Experian Appoints Shri Santhanam as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Global Analytics and AI PRNewswireJune 19, 2019, 10:00 pmJune 19, 2019 AIanalyticsDigital TransformationExperianMarketing TechnologyNewsShri SanthanamSteve Wagner Previous ArticleLattice Engines Ranked a Leader in B2B Customer Data Platform Report by Independent Research FirmNext ArticleCardinal Path’s 2019 State of Marketing Technology Report Highlights Consolidation & Disruption Santhanam will lead Experian in helping clients succeed using ML, AI and advanced analyticsExperian announced that Shri Santhanam will join the company as executive vice president and general manager of global analytics and AI. In this new position, Santhanam will help the already successful global decision analytics business advance forward by taking full advantage of the opportunities of big data analytics. Santhanam also will chair Experian’s global analytics council, working closely with the regions to shape and drive the overall analytics and AI agenda.Marketing Technology News: Study: Consumers Reject Brands That Advertise on ‘Fake News’ and Objectionable Content Online“Businesses of all sizes are challenged to access, interpret and act on data to create value and benefit consumers,” said Steve Wagner, global managing director of Decision Analytics for Experian. “Our clients are increasingly interested in leveraging the predictive power of machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to improve the decisions they make. We are pleased to have Shri lead us further on this journey.”Most recently, Santhanam was a partner at the international management consulting firm Oliver Wyman. There he co-founded Oliver Wyman Labs, which helps clients use data, technology and advanced analytics to drive transformative business impact. Santhanam has worked with clients across various industries to build products and solutions using AI and advanced analytics.Marketing Technology News: Triton Digital Integrates Centro’s Basis Platform with the a2x Programmatic Marketplace“There are so many areas where businesses can use data and analytics in more meaningful ways, and I’m thrilled to work with the Experian team to help enterprises across the globe in driving better, faster and smarter decisions,” said Santhanam. “AI is poised to have a transformative impact on many industries and is rapidly changing the way we do business. This represents a significant opportunity for companies with the assets and mindset to go after it.”Experian recently worked with Forrester Consulting to survey senior executives and decision-makers about how they tackle the challenges and opportunities surrounding digital transformation. According to the report, 81 percent of executives believe traditional business models will disappear over the next five years due to digital transformation.Marketing Technology News: Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC Minneapolis
Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform Market PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 8:25 pmJune 17, 2019 To help organizations quickly and easily bring together customer data from across the entire organization, Oracle is collaborating with Accenture and Capgemini to address the hype and confusion around the Customer Data Platform (CDP) market.In collaboration with two Platinum level members of Oracle PartnerNetwork, Oracle is moving beyond current CDP capabilities to power richer digital marketing and customer experiences across the entire customer journey. This includes delivering the technology and best practices that help organizations understand and map different customer data sources, define business outcomes and key performance indicators for customer intelligence projects, and create a single and dynamic view of the customer.The CDP market has quickly expanded as marketing technology vendors have launched point solutions to try and help marketers bring together various customer data sources to better understand and engage known customers. Overall, this first wave of CDP solutions has failed to address the challenge of creating a single and dynamic view of the customer due to the complexity of integration, the need to address the entire customer journey and a limited set of use cases/capabilities centered on B2C marketing.Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency Icon“Clients across industries are eager to leverage the power and insights that CDP solutions offer but are concerned about the perceived cost and complexity of bringing different customer data sources together,” said Lucia Lesar, global practice lead for Oracle CX at Accenture. “Building on nearly 30 years of teaming with Oracle to help clients with digital transformation, this new joint initiative will enable us to better address these challenges, along with changing customer expectations, so that our clients can unify their data for a more holistic view of the customer that they can act on dynamically.”To provide B2B and B2C organizations with a complete customer intelligence platform for managing customer data, Oracle launched Oracle CX Unity in October 2018. Oracle CX Unity provides brands with powerful and actionable insights in context, in motion and in real time across the entire customer experience by providing the ability to bring together online, offline and third-party customer data sources. This unique approach provides organizations with a fast and easy way to bring together customer data from across the entire organization and across the entire customer journey. In addition, Oracle CX Unity goes one step further than existing CDP solutions by applying built-in machine learning to prescribe the optimal experience within existing business processes.Marketing Technology News: SentinelOne Announces $120 Million Series D“The customer journey has changed beyond recognition, making it much harder to gain a single source of customer truth,” said Jane Arnold Hommet, Global Partner Executive for Oracle at Capgemini. “As our clients adapt to the evolving nature of customer interactions, they are looking for customer data strategies and data sources that go beyond marketing which can enable anyone within their teams to have quick and easy access to comprehensive customer insights and intelligence.”Oracle CX Unity is pre-integrated with Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud to enable intelligence to be applied across every customer touchpoint. Oracle CX Cloud is an integrated set of applications which empower organizations to take a smarter approach to customer experience management and business transformation initiatives. Accenture and Capgemini are helping enterprise companies tap into all that Oracle CX Unity has to offer.