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Assam Islamic seminary tightens admission rules

first_imgA 121-year-old Islamic seminary in southern Assam has made its admission rules stricter in a bid to stop criticism of harbouring illegal immigrants and fundamentalists.The Darul Uloom Banskandi in Cachar district, situated about 13 km from district headquarters Silchar, issued a notice on Thursday making it compulsory for students seeking admission to submit their legacy data along with the application form.Legacy data are a set of documentary evidence which establish that the family of a citizen of India has been living in Assam from before 1971. This is a requirement of the National Register of Citizens of 1951 being updated in the State with March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date. In other words, people who entered Assam after the cut-off date would be marked illegal immigrants and deported.“Students will have to submit their legacy data that establish members of their family have been living in India before 1971. They will also have to submit proof of permanent residence and voter’s identity card in the case of those who have attained the age of voting (18 years),” Hamid Ahmed, the rector of the seminary, said.last_img read more

Pramod Sawant to meet Modi and Pralhad Joshi to seek solutions to restart mining industry in Goa

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Mines Pralhad Joshi to seek solutions to restart the mining industry in Goa, which stands banned by the Supreme Court since 2018. Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function in Panaji on Sunday, Mr. Sawant said he would meet them both after Mr. Joshi familiarises himself with his portfolio. He reiterated that resolving the mining deadlock was a priority for his government. Last month, Mr. Sawant had said harvesting of mining dumps near the mining leases was one of the options his government was examining to resume the mining activity in the interest of stakeholders, despite the Supreme Court ban on mining in 88 leases. There are currently over 736 million tonnes of iron ore dumped in mountain-like heaps in Goa’s mining belt. Mr. Sawant is expected to finalise a policy for dump ore harvesting by July this year.last_img read more

Taylor Swift confirms that Justin Bieber cheated on Selena Gomez back in

first_imgTaylor Swift and Scooter Braun’s bad blood has had a few casualties with all the other celebrities who have had to comment and take sides. One of them is obviously, Justin Bieber, who did support Braun which only resulted in Taylor allegedly revealing a crucial detail about when Bieber dated Selena Gomez. She supported a comment that hinted at Justin Bieber cheating on Selena Gomez when they were dating.Basically, here’s how the drama unfolded. Over the weekend, Swift took to Tumblr to speak about Braun’s company Ithaca Holdings LLC and how they have acquired her former record label Big Machine Label Group. Stating how she was “sad and grossed out” over the sale of her music catalogue. She further called Braun’s act as “incessant, manipulative bullying.” In support of Scooter, Beiber stated, “Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.” He also added, “What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? Seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, one thing I know is both scooter and I love you,” and concluded, “love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or…any feelings that need to be addressed.” Justin Bieber’s Instagram postInstagramOf course, Swift did not appreciate his words but she had a different way of retorting to Bieber. As JB’s words took social media by a storm, one particular post said, “‘We haven’t gotten to communicate our differences.’ You cheated on her best friend and then publicly sided with the man who made revenge porn against her was she supposed to invite you over for tea??? F–k outta here.” Of course, as Taylor Swift liked the post, fans took screenshots of it and let everyone know that yes, Justin Bieber did cheat on Selena Gomez when they were going together. Others clearly interpreted that perhaps Swift confirmed how JB cheated on Selena when they were together.Noting the same, in the past Bieber did shed some light on his perspective of the stories about him allegedly cheating on Selena. He told i-D, “We were working out how to be in a relationship, how to be ourselves, who we were, in the middle of having people judge our relationship through the media. I think that really messed my head up too. Because then, it’s like trust and all this other stuff that starts messing with your mind. You’re on the road. And there are beautiful women on the road. And you’re just getting yourself into trouble.” Taylor Swift’s postInstagramThings did not go down well between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez after they split up over cheating allegations as they continued to blame each other. Other celebrities such as Halsey, Cara Delevingne, Demi Lovato and Todrick Hall also shared their opinions on the same. Currently, Bieber is happily married to Hailey Baldwin Bieber while Selena Gomez is focussing on her career.last_img read more

UPDATE Melania Trump Travels To Arizona To Visit A Migrant Facility

first_img Share AP Photo/Carolyn KasterFirst lady Melania Trump arrives at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Thursday, June 28, 2018, en route to a U.S. Customs border and protection facility in Tucson, Ariz.First Lady Melania Trump is paying a second visit to children detained under her husband’s “Zero Tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings. She arrived at Tucson, Ariz., where she will visit a Customs and Border Protection facility and participate in a roundtable discussion with Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and a local rancher.The trip follows a visit last week to the border town of McAllen, Texas to a shelter for children separated from their parents.“She wanted to see everything for herself,” her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said at the time. “She supports family reunification. She thinks that it’s important that children stay with their families.”Grisham confirmed on Tuesday that a second trip was being planned, but details were kept under wraps.During the trip to McAllen, the first lady’s choice of a jacket emblazoned with the words, “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” prompted controversy and speculation about its meaning. Her spokeswoman said it was simply “a jacket” with “no hidden message.”She did not wear the jacket Thursday.The initial trip took place the day after President Trump signed an executive order aimed at ending family separations. A White House official told NPR that Melania Trump pressed her husband to stop separating children from their parents.On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Diego ordered the administration to stop separating parents and children and said that all immigrant children detained under the Trump administration policy must be returned to their parents within 30 days.Since the ruling, Grisham said Thursday, the first lady is “anxious to learn how they’re implementing the new process. There was a court case that threw a wrench in the works.”last_img read more

