BJP to project Cong. as anti-OBC in Gujarat

first_imgThe failure to secure the passage of the OBC Bill in the Rajya Sabha, which would give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes, due to the Opposition’s success in getting an amendment cleared, will be one of the rallying points for the BJP to attack the Congress in Gujarat as being opposed to the community.Shah’s meetingBJP president Amit Shah will be addressing a big meeting of OBC communities (there are said to be at least 146 castes belonging to the OBC category across Gujarat) in Fagvel on September 18, an amplification of its campaign for the Assembly polls in the State due at the end of the year.The party is expecting a crowd of around 50,000 at the meeting, important in terms of countering any losses the party may face due to the Patidar agitation for reservation.Cow protectionThe Patel or Patidar community had traditionally voted with the BJP, and the agitation, since 2015, has meant that the party is looking to consolidate other sections of voters.Fagvel is also the site of a temple of Bhathiji Maharaj, a folk hero of the Rathore Kshatriya community, who, legend has it, sacrificed his life for cow protection. Significantly, the temple was also the site from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had flagged off his Gujarat Gaurav Yatra in 2002 as Chief Minister.last_img read more

Ekal Sansthan to open 60 schools in Himachal’s Lahaul-Spiti district

first_imgEkal Sansthan, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-inspired organisation that sets up one-teacher schools across the country with a focus on rural and tribal areas, will open 60 schools in Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh as part of its initiative to expand the network of such schools to all border areas. The district abuts China, and there have been reports of heightened Chinese activities across the international border close to it during the Doklam crisis in August.Thirty such schools have already come up, and the organisation will soon scale up the number to 60.“We are aiming at spreading these schools in vulnerable, border areas. We have also sought to spread our network in Punjab, Kashmir and near the Bangladesh border in Assam,” Manju Srivastava of Ekal Sansthan told The Hindu.She said the organisation is autonomous, but draws ideological inspiration from the RSS. The attempt to expand to border areas has three objectives. One, the idea is to connect border areas with the national “mainstream” through education. Second, the Ekal believes such an initiative will better organise border villages that are vulnerable. She added that imparting education and skills to children in border areas would better prepare them for a good life with opportunities for livelihood.Ms. Srivastava made a presentation on the initiatives of the Ekal Sansthan at a national workshop on school education organised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development earlier this week. There are 58,227 Ekal Vidyalayas in the country now, imparting education to 15,35,965 children. They are spread over 58,000 villages in 22 States.last_img read more

Basketball: India drub Bangladesh, enter final

first_imgIndia stamped their superiority yet again at the Middle Asia Qualifying tournament for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship as they slammed Bangladesh 120-26 to enter the final here on Thursday.India’s Jagdeep Singh scores on ThursdayNew coach Kenny Natt had reasons to be satisfied. Not only are his boys just a step away from qualifying for the September event in Hubei, China, but also youngsters like Amrit Pal Singh, Amjyot Singh shone bright in the match at the Thyagraj Stadium.Amrit Pal finished as the joint top-scorer along with Vishesh Bhriguvanshi scoring 18 points each. India’s defence was rock solid as they hardly let the Bangladeshi forwards make their chances count.In the title match India will face Sri Lanka, who the hosts defeated earlier, on Friday. Sri Lanka defeated Nepal 65-44 in the other semi-final.The hosts dominated right from the word go with Trideep Rai opening the account. Bangladesh had no answer for the fast counter attacks as India surged ahead by 27-8 at the end of the first quarter.Sambhaji Kadam was the fulcrum of India’s attacks. Though, he scored only two points, he ended up with 12 assists. His passes were duly converted by Bhriguvanshi and Amrit Pal.Bhriguvanshi’s scoring accuracy was at its peak as he converted four of the seven attempted three- pointers.Another senior, Jagdeep Singh entertained the spectators with his dunks and finished with 14 points.If the first quarter was any indication of what was to follow, in the second India cemented their position taking a 63-17 lead.advertisementEven young Satnam Singh, who is grabbing attention with his height, played a clean game and scored three baskets from five attempts. The 15-year-old used his reach well as he had four defensive rebounds.The third quarter continued with the same flow with India giving little space as they went up 86-25. The visitor’s Md. Mahmudul Hasan Shawan was able to break past India’s defence on a number of occasions but his teammates failed to support him.In the last quarter, India’s defence was at its best with Bangladesh being able to score just one point as India finished the match 120-26.After the match, Natt said he was satisfied with the way his young players came up. “The youngsters have performed to my expectation and they are being helped by the veteran players,” he said.”Here, the competition is less so as the level of challenge rises we will be able to ascertain how far we have progressed.” Yadwinder, a senior player, echoed Natt’s view. “We are taking this competition as practice as India is the strongest team in this region. We need to improve our game if we are to do well in the main event,” he said.Natt said he was going to employ the defensive techniques more. “From here on we would concentrate more on the defence. If we are able to consolidate that part the offensive moves will bear results automatically,” he said.last_img read more