“The CDP market is a confusing place right now with lots of promise and hype, but very few solutions that can provide a comprehensive view into customer interactions across channels and applications,” said Rob Tarkoff, executive vice president and general manager, Oracle CX Cloud. “To address the challenges of this first wave of CDP solutions and provide our customers with the scale and precision needed to make every customer interaction truly matter, we are delivering CX Unity, our customer intelligence platform, in partnership with experts in customer data such as Accenture and Capgemini.”Marketing Technology News: New Global Report Reveals 9 in 10 Companies See ‘Self-Service’ as the Future for Customers customer experienceData PlatformMarketing TechnologyNewsOracle Previous ArticleDatabricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding RoundNext ArticleCoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace
Translation and Localization: Options for Getting into More Markets Faster Ofer TirosJune 21, 2019, 9:00 pmJune 19, 2019 Speaking the language of a target audience is key to market penetration and success. A new batch of Translation and Localization tools automates the process and expedites penetration into new markets. But do they successfully achieve the quality language that native speakers expect? Even the world Localization is a case in point. In the US you would use a “z” while in Europe you would use an “s” – and say “whilst.” So you are constantly making localized, or localized, choices – even within the same language.All can agree that adapting Marketing campaigns to additional foreign markets, or to multilingual domestic markets, can be a good thing in principle. You will always be more effective if you speak the language of your audience. But at the heart of every such decision, there is a cost-benefit calculation. Will the extra effort and expense of Localizing be justified by business results? Is there a risk that low quality or problematic Translation will backfire and create negative impressions?Professional: Best Quality, But at a PriceThose who want to play it safe and aim for the highest quality outcome will pay a premium and turn to a top-echelon Translation company. Tomedes stands out from the pack for its sensitivity not just to technical quality of the Translation but also to cultural issues affecting how certain word choices work in specific national or regional markets.Every marketer is told about the classic snafu decades back when General Motors wanted to introduce its Chevrolet economy car to Mexico. Turns out that Nova in Spanish also means “no go” – and that’s exactly how the Nova Marketing campaign supposedly went, or, rather, didn’t go. Turns out the whole story was an urban legend. But even in less extreme or more historical cases, nuances can get easily lost in Translation if one ignores the shades of grey in the connotations of words and phrases.But let’s say you’re a bit bolder and seek a less expensive Localization solution, rather than passing the responsibility to an expert Translation and/or Localization agency. What are your options?Read More: Navigating GDPR: Preparing for What’s to ComeMiddle Road Localization: Manage FreelancersThere are huge freelance marketplaces like Upwork and Freelancer. There you can find hundreds of freelance translators from one language to another. Make sure to check their rating and reviews, seeking the top tier with similar projects under their belts. Look for specifics in their resumes and online profiles. Check that they specialize in exactly what you are looking for: Website translations, internationalization of printed collateral, video campaigns or TV spots. Each of these has its own set of language standards, so you need to seek out professionals who have that specific experience or expertise.When you negotiate a contract, make sure to specify if you are working by an hourly rate, by a fixed fee, or by a word rate. If the latter, specify if it is measured by the words in the original document or the resulting translation. This will avoid misunderstandings.The pros and cons of this route? There’s the logistical and management complication of seeking out, contracting, instructing, reviewing and evaluating the work of a bunch of Translation and Localization freelancers. Everything can go smoothly, or your chosen contractor can get the flu, go on a bender, or take an unexpected holiday in Spain. If you deal with a professional Translation agency, they relieve you of that headache and uncertainty. You’ll pay some overhead for that, but it may well be worth it. If it goes smoothly, you can pat yourself on the back for a wise and frugal choice.Read More: Key Social Media Monetization Tactics for Mobile-First Gaming BrandsTranslation Automation Options: Localize but at What Cost?If you scan Digital Trends or gobble down the Marketing technology news, as most of us do, we’re constantly on the lookout for automation options that use AI or other smart approaches to optimize laborious manual tasks. There are plenty of tools out there for various kinds of Translation and Localization uses.For Localizing software, such as store-download apps or installable applications, there’s a whole category of software-specific products that rapidly adapt databases or lists of terms to different languages. Some products apply “Machine Translation”– the most famous and popular being Google Translation and Amazon Translate. Others “assist” translators or manage the Translation process for professionals in a Translation or Localization agency (see first section above) or dedicated Localization teams in a company. In these categories, Transifex and MemoQ stand out in a recent G2 survey.Even if you take this route, it’s probably going to be a good idea to hire a professional Translation or Localization agency or an expert freelancer to at least check the automated work. That way you can avoid embarrassing mistakes and get the best balance of cost, quality, and time to market.Read More: How Can AI Boost Your Email Personalization Performance? AIdomestic marketslocalizationmarketing campaignMarketing TechnologyTranslation Previous ArticleZeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora ListenersNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Kevin Kohn, CEO at iQ Media
Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts Marketplace PRNewswireJune 21, 2019, 11:02 pmJune 21, 2019 business-to-businessDCMfundingHaoqipeiMarketing TechnologyNewsXVC Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Kevin Kohn, CEO at iQ MediaNext ArticlePMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet Alli Lead Investor Access Technology Ventures Joins Haoqipei Board of DirectorsBusiness-to-business (B2B) auto parts trading platform Haoqipei closed US $60 million in Series D financing to continue its rapid growth across China. Access Technology Ventures led the round, adding David Yang to the Haoqipei Board of Directors.Additional participants in the financing included existing investors XVC Venture Capital, Jeneration Capital, DCM and SIG.Founded in 2016 and now having raised more than US $150 million in private capital, Haoqipei is an online, technology-driven trading platform connecting vehicle repair shops with auto part suppliers. The company provides market price comparisons and online payments through its software as a service (SaaS) system, and offline warehousing and logistics services.Marketing Technology News: Facebook Shoots Down ‘Innovation’ Chaos with a New CryptoCurrency Platform ‘Calibra’The company has a presence in more than 100 cities in Guangdong, Zhejiang, Hunan and other provinces.“The auto industry in China is set to become the largest in the world, with nearly 250 million cars. As the average life of cars on the road continues to increase, the $180 billion-plus automotive aftermarket will continue its strong growth,” said Chen “Alex” Xi, Haoqipei founder and CEO. “Haoqipei is transforming the process of purchasing auto parts by decreasing costs, improving quality and increasing speed and transparency. The value proposition to both buyers and sellers on our online platform is very strong.”Yang said, “Haoqipei represents a unique opportunity to leapfrog offline auto parts distribution by moving directly to an online model.” He noted that Access Technology Ventures has been an investor in Haoqipei since 2018, calling it “a prime example of our investment thesis to back market-leading foundational technology companies serving large- end markets at compelling inflection points.”Marketing Technology News: Profisee Adds Market Analyst Bill O’Kane to Leadership TeamXVC Partner Boyu Hu said, “Starting from a platform that matched suppliers and buyers, Haoqipei has developed into the go-to place for auto parts, covering the full lifecycle of the transaction, including marketplace, warehousing, and logistics. Haoqipei’s business model development continues to lead the industry and create competitive advantages. As the earliest institutional investor in Haoqipei, and one of its largest investors, XVC continues to support Haoqipei’s future growth.”Marketing Technology News: PX Launches Private Marketplaces to Support Direct Advertiser to Publisher Engagement
analyticsdata analyticsdata scienceDomoDomo IoT CloudIoT AppIoT CloudMarketingNews Previous ArticleATX Adds OTT Video Streaming Capabilities to Media Distribution SolutionNext ArticleHow Brands Can Connect with Gen Z through Social Media Marketing Domo IoT Cloud Now Integrates with Zendesk Data Platform to Deliver Better Customer Service Sudipto GhoshJune 10, 2019, 5:40 pmJune 10, 2019 As part of this partnership, Domo and Zendesk launched the Zendesk Customer Success for IoT App, an application built on top of the Domo IoT CloudLeading Mobile Cloud-based Business Operating system provider, Domo, is taking the Connected Devices route to bridge Sales and Marketing processes. In an exciting development for Marketing and Sales Technology aficionados, Domo has announced a strategic partnership with MarTech giant, Zendesk. This partnership with Zendesk will help Domo customers to better manage their IoT solutions and offer a better, proactive service experience to their end users.As part of this partnership, Domo and Zendesk launched the Zendesk Customer Success for IoT App, an application built on top of the Domo IoT Cloud, to provide end-to-end management of data from device to end user.How IoT App is a Value-Add to Domo Customers?This new IoT app extends the Domo IoT Cloud provisions, enabling a better, proactive customer service experience with Zendesk. This is particularly focussed at creating a self-service autonomous workflow from device data to issue resolution.Domo is already recognized as a leader in Self-Service BI Market by independent market research firms and analysts. This new IoT App further strengthens the Company’s BI product roadmap with Zendesk as a key partner.Why you’ll love your Zendesk data in DomoModern customers expect an unprecedented level of experience delivered on every device they access. It’s easy to promise on Customer Experience dreams than to truly deliver on these. This Domo IoT App allows customers to move out of the vacuum created due to Marketing, Sales and Customer Service silos.Intricately tying into every business operation, Zendesk’s Domo integration allow Domo customers to connect and manage all your other sources of customer data within Domo. This means you can get a holistic view of your customers’ needs and habits. With that kind of information, you won’t merely respond to helpdesk requests.Role of Zendesk in Domo IoT AppWith this new app, companies can merge their Zendesk data with data from other sources, all in the Domo platform. Once this data is in Domo, companies can get a holistic view of its customers’ needs and habits, and see how business decisions are affecting customers in real-time.via DomoBenefits of Working with Zendesk within DomoWith the new IoT app, you can merge Zendesk data with data from any other source, all in one platform.Additionally, you can create real-time alerts and receive instant notifications when Zendesk metrics hit thresholds that you determine.The most satisfying benefit of having Zendesk