Doklam standoff: China censures Japan for backing India

Doklam: The word from Ground Zero


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China on Friday told Japan not to make “random” comments on the Sino-Indian border standoff even if it wants to support New Delhi.


Japan has rallied behind India over the dragging feud at Doklam, with its envoy Kenji Hiramatsu saying that the region is disputed and Tokyo understands why New Delhi got embroiled in it.


“I have seen the Japanese Ambassador in India really wants to support India. I want to remind him not to randomly make comments before clarifying relevant facts,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.


She rebutted Hiramatsu who said that Doklam, on the Sikkim section of the India-China border, was disputed and no country should change the status quo by using force.


“In the Donglang (Doklam) area, there is no territorial dispute. And the boundary has been delimited and recognized by the two sides,” Hua said.”And the attempt to change the status quo by trespass in the boundary is of India, not China.”


Japan is the first country to openly speak on the crisis and back India.Hua again asked India to immediately withdraw troops from Doklam, where both sides have been engaged in a stand-off since June.


She said India’s unconditional pullback will be the basis for any meaningful dialogue to resolve the crisis, which has plunged ties between two countries to a new low.


Doklam is disputed by Bhutan and China. India says the area belongs to Bhutan and Chinese soldiers entered the area, affecting New Delhi’s strategic interests.

Personal attacks continue: Full text of Vishal Sikka’s resignation letter

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Vishal Sikka has resigned as managing director and chief executive of Infosys with immediate effect.


U B Pravin Rao has been appointed as interim-managing director and chief executive, India’s no. 2 software services exporter said in a statement.Sikka has now been appointed as executive vice-chairman.Here’s the full text of Vishal Sikka resignation letter.

Over the last few days, since our earlier call, I’ve met Sesh several times, talked to you individually at length, and spent time thinking things thru with Vandana. During this time, one of our employees, Sandeep Karamongikar, died in his sleep, likely of a massive heart attack. He was working on the chatbot frontend in Nia. Also over the weekend, in possibly the greatest demonstration of AI capability ever, a bot built by the researchers at OpenAI (yes, that OpenAI), defeated the world’s best players of DOTA2, a multiplayer online video game, a game where the bot learned to play entirely from scratch. Further demonstrating that the force to automate routine, even advanced, activities is an unstoppable and exponential one. And the Charlottesville incident here in the US demonstrated once again the power of words and silences to cause real damage, or to heal.

After much reflection, I have concluded that it is indeed time for me to leave my current positions as MD and CEO, and I have communicated my resignation to Sesh. I will be working closely with Sesh, Ravi, Pravin, with all of you, and the senior management team to plan out the details and the timelines to ensure a smooth transition and in the meantime, continue our work without disruption, and ensuring that we protect our company, the employees, the clients, and the interests of every shareholder. You can count on my commitment to this.


What is data colonisation and why it matters to us in India



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Colony (n) is a country or area under the full or partial political control of another country and occupied by settlers from that country.


Data Colonisation (n) is a process by which a central system of power dominates the surrounding land and its components.


By those definitions, neither India nor any region of it is a colony of a dominant society, community or country anymore. However, India and its population is no longer a nation that is defined by its physical presence alone either. We are all living our lives within the geographical boundaries of India and within the virtual boundaries of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, Airbnb, Uber, and hundreds of other mobile apps.


Our lives today are as much about our physical being as they are about our data. The only difference is that while we are conscious of our physical lives, we are seldom aware of how our data is being used by its custodians, which may not necessarily be a government but could very well be a multinational company based in a developed country.


When an individual lives within the territorial boundaries of a country, the latter is expected to safeguard the former’s identity, information, and privacy. However, who guarantees the same when lives (and their data) are no longer restricted to geographical boundaries but co-exist at multiple virtual locations in a ‘connected world’? More importantly, how much control do they have over their identity and data? As more and more individuals go online and more and more information is turned digital, a strong race to compete for the ownership of data will be visible, if traces of it are not visible already. And the strength of the “coloniser” would be judged by the vastness of the data “colonised”.


Infosys share buyback official; board to discuss it on 19 August

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Infosys said its board would meet on August 19 to discuss and take a call on the share buyback plan as the company received Sebi’s approval for the same.

We would like to inform you pursuant to Regulation 29 (1)(b) of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, that the Board of Directors of Infosys Ltd will consider a proposal for buyback of equity shares of the company at its meeting to be held on August 19, 2017,” said the IT services firm in a filing to the BSE. Infosys said it would inform the outcomes of the board meeting to the exchanges.

Infosys, India’s second largest IT services firm, has closed the trading window with immediate effect and would reopen on August 22.

Infosys proposed in April that it would pay up to Rs 13000 crore to buyback equity shares.

The Bengaluru-based IT services major reported cash and cash equivalents and investments worth Rs 39,335 crore as on June 30, 2017 on its balance sheet and proposed its first share buyback.

