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Spurious liquor claims 12 lives in UP political conspiracy angle to be

first_imgBarabanki (UP): At least 12 people died and around 40 others were taken ill after consuming spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district, officials said on Tuesday. The incident prompted the Adityanath government to order a high-level probe to look into all angles, including the possibility of a political conspiracy. Four members of a family are said to be among those who died in the incident that took place on Monday night. Heads rolled after the incident with authorities suspending 10 excise and two police officials. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for each of the deceased and ordered a high-level probe to look into all angles, including political conspiracy and submit a report within 48 hours, UP government spokesperson and cabinet minister Siddhart Nath Singh said. Locals belonging to Raniganj and adjoining villages consumed liquor purchased from a shop in Ramnagar area on Monday night and were rushed to Ramnagar Community Health Centre (CHC) after they were taken ill early Tuesday morning, police said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France At least 16 of those taken ill have been referred to the King George Medical University Hospital in Lucknow where they were undergoing dialysis while 5-6 others were being brought to Balrampur and Ram Manohar Lohia hospitals in Lucknow, Singh said. He said directives have been issued to ensure all possible medical facilities to those undergoing treatment in hospitals. UP Excise Minister Jai Pratap Singh said the excise commissioner, joint and deputy commissioners have rushed to the spot and further information was awaited. District Excise Officer, Barabanki, Shiv Narayan Dube, Excise Inspector Ramtirath Maurya, three head constables and five constables of the excise department have been suspended with immediate effect, the excise minister said. Police Circle Officer Pawan Gautam and Station House Officer Rajesh Kumar Singh have also been suspended on charges of dereliction of duty. The chief minister has taken serious note of the incident and directed senior officials to take stern action against all those found guilty, a senior government official said. The chief minister has set up a high-level committee comprising Commissioner and IG (Ayodhya) and Excise Commissioner to probe into the incident to fix responsibility and identify lax employees. The committee will also look into any political conspiracy angle into the Barabanki incident as had been seen in some incidents of similar nature in the past, Singh said. After a major hooch tragedy in two adjoining districts in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh earlier this year that claimed around 100 lives, Adityanath had suggested the involvement of the Samajwadi Party in “such mischievous acts” and had warned of stern action against all those found involved in illicit liquor trade even if they were associated with any political party. “In the past too, such types of mischievous acts by SP leaders had come to the fore. In Azamgarh, Hardoi, Kanpur and Barabanki, SP leaders were found to be involved in past hooch tragedies. We can’t deny conspiracy this time too,” Adityanath had told reporters in the aftermath of the tragedy in Saharanpur in February.last_img read more

Joint UN appeal for mumps vaccines as epidemic strikes Moldova

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched an appeal for $1.9 million to buy mumps vaccines for hundreds of thousands of Moldovans as an epidemic of the viral disease sweeps the small Eastern European country.As many as 400,000 children and young people born between 1989 and 1994 are deemed to be at risk as they did not complete their full course of mumps vaccines at the time.Already 4,500 Moldovans are infected, with 80 per cent of new cases among people aged between 15 and 24. The epidemic is worst in the capital, Chisinau, and is now spreading to other districts.“We must take action now when the epidemic can still be contained,” said Svetlana Stefanet, a UNICEF official in Moldova. “Each week the number of infections almost doubles.”Mumps is notorious for its complications, the most severe of which is male sterility. Males currently comprise two-thirds of the infected cases. Symptoms can also include painful swellings of the glands and a rash.The only way to stop the epidemic is to re-vaccinate the population at risk, according to experts from WHO. Moldovan health authorities estimate they need about 600,000 doses of vaccine, syringes and safety boxes. 6 February 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched an appeal for $1.9 million to buy mumps vaccines for hundreds of thousands of Moldovans as an epidemic of the viral disease sweeps the small Eastern European country. read more

Raids on pharmacies

The Health Ministry warned that without air-conditions most drugs may lose its coloring, effectiveness and quality as a result of the extreme heat.The spokesman said that the drugs which lose its quality and effectiveness can have side-effects on patients. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena has issued instructions to conduct raids on pharmacies operating without air-conditioning units, the Health Ministry said.A Health Ministry spokesman said that the Minister has made it mandatory for pharmacies to operate with air-conditions especially since there is a heat wave in the country.

