Opinion : iPhone X- The worst  iPhone ever made by Apple

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Apple has positioned the iPhone X as leading the next 10 years of its smartphone development. The tech people, that are the creators of this iPhone, are breaking a new ground for Apple. So it’s inevitable that creators have nailed upon every single aspect straight off the bat.

As we have already seen, the new iPhone X is bringing out the new features that its old model doesn’t have. The iPhone X certainly offers a lot of impressive features. But….you might want to hold off buying Apple’s latest release– iPhone X

Just wait until you read out the below mentioned hidden costs of owning a brand new iPhone X..!

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THE COST

First things first. Let’s look at the obvious TURN OFF when it comes to buying Apple’s newest device. The major reason most people won’t buy Apple- iPhone X is the price. The big $1,000 is a lot more of money, compared that to an equivalent android phone.

This is by far the most common problem that leads the iPhone users to cell their iPhone X. Unfortunately, all of the problems iPhone X has, is bearable on a phone as impressive as iPhone X, if only it didn’t cost over $1,000. At this price, iPhone X better be damn well ‘perfect’.  Moreover, you are paying a fair new $100 more, for the same kind of smartphone. And it’s only the starting price than $999– if you want more storage, you’ll have to pay more. If you want key accessories, you’ll have to pay more too.

Sadly, iPhone X has disappointed to give a worth functionality at this fancy high price. Engendering the users to sell their iPhone X and switch to a fully functional latest android model that are decently priced.

A lot more of customers will be willing to pay extra to have Apple’s shiny new gadget and many people don’t think of it’s as an upfront fee.

THE LOOK AND FEEL

When Apple first announced that its gonna be a glass front and back, and plus the stainless steel frame; it created a lot of excitement among the Apple fans imagining they will soon be hands-on with this premium release. The excitement soon turned into disappointment as the users unboxed their brand new iPhone X.

Surprisingly, the subject of disappointment is not the glass front and back, neither the weight- it’s decently weighted between 8 and 8+, what it is though is the ‘FRAME’. Instead of feeling like the stainless steel or metal, its feel merely like a glossy plastic thing. It’s representative of some cover that is usually coated with a stainless steel or any metal in order to make it last longer. The frame is most important of the overall design, the frame is what you gripping like 99% of the time, so it’s a very present feel, but unfortunately, it feels like some cheap plastic-nothing much than this. Not to mention the glass cover of front and back makes the iPhone X damn slippery is another down point for the users as it increases the chance of dropping the expensive piece.

The best thing about iPhones has always been the premium look they offer. The unique metal illuminate feel that feels so premium in our hand but this iPhone X is a big let-down when it comes to feeling and rich look.

It is contradictory to the standard Apple has maintained until its last release.

PERMANENCE

One of the greatest aspects of a good handset must be its fragility. But when it comes to iPhone X, it has again let its users down in this aspect. It is an extremely fragile of iPhones!

To prove its durability level, the company called ‘Square Trade’  had put iPhone X to its drop test and it scored a 90 out of 100.

90 sounds pretty good, but number 100 is the most fragile and 1 would be the safest. Hence, comparing this, 90 is a very bad score. A bad situation for iPhone X

The result after the test on basis of 1 DROP=6 FEET is:

  • OLED screen malfunction
  • Home swipe failure
  • Display separation
  • Edge scratches

The final quote of the Square Trade Company on the test result was:

iPhone X is the most breakable, highest-priced, most expensive to repair; iPhone X.” 

OPTIMIZATION

This is by far the most widespread problem; apps are just not optimised with the iPhone X screen yet, and it just makes sense because iPhone X came out when Bell Press haven’t had enough time yet.

The lack of optimization can get really annoying when you go from app-to-app and each one has its own little thing that offs right because of the iPhone X screen over time it.

Compounding becomes a kind of big issue.Not all of the apps fit the size of the new edged iPhone X screen. It cuts the top or bottom in lot tons of the apps. For instance, Instagram definitely so close that it touches the latch above.

