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first_imgMark Zuckerberg testified in the U.S. Senate Tuesday. Image: C-SPAN.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. senators his social media platform didn’t do enough to protect users’ privacy or prevent foreign interference in elections. He says he accepts responsibility, and even welcomes the possibility of new federal regulation. But when it was Sen. Dan Sullivan’s turn to ask a question, Zuckerberg wasn’t all that compliant.Listen nowSullivan opened with a question aiming to honor the success of Facebook.“Quite a story, right? Dorm room to the global behemoth that you guys are,” Sullivan said. “Only in America. Would you agree with that?”No. Zuckerberg did not agree.“Well senator, there are some very strong Chinese internet companies,” Zuckerberg said.“Right but …,” Sullivan paused and offered some stage direction.  “You’re supposed to answer yes to this question. Ok? C’mon. I’m trying to help you, right?  Gimme a break. You’re in front of a bunch of senators. The answer is yes, so thank you.”It was a light moment in a long hearing. But Sullivan went on to make a point about the dangers of regulation. Zuckerberg made clear he and the Alaska senator don’t see it the same.“I’m not the type of person that thinks all regulation is bad,” the CEO said. “So I think that the internet is becoming increasingly important in people’s lives. And I think we need to have a full conversation about what is the right regulation, not whether it should be or shouldn’t be.”Zuckerberg may sound altruistic there, like he just wants what’s best for society. But Sullivan questioned whether Facebook would use its political power to push for regulations that cement its lead on competitors.“One of my biggest concerns about what you guys are doing is that the next Facebook – which we all want, the guy in the dorm room, we all want that, to start it – that you are becoming so dominant that we’re not able to have that next Facebook,” Sulllivan said.Zuckerberg said shutting out the little guy wouldn’t be his approach to regulation, though he said the concern is valid.Sullivan only had a few minutes, but his name also came up when Democratic Sen. Chris Coons asked Zuckerberg about malicious or phony Facebook pages. Just that morning, the Delaware senator said, he found out someone had made a fake Facebook page for him. Coons said he went online and found it.“And there’s my picture with Sen. Dan Sullivan’s family. Same schools I went to. But a whole lot of Russian friends,” Coons said. “Dan Sullivan’s got a very attractive family, by the way.”No one disagreed.last_img read more

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first_imgThe main purpose of the help desk is to keep a vigil at railway stations, coordinate with the departments concerned and provide immediate care and support to lonely children identified at stations. They also assist people who refer or want to share information about any lost and found child, apart from creating awareness in public Security wing of railways keep a vigilant eye to prevent trafficking in women and children and take appropriate action to rehabilitate destitute children found in railway areas and thus ensure the safety and security besides boosting the confidence of the travelling public Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Hyderabad: Indian Railways, as one of the largest networks in the world, carry 25 millions of passengers each day and railway stations are the places for mass mobility and one of the focal points to travel in all directions of the country. Because of its easy access and mobilisation, generally runaway children, child labour, orphans and child trafficking gangs reach major railway stations to escape further. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Keeping the same in view special emphasis has been given by Security Wing of South Central Railway to counter this aspect impacting the minors. Accordingly, child help desks have been set up at major stations of SCR like Secunderabad, Kacheguda, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Nanded. These desks are set up by Railway Protection Force (RPF), Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel and also NGOs. Advertise With Us The main purpose of the help desk is to keep a vigil at railway stations, coordinate with the departments concerned and provide immediate care and support to lonely children identified at stations. They also assist people who refer or want to share information about any lost and found child, apart from creating awareness in public. During the last 3 financial years, around 2,940 children (2252 boys and 688 girls) were rescued at various stations that fall under South Central Railway jurisdiction. The children rescued include runaway children, child labourers and orphans etc. In addition, 84 children who were bought to the stations for trafficking were rescued, and cases registered against the offenders. CCTV cameras installed at the railway stations come as a big help to Railway Protection Force & GRP personnel to keep a close watch on lonely children and also other anti social elements. Security wing of railways keep a vigilant eye to prevent trafficking in women and children and take appropriate action to rehabilitate destitute children found in railway areas and thus ensure the safety and security besides boosting the confidence of the travelling public. Gajanan Mallya, GM, SCR, regularly monitors the security situation at station and in trains during coordination meeting with divisions and principal heads of various departments including the security wing. He has laid emphasis towards keeping a close watch on the anti-social elements at stations/trains and to strengthen securitylast_img read more

