Over 2 lakh seats to be added in varsities under EWS quota

first_imgNew Delhi: Over 2 lakh additional seats will be created in 158 Central Educational Institutions (CEIs) across the country to implement 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Section, with the Union Cabinet giving a go ahead on Monday, sources said.The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday approved the provisions of reservations in admission for EWS students in Central Educational Institutions. According to sources, the HRD Ministry had sought the permission of the Election Commission before moving the proposal in the Cabinet, as the Model Code of Conduct has been enforced ahead of Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”With the approval of the Cabinet, a total of 2,14,766 additional seats will be created. While 1,19,983 additional seats will be created during 2019-20 academic session, 95,783 seats will be added in 2020-21,” sources said. A sanction of Rs 4315.15 crore has been approved for the 158 CEIs for implementation of reservation in admission to students belonging to EWS. The Rajya Sabha on January 9 approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education, with the government terming the landmark move as “slog over sixes”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). In pursuance of 103rd Constitutional Amendment and guidelines of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) to provide for 10 per cent reservations for EWS category, without adversely affecting the proportionate reservations for SC/ST an SEBC and also not reducing the seat availability in General category, the HRD Ministry had issued instructions in January this year to all CEIs to increase the intake of students in all branches of study. The interim budget for 2019-20 also provided for an increase of 25 per cent of all seats in CEIs.last_img read more

UN expert deplores antiindigenous violence in Bolivia

18 September 2008The United Nations expert on the human rights of indigenous people today condemned the recent wave of violence in Bolivia directed at indigenous communities, individuals and institutions that work in their defence. James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, expressed deep concern that these attacks are occurring in a context of a systematic policy adopted by officials in four eastern regions to counter Government initiatives aimed at guaranteeing the rights of indigenous people.“I condemn the ongoing acts of violence perpetrated against indigenous and rural people as well as the threats made against their representatives,” he said.In recent weeks, the hostility has resulted in dozens of deaths, hundreds of injured and in an undetermined number of people disappearing from the Andean country, according to a statement in his press release.“I particularly denounce the murders committed on 11 September 2008 in Porvenir, Department of Pando, when paramilitary groups ambushed and killed members of the Rural Workers Union of Pando and students at the Filadelphia Teachers Training College, the majority of whom are indigenous,” said James Anaya.The Special Rapporteur called for an urgent end to the violence and urged State authorities to take all necessary steps to protect the human rights and freedoms of the affected indigenous and rural groups, as well as investigate the recent human rights violations and bring those responsible to justice. read more

President feels death penalty a must on corrupt individuals

President Maithripala Sirisena said the Government of good governance has been committed to build a system to boost clean governance free of fraud and corruption. President Maithripala Sirisena feels the death penalty must be imposed on corrupt individuals.He said this at an event in Parliament today. He said that steps should be taken to punish those accused of fraud and corruption swiftly in order to fulfill the aspirations of the people placed on the Government of good governance. The President also stressed on the need to expedite the implementation of the recommendations given by the special presidential commission appointed by him to investigate serious frauds and corruption that took place in the country.

