Nintendo Switch Online App Launches

first_img It’s available now in the Android and iOS app stores, but don’t expect it to do anything useful just yet. We need Splatoon 2 to launch for that to happen. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Matthew Humphries Nintendo is taking its time rolling out a full online service for the Switch. What we have now is a free, but limited service, with the promise of the paid-subscription version appearing in 2018. There’s also the Nintendo Switch Online App, which Nintendo quietly rolled out a few days early this week.It’s available for both iOS and Android devices and promises to, “help enhance your online gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch.” More specifically, Nintendo intends to offer features in the app on a per-game basis, but also promises to offer the ability to invite friends to play with you or to have voice chats.For now, anyone downloading the app is likely only going to see a maintenance page. However, we can look forward and see what’s coming with the first game to fully support it being Nintendo’s own Splatoon 2.Splatoon 2 will be supported at launch through the app using SplatNet 2. It allows you to view your stats for past online matches, as well as your single-player records and overall ranking. There’s also the ability to order special Splatoon 2 gear in the shop and see which online multiplayer stages will be available and when.Nintendo will allow you to send play invitations and chat with friends as promised, but also share all of your stats by linking the app and SplatNet 2 into your social media accounts. So expect a lot of Splatoon 2 auto-generated Facebook posts and tweets appearing after the game launches on July 21. Apply Now » Image credit: Nintendo via PC Mag Add to Queue 2 min read July 19, 2017center_img Nintendo 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Senior Editor Next Article Nintendo Switch Online App Launcheslast_img read more

Pancakes Check Out These Deals and Freebies for National Pancake Day 2016

first_imgFood This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Next Article –shares 3 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Pancakes! Check Out These Deals and Freebies for National Pancake Day 2016. Chris Morris America may be fractured on a number of issues these days, but there’s one thing we can all stand behind: Pancakes are delicious.On March 8, we celebrate this fine breakfast food (that sometimes works just as well for other meals) on National Pancake Day. It’s a day that’s largely identified with IHOP, though other restaurants have gotten in on the action as well.GoBankingRates has a complete list of restaurants offering deals, but here’s a list of some of the best bargains you can expect:IHOPThis is ground central for free pancakes. The chain hands out a complimentary short stack of buttermilk pancakes to anyone who wants one from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s also the company’s biggest philanthropic effort of the year. Guests are encouraged to donate what they would have spent for that meal to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. If they make a donation of $5 or more, they’ll get a coupon good for $5 off their next visit. That’s basically two meals for free for a token charitable donation.And in Chamblee, Ga., IHOP patrons could have their pancakes made by Miss America.Waffle HouseWaffles may be considered the arch-rival of pancakes, but Waffle House isn’t letting the day go by unnoticed. Guests who visit March 8 can use this coupon for a free order of hash browns. (You’ll have to pay extra to get ’em scattered, smothered, and covered, though.)Denny’sDenny’s doesn’t formally recognize National Pancake Day, but it’s not going to cede the day’s breakfast business to IHOP. The chain is offering 20 percent off a party’s entire check with this downloadable coupon.Peet’s Coffee & TeaOnce again, you’ll need to print a coupon, but the chain that predates Starbuck’s is offering half off of any beverage between noon and 5 p.m. now through March 9. And there’s not much that goes better with pancakes than a piping hot cup of coffee.Noah’s New York Bagels/Einstein Bros. BagelsPrefer your breakfast starches a bit more portable? These two bagel chains (which are owned by the same parent company) are making it a little cheaper. Both have coupons offering 20 percent off of your purchase. The Noah’s coupon expires on March 8, while Einstein Bros. gives you until the 16th to get a schmear. Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. March 8, 2016last_img read more

