IT Ministry may back storage curbs for critical sensitive data not for

first_imgNew Delhi: The IT Ministry is likely to propose that personal information which neither qualifies as ‘critical’ nor ‘sensitive’ should be allowed to be stored and processed anywhere, while data classified as ‘critical’ should be kept only in India under the draft Personal Data Protection Bill. The proposal is significant as it marks a departure from the original draft of the Personal Data Protection Bill, which had recommended that copy of all personal data should be stored in the country. The tweaking of this provision, if accepted, will spell a relief for companies. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe draft Data Protection Bill submitted by Justice B N Srikrishna committee last year had also suggested that personal data that is of ‘critical’ nature should mandatorily be stored only in India, a stance that will be backed by the IT Ministry. According to a government official, the IT Ministry is, however, of the view that not all personal data needs to be stored in India, and only critical and sensitive data should be kept here. While ‘critical’ personal data should be mandatorily stored only in India, ‘sensitive’ personal information should be stored and processed in India but permitted to be transferred outside the country, the official pointed out. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe IT ministry feels that there are adequate safeguards in the proposed Bill and even if a copy of all personal data is not stored in India, such information will anyway be governed by the stringent provisions of the data protection law, including penalty in event of a breach. After the Justice Srikrishna panel submitted its draft version of the Bill, the IT Ministry had sought public feedback on the provisions, and fine-tune the proposed document. The draft legislation will now be placed before the Cabinet, after which it will be introduced in Parliament. The official said the change in the clause pertaining to all kinds of personal data was primarily driven by industry feedback – both Indian and global companies – which argued that maintaining one copy of all information may become cumbersome, expensive and increase compliance burden on firms. “Most important change is that the original draft said that a copy of all personal data should be stored in India…ultimately, the Cabinet will take a call on the matter…IT Ministry is proposing that with regard to personal data only such data which is to be categorised as sensitive or critical needs to be stored in India,” the official said. Justice Srikrishna panel – which submitted its report on data protection as well as the draft Personal Data Protection Bill in July 2018 – had recommended that “every data fiduciary shall ensure the storage, on a server or data centre located in India, of at least one serving copy of personal data to which this Act applies”. The original draft had also stated that central government should notify categories of personal data as ‘critical’ that shall only be processed in a server or data centre located in India. The committee left it to the government to define critical personal data. The IT ministry is learnt to be of the view that Data Protection Authority of India – envisaged in the Bill – in consultation with the sector regulators and industry should recommend to the government what kind of personal information qualifies as critical data. The original version defines ‘Sensitive Personal Data’ as personal information related to passwords, financial data, health data, sex life, sexual orientation, biometric data, genetic data, transgender status, and caste or tribe, religious or political affiliation; or other category of data specified by the authority.last_img read more

Toll in AP boat tragedy rises to 12 search on for 21

first_imgAmaravati: The toll in the boat tragedy in Andhra Pradesh rose to 12 with the recovery of four more bodies including that of an infant, on Monday morning, official sources said. With 21 more people missing, extensive search operations were being carried out by Indian Navy, NDRF, SDRF and state authorities. While bodies of eight passengers were recovered from the river till Sunday night, another four were retrieved at the accident spot at Kachhuluru in East Godavari district on Monday morning, sources in the State Disaster Management Authority here said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details One helicopter of the Indian Navy and another of the ONGC have been pressed into service while eight boats were being used by NDRF and SDRF personnel to search for the people feared drowned. Crest gates of the Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram have been shut to prevent the possibility of the bodies from getting washed away downstream. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy undertook an aerial survey of the accident spot. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The boat ‘Royal Vasishta’ was on its way to the picturesque Papikondalu tourist spot in the middle of the river when it met with the accident, apparently on colliding with a large rock formation, at Kachchuluru, about 200 km from here. As many as 27 people survived the tragedy and were rescued by villagers of Tutugunta. The survivors were taken to the area hospital in Rampachodavaram and government general hospital in Rajamahendravaram for treatment. Most of the tourists were from Hyderabad and Warangal in neighbouring Telangana and state chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh each to the bereaved families from his state and deputed ministers to coordinate in the relief works and help the injured.last_img read more

