Sunday, September 17, 2017

Email Mistakes You're Probably Making And Need To Stop Immediately!

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Now a days, email has become the easiest and most popular means of communication. But most of us fail to get it right. It is rather easy to send ineffective, unnecessary emails and end up creating a wrong impression. Much easier to understand the dos and don'ts of email instead!

Here are 9 email mistakes that we should stop to make the mail simple and effective.

1. Using unclear subject lines

Email is most effective when your message is simple, short and to the point. Thus, the subject should be written in such a way that people instantly get an idea on what to expect when they open it.

2. Sending unnecessary email
Remember that email is not a substitute for face-to-face communication. One can avoid sending too many emails if they only choose to talk to each other. There’s no denying that emails are impersonal.

3. Using the wrong tone
Nobody wants to come across as offensive in their business emails. But the very nature of email can get you in trouble. An off-the-context or humorous comment may not be taken jokingly in an email. The smart approach is to draw a line between being too courteous and too friendly. Sarcasm is a big no as well.

4. Failing to use an email greeting
You shouldn't randomly just start an email. A simple ‘Hi’ or ‘good morning’ is enough to break the ice and keep courtesy intact.

5. Not reviewing an email before sending it
Reviewing an email before you send it can help ensure that its tone, meaning and length are correct. Additionally, it can help you keep a tab on your spelling, grammar and punctuation and that you've selected the right recipients.

6. Using BCC too often

It’s important to understand that using BCC is like talking behind someone’s back. Be careful when, and for what reasons, you are using BCC.

7. Emailing the wrong person

It is common for us to use ‘auto-fill,’ predictive text and ‘threads’, which increases the risk of sending emails to the wrong person. So keep an eye out!

8. Forwarding senseless emails

We're hoping that the era of forwarding emails has gone away. Forwards are just like spam. You might find them hilarious, but it might not be funny to the next person. Thus, there’s no need to spam everyone’s already full inboxes.

9. Writing too much

A verbose(containing more words than necessary) email can be a big turn off. Thus, keep it brief.

Source:http://www.indiatimes.com/lifestyle/self/9-email-mistakes-you-re-probably-making-and-need-to-stop-immediately-254120.html

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Passport Rules in India

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In order to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of issue of passport, the Ministry of External Affairs has taken a number of steps in the realm of passport policy which is expected to benefit the citizens of India applying for a passport. 

The details of these steps are given below:-

DOCUMENTATION FOR PROOF OF BIRTH
  • As per the earlier rules, submitting a birth certificate was compulsory for all applicants born on/after 26th January 1989. But the new rules have bought in a relaxation in this regards. Now, any of the following documents containing the DOB of the applicant will suffice:
  • Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the Registrar of births and deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth & Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India
  • Transfer/school leaving/matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended/recognised educational board
  • PAN card
  • Aadhar card/E-aadhar
  • Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of Government servants) or the pay pension order (in respect of retired government servants), duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the administration of the concerned ministry/department of the applicant
  • Driving license
  • Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India
  • Policy bond issued by the public life insurance corporations/companies

DETAILS OF PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN:
In a welcome move, the new passport rules has done away with the mandate requiring names of both parents at the time of application. An applicant now only needs to provide the name of either one of the parents or the legal guardian. This makes it easier for children with single parents or orphans to apply for a passport. Provisions have also been made for spiritually oriented people (Sadhus/Sanyasis) who can now mention the name of their spiritual leader instead of their biological parents.
ANNEXES
The total number of annexes has been bought down from 15 to 9. Annexes A, C, D, E, J, and K have been removed and some of them have also been merged. Lesser annexes means less trouble for you to collate documentation.
ATTESTATION
While all annexes needed attestation from a Notary/Executive Magistrate/First Class Judicial Magistrate previously, henceforth all these annexes can now be in the form of a self-declaration from the applicant on plain paper. This will spare you all the running around for attestation that you would have had to do previously.
MARRIED/DIVORCED PERSONS
The need for a marriage certificate has been discontinued (along with annexure K). Also, in case of a divorce the applicant will not be required to provide the name of their spouse. This is another interesting change that has been made taking into consideration changing societal norms.
WORK RELATED URGENT PASSPORTS
For urgent passports, if a government employee is unable to procure the NOC (no objection certificate) or identity certificate from their employers, they can submit a self-declaration stating that they have given a prior intimation letter to their employer informing that they are applying for an ordinary passport to a passport issuing authority.
Overall, this move is set to make the application process easier and hassle-free for everyone. A welcome move, we say!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Things in our home which requires regular cleaning



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We all would like to have a home that’s free of germs, fungus, mold, and other pests, but there are some places /things  we don’t know  or even realize that they require a serious cleaning.

 Here is the list of such household  things which require regular cleaning.

1. Toothbrushes

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Did you know that your toothbrush is mostly infested with hundreds of thousands of bacteria even after the first time you use it? To clean your toothbrush just pour a cup of vinegar  and dip your toothbrush in it for 15-30 minutes.

2. Toothbrush Holder

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After you’ve cleaned your toothbrush, you shouldn’t put it back in a filthy holder. A 2011 study from the University of Massachusetts found that the toothbrush holder is the 3rd-dirtiest object in our home. To clean it, rinse it in hot water and dry with a clean cloth. If the insides are hard to reach, you can use a pipe-cleaner. Make sure you get any and all traces of toothpaste from it, then fill it up with mouthwash and leave it that way for 2 minutes. Rinse again and let it air dry.

