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Kovind addresses the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Sister Nivedita

Saturday, October 28 2017

Kovind addresses the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Sister Nivedita

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Sister Nivedita organised by the Ramakrishna Mission in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Swami Vivekananda was one of those who shaped our modern national consciousness. He rediscovered Indian values not only for us but for the world. He was a true cultural ambassador, as became so apparent during his visit to Chicago in 1893 for the Parliament of Religions. The President said that Swami Vivekananda combined spiritualism and scholarship, idealism and practical thinking. His legacy is reflected in the Ramakrishna Mission, which is itself 120 years old and has grown from strength to strength. It has established an institutional rigour and a culture of enlightenment and integrity. This has allowed it to undertake social and public welfare programmes in very difficult conditions and locations. The President said that the Ramakrishna Mission’s education and health-care initiatives, its schools and hospitals, can be found all over the country. In parts of the Northeast and in our frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh, the Ramakrishna Mission has been a pioneer institution. In Maoist-troubled Chhattisgarh, he had seen the dedication with which the Ramakrishna Mission has worked among very poor and underprivileged tribal communities in Narayanpur. The President said that Indian culture and spiritualism have attracted people from other countries for centuries. Buddhist monks from China came to Nalanda. Today, the appeal of Yoga and of Vipasanna to people across the world – and the response to International Yoga Day – is another example. Sister Nivedita was part of this tradition, and came to India and to Swamiji for enlightenment. And yet she was different. She did not come and learn a little and leave. She learnt a lot – and stayed on. She made India her life’s mission. And though born in Ireland, she became an Indian nation builder. Related

Sex CD row: CBI to investigate the matter, says Chhattisgarh state govt.

Saturday, October 28 2017

Sex CD row: CBI to investigate the matter, says Chhattisgarh state govt.

Sex CD row: CBI to investigate the matter, says Chhattisgarh state govt. October 28, 2017 7:52 PM | ABP NEWS Sex CD row: CBI to investigate the matter, says Chhattisgarh state govt. Sex CD row: CBI to investigate the matter, says Chhattisgarh state govt. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Saturday questioned Opposition’s role in the controversial sex CD scandal allegedly involving state minister Rajesh Munat. “The first question that needs to be raised: what is the role of Congress is in the entire controversy?” Singh said. Earlier in the day, Police registered a case against state Congress Committee against president Bhupesh Baghel and journalist Vinod Verma in the case. Verma was arrested on Friday. Speaking about the hurried arrest of the journalist, Singh said, “People should be happy for the swift action of the police instead of feeling sad about it.” The chief minister also slammed the Congress for protesting Verma’s arrest and said truth will soon come out before the nation.