LS polls Modi Kejriwal to campaign in Goa next week

first_imgPanaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address public rallies in Goa next week to campaign for their respective parties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Modi will address a public meeting in Goa on April 12, BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar told PTI on Monday. “The venue of the public meeting is yet to be finalised, but it would be in North Goa Lok Sabha constituency,” he said. Besides, Aam Aadmi Party chief Kejriwal will address a rally in South Goa constituency on April 13, AAP’s state convener Elvis Gomes said. The election for the two Lok Sabha seats in Goa and bypolls in three Assembly seats – Mandrem, Shiroda and Mapusa – will be held on April 23. The BJP has fielded its sitting MPs – Shripad Naik from North Goa and Narendra Sawaikar from South Goa. Both the candidates have already filed their nominations. The AAP has named Gomes as its South Goa candidate and Pradeep Padgaonkar from North Goa.last_img read more

Boosting yields not area of farmland key to increased food production –

25 September 2009Producing enough food to feed the surging global population will require increasing crop yields, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, calling for a sharp upswing in public investment in research of new technologies, farming techniques and crop varieties. Producing enough food to feed the surging global population will require increasing crop yields, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, calling for a sharp upswing in public investment in research of new technologies, farming techniques and crop varieties.In a new paper issued today, the agency predicted that global agricultural production must grow by 70 per cent by 2050 to feed an additional 2.3 billion people.Most gains in production, it forecasted, will come about through accelerating yield growth instead of increasing the amount of land brought under agricultural production.This necessitates “pushing the agricultural technology frontier outwards” on several fronts, according to the new study.Climate change is one of the factors driving the need to increase crop yields. If temperature rise exceeds 2 degrees Centrigrade, global food production potential is expected to plummet, with yields to drop by 20-40 per cent in Africa, Asia and Latin America if effective adaptation measures are not introduced.The new paper will provide discussion topics for the High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050, to be held next month at FAO’s Headquarters in Rome. read more

Around the world UN peacekeepers honour their own during annual event

This year’s commemoration of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, which is observed annually on 29 May, is a particularly sombre one due to the heavy loss of life of peacekeepers in the tragic earthquake in Haiti in January, as well as attacks in Darfur and an assault on UN staff at a guest house in Kabul. Over the course of 2009 and in the first few months of this year, 218 peacekeepers lost their lives in the service of the Organization – 96 in Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January alone.Speaking at a wreath-laying ceremony in New York for fallen colleagues, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro noted that the Day is an occasion to celebrate the remarkable contributions of peacekeepers, who do so much more than keeping the peace. “They build bridges… they earn trust… they help societies heal the wounds of war,” she said.“But today we also remember the terrible price they pay for their critical but dangerous work,” she added.The activities of UN personnel serving in peace operations ranges from promoting reconciliation, clearing landmines and delivering humanitarian aid to helping refugees, demobilizing combatants and supporting free and fair elections.“It’s important because we get an opportunity to let the rest of the world know what we are doing as peacekeepers all over the world,” said Emmanuel Mollel, who serves with the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in an interview with UN Radio about the International Day.“It gives us a time to look back and even reflect on our colleagues who have lost their lives in the cause of peace throughout the world,” added Mr. Mollel, the chief of water and environment protection at the mission.Earlier this month two Egyptian peacekeepers serving with UNAMID were killed and three others seriously wounded when their patrol was attacked in South Darfur state. The deaths brought to 24 the number of UNAMID personnel killed as a result of hostile actions since the mission was established in the strife-torn Sudanese region two years ago. “I think the major challenge is that in a normal, traditional peacekeeping mission, the peacekeepers normally go into an area where there is a peace agreement that has been signed,” noted Mr. Mollel, adding that, unfortunately, that is not the case for UNAMID. The mission is marking the International Day on Sunday with a wreath-laying ceremony and the lowering of flags of the UN and the AU, as well as cultural activities, parades and photo exhibits.Meanwhile, a multimedia exhibit entitled Ayiti Kanpe – ‘Haiti Standing’ – which documents and recounts the loss suffered in the 12 January earthquake is on display at UN Headquarters in New York and available online. Of the 101 fatalities suffered by the UN as a result of the quake, 96 were from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the biggest single loss of life in the history of UN peacekeeping.The exhibit is an effort to acknowledge the tremendous loss suffered by the Haitian people and the UN family after the quake, to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to pay tribute to those who work to help the country move forward.“Haiti tested us to the limit and we showed we have learned from experience and were able to deliver,” Susana Malcorra, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, told a news conference in New York. “It was the best way to pay tribute to the ones we lost,” she added.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is also marking the Day with a showing of photographs of peacekeepers at work in Haiti and in Cyprus. The UN force has been on the Mediterranean island since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence.At a memorial service in Monrovia for fallen colleagues, the top UN envoy to Liberia staff to continue their work to bring peace, stability, dignity and prosperity to a world in need. “Let us not allow their sacrifice to be in vain; let us continue their legacy around the world and here in Liberia to wholeheartedly labour towards consolidating peace.” The Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) shared similar sentiments at a wreath-laying ceremony held at its headquarters in Naqoura to mark the Day.“I think that this commemoration is also an appropriate occasion to reiterate our determination to make every effort to contribute to the achievement of peace and stability in southern Lebanon,” said Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas.This year’s commemoration comes at a time when the demand for UN peacekeeping is in greater demand than ever, with over 124,000 peacekeepers serving in 16 operations on four continents. 28 May 2010Peace and SecurityWith the laying of wreaths, cultural activities, parades and photo exhibitions, United Nations personnel serving across the globe are honouring those peacekeepers who have fallen and those who continue to serve in the cause of peace. read more

