Saturday, October 17, 2020

CM Pramod Sawant invites US business fraternity to invest in Goa

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant (file photi)

Panaji (Goa) [India], October 17 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday launched the Goa Chapter of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) which aims to synergize business activities from the United States thereby boosting the state economy.

Speaking at the occasion Chief Minister Sawant expressed that Goa has a lot of potential to bring in various business activities and invited the business fraternity from the US to engage in the industrial sector of the state.

Chief Minister Sawant said that the state has a conducive environment and infrastructure to have industrial engagement from outside the state and overseas. He expressed his happiness as the IACC has started its chapter in the state thereby facilitating business activities from the US.

Purnachandra Rao, national president of the IACC, said that the Goa chapter of IACC will play a significant role in boosting industrial activities in the state.

Naushad Panjwani, regional president of the IACC, opined that the IACC will be instrumental in exploring the economic potential of Goa and its growth.

Indo-American Chamber of Commerce is the apex bilateral Chamber synergizing India-US economic engagement. (ANI)

Boko Haram fighters killed in airstrikes: Nigerian military

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Lagos [Nigeria], October 17 (ANI/Xinhua): The Nigerian military confirmed Friday that an unknown number of Boko Haram fighters were killed in airstrikes around Tudun Wulgo and Tumbun Gini in the restive northeast state of Borno.

The terrorists' hideouts were located on the fringes of Lake Chad, said John Enenche, the Nigerian defense spokesperson, in a statement reaching Xinhua.

He said the airstrikes were carried out on Thursday as part of an operation after "a series of aerial surveillance missions had indicated their locations."

According to the spokesperson, the locations were being used as staging areas where some Boko Haram leaders and their fighters met to plan and launch attacks.

Accordingly, the task force dispatched a group of "Nigerian air force fighter jets and helicopter gunships" to the two locations, Enenche said.

The attack aircraft scored devastating hits in the target areas, destroying some structures and neutralizing several of the terrorists, he added without specifying the number of militants killed.

Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin. (ANI/Xinhua)

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris extend greetings on Navratri

US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. (Photo: ANI)

Washington [US], October 17 (ANI): US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday extended his greetings on the beginning of Navratri and wished that the festival ushers new beginnings and opportunity for all.

His running mate and California Senator Kamala Harris also extended her good wishes on the occasion.

Biden sent his best wishes to all those celebrating the Hindu festival in the US and around the world.

"As the Hindu festival of Navratri begins, Jill and I send our best wishes to all those celebrating in the U.S. and around the world. May good once again triumph over evil -- and usher in new beginnings and opportunity for all," he said in a tweet.

Kamala Harris wished that the occasion serves as an inspiration to build a more inclusive and just America.

"@DouglasEmhoff and I wish our Hindu American friends and family, and all those celebrating, a very Happy Navratri! May this holiday serves as an inspiration to all of us to lift up our communities and build a more inclusive and just America," she said in her tweet.

The festival is celebrated in different ways across India and involves worship of Goddess Durga and her nine avatars over nine days. During the period, devotees offer prayers to Goddess Durga and observe fast. The 10th day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami. (ANI)

French authorities confirm 9 people detained in probe into killing of teacher

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Paris [France], October 17 (ANI/Sputnik): France's anti-terrorism state prosecutor, Jean-Francois Ricard, confirmed on Saturday media reports that nine people had been detained as part of the investigation into the beheading of a teacher near Paris.

"As of now, nine people have been detained and taken into custody," Ricard said.

He explained that four detainees were close relatives of the suspect. Two others showed up independently at a local precinct and reported being in contact with the suspect.

The other detainees include the family -- father and his wife -- of a student who complained about the teacher, Ricard said. According to the prosecutor, the father was known to authorities because his half-sister joined the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, banned in Russia) in 2014.

Reports emerged on Friday night of a French teacher getting beheaded in the outskirts of Paris. Police chased down and shot to death the main suspect, a Moscow-born Chechen teenager. The victim reportedly taught freedom of speech and showed caricatures depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad to his students. (ANI/Sputnik)

Deep disturbance to peace, tranquillity along LAC has impacted ties with China: EAM S Jaishankar

EAM S Jaishankar

New Delhi [India], October 17 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh has been "deeply disturbed" and it has impacted India's bilateral relationship with China.

Speaking during a webinar, Jaishankar said normalisation in ties in terms of trade, travel, tourism, businesses and various kinds of societal activities developed from the late eighties on the premise that there will be peace in border areas.

