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first_imgSudhir Tailang is one of India’s finest and renowned political cartoonists. He has held only two solo-shows in Delhi in the past three decades This show was  his solo show in the capital after a gap of almost 12 years. The retrospective was a selection of his best works from different periods. He has satirized PMs, CMs, ministers, Presidents, Governors and all sorts of politicians across the democratic spectrum. In the past three decades or so, Sudhir’s had the privilege of drawing many prime ministers. Most of them invented solely to serve the cause of cartooning! From Indira Gandhi to Manmohan Singh—he’s essayed the journey of nine Prime Ministers in his inimitable style. The retrospective was a slice of India’s comic history of the past three turbulent decades. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Apart from Sudhir’s political cartoons, the show also featured his forays into other areas- his travel sketches, his caricatures and his works on other mediums. At the rate of 7 cartoons a week, has drawn thousands of cartoons and caricature in the past three decades of professional cartooning. Most of the cartoons in this show were on subjects that concern all of us in our everyday life. Water, corruption, schools, hospitals, security, gender issues, law and order. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSudhir has worked with The Illustrated Weekly and other The Times Group publications, Indian Express, The Hindustan Times. He presently draws for The Asian Age and The Deccan Chronicle. He was awarded Padma Shri by the President of India in 2004, for his contribution to the art of Cartooning and Journalism.  The IHC exhibition got over on 7 November but the show will continue at Art Alive, Panchsheel Park, thereafter till 15 November.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will open 16 free special cardio diabetic clinics soon, deputy Mayor designate Atin Ghosh said on Tuesday. The centres will come up in every borough and will be manned by specialised doctors. A costly equipment to do tests of retina will be set up at the KMC health office in Hatibagan. The specialised centres will function as referral centres. The KMC runs 144 health centres in every Ward where primary care is given to diabetic patients and even costly medicines are given free of cost. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that India will be the main centre of four diseases by 2025. They are diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer and depression. Diabetes has spread like wild fire in India in the past one decade. Its victims are people coming from various economic backgrounds. Children are also suffering from the disease. The number of renal failure cases has gone up due to diabetes. Sedentary habits are one of the major causes of diabetes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe KMC doctors who treat diabetic patients in the Ward clinics will refer those who need special attention. They will be examined by the specialists there. There will be educators also who will train patients about how to administer Insulin and the medicine will be given free of cost. The doctors who treat diabetes patients at the Ward level clinics have received training and are handling them regularly. They have been given training by expert endocrinologists. The number of diabetic patients in the KMC clinics is going up. Moreover, most of the patients do not do eye check-ups and are found to be suffering from diabetic retinopathy. Once the specialised clinics come up, there will be comprehensive treatment available. KMC officials regretted that as the medicines are given free of cost, many people think that the patients are not looked after properly.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A Bangladeshi national has been arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, Kolkata, with a huge amount of foreign currency on Saturday morning. Suspicion grew within the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel during the baggage checking as the currency was visible at the time of scanning.According to CISF authority, at around 11 am, when baggage checking for a Dhaka-bound flight was in progress, an on-duty CISF officer noticed a suspicious image on the scanner screen. To investigate the matter, the CISF personnel decided to check the baggage physically. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe passenger, identified as Alam Shah, was also detained for inquiry. After opening the baggage, no suspicious items could be located. But the CISF personnel was not convinced as the bag seemed unusually heavy in respect of the items that were packed inside. The items inside the baggage were then taken out and was passed through the scanner again. It was found that a false compartment had been created at the bottom of the bag. Immediately, the portion was cut open and the huge amount of US dollars were found. During counting, it was revealed that Shah was carrying US $70,000 approximately worth Rs 47.42 lakh. Shah was later handed over to the Customs officials for further action.last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read January 30, 2015 Maybe the epic Microsoft co-founder just hasn’t met Cubic yet?Bill Gates is apprehensive of artificial intelligence (AI). In a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” this week, the tech entrepreneur said he is worried about the potential threat AI poses to humankind. “I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”Not to say that Gates doesn’t know what he is talking about. But I do humbly wonder if he has ever had a wee little robot talk fondly about him before.Because I have. And it’s kinda the best thing ever.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe team at Palo Alto, Calif.