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Google to pump in Rs 75k cr in India to give PM Modi’s Digital India a push

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Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conversation with Google CEO Sundar Pichai on a wide range of subjects, especially use of technology to further education, agriculture and “re-skilling” the country’s workforce, the latter on Monday announced a Google for India Digitisation Fund through which the company would invest Rs 75,000 crore over the next five to seven years to drive digital transformation in the country.

“We will do this through a mix of equity investments, partnership investments, and operational, infrastructure and ecosystem investments. This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy,” the Google CEO said during the Google for India virtual conference.

The fund will focus on four areas that are important to India’s digitisation. These include enabling affordable access to the internet and to information for every Indian in their own language and building new products and services that are deeply relevant to India’s unique needs including consumer tech, education, health and agriculture.

The Google for India Digitisation Fund will also focus on empowering businesses especially small and medium businesses as they continue or embark on their digital transformation.

Another area of focus will be leveraging technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for social good, including digital literacy, outbreak predictions, and support for rural economies, Pichai said.

Giving a special address at the event, India’s Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad expressed hope that with this new fund, Google will also focus on promoting the country’s startups further. “There is immense scope for Google to deploy artificial intelligence and undertake new initiatives in the field of agriculture, weather prediction, healthcare in the wake of Covid-19 challenges and most importantly in digital education,” Prasad said. “Today, India’s app economy is growing very powerfully, but we must not just download apps. It is important also to upload apps from India,” he added.

The Google CEO on Monday interacted with PM Modi on a wide range of subjects, particularly leveraging the power of technology to transform the lives of India’s farmers, youngsters and entrepreneurs. In the virtual meeting with Pichai, the PM also discussed the new work culture that is emerging during the Covid-19 crisis.

“This morning, (I) had an extremely fruitful interaction with Sundar Pichai. We spoke on a wide range of subjects, particularly leveraging the power of technology to transform the lives of India’s farmers, youngsters and entrepreneurs,” Modi said in a series of tweets.

With agency inputs

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Fifth case of Monkeypox in Delhi, 22-year-old woman admitted to LNJP

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The fifth case of monkeypox has been reported in Delhi on Friday. The Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital Dr. Suresh Kumar informed about the fifth case of monkeypox.

On Friday a 22-year-old woman tested positive and she is currently under observation in the hospital.

“One patient has been admitted in LNJP and her sample tested positive, at present 4 patients are admitted and one has been discharged. A total of five cases of Monkeypox have been reported in Delhi. She came positive yesterday. A team of doctors are treating her,” Dr. Kumar said.

Meanwhile, the patient traveled one month ago and has no recent travel history.

Earlier on 24 July, Delhi confirmed its first case of monkeypox. A day after it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Central government had also released guidelines to check the virus spread in India. Close contact with sick persons, dead or live wild animals, and others have been advised to avoid.

However, on 14 July the first case of monkeypox was reported in India from Kerala’s Kollam district.

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‘I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home’, say Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday unfurled the tricolor at his residence in Delhi. Shah also urged countrymen to hoist the flag at their homes from August 13 to 15. Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the countrymen are being encouraged to hoist the tricolor at their homes.

Taking to Twitter Shah said, “Tiranga is our pride. It unites and inspires everyone Indian. On PM Narendra Modi Ji’s clarion call of Har Ghar Tiranga, today hoisted a Tiranga at my residence in New Delhi and paid tributes to our valorous heroes who sacrificed everything for the Motherland.”

“I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home from 13th-15th August and to be a part of this campaign of awakening the spirit of patriotism in every heart. Also, upload your picture with the Tiranga on http://harghartiranga.com and inspire others for the same,” Shah said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. He called upon the people of the country to join it. PM Modi said that the tricolor not only has three colors, but it is also a reflection of our commitment to the present, our past glory, and our dreams for the future.

However, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the government to celebrate 75 years of Independence. The national flag will be hoisted in every house of the country till 15th August.

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Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19

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Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Congress general secretary in charge of communications and senior party leader, Jairam Ramesh informed.