"China is visibly rising from the last many many years... we happen to be neighbours. The challenge here for us is that, with China, we have sought to normalise which was very difficult relationship. Normalisation, which really meant trade, travel, tourism, businesses and any kind of societal activities, that developed from the late 80s on the premise that there will be peace and tranquillity in the border areas," he said.

The minister said India understands that boundary dispute is a very complicated and very difficult issue.

He said there must be peace and tranquillity along LAC which has been the case since the late eighties.

"It is not our position that we should solve the boundary dispute. We understand that it is very complicated and very difficult issue. There must be peace and tranquility along Line of Actual Control and that has been the case since the late 80s. If these are deeply disturbed then obviously there be will an impact on the relationship and that is what we are seeing," he said.

Jaishankar had spoken at an event hosted by Asia Society on Friday and said that border tensions obviously have had "a deep public impact and a very major political impact and it has left the relationship profoundly disturbed".

"Today, there are very large number of troops with weapons concentrated on that segment of the border, and that is a very critical security challenge that we face," he said, noting that China's actions at the border were a sharp departure from a course of relationship over 30 years since Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister.

There has been border stand-off following transgressions by China in eastern Ladakh in April-May.

The two countries have held several rounds of military and diplomatic talks. A statement released after the 7th round of Senior Commanders meeting of India and China held in Chushul on October 12 said the two sides had a sincere, in-depth and constructive exchange of views on disengagement along the Line of Actual Control in the Western Sector of India-China border areas.

The Indian side has prepared itself for long-term deployment in the high mountainous region in view of the prevailing situation. (ANI)

Disgruntled Pakistan PM Imran Khan accuses Nawaz Sharif of 'maligning' army leadership

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

Islamabad [Pakistan], October 17 (ANI): A day after former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif tore into 'puppet government' of the country during Gurjanwala anti-government rally, a disgruntled Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday lashed out at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo for allegedly maligning the top army leadership, and deemed as "a circus", the opposition's power show.

Remarking on the speech given by Sharif during the opposition rally, Prime Minister Khan said the PML-N leader was using inappropriate "language" against the army and ISI chiefs at a time when Pakistani soldiers were constantly sacrificing their lives for the nation, Dawn reported.

"There are constant attacks on our soldiers; they are sacrificing their lives every day," he said, noting that "20 security personnel were martyred in two attacks on Thursday."

"Why are they sacrificing their lives? For us; for the country. And this jackal (geedar) who ran with his tail between his legs used such language for the army chief and DG ISI," he added, referring to Nawaz.

While addressing the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally via video link from London, Nawaz on Friday accused the security establishment of orchestrating his ouster as Prime Minister and for bringing Imran Khan to power.

The comments come after the Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed in a meeting with members of the opposition "counselled them" to not drag the military into political issues."This is your doing...You can label me a traitor if you want, seize my properties, file false cases against me [...] but Nawaz Sharif will continue to speak for his people," added Sharif, as quoted by Dawn.

Under the recently formed Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), opposition party leaders in Pakistan, along with an "ocean" of people made their way to Gujranwala on Friday for the first show of strength of their anti-government campaign.

The opposition comprises 11 parties including PML-N, PPP (Pakistan People's Party), and JUI-F (Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl).

The anti-government rally has been organised to protest against army atrocities and demand for PM Imran Khan's resignation in the backdrop of corruption, economic slowdown, and poor governance. (ANI)

World Health Organization to soon issue guidelines on use of emergency drug Remdesivir

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Geneva [Switzerland], October 17 (ANI): The World Health Organization is set to issue policy guidelines in several weeks on the use of the antiviral drug Remdesivir, which has been given in emergency use to treat COVID-19 in several countries.

"The WHO announced on Thursday the interim results of a clinical trial which it coordinated that show Remdesivir appears to have little or no effect in preventing death from COVID-19 or reducing time in hospital. The trial was carried out in more than 400 hospitals in 30 countries," NHK World reported.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a news conference on Friday said that he expects the full results to be published shortly.

Chief Scientist of WHO Soumya Swaminathan said she thinks regulatory agencies of countries will reanalyze the trial data and decide whether emergency use should be continued.

WHO will also come out with its policy guidance in the next couple of weeks, she added.

The WHO further said that the steroid Dexamethasone, used to treat pneumonia, is the only drug effective for people seriously-ill with COVID-19, as of now, NHK World said. (ANI)

11 Talibs killed in Balkh, including commander, says Afghan Military

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Kabul [Afghanistan], October 17 (ANI/Sputnik): The Afghan forces on Saturday said they had killed 11 Taliban terrorists in recent clashes in the northern Balkh province.

The fighting took place on Friday night in Hairatan and Chimtal districts, according to Afghan National Army's Shaheen Corps. Among those killed terrorists is Mullah Shakur, a commander of the elite Red Unit.

