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Taj Mahal dropped from tourism booklet of Uttar Pradesh

 

http://www.aljazeera...8161648332.html

 

 

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(Al Jaazera) The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, attracting more than six million tourists a year.

 

Although the monument attracts more tourists than any other site in India, it seems it is out of favour with the government of Uttar Pradesh (UP), where it is located.

 

The iconic monument, a UNESCO world heritage site considered a "symbol of love", was not featured in the tourism booklet issued by the UP government last week.

 

The 32-page booklet titled "Uttar Pradesh Tourism: Its High Potential", released by Rita Bahuguna Joshi, state tourism minister, mentions a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious places, but misses one of the world's most famous monuments.

 

Sohail Hashmi, writer and a heritage expert, accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of playing politics over the Taj.

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The Taj, a UNESCO world heritage site, is considered a "symbol of love"

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Indian Government Launches Intensified Immunisation Mission, Aims At 90% Coverage By 2018

 

 

https://thelogicalin...at-90-coverage/

 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) that aims to reach every child under two years of age and pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the government’s routine immunisation programme against preventable diseases said a report by Livemint.

 

This special drive will focus on select districts and cities to ensure full immunisation to more than 90% of children and pregnant women by December 2018. The target of at least 90% coverage was to have been achieved by 2020. With the launch of IMI, the date has now been advanced.

 

While launching IMI in Vadnagar, Gujarat, Modi said, “The government has made immunisation a people’s and a social movement.”

Areas of focus

 

The IMI now has sharpened the focus on high priority districts and urban areas. Four consecutive immunisation rounds will be conducted for seven days in 173 districts – 121 districts and 17 cities in 16 states and 52 districts in 8 northeastern states – every month between October 2017 and January 2018. IMI will cover low performing areas in selected districts and urban areas.

 

These areas have been selected through the culmination of data available under national surveys, Health Management Information System Data and World health Organisation monitoring data. Special attention will be given to urban slums with migratory population and low coverage areas in sub-centres. Cities and urban settlements identified under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) will remain in focus.

 

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Amidst controversy, Taj Mahal finds place in UP govt's 2018 calendar

 

http://www.dnaindia....alendar-2553825

 

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The Taj Mahal, which has been in the crosshairs of controversy, has finally found a place of pride in the 2018 calender brought out by the Uttar Pradesh government.

 

The 17th century architectural marvel is included in the month of July in the calendar brought out by the state information department.

 

Also finding a place in the calendar is the Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur. The Gorakhnath Mutt is represented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

 

Apart from carrying images of important heritage and tourist spots of the state, the calender mentions the popular BJP slogan of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas - UP government ka satat prayas'. The pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chief minister also feature in the calender prominently.

 

The world famous monument has recently been in the crosshairs of controversy with BJP MLA Sangeet Som questioning the monument's place in India's heritage, stressing that history would be re-written to erase Mughal emperors from it.


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Supreme Court Lays Down Norms For Computation Of Accident Claims

 

https://thelogicalin...ompensation-sc/

 

 

(The Logical Indian) Every day hundreds of people lose their lives owing to road accidents in India. Apart from the loss of human life, dependants of victims often do not get the actual amount of accident claims. In a verdict intended to provide “just” compensation to the claimants, the SC ruled that the compensation to be issued by the insurance companies will be based on the future prospects of the deceased person.

  

“Future prospects” will be considered while deciding the amount of compensation in fatal motor accidents claims for self-employed and fixed-income victims, a five-judge constitution bench said on Tuesday, said a report by The Indian Express. The future prospects, in this case, refers to what the claimants would earn in terms of the increase in income if they were alive.

 

This order indicates a much-needed break from the earlier practise, where future prospects were only considered for accident claims of those victims who had a permanent job and a secured scope for increase in salary. The court standardised the computation of the accident claims in case of fatal accidents as well.

 

The five-judge constitution bench was headed by CJ Deepak Mishra. The bench comprised Justices A.K. Sikri, A. M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. The bench was faced by vexing questions that whether the dependants of a road accident victim, who was either self-employed or working on a fixed salary in a private or unorganised sector can get enhanced compensation after addition of a certain percentage of the salary drawn by the deceased under the head of future prospect.

 

This ruling settles the controversy of the various contradictory ruling on compensation for accident claims by other SC benches.

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India Warily Eyes AI

 

https://www.technolo...warily-eyes-ai/

 

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Technology outsourcing has been India’s only reliable job creator in the past 30 years. Now artificial intelligence threatens to wipe out those gains.

 

Two days after K.S. Sunil Kumar received a promotion, Human Resources phoned him up and asked him to resign.

 

This happened in April, just as Kumar was beginning his ninth year at Tech Mahindra, one of the giants in India’s IT services industry. He worked in engineering services, where he designed components and tools for aerospace firms in North America and Europe. They’d send over specs—the materials available to construct a hinge, and the kind of load it had to bear, and the cost at which it had to be manufactured—and he mocked up options with the help of software. He was a foot soldier in the army of Indian engineers to whom work is outsourced from the West, so that it can be finished at a fraction of the expense. Sometimes he left his base, Tech Mahindra’s Bangalore campus, to serve stints at clients’ offices abroad: in Montreal, Belfast, or Stockholm.

