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Three dead as heavy rain continues to wreak havoc in Himachal

Due to overnight downpour, the Kangra district administration has declared a holiday in all educational institutions on Saturday.

At least three people have been killed in the last 48 hours as heavy rains continue to wreak havoc across Himachal Pradesh.(PTI Photo)
Updated: Aug 17, 2019 19:07 IST
By HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times, Shimla
At least three people have been killed in the last 48 hours as heavy rains continue to wreak havoc across Himachal Pradesh.
A woman, identified as Kalabantu (65), was killed after being caught in a landslip near Pashi village in Sainj valley of Kullu district on Friday. She was on her way to collect fodder for her cattle when she met with the fatal accident.
Sahil Chaudhary (20), a resident of Kehrna village in Nurpur sub-division of Kangra district, was drowned in a local rivulet, while another man, identified as Dharmapal (45), was washed away in swollen Sarsa rivulet at Sanimajara of Nalagarh area in Solan district.
Due to overnight downpour, the Kangra district administration has declared a holiday in all educational institutions on Saturday.
“Keeping in view the extreme climatic conditions, we have declared a holiday in the schools,” said Kangra deputy commissioner Rakesh Kumar Prajapati.
More than 150 people have died across the state due to rain-related incidents in this monsoon season.
Meanwhile, more than 140 roads are blocked due to landslides.
Heavy rainfall disrupted vehicular traffic on Manali Leh Highway on Saturday as the water level of Beas River and nearby nullahs has increased causing chaos amongst the local residents and inconvenience to the commuters. The road has been closed for commuters after flashfloods occurred in a nullah in Koksar village, situated on Leh Manali Highway.
Two labourers along with their truck were also stuck near Beas River in Patlikuhl, 16 kilometres away from Manali who were later rescued safely.
Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh said that police have not received any information of loss or damage to the property till now but if the rain continues, the situation may get worse.
Shimla district administration has also issued an advisory to the people to not to venture to landslide-prone areas and avoid going to areas near riverbeds and have also advised the people not to drive on the edge of the road to avoid mishap.
Heavy rainfall to continue in Himachal, red and orange warning issued
Heavy rainfall continues in Himachal on Saturday. The Meteorological Centre, Shimla, has predicted heavy rains in the state for two days and put six districts - Bilsapur, Kangra, Hamirpur Chamba, Kangra and Mandi - on red alert.
An Orange warning has also been issued for four districts, namely, Shimla, Kullu, Solan and Sirmour.
Gaggal of Kangra district received 118.0 mm rain which was the highest in the state while Dharamshala received 116.0 mm rain.
Dalhousie received 73.0mm Palampur received 64.0 mm, 60.0 mm rain occurred in Chamba, 57.0 in Kufri, 46.0 in Hamirpur and 40 in Shimla.
Highest maximum temperature in Himachal was 32.4 degrees in Una which lowest minimum temperature 10.5 degrees was recorded in Keylong of Lahaul Spiti district.
Director of MET Department, Manmohan Singh, said that rainfall is likely to continue in state till August 23.

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11 दिन बाद जम्मू और लेह के लिए पत्रों, पार्सलों की बुकिंग शुरु

Parcel, Letters booking started now for Jammu and Leh.
Srinagar still it is blocked.

UK Post Office, Roorkee

Updated Sun, 18 Aug 2019 05:30 AM IST

डाकघरों से जम्मू और कश्मीर में भेजे जाने वाले पत्रों और पार्सलों की बुकिंग अब 11 दिन बाद फिर से शुरू हो गई है। इस पर बीती पांच अगस्त को रोक दी गई थी।

पांच अगस्त को सुबह 11 बजे राज्यसभा में गृहमंत्री अमित शाह की ओर से जम्मू कश्मीर से अनुच्छेद 370 और अनुच्छेद 35ए हटाने की घोषणा के एक घंटे बाद डाक निदेशालय, नई दिल्ली की ओर से जम्मू कश्मीर क्षेत्र के लिए भेजे जाने वाले पत्रों और पार्सलों की बुकिंग पर रोक लगाने के आदेश जारी किए गए थे।
इस आदेश पर कार्रवाई करते हुए डाकघर में उसी दिन दोपहर एक बजे से पत्रों और पार्सलों की बुकिंग पर रोक लगा दी गई थी। जम्मू में हालत सामान्य होने पर डाक निदेशालय की ओर से जम्मू संभाग और लेह के लिए जाने वाले पत्रों और पार्सलों की बुकिंग पर शुक्रवार से प्रतिबंध हटा लिया गया है। अभी श्रीनगर में प्रतिबंध जारी है। बताया जाता है कि अग्रिम आदेशों पर श्रीनगर संभाग में भी पत्रों और पार्सलों की बुकिंग पर से प्रतिबंध हटा लिया जाएगा।
डाक निदेशालय के आदेश पर जम्मू संभाग और लेह क्षेत्र को भेजे जाने वाले पत्रों और पार्सलों की बुकिंग 16 अगस्त से शुरु कर दी गई है।
- आरडी रतूड़ी, मुख्य पोस्टमास्टर, डाकघर रुड़की



With Microsoft dumping MS Office, consider LibreOffice for your next PC office suite


Aug 13, 2019 7:24 PM

If you want a standalone office suite for your computer, LibreOffice may soon not just be your best choice, it will be close to your only PC-based choice.