India’s Big Push For 5G Is Great On Paper But Too Ambitious In Practice

Saturday, October 28 2017

India’s Big Push For 5G Is Great On Paper But Too Ambitious In Practice

India is looking for a data upgrade. Last month, the Narendra Modi government created a Rs 500 crore corpus to support the rollout of 5G network in the country by 2020. The 5G technology aims to deliver about 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) in urban areas and 1 Gbps in rural regions, according to Manoj Sinha, minister of state for communications. By comparison, the record speed for 4G is just around 1 Gbps—that, too, in a lab trial. In the field, Reliance Jio has the fastest 4G network at a mere 18 Mbps. Among its other merits, 5G offers significantly lower latency—a data transfer delay of one millisecond (ms) versus 30ms for 4G—and lower battery consumption. But how feasible is the government’s plan in a country that still hasn’t completely switched to 4G? Tight timeline Moving to 5G is more tedious and capital-intensive than earlier such shifts as it requires a discrete change in transport, radio, and core network components. But given the massive debts that Indian telecom firms have piled up and the severe pressure on margins amid the ongoing price wars, such massive investments seem highly unlikely. These pressures already played out during the last 4G auction, where nearly 60 percent of spectrum on the block went unsold. Nonetheless, several private companies have slowly begun working at 5G deployment. Airtel, for example, is rolling out the Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology, a “key enabler” for 5G. China’s ZTE has already initiated “pre-5G” trials with Airtel, Vodafone, and Reliance Jio. State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited expects to begin 5G field trials by March 2018. And Huawei has also talked about plans to launch the first 5G phone in India. But these are all tiny pieces of a massive puzzle. Deploying MIMO alone, for instance, does not signal the arrival of 5G, Amresh Nandan, research director at advisory firm Gartner, told Quartz. “In order to earn a graduate degree in math, you have to study all the chapters and pass in all. Just because you have passed in one doesn’t mean you’re a graduate,” said Nandan, who does not expect 5G to become a reality for India over the next two to three years. “Optimal quality, extreme flexibility, and cost efficiency of the 5G network…these will only develop gradually over time through the evolution of technology, architecture, and processes and information,” he said, estimating that “the real potential of 5G can only be realised post-2025.” Any good? Yet, the fact that the world’s second-largest smartphone market needs to move to a better internet network is a “no-brainer,” said Satish Meena of US-based Forrester Research. In India, 5G can dramatically improve user experience by supporting high-quality videos and speeding up file transfers. The biggest impactcould be on new-age connected technologies, namely the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Moreover, the Narendra Modi government’s Digital India dreams can only come true if the new network isn’t patchy and unreliable like its predecessors. In 2015, two-thirds of 2G and 3G users in mid- and small-sized cities dealt with inconsistent speeds and app usage outdoors; an almost equal share had difficulty loading web pages indoors. A year on, 4G posed the same problems. “In India, we use standards without actually looking at the fine print,” said GV Anand Bhushan, a partner at corporate law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. “Broadband (capacity) in India is…laughable, almost like dial-up. 3G—was it really 3G, with the frequency and speed fluctuations?” For instance, 4G vendors use terminology like “up to 60 Mbps (megabits per second)” but real-world testing reveals speeds closer to 4-6 Mbps, said Bhushan, who specialises in large-scale international technology contracts. In any case, a robust network alone will not be enough to realise the full potential of 5G. While the technology will no doubt enable the increased use of smartphones, wearables, augmented reality devices, and smart speakers, the truth is that these devices remain mostly unaffordable. And until prices come down, 5G will not make a difference.

Telecom Industry Going Through Stress, But IT IS Temporary: Sundararajan

Saturday, October 28 2017

Telecom Industry Going Through Stress, But IT IS Temporary: Sundararajan

Details October 28, 2017 Department of telecommunications secretary Aruna Sundararajan acknowledges that the telecom industry is going through a stressful time but feels that it is a temporary phase and as tariffs stabilize, the signs of which are somewhat visible, the sector should be back on the rails. Department of telecommunications secretary Aruna Sundararajan acknowledges that the telecom industry is going through a stressful time but feels that it is a temporary phase and as tariffs stabilize, the signs of which are somewhat visible, the sector should be back on the rails. Regarding the Telecom Commission recommending only extending the tenure of deferred spectrum payment and not other large-scale measures suggested by an inter-ministerial panel, she said that other long-term measures would be dealt in the new telecom policy which is in the works. Edited excerpts of an interview with FE’s Rishi Ranjan Kala: The relief given to telecom operators by way of extension in tenure of deferred payment for spectrum is too little, too late. Why so? The IMG concluded that the industry is facing an interim liquidity stress. The group had representations from the finance ministry and banking industry and had done an analysis of the situation in the sector. They had said two things, one, that this is only interim and that this is not a long-term, permanent phenomenon. The second thing they said was that although there was a dip or erosion in revenues, an upward trend was visible. Taking these two things into account, the panel made its recommendations. So I think we are already seeing tariffs starting to move upwards. So we will have to continue to watch the situation. Since spectrum is bought in auctions now and that too at steep prices, why not reduce license fee and spectrum charges? The industry was unanimous in its representation to the government and the regulator. We will examine this in our consultations with the stakeholders in the process of formulating the new telecom policy which is in works now. What about high reserve prices? The IMG has said that reserve price of spectrum should be reasonable and suggested following international best practices for fixing it. Will DoT adopt this recommendation? Everyone talks about high prices but it is the telecom operators who have driven up the prices to that level by their hyper competition. I don’t want to say anything right now as TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) is doing a consultation on spectrum auction and discussions on NTP (new telecom policy) are going on with all the stakeholders. So let us wait for what kind of recommendations emerge because there are several issues involved. We will take a call keeping in view the recommendations of TRAI and the recommendations of IMG. In the NTP we will be doing a detailed exercise.

