Pongal is cooked under the sky as it is dedicated to the Sun god. Local delicacies such as vadai and paysam were also cooked. A farmer celebrating community Pongal said, "We are thanking the Sun god for giving us a good harvest." He even celebrated Lohri on Sunday as people from different cultures live in the city and they celebrate each other's festivals.4 day long #Pongal festival begins.@madhavpramod1 reports LIVE from Chennai. pic.twitter.com tfmIBm428c
Thousands of Route 91 Harvest festival shooting victims could soon settle with the company that owns Mandalay Bay.That 's because attorneys for both parties asked a federal judge this week to pause all pending litigation while they attempt to resolve the cases outside court.
Apple has, historically, never supported the idea of law enforcement accessing data stored on iPhones to help with criminal investigations. The Cupertino firm reasserted that view by adding a USB Restricted Mode when it released iOS 11.14 earlier this year.This update disabled the Lightning port 's data functions (restricting it for charging purposes only) if an iPhone hasn 't been unlocked in seven days, thus preventing data stored on the device from being harvested.
Buried treasure is not just the stuff of fiction and legend. For at least some of our ancestors, it was quite simply the most effective means of protecting prized possessions from unwanted attention. And whilst the methods of defense have inevitably evolved over time, the basic game of cat and mouse between legitimate owners and those who seek to steal from them has never gone away. Of course, in an era of digitalisation, the treasure being fought over is often no longer physical. Harvesting personal data, attacking critical national infrastructures and disrupting online services are just some of the aspirations of today s cyber criminals. In common parlance, these 21st century bandits are often lumped together under a single, catch all label hackers. Equally, there is a widespread assumption that our security will be ensured simply by the application of ever more sophisticated technologies. However, in reality, this only tells half the story. Keeping digital resources safe from cyber attacks ultimately means harnessing the ingenuity and expertise of a diverse global family of IT and digital security specialists. What s more, at the heart of this community is an often overlooked citizen army made up of hackers with a very different ethical agenda to those who usually hit the headlines.A shifting security landscape
Company rejects claims that it should be held liable for deaths, injuries, and emotional distress resulting from the deadliest mass shooting in modern US historyA federal judges panel denied on Wednesday a request by MGM Resorts International to centralize a number of lawsuits filed by the Las Vegas casino and hospitality company in the months after last year s Route 91 Harvest music festival mass shooting.
Today marks the beginning of the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival, a harvest tradition that sees people across Asia celebrate the first full moon of autumn.
Based on the lunar calendar, the Mid Autumn Festival corresponds with the bright orange glow of the Harvest Moon. Many people take off work to gather with their families, light lanterns, enjoy mooncakes and gaze at the luminescent night sky. To mark the seasonal holiday, Google created an autumnal Doodle featuring tea, mooncakes and the reflection of a full, bountiful moon.As celebrations kickoff, here 's what to know:
the fully loaded magazineA heart harvested from a 15 year old Bengaluru boy was transported aerially to a hospital in Delhi through green corridors on Friday.
The Portland Trail Blazers will tip off their 49th NBA season by hosting LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on hellip;LOERZWEILER, Germany Germany s grape harvest is officially underway on its earliest date yet after a scorching summer that has hellip;
These include Rs 708.87 crore for Water Conservation Project for department of Irrigation and Public Health and Rs 423 crore Himachal Pradesh Integrated Mushroom Development project for department of Horticulture. Both the projects were approved on Tuesday by department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. Thakur said that State government had prepared the water conservation project for the state with the estimated cost of Rs. 4751.24 crore in order to double the farmer 's income through water construction initiatives. The first phase of the project is of 708.87 crore. The project will include construction of check dams, ponds, kuhl 's and other water harvesting structures. Both the projects were formulated by the state government in last three months and approved by the GoI in record time.
