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Disha Patani is celebrating her 28th birthday today and the actor, who is known for her killer dance moves, started her journey in the entertainment business with ad commercials. Disha came into the limelight with MS Dhoni: The Untold Story but even before she made her debut in the movies, she had started to gather a large fan base with her social media presence. One of her early advertisements for a beverage brand had the audience talking about her.
Her Dairy Milk ad commercial with Kalidas Jayaram made her an instant favourite of the masses. At this time, Disha was winning hearts with her dance videos on social media and her pleasing personality in TVCs seemed to promise that she would have a bright future at the movies.
Her presence in this ad for a smartphone was proof that she could carry off the stylish clothes and had enough charism for the big screen.
Everytime there’s a new OnePlus phone in town, the hype train chugs along at warp speed. With the Nord CE, OnePlus is trying to appeal to the masses with a package that is aimed at young users; or so that its marketing materials may want you to believe! The Nord CE is a highly watered-down version of the original Nord that many people still adore. The price is still in the same vicinity as the OG Nord. Also Read – Xiaomi is hiding the front camera on its next Mi flagship smartphone
Design is a subjective matter, and I will leave you to your sense of judgement. The OnePlus Nord CE is a hurrah to the designs of yesteryears with a pill-shaped rear camera hump and a minimal design. It looks simple and despite the plastic unibody construction, OnePlus seems to have got most of it right. The 3.5mm headphone jack is present but the signature OnePlus Alert Slider is gone. The display has narrow bezels and just a single cutout for the front camera.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is flamboyant in comparison. There’s heft to its build, thanks to a glass rear body and chunky camera bits hanging out like an expensive phone. The glass allows for either smudge-free matte finishes or a reflective glossy finish. The chrome inserts add to the character of this phone. The display has narrow bezels and a small cutout for the front camera.
Both phones have AMOLED displays but it is the Redmi that has a bigger 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and peak brightness of 1200 nits. The OnePlus Nord CE gets a smaller 6.4-inch display with only 90Hz refresh rate. That said, the Nord CE has an in-display fingerprint sensor while the Redmi gets a power key-mounted unit.
Specifications at a glance
By virtue of its pricing, the OnePlus Nord CE is the more powerful of two phones here but only by a small margin. The Snapdragon 750G on the Nord CE can leave the Snapdragon 732G of the Redmi in the dust on benchmarks. However, real-world performance doesn’t differentiate much between these two. Mobile gamers could barely see the differences between these chips. We have seen Snapdragon 750G-equipped phones not putting up much of a difference in gaming performance over a Snapdragon 732G-equipped phone.
The main difference is 5G support: the 750G gets it whereas the 732G lacks it. That said, OnePlus only offers support for a single N78 5G band on the Nord CE. With 5G yet to come to India, users will have to hope that the N78 band is supported. Cheaper 5G phones like the Realme 8 5G and Oppo A74 5G support more 5G bands.
Another difference between these two is software. The Nord CE gets OnePlus’ OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11: an experience revered by critics and fans alike. The clean nature of the OS with minimum visual drama and tasteful customization options do appeal to many but OnePlus has started putting up more of its first-party apps these days.
Plus, the update situation is no more the same as it used to be with OnePlus devices of the past. The Redmi gets Xiaomi’s MIUI 12.5 with Android 11, offering umpteen number of customization options and lots of visual flair. Whether you like it or not is up to you but MIUI surely is a feature-rich experience that can be tailored to anyone’s need.
The Redmi has an advantage with its stereo speaker setup, something which the Nord CE 5G lacks. Both have headphone jacks and both have USB-C ports for data transfers and charging.
The Nord CE has a 4500mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging; OnePlus claims a 0-70 percent journey in 30 minutes. While it’s battery life is subject to testing, the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max had impressed us with its near-2 days of battery life. The 5020mAh battery can conserve its power efficiently with the help of a smart MIUI. The 33W fast charger takes around an hour to do a full recharge as well.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max hasn’t left our attention since its launch for its impressive camera performance. The 108-megapixel camera can do wonders in good lighting whereas the 5-megapixel macro camera makes itself more useful than ever. The 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera is decent and the depth camera does a good job along with algorithms to come up with good-looking portrait photos.