Here’s why Taapsee Pannu is pretty kicked about her next film - Funny Lovely Internet

Saturday, October 28 2017

Here’s why Taapsee Pannu is pretty kicked about her next film - Funny Lovely Internet

Just a few weeks ago we had reported that Taapsee Pannu, who is on a career high with the success of Judwaa 2 , has signed two films belonging to varied genres – the thriller Mulk and Shaad Ali’s upcoming sports drama. While in one she plays a lawyer, the other features her as a hockey player. Hence, the actress will be undergoing extensive training for the latter. Interestingly, Taapsee Pannu shares a childhood connection with hockey. While she herself isn’t very acquainted with the sport, her father has been a hockey champ. Talking about the same, the actress said, “I have seen pictures of my father who played hockey representing Delhi University. Never thought at that point I will ever hold a hockey stick. I have always loved sports in general but never tried hockey. It’s so coincidental that eventually when I got to play a sportsperson on screen I got to play a hockey player. I am having a great time learning the sport and I’m sure this will be one film my dad will be very keen to watch.” The film in question which is based on hockey player Sandeep Singh will have her paired opposite Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh. Showering praises on the actor-singer, Taapsee not only appreciated his talents but also asserted that they will share a great chemistry on screen. The reason she believes is because she thinks that they are polar opposites – Diljit, she stated, is shy and introvert whereas she considers herself to be a talkative one. At the same time, Taapsee revealed about the fun she has been having on the sets of her forthcoming film Mulk . The film will see her reuniting with her Chashme Baddoor co-star Rishi Kapoor. Giving us a glimpse of the super fun she has been having whilst shooting for the film in Lucknow, the actress is all praises for the warm hospitality she has been receiving. The actress spoke about her love for food and will also be trying out red meat since she is open to eat them only in this region. Taapsee is also happy about receiving home cooked food during the shoot schedule. On the other hand, with all the fun she had whilst shooting Judwaa 2 , Taapsee Pannu also expressed her fondness for commercial films. In fact, she even mentioned that she is keeping her fingers crossed as she hopes to sign her next commercial film by next year.

New Xbox One Preview Build now available for Alpha Ring Insiders

Saturday, October 28 2017

New Xbox One Preview Build now available for Alpha Ring Insiders

Microsoft couple of weeks ago released the new Fall Xbox One update for all Xbox One users with lots of new features and fixes. The company is now releasing a new Xbox One Preview Build for Insiders in the Alpha Ring. The new build comes with version 1711 and is a new feature update with build number 16299.4016. The latest build rolling out includes many new features like Enabling gifting of select digital Xbox One games and more.

Below is the full changelog:

