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Mumbai: The suicide of 26-year-old doctor Payal Tadvi, allegedly due to casteist slurs by three seniors, has put the spotlight on Hindu names commonly used in Tadvi Bhil Muslim tribal community, found in parts of Maharashtra.The Tadvi community is listed under Scheduled Tribes and is also found in pockets of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Payal belonged to the Tadvi Bhil Muslim community. The gynaecology PG student had secured admission in a state-run medical college and hospital in Mumbai last year through a reserved category seat. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCTadvi Bhils are a sub-caste of the Bhil community and among them, those who adopted Islam are known as Tadvi Bhil Muslims, said a social activist from Payal’s home district Jalgaon in north Maharashtra. Jalgaon district has over 60,000 Tadvi Bhil Muslims, the largest number in Maharashtra. The community is mainly spread in Raver, Yawal and Chopda regions of the district, the activist said. Asked about the tribal community following Islam as religion, he said, “It is very interesting in our part that many newborn boys and girls have names not typically from Islam or a particular book. You will find many young boys and girls having Hindu names as well. Names like Sagar and Sameer are quite common in Tadvi community following Islam.” Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsHowever, the Tadvi Bhil Muslims are not so rigid while practicing Islam and also retain aspects of Hindu culture, he said. “Many women from the community wear a sari,” he added. “They offer namaaz but they will also fold and join their hands in front of an idol,” the activist said. The Tadvi Bhils were a nomadic tribe living in hills and many converted to Islam when Aurangazeb toured Burhanpur, an important Mughal outpost (now in Madhya Pradesh). Payals family claims that she was the first woman in their community to become a gynaecologist and this was a big achievement, considering the low literacy rates among Tadvi Bhil Muslims.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday dismissed the pleas of rebel AAP MLAs Anil Bajpai and Col Devender Sehrawat who sought recusal of the Legislative Assembly Speaker from disqualification proceedings against them.Justice Vibhu Bakhru said there was “no infirmity” in the procedure adopted by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel and rejected the MLAs’ contention that he should have first decided their application, alleging bias on his part, before going ahead with the proceedings. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe court said there was no law which said that the Speaker has to decide the issues “piecemeal” and added that he can comprehensively decide the entire matter. It said however that “the Speaker will address all the contentions advanced by the petitioners (MLAs)”. The court also noted the submission made on behalf of the Speaker that the MLAs would be granted two more days time to file their response to the notice issued to them on the petition seeking their disqualification under the anti-defection law. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj on June 10 filed the petition seeking their disqualification under the anti-defection law for allegedly joining the BJP. The Speaker had on June 17 issued notice to the two MLAs asking them to file their response by July 8 (Monday evening). During the proceedings in the high court, the lawyers for Bajpai and Sehrawat told the court that the Speaker is not supposed to have political inclinations, but was seen attending events and protests of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). They said the Speaker was however even seen “dancing” in the Lok Sabha poll campaign of AAP candidate Atishi Marlena. They alleged that in these circumstances, the Speaker might not impartially adjudicate the disqualification proceedings and said that the issue be sent either to the Deputy Speaker or a committee be constituted to hear the matter. However, the court said it was “not going to interdict the Speaker” and added that the petitioners have the remedy of appeal against his decision. As the two MLAs’ lawyers discussed whether to withdraw the petition and agree to participate in the disqualification proceedings, Sehrawat decided to discharge them from his matter and got up to argue his case on his own. Sehrawat told the court that he was one of the founding members of AAP and that the party has now “changed”. “Everything the party has stood for has changed,” he told the court and said that since the Speaker was behaving as a member of AAP, he should not be hearing the disqualification proceedings.
