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Teenaged girl commits suicide in Gurugram

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A 17-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide at her resident in village Chakkarpur in Gurugram on Sunday night, the police said on Monday.

The deceased identified as Vandana, a native of Bihar, was a student of Class 11 and was residing in a rented accommodation here.

Chhote Lal, father of the deceased, told the police that Vandana went to her room on Sunday night after having dinner. “When she didn’t opened the door in the morning, we peeped in through the window and found her handing from the ceiling fan. We along with other tenants living here broke the door and brought down the body,” he said.

The police was informed after that and on reaching the spot, the police sent the body for postmortem.

“The body of the victim has been handed over to the family after an autopsy on Monday. The reason behind the extreme step is yet to be known. The family didn’t blame anyone for the girl’s suicide. Further probe is underway,” said Subhash Boken, spokesperson of the Gurugram police.

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To catch up to WhatsApp, Signal adds custom wallpapers and animated stickers.

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Signal enjoyed an unexpected uptick in users following WhatsApp’s recent privacy blunder. In an effort to capitalize on its rising popularity, Signal has started testing features that make the messaging platform feel a little friendlier.

Earlier this month, Signal announced a handful of new features that would be coming to the platform, including chat wallpapers and animated stickers. As promised, these two features are now available in the beta version of the app, making it feel more like WhatsApp than ever before.

Android Police got its hands on both new features, sharing screenshots of what chat wallpapers look like. You can change your chat wallpaper in Signal by going to Settings > Appearance > Chat wallpaper. You can also change the wallpaper of an individual chat by tapping the person’s name in the top bar and looking for the chat wallpaper option.

There are a total of 21 chat wallpapers to choose from, including 12 solid colors and 9 gradient colors. Android Police said you can also choose a photo from your phone’s camera roll for extra personalization. Before, Signal featured only white and black backgrounds depending on if dark mode was enabled on your device.

Android Police also provides a quick preview of Signal’s new animated stickers—something the platform has dabbled with in the past. There’s a new Day by Day sticker pack that contains 24 animated stickers to help liven up your conversation. The art is by Miguel Angel Camprubí.

Finally, Signal appears to be adding a simple About section for users’ profiles. Users will have the opportunity to choose an emoji and also add a short description of themselves. It’s a simple way to share some of your personality before even having a conversation. Apparently, Signal users can save several blurbs and switch between them on the fly, essentially making them status updates.

If you’re on iOS, Signal said it also plans to add media auto-download settings and full-screen profile photos, the latter of which is already available on Android.

These new additions to Signal appear to be in the beta version of the app for now. Hopefully, testing goes smoothly so they can be added to the stable build. Once that rolls out, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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