Latin America is microcosm of worlds challenges hopes and perils – Annan

“In the modern era, we have seen tremendous progress in science and technology. We have seen democracy spread to people it has never previously touched. And we have seen people on many continents move from a past of extreme poverty to a future of hope,” he told the heads of State of Latin America, Spain and Portugal gathered in the city of Salamanca.”But terrible inequalities continue to scar our world. Too many people continue to suffer and die from poverty, conflict, and disaster, despite all the means at our disposal to create and share wealth, protect people from the violence of man or nature, and deepen respect for the dignity of every human being,” he added.”When I think of this delicate balance of tremendous promise and urgent perils in the world today, I think particularly of the nations of Latin America. Because yours is a region that truly hangs in that delicate balance.”There has been an astonishing spread of democratic government in the region with increased social spending, improved human development, infant mortality halved by 50 per cent, primary education offered to nearly every child, and millions lifted out of poverty, Mr. Annan declared.”But we also see the stubborn persistence of inequality and exclusion, along economic, social and ethnic lines,” he said noting that while people believe in democracy, some have begun to doubt whether their governments can respond effectively to the needs of the poor.”I do not, for a moment, pretend that there are easy answers to the challenges you face,” he added. “But I do believe that the answers will be found in more democracy, not less. Your democracies must become true citizens’ democracies, governed by a rule of law that applies to everyone, and willing and able to respond to the needs of all your peoples, including your indigenous citizens.”The Secretary-General also urged those present to build on the momentum of September’s UN Summit meeting in New York.”With your engagement, we can equip the United Nations with a truly accountable, efficient and effective Secretariat; we can get the new Peacebuilding Commission and the new Human Rights Council up and running; we can forge a united and effective response to threats as diverse as genocide, terrorism, and natural disasters; and, above all, we can press ahead with a global partnership for development in which everyone lives up to their commitments in a spirit of mutual responsibility and accountability,” he said.”If we do that, the decisions made last month will make a real difference in the lives of your peoples,” he added.He also praised Latin American leaders for working together to promote stability in Haiti and for contributing uniformed personnel to the UN mission there (MINUSTAH). Ten Latin American countries collectively contribute over 3,500 troops of the 7,640, serving that operation.Mr. Annan stressed that the Caribbean country will need further international aid to break the cycle of violence. “I appeal to donor countries for timely and sustained financial support for Haiti’s recovery and reconstruction,” he said.In a separate speech to a joint session of the first Ibero-American Business and Civic Meetings, the Secretary-General stressed the importance of cooperation between the government and private sectors.”Ibero-American countries have made great strides in recognizing the complementarity of the market and the State,” he said. “Business leaders and civil society are understood to be key partners in a social contract.”European and especially Iberian efforts to build social cohesion offer lessons for Latin American and Caribbean countries seeking the same objective. Experience shows that it is not enough to focus on macroeconomic policy. There must also be adequate funding for social policies, and adequate incentives for productive development,” he added.”Ibero-American cooperation, with the participation of business and civil society, is essential if we are to tackle global problems and create global public goods such as security, financial stability, environmental stewardship and a truly fair international trading system.” read more

Annan calls on Cambodia to continue to cooperate with human rights officials

In a statement issued by his spokesman, the Secretary-General highlighted that the mandates of the Special Representative for human rights in Cambodia, Yash Ghai, and the human rights office in the country were established by the international community to monitor respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.“These mandates have been renewed in full consultation with the Cambodian authorities. This is in recognition both of the continuing need for this essential work in Cambodia and of the contributions made by the different Special Representatives, who have carried out their duties with independence, integrity and expertise, as well as the Office of the High Commissioner.“The Secretary-General trusts the Cambodian authorities will continue to offer their cooperation to the Special Representative and to the Cambodia Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,” the statement concluded.Mr. Annan’s comments echoed those made earlier in the day by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour who also pointed out that over the years the different Special Representatives and human rights officials working in Cambodia had been mandated “to cooperate with the Government and civil society in order to ensure that the standards accepted by the Government are observed.”In January, Ms. Arbour expressed “deep regret” over the Government’s arrest of two more human rights activists and warned that this trend threatened to undo efforts to build a just society in Cambodia.A month earlier, Mr. Ghai met with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who complained of the constraints they face in the performance of their duties, including increasing restrictions on their freedom of expression. read more

End of career for Bielecki

A week after Carol Bielecki (28) suffered eye-injury in friendly match between Poland and Croatia, he announced that “he has to finish his career”. Two surgery taken in Poland and Germany didn’t give adequate results. He still don’t see and for next period it’s only important to make progress, but Doctor’s are not so optimistic.Bielecki started to play in Polish Visla, when he was 15. At the age of 17 he moved to Vive Kielce, where he spend five seasons, after he went to Bundes liga. In Germany he was three years in Magdeburg (until 2007.) and from then in Rhein Neckar Lowen (until 2010.). A few days before injury, he prolonged contract with “Lions” until 2015. ← Previous Story Vladimir Canjuga a new coach of Croatia women’s team Next Story → Demetrio Lozano in CAI Aragon! read more