The Nord CE 5G falls short on paper only. It has a 64-megapixel main camera sensor along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a monochrome third camera. We are yet to test this out but the setup doesn’t appear as versatile as the Redmi. If the past is anything to indicate with the Nord’s cameras, this could come across as inadequate. Keep an eye for our camera review of the Nord CE 5G here.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max starts at Rs 18,999 for the base version with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. OnePlus sells the Nord CE 5G base version at a price of Rs 22,999 with the same 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. In fact, for Rs 2,000 less than the price of a base Nord CE, you can get the top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage
If we are to compare the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max and the OnePlus Nord CE 5G spec-to-spec, there’s a clear advantage to the Redmi for now. The Nord CE has 5G and a technically superior Snapdragon 750G chip but there’s no 5G in India yet. Moreover, the Redmi, despite being cheaper, offers a more versatile camera setup, a better display, a better build, a larger battery, and faster charging. The higher pricing of the Nord CE adds a cherry on the Redmi’s cake.
Hence, if you are interested in getting the OnePlus Nord CE, think again and figure out a question: do you really need 5G and the OnePlus branding? Additionally, keep an eye here for our full review of the Nord CE 5G soon.
The sighting of two leopards in Nerhe-Kasarsai villages, situated seven to eight kilometers from Hinjewadi, has led to panic in the area.
A few people claimed that they saw the leopards on the road towards Sant Tukaram Sugar Factory, passing through Nerhe, a few days back. A purported video of these leopards had also surfaced on social media, adding to the panic among villagers.
A villager, Hanumant Paigude, said the leopards had killed a few of his hens and roosters. Another villager claimed to have seen a leopard near a sugarcane farm in Nerhe.
A team of forest department visited the Nerhe-Kasarsai area and raised awareness among villagers to avert run-ins with the animals.
PV Kapse, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Paud, said, “There are leopards in the Nerhe– Kasarsai area. This region is a habitat for the leopards. (But) So far, there has been no incident of the leopards attacking any human being in these areas. Our teams are moving around to create awareness among the local residents about the precautions to be taken to avoid any conflict with the leopards.”
Locals, meanwhile, demanded that forest department install a cage in the area to capture the leopards.
What is a better and safer way to shop in the aftermath of COVID-19 your favourite smartphone? Samsung thinks it has ways to avoid crowding at its Samsung Exclusive Stores by letting customers make an appointment. Yes, similar to how you make appointments at the dentist, Samsung will now let you make one at its nearest stores in order to make for safe shopping experiences. Also Read – Galaxy S21 FE flaunts itself again on benchmark, reveals RAM for high-end Samsung model
Samsung has initiated its “We Care for You” program in India to allow for safe shopping experiences with consumers. As part of the program, the company has introduced an appointment system for its stores. Additionally, customers can do the same using WhatsApp. There are extra reward points as well as offers for student buyers. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy M32 leaked specs make it look slightly better than Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung changes shopping post COVID-19
Appointment Shopping Service: Interested consumers can book an online appointment to shop at their nearest Samsung Exclusive Stores via “Shop by Appointment’ portal. The customer can visit the store as per the appointment slot for one-on-one interaction an executive. Also Read – Amazon School from Home store live in India: What’s new
Samsung says that consumers can book appointment services at Samsung Smart Cafe via WhatsApp. You will need to send ‘Book’ on the number 9870494949 on WhatsApp, following which there are a few steps to get an appointment. This can also be used to avail Home Delivery and Home Demo service.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Home Delivery and Home Demo: Consumers can experience and purchase Samsung devices from their homes by booking home delivery or home demo on the “Experience Samsung at Home” portal. Samsung says that all safety guidelines are followed in-home visits and transactions are made digitally
E-Invoice on WhatsApp: Consumers can receive their invoices on WhatsApp to avoid contact for safety.
Consumers will get special reward points if they were previously Samsung customers and booked services via WhatsApp. The eligible devices include the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20 FE 5G among others. Students can also avail special discounts on Galaxy Tabs, Galaxy Smartwatches and Galaxy Buds.
Samsung also has a referral program that rewards customers with Smart Club benefits up to Rs 7,500 by referring their friends and family to purchase select Galaxy smartphones from Samsung Exclusive Stores. Both the consumer and the friend will get reward points on the purchase of eligible devices like Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20 FE 5G among others.