Leeladhar Singh, a farmer from Madhya Pradesh 's Hoshangabad district, is losing patience. Since 2016, whenever he applies for crop loan, the bank deducts a part of the amount as premium for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yoja na (PMFBY) before disbursing it. ”They say the mandatory provision would insure me against crop losses. I have not received any money despite facing losses in the past four successive cro ping seasons, ” he says. Under PMFBY, launched in April 2016, the government appoints an insurance company, selected through bidding, to insure farmers in a cluster of districts against crop losses due to weather events, pest attacks or fire. The insurer charges the premium on an actuarial rate (an estimate of the expected value of future loss). Farmers under PMFBY pay a fixed 2 per cent of the sum insured for kharif crops and 1.5 per cent for rabi crops. The differe nce between the actuarial premium rate and the rate of insurance payable by farmers is shared equally by the state and Union governments (see lsquo;Has crop insurance worked for the farmers ', Down To Earth, 1 15 August, 2017). Singh says he has to shell out almost Rs 6,000 every crop season as PMFBY premium. ”Given an option, I would like to opt out of it, ” he adds. Far away from Hoshangabad, Chamarasa Mali Patil, a non lonee farmer and president of the Karnataka State Farmers ' Association, has already stopped subscribing to the scheme. ”I was excited when I heard about it and invested Rs 6,000 as premium in kharif 2016. A prolonged dry season ruined my gram and barley crops. My claims are yet to be honoured, ” he says. A government reply in Lok Sabha in March 2018 shows the number of farmers under PMFBY, both loanee and non loanee, has significantly reduced over the past years (see lsquo;Few takers '). The number of loanee farmers, who account for over 70 per cent of those under PMFBY since the insurance is a prerequisite for crop loans, has dropp ed by 20 per cent. The government has a plausible reason for it. According to the Reserve Bank of India, agricultural credit saw less growth (3.8 per cent) in 2017 18 in comparison to 12.4 per cent in 2016 17. This brought down the number of farmers under PMFBY. What 's worrying is non loanee farmers who had voluntarily joined the scheme are opting out of it mdash;and there are some 0.8 million such farmers like Patil. Prerna Terway, a researcher with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi, says, ”The assessment of success of such a scheme depends on how many non loanee farmers are interested. Their numbers going down does not bode well for PMFBY. ” As the scheme enters its third year, the government is worried about its ambitious target of covering 50 per cent of the gross cropped area by March 2019. The extent of insured farms has reduced in last two years and only 30 per cent area is now covered under PMFBY (see lsquo;Target missed? '). So, where lies the problem? Analysts say delay in processing of claims is the reason PMFBY is losing favour with farmers. So far, insurance companies have settled only 45 per cent of the PMFBY claims made over the last three crop seasons. In May, during the meeting of the scheme 's National Level Monitoring Committee, the gov ernment admitted that in the first year claim settlements were delayed by over seven months. This has been reduced to two months in the second year. The delay is attributed to problems associated with the core mechanism involved in claim settlement mdash;the crop cutting experiment (CCE). Every crop season, a team of officials from the state agriculture department and local insurance company visits four rando mly selected fields in a village to assess crop loss. Using sampling method, they identify small areas on the fields and harvest the produce to ascertain yield of the season. This is CCE. The state shares the crop yield data with the insurer, which then decides the extent of crop damage and the claim amount. Going by PMFBY guidelines, insurance companies are bound to settle the claims within three weeks of receiving the yield data. But a working paper by ICRIER, published in February 2018, shows the government in 2016 17 conducted 0.92 million CCEs against the need of 3 million. Besides, hardly any investments have been made to make CCEs reliable and timely. A senior official at Agriculture Insura nce Company of India Ltd (AIC), says, ”States do not have humanpower even to conduct half of the targeted CCEs. ” The May 2018 report of the Union agriculture ministry shows most states delayed sending