UN rights chief says human rights violations in Liberia must not go

“The situation of human rights in Liberia has been and remains grave and grievous to public conscience around the globe,” said Bertrand Ramcharan, the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights. “The law must be allowed to take its course in respect of the mighty and the insolent – whether they be on the government or rebel side.”His remarks came in an emergency report to the UN’s Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights on what he called “international crimes and other gross violations of human rights committed in Liberia.” An accompanying letter to the Chairperson and Members of the Commission stressed that since the rights body’s Spring session, “the situation [in Liberia] has deteriorated in a shocking manner.”According to the emergency report, over 250,000 persons have lost their lives in the conflict since it began. At least half of the dead have been civilian non-combatants. More than 1.3 million people have been uprooted from their homes.After fighting between forces loyal to President Charles Taylor and major rebel movements, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy and Elections in Liberia (MODEL) intensified in and around the capital Monrovia in late June, several hundreds more have lost their lives and civilians have been deliberately targeted, Mr. Ramcharan writes.”Torture has been widespread throughout the conflict and persists,” he added. “Hundreds of women and girls have been raped and subjected to other forms of sexual violence.” The report says that rape has been used as a weapon of war and that children have been abducted and forced to fight on both sides. read more

UNICEF rents housing for evicted Zimbabweans with disabilities

Updating its report on its work since Anna Tibaijuka, the UN Special Envoy on the evictions who is also the UN Human Settlements Programme’s (UN-HABITAT) Executive Director, issued a report last month saying some 700,000 people had lost homes or businesses in the Zimbabwean Government’s demolitions, UNICEF said all of the more than 100 women in the Zimbabwe Parents of Children with Disabilities Association are receiving emergency humanitarian assistance.One of them, Barbara Fero, an HIV-infected widow whose home in the working-class suburb of Mbare was demolished and whose nine-year-old daughter is disabled, said the rented housing “is exactly what we need.””Since the evictions I have been constantly sick,” Ms. Fero says. “I do not have a place to take a rest, I cannot afford adequate meals, I am on ARV [anti-retroviral] treatment and I cannot afford to get my next monthly supply. My daughter, Elaine, needs to be accompanied to her school as the transport is no longer reliable and I do not have money.”In partnership with a local non-governmental organization (NGO), UNICEF gave the Feros blankets against the southern hemisphere winter, as well as cooking pots and soap.UNICEF said it had joined the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the International Office of Migration (IOM), the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society and local NGOs in providing hundreds of thousands of people with blankets and plastic sheeting for protection from the cold, along with sanitation facilities, food and shelter. The organizations are also supplying chronically ill people with home-based treatments.”We have been working around the clock for the better part of three months and are improving the situation for tens of thousands, but such is the gravity of the situation that we are asking the international community to support the people of Zimbabwe,” UNICEF’s Representative in the country Festo Kavishe said. read more

Mylee Billingham Father accused of stabbing her to death had just been

first_imgBill Billingham, 54, (left) and his brother Mark Billingham (pictured right), who is a decorated war hero and star of Channel 4’s SAS Who Dare Wins show, where he is an instructor to the recruitsCredit:Facebook Mr Billingham also spoke of how he was getting his daughter a karaoke set. Posting a video of Sonny and Cher singing “I Got You Babe”, he wrote: “Me an’ moo when I set her karaoke up she will be a star!”Friends had said that he had just been made red​undant from a factory job.  He and Miss Taundry had separated some time before he moved into the one-bedroom flat in the Brownhills area of the city where Mylee was found dead on Saturday night after neighbours allegedly heard screams.A family friend, who asked not to be named, said: “Bill and Tracy have lived apart for a few years now – they’ve been broken up for a while so it’s not anything too recent.”They had been together and lived apart before, but this time I think they hadn’t been together for a year or two.”They seemed to still get on well.”He looked after the kids and always seemed like a loving father and a family man, so it’s just so out of character – I can’t believe what’s happened.”He seemed like such a doting father and a hard worker. I don’t know if he was depressed or anything like that. “She just was such a lovely little girl – I don’t understand how this could happen.”Floral tributes have been left outside the home, with one note reading: “Mylee, our superstar dancer, you will be the brightest star shining in the sky tonight. We will never forget your happy, smiling face. Fly high xxxx.” The week before she was stabbed and killed, he posted a picture of her beaming after a Young Voices concert, a company which runs concerts for talented children to sing at. The father accused of stabbing his eight-year-old daughter to death had just been made redundant, friends have said.Bill Billingham, 54, is said to have undergone surgery and is fighting for his life after he was found with stab wounds at the home where his daughter Mylee had been murdered.He had separated from her mother, Tracey Taundry, 33, several years ago, friends claimed, but it was said that he had recently lost his job as a factory worker.Miss Taundry was being comforted by family after finding her daughter covered in blood at the house in Walsall, West Mids on Saturday.A family member said that she was “too shell shocked” to talk about what had happened.Mr Billingham – whose brother Mark is an instructor on the Channel 4 TV show SAS: Who Dares Wins and has acted as a bodyguard for Brad Pitt – has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.He had posted a picture of her smiling in bed eating pizza just an hour before he allegedly stabbed her to death.His Facebook posts show that he doted on his daughter, whom he called “moo”, and he frequently said that she would be a “star” with her singing. Bill Billingham, 54, (left) and his brother Mark Billingham (pictured right), who is a decorated war hero and star of Channel 4's SAS Who Dare Wins show, where he is an instructor to the recruits  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

