Two Hizb militants, local resident killed during Army operation in Pulwama

first_imgTwo Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants, including a ‘commander’, were killed and two soldiers injured during an anti-militancy operation by the Army in Pulwama on Monday.Shahid Ashraf Dar, a resident of Arihal village, was killed in clashes with security forces during the operation. An Army spokesman said two rifles were recovered from the site of operation, which began in the morning at Drabgam in Pulwama.“The operation is still on,” said the spokesman. The militants were trapped in the hometown of Hizb commander Sameer Bhat alias ‘Tiger’, who is also believed dead in the encounter.’Tiger’ was wanted in many attacks on security forces. Another militant was identified as Aqib Khan of Rajpora, according to the locals. Around 16 protesters also sustained injuries during the operation. Of them, five were shifted to a Srinagar hospital.Internet services have been suspended in the area and train services stopped in south Kashmir.last_img read more

Mahadayi ruling major victory: Goa government

first_imgThe Goa government on Tuesday claimed that the Mahadayi Inter-state Water Disputes Tribunal’s ruling, was a “major victory” for the State. On Tuesday, the tribunal decided that Goa will allot 13.42 TMC of water from the Mahadayi river basin to Karnataka, as against the latter’s demand for 36.55.The tribunal headed by Justice J.M. Panchal ruled that only 13.42 TMC water would be allotted to Karnataka. Karnataka had claimed 36.55 TMC water from the Mahadayi basin, which included 1.50 TMC for irrigation and drinking, 7.56 TMC for diversion to the already depleted basin of the Malaprabha river through the Kalsa-Bahnduri canal project and 14.97 for power generation.Goa Congress, however, called the verdict unfortunate and urged the State to appeal against it. Former chief minister Francisco Sardinha alleged that the verdict was manipulated by the BJP government at the Centre.“They should move the Supreme Court to get justice. If this is not done, then people of Goa will have to come on to the roads to remind the government that this is their job and they should do it as early as possible,” Mr. Sardinha said. Mr. Sardinha said that the members of the tribunal were appointed by the Central government and that the ruling was known before-hand, because BJP national president Amit Shah had promised the people of Karnataka of diverting the Mahadayi river water in the run-up to the polls in Karnataka.Rajendra Kerkar, senior environmentalist and leader of Mahadayi Bachav Abhiyan, an NGO which has been simultaneously fighting the case on the State’s side, said, “This is a loss to Goa, and a setback to its environment and ecology.”Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni said that the Goa government did not have any objection to Karnataka’s claim for use of water from the basin for consumptive purposes.“Karnataka has been allocated only 5.5 TMC of water which also includes 1.5 TMC of water for in-basin consumptive use for which the state of Goa did not have any objection,” he added.An official from the Goa Water Resources Department said that the 8.02 TMC water allotted to Karnataka for power generation, would not have much impact on Goa’s needs, because the water would continue to flow downwards along the river into Goa.Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar who had earlier said that the State would not share “one drop of water” from the Mahadayi with Karnataka, was unavailable for comment.Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently on a U.S. trip for a medical check-up, on Twitter, said, “I am happy that the Mahadayi Tribunal with its final verdict has done justice to Goa.” Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra are locked in a dispute over the Mahadayi river basin. Mahadayi also known as the Mandovi river when it enters Goa, is considered a lifeline in the northern parts of the State. It originates in Karnataka and meets the Arabian Sea in Panaji in Goa, while briefly flowing through the territory of Maharashtra.While 78% of the basin of the Mahadayi river lies in Goa, 42.79% is located in Karnataka and a small portion comes under Maharashtra.last_img read more

Hapur lynching: petitioners can approach trial court, says Supreme Court

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday gave petitioners in the Hapur lynching case liberty to approach the trial court and draw its attention to statements made by two brothers of the victim before a chief judicial magistrate about the brutal crime allegedly committed by cow vigilantes in June last year.A Vacation Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told advocate Vrinda Grover, counsel for petitioner and witness Samaydeen, that instead of directing the Uttar Pradesh police to file a supplementary chargesheet, it would be “appropriate” to permit the petitioners to directly apprise the trial court about the statements made by the brothers, Saleem and Nadeem, under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure before the Hapur chief judicial magistrate on May 15.Saleem and Nadeem are the brothers of Qasim Qureishi, a 45-year-old meat trader, who died after he took a severe beating along with Samaydeen from cow vigilantes on June 18, last year.The duo were assaulted on the pretext that they were transporting and butchering cows.In August, the Supreme Court had refused to buy the police version that the lynching was a “road rage” incident which turned fatal. The statements made by Samaydeen and some others before the magistrate had shown the case in its true light — a mob lynching premised on a false rumour of cow slaughter.The video footage of the lynching and an expose by the NDTV channel in which one of the accused allegedly talked about the assault and even denying water to one of them had created a furore.last_img read more

