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Munich Prosecutors Arrested Audi Chief Rupert Stadler in Diesel Emissions Probe June 18, 2018 17:40

Munich, a city in Germany prosecutors on Monday apprehended chief executive of German carmaker Audi Rupert Stadler since investigators saw the peril that he might seek to suppress grounds in connection with a diesel emissions probe. Three years ago, the scandal erupted when it came out that cars had been fitted with devices designed to cheat emissions tests. Though the devices were initially found in Volkswagen cars, merely its Audi subsidiary has likewise been entangled in the scandal. Earlier this month, it admitted that another 60,000 A6 and A7 models with diesel engines have emission software issues. That is on the top the 850,000 recalled past year by Audi, of which only some have been found to require modification. "The suspect has been seen by a judge, who has ordered him to be remanded in custody," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.The prosecutors further said Stadler would be interrogated by Wednesday, once he had spoken to his attorneys. Earlier this week, to reckon Stadler among the suspects accused of fraud and mendacious advertising the prosecutor's office widened its emissions cheating investigation into Volkswagen's luxury brand Audi.By Sowmya Sangam

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India Striving to Become $ 5 Trillion Economy by 2025: Kovind June 18, 2018 17:04

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday highlighting investment opportunities in the country said India is striving to become a $ 5 trillion economy and world's third largest consumer market by 2025. Kovind is the first Indian president to travel to Greece in 11 years. Addressing the diaspora in Greece, he said his visit will strengthen ties between India and Greece. He praised Indians abroad for playing a key role in improving bilateral relations. "Greece and India presented the ideals of civilization and culture in the ancient world. The relations between the two countries are very old and deep. Greek historian Megasthenes introduced India to the world through his book 'Indica'," the President said."We are working towards making India a $ 5 trillion economy and the world’s third-largest consumer market by 2025. According to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, our growth rate is going to be high," he said.At present, India's economy is approximated at $ 2.5 trillion. Kovind said that India had a very strong place in the world with the perspective of democracy, demographic divided and demand. "We are proud of our overseas Indians and their successes. Today there are plenty of opportunities for business, innovation, and investment in India. I hope that whatever you can do for the development of India for the motherland, you will do that," he said.The bilateral trade of India-Greece stands at $ 530 million and few Indian companies are also existing in the pharmaceutical, infrastructure, and steel sectors in the central European nation. Greece has 12,000 strong Indian diasporas. President Ram Nath Kovind will as well be traveling to Surinam and Cuba during his trip.By Sowmya Sangam

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IIT Hyderabad Builds Dataset to Understand Online User Interactions June 18, 2018 14:08

The Indian Institute of Technology has built Dataset for Affective States in E-Environments (DAiSEE), to understand user engagement in online interactions, with online shopping, advertising, e-learning, and health care being just a few sectors. DAiSEE is the first multilabel, video-classification data set for recognizing tedium, uncertainty, frustration, and engagement. The dataset comprises of 9,068 video snippets captured from 112 individuals. There are four levels of labels which are provided by observing viewer's reactions - very low, low, high, and very high. There can be multiple labels assigned to a snippet: "For example, when understanding some complex terminology from videos, a person could display high engagement and still be confused or frustrated at the same time," explains Vineeth N. Balasubramanian of Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Hyderabad who has led the research. "The combination of data and annotations related to user engagement sets the platform for DAiSEE as a specialized dataset," he adds in an email to media source. The dataset is available to the public at the website http://www.iith.ac.inThe crucial area of research is Recognizing, interpreting, processing, and simulating human affective states, or emotions, known as affective computing. The usual emotions studied include anger, disgust, fear etc. “For a large part, researchers have focused on these basic expressions, we chose to go beyond,” says Dr Balasubramanian.For instance, in a classroom, the student could be engaged with the lesson, or bored, frustrated or even confused. "Subsequent affective states can be viewed as a result of these four,” says Dr Balasubramanian. For instance, if a person is bored or confused, they could be distracted easily. “The affective states we have considered in DAiSEE are a bit more subtle than the six basic expressions," he adds.People were invited to take part in an research voluntarily where they would watch definite videos and then answer to a questionnaire. One educational video and one recreational video were shown to the people, so that both relaxed and focused settings may be captured. They have extracted 27,000,000 images/video frames among 9,068 videos of 10-second length given to them. "This is larger than most contemporary video datasets," says Dr Balasubramanian.The crowd-voting method was used by researchers to annotate the dataset, and using a statistical aggregation method is used to pick best possible answersBy Sowmya Sangam