VIDEO Your weekend movies Blended critics’ rating: 55 per cent. Audience rating: 51 per centHeli Source: ReleaseTracker Films/YouTubeFor fans of: ViolenceAvoid if: You want a peaceful love story Explicitly violent, this is about a very young girl who falls in love with a police cadet. The two want to spend their lives together, but their connections with drugs are tearing them apart. Supposedly not for the squeamish. critics’ rating: 5 per cent. Audience rating: 87 per cent want to see WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Blended Source: MOVIECLIPS Trailers/YouTubeFor fans of: Wacky anticsAvoid if: You prefer Never Been KissedA ‘wacky’ comedy where Drew Barrymore (love you Drew) and Adam Sandler (had better days) team up again for this ‘will they-won’t they-yes they definitely will’ comedy. A man and a woman go on a bad date, and end up stuck on safari together. ‘Antics’ ensue. critics’ rating: 69 per cent. Audience rating: 69 per cent wnat to see Fading Gigolo Source: JoBlo Movie Trailers/YouTubeFor fans of: Sex workAvoid if: You don’t like Woody AllenWoody Allen and John Turturro star in a Turturro-directed film about a cash-strapped man (Turturro) who decides to become a gigolo. Giving him tips is his friend Murray (Allen). Also stars Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara. Interesting move, Turturro.last_img read more

Govt seeks to soften blow of Russian food embargo

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Government officials were seeking ways to minimise the impact of a Russian food embargo by attempting to secure reassurances from Brussels that Greek producers will be compensated for their losses while also preparing to branch out into other export markets.In two successive meetings held at the Foreign and Finance ministries, officials are said to have finalised the government’s strategy ahead of a scheduled meeting of agricultural experts from all 28 European Union member states in Brussels. The aim is for Athens to secure the best possible deal for compensation which Greek producers of peaches and other products are already pressing for. “Decisions regarding the size and nature of the compensation will be taken there,” government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi said.According to sources, an initial assessment arrived at during a meeting chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Kourkoulas and involving senior officials from the Finance and Agricultural Development ministries put Greece’s likely losses this year at 50 million euros. Sources described the projected damage as “limited” but said that a precise estimate would not be available until full stock has been taken of all Greek exports cancelled by Russian importers.As important as the issue of compensation is the identification of new potential export markets for Greece, government officials indicated. “The EC’s reassurance regarding compensation is good and welcome but compensation will not solve the problem,” Kourkoulas said, adding that a return to the Russian market or an opening to new markets would also be required.As Athens waits for Brussels to decide what action it will take to compensate EU farmers, Greek regional authorities are immediately to begin assessing the financial impact from the embargo. It was decided that regional officials would provide details about the impact the import ban will have not just on fruit and vegetable producers but also on other sectors of the economy, such as road haulage.Any compensation on a national level will need the approval of the European Commission first otherwise it could be considered illegal state aid, which Greece will have to pay back. Athens is hoping that the Commission will approve an EU-wide program to compensate farmers and others who will lose out as a result of Russian actions.Until any decisions are reached, the only action the government can take is to try to absorb some of the unexported fruit through the military and state hospitals.last_img read more

Bondi hoarders repay debt and keep their home

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Infamous Bondi hoarders, the Bobolas family, have recently had their house taken off the market and handed back to them, according to a SBS News report, which shows that the family has now repaid a debt of a $180,000 owed to the local Waverley council in an abundance unpaid cleaning and legal fees.The house was just recently put on the market to be sold for land value, in an attempt to recover the owed money and was set to be sold at an auction this passing Tuesday, the 17th of February.Now that the Bobolas debt has been settled, the family can continue to live in the Boonara Avenue, Bondi house.last_img

Two men accused in childrape cases

first_imgPolice arrested two men on suspicion of child rape after the two victims’ mothers contacted law enforcement.Officers arrested Joe Nathan Flores Jr., 21, of Vancouver, on suspicion of third-degree child rape Sunday.According to court records, a mother reported her 14-year-old daughter had run away. Later that evening, a friend of the girl told the mother that she made a post on Snapchat saying she was at a hotel with her boyfriend, Flores.The mother called area hotels and found a Flores has rented a room at the Motel 6 on Chkalov Drive.The mother contacted police, who went to the hotel to find Flores and the girl. According to court records, Flores admitted knowing the girl was underage, and that he had sexual contact multiple times with the girl previously.The second man — Hunter Blaike Rodin, aka Hunter Blaide Rodin, 31 — appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday after he was brought from Airway Heights Correction Center in the Spokane area, where, according to court records, he was being held for a prior offense.According to court records, the then-15-year-old victim’s mother learned last year the girl had been meeting up with Rodin for sex.The girl told investigators she first came in contact with Rodin after receiving an unsolicited text message from him through the Kik messaging application. They continued communicating, eventually engaging in sexual contact over that summer.Rodin had been in the Airway Heights jail for about a year, according to court records, but lived in Longview prior to his imprisonment.last_img read more

