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Vasundhara Raje to launch State-wide Vikas Yatra in April

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will launch a Vikas Yatra next month covering all 200 assembly constituencies in the State.The decision to undertake the State-wide developmental tour from April 15 was taken in Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, said State minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar.“The yatra will kick-off from April 15 from the tribal- dominated division of Udaipur to highlight BJP government’s achievements in the State. Local MLAs, MPs and minister-in-charge of the districts would accompany the Chief Mnister during her tour that would culminate in July,” said Mr. sar. The party leaders are being apprised of the impending plans for the yatra, slated in the run-up to forthcoming assembly elections likely to be held by year end. This would be Ms. Raje’s third yatra since 2003 when she first took over BJP’s reins in the state. She had earlier undertaken Parivartan Yatra and Suraj Sankal Yatra.last_img read more

AAPs RS nominees: A billionaire, veteran CA & party loyalist

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 3 (PTI) The AAP today nominated senior party leader Sanjay Singh and two little-known faces, a Delhi-based businessman with past links with the Congress and a veteran chartered accountant, as its Rajya Sabha nominees.The decision taken by the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the AAP was greeted with scorn and disbelief by many party leaders and a barrage of criticism by the likes of Kumar Vishwas who dubbed himself a “martyr”, saying he was ignored for the Upper House for speaking against Arvind Kejriwal.At the PAC meeting, senior leader Ashutosh, believed to be among the upper house hopefuls, red-flagged the billionaire businessmans nomination. He was the only one among the nine PAC members to have raised an objection.Before the PAC meeting at Kejriwals residence, around 56 AAP MLAs met the chief minister. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed the MLAs unanimously endorsed the candidates, however, sources said there were disagreements.Several came out sporting downcast faces and went scurrying for their vehicles, avoiding the media persons gathered outside.”Arvind Kejriwal wanted three eminent personalities to represent Delhi in the upper house. Accordingly, we got in touch with 18 such persons from various fields including the media, academics, law.”However, a few among them politely declined saying joining the RS on a party ticket may affect their independence. The rest said identifying with AAP may prompt the Centre to ruin their lives. So we went for a mix and nominated those who may not be of high-level but with significant contributions,” Sisodia told a press conference.advertisementChandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba congratulated Singh for his candidature. She refused to comment on the other two names.Singh, a former social activist hailing from Uttar Pradeshs Sultanpur, is counted among Kejriwals most trusted lieutenants and has been with him since the India Against Corruption agitation days.Most recently, Singh (46), a mechanical engineer by training, was the partys Punjab poll in-charge.56-year-old Sushil Gupta, who unsuccessfully contested the 2012 Delhi Assembly polls on a Congress ticket, has declared assets running into over Rs 160 crore while Narain Dass Gupta (72) is a former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).Sushil Gupta, who runs a chain of private and charitable schools and identified himself as an agriculturalist in the 2013 poll affidavit, quit the Congress on November 28, last year.Kumar Vishwas, who is a PAC member, was not present in the meeting. Immediately after the announcement made by Sisodia, Vishwas lashed out at Kejriwal, saying he was being punished for speaking the “truth”.The poet-politician also charged that around one and half years ago, Kejriwal had in a partys national executive meet said with a smile, “We will finish you, but we will not let you be a martyr.””I want to congratulate (Kejriwal) that I have accepted my martyrdom,” he told reporters at his residence.The Opposition BJP and former AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan also criticised the AAPsdecision.Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari hit out at Kejriwal, saying the AAP has “betrayed” the people by nominating “two businessmen” for the polls to the upper house.Yadav suggested that the AAP has struck financial deals with Sushil Gupta. “I used to say, whatever his other faults @ArvindKejriwal cannot be bought. Defended him against Kapil Mishra?s allegations. Now I dont know what to say. Speechless, ashamed and numb.”Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken tweeted that Sushil Gupta knew about his possible nomination as early as November.”Otherwise, Sushil is a good man known for his charity!” the Congress leader tweeted.Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, former union minister Arun Shourie, ex-Chief Justice of India T S Thakur are among the personalities the AAP had reached out to for RS nominations.Elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi would be held on January 16 as the terms of the incumbent members, Karan Singh, Janardan Dwivedi and Parvez Hashmi ? all from the Congress ? end on January 27.The AAP, which enjoys a brute majority in the 70-member Delhi Assembly, is set to win all three seats.The last date to file nominations for the three Rajya Sabha seats is January 5. PTI SBR TIRlast_img read more

