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‘Doomsday chemical’ seized, ‘US-hating’ scholar arrested

Pradip Thakur | TNN | Updated: Sep 30, 2018, 04:09 IST TNNPhoto used for representational purpose HIGHLIGHTS Nine kilograms of a deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl, that could have potentially killed 4-5 million people, was recovered in an illegal laboratory in IndoreThe laboratory was run by a local businessman and a “US-hating” PhD “scholar chemist”The discovery has baffled scientists because manufacturing the drug requires the kind of expertise NEW DELHI: In an operation spread over a week, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) with the help of a team of scientists from Defence Research & Development Establishment busted an illegal laboratory in  Indore  and recovered 9 kg of a deadly synthetic  opioid ,  fentanyl , that could have potentially killed 4-5 million people. Run by a local businessman and a “US-hating” PhD “scholar chemist”, the fentanyl seizure, first in India, has raised security concerns in Delhi as the chemical can cause large-scale casualties

Machine Learning Algorithms and Police Decision-Making: Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Challenges

RUSI.ORG Alexander Babuta, Marion Oswald and Christine Rinik Whitehall Reports , 21 September 2018 This report seeks to critically assess the use of machine learning algorithms for policing, and provide practical recommendations designed to contribute to the fast-moving debate over policy and governance in this area.   Download the report here Executive Summary This report explores the applications of machine learning algorithms to police decision-making, specifically in relation to predictions of individuals’ proclivity for future crime. In particular, it examines legal, ethical and regulatory challenges posed by the deployment of such tools within an operational policing environment. In the UK, the use of machine learning algorithms to support police decision-making is in its infancy, and there is a lack of research examining how the use of an algorithm influences officers’ decision-making in practice. Moreover, there is a limited evidence base on the efficacy and efficiency


4:48 PM 09/28/2018 Lawrence Sellin | Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve   During his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, newly-elected Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan  invited the kingdom to become the third major partner in the Beijing-funded, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). If accepted, it would be a strategic game-changer. BRI, China’s blueprint for global domination, is a development plan; a program of infrastructure projects and a network of commercial agreements designed to link the world directly to the Chinese economy through inter-connected land-based and maritime routes. BRI is soft power projection with an underlying hard power component, a comprehensive China-centered economic, financial and geopolitical web with far-reaching, cascading consequences affecting American national interests. It is not just resource acquisition or utilization of China’s industrial over-capacity, but its projects are specifical

‘Screws that never rust’ — top state media stories today The Global Times English website today highlights a story about Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 saying  China will unswervingly support the private sector , recycled from  yesterday’s feed . However, there is this interesting story about the  commemoration of foreign organ donors in China . Xinhua’s  English  and  Chinese  home pages and the People’s Daily lead with a similar report on a Xi speech at the end of his short tour of the northeastern Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Jilin provinces. Global Times’ Chinese-language site has gone full retro Communist today, with the top headline: “Xi Jinping urges us to become ‘screws that never rust’” ( 习近平号召“做一颗永不生锈的螺丝 钉 ”  Xí Jìnpíng hàozhào “zuò yī kē yǒng bù shēng xiù de luósīdīng”). “Screws that never rust” is, of course, a reference to everyone’s favorite Communist boy scout, devoted Maoist, and semi-fictional soldier: Léi Fēng 雷锋, the original revolutionary screw that never rusted. Xi went to Lei Feng’s “second hometown”  of Fushun, Liaon

AXIOS: but global supply lines are entangled

Huangpu port in China. Photo: VCG/Getty Images   As Axios' Erica Pandey wrote earlier this week, the Trump administration is not only seeking what it calls fairer trade with Beijing, but much more — to upend the bedrock of the Chinese economy by forcing out the chain of manufacturing supply from the country, and pushing it elsewhere. Why it matters:  There are doubts about this end game of Trump's trade war. After decades of development and tens of millions of dollars of investment, few U.S. companies seem likely to move their manufacturing facilities out of China. "It can’t be a replay of the Cold War division between the West and the Soviet Union — industries were nationally based back then and innovation wasn’t global.  All this changed after 1990." — Jim Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies China has been  the  world's biggest exporter  for almost two decades and has poured millions into its logistics network so global companies c

Hyderabad Lancers did India proud at Haifa

K. S. S. Seshan 06 OCTOBER 2017 , The Hindu     Unlike most British battles during World War I, the one at Haifa, in present Israel, was fought by Cavalry of Indian Native States and not the British army The visit of Indian Prime minister to Israel, particularly to the cemetery of Indian soldiers at Haifa, the third largest city in Israel, revived memories of the role of Hyderabad’s Lancers Regiment in the liberation of the region from the clutches of the Ottoman Turks in 1918, during the course of World War I. The Hyderabad Lancers along with the Mysore and Jodhpur Lancers went along with the British Indian Regiments and brought laurels to India by achieving a stunning victory at the battle of Haifa in September, 1918. The capture of Haifa was of great significance to the allied powers for, the Ottomans, though supported by the Nazis, suffered an irreparable setback and the region, now Israel, got rid of four centuries of oppressive Ottoman occupation. When the First World War

Probable petitions in the Supreme Court in the days to come!