Annan congratulates Karzai as first democratically elected Afghan president

“This election and the recently adopted Constitution the President swore to uphold today are two key milestones in the building of a strong democratic state in that country,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman.”The Secretary-General wishes President Karzai and the people of Afghanistan success as they take on the multiple tasks of stabilization and reconstruction, including the preparation of the upcoming parliamentary elections,” the statement added. “He is gratified by the contribution that the United Nations has been able to make to the process of transition so far.”The world body helped organize the elections and other reconstruction efforts after sponsoring talks in December 2001, in Bonn, Germany, which set up provisional arrangements pending establishment of a permanent government following the ouster of the Taliban regime by United States-led forces the previous month. read more

Harvard Professor apologizes for remarks made about Keynes sexual orientation at conference

Harvard Professor apologizes for remarks made about Keynes’ sexual orientation at conference NEW YORK, N.Y. – Niall Ferguson, a Harvard history professor and author, apologized on Saturday for saying economist John Maynard Keynes was less invested in the future because he was gay and had no children.Ferguson said his remarks at an earlier conference were “as stupid as they were insensitive.”During a question-and-answer session after a prepared speech at the Altegris Strategic Investment conference in Carlsbad, Calif. on Thursday, Ferguson was asked to comment about Keynes, an influential 20thcentury British economist who advocated government spending as a way to make up for lagging demand in a down economy.Ferguson suggested that Keynes philosophy was shaped by his homosexuality. Keynes, therefore, had no children so he wasn’t as invested in future generations as others might be, Ferguson said.The remarks were reported by the website of Financial Advisor magazine and other online publications.On Saturday Ferguson acknowledged the remarks and said he “deeply and unreservedly” apologized.“I should not have suggested – in an off-the-cuff response that was not part of my presentation – that Keynes was indifferent to the long run because he had no children, nor that he had no children because he was gay,” he said in a statement in response to an emailed query.“It is obvious that people who do not have children also care about future generations,” he added. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2013 2:36 pm MDT read more

Are The Toronto Raptors Finally Eastern Conference Favorites

By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs.First, the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a spot, but the team has also lost star center Joel Embiid to injury. Embiid may miss the beginning of the postseason. How will the Sixers function without him?Next, the Toronto Raptors are on track to be the No. 1 seed in the East, but the team’s past several playoff runs have been disappointing. The crew takes a look at why Toronto is playing better this season. Plus, a significant digit on Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN reported on Embiid’s surgery to fix his fractured orbital bone.Sports Illustrated took a look at how the 76ers are surviving without Embiid.Foreshadowing? The Cavs took down the Raptors on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 8. According to, Victor Oladipo is on track this season to become the eighth player in the past decade to have a usage rate of 30 percent or higher and a true shooting percentage of 57 percent or higher while 25 years old or younger. read more

Buckeye bound Top quarterback recruit Braxton Miller commits to OSU

Ohio State landed what some may consider its best recruit in recent memory.Braxton Miller, the No. 2-ranked quarterback in the country, chose OSU Thursday out of a group of the NCAA’s top football programs that were all hoping to add him to their squad next year.Unlike current starter Terrelle Pryor, Miller was recruited not for his athleticism, but his pure talent at the quarterback position. Miller has made a name for himself in the passing game during his career at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio.According to Kevin Noon of, coming out of a larger school like Wayne should better prepare him for his career at OSU.“He comes out of a strong program and that will give him somewhat of an advantage when he gets to the collegiate level,” Noon said. “Sometimes you have players who come out of systems that are not geared toward the next level, but that is not the case with Miller.”The junior stands at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, but what he lacks in size, he has made up for on the field.Landing the state’s top quarterback will hopefully lead to a domino-effect for the Buckeyes, bringing in other solid wide receivers and players for the 2011 recruiting class.The next target for OSU will likely be Springfield linebacker Trey DePriest, a familiar face for Miller.“They have been friends for a long time and despite playing at different high schools, the lure of playing at the same college could play a factor in DePriest’s decision,” Noon said.With a commitment from Miller, OSU fans will be able to breathe a sigh of relief for the future of their team when Pryor is no longer a Buckeye. read more