OTTAWA — For the first time, Canada has placed right-wing extremist groups on the national list of terrorist organizations.Public Safety Canada says Blood & Honour, an international neo-Nazi network, and its armed branch, Combat 18, have been added to the roster, opening the door to stiff criminal sanctions.They join more than 50 other organizations on the list including al-Qaida, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Boko Haram and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.A group on Canada’s terrorist list may have its assets seized and there are criminal penalties for helping listed organizations carry out extremist activities.Blood & Honour, founded in Britain in 1987, has branches throughout Europe, executing violent attacks there and in North America.The new listings come as Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announces up to $1 million to create a digital repository meant to help smaller online companies prevent dissemination of violent extremist content.The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Two days ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results, top opposition leaders will meet in the national capital on Tuesday to discuss the political situation and possibilities of a non-NDA alliance to stake claim for government formation.As part of his efforts to unite the opposition, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with his West Bengal counterpart, Mamata Banerjee, at her Kolkata residence on forming a non-BJP government at the Centre in case of a hung verdict. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadNaidu had a 45-minute meeting with Banerjee on the future strategies of the “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance), during which he also discussed the possibilities of forming a non-BJP government, including regional parties, with the support of the Congress. “It was decided at the meeting that a detailed discussion will be held with other players of the Mahagathbandhan in the event of a hung verdict after the poll results are declared on May 23,” a source said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe decision on Banerjee going to New Delhi would also be taken after May 23, the source added. Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav also telephoned Banerjee during the day and discussed the strategy of the “Mahagathbandhan”, sources said. Naidu has been moving around across the country and has held several rounds of discussions with top opposition leaders in a bid to unite them and form an alliance to stake claim to form the next government in case the NDA falls short of the majority mark. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief met Banerjee again on Monday evening to discuss the political scenario in the wake of the exit poll predictions. On Sunday, Naidu met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi separately in New Delhi, besides NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. The TDP leader has already met other top opposition leaders such as Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal, Left leaders and Sharad Yadav in Delhi. Meanwhile, Akhilesh and Mayawati also held a meeting and discussed their strategy going forward. However, in view of the exit polls, most of which have predicted a majority for the BJP-led NDA, the opposition has turned a bit cautious and decided not to hold any formal meetings. Top Congress leaders also held a meeting under the guidance of Sonia Gandhi on Saturday, where the current political situation was discussed. Sources said the opposition strategy was to procure letters of support from various parties and in case of a hung verdict, to present the same before the president to stake claim to form the government. They added that the opposition did not want to leave anything to chance and did not wish to waste any time in staking claim for government formation and thus, was putting its house in order. Notwithstanding the exit poll predictions, the opposition is going ahead with its strategy as most parties have trashed the forecast and claimed that the NDA would not get a majority in the Lok Sabha. Opposition leaders are citing previous examples when exit polls were proved wrong, as also elsewhere in the world like the surprise result in Australia. Opposition leaders will also meet the Election Commission (EC) and raise the issue of tallying the paper trail of votes (VVPATs) with the electronic voting machine (EVM) figures as directed by the Supreme Court. The opposition parties are demanding tallying of VVPAT slips with EVM figures in an entire Assembly constituency in case a discrepancy is found in any polling booth.
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Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioBill Stopping State Reimbursement Of New School Bonds Passes Alaska Senate Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe Alaska Senate has passed a bill that would stop state reimbursement of new school bonds, including ones that are currently being considered in Anchorage.Alaska Senate Bill Would Treat Marijuana As Controlled Substance Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauWhen the Alaska Senate votes on its primary marijuana bill on Friday, the version they will consider treats marijuana as a controlled substance.Rep. Young Co-Sponsors Pot Bill to Let States Decide Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCAlaska Congressman Don Young has co-sponsored a bill to end the federal ban on medical marijuana in states that have chosen to make it legal. The bill would also allow VA doctors to recommend marijuana use to their patients and require the government to start issuing marijuana research licenses.Alaska Joins Investigation Into Premera Cyber Attack Annie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageAlaska is participating in a multi-state investigation into Premera following a cyber attack on the health insurance company early this year. The state’s insurance director says she has a lot of questions about why the attack occurred and why it took the company two months to announce it publicly. Identity theft experts say the fact that the breach includes social security numbers makes it especially troubling.MDA: Fort Greely Missile System Ready for Iran ICBMs, TooLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe ground based Missile Defense system, with its 26 missiles at Fort Greely, is capable of defending the U.S. not only from North Korea, but from Iran, too.Report: Ship Trouble in the Arctic on the RiseLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCA plaintiff in the lawsuit that successfully challenged environmental work preceding a 2008 federal petroleum lease sale in the Chukchi Sea is opting out of the legal action.Truck Rolls Over, Spills Fuel On Dalton Highway Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA truck rollover on the southern end of the Dalton Highway resulted in a fuel spill. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reports the tractor portion of the rig remained upright, and the driver survived the Tuesday crash without serious injury.Discovery Southeast honors teacher Allie Smith Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauA second grade teacher in Juneau is being honored for regularly exposing her students to nature. Outdoor education nonprofit Discovery Southeast is giving the first annual Discovery Award to Allie Smith.Bethel Citizens Urge Council to Stop Liquor Stores Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelThe Bethel City Council heard hours of passionate testimony Tuesday night urging them to protest anticipated applications to sell liquor. Many in the capacity crowd asked the council to consider the consequences of local sales in a region that suffers disproportionate effects from alcohol abuse and related violence.More Than Half Of Bering Strait Women Report Experiencing Violence In Their Lifetime Francesca Fenzi, KNOM – NomeA study on violence reveals that 51 percent of women in the Nome Census area have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both in their lifetimes.
