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Ex-R&AW officers want PM to act against Hamid Ansari’s ‘anti-national’ acts

Abhinandan Mishra Published : July 6, 2019, 6:40 pm |Updated : July 7, 2019, 5:29 AM New Delhi:  Former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) officers had sought an inquiry against former Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari for what they have called “damaging R&AW operations” while he was posted as Ambassador in Tehran, Iran. They now hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get into the truth of the entire matter. These officers, who were posted in Tehran during Ansari’s tenure, had first approached the PM in August 2017. Ansari was posted in Tehran from 1990-1992. In their complaint to the Prime Minister, these officers have claimed that Ansari, while being posted in Tehran, “not only failed to protect India’s national interest, but cooperated with the Iranian government and its intelligence agency SAVAK to cause serious dent to R&AW and its operations. According to them, there were four major incidents when Indian Embassy officials, diplomats were kidnapped by SAVAK a

In Modi’s Rule, Rich Have Become Richer, Poor are Poorer

In Modi’s Rule, Rich Have Become Richer, Poor are Poorer More than half of the country’s wealth is now owned by the richest 1% while over three quarters is owned by the top 10%. Subodh Varma 20 Oct 2018 There is much celebratory high-fiving among the elite of the country at the latest Global Wealth Report 2018  published by Credit Suisse , a Switzerland based investment bank. It says that India now has 343 dollar-millionaires, that is, those who have wealth of more than a million dollars. That’s roughly about Rs.7 crore. But the same report also has this chilling statistic: nearly 52% of the total wealth of the country is now controlled by the top 1% of the population while the remaining 99% have to be content with just over 48% of the wealth. Strikingly, this enormous imbalance in wealth distribution – otherwise known as inequality – has worsened since the BJP government led by Narendra Modi came to power in 2014. In that year, the shares were reverse with the top 1% owning abo

In Modi’s Rule, Rich Have Become Richer, Poor are Poorer

More than half of the country’s wealth is now owned by the richest 1% while over three quarters is owned by the top 10%. Subodh Varma 20 Oct 2018 There is much celebratory high-fiving among the elite of the country at the latest Global Wealth Report 2018  published by Credit Suisse , a Switzerland based investment bank. It says that India now has 343 dollar-millionaires, that is, those who have wealth of more than a million dollars. That’s roughly about Rs.7 crore. But the same report also has this chilling statistic: nearly 52% of the total wealth of the country is now controlled by the top 1% of the population while the remaining 99% have to be content with just over 48% of the wealth. Strikingly, this enormous imbalance in wealth distribution – otherwise known as inequality – has worsened since the BJP government led by Narendra Modi came to power in 2014. In that year, the shares were reverse with the top 1% owning about 49% and the rest 99% owning 51% of the wealth, as per

The Unrealistic Optimism of Indians on Prospects of Upward Social Mobility

ECONOMY To rectify this gap between perception and reality, inequality of opportunities and the lack of emphasis on primary education need to feature more prominently in Indian policy discussions. Ranjan Ray ECONOMY EDUCATION LABOUR POLITICAL ECONOMY 14/JUN/2019 We are constantly reminded of how Narendra Modi started from humble beginnings by selling tea and rose to occupy the position of the prime minister of India. Irrespective of which side of the political divide one is on, there is no disputing the fact that this is an incredible trajectory and an impressive achievement. Modi is, of course, not alone since Margaret Thatcher, born into a family of grocery shop owners, assumed the office of the prime minister of the UK. By sheer coincidence though, both Modi and Thatcher rose to head their respective governments as leaders of right-wing parties wedded to free enterprise and the protection of privileges handed down from one generation to another. Though Modi and Thatcher’

Pro-Independence leader Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch’s open letter to US President Donald Trump