Taking to Twitter Jairam Ramesh said, “Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has tested positive for Covid-19 today. She will remain in isolation as per Govt. protocol.”

In the last three months, Gandhi has tested positive for Covid for the second time. As per government protocol, the party chief will remain in isolation.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot expressed concern and said, “Concerned about the health of Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji as she tested positive for #COVID19. Wish her a speedy recovery. May she get well soon. Prayers for her good health and well-being.”

Earlier on Wednesday (August 10), Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi tested positive for COVID. Taking to Twitter Vadra tweeted, “Tested positive for COVID (again!) today. Will be isolating at home and following all protocols.”

Moreover, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday tested positive for COVID.

“I have tested positive for #COVID19. I request those who came in contact with me recently to take care,” Kharge tweeted.

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Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator; likely to lose an eye

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Renowned author Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator after the attack and may have to lose an eye. He was attacked by a man with a knife on Friday at an event in New York, USA.

According to Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wyllie, Rushdie’s liver was damaged in the attack. Wyllie reported that Rushdie had broken nerves in his arm and damaged his liver. With this, there is a possibility of losing one of his eyes.

“The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed, and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” Wylie said.

Salman Rushdie was born in 1974 in Mumbai and is 75 years old. He has a long history of controversies. After writing The Satanic Verses, he received death threats from Islamic extremists for several years. The book was released in 1988 and after 30 years of a fatwa, Rushdie was attacked.

Earlier, New York State Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar. Matar hail from Fairview, New Jersey, and is 24 years old.

“The suspect has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey. Earlier today, approx at 10:47 am, the speaker Rushdie, 75, and Henry Reese, 73 has just arrived at the stage of the institution and shortly thereafter the suspect jumped out of the stage and attacked at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen,” Major Eugene J. Staniszewski said.

Meanwhile, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said, “He is alive and has been transported, airlifted, to safety… The event moderator was attacked as well; he’s getting the care he needs at a local hospital.”

Taking to Twitter Taslima Nasreen said, “I just learned that Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York. I am really shocked. I never thought it would happen. He has been living in the West, and he has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked. I am worried.”

However, Rushdie was stabbed in the neck when he was on stage at the Chautauqua Institution. The Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit community on Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York province.

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Comedian Raju Srivastava’s condition is stable, says family; urges fans to ignore rumors

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Comedian Raju Srivastava who went through successful angioplasty following a heart attack is stable.

Raju Srivastava released a statement, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumor/fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”

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Comedian Raju Srivastava on Wednesday suffered from a heart attack after which he underwent angioplasty and now is on ventilator support. According to sources Raju is “responding to the treatment”.

Comedian Srivastava’s health deteriorated on Tuesday night after which he suffered from a heart attack.

Earlier on Wednesday, Comedian Sunil Pal said that Srivastava’s health is good now. He is recovering rapidly and will be home soon.

Meanwhile, just hours before Srivastava suffered a heart attack he shared a stand-up comedy piece on his Instagram. He mimicked a few veteran actors on information being spread on Covid-19 via caller tune on the phones.

However, Srivastava got recognition by participating in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and Big Boss. He has done roles in films like Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya. Moreover, Srivastava is also the chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Film Division Board.

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Jaish terrorist arrested from Saharanpur; Nupur Sharma was the target

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A terrorist associated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Tahreek-e-Taliban has been arrested by the anti-terrorist squad (ATS) from Saharanpur. During the interrogation, the terrorist confessed that he was given the task of killing Nupur Sharma.

Prashant Kumar, ADG (law and order) said, “Nadeem underwent a crash course in explosives and was in the process of collecting material to make IEDs to target government buildings and police premises.”

According to the information, ATS has arrested a terrorist associated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Tahreek-e-Taliban from Saharanpur. The ATS has identified him as Muhammad Nadeem. During the interrogation of the ATS, the terrorist told that the terrorists of Jaish of Pakistan had sent him to kill Nupur Sharma.

However, the issue of objectionable remarks on Prophet Muhammad is still not being settled. In this case, there is an atmosphere of threats and target killing. At the same time, Nupur Sharma’s life is constantly in danger.

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