Part of hostel collapses in Berhampur University

first_imgA portion of the three-storey Saberi women’s hostel on Berhampur University campus collapsed on Thursday afternoon. All 104 boarders had a lucky escape as they were attending classes when the mishap occurred around 12.30 p.m. The part of the building that collapsed mainly comprised of toilets and balconies.University registrar Ranjan Biswal said the building was declared unsafe after the incident. The boarders are being shifted to Chilika hostel. Students said that many could have been “injured in the mishap had it happened a few hours earlier”.Dilapidated conditionThe Saberi hostel was inaugurated in 1989. Its boarders had been complaining about its dilapidated condition for the past many months. Concrete pieces were falling from the roofs of several rooms and water was seeping from the toilets on each of the three floors. On July 15, the boarders had demanded that the university repair the hostel as early as possible.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League, Slavia Praha vs Barcelona LIVE Streaming: When and Where to Watch Online, TV Telecast, Team News

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. barcelonachampions leagueChampions League 2019-20Europe First Published: October 23, 2019, 1:44 PM IST Barcelona will eye to extend their five-match winning streak as they travel to Prague to face underdogs Slavia Praha in their upcoming UEFA Champions League 2019-20 on October 24. The UEFA Champions League Slavia Praha vs Barcelona fixture will be played at the Eden Arena. Both sides will be meeting for the first time on Wednesday night at 12: 30 am. The La Liga Champions held a draw against Bayern Dortmund in the opening match followed by 2-1 win over Inter Milan in their last Champions League outing. Whereas, Slavia Praha lost their last match to Bayern Dortmund.Relishing their attacking form after the Eibar clash, Barca forward Antoine Griezmann said, “There will be better or worse days, but we are getting to know each other little by little and we will go to more.” Speaking about team compatibility, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said, “Great players always understand each other and always meet. In the end, with time and with matches they will still find more and better.”Meanwhile, the Slavia captain Tomas Soucek has hailed Barca’s ‘three unbelievable forwards – Suarez, Messi, and Griezmann.’ “We know how strong they are, particularly Messi, his left foot is exceptional and I think you can’t really get ready for that,” he said.Barca will step into the turf without Sergi Roberto, who picked up a knee injury during the La Liga clash against Eibar. Gerard Pique is expected to make it to the starting XI as he returns after serving a ban.UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Slavia Praha possible line-up vs Barcelona: Kolar; Coufal, Kudela, Hovorka, Boril; Sevcik, Soucek; Masopust, Stanicu, Olayinka; TeciUEFA Champions League 2019-20 Slavia Praha possible line-up vs Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Arthur, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Suarez, GriezmannWhat time is kick-off?The game will kick-off at 12:30 am on October 24. There are eight Champions League games tonight with two of them in the early 10.25 pm slot and six that will start at 12:30 am on October 24.What TV channel is it on?Sony will show every game from the Champions League LIVE in India this season. Slavia Praha vs Barcelona will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Tuesday night.How can I stream it?The Champions League Slavia Praha vs Barcelona live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. last_img read more

Copa America: Chile coach rejoices after beating ‘the best’

first_imgChile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi took great pride in steering his countryto victory in Sunday’s Copa America final against a team he believes tobe the best side in the world with the best player in history. (Messi announces retirement after Copa America loss)The 4-2 penalty shootout victory was the second in a row for Chile, who also triumphed over world number one Argentina and their lynchpin Lionel Messi after a 0-0 stalemate in last year’s final at home in Santiago.”It’s always very hard to predict when a match is going to be decided by penalty kicks,” Pizzi, who took over the fifth-ranked Chileans in January, told reporters. (Chile win second straight Copa America title after Messi’s penalty miss)”Both last year and this year we ended up winning, but I think it speaks to the parity between both lineups, both teams and the mutual respect we have for each other and surely it will go on that way.”Now we’re going to enjoy ourselves.” (Also Read: Lionel Messi’s journey: Goals, heartbreak and unparalleled success)MESSI BIDS ADIEUPizzi said he was proud of the way his team rose to the occasion to overcome the star-studded Argentine side and Messi, who missed a penalty in the shootout and then announced he was retiring from international football.”Before them today was the number one team in the world, with the best players in the world and the best player in history,” he said.Argentina coach Gerardo Martino, whose side failed to end their 23-year title drought in major international competitions, was understandably downbeat but said his team must have the resilience to come back from disappointment.advertisement”We really had high hopes but are leaving empty handed,” he said.”Regarding today’s match, Argentina should have won in 90 minutes. And should have won in extra time and we were not able to win.”Really, it is not easy to explain, because there are situations we can explain football-wise and other situations that can be explained, if you will, talking about our luck.”Next time … we have to come and do it. They represent the national team and feel pride in wearing the national jersey and it’s there that they find the will to really foster hope again.”last_img read more

