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I will show Nawaz Sharif how to respond to Modi, says Imran Khan
29.09.16 - TEAM PT
I will show Nawaz Sharif how to respond to Modi, says Imran Khan



Following Indian claims of "surgical strikes" at the terror launch pads in Pakistani Kashmir, Pakistan opposition party leader Imran Khan said he will show his Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif how to react to such "aggressions".
 
"Initially I had to give a message to Nawaz Sharif, but tomorrow I will send a message to Modi too,” Khan said. The cricketer-turned-politician also urged people to participate in the march. "People from all over Pakistan should participate in the march to display unity,” said Khan, adding "I will show Nawaz Sharif how to respond to Modi.
 
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief also referred to Nawaz Sharif's "inability to govern" and said, "(Army Chief) Gen Raheel is representing the nation."
 
Addressing a press conference, DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said India carried out ‘surgical strike’ on terror launch pads across the LoC, inflicting "significant casualties” on terrorists and those who are trying to support them.

Pakistan has rejected the Indian claim of "surgical strikes" but confirmed that two of its soldiers were killed when the Indian military resorted to firing across the LoC, which divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries, on Thursday.




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Indian-origin scientist Ramesh Raskar bags Lemelson-MIT Prize worth 500,000 dollars
17.09.16 - TEAM PT
Indian-origin scientist Ramesh Raskar bags Lemelson-MIT Prize worth 500,000 dollars



An Indian-origin scientist has bagged the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize worth USD 500,000 for his groundbreaking inventions to create solutions to improve lives globally.
 
Raskar develops innovative imaging technologies, including an imaging system to read through closed books. Microsoft, Samsung, Adobe, Canon and Qualcomm are some of the companies that cite patents by Raskar.

The award is given to mid-career inventors. Raskar was the recipient of the 2016 Lemelson-MIT Prize because of the groundbreaking practical solutions in imaging technologies, as well as mentoring students into launching their own successful careers.

Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program said, "Raskar is a multi-faceted leader as an inventor, educator, change maker and exemplar connector. In addition to creating his own remarkable inventions, he is working to connect communities and inventors all over the world to create positive change.”

Raskar is best known for his invention of femtophotography, a solution that allows capturing images around corners. The technology is a one trillion frames per second camera. The camera tracks movements of photons through the air with slow motion videos. This technology has received funding for further research from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US National Science Foundation and MIT itself.
 
A commercial version of the technology is being developed. This can potentially be used by by cars to avoid collisions, by rescue workers in emergency situations, or for medical imaging solutions that are an alternative to Xrays.

 Nasik-born Ramesh Raskar, 46, is founder of the Camera Culture research group at the MIT Media Lab and an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences.

"Raskar is the winner of the 2016 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his groundbreaking inventions, commitment to youth mentorship, and dedication to improving our world with practical yet innovative solutions,” a media release said.

With more than 75 patents to his name, and having written more than 120 reviewed publications, Raskar is the co-inventor of radical imaging solutions including Femto-photography, an ultra-fast imaging system that can see around corners; low-cost eye care solutions for the developing world; and a camera that allows users to read pages of a book without opening the cover.

Seeking to catalyze change on a massive scale by launching platforms that empower inventors to create solutions to improve lives globally, he combines the best of the academic and entrepreneurial worlds to achieve milestones in improving the lives and health of people in industrial and developing societies, the announcement said.
 
 Raskar told MIT News that he plans to use a portion of the prize money to launch a new effort using peer-to-peer invention platforms that offer new approaches for helping young people in multiple countries to co-invent in a collaborative way.

"Everyone has the power to solve problems and through peer-to-peer co-invention and purposeful collaboration, we can solve problems that will impact billions of lives," he said.

Raskar said he was always fascinated with the idea of using super-human abilities to visually interact with the world via cameras that can see the unseen and displays that can alter the sense of reality.

The Lemelson-MIT prize, given by the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), honours U.S. inventors working on science and technology to improve the world.
 
Another Indian Dinesh Bharadia, a researcher who grew up in Kolhapur, has bagged the Paul Baran Young Scholar Award of the Marconi Society .
 
Dinesh Bharadia, 28, a doctorate from Stanford University and an alumnus of IIT-Kanpur, has been awarded for his contribution to radio waves. "Bharadia has been chosen for the 2016 Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for his contribution to send and receive radio (wireless) signals, including mobile telephony and data on the same channel (wave)," Marconi Society said in a statement.

"Bharadia's research disproved a long-held assumption that it is not possible for a radio to recei ve and transmit on the same frequency band because of the resulting interference," the statement said. The Marconi young scholar award includes $4,000 (Rs.2,67,870) prize and expenses to attend its annual awards event.

He will receive the award at a ceremony in Mountain View, California, on November 2. Bharadia's technology can be used in India to build relays which can listen to signals from a cellular tower, transmit them instantly and extend the range across the country.




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Facebook co-founder donates $20 million to defeat Trump
11.09.16 - TEAM PT
Facebook co-founder donates $20 million to defeat Trump



A co-founder of social media giant Facebook, Dustin Moskovitz said he was donating $20 million to help ensure the defeat of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential elections.
 
Moskovitz, a Harvard roommate of Mark Zuckerberg who was part of the founding group of the social networking giant, said he and his wife Cari made the decision to pour in millions because "polarization in America today has yielded a race that is about much more than policies and ideas." 

"If Donald Trump wins, the country will fall backward, and become more isolated from the global community," the American internet entrepreneur said in a blog post titled 'Compelled to Act' on Friday.
 
"The Republican Party, and Donald Trump in particular, is running on a zero-sum vision, stressing a false contest between their constituency and the rest of the world," he wrote.
 
The 32-year-old multi-billionaire said the real-estate magnate's policy proposals were "so implausible" that they spark concern his White House run may be nothing more than a con game aimed at winning the election and boosting his brand.
 
Moskovitz said Trump's signature plan to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, which purports to "improve the lives of Americans, would in practice hurt citizens and noncitizens alike."

"So, for the first time, we are endorsing a candidate and donating. We hope these efforts make it a little more likely that (former Secretary of State Hillary) Clinton is able to pursue the agenda she has outlined," the Facebook co-founder said in the post, which was also signed by his wife, Cari Tuna.

The November 8 presidential election has become a "referendum on who we want to be as individuals, as a nation and as a society," Moskovitz said.
 
He added that he hoped his support for the Democratic Party sends a message to the Republicans that "by running this kind of campaign - one built on fear and hostility - and supporting this kind of candidate, they compel people to act in response."
 
The Facebook co-founder said that, despite "reservations about anyone using large amounts of money to influence elections," he and his wife were committing $20 million to numerous organisations, including the Hillary Victory Fund, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.




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