Martial hoping for an extended Solskjaer stay

Martial hoping for an extended Solskjaer stay

first_imgAnthony Martial has tipped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to retain the managerial position at Manchester United on a permanent basis.The French midfielder revealed the entire squad is enjoying the reign of the Norwegian boss ahead of their clash with PSG.Martial scored a superb solo goal in United’s 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday to enter the top four and further extend the unbeaten run under the 45-year-old to 11 games.French connexion ⚡️⚡️⚡️— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) December 22, 2018“Well, obviously things are going really well at the moment. We’re really happy to have him here,” the France forward told a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s mouth-watering Champions League showdown against Paris Saint-Germain.“Sure, I hope we can continue with him. The final decision isn’t down to us but certainly, we’re happy he’s here at the moment.”“We’ve got a coach who’s got different intentions, a different approach,” Martial disclosed via FourFourTwo. “We’re trying to do what he wants us to do.“When our new coach came in he had a lot of confidence and a lot of determination. That’s really a boost to us.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He had a lot of confidence in us and we’re trying to pay him back in kind.“He’s asking me to attack more, that’s my job after all – to make the difference, as it were, to be more decisive“Things are working out well for the other attackers as well. I hope we can continue to be as effective and efficient.”.@AnthonyMartial: “Obviously things are going really well at the moment so we’re happy to have him [Ole] here with us.” #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 11, 2019However, Solskjaer feels that there is still room for improvement when it comes to Martial’s finishing.“He’s often said that to me and even previous managers have said that to me,” he added.“I think if I do manage to do that [and] get beyond the defence then I will score more goals.”last_img read more

Teen hospitalized after shooting outside Miami Gardens home

Teen hospitalized after shooting outside Miami Gardens home

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A source told 7News that witnesses described seeing two males wearing dark clothing on bicycles who fired at the people at the Super Bowl party.A 27-year-old at the party had a permit to carry a gun and returned fire, but no one else was hurt.Smith said her husband tried to shield some of their young children.Paramedics airlifted the teen to JMH with injuries that were not life-threatening. 13YO shot in a drive-by during a #SuperBowl party full of kids in @MiamiGardensFL. rushed to @JacksonHealth. expected to be okay. @wsvn— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) February 6, 2017Debra Gilbert, Smith’s mother, lives in the same neighborhood. She waited nervously across the street as crime scene investigators marked and collected bullet casings, before she could be reunited with her daughter. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Gunfire erupted outside a home in Miami Gardens where people had gathered for a Super Bowl barbecue, sending a 13-year-old boy to the hospital. Police are now searching for the person who pulled the trigger.The teen is currently being treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital.On Sunday, Miami Gardens Police responded to the scene of the shooting on the corner of Douglas Road and Northwest 213th Street, just after 7 p.m.Homeowner Nakisa Smith, a mother of 10, said someone drove by her home and at least one person opened fire. “I got little babies in my house. There were babies outside, playing,” she said. “My kids deserve to live. These boys got animosity, they got jealousy, they got hate. They need to take the hate somewhere else.”Smith said they were in the middle of barbecuing in her yard as the Super Bowl was on TV when her friend’s son was hit.Nakisa SmithInvestigators said the victim, who is a Miami-Dade County Public School student, was attending the party and had stepped outside when shots were fired, striking the teen.“I heard constant shots, back to back, back to back, back to back,” said neighbor Luigui Esteban. “Too many crimes going on, you heard me? Too many crimes,” said Gilbert. “Now it’s getting ridiculous.”Smith told 7News she believes the person or people behind the drive-by shooting were targeting her 17-year-old son because of a fight he had gotten into more than a year ago. “Leave my child alone!” Smith said.As the bullets whizzed by, past the Super Bowl balloons and decorations, the teen’s little brothers and sisters were doing what they had to in order to survive. “They had to run for their life. They didn’t deserve this,” said Smith.She also had a message for those who targeted her home. “Now [my children are] going to be scared to go to sleep at night, thinking you all are going to come back,” she said. “You all are damaging young kids. Stop it!”Police have not provided details about possible subjects.The victim is expected to be OK.If you have any information on this drive-by shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Banks Julieann Thurlow Elected Chair Of Cooperative Central Bank

BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Banks Julieann Thurlow Elected Chair Of Cooperative Central Bank