2 dead 1 injured in accident after car ends up in

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCollision at Bee Hive leaves 2 dead after car plunges into trenchJuly 30, 2018In “Crime”4-yr-old girl killed, sister and mother criticalAugust 21, 2016In “latest news”Berbice accident leaves one dead, four others injuredApril 29, 2018In “latest news” The submerged vehicle (N.Logan photo)Two people including a 17-year-old are dead while another is seriously injured after the car in which they were travelling hit a culvert and ended up in a trench at Zeeland Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.Dead are the driver of the motorcar, Michael Ross of Skeldon, Corentyne Berbice and Jennifer Parks, 17, of Manchester Village, Corentyne Berbice.The injured woman has been identified as Judy Parks, the sister of the now dead teen while another occupant of the car, Kevin Madray escaped unhurt. Parks is presently receiving medical attention at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital.Based on reports received, the motorcar was heading to Berbice when the driver of the car lost control while negotiating a turn and slammed into a culvert, toppled several times and ended up in a trench where it submerged.Dead: Michael Ross (N.Logan photo)The injured Judy Parks was pulled from the wreckage.Ross and Jennifer Parks remained submerged, but by the time they were pulled it was too late.They were pronounced dead on arrival at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital. read more

U 17 Womens ECh – Poland 2013 Gdansk and Gdynia waiting for

← Previous Story First pre-season defeat for Kielce in Hannover Next Story → Danish TMS Ringsted sign Serbian playmaker Savo Mester Just about two weeks before the regular club season throws off again, the focus of the European handball scene will shift to the Polish cities of Gdansk and Gdynia which will host the Women’s 17 EHF EURO.The 16-nation tournament for players born in 1996 and younger throws off on 15 August and will conclude ten days later on 25 August.Hosts, Poland, were the only team that was directly qualified. The remaining 15 made their way to the final tournament through qualication tournaments which were played in March 2013.Two years ago, at the Women’s 17 EHF EURO in 2011, Russia placed first ahead of Denmark and Norway. All three nations have qualified again.Group A (including hosts Poland) and Group B (including 2011 silver medallists Denmark) will be played in Gdynia. Group C (including defending champions Russia) and Group D (including 2011 bronze medallists Norway) will be played in Gdansk.The top two ranked teams of each group qualify for the two main round groups which will consist of four teams each.The first two teams of the two main round groups then make up the semi-finalists.All matches can be followed via a live stream.More information is also available on the event’s official website (in Polish and English).The 2013 Women’s 17 EHF EURO is the first event that Poland host in the lead up to the Men’s EHF EURO 2016, the European Handball Federation’s flagship event.Next year, in 2014, the country will welcome national teams for the Men’s 18 EHF European Championship.ARTICLE: EHF read more

Summit Ascent Deputy Chairman John Wang steps down

first_img VIP, slots growth at Tigre de Cristal sees Summit Ascent profits soar in 1H19 Summit Ascent to raise almost HK$300 million for Russian IR expansion via share placement The Deputy Chairman of Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd, John Wang, has resigned from the board, the company announced on Thursday.Wang, who first joined Summit Ascent in March 2011 and took on the Deputy Chairman’s role in 2013, has cited “other business engagements” for his departure, which is effective immediately. He has immediately ceased to act as an authorized representative of the company with that duty taken up instead by Suncity Group executive director Andrew Lo. Summit Ascent completes HK$297 million fundraising exercise for Russian IR expansion Load More RelatedPosts Lo joined the Summit Ascent board in December 2018 after Suncity Group purchased a 3.29% stake in the company.The departure of Wang, who previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Melco International Development Ltd and as a non-executive director of Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd, also follows Melco Resorts Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho’s speedy exit in January 2018 following the sale of his entire 17.37% stake.Summit Ascent, which owns Russian integrated resort Tigre de Cristal in the Primorye gaming zone near Vladivostok, announced earlier this month that its largest single shareholder, Taiwan’s First Steamship, was also considering an offer to sell its 19.21% stake.last_img read more

