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Afghan Journalist Zabihullah Tamanna Breathes His Last In Kabul

NPR's Philip Reeves, who recruited Zabihullah Tamanna to NPR, described him as "a wonderful, compassionate and courageous man."

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A 2011 picture of Zabihullah Tamanna. Image Courtesy: npr.org
  • Zabihullah Tamanna died due to a Taliban attack on Sunday, June 5
  • Zabi used to work as a photojournalist for a Chinese News Agency, Xinhua
  • NPR Correspondent Tom Browman described Zabihullah as a brave and trustworthy man

Zabihullah Tamanna, an interpreter for the NPR, was killed along with NPR’s very own photojournalist David Kelly last Sunday. The two, who were on an assignment of high importance, were travelling in a highly armored Humvee, which was attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade. The Taliban militants, who have wrecked terror in Afghanistan, are believed to be behind the attacks.

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Zabihullah, who was known as Zabi, worked as a photojournalist for the Chinese news agency Xinhua. More recently, he wrote for Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency. Zabi, as he was popularly called, had also written the high ticket story of the afghan president’s swearing in.

Pentagon correspondent of NPR Tom Bowman and producer Monika Evstatieva were also working on the assignment. Travelling in a separate vehicle, however, they were not injured.

Taliban members. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Taliban members. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

NPR’s Philip Reeves, who recruited Zabihullah Tamanna to NPR, said he had deep respect for the man. Phil wrote in a remembrance letter:

 “He was a tall man with a warm smile, who somehow managed to couple a casual manner with a quiet sense of authority. It soon became clear that he had a great eye for a story, and that people from every level of society simply liked and trusted him, an essential quality in the journalism business.

“Zabi seemed at ease with everyone; he persuaded senior politicians, young male migrants heading to Europe, female victims of war, and many, many more to speak into NPR’s microphone — and, by doing so, to shine a light on their nation’s unending conflict.

“On one unforgettable occasion, he managed to persuade an Afghan people smuggler to sit down and tell us all about his illicit trade over a lunch of grilled chicken and green tea.”

Zabihullah’s loved ones are grief stricken. Even through all the pain, Zabi’s widow, Fawzia Tamanna told NPR, “Please tell the world he was the finest man.”

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the attack “a grim reminder of the danger that continues to face the Afghan people.”

-written by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @saurabhbodas96

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Here’s How Bird Photography Leads to Discovery of New Species

Bird photography leads to discovery of species, says ornithologist

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Such an activity has led to important discoveries of species not previously known from the country, and over-zealous photographers have also destroyed bird habitats and disturbed nesting birds. Pixabay

BY VISHAL GULATI

Bird photography as a hobby and profession has taken off to a major extent in India. It has led to important discoveries of species not previously known from the country, a globally renowned ornithologist said on Sunday.

In his latest paper published in BirdingASIA, the biannual bulletin on Asian birds, Nature Conservation Foundation Scientist K.S. Gopi Sundar told IANS the number of bird species in India is growing owing to improved genetic capabilities that have helped discern differences between birds that looked and sounded somewhat similar.

However, there is still a very slow growth in the understanding of individual species.

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Autecology, or the science of how a species interacts with its surroundings, is the branch of ecology that assists scientists in determining where species are found and what they do.

For the vast majority of Indian bird species, this basic information is either absent or very poorly known, said Sundar, who is the Co-chair of the IUCN Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group.

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Bird photography as a hobby and profession has taken off to a major extent in India. Pixabay

Looking for a species for many years in multiple locations is the ideal way to improve knowledge of the species. But this takes time and more importantly resources that countries like India do not appear to be relegating to basic studies.

“Given this background, with some colleagues, I wanted to see if there are faster ways of improving knowledge of bird species using available resources that may not be being used as best as they could,” he said.

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“The idea began when a small group of us saw a black-bellied form of the variable wheatear in Udaipur in 2018. The variable wheatear is a neat little black-and-white bird that migrates to India for the winter, and eats millions of insects while here,” he said.

