July 2019

first_imgJOHOR BARU (Bernama): The Disaster Operation Control Centre (PKTK), which was opened in Pasir Gudang, following breathing difficulties and vomiting experienced by students here due to suspected air pollution since June 20, has closed at noon on Friday (July 11).State Health, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar said the closure of the control centre at Level 4, Aqabah Tower, was carried out following an improved situation in Pasir Gudang.”However, the Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) has been directed by the Johor Baru District Officer to set up an Emergency Assistance Unit which would be activated immediately to address the situation if there is a recurrence,” he said in a statement here Friday night.Mohd Khuzzan said as at 4pm, there were no new cases reported. Related News Nation 23 Jun 2019 Breathing difficulties: Another Pasir Gudang school affected Related News Nation 07 Jul 2019 11 students, pupils fall ill in Pasir Gudang Nation 07 Jul 2019 Health Ministry to issue statement on death of woman in Pasir Gudangcenter_img Tags / Keywords: He said on overall, air quality monitoring conducted by the Department of Environment (DOE) last week found the condition has improved and air readings were normal. – Bernama Johor , Disaster Operation Control Centre , Pasir Gudang , Air pollution , Closed {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_img Culture 16h ago Of Nostalgia And Emotional Ties To Stuff In a packed ballroom in Beijing’s national convention centre, the executive from a major technology company laid out ambitious plans for the future of artificial intelligence in China. He explained how customised semiconductors would help power everything from autonomous cars to voice-activated industrial machines.  Only this wasn’t a state-backed enterprise. This was Intel Corp, the largest US chipmaker.  The company’s AI chief, Naveen Rao, pledged to work closely, “engineer to engineer”, on cutting-edge technology with the 7,000 people that attended Baidu Inc’s annual developers conference last week. Intel was the top sponsor of the event.  Rao made no mention of politics, though his overwhelming support of Baidu, a Chinese national tech champion, sent a powerful message: Even as US and Chinese leaders are locked in a fierce battle over technological supremacy, companies like Intel remain big backers of China’s tech industry because they rely on the country for significant contributions of revenue, production chains and even talent.  AdChoices广告Intel made 27% of its revenue in China last year, more than in the US or any other market, but it’s fighting to hold on to customers there that it spent decades cultivating. Like many American multinationals with large businesses in the country, Intel is walking a fine line between holding on to that lucrative market and keeping in Washington’s good graces. Neutrality is becoming a tougher stance to maintain.  “There’s been a psychotic break” in what some leaders in the US government want and what American businesses want, said Josh Dorfman, founder of One Thousand Million, a China-focused consultancy and think tank based in Dallas. “Unlike in China, US companies aren’t beholden to the country and are not obligated in any way, shape, or form to be patriotic. They want to make money.”  An Intel spokesman said the company remains engaged with Chinese customers that aren’t on the US’s list of those it sees as a security threat. China is a substantial market for Intel and it has no intention of pulling out now.  Intel isn’t alone. Apple Inc is heavily dependent on China not only for the manufacture of Mac computers and iPhones but it’s also a major consumer market, accounting for about 20% of sales. Even as US President Donald Trump threatened tariffs that would hit Apple products, the California-based company was making plans to shift production of its new Mac Pro computer to China, sending a clear signal of support.  While some companies are considering moving part of their production out of the country, many others are making gestures of goodwill. Walmart Inc last week pledged to invest US$1.2bil (RM4.93bil) in China to upgrade logistics distribution centres. Boeing Co is in negotiations to sell 100 jetliners to Chinese airlines in one of its largest-ever deals, Bloomberg News reported. And last month, 600 US companies and trade groups signed a letter to Trump warning of tariff-related hits to their businesses.  IBM’s Greater China group chairman Liming Chen said that the escalation of China-US trade frictions has created a “confusing environment” for businesses. He outlined International Business Machine Corp’s long relationship with China, dating back to its products first entering the country in the 1920s, and formally establishing a Shanghai office in 1936.  “IBM has participated in the rapid development of China over the past 40 years, while China has also nourished IBM,” he wrote in a post on WeChat in June, calling the country an “indispensable part of our global strategy map”.  The US-China trade war is anchored in competition to dominate the next generation of wireless networks and other technologies as much as politics. The Trump administration worries that American companies in search of profits could actually help China’s tech industry eclipse US prowess in sensitive areas like artificial intelligence and machine learning.  The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, lambasted Alphabet Inc in March for Google’s AI work in China, which he alleged “indirectly benefits the Chinese military”. Trump repeated the critique in a subsequent tweet, questioning the Google parent’s loyalties. Google has said it doesn’t work with China’s military.  