The firm is asking for $33,000 to carry out the research. It requires about 90 days to conduct the analysis and prepare a report. “People all across the state and particularly in our region were very upset about that,” Wrentmore said. This got her wondering about the alternatives available to Skagway if the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) shuts down. Skagway resident Jan Wrentmore chairs the municipality’s Marine Highway Ad Hoc Committee. She says that governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts could leave Skagway without ferry service. Under the governor’s plan, ferry service would end on October 1. Wrentmore says she imagines if an independent ferry authority were established for the Upper Lynn Canal, Haines and Skagway would be partners. The municipality has not indicated one way or another whether it would consider developing a local ferry authority. The Skagway Borough Assembly will discuss whether or not to fund the study at its meeting Thursday evening. So Skagway’s Marine Highway Ad Hoc Committee reached out to the Mcdowell Group, a research firm with experience consulting for AMHS. Wrentmore says the idea was to create a report explaining what it would take to create a locally governed ferry authority. In its proposal for the study, the firm says it will consider local governance models that could serve a Skagway-centered ferry service. As the Alaska Marine Highway System faces deep budget cuts, Skagway’s Marine Highway Ad Hoc Committee has been examining the potential to create a locally governed ferry service for the Upper Lynn Canal. It isn’t a perfect example. IFA receives funding from the state and it relies on AMHS for some of its customer base. The proposal points to the Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA) as an example. The public, non-profit corporation provides ferry service between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan. An Alaska Marine Highway ferry docked in Skagway. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS) “I can’t imagine any way that it could work if Haines and Skagway weren’t in some way partnering on this project,” Wrentmore said. “But right now it is just kind of an open general discussion of the legislative process to get there.” “So there was a lot of talk locally and also I believe in Haines about what it would mean to form our own ferry authority,” Wrentmore says. “If we had to make a decision about trying to save the marine highway in Lynn Canal then we would have a tool. We would have a document that kind of laid out for us what the various steps would be,” Wrentmore said. The Mcdowell study would also examine potential funding sources, costs, public/private partnerships and staffing options. But it is a model for local governance. It has a board of directors with representatives from the six communities that it serves. Recently, the committee reached out to a research firm to explore the idea further.
Kadapa: According to the sources the deceased went for Pilgrimage to Amarnath Yatra along with her husband by engaging local tourist travelling agency. It is learnt that while she was on the way to Temple suddenly she had developed severe pain in the chest and collapsed on the spot fell unconscious. She was immediately rushed to the medical camp where the doctors declared brought her dead. Sources disclosed that post mortem was also completed as the body of Bhagyamma likely to reach Proddatur on Friday.
Washington : The US is working on a two-pronged strategy to defuse fresh tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, senior officials from the Trump administration here said. The first strategy is to exert pressure on Pakistan to refrain it from indulging in any cross-border infiltration or providing material or financial support to terrorist activities in India, particularly in Kashmir, they said. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The second strategy is to encourage India to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir and ensure that human rights of the people there are protected, political prisoners are released and channels of communications are reopened. President Donald Trump is “calling” on Pakistan “to prevent the infiltration of militants across the line of control and to crack down on terror groups on its territory that have attacked India in the past”, a senior US government official said. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Reflecting on the first part of the strategy, another official said in the midst of the escalating Indo-Pak tensions, it is important that Islamabad demonstrates its commitment to not let its soil being used for cross border terrorism. Referring to the massive infiltration of terrorists and non-state actors by Pakistan inside India in 1989, the official said the US has warned Islamabad against repeating any such tactics. Advertise With Us “The 1989 playbook was a failure for both the people of Kashmir as well as for Pakistan,” the official said, adding that the US does not want Pakistan to use the current Indo-Pak situation for massive infiltration of terrorist and non-state actors inside India. US officials have also warned Pakistan of facing an imminent prospect of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) if Islamabad doesn’t act on its commitments against terrorism financing. France-based FATF is an inter-governmental organisation to develop policies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. Recently, in a telephonic conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump asked him to tone down the rhetoric against India and avoid escalating tensions over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. On the second part of the strategy involving India, US officials said the Trump administration are focussing on human rights issues in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the Kashmir Valley. The US “continues to be very concerned by reports of detentions” and continued restrictions in the region, a senior state department official said. “The US urges respect for individual rights, compliance with legal procedures and an inclusive dialogue with those affected,” the official added. The human rights issue, another official said, is likely to come up during the meeting between Modi and Trump in France on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. “The president will likely want to hear from Prime Minister Modi on how he plans to reduce regional tensions and uphold respect for human rights in Kashmir, as part of India’s role as the world’s largest democracy,” the official said.