“It is quite common in the northern parts, even seen inside cities and in farmlands. Also, the bird is interesting in having three distinct colour forms that vary in the quantity of white and black on the bird. Not surprisingly, exceedingly little is known of the ecology and requirements of this species in India.”

The black-bellied form was new for the researchers and therefore mildly exciting.

The only available information on this form was in field guides that compile all and any information they can get on birds to make maps that help people interested in birds.

Field guides suggested that the black-bellied form was found only in a small patch in Pakistan along the Indus river during the winter.

“By then, we had seen the form in three different locations in Udaipur. We waited for another winter, and behold, the black-bellied form appeared again in all the three locations of Udaipur. Clearly, existing information on this form needed updating,” he said.

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Bird photography has led to important discoveries of species not previously known from the country, a globally renowned ornithologist said. Pixabay

Bird photography as a hobby and profession has taken off to a major extent in India.

It has led to important discoveries of species not previously known from the country, and over-zealous photographers have also destroyed bird habitats and disturbed nesting birds.

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But since the emergence of the internet, several institutions have set up forums for photographers to donate their images of birds, primarily to assist other people with identification.

“We scanned various portals for photographs of variable wheatears, and ended up with a database of over 540 photographers of the three forms that also had year and location,” he said.

“We created maps for all three forms and also assessed if any were being seem more in recent times. We discovered that our maps, created using photographs donated online by photographers, matched field guides only for one form. Two other forms of the variable wheatear were distributed much more widely than was suspected,” Sundar said.

Photographers, of course, do not go to all places equally, and some are more generous with their photographs than others.

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“So it is likely that all three forms are distributed much more widely than what we have discovered. What was most exciting for us that it is possible to use already-available resources to create information on birds, however basic, in India,” he said.

With so many researchers following the lockdown to help combat the novel coronavirus, perhaps many more attempts could be made to see what other aspects of Indian birds the freely-available photographs online can reveal, Sundar added. (IANS)

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Here Are Some Tips To Let You Click Holi Snaps Like a Pro Using Apple iPhone 11 Series

Here are tips for those who want to shoot Holi celebrations with the iPhone

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According to leading photographer Rohit Vohra, Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max is a water, splash and dust resistant phone with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 4 meters up to 30 minutes) and is definitely a leap for mobile phone photography. Pixabay

When it comes to photography while celebrating Holi, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max can deliver perfect snaps even without any protective casing in real-life situations.

According to leading photographer Rohit Vohra, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a water, splash and dust resistant phone with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 4 meters up to 30 minutes) and is definitely a leap for mobile phone photography.

“I am happy to say that iPhone was able to take this torture surprisingly well. To start with, I was not sure if using iPhone without any water proofing was a good idea, but as I started shooting, I realised that the fear was within me. The iPhone is built like a rock and after shooting Holi for two days, I can safely say that it is water, splash and dust proof,” Vohra said in a statement.

Vohra is one of Asia’s most prominent street photographers with over 12 years of experience.

He also shared some tips for those who want to shoot Holi celebrations with the iPhone:

* Remember to use a screen guard on the iPhone as this will not only protect your screen if it falls, it will also protect it from colour.

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When it comes to photography while celebrating Holi, Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max can deliver perfect snaps even without any protective casing in real-life situations. IANS

* Do not hold the iPhone against pressurised water for too long. It’s ok to take a few splashes, but do not hold it against continuous high velocity water.

* Keep a dry piece of lint free cloth in a zip lock bag to clean if you see a lot of water or gulal powder on the screen. This will help you see the scene better and compose the scenes well.

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* Do not start charging the iPhone when its wet. This could damage the iPhone. One can use wireless charging feature. (IANS)

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Great Side Jobs To Earn More Money On The Side

Some alternate jobs to earn more money

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Side jobs aren’t full-time positions and don’t require you to commit permanently. Pixabay

A side job is something you should consider trying if you’re always short on extra cash and have to live from paycheck to paycheck to pay your bills. Side jobs aren’t full-time positions and don’t require you to commit permanently. 

Well, admit it, everyone wants to earn extra cash. In fact, almost every other individual who has a regular job does a side hustle too. It’s not surprising since a single source of income won’t be enough these days. 