work within Domo is the availability of Instant insights. Domo customers can now bring Zendesk and other data sources together to see how business decisions affect customers in real-time.Marketing and Sales will Relish this Fluent Combination of CRM Data with IoT FunctionalityCompanies get real-time alerts based upon changes in the data coming from a device, and Domo pushes that data back to Zendesk Sunshine, the company’s CRM platform built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), to automatically initiate a ticket for Zendesk support. This app offers an end-to-end solution for companies to take action based upon the data from their IoT machines.At the time of this announcement, Jay Heglar, Chief Strategy Officer at Domo., said, “Domo is helping customers evolve their IoT data from an operational tool for the shop floor to a valuable asset for the entire company.”Jay added, “With this new App, we are providing our mutual customers with a seamless experience for taking data from machines and initiating (a) workflow to solve problems. Zendesk Sunshine makes it easy to deliver this integrated experience, which we believe is the future of IoT.”Domo Customers Enjoy An Upper-Hand in Dealing with Heightened Customer ExpectationsTech does all the talking in this Zendesk+Domo IoT app function. Customers can leverage Domo’s new IoT App to merge an organization’s most relevant Zendesk data points and turns them into dynamic visualizations. These include:Meet Customer Satisfaction ObjectivesThis feature allows users to easily analyze customer survey responses and breakdown the data by marketing channel, manager, location, teams, and individual agents, to identify trends and improve customer satisfaction scores.Support Ticket ActivityThis feature allows customers to view all of their support ticket data in one digestible dashboard, seeing opened and closed tickets, the number of escalations, and support team efficiency with a variety of filters and segments.Autonomous Zendesk QuickStartThe Zendesk QuickStart provides a comprehensive summary of team performance, including backlog management, ticket handling, agent leaderboards, and much more. This feature allows customers to optimize their customer support and streamline their organization’s operations.Norm Gennaro, SVP of worldwide sales at Zendesk, said, “The best customer experiences are built on Zendesk. Our customers are looking to drive excellent customer experiences and increased business value through IoT data, our new partnership with Domo helps us deliver on that opportunity.”Norm added, “With the new Domo and Zendesk app, organizations can gain a holistic view of their customers’ needs and habits, and anticipate helpdesk requests that are affecting their customers in real-time.”What Domo’s Loyal Customers Have to Say about the new IoT Applications for Their Marketing, Sales, and ServiceCompanies like SharkNinja will be able to use this new solution to provide a new level of customer service to its install base.“When SharkNinja launched the new Ion robot, they had hundreds of thousands of robots in consumers’ homes. And it would take them a whole week to analyze data from just 20 robots to learn things like ‘is the battery running low,’ or ‘is the robot completing its mission.’Domo already offers its unique Data Science suite to customers. Adding its IoT App to the marketplace will heighten its sellability quotient, especially with Zendesk as its tech partner in the ecosystem.After implementing the Domo IoT Cloud and Zendesk integration, SharkNinja will get 20 billion rows of data every hour to tell them what the robot’s doing, how they can proactively help a customer with a robot issue they may not have even detected, and give a five-star experience to all of their customers,” explained Heglar.Domo currently has over 30 IoT Integration Apps including AWS IoT Core, Azure IoT Hub, Raspberry Pi, and Soracom.Besides the Zendesk integration, the newest in the fleet of IoT Integration Apps is the MQTT data and connectivity App. MQTT is a machine-to-machine, Internet of Things connectivity protocol. This protocol is lightweight and is suitable for constrained environments. This protocol is deployed in many IoT devices globally. MQTT is useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is at a premium.For example, MQTT has been used in sensors communicating to a broker via satellite link, over occasional dial-up connections with healthcare providers, and in a range of home automation and small device scenarios. It is also ideal for mobile applications because of its small size, low power usage, minimized data packets, and efficient distribution of information to one or many receivers.Currently, Domo’s mission is to be the operating system for business, digitally connecting all your people, your data and your systems, empowering them to collaborate better, make better decisions and be more efficient, right from their phones. Domo works with many of the world’s leading and most progressive brands across multiple industries including retail, media and entertainment, manufacturing, finance and more.
New Delhi: With political heavyweights like BJP president Amit Shah, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, former union minister Shashi Tharoor and former UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav contesting in the 117 parliamentary constituencies across 15 states, today’s third phase of Lok Sabha elections promises to host the most sought-after electoral battles. Amid these high-octane electoral battles are two union territories of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli where people will cast their votes away from media glare and fanfare.Daman & Diu, represented by one Lok Sabha constituency, has a total population of 2,43,247 which includes an urban majority of 75 per cent. It was under Portuguese rule for the last four centuries till as recently as 1961, and later became part of Goa, Daman and Diu union territory. Post the implementation of the Goa, Daman & Diu Reorganisation Act of 1987, Daman & Diu as a union territory came in to existence. Its first by-election was in 1987 and it was won by the Indian National Congress (INC). The union territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, situated between Gujarat to the north and Maharashtra to