Only Ogbah Gets Drafted, Four Cowboys Signed As Free Agents

first_imgI asked Kyle Fredrickson before the NFL Draft started if he would be more surprised if Emmanuel Ogbah dropped to the second round or if the rest of OSU’s team went undrafted.Turns out, both things happened. Ogbah went No. 32 (which was the second round this year) and Kevin Peterson, Jimmy Bean and others went undrafted in the subsequent five rounds.Bean hasn’t been picked up in free agency but four other Pokes have. Here they are. Go Time! David Glidden @david6glidden signs with the @AtlantaFalcons #Entourage— Entourage (@EntourageMGMT) May 1, 2016 Former #OKState CB Michael Hunter will be headed to the New York Giants, per @CowboyFB. Played one year in Stillwater as a grad transfer.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) April 30, 2016 Proud to call myself a Chicago Bear! ?— Kevin Peterson (@Pistol_Peterson) April 30, 2016!!! All I asked was for an opportunity… God is GREAT!!— Ryan Simmons (@RS_52) May 1, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Heynckes not happy with ‘sloppy’ Bayern Munich

first_imgBundesliga Heynckes not happy with ‘sloppy’ Bayern Munich Rob Lancaster 04:49 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) juppheynckes - cropped Getty Images Bundesliga Bayern München Mainz 05 v Bayern München Mainz 05 The FCB boss saw his side extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday, but had more praise for the home side than his own team Jupp Heynckes was critical of Bayern Munich’s second-half display in their 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Mainz on Saturday.With nearest rivals Schalke losing to lowly Werder Bremen, the Bundesliga leaders extended their lead at the summit to 18 points thanks to first-half goals from Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez.However, Heynckes was far from impressed with what he witnessed after the break at the Opel Arena, the visitors wasting a number of clear opportunities to increase the final margin of victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The experienced coach was far more positive in his assessment of the home team though, praising Mainz – who dropped to 16th due to Werder’s surprise win – for their efforts in defeat.”My team played really well before the break and got off to a good start [in the second half], but we failed to take our chances and extend our lead,” Heynckes told the club’s website.”You have to admit that Mainz also had good chances in the second half. You have to take into account that teams surpass themselves when they’re in the relegation battle. You’ve seen it in the case of Werder and also today regarding Mainz.”We had five or six gilt-edged chances after the break. If we had taken them we could have easily run down the clock. Instead, our opponents had hope and chances again and again.#M05FCB— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 3, 2018″We were too sloppy and not as strong as in the first half when it came to transitions from attack to defence.”Taken altogether the victory was deserved but compliments to Mainz for their display.”last_img read more

Chip Seal Asphalt Plants Bringing Value to Nova Scotians Oped

first_imgThe Canadian Taxpayers Federation is misleading Nova Scotians about the value of the province’s mobile chip seal and asphalt plant. We introduced a mobile asphalt plant and an in-house chip seal operation to generate competition and bring asphalt prices down. We are seeing results; competition has increased in the past two years and prices have dropped. The CTF wants to scrap these projects and disband two initiatives that are helping pave more roads and bringing value to Nova Scotians. Between 2007-10, the average price for asphalt was $59 per tonne. After introducing the chip seal operation, ashpalt plant and other initiatives, the price paid by taxpayers in 2011-12 dropped to $45 per tonne, saving Nova Scotians $21 million. These savings helped the province repave about 75 more kilometres of roads that year, on the 5 Year Plan, earlier than originally planned. We anticipate additional paving projects this year as a result of these initiatives. Bids per contract have also increased, showing there is increased competition. In 2009, there were 230 bids on 90 contracts from the private sector. In 2012, there were 299 bids on 80 contracts. The increased competition generates savings. The federation has never supported the decision by the province to invest in our own equipment and crew to save millions of dollars and pave more roads throughout Nova Scotia. Like the federation, the province wants the best value for Nova Scotians. And these initiatives are helping to pave more roads and bring down road paving prices. We paved more roads and it has cost Nova Scotians less money. As we indicated, there will be an audit of these initiatives after they have been operation for several years. -30-last_img read more