Changelog: For Xbox Insiders in the Alpha ring, the Microsoft Store now enables gifting of select digital Xbox One games, “durable” downloadable content (DLC) (map packs, weapon skins, etc.), Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass—right from your console! Just choose a game within the Store, select “Buy as Gift,” and send it to your friends or family members by picking their Gamertag or entering their email address. NOTE: Digital gifting will be enabled for Preview Alpha @ 1:00PM PDT on 10/27 and is not tied to the system update. Please see Digital Gifting below for more information. In addition to games and friends, you will soon be able to add club blocks to Home. We’re also making it easier to explore additional types of blocks at the bottom of Home by adding a new section under “Add More.” We’re improving the setup experience to make it better for both new users and upgraders. The settings from your home console will now be saved to the cloud, just like your game saves. Whenever you set up a new console, you will have the option of applying these settings during the sign-in process. Additionally, your console will now back up even more settings, including your TV & OneGuide settings. This expansion will provide a simple experience when you transition from one console to another using the settings backup to your external games and apps storage device. The Xbox app for iOS and Android will now enable you to finish setting up your new Xbox One X console while it’s downloading the day one update. Additionally, we’ve also improved the process for enabling 4K output right out of the box. Xbox’s new notifications provide an at-a-glance status of what activities you can immediately step into after you’ve had to step out for a moment. We’re adding additional notifications types when your system goes idle, including LFG posts, broadcasts, and Achievements. We’re adding miniature Game Hubs for your most recently used games in the Guide. That way, you can access the great content on a game hub without having to leave the action. Adults who have enabled the “Buy & download” online safety setting will now have an easier time purchasing games thanks to a passkey/password challenge directly in the Xbox dashboard. We’ve heard your feedback! Games with no unlocked achievements can now be hidden from the personal and public view of your profile. To access digital gifting, you’ll need to go into the Xbox Insider Hub and join under Insider Content, and then you can just choose “Buy as Gift” from a Store listing. There are currently some restrictions though: Users can gift select Xbox One games, downloadable content (DLC), and subscriptions (Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass). Gifting of “durable” game DLC (map packs, weapon skins, etc.) is supported, but the gifting of “consumable” game DLC (virtual currency, etc.) is not supported. When a particular item is discounted, users are allowed to send two (2) gifts of that item every fourteen (14) days. The 14-day clock starts once the first copy is purchased at discount. Once the limit for that item is reached, users will not be able to purchase that item again as a gift until the 14-day period is over, even if the product is no longer discounted. Users are allowed to send ten (10) total gifts at discount every 14 days. There are no limits on items that are at full price. Not all Xbox One games are available for gifting, including some XPA titles. Xbox 360 backward compatible games and consumable DLC (such as virtual currency) are not eligible for gifting. Pre-ordered games and pre-ordered durable DLC are not eligible for gifting. Digital codes can only be redeemed in the country/region where they were purchased. Refunds for digital gifts are not supported, nor can entitlements for content or subscriptions be transferred once redeemed. Please see the gifting terms and conditions as well as the Microsoft Store terms and conditions for a full list of policies. What’s Fixed: Resolved an issue which sometimes prevented content blocks from being added to Home. Party chat Fixed an issue which sometimes caused party chat to unexpectedly disconnect. Miscellaneous improvements for party chat stability. Blu-Ray Player Resolved an issue which could cause the console to get stuck displaying video content in 24hz after playing a Blu-Ray. Resolved an issue which caused 3D Blu-Rays to play in 2D. Dolby Atmos Fixed an issue which caused Dolby Atmos settings to reset after resuming from connected standby. Below is the list of known issues: Tournaments The left and right navigation for selecting date and time during Tournament creation is currently reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew. Left and right navigation in Tournament twists is reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew. Left and right navigation in the bracket view of Tournaments is reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew. The build is currently rolling out for Insiders on the Alpha Ring and Insiders in other ring can expect the build to be made available in the coming days or weeks. SHARE