Dominos Comeback Hits Its Stride

first_imgIn terms of scale, Brenner admits that the brand doesn’t have lofty goals of expanding its reach to pre-recession totals. “This is a whole different strategy,” she says. “Bigger isn’t necessarily better. We don’t have to go more than double from where we’re at now.”What she means is the approach is more targeted now, and to a degree, more premium. The commerce model showcases shelter products, which requires no physical inventory. The print component is a quasi-hybrid magazine, meaning it has the look, feel and higher price point of a SIP, but with ad-supported pagination you’d find in most regular issues.Brenner feels that for the time being there aren’t any natural competitors in Domino’s space. But she can foresee other publishers adapting a similar model–one rooted in advertising and commerce. However, she also makes it clear that it’s not something a brand can develop on a whim. “I think we had an advantage of starting over,” she says. “It can be hard to have something and add on to it. It’s not always a benefit to be first, but it’s [e-commerce] a game changer.”Looking ahead, Brenner is candid on how she sees the future of digital ad dollars, which is why she thinks print is still such an important component. “I don’t think CPMs will improve,” she says. “Print is an art and digital is about analytics and measurement.” Nevertheless, she confesses she sees a lot of promise in native advertising and its ability to organically blend editorial and advertorial content. Still, she isn’t counting on that avenue alone, which is why Domino has been discussing branded product opportunities. Domino magazine was one of the unfortunate victims of “The Great Recession,” but the brand returned in 2013 with a new model and a new strategy. That is, now it’s mixing traditional and emerging strategies like print advertising and e-commerce while targeting a niche audience. Although Condé Nast essentially shuttered the title in 2009, it kept the brand alive through quarterly SIPs. Today, Condé Nast has a minority stake, and Domino Media is operating independently. When Domino relaunched last year it introduced its audience to a robust e-commerce site with more than 30,000 products. And its first quarterly print issue was a single sponsor promotion with Target, which was a carryover partnership from when the dormant brand was producing SIPs. Beth Brenner, publisher and chief revenue officer, suggests that the commerce model is strong and growing, but more than that, the brand retooled its print strategy and locked in 36 advertisers for its April issue. “That was our strategy from the beginning,” she says. “Advertising is definitely important because we are a commerce company rooted in advertising.”last_img read more

CRPF officer superannuation ceremony held

first_imgBarkas: On the retirement of Special DG, CRPF South Zone, Rajesh Pratap Singh, a farewell ceremonial was held at parade grounds in Barkas on Sunday. Rajesh Pratap Singh is 1985 batch and he has served for 34 years. M R Naik, IG SS and other officers of Southern Zone and their families attended the parade.M S Shaikawath (DIG), Ragu Ram (DIG), P P Pole (DIG), Darshan Lal (DIG), Amar Singh (Commandant IG), Sundaram (RAF), Arvind Singh and other were also present.last_img

Supreme Court to continue with daytoday hearing in Ayodhya

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Friday made it clear that it would continue with the day-to-day hearing of the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute case and assured a counsel for Muslim parties of giving mid-week breaks for preparing arguments if needed. The apex court reverted to the objections raised by senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Muslim parties including M Siddiq and All India Sunni Waqf Board, that it will not be possible for him to take part in the proceedings on all five working days of the week. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us “We will continue day-to-day hearing as ordered earlier,” a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said at the fag end of the fourth day’s proceedings in the case in which senior lawyer K Parasaran, appearing for deity ‘Ram Lalla Virajman’, put forth his submissions. The bench took note of Dhavan’s submissions in the morning that it will be “inhuman” and “practically impossible” for him to prepare his case if the apex court stuck to its decision to hear the land dispute case from Monday to Friday every week till the conclusion. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us The bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, however, assured Dhavan it would consider granting mid-week breaks to the senior lawyer if he needs them for preparing the case. The bench then fixed the Ayodhya case hearing on next Tuesday. The court is off next Monday on account of Eid. As soon as the counsel for the deity commenced advancing arguments, Dhavan intervened and objected to the five-days-a-week hearing of the case, saying he will “not be able to assist” the court if the hearing is “rushed through”. Advertise With Us “It is not possible to assist the court if it is heard on all days of the week. This is the first appeal and the hearing cannot be rushed in this manner and I am put to the torture,” he said. The apex court was hearing first appeals after the Allahabad High Court delivered the verdict in the case and the hearing as such cannot be rushed through, he said. Being the first appeal, documentary evidence has to be studied, Dhavan stated. The senior lawyer alleged that “perhaps, except Justice Chandrachud, other judges might not have read the judgment (Allahabad High Court’s)”. He said that if the court has taken a decision to hear the case on all five days of the week then he might have to leave the case. “We have taken note of your submissions. We will revert to you soon,” CJI Gogoi told Dhavan in the forenoon and proceeded with the hearing. When Dhavan wanted to now as to when the decision will be taken, the bench said, “soon” and later, while wrapping the day’s proceedings, the bench said that it would stick to its decision to hold the day-to-day hearing in the case, assuring him that it would consider granting him mid-week breaks. Breaking with the tradition, the Supreme Court, which commenced the hearing in the Ayodhya case on August 6, has decided to hear it on all five working days of the week. As per the apex court’s procedures, on Mondays and Fridays, the registry lists before the benches fresh and miscellaneous cases after notice cases. The matters listed before Constitution benches for day-to-day hearings are put up for hearing on three days a week — Tuesday to Thursday. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2. 77-acre land in Ayodhya is partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished.last_img read more