Tesla Model S all-electric sedan is the fastest car in the world

first_imgTesla Motors Inc crowned itself the maker of the world’s fastest production car on Tuesday, saying a new version of its Model S all-electric sedan can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in just 2-1/2 seconds.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company will offer a larger upgraded battery pack for performance versions of its Model S and X vehicles that will extend range, while also allowing for super fast acceleration.ALSO READ:Tesla Motors introduces two less costly Model S versionsTesla has long laid claim to bragging rights in the highly competitive luxury car market. But Tuesday’s news is unlikely to change the equation on a host of challenges the company faces, from production and finances to regulation.The new 100 kilowatt hour battery pack means the high-end version of the Model S sedan, called the P100D, will be the world’s fastest accelerating car in production, the Silicon Valley automaker said. The new battery pack is also available for the performance version of the Model X sport utility vehicle.The Model X is already the quickest SUV ever, Tesla said. But with the 100 kWh battery pack, it said the Model X P100D — as the new performance model is known — will now accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-97 kph) in 2.9 seconds.ALSO READ: Tesla Motors to offer $1.7 billion in new stock to fund Model 3 electric sedanThe new battery also extends the driving range of the vehicles, taking the performance version of the new Model S beyond 300 miles (482.8 km), Tesla said.advertisementMusk said that meant a driver could now travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in temperate weather without recharging.”These are very profound milestones and I think will help convince people around the world that electric is the future,” said Musk on a conference call with journalists.ALSO READ:Tesla gets over 325,000 reservations for Model 3 sedanAfter rising more than 2 percent before Tuesday’s announcement, Tesla shares pared gains to end the day at $224.84, up less than 1 percent.Tesla said owners who had ordered a so-called Model S P90D Ludicrous but had not yet taken delivery could upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for $10,000, while existing owners can upgrade for $20,000 because the old pack must be recycled.The electric car maker is laying the groundwork for a controversial buyout of SolarCity Corp, while it also prepares for next year’s launch of its high profile Model 3 mass-market vehicle.ALSO READ:China’s Baidu to take on Tesla Motors, Google with driver-less cars in 5 yearsSolarCity agreed to Tesla’s $2.6 billion offer to buy the solar panel installer earlier this month, clearing one obstacle toward Musk’s ambitious goal of creating a carbon-free energy and transportation company.A filing on Tuesday showed that Musk is buying over half of a $124 million bond offer by SolarCity. It appeared to be the first time the billionaire entrepreneur has directly purchased the so-called “solar bonds” although SpaceX, his rocket and space transport services company, has bought them in the past.In May, Tesla said it was stepping up production plans for its upcoming Model 3 mass-market sedan and would build a total of 500,000 all-electric vehicles in 2018, two years ahead of schedule, but it warned that spending will ramp up as well.ALSO READ:Tesla says it has not finalized 2017 Model 3 designModel S and X vehicles with the upgraded batteries will help fund the more affordable Model 3 still in development, Musk said. The performance versions of the S and X without the new battery currently start at $108,000 and $115,500, respectively.”Of course this is an expensive car. But it’s very important to bear in mind that is what it’s paying for, the Model 3,” Musk said.Tesla has been under investigation from U.S. safety regulators following a fatal crash in Florida earlier this year involving its drive-assistance feature known as Autopilot.In his comments to reporters, Musk said a software update of the feature is nearing completion, adding that it will result in “material improvements in the autonomy of the car.”ALSO READ:Tesla Model 3 received almost 400,000 orders, says Elon MuskTesla acknowledged that the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder with gasoline engines were faster than its new high-end S and X models. But Musk said those were both million-dollar, two-seater specialty cars that cannot be purchased new today.last_img read more