As the IT services sector has seen a single-digit growth for the first time in a decade on account of automation and shift to digital technology, peers of Infosys such as TCS, Wipro, HCl Technologies have already announced share buyback plans. IT stocks across the industry have yielded sluggish returns during the past one year.

Infosys was awaiting regulatory approvals before it could take a call on the share repurchase proposal.

The company in February amended its articles of association that would allow it to go for a share buyback, a move watched by shareholders including its founders who had sought better capital allocation by the company.


Shah Rukh Khan visits Dilip Kumar

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Superstar Shah Rukh Khan paid a visit to Dilip Kumar at his home, a week after the veteran actor was discharged from the hospital.


Kumar, 94, was admitted to city-based Lilavati Hospital on August 2, where he was treated for dehydration and urinary tract infection.


His wife, Saira Bano took to the actor’s official Twitter page to share a series of photographs of the legend with Shah Rukh, who treats the “Jab Harry Met Sejal” actor as his own son.


“Message from Saira Banu: Sahab’s mooh-bola beta-‘son’ @iamsrk visited Sahab today. Sharing some photos of the evening.


“@iamsrk visited Sahab this evening. Sahab’s doing much better since return from the hospital. Shukar Allah,” the post read.


Kumar was discharged from the hospital on August 9.


Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who was recently discharged from the Lilavati Hospital, was on Tuesday visited by Shah Rukh Khan, his ‘mooh-bola beta.’


Wife and veteran actress Saira Banu took to Twitter to share photos from the evening.


“Message from Saira Banu: Sahab’s mooh-bola beta-“son” @iamsrk visited Sahab today. Sharing some photos of the evening,” read a post.



China, Doklam standoff, Ladakh, Indian army, kashmir, Pangong lake 

Doklam: The word from Ground Zero


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Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, Indian sources said, further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month standoff in another part of the disputed border.


A source in New Delhi, who had been briefed on the military situation on the border, said soldiers foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake.


Some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides, the source said.


China’s defence and foreign ministries did not immediately respond to request for comment.


The two sides have frequently accused each other of intrusions into each other’s territories, but clashes are rare.


The Indian military declined to comment on the incident.


“There was an altercation near the Pangong lake,” said a police officer in Srinagar, the capital of India Jammu and Kashmir state, under which the area falls. An army source in Srinagar also spoke of an altercation following what he called a Chinese army “incursion in Pangong lake area”.


The two armies are already engaged in a standoff in the Doklam plateau further east, in another part of their 3,500 km (2,175 mile) unmarked mountain border.



Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) – 2018

DU considering changing admission process to entrance exam model


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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering GATE 2018 dates has been announced. Commencement of process will start with availability of Application Forms from 01st September 2017. The last date to submit application form is 05th October 2017. GATE 2018 Examination will be conducted on February 03rd, 04th, 10th and 11th 2018 (Saturdays and Sundays).

GATE is a national-level entrance examination held for admission into Postgraduate Programmes (Master’s & Doctoral – M.E., M.Tech, PhD) at IITs, IISc, IISERs and other reputed institutions. Many Govt. PSUs such as IOCL, PGCIL, NTPC, BHEL, BARC, ISRO, CSIR, DRDO and private organizations also use GATE scores for recruitment purposes.

GATE is jointly administered by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven zonal Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for Ministry for Human Resource and Development (MHRD) Govt. of India.

Each year one of these institutes conduct GATE on a rotational basis, in 2018 GATE will be conducted by IIT Guwahati.


About GATE 2018

GATE is one of the most pursued after entrance examination in India. Last year around 9,00,000 candidates appeared for the examination. GATE is conducted across 197 cities of India and 6 international cities namely Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore.

GATE scores are also accepted for admission in universities in Singapore and Germany.


While filling the Application form candidates provide three choices for centres and they are allocated the centre accordingly.

GATE examination is conducted online and consists of both Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and questions which have numerical answers which are to be keyed in by candidates.

The time duration for GATE is 3 hours; also GATE score remain valid for 3 years.


GATE is conducted for 23 different papers; candidates are allowed to select only one of the 23 papers.


The 23 disciplines and their codes are: Aerospace Engineering (AE), Geology and Geophysics (GG), Agricultural Engineering (AG), Instrumentation Engineering (IN), Architecture and Planning (AR), Mathematics (MA), Biotechnology (BT), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Civil Engineering (CE), Mining Engineering (MN), Chemical Engineering (CH), Metallurgical Engineering (MT), Computer Science and Information Technology (CS), Petroleum Engineering (PE), Chemistry (CY), Physics (PH), Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC), Production and Industrial Engineering (PI), Electrical Engineering (EE), Textile Engineering and Fiber Science (TF), Ecology and Evolution (EY), Engineering Sciences (XE A-H) and Life Sciences (XL P-U). GATE examination consists of 65 questions that carry 100 marks. Along with the chosen discipline GATE examination will also consists of questions from General Aptitude (GA) and Engineering Mathematics with below mentioned weightage.