How to Save Your Favorite Threads Posts (and Why You Should)

You can now save individual Threads posts to revisit at a later date. These are saved in a dedicated folder, allowing you to find and view them easily without having to go searching for them.

How to Save Posts on Threads

To save a Threads post, simply tap the three horizontal dots next to the post you want to save. This brings up a contextual menu that allows you to interact with that post and the poster in various ways. You can Save or Hide the post, or Mute, Block, or Report the poster. In this case, we want to save the post.

Tap Save, and that post will be saved to your Saved folder. A popup will appear telling you that you’ve saved the post, and invite you to See All. If you tap that quickly before it disappears, you’ll be whisked straight to your Saved folder. Otherwise, you’ll have to navigate there manually.

How to View Your Saved Threads Posts

To view your Saved Threads posts, which is, after all, the whole point of saving them:

  1. Tap the outline of a human on the right-hand side of the bottom menu bar. This takes you to your profile.
  2. Tap the two horizontal lines of differing lengths in the top, right-hand corner. This takes you to your Settings.
  3. Cast your eyes down until you see Saved, and click that to open your folder of saved Threads posts.

To delete or unsave a saved post, simply tap the three dots next to a Threads post you have previously saved, and click Unsave. The post will disappear from your Saved folder (after refreshing or revisiting it), never to be seen again.

Reasons Why You Should Save Threads Posts

Like all social media apps, Threads is full of content. Especially if you hang out on the For You tab where Threads recommends content it thinks you’ll like. Quite often, it’s wrong, but just occasionally it will surface a post worth saving from a stranger you don’t follow on Threads.

As reported by ZDNet, Threads is increasing in popularity as it continues to take bites of X’s userbase. This means that the number of posts is only going to increase.

You might want to save a Threads post because:

  1. It contains some helpful advice you want to revisit at a later date.
  2. It contains some words of wisdom you want to live by in the future.
  3. It contains a funny joke you want to save in order to retell others.

There will be plenty of other reasons too, but these are a just a handful of reasons why Threads’ Save function is useful. And if you can’t find anything on Threads worth saving, at least you can delete your Threads account without deleting your Instagram.

Foodwise: Fuding

The hosts are in Fuding, Fujian Province in southeast China for the Dragon Boat Festival, where teams of rowers compete against each other in narrow dragon-shaped boats. From making and eating zongzi rice dumplings to trying local street food, the hosts take part in the festivities before exploring the world of white tea, from visiting its “mother tree” to drinking it in a zen temple, and even feasting on a white tea banquet!

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Dolly Parton’s most-covered song ‘Jolene’ turns 50

A Congolese singer, a Zimbabwean banjo player and a Mozambican bassist walk into an East Nashville bar. What follows is not a punchline, but the trio’s hypnotic opening salvo on “My Kind of Country,” the 2023 Apple TV series that brings rising stars to Music City from around the globe. These three, known collectively as the Congo Cowboys, have decided to lead with the first track they ever recorded together: “Tonight, we are going to play for you a song called ‘Jolene’ by Dolly Parton,” says vocalist Chris Bakalanga.

Moments into their cover, the men switch from English to Lingala — an inherently musical Central African language — and bring the house down, little aware that Parton recorded the original version 10 minutes away at RCA Studio B. She went on to release the album “Jolene” 50 years ago this month, days after the single of the same name had topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. And after returning to the country charts periodically, “Jolene” has just debuted on Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales chart, thanks to Parton’s collaboration with the Italian band Måneskin for the new deluxe version of her “Rockstar” album.

Indeed, having transcended every imaginable stylistic and cultural barrier over the last half-century, the song based loosely on a flirtation between her husband and a brazen bank teller is Parton’s most covered creation. With its mesmeric opening lick, eminently singable chorus and infectious chord progression, “Jolene” has done what few songs ever have: inspired countless homages across eras, languages and oceans, from Brasília to Brazzaville in Congo and Tijuana to Tehran.

A small sampling: The version popularized in pre-revolution Iran by Leila Forouhar, who has long since become a fixture of L.A.’s Persian community; the Finnish cover by Vicky Rosti, whom dedicated Eurovision fans may remember from the ‘80s; and the soundtrack to the 2019 Australian short film “Dolly’s Song” by Kaylene Whiskey, whose acclaimed art often juxtaposes Parton against Indigenous backdrops.

Among the various takes in Spanish — including merengue and mariachi — is the cumbia duet by L.A.’s Chiquis Rivera and Becky G. that appeared on Rivera’s Latin Grammy-winning album “Playlist” (not to mention the L.A. Times’ 10 best Latin Music moments of 2020). The following spring, at the Latin Recording Academy’s first celebration of women’s music on Univisión, Parton surprised viewers by introducing “mi amiga Chiquis” and performing a bilingual version of “Jolene” with the banda star.

