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IT engineers should take innovations to next level - Modi March 02, 2015 15:29

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at a Nasscom event in the capital urged young IT engineers to take innovation to the next level. Cyber security, mobile apps and cloud storage were buzz words in Prime Minister’s speech. "You are doing a great job and that is why I can expect things. The prime reason for the IT industry's success is that the government is not there anywhere," he said. He asked Nasscom, whether they could form a task force to check the feasibility of Indian IT professionals to solve the cyber-security puzzle for digital assets around the world, which he said could be a future market. "Can we do innovation in this field? There will be a huge market, I am sure." PM invited ideas from the public for developing a mobile app for his office to make it more mobile friendly. "The faster you all (industry) make mobile apps, the faster you will capture the market. We need a revolution in mobile governance," he said. n avid user of social media, Modi who was one of the first political leaders in India to successfully use social media for campaigning, emphasized the significance of mobile apps and the important role mobile apps can play in delivering citizen-centric services and mobile governance, he said while vouching for a revolution in e-governance. PM also explained how technology was helping to curb corruption. By Premji

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Black money law puts India in the top March 02, 2015 15:27

India will join the league of countries like Singapore, UK and US with its proposed law to check black money, under which, those hiding income and evading tax in relation to foreign assets can be slapped with a prison term of up to ten years. The proposed imprisonment penalty and the monetary penalty could be higher than many other countries. The new law asks for a penalty for such concealment of income and assets at the rate of 300 per cent of tax, while offenders will not be permitted to approach the Settlement Commission. Non-filing of returns or filing with inadequate disclosure of foreign assets will itself become liable for prosecution with punishment of rigorous imprisonment up to seven years. The proposed law in India has been largely welcomed, industry body Assocham on Sunday said the government should avoid "over-kill and rush job" in its efforts to check foreign assets' concealment. ITC's Chairman YC Deveshwar said that the "strong measures to eliminate black money and to impose exemplary punishment is a bold step to curb the parallel economy and mainstream resources for productive growth." By Premji

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Prince William in China March 02, 2015 15:24

Prince William presented China's president with an invitation from the queen to visit Britain this year, as he began the first official visit to mainland China ever by a senior British royal in a generation. President Xi Jinping told the prince that he thanked Queen Elizabeth II for the invitation. “I look forward to meeting her majesty and other British leaders during the visit and to jointly plan out the future of Sino-British relations,” Xi said during the meeting in the Great Hall of the People. “The British royal family has great influence, not just in Britain but across the world.” William told Xi and the rest of the Chinese delegation, including Yang Jiechi, the government’s senior foreign policy adviser and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, that he is looking forward to strengthening relations between the countries. “I’m particularly interested in the young people and seeing how the next generation develops and is aware of the world as it is,” he added.  Zhao Chen, 14, who is visually impaired and undergone six operations to his eyes, and wants to be a tenor, told the prince: “My dream is to go to your palace to sing opera.” The prince replied: “Well, you have met the right man. We might be able to arrange something.” By Premji

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'Fireball in the sky', probably a meteor March 02, 2015 12:22

Preliminary examination by scientists have come to a conclusion that the 'fireball', which streaked across the Kerala sky triggering panic in several districts a day ago, could be a meteor. Officials of the State Disaster Management Authority, which collected the samples from a plot in Karimalloor village in Ernakulam district where the object was believed to have fallen, said preliminary assessment pointed to the possibility of it being a meteor. There are also speculations that the 'fireball' could be celestial debris or a rocket or satellite debris. "Our primary assessments point to the possibility of a meteor. The objects we collected from the spot have high specific gravity. Though they are small in size, it has more than normal weight," Sekhar Kuriakose, a scientist said. "It is just a primary assessment and we cannot arrive at a concrete conclusion with this. We will hand over the collected samples to Geological Survey of India for further examination. We can arrive at a conclusion only after detailed examination," he added. He said the objects which had 'brilliant streaks' are due to iron-nickle presence, which is the peculiarity of a meteor. By Premji

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Tigers, Lions as pets March 02, 2015 12:18

Animal Husbandry, Horticulture and Food Processing Minister Kusum Mehdele, has sought a law that allows people to domesticate or keep as pets big cats like lions and tigers for their conservation. In a proposal sent to the state’s forest department, the minister has cited legal provisions in some African and South-East Asian countries like Thailand which have helped bring about an increase in the population of the big cats.  The minister said that there are various projects in the country for conservation of tigers, although crores of rupees have been spent on these projects, there has been no surprising increase in tiger numbers. In Thailand and some other nations, there is a legal recognition for people to keep tigers and lions as pets, she added that the number of such animals is increasing in a surprising way in these countries. Following suggestions from the minister, MP Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Narendra Kumar has written to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) seeking their comments on the proposal.  “It is surprising that such a bizarre suggestion could be made by senior minister Mehdele. She hails from the Panna region of the state, which is known for its tiger population. I denounce such a proposal and request the central government not to give its permission for domesticating the tiger,” Bhopal-based wildlife activist Ajay Dubey said. By Premji

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Mufti credits Pakistan for peaceful election March 02, 2015 12:08