Lightning kills two children

first_imgTwo children were killed and another was injured after being struck by lightning in Shaplapur union of Maheskhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Monday afternoon.The deceased were identified as Osman Goni, 13, and Sadia Akhter, 12, while the injured is Saima Akhter, 10, younger sister of Sadia.Mohammad Hossain, a member of Shaplapur union parishad, said a thunderbolt struck the trio around 5:30pm while they were grazing cattle at Moulvikata, leaving two of them dead on the spot and the other wounded.The injured was taken to Maheshkhali Health Complex, he said.last_img

Baltimore Embarks on WeekendLong Ceasefire

first_imgIf you drive along West North Avenue from its beginning point near Hilton Street in West Baltimore, down to Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue, the epicenter of the Uprising of 2015, “Baltimore Ceasefire: Nobody Kill Anybody,” posters are as ubiquitous as city blight.The posters adorn vacant row homes, bus stop benches and lamp posts, announcing a prayer of sorts for no violence and no killings in Baltimore for 72 hours, from Friday, Aug, 4 through Sunday, Aug. 6. It is a desperate prayer for many who have witnessed the third year in a row of record violence and homicides in Baltimore. 2015 was the deadliest year in the city’s history; at 205 murders,  as of Aug. 1, the city is on pace this year to eclipse 2015’s horrible record.The Baltimore Ceasefire movement has captured the international spotlight and even caught the attention of hip hop artist and actor LL Cool J. (Courtesy Photo)The Ceasefire officially began at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning and through the first several hours no homicides had been reported in the Baltimore. The last two homicides in the city occurred on Aug. 2.The initial and sustaining energy behind this anti-violence movement comes from Erricka Bridgeford, the director of training for Community Mediation Maryland, which facilitates vital mediation services for Maryland residents; and Ellen Gee, the director of The Evolution of Perspective, a women’s group and networking organization. Since Bridgeford and Gee introduced this incarnation of a ceasefire in Baltimore in May, in the midst of another year of record violence and homicide, the anti-violence movement has grown dramatically, garnering attention nationally and internationally.“I think that is why the world caught on. Baltimore residents did so much work pushing this message forward and connecting with one another and connecting people to resources and doing the outreach,” Bridgeford said.  “It became a thing you could not ignore, because Baltimore said, `we are doing this whether there are cameras there, or a media story about it or not.’ And so the media suddenly went, ‘What’s this thing I’m seeing everywhere?’”In fact, residents of other cities grappling with epic violence, such as witnessed in past years in Detroit, have acknowledged the Baltimore Ceasefire movement, as well as donated money and resources according to Bridgeford. Celebrities such as LL Cool J have also lent their support.Gee said the movement and the message resonates with different people for different reasons. “When we were in the planning phases of the Ceasefire, we thought about the messaging and who that specific hashtag would speak to,” she said. “So, there are people who are very, very aware, acutely aware of the aggressive nature and the aggressive culture of Baltimore City and there are people who actively participate in that,” Gee added. “I wanted to talk to people who, violence is not on their mind…the message about a Baltimore ceasefire doesn’t speak to people who just go about their day to day…I got to work, I come home, I mind my business. But, the idea to keep peace on your mind, keep it top of mind.”Perhaps one of the most authentic and poignant reactions to the Baltimore Ceasefire movement came from an unidentified young man engaged by Bridgeford on the streets of the city.“Oh. Y’all are doing this so we can stop dying right?” he said. “That’s wassup. I mean, a lot of stuff we are doin is just f—–d up. Can you give me a poster? Imma put it on my bedroom wall. I wanna just look at it and think about it.”last_img