More Than 130000 People Have Already PreOrdered Teslas 35000Model 3

first_imgTesla 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Reuters Next Article April 1, 2016 Image credit: Reuters | Tesla Motors Handout via Reuters Tesla 3 min read More Than 130,000 People Have Already Pre-Ordered Tesla’s $35,000-Model 3 This story originally appeared on Reuters Tesla Motors gave a sneak preview Thursday of its Model 3 sedan, saying more than 130,000 people had ordered the car, even though it is more than a year away from production.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled a prototype of the Model 3 in Hawthorne, Calif., outside Los Angeles to hundreds of Tesla owners and the media, saying the vehicle will go into production in 2017 at a starting price of $35,000.The Model 3 is critical to the Silicon Valley automaker’s growth plans and to sustaining its lofty stock price. Tesla shares have jumped in recent days in anticipation of the Model 3 launch.The Model 3 will enter a crowded field of luxury and electric cars that includes gasoline-fueled models such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series, and electric models such as the forthcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV from General Motors Co.”Do you want to see the car?” teased Musk, to screams from the audience in the hangar-sized facility inside a Tesla design center. “We don’t have it for you tonight — just kidding!”Three Model 3s were driven onstage. The compact sleek four-door car with no grille features a roof that is a panoramic pane of glass from front to back.Musk said that 115,000 pre-orders had already been taken on Thursday alone for the car. Within a half hour, that number reached 137,600 in a rolling scroll projected onto a screen.Fans had camped out overnight, queueing outside Tesla stores across California to put down deposits on the car in scenes reminiscent of the launch of Apple Inc. products.The Model 3 is crucial for Tesla to reach its goal of selling 500,000 cars per year by 2020. The success of Tesla’s Gigafactory, its battery factory near completion in Nevada, is also contingent on the Model 3.Tesla says scale from the massive facility will cut the cost of its battery pack by 30 percent to enable the lower-priced vehicle.High expectations ahead of the unveiling have restored Tesla’s shares to around the $230-mark, recovering from a year low of $141.05 in February after analysts cut price targets and revenue expectations.”It is important to the industry because it will signal whether or not Tesla Motors is a major threat to the status quo or just another wannabe car company with a fleeting chance for long-term success,” said Kelley Blue Book’s Jack Nerad.GM is on track to beat Tesla to the market with its Chevrolet Bolt electric car, which GM says will launch late this year, offering about 200 miles of electric driving range and a starting price of around $35,000.A new generation of Nissan Motor Co’s Leaf electric car is also expected to offer more driving range at a similar price.The Model 3 and others in the new generation of electric vehicles face challenges from low gasoline prices, high battery costs and uncertain investment in recharging infrastructure.Through the first two months of this year, sales of all-electric and hybrid vehicles are down nearly 9 percent to 60,384 vehicles, data from trade group the Electric Drive Transportation Association shows.That’s fewer hybrid and battery electric vehicles sold in two months than Ford sold of its F-series large pickup trucks in February alone.Several short-term concerns, such as that Model 3 production will be delayed, and the slow ramp of the Model X will continue, go hand-in-hand with skeptics’ longer-term worries that the unprofitable company will continue to bleed cash.In February, Tesla said it would start generating positive cash flow this month.(Reporting by Alexandria Sage and Joe White; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Apply Now »last_img read more

China Bans Autonomous Car Testing for Now

first_img –shares Don Reisinger Self-Driving Cars This story originally appeared on PCMag Contributing Writer July 21, 2016 Image credit: PC Mag Next Article China is putting the brakes on self-driving car testing.The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology drafted new regulations on self-driving car testing in the country, but until they’re approved, the government has warned companies not to try it out, according to Bloomberg, which obtained a copy of the draft.Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a hot commodity in the auto world as companies from Google to Mercedes-Benz try out the technology in the US, Europe and elsewhere. There’s no timeline on when China might approve its rules, Bloomberg says, but as auto makers eye autonomous car rollouts in the next decade, time is of the essence if China wants to keep up.Major car makers like BMW have already made plans to test self-driving cars in China. In April, Volvo said it would begin negotiations with Chinese cities that want to test Volvo’s autonomous cars using local drivers. The company wanted to use up to 100 cars to see how they work in everyday road conditions.In December, China’s Baidu also announced that its self-driving car — a modified BMW 3 Series — successfully completed testing on mixed roads under various environmental conditions. The 19-mile test drive route began at Baidu’s Beijing headquarters and covered the G7 highway, Fifth Ring Road and Olympic Park, before looping back to the starting point.In the US, semi-autonomous car technology has come under fire following the fatal accident of a Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode. Tesla has denied any wrongdoing, reiterating that Autopilot is semi- and not fully autonomous and promising an upgrade soon, but regulators are investigating. 2 min read China Bans Autonomous Car Testing (for Now) The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue Apply Now »last_img read more