“Kalla Reh Jayenga,” featuring Bigg Boss 14’s Nikki Tamboli, is out. The song by Jass Zaildar is a soulful track picturised on Jass and Nikki, who play lovers here. The video is a treat for Nikki’s fans as they see her in her bubbly avatar, which made her popular among the audiences during her stint in the Bigg Boss house.
Written by Maninder Kailey, the song released under the label of LYFTYM Studios. Sharing the song on Instagram, Nikki wrote, “Finally the much awaited music video and a song that is about pure love #KallaRehJayenga is out now.”
As soon as she shared the track, her fans dropped heartfelt comments. “Keep going, we are proud of you,” wrote one of her followers while another praised the song calling it a “heart touching” number. Nikki’s best friend and Bigg Boss co-contestants Rubina Dilaik and Abhinav Shukla shared the song on their respective social media handles.
“Kalla Reh Jayenga” marks Nikki’s second track after “Birthday Pawri” in which she featured alongside Arradhya Maan. She will also feature in Tony Kakkar’s next titled “Number Likh.”
Recently, Nikki shared Sidhu Moose Wala’s latest track that featured her voice. In the audio clip, Nikki is heard admitting her fandom for Sidhu Moose Wala. Sharing the clip, Nikki wrote, “Omg Omg! Waking up to this ! This feels like heaven, this is the best feeling ever. Can’t describe what I’m feeling at the moment. I have said this during my stay in #BiggBoss14 and I just can’t believe @sidhu_moosewala gave me such a beautiful gift. I’ll treasure this all my life. Thank youu so so much Sidhu for making my day! Looking forward to see you super soon.”
At present, Nikki Tamboli is busy shooting for her upcoming reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi season 11. The Rohit Shetty hosted show will also see Abhinav Shukla, Rahul Vaidya, Vishal Aditya Singh and others as contestants.
People addicted to the everyday ritual, including me, would agree that once you start making Snapchat streaks, there’s no going back. You are most likely to create one with many people every day, maybe, every hour. But what if this fun ride ends? What if you wake up one day to find broken Snapchat streaks? Scary thought, right? Here’s some good news: you can get the lost Snapstreaks back. If you are keen to know, keep on reading. Also Read – Snap brings Story Studio standalone video editing app but only for some users
Before we get down to business, here’s how you can start making Snapchat streaks if you are new to the concept. You can do this by sending people photos and videos that will vanish once viewed. A continuous process of exchange of direct photos and videos for three consecutive days will help start the Snapstreak.
You will get to know that a streak has started once you start seeing a fire emoji next to the person’s name, along with the number of days it has been going on. As you proceed and depending upon Snapchat’s benchmarks, the emoji will change. This will indicate the progress you are making and is a way of rewarding you to keep making streaks.
You must also know what doesn’t count as a Snapstreak. Sending stickers, emojis, text messages, media from your gallery, and Spectacles’ content won’t help you create one.
How to restore lost Snapchat streaks?
Whether it’s an accident or an unfortunate turn of events, there could be times the streaks can break. This is what you need to do in such cases:
Step 1: Open the Snapchat app on your Android or iOS device.
Step 2: Tap on your Bitmoji and then select the Settings option present in the top right corner.
Step 3: Scroll down a bit to access the Support section. This can also be accessed by visiting the Snapchat Support website.
Step 4: Now, select the I Need Help option.
Step 5: There, you will come across multiple options to help you select the problem you’re facing. You need to select the Contact Us option for this situation.
Step 6: Go for the ‘My Snapstreaks disappeared’ option.
Step 7: This will now bring forward a form that you would need to fill to help Snapchat help you. The questions include your name, email, phone number, device, the friend’s name with whom the streak got lost, and a few more questions.
Step 8: Fill the form up, enter the provided CAPTCHA, and hit Send.
A few things to keep in mind: (a) Try answering the questions accurately, (b) You can put an estimated number and can even make a reason for why you lost the streak, and (c) Do not make it a habit of following this process whenever a streak is broken as Snapchat is most likely to turn you down after two attempts.
Therefore, try sending snaps to people to maintain your streaks on Snapchat for as long as possible. And, you don’t need to get all dressed for that; a snap of your TV with some filters and stickers will also work!
Nearly a week after cartoonist Manjul and retired Indian Administrative Service officer Surya Pratap Singh were sent notices by Twitter, informing them that law enforcement agencies in India had sought action against their accounts, another such mail has also been sent to fact checking platform Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair.