Soccer World Mourns Eusebio

first_imgLISBON, Portugal – Tens of thousands of people turned out Jan. 6 to pay tribute to Portuguese football star Eusebio after his coffin was put on public display and taken in a funeral cortege through the streets of Lisbon.People filed out of offices and cafes on a rainy afternoon and applauded as the hearse with a police motorcycle escort passed by. Traffic was halted on the capital’s main roads, and the cortege stopped for a ceremony at city hall.Earlier in the day, dozens of dignitaries and hundreds of fans, some weeping, filed past the coffin at the Lisbon stadium of Benfica, Eusebio’s longtime club. Some 10,000 fans at the Stadium of Light cheered and sang when the coffin was placed in the center of the pitch.The government decreed three days of national mourning after Eusebio’s death Jan. 5 from heart failure. He was 71.Eusebio was an international star and national hero whose heyday was in the 1960s with Benfica and the Portuguese national team. He became one of the world’s top goalscorers and was widely regarded as one of the best players of all time. He was affectionately known as the Black Panther for his athletic physique and agility.The funeral was attended by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho and many football players, including former world player of the year and retired Portugal captain Luis Figo, as well as Eusebio’s surviving family.Eusebio was to be buried in a cemetery near Benfica’s stadium. Authorities said they would consider moving him later to Lisbon’s National Pantheon, which contains the tombs of illustrious figures from Portuguese history.(Barry Hatton)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

GrammaTech releases CodeSonar 5 with usability focus

first_img Continue Reading Previous Maxim: 5kVRMS reinforced digital isolator enables safe, high-throughput automation systemsNext Lauterbach: TRACE32 provides JTAG debug support for Wind River VxWorks 653 GrammaTech announced availability of CodeSonar 5, their latest innovation in advancing static analysis, delivering the next step in usability and extensibility for users of static analysis. GrammaTech adds C# support next to the already existing support for C, C++ and Java. This gives CodeSonar coverage for the most popular programming languages for safety and security critical industries such as Automotive, Industrial, Medical, Consumer/Electronic as well Aerospace and Defense. User experience is improved with support for the Visual Studio IDE, which builds on the currently available support for the Eclipse IDE. CodeSonar uses open standards where possible and CodeSonar 5 adds support for importing results in the Static Analysis Results Interchange Format (SARIF). Additionally, the whole program static analysis engine within CodeSonar has been extended with a copy-paste error checker that finds problems caused by incorrect re-use of C/C++ code. This checker has already proven its use in finding more than 20 problems in popular open source programs such as the Linux kernel, chromium, mysql, wine, eclipse TCF, python, and postgres. This once more confirms that CodeSonar delivers the deepest static analysis for C/C++ in the industry today. One of the differentiating features of CodeSonar is the detailed information that it provides for every warning through its natural language generator. CodeSonar 5 extends language support with support for Mandarin, as well as Japanese and English. Other languages can easily be added.Numerous other improvements are also included, such as enhancements to the C++11, 14, and 17 support, floating point support and more flexibility in the role-based access control, improving usability for large enterprise deployment. The update is available as a free upgrade to all licensed customers under active support and maintenance contracts.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