The Taliban have yet to comment on the clashes. (ANI/Sputnik)

UP governor flags off 'Pink petrol' in Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel (File Photo)


Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], October 17 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel flagged off 100 'pink' two-wheelers and 10 four-wheeler police vehicles for 'Pink Patrol', under 'Safe City Project' on Saturday.

Under the campaign, the Governor provided vehicles to the police and other depar
tments with an aim to strengthen women's security in public places.

Speaking on the occasion Patel said the 'Pink Patrol' campaign by the Central government and the state government is going to run for 180 days.

"We all have a responsibility towards the safety of women, it is not the responsibility of anyone department or an officer. The proceedings of every case of atrocities against women should be solved on time. We should take a pledge that there should not be a single incident of crime against women," she said.

She also said that vehicles provided by the government under the campaign should only be used for official work, and not for personal purpose.

The Governor further extended her wishes to the nation on the occasion of Navratri.

"Today is the first day of Navratri I wish everyone a very happy Navratri," she said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had approved the Safe City Project for Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh at a total cost of Rs 194.44 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme in November 2018.

The project is implemented as a centrally sponsored scheme with the Centre and State sharing the funding in 60:40 ratio.

This approval was a part of MHA's plans to implement 'Safe City projects' in eight selected cities, namely, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow under Nirbhaya Fund, with the purpose of strengthening safety and security of women in public places.

The major components of the Safe City Project in Lucknow include Setting up an Integrated Smart Control Room, Setting up Pink Outposts (exclusively administered by Women police) for facilitating ease of filing complaint by women, Pink Patrols of Women police, Setting up Women Help Desks in all Police Stations with Counsellors, Augmentation of existing Asha Jyoti Kendra, Implementing Safety measures in buses, including Cameras, Improving Street Lighting in identified Hot Spot areas, Setting up Pink Toilets and the Integration of Women power-help line with single Emergency number '112'.

The 'Safe City Project' for Lucknow also envisages gender sensitisation awareness campaigns and capacity building in collaboration with community and civil society organisations. (ANI)

PM Modi calls for speedy access to COVID-19 vaccines for citizens once ready

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi [India], October 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country and the preparedness of vaccine delivery, distribution and said that access to vaccines should be ensured speedily once they are ready keeping in view the geographical span and diversity of the country.

He noted the steady decline in the daily COVID-19 cases and growth rate and stressed that every step in the logistics, delivery, and administration concerning vaccine should be put in place rigorously.

A PMO release said three vaccines are in advanced stages of development in India, out of which two are in Phase II and one is in Phase-III.

It said Indian scientists and research teams are collaborating and strengthening the research capacities in neighbouring countries - Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

There are further requests from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Qatar and Bhutan for clinical trials in their countries.

"The Prime Minister directed that keeping in view the geographical span and diversity of the country, the access to the vaccine should be ensured speedily. The Prime Minister stressed that every step in the logistics, delivery, and administration should be put in place rigorously," the release said.

It said the steps must include advanced planning of cold storage chains, distribution network, monitoring mechanism, advance assessment, and preparation of ancillary equipment required, such as vails and syringes.

Two Pan India studies on the Genome of SARSCoV-2 (COVID-19 virus) in India conducted by ICMR and Department of Bio-Technology (DBT) suggest that the virus is genetically stable and there is no major mutation in the virus.

The Prime Minister said that the country should make use of experience of successful conduct of elections and disaster management in vaccine distribution.

He said that vaccine delivery and administration systems should be put in place in a similar manner. This should involve participation of states, UTs and district-level functionaries, civil society organisations, volunteers, citizens and experts from all necessary domains. The entire process should have a strong IT backbone and the system should be designed in such a manner so as to have a lasting value to our healthcare system, the release said.

The Prime Minister gave directions that the country "should not limit efforts to our immediate neighbourhood but also reach out to the entire world in providing vaccines, medicines and IT platforms for vaccine delivery system".

He cautioned against complacency at the decline in coronavirus cases and laid stress on keeping up efforts to contain the pandemic.

He insisted on continued social distancing, COVID appropriate behaviour such as wearing the mask, regularly washing hands and sanitation especially in the wake of upcoming festival season.

The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) in consultation with state governments and all relevant stakeholders has prepared and presented a detailed blueprint of vaccine storage, distribution, and administration.

The Expert Group in consultation with the states is working actively on vaccine prioritization and distribution of vaccine.

The meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Principal Secretary to PM, Member (Health) NITI Aayog, Principal Scientific Advisor, senior Scientists, officers of PMO and other departments of the central government. (ANI)

China constructing road at border area in Leh, India should also build one: G Kishan Reddy to road workers

Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy while interacting with road workers in Leh (Photo/ANI)

Leh, (Ladakh) [India], October 17 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Saturday interacted with workers involved in road construction near Khardungla Pass in Leh.

Reddy while on his way for campaigning for Leh hills council election in Laddakh stopped his car at Khardung village near Khardungla Pass and interacted with the road workers engaged in contruction activities in the region.

"As I arrived at the serene land of Ladakh, on my way from Leh to Nubra, I had the opportunity to interact with the workers of Border Road Organisation who are relentlessly building infrastructure at an altitude of 18,600 feet, at Khardongla - Nubra Road," Reddy said.

"China is making a road near the border area. Why doesn't India build a road near the border? We should also build the road here," Reddy told the workers.

He also said that for the past 70 years no government from our country has tried to build a road near the border area, a good road."

Khardungla pass in Leh is known as the world's highest motor-able road in the and its height is 18,380 feet from the sea level, where the temperature is mostly reported in minus and oxygen is low.

Minister Reddy enquired about workers' health, accommodation facilities, payment and communication facilities during the interaction. Currently, road construction work is underway in Khardung village near Khardungla Pass.

Workers told Reddy that, "We don't have a problem here. We have been provided heavy jackets, food, sleeping bags and Rs350- 400 in a day."

Before leaving the place Reddy said to the workers, "You know who am I? I am the Home Minister of India, Amit Shah is the Home Minister and I'm the junior minister of state in home ministry."

Most workers who are constructing the road in Leh are from Jharkhand (Giridih). (ANI)

Will react to killing of teacher in 'most decisive way', assures French PM

French Prime Minister Jean Castex

Paris [France], October 17 (ANI): French authorities would respond to the killing of a teacher near Paris in a "most decisive way", Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday.

The school teacher was decapitated in the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine commune north of Paris on Friday afternoon. A suspect was later killed by the French police, with the counter-terrorism department of the prosecutor's office currently investigating the incident.

"The state, in solidarity with teachers, will react in the most decisive way so that the republic and its citizens live freely! We will never give up. Never," Castex wrote on Twitter.

Earlier in the day, the French BFMTV broadcaster reported that nine people had been detained as part of the investigation into the murder. Le Figaro newspaper reported, citing a judiciary source, that the identity of the suspect had been confirmed. It is an 18-year old man of Chechen origin, Abdoulakh A., born in Moscow.

The teacher allegedly showed controversial caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed to his students, according to multiple French media outlets, including CNN affiliate BFMTV.

According to French newspaper Le Monde, some Muslim parents complained to the school about the slain teacher's decision to use one or more of the cartoons as part of a discussion about the Charlie Hebdo attacks, CNN reported.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmamin said on Twitter that he was "keeping himself directly informed" of the situation "from the crisis room (he) had opened, in liaison with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister."

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer described the attack as a "despicable assassination of one of its servants, a teacher," and said his thoughts were with the family of the victim.

Friday's attack comes as a trial continues relating to a series of January 2015 terrorist attacks which began with a massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices following the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, CNN reported.(ANI)

With landslide victory, Jacinda Ardren secures second term as New Zealand's PM

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardren

Wellington [New Zealand], October 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardren secured a landslide victory in New Zealand's general election to serve a second term after her success at tackling the coronavirus situation in the country.

"With 87 per cent of the votes counted, Ardern's center-left Labour Party has won 48.9 per cent of the vote, meaning her party looks likely to score the highest result that any party has achieved since the current political system was introduced in 1996," CNN reported.

On Saturday, Arden gave a powerful victory speech where she said, "Tonight, New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in at least 50 years."

Acknowledging the difficult times New Zealand might face in the future, she said "And I can promise you: we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander."

The center-right National Party, labour's main opposition, is on 27 per cent which is probably the party's worst result since 2002.

While results are still being counted, National leader Judith Collins said that she accepted defeat and called Ardren to congratulate Ardren on an "outstanding result" for the Labour party.

The final result will be released in about three weeks, once special votes are counted, including those cast by New Zealanders living overseas.

CNN further reported that the preliminary count also shows a major swing to the left, with Labour picking up a significant boost on last election's 37 per cent, while its current coalition partner the Green Party is sitting on 7.6 per cent, up on last election's 6.3 per cent

Labour has been hovering on 50 per cent and it won't be clear if a coalition needs to be formed until the final results are announced. In New Zealand, coalitions are the norm. Victoria University politics lecturer Claire Timperley was quoted by CNN as saying that Labour would be "foolish" not to have a conversation with the Greens about working together, even if Labour won an outright majority.