Pro-Independence leader Dr. Allah Nizar Baloch’s open letter to US President Donald Trump AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP Dear Mr. Trump, Imagine what would have become of what is now the United States if in 1776 France and other European powers had designated George Washington and others as terrorists and joined the United Kingdom to suppress the settlers. The United States would have remained a colony rather than becoming the beacon of democracy and progress. If George Washington was not a terrorist, neither are the Baloch. We, the Baloch, have been resisting Pakistan’s state terrorism with knives and Kalashnikovs for the last seven decades. Armed with the most sophisticated weaponry, courtesy of U.S. military aid, Pakistan military has kidnapped, tortured and murdered thousands of Baloch. They trade the organs of our dead, rape our women and burn our villages. Dear Mr. Trump, The fighter jets and other weaponry which Pakistan is using against the Baloch civilians hav

Toiling for Telia Rumaal in Hyderabad

It takes over a month to create Telia Rumaal, and with the help of Department of Handloom and Textiles and TSCO, the weavers have already begun the work Published: 03rd July 2019 10:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th July 2019 09:36 AM   A worker works on Telia Rumaal By  Srividya Palaparthi Express News Service HYDERABAD: A month ahead of the National Handloom Day, hardly any of us think about what the ancient art. The Department of Handloom and Textile, Telangana State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society (TSCO) and weavers have been toiling to bring together the show that is promised. Shailaja Rama Iyer, the Managing Director of TSCO gives us a peek into what has been going on behind the scenes for the celebration of the National Handloom Day coming up in August. “Government of Telangana has been actively promoting and celebrating Handloom Day since two years. They have been using this day as the foundation to promote handloom particularly among the youth,” says Shailaja. Featu

The 10 Best Machine Learning Algorithms for Data Science Beginners

The 10 Best Machine Learning Algorithms for Data Science Beginners Source:  https://www.dataquest.io/blog/top-10-machine-learning-algorithms-for-beginners/ Interest in learning machine learning has skyrocketed in the years since  Harvard Business Review article  named ‘Data Scientist’ the ‘Sexiest job of the 21st century’. But if you’re just starting out in machine learning, it can be a bit difficult to break into. That’s why we’re rebooting our immensely popular post about good machine learning algorithms for beginners. (This post was originally published on KDNuggets as  The 10 Algorithms Machine Learning Engineers Need to Know . It has been reposted with permission, and was last updated in 2019). This post is targeted towards beginners. If you’ve got some experience in data science and machine learning, you may be more interested in  this more in-depth tutorial on doing machine learning in Python  with scikit-learn, or in our machine learning courses,  which start here . Machin

Iconic London landmarks emblazoned with projection raising human rights issue in Pakistan

Iconic London landmarks emblazoned with projection raising human rights issue in Pakistan . 0'July 2019 (Current Balochistan) Last night, the World Baloch Organisation and Baloch Republican Party organised a projection over iconic landmarks in London including the UK Houses of Parliament, Marble Arch and Shoreditch High Street. The projection read “Help end enforced disappearances in Pakistan”. The projection also included a video of Pakistan’s Prime minister Imran Khan in which he vowed to resign if he was unable to put an end to the practice of Enforced Disappearances in Pakistan , holding those involved responsible. The groups believes that the projection will serve as a key message and reminder to the international community of their responsibility to speak out against enforced disappearances and extra- judicial killings in Pakistan . The projection also aims to raise awareness amongst Londoners on the dire situation that desperately calls for international attention and su

Convocation robes out, students will now wear traditional attire ‘made of Indian handloom’

UGC has issued a circular to all public and private universities under it, asking them to go traditional during their convocation ceremonies. KRITIKA SHARMA Updated: 26 June, 2019 2:59 pm IST Students of Panjab University (representational image) | Commons New Delhi:  The Western graduation robe worn by students at convocation ceremonies will soon be a thing of the past in Indian universities, according to a circular issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The Narendra Modi government wants students to dress in traditional attire made up of Indian handloom when they receive their degrees at convocations. The UGC circular released earlier this month has asked all universities to go traditional. It said that, “using handloom garments would give a sense of pride of being Indian”. The commission has also asked for an ‘Action Taken Report’ from the universities on this. The letter is addressed to all private and public universities that are under the commission. “With chang