Acquia Unveils New Compliance Security Capabilities for Acquia Cloud

first_img“These new capabilities for Acquia Cloud empower our customers with insightful governance by providing foundational security principles directly to our customers,” said Joseph Janik, chief information security officer at Acquia. “Built on AWS’ platform, these innovations provide deeper insights into hosted applications along with a comprehensive set of security capabilities.”“In today’s world, cybersecurity is more important than ever. That’s why Mobomo is working closely with leading-edge government agencies to tackle their cloud-first initiatives through FedRAMP cloud platform-as-a-service offerings,” said Ken Fang, president of Mobomo. “Acquia’s new security capabilities ensure that our customers stay up-to-date on the latest security requirements through better integration into hybrid cloud environments and increased flexibility in both configuration and control. In addition, continual updates to the security features of the platform enables Mobomo to provide seamless integration and up-to-date security solutions to our customers in a cost-effective and efficient manner. These capabilities give Mobomo and their customers comfort knowing their information is safe, while allowing us to focus on what really matters — delivering more features and functionality to our end users.”Marketing Technology News: Fishbowl, Inc. Names New Chief Revenue OfficerAcquia Cloud enhancements include the following:SSO: An upgraded SSO service seamlessly unifies management of internal and external user authentication, protecting sensitive information and offering improved governance across IT managed systems.Log Forwarding and SIEM integration: Customers can easily configure Acquia Cloud to share logs securely with their Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, thereby providing more visibility to improve incident detection and response. Acquia Cloud supports forwarding logs to popular SIEMs including Splunk and SumoLogic.Access and Governance: Acquia Cloud Shield, a private, isolated cloud for sites that require heightened levels of secure access, now offers optional VPC peering so companies may connect their AWS-hosted VPCs. Additionally, customers may use a self-service UI to manage access for greater administrative flexibility.FIPS 140-2: Acquia offers support for the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2, a U.S. government standard that defines cryptographic module security requirements and is critical for federal customers.Marketing Technology News: Where’s Our Data? IDC Executive Brief – Data Control is Crucial for Success in Digital Transformation AcquiaAcquia CloudDigital Experience PlatformsFederal Risk AuthorizationMarketing TechnologyNewsSecurity Information Previous ArticleQuality Data Equals Truth Sets, and Nothing LessNext Article60% of Users Will Disable Ad Blockers for Certain Domains, Indicating an Opportunity for Advertisers Provides Broadest Set of Compliance & Security Services Available for Enterprise Drupal Deployments Acquia Unveils New Compliance, Security Capabilities for Acquia Cloud PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 7:37 pmApril 25, 2019 Acquia announced new capabilities for Acquia Cloud, extending the company’s strengths in security innovation and compliance for digital experience platforms. Additions include new tools to manage risk and updated compliance for a pair of key US federal standards, providing the security and compliance that companies require. These updates expand upon the broadest set of compliance and security services available anywhere on a single cloud platform for Drupal deployments.Acquia Cloud provides a secure, resilient and broadly supported cloud platform. The cloud-native platform enables customers to build and manage Drupal-based digital experiences, freeing staff to innovate on every channel, engage customers, and grow their brands.As global brands expand the breadth of digital offerings, they need to ensure that customer data is secure at every touchpoint. These new capabilities give enterprises the ability to provide protection without taxing the resources of security and operations teams. New security capabilities include upgraded single sign-on (SSO) integrations, greater support for SIEM log forwarding, and upgraded controls for access and governance. Acquia customers can also increase their levels of assurance with Acquia’s adherence to new facets of the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) and Federal Education Records Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance standards.Marketing Technology News: BSI Reports Top Supply Chain Themes for 2019last_img read more