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) is proud to announce that Julieann Thurlow, RCB President & CEO, has been elected as chair of The Co-operative Central Bank, which is a Share Insurance Fund (SIF) made up of many co-operative banks across Massachusetts and is responsible for insuring all deposits of cooperative bank customers above FDIC limits.The Co-operative Central Bank is a private special act corporation. It was established in 1932 to provide a source of cash reserves for all co-operative banks in Massachusetts. The Share Insurance Fund was established by the Legislature in 1934 to provide protection for deposits in Massachusetts chartered co-operative banks. The SIF is a private fund owned by the member co-operative banks, which insures all deposits at co-operative banks in Massachusetts above Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) limits. Not one dollar has been lost in a cooperative bank in Massachusetts since its inception.The unique, combined insurance coverage afforded by the FDIC and the SIF provides the best deposit insurance available, whether deposit balances are held in passbook, statement or certificate type accounts, or in any combination of these accounts. Since its inception, the SIF has preserved the enviable claim of member co-operative banks that “no depositor has ever lost a dollar in any Massachusetts co-operative bank.”“It’s truly an honor and a privilege to serve as Chairman of an organization that’s looking out for community banks in our State,” Thurlow said. “I look forward to doing my part in upholding the promise that the fund has made to its member institutions for generations.”To contact The Co-operative Central Bank, please visit: Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at The above press release is from the Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Supports Mystic Valley Elder Services’ Elder Independence FundIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Is A Founding Member Of Alloy LabsIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank’s Julieann Thurlow Ranks in the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses, AgainIn “Business”last_img read more

Facebook New Zealand shooting video had fewer than 200 realtime viewers

first_img Tags Share your voice Facebook Now playing: Watch this: Screen recordings, in which people video-recorded the stream on their phones and uploaded that video, were more difficult to automatically detect, according to Sonderby. To fix this issue, the company “expanded to additional detection systems,” which included using sound detection.  The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, a consortium of technology companies, highlighted more than 800 different versions of the video, Reuters noted.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Parliament on Tuesday that the government is going to look closely at the role social media played in the incident, Bloomberg reported.”We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and what is said is not the responsibility of the place where they are published,” she said. “They are the publisher not just the postman. There cannot be a case of all profit no responsibility.” Getty Images Facebook on Tuesday offered some statistics in its defense following criticism of its struggle to contain the spread of a livestream video of Friday’s mass shooting in New Zealand.The social network said that the stream had fewer than 200 viewers during the live broadcast and that the video got roughly 4,000 views before it was taken down.The numbers were revealed in a blog post by Facebook Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby, who said no users reported the video when it was live. The first user report came 12 minutes after the livestream ended, a full 29 minutes after it started. As previously noted, Facebook purged 1.5 million uploads of the video and most (1.2 million) were blocked before going live on the platform. Sonderby said in the Tuesday blog post that the original video was digitally mapped so that Facebook software could detect and block similar videos.On Friday, a gunman in Christchurch attacked Muslims praying at two mosques and livestreamed the shooting on Facebook. The death toll from the incident stands at 50, according to CBS News. Post a comment Internet Services Tech Industry 0 Facebook deletes 1.5M videos after shooting, Democrats… 1:23last_img read more

Cops wearing burqa

Cops wearing burqa

first_imgHyderabad: City’s Islamic scholars have raised concern over the alleged use of Burqa by police constable who was seen pillion riding another constable recently. They questioned intentions of the policemen and their sincerity in maintaining peace in sensitive areas like Tappachabutra where the incident took place. Condemning the issue, Maulana Mohammed Husamuddin Sani Jafar Pasha said that a Tappachabutra police staff was seen wearing Burqa and pillion-riding on a bike. It was carried out to create an atmosphere of discord by misleading the youth, he alleged. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us He asked if the cop got any nod from the higher-ups for wearing burque, which hurt sentiments. “If they want to catch someone, is it the only option remained for cops?” he asked. “In the areas where Muslim concentration is more the police officers are making a nuisance in which the Muslim youngsters are being targeted. It’s a decoy operation to target youth from Muslim community.” He also said that for such kind of action we won’t give permission to police or anyone to defame Burqa”, said Maulana Jafar Pasha. He requested the Muslim community to be aware of such acts and requested parents to teach their children not to be instigated by such incidents.last_img read more