Blasts targeting mainly Shiite areas kill 21 in Baghdad

first_imgA SERIES OF bombings mainly targeting Shiite areas of Baghdad killed at least 21 people today, officials said, in the latest violence to hit Iraq as it struggles with protests and a political crisis.Three car bombs struck the sprawling Sadr City slum in the north of the city, car bombs exploded in Ameen, Al-Husseiniyah and Kamaliyah in the east, and a roadside bomb blew up in Karrada in central Baghdad, security and medics said.Another roadside device went off in Saidiyah in the capital’s south. At least 21 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded in the attacks, the officials said.EnragedResidents of Sadr City were enraged by the bombings, and hospitals in the area were quickly crowded with people searching for relatives, an AFP journalist reported.The carnage could have been even worse – the AFP journalist saw soldiers apparently working to defuse another car bomb in the area.The Baghdad Operations Command, which is responsible for security in the capital, said in a statement that security forces defused a total of six car bombs, including three in Sadr City.Heavy security measures were put in place after the Sadr City attacks, with some areas closed off. Security forces also searched cars at the main entrance to Sadr City and helicopters overflew the area, another AFP journalist said.Also today, gunmen killed a police captain in front of his home in Mosul in north Iraq, security and medical officials said.The attacks bring the number of people killed in violence this month to at least 157, according to an AFP tally based on reports from security and medical officials nationwide.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the latest wave of attacks. But Sunni militants linked to the Al-Qaeda franchise in Iraq often target the Shiite majority in a bid to erode confidence in the central government and push the country back towards the bloody sectarian conflict of 2006-2007.The latest violence comes as after nearly two months of anti-government protests centred on Sunni-majority areas in north and west Iraq, calling for the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, and amid a festering political crisis.- © AFP, 2013Read: Attack on north Iraq police HQ kills 30>last_img read more

Asus lâche un taureau dans son Eee PC

first_imgAsus lâche un taureau dans son Eee PCLa firme créatrice du netbook met à jour sa gamme de produits réalisés en partenariat avec  Lamborghini. Elle commence par le plus petit d’entre eux: l’Eee pc VX6. Petit, mais costaud !Toujours beau, il aura dorénavant quelque chose sous le capot ! Le Lamborghini Eee pc vx6 était sorti il y a quelque temps avec un modeste processeur Intel Atom D525  double cœurs cadencé à 1,8 Ghz, le voilà de retour dans une toute nouvelle version dotée, cette fois-ci, d’un Atom D2700 (double cœurs) à 2,13 Ghz, sur une plateforme Cedar Trail, lui permettant d’accéder à l’Hyper threading sans consommation d’énergie supplémentaire. A ses cotés, un véritable processeur graphique, la Radeon 6470M, qui prend en charge, entre autre chose, la lecture et l’écriture optimisée de vidéos HD. À lire aussiAsus dévoile la GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II TOP !Pour le reste, ce nouveau petit bolide arbore un écran LED de 12,1 pouces (30,25 cm) affichant une résolution de 1366 par 768 pixels, une mémoire vive de 4 GB en DDR3, un capteur de 1,3 Mpixelset un emplacement pour un disque dur SATA; il n’y aura plus qu’à choisir la capacité, 250 ou 320 GB.A cela s’ajoute deux ports USB 3.0, plusieurs ports USB 2.0, une prise hdmi, le support de connexions Wifi et un lecteur multi-cartes.  Un  mini-pc de compet’, donc, dont on ignora seulement une chose, et ce n’est peut être pas un mal : son prix ! Le 19 octobre 2011 à 15:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le Lumia sauve Nokia