the south, is reserved for candidates from Scheduled Tribe communities which constitute more than 50 percent of its population. It has only one parliamentary constituency, with nearly two lakh electors. The Lok Sabha seat of Dadra & Nagar Haveli came in to existence in 1967 and has since been won most times by the Congress. However, independent candidates have also been fairly successful in this union territory.In 2014, Daman & Diu — that has a total number of 1,11,827 electors, of which 57,011 were males and 54, 816 were females —saw a voter turnout of 78.01 per cent. Two-time BJP MP Lalubhai Babubhai Patel won here with a margin of 9,222 votes, followed by Congress’s Ketan Dahyabhai Patel, who got a vote share of 43.26 per cent. In the third position was AAP’s Kessur Goan, who got a mere 729 votes. Lalubhai Patel first contested as a BJP candidate in 2009 and won by a margin of 24.838 votes, followed by D. Vallabhbhai Patel of the Congress with 28.97 per cent votes. In 2009, there were a total of 95,382 electors and the voter turnout was 71.32 percent. On the other hand, Dadra & Nagar Haveli in 2014 had 1,96,597 electorates and saw a voter turnout of 84.09 per cent. BJP’s Patel Natubhai Gomanbhai won the elections and was followed by Delkar M Sanjibhai from the Congress. Gomanbhai had won the 2009 elections too with a margin of mere 618 votes.In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, prominent candidates in the fray in Daman & Diu are Congress party’s Ketan Dahyabhai Patel, BJP’s Lalubhai Patel, Sakil Latif Khan of the BSP and Patel Umeshbhai Babubhai, who is contesting as an independent candidate.The BJP’s decision to re-nominate Patel in Daman was opposed by a section of the local unit. The entry of Umesh Patel and Sakil Khan in the election arena has made it a tough pitch for the BJP this time around.In Dadra & Nagar Haveli, tribal leader Mohanbhai Delkar, a six-term member of the Lok Sabha who lost to BJP’s Natubhai Patel, is in the fray again as an independent candidate. dadra-and-nagar-haveli-lok-sabha-elections-2019dadra-and-nagar-haveli-s35p01daman-and-diu-lok-sabha-elections-2019News18 Data First Published: April 23, 2019, 10:57 AM IST
Age is just a number and some celebs have proven it to be completely true. Be it about falling in love, getting married or having a baby, some celebrities know that it’s never too late. Actors are already so occupied with their professional lives, that personal matters like marriage and children are often placed at a later priority. Also, some actors find love quiet late. Either way, it’s a beautiful feeling to be a father, even if it is after being 40. We have a list of such celebrities, who have embraced fatherhood after turning 40. While for some it was their first baby, others had their second or third babies in line. While some opted for methods like IVF and surrogacy, others let it natural. George ClooneyThe Batman & Robin star, who has turned 58 recently, welcomed his twins two years back. George Clooney fell in love with Amal Clooney and married her when he was 52. Shah Rukh Khan Bollywood’s King Khan is already 53, and still too young. Shah Rukh welcomed his third child, AbRam Khan in the year 2013 via surrogacy. Bruce WillsThe Die Hard actor welcomed his first daughter with Emma Hemming when he was 57. Nawazuddin Siddiqui The Sacred Games fame welcomed his baby boy on his 41st birthday with wife Anjali. Robert De Niro The Godfather star was 68 years old when he welcomed daughter Helen Grace with his then-wife Grace Hightower. Their daughter was born through surrogacy. Sanjay DuttSanjay Dutt is already father to Trishala Dutt with his first wife Richa Sharma. The actor married Manyata Dutt in 2008 and welcomed twins when he was 52. Michael Douglas Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have proved to be a power couple, despite having a huge age gap. Michael was 58 years old when he welcomed his second child with his wife. Manoj Bajpayee The Gangs of Wasseypur actor welcomed his baby girl with his wife Neha when he was 41. Rowan Atkinson Mr Bean aka Robin Atkinson, who has found a life partner in Louise Ford, welcomed a baby girl in December 2017, when he was 62 years old. Aamir Khan After multiple attempts of pregnancy, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao welcomed their baby boy Azad in 2011. Aamir Khan was 46 when we became a father to Azad. Follow @News18Movies for more aamir khanabram khanamal clooneyanjali First Published: May 28, 2019, 12:40 PM IST
Srinagar: The killing of a BJP leader in south Kashmir has sparked off a controversy with Governor Satya Pal Malik Sunday ordering an inquiry headed by state chief secretary B V R Subrahmanyam to “identify lapses” while political parties accusing the top bureaucrat of creating a chaotic situation by withdrawing security of political activists.Condoling the death of Gul Mohammed Mir, 57, the BJP leader who unsuccessfully contested on the party ticket in 2008 and 2014 assembly elections from Dooru in South Kashmir, Malik asked the chief secretary to identify any lapses on part of the security agencies in ensuring the security of political activists, an official spokesman said. The governor has called for an emergency meeting on Monday when government offices will reopen in the summer capital of Srinagar after the bi-annual ‘Darbar move’, during which he will review the safety and security aspects of all political leaders and sarpanches in the state, he said.Malik directed the chief secretary to get an inquiry conducted into the killings of political leaders belonging to various parties in the state in the last few months.Militants, besides fighting the security forces, target political or social activists in the state. The ultras killed a senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary Chanderkant Sharma and his Personal Security Officer (PSO) Rajinder Kumar at the District Hospital in Kishtwar on April 9. Similarly, a panch, Abdul Majeed Dar, from Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir was shot dead by militants at his residence on April 4.On March 14, a political worker associated with the National Conference (NC) — Mohammad Ismail Wani — was shot at and injured by suspected militants in Anantnag district.On March 30, suspected militants shot dead social activist Arjumand Majid Bhat