If you want to improve your current financial situation, you need an income booster, and that’s what side hustles or side jobs can do for you. 

Why Are Side Jobs Great?

Aside from boosting your income, side jobs can serve as your creative outlet, especially if you’re going to do something you’re passionate about, something you can’t normally do in your permanent regular job. Also, these will give you the chance to learn some new skills that you can use to bolster your resume. 

They’re great to the point that some people cobble together different gigs and turn them into a full-time source of income by working as a freelancer.

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If you want to improve your current financial situation, you need an income booster, and that’s what side hustles or side jobs can do for you.

Another good thing about side jobs that attracts a lot of people into trying it and making it a career is that it’s flexible. Yes, flexible enough that you can work as little or as much as you would like. Depending on how much boost you want for your earnings, you can set your schedule into one that’s most convenient for you. 

Thanks to the Internet, earning money today no longer feels like a constant or never-ending struggle. It’s true, no matter where you are from and what you do for a living.

The digital world has a vast amount of opportunities; you only need to tap them and take advantage of the ways to earn some extra cash. 

This post will share great side jobs to help you earn more money on the side. Read on below to learn more.

Take Surveys

If you’re one of those searching for side hustles, look no further than taking surveys. Yes, you heard it right, spend your spare time filling out surveys online and get paid for doing so. 

Register and create your profile on survey websites and wait for companies that require survey takers to contact you. The companies are usually big brands that carry out online market research for specific products or services. 

As you probably already know, before companies release products and advertisements to the public, they’re going to tweak them using information from consumer feedback. Surveys will give them the information they need to make more money, so they don’t mind paying you for taking one.

Teach Online

One popular way to make more money on the side is to teach online. Online teaching is very flexible, and you only need a reliable Internet connection at home to make it work. Set your hours and teach individuals from different parts of the world. 

Most of the online tutoring websites have excellent teacher support to help you perform efficiently.

Pay is excellent with online tutoring, which can reach up to twenty dollars per hour. 

Get Into Craigslist Or eBay And Sell Items

Sell items on Craigslist or eBay if you want a sure way to make extra cash. 

You can sell anything online, from collectibles, household appliances, to furniture. As long as you have things at home that you don’t use anymore, you can make money out of them.

Other people even consider selling on Craigslist or eBay as a career by doing it for others. Every time you make a sale from other people’s items, you’ll get a small commission that may accumulate into a significant amount if you can sell several items in a day successfully.

Become A Driver For Rideshare Or Delivery Services

Ridesharing has become increasingly popular, and you can take advantage of it. If you own a reliable vehicle and know how to drive, you can apply as a rideshare driver and boost your income through it.

Package delivery service providers also need drivers to deliver parcels for ecommerce companies, and it’s also an excellent opportunity to earn extra cash. You can use your private car, and the schedule is flexible, so it’s possible to work on weekends or the rest days from your regular job.

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You can also turn some of the gig economy jobs out there into a career in the future.

Rent An Extra Room In Your House On Airbnb

If you have a spare room at home, you can rent it out on Airbnb if you want some fast cash.

Once a guest successfully checks in, you’ll get paid within twenty-four hours, helping you avoid potential scams or any other problem along the way. 

You can also opt to rent out your entire house for more money. Many people do it, and renting out their properties on Airbnb have even ended up being their primary source of income.

Sell Photos

If you love photography and like to take random photos, you can monetize your curiosity and creativity by selling some of your captures online. 

Websites that buy photos online include Bigstock, Fotolia, and Shutterstock. 

If you’re serious about earning money from selling photos, you can enroll yourself in photography courses to obtain more advanced skills.

Sell Technical Services On Freelancing Platforms

If you’re a website designer or a graphic design artist, you can monetize your skills by selling your services to small businesses on freelancing platforms, like Upwork.

Other professionals, like lawyers and accountants, can also make money through freelancing platforms by helping business owners focus more on running their businesses.

Conclusion

The side jobs mentioned in this post are only some of the many ways to earn extra money. They’re great opportunities to boost your income and become more financially stable. You can also turn some of the gig economy jobs out there into a career in the future.