first_imgLe Lumia sauve NokiaNokia vient d’annoncer ses résultats. Comme attendu, ils sont moins bons qu’en 2010, puisque l’entreprise finlandaise a vendu moins de téléphones et enregistre une perte d’un milliard d’euros.Smartphones comme mobiles dits classiques, 2011 aura vu la baisse des ventes de Nokia. La firme est d’ailleurs en net ralentissement. L’entreprise affiche 10 milliards d’euros de chiffre d’affaires et un résultat net de 478 millions d’euros, soit une baisse de 21% et 56% respectivement sur le dernier trimestre 2011. Au total, la firme aura enregistré une perte nette d’un milliard d’euros en 2011.C’est surtout la baisse de la vente des terminaux qui a plombé les résultats de Nokia.  Même Noël n’a pas réussi à relancer la machine. La firme a vendu 417 millions de terminaux pour un chiffre d’affaires de 23,9 milliards d’euros. Du coup, la marge de Nokia passe de 12,2% à 3,7%.Mais il se pourrait que cette tendance commence à ralentir, petit à petit. En effet, le Lumia, premier modèle de Windows Phone de la marque finlandaise, sorti en novembre 2011 a connu un succès retentissant. Selon Nokia, “plus d’un million d’appareils Lumia” ont été vendus.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si Nokia commence fort sur le marché du smartphone, elle n’abandonne pas celui du téléphone classique qui, cette année, a limité la casse. En effet, ses ventes n’ont baissé que de 3%.Alors que la mort de l’entreprise finlandaise était annoncée il n’y encore pas si longtemps, la voilà repartie. À elle de faire ses preuves pour l’année 2012. Le 27 janvier 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Baron Corbin on his path to the WWE main roster Mark Henry

first_img Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, and Ricochet all advance to the Semifinals of the King of the Ring Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Triple H Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sunday Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next The Miz Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Xavier Woods Videos Articles Videos Articles Does The WWE Cancelling Crown Jewel Mean Cancelling Shawn Michaels’ Comeback? Roman Reigns is in Remission Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Baron Corbin on his path to the WWE main rosterSky Sports is featuring an interview with WWE star Baron Corbin where he talks about his path to the main roster and why he was a bit too arrogant at first.“Honestly, I was a little bit arrogant because I came in and thought it was going to be easy and that I’d be on television in a year, no problem. Then you realize how many different things it takes to become a successful superstar, and it really is a rude awakening. I thought it would take a year, but it was three and a half years later that I got called up (to the main roster). It is not easy. I didn’t realize how much detail went into it all and it was a rude awakening for me and it was humbling.”Corbin, a former football player, also addressed why wrestling doesn’t get the respect it deserves when it comes to the physical aspect in the ring.“I definitely don’t think it does. I would challenge anyone who thinks that what we do isn’t taxing on your body. People see what we do and think it would be fun to try but I would challenge anyone to do what we do and show them how physically demanding it is. It deserves a lot more respect. The cool thing is that people have come in from UFC or from the NFL thinking that it’s going to be easy. It instantly demands respect from them and it’s really cool to be a part of seeing the realism of how much this can hurt set in.”Mark Henry talks more about Hulk HoganDuring a recent episode of “Busted Open” on SiriusXM, Mark Henry again addressed the possibility of Hulk Hogan returning to WWE and why he feels more has to be done.Henry told TMZ Sports that Hogan would be welcomed back if Hogan personally apologized to every African American talent on the WWE roster.”I don’t know if I’m ready. There’s a lot to be done.” – @TheMarkHenry addresses the discussions between Hulk Hogan and the WWE, if we should see him at #WrestleMania 34 and what Hogan should do if he wants to come back. pic.twitter.com/CfZ23zlLaO— SiriusXM Busted Open (@BustedOpenRadio) March 24, 2018 Videos Articles WhatsApplast_img read more

Wes Morgan declared fit for Newport game

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has confirmed that defender Wes Morgan has recovered from illness in time to face Newport County in the third round of the FA Cup.Morgan was sidelined for Leicester’s last two games against Cardiff City and Everton, but Puel has confirmed he’s now available for selection when they visit Newport County on Saturday.“Wes came back in training this week with good fitness and he’s available for the game,” the Frenchman told the national media on Friday afternoon,” Puel told the club’s website.“We will see. I don’t want to give all the players who are available for this game! It will be a good team, 18 strong players, with some rotation.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The players have played a lot [over the festive period] and it’s important to maintain freshness in the team.“We have a squad with players who are close and we need to use all the possibilities of the squad to maintain a good freshness and to compete at a high level in our games.“It’s important to find a good balance between quality, freshness and to maintain this level.”last_img read more