India’s Big Push For 5G Is Great On Paper But Too Ambitious In Practice

Saturday, October 28 2017

India’s Big Push For 5G Is Great On Paper But Too Ambitious In Practice

India is looking for a data upgrade. Last month, the Narendra Modi government created a Rs 500 crore corpus to support the rollout of 5G network in the country by 2020. The 5G technology aims to deliver about 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) in urban areas and 1 Gbps in rural regions, according to Manoj Sinha, minister of state for communications. By comparison, the record speed for 4G is just around 1 Gbps—that, too, in a lab trial. In the field, Reliance Jio has the fastest 4G network at a mere 18 Mbps. Among its other merits, 5G offers significantly lower latency—a data transfer delay of one millisecond (ms) versus 30ms for 4G—and lower battery consumption. But how feasible is the government’s plan in a country that still hasn’t completely switched to 4G? Tight timeline Moving to 5G is more tedious and capital-intensive than earlier such shifts as it requires a discrete change in transport, radio, and core network components. But given the massive debts that Indian telecom firms have piled up and the severe pressure on margins amid the ongoing price wars, such massive investments seem highly unlikely. These pressures already played out during the last 4G auction, where nearly 60 percent of spectrum on the block went unsold. Nonetheless, several private companies have slowly begun working at 5G deployment. Airtel, for example, is rolling out the Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology, a “key enabler” for 5G. China’s ZTE has already initiated “pre-5G” trials with Airtel, Vodafone, and Reliance Jio. State-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited expects to begin 5G field trials by March 2018. And Huawei has also talked about plans to launch the first 5G phone in India. But these are all tiny pieces of a massive puzzle. Deploying MIMO alone, for instance, does not signal the arrival of 5G, Amresh Nandan, research director at advisory firm Gartner, told Quartz. “In order to earn a graduate degree in math, you have to study all the chapters and pass in all. Just because you have passed in one doesn’t mean you’re a graduate,” said Nandan, who does not expect 5G to become a reality for India over the next two to three years. “Optimal quality, extreme flexibility, and cost efficiency of the 5G network…these will only develop gradually over time through the evolution of technology, architecture, and processes and information,” he said, estimating that “the real potential of 5G can only be realised post-2025.” Yet, the fact that the world’s second-largest smartphone market needs to move to a better internet network is a “no-brainer,” said Satish Meena of US-based Forrester Research. In India, 5G can dramatically improve user experience by supporting high-quality videos and speeding up file transfers. The biggest impactcould be on new-age connected technologies, namely the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Moreover, the Narendra Modi government’s Digital India dreams can only come true if the new network isn’t patchy and unreliable like its predecessors. In 2015, two-thirds of 2G and 3G users in mid- and small-sized cities dealt with inconsistent speeds and app usage outdoors; an almost equal share had difficulty loading web pages indoors. A year on, 4G posed the same problems. “In India, we use standards without actually looking at the fine print,” said GV Anand Bhushan, a partner at corporate law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. “Broadband (capacity) in India is…laughable, almost like dial-up. 3G—was it really 3G, with the frequency and speed fluctuations?” For instance, 4G vendors use terminology like “up to 60 Mbps (megabits per second)” but real-world testing reveals speeds closer to 4-6 Mbps, said Bhushan, who specialises in large-scale international technology contracts. In any case, a robust network alone will not be enough to realise the full potential of 5G. While the technology will no doubt enable the increased use of smartphones, wearables, augmented reality devices, and smart speakers, the truth is that these devices remain mostly unaffordable. And until prices come down, 5G will not make a difference.

