Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.There is more trouble for the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered an FIR in the Games consultants’ case. Headlines Today had reported how Suresh Kalmadi-led OC had appointed 35 consultants including Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who had been paid hefty amounts for consultancy and other services but they hardly did any work. The CBI is now investigating how much money was spent by the CWC OC on these consultants, who were also given high profile designations in addition to huge sums of money. Raids in overlay contracts’ case Meanwhile, the CBI continued its crackdown on the overlay contracts given out for CWG projects. On Thursday morning, it carried out raids at twenty places, including fifteen in Delhi, two in Mumbai and one in Kolkata. This comes after the registration of three new cases in connection with the renovation of Shivaji and Talkatora stadia for the October 2010 Games. Among those the CBI raided were NDMC chief architect S.S. Gupta and offices of Raja Aederi, consultants who had the contracts for renovation of CWG stadia.
Hyderabad beat Bangalore by 33 runs in their IPL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. Score | PhotosSri Lankan danger man Tillakaratne Dilshan could not contribute much to the Bangalore innings as he failed to perform against superb bowling attack by Hyderabad. Dilshan scored only 7 off 8 balls when he was caught out by Sangakkara on Ishant Sharma’s delivery.Soon after Dilshan headed to pavillion Dale Steyn bowled out promoted Zaheer Khan on a swinging full toss which hit the middle wicket. Zak got out on a duck. Mayank Agarwal, who was looking confident, played a lose shot on a shot pitch delivery by Manpreet Gony and was caught out by Amit Mishra. Gony also ended AB de Villiers’ innings on a duck.Playing under pressure, Saurabh Tiwary in order to score quick runs fell victim to Amit Mishra’s delivery, which turned to get the top edge and Sangakkara made no mistake.Cheteshwar Pujara and Johan van der Wath fell to Steyn when he dismissed both in the 17th over of the match and he was also the pick of the bowlers for DC with figures of 4-0-24-3.For Bangalore Virat Kohli scored a brilliant 71 off just 51 balls before falling to Gony.Ryan Ninan was the last man out for Bangalore, who just scored 3 runs before he was dismissed by Daniel Christian.Hyderabad inningsEarlier, Hyderabad scored 175/5 in 20 overs against Bangalore in their IPL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. advertisementBangalore captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and chose to bowl against Hyderabad. A fine decision considering that Bangalore lost one quick wicket early in the innings.Zaheer Khan send Shikhar Dhawan back to give Bangalore their early breakthrough. Dhawan mis-timed his shot giving an easy catch to RCB captain Daniel Vettori.Just as Dhawan walked back to the pavilion, Kumar Sangakkara took the crease to support Sunny and began to steady the innings.Sunny Sohal fell prey to Ryan Ninan’s delivery. Misplacing the shot he was caught by Saurabh Tiway at the long on for 38 runs.Johan van der Wath got rid of DC’s skipper Kumar Sangakkara when he was looking to consolidate and help his team pose a big total on the scoreboard.With his ballistic performance, right-hand batsman Bharat Chipli completed his 50 off 29 balls. Chipli and JP Duminy shared 50 runs partnership for the 4th wicket. Duminy who was playing well against the RCB bowling attack was taken out by Zaheer Khan.Hyderabad star batsman Bharat Chipli, who scored 64 off 35 balls, was not-out as DC puts a mammoth target for the Bangalore.Dale Steyn was awarded the Man-of-the-Match award for his brilliant figures of 4-0-24-3.
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Infosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileInfosys said on Tuesday that it will be stepping up its local hiring in the US and set-up four technological hubs in the country in line with the comments company made after the declaration of Q4 and FY2017 results recently. The recruitment will be staggered over two years.”Infosys is committed to hiring 10,000 American technology workers over the next two years to help invent and deliver the digital futures for our clients in the United States,” Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys, said in a statement.The four hubs will focus on technology and innovation, apart from serving clients in key industries such as financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and energy and more. The first such hub will open in Indiana in August 2017.”In helping our clients improve their businesses and pursue new kinds of opportunities, we are really excited to bring innovation and education in a fundamental and massive way to American workers. New advances in technology – artificial intelligence, in particular – are radically transforming our world, and it is within our reach to learn these new technologies and to be the innovators and entrepreneurs who bring solutions based on these technologies to our clients in all industries,” Sikka added.Eric J Holcomb, Indiana governor, said the move will benefit the state in a big way.”It’s so good to welcome Infosys to Indiana, and to expand our growing tech ecosystem with the addition of their estimated 2,000 Hoosier jobs. I look forward to working with Infosys to elevate Indiana to the next level,” he said.Infosys had over 2 lakh employees as of March 31, 2017; the nationality-wise break-up was not available.The announcment is significant in the context of the ongoing developments in the US that has tightened the norms for issuing H-1 B visas. Infosys shares were trading 0.18 percent down at Rs 918 apiece on the BSE on Tuesday.