Maggi Crisis Nestle Shares Down by 15 Percent Barclays Downgrades Price Target

first_imgAs controversy surrounding its flagship brand Maggi intensified, Nestle India has witnessed a 15 percent fall in its share prices in the past six trading sessions.The share price of Nestle India plunged to ₹6,010.80 on 4 June from ₹7,064.85 on 27 May, with volume of shares traded on the exchanges increasing by 8 times.Several states across the nation have started taking stern action against Maggi after they found higher than the permissible levels of lead and MSG in the samples of instant noodles.The controversy over Nestle India’s failure to follow the food safety standards grew more intense, when the Central government on Wednesday filed a complaint against the food manufacturer with the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), IANS reported.A drop in Maggi sales is expected to impact Nestle India’s performance as they account for 15 to 20 percent of the company’s overall revenues. Nestle occupies 60 percent of share in the instant noodle market in the country.Reacting to the development, a foreign brokerage firm Barclays has downgraded its target price for shares of Nestle India to ₹5,149 from ₹5,593 previously estimated.Barclays expects sales of Nestle India to be weighed down by a ban of Maggi in several states. It also expects actions by various state governments to negatively impact profit margins of the company.”Sales of Maggi brand have increased by 21 per cent CAGR over the past 10 years (sales contribution rising by 1,100 basis points) but have remained weak over the past two years – a trend that is likely to persist near-term (impacted by rising competition and muted consumer environment),” Barclays told Business Today.India’s major retailers Future Retail and Kendriya Bhandar have already declared that they would not be selling Maggi noodles for the time being.After Delhi’s food safety watchdog detected high levels of lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour enhancer, in the samples collected from across the national capital, the AAP government imposed a 15-day ban on its sale in the capital city.The Gujarat government on Thursday banned the sale of Maggi for one month.Bihar, Punjab, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh are currently testing the samples of Maggi noodles to detect chemicals that are harmful to health.”At 35 times, 2016E EPS, Nestle India shares are trading at a 20 per cent premium to peers and above its historical average of around 30 times. We lower our earnings forecasts by around 6 per cent and our target multiple to 28 times, cutting our price target to ₹5,149,” the report said.According to the some analysts, as Nestle is a global brand, a current fall in its prices will not deter the investors from buying the company’s stock from a long-term perspective.”Indians they have a lot of tolerance, they do not really bother about lead etc in food, given the pollution that we have. So, definitely a time to buy into Nestle because it is not going out off business yet,” Ashwani Gujral, Fund Manager at, told The Economic Times.last_img read more

Wipro unveils new brand identity and logo

first_imgThe new Wipro logoSpecial arrangementWipro Limited, the Bengaluru-based IT software services company, on Tuesday unveiled its new brand identity and logo, discarding the rainbow-hued sunflower it has identified itself with since April 1998.In a media statement, Wipro, which is India’s third-largest software services exporter, said the new brand identity “signifies a higher level of engagement and brand permission that helps clients leverage Wipro’s expertise to address their business requirements and drive future opportunities in this digital era.”Explaining the new logo, the company said it “connects the dots” for its clients, besides highlighting the company’s technology heritage and reflecting its capabilities for the future.”The styling of the brand mark gives it a sense of fluidity, resourcefulness, optimism and a connected world,” the statement added.”Our rearticulated values connect and resonate deeply with the new, vibrant, brand identity,” chairman Azim Premji said in the statement. The company’s CEO and ED Abidali Z. Neemuchwala said Wipro is embarking on a transformational journey with the new logo.Azim Premji, chairman, Wipro.Special arrangement”The new brand identity marks our journey of transformation in the digital world. Our brand refresh signals an even closer engagement with clients, greater innovation, and a deeper impact on their business. It is contemporary, reflecting the diversity and aspirations of our employees,” he said.In a separate communication to employees on Tuesday, Neemuchwala said the new logo and identity also reflected the need to embrace change, among other things.”A little over a year ago, we embarked on a journey of transformation, with courage and conviction, to shape our future.When we began this journey, I had mentioned that there is nothing that cannot be changed at Wipro. This journey called for a new visual identity. We then mulled over our unique promise, the underlying purpose and central idea of our brand, and experiences that will resonate deeper with our clients, which in turn will serve as a reminder of our commitment,” he wrote.The Wipro promiseExplaining the exercise behind the logo and identity change to employees, Neemuchwala said the company spoke to many stakeholders ranging from employees and clients to industry analysts and advisors, to know the positive aspects of the Wipro brand as perceived by them and how to improve upon it.  “The insights were heartening. We discovered that our clients count on us to help them run and transform their businesses. They appreciate our ability to help them connect the dots by bringing together broad and deep technology, and domain expertise.”This is the promise that the Wipro brand makes to its clients – to bring a pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit to solve our clients’ complex business problems,” he said in his communication sent at around 8.40 pm.Wipro shares closed 0.18 percent higher at Rs 495 on Tuesday on the BSE. The company declared its Q4 and FY2017 results on April 25, 2017.The rainbow-hued sunflower logoUnveiling it in April 1998, Azim Premji had said the company that started business in 1947, needed to seen as a futuristic one by all. “We started the company in 1947 and have so far built a strong corporation. But people and organisations live for the future. We realise it is the customer who really has the choice to grant us the future.”last_img read more

Abducted RU student rescued in Dhaka

Abducted RU student rescued in Dhaka

first_imgRajshahi UniversityThe police have rescued the abducted female student of Rajshahi University (RU) on Saturday afternoon in Dhaka. RU proctor Mohammed Lutfor Rahman confirmed the rescue of the student who was kidnapped from the gate of university dormitory. The proctor said, Rajshahi police rescued her with assistance from Dhaka police. The student’s former husband, who allegedly kidnapped her, was with her and they are being brought back to Rajshahi.Students of RU on Saturday morning besieged the residence of the vice-chancellor, protesting against the abduction and demanding that security be ensured. The fourth year student of the Bangla department of RU was abducted allegedly by her ‘estranged’ husband from the university campus on Friday morning while she was on the way to take her exams.The student is from Naogaon and lived at Taposi Rabeya Hall.last_img read more