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NTR’s Son Makes his Debut on Instagram June 18, 2018 13:10

Young Tiger NTR is completely delighted after his wife Pranathi delivered a baby boy recently. The duo has been expecting a baby and the news turned out to be a treat for his fans. After a while, NTR made his debut on Instagram and posted the first picture of his new born son. While Abhay Ram has been spotted holding his brother, Tarak was clicking a picture of the brothers. It is during this time, Pranathi clicked the picture covering all the three. The picture is now trending across the internet. "Welcoming the new #brat into the #bratpack ..photo courtesy #innocentmom. probably has no idea what’s coming her way" posted NTR on his instagram page. The actor has been busy shooting for Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava in the direction of Trivikram Srinivas. Pooja Hegde is the female lead and SS Thaman composed the music. Haarika and Hassine Creations is producing Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava which will release during Dasara.  

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Assam to Launch Cancer Care Foundation for Inexpensive Treatment June 18, 2018 10:58

Assam is scheduled to launch a cancer care foundation, the first ever foundation for any state government in India, for making treatment for the deadly disease more affordable and ensuring care for patients till survival. According to Indian Council for Medical Research report, in 2016, 31,825 new cancer cases have been recorded in Assam. Yet, health officials in the state said the actual number of cancer cases could be twice that number since most of those who are perceived with the disease leave the state in order to access amended cancer care. "A recent study found that more than 70 percent of the cost incurred by patients getting treated is due to peripheral expenses such as stay, travel, and food. This was the reason our government initiated the non-profit Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), a pioneering model for making cancer care more affordable and address all aspects from awareness to end-of-life care," Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Health Minister, said.He further said, ACCF is in partnership with Tata Trusts, which has committed to provide Rs. 830 crore for the programme while the State government will provide Rs. 1,080 crore. The cancer care project has been designed to address three aspects of cancer care: service, education, and research with the objective of shifting care closer to patients homes. Accordingly, five district hospitals would be providing diagnostics and daycare follow-up. These hospitals are in Darrang, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Golaghat, and Sivasagar districts. Cancer centers adjacent to four existing and eight upcoming medical colleges across Assam will also provide comprehensive treatment and education, he added. At the two major medical college hospitals, Guwahati and Dibrugarh the cancer centers have been undertaken with advance and complex care along with cancer research. "The facilities will provide treatment at rates on par with or below the Central government health scheme rates. It is expected that a large number of patients will receive cashless treatment at these facilities through Atal Amrit Abhiyan and Ayushman Bharat schemes," a health official said on Sunday after Sarma and industrialist Ratan Tata inaugurated a digital information nerve center at Guwahati Medical College Hospital.By Sowmya Sangam

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Man Found Guilty of Murdering Indian-origin in Illinois June 18, 2018 09:45

