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Return of the Brahmin' book review: A political thriller in Ashokan times

By Madhavi S Mahadevan|  Express News Service |   Published: 11th July 2021 05:00 AM     Kalinga has fallen, Ashoka has converted to Buddhism but his life is far from serene. Image used for representational purposes. History has gaps in it that allow a fiction writer’s imagination to flow through. However, recreating a credible story world set in the distant past is a challenge for even the most seasoned writers. Ravi Shankar Etteth’s earlier novel, The Brahmin, proved that he is up to the task. It took us to King Ashoka’s realm, Magadha, on the eve of war against Kalinga—a seemingly calm period rife with underlying tensions, assassination plots and what-not. In short, it set the stage for Ashoka’s wily spymaster, and the novel’s eponymous hero, to play a masterly game. In Return of the Brahmin, the game is upped several notches. Kalinga has fallen, Ashoka has converted to Buddhism but his life is far from serene. An implacable unknown enemy known as the Khandapati—the Broken Man—heads

Tribute to Maharaja Dahir on his martyrdom anniversary

by JSFM Jeay Sindh Freedom Movement organized 40 events in Sindh and abroad to pay rich tribute and respects to the last indigenous King of Sindhudesh, Maharaja Dahir, on the anniversary of his martyrdom. This is the first time that a nationalist movement of Sindh has organized so many events in remembrance of Maharaja Dahir in Sindh.  The Pakistani establishment and radical Islamist groups are against celebrating ir shedding light on the original factual history of Sindh and they blacken the memory of Raja Dahir because he was a Hindu monarch. In Occupied Sindh, taking the name of Raja Dahir is a blasphemy, because the Pakistani military and their puppet Islamist radical organisations are afraid of real history and fear a rise in self-awareness among the sons of the soil of Sindh. They reckon that if people connect to their original roots, their fake Islamic ideology and identity will be compromised, and Islam as a colonial ideology will be in danger in Pakistan.  The main event was o

Destiny of CPEC depends on regional peace, while potential Afghan civil war serves US interests

Destiny of CPEC depends on regional peace, while potential Afghan civil war serves US interests By Aasma Wadud Published: Jul 09, 2021 03:12 P   China Pakistan File photo:VCG War is not an event. It is an economy. Countries like the US have reaped fortunes from it, leaving both destruction and devastation behind. With US troops leaving Afghanistan, the future of the country remains uncertain. It symbolizes that Afghanistan will be abandoned and left alone to an inevitable defeat at the hands of the Taliban. Critics are forecasting a civil war, but there is another perspective that many fail to recognize: The US failed to link its evacuation of troops to sustainable peace, but was it circumstantial or intentional?  With China emerging as an economic superpower, the war economy is now obsolete. China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has given the world generally and the region precisely a new dimension where growth, development, stability, and peace are inevitable for every nation. A

What India must keep in mind when it comes to Turkey

C Raja Mohan writes: With Ankara set to play a major role in Afghanistan, Delhi needs to vigorously challenge Turkey’s positions where it must, and, at the same time, prepare for a more intensive bilateral engagement. Written by  C. Raja Mohan   Updated: July 6, 2021 7:57:52 am India, which has been at the receiving end of Erdogan’s internationalism, has multiple options in pushing back. (Illustration by C R Sasikumar) As a new round of geopolitical jousting begins on India’s north-western frontiers, Delhi must deal with a number of new actors that have carved out a role for themselves in the region. Turkey, Qatar and China come readily to mind. While all three have become critical players in post-America Afghanistan, our focus today is on Turkey’s regional ambitions and their implications for India. Ankara is in negotiations with the US on taking charge of the Kabul airport which is critical for international presence in Afghanistan that is coming under the Taliban’s control. Turkey h