in Baramulla district.Mir, whose affidavit shows his age as 52 in 2014 assembly elections, was shot dead Saturday night outside his residence at Nowgam in the Verinag area of South Kashmir.He was shifted to a hospital in a critical condition, but the doctors there declared him brought dead.His son, Zahoor Ahmed Mir, said his father’s security was withdrawn two months ago and all efforts to get it back had fallen on deaf ears.”I had given a letter of the BJP leaders to SSP Anantnag but he expressed his helplessness and directed me to see Munir Khan (Additional Director General of Police in charge of security),” he said.Security of political activists, including the elder Mir, was withdrawn on the orders of the chief secretary in February despite opposition from security agencies, officials said.The security agencies had suggested that no security should be withdrawn until the election process is completed.However, the chief secretary ordered reconstitution of the screening committee and removed police officials from it and appointed state home secretary Shaleen Kabra as its chairman, a move that has come under criticism.The former chief minister and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah, while taking a potshot at the chief secretary, said withdrawing security of political activists was a “foolish decision”.”Questions need to be asked but they can’t be answered by the person who was responsible for the actual order to withdraw security. The security withdrawal had been opposed by state and central intelligence agencies so who overruled them and went ahead regardless?” he tweeted.”Not long ago senior BJP leaders were bragging about how undeserving people had their security withdrawn in J&K. I’d warned against the decision then and yesterday’s assassination of Gul Mohd Mir only confirms what I’d feared – it was a foolish decision disconnected from reality,” Abdullah said.Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress chief G A Mir said the inquiry ordered by the governor was an “eyewash” while CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami demanded a judicial enquiry into the lapses.”How can anyone, who is part of the system, enquire into it,” Tarigami asked. PTI BJPgovernorGul Mohammed MirJ&K First Published: May 5, 2019, 6:10 PM IST
BJPcongressLok Sabha elections 2019madhya-pradesh-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: May 15, 2019, 9:03 PM IST | Edited by: Sana Fazili Bhopal:Having drawn a blank in Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa-Nimar region in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress has gone all out to register something on its score-sheet this time, while the BJP is pushing hard to maintain its previous election’s undefeated record.As the region goes to polls in the last phase on May 19, the BJP and the Congress have not only pushed their state leaderships to canvass but also roped in bigwigs to woo voters. The BJP had won all eight seats here in 2014 general elections. For the BJP, star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed election rallies in Indore, Khandwa and Ratlam, while the Congress also banked on its high profile campaigners like party chief Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi. If PM Modi drew a huge crowd in his public meeting in Indore on Saturday, the Congress also managed to draw massive crowd at Priyanka Gandhi’s roadshow in Indore on Monday.A high profile seat, Indore seems a challenge for the BJP which tossed up a surprise by dropping Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan from the poll fray and fielded a rookie, Shankar Lalwani. The Congress fielded Pankaj Sanghvi, a businessman who had lost to Mahajan narrowly in 1998.Lalwani, who has never contested an Assembly or Lok Sabha poll, might find it difficult to fit in the boots of veteran Mahajan in Indore where Marathi voters are a rule the roost. In neighbouring Dewas, the Congress has foxed the BJP by fielding Kabir-singer Prahlad Tipanya who is a reputed international artist. The BJP has fielded former district judge Mahendra Singh Solanki from the seat.Rahul Gandhi’s close aide Meenakshi Natrajan is taking on BJP’s Suhdir Gupta in Mandsaur. Anti-incumbency against Gupta could be an advantage for Natrajan. However, Gupta is bolstered from the unexpected results of Assembly polls in Mandsaur and Neemuch where the BJP won most of the seats despite the anger over killing of six farmers in police firing in 2017. Two heavyweights, Nandkumar Singh Chuahan and Arun Yadav, former state chief of the BJP and Congress, respectively, have locked horns in Khandwa. Chauhan is facing anti-incumbency in the region, while Yadav is banking on a meticulous planning and internal fight in the BJP.However, both the parties have dropped the sitting MPs in Dhar and Khargone.The BJP has denied tickets to sitting MPs, Savitri Thakur and Subhash Patel, in Dhar and Khargone, respectively. The party has picked former MP Chhatar Singh Darbar in Dhar and Gajendra Patel in Khargone. Both the candidates are facing heat from within the party.The Congress, while fielding little known Dinesh Girwal from Dhar and Dr Govind Mujalde from Khargone, also found it tough to contain the internal discord.Disgruntlement was seen in the BJP as well as Congress over the choice of candidates in Ujjain too. The BJP has picked Anil Firodia who lost the Assembly polls, while leaders in the Congress are unhappy over selection of Babulal Malviya.Meanwhile, Congress veteran tribal leader Kantilal Bhuria who won the by-poll in Jhabua-Ratlam seems comfortable against BJP candidate and Jhabua MLA GS Damore who joined politics ahead of Assembly polls.The grand old party is also buoyed with reversal of fortune in the region in 2018 Assembly polls. In 2013 Assembly election, the BJP had won 56 of 66 seats. Its tally came down to 21 seats in 2018 with the Congress winning 35 seats, against paltry nine seats in 2013.Things weren’t too dismal for Congress in the region before Modi wave dominated in 2014. The Congress had won six of the eight seats in 2009 Lok Sabha polls in Malwa-Nimar region. These were Ratlam-Jhabua, Dhar, Khandwa, Mandsaur, Ujjain and Dewas seats. Besides Indore, the BJP could then only win Khargone.However, this time an apparently anxious BJP has fielded five of its eight sitting MPs.