Older adults care about strangers welfare in financial decisionmaking study finds

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 30 2018A recent study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) found that when it comes to making financial decisions under risk, older adults will regard the financial outcomes of others’ as their own and make choices that they would have selected for themselves.”Citizens in approximately one third of the countries around the world rely heavily on decisions made by older adults who may be government, business or community leaders. It is important to not only understand how these elderly people make decisions for themselves, but also how they make decisions on behalf of others, as their decisions can lead to significant gains or losses,” said team leader Assistant Professor Yu Rongjun, who is from the Department of Psychology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.The results of this study were reported in the journal Psychology and Aging in September 2018.Closing the knowledge gap in financial decision-makingPeople often need to make financial choices for themselves, and sometimes, on behalf of others. Studies have shown that younger adults take more risks when making financial decisions for others. However, there is a lack of understanding about the decision-making behavior of the elderly.To address this knowledge gap, Asst Prof Yu and his team conducted studies to compare how younger adults and older adults make financial decisions, both for themselves and for others.The NUS study was conducted from 2016 and 2017, and involved 191 Singaporean participants. Among them, 93 were older adults with an average age of 70, while 98 were young adults averaging 23 years old.The participants were asked to complete a series of computerized decision-making tests in which they were assessed based on the choices they made under uncertainties. The research team used computational modeling to analyze two aspects of the participants’ financial decision-making: loss aversion, which is a tendency to weight potential losses more strongly than potential gains; risk-aversion asymmetry, which looks at the tendency to be risk-averse for potential gains and risk-seeking for potential losses.Financial decisions vary with age Related StoriesBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustrySchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchThe results show that when younger adults are making financial decisions on behalf of others, they take more risks even when the decisions put the person they are acting for at a disadvantage. For the seniors, they make similar choices for themselves and when they act for others. Hence, the findings suggest that older adults care more about strangers’ welfare.”Our results demonstrate that decision-makers of different age groups have different motivational goals. The young adults may treat the finances of others’ differently from their own, perhaps regarding them as being less important. On the other hand, the older generation may care more about social harmony and emotional experience, and have less emphasis on material gains,” explained Asst Prof Yu.He further elaborated, “Although we did not manipulate decision-making power and participants simply made choices for strangers in our study, we speculate that similar age-dependent decision-making patterns may also apply to real-life workplace. For instance, a young boss may choose one insurance plan for his employees and another plan for himself. The plan that he picks for others may be more risky and potentially disadvantageous compared to the plan he chooses for himself. On the other hand, an older boss is likely to select the same plan for his staff and himself. The findings of this study resonate with our earlier research which showed older adults are more generous towards strangers.”To deepen their understanding on the financial decision-making process of people from different age groups, Asst Prof Yu and his team will be conducting neuroimaging studies to examine the underlying neural basis of their observations. Source:https://news.nus.edu.sg/press-releases/welfare-in-financial-decision-makinglast_img read more

Amazon primed to hire 2000 new employees in France

Explore further US online shopping giant Amazon said Thursday it plans to create 2,000 permanent full-time jobs in France this year as consumers are making more and more of their purchases via the internet. © 2018 AFP “The jobs are at all levels of skills” even if “the overwhelming majority of the positions are for fulfilling orders,” Amazon’s director in France Frederic Duval told AFP.The new jobs will be across Amazon’s distribution centres in France, as well as its offices in the Paris region, and take overall staff to 7,500.Amazon said it has invested more than two billion euros ($2.5 billion) in France since 2010 and created more than 1,500 jobs in France last year.However Amazon, along with other US tech companies, has also been at loggerheads with French authorities over taxes as they structure sales to pass through other European countries where tax rates are lower.Amazon announced earlier this month it had reached an agreement with French tax authorities under which it will now register French sales in France. The 2,000 new jobs will take Amazon’s overall workforce in France to 7,500 Amazon hammers out tax deal with France Citation: Amazon primed to hire 2,000 new employees in France (2018, February 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-amazon-primed-hire-employees-france.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Five reasons why robots wont take over the world