The same nationalistic fervour is partly behind the US Commerce Department’s May prohibition on selling American components to Chinese telecom behemoth Huawei Technologies Co. Despite Trump’s recent pledge to ease restrictions, Huawei remains on America’s so-called entities list and US firms must apply for special licenses to sell parts to the company.  That hasn’t stopped chipmaker Micron Technology Inc from feverishly trying to find ways to keep supplying the company, one of its largest customers. The US semiconductor industry also lobbied the Trump administration to loosen restrictions on Huawei.  Still, American tech companies are facing a new global reality. They may no longer be able to overlook geopolitics in favour of profits. China may not be the growth saviour it once was.  Tech companies “must now live in a world where their Chinese business partners and global value chains at any given day could blow up”, said James Lewis, director of the tech and public policy program at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think-tank. “Trump might have backed off Huawei for now but next week it could be something different and any of these companies are fair game.”  Lewis, who previously served as the US Commerce Department’s lead for national security and espionage concerns related to high-technology trade with China, said Chinese firms are also racing to become less reliant on the very American firms bending over backwards to keep their business.  Splitting the two economies won’t be easy. Research, development, manufacturing and talent in the US and China are still very much interconnected.  “Innovation by American companies is fuelled by access to the Chinese market,” said Samm Sacks, cybersecurity policy and China digital economy fellow at think tank New America, in Congressional testimony in May.  For Intel’s AI chief, collaboration with China helps the company to build better products and bring new technology to market fast.  “I’m proud of the strong and growing partnership between Intel and Baidu,” Intel’s Rao said in Beijing, after greeting developers with a hearty “nihao”. “By working together to advance AI, Baidu and Intel are helping to usher in a world where AI is ubiquitous.” – Bloomberg Related News Tech News 08 Jul 2019 The Week That Was: A quick tech round-up Tech News 1d ago ‘Miss us?’ Twitter hit with hour-long outagecenter_img Related News Even as US and Chinese leaders are locked in a fierce battle over technological supremacy, companies like Intel remain big backers of China’s tech industry because they rely on the country for significant contributions of revenue, production chains and even talent. — Bloomberg {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

first_img Reuters GuwahatiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 08:44 IST Flood affected villagers with their belongings travel on a boat in Katahguri village in river Brahmaputra, east of Guwahati, India, Sunday, July 14, 2019 (AP image)HIGHLIGHTSFloods have wreaked havoc in parts of India, Nepal and BangladeshAt least 100 people have been killed and several lakhs displacedThe worst hit are Assam and Bihar in India, where at least 43 lakh people had to leave home due to delugeFloods have forced more than 40 lakh people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc.The Assam and Bihar are among the worst hit. Some 43 lakh people have been displaced from their homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters across the mostly rural northeastern region, according to a government release on Monday.Television channels showed roads and railway lines in Bihar submerged, with people wading through chest-high, churning brown waters, carrying their belongings on their heads.Floods in South Asia cause mass displacement and deaths annually, and the death toll and damage from the current monsoon season, which has just begun, is likely to increase in coming weeks. Floods in Nepal, India and Bangladesh during the 2017 monsoon here killed at least 800 people and destroyed food crops and homes.An impoverished agrarian province with rickety infrastructure and poor healthcare services, Bihar has a history of flooding in its northern areas bordering Nepal.Flood waters in Assam rose overnight with the Brahmaputra River, which flows down from the Himalayas into Bangladesh, and its tributaries still in spate. Most of the Kaziranga National Park, home to the rare one-horned rhino, was underwater, authorities in Assam said, adding that four people drowned on Monday.The flood situation has turned very critical with 31 of the 32 districts affected, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told reporters. We are working on a war footing to deal with the flood situation.Assam, known for its tea industry, is hit by seasonal flooding each year, and the state and federal governments have spent millions of rupees on flood control.Army and paramilitary personnel have been deployed across the state for rescue and relief operations and makeshift shelter camps have been set up, while the airforce is on standby, Keshab Mahanta, Assam’s water resources minister, told Reuters.The Indian weather office has forecast widespread rains across Assam and Bihar over the next two days.LANDSLIDES SWEEP HOMES AWAYIn neighbouring Nepal, 64 people were killed and 31 were missing, with around a third of all districts hit by heavy rains, authorities said. Many of the deaths were caused by landslides that swept away houses.In southeast Nepal, water levels on the Kosi River, which flows into Bihar, had receded, an district official said.In 2008, the Kosi broke its banks and changed course, inundating huge tracts of land and killing 500 people.Our analysis is that the danger is over now that the water