Face of a killer Police release new images in coldcase murders of

first_imgEVERETT, Wash. – Police in Washington state have released images of a man created through groundbreaking DNA technology that they say could help solve the murders of a young British Columbia couple more than 30 years ago.The composite images released by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office show a Caucasian man with fair hair and green or hazel eyes, traits that investigators said are connected to the DNA of the person they think killed Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, and Jay Cook, 20.“We believe that someone knows who our person of interest is,” investigations Capt. Jim Miller said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Maybe you were too afraid to come forward at the time or you thought someone else already had. Now is the time to share what you may have seen or heard and bring closure to this crime.”The high school sweethearts from Saanich, B.C., were on their way to Seattle to pick up furnace parts for Cook’s father when they disappeared in November 1987.Their bodies were found in separate locations outside the city days later. Van Cuylenborg had been restrained with zip ties, sexually assaulted and shot in the back of the head. Cook had been strangled and zip ties were found near his body.Forensic evidence found at the crime scenes has been tested against databases in both the United States and Canada over the years, but investigators have never found a match.Recently, they sent a sample to a lab in Virginia for DNA phenotyping, a process that looks at specific codes to predict a person’s appearance, including eye, skin and hair colour, facial features and ancestry.The technology cannot indicate traits like age or body weight, but Parabon NanoLabs, the company that did the analysis, predicts the suspect is a man of northern European ancestry, with very fair skin and possible freckles, with light brown hair and could be balding.The sheriff’s office released three images showing what the suspect may have looked like at 25, 45 and 65 years old.Miller noted there may be differences between the real-life killer and the images, but said the technology has been used to help solve other cases.“It’s not 100 per cent guaranteed. It’s not a photograph. It’s a composite,” he said.Investigators have never given up on solving the case and the new images renew their optimism, said Det. Jim Scharf.“Hopefully someone out there knows an individual that looks similar to this that was in the area at the time and capable of committing this crime. All we need to do is get a sample of his DNA to match and identify him,” he said.“The smallest detail could end up being the lead that we need to solving this case.”Cook’s sister, Laura Baanstra, still hadn’t looked at the images when police unveiled them Wednesday.“That could be the likeness of the person that killed my brother. That’s tough,” she said.Baanstra said the last time she saw her brother was as he was getting ready to leave for Seattle. He hadn’t had anything to eat and asked for a bite of her sandwich. Reluctantly, she gave him half before standing in the window and waving goodbye, she said with a small smile.“When your brother or sister, daughter or loved one, walks out the door, you have no way to know that you will never see them again.”Baanstra pleaded for anyone with information about her brother’s murder to call police, even if they only have “an inkling of an idea.”“If these new pictures that this amazing new technology created triggers a memory you had, perhaps of someone who said something odd that lived in or near the Snohomish area or even Vancouver in late 1987, please, for the sake of my brother, Jay, Tanya and all of our families, call it in,” she said.A C$50,000 reward for information leading to a DNA match has been offered through the end of December.— By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouverlast_img read more

Suits star Meghan Markle launches accessible clothing line at Reitmans

first_img Twitter Advertisement The “Kate effect” — selling out fashions worn by the Duchess of Cambridge — is well established, as are the frenzies stirred up by offspring George and Charlotte’s sartorial moments. Canada’s own Reitmans may be mobbed when the second Meghan Markle capsule collection launches Thursday on the heels of romantic rumours linking the TV star to one very eligible, very red-haired prince.Six days before that gossip bomb landed, an impromptu celebration took place at Soho House in Toronto, though the reason is now virtually eclipsed by the Prince Harry factor. Palace-worthy cut-glass coupes appeared magically at the leather-rimmed round booth, followed, also via invisible hands, by champagne.Markle, who plays paralegal-turned-law student Rachel Zane on the filmed-in-Toronto smash legal series Suits, had received some big news on her way to this interview: she had surfed past one million followers on Instagram earlier in the day. Just imagine what will happen to her Insta numbers now? The five-piece line is modelled after what she wears in real life, running from day to night engagements, on and off of planes. It is also “an accessible version” of the glamorous duds she wears in character. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: The excitement comes at an all-around swell moment for this California girl, who turned 35 over the summer. The collaboration with Montreal-based Reitmans “is totally an extension of my personal style,” she says, which she describes as, “Aspirational Girl Next Door.”She was “deeply and passionate involved in the design process. I’m a brash American and if my name is going to be on something, I’m going to have my say.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Watching peppy videos online could make you happier

first_imgWatching high-spirited videos on YouTube after a long day at work could pep you up a bit as researchers have found that people mirror the emotions of those they see online. When a YouTuber posts a video with a generally positive tone, the audience reacts with heightened positive emotions and the same is true for other emotional states, said the study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. “Our research is a reminder that the people we encounter online influence our everyday emotions – being exposed to happy (or angry) people can make us more happy (or angry) ourselves,” said lead author of the study Hannes Rosenbusch from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the researchers examined over 2,000 video blogs, or vlogs on YouTube. Vloggers share emotions and experiences in their videos, providing a reliable source of data. The researchers focused on studying more popular vlogs, with a minimum of 10,000 subscribers. Some of their sample vlogs had millions of subscribers. To measure if people watching vlogs experienced emotional contagion or homophily, the team studied words and emotions expressed by the vloggers and analyzed the emotional language of online comments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBeing affected by others’ emotions is known as “contagion” and “homophily” refers to the tendency of people seeking out others like themselves. The researchers modelled the effect of both immediate (contagion) and sustained (homophily) emotional reactions. They found evidence that there is both a sustained and an immediate effect that leads to YouTuber emotion correlating with audience emotion. “Our social life might move more and more to the online sphere, but emotions and the way we behave towards one another will always be steered by basic psychological processes,” Rosenbusch said.last_img read more