-based Cubic Robotics wanted to get my attention. And — take note, PR firms — they did. I fell for their pitch hook line and sinker. In the video they sent me below, little robot Cubic says it wants to be an entrepreneur when it grows up and that, to learn about entrepreneurs, it reads all of *my* stories at Entrepreneur. Clever, and admittedly a bit ego-boosting.Have a look:“Hey Cubic. What if Catherine wrote about you?” asks Ivan Crewkov, the chief marketing officer at the tech company. To which the little robot (I am subconsciously personifying this square cube, by calling it “little”) responds, “That would be incredible. Do you think she will?”The video is endearing, but it also demonstrates, in 30 seconds (PR tip No. 2: reporters are always on deadline and always busy and always behind) how Cubic works. After the exchange, Crewkov asks Cubic to email me.That’s the idea behind this device: It’s a digital personal assistant. But it also has some amount of “personality.” The device has raised more than its $100,000 goal on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Campaign backers can purchase their own little Cubic for $195 with expected delivery in November.Related: People Prefer Robot Bosses, Study ShowsCubic syncs with all of your various social media accounts and technology devices and gives you friendly reminders, offers to email people, orders take out. Have a look at the video, embedded below, which walks through a day with two people using Cubic.It’s a bit future-forward, Jetsons-feeling. The idea of being automatically reminded by a cute little dude that I am dressed inappropriately for my commute to work does sound pretty helpful. Cubic sits in that spot between exciting and maybe a tiny bit uncomfortable — somewhere like where Joaquin Phoenix wanted you to stew his movie, Her, in which his character falls in love with an operating system.Related: ‘Her’ Got Us Thinking. Can You Love — Like, Really Love — Your Technology?What do you think? How do you feel about having a little robot help you around the house? Leave a comment below and let us know.center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgApril 3, 2018 “The future is right now — it’s just unevenly distributed.”  — William GibsonI am writing from inside the tech bubble to let you know that we are coming for your jobs.I recently met a pair of old friends for drinks in Manhattan. One is an executive who works at a software company in New York. They replace call center workers with artificial intelligence software. I asked her whether she believed her work would result in job losses. She responded matter-of-factly, “We are getting better and better at things that will make large numbers of workers extraneous. And we will succeed. There needs to be a dramatic reskilling of the workforce, but that’s not going to be practical for a lot of people. It’s impossible to avoid a lost generation of workers.” Her confidence in this assessment was total. The conversation then quickly shifted to more pleasant topics.Related: The How-To: Using Chatbots As A Tool For Customer ServiceI later met with a friend who’s a Boston-based venture capitalist. He told me he felt “a little uneasy” about investing in software and robotics companies that, if successful, would eliminate large numbers of jobs. “But they’re good opportunities,” he noted, estimating that 70 percent of the startups he’s seeing will contribute to job losses in other parts of the economy.In San Francisco, I had breakfast with an operations manager for a large tech company. He told me, “I just helped set up a factory that had 70 percent fewer workers than one even a few years ago would have had, and most of them are high-end technicians on laptops. I have no idea what normal people are going to do in a few years.”Normal people. Seventy percent of Americans consider themselves part of the middle class. Chances are, you do, too. Right now some of the smartest people in the country are trying to figure out how to replace you with an overseas worker, a cheaper version of you or, increasingly, a widget, software program or robot. There’s no malice in it. The market rewards business leaders for making things more efficient. Efficiency doesn’t love normal people. It loves getting things done in the most cost-effective way possible.A wave of automation and job loss is no longer a dystopian vision of the future — it’s well underway. The numbers have been telling a story for a while now that we have been ignoring. More and more people of prime working age have been dropping out of the workforce. There’s a growing mass of the permanently displaced. Automation is accelerating to a point where it will soon threaten our social fabric and way of life.Experts and researchers project an unprecedented wave of job destruction coming with the development of artificial intelligence, robotics, software and automation. The Obama White House published a report in December 2016 that predicted 83 percent of jobs where people make less than $20 per hour will be subject to automation or replacement. Between 2.2 and 3.1 million car, bus and truck driving jobs in the U.S. will be eliminated by the advent of self-driving vehicles.Read that last sentence again: The government is confident that between 2 and 3 million Americans who drive vehicles for a living will lose their jobs in the next 10 to 15 years. Driving a truck is the most common occupation in 29 states. Self-driving vehicles are one of the most obvious job-destroying technologies, but there are similar innovations ahead that will displace cashiers, fast-food workers, customer service representatives, administrative assistants and even well-paid white-collar jobs like wealth managers, lawyers and insurance agents, all within the span of a few short years. Suddenly out of work, millions will struggle to find a new job, particularly those at the lower end of the skill ladder.  