3. Vacuum Filter

Things to Clean

Is your vacuum cleaner releasing unpleasant smells when your turn it on? This may indicate a contaminated filter. Buying a new one can cost you a pretty penny, but you can save the money by running the filter in the dishwasher. First, manually remove as much dust and particles off of it as you can, and then run it in the dishwasher and let it air dry for a couple of days.

4. Smartphones

Things to Clean

Smartphones are a breeding ground for bacteria – it’s near our mouths, in our hand, and most people take it with them to the toilet. To clean your smartphone, use a cleaning cloth lightly soaked in multi-purpose cleaner (don’t apply the liquid directly onto the device). After you’re done, use a rag dipped in alcohol to clean the microphone and speaker. It’s highly recommended that you do this after you’ve been sick.


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The great majority of people, you probably don’t clean your shower curtains or bathmats regularly, thinking “they’re in cleanest place in the house”. Sadly, this is a misconception – the washing room is a hot, humid place, which is exactly what fungus and bacteria love. To thoroughly clean them, wash them in the washing machine with a cup of baking soda and use the gentle cycle.

6. TV Remote

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It’s possible that since you got your TV, you haven’t cleaned the remote control even once. This doesn’t mean you’re lazy or dirty, it’s often the case because people don’t know that they should, or how to do it. Web MD reported on a University of Virginia study that "showed the remote control's surface is among the germiest" in a modern home. Researchers found that half of the remote controls tested were positive for cold viruses. 

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To clean the remote, begin by removing the batteries. Use a dry toothbrush to clean between the buttons. Dip a rag in a 1:1 water/alcohol solution and wipe the remote. Finally, dip cotton buds in the solution and clean between all the nooks and crannies. Finally, dry it with a clean rag and you’re done.

7. Down Blankets

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Before you stow it away for the winter, take the opportunity to clean your favorite blanket from all the sweat and stains it collected while warming us up in the winter. Due to its size, most washing machines and dryers can’t handle it, but you can clean up particular stains by using a little bit of water and stain-remover. Make sure not to wet the down feathers inside, and dry the spot with a hairdryer.

8. Pillows

Things to Clean

Did you know that your pillows are probably home to dust mites? (About 10% of a 2-year-old pillow’s weight is dead dust mites and their excrements).
Synthetic filling – Synthetic filling can usually be put through the washing machine, but make sure you read the label for cleaning instructions. If you want to keep the pillow’s shape in the machine, toss in 1 or 2 tennis balls.
Memory Foam or Down Feathers – Clean in the same way as the down blanket from #7.

9. Shower Loofa (the fibrous matter of the fluid-transport system of a marrow-like fruit, which is dried and used as a bath sponge.)

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It’s always covered in soap, so it should be clean, right? WRONG. Loofahs trap bits of dead skin, providing bacteria with a delicious meal. To clean it, fill a bucket with water and add a ¼ cup of bleach. Leave the loofa in the bucket for 5 minutes and you should be good to go.

10. Fabric Lamp Shades

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If you forget your thermos in your car, you’ll often find it reeking, and a regular wash simply won’t cut it. To thoroughly clean it, pour boiling water into it, seal it and leave it in overnight, and then rinse it in the morning. Alternatively, you can add two teaspoons of baking soda to lukewarm water and fill it up with the solution and leave it for a few hours.

12. Ice Trays

Things to Clean

Most ice trays are dishwasher-safe, but some require extra cleaning. Silicon ice trays get slowly covered by a layer of calcium sulfide. To clean the tray, place in a solution if water and vinegar for 2 hours.

13. Drying Rack

Things to Clean

We use it to dry our clean dishes, but we hardly ever clean it too. The best way to clean a drying rack is by dipping it in a sink full of water, adding a ¼ cup of bleach per every gallon of water. Leave the rack in for 20 minutes, and  then use a cloth to remove any remaining mold or stains. Once you’re done, rinse the rack again, and let it air-dry for a day.

14. Bath Toys

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If you give your kids a bath and let them play with toys while in there, then make sure you wash these toys once you’re done. The toys may be breeding mold, so mix a ½ cup of vinegar in a gallon of water and soak the toys in it for an hour. Once you’re done, rinse the toys and let them air dry.

15. Baby Booster Straps

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You should be cleaning the chair itself with ease every time, but what do you do when the straps get dirty? Simply make a bleach and baking soda solution. Use a toothbrush to clean the strap with the cleaning solution, and then rinse the whole chair.

16.Light switches

I don't want to scare you, but the dirtiest spot in your home isn't your toilet seat. It's likely the light switches in the kitchen, bathrooms, and common spaces.

Unless you have one of those old 80s "clap on, clap off" hands free light devices, or a smart home system set up, then you are definitely spreading germs through touching your light switches. Healthline.com recommends wiping down all light switches with a disinfecting cloth once a week.

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17.Yoga and exercise mats

Think about how much sweat, oil and grime gets on your yoga mat during normal use, before you even think about hot yoga or Bikram classes. You roll that thing out onto strange floors, and if your yoga teacher is like mine, she won't mind jumping on your mat with her bare feet to show you some killer move — and then it's time to go face down on the mat.

Sky Meltzer, CEO of Manduka, a major yoga mat retailer, says (via SafeBee) that you can wipe down your mat with a cloth and "equal parts water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle."

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