Daily Archives: December 8, 2018

Social media sites told to filter content using AI

Centre seeks quick take-down of objectionable content The Union government has asked social media platforms to emulate the practices they follow in the U.K. in using tools based on Artificial Intelligence to identify and take down content that incites people to commit violence, a senior Home Ministry official said on …

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New Delhi cashes in on goodwill with UAE

Sources link Michel’s extradition to role of Coast Guard in ‘repatriating’ runaway Emirati Princess earlier this year Christian Michel, a key accused in the AugustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal case, was brought to India on board a Gulf Stream G3 jet owned by the Aviation Research Centre of the Research & …

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M.S. Swaminathan calls GM crops a failure, Centre’s adviser faults paper

Genetically engineered Bt cotton has failed to provide livelihood security for farmers, says article A research paper co-authored by leading agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan, which describes Bt cotton as a ‘failure,’ was criticised by India’s Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA), K . VijayRaghavan as ‘deeply flawed.’ The paper, ‘Modern Technologies for …

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74% turnout in Rajasthan

Stray incidents of violence and malfunctioning EVMs mar polling in the State Over 74% of the 4.74 crore voters in Rajasthan exercised their franchise in the Assembly election on Friday, amid reports of stray incidents of violence and malfunctioning of electronic voting machines at several polling stations. The highest turnout …

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Telangana registers around 67% polling

No major incident reported in 119 constituencies in State Polling across the 119 constituencies in Telangana concluded peacefully on Friday with no major incident reported from any part of the State, barring the attack on Congress candidate Ch. Vamsichand Reddy of Kalwakurthy. Though election authorities were yet to arrive at …

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‘CO2 levels poised for record high’

India, the third-highest contributor, is projected to see emissions rise by 6.3% from 2017: study Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high of 37.1 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2018, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project. India, the …

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Seepage issue to dominate polling in Hanumangarh

In the agriculturally-rich Hanumangarh district of northern Rajasthan, the seepage of water from the Indira Gandhi Canal into about 30 villages of Pilibanga and Rawatsar blocks is set to decide the depth of support to different political parties in the Assembly election. Two generations of farmers, facing the problem for …

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Sancharam wins Sahitya Akademi Award

Tamil writer, traveller, essayist and scriptwriter S. Ramakrishnan has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2018 for his novel Sancharam , which poignantly captures the lives of nagaswaram players in karisal bhoomi – the arid land – of Tamil Nadu. The novel places their music and struggle for a livelihood …

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Curbs in Andamans may be back

The Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Nand Kumar Sai, has said the Centre may like to revisit its decision to lift the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) system from 29 islands of Andaman and Nicobar, after the death of U.S. citizen John Allen Chau. Mr. Sai, who is …

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