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From naamdar to kaamdar: Rahul Gandhi the Challenger

first_imgMany political leaders have to overcome the hesitations of history to succeed. Rahul Gandhi not only had to do that but also overcome hesitations about his ancestry. Particularly being born into a great political family and the expectations arising from it. In the early stages of his political career, there,Many political leaders have to overcome the hesitations of history to succeed. Rahul Gandhi not only had to do that but also overcome hesitations about his ancestry. Particularly being born into a great political family and the expectations arising from it. In the early stages of his political career, there were attempts to thrust greatness on him. When those floundered, it made him even more hesitant and cautious. His ancestry would become his albatross. The true evolution of Rahul Gandhi began when he realised that power doesn’t easily beget power. Dynasts may inherit capital from their lineagewhether in name, reputation, aura or a sycophantic party machine. But if Rahul had to achieve the greatness that some of his forebears did, it was clear to him that he would have to earn his place in history the hard way. The Naamdaar (Dynast) had to become a Kaamdaar (a working man). A promise of NYAY: Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally in Saipau, Rajasthan, on April 29. (Photo: Vikram Sharma/India Today)That realisation has transformed Rahul’s personality from an impetuous, impatient and imprudent scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family into an intense, incisive and intrepid leader of the Grand Old Party. In an exhaustive interview to India Today on April 29, aboard his chartered Falcon jet, Rahul angrily brushed aside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Naamdaar’ taunts stating, That’s simplistic. Members of my family have been in politics, but their experience is not my experience. My experience has been of tremendous battles and violence. I’ve seen my father and grandmother get killed, I have seen elections being won and lost. How can you encapsulate my entire experience in one word? Understand me and judge me for what I am and what I do.advertisementIronically, it was his bête noire Modi, who generated a wave in 2014 that saw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) capture an astounding majority in Parliament and reduce the Congress to its lowest ever tally of 44 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Rahul termed the humiliating defeat the perfect storm, which created the environment for a brutal introspection of the way the party functioned and the mistakes they had made in government in the last years of UPA-II, something he admits in the interview. That was the crucible that shaped and moulded his political philosophy as did the intense Vipassana sessions he attended to understand his inner self. With new clarity and determination, a reborn Rahul began rebuilding the Congress into a formidable challenger to Modi and the BJP. He gained respect and his plan gained momentum after he took over as Congress president in 2017 and the party ousted the BJP from the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in assembly elections held last year.Election 2019, though, will be the real test of the battle plan that Rahul has charted to stage an audacious comeback for the Congress in the national reckoning. It is, in many ways, a do-or-die battle for the party. Rahul is aware that if the Congress does as badly as it did in 2014, it is finito not just for the party but also for the Nehru-Gandhi family. (For the record, 2019 marks a hundred years since his great-great-grandfather Motilal Nehru took over as Congress president.) If a strong Modi returns, the BJP is bound to work towards destabilising the tenuous gains the Congress has made in the states where the party has wrested back power. Also, a second Modi government is likely to pursue the legal cases against Rahul and his family members with renewed vigour to discredit them. Though Rahul is unwilling to speculate about a Congress victory in his interview (see We’ll unlock the power of all Indians and create millions of jobs’, p. 26), he is determined to see Modi and the BJP defeated this election. I’m not seeing anything else, he says in his interview. Like Arjun, I’m seeing only the eye of the fish, and I’m going to hit that eye.Rahul has ensured he and the Congress remain the main challengers to Modi and the BJP. He also has an eye on alliances to use the numbers against the BJPThe use of metaphors steeped in Hindu mythology is one of the many arrows Rahul has in his quiver to craft a strategy to counter the relentless pounding of the BJP. The Congress party had, after the defeat in 2014, realised that it needed to shed its pro-Muslim image and woo the much larger Hindu vote bank. The first step to challenge the BJP in 2019 came in the shape of a physically challenging trek to Kedarnath temple in the summer of 2015. Rahul then declared himself a janeudhari Shiv bhakt Brahmin of the Dattatreya gotra. Even as he stepped up his temple runs, the Congress scion set out on a Bharat Yatrafrom the sabzi mandi of Punjab to the fishermen of Kerala, travelling by train and flying Economy. Every yatra had an underlying messageif Modi represented the suit-boot ki sarkar (a term he coined), Rahul was the messiah of the poor, at times even sporting a torn kurta. Among the biggest transformations was his determined dive into social media where Modi and the BJP were already the big fish. Rahul then used it to give the BJP as good as he got. So Gabbar Singh Tax’ and Mr 56 inch’ and his latest, Chowkidar chor hai’, replaced Jupiter’s escape velocity’ and power is poison’ tweets.advertisementLearning from past mistakes, Rahul also changed the way he ran the party when he took over as its president. No more was he surrounded by just the foreign-educated, number-crunching youth brigade, who were bright but lacked the killer instinct and political guile. The old guard of Ahmed Patel and Ashok Gehlot became his sounding boards for most decisions. After victories in MP and Rajasthan, there was a widespread expectation that he would induct younger leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot as chief ministers. Instead, he fell back on party veterans Kamal Nath and Gehlot. Explaining his reason, he says in the interview, There are a large number of senior leaders who have spent a tremendous amount