Airing on Mother’s Day, the special was particularly poignant for Rivera. Nearly a decade after the death of her own mother — “la Diva de la Banda” Jenni Rivera — “I just felt like my mom had opened up so many doors for me from heaven, and that was one of them,” Chiquis (as everyone calls her) said in a phone interview. “I couldn’t help but to feel her presence that night because I knew what a big fan she was of Dolly’s.”

With its mesmeric opening lick, eminently singable chorus and infectious chord progression, “Jolene” has done what few songs ever have: inspired countless homages across eras, languages and oceans.

(Jack Plunkett / Jack Plunkett/invision/ap)

Fond memories of listening to Parton’s music together had led Chiquis to create the cumbia version in the first place. “One day, I was driving and ‘Jolene’ came on — and it totally took me back,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, I remember listening to this song with my mom.’ ” Chiquis happened to be recording an album at the time, and her manager thought she should include a cover. He suggested a Spanish version of “Jolene.”

Thinking it would be perfect as a duet, she reached out to her friend Becky G. “She said, ‘Oh my God, I love this song.’ ” Soon, a cumbia juggernaut was born. And so, by the way, was an engagement: Chiquis’ fiancé is the photographer who shot the collaboration. “He’s like, ‘If it wasn’t for Dolly Parton, you and I would have never met,’ ” recounted Chiquis. “So he always says, ‘I love that woman.’ ”

The feeling is nearly universal, no matter how close or distant one’s connection to Parton may be. Perhaps the most startling example? Nelson Mandela, who reportedly piped her music through the PA system of Robben Island while he was incarcerated there.

His fellow freedom fighter and inmate Tokyo Sexwale recounted the story on the 2019 podcast “Dolly Parton’s America.” “He said that at a certain point, the guards allowed Mandela to play music over the loudspeakers for the entire prison,” reported co-host Shima Oliaee. When she asked which songs in particular, Sexwale answered, “He loved ‘Jolene,’ ” adding, “No human being cannot be affected by ‘Jolene.’ ”

Ask musicologists why, and various explanations arise. “You don’t have to be worried that your partner is cheating on you to feel like you’ve got some sort of stake in the song,” said Lydia Hamessley, the Eugene M. Tobin distinguished professor of music at Hamilton College and author of two Parton books: “Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton” and the forthcoming Oxford Keynotes title “Dolly Parton’s Jolene” (due out later this year). Contemplating the meaning of the song, Hamessley posed a question: “Is this always about somebody yearning for a man not to leave, or is it a broader idea of loss?” Many, including Sexwale, favor the latter: “We all don’t want to lose.”

“The other thing I think about is the music itself,” said Hamessley: “It kind of rocks between two different chords that I think people find compelling.” There’s an analogous quality to the theme song of “Gilligan’s Island,” she noted, for anyone interested in a fun little exercise in musical analysis.

Then there are those four successive “Jolenes,” which Parton explained to Oliaee and her co-host Jad Abumrad as — initially — a memory device. One day after “The Porter Wagoner Show,” where Parton performed in the ‘60s and ‘70s, a little girl named Jolene asked for an autograph. “I said, ‘Oh, that’s a beautiful name,’ ” the singer recalled to the hosts. And thinking she might want to use it in a composition someday, she walked back to the tour bus saying, “ ‘Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene,’ just so I’d remember the name.” Hearing that repetition, Parton realized she was onto something. Then she thought about the flirty bank teller, renamed her, and wrote a song.

Doll Parton in a long-sleeve dress singing on a dark stage and holding a black guitar decorated with pearls

“‘Every time I see [my husband] over there in that La-Z-Boy chair, snorin’ and sleepin’, I think, where is Jolene when you need her? You can have him now, Jolene!’ ” Parton said last year in an interview.

(Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

“It’s really powerful the way that line builds up the scale and has an energy that you want to join,” said Hamessley. Another preeminent “Dollyologist” agrees that the exhilaration of singing along is part of the global appeal, no matter how plaintive the words: “There’s a disjunction between the pain of the lyrics when she’s anticipating the heartbreak, and the pleasure in singing the song,” observed Helen Morales, the Argyropoulos professor of Hellenic studies at UC Santa Barbara and author of “Pilgrimage to Dollywood: A Country Music Road Trip Through Tennessee.” “And the focus is not upon the husband — it’s actually on Jolene and the itemization of how beautiful she is, so there’s something sort of campy and fun about the song.” Morales, too, grew up listening to “Jolene” in a context you might not expect: as the child of a Greek Cypriot Dolly Parton fan who raised a family in England.

In fact, the Cape Town-based Congo Cowboys — Chris Bakalanga, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Julio Sigauque, originally from Mozambique, and Simon Attwell, originally from Zimbabwe — also knew the song from childhood. “We’d all grown up with ‘Jolene’ on the radio,” said Attwell in a phone interview. The group’s decision to record the song started with a desire to incorporate banjo — an instrument with African roots — into their sound. Then Attwell saw the White Stripes sing “Jolene” and was so taken with the rendition, it made him think about what the Congo Cowboys could do with the song. A discussion ensued, “and immediately, when Chris started singing in Lingala, it felt good — it felt right,” explained Attwell.

