Pope cautions youngsters against virtual existence

Pope Francis on Tuesday sought to discourage youngsters from spending too much of time on the internet. Addressing a group of over 50,000 German Altar Servers, the Holy Father suggested that the youth should engage in more ‘productive activities’. He also included smart phones and television, within the range of his discussion. The internet, he stressed was “a gift from god”, yet its overuse could lead to what he called “a network of wires, but of people”.

“Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from god, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions” he said.

Interestingly, the Pope, who’s nearing 78, has twitter handles spanning across several languages. This however, comes at a time when the Roman Catholic Church has walked an extra mile, on the social media space in its endeavor to reach out to greater number of youngsters.


To read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/08/06/pope-francis-to-young-people-get-off-the-internet-and-do-something-productive-for-gods-sake/

The Horror Lives On

Japan: Hiroshima marks the 69th anniversary of the horrifying nuclear bomb attacks on Wednesday.  Several peace ceremonies are to be conducted throughout the day in order to pray for the souls of the victims who lost their lives in an attack that still shakes up the citizen of Japan.

Mayor Kazumi Matsui invited US President Barack Obama along with other world leaders to visit the cities that were affected during the bombings that took place in 1945. In his speech, he exclaimed his belief that once the leaders of the world would visit the A-bombed cities, they would join hands with him to eradicate the menace of the nuclear weapons.

Exactly 69 years back, during the end of the Second World War, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing an estimated 1, 40,000 people as an aftermath. After three days, Nagasaki too was bombed in a similar way, killing almost 70,000 people. It was the first and last time that a nuclear weapon was used during a war.

Though it has been a long time ever since, the horror in the minds of the survivors, their families and the citizen in general lives on, so much so that nuclear weapons are considered to be a form of evil till date.

To read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/japan-marks-69th-anniversary-hiroshima-bombing-24858379



BCCI disappointed with ICC’s verdict on Anderson- Jadeja case

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New Delhi: The Judicial Commissioner’s verdict to give a clean chit to James Anderson (England’s Fast Bowler) of the breach of conduct has deemed to have disheartened the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI). This has lead to BCCI writing to cricket’s governing body to unveil their discontent over the verdict.

The first test at Trent Bridge last month had housed verbal dispute between Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja. Following a hearing on video conference on Friday, both the sportsmen were freed of any charge. Dave Richardson, the International Cricket Council Executive (ICC) can raise appeal against the verdict of the Judiciary.

“What we have done is we’ve written a letter to the ICC saying we are not happy with the verdict,” said Sanjay Patel, secretary of the BCCI. He added, “We don’t have a right to appeal in this case.”

Even though the ICC officials had not been accessible for any comment regarding the issue, if the sportsmen had been found guilty by the Judicial Commissioner, a four-test ban would have been imposed on Anderson and Jadeja.

The incident took place during the first test match at Trent Bridge, Old Trafford last month. The next match, fourth in the series, is scheduled for the coming Thursday with both the teams at a tied score.

Read more at: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/08/05/india-england-jadeja-anderson-verdict-idINKBN0G50VD20140805

Fortune names 4 Indians in its top 20 extraordinary tech czar list

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New York: ‘Big Data All-Star’, Fortune magazine’s maiden endeavor has listed 20 extraordinary technology czars and young entrepreneurs who will “transform the way business operates” through data analyzing and processing big numbers. Four Indians have found a place for themselves in this prestigious list.

One of the four is Arun Murthy, co-founder of Hortonworks, a business computer software company. He has helped in developing a workload management system called YARN, which is the operating system for Hadoop. He has started off at Yahoo for which Hadoop, open-source storage and processing software, that powers much of the web’s big data, was at an early stage of development.

The next one to feature on the list is Surabhi Gupta. A Stanford University graduate, she is best known for revamping and improving travel rentals website Airbnb’s search engines and is currently working on condensing and creating summaries of Airbnb’s listings so that the users can get a vibe of different cities.

The brain behind American Express’s “MyOffers”, Swatee Singh is the also on the list. She is the Vice President of GMS IM Platforms and Big Data Capabilities at American Express.

The fourth Indian to earn a mention on the list is Vijay Subramanian. He is the Chief Analytics Officer at Rent the Runway. He has developed a model that estimates product longevity, missed demand and occasion use of the company’s inventory that helps in cost saving for a company that buys online designer dress and accessories in bulk so as to rent it out to the customers.

To read more: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-company/corporate-trends/4-indians-among-fortunes-list-of-20-extraordinary-tech-czars/articleshow/39677298.cms

US to invest $14 bn in Africa

Washington: Looking at the increasing investment in Africa by China, the US-Africa Summit aims to strengthen US ties with Africa. The Summit being attended by over 40 African heads of state witnessed an announcement of $14bn by United States in Africa.

The deal involved announcement of $5bn partnership in private equity firms Blackstone and Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest businessmen for energy infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.  More investment in Mr. Obama’s Power Africa initiative was also highlighted.

Power Africa received additional $12bn through pledges to develop energy supplies in Africa. This was a mix of investment and involvement of state. Also, an investment of $5bn in Power Africa was announced by the World Bank.

As mentioned by Mr. Obama, US would offer additional $7 bn of financing through the Doing Business in Africa (DBIA) campaign, bringing the total new US commitments to investment in Africa to $33 bn.

To read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/08/us-announces-14bn-investment-africa-201485155458455909.html

Pakistan targets several army posts in Poonch

Jammu :  In the first major ceasefire violation this month by the Pakistani troops, the Indian forward posts were targeted with arms and automatic weapons along the Line of Control, provoking a retaliation from the Indian armed forces.

PRO Defence Lt Col Manish Mehta explained, “Pakistani troops opened unprovoked small arms firing at forward posts in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir around 1130 hours today,”  He also added that the Indian army troops took positions and responded with equal caliber weapons to Pakistan’s firing which resulted in intermittent exchanges of fire,

However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported.

This violation comes after Pakistan has violated the ceasefire in J&K over nineteen times since the Narendra Modi government has come into place. the new strong stance of the government however has led to a strong retaliation by the Indian Armed forces in most cases.

To read more: http://www.abplive.in/india/2014/08/05/article375189.ece/Pakistan-violates-ceasefire-along-LoC-in-Poonch#.U-I15uOSySo

2 dead as ferry capsizes in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh: A ferry carrying more than 200 passengers capsized in Central Bangladesh and has left two people dead, others are missing and feared to be dead in this incident.

According to a local police chief Tofazzal Hossain, the boat sank in Padma river 30 miles south of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. He further added that about twenty passengers swimmed and managed to reach the shore while a few were rescued by the locals.

Ferries in Bangladesh usually do not maintain records of people travelling on them. Therefore, it is very unclear about the number of people travelling in MV Pinak-6. Investigators have cited unsafe vessels and overloading along with weak navigation facilities for the accidents.

The rescued passengers claim that the ferry was overloaded with people and in turn could not resist the strong current which lead to its overturn.

“People were panicking and screaming,” Khokon Mia, a survivor, told Somoy TV. “There were no life jackets or life boats. I was floating in the water. Some people in a speed boat came and rescued me.”

Bangladesh is not new to such accidents. One such incident took place in May killing 58 people after a ferry capsized in the same area.

A rescue team has been dispatched to the site by the government, officials said in Dhaka.

To read more: http://online.wsj.com/articles/ferry-carrying-up-to-250-people-capsizes-in-bangladesh-1407136451