Mumbai Monorail to get more coaches, but it’s not clear when it will run

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Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) expects more rakes to be made available for the Mumbai Monorail project by December this year. It is still unclear when the city transit project will be fully operational. “At present, only six out of the 10 rakes delivered by LTSE are available for operational purposes. Two more are expected to be available by December 2018 and another two by February 2019,” a spokesperson for MMRDA said on Wednesday.

The authority added the delay is on account of the contractor’s inability to arrange spare parts for the trains.

LTSE is the consortium of Larsen & Toubro and Scomi Engineering. The first phase of the Mumbai Monorail has remained shut since last year after a fire accident in November, as MMRDA did not restart operations. “Due to non-availability of spare parts of RSTs, the number of working trains has been reduced for sustainable operations,” MMRDA said in its response.

MMRDA said efforts are on to open the second phase of Mumbai Monorail at the earliest. However, the authority did not share a timeline for the same. Meanwhile, MMRDA is also in the process to evaluate bidders for the operations and maintenance contract for Mumbai Monorail. “Tenders have been invited and offers are under evaluation,” the monorail authority said.

MMRDA is also negotiating new ridership rates with LTSE, the current operator. “LTSE has requested for new trip rates,” MMRDA added. Under the construction contract for the Mumbai Monorail, LTSE was to construct and then operate the transit system for the first three years for a fixed per trip fee. According to sources, the earlier rate was Rs 4,000 per trip, on which the company now seeks a hike.

Source : BS

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Breach of privacy: Data of 250,000 NEET students being sold online

Data of 250,000 NEET students being sold online

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In yet another case of potential breach of privacy, data of students who took the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test this year is available for buyers through a website. The website [name withheld till it’s taken down] claims to have access to records of 250,000 students along with their gender, roll numbers, rank in the exam as well as their mobile numbers.

NEET is administered by CBSE as the entrance exam for medical colleges across the country. More than 1.3 million candidates appeared for the exam this year out of which data for 250,000 students is available for anyone willing to shell out lakhs of rupees for access to this data.

Even as this raises serious concerns about privacy and data protection rights of students whose data is being sold along with their phone numbers, the person behind the website claims that he runs a legitimate business and owns this data.

Praveen Chowdary, Chief Executive Officer of the company, spoke to Business Standard and explained the process of collecting data. He said that the company collects data directly from students through various means among which social media advertising is the biggest source of data.

The company claims to run ads on Facebook where students are encouraged to provide their details to get help from career counsellors. Chowdary said that students are more than happy to provide their ranks as well as their contact details in order to get free help from career experts about their future. However, what’s left unsaid in this transaction is that Chowdary’s company uploads this data on their website for people to see and those who pay Rs 100,000 are able to access the complete database with phone numbers unmasked.

Source : BS

Greater Noida building collapse: Bodies recovered; 3 held, FIR against 18

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China-based smartphone manufacturer OnePlus on Tuesday said it has started rolling out the next software update that comes with support for “Google Lens” functionality on OnePlus 6 update ‘s native camera app.

The update in its exclusive Android based operating system (OS ) OxygenOS 5.1.9 also introduces significant camera improvements, the company said in a statement.

Launched during its I/O conference last year, “Google Lens” is an image recognition mobile app to bring up relevant information using visual analysis.

OnePlus 5 and 5T users could also expect to get the “Google lens” via an over-the-air (OTA) update soon, the company informed.

“With the integration of ‘Google Lens’, users can use the camera to scan QR codes and use the image recognition tool to get more information about things like books, buildings, and works of art, by simply tapping on it,” the statement added.

Launched in May, “OnePlus 6” retains a 16MP front camera and a dual 16MP + 20MP primary camera set-up.

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Monsoon Session: Lok Sabha takes up Question Hour after stormy proceedings

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Lok Sabha proceedings began on a stormy note on the first day of the Monsoon Session on Wednesday, amid sloganeering and protests in the Well even as the House went ahead with the Question Hour.