US President Donald TrumpAmnesty International said on Wednesday US president Donald Trump’s “poisonous” rhetoric on his way to winning the White House led a global trend towards increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a “darker” place.In its annual report covering 159 countries, the human rights group said principles of human dignity and equality had come under assault from politicians seeking election and it zeroed in on Trump, who took office on 20 January.”Donald Trump’s poisonous campaign rhetoric exemplifies a global trend towards angrier and more divisive politics,” Amnesty said in a statement issued in Paris. The world, it said, had become a “darker … unstable place”, with a rise in hate speech targeting refugees across Europe and the United States.”The early indications from (…) Trump suggest a foreign policy that will significantly undermine multilateral cooperation and usher in a new era of greater instability and mutual suspicion,” Amnesty added.Trump, a Republican former reality TV star and property magnate, has said he is “the least racist person” and “least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen” and that one of his top priorities is to protect the United States from terrorism.His administration has been marked by controversies in the early going, fierce attacks on the news media and legal battles over his executive order to ban people temporarily from seven Muslim-majority countries as alleged security risks.US vice president Mike Pence visited Europe this week Pence and pledged “steadfast and enduring commitment” to ties between the United States and the European Union, a message at variance with Trump’s far-right chief strategist.US allies in Europe have been seeking clarity on the Trump administration’s foreign policy strategy and its stance toward Russia.”The gap between imperative and action, and between rhetoric and reality, was stark and at times staggering,” Amnesty said.”Nowhere was this better illustrated than in the failure of states attending September’s 2016 United Nations summit for refugees and migrants to agree any adequate response to the global refugee crisis.”According to Amnesty calculations, some 75,000 refugees found themselves trapped between Jordan and Syria as the civil war in Syria entered its seventh year.Amnesty said populist movements and messages had also become more common in Europe, notably in Poland and Hungary.”The result was a pervasive weakening of the rule of law and an erosion in the protection of human rights, particularly for refugees and terrorism suspects, but ultimately for everyone.”
US president Trump gives thumbs up during campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo: reutersDonald Trump faced greater restraints on his presidency and intrusive investigations from Democrats who won control of the US House of Representatives and pledged to hold the Republican accountable after a tumultuous two years in the White House.Trump and his fellow Republicans expanded their control of the US Senate in Tuesday’s midterm elections, following a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race and immigration.But they lost their majority in the House, a setback for the president after a campaign that became a referendum on his combative leadership.The split power in Congress combined with Trump’s expansive view of executive power could herald even deeper political polarization and legislative gridlock in Washington.The Democrats will now head House committees that can investigate the president’s tax returns, possible business conflicts of interest and any links between his 2016 election campaign and Russia.There may be some room, however, for Trump and Democrats to work together on issues with bipartisan support such as a package to improve infrastructure or protections against prescription drug price increases.Trump made an unlikely gesture toward Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the House Democrats who he has frequently ridiculed, saying her party should pick her to be House Speaker in the new Congress that convenes in January.”In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor,” Trump wrote on Twitter.Earlier on Wednesday, he was less conciliatory, describing the elections results as a “very Big Win” and taking a swipe at the media. Trump was due to hold a news conference at the White House at 11:30 a.m. (1630 GMT).The Democrats fell short of a tidal wave of voter support that would have won them control of both chambers of Congress. But in the 435-member House, the party was headed for a gain of around 30 seats, beyond the 23 they needed to claim their first majority in eight years.A Senate majority would have allowed Democrats to apply even firmer brakes on Trump’s policy agenda and given them the ability to block any future Supreme Court nominees.The House Democrats could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package, or carry out his hardline policies on trade.“Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans, it’s about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” Pelosi told supporters at victory party.Losing the House will test Trump’s ability to compromise, something he has shown little interest in over the last two years with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.He hit back at the prospect of investigations by House Democrats, saying on Twitter that Republicans in Senate would counter with their own investigations of Democrats.GRIDLOCK?US stocks opened higher on Wednesday after the elections, while the dollar dropped on the reduced chances of further US fiscal stimulus.Financial markets often favor Washington gridlock because it preserves the status quo and reduces uncertainty.A Democrat-controlled House will hamper Trump’s pro-business agenda and could lead to uncertainty about his administration, but corporate tax cuts and deregulation measures that have played a large hand in the US stock market’s rally since the 2016 election are likely to remain untouched.”With the Democrats taking over the House we will now have to see what gridlock in Congress means for policy. As for the market impact, a split Congress has historically been bullish for equities and we expect to see the same pattern again,” said Torsten Slok, Chief International Economist of Deutsche Bank.Democrats will use their new majority to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward Trump’s foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.Foreign policy has been an area that Trump has approached in a very personal way, sometimes antagonizing allies such as Canada while making what critics see as unduly warm overtures to traditional rivals or foes.Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Democrats could work with Republicans to produce a long-awaited bill to upgrade the nation’s roads, bridges and airports.”Of course, we want to work in a bipartisan fashion. I think we can get an infrastructure bill,” he said.Trump had hardened his rhetoric in recent weeks on issues that appealed to his conservative core supporters. He threw himself into the campaign, issuing warnings about a caravan of Latin American migrants headed through Mexico to the US border and condemnations of liberal American “mobs” he says oppose him.DEMOCRATIC PROBESEvery seat in the House was up for grabs on Tuesday and opinion polls had pointed to the Democratic gains. The party with the presidency often loses House seats in midterm elections.The Republicans had an advantage in Senate races because elections were held for only 35 seats in the 100-member chamber and many of them were in states that often lean Republican.Republicans built on their slim Senate majority by several seats and ousted four incumbent Democrats: Bill Nelson in Florida, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.Those gains are sure to bolster Republicans’ efforts to get conservative federal judges through confirmation proceedings. In the 36 gubernatorial contests, Democrats won in several states that supported Trump in 2016 but lost high-profile races in Florida and Ohio.Democrats could infuriate Trump by launching another congressional investigation into allegations of Russian interference on his behalf in the 2016 election. A federal probe by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s role in that election is ongoing.Moscow denies meddling and Trump, calling the Mueller probe a witchhunt, denies any collusion.A House majority would be enough to impeach Trump if evidence surfaced of collusion by his campaign, or of obstruction by the president of the federal investigation. But Congress could not remove him from office without a conviction by a two-thirds majority in the Republican-controlled Senate, an unlikely scenario.Most Democratic candidates in tight races stayed away from harsh criticism of Trump during the midterm campaign’s final stretch, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions, and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.WOMEN, YOUNG, HISPANIC VOTERS FUEL GAINSThe Democratic gains were fueled by women, young and Hispanic voters, a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll found. Fifty-five percent of women said they backed a Democrat for the House this year, compared to 49 percent in the 2014 midterm congressional election.A record number of women ran for office this election, many of them Democrats. There were 237 women on ballots for House seats and at least 95 had won their races as of early Wednesday morning, shattering the previous record of 84 women in the House, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.The party picked up seats across the map but some of the campaign’s biggest Democratic stars lost.Liberal Beto O’Rourke’s underdog Senate campaign fell short in conservative Texas against Republican Ted Cruz. Andrew Gillum lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in his quest to become Florida’s first black governor.In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams was seeking to become the first black woman to be elected governor of a US state. Her opponent, Brian Kemp, was ahead in a very close race early on Wednesday and Abrams said she would not concede until all the votes were counted.
An electoral official demonstrates the vote casting process to members of the public during Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP), as part of regional outreach in Bangalore on 12 April 2019, for the ongoing general election in the country. Photo: AFPIndia’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered parties to name anonymous donors behind tens of millions of dollars in funding as hostilities intensified in the country’s mega-election.The order came ahead of the second round of voting and after the election watchdog called for a clampdown on prime minister Narendra Modi’s personal television channel, saying it breached campaign rules.While Modi and his opposition rival Rahul Gandhi returned to the campaign trail, the country’s top court gave parties seven weeks to name people who have bought “electoral bonds” in recent months.Rival parties are said to be spending up to $7 billion on the election, which started Thursday and runs through to 19 May, and funding sources have come under the spotlight.The bonds—bought for between $15 and $140,000 and then given to a designated party—are controversial because they are anonymous.India’s election commission and watchdog groups which took the case to the Supreme Court said the bonds should be ended because of the risk of businesses making secret contributions to influence decisions.Modi’s government, which introduced the bonds in 2017, opposed naming donors. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is the biggest beneficiary of the bonds, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), one of the groups behind the case.More than $150 million in bonds were bought in 2018, according to the Factly Indian data journalism portal.Experts estimate that at least the same amount was bought in the months ahead of the election.NaMo blowAccording to the ADR, the BJP—the world’s biggest political party—received about $150 million in total donations in 2018, of which more than half came from anonymous sources. Congress brought in about $30 million and about 60 percent was anonymous.The prime minister, who won a landslide in 2014 and is considered frontrunner in this race, faced increased pressure after the election commission said his NaMo TV breached campaign rules.The commission ordered NaMo TV, which is sponsored by the BJP, to submit all of its content for approval.Under Indian election rules, any content deemed campaign material—including adverts, films and even social media—needs permission from the independent watchdog.NaMo TV shows 24-hour programmes on Modi rallies, speeches, and even rap songs and dance routines devoted to the normally austere leader. It was being broadcast as normal on Friday.The order was the commission’s second blow to the Modi campaign in 48 hours, after it postponed the release of a flattering movie about the 68-year-old prime minister until after voting finishes.Producers of the film insisted they had no links to the BJP. But the commission said the film “PM Narendra Modi”, which tells of the Hindu nationalist leader’s ascent from selling tea at a train station to prime minister, could not be released during the election.Modi and Gandhi kept up their punishing schedule of rallies ahead of the next vote on 18 April.Modi has sought to portray himself as tough on national security, particularly against Pakistan, which India accuses of fuelling an insurgency in Kashmir. The two countries came close to a new war in February after a suicide attack in the disputed territory.“To kill terrorists in their dens is a policy of a new India,” Modi thundered at an election rally Thursday referring to an airstrike inside Pakistan.Gandhi and Congress have sought to focus on the economy and the fate of India’s many minorities who say they feel more threatened under the Hindu nationalist government.“This is the ‘New India’ they want, one completely devoid of unity and brotherhood,” said Congress.In Thursday’s first day, voter turnout averaged 66 per cent, according to the Hindustan Times daily, compared to 70 per cent in the 2014 polls.The first day of polling saw two supporters of rival parties die in Andhra Pradesh state and a teenager killed in clashes with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.
Around 20,000 families living in Cox’s Bazar hills amid landslide risk. Photo: UNBAround 20,000 families have been dwelling on hill slopes of Cox’s Bazar district town and other areas amid growing risk of landslide in the monsoon season.Increasing rains with the advent of monsoon and unabated hill cutting have intensified the risk of landslide, creating panic among the hill residents.Azmul Huda, general secretary of Cox’s Bazar forest and environment conservation council, an environmental organisation, said, “The Rohingya people who have been living in Ukhiya and Teknaf areas by cutting down over 6,000 acres of forest also brace for possible landslide.”Besides, over 10,000 families in Badshaghona, Light House, Dakshin Diggul, Dakshin Hazipara, Pahartali, Sahikkika Palli, Ghonarpara, Maheshkhailla Para, Kalatali Adarsha Gram, Borachara, Boidyaghona, Mohajer Para, Link Road, Muhuri Para, Janarghora areas of Cox’s Bazar town are at the risk of landslide, he added.Azmul Huda said around 10,000 families are living amid danger in the hilly areas of Ramu, Maheshkhali, Teknaf, Ukhiya and Pekua upazilas. Most of the houses have been built on the land of forest department and government (khas) lands.Around 20,000 families living in Cox’s Bazar hills amid landslide risk. Photo: UNBTalking to UNB, some residents of the town said many illegal structures have been built by clearing forests and hills owned by the district administration.Cox’s Bazar Bachao Andolon president advocate Ayachhur Rahman said it was necessary to evict the illegal structures from the vulnerable hills well before the monsoon set in.”Now the list of casualties will be long if landslides occur in the area,” he said.Cox’s Bazar environment department deputy director Nurul Amin said at least 54 people, including six members of Bangladesh Army, were killed in landslides in different areas of the district in 2010.The number of deaths in landslides was 200 from 2010 to 2017 in the district, he added.Around 20,000 families living in Cox’s Bazar hills amid landslide risk. Photo: UNB”Eviction drives alone can’t solve the problem. Massive awareness programmes are also necessary to stop people from dwelling on hill slopes,” he added.Nurul Amin said miscreants are cutting down hills secretly at nights despite regular raids against illegal hill cutting. “Manpower crisis hampers our drive.”Cox’s Bazar forest department sources said around 5,341 hectares of land of the south forest department and 7,053 hectares under west forest department have been grabbed.Hundreds of people are also illegally living in hilly khas land of the district administration, the sources said.Cox’s Bazar deputy commissioner Md Kamal Hossain told UNB that people living in hills will be shifted to safer places like previous years.”There had been no serious accident last year due to the collective efforts. We’ve formed several committees to conduct eviction drives in the hills,” he added.