the yield data for kharif 2017 by three months while states like Jharkhand, West Bengal and Gujarat didn 't provide any data. The way officials conduct CCE has been another bone of contention. PMFBY guidelines say officials must use mobile based technology with GPS sta mping to improve transparency and quality of CCEs. But a few states mdash;Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Chhattisgarh mdash;have done, on a case to case basis. Most states do not have the required number of smart phones. Once transparency is questioned, the credibility of CCE data comes under fire. In early July, hundreds of farmers from Maharshtra 's Parbhani districts trooped down to Delhi and submitted a memorandum to Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh. They allege Reliance General Insurance (RGI), which is the insurer for the region, interfered in CCEs to see to it that the yield is declared very high so that it pays less compensation. The company does not have an office in the district and has not appointed a notified loss assessor at taluk level, as required under PMFBY. Though 11,000 farmers submitted premium under the scheme in kharif 2017, thousands of them did not feature in the beneficiary list and did not get compensation. Despite this, RGI has not conducted a grievance redressal, mandatory under PMFBY, they allege. RGI officials did not respond to Down To Earth queries. Expensive for government? States also do not appear to be as supportive of the scheme as they are expected to be. To begin with, several states are not regular in paying their share of premium citing heavy financial load (see lsquo;States reluctant... '). This means non initiation of the insurance process as the Centre pays its share only after the states have paid. According to the ICRIER working paper, high cost of actuarial premium could be a major hurdle for PMFBY. It accounts for nearly one third of the budget of the Department of Agriculture Coope ration and Farmers Welfare under the Union government. Many states say the premium accounts up to 40 per cent of their annual agriculture budget. Though it was expected that the increase in insured areas would reduce the premium rate, the premium rates have increased from 11.6 per cent of in kharif 2015 to 12.5 per cent in kharif 2016. Now, with less area under coverage it might increase further. The premium rates are spiralling due to two reasons. First is untimely notification by states for bidding by insurance companies. PMFBY guidelines say the notification must be issued at least a month in advance. But this has not been the case. For instance, only six states had issued bidding notification till June 13 for this year 's kharif season that starts in July. Experience shows such delay means a higher actuarial premium rate. This leads to the second reason. The insurance business has changed fundamentally. ”Most companies now transfer their risk to re insurance firms. Untimely notification and delayed subsidy payments do not inspire confidence in them, and they quote very high premium rates, ” says the senior AIC official. He offers a solution: Instead of bidding every crop season, it should be done once in three years so that insurance firms gain confidence to create infrastructure down to the level of village.
What finally caused Facebook to close the loophole were complaints from a group of women with the BRCA gene, a gene mutation associated with an elevated risk of breast cancer. The BRCA Sisterhood group, which did not want members; names to be known, ran a ;closed; Facebook group. Technically, ;secret; is Facebook;s most restrictive setting, but choosing to make a group ;secret; hides it from public listings entirely. The BRCA Sisterhood was open to new members and selected the ;closed; setting for that reason.A security researcher who helped the BRCA Sisterhood moderators investigate whether the plugin could harvest their personal information also found that Facebook groups for individuals coping with other sensitive issues, such as addiction recovery and HIV AIDS, were easily searchable using the Chrome plugin.
After their talks, Prime Minister Modi said India is a stakeholder in the peace process in the Korean peninsula and it will make all efforts to ensure peace in the region. At a joint media event, Modi also appreciated the South Korean leader for initiating the peace process in the Korean peninsula He said by signing an 'early harvest package' document, the two countries have taken a step forward in upgrading their comprehensive economic partnership agreement.