YWCA domestic violence shelter to get 20K

first_imgThe Mary Kay Foundation awarded YWCA Clark County’s SafeChoice Domestic Violence Shelter a $20,000 grant to sponsor a bedroom for one year. Throughout the year, the room will help at least six adults and six to 12 children who are escaping domestic violence. During their stay, the family will have access to parenting, peer and legal support, according to a bulletin from the YWCA.During domestic violence awareness month in October, the Mary Kay Foundation gives $20,000 grants to shelters around the country, totaling $3 million. Since 2000, the cosmetics and skin care products retailer has awarded nearly $31 million to domestic violence shelters and programs, the bulletin said.last_img

Rest area rebuild expands Gee Creek site

first_imgMore than a month after the southbound Gee Creek Rest Area closed for a complete rebuild, there’s no sign of the old facility at the popular Interstate 5 pit stop.There’s no sign of the new facility, either. That’s because the new buildings are being constructed hundreds of miles away in Spokane. By the time they’re trucked to Clark County in November, the premade structures will be all but finished.“They just set them with the crane, tie them in and turn on the lights,” said Rick Haight, a foreman with Longview-based contractor Five Rivers Construction.Everything from the lights and hand-dryers to the baby changing stations will be included when the buildings arrive, Haight said.“All the fixtures are in there,” he said, noting the off-site approach also saves time and money.The Washington State Department of Transportation operates dozens of aging rest areas, many of which were built in the 1960s and 1970s, said spokesman Bart Treece. The $1.1 million rebuild of the southbound Gee Creek Rest Area will expand the facility from one building to two, and from eight toilets to 14, he said.“This will hopefully set us up for years to come,” Treece said.The upgrade also means maintenance will be easier on visitors, Treece said. When the rest area was a single building, maintenance work often meant closing the site or hauling in portable toilets. Now, the transportation department can keep one building open while crews work on the other. The rest area sees about 800,000 visitors annually, according to the transportation department — a figure calculated by the number of toilet flushes.last_img read more

Playboy Martha Stewart Living Report Revenue Net Losses for 2010

first_imgPlayboy Enterprises and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia suffered losses in 2010, due to the still struggling economy and a changing media landscape.Playboy says print/digital revenue fell 21.5 percent to $82.8 million in 2010. The domestic magazines generated $37.3 million, (down 32 percent from $55 million in 2009), while digital revenue fell 9.4 percent to $33.9 million. For the fourth quarter the company reported a net loss of $14.7 million, or 43 cents per share, in 2010. According to the company’s earning statement, the fourth quarter results include a $12.5 million charge from a 2010 legal settlement. Playboy magazine’s revenues were down 36 percent from 2009’s fourth quarter, coming in at $10 million. This included losses from a planned rate reduction and the production of three issues in 2010’s last quarter, as opposed to four issues released in 2009’s last time quarter. While Playboy says it saw higher revenue from mobile licenses, overall digital revenue fell in the fourth quarter due to lower pay site and advertising sales. This may be Playboy’s last public report, if the deal with Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s Icon Acquisitions Holdings L.P. goes through as planned by the end of 2011’s first quarter. Hefner offered $6.15 a share through Icon Acquisitions.Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s fourth quarter revenue fell from 2009, sinking from $87.6 million in 2009 to $72.9 million at the end of 2010. The overall revenue from 2010 was $230.8 million, down 5.7 percent from 2009’s reported $244.8 million. Fourth quarter 2010 revenues were impacted by the end of relationships with Kmart and Turbo Chef earlier in the 2010 year that had added millions in revenue to 2009’s final quarter.Publishing revenue for full-year 2010 was $145.6 million, down from $146.1 million in 2009. Martha Stewart Living reported a net loss of $9.6 million in 201, compared to a net loss of $14.6 million in 2009. Both companies implemented strategies in 2010 in an attempt to improve earnings.Playboy is currently transitioning to “a brand management company,” says CEO Scott Flanders. Plans include outsourcing sections of Playboy’s publishing and licensing businesses, continuous efforts to reduce overhead as well as purchasing two Playboy venues in addition to the two clubs opened in 2010.Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia released several digital apps and offerings in 2010, as well as striking up partnerships with the Hallmark Channel and Home Depot.last_img read more

