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Trump thanks Jimmy Carter for remarks about media coverage

Saturday, October 28 2017

Trump thanks Jimmy Carter for remarks about media coverage

Washington : US President Donald Trump on Saturday thanked his predecessor Jimmy Carter for saying the media coverage of him had been the most negative he had ever seen. "Just read the nice remarks by President Jimmy Carter about me and how badly I am treated by the press (Fake News). Thank you President!" Trump said in a tweet. The 93-year-old Carter made his comments in an interview published a week ago by the New York Times, saying that he wanted to help Trump lower tensions with North Korea and that media coverage of the current President had been particularly harsh. "I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other President, certainly that I've known about," Carter, of the Democratic Party and President from 1977 to 1981, said in an interview with Times columnist Maureen Dowd, adding that journalists "feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation". Carter's remarks contrast with speeches earlier this month by two other ex-Presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who denounced rising polarization in the US in thinly veiled attacks on Trump that did not mention the president by name. Asked during the interview whether Trump was deepening the racial divide in the US, Carter said he thought he was. "Yes, I think he is exacerbating it," he said. "But maybe not deliberately." Trump made no mention in his Saturday morning tweets about news that a grand jury on Friday had approved the first charges in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and purported collusion with Russia by Trump's campaign. CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported that at least one person had been charged and could be taken into custody as early as Monday. Trump has slammed Mueller's investigation as nothing more than a witch hunt. In a separate tweet Saturday, Trump also blasted the media for what he said was insufficient coverage of third-quarter growth in the US gross domestic product, which the Commerce Department said had expanded by a greater-than-expected 3 percent between July and September despite the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Texas and Hurricane Irma on Florida. The economy grew 3 percent after expanding at a clip of 3.1 per cent in the second quarter. SEARCH

This iPhone-based ultrasound machine can detect cancer

Sunday, October 29 2017

This iPhone-based ultrasound machine can detect cancer

New York: A novel iPhone-based portable ultrasound machine that can help detect cancer easily at home has been developed by US researchers. The device called Butterfly IQ is a scanner of the size of an electric razor that can display black-and-white imagery of the body, when paired with an iPhone. Developed by Connecticut-based start-up Butterfly Network, the pocket sized device works by shooting sound into the body and capturing the echoes. Usually, the sound waves are generated by a vibrating crystal. But Butterfly's machine instead uses 9,000 tiny drums etched onto a semiconductor chip, reported the MIT Technology Review on Friday. Earlier this year, John Martin, a US-based vascular surgeon and chief medical officer at Butterfly Network, discovered a cancerous mass in his own throat while testing the device. Martin felt an uncomfortable feeling of thickness on his throat, thus he oozed out some gel and ran the probe along his neck. On his smartphone, to which the device is connected, black-and gray images quickly appeared. He found a 3 cm mass that was diagnosed as squamous-cell cancer -- a form of skin cancer that develops in the cells of the outer layer of the skin. Instead of vibrating crystals, Butterfly IQ uses "capacitive micro-machined ultrasound transducers", or CMUTs, tiny ultrasonic emitters layered on a semiconductor chip a little larger than a postage stamp. "The device gives you the ability to do everything at the bedside: you can pull it out of your pocket and scan the whole body," Martin said. The company now plans to combine the instrument with artificial-intelligence software that could help a novice position the probe, collect the right images, and interpret them. By 2018, its software will let users automatically calculate how much blood a heart is pumping, or detect problems like aortic aneurisms, the report said. The Butterfly IQ is the first solid-state ultrasound machine to reach the market in the US. The company plans to go on sale this year for $1,999-far less than any other model on the market.

T-20I series: Pakistan welcomes Sri Lanka after long eight years

Sunday, October 29 2017

T-20I series: Pakistan welcomes Sri Lanka after long eight years

[Pakistan], October 29 (ANI): Pakistan marked a historical moment on Sunday as it will welcomed Sri Lanka on its soil after almost eight years, since they were targeted in a terrorist attack in 2009. According to Geo news, the Sri Lanka team arrived Lahore in the wee hours of Sunday morning and reached safely to their hotel from Allama Iqbal International Airport. Amid tight security at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium, the two will play their third and final match of the Twenty-20 International (T20I) series. The Men in Green are leading the T-20I series with 2-0, having emerged victorious against Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first game and winning the second in a last-ball suspense match in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Lahore T-20I match will be Sri Lanka's first match in Pakistan since March 2009 militant attack on the team bus during a test match, killing six Pakistani policemen and injuring some of the visiting players. Pakistan has only hosted Zimbabwe for a short limited-overs series two years ago since the 2009 terrorist attack. However, last month it successfully hosted three-match T-20 Independence Cup against a World XI at Lahore, featuring high-profile international players. (ANI)