Qatar in regional crisis hires former US attorney general

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Qatar has paid $2.5 million to the law firm of a former attorney general under U.S. President George W. Bush to audit its efforts at stopping terrorism funding, a matter at the heart of the Gulf diplomatic crisis that erupted last week.John Ashcroft personally will lead his Washington-based firm’s efforts “to evaluate, verify and as necessary, strengthen the client’s anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing” compliance and potentially lobby lawmakers and the media, according to documents filed to the U.S. Justice Department.Qatar hiring Ashcroft, who was attorney general during the Sept. 11 attacks and then helped push through the Patriot Act, appeared aimed at appeasing Washington as several Gulf nations try to isolate it. Officials in Qatar, home to a major U.S. military base, and Ashcroft’s firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and cut off land, sea and air routes to the tiny peninsular nation that relies on food imports. Its long-haul carrier Qatar Airways has also been impacted.At the heart of the dispute are the long-standing allegations linking Qatar to regional Islamist and militant groups. Qatar denies supporting terrorist organizations, but Western officials have regularly accused Qatar’s government of allowing or even encouraging the funding of some Sunni extremists. Qatar also has hosted a leader of Hamas, the militant Islamic group ruling the Gaza Strip, as well as members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamist group that Gulf nations consider a threat to their hereditary rule.The Ashcroft Law Firm filed the paperwork with the Justice Department’s National Security Division on Friday. Such reports are required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act, first put in place over concerns about Nazi propagandists operating in the U.S. ahead of World War II.The filed reports show Ashcroft’s firm “may engage in outreach efforts to U.S. government officials and/or communicate with the media” regarding its findings.“The firm understands the urgency of this matter and the need to communicate accurate information to both a broad constituency and certain domestic agencies and leaders,” a contract between Qatar and Ashcroft’s firm reads.The contract filed by Ashcroft’s firm was signed by Ahmad al-Hammadi, the secretary-general of Qatar’s Foreign Ministry.The lump sum up front of $2.5 million is also rare for such lobbying efforts, likely signalling the urgency Qatar felt in getting its message heard in Washington. While U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged Gulf nations not to escalate the crisis, President Donald Trump repeatedly has criticized Qatar over its alleged support of militants.Hiring U.S. firms to lobby American lawmakers is nothing new for the oil-and-gas-rich Gulf. Saudi Arabia in particular has multiple firms representing its interests in the U.S. A recent Saudi-led effort to send American military veterans to lobby Congress proved controversial when some said they were unaware the kingdom paid for their trips to Washington.Qatar also has hired lobbyists and foreign agents in the U.S. Most recently, a ruling family member paid $2 million to a Greek shoe salesman to free kidnapped relatives in Iraq in an effort involving hackers, encrypted internet communication and promises of millions of dollars in ransom payments.That ransom payment, believed to have gone to Shiite militias holding the Qataris in Iraq, has sparked anger among those now trying to isolate it. Egypt has asked the United Nations Security Council to investigate reports that Qatar “paid up to $1 billion” to free the hostages, saying such a payment would violate U.N. sanctions.The sudden move to hire Ashcroft’s firm shows Qatar “certainly dropped the ball” in recognizing that government opinion in Washington had swung away from it, said Christopher Davidson, a professor of Middle East politics at Durham University in Britain. That’s despite Qatar funding think tanks, university programs and the Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite news network, he said.“We’re seeing a new sort of conflict… where wars are being fought through PR companies,” Davidson said. “We can see what kind of damage that can do when your rival’s PR machine becomes more extensive than your own.”___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at . His work can be found at . by Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2017 7:11 am MDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Qatar, in regional crisis, hires former US attorney general read more

Dunne hits 5 3s as Hartford holds off Bowling Green 7663

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Jason Dunne nailed five from long range to total 19 points and John Carroll added 18 as Hartford held off Bowling Green 76-63 on Saturday afternoon.J.R. Lynch added 16 points, making 12 of 12 from the line, with three steals and three assists for Hartford (3-6).The Hawks soared to a 32-23 halftime advantage before Bowling Green rallied. Dylan Frye got the Falcons rolling, hitting two straight from beyond the arc to start a 14-0 run for a 41-40 lead at the 10:59 mark. Hartford retook the lead 44-43 after Carroll drove for a layup with 9:27 left. He followed with another layup and Dunne added a trey as the Hawks pushed their advantage to 61-51 with 3:22 remaining.Hartford was 9 of 31 from distance while the Falcons hit 7 of 32. Hartford made 24 trips to the foul line, making 23 while the Falcons made 10 of 19.Justin Turner had 17 points and Demajeo Wiggins added 11 with 14 rebounds for Bowling Green (4-4).The Associated Press read more

Happy Birthday Doctor Who Companion Billie Piper

first_img Happy birthday, Billie Piper—you gorgeous, daring, unflappable woman, you.Born Leian Paul Piper, Billie signed a recording contract and released her debut single at age 15, becoming the youngest artist ever to enter the UK Singles Chart at No. 1.Two albums later, the Swindon-born pop star transitioned into acting in 2003; around the same time, the BBC announced plans to resurrect some old sci-fi show called Doctor Who.Boasting a short resume—small roles on TV (Canterbury Tales, ShakespeaRe-Told) and bit parts in films (The Calcium Kid, Things to Do Before You’re 30, Spirit Trap)—Piper was cast as Rose Tyler, traveling companion to the Doctor.Piper as Rose Tyler, with Tenth Doctor David Tennant and a Cyberman (via BBC)The revamped show, led by Christopher Eccleston’s brooding Time Lord, was a triumph—and so was the plucky blonde, knighted Dame Rose of the Powell Estate.For her work on Doctor Who, Piper won a slew of accolades, including the Most Popular Actress category at the 2005 and 2006 National Television Awards and The Times Breakthrough Award at The South Bank Show Awards.She was also named one of BBC News’ “Faces of the Year” for 2005, not to mention best new TV talent at the Television and Radio Industries Club and best actress at the TV Quick and TV Choice Awards in 2006.Piper with on-screen boyfriend Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke) (via BBC)After two seasons, two Doctors, and countless adventures, Piper left the show in an absolutely heart-wrenching finale (I still tear up thinking about Rose’s goodbye), later reprising her role in numerous episodes, including 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor.”Anything but typecast, the English actor went on to play the lead in Secret Diary of a Call Girl (based on a memoir detailing the life of a high-class prostitute) and an Irish immigrant in Penny Dreadful.In 2016, her “earth-quaking” performance in the Young Vic’s adaptation of Yerma earned Piper six best actress trophies, including a coveted Olivier Award.Piper and the late John Hurt in the 50th-anniversary special (via BBC America)Life doesn’t always imitate art, though: Piper’s private life—two divorces in 15 years—is often splashed across the pages of tabloids, painting a murky picture of the smiley star.“Professionally I don’t fear that much, but personally I’m frightened of everything,” she told Stylist magazine in a recent interview.Here’s to hoping the big 3-5 brings joy and comfort to my favorite companion.View as: One Page Slides1. blezon2. Concept Sparks3. Olympic Vanilla4. ChildHoodSurvivor5. fadalalala6. travelingrose7. Sophie Cowdrey8. bakalucjan9. nishnooshStream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