ReCAAP: November a Quiet Month for Asian Pirates

first_imgzoom There has been a slowdown in piracy activity and armed robbery against ships in Asia in November 2015 for the third consecutive month this year, Asian piracy watchdog ReCAAP ISC said in its latest report.Compared to October 2015, there has been a 53% decrease in number of incidents reported in November 2015. A total of seven incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in November 2015 compared to 15 incidents in October 2015. Of the seven incidents, six were actual incidents and one was an attempted incident. No piracy incident was reported, and most importantly there were no incidents involving hijacking of tankers for theft of cargo oil.Out of the seven incidents, three occurred in Indonesia, three in Vietnam, and one attempted incident in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).The incident reported in the SOMS, involved a tug boat Salvigilant and a towing barge Poe Giant 1 while underway in the westbound lane of Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). A small boat attempted to board the barge by coming alongside, but aborted boarding when the master raised the alarm immediately. Notably, this is the first time in 2015 when no incident of robbery was reported on board ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the SOMS, the watchdog said.Since January 2015 till November 2015, a total of 183 incidents comprising 170 actual and 13 attempted incidents had been reported. This is 98% of the total number of incidents reported in 2014.The ReCAAP ISC commended and encouraged the littoral states, in particular Indonesian authorities to continue with their efforts in stepping up surveillance and enforcement in the area.“Notably, for the first time in 2015, there was no report of incident reported on board ship while underway in the eastbound lane of the TSS of SOMS in November 2015. However, more needs to be done at certain ports and anchorages where the port authorities and enforcement agencies need to enhance their surveillance; and ship masters and crew to maintain stringent watch-keeping while their ships were anchored there. Whilst the numbers had declined, consolidated efforts to address regional situation with regional stakeholders are underway,” ReCAAP concluded.last_img read more

The Beginning Of Life A Movie About A New Beginning For Humanity

first_imgThe Beginning of Life, a groundbreaking feature documentary that explores the impact of a child’s early environment on their cognitive, social and emotional development, will be released worldwide on Netflix, iTunes and Google Play on 1 June 2016.The film, supported by UNICEF and featuring supermodel Gisele Bündchen and Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner James Heckman, is the brainchild of Director Estela Renner (Way Beyond Weight) and was produced by Brazil-based Maria Farinha Filmes.The 90-minute feature documentary was created in response to advancements in neuroscience that uncover the crucial role that the early years of children’s lives play in determining their futures successes.Filmed across Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, Kenya and the United States, The Beginning of Life documents the early lives of children and their families; and features interviews with specialists from the early childhood development arena.“Effective early childhood development takes place when children feel nurtured, cared for, protected and loved. When children receive all of these key elements in their formative years of life, they have the best possible chance of developing fully,” UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development Pia Britto said.“This beautiful film, which we are so proud to support, depicts how social environments are as important as genetics in influencing children’s development. The evidence should compel governments and policy-makers to act now and prioritize investment in the earliest years of children’s lives – from parenting to care and early learning programmes for all children,” Britto said.The families starred in the film are from a range of cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds, including supermodel Gisele Bündchen in Brazil, and Phula, a girl who cares for her siblings by herself in India. Maternity leave, the role of fathers, co-parenting, poverty, child rights, violence and neglect are explored throughout the film, providing a unique basis and understanding of early childhood development.“Emotional recollections for both good and evil have a much greater weight during this period, which is a time of formation, creation and structuring of individuals,” said film director Estela Renner.In a testimony in the film, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner James Heckman said “taking proper care of our babies is the best investment that can be made in humanity”.In addition to UNICEF, the film is also supported by Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal Foundation, Bernard Van Leer Foundation and Alana Institute. It is dubbed in six languages and subtitled in 21 languages.last_img read more

Navy Chief holds talks with chief of US naval ops

first_imgNew Delhi: Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Monday held extensive talks with Chief of US Naval Operations Admiral John Michael Richardson on ways to further deepen cooperation between navies of the two countries.Admiral Richardson is on a three-day visit to India which began on Sunday. “Major issues discussed included operations and exercises, training interactions, information exchange, capacity building and capability enhancement,” the Indian Navy said. It said Admiral Richardson’s visit is intended to consolidate bilateral naval relations between India and the US and also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. The US naval official also interacted with Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa among others.last_img read more