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read Register Now » February 7, 2018 There is a difference between building a business that has purpose, and building a business to just make money. And while technology has made us all smarter, and just a click away from being connected to a person or information no matter where we are, something seems to be missing.Related: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Raised Their Kids Tech-Free — and It Should’ve Been a Red FlagMaybe it’s what author Ross Baird has described in his takedown of Silicon Valley — the focus on solving “my world problems” instead of real-world problems. Or maybe, more simply, it’s rediscovering a sense of purpose.It is no longer enough to build new technologies just because we can. We’re living in an attention economy that is being driven, almost entirely, by technology. We have access today to more information than we can possibly absorb, and all of those sources are competing to try to get top of mind with us. If they can get us addicted, then they’ve got a business model.But, we’re also seeing the downside of this tech explosion, and it isn’t pretty. We are more isolated, more segmented and unhappier than ever before as tech has moved away from solving real problems.Related: Amazon Patents Wristband to Precisely Track Its Warehouse WorkersWe need the tech industry to refocus some of that effort on solving real world problems again.The dark side of techMore than 30 years ago, Georgia Tech professor Melvin Kranzberg compiled a list of what he called the “Six Laws of Technology,” which were intended to address potential social unrest related to the growing reach, even then, of technologies. His first law, that technology is not good or bad, but it is also not neutral, has become a measuring stick for tech policy in the era of Big Data, social media and always-on connectivity.That was in the 1980s, and since then technology has only become more pervasive.As of 2017, the average person spent more than two hours per day on various social media platforms, according to influencer marketing agency Mediakix.There will soon be more than 5,000 GB of data on every single person on the planet stored somewhere on the cloud where advertisers, corporations, governments and others can leverage it, a Digital Universe study found.And, incredibly, Facebook recently introduced a version of its Messenger app intended for kids aged six to 12.All this despite knowing that this increasing reliance on technology can be bad for our health. In a recent, ground-breaking piece in The Atlantic, Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State, shared research showing that since the advent of the smartphone the rates of depression and suicide have skyrocketed among teenagers.Related: The ‘Father of the iPod’ Says Tech Addiction Would Worry Steve Jobs if he Were Alive TodayThere are two different forces at play here. One is the addictive, dopamine-driving behavioral design of applications that tether us to our technologies. This is what makes you keep that phone right next to you all day long and look at everything that pops up. The second thing is this ability for users to post content online, potentially anonymously or in ways that abuse other people, with little constraint. Too often, this allows people to say things they wouldn’t normally say in front of actual people, leading to more bullying behavior.How tech can helpThe technology industry certainly deserves some blame for this cultural conundrum but it also deserves some credit for not turning a blind eye to this issue. For example, Facebook recently rolled out an artificial intelligence feature that claims to be able to spot suicidal tendencies in users’ social media activity before even their doctors do. The company hopes the technology will help prevent suicides by getting people help before they even know they need it.It’s a good first step, but there’s more the industry can do.Create guidelines: It may be time for the industry to create behavioral health guidelines for their products, in order to both police its own practices and encourage the creation of apps that are built in a way to reinforce and encourage wellness, versus to try to take advantage of more negative behaviors. These would be voluntary guidelines that would police what the industry is doing, to prevent abusive technologies.Related: Study: Constantly Texting and Checking Social Media Makes You ‘Morally Shallow’Promote distance: Two hours of social media usage per day is a lot, but it still pales in comparison to the seven-plus hours that the average person spends watching television. Yet, there are proven mental health benefits to disconnecting from time to time. The industry should be supportive of this practice, encouraging users to take digital sabbaticals on a regular basis in order to maintain a happy and engaged user base. It doesn’t even need to be a full break, as having access to so-called “safe spaces” has been proven to make people happier in today’s increasingly hostile internet.Provide tools: How can users protect themselves against the negative effects of technology? How do they put up barriers against it? The industry can’t stand silent as this issue spirals out of control. Smart tech companies should step up now, acknowledge the problem and offer tools to help their users become healthy customers of their products.We still have a long way to go, but there are tech companies that are working to solve this very real-world problem. One example is Spry Labs, a Cincinnati-based development firm that leads specialized workshops and innovation sessions dedicated to solving society’s big problems. (Spry is a project of Cintrifuse, where I am a founding member.) This past summer, it hosted a hackathon focused on solving the opioid crisis, and on March 10 it is leading a session to help the tech industry deal with suicides.Technology certainly didn’t create the problem of suicide, and it won’t be the last time that we as a society have to deal with it. But, by taking small steps to help address the problem, the tech industry can turn its market power into a force for good, helping to make all of us happier and healthier in the process. 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