of time, made sacrifices for the party and have great wisdom and experience. And there are some extremely talented youngsters with tremendous energy and potential. I took the decision to deploy wisdom first and, after some time, deploy the energy of the young. Old guard and new: Flanked by Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.For Election 2019, as Rahul reveals in his interview, Congress has a clear game plan. It has a two-pronged strategy. One is to position the Congress and himself as the prime challengers to the BJP and Modi by presenting an alternative vision of governing India. So, if the BJP is projecting itself as the champion of nationalism and defender of India’s security after Balakot, Rahul has positioned the Congress as the Great Unifier and charged Modi with indulging in divisive politics. As he puts it, I see India as a beautiful compromise. With our collective wisdom and with our conversations, we can do very powerful things that other countries can’t do. Congress then released a cogent manifesto that addressed all the key issues facing the country, whether it is the lack of jobs or the mounting agrarian distress. It also came up with a possible game-changer: NYAY, or a minimum guaranteed income of Rs 72,000 a year for the bottom 20 per cent of poor households. Dismissing criticism of flirting with fiscal profligacy to win an election, Rahul says, NYAY is two things. It is helping poor people break the shackles of poverty but, just as importantly, it is about remonetising the Indian economyjump-starting the economic engine that has stalled because of demonetisation and a poorly executed Goods & Services Tax (GST). This money is not going to come from the middle class. That is my guarantee.advertisementThe other strategy is to build or retain strategic alliances with parties to use the arithmetic of numbers to topple the BJP. Rahul has been careful to ensure that his party remains the BJP’s prime challenger, contesting as many as 423 seats on its own. When the Congress did not enter alliances with parties in two critical statesUttar Pradesh and West Bengalit created the impression that Rahul was looking ahead to build the party for 2024 and was unsure of the opposition making a dent in 2019. But the Congress president denies that he is uncertain of his party’s prospects. He points out that the Congress has struck robust seat-sharing arrangements with parties in Maharashtra, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. What about UP and West Bengal? Rahul’s answer: Is Mamata Banerjee going to support the BJP government or a secular one? Are Mayawatiji and Mulayamji going to support the BJP or a secular government? Any way you look at it, the BJP is going to be defeated by secular parties everywhere in the country. He reveals that even while he inducted his sister Priyanka Gandhi and Scindia to take charge of UP, he told them the primary objective was to defeat the BJP.Rahul seems combative and energised by the challenges ahead. He is a fitness freak (he is passionate about running), and when asked what advice he would give those who wanted to stay trim, he says, Persistence. Sometimes I teach my friends how to run, and they say, I can’t run 5 kilometres. And I say, don’t be crazy, you can’t run 5 km right now, but you can run 5 km if you’re persistent. We’ll get you to 5 km, to 10 km, to 20 km, to 200 km! But don’t start with the idea that you can’t do it. You can. All it takes is persistence. Then, he added: It applies in everyday life too. Everyone told me Mr Narendra Modi can’t be defeated. I said, Yeah, you really think so?’ I asked, Tell me what Mr Narendra Modi’s strength is.’ They said, His strength is his [incorruptible] image.’ I said, Okay, I’m going to rip that strength to pieces. I’m going to take it and shred it.’ And I’ve done it. Persistence, my friend! Keep going, keep going, keep going. And I will keep going until the truth on Rafale is out! Come May 23, when the votes are counted, the 900 million-strong electorate will tell us whether Rahul’s persistence has paid off or he will still have to keep going, keep going, keep going.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Heads of Government adopted the following 10-Point Plan of Action to Stop Ebola There and Here:strengthen effective, coordinated measures at ports of entry to prevent Ebola from entering our Community, including harmonising travel restrictions;strengthen health systems including training, equipment, laboratories and containment, and enlist the participation of airlines in the Region in transporting specimens and response teams;create a Regional Rapid Response Team (Carib REACT) able to reach any Member State in twenty-four (24) hours to support the national response team to contain/stop an outbreak early on;launch an intensive public education campaign for citizens of the Region, visitors and those outside;organize a comprehensive resource mobilisation effort including a possible Stop Ebola There and Here (SETH) Fund, to which governments, citizens and businesses here and abroad may donate;finalise and implement the harmonised regional operational response plan by end-November, coordinated with national response plans;participate in capacity-building efforts at the global and regional levels to gain experience for our benefit;establish a Regional Coordinating Mechanism on Ebola (RCME) with CARPHA as Chair, including the CARICOM and OECS Secretariats, IMPACS, CDEMA, and inviting Cuba to participate, The RCME will report to the Lead Head of Government on Health, the Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, with the immediate responsibility to develop a comprehensive Regional Strategy to address Ebola preparedness in collaboration with PAHO/WHO;invite PAHO/WHO, the United Nations, other development partners and contributors to a meeting within one (1) month to expand the effectiveness of our collective response;review and reinforce the effectiveness of these measures as implemented, at the Intersessional Meeting of Conference in February 2015, and again at the Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government in July 2015. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Recommended for you UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Related Items:CARICOM, carpha, Dr. Denzil Douglas, Ebola, paho, Regional Coordinating Mechanism, Regional Rapid Response Team, Stop Ebola There and Here, wholast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumored to ditch headphone jack