 

When his employment was terminated, Kumar was earning close to $17,000 annually, a nice middle-class salary in India. Around the same time, Tech Mahindra announced profits for the previous financial year of $419 million, on revenue of $4.35 billion. (Tech Mahindra did not respond to a request for comment for this story.) IT services and related offerings in India record annual revenue of $154 billion and employ nearly four million people. The sector’s vigor has relied upon its ability to shave costs lower and lower—upon its ability to arbitrage the cheaply bought skills of workers like Sunil Kumar.

 

…When Kumar lost his job, he became part of a wave of layoffs washing through the Indian IT industry—a term that includes, in its vastness, call centers, engineering services, business process outsourcing firms, and infrastructure management and software companies. The recent layoffs are part of the industry’s most significant period of churn since it began to boom two decades ago. Companies don’t necessarily attribute these layoffs directly to automation, but at the same time, they constantly identify automation as the spark for huge changes in the industry. 

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The size and prestige of India’s IT industry are reflected in the design of Infosys campuses in places such as Bangalore (above).

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New Delhi’s polluted air doesn’t deter distance runners

 

http://www.denverpos...n-polluted-air/

 

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(Denver Post) NEW DELHI — People breathing New Delhi’s acrid air for the past month have suffered burning eyes and rasping throats, so the notion of thousands of distance runners gulping down lungful after lungful may have seemed strange. But even as the polluted air threatens health, India seems to be embracing physical fitness.

 

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon went ahead Sunday, even after a last-minute attempt by the Indian Medical Association to have it postponed.

 

In the cool half-light before dawn, street-dwellers stoked smoking piles of trash to keep warm while race organizers adjusted placards along the route.

 

In the start area, runner Sunil Baxi, who traveled 11 hours by train from the city of Jodhpur to compete, spoke over the blaring motivational music, saying he was thankful the air had gotten clearer.

 

“The gods have sent in the rain yesterday and over the last 48 hours,” he said. “So it’s a blessing for us.”

 
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Men and women wear face masks as they take part in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2017 in New Delhi on Nov. 19, 2017.

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The World’s Most Polluted City

 

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(National Geographic) On November 7, 2017, doctors in New Delhi declared a recent spike in air pollutants a public health emergency. Breathing air in some parts of the city have been likened to smoking 50 cigarettes in one day.

 

From the skies above to the ground below, Delhi is polluted. This Indian territory, which includes the capital city of New Delhi, is half the size of Rhode Island, and is home to twice the population of New York City.

 

Beijing, China, often makes headlines for its polluted air, but a global study of air pollution in 2014 by the World Health Organization found that Delhi’s air contained several times more fine particulate pollution than Beijing’s. By most measurements, it’s the most polluted area in the world.


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OBAMA FOUNDATION TOWN HALL INDIA

 

https://www.obama.org/India/

 

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(Obama.org) The Obama Foundation hosts a Town Hall in New Delhi, India with President Barack Obama and hundreds of young Indian leaders from across the country. The Town Hall continues the conversation about what it means to be an active citizen and make an impact — and how the Obama Foundation can support emerging leaders in this effort.

 

This year, President Obama has hosted events with young people in Germany, Indonesia, and Brazil; now, he is going to India. As one of the most culturally, religiously, linguistically, and ethnically diverse nations on earth, India’s democracy shows us the collective strength of engagement within and across communities. Most of India’s 1 billion people are under 35 years old, an engaged and passionate generation that includes Members of Parliament, Village Sarpanchs, scientists, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders who are finding innovative ways to create positive change across India — change that benefits the world.

 

On December 1, the Obama Foundation will host a Town Hall in New Delhi, India with President Obama and hundreds of young Indian leaders from across the country. The Town Hall will expand the conversation about what it means to be an active citizen and make an impact — and how the Obama Foundation can support emerging leaders in this effort.


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Why America could miss out big time on India’s fintech revolution

 

https://techcrunch.c...ech-revolution/

 

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(Tech Crunch) There’s an old trope in the West that India is like Indian trains — exotic, lurching and slow.

 

But tropes can be bad as a business strategy — and this trope is causing American companies to miss out on Indian moonshots and trillion-dollar opportunities.

 

In this article I’ll focus on fintech, which is leapfrogging in a way traditional banking never could. Morgan Stanley expects India’s digital payments penetration to increase from 5 percent today to 20 percent, and the e-commerce market to reach $200 billion, with 475 million e-commerce shoppers, adding up to a GDP upwards of $6 trillion — all by 2027.

 

Just like India’s mobility revolution. Most Indians went from having zero connectivity to being on the mobile internet without ever seeing a PC or even a landline. India now has 800 million mobile phone users with 430 million having internet connectivity. According to Morgan Stanley, the number of internet users is expected to grow to 915 million by 2027.

 

...Because China has already tackled the two biggest obstacles to digital payments — building infrastructure and changing consumer behavior in its own backyard and front yard. By developing a rich ecosystem with strong network effects, WeChat has become the Operating System of China. Alipay has done the same with commercial payments. In 2016, China’s digital payments were already 50 times America’s. Alibaba and Tencent understand ecosystems better than anyone else in the world, including American companies.

 

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