level has come down, Chiranjibi Giri, assistant district administrator of Sunsari district, told Reuters.In Bangladesh, floods forced an estimated 190,000 people out of their homes, government officials said.In Cox’s Bazar district, shelter to some 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar, more than 100,000 people have been displaced.Since early July, flooding and landslides have damaged thousands of shelters at the refugee camps, killing two people, including a child, Human Rights Watch said in a release last week.Read | Nearly 70 lakh affected in floods in Bihar, northeast India; toll mounts to 44Read | 5 children drown in floods in Bihar’s East ChamparanRead | Nepal appeals to international agencies for help in flood-hit areas, death toll rises to 67Watch | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byArshi Aggarwal Next Floods kill over 100 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, lakhs displacedSome 43 lakh people have been displaced from their homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters across the mostly rural northeastern region.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgJammu Darshan bus service launched in J&K to promote tourismThe Jammu Tourism Department along with a private partner started an open bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’ to ferry tourists across various destinations in Jammu.advertisement Next Asian News International JammuJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 20:42 IST The Jammu Tourism Department along with a private partner started an open bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’. (Represntative image/ANI)The Jammu Tourism Department along with a private partner started an open bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’ to ferry tourists across various destinations in Jammu.OP Bhagat, Director of Tourism, said, “Because of Amarnath Yatra, people are coming in good numbers this year, therefore, the tourism department is taking this opportunity to promote tourists places in Jammu.””There is a good response to this service and most of the pilgrims who have come for Amarnath Yatra are enjoying this bus service ‘Jammu Darshan’,” said a pilgrim.The first batch of pilgrims left for Amarnath cave shrine from Baltal base camp on July 1, kicking off the annual pilgrimage to the 46-day-long yatra.Situated at an altitude of 3,888 m, the Amarnath cave is considered as one of the holiest shrines for Hindus.The Amarnath Yatra is conducted every year during Shravani Mela, which starts from July and continues till August. The Yatra takes place from the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 14-km Baltal route in Ganderbal district.The holy cave remains open during this period and it attracts lakhs of pilgrims.ALSO READ | Over 1.44 lakh pilgrims perform Amarnath Yatra in 11 days TALSO READ | Another batch of over 5,000 pilgrims start Amarnath Yatra from JammuALSO WATCH | Day before Amarnath Yatra begins, Modi govt tightens security arrangementsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow PilgrimFollow bus serviceFollow Amarnath YatraFollow Jammu tourismFollow Jammulast_img read more

first_img Next Asian News International Udham Singh NagarJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 12:09 IST As flooding due to heavy downpour continues to affect daily activities in parts of Uttarakhand, residents of a ward in Khatima area staged a protest demanding better connectivity and relief from the deluge-like situation.The agitation comes after family members of a pregnant woman were forced to take her to the hospital in a boat on Thursday.Residents of ward number 10 here, mostly women, gathered before the office of Sub-Divisional Magistrate to stage a demonstration.A protestor Sushma Devi said, “We have come from ward number 10. Last year my brother in law drowned. Now a pregnant woman was transported to a hospital in a boat as there was water everywhere and there are no roads.””A boy was rescued from drowning on Tuesday. We are helpless as our children did not go to schools for 10 days. We are protesting here in front of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) office. We hope that administration will help us in this,” she said.Manoj Kumar, Corporator of the ward, said, “We are facing crisis due to flood and water-logging every year. During rainy season we face this problem. People have to spend a whole week without eating as they cannot go out.””Last year a person got drowned in the flood. I request the administration to build roads here so that people residing in villages could do their work in the rainy season,” he said.The India Meteorological Department on Thursday said the states such as Uttarakhand, the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are likely to witness heavy rainfall on Friday (July 12).Also read: Uttarakhand: 2 dead, 16 injured after bus falls into deep gorgeALSO WATCH| 28 killed as bus falls into canal in KarnatakaFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Uttarakhand: Villagers in Khatima protest over flooding, demand better roadsResidents of ward number 10 here, mostly women, gathered before the office of Sub-Divisional Magistrate to stage a demonstration.