Labour's other present coalition partner New Zealand First has not secured sufficient votes to make it back into parliament, while the right-wing ACT party is currently on 8 percent, up on last election's 0.5 per cent.

Arden's "go hard and go early" approach to handling the coronavirus has helped New Zealand avoid the kind of devastating outbreaks seen in other parts of the world. The country was one of the first to close its borders, and Ardern announced a nationwide lockdown in March when it only had 102 cases. This is speculated to be the reason for her re-election.

At the beginning of the year, polls suggested National and Labour could be in for a tight competition. However, that changed during the pandemic. Despite New Zealand's largest quarterly economic decline on record and a second outbreak in the country's largest city, support for Ardren increased.

Collins during her concessions speech on Saturday, said, "We always knew it was going to be tough, didn't we?" She added, "We will take time to reflect, and we will review, and we will change. National will reemerge from this loss a stronger, more disciplined and more connected party"

"I say to everybody: we will be back," Collins announced.

Politics lecturer at the University of Auckland, Lara Greaves was quoted by CNN as saying the high level of advance voting may have been related to COVID-19 as citizens wanted to avoid the chance that a new Coronavirus outbreak could impact their ability to vote on that day

She further said the turnout could also have been increased by two referendums running with the election, the first one on legalizing euthanasia, and the second on legalizing the recreational use of cannabis.

Ardern looks set to face another tough term ahead, as she attempts to address those issues while steering the country through the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. But political analysts aren't expecting flashy flagship policies -- instead, they predict Ardern will continue making incremental changes, CNN wrote.

"Real change requires steps that bring people with us,"

"I stand by my record ... I am not done yet," Ardern said at the country's final election debate on Thursday. (ANI)

USCI launches innovative programme with focus on emerging technologies

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Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], October 17 (ANI/NewsVoir): With the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives have moved further into the digital world. It is highly impossible to imagine how life would have been in 2020 without technology - without video calls and OTT platforms during lockdown, virtual classes or online meetings.

Internet usage has gone up manifolds since the global pandemic struck. Industries around the world are under pressure to respond to the ever changing market needs. The challenges of learning online have necessitated economies to experiment with newer technologies.

The crisis has put a special focus on the fields of Data Science, AI and Machine Learning, Robotics and Automation and Blockchain Technology. The world is seeing an accelerated adoption of these emerging technologies, leading to a new wave of demand for Robotics Engineers, Data Scientists, and Artificial Intelligence specialists. It has been predicted that smart transportation is part of the next wave of AI innovation.

It is because of these tremendous demands for jobs on cutting edge technologies, Ahmedabad based Karnavati University has established a new school, Unitedworld School of Computational Intelligence (USCI) which will offer 3-year undergraduate honours programmes leading to BSc (Hons) in Data Science, BSc (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, BSc (Hons.) in Robotics and Automation and BSc (Hons) in Cryptography and Blockchain.

USCI has excellent infrastructure and talented faculty members from reputed institutions. "We are establishing four laboratories - Data Science Lab, Artificial Intelligence Lab, Cryptography and Blockchain Development Lab and Robotics Lab in addition to basic Physics Lab, Electrical Lab, Electronics Labs and Circuit Design Lab," said Ritesh Hada, President, Karnavati University.

USCI's Data Science Lab is equipped with high performance computing systems and required software. The institute's AI Lab has NVIDIA Workstations equipped with CUDA Processor. Blockchain Development lab has systems with high configuration and required software. Robotics Lab has Kits for designing robots, arms for experiments by students.

"With the coronavirus pandemic, we have witnessed more disruption than what we have witnessed in decades. Post-Covid, it makes sense to predict what the role of technology will be in the recovery process. I would encourage all parents to make sure that their children do not rely on the technologies of tomorrow for jobs of the future. And that is possible only if they shift their focus towards the emerging technologies," said Raju Shanmugam, Founding Dean, Unitedworld School of Computational Intelligence (USCI) at Karnavati University.

USCI has academic collaborations with Oracle Academy for Data Science and Analytics, Red Hat Academy for professional Certifications and UiPath Academy Robotics Process Automation. All faculty members will be trained by these multinational corporations (MNCs) for continuous skill upgradation on cutting edge technologies.

The following cutting edge technology jobs are determined to be the most attractive for next 20 Years and will grow up to 74 per cent. Innovation happens with AI, Machine Learning and Data Science.

* Artificial Intelligence Specialist: Unique skills required for this kind of job are Machine Learning, Deep Learning, TensorFlow, Python, Natural Language Processing.