Apple says iPhone X pre-orders are off the charts

Sunday, October 29 2017

Apple says iPhone X pre-orders are off the charts

Apple Inc quashed concerns of muted demand for its iPhone X on Friday, saying pre-orders for the 10th anniversary phone were “off the charts”. The company’s shares, which have fallen steadily since it announced in early September it would launch two iPhones within two months, rose nearly 3 percent in response.Pre-orders for the much-anticipated 10th anniversary phone started from 12.01 am PT on Friday.“We can see from the initial response, customer demand is off the charts,” an Apple spokeswoman told Reuters. “We’re working hard to get this revolutionary new product into the hands of every customer who wants one, as quickly as possible.”The company’s website showed delivery times pushed out to five to six weeks for the phone, compared to an initial plan of Nov. 3.IPhone X’s launch follows weeks of concerns among analysts about the production of the new phone, which for the first time includes new facial identification software to replace the fingerprint used on previous phones. Analysts have cautioned that production of the phone was below target, due to difficulties in producing the TrueDepth camera system, which houses sophisticated cameras and sensors making it possible to unlock the phone using Face ID.Wireless carriers in the United States and Canada have reported slow third-quarter customer upgrades.Major promotions on the iPhone X from U.S. carriers have yet to materialize, and in some cases, the offers have been even less generous than what was available for the iPhone 8, said Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG in a research note on Thursday. The base price for the phone is $999. He noted that Sprint Corp’s iPhone X promotion of $350 in savings for trading in an eligible device was the most aggressive but still lower than what it offered for last year’s launch of the iPhone 7.However, electronics retailer Best Buy Co is charging shoppers an extra $100, if they wish to buy an unactivated iPhone X outright.If customers order the phone on an installment billing plan, they will pay the same price charged by Apple and the carriers.“Our prices reflect the fact that no matter a customer’s desired plan or carrier, or whether a customer is on a business or personal plan, they are able to get a phone the way they want at Best Buy,” Best Buy spokeswoman Carly Charlson said.“Our customers have told us they want this flexibility and sometimes that has a cost.”

Facebook, in reversal, to publish cache of political ads

Sunday, October 29 2017

Facebook, in reversal, to publish cache of political ads

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc announced a plan to increase transparency about its role in political advertising on Friday, ahead of congressional hearings next week on social media companies and Russia’s meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election. Rob Goldman, Facebook’s vice president for ads, said in a blog post that the company would launch a publicly searchable archive next year containing details about the advertisements it runs related to U.S. federal elections. Details will include the size of spending and the demographics of the audience the ads reached, Goldman said. The archive, beginning with ads carried in 2018, will cover a rolling four-year period, he said.Internet political ads have boomed in recent years as U.S. politicians looked for different ways to reach potential supporters, and as companies including Facebook have created tools to allow targeted marketing.Online ads, though, are generally viewable only to the intended audience, raising concerns among transparency advocates, researchers and lawmakers about how to hold politicians accountable for what they say. The planned archive reflects a change in corporate policy for the world’s largest social network, which had previously resisted the idea.In June, Facebook told Reuters that it would go on treating political ads like all others and that creating an online repository would violate the confidentiality of those advertisers.Since then, Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google have all said that Russia-based operatives bought ads and used fake names on their services to spread politically divisive messages in the months before and after the 2016 U.S. election. Moscow has denied interfering in the election.Next week, general counsels for Facebook, Google and Twitter will testify before public hearings of three U.S. congressional committees about the alleged interference and proposed legislation to require them to disclose election-related ads. Goldman wrote in his post: “Transparency helps everyone, especially political watchdog groups and reporters, keep advertisers accountable for who they say they are and what they say to different groups.”Facebook said its archive will eventually expand beyond the United States and show ads from elections in other countries and jurisdictions.In the future, advertisers on Facebook will also be required to include a disclosure in election-related ads, to read: “Paid for by,” the company said. The announcement fleshes out ideas that Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg outlined in September, as criticism of California-based Facebook built inside the United States over the Russian ads.The changes will test in Canada before being brought to the United States ahead of November 2018 elections, Facebook said.Twitter took similar steps this week, saying it would add labels to election-related ads and say who is behind them, and it barred two Russian media outlets from running ads.