Another example of lack of optimisation is when we play videos in iPhone X; videos are playing at the center of the phone with black bars on the top and bottom, because of the weird aspect ratio.

Yet another instance denoting poor compounding is; iMessage has a huge gap down that really isn’t used for anything.

And when you use the phone normally, when you open apps and other things you will find some little things that don’t really work with the display and it just turns off the whole experience!

Not to mention, these things get better with time. These are similar things that happened with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus, it just takes the bell press, an over a little bit of time to adapt to the new hardware. BUT, there are phones out there that we can buy with considerably less money that has fully fledge functional apps and ecosystem that doesn’t have to go through these loops to deal with eventually functional iPhone X.

You bought such an expensive phone to have the full screen and it’s just cutting out the size of apps. So, what’s the point of the full screen, when we aren’t able to enjoy the apps to its fullest?

NOT ENOUGH STORAGE

When zooming onto the specific features that iPhone X offers, we are going to find some features are a bit lacking.

Like, the storage space or capacity every entry-level model offers. The over $1,000 iPhone X offers just 64GB of storage. You will have to pay $1,149 for the 256GB version, that to considering before any TAX.

Comparing the iPhone X with an Apple laptop, that costs pretty much the same, the MacBook AIR. For exactly the same price tag of $999, you will get double the storage capacity of a MacBook AIR. And it’s merely equivalent to 128GB on the laptop, versus 64GB on the POCKET device.

It’s insane. Right?

In today’s generation of apps, videos, photos, social media accounts brewing; most of us need a way far more than 64GB of storage on our so-called smartphones.

This isn’t enough; wait…..there’s another issue here, Apple have definitely gone too far the other way with 256GB model. Most users have no need for such a hefty amount of storage block. And above this, the hefty storage comes at a whopping cost of $150 more for the storage privilege. It would have made much more sense for Apple to offer a 128GB iPhone X. Isn’t it?

Obviously, as users, our answer is a resounding YES!

The fact is, a ton of iPhone X’s so-called most impressive features aren’t actually so impressive when it comes to comparing with the latest Android handsets. Most of the android phones are ahead in the game, whereas Apple is lagging them. And the android phones have already been using these kinds of new technology for insanely a couple of years, if not longer, and yet they are super cheaper than iPhone X.

Author – Sarita Bantallu

Modi Script: The oldest surviving Cursive Script

Modi and Balbodh (Devanagari) are the two scripts used to write the Marathi language. Among these two Modi scripts is the oldest and was prevalent until 20th century. It is a cursive script and designed for minimizing the lifting of pen from paper while writing.

There are many theories about the origin of Modi script and one of them is 13th century administration of Yadva Dynasty. From the 13th century to until 20th century Modi script was widely used.

Hemadri Pandit was the prime minister (1259 to 1274 C.E) in the empire of Seuna Yadav Dynasty of Devagiri. He is credited with inventing the Modi script for use in administrative work. Another theory suggests that Hemadri Pandit brought the Modi script from Sri Lanka to India and started its use in administration. The use of Modi has decreased since the independence of India, now the Balbodh style of Devanagari is the primary script used to write Marathi.

The shapes of some consonants, vowels, and vowel signs are similar to Balbodh script (ex. भ, घ, त,क्ष) Modi script differs considerably from Balbodh in terms of letterforms, rendering behaviors, and orthography. One characteristic feature of Modi script is its cursive nature. There are few fonts available for typing in Modi Script. Most documents in Modi script are handwritten and oldest of them are preserved at Bharat Itihas Sanshodhan Mandal (BISM) Pune.

In recent days local government bodies in Maharashtra had some difficulty in interpretation of old land records in Modi language. In British India, the printing machines were developed in large scale. The typesetting for Modi script was difficult so the printing in Devnagri script was done on a large scale which was easy for typesetting. Because of this printing revolution, the use of Modi script was discouraged and gradually it became out of use. During the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Modi script was used mainly for commercial documents.

