Kerala govt to impart AI training to 80,000 teachers
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Thiruvananthapuram, April 22: The Kerala government will be sending 80,000 teachers from its Secondary school teachers to a three-day AI hands-on training. The training is being conducted by Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE). The AI training will focus on techniques to simplify complex documents in PDFs, images, and videos and to generate concise summaries that retain crucial information and even create new content using AI tools. Teachers would learn image generation techniques to create and edit subject-specific visuals, transform them into cartoons or paintings, and ..read more
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SC allows termination of 30-week pregnancy of minor victim of rape
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New Delhi, April 22: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed termination of the 30-week pregnancy of a minor who was a victim of rape. Allowing the Special Leave Petition, a Bench presided over by Chief Justice of India (CJI), DY Chandrachud, overturned a decision of the Bombay High Court which had dismissed the plea for Medical Termination of Pregnancy moved by the 14-year-old rape survivor’s mother. The Bench, also comprising Justice JB Pardiwala, noted that the pregnancy allegedly emanated from sexual assault and the minor was unaware of her pregnancy until a very late stage. In an earlier hea ..read more
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Siachen no ordinary land but India’s capital when it comes to valour, sacrifice and courage: Rajnath Singh
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New Delhi, April 22:  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield, is no ordinary land as it represents the sacrifice, valour and determination of Indian soldiers who serve in extremely harsh terrain and inclement weather to protect the motherland. Interacting with the Armed Forces personnel deployed at Kumar Post, one of the world’s most inhospitable locations, Singh thanked them for placing the call of duty above everything while safeguarding the country’s sovereignty and perseverance. “The land of Siachen is not an ordinary land… Like Ne ..read more
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Investments in AI firms disrupting insurance sector reach $2 billion
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Shillong, April 22: Investments in AI technology companies aimed at disrupting the insurance sector surged by 18 per cent (year-on-year) in 2023, reaching nearly $2 billion through private equity and venture financing globally, a new report showed on Monday. Insurance providers have integrated AI models with established methodologies from the actuarial sciences to enhance risk analysis and streamline claim processing workflows. Recent progress in AI, supported by Large Language Models (LLMs) and generative AI, marks a new phase of disruption within the insurance sector, according to the report ..read more
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Israeli drone shot down over Lebanon: IDF
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Shillong, April 22: An Israeli drone was shot down over Lebanon overnight on Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said early on Monday. A surface-to-air missile was launched at the drone that was operating in Lebanese airspace, the IDF wrote on Telegram. The drone was hit and had landed in Lebanon, the IDF said. Fighter jets struck the missile launch site, it added. The information could not initially be independently verified. Fighting broke out with Lebanon on Sunday, with the Israeli army announcing that two shells had been fired in the direction of the village of Rosh Hanikra in norther ..read more
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Zomato increases mandatory platform fee to Rs 5
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Shillong, April 22: Online food delivery platform Zomato has hiked its platform fee by 25 per cent to Rs 5 per order. Zomato introduced a platform fee of Rs 2 in August last year and later increased it to Rs 3 to improve its margins and become profitable. Buoyed by record food orders on New Year’s Eve, the food delivery platform in January increased its mandatory platform fee to Rs 4 from Rs 3 per order across key markets. The new platform fee is levied on all customers, including Zomato Gold. Meanwhile, the company has suspended Intercity Legends, its inter-city food delivery service. “Enhanc ..read more
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Surat’s electoral drama: Congress candidates disqualified, clear path for BJP
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Shillong, April 22: The electoral battle in Surat took an unexpected turn, as the Congress party faced a setback, with the Returning Officer rejecting its candidates’ nomination forms on April 21. While in most constituencies of Gujarat the fight is mainly between two parties, the Congress and the BJP, in Surat the BJP has a clear path. The Congress’ Nilesh Kumbhani, who was initially nominated for the Surat Lok Sabha constituency, found his candidacy invalidated after alleged discrepancies were discovered in the proposers’ signatures. The Congress’ backup candidate Suresh Padsala also met the ..read more
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Hyundai Motor signs 174-MW renewable energy deal for EV plant in US
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Shillong, April 22: Hyundai Motor Group said on Monday it has signed a 174-megawatt power purchase agreement (PPA) with a solar energy project led by Spain’s Matrix Renewables to power its envisioned electric vehicle (EV) plant in the United States with renewable energy. The 15-year PPA with the Matrix Renewables-led Stillhouse Solar Project from 2025 to 2040 will be used to operate Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America, the South Korean auto giant’s first dedicated EV mass production plant in the North American country, currently under construction in the state of Georgia. The energy will als ..read more
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Rapper Badshah parties with Pakistani actress Hania Aamir in Dubai
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Shillong, April 22: Pakistani actress Hania Aamir, who is known for ‘Mere Humsafar’, had a gala time with her friend, the Indian rapper Badshah in Dubai. The actress took to her Instagram and shared pictures and videos from their meet-up in the Middle Eastern city of the UAE. The first picture featured Hania and Badshah in it whereas the second picture was of a food spread. Lastly, there was a video, which showed Hania enjoying a drink as she posed for the camera. She wrote in the caption, “Rescue arrived from Chandigarh.” In another video posted by the actress, the two can be seen jamming ove ..read more
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Stock Market Update: Sensex gains more than 400 points
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Shillong, April 22: BSE Sensex gained more than 400 points on Monday as geopolitical tensions eased and crude oil prices declined. BSE Sensex was trading at 73,509 points. Wipro and Ultratech Cement are up more than 2 per cent in trade. V K Vijayakumar, Chief Investment Strategist, Geojit Financial Services, said the biggest positive for the market in the near term is that the feared escalation in the Israel-Iran tension is unlikely to happen. The decline in Brent crude from $90 to $87 is a confirmation of this expected de-escalation. However, the market is likely to be weighed by the high US ..read more
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