Understanding Influence in the Strategic Competition with China

by  Michael J. Mazarr ,  Bryan Frederick ,  John J. Drennan ,  Emily Ellinger ,  Kelly Elizabeth Eusebi ,  Bryan Rooney ,  Andrew Stravers ,  Emily Yoder Source : RAND  Corporation  Download FULL DOCUMENT Format File Size Notes PDF file 3.3 MB Technical Details » Purchase Research Questions What do qualitative metrics and case studies reveal about how China attempts to exert influence around the world? How should the United States respond to China's influence-seeking activities? Over the past two decades, China's role in the geopolitical landscape has grown, particularly as a result of the country's rising economic and military power. Thus, U.S. leaders now view China as a strategic competitor—one that seeks to upend the post–World War II liberal international order. One of China's strategies in that competition is to seek influence in countries around the world. In this report, the authors assess China's ability to use various mechanisms of influence to shape the p

China-Pakistan Economic corridor's degrading effect on Gilgit-Baltistan

China-Pakistan Economic corridor's degrading effect on Gilgit-Baltistan ANI |  Updated:  Jul 08, 2021 15:42 IST Islamabad [ Pakistan ] July 8 (ANI):  China 's Belt and Road Initiative, aimed at renewing the country's historic trade routes in the coastal countries of south-east Asia, Eurasian mainland and big sweeps of the Indian Ocean if it is finished as intended could have lasting consequences for  China 's geopolitical and economic interests in the region, according to an analysis. Experts and officials expect that the vast transport infrastructure of the  China - Pakistan  Economic Corridor ( CPEC ) and especially its Gwadar port will play a crucial role in the country's pursuit of its goal particularly at a time when it has started enhancing trade ties with landlocked Afghanistan and the Central Asian countries, opines Fabien Baussart, President of CPFA (Center of Political and Foreign Affairs), writing in the Times of Israel. CPEC  says Baussart since it was l

The integration of Artificial Intelligence in the Indian judiciary: In conversation with CEO of MCIL, Manthan Trivedi

Interviews Source: By Jelsyna Chacko 3rd Jul, 2021 at 11:36 AM The challenges that plague the judiciary in India are not new, and the pandemic has only accentuated them. To counter the ever-burgeoning pendency of cases, it is only a matter of time before Artificial Intelligence is adopted to aid judges in overcoming the burden of case load that they are currently facing. Earlier this year, former  Chief Justice of India  SA Bobde  had envisioned the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the judiciary. During that speech, he expressed his delight at the launch of the Supreme Court Portal for Assistance in Court Efficiency (SUPACE). ManCorp Innovations Lab (MCIL), the brainchild behind this AI-powered solution has in the past assisted the Jharkhand and Patna High Courts with similar solutions to meet the challenges being faced by the judiciary. Bar & Bench  caught up with MCIL Chief Executive Officer Manthan Trivedi to talk about the journey of the deep

New 6G Research Center Unites Industry Leaders and UT Wireless Experts

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY  Jul 07, 2021 AUSTIN, Texas — Teaming up with industry titans including Samsung, NVIDIA, and more, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are launching  6G@UT , a new research center to lay the groundwork for 6G, the next generation of wireless technology. 5G is just emerging as the dominant cellular technology after years of research and innovation that includes important contributions by UT Austin wireless researchers and alumni. With new technologies on the horizon such as self-driving cars and air taxis, holographic video conferencing, ubiquitous robotics and immersive augmented reality, UT Austin is cementing its leadership in wireless innovation with this major research effort on 6G. “The advances in both wireless communications and machine learning over the past decade have been incredible, but separate,” said 6G@UT Director Jeffrey Andrews, a professor in UT Austin’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Coupled with vast new sen

5G Race: indigenously developed chipset could give it an edge over others

In-house chipset could give Saankhya Labs the edge in 5G network race Info-Tech Ayushi Kar           Updated on  July 07, 2021 In a span of a decade, Saankhya has invested $40 million in technologies that have ultimately led to their 5G capabilities Bengaluru-based Saankhya Labs is betting on taking a leadership position in the crowded 5G network space riding on its in-house semiconductor solutions. While there are a number of Indian companies that have entered the race for cornering a share of the 5G network market using open radio access solutions, Parag Naik, Co-Founder and CEO of Saankhya Labs believes that the indigenously developed chipset could give it an edge over others. Saankhya’s foray into the 5G market is a move that was decades in the making. “In fact, our current 5G networks solutions are based on Software Defined Tech, that predates 5G by almost a decade,” said Naik in an exclusive interaction with  BusinessLine . In a span of a decade, Saankhya has invested $40 million