The largest numbers of old documents in Modi script are at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. Maharashtra government has assigned the task of developing the Modi script to C-DAC. The monthly Pune-based newspaper Vasundhara Vrutta is the only newspaper published in Modi script.

These 7 Common Superstitions in India that will make you Believe them with logical scientific explanation

Since ages Indians are known for their wisdom and knowledge. The ancient Indians had knowledge of astrology, weather, Ayurveda. Many Indians, especially in village areas, believe different things which might look like superstition but have a scientific reason behind it. Below is list of such common beliefs,

  1. Hanging lemon and green chilies in Shops:

Superstition: The lemon and green chilies oven in the cotton thread is hung on the shop door to cast away evil eye of people or to keep away the evil spirits.

Scientific Explanation: The cotton thread in which lemon and green chilies are oven absorbs the fresh juice of the lemon and chilies. This juice acts as a natural pesticide and keeps away the flies and insects protecting the shop owner and customers from viral diseases.

  1. Braking Mirror:

Superstition: Using a broke mirror brings a bad luck.

  1. Scientific Explanation: The mirror is a delicate object and was used to be costly in olden days. So to protect it from breaking and encourage people to handle it carefully the use of broken mirror was not advised. Besides, there might be a psychological reason that using a broken object would give you the poor feeling.
  2. Cutting Nails and Shaving after Sunset:

Superstition: Cutting nails and shaving after sunset is believed to have attracted the evil spirits.

Scientific Explanation: Cutting nails or shaving requires sharp blades to be used with precision and it also requires light. To avoid getting hurt in absence of light the people were discouraged to cut nails after sunset.

  1. Do not sleep with your head facing North:

Superstition: if one sleeps with keeping the head in the north it is believed that it will invite death to that person or a misfortune in the person’s life.

Scientific Explanation: the ancient Indians were very much advanced in the field of astrology and magnetism. The Earth’s magnetic field would cause the increased blood flow towards head if one keeps the head in north direction while sleeping. This might cause the person to get agitated or if the person keeps the same habit for long period, it might cause brain stroke also. To avoid these health complications in India people are advised to not to sleep with their head facing North.

  1. Do not sleep under peepal tree at night

Superstition: It is believed that after sunset evil spirits roam around peepal tree and they might possess the person sleeping under it.

Scientific Explanation: The peepal tree releases co2 after sunset. If the person is sleeping under peepal tree after sunset then he might get breathing problem. To avoid this person was advertised to not to sleep under a peepal tree in the night.

  1. Lizard Falling On Human Is Bad Luck:

Superstition: In Indian society, people believe that if a lizard falls on a human then it might bring bad luck to him and the person is advised to drink cow urine to cast away the effect.

Scientific Explanation: The scientific reason behind the belief is that the lizard releases poisonous chemicals from its body to protect itself from predators. The cow urine has many medical properties and can act as an antibiotic.

  1. Do Not sweep the house after Sunset:

Superstition:  If you sweep your house after sunset it will be disrespect to Goddess Lakshmi and hence inviting poverty.

  • Scientific Explanation: In olden days there was no electricity and people were dependent on dim light of oil lamp. If a person sweeps the house after sunset then it might be possible that small gold ornaments might get swept out of the house while sweeping. To avoid these people were advised not to sweep the house after Sunset.

What we understand from above scientific explanations is that our ancestors were highly learned and wise people who cared for the people. They set up some rules to protect the general public who were not that much educated to understand the scientific reasons.

Understanding the history of Marathi Language

The Marathi language is predominantly spoken in Maharashtra (India) and neighboring areas. It is the 19th most spoken language in the world and 4th most spoken language in India. Marathi was the court language of Seuna dynasty kings of Devgiri in Maharashtra. Many religious texts have been written in Marathi, primarily to convey the religious knowledge to common people.

Most of the literature of Varkari Sampraday is in Marathi. In medieval period saint Dyaneshwar, saint Eknath has composed religious texts in Marathi. The treaties composed in Marathi on Bhagwad Gita saint Dyaneshwar is known as Dyaneshwari. Saint Tukaram also wrote many Abhang in the Marathi language.