And therein lies the magic: “Jolene” somehow always feels right. In Lingala or Spanish. A cappella or backed by a full string section. In Miley Cyrus’ backyard or the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The only place “Jolene” seems conspicuously absent? Parton’s own home. Speaking to the BBC last year, she reported looking at her husband and joking, “‘Every time I see you over there in that La-Z-Boy chair, snorin’ and sleepin’, I think, where is Jolene when you need her? You can have him now, Jolene!’ ”

Bikes Launches in March 2024: From Honda CBR300R to Yamaha XSR125 and KTM 125 Duke 2024, Check Out List of Upcoming Bikes To Launch Next Month

New Delhi, February 29: February was an exciting month that introduced many new motorcycles in India and globally. From Kawasaki to Bajaj and Royal Enfield, various manufacturers introduced their new models with better design, specifications and features. In March 2024, more new bikes with modern features and upgrades will be launched in India and the global market. In February, a few models were expected to launch but were likely delayed for the next month or the months following. 

In February, motorcycle launches in India included Yamaha FZ-X Chrome Edition, 2024 Bajaj Pulsar NS160, Bajaj Pulsar NS200, 2024 Kawasaki Z900, 2024 Kawasaki Ninja 500, 2024 Kawasaki Z650RS, Kabira KM3000, Kabira KM4000, Triumph Scrambler 1200 X and Hero Mavrick Based on Harley Davidson X440. The international launches included TVS HLX 150F, Kawasaki Z500, Royal Enfield 650, and others. This month, the Ola S1 X variant and Kinetic E-Luna, an electric moped for traders and transportation, were also introduced in India. 2024 Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and Bajaj Pulsar NS200 Launched in India; Check Price, Specifications and Features.

List of upcoming bike launches in March 2024

In February 2024, many expected bikes were not launched, such as the 2024 Honda CBR400R, Kawasaki Ninja Z500, Kawasaki Ninja 500, Triumph Daytona 660 and Yamaha RX100 New Edition, were expected but were not launched. Hopefully, the bikes might be introduced in a couple of months or years. Here’s a list of the upcoming motorcycles to launch next month. India-Made Royal Enfield 650 Launched in Europe With Identical Specifications and Design, Sale Started in Select Countries: Report.

  • Moto Guzzi V9: The Italian motorcycle company Moto Guzzi will reportedly introduce its new motorcycle, Moto Guzzi V9, with an 853cc engine, 201kmph speed, 18kmph mileage and an expected price of Rs 14 lakh. It was unveiled during EICMA 2023; however, it may or may not be introduced in India.
  • KTM 125 Duke 2024: The Austrian motorcycle company has become quite popular in India after launching its new bikes with sporty designs. The KTM 125 Duke 2024 model has been rumoured for months and will likely be launched next month with an expected price starting from Rs 1,75,000 to Rs 1,80,000.
  • Husqvarna Motorcycles: This week, the Swedish motorcycle company Husqvarna Group has reportedly teased its upcoming Husqvarna Svartpilen 901 bike to launch soon. It is expected to launch on March 5 with an 889cc parallel-twin motor. The bike is expected to launch in India around Rs 12 lakh. The other bike expected in March 2024 is the Husqvarna Vitpilen 125, which may be introduced for around Rs 1.35 lakh. 
  • Yamaha XSR125: Yamaha has recently launched its Yamaha FZ-X Chrome Edition in India, and the company is expected to introduce its Yamaha XSR125 bike in March. The bike is expected to have a 124cc engine, 120kmph speed, 47.6kmpl mileage and classic design. As per the rumours, the motorcycle may be launched in three colour options and around Rs 1.35 lakh price tag. 
  • Honda Motorcycles: Honda is expected to launch its new Honda CBR150R soon in India, and the rumoured launch may take place in March or July. Honda is also rumoured to introduce its new Honda CBR300R next month. 
  • Royal Enfield Roadster 450: The new Royal Enfield motorcycle Roadster 450 is expected to be launched in mid-2024, likely in March.
  • Bajaj Pulsar 400: Bajaj Auto recently launched its 2024 Bajaj Pulsar NS160 and Bajaj Pulsar NS200 bikes in India, and it may launch its Bajaj Pulsar 400 in India around March 2024.

Besides these motorcycles, other models like Suzuki V-Strom 800DE, Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bobber, Honda CFR300L, BSA Gold Star and others will likely be introduced next month. E-scooters like the Ather Rizta electric scooter, Gogoro 2 series, and Honda Activa Electric Hero Electric AE-8 are expected in the two-wheeler segment. However, the companies have to confirm the launch date of these models.