Mails sent to Manjul, Singh and Zubair do not mention the details of the law enforcement agency that had raised the legal request asking Twitter to take action against the said account.
Industry sources, however, said that all such requests made to Twitter are always routed through the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). Ministry officials denied any involvement in notices sent either to Manjul, Singh or Zubair.
Sources at the Ministry, however, did confirm that it was on the request of the Ministry of Home Affairs that IT Ministry had written to Twitter asking it to block the account of Indo-Canadian pop singer Jaswinder Singh Bains or JazzyB under section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. “This handle was being used to post inflammatory posts provoking communal sentiments by glorifying Sikh militancy in Punjab and pro-Khalistan feelings on the anniversary of Operation Blue Star,” a source at the Ministry told The Indian Express.
Twitter did not respond to mails seeking to know which law enforcement agency had sought action against Manjul’s account, while IT Ministry also did not respond to an emailed questionnaire seeking to know which law enforcement agency had sought their help in escalating the complaint.
As per its policy, Twitter, through an email, notifies users “of the existence of a legal request” pertaining to a particular account, unless it is prohibited from doing the same, or the request raised by the law enforcement agency falls into one of the exceptions to our user notice policy such as emergencies regarding imminent threat to life, child sexual exploitation, and terrorism.
When the platform receives such a request, an agent at Twitter reviews the legal request to determine whether it meets relevant statutory requirements. If the said request raised meets “all relevant statutory requirements”, the agent reviews the said account or tweet to determine whether the request seeks to “restrict or chill freedom of expression” or raises any other concerns related to the platform’s policies.
“The problem with the current system is that even the smallest unit of law enforcement, which could be a constable in any police station across India, can raise a complaint through the legal request submission site of Twitter and the platform has to acknowledge it,” a privacy expert who has worked closely with the government said.
While it was the first time that Manjul had received such a notice from Twitter, Zubair said he had over the last year received 10-12 such notices. “Most of the Twitter notices I have been getting are about removing the tweet based on some complaint. Only one notice I received in April was about my account overall. The request raised could be from any of the state police,” he said.
Tecno Spark 7T is priced at Rs 8,999 for the sole 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant. As a launch offer, the device will be made available at Rs 7,999 for the first day of sale. It will be made available starting June 15 via Amazon and will be offered in three colour options: Magnet Black, Jewel Blue and Nebula Orange. Also Read – Tecno Pova 2 with 7,000mAh battery launched: Price, specs
The device runs Google‘s Android 11 operating system with the company’s own HiOS 7.6 on top. All of this is backed by a 6,000mAh battery, which the company claims can prove users with a standby time of upto 36 days and 41 hours of calling time.
For security, the device features a fingerprint sensor on the back and facial recognition via the front camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 4G, GPS, Bluetooth v5, OTG support and more.
Tecno Spark 7T features a dual camera setup on the back consisting of a 48-megapixel primary sensor. The company has not revealed the specifications of the secondary sensor. On the front, it features an 8-megapixel sensor for taking selfies.
For the first time since the Covid-induced lockdown in Bengaluru, the city’s civic body has released Rs 15 lakh to feed stray animals in the city.
The decision was taken after animal activists approached the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The BBMP, along with various organisations, will now feed nearly three lakh strays, which earlier depended on hotels, restaurants and marketplaces for food.
Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Dr Manjunath Shinde, Joint Director (Animal Husbandry) said, “Since the last two weeks, we have been feeding stray animals. Many dog feeders and animal rights activists, who were already doing a good job caring for the animals during the lockdown, had also approached us.”
“So, as a civic body, we also started feeding strays in all the eight zones of the city. Apart from feeding dogs, we have also kept a track of canines that need to be neutered and vaccinated for their overall health,” he added.
BBMP is now providing 250 grams of food to each dog which will cost the civic body approximately Rs 5.60 per canine. “We are providing rice, meat and eggs which are all cooked with the help of groups that have come forward to help the strays,” he said.
Apart from dogs, the Department of Animal Husbandry in Karnataka is feeding cows in Bengaluru. Cows are being fed in Kanakapura road, NICE Road, JP Nagar, Thalaghattapura and Konanakunte. Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Dr Lakshminarayana Swamy C, Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary services said, “Around 800 stray cows in the city are fed by the department with the help of a few organisations.”