Romania evacuation transit centre to be created – UN refugee agency

The agreement to establish the centre took place in Bucharest yesterday between the Romanian Government, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).The new facility will “provide a temporary safe haven with effective and immediate protection for individuals or groups who need to be evacuated immediately from life-threatening situations before being resettled to other countries,” Jennifer Pagonis, UNHCR spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva.“We are grateful to the Government of Romania for this important contribution to our efforts to protect refugees against forced return and other threats to their physical safety,” she added.Noting that resettlement countries have committed to support this scheme, Ms. Pagonis appealed to other nations for financial assistance for the new centre.In a related development, Belarus has signed an agreement with UNHCR and other organizations to regularly carry out joint border monitoring missions to ensure that asylum seekers have access to both the country and to asylum procedures.The arrangement also covers counselling, medical and emergency aid, as well as help for those who are not eligible for international protection and wish to return to their home countries.Belarus, a transit country and destination for migrants and asylum-seekers, maintains tight border controls with the three European Union (EU) nations – Lithuania, Poland and Latvia – it borders, while having an essentially open border with Russia.This new scheme is part of a project funded by the EU. UNHCR entered into similar agreements with Hungary in 2006 and Slovakia last year, and are key elements of the agency’s 10 Point Plan of Action for Eastern and South Eastern borders of the EU on handling flows of migrants and asylum seekers. 9 May 2008An evacuation centre – the first of its kind in Europe – for those urgently needing international protection will be created in Romania, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today. read more

UNESCO deplores tragic frequency of murder of journalists in Philippines

Condemning the murder of two more Philippine journalists in just over two weeks, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the “tragic frequency” with which journalists are assassinated in the southeast Asian country. Romeo Sanchez, a broadcaster at DZNL radio in San Fernando City, was shot dead by a gunman on 9 March in a market in Baguio, while Arnulfo Villanueva, a columnist for the Asian Start Express Balita community newspaper, was found shot dead on 28 February on a road in the town of Naic. “The use of assassination to silence journalists is a grievous attack on democracy,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. “It deprives society as a whole of the fundamental human right to freedom of expression and cannot be tolerated. Free and open debate is an essential component of democracy, which has no place for political assassination.” Calling on the Philippines’ authorities to do all they can to bring the culprits to justice, he added: “It is only through swift and determined action against those who use violence to silence the media that the tragic frequency with which journalists are assassinated in the Philippines can be reduced.” According to the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), at least eight journalists died in the Philippines last year “in circumstances suggesting that they may have been killed for exercising their profession.” UNESCO’s mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom, and it has issued numerous denunciations of violence against journalists around the world in recent years. read more

957 Zettabytes of Data Consumed a Year Study

first_imgThat number comes from a study conducted by UC San Diego researchers. It’s the number they believe was consumed online in the year 2008. And that number may actually be a bit low, as it doesn’t take into account data passing through private servers.AdChoices广告 Between all of the silly call videos and herbal Viagra ads, we consume an absurd amount of data on a regular basis. Attempting to contemplate just how much seems a rather mindboggling task. Thankfully, we now have a mindbogglingly large number to aid in that task. 9.57 zettabytes–9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes is passed through the world’s 27 million servers.That breaks down to 3TB per year for each of the world’s 3.18 billion workers.last_img read more

Vandalized Jewish books replaced at university

first_imgBELLINGHAM — Seven books that vandals damaged with anti-Semitic messages have been replaced at Western Washington University in Bellingham.KOMO-TV reports approximately 250 people attended a reshelving ceremony in Wilson Library Tuesday to showcase the new books that were purchased and donated to replace the ones that were damaged.About 120 books donated and bought after the vandalism will soon be added to the library’s shelves as university police investigate who was responsible for what happened.The university also said someone also recently drew a swastika on a poster outside a faculty member’s office in the communications building.last_img read more

Fire injures man at Ballast Point Brewing Co in Miramar

first_imgFacebookTwitter Fire injures man at Ballast Point Brewing Co. in Miramar April 7, 2018 Updated: 1:08 PM Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A flash fire at the Ballast Point Brewing Company kitchen in Miramar sent one person to a hospital today.Just after 9 a.m., firefighters were alerted to a kitchen fire at the brewpub, in the 9000 block of Carroll Way, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesperson Monica Munoz said.A man in his 40s had to be taken to a hospital for burns, though they were not considered severe, Munoz said. No one else was injured.The brewery announced on social media that it will be closed all day today and open for normal business hours Sunday.The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health will need to be called in to inspect fire safety equipment that was used by the restaurant before it can re-open, Munoz said.last_img read more