FOXs new comedy Making History takes us through time

first_imgYassir Lester: “Oh, that’s cool.”Adam Pally: “If you think that’s cool to dance to ‘Bad and Boujee’ in your normal clothes, wait till you do it dressed as a pioneer of the Revolutionary War.”“Making History” makes history when the series premieres this Sunday at 8:30 p.m., right here on 7.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Everything from a compass to a DeLorean to a hot tub has been used to travel through time, but a new show has found a more practical method.Yassir Lester (as Chris): “A really big duffle bag?”Adam Pally (as Dan): “It’s a time machine. I go to the past every weekend. Sometimes on Tuesdays. Get in. I’ll zip you up.”“Making History” is a new FOX comedy that follows a time travel hobbyist, a professor, and Paul Revere’s daughter as they visit different eras.Think Bill and Ted have an excellent adventure with Marty McFly.Of course different time periods mean lots of costume changes — and stars Yassir Lester and Adam Pally talked with Deco about which outfits they like to wear even when they’re not shooting.Adam Pally: “My whole Revolutionary garb outfit to the club.” last_img read more

A winter of Chetans discontent

first_img‘It doesn’t exist! No one knows about him here!’ I mumbled to myself as I looked around the bookstore at Frankfurt airport. The train to Wuerzburg and then the shop at the university library.  Deliriously happy. Yes. The on-campus store had F Scott Fitzgerald, William Shakespeare, George RR Martin, Robert Galbraith and before I could grant them intellectual snobbery – there was a Stephanie Meyer too  and I think I spotted a Nicholas Sparks. No Chetan Bhagat. I had left that horror back in Delhi and didn’t get assaulted with people reading it in Dubai. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘No one’s heard of him here!’ I exclaimed, thoroughly confusing the guy who was helping me around with my registration process (which took one hour – Indian colleges take note please!). I of course then had to explain to him who this guy was and why we (the wannabe intellectuals) love to hate him. Over schnitzel and fries (I had to cliché it up a bit) I told this unsuspecting gentleman about Mr Bhagat. About Five Point Someone, Three Mistakes of My Life, 2 States, One Night at a Call Centre and finally halting at Half Girlfriend. I also pointed out that the movies were exponentially much better than the books and simply because those had very little to do with the author. Just as one of the ‘Indian’ guys here called Honey Singh the Indian Snoop Dogg, I tried in vain to find a worthy equivalent. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnd that got me thinking. Chetan Bhagat is wholly and thankfully only an Indian phenomenon. The ‘appeal’ of his Rs 195 do not cross over borders unless someone takes the book with them on an international flight. Maybe we should try adding it to the list of illegal items like knives and explosives.Stephanie Meyer, EL James crossed the Atlantic. Bhagat has not made it across a few countries, yet. And I will call this a good thing. While Bhagat has managed to capture an incredible reading audience and has an enviable business model well in place, he has people who read him to loathe him and he has people who read him and go – ‘Oh yes! He knows, he knows how I feel!’ *Sniff* As an author he has played this game better than most of his colleagues. Neel Mukherjee cannot boast of such sales figures, he perhaps never will. He writes about college canteen issues that only we Indians can gorge on to the point of getting sick. Some regurgitate that into rants such as these, some gorge some more. The issues are uniquely and obstinately rooted to the soil – Bhagat takes on IIT, IIM, inter-cultural marriage, 2002 Gujarat riots, Call Centres and in his latest book what can be best described as ‘Biharis-do-not-know-English-and do-not-care-to-learn-till-Bill Gates-can-come-to-save-a-village-school’ aka ‘Wanting-to-date- a-Delhi-rich-is-a-bitch’. Not the communist burden, neither the diasporic problem and never the brave new world. Bhagat is perhaps ill-equipped to take on tropes that matter and it works very well because we, in our domestic help accelerated world, don’t allow too much mind space to such world issues. Prices of onions are more intrinsic and real.Unfortunate. But look at the wonders it did for Bhagat. It is the whole classic ‘us and them’ case which will have the intellectuals ruing the success of this man while the others buy his book anyway.Over the last five years in India, we have had the metro reads phenomenon rearing its ugly head. Describing a series of books that can be read over an hour or a little more (a little less than the time needed to travel from Noida to Dwarka) while one travels. These books aren’t Booker or Pulitzer worthy – never will be. They do not require an ‘intelligent’ mind, they are just in your hands to distract you from the sardine crowd and the lack of deodorant.Bhagat is more the Indian Railways and domestic flight read. Giving the man his due, Bhagat got a huge chunk of the population to read, he got them interested in books again and while it is horrible that these people read (and enjoy) this level of story, plot and language – it is also commendable that he managed this – Rupa owes this man a good few limbs.However, driving the rant home – talking Neil Gaiman and Umberto Ecco with ‘colleagues’ in the department, I sighed in relief that they will not have to fight the battle of bad authors on this continent quite yet and they would not equate Indian writings with the Bhagat phenomenon.But winter is coming. I could tell them his books are excellent replacements for wood.last_img read more

