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The Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
Where there is injury, pardon; 
Where there is doubt, faith; 
\Where there is despair, hope; 
\Where there is darkness, light; 
Where there is sadness, joy. 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek 
To be consoled as to console, 
To be understood as to understand, 
To be loved as to love; 
For it is in giving that we receive; 
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; 
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life. 

Attributed to Francis Bernadone, perhaps the most universally loved of Christian saints, who was born in Assisi, Italy, in 1181 or 1182. At the age of twenty two, after a sudden illness that brought him almost to the point of death, he left his home and inheritance to follow an injunction that he felt he received from Christ himself: "Francis, go and rebuild my Church." Three great Franciscan orders quickly grew around the monks, nuns, and lay disciples who responded to his joyful example of universal love and selfless service.

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Olympics: What does the word Rio de Janeiro mean?

The host city of the 2016 Summer Olympics starting today, Rio de Janeiro (pronounced ree-oh dey zhuh-nair-oh) or simply Rio is the second-most populous city in Brazil. It is a Portuguese word which means river of January

GST Simplified

GST or the Goods and Services Tax is an indirect tax that brings together most of the taxes that are imposed on all goods and services (except a few) under a single banner. This is in contrast to the current system, where taxes are levied separately on goods and services.

It is perhaps the most important economic reform item on the Narendra Modi government’s agenda. This is one reform which affects all of us.

India is politically one country, but economically it is fragmented. There are multiple taxes when there is commerce across state borders. Consequently, it increases costs for everyone and makes economic activity within India for Indians complicated.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an indirect tax reform which aims to  remove tax barriers between states and create a single market.

In GST, consumers should benefit in two ways. First, all taxes will be collected at the point of consumption. It means that if a shirt is taxed at 18%, it will include both central government’s taxes and state government’s taxes. Transparency in taxation should deter governments from indiscriminately increasing taxes as there is bound to be public backlash.

Second, once barriers between states are removed, we as consumers will not end up paying “tax on tax” which is what happens when goods move across state borders. (References: TOI Blog, ET)

DYK: What is Pokemon Go?

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality mobile game which has created euphoria worldwide inviting knee-jerk reactions from worried parents to  clerics releasing fatwa against it since July 6 — when the app was officially released in Australia, the US and New Zealand,  hacked by a group called Millennials, and made available illegally worldwide.

Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented(or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.

The gaming app— which detects the user's location through the phone's GPS — makes characters from the '90s Japanese cartoon series 'Pokemon' pop up in the vicinity. It expects users to walk to search for these imaginary animals and later, train and battle them. You can play either by switching on your phone camera or in augmented reality mode. Seduced by this treasure-hunt-like promise and the hype of the app that is already bigger than the dating app Tinder, many young Indians have resorted to various hacks to download the game on their Android and iOS phones.

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What is the meaning of the tamil word kabali?

The movie Kabali has created a huge frenzy among the fans of superstar Rajnikant.

The name Kabali is a part of the name Kapaleeshwar/Kabaleeshwaar. It is the name of a popular temple in Mylapore,Chennai. Kabalam stands for skull and Eashwar refers to Lord Shiva.

Kabaali is the Tamil way of pronouncing the Sanskrit name, Kapaali. Lord Siva is called Kabaali because in the Sivapuraanam, he is supposed to carry a skull in his hands, as a begging bowl to receive alms. 

The name however was used for the sidekicks or henchmen of evil men in earlier Tamil cinema .They were potrayed as menacing,uneducated or from a lower community who carries out the villain’s orders without any question.

Director Ranjith just wanted to change this trend. So he named our Superstar Kabali for this movie.

Source: Quora