first_img Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Samsung Galaxy Note 10 info leaking Turo 2 Google HTC Samsung Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sprint Tags Boost Mobile $155 at Google Express Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Amazon Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $210 at Best Buy Apple See it Read Google Home Hub review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $60 at Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $6 at Tidal DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voice Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See All 0 Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) null Rylo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Mobile $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Angela Lang/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $59 at eBay $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read DJI Osmo Action preview reading • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumored to ditch headphone jack $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon • I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Share your voice Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 4:35 $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Now playing: Watch this: See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The Galaxy Note 10 may be the first Samsung flagship to say bye-bye to the headphone jack.  Juan Garzon / CNET Samsung has prided itself in keeping the headphone jack on its flagship phones, but that may come to an end with its large-screen Galaxy Note 10. The Note 10 won’t include a 3.5mm headphone jack, according to an Android Police report Thursday citing a source “familiar with the company’s plans.” Also going are physical buttons for power and volume, which will be replaced with pressure sensitive areas similar to the Google Pixel 2 and HTC U11 squeeze function. Samsung said it doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation. Apple made the controversial move to remove the 3.5mm port when it released the iPhone 7 in 2016. Google, OnePlus, Huawei and others followed suit by removing the jack from their flagship phones, with Samsung being the most notable phone maker keeping it. Physical buttons appear to be slowly on the way out as more phone makers look to create sleeker designs. A reveal for the Note 10, sometime this summer, will answer other big questions, such as will there be multiple models, what will the battery capacity be and is there going to be a camera on the stylus.  Read the AirPods review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple iPhone XS $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Cheapskate Best Buy Amazonlast_img read more