Firefighters contain house fire in Pacific Highlands Ranch area

first_img Ed Lenderman, Posted: April 25, 2018 Firefighters contain house fire in Pacific Highlands Ranch area Updated: 9:54 AM Ed Lenderman center_img April 25, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A family of four escaped their burning home this morning in San Diego’s Pacific Highlands Ranch neighborhood near Carmel Valley, but their garage and two vehicles were destroyed by the fire and smoke damaged much of the home, causing a loss of about a quarter-million dollars, authorities said.The blaze, reported about 4:15 a.m., prompted fire crews to evacuate several nearby homes in the 15000 block of Sierra Rose Trail near Blue Dawn Trail, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials said. No injuries were reported.Firefighters arrived to the upscale community near Carmel Valley to find flames and heavy smoke spewing from the garage of the home, SDFD spokesman Monica Munoz said. The crews quickly worked to evacuate nearby homes and search the burning house, though they later learned the two adults and two children who lived there had already evacuated safely.Fire crews knocked down the flames by 4:40 a.m. and extinguished a hot spot that flared up a few hours later.According to reporters at the scene, the home was equipped with new smoke alarms that alerted the family and allowed them plenty of time to escape unharmed. Personnel from the American Red Cross responded to assist the family find temporary shelter, Munoz said.Fortunately, no one was hurt and the damage was mostly confined to the garage, with a bit of extension into the second-floor bedroom above the garage,” Munoz said. “The combination of the fire door between the garage and the home, and quick action by firefighters, saved the first floor of this home from burning.”Two vehicles in the garage were destroyed and there was smoke damage throughout the house, Munoz said. Investigators estimate the fire caused $150,000 worth of structural damage and destroyed contents valued at $100,000.Metro Arson Strike Team investigators were on scene this morning but were unable to determine what caused the blaze. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Firefighters find smoke in BG homes attic

first_imgFirefighters are on the scene of a house where smoke was reported in the attic.They were called about 3:22 p.m. to 1701 N.W. Seventh Court in Battle Ground.No flames or smoke were visible from the street, but a smoke detector was sounding and there was smoke in the attic area.Firefighters are investigating.The 15-year-old ranch-style home is owned by John Hoffman, according to county records. It is in the Falcon Chase neighborhood.last_img

US needs an internet data privacy law GAO tells Congress

first_imgThe federal government’s chief auditor has recommended Congress consider developing legislation to beef up consumers’ internet data privacy protections. much like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The recommendation was included in a 56-page report (PDF) issued Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, the government agency that provides auditing, evaluation and investigative services for Congress. The report was prepared at the request two years ago by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has scheduled a hearing to discuss the subject for Feb. 26.”Since I requested this report, the need for comprehensive data privacy and security legislation at the federal level has only become more apparent,” Pallone said in a statement. “From the Cambridge Analytica scandal to the unauthorized disclosures of real-time location data, consumers’ privacy is being violated online and offline in alarming and dangerous ways.” In making its recommendation, the GAO cited Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, saying the episode was just one of many recent internet privacy incidents in which users’ personal data may have been improperly disclosed. The GAO suggests giving the Federal Trade Commission more authority over internet privacy enforcement but also raised concerns about the commission’s enforcement abilities. Noting that the FTC is already the de facto authority over internet privacy in the US, the GAO found that the FTC filed 101 internet privacy enforcement actions in the past decade. Nearly all of those cases resulted in settlement agreements, and in most cases, no fines were issued because the FTC lacked the authority in those cases. “Recent developments regarding Internet privacy suggest that this is an appropriate time for Congress to consider comprehensive Internet privacy legislation,” the GAO report said. “Although FTC has been addressing Internet privacy through its unfair and deceptive practices authority, among other statutes, and other agencies have been addressing this issue using industry-specific statutes, there is no comprehensive federal privacy statute with specific standards.”The report was issued a day before news emerged that the FTC and Facebook were negotiating a multibillion-dollar fine to settle an investigation into the social network’s privacy practices. The exact amount hasn’t been determined, but it would be the largest fine ever imposed by the agency.The FTC began investigating Facebook last year after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy linked to the Trump presidential campaign, improperly accessed data from as many as 87 million Facebook users. The agency is looking into whether Facebook’s actions violated a 2011 agreement with the government in which it pledged to improve its privacy practices. Facebook has said it didn’t violate the consent decree. Creating a US internet privacy law like the GDPR has won some support from tech leaders. Apple CEO Tim Cook has praised the effective data privacy regulation and said he supports a “comprehensive federal data privacy law” in the US.”It is up to us, including my home country, to follow your lead,” he told the European Parliament in October. 3 Tags Tech Industry Security Comments Share your voice Privacylast_img read more

