Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inspiring speech on the Amrit Mahotsav of India’s Independence unveils a glorious roadmap for a developed India by the time of the Shatabdi celebrations of our freedom. PM Modi in his passionate, extempore address to the nation has laid down the blueprint for the next twenty-five years. The aspirations of this developed India strike a perfect balance between our phenomenal heritage and our glorious future that beckons us, under a leadership that is globally acknowledged for delivery on its commitments. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has been relentlessly working towards establishing an Indian paradigm mentioned several names that were generally ignored by those in power in the past. Some of these names are Bhagwan Birsa Munda, Sidhu-Kanhu, Alluri Sitarama Raju, and Govind Guru, who became the voice of the freedom movement. The PM said that these leaders inspired tribal brothers and sisters, mothers, and youth in the remotest jungles to live and … [Read more...] about PM Modi’s Independence Day Speech Unveils Roadmap for Developed New India
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For fourth-grader Leah Rainey, the school day now begins with what her teacher calls an “emotional check-in.” “It’s great to see you. How are you feeling?” chirps a cheery voice on her laptop screen. It asks her to click an emoji matching her state of mind: Happy. Sad. Worried. Angry. Frustrated. Calm. Silly. Tired. Depending on the answer, Leah, 9, gets advice from a cartoon avatar on managing her mood and a few more questions: Have you eaten breakfast? Are you hurt or sick? Is everything OK at home? Is someone at school being unkind? Today, Leah chooses “silly,” but says she struggled with sadness during online learning. At Lakewood Elementary School, all 420 students will start their days the same way this year. The rural Kentucky school is one of thousands across the country using the technology to screen students’ state of mind and alert teachers to anyone struggling. In some ways, this year’s back-to-school season will restore a degree of pre-pandemic normalcy: Most … [Read more...] about New Reports Talk About Whether Schools Are Doing Enough To Help With The Mental Health of Youths
Doctored photos and film are a regular source of misinformation, whether it be celebrity gossip or political attacks. Vice President Kamala Harris is no new victim to this type of misinformation; comments she made about her pronouns at a recent White House event were pulled far out of context to enrage right-wing critics. It now appears that an interview with the vice president on CNN has been, rather professionally, repurposed to vulgar effect. The Claim A tweet posted on August 15, 2022, shows Kamala Harris talking at what looks like a CNN event with the question "Should women give h*** to get ahead?" displayed on screen. The tweet (archived here ) has received more thank 40,000 interactions and more than 1.7 million views as of Wednesday, August 17. During the clip, sections of Harris' speech are carefully censored to make it sound as if she is taking about oral sex. The footage was also shared on a number of Telegram channels, often presented as a … [Read more...] about Fact Check: Is Kamala Harris’ explicit ‘get ahead’ CNN interview real?
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An elected Florida prosecutor who was removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis because of his positions on abortion and transgender rights filed suit Wednesday to get his job back, saying the Republican leader violated his First Amendment rights. DeSantis said he suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren this month for signing a national pledge to not prosecute women and doctors for violating state abortion laws or families seeking treatments for transgender minors. “DeSantis’s Order does not identify any actual conduct by Warren related to his official duties involving alleged criminal activity for seeking gender affirming healthcare or abortion,” the lawsuit says. “DeSantis’s Order does not identify any other conduct by Warren or other reason sufficient to justify a suspension." DeSantis, who has come under attack by Democrats for his support of abortion restrictions and bills he's signed that are seen as anti-LGBTQ, held a … [Read more...] about Florida prosecutor sues DeSantis over removal over abortion
The pandemic brought its fair share of challenges for Americans, including straining household budgets. From spiking unemployment at the start of the pandemic to rising costs this the past year, Memphians tell me every day about the increasing difficulties of stretching their dollars and taking care of their families. Yet even as our challenges have grown, the ultra-wealthy have maintained their jet-setting lifestyles. In fact, billionaires have expanded their fortunes tremendously since the pandemic began. Here in Tennessee, the state's 10 billionaires grew $21 billion , or 85 percent, richer over the first two years of the pandemic. But while billionaires increased their wealth, we were the ones footing the tax bill. Thanks to a skewed tax code that showers tax breaks on those with the greatest means, the average billionaire pays a lower tax rate than middle-class workers . The ultra-wealthy meticulously evade taxes by living off the growing value of their assets, which are … [Read more...] about We can make the super rich pay their fair share | Opinion