Madhyamik exam curriculum being reviewed Official

first_imgKolkata: The Syllabus Reforms Committee of Madhyamik — the Class 10 state board examination in Bengal — is reviewing its existing curriculum but not mulling any immediate change, a top official said on Monday. It has undertaken the process of reviewing the entire curriculum for Classes 9 and 10, the committee official said here. “The committee will suggest if there is need for any change in any part (of the syllabus), and the department and board officials will assess its report and implement the suggestions if they deem it necessary,” he said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseTo a question, the committee official said, since no changes in Madhyamik syllabus can be effected within a period of five years, there is no immediate case for a “sudden change” in the curriculum. The 2022 Madhyamik examination is the earliest when such a change can be introduced, he said, adding, the review exercise is a periodic process. The Syllabus Reforms Committee had in 2015 suggested changes in the Madhyamik syllabus, recommending more multiple choice questions (MCQ) and text-based reading.last_img read more

Eight LS seats in West Bengal to go to polls in fourth

first_imgKolkata: Preparations are in place for the fourth phase of polling in eight West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies on Monday, which will decide the fate of 68 candidates in the fray. All the eight seats — Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum — will see a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. An electorate of 1,34,56,491 will decide the fate of 68 candidates in these eight constituencies, the Election Commission said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The commission will deploy a total of 580 companies of central forces, which will cover all the polling booths in the Lok Sabha constituencies to ensure free and fair polling, election officials said. The campaign for the eight parliamentary seats — that came to an end on Saturday evening — saw roadshows and poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state TMC has fielded Apurba Sarkar (David) against the Congress MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in the Baharampur seat. The Left Front constituent RSP has nominated Id Mohammad, while the BJP has named Krishna Joyardar. In Krishnagar, the TMC has fielded Mahua Moitra against BJP’s Kalyan Chaubey, a footballer. The Congress has nominated Intaj Ali Shah and the CPI(M) Shantanu Jha. Ranaghat (SC) will see TMC’s Rupali Biswas locking horns with BJP’s Jagannath Sarkar. Congress has nominated Minati Biswas and the CPI(M) Rama Biswas. In the Burdwan East (SC) seat, TMC’s Sunil Kumar Mondal will contest against Paresh Chandra Das of the BJP. The Congress has fielded Siddhartha Majumdar and the CPI(M) Iswar Chandra Das. Mamtaz Sanghamita is the TMC candidate from the Burdwan-Durgapur seat against BJP’s S S Ahluwalia. The Congress has nominated Ranajit Mukherjee and the CPI(M) named Abhas Ray Chaudhuri. In Asansol, Union minister and BJP sitting MP Babul Supriyo will contest against TMC’s celebrity candidate Moon Moon Sen. The CPI(M) has nominated Gouranga Chatterjee and the Congress Biswarup Mondal for the seat. In the Bolpur (SC) seat, TMC’s Asit Kumar Mal will contest against Ramprasad Das of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded Ramchandra Dome and the Congress, Abhijit Saha. Celebrity candidate Satabdi Roy is the TMC name from the Birbhum seat against BJP’s Dudh Kumar Mondal. The Congress has nominated Imam Hossain and the CPI(M) named Rezaul Karim for the seat. The polling personnel have already left for the 15,277 booths in the eight parliamentary constituencies. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer in the state. In another first, VVPAT will be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.last_img read more