BNP to protest Milons death in custody

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP leaders and activists will hold demonstrations carrying black badges across the country on Sunday to protest against custodial death of a leader of the party’s student wing, reports UNB.Dhaka’s Tejgaon thana Chhatra Dal leader Zakir Hossain Milon allegedly died in torture during the police remand last week.The party will also arrange doa mahfil in mosques across the country after Juma prayers on Friday seeking salvation of the departed souls of those who were subjected to ‘government’s planned’ killings, including Milon.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a press conference at its Nayapaltan central office on Thursday.Their party’s all district and city units will stage demonstrations holding black badges on Sunday, he said.In the capital, the BNP leader said their all the thana units will also hold the similar programme on the day.Plainclothes police arrested Milon, also the acting president of Tejgaon thana unit of JCD, front in front of the Jatiya Press Club after a human chain programme of the party on 6 March.He was taken on a three-day remand on 8 March and sent to jail on Sunday.Milon was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Monday morning where doctors declared him dead. BNP alleged that he died due to ‘brutal torture on him during the remand.”Rizvi alleged that their party’s Narayanganj unit general secretary Mamun Mahmud has been tortured taking him on remand repeatedly in ‘false” cases.He said Mamun has got seriously ill due to immense torture on him. “I, on behalf of BNP, demand the law enforcers immediately stop repression on him.”Rizvi criticised Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader for his comment that the BNP has become dejected and desperate as people did not respond to its movement, saying it his delirium. “Even, Awami League’s friend HM Ershad said two days back that Awami League’s popularity has gone down to zero level.”He also alleged that Quader is making provocation to create anarchy in the country in a planned way.last_img read more

No security threat centering Pahela Baishakh home minister

first_imgHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Saturday said there is no specific security threat centering this year’s Pahela Baishakh celebration programme, reports UNB.“There is no specific threat. Besides, detectives’ surveillance is on. No one will be able to create any obstruction in the celebration programme,” he said while talking to reporters after visiting DMP’s security arrangements at Ramna Park.He said Pahela Baishakh has now become a national progamme and law enforcers have been kept ready across the country so that people can celebrate Pahela Baishakh smoothly.Cyber decurity team is also monitoring social media sites so that no one can spread provocative messages, said the minister.last_img

Indias 10 Laptop to be revealed Feb 3 Updated

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — On February 3, the Indian government will display a prototype of the Rs 500, a $10 laptop that will hopefully give more young people the opportunity to learn and help increase the country’s school enrollment. UPDATE (February 4, 2009):On Tuesday, February 3, India’s national Mission on Education Program clarified that the $10 laptop is actually not a laptop, but a storage device. The storage device contains megabytes of data that can be accessed by a user by connecting the device to a laptop. The 5-inch by 10-inch Rs 500 storage device is now priced at $30. Joint Secretary N. K. Sinha, who made the announcement, did not explain why the device was being called a laptop when it was not. via: Times of IndiaThe $10 laptop project is the product of a collaboration among institutions including the Vellore Institute of Technology, the Indian Institute of Science, and IIT-Madras. The project began about three years ago in response to the proposed $100 laptop (the “One Laptop Per Child” project), an idea from MIT’s Nicholas Negroponte, which was going to cost $200. Currently, the $10 laptop is projected to cost $20, but India’s secretary of higher education R. P. Agarwal hopes that price will come down with mass production.The $10 laptop will be equipped with 2 GB of memory, WiFi, fixed Ethernet, expandable memory, and consume just 2 watts of power. The unveiling of the laptop will occur at the government’s launch of the National Mission on Education through Information and Technology, held next Tuesday in Tirupati. The Indian government is working with publishers to provide e-content on educational subjects which will be available free of cost. The government is also considering a plan to subsidize internet connections for schools.Currently, the government is consulting with different production agencies, and hopes to make the computers commercially available in the next six months.via: Engadget© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further High-speed network for first responders raises concernscenter_img Citation: India’s $10 Laptop to be revealed Feb. 3 (Updated) (2009, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-india-laptop-revealed-feb.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