A woman casts her ballot for the Catalan regional election at a polling station in Barcelona on 21 December, 2017. Photo: AFPCatalans voted Thursday in a crucial election that could mark a turning point for their region, just two months after a failed secession bid triggered Spain’s worst political crisis in decades.High turnout was expected in a vote pitting leaders of the wealthy northeastern region’s separatist movement against parties that want to remain in Spain.Will voters again hand victory to pro-independence parties that tried to break Catalonia from Spain, one of whose candidates is in jail and the other in self-imposed exile in Belgium?Or will they lose the absolute parliamentary majority of 72 seats they won in 2015?Catalans on both sides of the divide saw the day as a potential moment of truth, following weeks of upheaval and protests unseen since democracy was reinstated following the death in 1975 of dictator Francisco Franco.- Chinese, Arabic posters -In the staunchly pro-independence town of Vic where the sunshine provided some warmth on a freezing day, 49-year-old personal development coach Alex Arroyo said he had never really supported the separatist cause.But he changed his mind “because of the Spanish state’s radical positions” and because of the “violence … on referendum day,” he said, referring to a banned independence plebiscite held on October 1 that led to a heavy police crackdown on voters.Near the polling station where he accompanied his wife to vote, posters advertising independence were plastered in the street.”I don’t have Catalan blood, but on 21 December I will vote to support the republic because I want a free and prosperous country”, one of them read in Chinese next to a poster in Arabic, targeting Vic’s residents with roots abroad.Supporters of the pro-unity camp also see the election as crucial, with the centrist Ciudadanos expected to win the most seats out of anti-independence parties.”The issue for me is that we are all Spanish,” said Gloria Garcia, a telephone operator in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a working class suburb of Barcelona, wearing the red-and-yellow Spanish flag around her neck.”Ciudadanos can be the change we need to firmly maintain the unity of Spain.”- What next for separatists? -Some 5.5 million people are registered to vote in Thursday’s election which is likely to see seven parties winning mandates in the 135-seat regional parliament.Neither is expected to win a decisive majority, though, which could lead to protracted negotiations to form a government.Polls showed that around a million voters remained undecided on the eve of election day, with many Catalans exhausted of the crisis and yearning for a return to normality.The Spanish government called the vote after stripping Catalonia of its treasured autonomy, in response to an independence declaration by the region’s parliament on 27 October.The secession bid was short-lived as Madrid sacked Catalonia’s government and dissolved its parliament.Crucially, however, even if the pro-independence camp wins, it is not expected to attempt another breakaway from Spain but rather try to enter into negotiations with Madrid.- Candidates in jail, exile -The run-up to Thursday’s vote took on a surreal twist as axed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium after the independence declaration, campaigned virtually via videolink.He had hoped the EU would rally to the separatists’ cause — but that never materialised, with the bloc already rattled by Britain’s decision to leave.”Today we will show, once again, the strength of an indomitable people,” he tweeted Thursday.He is wanted in Spain on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.His deputy Oriol Junqueras remained in Spain and was jailed along with others pending an investigation into the same charges.Opinion polls suggest Junqueras’s leftist ERC party could win, though it is unclear whether he or his deputy Marta Rovira would be named president.Over on the other side, Ciudadanos is close to ERC according to polls and some suggest it could win under Ines Arrimadas, a charismatic 36-year-old.Supporters of Arrimadas cheered “presidenta! presidenta!” as she voted in Barcelona.At stake in the vote is the economy of a region that has seen its tourism sector suffer and more than 3,100 companies move their legal headquarters since the referendum.