* Robotics Engineer: It is an industry on demand. Careers in Robotics Engineering can vary greatly between software and hardware roles. Unique skills required for this role are Robotic Process Automation, UiPath, Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, Robotics.

* Data Scientist: Data science is another field that has emerged recently on top of the jobs list. It has played a vital role significantly across all industries. It started replacing the previously existing jobs, like Statisticians, and increased emphasis on data in academic research. Unique skills set required for this role are Machine Learning, Data Science, Python, R, Apache Spark and Scala Programming.

* Full Stack Developer

* Site Reliability Engineer and Cloud Engineer

* Data Engineer: Data has become most valuable resource of every firm and therefore every firm requires data engineer. The demand for Data Engineer/Scientist jobs grows at the rate of 35 per cent every year. The unique skills required for this role are Apache Spark, Hadoop, Python, Extract/Transform/Load (ETL), Amazon Web Services etc.

* Cyber Security and Cryptography Specialists

* Back-end Developer

* Java Script Developer

* Blockchain Developer and Blockchain Engineer

This story is provided by NewsVoir. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/NewsVoir)

Erdogan has close links with terrorist organisations, including ISIS: Swedish Nordic Monitor

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan (Photo: ANI)

Stockholm [Sweden], October 17 (ANI): New evidence was revealed by the Swedish Nordic Monitor website on Turkey's close association with terrorist organisations, Daesh (ISIS) in particular, in order to fulfil its own ambitions, agendas and defeat its political opponents.

"Turkish regime recruited member of Daesh organisation, Abdul Qadir Masharipov, who carried out an attack in Istanbul in 2017 and killed 39 persons in order to avenge the preacher Fethullah Gulen, known for his opposition to the head of the Turkish regime, Recep Tayyip Erdogan," Sanaa News reported, citing a report released by the website on Friday.

Erdogan's close associations with terrorist groups in Syria has been confirmed by various reports, the prime one being ISIS and their involvement in commercial deals with the terrorists and even the purchase of stolen oil from Syria and Iraq.

Turkey, due to Erdogan's actions, has become a breeding ground for terrorists who receive funding, support, and training on the country's territory to commit crimes in Syria. (ANI)

Bhutan Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji extends greetings to Indians on Navratri

Bhutan Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji

Thimphu [Bhutan], October 17 (ANI): Bhutan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Tandi Dorji on Saturday extended warm greetings to all the citizens of India on the occasion of the Navratri festival.

"May goddess Durga shower all the happiness and provide the strength to overcome this pandemic soon. Happy Navratri to all the people of India," said the Minister in a Twitter post.

Dorji further expressed his deepest condolences and prayers to people who were affected by the severe floods in Hyderabad.

"My deepest condolences and prayers to those affected and to the bereaved families caused due to the massive floods in Hyderabad," he tweeted.

Also celebrated as Durga Puja, the occasion is believed to mark Goddess Durga's victory over demon Mahishasura, signifying the victory of good over evil.

The fun-filled festival is celebrated in different ways across the country and involves worship of Goddess Durga and her nine avatars. Over the next nine days, devotees offer prayers to Goddess Durga and observe fasts.

The 10th day of Sharad Navratri is celebrated as Dussehra or Vijayadashami. (ANI)

Afghan deputy FM meets new Indian ambassador Rudrendra Tandon

Indian Ambassador Rudrendra Tandon with Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Naib (Photo credit: Indian Embassy in Kabul Twitter)

Kabul [Afghanistan], October 17 (ANI): Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister Mirwais Naib had an introductory meeting with newly appointed Indian Ambassador Rudrendra Tandon here today.

"They discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest and agreed to work on priorities from both sides," tweeted Indian Embassy in Kabul.

Tandon has earlier served as Ambassador of India to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). (ANI)

Vaccines against COVID-19 may not need to be administered annually: WHO Official

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Moscow [Russia], October 17 (ANI/Sputnik): Ekaterina Ivanova - Any safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 may not need to be administered annually, unlike vaccines for influenza, Dr. Richard Mihigo, the program area manager for immunization and vaccine development at the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, told Sputnik in an interview.

"It's difficult to predict now for how long the effect of the vaccine will last. It's true that for flu vaccines, most of the time we need to repeat it every year, depending on the different strains of the virus being seasonal for north, west, etc. For the coronavirus, we believe that it may not necessarily be the case," Dr. Mihigo remarked.

Citing the ongoing phase 3 clinical trials of several candidate vaccines in South Africa, as well as of therapeutic treatments such as the steroid dexamethasone, the WHO official said it was unclear how long it will take for conclusive results to be drawn from the tests.