18yrold crushed to death by speeding truck accused held

first_imgAn 18-year-old married woman was crushed to death by a speeding truck, which hit the motorbike on which she was pillion riding, in South Delhi’s Sarita Vihar area on Sunday night. Two other persons – her husband and sister-in-law – also suffered injuries but were reported to be in a stable condition by Monday evening.The deceased was identified as Shilpi (18). She was reportedly pillion riding with her husband, Govind (24), on a motorcycle. Govind’s sister, Babita (14) was sitting between Govind and Shilpi. The accident was reported around 11.30 pm as they were heading for their residence in Sant Nagar in Old Faridabad, said a police official. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreHe further said that they were hit by a speeding truck from the back and Shilpi, consequently fell off the motorbike. She landed under the gigantic wheels of the truck, which dragged her across a few metres on the road. She died on the spot and her skull was split open.Locals gathered immediately and one of them informed the police. All three of them were rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre, where Shilpi was declared brought dead and the other two were admitted with several injuries. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedLocals also got hold of the truck driver, identified as Raj Kumar (44) and handed him over to the police. Raj Kumar is a resident of Panipat. He was taken for a medical test, but he was not found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC was registered immediately at the Sarita Vihar Police Station.“It is also not clear whether the pillion riders were wearing helmets or not. It is possible that Shilpi’s helmet – if she was wearing one, was crushed due to the immense pressure,” said the police official.The three of them – Govind, Shilpi and Babita – had gone to visit Shilpi’s parents at Ganesh Nagar near East Delhi’s Mother Dairy area and they were approaching Faridabad through the Aasram Chowk, intending to take the Mathura Road.last_img read more

CM calls for upgradation of all superspecialty hospitals to multisuperspecialty ones

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the first Level-I trauma care centre in Eastern India at the IPGME&R and SSKM Hospital on Monday, marking the birth and death anniversary of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, which is celebrated as Doctors’ Day.She proposed to set up a pay-clinic in a hospital which would come up on a government plot in front of SSKM Hospital and also instructed additional chief secretary of Health Rajiva Sinha to upgrade all the 43 superspecialty hospitals in the state to multisuperspecialty ones. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking on the occasion of Doctors’ Day, Banerjee said: “The state government has a plot just opposite the emergency department of SSKM Hospital. A hospital can be set up with a pay-clinic on a government plot. Around 75 percent of the revenue collected from the patients at the hospital would be spent for the development of the hospital, while the rest would be channelised for providing the fees of the doctors.” After the inauguration of the trauma care centre, the Chief Minister conferred ‘Bishistha Chikitsha Samman’ on 30 doctors for rendering special services to patients, while lifetime achievement award was given to seven veteran doctors. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring the programme, Banerjee urged the Health department officials to include the nursing staff members and non-medical persons within the ambit of the special awards. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the Bengal government has spent Rs 100 crore for setting up the trauma care centre. New buildings have come up at the hospital as well and as many as 760 posts have been created. There has also been a major infrastructural revamp at all the state-run medical colleges and hospitals. “Around 16 mother-child hubs have been constructed across the state to provide special care for the mothers and infants. Five health districts have been created. In the far-flung areas, waiting huts have been set up where expecting mothers are getting special care. Institutional delivery has increased in the state from 65 to 97 percent. The infant mortality rate in the state has gone down to 24 from around 32 per 1,000 live births,” Banerjee said. “We must not forget that the doctors’ fraternity is our pride. Many doctors in the state-run hospitals are overburdened with work as they have to attend many patients in a day. Many developments have taken place in the health sector but still there is crisis of doctors in the hospitals,” she added.last_img read more