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:57 IST The two universities will increase access and quality of higher education. (Image for representation: Reuters)A Bill to set up a central university and a tribal university in Andhra Pradesh was passed by the Lok Sabha on Friday.Moving the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for passage, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said the government has alloted Rs 450 crore for the central university and Rs 420 crore for the central tribal unversity.Currently these two universiites are functioning in temporary facilities in Anantpur and Vijayanagaram respectively.He said the Modi government has given Andhra Pradesh two universities and seven institutions of importance.Stating that at present the education department has a budget of Rs 1.25 lakh crore, he said the government is moving at a fast pace in the area of education.It has put the education sector under focus to ensure all round development, he said.To a query, he said vacant posts in all central education institutions will be filled up in the next few months.According to the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the two universities will increase access and quality of higher education and also promote avenues of higher education for the people of the state.The Tribal University will provide instructional and research facilities in tribal art, culture and customs and advancement in technology to the tribal population of India.At present, there is no central university in Andhra Pradesh while other states, except Goa, have one or more such institution.Setting up a central university and a central tribal university in Andhra Pradesh is obligatory under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 for creation of Telangana.Participating in the discussion, K Suresh (Cong) said that the bill has not mentioned about detailed funding mechanism and funding of universities have remained an issue in the country.There is also no mention about curriculum and administration of these two universities in the bill, he said.He added that it was also not mentioned whether tribals would get reservation in the central tribal unversity.”The NDA government is known for reducing funding for central universities,” he said, adding there are several vacancies in different universities not yet filled.Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP) took a swipe at the TDP for questioning the intentions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.TDP, a former ally of NDA, currently has only 3 Lok Sabha members at against 15 in 2014.He also expressed concern over rise in number of students in coaching centres.Coaching centres have become a big business in the country, he said, adding as per a study, out of four students, one is going for tuitions.He demanded granting of central university status to Patna University and Jai Prakash University in Chhapra.Saugata Roy (TMC) said the Delhi University is one of the best in the country. He said unless the number of seats is increased in the university the “terrible pressure” would stay.He said the cut off marks for its enrollment are touching 95 per cent, 98 per cent and 99 per cent.He also alleged that the Nagpur University is including history of RSS in its curriculum.”Let the university not work on RSS agenda but on national agenda,” he added.Lavu Sri Krishna (YSRCP) said that a central university should attract students and faculty from all parts of the country.”Unless we strengthen the tribal schools, the central university will not be meaningful,” he said.Rahul Shewale (SS) demanded more funds for a campus in the Mumbai University and filling of all vacant vacancies.Also Read | 1,513 farmers committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh between 2014-19: CM Jagan ReddyAlso Watch | Karnataka: Here’s how this Indo-Israel collaboration is helping farmers in Kolar districtFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Andhra PradeshFollow Universities Lok Sabha clears bill to set up central, tribal universities in Andhra PradeshMoving the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for passage, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said the government has alloted Rs 450 crore for the central university and Rs 420 crore for the central tribal unversity.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Asian News International MumbaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 12:51 IST Mumbaikars will not receive their lunchboxes on Friday and Saturday as the city’s beloved Dabbawalas will be off duties to take part in the annual pilgrimage to Pandharpur on the occasion of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’.The tiffin services will resume from Sunday.”The Tiffin services will be halted on July 12 and July 13, ” said President of Mumbai Dabbawala Association, Subhash Talekar.The Dabbawalas will also offer prayers to saint Gyaneshwar later in the day and will then proceed to Pandharpur.Besides Dabbawalas, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also offered prayers at Vitthal Temple in Pandharpur in the early hours of Friday.Lord Vitthal’s puja commences in Pandharpur town every year with lakhs of devotees from different states taking part.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday tweeted about Pandharpur and its connection with Ashadhi Ekadashi. “The beautiful town of Pandharpur in Maharashtra has a special link with Ashadhi Ekadashi. Know more in this video,” he wrote alongside a video featuring hoards of pilgrimage and the majestic puja of Lord Vitthal.The occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu across many states in India. Some also observe fast to seek prosperity and attain moksha later in life.Also read: Air India may ban pilots from bringing own food after fight over washing lunchboxALSO WATCH| Gold tiffin, diamond-studded teacup stolen from Hyderabad’s Nizam MuseumFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim No tiffin for Mumbaikars for 2 days as Dabbawalas take part in Pandharpur pilgrimageLord Vitthal’s puja commences in Pandharpur town every year with lakhs of devotees from different states taking part. advertisement Nextlast_img read more