"Our role is to create an enabling environment in which these therapeutics, these vaccines can be tested. And then we observe what will be the outcome of such clinical trials. It's very difficult to predict when [we will see] the outcome," Dr. Mihigo said.

Three vaccine producers - AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, and Novavax - are currently conducting trials of candidate vaccines in South Africa, the WHO official outlined.

"We do have a few clinical trials currently going on, mainly in South Africa ... The AstraZeneca trial started a couple of weeks ago. We have a Novavax vaccine that also started in South Africa and, most recently, the Johnson&Johnson vaccine that also started in South Africa. Other countries have also been approached - Kenya, Uganda - but clinical trials have not yet started there," Dr. Mihigo said.

Johnson&Johnson on Tuesday announced that clinical trials of their candidate vaccine against COVID-19 would be paused after one patient exhibited symptoms of an "unexplained" illness.

AstraZeneca, which is producing its candidate vaccine in conjunction with the UK's University of Oxford, was also forced to temporarily suspend its trials in early September after adverse side effects were seen in one patient.

Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), has said that Russian vaccines against COVID-19, which are based on the well-researched human adenovirus platform, may prove safer than using Western vaccines that are based on a chimpanzee adenovirus.

The RDIF is producing the Sputnik V vaccine in conjunction with its developer, the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. (ANI/Sputnik)

Azerbaijani President calls shelling of Ganja 'war crime,' vows 'response on battlefield'

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Baku [Azerbaijan], October 17 (ANI/Sputnik): Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has qualified the shelling of the country's second-largest city of Ganja as a war crime, saying that those responsible will get a "response on the battlefield."

In the early hours of Saturday, the Azerbaijani authorities said that the cities of Ganja and Mingecevir had come under rocket fire amid the further escalation of tensions in conflict-torn Nagorno-Karabakh.

According to the emergency services, 13 bodies have been recovered from the rubble in the wake of the attack.

The Armenian Defense Ministry maintains that its military has not shelled Azerbaijani territory.

"This is a war crime, a crime against humanity. If the international community does not want to punish them, we will punish the perpetrators. We will punish [them] on the battlefield and give a response," Aliyev said in his address to the nation on Saturday. (ANI/Sputnik)

Afghanistan: Football fans call for peace amid Taliban offensive

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Kabul [Afghanistan], October 17 (ANI): Amid the ongoing offensive by the Taliban in Helmand province, people of Afghanistan attended the final match of Afghanistan's Premier League (APL) to demonstrate harmony and solidarity among the people and to reiterate their call for peace in war-hit country.

Thousands of football fans gathered at the Afghanistan Football Federation stadium for the final match between Shaheen Asmayee and Simorgh Alborz football clubs, reported Tolo News.

The match was won by Shaheen Asmayee for the fifth time after they defeated Simorgh Alborz by 1-0.

The horde of football fans attending the match reiterated their call for peace in war-torn Afghanistan and demonstrated peace, harmony, and solidarity among the Afghans.

"My message is that we should all come together and call for peace," said Mohammad Haroon, a participant of the event.

"I am so excited to see people here together. I hope peace comes to the country," said Shakoor, a participant of the event.

The peculiar presence of women attending the event made it spectacular considering the hardships they had gone through the Taliban-era, a sight which every Afghan woman yearned. Throughout the match, they kept on yelling the theme of the football league: one nation, one voice.

"We don't want to go back," said Beheshta, a participant. "We want peace, and we don't want to lose the achievements we have got with many hardships."

"Our participation at this event is because we want peace and all ethnic groups proved that the solution for each problem in the country is in our unity," said Venus, a participant.

Many eminent politicians like First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, Abdullah Abdullah head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, and parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani attended the event, reported Tolo News.

"Afghans demand peace and an end to the war and bloodshed and at this point, at least a significant reduction in violence so that the (peace) negotiations move forward in a peaceful environment. This is the message of all the people of Afghanistan," said Abdullah.

The celebration, jubilation amidst an increase in violence in Helmand and ongoing peace negotiations in Doha is like blossoming in the eternal sunshine of peace for the Afghans. (ANI)

Indian envoy, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister discuss way to implement decision of virtual bilateral summit

Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay held a discussion meeting with Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka on Saturday. (Photo: ANI)

Colombo [Sri Lanka], October 17 (ANI): Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay on Saturday met Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and had a discussion on the implementation of decisions flowing from virtual bilateral summit of two Prime Ministers held last month.

"India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, called on Dinesh Gunawardena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Relations. They held fruitful discussions, including on the implementation of decisions flowing from Virtual Summit of the two PMs," High Commission of India in Colombo tweeted.