Whats new in Google Cloud Functions serverless platform

first_imgGoogle Cloud Next conference in San Francisco in July 2018 saw some exciting new developments in the field of serverless technology. The company is giving development teams the ability to build apps without worrying about managing servers with their new serverless technology. Bringing the best of both worlds: Serverless and containers, Google announced that Cloud Functions is now generally available and ready for production use. Here is a list of the all-new features that developers can watch out for- #1 Write Cloud Functions using  Node 8, Python 3.7 With support for async/await and a new function signature, you can now write Cloud Functions using Node 8. Dealing with multiple asynchronous operations is now easier thanks to Cloud Functions that provide data and context. You can use the await keyword to await the results of asynchronous operations. Python 3.7 can also be used to write Cloud Functions.  Similar to Node, you get data and context for background functions, and request for HTTP. Python HTTP functions are based on the popular Flask microframework. Flask allows you to get set up really fast. The requests are based on flask.Request and the responses just need to be compatible with flask.make_response. As with Node, you get data (dict) with Python background functions and context (google.cloud.functions.Context). To signal completion, you just need to return from your function or raise an exception and Stackdriver error handling will kick in. And, similarly to Node (package.json), Cloud Functions will automatically do the installation of all of your Python dependencies (requirements.txt) and build in the cloud. You can have a look at the code differences between Node 6 and Node 8 behavior and at a Flask request on the Google Cloud website. #2 Cloud Functions is now out  for Firebase Cloud Functions for Firebase is also generally available. It has full support for Node 8, including ECMAScript 2017 and async/await. The additional granular controls include support  for runtime configuration options, including region, memory, and timeout. Thus allowing you to refine the behavior of your applications. You can find more details from the Firebase documentation. Flexibility for the application stack now stands improved. Firebase events (Analytics, Firestore, Realtime Database, Authentication) are directly available in the Cloud Functions Console on GCP. You can now trigger your functions in response to the Firebase events directly from your GCP project. #3 Run headless Chrome by accessing system libraries Google Cloud functions have also broadened the scope of libraries available by rebasing the underlying Cloud Functions operating system onto Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Access to system libraries such as ffmpeg and libcairo2 is now available- in addition to imagemagick- as well as everything required to run headless Chrome. For example, you can now process videos and take web page screenshots in Chrome from within Cloud Functions. #4 Set environment variables You can now pass configuration to your functions by specifying key-value pairs that are bound to a function. The catch being, these pairs don’t have to exist in your source code. Environment variables are set at the deploy time using the –set-env-vars argument. These are then injected into the environment during execution time. You can find more details on the Google cloud webpage. #5 Cloud SQL direct connect Now connect Cloud Functions to Cloud SQL instances through a fully managed secure direct connection.  Explore more from the official documentation. What to expect next in Google Cloud Functions? Apart from these, Google also promises a range of features to be released in the future. These include: 1. Scaling controls This will be used to limit the number of instances on a per-function basis thus limiting traffic. Sudden traffic surge scenarios will , therefore,come under control when Cloud Functions rapidly scales up and overloads a database or general prioritization based on the importance of various parts of your system. 2. Serverless scheduling You’ll be able to schedule Cloud Functions down to one-minute intervals invoked via HTTP(S) or Pub/Sub. This allows you to execute Cloud Functions on a repeating schedule. Tasks like daily report generation or regularly processing dead letter queues will now pick up speed! 3. Compute Engine VM Access Now connect to Compute Engine VMs running on a private network using –connected-vpc option. This provides a direct connection to compute resources on an internal IP address range. 4. IAM Security Control The new Cloud Functions Invoker IAM role allows you to add IAM security to this URL. You can control who can invoke the function using the same security controls as used in Cloud Platform 5. Serverless containers With serverless containers, Google provides the same infrastructure that powers Cloud Functions. Users will now be able to simply provide a Docker image as input. This will allow them to deploy arbitrary runtimes and arbitrary system libraries on arbitrary Linux distributions This will be done while still retaining the same serverless characteristics as Cloud Functions. 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