Howard University Explores Business and Economic Development in South Africa

Howard University Explores Business and Economic Development in South Africa

first_imgApproximately 100 students participated in the April 15 panel discussion at the Howard University School of Business. The topic of the day, “Business and Economic Development in South Africa: The Mandela Legacy and the 20th Anniversary of Democracy in South African.The event was organized by the Howard University School of Business, in conjunction with the Center for Global Business Studies and the Howard University Republic of South Africa Project. Former president of Bennett College Julianne Malveaux moderated the discussion. The panel included former U.S. ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips; musician and activist Hugh Masekela; partner at Nixon Peabody Kendal Tyre; stakeholder relations manager for the Department of Arts and Culture, Ministry in South Africa Zwelibanzi Ndlovu; and third-year doctoral student at the Department of African Studies Phiwo Mnyandu.After the introductions, each panelist reflected on the changes and challenges of South Africa’s development, reconstruction, and economic opportunities in the 20 years of the country’s democracy.Masekela touched on the economic isolation of the period before the country transitioned from apartheid to democracy. Because of apartheid, countries and organizations around the world halted trade with South Africa. In the United States, organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus played a key role in corporate divestment of South African holding, in an effort to force an end to apartheid and segregation.After apartheid ended in 1994, most sanctions imposed on South Africa by the international community were lifted. “After 1994, I think we freed the business establishment of South Africa that was basically White owned,” said Masekela.Masekela said that to date, people who run the major industries in the country are hanging on to their wealth, refusing to share it with the rural townships. “Nothing has really trickled down to the ordinary, especially African men and women in South Africa,” he said. “There is a very small willingness by the business establishment to include the previously disadvantaged communities.”Looking at the country’s global stance today, Mnyandu said that South Africans are in a limbo between sadness and hopefulness that the country is still making an effort to improve its economic development.Christian Boyd, a freshman international business major from Michigan, asked the panelists if Nigeria’s economic growth, surpassing South Africa as the largest economy, was a good or bad thing for the African continent. Ndlovu said it was good because it was a positive step for the continent as a whole to create a friendly competition between countries in Africa. “If there is another giant, it gives us a challenge to do more as a country,” said Ndlovu.Boyd was impressed with his response. “I got the gist of it because basically he was saying that this was finally something South Africa needed … someone to compete with in terms of growth and their future,” Boyd saidJaelin White, 18, asked Tyre, who deals with franchise companies, manufacturing, and financial services companies on the African continent, how international companies who come into South Africa conserve the cultural aspect of the country.Tyre said franchising is just a way of doing business and 90 percent of the companies franchised are South African. Tyre added that the populous of the country gets to decide what product will succeed and what will fail.last_img read more

The future cometh Science technology and humanity at Singularity Summit 2011 Part

The future cometh Science technology and humanity at Singularity Summit 2011 Part