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Tesla’s Charging Network Is Now Open to Other EVs—and Ford Is First in Line

Every six months, the automotive research company J. D. Power surveys some 5,000 US electric vehicle owners about their experiences driving their battery-powered cars. The latest edition of this survey, out this week, found that EV’s perennial bugbear is still bugbearing. In fact it has gotten worse: Drivers say they are even more dissatisfied with the availability of public charging stations than they were a year ago.

In North America, additional charging stations are on their way, thanks in part to a US federally funded program that seeks to get at least half a million more in the ground by 2030. But in this messy middle period, automakers have come up with another solution: Let Tesla take care of it.

Tesla has the most widespread and dependable charging network in the United States. (In fact, the new survey found that upscale EV drivers are more likely to be happy with public charging—and the majority of them drive Teslas.) It also has a unique charging plug, called the North American Charging Standard. Nearly every global automaker has now pledged to add that plug to its electric vehicles, allowing its drivers to tap into the Tesla charging network.

Ford piloted the “let Tesla take care of it” model last May, when it announced it would adopt that plug. Its EVs will come with the connector standard by 2025. And starting today, existing drivers of the Mach-E Mustang and Lightning pickup truck will get access to a hearty chunk of Tesla’s Supercharger network, courtesy of free adapters that they can order off a website that Ford just launched. The adapters will be gratis between now and July; after that, they’ll retail for $230, Ford says. The company expects the adapters to begin shipping in late March.

Tesla Saves Best New Chargers For Its Own

Yes, Ford drivers can now use Tesla Superchargers, but Elon Musk’s EV company has reserved a select few newer ones for its drivers only.

Courtesy of Ford

Ford regularly surveys its own drivers, and “their main pain points have to do with public charging,” said Ken Williams, the automaker’s director of charging and energy services, on a call with reporters this week. The adapter will give Ford drivers access to 15,000 new chargers, bringing the total up to 126,000 chargers and more than 28,000 fast chargers across the US and Canada. (That doesn’t include every charger in the Tesla network; Ford drivers won’t get access to older Tesla charging stations, and Tesla has reserved a select few newer ones for its drivers only.) Drivers will be able to access and pay to charge at the stations through Ford’s app.

Bitcoin Price Crosses $61,000, Ether Shows Gradual Rally: Details

Bitcoin is pumping, folks! The asset, for the first time since November 2021, has crossed the mark of $61,000 (roughly Rs. 51 lakh). On Thursday, February 29, Bitcoin recorded a profit of 8.32 percent that took its price to $61,746 (roughly Rs. 51.4 lakh). In the last 24 hours, the value of Bitcoin has risen by $3,754 (roughly Rs. 3.11 lakh). As per market analysts, this surge is attributed to the ten spot Bitcoin ETFs in the US registering a new daily record by surpassing the $7.7 billion (roughly Rs. 63,833 crore) trading volume triggered by retail investors jumping on the crypto rally.

“BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF traded $3.3 billion (roughly Rs. 27,357 crore) on Wednesday, twice as much as its previous volume record. Bitcoin surged over 50 percent on a year-to-date. If this momentum continues, it is likely that Bitcoin will beat its previous all-time high soon,” Edul Patel, CEO of Mudrex told Gadgets360.

Ether clocked a profit of 5.42 percent as it stepped into the trading rink on Thursday. The current trading value of ETH stands at $3,424 (roughly Rs. 2.83 lakh). Over the last day, ETH pricing has risen by $176 (roughly Rs. 14,590).

“Ethereum broke $3,400 (roughly Rs. 2.81 lakh), which is yet to have a similar rally as Bitcoin and is expected to hold these levels strongly until the halving. ETH-spot ETFs could send the second-largest crypto to new All-Time Highs (ATH),” Manhar Garegrat, Country Head, India & Global Partnerships at Liminal Custody Solutions told Gadgets360.

A plethora of altcoins have joined BTC and ETH in their rallies. These include Binance Coin, Solana, Cardano, Dogecoin, Avalanche, Chainlink, and Polkadot.

Other cryptocurrencies trading in gains on Thursday include Wrapped Bitcoin, Shiba Inu, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Cosmos.

The overall crypto market cap rose by 6.90 percent in the last 24 hours. The current crypto market valuation stands at $2.3 trillion (roughly Rs. 1,90,67,264 crore) as per CoinMarketCap. In light of BTC’s ongoing rally, the Bitcoin dominance on the crypto market stands at 53 percent.

“All Indian investors who had previously invested in Bitcoin are now in a profitable position with the market sentiment slowly moving towards the ‘extreme greed’ category. A glimpse of what might happen if you are too late was visible yesterday. After BTC reached $64,000 (roughly Rs. 53 lakh), there was a sudden dip due to sudden profit booking and BTC’s price fell below $59,000 (roughly Rs. 48.9 lakh) within minutes, causing close to $200 million (roughly Rs. 1,658 crore) worth of liquidations within just one hour. Simultaneously, the world’s largest fiat-based exchange Coinbase had also gone down for a bit,” the CoinSwitch Markets Desk highlighted.