Automation has already eliminated about 4 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. since 2000. Instead of finding new jobs, a lot of those people left the workforce and didn’t come back. The U.S. labor force participation rate is now at only 62.9 percent, a rate below that of nearly all other industrialized economies and about the same as that of El Salvador and the Ukraine. Some of this is driven by an aging population, which presents its own set of problems, but much of it is driven by automation and a lower demand for labor.Each 1 percent decline in the labor participation rate equates to approximately 2.5 million Americans dropping out. The number of working-age Americans who aren’t in the workforce has surged to a record 95 million. Ten years into the nation’s recovery from the financial crisis and 95 million working-age Americans not in the workforce — I’ve taken to calling this phenomenon The Great Displacement.Related: Learning to Work With Robots Is How You Can Save Your JobThe lack of mobility and growth has created a breeding ground for political hostility and social ills. High rates of unemployment and underemployment are linked to an array of social problems, including substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and depression. Today 40 percent of American children are born outside of married households, due in large part to the crumbling marriage rate among working-class adults, and overdoses and suicides have overtaken auto accidents as leading causes of death. More than half of American households already rely on the government for direct income in some form. In some parts of the U.S., 20 percent of working age adults are now on disability, with increasing numbers citing mood disorders. What Americans who cannot find jobs find instead is despair. If you care about communities and our way of life, you care about people having jobs.This is the most pressing economic and social issue of our time; our economy is evolving in ways that will make it more and more difficult for people with lower levels of education to find jobs and support themselves. Soon, these difficulties will afflict the white-collar world. It’s a boiling pot getting hotter one degree at a time. And we’re the frog.In my role as Founder of Venture for America, I spent the past six years working with hundreds of startups across the country in cities like Detroit, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Providence, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Birmingham, Columbus, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Charlotte, Miami, Nashville, Atlanta and Denver. Some of these places were bustling industrial centers in the late 19th and 20th centuries only to find themselves faced with population loss and economic transition as the 20th century wound down. Venture for America trains young aspiring entrepreneurs to work at startups in cities like these to generate job growth. We’ve had many successes. But the kinds of jobs created tend to be very specific; every business I worked with will hire the very best people it can find — particularly startups. When entrepreneurs start companies and expand, they generally aren’t hiring a down-on-his-or-her-luck worker in need of a break. They are hiring the strongest contributors with the right mix of qualities to help an early-stage company succeed. Most jobs in a startup essentially require a college degree. That excludes 68 percent of the population right there. And some of these companies are lifting further inefficiencies out of the system — reducing jobs in other places even while hiring their own new workers.Related: AI and Robots Are Coming for Your Job. Here’s What You Need to KnowThere’s a scene in Ben Horowitz’s book The Hard Things about Hard Things in which he depicts the CEO of a company meeting with his two lieutenants. The CEO says to one of them, “You’re going to do everything in your power to make this deal work.” Then he turns to the other and says, “Even if he does everything right, it’s probably not going to work. Your job is to fix it.” That’s where we’re at with the American economy. Unprecedented advances are accelerating in real time and wreaking havoc on lives and communities around the country, particularly on those least able to adapt and adjust.We must do all we can to reduce the worst effects of the Great Displacement — it should be the driving priority of corporations, government and non-profits for the foreseeable future. We should invest in education, job training and placement, apprenticeships, relocation, entrepreneurship and tax incentives — anything to help make hiring and retaining workers appealing. And then we should acknowledge that, for millions of people, it’s not going to work.In the U.S. we want to believe that the market will resolve most situations. In this case, the market will not solve the problem — quite the opposite. The market is driven to reduce costs. It will look to find the cheapest way to perform tasks. The market doesn’t want to provide for unemployed truck drivers or cashiers. Uber is going to get rid of its drivers as soon as it can. Its job isn’t to hire lots of people — its job is to move customers around as efficiently as possible. The market will continue to throw millions of people out of the labor force as automation and technology improve. In order for society to continue to function and thrive when tens of millions of Americans don’t have jobs, we will need to rethink the relationship between work and being able to pay for basic needs. And then, we will have to determine ways to convey the psychic and social benefits of work in other ways.There is really only one entity — the federal government — that can realistically reformat society in ways that will prevent large swaths of the country from becoming jobless zones of derelict buildings and broken people. Non-profits will be at the frontlines of fighting the decline, but most of their activities will be like Band-Aids on top of an infected wound. State governments are generally hamstrung with balanced budget requirements and limited resources.Related: Peter Thiel: Luck Is Just an Excuse For Not Working Hard EnoughEven if they don’t