🤐 Footwear should be allowed inside the temple. 🤐 The definition of the word "sanctum", "sacred" etc to be reviewed & redefined. 🤐 Devotees should be able to offer Puja 24x7 🤐 Garbagruha should be expanded so that it can include, one & all. 🤐No restrictions on the type of clothing to be worn inside the temple #Sabrimala SC decides who will enter 1b. Masjids/Haji Ali/polygamy/3 Talaq/Halala/Sharia - Internal matter of Ms 2a. Height of Dahi Handi - SC will give you inch tape 2b. Slow & painful Halal slaughter of animals - Internal matter of Ms 3a. DJ on Ganesh Visarjan - Ganesh doesn't need DJ 3b. Loudspeakers from Masjids 5 times a day x 365 days - Their God has hearing issues. Internal matter of Ms 4a. Crackers on Diwali - SC will decide decibel limit, pollution and finally ban it 4b. Blood on Bakr Eid - Peaceful festivals are internal matter of Ms 5a. Durga Puja immersion - Water pollution, traffic jams 5b. Bloodshed on streets

10 Years after Lehman – Does another Economic Crisis loom? (Part 1) What are the central causes of an economic crisis? 1 September 2018 Aditya Vyas / Unsplash – Unsplash License, In September 2008, the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers triggered the worst economic slump since the global  economic crisis  in the 1930s. Both crises were triggered by the bursting of a speculative bubble and the associated stock market crash. Unfortunately, the basic conditions for such a crash are once again in place.  Learn in this post which factors lead to an economic crisis. What is an economic crisis: Excess liquidity and bubbles Economic crises   are defined as sharp declines in production and employment, i.e. a decline in real gross domestic product (GDP) and an increase in unemployment. The abrupt and massive decline in GDP often follows a phase of strong economic recovery. This u

Tech Firms Are Boosting China’s Cyber Power

   Tech Firms Are Boosting China’s Cyber Power Cooperation, often mandatory, carries risks as well as benefits. by Sarah Cook  Last fall, the Chinese Communist Party declared its goal of turning China into a “cyber superpower,” with improved capabilities and influence in areas ranging from domestic censorship to global internet governance. The regime has made important progress since then, often with the help of Chinese and foreign corporations. But these gains come with a cost, not only to human rights and internet freedom, but also to the cooperating technology firms’ profits and reputations. Cutting-edge censorship and surveillance  Some aspects of the government’s innovation drive have clear public benefits. In August, for example, state-owned China Unicom successfully launched and tested its first high-speed 5G mobile network in Beijing, which it plans to roll out across the city by next summer.  But other advances are more problematic. An August 14 report by the Toronto-bas

China's Plan to Dominate the Global Electric Vehicle Supply Chain

By Zongyuan (Zoe) Liu Since the emergence of the electronics industry in the 1980s, companies in South Korea and Japan have dominated the production of rechargeable batteries for portable electronic devices. Some of these companies have gained worldwide recognition, such as LG, Samsung, SKI, and Panasonic. But China has been catching up. In 2013, China overtook Korea to become the world’s largest manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electronic devices. More recently, Chinese battery manufactures have also capitalized on the rapid growth in demand for electric vehicles (EV). Within the past five years Chinese EV battery producers have become major battery suppliers in the global EV industry supply chain (see Figure 1).   The growth of the EV battery industry has followed in the wake of overseas acquisitions of natural resources by Chinese firms. China is not only motivated by securing access to resources, but also by improving its position global supply chains. Dominating the gl