Are SelfDriving Cars Finally Ready for Consumers What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 12, 2017 5 min read Yes, I know. We’ve been waiting for the self-driving car revolution for what seems like forever. Google seemed on top of things in the years after 2009, when the company first started its self-driving car project. But now it’s 2017, and we still aren’t surrounded by fleets of autonomous vehicles. What gives?Related: Google, Automakers Object to California Rules for Self-Driving CarsWell, if recent developments are any indication, 2017 could be the year that self-driving cars finally start to go mainstream. And as a business owner, you need to be prepared for the ramifications of this quickly approaching massive technological and cultural shift.What entrepreneurs need to watch forSo, how might the emergence of autonomous vehicles affect your business?Consumer needs. For starters, consumers who have access to fully autonomous vehicles are going to have new needs that, as an entrepreneur, you’ll have to accommodate. Any products designed for drivers may have to be completely reimagined, and people will have more free time to fill if they’re able to move and focus on tasks during their hour (or longer) total commute time every day. Think ahead and prepare for that change.Cost of goods. Self-driving trucks will function more cheaply and efficiently than their manually driven counterparts, which means the cost and ease of transporting your goods are going to decrease. Prepare your logistics division to transition early and take advantage of these changes before your competitors do, so you can lower your prices accordingly.Space. With less need for roads and other transportation institutions, there’s going to be far more space for residential and business constructions. Depending on the nature of your business, this could be a major opportunity for expansion.Employee commutes. If you encourage your employees to opt for self-driving cars, or even have autonomous company cars that enable easy carpooling, your employees will suddenly have far more time every day to do their work. They’ll be simultaneously more productive and less stressed, which means your business stands to thrive.Related: Ford Doubling Silicon Valley Workforce in Push Toward Self-Driving CarsWhere we standSo, where exactly are we with self-driving cars? Is 2017 a realistic possibility?Google’s self-driving car project is now called Waymo, and is looking to partner with auto manufacturers to get a fleet of cars on the street shuttling consumers by 2020. We may start seeing early versions, or not yet-fully autonomous cars hitting the streets before then.Google isn’t the only company on the verge of a breakthrough, however. Self-driving taxi service nuTonomy is fully active in Singapore, though ride availability is limited, and there have been some complications already with the service. Uber isn’t far behind, with its goal to convert its fleet of drivers into a fleet of autonomous vehicles as soon as possible.Uber is now testing in multiple states, with those tests supervised by engineers, so it may be a little ambitious to expect its effort to expand nationwide in 2017. In any case, both companies stand to make significant progress this year, and are only a few rounds of testing away from the next stage.The big obstaclesSo far, there have been only a handful of collisions involving self-driving cars, most of which were the fault of a human driver, and only one of them was fatal. So, what’s stopping autonomous cars from rolling out?Snow and weather. Most self-driving car tests have been in California, Arizona, Florida and other areas with predictable, calm states of weather. In the American Northeast, where snow, hail and other complicated weather conditions are commonplace, autonomous cars still have many problems to solve. It’s much harder to make predictions and judgments about the environment there.Ethical dilemmas. Driving choices won’t always be black and white; for example, should an autonomous car kill its own driver if that action saves multiple other lives? Engineers have contemplated, but not come close to, solving these ethical dilemmas. In fact, they’re hypothetically unsolvable. What we really need to solve is how self-driving cars should approach these problems, should they come up.Legality. Legal concerns have always been a main stopping point for autonomous driving technology, but recently, companies like Uber have escalated the intensity. Uber has been involved in a vicious legal battle with the state of California since its autonomous test vehicles were caught running red lights, but the complexity of new laws poses a problem everywhere. Currently, even the testing of self-driving vehicles is legal only in California, Michigan, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, North Dakota, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.Certainty. No amount of PR in the world could salvage the reputation of a company whose self-driving cars cost innocent human lives. For tech companies, being 99.9 percent certain about the success of their software isn’t enough — they need to be as close to 100 percent as possible, and that means testing far beyond what any of us feel is “enough.”Related: Google Makes Progress on Self-Driving Cars as it Hits the 2 Million Mile MarkI think it’s a bit ambitious to say that 2017 will be the year self-driving cars take over, but it’s reasonable to expect massive progress throughout the year. If I had to put a date on it, I’d project that we’ll see self-driving cars transforming our economy by 2020, and that means you need to start thinking now about how your business is going to adapt.last_img read more

