा जाता है कि अमिताभ ख़ुद परेशान होकर यश चोपड़ा के पास काम मांगने गए थे। हालाँकि मुझे पता नहीं है कि इस बात में कितनी सच्चाई है, लेकिन इन अफवाहों को वो लोग हवा दे रहे थे जो आज फिर उनके अच्छे दोस्त समझे जाते हैं।
Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon: Drowning in Deals, Paralysed by Choice | NDTV Gadgets

The idea of discounts and sales for Diwali is an old one - the phrase Diwali Dhamaaka Season Offer is as old as time itself or possibly even older since it used to be heard on Doordarshan. This year - possibly as a result of major investments for Flipkart and Amazon - we're seeing a huge number of deals and more buzz than ever.



And it's all just too much. If you're old enough to have been young enough when Baskin Robbins coming to India was a big deal, then you might remember the feeling from the first time you visited the store. If you asked us to choose between Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate, my answer was simple - give me a scoop of each and we'll call it a Neapolitan. With 31 flavours, Baskin Robbins blew our pre-teen mind.



There was no way to layer that many flavours together and that means choosing. But how can you honestly compare Cotton Candy, Mint, and Belgian Chocolate? It's like they're from three different, delicious planets.





There is too much on offer! If you're smart then you'll have worked out what you wanted to buy well in advance. You would have prepared a checklist, stored your card details online, bought gift cards or taken one of a dozen different steps to ensure a smooth sale. Some people are even distributing Excel sheets to help you track the best deals!



(Also see: Flipkart's Big Billion Day Sale: What's on Offer)

If you're not the kind who keeps a tab with Twitter open just to track deals then all these money-saving strategies have probably passed you by, and by the time you make up your mind to actually take advantage of these great deals, everything is sold out. You're the kid who starts crying because he can't decide what to have at Baskin Robbins.



As problems go this is actually one of the better ones to have. The worst thing that can possibly happen is that you get a great deal on a product you wanted, only to realise that the next website over has the same thing for 10 percent less. If that is the worst thing that happens to you then you are leading a pretty good life.



(Also see: Flipkart Big Billion Day Sales Top Rs. 600 Crores in 10 Hours)



Sure, that Rs. 24,999 iPhone 5s (which probably had exactly one unit sold judging by how quickly it got sold out!) on Snapdeal sounds amazing if you were lazy enough to miss all the Amazon sales. Flipkart is probably going to sell it at around the same price at some point today so pay attention next time and you might just have it. Meanwhile, people who're not getting deals are getting pretty angry.





Without the deal though, you probably wouldn't have bought anything at all. That's good for your wallet, but not the economy apparently. At least, that's what the experts tell us. You've got to keep money in circulation. The only problem is that our money seems to circulate itself into the experts' pockets. Still they must know what they're talking about - they're the experts.



(Also see: Snapdeal Says Monday Saw Sales of Over Rs. 1 Crore a Minute)



And that is why we have spent an absurd amount of real money, to buy virtual money, to get a 10 percent discount, on future purchases. Let that sink in for a second. Real money is forever depreciating but Gift Cards last for one year before forever... disappearing. If the product you wanted gets sold out, then you'd better find something else to buy with all that money!



We're taking our baby steps into becoming more consumerist than the US of A with Flipkart giving us our own Cyber Monday. Amazon started its Mars-deals on Friday so let's just call that Black Friday for symmetry, although all the three big e-commerce players in India are carpet-bombing the media to make sure that no buyer gets left behind.



(Also see: Flipkart Big Billion Day Sale Riddled With Problems)



Purely based on anecdotal evidence from a very small social circle, Amazon seems to have more of the geeky audience, while Flipkart seems to have a wider audience. Everyone seems to shop on Snapdeal, without really wanting to admit it. If the sites were TV shows, Amazon would be Community, while Flipkart would be The Big Bang Theory, and Snapdeal would be Two and a Half Men.



And if you're sick of watching ten minutes of the same ad from Flipkart, followed by a quick ad by Amazon which points out that a week is bigger than a day (referencing Amazon's 10th-16th Diwali sale) then you're not alone. You can't avoid this by turning off your television, because wherever you look, Snapdeal has a big ad waiting. If you're reading this on our website without ad blockers installed, you would've also seen a 'gentle' reminder from our friends at Flipkart that the Big Billion Day Sale is on - just in case you missed all other reminders that have been everywhere.



Unfortunately everyone on Twitter and many people on Facebook seem to be infected by this deal mania, and perhaps the best thing to do right now is to unplug for the day. Right after you buy that phone you always wanted, of course.