Western Civilization: What we could have absorbed

What we could have absorbed from Western civilization * 1) solid work ethic 2) high personal ethics 3) high level of hygiene 4) organization skill & team work 5) extreme punctuality 6) solid respect for fellow citizens & very polite talk 7) respect for rules & laws 8) meritocracy 9) focus on wealth generation for all 10) awareness to establish great institutions 11) awareness to create a grad narrative and market it for domination 12) control over own ecosystem and putting own people & civilization interest above all 13) focus on physical fitness 14) respect for pleasing senses and enjoying life 15) creating diversity without losing political control 16) independence at early age and ownership of actions and words 17) communication skills 18) marketing skills 19) penchant for solid ethical scientific  approach to all subjects and using that to further collective interest What people absorbed from Western civilization instead 1) fake feminism 2) ob

Effecting Change: Excerpt from FEE booklet

*1. Politics is not True .* most books on world history, and most political science classes, wildly exaggerate the role that political leadership and institutions play in shaping history. It’s too easy to tell a story of a people in a way that blames or credits powerful personal forces – as if leadership designs and dictates social results – but much more difficult to tell the real story of history in terms of ideas, culture, and technology. Societies can succeed without brilliant leaders in government, and often do so precisely because of their absence. Even in American history, the highest period of innovation and wealth creation occurred under presidents whose names are now largely forgotten. *2. Politics is ineffective.* People want to rely on the political process for all sorts of things: creating jobs, fixing infrastructure, securing the country, bringing justice, boosting education. But it’s the wrong means. These things can happen despi

'Kashmir is an integral part of India': Why and How

Ira Pande retd as Chief Editor from the Publicity Div of IIC, New Delhi. Her article amply highlights the dilemma of our *'intelligentsia', which has NOT been able to rid of the pernicious vestige of decrying Indian heritage/legacies!*_ On Kashmir... Ira Pande* 'Kashmir is an integral part of India'. I have heard this line parroted by leaders of all political hues. It has always sounded like an arbitrary statement designed to rebuff Pakistan, and to reaffirm India's military might over a coveted geographical area. *Recently I came across facts that have changed my perspective on Kashmir totally.* Facts that have astounded me.. But more than that baffled me, for they reveal *glaring lacunae in the history we have been led to believe* so far. Understandable that the *British established a syllabus for us that was designed to obliterate glories and inculcate shame for all things Indian. But, 70 years past independence, we are guilty of still toeing their line.* T

Djibouti’s Attempts to Vanquish Dubai Ports Operator Spells Trouble for Washington

Geopolitical Monitor Djibouti’s Attempts to  Vanquish  Dubai Ports Operator Spells Trouble for Washington OPINION  - September 20, 2018 By  Malik Ibrahim Last week, Djibouti upped the stakes in its long-running dispute with DP World, Dubai’s state-owned ports authority, as the tiny east African country bids to pry one of its key shipping hubs out of Emirati hands. At first glance, this might seem like nothing more than an emerging, ambitious state attempting to free itself from a constrictive contract. Yet in fact, the spat has major geopolitical implications, particularly for the United States. By bloodying the nose of DP World, Djibouti risks upsetting the balance of power in one of the world’s most politically sensitive regions and giving a major boost to China, at a time when the frostiness between Washington and Beijing is fueling talk of a new  cold war . Djibouti has been trying to get rid of DP World since February, when it  terminated  the company’s joint venture contra

People’s passionate opinions

FEE’s Essential Guide to Navigating the News Excerpts from 👆 People’s passionate opinions are not really their opinions. They are just copying their ideological tribal peers so they can share the pleasure of hating and venting their frustrations onto someone else. That is not a defect in our modern democratic process. That is its masterful design working perfectly. Humans have always found unity and satisfaction in finding a common villain to scandalize. This ganging up and shaming and pouring every ounce of wrath in oneself onto a common enemy is an ancient practice that dates back to the very origin of human culture. Evidence of ritual human sacrifice is as ubiquitous to archaic sites as Tools and fire-making.

CHINA:  Party Watch Weekly Report

CHINA:  Par ty Watch Weekly Report 1|46  9.15.2018-9.21.2018 By David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Nathanael Callan, Brock Erdahl, Ann Listerud, and Sandy Lu Highlights   Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at a meeting of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform (see Senior Leaders section). In the wake of protests and demonstrations by military veterans in recent months, the Central Propaganda Department and Ministry of Veterans Affairs jointly released a notice on launching a propaganda campaign called “The Most Beautiful Veterans” (最美退役军人) (see Propaganda Work section). Cyberspace Administration of China Director Zhuang Rongwen laid out a plan for controlling information dissemination on the Internet in a Qiushi article (see Propaganda Work section). The CCP held a 2018 World Peace Day commemorative event in Nanjing, presumably organized by the International Department, and attended by current and former world leaders (see International Liaison Work section)