talk about it in public, many technologists themselves fear a backlash. My friends in Silicon Valley want to be positive, but many are buying bunkers and escape hatches just in case. One reason that solutions are daunting to even my most optimistic friends is that, while their part of the American economy is flourishing, little effort is being made to distribute the gains from automation and reverse the decline in opportunities. To do so would require an active, stable, invigorated unified federal government willing to make large bets. This, unfortunately, is not what we have. We have an indebted state rife with infighting, dysfunction and outdated ideas and bureaucracies from bygone eras, along with a populace that cannot agree on basic facts like vote totals or climate change. Our politicians offer half-hearted solutions that will at best nibble at the edges of the problem. The budget for Research and Development in the Department of Labor is only $4 million. We have a 1960s-era government that has few solutions to the problems of 2018.This must change if our way of life is to continue. We need a revitalized, dynamic government to rise to the challenge posed by the largest economic transformation in the history of mankind. The above may sound like science fiction to you. But you’re reading this with a supercomputer in your pocket (or reading it on the supercomputer itself) and Donald Trump was elected president. Doctors can fix your eyes with lasers, but your local mall just closed. We are living in unprecedented times. The future without jobs will come to resemble either the cultivated benevolence of Star Trek or the desperate scramble for resources of Mad Max. Unless there is a dramatic course correction, I fear we are heading toward the latter.Related: Emerging Ethical Concerns In the Age of Artificial IntelligenceOur society has already been shaped by large-scale changes in the economy due to technological advances. It turns out that Americans have been dealing with the lack of meaningful opportunities by getting married less and becoming less and less functional. The fundamental message is that we are already on the edge of dystopia, with hundreds of thousands of families and communities being pushed into oblivion.Education and retraining won’t address the gaps; the goalposts are now moving and many affected workers are well past their primes. We need to establish an updated form of capitalism — I call it Human-Centered Capitalism or Human Capitalism for short — to amend our current version of institutional capitalism that will lead us toward ever-increasing automation accompanied by social ruin. We must make the market serve humanity rather than have humanity continue to serve the market. We must simultaneously become more dynamic and more empathetic as a society. We must change and grow faster than most think possible.When the next downturn hits, hundreds of thousands of people will wake up to do their jobs only to be told that they’re no longer needed. Their factory or retail store or office or mall or business or truck stop or agency will close. They will look for another job and, this time, they will not find one. They will try to keep up a brave face, but the days and weeks will pass and they will become more and more defeated. They will almost always blame themselves for their lot. They will say things like, “I wish I’d applied myself more in school,” or “I should have picked another job.” They’ll burn through their meager savings. Their family lives and communities will suffer. Some will turn to substance abuse or watch too much TV. Their health will slip — the ailments they’ve been working through will seem twice as painful. Their marriages will fail. They will lose their sense of self-worth. Their physical environments will decay around them and their loved ones will become reminders of their failure.Related: Should Tipped Minimum Wage Still Exist?For every displaced worker, there will be two or three others who have their shifts and hours reduced, their benefits cut and their already precarious financial lives pushed to the brink. They will try to consider themselves lucky even as their hopes for the future dim.Meanwhile, in Manhattan and Silicon Valley and Washington D.C., my friends and I will be busier than ever fighting to stay current and climb within our own hypercompetitive environments. We will read articles with concern about the future and think about how to redirect our children to more fertile professions and livelihoods. We will retweet something and contribute here and there. We will occasionally reflect on the fates of others and shake our heads, determined to be among the winners in whatever the new economy brings.The logic of the meritocracy is leading us to ruin, because we are collectively primed to ignore the voices of the millions getting pushed into economic distress by the grinding wheels of automation and innovation. We figure they’re complaining or suffering because they’re losers.We need to break free of this logic of the marketplace before it’s too late.We must reshape and accelerate society to bring us all to higher ground. We must find new ways to organize ourselves independent of the values that the marketplace assigns to each and every one of us.As Bismarck said, “If revolution there is to be, let us rather undertake it not undergo it.” Society will change either before or after the revolution. I choose before.We are more than the numbers on our paychecks — and we are going to have to prove it very quickly.—This is an excerpt from Andrew Yang’s The War on Normal People, published by Hachette on April 3rd. To pre-order a copy click here. 14 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