Uber hires Pepsi's Tony West as new chief legal officer

Sunday, October 29 2017

Uber hires Pepsi's Tony West as new chief legal officer

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc said on Friday it hired a new chief legal officer to guide the company through its many legal quandaries, filling one of the crucial vacancies in its leadership. Tony West will join Uber next month from PepsiCo Inc, where as general counsel he led a team of lawyers across more than 200 countries. He was also a former federal prosecutor and senior official in the U.S. Department of Justice under former President Barack Obama.At Uber, West will contend with a number of criminal probes and one of the biggest legal battles playing out in Silicon Valley, a lawsuit against Uber from Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit, Waymo. “Tony is exactly what Uber needs now,” Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in an email to staff that was seen by Reuters.West is the first significant hire for Khosrowshahi, whom the Uber board hired in August after former CEO Travis Kalanick was pressured by investors to resign following a series of company controversies. Salle Yoo formerly held Uber’s top legal job, but she is departing the company in the coming weeks. Last month, Yoo said she would leave Uber when a new general counsel was hired.Many of Uber’s senior jobs remain vacant, including chief financial officer, but the general counsel role was among Uber’s most critical to fill. The company faces a long list of legal tangles, including the lawsuit from Waymo that alleges trade-secrets theft; a class-action lawsuit from drivers; and a number of federal investigations that span possible bribery of foreign officials in Asian countries and the use of software to evade regulators. Earlier this week, three Latina software engineers sued Uber in San Francisco, alleging discrimination based on their gender and race.During his three-year tenure at Pepsi, West was also one of that company’s leading advocates for diversity, Khosrowshahi said. While in government, West helped the Justice Department secure a nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America over toxic mortgage securities and played an integral role in the 2011 decision by the Obama administration to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages.West also has family ties to government. He is married to Maya Harris, a former senior adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and his sister-in-law is California Senator Kamala Harris.Pepsi said in a statement it had replaced West with Dave Yawman, the company’s senior vice president and deputy general counsel. SEARCH

Did RBI have authority to issue Rs 2,000 and Rs 200 currency notes?

Saturday, October 28 2017

Did RBI have authority to issue Rs 2,000 and Rs 200 currency notes?

Did RBI have authority to issue Rs 2,000 and Rs 200 currency notes? Did RBI have authority to issue Rs 2,000 and Rs 200 currency notes? Source : Quaid Najmi Last Updated: Sat, Oct 28, 2017 17:18 hrs Mumbai: In what could be a bizarre situation, the Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) does not seem to have any official records to prove that it had authorised the issue of new currency notes in denominations of Rs 2,000 and Rs 200, after demonetisation, according to documents available through RTI. "As per RTI replies provided by the RBI, the country's central bank has apparently not published any Government Resolution (GR) or a circular till date to issue the new Rs 2,000 and recently, the Rs 200 currency notes," says Mumbai-based RTI activist M.S. Roy. A May 19, 2016 document -- roughly around six months before demonetisation -- shows that the RBI's Central Board of Directors approved a proposal put forth by its Executive Director on May 18, 2016. This (proposal) pertained to the new designs, dimensions and denominations of future Indian bank notes, and the Board resolved to forward it to the central government for approval, as per extracts of the minutes of that Board meeting. Essentially, this was carrying forward an earlier such proposal made on July 08, 1993 to introduce a new family of Indian bank notes of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 500 of reduced sizes. This old proposal (July 08, 1993) was approved at an RBI Central Board Of Directors meeting on July 15, 1993 as per a memorandum dated August 3, 1993 sent from RBI's Central Office, Mumbai, to the Chief Officer, Department Of Currency Manager (RBI Mumbai), which was signed by the then Executive Director, A P Aiyer. As per that proposal (of July 8, 1993), these new Indian currency notes of reduced size were to incorporate several fresh and enhanced security features in order to check counterfeiting, according to the same August 3, 1993 memorandum (quoted above). Roy had also filed a separate RTI query on February 27, 2017, asking for documentation about photographs of Mahatma Gandhi which are not being printed on the Re 1 notes, but were being printed on all currency notes of denominations ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 2,000. In reply to this particular query, the RBI provided resolutions of its board meetings held on July 15, 1993, July 13, 1994 and May 19, 2016. However, these resolutions talk about design features merely for Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 500, all of which bear the photographs of the Father of the Nation. None of these RBI board resolutions make any references about design features or Mahatma Gandhi photographs for denominations of Rs 1,000, Rs 2,000 and now, the latest entrant to the Indian bank notes family, the Rs 200 currency note. Hence, Roy said that if the RBI board resolutions never even discussed design features or Mahatma Gandhi photographs to be incorporated in Rs 1,000 notes (discontinued after demonetisation), Rs 2,000 denomination notes (introduced on November 8, 2016) and the subsequent Rs 200 notes (introduced in mid-2017), it clearly indicates that no official approval was granted. He questioned that if no approval was granted for issuing these denominations, who authorised these denominations, their design, printing and distribution. "If there has been no approval by the RBI Board, no supporting GR or any other known documentation in the public domain, then there is a big question mark about the legal validity and official (monetary) status of these notes -- namely Rs.200 and Rs.2,000. The matter merits an independent investigation," Roy said. However, if such approvals do indeed exist, then the RBI and government must explain why these documents were not made available despite an RTI query or why they were not in the public domain.