Telecom Industry Going Through Stress, But IT IS Temporary: Sundararajan

Saturday, October 28 2017

Telecom Industry Going Through Stress, But IT IS Temporary: Sundararajan

Department of telecommunications secretary Aruna Sundararajan acknowledges that the telecom industry is going through a stressful time but feels that it is a temporary phase and as tariffs stabilize, the signs of which are somewhat visible, the sector should be back on the rails. Department of telecommunications secretary Aruna Sundararajan acknowledges that the telecom industry is going through a stressful time but feels that it is a temporary phase and as tariffs stabilize, the signs of which are somewhat visible, the sector should be back on the rails. Regarding the Telecom Commission recommending only extending the tenure of deferred spectrum payment and not other large-scale measures suggested by an inter-ministerial panel, she said that other long-term measures would be dealt in the new telecom policy which is in the works. Edited excerpts of an interview with FE’s Rishi Ranjan Kala: The relief given to telecom operators by way of extension in tenure of deferred payment for spectrum is too little, too late. Why so? The IMG concluded that the industry is facing an interim liquidity stress. The group had representations from the finance ministry and banking industry and had done an analysis of the situation in the sector. They had said two things, one, that this is only interim and that this is not a long-term, permanent phenomenon. The second thing they said was that although there was a dip or erosion in revenues, an upward trend was visible. Taking these two things into account, the panel made its recommendations. So I think we are already seeing tariffs starting to move upwards. So we will have to continue to watch the situation. Since spectrum is bought in auctions now and that too at steep prices, why not reduce license fee and spectrum charges? The industry was unanimous in its representation to the government and the regulator. We will examine this in our consultations with the stakeholders in the process of formulating the new telecom policy which is in works now. What about high reserve prices? The IMG has said that reserve price of spectrum should be reasonable and suggested following international best practices for fixing it. Will DoT adopt this recommendation? Everyone talks about high prices but it is the telecom operators who have driven up the prices to that level by their hyper competition. I don’t want to say anything right now as TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) is doing a consultation on spectrum auction and discussions on NTP (new telecom policy) are going on with all the stakeholders. So let us wait for what kind of recommendations emerge because there are several issues involved. We will take a call keeping in view the recommendations of TRAI and the recommendations of IMG. In the NTP we will be doing a detailed exercise.

Tata Sons To Put Rs 30000 Crore Into Tata Teleservices

Saturday, October 28 2017

Tata Sons To Put Rs 30000 Crore Into Tata Teleservices

Tata Sons, the holding company of the USD 105-billion Tata group, will pump Rs 30,000 crore more into its money-losing telecom company, Tata Teleservices, by way of quasi-equity and/or inter-corporate loan in the current financial year. The additional funds will be used by Tata Teleservices to repay its Rs 31,000-crore debts and pay spectrum fees. Tata Teleservices had on October 12 agreed to merge its consumer mobile business with Bharti Airtel on a cash-free and debt-free basis. It was also considering merging its enterprise business with Tata Communications and the broadband and fixed-line retail business with Tata Sky, apart from retaining its 32 percent stake in Viom Networks, a cellphone tower company. Soon after the merger was announced, executives at Tata Sons had made it clear that Tata Teleservices would not force its bankers to take a haircut and that it would remain an AAA-rated company. In a meeting held on Thursday, the unlisted Tata Teleservices’ board approved raising of additional funds by issuing a combination of instruments, including optionally convertible preference shares, compulsory convertible preference shares, optionally convertible debentures and equity shares, in one or more tranches to its promoter Tata Sons. The fundraising will be subject to shareholders clearing the proposal in an extraordinary general meeting to be called soon, according to a banker privy to the plans. A Tata Sons spokesperson declined to comment on the developments. The additional funding by Tata Sons comes at a time when its net profit declined by 72.4 percent to Rs 832 crore in 2016-17. In the same financial year, the holding company took a hit of Rs 4,000 crore following NTT DoCoMo exercising its option to sell its 26 percent stake in Tata Teleservices. But Tata Sons revenues were up 23.2 percent to Rs 9,984 crore from Rs 8,104 crore, boosted mainly by other income received from the sale of its 24 percent stake in its insurance venture, Tata AIA Insurance. Bankers said it would not be a problem for Tata Sons to raise funds keeping in mind its 73.5 percent stake in its profit-churning venture TCS, which had a market value of Rs 4.93 lakh crore on Friday. In a separate notice to the stock exchanges, Tata Teleservices listed subsidiary, Tata Teleservices Maharashtra, sent a notice to its shareholders for a postal ballot to raise its borrowing limit to Rs 20,000 crore from Rs 15,000 crore. The funds raised through one or more options like CCPS/NCDs/ICDs among others would be used for repayment/prepayment of existing debt/loans of the company, including deferred payment liability to the government for spectrum, the company said. Tata Teleservices Maharashtra also proposed to accept/avail inter-corporate deposits/loans up to an aggregate additional amount of Rs 20,000 crore in one or more tranches from the promoters. Tata Teleservices holds a 74.36 percent stake in Tata Teleservices Maharashtra and its stock is up 31 percent, year to date, despite facing competition from bigger rivals (see chart). The company is valued at Rs 1,535 crore, according to its share price on Friday. Resolving the telecom business was the top priority for the Tata group after its new chairman, N Chandrasekaran, took charge this February. In the financial year ending in March 2017, Tata Teleservices net worth had eroded by Rs 11,650 crore, the highest for any company in the Indian telecom industry — as rising finance costs had corroded its profits, ultimately leading to a merger of its mobile business with Bharti Airtel. The company's mobile business had around 3,000 employees.