Long delays on M6 after camper van fire blows smoke across motorway

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect long delays on the M6 as a camper van fire blows smoke across the motorway. Emergency services were called to the scene on the northbound carriageway between junction 14, for Stafford North, and 15, for Stoke-on-Trent, shortly before 2.45pm. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were attending the incident not far from junction 15. Traffic monitoring company Inrix reports all three lanes are being temporarily held as the fire service arrive at the scene. An Inrix spokesman said: “All traffic is being temporarily held and there is stationary traffic due to vehicle fire and smoke blowing across the road on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area. Read MorePolice name man arrested and charged with attempted rape of young girl   “All traffic was held at around 2.45pm. Currently we are unable to tell what type of vehicle is on fire, but the fire service is in attendence.” Highways England is also aware of the incident. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

What the USChina tech and AI arms race means for the world

first_imgAtlantic Council CEO, Frederick Kempe spoke in the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. He talked about the Cold war between the US and China and why the countries need to co-operate and not compete in the tech arms race, in his presentation Future Frontiers of Technology Control. He began his presentation by posing a question set forth by Former US Foreign National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, “Can the incumbent US and insurgent China become strategic collaborators and strategic competitors in this tech space at the same time?” Read also: The New AI Cold War Between China and the USA Kempe’s three framing arguments Geopolitical Competition This fusion of tech breakthroughs blurring lines of the physical, digital, and biological space is reaching an inflection point that makes it already clear that they will usher in a revolution that will determine the shape of the global economy. It will also determine which nations and political constructs may assume the commanding heights of global politics in the coming decade. Technological superiority Over the course of history, societies that dominated economic innovation and progress have dominated in international relations — from military superiority to societal progress and prosperity. On balance, technological progress has contributed to higher standards of living in most parts of the world; however, the disproportionate benefit goes to first movers. Commanding Heights The technological arms race for supremacy in the fourth industrial revolution has essentially become a two-horse contest between the United States and China. We are in the early stages of this race, but how it unfolds and is conducted will do much to shape global human relations. The shift in 2018 in US-China relations from a period of strategic engagement to greater strategic competition has also significantly accelerated the Tech arms race. China vs the US: Why China has the edge? It was Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation who said that “The one who becomes the leader in Artificial Intelligence, will rule the world.” In 2017, DeepMind’s AlphaGo defeated a Chinese master in Go, a traditional Chinese game. Following this defeat, China launched an ambitious roadmap, called the next generation AI plan. The goal was to become the Global leader in AI by 2030 in theory, technology, and application. On current trajectories, in the four primary areas of AI over the next 5 years, China will emerge the winner of this new technology race. Kempe also quotes, author of the book, AI superpowers, Kai-fu Lee who argues that harnessing of the power of AI today- the electricity of the 21st century- requires abundant data, hungry entrepreneurs, AI scientists, and an AI friendly policy. He believes that China has the edge in all of these. The current AI has translated from out of the box research, where the US has expertise in, to actual implementation, where China has the edge. Per, Kai-fu Lee China already has the edge in entrepreneurship, data, and government support, and is rapidly catching up to the U.S. in expertise. The world has translated from the age of world-leading expertise (US department) to the age of data, where China wins hands down. Economists call China the Saudi Arabia of Data and with that as the fuel for AI, it has an enormous advantage. The Chinese government without privacy restrictions can gain and use data in a manner that is out of reach of any democracy. Kemper concludes that the nature of this technological arms contest may favor insurgent China rather than the incumbent US. What are the societal implications of this tech cold war He also touched upon the societal implications of AI and the cold war between the US and China. A number of jobs will be lost by 2030. Quoting from Kai-fu Lee’s book, Kempe says that Job displacement caused by artificial intelligence and advanced robotics could possibly displace up to 54 million US workers which comprise 30% of the US labor force. It could also displace up to 100 million Chinese workers which are 12% of the Chinese labor force. What is the way forward with these huge societal implications of a bi-lateral race underway? Kempe sees three possibilities. A sloppy Status Quo A status quo where China and the US will continue to cooperate but increasingly view each other with suspicion. They will manage their rising differences and distrust imperfectly, never bridging them entirely, but also not burning bridges, either between researchers, cooperations, or others. Techno Cold War China and the US turn the global tech contest into more of a zero-sum battle for global domination. They organize themselves in a manner that separates their tech sectors from each other and ultimately divides up the world. Collaborative Future – the one we hope for Nicholas Thompson and Ian Bremmer argued in a wired interview that despite the two countries’ societal difference, the US should wrap China in a tech embrace. The two countries should work together to establish international standards to ensure that the algorithms governing people’s lives and livelihoods are transparent and accountable. They should recognize that while the geopolitics of technological change is significant, even more important will be the challenges AI poses to all societies across the world in terms of job automation and the social disruptions that may come with it. It may sound utopian to expect US and China to cooperate in this manner, but this is what we should hope for. To do otherwise would be self-defeating and at the cost of others in the global community which needs our best thinking to navigate the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution. Kempe concludes his presentation with a quote by Henry Kissinger, Former US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, “We’re in a position in which the peace and prosperity of the world depend on whether China and the US can find a method to work together, not always in agreement, but to handle our disagreements…This is the key problem of our time.” Note: All images in this article are taken from Frederick Kempe’s presentation. Read Next We must change how we think about AI, urge AI founding fathers Does AI deserve to be so Overhyped? Alarming ways governments are using surveillance tech to watch youlast_img read more