Sri Lankan Team Arrive In Lahore Amid Tight Security

Sunday, October 29 2017

Sri Lankan Team Arrive In Lahore Amid Tight Security

The Sri Lankan cricket team arrived here, eight years after they suffered a gun and grenade attack, under heavy security to play the final Twenty20 International of a three-match series against Pakistan. International cricket was suspended in Pakistan after the 2009 gun attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, which left eight people killed and seven visiting players and their staff members injured. Upon their arrival here on Saturday, the Sri Lankan players and the officials were straightaway taken to a five-star hotel in a bomb-proof bus with hundreds of elite police commandos and the paramilitary rangers providing high level security. Several Lankan players and officials, including the survivors who came under gunfire in 2009 and their head coach, had opted out of the Twenty20 fixture after some voiced concern about security. The 24-member strong Sri Lankan contingent became the first major international team to visit the country since the incident. In the last eight years, Pakistan have only managed to get minnows Zimbabwe to tour Lahore in 2015, besides hosting the final of Pakistan Super League and a three-match Twenty20 series against a World XI — comprised of players from seven countries — earlier this year. The attack on the Sri Lankan team led to international teams refusing to tour Pakistan and the ICC also relocated all matches of the 2011 World Cup, which were to be held in Pakistan, because no one was willing to play in the country. Sri Lanka have played two Tests, five One-day Internationals and the first two Twenty20 matches of the series in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan’s neutral venue since 2009. But Sri Lanka agreed to travel to Pakistan for the third and final T20 match. An hour before the Sri Lankans arrived from Abu Dhabi, the Pakistan team had also reached the city from Dubai. Besides the team and officials, Sri Lanka’s sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala are also on the tour. They were all greeted by fully armed elite commandos, Inspector-General of Punjab police, the Lahore Mayor, top ranking Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials and other government dignitaries on the runaway and within no time were whisked away in bullet proof vehicles to their hotel from the terminal. All the roads from the airport to the hotel were sealed off and one hour before the Sri Lankan team was due to land, the security forces had cordoned off all entrances and exit points at the airport. Mobile phone services were also temporarily suspended in the area, where the hotel is located. (This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.) SHARE

PM Modi remembers Indira Gandhi ahead of death anniversary

Sunday, October 29 2017

PM Modi remembers Indira Gandhi ahead of death anniversary

[India], October 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered former prime minister Indira Gandhi, ahead of her death anniversary on October 31. This year marks the 33rd death anniversary of Indira Gandhi, a stateswoman and a central figure of the Indian National Congress. Addressing the nation in the 37th episode of his 'Mann ki Baat' aired on All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan and the Narendra Modi mobile application, Prime Minister Modi also announced the day to be marked as celebrations of the birth anniversary of the iconic Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who laid the foundation of modern, unified India. "Sardar Patel's speciality was that of being immensely capable of devising practical solutions to the most complicated problems in the way. He ensured that millions of Indians were brought under the ambit of one nation and one constitution. He not only suggested revolutionary ideas, but also implemented them, leading to India's unification," he said, in his monthly radio address. Drawing upon Sardar Patel's stringent anti-discrimination ideology, Prime Minister Modi opined that the ideology could be implemented in the present day as well, thus helping realise the vision for a New India. "His 'no discrimination' approach is the reason his birthday is celebrated as the National Unity Day," he added. Prime Minister Modi also announced that in lieu of Sardar Patel's birth anniversary, a 'Run for Unity' would be organised throughout the country, and urged his fellow countrymen to participate in this 'festival of mutual harmony'. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