The newly sworn-in Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, credited “separatists” and “outsiders” for peaceful elections in the State, but almost all the political parties lashed out saying the statement was “most unfortunate” and “mocks the overwhelming public mandate.” The BJP, however, said that the peaceful conduct of elections in the State was due to the efforts of the Election Commission, the Army and those who believed in the Indian Constitution.  Congress leader and spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP must answer whether they stand by “such unflinching support for Pakistan, the Hurriyat and militants.” “With one stroke, the BJP-PDP alliance has taken away the credit from people of Jammu and Kashmir for participating in the historic poll and from the Election Commission and security agencies for conducting them,” he said. Refuting Mufti’s statement, BJP said, the focus of the government would be on peace, rehabilitation of flood-affected people and full development of all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir.  Taking the opportunity to discredit BJP and PDP, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said “This is totally untrue. How can the new government forget the killing of sarpanchs and suicide attack at an Army camp in Uri in which many Army officers lost their lives?” “In fact, Pakistan and militant groups tried their best to destabilise the democratic process in the State. It is the people of the State who strengthened the roots of democracy and the newly cobbled together alliance should refrain from extending credit in the wrong direction,” he told. By Premji

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Secret of keeping your beer from spilling February 28, 2015 16:59

A new research has just revealed how the spilling can be stopped as you walk along with your mug. Scientists from Princeton University have found that just a few layers of bubbles can significantly dampen the sloshing motion of liquid. "While I was studying for my PhD in the south of France, we were in a pub and we noticed that when we were carrying a pint of Guinness beer which is a very foamy beer, the sloshing almost did not happen at all," said Alban Sauret, currently a researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).  The scientists took their observations from the coffeehouse and the pub to the laboratory where they built an apparatus to test the damping power of foam. They constructed a narrow rectangular container made of glass which they filled with a solution of water, glycerol (a common substance that increases the fluid viscosity) and the commercial dishwashing detergent Dawn.  "The dishwashing foam is very stable which allowed us to conduct the experiments without the bubbles disappearing," said Francois Boulogne, another member of the team.  The foam dissipated the energy of the sloshing liquid through friction with the sides of the container. "The potential applications are much bigger than just beer," Sauret concluded in a paper that appeared in the journal Physics of Fluids. By Premji

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10 satellites per year from 2015 February 28, 2015 16:54

ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, S.K. Shivakumar revealed that the space agency is planning to send upwards of 10 satellites every year starting 2015. Shivakumar was speaking on the topic “Indian satellites and success of MOM” at the National Science Day lecture at the All-India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH). Launching of at least 10 satellites a year means, ISRO has to double the number of satellite launches, which currently stand at 4 to 5 a year. “Currently, we are launching four or five satellites every year. The idea is to expand our space programs and set off to launch at least 10 satellites per year from 2015 onwards,” Shivakumar said. Shivakumar said that India has launched a total of 72 satellites on its own from 1975. Further two satellites were launched with the support of foreign agencies. The space scientist also revealed that as many as forty-one countries have taken ISRO’s help in some way or the other to launch their own satellites. Dr. Shivakumar told that there will be big challenges for ISRO to stick to its 10 satellite launches per year target. This will make India to commercialize its space program. By Premji

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75 crore for electric vehicles in 2015-16 February 28, 2015 15:58

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today earmarked Rs 75 crore for faster adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles in 2015-16. "Government is also launching a scheme for faster adoption and manufacturing of electric vehicles (FAME) with an initial outlay of Rs 75 crore," he said while presenting the Budget for 2015-16. National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) will create a significant positive impact on the health index of country by promoting zero pollution electric vehicles and reducing the dependence on the fossil fuel. Reacting to the development, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), Director-Corporate Affairs, Sohinder Gill termed the allocation towards promoting electric vehicles and supporting charging infrastructure and R&D investments as a welcome step. "It’s like a life saver for the ailing companies who had invested into the environmentally friendly vehicles but were bleeding heavily because of the lack of government support," he added. "A clear roadmap on GST, increased investment in infrastructure, agriculture investment and reforms, increased alloaction to electric vehicles and a focus on skilled development will also support auto demand," said PwC India, auto expert and partner, Abdul Majeed. By Premji

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Bobby Jindal may run for US Presidentship February 28, 2015 15:53

Republican leader Bobby Jindal will decide on his 2016 presidential run in the next couple of months. "(Wife) Supriya and I are thinking and praying about whether I'll run - let me tell you this. I will make that decision the next couple of months," Jindal said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Anybody thinking about running for president, what is more important, forgets the polls, forget fund-raising, forget the consultants, and forget media. They need to think about what they would do if they were elected president," said the first Indian-American Louisiana Governor. "We need our next president to want to do something. Not be somebody. That's how I spent last year; I spent last year putting out policies on the foreign policy, on education reform, on energy independence, on replacing and repealing Obamacare," Jindal said. “Our best days are ahead of us as a country but we have to choose to renew those principles of freedom. This President's done a lot of damage. It's not irreversible”, Jindal said. "We need principled conservative leadership. We don't need another Republican that comes to Washington and wants to make the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Liberal Media happy. I want a leader that remembers what they promised us when they asked us to vote for them," he said. By Premji

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