Twitter's updated harassment policies to come in effect from November 22 | Gadgets Now

Saturday, October 28 2017

Twitter's updated harassment policies to come in effect from November 22 | Gadgets Now

Over the last month, Twitter has drawn ire from users all over the world for not doing enough to combat against hate speech, trolls and online harassment . The social media platform, in all fairness, has responded with announcement of several steps to tackle the problem. Now, it has announced that the new set of rules will come in effect from November 22. In a tweet posted from @TwitterSafety account, the company said, "We will now launch our policies on violent groups and hateful imagery and hate symbols on Nov 22. During the development process, we received valuable feedback that we're implementing before these are published and enforced." In a series of tweets published, Twitter further explained how it has updated the non-consensual nudity policy to better protect victims. "We've updated our non-consensual nudity policy to better protect victims by expanding the types of content we remove, harsher penalties for offenders, and more rigorous review for accounts that post this type of media," the tweet mentioned. Last week, Twitter also published a blog post explaining why it takes time to implement new rules and regulations. "We write one set of rules for the hundreds of millions of people who use Twitter and the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent every day. Given that scale, we've built a process that gives us time to recognize the impact of what these changes mean for everyone," the blog post had noted. The blog post further referred to how the company gets inputs from a diverse set of people from across the world. "We gather input from around the world so that we can consider diverse, global perspectives around the changing nature of online speech, including how our rules are applied and interpreted in different cultural and social contexts." "Making a policy change requires in-depth research around trends in online behavior, developing language that sets expectations around what's allowed, and reviewer guidelines that can be enforced across millions of Tweets." On October 14, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had also posted a series of tweets underlying Twitter's seriousness to tackle online hate , abuse and harassment.