Two more people died of mosquito-borne disease dengue in the capital and Barishal on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are identified as Gias Uddin, 40, of Chandpur and Monir Hossain, 38, of Barishal.Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost inspector Bachchu Mia said Gias, a resident of Postogola, got admitted to the hospital with high fever around 11:00pm on Wednesday.“He was later shifted to the Intensive Care Unit where he died around 6:20am,” he said.The body was handed over to the family members.Deceased Gias’ elder brother Jahangir said he was a businessman and a father of three children.In Barishal, a man died of dengue at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) in the morning.Deceased Monir Hossain was from Mehendiganj upazila of the district.SBMCH director Bakir Hossain said Monir was hospitalised after being diagnosed with dengue on 18 August. He died around 5:00am.At least 1,626 dengue patients were admitted to hospitals in 24 hours until 8:00am on Wednesday. Of the new cases, 711 were recorded in Dhaka.Currently, 6,278 dengue patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services.Since the beginning of this year, 57,995 patients infected with dengue were hospitalised and 51,670 of them were discharged after treatment.The government has so far confirmed the deaths of 47 people but unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.
Share AP Photo/Max Desfor, fileIn this Aug. 8, 1945 file photo, survivors walk past one of the few buildings still standing two days after an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. The Los Alamos Historical Museum recently announced it won’t be hosting a traveling exhibit organized by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum until all parties can work out their differences over the theme.A museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico — a once-secret New Mexico city that developed the atomic bomb which help end World War II — has put an exhibit from Japan on hold because of its theme of abolishing nuclear weapons.The Los Alamos Historical Museum confirmed Monday that it will not host a traveling exhibit organized by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum until all parties can work out their differences over the theme.The exhibit, which features articles of clothing, exposed plates, and other personal items from victims, aims to draw attention to the horrors of the bombs that destroyed both cities.Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum, said the museum’s board of directors felt uncomfortable about the exhibit’s call to abolish nuclear bombs. The New Mexico city is still home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons research centers.The exhibit dispute comes as the Los Alamos National Lab competes with the U.S. Energy Department’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina to continue production of plutonium pits. Those are critical cores which trigger nuclear warheads.No new pits have been made since 2011. The Energy Department wants to ramp up production to 80 pits a year by 2030.“The Los Alamos Historical Society will continue its dialogue with the museums in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in hopes that we can overcome cultural and linguistic differences and host exhibits that are respectful to all of our communities’ concerns and stories,” McClenahan said. “In other words, we hope this is not the end but the beginning of delving together into our history and the questions it raises.”She said the historical society will not send an exhibit about Los Alamos scientists to Hiroshima and Nagasaki without significant dialogue and input from their museums.“We would ask that the same respect be afforded to our community,” McClenahan said.Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum official Tomonori Nitta told the Associated Press that officials were informed by the Los Alamos museum in mid-February that its board meeting turned down a current plan and that the Japanese museum missed a deadline for funding needed to hold an exhibit in 2019.The sides also failed to reach consensus on nuclear disarmament details to be included as part of the event, Nitta said.Nitta said that it is mainly up to the Los Alamos side to figure out ways to resolve the issue, and that he hoped that an exhibit can still happen sometime after 2019.“If 2019 doesn’t work, we still hope to achieve an exhibit at a later occasion,” Nitta said. “We will continue to cooperate so that we can clear the hurdles and hold an exhibit.”Takatoshi Hayama, an official at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, said no details have been decided and that officials are still hoping to put on an exhibit.“We only wish people from around the world to see our exhibit and learn the reality of atomic bombings and their consequences,” he told the AP from Nagasaki.The traveling atomic bombing exhibit is taking place in Budapest, Hungary through end of August, before moving to France and Belgium later this year. The atomic bombing exhibits have been held in 12 other cities in the U.S.In the 1940s, scientists working in the then-secret city of Los Alamos developed the atomic bomb as part of the World War II-era Manhattan Project. The secret program provided enriched uranium for the atomic bomb. Facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Hanford, Washington were also involved in the project.The two atomic bombs were later dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending World War II. More than 210,000 people in both Japanese cities were killed.