I've long been a fan of the open-source LibreOffice suite. It works well, it's free, and it does everything I've ever needed an office suite to do. The latest edition, LibreOffice 6.3, is better than ever. It may also be your best choice for a standalone desktop office suite in the years to come.

You see, Microsoft doesn't want you to buy its next office suite: Office 2019. No, I'm not making that up.

Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365's blog, The Twin Challenge, showed Office 365 crushing Office 2019 because it "keeps getting better over time, with new capabilities delivered every month, while "Office 2019 apps are 'frozen in time.'" "They don't ever get updated with new features, and they're not cloud-connected," he added.

Office service packs? Forget about them. There will be security updates, but what you see today in Office 2019 is what you'll get when you use Office in 2029.

That presumes, of course, Microsoft will still be supporting it. I doubt it will. For example, Office 2010 support life comes to an end on Oct. 13, 2020. There will be no extended support unit, ala Windows 7, for it. When it's done, it's done.

After Office 2010 expires, Microsoft really wants you to switch to Office 365. As a "last resort" --Microsoft's words, not mine -- Microsoft recommends Office 2019.

Microsoft underlines this policy change by dropping Office 2019 from its Home Use Program (HUP) for its Software Assurance business customers. The Redmond crew will, however, still be happy to sell you discounted Office 365.

That makes me feel warm and fuzzy about running Microsoft Office for much longer. I'll be surprised if there even is an Office 2029 or any other standalone version of Office.

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There are advantages to cloud office suites. I use Google Docs myself. But, if you want an office suite, and to run on your machine without an internet connection and without having to worry about Google or Microsoft looking over your shoulder, you must consider LibreOffice.

With its latest edition, LibreOffice is much faster at both opening and saving documents and spreadsheets. The Document Foundation, LibreOffice's parent organization, claims it's an order of magnitude faster. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but it is a lot more spritely.

As always, LibreOffice is working on fully supporting Microsoft Office's Open XML (OOXML) format. This includes export support for DOTX document templates and XLTX spreadsheet templates, import of charts from DOCX drawingML group shapes, import/export of SmartArt from PowerPoint PPTX files, and better XLSX Pivot table interoperability. It's not perfect yet, but it's getting closer.

LibreOffice's Export as PDF has improved. It now fully supports PDF/A-2 document format. This is required by several organizations for long-term file storage. It also simplified its editable PDF forms by incorporating the Form menu into LibreOffice Writer.

A new feature, which security-minded businesses may find interesting, is that you can now "redact" information in documents. With this, you can remove or hide sensitive information such as personal data before exporting or sharing the file.

You can run LibreOffice on Linux, MacOS, and Windows. You can also use as a cloud Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application, LibreOffice Online, by deploying it on a cloud you control.

So, if you want a PC-based office suite, which will be updated with new features regularly, check out LibreOffice. Given Microsoft's decision to pursue SaaS for its office suite, LibreOffice may soon be your best choice even if you've been using Office for Windows rolled out.

The future of the traditional office suite belongs to LibreOffice. Microsoft is abandoning its first take on the office suite.

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Google releases warning, millions of websites are in this condition!


Aug 17, 2019 12:16 PM


Google, the world's leading search engine company, has given millions of users a password hack. Google has added a password check-up add-on feature to Google Chrome. With this feature, users can check their passwords. The reason behind launching this feature is the risk of 4 billion users being hacked in their usernames and passwords. According to Google, these users' usernames and passwords have been hacked. These users should check their username and password with this feature and change the password by following the steps mentioned. Let us know the full details

For your information, Google has checked its password by about 6.5 million users in the early stages of this feature. In the first month of checking, passwords of about 21 million users were flagged, of which 3 million 16 were found to be unsafe. You can also check your username and password in this extension. If your username and password are unsafe or infected, you are at risk of data theft and account hacks if you log in to any website with this username and password.

Google Chrome Extensions: To check your username and password with this tool, you'll first need to go from the Chrome Store to add to Chrome password check-up tool. if you enter your username and password on any website, it will notify you whether your username and password are affected. If your username and password are affected, you will be asked to change the password and flag red. Changing your password will secure your account and you will receive a green signal.

Caution when creating a password: If you have a very simple password, the risk of your account being hacked increases by 200 times. Never open your personal information profile in a public network. If you need to do so, you can also open It in Google Incognito mode. Don't use any persistent alphabet or number in it while keeping the password. Always use alphanumeric character when creating a password. You can also use special characters if possible.