India always vouched for world peace, unity & harmony: PM

Sunday, October 29 2017

India always vouched for world peace, unity & harmony: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India has always vouched for world peace, unity and harmony and its armed forces have contributed in this direction through UN missions across the globe. He said that currently around 7,000 Indian security personnel are deployed on peacekeeping missions, making it the third highest contributor. In his 37th edition of monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime minister said besides, Indian forces have provided peacekeeping training to their counterparts from 85 countries and have been providing medical services to people from a number of countries. Mr Modi said Indians believe that everyone should live in peace and harmony and move towards a better and peaceful tomorrow. Mr Modi said, jawans of Indian security forces play an important role not only on Indian borders but they play a very vital role in establishing peace the world over. The Prime Minister said, everybody recalls the efforts and constructive role of the United Nations in establishing peace throughout the world and with the belief in Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam India has been cooperating very actively in various important initiatives taken by the UN. Mr Modi said, both the preface of the Indian Constitution and the UN Charter starts with the words We the people. He said, more than 18 thousand Indian security personnel have lent their services in UN Peacekeeping Operations and presently, about seven thousand Indian soldiers are associated with UN Peacekeeping initiatives which is the third highest number of soldiers from any country. He said, till August this year, Indian soldiers had lent their services in about 50 of the total of 71 Peacekeeping operations undertaken by the UN the world over. Mr Modi said, in Congo and Southern Sudan more than twenty thousand patients were treated in hospitals of the Indian army and countless lives were saved. Mr Modi also mentioned that Indian women have played a leading role in peace keeping efforts and India was the first country which sent a female police unit to Liberia for the United Nations Peace Mission. He said, India’s contribution is not limited to just peacekeeping operations but it is also providing training to peacekeepers from eighty five countries. He said, the brave peacekeepers from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Gautam Budha have sent a message of peace and amity around the world. The Prime Minister remembered brave UN Peacekeepers, Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria who laid down his life while fighting in Congo in Africa and Lieutenant General Prem Chand who carved a special niche for themselves in Cyprus, General Thimaiyya who lead the UN Peacekeeping force in Cyprus. Remembering his Diwali celebrations with security forces in Gurez sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime minister said, the memories will stay long cherished in his heart. Mr Modi said, India has always stressed on the importance of equality for women and the UN Declaration of Human Rights is a living example of this. He said, in the initial phrase, it was proposed as all men are born free and equal which was amended and adopted as all human beings are born free and equal with the efforts of the Indian representative Hansa Mehta. Mr Modi said, on Gandhi Jayanti he has always advocated the use of handloom and Khadi and on 17th of this month on Dhanteras day the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan store in Delhi witnessed a record sale of one crore twenty lakh rupees. He said, during Diwali Khadi gift coupon sales recorded an overwhelming 680 per cent rise and compared to last year the total sales of Khadi and Handicrafts have risen almost by 90 percent. He said, many weaver families, poor families, and the families working on handlooms must have benefitted from this. He said, earlier it was Khadi for nation and Khadi for fashion but now, it is becoming Khadi for transformation. Expressing concern over diseases like diabetes affecting children, Mr Modi said, the diseases which surfaced in old age or emerged around the last lap of life have started to appear in children nowadays due to lack of physical activity and the changes in the eating habits. He said, Yoga will be helpful for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and protecting children from lifestyle disorders. Mr Modi congratulated Indian Hockey team for winning the Asia cup and Kidambi Shrikanth for winning Denmark Open. Mentioning about FIFA Under-17 World Cup, the Prime Minister said, it was successfully organized and all the teams performed their best. Speaking about cleanliness, the Prime Minister mentioned of transformation of Chandrapur Fort in Maharashtra where an NGO called Ecological Protection Organization launched a cleanliness campaign. He said, during the campaign lasting for two hundred days, people performed the task of cleaning the fort, non-stop, without any fatigue and with team-work. The Prime Minister also paid homage to Guru Nanak Dev saying that he is not only the first guru of Sikhs but guru to the entire world. Paying tributes to Sardar Patel whose birth anniversary will be celebrated on Tuesday, Mr Modi said, translating a thought into reality was Sardar Patel’s forte’ and he took on the reins of weaving a unified India. Mr Modi urged people to participate in Run for Unity, the festival of mutual harmony. The Prime minister also remembered former PM Indira Gandhi. Related

8 Zip Pro and all Finebits apps for Windows 10 Mobile and PC now available for free

Sunday, October 8 2017

8 Zip Pro and all Finebits apps for Windows 10 Mobile and PC now available for free

Popular Windows 10 apps such as 8 Zip Pro, Files & Folders Pro, Internet Browser pro are now available for free on the Microsoft Store. All the apps from the Finebits can be downloaded for free, it is a limited time deal and it will expire in next 6-7 hours. The Finebits app’s package provides full access to the app library and today the package is available for free. The original price of Finebits apps package is $37.49 and the package includes popular apps such as 8 Zip Pro, Intenet Browser Pro for Xbox One, Files & Folders Pro, Metro Commander Pro File managers and more. 8 Zip for Windows 10 Mobile and PC supports Continuum, Cortana and Windows Hello features. It is one of the best zip files extractor available on the Microsoft Store for all Windows 10 devices, the app lets you listen to music, read documents, and even watch videos. On the other hand, ‘Metro Commander’ app for Windows 10 Mobile and PC is a file manager which allows you to manage your files and folders. The other features of the Metro Commander include the ability to easily create, open, preview, rename, copy, move, delete, search and share files and folders. As we noted above, the Finebits package is available for free and you can download the app from the Microsoft Store, the package will let allow you to access all the apps for free.