On Thursday, Gopal Baglay had "constructive" discussions with the Minister of Energy of Sri Lanka, Udaya Gammanpila, on promoting energy security.

Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his first virtual summit with Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa. (ANI)

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany recovers from COVID-19

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Washington DC [US], October 17 (ANI): White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday (local time) announced that she had recovered from COVID-19.

"Blessed to be COVID clear!" McEnany wrote on Twitter.

The press secretary said she had tested positive for the coronavirus disease on October 5.

Prior to this, US President Donald Trump had contracted COVID-19. After undergoing treatment, the US leader tested negative for the virus on October 10.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the US continues to the worst affected country in the world with 8,049,396 cases and 218,588 deaths. (ANI)

Meet DJ Felix, the guy who revolutionised Hip-Hop in Kolkata with His turntable skills

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], October 17 (ANI/Mediawire): When passion turns into a profession, it often creates some magic and a revolution. Mostly it is the artist making Rap music, who gets the adoration and recognition. But in Hip-Hop there is a clear understanding that it is the DJ who is on top of the game.

Felix Huang also known as DJ Felix, hasalready established his name in the list of top Turntablists around the country, by creating a storm in Kolkata nightlife in recent years.

It is difficult to believe that DJ Felix, one of the most recognised faces in the DJ world today, was once a directionless, school dropout. During his teenage years, he was into biking. He started clubbing at a very young age and used to recklessly spend his parent's money at clubs.

After some years of aimless living, a DJ who used to live in his neighbourhood suggested he take up DJing for a living, an idea Felix resisted for a long time. But after a while his love for music and the lure of hip-hop won, and he decided to give it a shot. The rest is history.

When he stepped into the field, he knew nothing about DJing, all he had was his passion for music and knowledge about the different genres. Hip hop at that time was gaining popularity, but most DJs used it only as an opener.

However, the love for hip hop that Felix had from his early days only kept growing, and in no time it became his forte. He started downloading tracks and practicing at the club, in his spare time, with the other DJs. He started enjoying it so much that even when the clubs were shut, he used to reach there at 4pm, take the keys from the security and practice.

But as they say 'success doesn't come overnight'. He struggled for almost 8 years, post which his hard work paid off! In the interim he did odd jobs at various clubs after which he was offered a job as a resident DJ. Very soon people started appreciating his work and taking notice of him. His success run began from thereon.

This was the turning point in his life and DJ Felix, the guy who used to spend his parents money on clubbing; to his parent's delight started making a living off it.

"I always adapted to new technology. Those were the days when Facebook had just started. I managed to capitalise on it and managed to grab the attention of people on social media," said DJ Felix, of his early days.

In his initial days as a DJ, DJ Felix used to play music from CDs and pen drives. Later he upgraded to turntables and soon graduated to video performances making him the first VDJ Turntablist of Kolkata who took the DJing industry in India by a storm.

In no time, DJ Felix was in demand. Events flowed in at a steady pace and there came a time when he had to juggle upto 3 events on the same night. The city of Kolkata loved and supported Felix a lot and social media put him on the national map of DJing. This paved a way for DJ Felix to perform not only across the country but internationally as well.

From performing at small clubs, he soon started being invited to perform at various music festivals. He has been a part of Sunburn Reload, Dusk Music Festival, Mandala Music Festival, United Music Festival, Afterworld Music Festival, Uncultured Music Festival, GOD Music Festival, Radiance Music Festival,to name a few.

As his fame grew, DJ Felixalso got to perform with some big namesin the music world like DJ Ease, Honey Singh, Nucleya, Ashley Wall bridge, Master D, Grzly Adams, Teri Miko, Aqeel, Suketu, Ivan, Zaeden, Shahrule, EPR, amongst others.

He founded Kolkata's biggest hip-hop event company, 'Hip-Hop Sessions'that is currently handling the legendary club UG Reincarnated. He himself holds prestigious clubs like UG Reincarnated and HHI (Hotel Hindusthan International) in Kolkata.

Among his current achievements, DJ Felix remastered the famous dialogue 'RASODE MEIN KAUN THA' in a party track, which got him trending on social media. His video garnered over 10 million views and 37k shares on Facebook.

After back to back sensational and houseful shows in Dubai, DJ Felix is currently preparing for his post COVID, USA and Europe tours. DJ Felix is also coming up with his very first production, a single titled 'Jawab de'. The song seems to be seeking answers from people, but in reality it provides an answer to people who are looking for motivation and inspiration in these difficult times.

DJ Felix composed and produced this number during lockdown hoping to help people cope with the current negativity. It is available on all major streaming apps.

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