From jobs to economy Whats on next governments bucket list

first_imgA supporter of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party waves the party flag during an election campaign rally being addressed by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.ReutersExit polls after the end of India’s general election on Sunday showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies retaining power with an overwhelming majority.The Hindu nationalist leader will need to tackle a host of issues ranging from unemployment to weak economic growth:JOBSCreating work for an estimated 1.2 million young people entering the market each month will be a key challenge. Economists say the next prime minister will need to encourage businesses to step up investment to create job opportunities.Unemployment rose to 7.6% in April, the highest since October 2016, and up from 6.71% in March, data from private think-tank the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy showed.An official survey that was withheld by the government showed India’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1%, the highest level in at least 45 years, in 2017/18, the Business Standard newspaper reported in January.ECONOMYEconomic growth, which hit a five-quarter low of 6.6% in October-December, appears to be slowing further. Car and motorbike sales have tumbled and industrial output contracted for the first time in nearly two years in March. Rural demand and manufacturing growth have also weakened.Economists have also questioned the quality of the official economic data, saying the on-the-ground situation is far bleaker.The new government will have limited options to boost the economy given the prevalent revenue constraints – it may need to rework its expenditure plans and deploy more funds to schemes that can help boost weak consumption in rural areas.The government will also need support through rate cuts and liquidity measures from the Reserve Bank of India to help bring down the cost of funds for banks and make loans cheaper for consumers.TRADEIndia’s trade relationship with major partners, including the United States and China, remains on a shaky footing.US President Donald Trump’s administration has called out India on its high tariffs, price caps on imported US medical devices and rules around e-commerce trade.Indian government officials say they fear Trump’s administration will soon end preferential trade treatment for India, which allows duty-free entry for up to $5.6 billion worth of its exports to the United States.Adding to India’s troubles is the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China, which is likely to benefit countries such as Japan and South Korea. India remains vulnerable to the dumping of cheap Chinese imports.PAKISTANNational security issues and relations with arch-rival Pakistan will be high on the agenda. The tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours has been high after Modi this year sent warplanes into Pakistan to avenge the killing of 40 Indian police officers in a militant attack which was claimed by a Pakistan-based group.In recent weeks, Pakistani leaders have suggested that they are tired of conflict, opposed to extremism and open to peace talks with India, but those offers have been met with scepticism.India is steadfast in its demand that Islamabad stops its support for militant groups, particularly those operating in the disputed Kashmir region, and has said it isn’t open to talks until then.RELIGIONAllies of Modi’s BJP will likely renew their controversial demand to build a Hindu temple on the ruins of a 16th-century mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya.A violent Hindu mob destroyed the mosque in Ayodhya in 1992, triggering riots that killed about 2,000 people in one of the worst episodes of sectarian violence since independence from colonial rule in 1947.India’s Supreme Court has set up a panel to arbitrate the decades-long dispute.Modi could also end the special constitutional status given to India’s only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir, as the BJP believes the status prevents outsiders from buying property there and hinders its integration with the rest of India.last_img read more