EU’s resolution on encryption foreshadows likely anti-encryption push

We all need strong encryption...without back doors...else it aint strong encryption.  The state has access to other forms of decryption which the public don't need for back doors, use the law if there is a suspected crime or committed crime...get a proper warrant, safeguarded by human rights legislation.  No need to encourage those civil services who work for the state to be lazy...they don't encourage the rest of the working population to be so...become human rights smart...😉 Quote<<< see url: -attack-on-encryption/ On Dec. 14, 2020, the Council of the European Union, which is made up of government ministers from the 27 EU member countries, released a vague, five-page resolution that calls for new rules to govern the use of encryption in Europe. The resolution, titled “The Council Resolution on Encryption,” is non-binding and does not provide any specifics for new laws or regulations and, on the surface, seems fairly innocuou

The Hero of the Battle of Dograi Brigadier Desmond Hayde (then Lt.Col.)

Sent by my friend Capt.Joe D”Souza, DIG (Retd.) --Mohan Guruswamy Source: Brigadier Desmond Hayde, Maha Vir Chakra, in a conversation with two Pakistan Army officers after the cease fire in 1965. The Hero of the Battle of Dograi Brigadier Desmond Hayde (then Lt.Col.), who adopted the Jat Regiment as his home, was awarded the Mahavir Chakra, the second highest honour in battle, for winning one of the toughest battles ever fought by the Indian Army. In a brilliant and gruesome assault, what he and his men of 3 Jat achieved that September 56 years ago had never been seen before. In a cemetery in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, quietly rests a war hero that many may not know of -- a man born in Ireland, who led India in its bloodiest, yet finest, infantry battle in the 1965 Indo-Pak War. It was an epic battle where 86 Indian soldiers died fighting a better fortified Pakistan army before the Indian flag could be raised in Dog

Virgin Orbit takes flight

Source: AXIOS SPACE By Miriam Kramer ·Jul 06, 2021 Virgin Orbit's Cosmic Girl takes flight on June 30. Photo: Virgin Orbit   Virgin Orbit's satellite launch  last week has already brought the company an influx of business interest, CEO Dan Hart told me. Why it matters:  Success for small rocket launchers like Virgin Orbit is built on customers trusting them with their wares, so having a successful mission for commercial customers can go a long way toward building confidence. Catch up quick:  On Wednesday,  Virgin Orbit launched  seven satellites for three different customers to orbit from off the California coast. Its launch system makes use of a modified 747 plane named Cosmic Girl that flies the company's small LauncherOne rocket thousands of feet up in the air. Once the rocket is dropped, its engine kicks on, boosting the satellites to orbit. What's happening:  Since the June 30 flight, the company has seen an influx of queries from across the space industry includin

Yahya’s enablers

Mahir Ali   Published   July 7, 2021   Mahir Ali THE hill station Nathiagali was abuzz with unusual activity in early July 50 years ago. There was a visible military and police presence, notably on the road that led to Government House. It was widely rumoured, and reported, that the elegant colonial-era mansion was hosting a VVIP — none other than Richard Nixon’s national security adviser, supposedly recuperating from a digestive ailment acquired during his subcontinental sojourn. So when a helicopter unusually hovered nearby, my pre-teen eyes followed its progress, possibly through a pair of binoculars. Government House was at least partially visible from a somewhat higher vantage point behind my family’s rented summer abode. And as the helicopter attempted a landing in the conifer-surrounded lawns, its propellers got entangled in the greenery and the flying machine crash-landed with an almighty thud. I imagine I raced back home to convey the breaking news to my parents. Had the Pakis