Fisherman killed allegedly poaching at Isla Mujeres

first_imgDue to the darkness, the surviving fishermen as unable to see the shooter. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) According to preliminary reports, the fishermen crossed the sandy area around 8:00 p.m. when they were shot at by unknown subjects. Elements of the Police of Quintana Roo arrived as did an ambulance, however, the shot man no longer had vital signs. Two fishermen who were allegedly poaching, were shot at on the Continental mainland of Isla Mujeres at Isla Blanca while they were placing nets in the water. One of the men was hit in the neck, while the second ran for help uninjured. Police arrived at Los Cocos beach area where they found the injured fisherman. He died on scene. Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Two poachers were shot by an unknown subject that left one dead.last_img read more

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Google IO 2019 D1 highlights smarter display search feature with AR capabilities

first_imgThis year’s Google IO 2019 was meant to be big, and it didn’t disappoint at all. There’s a lot of big news to talk about as it introduced and showcased exciting new products, updates, features and functionalities for a much better user experience. Google I/O kicked off yesterday and it will run through Thursday May 9 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California. It has approximately 7000 attendees from all around the world. “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. We are moving from a company that helps you find answers to a company that helps you get things done. Our goal is to build a more helpful Google for everyone.” Sundar Pichai, Google CEO commenced his Keynote session with such strong statements. He further listed a few recent tech advances and said “We continue to believe that the biggest breakthroughs happen at the intersection of AI.” He then went on to discuss how Google is confident that it can do more AI without private data leaving your devices, and that the heart of the solution will be federated learning. Basically, federated learning is a distributed machine learning approach which enables model training on a large corpus of decentralized data. It enables mobile phones at different geographical locations to collaboratively train a machine learning model without transferring any data that may contain personal information from the devices. While the keynote lasted for nearly two hours, some of the breakthrough innovation in tech were introduced which will be briefed in detail moving ahead in the article. Google Search at Google IO 2019 Google remains a search giant, and that’s something it has not forgotten at Google IO 2019. However, search is about to become far more visually rich, thanks to the inclusion of AR camera trick which is now introduced directly into search results. They held an on-stage demonstration at Google IO which showed how a medical student could search for a muscle group, and be presented within mobile search results with a 3D representation of the body part. Not only could it be played with within the search results, it could be placed on the user’s desk to be seen at real scale from their smartphone’s screen. Source: Google And even larger things, like an AR shark, could be put into your AR screen, straight from the app. The Google team showcased this feature as the shark virtually appeared live in front of the audience. Google Lens bill splitting and food recommendations Google Lens was something which caught audience’s interest in the Google’s App arsenal. Lens was presented in a way that it can use image recognition to deliver information based on what your camera is looking at. A demo was shown on how a combination of mapping data and image recognition will let Google Lens make recommendations from a restaurant’s menu, just by pointing your camera at it. And when the bill arrives, point your camera at the receipt and it’ll show you tipping info and bill splitting help. They also announced their partnership with recipe providers to allow Lens to produce video tutorials when your phone is pointed at a written recipe. Source: Google Debut of Android Q beta 3 version At Google IO Android Q beta 3 was introduced, it is the 10th generation of the Android operating system, and it comes with new features for phone and tablet users. Google announced that there are over 2.5 billion active Android devices as the software extends to televisions, in-car systems and smart screens like the Google Home Hub. Further it was discussed how the Android will work with foldable devices, and how it will be able to seamlessly tweak its UI depending on the format and ratio of the folding device. Another new feature of live caption system in Android Q will turn audio instantly into text to be read. It’s a system function triggered within the volume rocker menu. They can be tweaked for legibility to your eyes, doesn’t require an internet connection, and happens on videos that have never been manually close-captioned. It’s at an OS level, letting it work across all your apps. Source: Google The smart reply feature will now work across all messaging apps in Android Q, with the OS smartly predicting your text. The Dark Theme activated by battery saver or the quick tile was introduced. Lighting up less pixels in your phone will save its battery life. Android Q will also double down on security and privacy features, such as a Maps incognito mode, reminders for location usage and sharing (such as only when a delivery app is in use), and TLSV3 encryption for low end devices. Security updates will roll out faster too, updating over the air without a reboot needed for the device. With Android Q Beta 3 which will be launched today on 21 new devices, Google also announced that it will make Kotlin, a statically typed programming language for writing its Android apps. Chrome to be more transparent in terms of cookie control Google announced that it will update Chrome to provide users with more transparency about how sites are using cookies, as well as simpler controls for cross-site cookies. A number of changes will be made to Chrome to enable features, like modifying how cookies work so that developers need to explicitly specify which cookies are allowed to work across websites — and could be used to track users. The mechanism is built on the web’s SameSite cookie attribute and you can find the technical details on In the coming months, Chrome will require developers to use this mechanism to access their cookies across sites. This change will enable users to clear all such cookies while leaving single domain cookies unaffected, preserving user logins and settings. It will also