Current Affairs

NITI Aayog and Google sign SoI to help grow AI ecosystem in India

Aiming to foster growth for India’s nascent artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) ecosystem, NITI Aayog and Google have come together to work on a range of initiatives to help build the AI ecosystem across the country.

A Statement of Intent (SoI) was signed to this effect by Ms. Anna Roy, Advisor, NITI Aayog and Shri Rajan Anandan, Vice President, India and South East Asia, Google in the presence of the Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.

The NITI Aayog has been entrusted to setup a national programme to conduct research and development in frontier technologies such as AI. In furtherance of this mandate, NITI Aayog has been developing India’s national strategy on AI along with the National Data and Analytics Portal to enable the wide deployment and use of AI.

India, World Bank sign USD 200 million loan deal for national nutrition mission

NEW DELHI: The World Bank will provide a USD 200 million loan to help the government achieve its goal of reducing stunting in children 0-6 years of age from 38.4 per cent to 25 per cent by the year 2022, a finance ministry statement said today.

The Government of India signed a loan deal worth USD 200 million with the World Bank today for the National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyaan)," it said.

India and Guatemala sign an agreement to boost cooperation in education sector

A pact has been signed between India and Guatemala for strengthening diplomatic cooperation through Respective Foreign Service Institutes in the educational field.

The agreement was inked after a meeting between Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and his Guatemala counterpart, Jafeth Cabrera Franco in Guatemala city last night. Mr Naidu also held meeting with the Guatemala President and others on various bilateral and international issues.

Nestle Pays $7.2 Billion to Sell Starbucks Coffee

For years, a smoldering George Clooney would sip his espresso and ask: “Nespresso...what else?” Turns out the answer is: Starbucks.

In the third-biggest transaction in Nestle SA’s 152-year history, the Swiss food giant will spend $7.15 billion for the right to market Starbucks Corp. products from beans to capsules, marrying its international distribution network with the allure of arguably the biggest name in java.

Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia's last independent newspaper, sold to Malaysian 'covert' spin doctor

The last remaining independent English language newspaper in Cambodia has been sold to a Malaysian PR man, who previously worked for the Cambodian Government and is currently "managing 'covert operations' for our clients", according to his website.

After weeks of rumours, the Australian publisher of the Phnom Penh Post announced the sale to staff while on a sunset boat cruise and later released a statement.

"I am pleased to announce that that [sic] the Company has been sold to Malaysian investor, Sivakumar G. (Siva)," wrote Bill Clough, a mining magnate from Western Australia, who previously explored for petroleum products off Cambodia's coast.

Putin is inaugurated for fourth term as Russian president

Vladimir Putin has been sworn in for a fourth term as Russian president and pledged to harness the country's talents to "achieve breakthroughs".

Some 5,000 guests attended the lavish ceremony in an ornate Kremlin hall.

He has been in power for 18 years, as president and prime minister, and opponents have likened his tenure to the reign of a tsar, or emperor.

Russian TV showed Mr Putin, 65, leaving his Kremlin office and walking to the ceremony, down long corridors.

Google IO 2018: Android P, WearOS, new Chromecast and other things to expect at Google’s annual developer event

Google I/O is mostly a developer event, with plenty of workshops for app developers to get up to speed and learn new things first hand from the people at Google. However, over the years, IO has gradually transformed into a consumer facing event mainly because of Android.

While last year’s Google I/O focused on Android Go, Google Lens, Google Photos, Tensor Flow, Search features and more, this year’s Google I/O 2018 is expected to be no different

Adult couple can live together without marriage: SC

An adult couple has a right to live together without marriage, the Supreme Court said, while asserting that a 20-year-old Kerala woman, whose marriage had been annulled, could choose whom she wanted to live with. 

The top court held that live-in relationships were now even recognised by the Legislature and they had found a place under the provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005

Israel pulls out of race for UN Security Council seat

UNITED NATIONS: Israel on Friday (May 4) dropped out of a race for a Security Council seat in 2019 and 2020 following a campaign by Arab states at the United Nations to block the bid.

The decision leaves the path clear for Germany and Belgium to take the two seats available for countries of the Western Europe and Others group when the General Assembly votes next month.

Aadhaar hearing: People must have a choice in the inexorable march towards technology, argues Shyam Divan for the petitioners

On Day 36 of the Aadhaar hearings, the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal concluded his arguments for the State, arguing on the money bill issue and stating that the non-mandatory Aadhaar for obtaining a SIM was a temporary measure until the disposal of the case.

Senior counsel Shyam Divan then commenced rejoinders on behalf of the petitioners. Shyam Divan argued that the State’s expert report conceded that location data could be tracked via Aadhaar, thus establishing surveillance in a fundamental form. He also argued that the UIDAI’s responses to the questionnaire indicate that no verification is done for those enrolling with Aadhaar.  Aadhaar is thus nothing but a self-declaration form of verification of identity.