A man in the United States has been condemned of the first-degree murder of an Indian-origin student after four years of his family's untiring endeavor to seek justice, according to a media report. Pravin Varughese, a student of Southern Illinois University was found dead in 2014 after being missing for five days, initially regime in Carbondale alleged it as a tragic mishap. According to report, Varughese's cause of death initially was reported as environmental hypothermia. However, the family of the 19-year-old student from Morton Grove, a village in Illinois, was merely unwilling to accept that. His menage pushed for further probe, had an independent necropsy performed that conflicted with the local coroner's findings and filed suit against Carbondale and its police chief, who was fired shortly.On Thursday, a Panel of 12-person found Gaege Bethune, a Southern Illinois man, culpable of the murder of Varughese. "Pravin's day finally came. He can rest in peace now," Pravin's mother, Lovely Varughese said.According to probe, Bethune, who was 19-year-old at that time, told police that he gave Varughese a ride in the night of February 12, 2014, after a party, and the two drove around while Varughese was allegedly looking to get cocaine. Bethune said that at some point he got into a fight with Varughese. The prosecution said the two had been fighting over money, and alleged Bethune landed several punches to Varughese's head and face that led to Varughese running into the woods, where he later found dead. According to a media report, jurors deliberated for seven hours before returning a verdict. Southern Illinoisan reported that they found Bethune at fault of one count of murder that hinged on the state arguing Bethune caused great bodily harm and that his death was "a direct and foreseeable consequence". According to the newspaper, Bethune was found culpable on a second murder charge that accused him of robbing the victim. A sentencing has not been scheduled and Bethune now faces 20 to 60 years of imprisonment.By Sowmya Sangam

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Social Media: A boon or Curse ? June 16, 2018 17:19

Fake forwards and gratuitous content sharing on WhatsApp without any corroboration or supporting facts is certainly not a new practice in India. The Nipah virus Havoc, falsities about the social network, Air India Free Tickets scam and a lot more have been unveiling on millions of phones. Merely what comes as a startle is rising number of killings, rabble deaths and lynching cases due to these forwards. With about one million new users on WhatsApp every day in India, it becomes arduous to pull out the source of these forwards. An End-to-End encryption on the application even made more difficult to put an end to these forwards as no third party, including the company itself, has access to messages or media shared between two members. In an instance, a man was abused by a rabble over a WhatsApp forward where he was accused of being a part of the 'deadly Pardhi gang'. In most of South India, including Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka long messages in various regional languages and in English are being circulated over WhatsApp. In other instance, people who were accused of child abductors through circulation of reportedly fake videos without any concrete proof were beaten, thrashed or abused to death in various places including, two Assamese youth.Some of the fake WhatsApp forwards                        Image source: The Quint Image source: Deccan Chronicle. "Beware. This is the photograph of a kidnapper at Chirayinkeezhu who targets our children." The picture of a man was circulated claiming child abduct. Important to cross-check information we share: Sanchita"The whole scenario is devastating and saddens me," says Sanchita, who is pursuing Mass Communication in Bangalore. Sanchita Singh, the 19-year-old student believes that she, as a part of the young generation, understands how the internet works and how everything shared is not authentic, and simply ignores any forwards that involve accusations."I think it's important to cross-check the information we share over any medium and mention a proper source to it. If people start taking law in their own hands over a few videos or messages shared that have no basis of authenticity, measures beyond ignorance have to be taken to cross verify and inform if the information is actually true", she adds.By Sowmya Sangam

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Vijay Mallya to Pay Costs to Indian Banks: UK Court Orders June 16, 2018 15:40