The Future of Productivity AI and Machine Learning

first_imgJuly 5, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The productivity and project management market is booming, and it’s continuing to evolve in new and exciting ways. I wanted to know what the future of artificial intelligence in project management would look like, so I reached out to founders, productivity experts and futurists who work in this space every day to ask what their predictions are for the next five and 10 years. Their answers were enlightening.We’ll use AI for decision support, not decision making.David Allen, the inventor of Getting Things Done, believes, ”Systems will get better at presenting the relevant data to optimize our experience in every situation — at the right place, at the right time. We need to think of productivity systems as supporting systems for our decision process.”Related: How to Prepare Employees to Work With AISo, we won’t yet be using AI to eliminate our decisions and automate them, but to enhance the ability to make a decision in any situation. I also think this is the next likely step for AI. Most people wouldn’t trust a computer to make decisions for them, but they do look for information to help make those decisions.Allen goes on to say, “Neither these new presentation forms nor trends like A.I. will make a decision for you. That won’t work. I see that A.I. can support your decisions but we still will use our heads to make decisions.”It’s not robots . . .When most people think of AI, they think of robots doing manual labor to get things done for us, whether it’s Rosie from The Jetsons or a robot on the assembly line at Ford. The issue I have with this is that this view is too limiting. Sure, robots will become intelligent, but so will everything else. The team behind the online video series In a Nutshell released a great explainer video about this.Right now, an app that will be able to recognize your motivation level and give you tasks that fit that level is not out of the question. Bots that can answer simple service questions and learn from the responses are already around, working with some success and some big failures.Related: Rethinking Chatbots: They’re Not Just for CustomersMark Mader, CEO at Smartsheet, thinks that thinking of AI as roving robots is missing the point, saying, “Looking further out, there’s no doubt that automation — don’t think robots, think removing mundane and unproductive work steps from your day — will increase. Machine learning will be able to predict what workers are trying to do and make their work easier. How? By automatically gathering the information they need to complete a task, populating forms and sharing them with the appropriate people.”I see a combination of both. Specifically in project management, I see a future where machines will be able to predict a change using real-time data and make changes accordingly. It’s the combination of bots and machine learning that holds the key: Think of an assembly line system pushing out barbecue equipment. The system will be able to predict that demand will increase due to an upcoming holiday and automatically tell the bots on the line to increase production. I’m not sure if there will be a human decision between them, but I think as we become more comfortable with the machines’ decisions, we’ll give them more control of the process.It’s my decision to make.AI is far from being human, let alone superhuman. As I pointed out, we’ve released machine learning bots with some pretty terrible results. Machines are not yet good at understanding context or sarcasm, so when we let them learn, they usually miss the mark.Using machines to help with a decision, however, seems like the only way forward for the moment. As a form of decision support, productivity expert Carl Pullein thinks that “machine learning and artificial intelligence [will move] towards creating productivity tools that can schedule your meetings and tasks for you and to be able to know what needs to be done based on your context, where you are and what needs to be done.”Related: Why Small Business Should Be Paying Attention to Artificial IntelligenceMachine learning enabled tools like Grammarly are already on the market, but as these decision-making aides become more well-known, they are moving into more complex areas. Think of it as your Facebook timeline algorithm or your spam filter, but for your to-do list.Just like education, access is the key to machine learning.To get a sense of where we are now, think of systems that are on and learning all of the time. Your computer browser talks to Google and Facebook and any number of companies, where what you’re doing, clicking, buying and beyond, is stored. Now with the recent trend of IoT, these things are moving away from our computers and cellphones and becoming part of our everyday lives. And gaining access to data along the way. Your smart fridge might be able to tell the local supermarket how much water you drink per week. If everyone in the local area has a smart fridge, that same supermarket would be able to make a better decision about how much water to keep stocked.Productivity psychologist Melissa Gratias sees this system working for us in our workplaces too. “Most apps and programs require the user to purposefully interface with the tool in order to use it. We will see more smart homes, smart cars and voice-activated entry points that allow the tool to be always available to the user, no matter where she is. She won’t have to stop what she’s doing to, for example, add something to her task list.”Related: Will a Robot Take My Job?So, not only will the supermarket know what to stock, but your fridge will know what to add to your shopping list for the next week. Automatically, through learned behavior.All the experts I spoke with agreed that decision support is likely the only way forward in the short term. Machines are being taught the decision preferences of humans, because they can’t discern context on their own. So, we need to educate machines on what it’s like to think like a human. Companies like Alphabet are already working on it, with projects like DeepMind at the forefront of AI and machine learning technologies. Others, like Elon Musk’s OpenAI, are working to make sure that humanity’s fears of a malevolent AI will never be realized. As we learn to trust these systems, adoption will quickly follow. And since they’re so universal, they will surely touch all industries. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free 6 min readlast_img read more