bankura-s25p36CPI(M)Lok Sabha elections 2019Mamata Banerjee First Published: May 21, 2019, 7:26 PM IST The last remnants of the Left in the land of red soil Bankura, once a fortress of the CPI(M) faces two formidable foes in the TMC with its formidable organizational strength and a surging BJP.The CPI(M) and the BJP can play spoilsport for each other here and end up dividing opposition votes, much to the delight of the TMC, according to political analyst Somnath Barat. Both the CPI(M) and the BJP are playing on the fact that TMC candidate Subrata Mukherjee, a veteran in state politics, is from Kolkata, claiming that he would not be seen much if he wins the elections. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has fielded Mukherjee, a minister in her cabinet, replacing actor-turned-politician Moon Moon Sen, who defeated nine-time CPI(M) MP Basudeb Acharya in 2014, riding on a TMC wave prevailing in the state then.Asked about the outsider tag, Mukherjee said, “The way Narendra Modi, coming from Gujarat, is nurturing Varanasi, I will also nurture Bankura in the same manner.” He told PTI that he is no alien to the district and 13 projects of the Panchayat department, of which he is the minister, are currently in the works here.Mukherjee had lost to Basudeb Acharya in 2009 as a TMC candidate but had been able to significantly bring down the margin by which the CPI(M) veteran had won the 2004 elections. Acharya had got over 60 per cent of votes polled in 2004, but that came down to 47.66 per cent in 2009, with Mukherjee bagging a 36.71 per cent share.In the 2016 Assembly elections, TMC won five of the seven seats that make up the Bankura Lok Sabha constituency, with RSP and Congress winning one each. BJP came a distant third in all the seats.Though BJP candidate Subhas Sarkar expressed confidence on wresting the seat from TMC this time after losing in 2014, Mukherjee refused to accept that BJP is his main opponent, saying how can a party which got a paltry share of votes in the last state elections be the main contender of TMC, seeming more adept at facing old foe CPI(M).CPI(M) candidate Amiya Patra, however, agreed that the BJP has increased its vote share in last year’s panchayat polls in the district at the cost of the Left, but hastened to add that this does not mean that the saffron party will be able to gain in the Lok Sabha elections.”Since we could not give candidates in many panchayats owing to TMC’s atrocities, people who are our traditional supporters voted for the BJP, but now they will vote for us,” Patra said.”It is up to the people to decide whether they will vote for an outsider following the experience they had with Moon Moon Sen,” he said, alleging that Sen was not available when people needed her and they had to communicate through district party leaders.However, TMC’s local leaders refuted the claims. Patra is a resident of Taldangra, an assembly seat which he contested and lost to the TMC in 2016.”Given our vote share in the 2016 Assembly elections and what the BJP got, it is the BJP which will play a spoilsport for us if it manages to get a good number of votes,” Patra said.He claimed that the BJP candidate, a doctor by profession who owns nursing home in Bankura town, is a seasonal politician and is seen only during Lok Sabha elections.”After he lost in the 2014 elections, he was not seen in BJP’s campaigns in 2016 Assembly polls as also during the panchayat polls in 2018,” he said.However, BJP’s Sarkar, hopeful of turning the tables on the TMC and CPI(M) this time around, said there are several factors for his party to be optimistic about the Bankura seat.”Social injustice in panchayats in the Jangalmahal area, the TMC candidate being an outsider, a large percentage of CPI(M) voters having turned to us are some of the reasons that will see the BJP sail through,” he said.Sarkar said that people in the once Maoist-affected Jangalmahal area in Bankura, who voted for TMC to throw out CPI(M), are a dejected lot.”During last year’s panchayat elections, opposition candidates were prevented from filing nominations. Nepotism in granting facilities under various schemes to people, party colour dominating on who will get benefits, including land rights, are some of the reasons for people’s annoyance,” he said.The local TMC leaders denied the allegations and said that the indigenous populace have got in the party’s seven-and-half year rule what they did not since Independence.”Development has reached the doorsteps of poor people who would earlier regard a meal of only rice and salt as a feast,” said Jyoti Tudu, a party worker in a forested hamlet in Ranibandh.There are 16,44,523 voters in Bankura, of whom 8,37,195 are male, 8,07,319 are female and 9 from the other gender. They voted in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls on May 12 in 1,936 polling stations across the constituency.While Raghunathpur falls in the Purulia district, the rest six Assembly constituencies — Saltora, Chhatna, Ranibandh, Raipur, Taldangra and Bankura, that makes up the Lok Sabha seat, are in the Bankura district.
Amit ShahHome MinisterModi Govt 2.0pension scheme First Published: May 31, 2019, 11:20 PM IST New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Friday described as “landmark” the Modi government’s decision to launch a new pension scheme for shopkeepers and retail traders.Shah, who took oath as a central minister Thursday, also said in a series of tweets that farmers and poor have always been a priority for the Modi government. “In its efforts to provide universal social security, the Modi government has taken a landmark decision and approved a new scheme, which assures all shopkeepers, retail traders and self-employed persons a minimum monthly pension of Rs 3000 per month after the age of 60 years,” he tweeted.In its efforts to provide universal social security, Modi government has taken a landmark decision and approved a new scheme, which assures all shopkeepers, retail traders and self-employed persons a minimum monthly pension of Rs 3000 per month after the age of 60 years.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 31, 2019 Shah said as promised, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended the PM-Kisan Yojana to all farmers.The Cabinet has also approved a new scheme “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana” to provide pension to crores of small and marginal farmers, he said.”I congratulate PM @narendramodi ji for approving major changes in the PM’s Scholarship Scheme under the National Defence Fund. It reflects Modi government’s sensitivity and commitment towards ensuring well-being of those who protect our nation against all odds,” Shah tweeted.
Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Jammu and Kashmir government and six men convicted in the case of rape and murder of an eight year-old nomadic girl in Kathua on a plea by her father seeking enhanced punishment for them.The court also issued a notice to the accused who was acquitted in the case by a lower court. In the petition filed on July 10, the girl’s father had sought enhancement of the convicts’ sentence to capital punishment and life imprisonment, and also challenged the acquittal of one accused. “The court Thursday issued notices to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and all the accused in the matter,” petitioner’s counsel Utsav Bains said.The division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Harinder Singh Sidhu fixed August 7 as next date of hearing, the counsel said.The father had prayed that the sentence of Sanji Ram, the mastermind of the crime, Deepak Khajuria, a special police officer, and Parvesh Kumar should be enhanced from life imprisonment to capital punishment.The petitioner had also prayed that the sentence of special police officer Surendra Verma, head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta be enhanced from five years to life imprisonment.The acquittal of Vishal Jangotra has also been challenged by the petitioner.Last month, a court in Pathankot had awarded life imprisonment till the last breath toSanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar. They were convicted under sections of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) relating to criminal conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, gangrape, destruction of evidence, drugging the victim and common intention.The court, while acquitting Vishal Jangotra, son of Sanji Ram, had sentenced three other accused–Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Surender Verma to five-year jail.As per charge sheet filed in April last year, the girl was kidnapped on January 10 and was raped in captivity in a small village temple, whose caretaker was Sanjhi Ram, after keeping her sedated for four days. She was later bludgeoned to death, it said. jammu and kashmirkathuaKathua Rape Casepathankot First Published: July 18, 2019, 2:14 PM IST
Some Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners began seeing the Android Oreo update arrive in recent days, but Samsung has put a stop to that. The update had first arrived on handset owners who were in the beta program, though it started appearing for other users a couple days ago. Unfortunately, those who haven’t received the Android 8.0 update yet will have more waiting to do: Samsung has pulled the release. READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 Review: On the shoulders of giantsThose who have already updated their Galaxy S8 or S8+ to Android Oreo can continue to use it, however those who haven’t downloaded will have to wait for a new version to be released in the future. Samsung has pulled the “G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP” firmware update files. Why Samsung pulled the update isn’t clear; it is possible the company discovered an issue just a bit too late and chose to stop the rollout to avoid having large unwanted attention drawn to it before a fix could be released. However, there’s no official reason for the delay at this time.According to Sammobile, which said it got its information from a source, Samsung has started working on a new version of the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 handsets. How much work needs to go into this new version isn’t known and so it isn’t clear when users can expect the firmware to start rolling out again.Once it does arrive, Galaxy S8 owners will get access to the new features arriving in Android Oreo, as well as the updates that come with Samsung Experience 9. That update, as already revealed to beta users and those who have since received the Oreo update, including new Bixby features, dual messaging support, Automations, and more. SOURCE: Sammobile
The information comes from sources speaking with the Wall Street Journal, which reports that the new feature is a “tentative” project that may change in the future. Assuming it launches in its present form, the sources claim that the feature will go live in the Instagram app and may be primarily intended for content creators who may post long-form videos on the platform. Such a feature could hint at a stronger focus on video within Instagram, but the company hasn’t commented on the report and there’s no confirmation about its supposed plans. However, parent company Facebook has recently emphasized its video product, launching things like livestreaming, and it makes sense that Instagram would follow. The social company has specifically targeted professionally produced shows.Likewise, content creators have increasingly focused on vertical videos as a large number of media consumers transition from TVs to smartphones. These vertical videos enable users to watch content without rotating their phone, and we’ve seen other companies dabble in it. Netflix, for example, recently launched vertical video previews in its mobile apps.SOURCE: Wall Street Journal Instagram is gearing up to launch support for hour-long videos, according to a new report. The support will reportedly be part of a new feature that centers around vertical, rather than landscape, video content. Assuming such a feature is released, it’ll mark a big change over the platform’s current 1-minute video length limitation.
Samsung has just announced its latest and greatest tablet but not every tablet user will have a need for all the Galaxy Tab S4’s features. And, more importantly, not everyone might be able to afford one either. For those whose tablet needs are simple and more family-centric, Samsung is providing the Galaxy Tab A 10.5. And while it may have the same design and even the same size as the Galaxy Tab S4, that’s really all that they have in common. The specs pretty much bares it all. The Galaxy Tab A 10.5’s screen maxes out at 1920×1200, still plenty for 16:10 Full HD content. It is, however, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with only 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, so users shouldn’t tax the poor slate too much. The 8 megapixel main camera and 5 megapixel front camera with flash are nothing to write home about. But, hey, at least it runs Android 8.1 out of the box and has a USB-C port.So what is the Galaxy Tab A 10.5” going to be good for? Samsung practically earmarks the tablet for entertainment and family use. The former is supported by the four speakers in each corner of the device, all supporting Dolby Atmos audio technology. The 7,300 mAh battery also ensures hours of binging on Netflix and YouTube.The new Galaxy Tab A is also designed for family use, which is why it comes with Kids Mode pre-installed. There’s also a new Always On Daily board that turns the tablet into a family hub with a clock, calendar, weather updates, and even a photo gallery. It also becomes a control center for your smart home, presuming you have SmartThings-compatible appliances.The Galaxy Tab A 10.5” is pretty much the lowest member of the range, if there will be any more Galaxy Tab A models. Samsung once had such tablets that sported S Pens so we’ll have to wait and see. No word yet on pricing and availability.