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Efforts on to ensure that UN proscribes Masood Azhar: India

Efforts on to ensure that UN proscribes Masood Azhar: India

New York, Mar. 29 : India, who is passionately following its quest for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), has hardened its stand on the Jaish-e-Mohammed and will call on the UN to proscribe its commander Maulana Masood Azhar.

With the developments on the Pathankot attack taking a concrete step as the Pakistan JIT team is set to visit to the site of the attack today, India is stepping up its crackdown on the terror outfit, whose involvement in the attack on the Air Base is the focus of the probe.


Cruz embroiled in sex scandal, Trump denies involvement

Cruz embroiled in sex scandal, Trump denies involvement

New York, Mar. 26 : Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has accused Donald Trump and his henchmen for feeding the National Enquirer a story claiming that the conservative Christian politician has had extramarital affairs with five different women.

"This National Enquirer story is garbage. It is complete and utter lies. It is a tabloid smear, and it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen," the New York Post quoted Cruz as saying after campaigning in Wisconsin.

The Enquirer, an American supermarket tabloid, published that Cruz, who portrays himself as a pious Christian, had affairs with a "hot babe," a "sexy schoolteacher," a "foxy political consultant," a "hot lawyer" and a $1,000-a-night hooker.


US contractor fined $3.1 million for outsourcing work to India

US contractor fined $3.1 million for outsourcing work to India

NEW YORK: A US contractor here has been ordered to pay a hefty fine of $3.1 million dollars for illegally outsourcing government-funded work to a sub-contractor based in India.

Focused Technologies Imaging Services, its sole owner Charles Tobin and former co-owner Julie Benware agreed to pay the penalty and fees under an agreement with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after admitting that they violated New York federal laws by illegally outsourcing the work to a subcontractor based in Mumbai in 2008 and 2009.

Authorities said the Indian company, which was unaware it had got the work illegally, fully and voluntarily cooperated with the investigation.


Microsoft shuts AI bot after twitteratti teaches it racism

Microsoft shuts AI bot after twitteratti teaches it racism

New York, March 25 : Humans will be humans and the latest victim is Microsoft which launched artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot on Twitter for a playful chat with people, only to silence it within 24 hours as users started sharing racist and offensive comments with the bot.

Launched on Twitter as an experiment in "conversational understanding" and to engage people through "casual and playful conversation", Tay was soon bombarded with racial comments and the innocent bot repeated those comments back with her commentary to users, TechCrunch reported on Friday.

Some of the tweets had Tay referring to Adolf Hitler, denying the Holocaust, supporting Donald Trump's immigration plans, among others.


Modi, Sania among Time probables for most influential people

Modi, Sania among Time probables for most influential people

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tennis star Sania Mirza and actor Priyanka Chopra are among the probable contenders named by Time magazine for its annual list of the most influential people in the world.

Time will announce its 'TIME 100', the annual list of the world's 100 most influential people next month.

While its editors will determine the ultimate honorees, the publication has asked readers to vote from among 127 "world leaders, great minds in science and technology, outstanding figures in the arts and other icons of the moment" on who they think deserve recognition.

Time said "Modi remains a powerful voice on the world stage," and while he saw his domestic agenda "sidetracked by political squabbles" in 2015, his country still leads the world in economic growth.


US dollar rises

US dollar rises

New York, March 24 : The US dollar increased against most major currencies as several Federal Reserve officials signalled an interest-rate hike as early as next month.

In late New York trading on Wednesday, the euro fell to $1.1184 from $1.1212 of the previous session, and the British pound dropped to $1.4115 from $1.4201, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Australian dollar went down to $0.7528 from $0.7615.

The US dollar bought 112.41 Japanese yen, the same as the previous session.

The dollar increased to 0.9749 Swiss franc from 0.9730 Swiss franc and inched up to 1.3206 Canadian dollars from 1. 3047 Canadian dollars.


Twitter seeks feedback on new feature

Twitter seeks feedback on new feature

New York, March 23 : Microblogging website Twitter is considering to introduce "Stickers" to enable users add images to photos before tweeting them out, and the web giant seeks user feedback on this new feature including whether or not people like that name, a media report said.

According to Twitter, the feature will also let you "see how other users from around the world have edited the same photo" and will also "suggest photos that you can edit and post to participate in trending conversations and breaking news," recode.net reported.

The microblogging website is currently running a test with some users as a way to garner feedback on Stickers, it added.

"We're always researching potential new ways to make Twitter more expressive," a spokesperson said.


US First Lady wears 'Kashmiri gown' for Cuba dinner

US First Lady wears 'Kashmiri gown' for Cuba dinner

New York, March 23 : US First Lady Michelle Obama chose a floral gown made of Kashmiri fabric and embroidery by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan for dinner on the concluding day of the Obamas' visit to Cuba on Tuesday.

"The dress Michelle Obama selected for the Cuban dinner was in a Kashmiri fabric," the New York Times reported.

"It was embroidered with an Indian floral motif, and was similar to one in the same fabric from the designer's pre-fall collection," it added.