Despite the otherwise bullish market sentiment, some cryptocurrencies did record losses on Thursday. These include Tether, Ripple, Tron, Polygon, Uniswap, Near Protocol, and Leo.

“It is worthwhile to note that Bitcoin has never crossed all-time highs in the halving event. The $69,000 (roughly Rs. 57.2 lakh) all-time high would act as a major resistance. However, in yesterday’s crypto market cycle, we also saw a glimpse of what altcoins can also do in such scenarios, as major memecoin DOGE pumped 20 percent in just an hour,” the CoinSwitch Markets Desk added.

Amid the ongoing bull run, market analysts advise caution and due diligence to the investor community.

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How Google Search Generative Experience is impacting ads

The impact of Google’s Search Generative Experience on ads within Google’s SERPs has been explored in a new study.

Research conduct by SEO platform SE Ranking found that:

  • Regardless of SGE snippet presence, ads appear more often at the bottom of search results.
  • Ads at the top of the SERP accompany SGE snippets more often than shopping ads (carousels).
  • Shopping ads (carousels) usually appear above the SGE snippet.
  • Niches like Fashion and Beauty, and Ecommerce and Retail, are more likely to feature shopping ads.

Why we care. Understanding the impact SGE has on ads in Google SERPs is crucial for businesses and marketers so that they can make data-led decisions for more effective marketing.

The study. SE Ranking examined 100,000 keywords across 20 niches, each with different search intents and volumes. The analysis provided insights into how often Google offers AI-generated responses, the length of content in the Search Generative Experience (SGE), linking patterns, variations across niches, and ad placement.

The findings. When SGE snippets with text were present (18,455), the study found:

  • Ads appeared at the top 4,280 times (23.19%).
  • Ads appeared at the bottom 6,499 times (35.21%).
  • Shopping ads appeared in the form of carousels (as shown in the screenshot below) 2,660 times (14.41%).
  • This means that in 5,016 instances (27.17%), no ad accompanied the SGE snippets with text.

Ad type. The study also looked at different ad types combined with text-based SGE snippets. Researchers found:

  • Both shopping ads and ads at the top of the SERP accompanied SGE responses in 1,018 cases. 
  • Shopping ads appeared alongside text-based SGE snippets in 2,660 cases.
  • In 3,262 cases, only ads at the top of the SERP appeared alongside text-based SGE snippets.

Carousel shopping ads. Carousel shopping ads can be positioned above, below, or in the sidebar of the SGE snippet.

Ad placement. The study also looked into the most popular location for shopping ads in the SGE SERP. he data suggests a clear preference for having shopping ads above the SGE snippet:

  • Shopping ads appeared above the SGE snippet 2,969 times (80.72%). 
  • In 502 cases (13.65%), shopping ads were placed below the SGE snippet. 
  • Shopping ads appeared in the sidebar 207 times (5.63%), making this placement the least common.

What SE Ranking is saying. An SE Ranking spokesperson said in a statement:

  • “The main takeaway here is that we really need to stay on top of things. Changes seem to be happening practically every day.”
  • “This becomes extra clear when we compare these results to a previous study we did. When we ran our first round of SGE research back in late 2023, the results showed that only about 4% of keywords failed to trigger an SGE snippet. This time,  12.3% of keywords did not trigger an SGE response.”
  • “While this study has shed some light on Google’s AI-powered responses, much remains uncertain. We’ll be keeping a close eye on SGE’s latest developments and do more research to stay up-to-date.” 

What Google is saying. Philipp Schindler, SVP and CBO, Google, said during Alphabet’s 2023 Q4 earnings call:

  • “As we shared last quarter, Ads will continue to play an important role in the new Search experience, and we’ll continue to experiment with new formats native to SGE.”
  • “SGE is creating new opportunities for us to improve commercial journeys for people by showing relevant ads alongside search results.”
  • “We’ve also found that people are finding ads either above or below the AI-powered overview helpful, as they provide useful options for people to take action and connect with businesses.”

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GK Quiz on Lakes in India, Questions and Answers

India is a land blessed with diverse natural landscapes, including an array of beautiful lakes scattered across its length and breadth. From serene high-altitude lakes nestled in the Himalayas to expansive ones adorning the peninsular plateau, each lake holds its own unique charm and significance. Test your knowledge about these stunning water bodies with this lakes quiz!

What is a Lake?

A lake is a large body of water that is surrounded by land. It is typically formed in depressions on the Earth’s surface, often by geological processes such as glaciation, tectonic activity, or volcanic activity. Lakes may be freshwater or saline and play vital roles in ecosystems, providing habitats for diverse flora and fauna while also serving as sources of drinking water and recreation.