Robots that can learn like humans Credit: Shutterstock Citation: Five reasons why robots won’t take over the world (2018, April 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-robots-wont-world.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by The Conversation Scientists are known for making dramatic predictions about the future – and sinister robots are once again in the spotlight now that artificial intelligence has become a marketing tool for all sorts of different brands. 1. Human-like handsScientists are far from replicating the complexity of human hands. The hands of robots that are used today in real applications are clumsy. The more sophisticated hands developed in labs are not robust enough and lack the dexterity of human hands. Comparison of a human hand with a robotic one. Credit: Wikimedia, CC BY At the end of World War Two, it was stated that flying cars were just around the corner and that all energy problems would be solved by fusion energy by the end of the 20th century. But decades on, we don’t seem much closer to either of those predictions coming true. So what’s with all this talk – fuelled by the likes of space baron, Elon Musk – about robots taking over the world? Pessimists predict that robots will jeopardise jobs across the globe, and not only in industrial production. They claim robot journalists, robot doctors and robot lawyers will replace human experts. And, as a consequence of a melting down middle class, there will be mass poverty and political instability. Optimists predict a new paradise where all the tedious problems of human relationships can be overcome by having a perfect life with easily replaceable robot partners, which will fulfil our basic needs as well as our deepest longings. And “work” will become an ancient concept. The pessimists, however, can relax and the optimists need to cool their boots. As experts in the field of robotics, we believe that robots will be much more visible in the future, but – at least over the next two decades – they will be clearly recognisable as machines. This is because there is still a long way to go before robots will be able to match a number of fundamental human skills. Here are five reasons why robots aren’t about to take over the world. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. 5. Human reasonNot all of what is technically possible needs to be built. Human reason could decide not to fully develop such robots, because of their potential harm to society. If, in many decades from now, the technical problems mentioned above are overcome so that complex human-like robots could be built, regulations could still prevent misuse.Smooth out the edgesIn our research project, SMOOTH, we design robots that we hope will operate in elderly care institutions by 2022. These robots will be used to solve repetitive tasks involving human and robot interaction, such as transporting laundry and waste, offering water to people or guiding them to the breakfast table. It was necessary to simplify the robots as well as to carefully select the tasks they perform to ensure that they can be commercially viable products within four years.Our approach wasn’t to solve the first three problems of human-like hands, tactile perception and control of manipulation, but to avoid those robotic roadblocks. To address the fourth problem of human and robot interaction, we chose repetitive tasks to reduce complexity, since the expected interactions are – to a certain degree – predictable. Robots are a reality today in industry and they will appear in public spaces in more complex shapes than robot vacuum cleaners. But in the next two decades, robots will not be human-like, even if they might look like humans. Instead they will remain sophisticated machines. So you can stand down from any fear of a robot uprising in the near future. 2. Tactile perceptionThere is no technical match for the magnificent human and animal skin that encompasses a variety of tactile sensors. This perception is required for complex manipulation. Also, the software that processes the input from the sensors in robots is nowhere near as sophisticated as the human brain when it comes to interpretation and reaction to the messages received from the tactile sensors.3. Control of manipulationEven if we had artificial hands comparable to human hands and sophisticated artificial skin, we would still need to be able to design a way to control them to manipulate objects in a human-like way. Human children take years to do this and the learning mechanisms are not understood.4. Human and robot interactionThe interaction between humans is built on well-functioning speech and object recognition systems, as well as other sensors such as smell and taste and tactile sensing. While there has been significant progress in speech and object recognition, today’s systems can still only be used in rather controlled environments when a high degree of performance is required. Explore further read more

