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Haryana govt. indifferent towards farmers: Surjewala

first_imgSenior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Monday accused the BJP government in Haryana of being indifferent towards the problems being faced by farmers in the State.He said the farmers were being forced to sell paddy and bajra crops at a lower rate than the minimum support price and yet the State government was not taking any steps to ensure that they got the assured price for their crop.“Farmers are facing exploitation at the hands of middlemen as the BJP government has become a mute spectator towards misery of the farmers,” Mr. Surjewala alleged.“The entire State, especially parts of north and south Haryana, saw unprecedented rain between September 22 and September 24 and there was another spell of rain last week, causing irreparable loss to the sugarcane, paddy, cotton and bajra crops. Yet, by not conducting a ‘special girdawari’ and by not paying compensation, the anti-farmer face of the BJP government has been exposed,” he said.Mr. Surjewala condemned the recent rise in the prices of DAP and NPK fertilizers and the continuous increase in diesel price and demanded immediate relief to farmers, who were already under severe financial distress.“The price rise of fertilizers and diesel have both hit the farming community hard. The anti-farmer face of the BJP has been exposed,” he said.last_img read more

Gasol, Mills lead balanced Spurs attack over Grizzlies

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.Grizzlies: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Willie Marcial is new PBA commissioner Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Deyonta Davis added 12 points. Dillon Brooks finished with 10 points as the Grizzlies were hampered by 43 percent shooting, including 2 of 18 from outside the arc, and 17 turnovers.Between illness and rest, each team was down at least four players, creating some makeshift lineups. Spurs leading-scorer LaMarcus Aldridge took the night off for rest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBoth teams started 2 of 11 from the field in a sloppy first half. Memphis committed 10 turnovers while shooting just under 40 percent, while the Spurs shot slightly better at 44 percent along with eight miscues.Pau Gasol was the only player to reach double figures with 10 points in helping San Antonio to a 51-40 lead at the break. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Spurs maintained the double-digit lead through the third and early stages of the fourth as the Spurs defense pressured the Grizzlies, still mired at 41 percent shooting, including 2 of 12 from outside the arc.Memphis got the lead to single-digits with just under eight minutes remaining, but the Spurs scored the next six points, including four from Parker to match their biggest lead at 91-76 with about six minutes to go.That was in the midst of a 14-2 Spurs run to take the lead to 20 points.Spurs: Joffrey Lauvergne made his first four shots. … Rudy Gay, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard also sat out for San Antonio. They’re each dealing with long-term injuries. … Bertans started his second game of the season. … Pau Gasol is 17-10 in games against his younger brother Marc. … Spurs have a 27-3 record when leading after three quarters.Grizzlies: F Dillon Brooks was named to the Rising Stars World Team earlier Wednesday. Brooks is a native of Canada. … Ivan Rabb, a rookie out of California, made his first career start. … Saw their streak of five straight games with at least 10 3-pointers snapped.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) drives against his brother and San Antonio Spurs center, Pau Gasol, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Pau Gasol ended an assist short of a triple-double, Patty Mills scored 15 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-85 on Wednesday night.Gasol had 14 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and Bryn Forbes and Danny Green also finished with 14 points each. Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray each had 11 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

India set to Become Worlds Top Gold Consumer in 2015 China to

first_imgIndia is poised to pip China as the world’s top consumer of gold in 2015 due to reduced demand for gold in the country due to a rally in stocks and India’s projected high economic growth.”We expect both India and China’s gold demand to be in the range of 900-1,000 tonne (in 2015), with India slightly higher than China. This is mainly due to the higher economic growth momentum projected in India and China’s lack of momentum,” said Somasundaram PR, World Gold Council (WGC) Managing Director, India, according to Bloomberg TV.Gold consumption in India is expected to increase by 23 percent to 1,000 tonne this year if the country registers a gross domestic product (GDP growth) of 7.5-8 percent, according to a report by the World Gold Council.Demand for gold in China fell by 10 percent in the first quarter this year, as stocks made gold investments less appealing.Despite a sharp decline in recent sessions, the Chinese stocks still trade at multi-year highs, with a gain of nearly 34% so far this year. The benchmark Shanghai Composite index has increased by around 120 percent over the past one year.Chinese jewellery buying is currently weighed down by investors’ rush to bullish stock markets. Even potential buyers of gold in China are eyeing stock markets and opening stock accounts.”There’s so much money in market now and nowhere to flow to but stocks,” Chester Liaw, economist at Forecast Pte in Singapore, told TheStreet.The Chinese markets are expected to go up further as expectations rise over additional easing measures by the authorities to boost the sluggish economy, which could further reduce demand for gold in the country.”Investors’ core motivations haven’t changed. We hope markets go up steadily, not with sharp fluctuations,” said Zhao Xijun, deputy finance school dean at Renmin University in Beijing.Besides, impressive post-listing performance of Chinese initial public offerings (IPOs) has also created frenzy among investors. In the past one year, all the IPOs have generated more than 40% returns on listing.last_img read more