Government hopes Outreach success will trigger flow of

first_imgAmaravati: The state government is expecting that the investments will flow to AP as the just concluded Diplomatic Outreach initiative seems to be successful in more than one way. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was cynosure of the delegates with his proclamations of honesty and appeals for their help to develop the state. Even after conclusion of one day programme, the Chief Minister interacted with the delegates on Saturday at his residence. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Delegates cutting across continents have expressed confidence in the Chief Minister and about his style of functioning and have given assurances of possible investment in the new state in manufacturing, pharma, energy, IT, food processing, bio-technology and other fields. There were enquiries from Germany and OPEC (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) nations as well which are expected to be resulted in big ventures in the state. Denmark Consul General Jette Bierum said that her country has great interest in maritime solutions besides ports and will work in areas of mutual interest. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us “When we had an exclusive talk, the Chief Minister sounded very positive and honest and his presentation has been very impressive,” the CM’s Office quoted her in a statement on Saturday. “We understand the needs, expectations and interests of Danish companies and that of the people of Andhra Pradesh as well. I am very much impressed with the Chief Minister’s assurance of one point (single window) contact and there is scope for building partnerships in SMEs and the PPPs,” said Jette Bierum. Advertise With Us The Indonesian Council General Ade Sukender said the trade relations between the two nations go back a long time and there would be scope for investment in palm oil, coal, agri products, rice, garlic, sugarcane, chilli and other products. Botswana High Commissioner Lesego Motsumi said that the Chief Minister’s assurances have put the proposed partnerships on a win-win situation and are mutually beneficial. “We have interest in textile, pharma and allied fields. The economic engagement with the state will be encouraging and the assurance of corruption-free governance is a welcome sign,” she said. Motsumi said her country was known for its diamond reserves and diamond polishing units could be a potential area for cooperation. There is also scope for medical tourism in AP, she said. Turkmenistan representative has shown interest in investments in agriculture, fertilisers and textiles while Sri Lankan High Commissioner said that there was scope for expansion of Brandix, which now has a special zone in Vizag. Deputy High Commissioner of United Kingdom Andrew Fleming said that his country would be interested in electric vehicles. Fleming tweeted on his Twitter handle that, “Following our meeting with Chief Minister yesterday, my Prosperity lead, Ridhima Peravali, and I had a good discussion with Chief Secretary, L.V. Subrahmanyam. We look forward to a further session with him and a wider team before the end of the month.” He further added, “A chance for a further discussion with chief minister on Saturday, allowed a more detailed insight of his ambitious plans for education and healthcare and an opportunity for me to expand on the UK and India TechPartnership & our Prosperity work”. In all, eight ambassadors, four High Commissioners, 13 Consul Generals, two Trade Commissioners and one Deputy Consul General, Charge DE ‘Affairs, Technical Director and Trade Attaché have attended the event from 25 countries.last_img read more