Lakes in India

India boasts a rich tapestry of lakes, each offering its own unique beauty and significance. From the iconic Dal Lake in Kashmir to the serene Pangong Lake in Ladakh, and from the floating islands of Loktak Lake in Manipur to the sacred waters of Pushkar Lake in Rajasthan, the country’s lakes serve as vital ecosystems, cultural landmarks, and sources of livelihood for millions of people across diverse regions.

GK Quiz on Lakes in India, Questions and Answers

India hosts a myriad of lakes, ranging from the iconic Dal Lake in Kashmir to the serene Vembanad Lake in Kerala. These water bodies serve as vital ecosystems, cultural landmarks, and sources of livelihood across the country. Let’s boost your knowledge about the Indian Lakes with our GK Quiz on Lakes in India:


Q1. Which is the largest freshwater lake in India?

a) Chilika Lake

b) Dal Lake

c) Wular Lake

d) Vembanad Lake

S1. Ans. (c)

Q2. Which lake is famous for its floating islands known as ‘Phumdis’?

a) Loktak Lake

b) Pushkar Lake

c) Hussain Sagar Lake

d) Pichola Lake

S2. Ans. (a)

Q3. Which is India’s largest coastal lagoon and the world’s second-largest lagoon, situated on the east coast of India in Odisha?

a) Vembanad Lake

b) Chilika Lake

c) Umiam Lake

d) Salim Ali Lake

S3. Ans. (b)

Q4. Which lake in Rajasthan is considered one of the most sacred and is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats?

a) Lake Pichola

b) Ana Sagar Lake

c) Pushkar Lake

d) Fateh Sagar Lake

S4. Ans. (c)

Q5. Which lake, located in Odisha, is the largest coastal lagoon in India?

a) Chilika Lake

b) Lonar Lake

c) Sambhar Lake

d) Wular Lake

S5. Ans. (a)

Q6. Which lake in Gujarat is renowned as the country’s largest water bird sanctuary and was designated as a bird sanctuary in April 1969?

a) Nalsarover Lake

b) Bhimtal Lake

c) Sambhar Lake

d) Pushkar Lake

S6. Ans. (a)

Q7. Which lake in Maharashtra, dedicated to ornithologist Salim Ali, is known as Salim Ali Sarovar and is located near Delhi Gate in Aurangabad?

a) Salim Ali Lake

b) Hussain Sagar Lake

c) Bhimtal Lake

d) Sambhar Lake

S7. Ans. (a)

Q8. What unique feature makes Loktak Lake in Manipur famous?

a) Its abundance of migratory birds

b) Its turquoise-colored water

c) Its floating “phumdis” made from phragmites

d) Its volcanic origin

S8. Ans. (c)

Q9. _________ lake is known as the “Queen of Lakes” in Kerala?

a) Vembanad Lake

b) Ashtamudi Lake

c) Sasthamkotta Lake

d) Periyar Lake

S9. Ans. (c)

Q10. Sambhar Salt Lake is a major supplier of which mineral?

a) Iron ore

b) Salt

c) Coal

d) Gold

S10. Ans. (b)

Hacking at UnitedHealth Unit Cripples a Swath of the US Health System: What to Know

Early in the morning of Feb. 21, Change Healthcare, a company unknown to most Americans that plays a huge role in the U.S. health system, issued a brief statement saying some of its applications were “currently unavailable.”

By the afternoon, the company described the situation as a “cyber security” problem.

Since then, it has rapidly blossomed into a crisis.

The company, recently purchased by insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, reportedly suffered a cyberattack. The impact is wide and expected to grow. Change Healthcare’s business is maintaining health care’s pipelines — payments, requests for insurers to authorize care, and much more. Those pipes handle a big load: Change says on its website, “Our cloud-based network supports 14 billion clinical, financial, and operational transactions annually.”

Initial media reports have focused on the impact on pharmacies, but techies say that’s understating the issue. The American Hospital Association says many of its members aren’t getting paid and that doctors can’t check whether patients have coverage for care.

But even that’s just a slice of the emergency: CommonWell, an institution that helps health providers share medical records, information critical to care, also relies on Change technology. The system contained records on 208 million individuals as of July 2023. Courtney Baker, CommonWell marketing manager, said the network “has been disabled out of an abundance of caution.”

“It’s small ripple pools that will get bigger and bigger over time, if it doesn’t get solved,” Saad Chaudhry, chief digital and information officer at Luminis Health, a hospital system in Maryland, told KFF Health News.

Here’s what to know about the hack:

Who Did It?

Media reports are fingering ALPHV, a notorious ransomware group also known as Blackcat, which has become the target of numerous law enforcement agencies worldwide. While UnitedHealth Group has said it is a “suspected nation-state associated” attack, some outside analysts dispute the linkage. The gang has previously been blamed for hacking casino companies MGM and Caesars, among many other targets.