Fugitive Bill turns an Opposition stick to beat govt with

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL July 25, 2018 COMMENT PIYUSH GOYAL, Interim Finance Minister   –  PTI Elders pass legislation but use debate to accuse Centre of letting offenders flee economic offencecenter_img A week after the Lok Sabha passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, the Rajya Sabha, too, gave its nod to the legislation proposed to prevent economic offenders from fleeing the country.The debate on the Bill, however, turned political as the Opposition used the opportunity to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government for the Centre’s “inability” to stop accused in various cases Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi, and Lalit Modi from leaving the country.The Opposition MPs said non-performing assets (NPAs) had become a “systemic crisis” under the NDA government and alleged that the PM, who promised that he would be a chowkidar (gatekeeper) of the country, seems to have “slept during his duty”. The BJP countered it by saying that the NPAs are a legacy of the previous UPA government, and that the new Bill would ensure that offenders would not leave the country without facing punishment.Stand-in Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said the Bill would help the Centre deal with “severity of the problem”. Current laws, he said, do not allow the government to impound the culprit’s property. “This Bill is an effective, expeditious and constitutional way to stop these offenders from running away. Legislative changes must be in place to confiscate assets of such absconders till they don’t present themselves in front of the courts. We will also work out what has to be done with the confiscated assets,” Goyal said.Trinamool Congress member Sukhendu Shekhar Roy said fixing a minimum threshold of ₹100 crore would only help the culprits, as they could form 20 or more companies, and seek loans in the name of each. Congress MP Vivek Tankha said only 10 per cent of black money existed outside the country; he asked the Centre for the details of the measures it had taken to recover ill-gotten wealth within. Tankha questioned the Centre’s wisdom in fixing the minimum cap of ₹100 crore. “Even an offender of ₹10 crore is bad,” he added. Goyal, however, justified the financial limit and said the measure was to “catch the big offenders and not to clog the courts”.Neeraj Shekhar of the SP alleged that several economic offenders had left the country with the “active support” of the Centre. “Make laws which can be implemented. How much black money has come back to the country in the last four years?” he asked.Later talking to reporters, Congress MP and spokesperson MV Rajeev Gowda said there are wide legal loopholes in the “hurriedly brought” Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill. “If the constitutionally problematic sections are struck down – nothing worthwhile shall remain in the Bill – it is in no way different from existing law. Is this not just a ‘face-saving exercise’ after Modi government’s massive failure to tackle 13 bank loot scams worth ₹70,000 crore where at least half a dozen people have officially run away after duping banks? Where are the extradition treaties with those countries to bring these fugitives back?” Published on SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

As campaign concludes in AP Jagan Reddys remarks on Amaravati leave voters

first_imgpoll campaign SHARE SHARE EMAIL Andhra Pradesh April 09, 2019 As the campaigning concluded in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, for the poll to be held on Thursday, a doubt is lingering in the minds of voters, especially in Krishna and Guntur districts. It relates to Amaravati, the new capital.In interviews given to English and Telugu channels, the YSR Congress leader, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, described Amaravati as a huge scam perpetrated by Chief Minister.‘Huge scam’On Tuesday, the last day when Jagan campaigned in Mangalagiri constituency in Guntur district in the new capital region, he explained to the voters the huge scam allegedly perpetrated by N Lokesh, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s son and State IT Minister, is contesting from Mangalagiri as the TDP candidate.Jagan said, “We also welcomed the decision initially, though we did not approve the method of arriving at the decision, and we had our reservations. But then the Chief Minister cleverly encouraged speculation on where exactly the capital will come up, knowing well the exact location and keeping it to himself and his friends and cronies, and giving an impression to the people that it might come up elsewhere.“His friends, cronies and benamis bought huge parcels of lands near the present location, Amaravati, at throwaway prices. Then, he announced the location. Others who bought land at other locations lost heavily… And the scam did not stop there.”He alleged that the Chief Minister acquired 33,000 acres from farmers through the land-pooling method, ensuring that the land-parcels of his cronies, friends and benamis were excluded from the core capital area.“The prices of these lands abutting the capital area shot up. The farmers who have lost the lands are very unhappy. Then, the CM started allotting the lands in the core capital area to companies in the name of capital development. It is a huge scam, the biggest in the history of the State,” Jagan Reddy alleged.On Tuesday, while campaigning in Guntur district, Chandrababu Naidu said, “If Jagan comes to power, all development in the State will come to a halt. In particular, Amaravati and the Polavaram project will suffer. He is not interested in Amaravati.”This issue will have a bearing on the minds of the voters in two very important coastal districts — Krishna and Guntur — though the rest of the State will also be affected to some extent.If he comes to power, what Jagan intends to do with Amaravati, which he describes as a huge scam, is anybody’s guess. Published on SHARE YS Jagan Mohan Reddy   –  CH VIJAYA BHASKAR political campaigns state politics Chandrababu Naidu COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