With the rise of Maratha Empire, the importance of Marathi increased. Under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the use of Marathi was encouraged in administration rather than the Persian language.

In the colonial period, the Christian missionaries translated Bible in Marathi. These translations are done by William Carey, the American Marathi mission, and the Scottish missionaries. the first Marathi newspaper Durban was started by Balshastri Jambhekar in 1832. The Marathi poet Keshavasut published his first poem in the year 1885. After Indian independence Marathi was accorded the status of a scheduled language on the national level. A novel Yayati by Kandekar is one of the most works done in Marathi in the 20th century. Vijay Tendulkar, P.L.Deshpande, P.K.  Atre & Prabodhankar Thackeray were the notable Marathi writers of the 20th century.

Jihadi Boli, Southern Indian Marathi, Varhadiare are few of the Dialects of Marathi language.

Marathi is written in different scripts such as Devanagari, Balbodh, and Modi script. The reference of Devnagri script is found on the 11th-century inscriptions on stone and copper plates. Most of the records from the medieval period and until 1950 are in Modi Script. Even today also we see some official records are in Modi script which requires the language expert to read it.

Marathi phonology and grammar is similar to other Indo-Aryan languages.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar the noted freedom fighter had coined Marathi words for words from the English language. Marathi borrows a lot of its vocabulary from Sanskrit. Marathi Language Day is celebrated on February 27. There are many organizations for the regulation, promotion, and enrichment of the Marathi language.

Top 6 haunted places near Pune

Every city has some taboo places with haunting stories about them. In Pune also there are many places where one would not dare to enter after sunset. Below is the list of top 6 haunted places in Pune,

  1. The Shaniwarwada Fort:

Shaniwarwada was the seat of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire. This fort in Pune is said to have haunted by the spirit of Peshwa Narayanrao. The story of the assassination of Peshwa Narayanrao is that his uncle Raghunathrao asked the Gardis to capture Narayanrao but the message was changed by Raghunathraos wife and the Gardis assassinated Narayanrao. At the last moment of his life, he was said to have run towards the uncle’s residence shouting ‘Kaka Mala Wachwa’ meaning ‘uncle save me’. Some people have reported of hearing the cries of Narayanrao Shaniwarwada.

  1. Sinhgad College of Engineering:

Pune is the hub of engineering education and one of the college Sinhgad College of Engineering has a reputation for being strict towards the academic activities. In the past students from this college have committed suicide because of the pressure of study. The spirit of one such student is said to have to roam the Lonavala campus of the institute. The students of the college avoid going alone outside after sunset.

  1. Choice hostel Karve road:

It is one of the best accommodations available in Pune for students but it has on drawback it is haunted!. The students have reported of seeing a lady in red saree roaming the hostel premises though she hasn’t harmed anyone to date.

  1. Chandan Nagar:

A little girl in a white frock and a doll in her hand is cute but not when she is roaming the streets in the midnight. The residents of Chandan Nagar have seen a girl roaming in the night, she is said to have died during the construction of on building.

  1. The Mansion on Residency Club Road:

This mansion is said to have been haunted by a spirit of an old lady who was murdered in this mansion. People have reported of seeing a shadow of an old lady in the window asking for help.

6.      The Haunted House on MG Road:

The house on MG road is abandoned by its owners. It is said that a young girl is killed there and her spirit is roaming the bungalow. People have reported of hearing the cries of a girl and sound of banging of doors and windows.

In the end, it is up to an individual whether he/ she wants to believe in stories or not. But why take chances …. because someone might be watching you…..

Happy Cinco De Mayo Pictures

Happy Cinco De Mayo Pictures

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish) meaning Fifth of May is an annual celebration held on May 5 to commemorate the Mexican Army’s Victory at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.

In 1861 Mexican President Benito Juarez was forced to default on debt payments to European governments because of the bad financial situation of the country. France, Britain, and Spain sent their army’s to Mexico with an intention to carve out an empire out of Mexico.