PM Modi congratulates Indian Hockey team for winning Asia Cup

Sunday, October 29 2017

PM Modi congratulates Indian Hockey team for winning Asia Cup

[India], October 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the Indian Hockey team for their performance in the Hockey Asia Cup. "Our athletes made the country proud. In hockey, India won the Asia Cup hockey title through its dazzling performance. Our players performed magnificently; on the basis of their sterling efforts, India become the Asia Cup champion after 10 years," the prime minister said, in his 37th 'Mann ki Baat' address. He also applauded Badminton star Kidambi Srikanth for clinching the Denmark Open title and said such performances enhanced the prestige of the country. "Badminton star Kidambi Srikanth filled every Indian's heart with pride by clinching the Denmark Open title with his excellent performance. I congratulate our young friend, Kidambi Srikanth for this feat and enhancing the prestige of India," the prime minister said. Prime Minister Modi also praised the FIFA U-17 World Cup team and said though India could not win the title, the young players won everyone's hearts. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

India's role in UN peace-keeping operations is important: PM Modi

Sunday, October 29 2017

India's role in UN peace-keeping operations is important: PM Modi

[India], October 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India's most important contribution under the United Nations umbrella was its role in the peace-keeping operations. "India has been actively cooperating in various important initiatives taken by the United Nations. India's most important contribution under its umbrella is its role in the UN peace-keeping operations. Our role is not confined to peace-keeping operations. India also trains the peace-keepers of 85 countries," Prime Minister Modi said, while addressing the 37th edition of his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat'. The prime minister also said that Indian women soldiers have contributed significantly to the peace-keeping missions and that India was the first nation to send women to peace-keeping missions. He also congratulated every soldier, who guards the country's borders with utmost dedication and sacrifice. "On behalf of all countrymen, I salute every soldier, who guards the country's borders with utmost dedication and sacrifice. The jawans of our security forces are a part of the UN peace-keeping force, who plays a vital role in establishing peace world over. By becoming the UN peace-keepers, our soldiers are fostering peace in the world," he said. The prime minister also claimed that India has always given the world the message of peace, unity and brotherhood. "Currently, 7,000 soldiers Indian troops are deployed with the UN peace-keeping initiatives; it's third highest in the world. More than 18,000 soldiers have contributed to the UN peace-keeping missions. India has always given the world the message of peace, unity and brotherhood. Till August 2017, Indian soldiers have lent their services in about 50 of the total of 71 UN peace-keeping operations around the world," he claimed. "The Preamble of Indian Constitution and that of the UN charter both begin with 'We the People'. The UN declaration of Human Rights is a living testimony of India's push for gender equality," he added. Prime Minister Modi also remembered the great sacrifice of former UN peace-keepers from India like Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria, Lieutenant Prem Chand and General Kodendera Subayya Thimayya. Meanwhile, the prime minister also paid homage to sister Nivedita on her 150th birth anniversary and for her remarkable contribution to peace processes and exemplary life. "Our holy land has given great souls who selflessly served humanity; sister Nivedita was one such extraordinary person. She brought people together by infusing a sense of national-awakening. She spread the message of importance of cleanliness and service to mankind," he said. (ANI)

9 newborns die at Ahmedabad's Civil Hospital within 24 hours

Sunday, October 29 2017

9 newborns die at Ahmedabad's Civil Hospital within 24 hours

9 newborns die at Ahmedabad's Civil Hospital within 24 hours 9 newborns die at Ahmedabad's Civil Hospital within 24 hours 15:46 At least nine newborn babies died at the government-run Civil Hospital in Gujarat's Ahmedabad within 24 hours, while five others were referred from the facility to other health centres. "The babies were referred with critical conditions such as severe birth asphyxia, extreme preterm with birth weight 1.1 kg (usual 2.5 kg), hyaline membrane disease, and septicemia," said Gargi Pathak, a doctor at the Civil Hospital. On the other hand, three babies born at the hospital had severe birth asphyxia, while one had a meconium aspiration syndrome. "All doctors and nurses were on duty in the neonatal intensive care unit. This unit with around 100 beds is the ultimate referral centre in Gujarat," Dr. Pathak said. This has come weeks after the Gorakhpur tragedy that took lives of more than 70 children at Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College. Following this, it was also reported that at least 49 children had died in Farrukhabad in one month, in Uttar Pradesh - a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state, as is Gujarat. (ANI) SEARCH