Cop closed for torturing woman in police station

first_imgAn assistant sub-inspector of police was closed on Friday for physically torturing a woman at Dhunat police station over dues.The action was taken against Shahnur Rahman after the allegation was found to be true in primary investigation, said officer-in-charge of the police station Ismail Hossain.The victim, Kohinoor Khatun, 42, of Nightpara Boubazar in the district town, is now undergoing treatment at Dhunat Upazila Health Complex.Kohinoor said she used to run a food shop in front of the Judge’s Court in the town and ASI Shahanur used to take food from it. She also claimed that he took Tk 60,000 from her as loan.When she asked for money, the official proposed that she entered an illicit relation with her, she said, adding that she later served a legal notice on him.The police officer called the victim to Dhunat police station on Friday morning in the name of returning her money. At one stage, they locked into an altercation and he beat her mercilessly and drove her out of the police station.Contacted, Shahanur claimed that Kohinoor had long been demanding money to him threatening to implicate him in false cases. “To avoid harassment, I had given her Tk 60,000 through a settlement. Even after that, she came to the police station again and threatened to file a case against me. Being angered, I slapped her.”The OC said the superintendent of police was informed of the matter and later an additional superintendent of police found the allegation to be true after primary investigation and ordered action against the ASI.Departmental action will be taken against him after further investigation, he said.last_img read more

Pvt Engg colleges should stress on practical training

first_imgKolkata: State minister for Technical Education, Training and Skill Development Purnendu Basu urged the private engineering colleges to constantly keep pace with the technological advancement and stress on practical training. “There is no harm to think of doing business but your main aim should be to churn out qualitatively developed students who are fit for the job market. You should strive towards becoming centres of excellence to attract students from other states also. A number of private engineering colleges across the country have closed down as they have been deemed ‘substandard’ by the All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE). We have to keep this in mind and constantly strive towards upgrading curriculum as per requirement of the industry,” Basu said at the inaugural programme of the three-day Education Interface at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Saturday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsEducation Interface is a platform that provides a plethora of opportunities for aspirants and offers pre-counselling sessions for students and guardians seeking guidance and career opportunities in the field of Medical and Engineering. “I will appeal to the organisers to make this interface tripartite from the next edition. We have students and representatives from a number of private engineering colleges. You should also involve the industry to make this education fair more successful. This will enable students to have a better idea of the stream they should take up and the requirement of the industry under one umbrella,” he added. The minister also appealed to the organisers and the private engineering colleges participating in the fair to host more such events so that students have a clear-cut idea about the stream they should take up.State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay who attended the programme said that parents should not force a career option on their wards. “Students should not be compelled to take up higher studies at the behest of their parents. Parents should let their wards pursue a career of their own choice,” he maintained.last_img read more

More than words can say

first_imgOpening at the India International Centre (IIC) on September 5 is Shiju Basheer’s photography exhibition ‘Unscripted Lives’. For once these are not pretty pictures. These are pictures that dwell on the last chapter of human journeys, even as they speak to us about pathos and pain and the agony of being alone as well as old.Shiju’s travels to Ethiopia and other places have left an indelible impact on him and this modest portfolio of photographs from these countries tells more than a thousand tales. Faces, fascinate Shiju especially when the faces belong to old unknown people who live out their existence in the debris of abject poverty and society’s margins. Each image of the faces has a story to tell. And yet without words, the faces talk to us about timeless tales writ large between wrinkles and sad evocative eyes. Perhaps more about tragedies and loss and personal battles fought long ago. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I decided to buy a camera after watching a documentary on war photographer James Nachtwey. I loved photography even before but didn’t have the money to buy a camera,” says Shiju. “I got my first camera in 2005 and have been clicking photographs since,” adds Shiju, who belongs to the town of Kayamkulam in Kerala. While, at first, Shiju would click anything that caught his fancy, he soon started focussing on topics. “I did a series called ‘Life in trash’ on the garbage collectors in the Middle East.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Photography is my language and my medium to communicate, to identify with my subject, to make myself heard. As a photojournalist, I have always felt an intense desire to unravel the unseen story and let the true light fall on the dense darkness which is often found clouding our vision,” says Shiju.”I like to travel extensively and was lucky enough to traverse India and several countries across Asia. I have studied and reported various social issues and some of my works were featured in reputed publications. I have also had opportunities to conduct exhibitions featuring my photographs in Europe, Middle-East, and India, which have won wide acclaim.” Three images stand apart for the abject desolation that they convey of the depths of disillusioned dependence within a lonely isolation. Eyes taken in Ethiopia is a grey subdued image of a pair of eyes peering through the straw-thatched hut -it holds the promise of hope as chained in the sadness of time’s many travails. Breast Feeding is another signature of poverty-stricken angst. Mysteries of human faces can be read from different angles in photographs that are portraits. Faces and people from different milieu get set as frames of posterity. As Shiju captures these unscripted lives etched out in dimensions of expression and evocation, we see that every frame is scripted in a state of solitary angst and deep pain.One image of Varanasi is both evanescent and ephemeral. “When the sun rises over the quivering waters of the sacred Ganga, when the gossamer evenings eventually meet the dark and the holy lamps are lit to restore their golden glory, when silence conceals itself at the epicenter of all the bustling human activities, witness every ephemeral thing revelling in its own transience and transcending into your timeless memory scape.” States Shiju.The exhibition is on view from September 6 – 12, 2018.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