The embroidery on the gown was Kashmir's traditional "Ari work".

The dinner's dress code was "casual cocktail".

Celebrated designer Khan told the media "after what America has done for me, coming from India, I need to give back to this country".


Pentagon: US airstrike in Yemen killed dozens of people

Pentagon: US airstrike in Yemen killed dozens of people

New York, Mar. 23 : The Pentagon has estimated that dozens of people were killed in a massive US airstrike in Yemen, the second such mass-casualty strike undertaken by the US military this month.

The two strikes killed more than 200 people at what the Pentagon described as terrorist training camps.

Peter Cook, the Pentagon spokesman, late Tuesday announced that the US had bombed a mountain redoubt in Yemen used by al-Qaida's local affiliate, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), reports the Guardian.

Cook asserted that the training camp was used by more than 70 AQAP terrorists.

The Pentagon, however, did not provide details of where in Yemen the alleged camp was located.


BlackBerry disappointed as WhatsApp, Facebook to shun its platform

BlackBerry disappointed as WhatsApp, Facebook to shun its platform

New York, March 23 : It is not just WhatsApp that decided to end support for BlackBerry OS 10 services by the end of 2016, Facebook too is leaving the BlackBerry platform after announcing to discontinue support of its application programming interfaces (APIs) for BlackBerry. The Canada-based firm is disappointed.

In a blog post, Lou Gazzola, senior manager in charge of BlackBerry's App Ecosystem and Developer Outreach team, said they are disappointed as they know so many users love these apps (Facebook and WhatsApp).

"We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands (but let them know how you feel on social media, using the hashtag #IloveBB10Apps)," Gazzola posted.


New York transforms payphone booths into free Wi-Fi zone

New York transforms payphone booths into free Wi-Fi zone

New York, March 22 : New York City has initiated a connectivity campaign that is designed to transform payphone booths with ultra- fast Wi-Fi hotspots, the media reported on Tuesday.

The LinkNYC programme is a 12-year plan to gradually transform the city's old payphone stands into three-metre-tall, futuristic kiosks that will provide a spectrum of service features including free Wi-Fi hotspots, free domestic phone calls and internet browsing services to local residents and about 60 million visitors annually, General Manager Jen Hensley said on Monday.

According to Hensley, the company has built some 140 kiosks along the city's 3rd and 8th Avenues in the testing period starting January, of which, 40 are activated and ready to serve, Xinhua news agency reported.


Google Glass delivers key results for 'organs-on-chips' technology

Google Glass delivers key results for 'organs-on-chips' technology

New York, March 21 : Using the eye wearable device Google Glass, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Massachusetts, US, have collected promising results as part of technology known as "organs-on-chips".

Google Glass, one of the newest forms of wearable technology, offers researchers a hands-free and flexible monitoring system.

The team first developed hardware and software to remotely monitor and control devices that mimic the human physiological system.

Devices known as organs-on-chips allow researchers to test drug compounds and predict physiological responses with high accuracy in a laboratory setting.


100 ISIS militants killed in Mosul airstrikes

100 ISIS militants killed in Mosul airstrikes

New York, Mar. 21 : At least 100 ISIS militants have been killed in the two-day airstrikes in Iraq's Mosul city, according to the Iraqi Army.

The Iraqi Army had yesterday tweeted that international airstrikes targeted key ISIS militants at various locations in the city, including Mosul University.

According to them, there were no students inside the university and the army also claimed that the varsity's building is being used for training purposes.

Meanwhile, CNN reports that it has confirmed the strikes, the first with someone inside the Mosul University and the other with the former governor Athil Al Nujayfi of Nineveh Province in which Mosul is located.

Nujayfi said that 17 senior ISIS fighters and numerous locals were killed in the strikes.(ANI)


Yahoo turns to Facebook for Tumblr ad-sale deal: Report

Yahoo turns to Facebook for Tumblr ad-sale deal: Report

New York, March 19 : Yahoo is reportedly in talks with Facebook about an advertising partnership that would allow the social networking site to sell ads on Tumblr.

According to a report in The Information website, Yahoo is considering a deal with Facebook that would allow the social network giant to sell ads inside Tumblr's mobile app.

A Facebook deal would involve sales through Facebook Audience Network, a relatively new offering that allows advertisers who already work with the company to sell ads that also run outside the network on other sites, the report added.


Twitter's 140-character limit to stay: CEO Jack Dorsey

Twitter's 140-character limit to stay: CEO Jack Dorsey

New York, March 19 : If you thought you will be able to convey more to your friends and policymakers on Twitter soon, hold on. According to the micro-blogging site, there is still time for you to tweet in 10,000 characters and its original 140-character limit is here to stay.

Appearing on a TV show, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the 140-character limit is "a beautiful constraint" and that Twitter "will never lose that feeling".

"It's (140-characters) staying. It's a good constraint for us, and it allows for of-the-moment brevity... We're changing a lot. We're always going to make Twitter better," he was quoted as saying in a Tech Crunch report on Saturday.


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