The United Kingdom High Court has ordered Indian businessman Vijay Mallya to pay a minimum of 200,000 pounds towards the costs of legal case pursued against him by 13 Indian banks, including State Bank of India. Earlier this month, after Mallya's attempt to throw out the registration of a ruling by India's Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) in the UK, and a failure of worldwide freezing of international assets, Judge Henshaw needed Mallya to pay the costs of the World Freezing Order and of the DRT of Karnataka's judgement in Britain. "The court ordered that Mallya pay the banks costs. The standard order is that the court will assess those costs unless the parties can otherwise agree on a figure for what should be paid," said a legal expert familiar with the case.The court's assessment of costs is a separate process, which ends with another court hearing before a specialist costs judge in the UK. Merely meanwhile, Mallya must pay 200,000 pounds towards these legal costs liability.In a high court ruling dated May 8, Judge Henshaw had refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya's assets and upheld an Indian court's ruling that the consortium of 13 Indian banks.Thirteen Indian banksState Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Corporation Bank, Federal Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Mysore, UCO Bank, United Bank of India and JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Co. Pvt Ltd, were entitled to recover funds amounting to about 1.145 billion pounds.The judicial costs owed to the banks emerged in a subsequent court order by the same judge.Charges against Mallya without substance, politically motivated: Mallya's lawyers"The First Defendant's (Mallya) application for permission to appeal is refused. Any further application for permission to appeal should be made to the Court of Appeal to be dealt with by a judge of that court," the judgment notes.Mallya, who is separately also fighting extradition to India on fraud and money laundering charges worth an estimated Rs 9,000 crore, has since filed an appeal notice at the Court of Appeal, which includes an application for permission to appeal.Approval will only be granted if the tribunal considers that the appeal would have a factual prospect of success or there is some other compelling reason for the appeal to be heard.Interim, Mallya is due back at Westminster Magistrates Court in London next month for one of the concluding hearings in his extradition case.A proceeding for concluding arguments to be presented by his defense team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), on behalf of the Indian authorities, was scheduled for July 11 but is now likely to take place on July 31.The former Kingfisher Airlines brag remains on bail since his apprehension on an extradition warrant in April last year. The CPS believes it has successfully constituted a prima facie case of fraud against the man of affairs and that there are no bars to his extradition to face the courts in India.Mallya's lawyers have claimed the criminal charges against their client are "without substance" and "politically motivated". On human rights grounds, they have also challenged the case, questioning the situation at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where the businessperson is to be held post-extradition. By Somwya Sangam

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Traffic Ramasamy Tamil Movie June 16, 2018 14:30

Traffic Ramasamy is an upcoming Kollywood film directed by Vicky, produced by SA Chandrasekhar. The film stars S.A. Chandrasekhar, Rohini, Prakash Raj, R. K. Suresh in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Red Meat Allergy Can Put your Heart at Risk: Medical Researchers June 16, 2018 14:08

The University of Virginia School of Medical researchers found that red meat allergy can put a person's heart at risk. The sensitivity to an allergen in red meat is linked by researchers with a buildup fatty plaque in the arteries of the heart, the buildup that might increase the risk of attacks and stroke. The bite of the lone star tick could cause people to develop an allergic reaction to red meat. Even so, many people who are not exhibited to symptoms are still sensitive to the allergen found in the meat. The allergen sensitivity, a sensitivity spread by tick bites was linked with the accrued plaque buildup, as measured by a blood test in new study by university's medical researchers. The researchers stated that their finding is preliminary and further research was warranted "This novel finding from a small group of subjects examined at the University of Virginia raises the intriguing possibility that asymptomatic allergy to red meat may be an under-recognized factor in heart disease," said study leader Coleen McNamara. "These preliminary findings underscore the need for further clinical studies in larger populations from diverse geographic regions."The researchers looking at 118 patients determined that those sensitive to the meat allergen had 30 percent more plaque accumulation inside their arteries compared to those without the sensitivity. In further, the plaques had a higher percentage with features characteristic of unstable plaques that more likely to cause heart strokes. People become sensitized to alpha-gal, with the meat allergy. People with a symptomatic form of the allergy can develop hives, stomach upset, breathing trouble or exhibit other symptoms after three to eight hours of consuming meat from mammals. Umpteen people can be sensitive to alpha-gal and not develop symptoms. UVA's new study suggested that doctors could develop a blood test to benefit people sensitive to the allergen. "This work raises the possibility that in the future a blood test could help predict individuals, even those without symptoms of red meat allergy, who might benefit from avoiding red meat. However, at the moment, red meat avoidance is only indicated for those with allergic symptoms," said researcher Jeff Wilson.The study by the medical researchers appears in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.By Sowmya Sangam

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