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UAE businesses upgrading Microsoft Office 365. Have you?

WPP Plc, the British multinational creative advertising, and public relations transformation company is among the early ones to move toward upgrading to a single  Microsoft Office 365 tenant following the merger of its flagship companies Wunderman and J. Walter Thompson that includes their Dubai business.                                                                                                                                                          According to WPP's Chief Information Officer James McLellan, until now each company was using Image by Microsoft Azure the Microsoft Office 365 business productivity apps as per its individual requirement. "Our current plan is to have a single Microsoft 365 tenant with everyone taking advantage of the full set of rich and easy-to-use Microsoft 365 capabilities, including Microsoft Teams, Power BI, OneDrive, and Office 365 ProPlus, which will deliver a continually updated productivity suite. As we continue with

Friday the 13th in Indian tradition: Lucky or Unlucky?

You have p araskevidekatriaphobia if you believe in and consider Friday, 13, 2019 as an unlucky day for you Did you plan to hold a black cat in your arms and walk in the middle of a Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru or any busy road in India to prove Friday the 13th is not unlucky? If no, good. That would've been termed as suicidal. Friday the 13th is also a horror movie franchise. Photo bu Superstition is popularly known in India as Andhashradha. Or, is it...andhaviśvāsaṁ in Malayalam; Mūḍha in Telugu; Mūṭanampikkai in Tamil; Mūst nambike in Kannada; Vahima in Punjabi; Kusanskāra in Bengali; Andhaśrad'dhā in Gujarati? Please feel free to write back if you feel any of these are incorrect. Maharashtra and Karnataka have enacted a law on superstition and Kerala is about to legislate one. However, it is unclear whether our constitution has any such law on this weird belief. Anyway, the law in Maharashtra does not include luck or being unlucky which Friday the 1

Is Indian Economy In a Recession, Growth Recession, Quasi-Recession? Or, what?

By Francis Adams Experts in the United States have sounded the alarm on recession in their country, mainly citing the Trump administration's pesky trade war with China. Few of these experts have also hinted at a recession in the United Kingdom although the  BBC News on Monday reported that the economy grew 0.3% in July, quoting the Office for National Statistics . Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash How do you know a country's economy is in a recession? The BBC says a recession has set in when a country's economy sees contraction for two consecutive quarters. In India, experts see contraction of three quarters in a row as a sign of recession. While few experts have lent chorus to the opposition (especially the Indian National Congress)'s shrill shouts of our country already in the grip of recession, others using various media platform, have offered differing opinions. Bloomberg , the Manhattan-based media company, has maintained an opinion that India has, effe

Hartalika Teej, Goddess Parvati and Ganesh Chaturthi with Bappa

The Ministry of Women and Child Development launched Poshan Maah 2019 to coincide with Hartalika Teej and Ganesh Chaturthi, both epitomizing devotion and love of a husband, wife and their children  At 4.57pm India Standard Time on September 2, 2019, millions of women in India and Nepal Pic by Amazon .in completed their two-day fast-without-water in devotion, love for their husbands -- equal halves in the modern-day world -- and for the continuation of their happy, married life. This devotion celebrated as Hartalika Teej (as Gowri Habba in southern states Karnataka, Tamilnadu,  Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala) and directly inspired by Goddess Parvati, ushers in another biggest occasion, Ganesh Chaturthi. It was, agreeably, the most opportune moment for the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India (@MinistryWCD) to launch Poshan Maah 2019 . This campaign with a tagline 'Sahi Poshan, Desh Roshan' (Correct nutrition, healthy nation) is initially

11 reasons why Pomegranate is back in the spotlight

India Health Trending : Pomegranate , a tropical fruit has been a symbol of fertility in folklore worldwide. A new study has brought this exotic produce back on top of must-have health ingredients Pomegranate , called Anaar in Hindi from its origin in Northern India, is well-known as a good source of nutrients. It provides you with  Vitamin C and has useful fibre if you eat the seeds. Pic by In a latest development, clinical researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital , the second-largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 21, 2019, published their study that explored whether Pomegranate extract could help in developing brains of newborns when they are in their mother's womb, especially those with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). This study was published in the science journal,  PLOS ONE , in which a community of researchers, from Nobel laureates to the early ones, regularly publish their findings.

P V Sindhu is now Persevering Venturous Stalwart

Playing the #WBFChampionship title match on her mom's birthday, additional inputs from Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun, trainer Srikanth's efforts and cutting herself off from using her phone regularly inspired Pusarla Venkata Sindhu , 24, on way to her maiden world crown, India's first By Francis Adams Most of you may have read Napolean Hill's bestseller  Think and Grow Rich  and pondered or debated over the hidden secret the author has hinted at in every chapter of the book. If you still do not have the answer, you'll get a perspective by reading the online debate about this secret on Quora .     Until last month, P V Sindhu had this worry as the common element with most of us. She lost to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi on July 21 then abruptly decided to withdraw from the Thailand Open (July 30- Aug 4, 2019) in which she was seeded fourth. She had decided to move away from the spotlight, briefly. Just the way you relish behind-the-scenes or video clips on

Why Mayank Agarwal now?

Experts, fans and the media are offering diverse reaction to this startling 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar's replacement By Francis Adams Mayank Agarwal's dramatic inclusion into the World Cup team has delighted as well as shocked cricket pundits, fans and the media. Pic courtesy: Mayank Agarwal, who hasn't played a single One Day International for Team India is on his way to join the World Cup squad instead of traveling to the Caribbean along with his India A teammates. The Karnataka batsman, who wasn't even among the standbys for the CWC2019, has suddenly been propelled into limited overs cricket's marquee championship. This has triggered mixed and varied responses from fans, media and the experts as this decision defies every criterion that the Board of Contol of Cricket in India (BCCI), selectors and the team management had agreed upon. The criterion:  1. Performance in the IPL will not serve as benchmark for selection into th

Two batting suspects, Dhoni and Rahul pass the test

#CWC2019 India's warm-up matches review Openers continue to worry skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri with below-expected practice performance By Francis Adams Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli make a happy picture here. Their seriousness will be on display when India take on the hosts and favourites on June 30. Picture courtesy: Two of the four suspects in batting, the ageing Mahendra Singh Dhoni and a circumspect KL Rahul on Tuesday brought relief to Team India and their fans with encouraging centuries. They delivered on the purpose of the two warm-ups, that is,  "middling the ball" as former India captain and commentator Sunil Gavaskar would like to describe it. Team India have complained on several occasions during previous overseas tours of lack of good practice matches that help the players acclimatize to the conditions.  The batsmen are required to start hitting the ball from the middle of their bat and hel

What's the jersey got to do with it?

The official logo of the #CWC19  If you too are asking whether the colour along with the design of the jersey plays any role in a player's and team's performance, read on  By Francis Adams It's a tough task identifying who designed the team jerseys, selected and approved the colour combination for few teams vying for the 12th ICC World Cup 2019. England's  ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 skipper Eoin Morgan, along with Khalid Rasheed and Jonny Bairstow in their new kit. Picture credit: @Englandcricket The England team were the latest to receive mixed reaction from fans. Were it the designers? Or, is it that the kit manufacturer influenced the decision taken by the country's cricket board. A few hours after their official kit was unveiled, the England Cricket Board posted this pic, right, on Twitter seeking reaction from fans. While former England pace bowler Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) responded with: "A beautiful kit to lift the World C

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