Samajwadi Partys Azam Khan faces arrest in land grabbing torture case

first_img Next Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan faces arrest in land grabbing, torture caseTwenty-six farmers have stated that Azam Khan and Aalehasan illegally detained and pressured them to sign on a forged sale deed in a bid to acquire their land running into several thousand hectares.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 19:07 IST Azam Khan allegedly forged documents and grabbed land worth over several hundred crores for Mohammed Ali Jauhar University. (Photo: PTI)More than two dozen poor farmers were illegally detained and tortured for several days before their lands were “forcibly grabbed” by senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and MP Azam Khan in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur district, the police said on Saturday.According to a criminal case registered at Rampur’s Azim Nagar Police Station, Azam Khan and his close aide, former Deputy Superintendent of UP Police Aalehasan Khan, allegedly forged documents and grabbed land worth over several hundred crores for Mohammed Ali Jauhar University, a multi-crore private project of the SP leader.”Twenty-six farmers have stated that Azam Khan and Aalehasan illegally detained and pressured them to sign on a forged sale deed in a bid to acquire their land running into several thousand hectares,” Ajay Pal Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Rampur said.”When the farmers refused to sign on the papers, their land was forcibly occupied. Aalehasan, then circle officer of Rampur, misused his official position in grabbing the land belonging to the poor. After verifying facts we have registered a criminal case against Azam Khan and Aalehasan,” said Sharma.The case against the SP leader was registered on the basis of an enquiry by the UP Revenue Department, which checked all relevant documents and recorded statements of farmers who mainly belong to the minority community.”On the basis of the main complaint of the Revenue Department, now 26 separate cases will be filed (against Azam Khan) as it involves different patches of land and different owners,” said the Rampur district police chief.Asked whether Azam Khan could be arrested, Sharma said, “It may happen any time. The investigation is on.”The FIR (relating to case) says besides grabbing farmers’ lands, Azam Khan, also misused his position (as Cabinet Minister of UP during 2012-2017) to illegally occupy over 5,000 hectares of land adjoining the banks of Kosi river, which flows along the University campus.The land falls by the Kosi riverside and cannot be acquired. “But revenue records were allegedly forged and the land, worth over several hundred crores, was illegally occupied by Mohammed Jauhar Ali University,” said a Revenue Officer.According to the Revenue Officer, the forged documents to fraudulently occupy the riverbed, are now strong evidence against Azam Khan.Azam Khan’s dream project, Mohammed Ali Jauhar University, was conceived as a private Urdu university in 2004. Acquisition of land and construction of the university campus started rapidly after the Samajwadi Party (SP) came to power in UP and Azam Khan became one of its most powerful ministers.In 2012, the Akhilesh Yadav government granted the university’s lifelong chancellorship to Azam Khan, a move which was opposed by then UP Governor.Last month, BJP leader Jayaprada, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls against Azam Khan, filed a complaint with the Election Commission seeking the newly elected MP’s disqualification for also holding an office of profit as the chancellor of Mohammed Ali Jauhar University.Jaya Prada cited two examples — one of Sonia Gandhi and another of Jaya Bachchan — both of whom had to resign as MPs and re-contest polls on grounds of holding the office of profit.IANS tried to contact Azam Khan for his comments on being booked in cases of land grabbing, but could not reach him. A Samajwadi Party office-bearer said the BJP was trying to malign the SP stalwart’s image, who had established a world-class university for the people of UP in Rampur.Also Read | FIR against Azam Khan for sexist khaki underwear remark against Jaya PradaAlso Read | Jaya Prada challenges election of Azam Khan from Uttar Pradesh, RampurAlso Watch | He always lies, is taking U-turn: Jaya Prada on Azam Khan’s sexist remarksFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more

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