The Department of Justice alleged in December, before the Change hack, that the group’s victims had already paid it hundreds of millions of dollars in ransoms.

Is This a New Problem?

Absolutely not. A study published in JAMA Health Forum in December 2022 found that the annual number of ransomware attacks against hospitals and other providers doubled from 2016 to 2021.

“It’s more of the same, man,” said Aaron Miri, the chief digital and information officer at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida.

Because the assaults disable the target’s computer systems, providers have to shift to paper, slowing them down and making them vulnerable to missing information.

Further, a study published in May 2023 in JAMA Network Open examining the effects of an attack on a health system found that waiting times, median length of stay, and incidents of patients leaving against medical advice all increased — at neighboring emergency departments. The results, the authors wrote, mean cyberattacks “should be considered a regional disaster.”

Attacks have devastated rural hospitals, Miri said. And wherever health care providers are hit, patient safety issues follow.

What Does It Mean for Patients?

If You’re Caught in a Cybersecurity Breach, Here Are Steps to Take:

– Monitor the notices and bills you receive from insurers and providers. Contact them immediately if anything seems suspicious.– If a medical provider requests your Social Security number on intake forms, leave the space blank, and politely push back if they insist.– If your health plan offers free credit or identity theft monitoring following a breach, take it.If you’re concerned your data has been compromised: – Go to the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft site to file an identity theft report, if appropriate.– If someone used your name to get medical care, contact every provider who may have been involved and get copies of your medical records. Correct any errors.– Notify your health plan’s fraud department and send a copy of the FTC identity theft report.– File free fraud alerts with the three major credit reporting agencies.Michelle Andrews

Year after year, more Americans’ health data is breached. That exposes people to identity theft and medical error.

Care can also suffer. For example, a 2017 attack, dubbed “NotPetya,” forced a rural West Virginia hospital to reboot its operations and hit pharma company Merck so hard it wasn’t able to fulfill production targets for an HPV vaccine.

Because of the Change Healthcare attack, some patients may be routed to new pharmacies less affected by billing problems. Patients’ bills may also be delayed, industry executives said. At some point, many patients are likely to receive notices their data was breached. Depending on the exact data that has been pilfered, those patients may be at risk for identity theft, Chaudhry said. Companies often offer free credit monitoring services in those situations.

“Patients are dying because of this,” Miri said. Indeed, an October preprint from researchers at the University of Minnesota found a nearly 21% increase in mortality for patients in a ransomware-stricken hospital.

How Did It Happen?

The Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an industry coordinating group that disseminates intel on attacks, has told its members that flaws in an application called ConnectWise ScreenConnect are to blame. Exact details couldn’t be confirmed.

It’s a tool tech support teams use to remotely troubleshoot computer problems, and the attack is “apparently fairly trivial to execute,” H-ISAC warned members. The group said it expects additional victims and advised its members to update their technology. When the attack first hit, the AHA recommended its members disconnect from systems both at Change and its corporate parent, UnitedHealth’s Optum unit. That would affect services ranging from claims approvals to reference tools.

Millions of Americans see physicians and other practitioners employed by UnitedHealth and are covered by the company’s insurance plans.

UnitedHealth has said only Change’s systems are affected and that it’s safe for hospitals to use other digital services provided by UnitedHealth and Optum, which include claims filing and processing systems.

But not many chief information officers “are jumping to reconnect,” Chaudhry said. “It’s an uneasy feeling.”

Miri says Baptist is using the conglomerate’s technology and that he trusts UnitedHealth’s word that it’s safe.

Where’s the Federal Government?

Neither executive was sanguine about the future of cybersecurity in health care. “It’s going to get worse,” Chaudhry said.

“It’s a shame the feds aren’t helping more,” Miri said. “You’d think if our nuclear infrastructure were under attack the feds would respond with more gusto.”

While the departments of Justice and State have targeted the ALPHV group, the government has stayed behind the scenes more in the aftermath of this attack. Chaudhry said the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services have been attending calls organized by the AHA to brief members about the situation.

Miri said rural hospitals in particular could use more funding for security and that agencies like the Food and Drug Administration should have mandatory standards for cybersecurity.

There’s some recognition among officials that improvements need to be made.

“This latest attack is just more evidence that the status quo isn’t working and we have to take steps to shore up cybersecurity in the health industry,” said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and a longtime advocate for stronger cybersecurity, in a statement to KFF Health News.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth – The Saga Of The Seaside Inn Guide

You can tackle multiple side quests in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. One, in particular, might take you two chapters before it’s fully resolved. There’s also a nasty opponent at the end. Here’s our guide on how to complete The Saga of the Seaside Inn in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. We also discuss the Tonberry King and its Pristine Crown, because that fella is annoying. Likewise, please be reminded that this article contains minor spoilers.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth – The Saga of the Seaside Inn guide

The Saga of the Seaside Inn quest comes from Johnny, and you can tackle it as early as Chapter 7: Those Left Behind. Let’s just say that he’s been seeing more than double due to Yuffie’s shenanigans. Now, it’s up to you to track down his ninjutsu copies. Here are the tasks that you can expect:

  • Gather Refurbishment Materials
  • Craft the Boiler Valve
  • Make your way to the desert to fight the Tonberry King
  • Obtain either the Marred Crown or the Pristine Crown
The Johnnys are going to make you scratch your head.