Jack Dorsey engages in yet another tone deaf public conversation to better

first_imgWhat if you created something that allowed people to make fun of you? Such is the life and career of Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter. Yesterday the tech guru did a TED Talk public conversation with the head of TED, Chris Anderson, and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, TED’s current affairs curator. The major part of the whole conversation involved around the recent “concerns and opportunities for Twitter’s future.” For most of the interview, Dorsey outlined steps that Twitter has taken to combat abuse and misinformation, and Anderson explained why the company’s critics sometimes find those steps insufficient and unsatisfying. He compared Twitter to the Titanic, and Dorsey to the captain, listening to passengers’ concerns about the iceberg up ahead — then going back to the bridge and showing “this extraordinary calm.” “It’s democracy at stake, it’s our culture at stake,” Anderson said, echoing points made in a talk by British journalist Carole Cadwalladr. So why isn’t Twitter addressing these issues with more urgency? “We are working as quickly as we can, but quickness will not get the job done,” Dorsey replied to Anderson. “It’s focus, it’s prioritization, it’s understanding the fundamentals of the network.” Jack further argued that while Twitter could “do a bunch of superficial things to address the things you’re talking about,” that isn’t the real solution. “We want the changes to last, and that means going really, really deep,” Dorsey said. In his view, that means rethinking how Twitter incentivizes user behavior. He suggested that the service works best as an “interest-based network,” where you log in and see content relevant to your interests, no matter who posted it — rather than a network where everyone feels like they need to follow a bunch of other accounts, and then grow their follower numbers in turn. Dorsey recalled that when the team was first building the service, it decided to make follower count “big and bold,” which naturally made people focus on it. “Was that the right decision at the time? Probably not,” he said. “If I had to start the service again, I would not emphasize the follower count as much… Since he isn’t starting from scratch, Dorsey suggested that he’s trying to find ways to redesign Twitter to shift the “bias” away from accounts and toward interests. He also pointed to efforts that Twitter has already announced to measure (and then improve) conversational health and to use machine learning to automatically detect abusive content. In terms of how the company is currently measuring its success, Dorsey said it focuses primarily on daily active users, and secondly on “conversation chains — we want to incentivize healthy contributions back to the network.” In contradiction to his response when over the weekend, Ilhan Omar an immigrant, and a Black Muslim representing the state of Minnesota in the US House of representatives —reported an increase in death threats. The threats started appearing after President Trump tweeted out a video that intercut a speech she had given with footage of the 9/11 attacks. Many of the threats were made on Twitter. Then on Monday, as Notre Dame burned, people came to the platform to mourn the loss in real time, but also to spread lies and hate as quickly as the flames engulfed the cathedral’s spire. When Omar tweeted her own heartfelt condolences, people replied with more death threats. Dorsey didn’t address any of these incidents specifically at TED. In fact, his answers lacked specificity overall. One Twitter user, Chad Loder created a Twitter moment to stand with Ilhan Omar. He asked users to report all the tweets with death threats to Ilhan. To this Twitter safety team removed all the tweets in just 30 minutes and he could not further add any tweets. When Jack was asked pointed questions, he evaded them, as he often does. Rodgers further asked him how many people are working on content moderation on Twitter—a number the company has never published. “It varies,” Dorsey replied. “We want to be flexible on this. There are no amount of people that can actually scale this, which is why we have done so much work on proactively taking down abuse.” Dorsey further announced that a year ago, Twitter wasn’t proactively monitoring abuse actively using machine learning at all. Instead, it relied entirely on human reporting—a burden Dorsey later had to recognized was unfairly put on the victims of the abuse. “We’ve made progress,” he said. “Thirty-eight percent of abusive tweets are now proactively recognized by machine-learning algorithms, but those that are recognized are still reviewed by humans. But that was from zero percent just a year ago.” As he uttered those words, Twitter sent out a press release with more information on the effort, highlighting that three times more abusive accounts are being suspended within 24 hours of getting reported compared with this time last year. The progress of 38% is not exactly a lot when Facebook’s most recent transparency report, says that over 51% of content on hate speech was flagged before users reported it. Nor did Dorsey or the official Twitter announcement provide many details about how the technology to proactively flag abuse works. While the conversations continued, they came up with an idea to invite Twitter users to tweet questions via the hashtag #AskJackAtTED, which was then projected on a big screen behind Dorsey. Looking at all the tweets coming up live it seemed to be a really bad idea. In Twitter spirit, sarcastic piercing tweets soon overflowed on the screen asking Dorsey crisp pointed questions about long pending failures to make the platform a safe place for healthy conversation. Users charged Dorsey left, right and centre with questions. Carole Cadwalladr asked why a video that showed her being beaten up & threatened with a gun to soundtrack of Russian anthem stayed up for 72 hours despite 1000s of complaints. Other came up saying how do you prioritize healthy conversations without silencing protest on your platform? Tweets continued pouring in with questions like why is women harassment on the platform ignored for decades and why do you still allow Nazi groups on Twitter. One of them asked if there was anyway to add a fact-check function to viral tweets which involves misinformation or conspiracy theories. Another popular tweet said it wants Twitter to create a user bill where they have the right to be free of harassment and the right to safety. While some users said that Twitter is of no value at all others raised questions on why does the platform allow the organizers of Charlottesville disaster amplify their message and find new recruits. Another added why is President Donald Trump allowed to violate Twitter policies by spreading hateful and inflammatory tweets against Ilhan Omar. Eventually the tweets disappeared from the screen and someone from the audience made a suspicion that it was always a plan to ditch in between. On the other hand Anderson summed it up sarcastically: “We are on this great voyage with you on a ship, and there are people on board in steerage who are expressing discomfort and you, unlike other captains are saying, ‘well, tell me, I want to hear,’ and they’re saying ‘we’re worried about the iceberg ahead,’” Anderson says. “And you say, ‘our ship hasn’t been built for steering as well as it might,’ and you’re showing this extraordinary calm!” Read Next Highlights from Jack Dorsey’s live interview by Kara Swisher on Twitter: on lack of diversity, tech responsibility, physical safety and more Russia opens civil cases against Facebook and Twitter over local data laws Twitter memes are being used to hide malwarelast_img read more