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first_imgVijayawada: Lakkamraju Srikrishna of Sarada Educational Institutions secured second place at the national-level Yoga Sports Championship in under 17 year category held at Jawaharlal indoor stadium in Chennai on June 30. The institutions director, Y Saradha Devi said that Srikrishna was studying junior MPC and made the institute proud by winning the national level event. She wished that he would secure first place in the championships to come. She said that by playing sports and practicing Yoga students will be good at studies and can concentrate on the subjects. GM GV Rao, staff and others congratulated Srikrishna on winning the championship.last_img

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first_imgHyderabad: High level arrangements are being made for the opening of Naini coal block in Orissa by SCCL. SCCL CMD N Sridhar met Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and State Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Wednesday in Bhubaneshwar and discussed the details related to Naini coal block. The CMD explained that for meeting the demands of the State and country the Ministry of Coal has allotted the block situated at Angul district in Orissa to Singareni and requested the State Government for full co-operation in issues relating to forest, transfer of revenue lands, rehabilitation and railway lines. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us The chairman explained that out of the 912.79 hectares required for the mine, 783.27 hectares of forest land along with 129.52 hectares of land belonging to 6 villages are present and only 14 families need to be rehabilitated. The Singareni CMD handed over cheque for Rs one crore to Chief Minister on the occasion as assistance to the recent heavy rains and floods in Orissa State.last_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad: The Vigilance and Enforcement (V&E) wing of the state unearthed Rs 200 crore scam in ESI hospitals which procured the medicines at a higher price. After a probe was conducted by the department on the contracts given to the firms for supply of medicines to dispensaries and ESI hospitals for the 2016-17 and 2018-19 financial years, the V&E authorities initiated action against ESI director Dr C Devika Rani and five others for being involved in the scam. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Devika Rani had allegedly transferred the money illegally to the Benami firms and claimed to have paid bills of Rs 200 crore without actually supplying the medicines. The ESI had procured several medicines for an exorbitant price. For instance, Lactulose syrup (200ml) priced at Rs 74.20 was obtained by ESI at Rs 260. It is learned that indents were given to the firms by communicating over phone and orders were sent through an ordinary post. All the three quotations accepted during tender are said to be owned by a single-family. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us However, a drug procurement committee should initiate the entire proceedings pertaining to the drug requirement, but the probe at the beginning of the year found that no such committee was formed. The director also kept the joint director aside from the drug purchase committee and no committee on local purchases and tender scrutiny were formed to identify the pre-bid process. The Vigilance officials also failed to identify the firms as they were shut down after supplying the medicines to the hospitals. The officials caused loss to the government by purchasing drugs at a price of their will through local purchase.last_img read more

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first_imgNalgonda: Bharatiya Janata Party national executive member Perala Chandra Shekar stated that BJP was the only party that can make the country a superpower and called upon the party workers to give wide publicity to Central government schemes to strengthen the party at grassroot level.Addressing the media in Nalgonda on Friday, Perala said believing in BJP rule under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, people of the country elected the BJP for the second consecutive time. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us He listed out the Central government welfare schemes and achievements in the last five years. He fired salvos on TRS government for diverting central funds to State government schemes and over making baseless comments on state BJP leadership and PM Modi. In this press meet, party district president Nukala Narsimha Reddy, party leaders Garlapati Jithendra Kumar, Veereelly Chandrashekar, Sri Ramoju Shanmukha, Pothepaka Sambaiah and others participated.last_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad: Telangana State Health Department has decided to fill 1,466 posts in DME Ayush and Directorate of Public Health wings and also in MNJ Cancer Hospital, Hyderabad. Of this, 257 doctors posts to be filled in DME, Ayush and MNJ side, while another 1,209 posts (paramedical and other staff) belong to Public Health. Another significant thing to be noted is that these posts would be filled through direct recruitment through the newly constituted MHSRB (Medical and Health Services Recruitment Board). Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting conducted by Special Chief Secretary (Medical and Health) a few days ago with the senior officials. The department has sought technical assistance of JNTU-Hyderabad on conducting the recruitment exam since MHSRB was a new body. It is learnt that JNTU is likely to give technical support and that too remaining in the background only like they did for police recruitment board. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us All formalities like notification, exam date, results etc. would be done by the MHSRB only with no role of JNTU in it. Meanwhile, HoDs were told to submit information including category-wise syllabus, qualification, the grouping of categories, exam duration, number of papers and medium of examination, application fee, roster matrix etc. by July 30.last_img read more