As soon as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from Opposition parties, including the Congress wanted to raise various issues. Members from the TDP and the SP trooped into the Well.

An assertive Mahajan told members that issues can be discussed after the Question Hour. “I won’t allow…,” she said even as many members continued to raise slogans.

Members from the TDP, a former ally of the ruling NDA government, trooped into the Well with placards and were heard saying, “we want justice”. They demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh.

Some members from the SP were also in the Well as they sought to raise various issues but could not be heard in the din.

Standing at their places, many Congress members were also trying to raise certain issues.

Despite the din, Mahajan went ahead with the Question Hour.

Source : BS

OnePlus 6 to roll out new update, camera app will flaunt ‘Google Lens’

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China-based smartphone manufacturer OnePlus on Tuesday said it has started rolling out the next software update that comes with support for “Google Lens” functionality on OnePlus 6 update ‘s native camera app.

The update in its exclusive Android based operating system (OS ) OxygenOS 5.1.9 also introduces significant camera improvements, the company said in a statement.

Launched during its I/O conference last year, “Google Lens” is an image recognition mobile app to bring up relevant information using visual analysis.

OnePlus 5 and 5T users could also expect to get the “Google lens” via an over-the-air (OTA) update soon, the company informed.

“With the integration of ‘Google Lens’, users can use the camera to scan QR codes and use the image recognition tool to get more information about things like books, buildings, and works of art, by simply tapping on it,” the statement added.

Launched in May, “OnePlus 6” retains a 16MP front camera and a dual 16MP + 20MP primary camera set-up.

Source : BS

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Left set to field Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai

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A Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Congress-Left Front alliance is in the works in Bihar. According to sources, the Left, comprising six parties, is likely to get as many as three of the 40 Lok Sabha election 2019 seats in that state to contest.

Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) chief Dipankar Bhattacharya has held meetings with RJD chief Lalu Prasad, while the state leadership of the Communist Party of India (CPI) is also in contact with Prasad.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) chief Sitaram Yechury met Lalu Prasad when the latter was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. The two agreed that the Left Front should get adequate number of seats to contest in the Lok Sabha polls.

While the alliance is yet to be finalised, the Left Front could get to contest Begusarai and Jahanabad, besides either Samastipur or the adjoining Ujiyarpur.

Former Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar could get to contest the Begusarai seat on the CPI ticket, while the CPI (ML) might field a candidate as part of the alliance for the Jehanabad seat. Either Samastipur or Ujiyarpur could go to the CPI (M).

The RJD, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party already have an alliance in the state. Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha is also a constituent of the alliance. The Left parties have had a significant presence in Bihar.

Source : BS

Ind vs Eng 3rd ODI: Virat & co will aim for 10th consecutive ODI series win

Skipper Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. File Photo: PTI

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In the third One Day International (ODI) of the 3-match series, Virat Kohli-led India will look to plug their loopholes in the field when they take on Eoin Morgan’s IndvsEng at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds on Tuesday. If India win today’s match, it will be the team’s 10th successive ODI series victory.

The 3-match series evenly poised

England levelled the three-match series with a convincing 86-run victory at Lord’s, after being comprehensively beaten in the opening match at Trent Bridge.

The areas India need to improve in the 3rd ODI

After the first ODI victory, IndiavsEngland made a couple of mistakes in the second match. First, the bowlers leaked a few extra runs, which helped England post a challenging total. And then the batsmen failed to rise to the occasion. Apart from Suresh Raina and skipper Virat Kohli, no other batsman could face English bowlers perfectly. Although wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan got good starts, they failed to capitalise on them. Middle-order batsmen Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya also failed miserably. Hence, in order to give English bowlers a tough time, India’s middle batting line-up needs to click in unison.

In the bowling department, Kuldeep Yadav was the only wicket-taker. He scalped three wickets but gave away 68 runs in his 10 overs. Pacers Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya and debutant Sidharth Kaul proved costly. The bowlers now have to come up with something new to disturb the opponents, as Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are all in good form.

Source : BS