However, Britain and Spain withdrew their forces after negotiation. France, on the other hand, invaded Mexico. The French army of 6000 troops attacked Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. They were to fight the 4000 patriotic soldiers of Mexico sent by Juarez.

The battle was won by Mexicans and it boosted the morale of Mexicans in their fight against the French. The parade with traditional Mexican dress and dance performances is carried out in many cities.  The celebrations are done mainly in Mexico and USA. In the USA the Mexican Americans celebrate the 5th of May as a commemoration of the Mexican culture and heritage. Whereas in Mexico especially in City of Puebla the celebrations are for the Mexican Army’s Victory at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.

 

 

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Top 8 Archaeological wonders of Ancient India

Indian culture is one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world with its rich archaeological heritage. There are numerous religious archeological sites which constructed in past two thousand years and some are even older than that. Below is the list of top 8 archaeological wonders of Ancient India.

  1. Ajanta Caves

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 These caves are situated at a distance of 107 Km from Aurangabad (Maharashtra, India). In the modern era, these caves have been first spotted by an army officer in the Madras Regiment of the British Army in 1819 during one of his hunting expeditions. The caves were excavated in a horseshoe shape in different periods (from 2nd century B.C. to 6th century A.D.). The caves were used for Buddhist monk’s religious purpose. These caves are known all over the world for its religious paintings and murals which are in good condition even today.

 2.     Mahabalipuram

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Mahabalipuram is the group of Hindu religious monuments situated in coastal areas of Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu, India). The name Mahabalipuram has its origin with demon king Mahabali killed by one of the Avatars of Lord Vishnu. It is also known by another name Mamallapuram, the title used by the king of Pallava Narashima Varman (AD 630-68)who has got the title of Mamalla; the great wrestler. There are nine monolithic temples, cave temples and famous among them are known after the five Pandavas of Mahabharata.

 3.     Konarak – Sun Temple

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Built in the 13th century, it consists of the gigantic Solar chariot, Mayadevi Temple, Vaishnava Temple and numerous small shrines. It is situated in Puri district (Odisha, India). The temple was desecrated by Mughal king Jahangir in the 17th century.

4. Hampi

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It is situated on the southern bank of river Tungabhadra (Karnataka, India). This monument of Vijayanagara Empire was built between AD 1336-1570, from the times of Harihara-I to Sadasiva Raya. Many foreign travelers have written glorious descriptions of Vijayanagara Empire in their travel accounts.

Temples of this city are known for their large dimensions, bold and delicate carvings, traditional depictions which include subjects from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The monolithic statues of Lakshmi, Narasimha and Ganesa are noted for their massiveness and grace.

 5.     Rani ki Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell)

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 Rani ki Vav is an intricately constructed stepwell, built as a memorial to an 11th century AD king Bhimdev I by his widowed queen Udayamati.  It was added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on 22 June 2014. It is situated in Patan (Gujrat, India). There are many Hindu religious sculptures. The steps begin at ground level and reach deep well below. There is also a 30 Km tunnel below the last step of the well which leads to the town of Sidhpur near Patan.

6.     Sanchi

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The construction of Stupa at Sanchi was started by emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE. There are numerous Stupas within few miles of Sanchi. Emperor Ashoka ordered the construction of many stupas around the country where mortal remains of Lord Buddha were to be kept. Since the fourteenth century, Sanchi remained deserted and uncared for till 1818 when General Taylor rediscovered the site.

7.     Dholavira

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 Dholavira is an archaeological site at Khadirbet in Kutch District (Gujarat, India). The name Dholavira was given in the name of a modern day village 1 kilometer from the location of the site. It is one among the five largest Harappan cities in the Indian subcontinent. There are identified seven major cultural stages at this site numbered Stage 1 to stage 7. The excavations at the site have helped to understand the Indus Valley Civilization.

8.     Nalanda

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Nalanda was an acclaimed Mahavihara, a large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha. It is situated. It is situated at 95 Km southeast of Patna (Bihar, India).Nalanda got its importance in 5th century A.D. as a great monastic cum educational institution for oriental art and learning. Students from all over the world came here to gain knowledge.