Punjab News ExpressCHANDIGARH: Springing into action once again after fifteen days, the teams of Mandi Officers raided 68 fruit and vegetable markets in the early hours of the day. Overripe fruits and vegetables were destroyed on the spot and erring firms traders were fined from Rs. 1000 to Rs.10000 depending upon the extent of the fault.Enunciating details, KS Pannu, Mission Director Tandarust Punjab said that early Tuesday morning various teams of officers including team headed by General Manager Punjab Mandi Board inspected fruit and vegetable markets statewide. To utter surprise there was no unethically ripened fruit; instead overripe fruits and those contaminated by fungus were found. 67.7 quintals of fruits and vegetables unfit for human consumption were destroyed.It is indeed heartening to see that finally the impact of the month long campaign has borne fruit by the clearout of unethically ripened fruits from the markets, said Pannu. The entire exercise began with surprise checks meant to warn the fruits and vegetable traders, followed by awareness drives. Raids of Tuesday morning were meant basically for the assessment of the impact of the entire five week long activity. lsquo; lsquo;I am happy to share that Punjab Fruit markets are on the threshold of being lsquo;Calcium Carbide Free ' ', said Pannu.It is pertinent to mention that earlier in one of its kind exercise, 35 teams comprising of nearly 200 officials, had conducted surprise checks simultaneously in 35 main mandis across the State on June 26 wherein thousands of tonnes of fruits and vegetables were checked to ascertain their quality. State Mandi Board officers along with the experts from Post Harvest Technology Centre have been imparting training on ethical ripening of fruits through awareness camps held at mandi level. Besides, the Punjab Mandi Board has installed 56 Ripening Chambers of 10 tonne each, in 13 mandis, which are running successfully. Motivated by the successful working of these Ripening Chambers private sector players have also ventured into the same.
The Strawberry Moon mdash;a North American nickname for June;s full moon mdash;owes its fruit inspired moniker to the Algonquin tribes of Native Americans, as it appears at the time of year when they would harvest strawberries. In other parts of the world, it is also known as the Honey Moon, Hot Moon and Full Rose Moon. It is the most colorful of all the full moons.In the United States, the peak of the Strawberry Moon won 't actually occur until 12:53 a.m. ET on Thursday, June 28. Or, if you 're on the West Coast, 9:53 p.m. PT on Wednesday. However, due to the brightness of the moon in the night sky, the best time to really get a good look is right when it 's rising mdash;around 8:05 p.m. ET or 7:51 p.m. PT, according to Travel and Leisure.
A WhatsApp text circulating in some districts of India s central Madhya Pradesh state helped to inflame a mob of 50 60 villagers into savagely beating up two innocent men last week on suspicion that they were going to murder people and sell their body parts.The essence of the message, written in Hindi, was that 500 people disguised as beggars were roaming the area so that they could kill people to harvest their organs. The message also urged recipients to forward it to friends and family. Police say the message was fake.
Microsoft is exploring new ideas for the next generation Surface Pen, and the company recently patented a new technology for the stylus. The patented pen that would never need recharging as it will automatically harvest power from the display.Microsoft s new Pen would actually use solar cells, and while it 's not innovative, it 's a very clever idea and the implementation is futuristic. It 'll basically collect the light generated by the display of the connected device. The energy is generated by the display and the energy is transferred through the solar cells that would recharge the Surface Pen 's battery.
Surveillance video and 911 calls released Wednesday paint a vivid picture of the terror experienced by concertgoers when a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country musical festival.It is the first time the Metropolitan Police Department has released 911 calls from the shooting, which occurred more than eight months ago.
The Snap Inc. CEO said ;the most fantastic thing in the world; is when a design is so ;simple and elegant; that the only thing other companies can do is to copy it. ;We would appreciate it if Facebook would copy our data protection, as well,; Spiegel added, a clear jab at the company;s Cambridge Analytica data scandal, which involved the collection of personal information of 87 million Facebook users. ;Maybe that;s what Sheryl is announcing after,; Spiegel joked ahead of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg;s appearance.Whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed earlier this year that the analytics firm had worked with both the Trump campaign and the Brexit campaign to harvest Facebook profiles in order to build software that could influence how people chose to vote.
MARDAN: Adil Khan;s hopes for a good harvest are fading again this year as he inspects his orchard of apricot and loquat trees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.Usually, fruit in the five acre family orchard is ready to pick only by the last week of May. But this year, and in other recent years since 2013, much of the harvest has ripened by mid April - nearly a month ahead of schedule.