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first_imgIndian stock markets are expected to recover on Thursday after plunging in the last six session, the longest losing streak in four months.BSE Sensex had declined more than 5 percent and the 50-share NSE Nifty lost more than 4.5 percent in the last six sessions as financial shares tumbled on disappointment by the central bank policy.”The index is expected to consolidate in a 100 point range say about 5680-5780 and once consolidation is done we should resume our downtrend. The big chart for me is the rupee chart which after a month’s correction has now again on the verge of breaking out and this breakout will lead to levels around 64-65 zone,” Ashwani Gujral, Fund Manager, Ashwanigujral.com told in an interview with Economic Times.Meanwhile, Asian markets mostly advanced on Thursday after official data showed that China’s manufacturing activity unexpectedly strengthened last month. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 surged 1.16 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite advanced 1.20 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 1.12 percent and South Korea’s KOSPI rose 0.52 percent.US stock markets ended on a flat note Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it would keep buying $85 billion per month in Treasury and mortgage securities in an effort to strengthen the world’s largest economy.The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.14 percent, the S&P 500 Index was down 0.01 percent and the Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.27 percent.Meanwhile, official data on Tuesday showed that showed the US economy grew at an annualized 1.7 percent in the April-June quarter, down from 1.8 percent growth registered in the first three months of the year.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai foot-over bridge collapsetwitterSix people have been reported dead and 32 injured in the past 12 hours since a portion of an overhead pedestrian bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus came crashing down here.Police registered cases against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Indian Railway officials charging them with culpable homicide.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia each to the kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured. He has also ordered a high-level probe into the Thursday’s incident.Railways, senior police officials, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and BMC teams were overseeing operations on Friday.This was the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months — occurred around 7.35 p.m. as the bridge was reportedly overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes, the BMC Disaster Control said.The victims identified so far include three women, Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40. The two men dead are Zahid Siraj Khan, 32 and Tapendra Singh, 35.Connecting the CSMT’s suburban platform No. 1 with the B.T. Lane near The Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School, it was used by thousands of daily commuters rushing to catch the local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line.Though debris has been cleared, traffic restriction on D.N. Road continues, a traffic official said.last_img read more

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first_imgHewlett-Packard Co plans to cut as many as 16,000 more jobs in a major ramp-up of CEO Meg Whitman’s years-long effort to turn around the personal computer maker and relieve pressure on its profit margins.Whitman said the turnaround remained on track and her raised target reflected how HP continued to find areas to streamline across its broad portfolio, which encompasses computing, networking, storage and software. But some analysts wondered whether it signaled a worsening outlook for the coming year, or if more jobs may be cut.”The rationale makes sense,” said RBC analyst Amit Daryanani. But “you do worry if there’s a finality to this process, or if it’s an ongoing thing that may affect morale at the end of the day. So far the trend has been worrisome.”HP, whose sprawling global operations employ more than 250,000, estimated about three years ago when it first hatched its sweeping overhaul that it would need to shed 27,000 jobs. That number rose to 34,000 last year.On Thursday, it estimated another 11,000 to 16,000 more jobs needed to go, scattered across different countries and business areas. That took the grand total under Whitman’s restructuring to 50,000.The Silicon Valley company is trying to reduce its reliance on PCs and move toward computing equipment and networking gear for enterprises, part of Whitman’s effort to curtail revenue declines and return the world’s No. 1 PC maker to growth.But that goal remains elusive. The company posted a disappointing 1 percent drop in quarterly revenue, as it struggled to maintain its grip on the shrinking personal computer market and weak corporate tech spending.That marked its 11th consecutive quarterly sales decline.Shares in HP closed down 2.3 percent at $31.78, after the company inadvertently posted the results on its website more than half an hour before the closing bell.A PIVOTAL DIVISIONResearch jobs, which are vital for innovation and long-term growth, will continue to grow, Whitman stressed.HP is looking to cut back more in “areas not central to customer-facing and innovation agendas,” she said in an interview, rather than areas like research. “That’s not what we’re doing here. You need to look at the R&D spending, which is up.”HP recorded sales of $27.3 billion in its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, just shy of the $27.41 billion Wall Street had expected.Whitman said China remained a challenging region, though revenue from that country rose in the quarter. U.S. companies like International Business Machines Corp and Cisco Systems Inc have blamed recent lackluster performances on a backlash against American companies in China, in the wake of U.S. spying allegations.On Thursday, HP forecast full-year earnings of $3.63 to $3.75 a share, compared with Wall Street’s estimate for $3.71.It reported non-GAAP diluted net earnings of 88 cents a share in the second quarter, up 1 percent from a year earlier and about level with what analysts, on average, had expected.last_img read more

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