FremantleMedia’s reality TV show “Kids Got Talent” began broadcasting in China last week on online streaming platform Tencent Video.The show focuses on children aged under 11 and removes any competitive element in order to focus on standout performances. It will mix past participants and newcomers.The show is based on Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia’s well-established format and is produced by Yuheng Film Group. The season runs for eight 60-minutes episodes, and is sponsored by multinational pharmaceuticals company Wyeth.In the past year, as part of an anti-Westernization drive, Chinese authorities have actively moved to discourage foreign formats. FremantleMedia told Variety that the policy does not apply to digital platforms.“As a family-friendly variety show hand-picked for our platform, this program is bound to be filled with outstanding performances from the kids. I believe this collaboration is just the beginning. I hope that we can continue to join forces in the future,” said Zheng Xianglin, the VP of Tencent. Popular on Variety The “Got Talent” format was created by Simon Cowell and is the world’s most successful reality TV format, with 70 local versions watched by an estimated 900 million people worldwide. “China’s Got Talent” ran on Shanghai Media Group’s Dragon TV for five seasons between 2010 and 2013. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
April 10, 2015 Beware peddlers of lies. Amazon is officially cracking down on phony product reviews. The ecommerce juggernaut not only forbids them on its site, it contends that they’re illegal, too.Case in point: The company filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Seattle’s King County Superior Court against four websites it alleges publish fraudulent reviews that distort its product ratings.The move, which looks to be a first for Amazon, telegraphs the company’s intensifying intolerance for fake positive reviews louder and clearer than ever before. The suit alleges that fabricated 4- and 5-star product appraisals dilute Amazon’s brand and negatively impact sellers on its site who don’t subvert the system by paying for fraudulent reviews.Related: Yelp: We Won’t Stand for Businesses That Pay for Fake Reviews“While small in number, these reviews threaten to undermine the trust that customers, and the vast majority of sellers and manufacturers, place in Amazon, thereby tarnishing Amazon’s brand,” the suit states. “Amazon strictly prohibits any attempt to manipulate customer reviews and actively polices its website to remove false, misleading, and inauthentic reviews. Despite substantial efforts to stamp out the practice, an unhealthy ecosystem is developing outside of Amazon to supply inauthentic reviews.”The high-profile suit, clearly intended as a warning to fraudsters, was filed against California resident Jay Gentile, who allegedly runs buyazonreviews.com, and unidentified “John Does 1-20,” the alleged proprietors behind “buyamazonreviews.com,” “bayreviews.net” and “buyreviewsnow.com.”Amazon has accused the defendants of a laundry list of alleged crimes, including violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act and the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, as well as of false advertising and trademark infringement (i.e. – displaying Amazon’s logo and using domain names that are “confusingly similar” to Amazon’s).Related: Yelp Sues Sites That Claim They Can Sell Business Owners 5-Star ReviewsMark Collins, who The Seattle Times reports owns buyamazonreviews.com (which the suit says is run by Gentile, though Collins claims to have never heard of him), says the service he provides is not illegal. Collins claims buyamazonreviews.com merely assists third-party Amazon sellers in amassing reviews. “We are not selling fake reviews,” he told the Times. “However we do provide Unbiased and Honest review on all the products. And this is not illegal at all.”Amazon, which hasn’t yet issued a public statement addressing the lawsuit, did not immediately responded to a request for comment.Related: Amazon Dash Makes Shopping as Easy as Pushing a ButtonFake glowing reviews, intended to boost consumer confidence and in turn hopefully heighten sales, have long been a problem for Amazon and other popular websites, like Yelp and TripAdvisor. Interestingly, the inaugural Amazon customer review was of the “The Butter Battle Book” by Dr. Seuss. That was all of 20 years ago. Now, as Amazon jockeys to legally “butter-side-up” alleged sellers of inauthentic reviews “to small smithereens,” the 1984 rhyming war battle yarn seems an apropos first recipient of an Amazon customer assessment.If Amazon wins this war in court, it will receive triple damages and attorney fees and, more importantly, the alleged fraudsters will be forced to quit hawking Amazon reviews and to suspend use of the company’s name and logo.Related: How to Get Your Business on Amazon’s New Home Services Platform Enroll Now for Free 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » For a glimpse of what is, what might have been and what may lie ahead in wearable devices, look beyond branded tech and Silicon Valley start-ups to the messy labs, dry papers and solemn conferences of academia.There you’d find that you might control your smartphone with your tongue, skin or brain; you won’t just ‘touch’ others through a smart Watch but through the air; and you’ll change how food tastes by tinkering with sound, weight and color.Much of today’s wearable technology has its roots in these academic papers, labs and clunky prototypes, and the boffins responsible rarely get the credit some feel they