OnePlus Nord CE 5G launched in India on Thursday at a tempting price of Rs 22,999. While it is good to see OnePlus get into the affordable space, but it’s surely going to face some tough competition in this segment. At Rs 22,999, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G already looks like a great option to consider with powerful processor, top-notch camera specs and a much bigger battery when compared to the original Nord. We will reserve our opinion on whether you should buy the Nord CE 5G or not for our full review. Also Read – Top phones under Rs 25,000 in June 2021: OnePlus Nord CE 5G, Mi 10i and more
For now, we will take a look at the 5 best alternatives to OnePlus Nord CE 5G in India right now. Note: This is just on the basis of specs comparison, the final verdict on whether you should buy the OnePlus Nord CE 5G or some other smartphone under Rs 25,000 or not is reserved for our full review that will be published in the days to come. Also Read – OnePlus Nord CE vs Samsung Galaxy M42: Which 5G phone to pick under Rs 25,000?
Xiaomi Mi 10i is one of the best alternatives to OnePlus Nord CE 5G smartphone. Launched not so long ago, the Mi 10i comes in three variants including 6GB RAM + 64GB RAM, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage at Rs 20,999, Rs 21,999 and Rs 23,999, respectively. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes in three variants 6GB RAM + 128GB storage for Rs 22,999, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage at Rs 24,999 and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage at Rs 27,999.
In terms of specs, the Mi 10i offers up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, 108MP quad rear camera, 16MP front camera, 120hz screen refresh rate, Snapdragon 750G SoC, 4820mAh battery and fast charging support. In comparison, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes packed with 6.43-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 750G SoC, up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, 4500mAh battery, 33W fast charging support, 64MP triple rear camera setup and much more.
OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G comes in two variants including 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM at Rs 21,999 and Rs 23,999, respectively. In comparison, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes in three variants 6GB RAM + 128GB storage for Rs 22,999, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage at Rs 24,999 and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage at Rs 27,999.
In terms of specs, Samsung Galaxy M42 5G comes with Snapdragon 750G processor, sAMOLED display, up to 8GB RAM, 6.6-inch display, 48MP quad rear camera setup, 5000mAh battery with 15W adaptive fast charging support and much more. In comparison, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes packed with 6.43-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 750G SoC, up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, 4500mAh battery, 33W fast charging support, 64MP triple rear camera setup and much more.
OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs iQOO z3 5G
iQOO z3 5G comes in three models including 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage at Rs 19,990, Rs 20,990 and Rs 22,990, respectively. In comparison, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes in three variants 6GB RAM + 128GB storage for Rs 22,999, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage at Rs 24,999 and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage at Rs 27,999.
iQOO z3 5G comes packed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G 5G chipset, 64MP AI triple camera system at the back, 120hz refresh rate, 4400mAh battery with fast charging support. In comparison, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes packed with 6.43-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 750G SoC, up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, 4500mAh battery, 33W fast charging support, 64MP triple rear camera setup and much more.
OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs Realme X3 Superzoom
Realme X3 Superzoom comes in three variants including 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 256GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage at Rs 21,999, Rs 23,999 and Rs 26,999. In comparison, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes in three variants 6GB RAM + 128GB storage for Rs 22,999, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage at Rs 24,999 and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage at Rs 27,999.
In terms of specifications, the Realme X3 SuperZoom comes packed with a 64MP quad rear camera system, 32MP dual front camera, Snapdragon 855+ SoC, up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, 120hz refresh rate, 4200mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. In comparison, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes packed with 6.43-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 750G SoC, up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, 4500mAh battery, 33W fast charging support, 64MP triple rear camera setup and much more.
OnePlus Nord CE 5G vs Vivo Y73
Vivo Y73 comes in one variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage at a price of Rs 20,990. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes in three variants 6GB RAM + 128GB storage for Rs 22,999, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage at Rs 24,999 and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage at Rs 27,999.
Vivo Y73 smartphone comes packed with a 6.44-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display, MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, 64MP triple rear camera system, 16MP front camera, 4000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support and more. In comparison, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes packed with 6.43-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 750G SoC, up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, 4500mAh battery, 33W fast charging support, 64MP triple rear camera setup and much more.