Where to find the Refurbishment Materials and Ziplines

To kick things off in the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Saga of Seaside Inn quest, you should head to the marked location. It’s an outdoor resort to the west of Costa del Sol. There, you’ll find a couple of Johnnys, and they want you to gather the Refurbishment Materials. These are found inside crates near ziplines. Below, we’ve marked down all eight ziplines, which happen to have these materials:

A map showing the location of all eight ziplines.
A map showing the location of all eight ziplines.

How to craft the Boiler Valve

Next up, you have to meet two Johnnys that require the Boiler Valve. But wait, where’s the blueprint? Well, here’s the thing: the Boiler Valve blueprint comes from an Excavation Site. That means you have to activate a few Lifesprings in the Corel region to reveal its location. Once there, use your Chocobo to scent and scour the area.

After obtaining the Boiler Valve blueprint, it’s time to craft it via the Item Transmuter. You need the following resources:

  • Iron Ore – Can be found in rocky areas in all regions.
  • Zinc Ore – Can be found in rocky areas in all regions except Grasslands and Junon.
  • Amethyst – Can be found in rocky areas in all regions except Grasslands and Junon.
Craft the Boiler Valve once you have the resources.
Craft the Boiler Valve once you have the resources.

How to go to the desert

The next step if you want to complete The Saga of the Seaside Inn in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is to meet up with a Johnny near the Borderland. This is the river separating the beaches of North Corel with the desert of South Corel. There’s just one problem: you can’t go to the desert yet–at least not during Chapter 7.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Travel along the mountain path that leads to the Corel Mines.
  • Make your way to North Corel.
  • Ride the cable car to the Gold Saucer. Enjoy a lot of minigames in the meantime.
  • Follow the main story objectives in the Dustbowl and the desert.
  • And, by the time you’re done, you should be at the start of Chapter 9: The Planet Stirs. We hear you: it’s your anger that’s stirring due to how long this whole process has taken.
A map showing the location of the Tonberry King encounter.
A map showing the location of the Tonberry King encounter.

How to get the Pristine Crown from the Tonberry King

Okay, now that you’ve reached the desert, you get to drive around using the Buggy. But how exactly do you find the Tonberry King? Well, it’s a Dangerous Fiend, which means you have to locate all six Lifesprings in the Corel region before you can battle it. Once its location is revealed, head over there and start the encounter.

Note that the Tonberry King in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is a deadly opponent, and its capabilities have become a meme over the years. Basically, it has a one-hit kill knife attack, and this can easily ruin your day. It also has abilities that can bind/stun characters, or summon regular Tonberry mobs… that also have one-hit kill stab attacks.

In any case, here’s what you need to know about the Tonberry King Pristine Crown in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth:

  • If you manage to defeat the Tonberry King normally–without stealing its crown–you will only receive an item called the Marred Crown.
  • If you want to obtain the Pristine Crown:
    • You must bait the Tonberry King so that it does a knife attack. Then, at the last second, do a perfect dodge to avoid it. This will cause the Tonberry King to lose its crown.
    • While the crown is on the ground, quickly use the Steal materia to grab it. Make sure you do this before the boss reaches the crown or it’ll just pick it up.
    • Defeat the boss afterward.
Dodge the Tonberry King's one-hit kill attack, then make a break for the crown to steal it.
Dodge the Tonberry King’s one-hit kill attack, then make a break for the crown to steal it.

The Saga of the Seaside Inn rewards

When you’re done, return to the Johnny in the Borderland and hand over whichever crown you obtained. Then, go back to Costa del Sol and talk to the original Johnny. This completes the Saga of the Seaside Inn quest in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

For your efforts, you’ll receive the usual gil, character XP, and party XP (note that the amount seems to be higher if you give the Pristine Crown). Likewise, you gain bonus relationship/affinity with Yuffie.

And now you have a place where you can put the collectible items you've acquired during your playthrough.
And now you have a place where you can put the collectible items you’ve acquired during your playthrough.

However, the most important change here is that the Seaside Inn will transform into a more luxurious facility, complete with display racks for various collectibles. This is pretty much where all your collectible items go, from Stuffed Moogles rewarded via Mogstools to PLAY ARTS figures from Gold Saucer.

A grand adventure awaits you in Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. We’ve got all the tips and strategies for you in our FF7 Rebirth guides hub.