It was founded by Kumaragupta I (413-455 A.D.) of the great Gupta dynasty. Excavations at the site by Archaeological Survey of India during 1915-37 and 1974-82 have exposed six major brick temples and eleven monasteries.

From above examples, we know that ancient Indians were highly advanced in the art of building massive stone structures, Astrology, and irrigation system. The conservation of these sites will be great heritage for us and the attraction for the foreigners.

After India it’s Nationalist win of Shinzo Abe in Japan

Shinzo Abe wins Japan Election replicating his friend the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an absolute majority of two third seats.

To catch on the increased support among Japanese people, the prime minister announced snap election in a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on September 25, 2017.

The 48th general election of members of the Lower House or the House of Representatives took place on 22 October 2017. The election results declared on 22 oct. shows trust of Japanese nationals on Shinzo Abe’s governing coalition of LDP and NKP.

Shinzo Abe’s governing coalition of Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito formerly called New Komeito (abbreviated NKP) own the absolute majority of two third seats. The campaign started with a focus on issues such as taxes, threats by China and North Korea, Constitutional reforms.

The success of Abenomics which refers to the economic policies advocated by Shinzo Abe since the December 2012 general election helped him win the 2017 election. Abenomics is based upon ‘three arrows’ of monetary easing, fiscal stimulus and structural reforms.

The opposition party CDP has failed to gain the trust of voters against Shinzo Abe’s ruling LDP. The new political party ‘Party of Hope’ launched hours before the announcement of elections turned to be Party with no Hope in wake of popular enthusiasm towards LDP.

Shinzo Abe thanked Japanese people for his historic win and supporting the policies of his government. He assured to tackle security issues related to North Korea and promised investments in education and pension system.

Shinzo Abe a right-wing nationalist aims at reviving the Japan’s military power and military reforms which will help in the offensive defence of Japan. Article 9 of japans constitution forbids war as a mean to settle international disputes involving Japan. The majority gained in this election will allow Shinzo Abe to propose changes in the constitution which limit its military to self defence role. Mr. Abe said on Sunday that he hoped to gain the public support for his proposed revision to Japan’s constitution.

The LDP successfully convinced Japanese people that, only it can protect the Japanese interest from the geopolitical threats by North Korea and China.

In September, India hosted Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for indo Japan summit in Gujarat. Shinzo Abe and his wife visited religious and cultural places in India. The honourable Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Shinzo Abe on his big election win,

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Since Narendra Modi took over as PM in 2014 the Indo Japanese relations transformed enormously.  The successful conclusion of a Civil Nuclear agreement between India and Japan despite the fact that India has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) shows the commitment of Japan towards India. Another important marker of indo Japan relationship is the proposed Ahmadabad-Mumbai bullet train project. This 500 km project is financed by Japan with credit of US $ 17 billion which has to be repaid in 50 years with a nominal interest rate of 0.1%.

Gujarat 2017 Election: Voters Trust on BJP

Since 1995 to till date the Bharatiya Janata Party has given a stable and efficient government in Gujarat. The trust built by the work of the then chief minister of Gujarat and now the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi is the reason behind enthusiasm of voters towards BJP.

As Chief Minister, Modi favoured privatization. The creation of groundwater-conservation projects especially checks dams have led to rising in groundwater levels. From 2001 to 2010 Gujarat had the agricultural growth rate of 10.97 % which is highest of all the states. Gujarat has the highest production of genetically modified cotton. When TATA Company’s NANO manufacturing plant has been stalled by agitation in west Bengal, Modi offered land in Gujarat to Tata Motors to set up a plant. The reforms in GSEB enabled it to provide 24×7 electricity to most consumers.

The different schemes launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi have won the hearts of the people and these schemes have been very beneficial especially to an economically poor section of the society.

Lakh’s of people are attending BJP election rallies and they are ready to take next step in development with BJP. The BJP is all set for its biggest win in Gujarat election.