Hillary says Comey letter Russian hackers cost her US presidency

first_imgHillary ClintonHillary Clinton said on Tuesday she was on the path to victory in the 2016 presidential election until late interference by Russian hackers and FBI Director James Comey scared off some potential supporters.In her most extensive public comments on the 8 November election, Clinton told a New York conference she was derailed by Comey’s 28 October letter informing Congress the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reopened a probe of her use of a private email server and by the WikiLeaks release of campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails, allegedly stolen by Russian hackers.“If the election had been on 27 October, I would be your president,” she told a women’s conference moderated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.“It wasn’t a perfect campaign, but I was on the way to winning until a combination of Comey’s letter and Russian WikiLeaks,” the Democrat said of the loss to Republican Donald Trump. “The reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days.”Clinton, who said she is going through the “painful process” of writing a book dealing in part with the election, also said misogyny played a role in her defeat. Becoming the first woman US president would have been “a really big deal,” she said.Clinton took personal responsibility for the campaign’s mistakes, but did not question her strategy or her staff. “I was the candidate, I was the person who was on the ballot. I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had,” Clinton said.She said she had no doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to influence the election for Trump, and bluntly criticised the new US president for some of his foreign policy views and for tweeting too much.“I’m back to being an activist citizen – and part of the resistance,” she said.Clinton said broader negotiations involving China and other countries in the region were critical for convincing North Korea to rein in its nuclear programme. She questioned Trump’s recent suggestion he would be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.“You should not offer that in the absence of a broader strategic framework to try to get China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, to put the kind of pressure on the regime that will finally bring them to the negotiating table,” Clinton said.She also said she supported the recent missile strikes ordered by Trump in Syria but was unsure if they would make a difference. “There is a lot that we don’t really yet fully know about what was part of that strike,” she said.last_img read more

India Pakistan schools close as smog envelopes

first_imgIndian activists wear facemasks to protect them from pollution during a mask distribution drive at the roadside in New Delhi on Thursday. AFPSchools closed across large swathes of north India on Thursday as a hazardous fog of toxic pollution cloaked the region for a third day, with growing calls for urgent government action to tackle what doctors are calling a public health emergency.Punjab’s government said it was closing all 25,000 schools in the state for the rest of the week due to the acrid air blanketing north India and parts of neighbouring Pakistan.The decision came a day after Delhi authorities ordered all 6,000 schools in the capital to shut until Sunday.Low winds and the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble in Punjab and neighbouring areas have caused the levels of dangerous pollutants in the air to spike to many times the levels considered safe.Air quality typically worsens before the onset of winter as cooler air traps pollutants near the ground and prevents them from dispersing into the atmosphere, a phenomenon known as inversion.Figures on the US embassy website showed levels of PM2.5 — the smallest particulates that cause most damage to health — spiked at over 1,000 on Wednesday afternoon in Delhi, though by Thursday they had fallen to 590.The World Health Organization’s guidelines say 25 is the maximum level of PM2.5 anyone can safely be exposed to over a 24-hour period.Doctors say the microscopic particles can penetrate deep into the lungs, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.”Delhi once again has become a veritable gas chamber with denizens finding it difficult to breathe,” The Times of India said Thursday, joining growing calls for government action to curb the chronic pollution, which the Indian Medical Association this week termed a public health emergency.”Air pollution during winter months has become a catastrophe for large parts of north India,” the country’s most read English-language newspaper said in an editorial blaming “political apathy”.”It’s high time the question is asked: why can’t authorities enjoying jurisdiction over the national capital of an aspiring great power… come up with concrete measures to tackle the world’s worst air pollution.”As pressure mounted on the government, authorities in Delhi ordered a ban on all construction work and barred lorries from entering the city.Around 50,000 mostly diesel-fuelled lorries pass through India’s capital every night and they are a major contributor to the pollution plaguing the city.- Struggling to respond -It is the second year running that Delhi — now the world’s most polluted capital with air quality worse than Beijing — has faced such high levels of PM2.5.Media reports said the thick smog had also led to a series of road accidents in north India.Eight students were killed late Wednesday when a truck ploughed into them as they waited for a bus on a roadside in Punjab.Since 2014, when WHO figures showed the extent of the crisis, authorities in Delhi have closed power plants temporarily and experimented with taking some cars off the road.But the temporary measures have had little effect.Under pressure to respond, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday sought to blame stubble burning by farmers in neighbouring states.”We we will continue facing this every year until the neighbouring state governments resolve the issue of crop burning,” he told reporters in Delhi.The practice of burning crop stubble remains commonplace in north India despite an official ban.Kejriwal said his government would decide in the next day or two whether to reintroduce restrictions on driving cars in the city.last_img read more