first_img Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. That’s really the big frontier right now is for computers, in general, to master human emotions.Emotion is not some sideshow to human intelligence. It’s actually the most complicated intelligent thing we do, being funny, getting the joke, expressing a loving sentiment. That’s the cutting edge of human intelligence. If we were to say intelligence is only logical intelligence, computers are already smarter than us. I believe it’s going to be about over the next 20 years where we close that gap in terms of human superiority today in emotional intelligence. Today computers can understand human emotions in certain situations. Watson, the IBM computer that won Jeopardy, did have to understand some things about human emotion to master the language in that game, but they’re not yet at human levels. They’re getting there.True to the Singularity’s premise of accelerating technological innovation, this achievement may be arriving sooner expected: Recently, research conducted by Zoraida Callejas, David Griol and Ramón López-Cózar at the University of Granada and University of Madrid, has demonstrated a method for predicting a person’s mental state in spoken dialog from that individual’s emotional state and intention by means of a module bridging natural language understanding and dialogue management architecture.MIT wunderkind Alexander Wissner-Gross says that it will be sufficient for a post-Singularity AI to understand human feelings rather than having to develop emotive thought. In his much-anticipated talk, Planetary-Scale Intelligence, he suggested that a global human-level AI could emerge from the mathematical world of quantitative finance and high-frequency trading – and that it may already have. Alexander Wissner-Gross on “Planetary Scale Intelligence” at Singularity Summit 2011 In The Undivided Mind – Science and Imagination, filmmaker, aesthetic philosopher and ecstatic futurist Jason Silva – the speaker that most energized the crowd – called for passion and artistic sensibility to inform ideation and instantiation of the Singularity. Silva displayed this perspective by showing his short film The Beginning of Infinity, which visually expresses an epistemological epiphany. Silva is also the first guest to be interviewed on Critical Thought TV. VIDEO: THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY“What’s fantastic about having a Singularity Summit,” Silva notes, “is that it provides an anchor that gives legitimacy to these ideas – that they’re not just something on the fringe of academia. Our story then spills over into a variety of substrates – books, magazine articles, television, film, websites, and so on. However,” he points out, “I think they need to work on their aesthetic framing” – the essence of his talk – “which I hope provided an injection of art and design. As Rebecca Elson wrote in her book, A Responsibility to Awe, facts are only as interesting as the possibilities they open up to the imagination.” For Silva, one of those possibilities is our achieving the God-like qualities of immortality and omniscience long promised, but never delivered, by religion.Silva also differs from Kurzweil and Wissner-Gross in his view of emotion in coming human-analogous AIs. For example, he refers to Leonard Shlain’s Art & Physics, which Silva cites as pointing out that art and science are two sides of the same coin. Silva agrees that this appears to be supported by fMRI studies of human brain activity, which seem to show that their common ground lies in the emotional content of experience, as well as by very recent findings that visual encoding in the human ventral temporal (VT) cortex is common across individuals viewing the same movie content. “Truth,” concludes Silva, ”is a symphony.” Expert: AI computers by 2020 ( — In its essence, technology can be seen as our perpetually evolving attempt to extend our sensorimotor cortex into physical reality: From the earliest spears and boomerangs augmenting our arms, horses and carts our legs, and fire our environment, we’re now investigating and manipulating the fabric of that reality – including the very components of life itself. Moreover, this progression has not been linear, but instead follows an iterative curve of inflection points demarcating disruptive changes in dominant societal paradigms. Suggested by mathematician Vernor Vinge in his acclaimed science fiction novel True Names (1981) and introduced explicitly in his essay The Coming Technological Singularity (1993), the term was popularized by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil in The Singularity is Near (2005). The two even had a Singularity Chat in 2002. More information: Part II: … logy-humanity_1.htmlcenter_img Ray Kurzweil on “From Eliza to Watson to Passing the Turing Test” at Singularity Summit 2011 In his post-presentation press conference, Kurzweil was asked about the role of our evolutionarily-determined biological drives – and thereby motivation and emotion – as minds merge with machines and AI equals or surpasses human levels. Kurzweil noted that we have a remarkable ability to sublimate our drives, and we do so largely into innovation. Since he sees the purpose of technology as the transcendence of our biological limitations, one interpretation of his response is that he might well define human-like AI as being motivated by the goal of achieving unfettered, ever-accelerating innovation – and that achieving that goal will generate a positive AE (artificial emotional) state. Whether or not that’s the case, in an Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview earlier this year, Kurzweil has predicted that AI will achieve human-level emotional thought by roughly 2030: While the Singularity is not to be confused with the astronomical description of an infinitesimal object of infinite density, it can be seen as a technological event horizon at which present models of the future may break down in the not-too-distant future when the accelerating rate of scientific discovery and technological innovation approaches a real-time asymptote. Beyond lies a future (be it utopian or dystopian) in which a key question emerges: Evolving at dramatically slower biological time scales, must Homo sapiens become Homo syntheticus in order to retain our position as the self-acclaimed crown of creation – or will that title be usurped by sentient Artificial Intelligence? The Singularity and all of its implications were recently addressed at Singularity Summit 2011 in New York City.Vinge opens his groundbreaking 1993 essay with a fundamental definition of the Singularity: The acceleration of technological progress has been the central feature of this century. We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth. The precise cause of this change is the imminent creation by technology of entities with greater-than-human intelligence. Science may achieve this breakthrough by several means (and this is another reason for having confidence that the event will occur):• Computers that are “awake” and superhumanly intelligent may be developed. (To date, there has been much controversy as to whether we can create human equivalence in a machine. But if the answer is “yes,” then there is little doubt that more intelligent beings can be constructed shortly thereafter.)• Large computer networks (and their associated users) may “wake up” as superhumanly intelligent entities.• Computer/human interfaces may become so intimate that users may reasonably be considered superhumanly intelligent.• Biological science may provide means to improve natural human intellect.For Kurzweil, the core of the Singularity remains the augmentation and surpassing of human biology through the accelerating evolution of technology (notably genetics, nanotechnology, and Artificial Intelligence) enabled by exponential increases in computational power and speed coupled plummeting costs and size. Not surprisingly, then, in his opening address, From Eliza to Watson to Passing the Turing Test, Kurzweil – ever the low-key evangelist – focused largely on what he described as the remarkable continuing evidentiary support for his original projections. He voiced a clear differentiation between basing our AI offspring using biologically-inspired principles and, alternatively, crafting biomorphic substrates: In short, he favors the former, viewing the latter as unnecessary. Explore further Citation: The future cometh: Science, technology and humanity at Singularity Summit 2011 (Part I) (2011, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Kurzweil writes that, due to paradigm shifts, a trend of exponential growth extends Moore’s law from integrated circuits to earlier transistors, vacuum tubes, relays, and electromechanical computers. He predicts that the exponential growth will continue, and that in a few decades the computing power of all computers will exceed that of human brains, with superhuman artificial intelligence appearing around the same time. Courtesy of Ray Kurzweil and Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.last_img read more