China is using facial recognition tech to profile 11 million Uighurs Muslim

first_imgA global debate regarding the sale of facial recognition tech to the government has been ongoing for quite some time now. It is largely over the concern that government tracking public’s every move will hamper public privacy and develop a constant fear of being watched among the citizens. It will also provide the government an unfair ability to target immigrants, religious minorities, people of color & ethnicity. Giant tech firms such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Google have already gone under the scanner due to the opposition faced by rights groups and public rights organizations. These groups have been urging tech companies to reconsider the consequences that can emerge after selling the facial recognition tech to the government. Although it still remains a debate between the U.S. tech firms, government, and the citizens, it appears to be set in action across China. China apparently is using facial recognition tech to keep a track on around 11 million Uighurs, a Muslim minority, for the purposes of ‘search and review’. China has already been chastised globally for detaining nearly one million members of these Muslim ethnic minorities in indoctrination camps in its western region Xinjiang. Paul Mozur, Asia tech correspondent with the New York Times, published an article, shedding light on the harsh reality of this privacy-hampering practice. It’s the first known example of facial recognition being used intentionally by a government to racially profile and a massive ethical leap for A.I”, writes Mozur. The facial recognition tech looks out for Uighurs on the basis of their appearance and keeps a tab on their day to day activities. This practice which was earlier only ongoing in the west Xinjiang (home for Uighurs), to track people’s DNA, is now being implemented in other parts of China. Earlier this year, law enforcement in the central Chinese city of Sanmenxia had a facial recognition system that tracked whether its residents were Uighurs or not about 500,000 times in a month. Also, law enforcement at the central province of Shaanxi aimed to acquire a smart camera system in 2018 that would identify Uighur/non-Uighur attributes. Generally, facial recognition tech tracks people on the basis of skin color and face shapes. However, China’s facial surveillance, with the help of tech startups, have managed to classify people based on ‘social definition’ of race or ethnicity with the new ‘minority recognition’ feature. Chinese AI companies to aid with the software include Yitu, Megvii, SenseTime, and CloudWalk. With the help of machine learning, engineers feed thousands of labeled images of Uighurs and non-Uighurs to train the systems to recognize the pattern, which in turn, helps distinguish between different ethnic groups. Claire Garvie, an associate at center on privacy and tech at Georgetown Law, told New York Times, “If you make a technology that can classify people by ethnicity, someone will use it to repress that ethnicity.” Additionally, a face-image database has been set up for people with criminal records, mental illnesses, history of drug abuse, and those who have petitioned the government over grievances. A national database of criminals includes about 300,000 faces, and people with a history of drug use totals 8,000 faces, in the city of Wenzhou. Just last month, an analyst at Tencent & WeChat, Matthew Brennan, tweeted a video of a facial recognition kiosk at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in the People’s Republic of China that went viral. The video showed kiosk giving Brennan personalized flight information after scanning his face within a fraction of seconds. According to Jonathan Frankle, an A.I. researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this practice by China is a major threat to its democracy and an ‘urgent crisis’. Critics have labeled China negatively for its gladiatorial show of tech-enabled authoritarianism and power over Uighurs. Read Next Alarming ways governments are using surveillance tech to watch you Chinese tech companies don’t want to hire employees over 30 years of age ‘Developers’ lives matter’: Chinese developers protest over the “996 work schedule” on GitHublast_img read more

Costa Rican Prosecutors Office charges Libertarian Movement members with fraud

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica’s Chief Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría on Monday reported that he had filed fraud charges against three members of the Libertarian Movement Party (ML) for alleged fraud committed against the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) during the 2010 presidential elections.The charges were issued for reporting false expenses totaling ₡240 million ($480,000), money that was apparently used to pay for 190 “training courses.”Charged are Libertarian training manager Carlos Solano, treasurer Ronaldo Alfaro and the party’s accountant, Roger Segura. Presidential candidate Otto Guevara is not on the list of persons under investigation, the chief prosecutor said.TSE officials said the accusations surfaced after “extensive research on three political parties suspected of committing crimes involving ₡698 million (some $1.4 million) provided by the state for financing the electoral process.The political parties under investigation are the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN), Citizen Action Party (PAC) and the Libertarian Movement Party (ML).Chavarría said the investigation is ongoing against PLN lawmakers Antonio Calderón, Oscar Alfaro and Alicia Fournier, who might be charged with violations of the Electoral Code for also reporting fake expenses totaling ₡30 million ($60,000).The Prosecutors’ Office also is currently conducting an investigation of PAC members Minor Sterling and Antonio Bolaños for allegedly using false documents to report expenses totaling ₡428 million ($850,000), Chavarría said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

FrontDoor Communities Acquires 158 Acres in Atlanta

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