deserve. Any academic interested in wearable technology would look at today’s commercial products and say “we did that 20 years ago,” said Aaron Quigley, Chair of Human Interaction at University of St. Andrews in Scotland.Take multi-touch – where you use more than one finger to interact with a screen: Apple (AAPL.O) popularized it with the iPhone in 2007, but Japanese academic Jun Rekimoto used something similar years before. And the Apple Watch? Its Digital Touch feature allows you to send doodles, ‘touches’ or your heartbeat to other users. Over a decade ago, researcher Eric Paulos developed something very similar, called Connexus, that allowed users to send messages via a wrist device using strokes, taps and touch.”I guess when we say none of this is new, it’s not so much trashing the product,” says Paul Strohmeier, a researcher at Ontario’s Human Media Lab, “but more pointing out that this product has its origins in the research of scientists who most people will never hear of, and it’s a way of acknowledging their contributions.”Vambraces, Kids’ PyjamasThose contributions aren’t all pie-in-the-sky.Strohmeier and others are toying with how to make devices easier to interact with. His solution: DisplaySkin, a screen that wraps around the wrist like a vambrace, or armguard, adapting its display relative to the user’s eyeballs.Other academics are more radical: finger gestures in the air, for example, or a ring that knows which device you’ve picked up and automatically activates it. Others use the surrounding skin – projecting buttons onto it or pinching and squeezing it. Another glues a tiny touchpad to a fingernail so you can scroll by running one finger over another.Then there’s connecting to people, rather than devices.Mutual understanding might grow, researchers believe, by conveying otherwise hidden information: a collar that glows if the wearer has, say, motion sickness, or a two-person seat that lights up when one occupant has warm feelings for the other.And if you could convey non-verbal signals, why not transmit them over the ‘multi-sensory Internet’? Away on business? Send a remote hug to your child’s pyjamas; or deliver an aroma from one phone to another via a small attachment; or even, according to researchers from Britain at a conference in South Korea last month, transmit tactile sensations to another person through the air.And if you can transmit senses, why not alter them?Academics at a recent Singapore conference focused on altering the flavor of food. Taste, it seems, is not just a matter of the tongue, it’s also influenced by auditory, visual and tactile cues. A Japanese team made food seem heavier, and its flavor change, by secretly adding weights to a fork, while a pair of British academics used music, a virtual reality headset and color to make similar food seem sourer or sweeter to the eater.Making the GradeIt’s hard to know just which of these research projects might one day appear in your smartphone, wearable, spoon or item of clothing. Or whether any of them will.”I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that 99 percent of research work does not end up as ‘product’,” says Titus Tang, who recently completed a PhD at Australia’s Monash University, and is now commercializing his research in ubiquitous sensing for creating 3D advertising displays. “It’s very hard to predict what would turn out, otherwise it wouldn’t be called research.”But the gap is narrowing between the academic and the commercial.Academics at the South Korean conference noted that with tech companies innovating more rapidly, “while some (academic) innovations may truly be decades ahead of their time, many (conference) contributions have a much shorter lifespan.””Most ‘breakthroughs’ today are merely implementations of ideas that were unimplementable in that particular time. It took a while for industry to catch up, but now they are almost in par with academic research,” says Ashwin Ashok of Carnegie Mellon.Pranav Mistry, 33, has risen from a small town in India’s Gujarat state to be director of research at Samsung America (005930.KS). His Singapore conference keynote highlighted a Samsung project where a camera ‘teleports’ viewers to an event or place, offering a real-time, 3D view.But despite a glitzy video, Samsung logo and sleek black finish, Mistry stressed it wasn’t the finished product. He was at the conference, he told Reuters, to seek feedback and “work with people to make it better.”(Editing by Ian Geoghegan) May 5, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
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create supervise and nurture technologies but at the same time you come from a small trader family and have already built a huge business There are geeky startup founders and there are institution builders but it is rare in India to find someone with both qualities –You said the Internet is a strategic sector but forgot to mention that it is still very young as a technology paradigm Artificial intelligence in which you have a keen interest is just about taking off So are robotics the Internet of Things data science in various shapes and sizes and even genomics Nothing can be more exciting than a combination of youth experience capital and several new fields waiting to be conquered There is not much now to stop you now from building a new age technology company –While on that it is time for you to shed that ‘for us’ thing in your nationalistic fervour Just as you don’t like "selective globalisation" there cannot be a geographically selective entrepreneurial zeal Why build only for India 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