Earlier this year, Toronto announced the development of a new development in the “quayside” area in the heart of the city. The announcement marks the final nail in the coffin of Google and its Sidewalk Labs division’s plans to turn the neighborhood into a “smart city” full of surveillance technology to track residents’ every move. MIT Technology Review reports that in February, the city of Toronto announced plans for a new development along its waterfront. The development would consist of 800 affordable apartments, a two-acre forest, a rooftop farm, a new arts venue, and a pledge to be zero-carbon. But Sidewalk Labs, the smart city division of Google, had already made claim to the same 12-acre plot known as Quayside that Toronto planned to use for the new green development. Google had plans to build a “smart city” along the waterfront area, and its proposal was accepted by Waterfront Toronto, a governmental organization overseeing the redevelopment of 2,000 acres along the lake … [Read more...] about Google’s Epic Failure in Toronto Might Kill the ‘Smart City’ Concept Forever
Any time the leaders of India and Pakistan (or China) are slated to attend a regional or multilateral event, the media and strategy community dive headlong into a high-decibel speculation about the possibility of a bilateral meeting. Though not formally confirmed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit at Samarkand, Uzbekistan in mid-September 2022, when India inter alia is to assume presidency of the organisation as well as host the 2023 summit. The newly minted Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is also expected to attend, triggering another round of ‘talkathon’. A similar speculation had ensued before the SCO summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (June 13-14 2019) which was attended by Modi and Sharif’s predecessor Imran Khan. No meeting eventually materialised, except for a brief exchange of pleasantries in the delegates’ lounge. That too was disclosed not by India but the Pakistani foreign minister. … [Read more...] about Will PM Modi and Shehbaz Sharif Meet on SCO Sidelines in Samarkand?
BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager and a proponent of the so-called Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investment strategy, was the target of a $451.72 million investment by the Saudi Arabian government as part of a move to invest record oil profits, according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings. The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund’s (PIF) investment represents an approximately 0.5% stake in the company, according to SEC filings congregated by financial research firm Fintel , and comes as the firm’s investments have been buoyed by the Saudi’s success in oil, The Wall Street Journal reported . BlackRock’s stance on ESG integration “encompasses items relating to corporate governance and behaviour,” according to a company statement with the company remaining committed to promoting “policy and philanthropic initiatives that promote [Diversity Equity & Inclusion],” as well as net zero investment funds. The Saudi Arabian government is … [Read more...] about The World’s Biggest Woke Investor Just Took Millions In Saudi Oil Money
The Great Rethink is a term being used to convey an alternate viewpoint to the Great Resignation. This alternative places an emphasis on the fact that many employees are taking a new look at their relationship with work. People are reexamining how their current job impacts both their career and their personal lives. This fresh assessment is guiding them to either stay where they are or look for a new job that better aligns with their priorities. With job openings at a record high, employers must also reevaluate their own relationships with workers if they want to attract and retain the talent they need. Three lessons we learned during the shift to remote work can help companies better navigate the Great Rethink. 1. Flexibility is key. During the shutdowns, the shift to remote work forced managers to change how they lead their teams and how work is done. It may have been rough at the beginning, but management styles adapted and technology stepped up to fill the gaps across the … [Read more...] about Companies Should Lean Into the Great Rethink
SAN FRANCISCO — Tech industry titans have navigated a lot to get where they are today — the dot-com bust, the 2008 recession, a backlash against tech power, the pandemic. They have overcome boardroom showdowns, investor power struggles and regulatory land mines. But this summer, some of them encountered their most threatening opponent yet: multifamily townhouses. Their battle took place in one of Silicon Valley’s most exclusive and wealthiest towns: Atherton, California, a 4.9-square-mile enclave with a population of 7,500, just north of Stanford University. There, tech chief executives and venture capitalists banded together over the specter that more than one home could exist on a single acre of land in the general vicinity of their estates. Their weapon? Strongly worded letters. Faced with the possibility of new construction, Rachel Whetstone, Netflix’s chief communications officer and an Atherton resident, wrote to the City Council and mayor that she was “very … [Read more...] about The summer of NIMBY in the Bay Area’s poshest town