first_imgYesterday, James Bennett, a software developer and an active contributor to the Django web framework issued the summary of a proposal on dissolving the Django Core team and revoking commit bits. Re-forming or reorganizing the Django core team has been a topic of discussion from the last couple of years, and this proposal aims to take this discussion to real action. What are the reasons behind the proposal of dissolving the Django Core team? Unable to bring in new contributors Django, the open source project has been facing some difficulty in recruiting and retaining contributors to keep the project alive. Typically, open source projects avoid this situation by having corporate sponsorship of contributions. Companies which rely on the software also have employees who are responsible to maintain it. This was true in the case of Django as well but it hasn’t really worked out as a long-term plan. As compared to the growth of this web framework, it has hardly been able to draw contributors from across its entire user base. The project has not been able to bring new committers at a sufficient rate to replace those who have become less active or even completely inactive. This essentially means that Django is dependent on the goodwill of the contributors who mostly don’t get paid to work on it and are very few in number. This poses a risk on the future of the Django web framework. Django Committer is seen as a high-prestige title Currently, the decisions are made by consensus, involving input from committers and non-committers on the django-developers list and the commits to the main Django repository are made by the Django Fellows. Even people who have commit bits of their own, and therefore have the right to just push their changes straight into Django, typically use pull requests and start a discussion. The actual governance rarely relies on the committers, but still, Django committer is seen as a high-prestige title, and committers are given a lot of respect by the wider community. This creates an impression among potential contributors that they’re not “good enough” to match up to those “awe-inspiring titanic beings”. What is this proposal about? Given the reasons above, this proposal is being made to dissolve the Django core team and also revoke the commit bits. Instead, this proposal will introduce two roles called Mergers and Releasers. Mergers would merge pull requests into Django and Releasers would package/publish releases. Rather than being all-powered decision-makers, these would be bureaucratic roles. The current set of Fellows will act as the initial set of Mergers, and something similar will happen for Releasers. As opposed to allowing the committers making decisions, governance would take place entirely in public, on the django-developers mailing list. But as a final tie-breaker, the technical board would be retained and would get some extra decision-making power. These powers will be mostly related to the selection of the Merger/Releaser roles and confirming that new versions of Django are ready for release. The technical board will be elected very less often than it currently is and the voting would also be open to public. The Django Software Foundation (DSF) will act as a neutral  administrator of the technical board elections. What are the goals this proposal aims to achieve? Mr. Bennett believes that eliminating the distinction between the committers and the “ordinary contributors” will open doors for more contributors: “Removing the distinction between godlike “committers” and plebeian ordinary contributors will, I hope, help to make the project feel more open to contributions from anyone, especially by making the act of committing code to Django into a bureaucratic task, and making all voices equal on the django-developers mailing list.” The technical board remains as a backstop for resolving dead-locked decisions. This proposal will provide additional authority to the board such as issuing the final go-ahead on releases. Retaining the technical board will ensure that Django is not going to descend into some sort of “chaotic mob rule”. Also, with this proposal the formal description of Django’s governance becomes much more in line with the reality of how the project actually works and has worked for the past several years. To know more in detail, read the post by James Bannett: Django Core no more. Read Next Django 2.1.2 fixes major security flaw that reveals password hash to “view only” admin users Django 2.1 released with new model view permission and more Getting started with Django and Django REST frameworks to build a RESTful applast_img read more

first_img Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Share Posted by July was booming but traffic overall has eased, says IATA GENEVA — Global revenue passenger kilomtres grew by a robust 6.8% year-on-year in July, the first summer peak month, says IATA.This was down from 7.7% in the previous month, and just ahead of the five-year average pace of 6.4%. Passenger demand remains on course to grow solidly in 2017 as a whole, however, with stimulus from lower airfares waning, the supportive demand backdrop has moderated.All told, the strong first half of the year and the robust start to the peak summer period means that 2017 is on course to be another year of above-trend revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) growth. But the moderation in demand drivers suggests that the upward trend in H2 2017 and into 2018 is likely to be weaker than was seen in the same period of 2016.Year-on-year growth in RPKs slowed to 6.2% in July, from 7.6% in June. The annual growth rate slowed in all regions except Latin America and the Middle East.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamNorth American airlines’ international RPKs grew by 3.5% in year-on-year terms in July, down from 4.4% in June but still ahead of the five-year average pace of 2.9%. Seasonally-adjusted (SA) passenger traffic has held on to the monthly gains achieved earlier in the year. That said, anecdotal evidence suggests that tourists are being deterred by the additional security measures now involved with travelling to the U.S.center_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: IATA, Trend Watchlast_img read more