enable browsers to provide clear information about which sites are setting these cookies, so users can make informed choices about how their data is used. This change also has a significant security benefit for users, protecting cookies from cross-site injection and data disclosure attacks like Spectre and CSRF by default. They further announced that they will eventually limit cross-site cookies to HTTPS connections, providing additional important privacy protections for our users. Developers can start to test their sites and see how these changes will affect behavior in the latest developer build of Chrome. They have also announced Flutter for web, mobile and desktop. It will allow web-based applications to be built using the Flutter framework. The core framework for mobile devices will be upgraded to Flutter 1.5. And for the desktop, Flutter will be used as an experimental project. “We believe these changes will help improve user privacy and security on the web — but we know that it will take time. We’re committed to working with the web ecosystem to understand how Chrome can continue to support these positive use cases and to build a better web.” says Ben Galbraith – Director, Chrome Product Management and Justin Schuh – Director, Chrome Engineering Next generation Google Assistant Google has been working hard to compress and streamline the AI that Google Assistant taps into from the cloud when it is processing voice commands. Currently every voice request has to be run through three separate processing models to land on the correctly-understood voice command. It is only data that until now has taken up 100GB of storage on many Google servers. But that’s about to change. As Google has figured how to shrink that down to just 500MB of storage space, and to put it on your device. This will help lower the latency between your voice request and the task you’ve wished to trigger being carried out. It’s 10x faster – ‘real time’, according to Google. It also showed a demo where, a Google rep fired off a string of voice commands that required Google Assistant to access multiple apps, execute specific actions, and understand not only what the rep was saying, but what she actually meant. For example she said, “Hey Google, what’s the weather today? What about tomorrow? Show me John Legend on Twitter; Get a Lyft ride to my hotel; turn the flashlight on; turn it off; take a selfie.” Assistant executed the whole sequence flawlessly, in a span of about 15 seconds. Source: Google Further demos showed off its ability to compose texts and emails that drew on information about the user’s travel plans, traffic conditions, and photos. And last but not the least it can also silence your alarms and timers by just saying ‘Stop’ to help you go back to your slumber. Google Duplex gets smarter Google Duplex is a Google Assistant service which earlier use to make calls and bookings on your behalf based on the requests. But now It’s getting more smarter as it comes with the new ‘Duplex on the web’ feature. Now you can ask Google Duplex to plan a trip, and it’ll begin filling in website forms such as reservation details, hire car bookings and more, on your behalf. And it only awaits you to confirm the details it has input. Google Home Hub is dead, Long live the Nest Hub Max At Google IO, the company announced it was dropping the Google Home moniker, instead rebranding its devices with the Nest name, bringing them in line with its security systems. The Nest Hub Max was introduced, with a camera and larger 10-inch display. With a built-in Nest Cam wide-angle lens security camera (127 degrees), which the original Home Hub omitted due to privacy concerns, it’s now a far more security-focussed device. It also lets you make video calls using a wide range of video calling apps. Cameras and mics can be physically switched off with a slider that cuts off the electronics, for the privacy-conscious. Source: Google Voice and Face match features, allowing families to create voice and face models, will let the Hub Max know to only show an individual’s information or recommendations. It’ll also double up as a kitchen TV, if you’ve access to YouTube TV plans, and lowering the volume is as simple as raising your hand in front of the display. It’ll be launched this summer for $229 in the US, and AU$349 in Australia. The original Hub also gets a price cut to $129 / AU$199. Other honorable mentions Google Stadia: Google had introduced its new game-streaming service, called Stadia in March. The service uses Google’s own servers to store and run games, which you can then connect to and play whenever you’d like on literally any screen in your house including your desktop, laptop, TV, phone and tablet. Basically, if it’s internet-connected and has access to Chrome, it can run Stadia. Today at I/O they announced that Stadia will not only stream games from the cloud to the Chrome browser but on the Chromecast, and other Pixel and Android devices. They plan to launch ahead this year in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe. A cheaper Pixel phone: While other smartphones are getting more competitive in terms of pricing, Google introduced its new Pixel 3a which is less powerful than the existing Pixel 3, and at a base price of $399, which is half as expensive as Pixel 3. In 2017 Forbes had done an analysis on why Google Pixel failed in the market and one of the reason was its exorbitant high price. It states that the tech giant needs to come to the realization that its brand in the phone hardware business is just not worth as much as Samsung’s or Apple’s that it can command the same price premium. Source: Google “Focus mode:” A new feature coming to Android P and Q devices this summer will let you turn off your most distracting apps to focus on a task, while still allowing text messages, calls, and other important notifications through. Augmented reality in Google Maps: AR is one of those technologies that always seems to impress the tech companies that make it more than it impresses their actual users. But Google may finally be finding some practical uses for it, like overlaying walking directions when you hold up your phone’s camera to the street in front of you. Incognito mode for Google Maps: It also announced a new “incognito” mode for Google Maps, which will stop keeping records of your whereabouts while it’s enabled. And they will further roll out this feature in Google Search and YouTube. Read Next Google I/O 2019: Flutter UI framework now extended for Web, Embedded, and Desktop You can now permanently delete your location history, and web and app activity data on Google Google’s Sidewalk Lab smart city project threatens privacy and human rights: Amnesty Intl, CA sayslast_img read more