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3 Indian student teams vie for top slot in Microsoft’s Asia talent hunt contest

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Sydney, Feb 11 (IANS) Three Indian teams are among the 12 finalists who will vie for the top slot in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Asia Regional Semifinals here and move one step closer to win the grand prize of $100,000 at the world championship in the US.

First place at the Asia competition will secure $15,000 and a spot in the world championship to be able to win the grand price of $100,000 at Microsoft’s Redmond-based headquarters later this year, while the first runners-up will get $5,000 and the second runners-up $1,000.

The team from Faridabad-based Manav Rachna Institute of Research and Studies has developed “Caeli” — a smart automated anti-pollution and drug delivery mask specifically designed for asthmatic and chronic respiratory patients.

Caeli implements breakthrough features to improve the quality of life for respiratory patients living in polluted areas like in north India and especially in the Delhi-NCR region.

The team from Tamil Nadu-based Vellore Institute of Technology has designed “Spot” which allows you to recognise packaged foods and check if it contains a certain ingredient or exhibits a certain character.

The third team from Bengaluru-based R.V. College of Engineering has designed “RVSAFE”, a one-stop solution for effectively handling any kind of disasters be it natural or man-made.

Disasters leave behind a trail of destruction, adversely affecting human life, and property.

The loss caused by disasters can be significantly reduced with better communication and proper management.

Considered as the “Olympics of Technology”, Imagine Cup is a global annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft.

Over the past 10 years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the “Imagine Cup”.

In addition to Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain and Machine Learning (ML) have been key technologies that students focused on for the competition.

Last year, “Team DrugSafe” project from R.V. College of Engineering won the award under the Big Data category at the Microsoft Imagine Cup world championship.

This time, the three Indian teams are facing some tough competition from innovative solutions designed by students from China, South Korea, New Zealand, Malaysia and others.

(Nishant Arora is in Sydney at an invitation from Microsoft. He can be contacted at [email protected])

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Pulwama fallout: Security of 18 separatists, 155 politicians in J&K withdrawn

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The security cover of four senior separatist leaders -- Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Shabir Shah, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat and Bilal Lone were already withdrawn on Monday. (Photo Credit- Reuters)

Jammu, Feb 21: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday withdrew security of 18 separatists and 155 political persons in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack on February 14 in which over 40 CRPF troopers were killed.

An order issued by the Home Department late on Wednesday said security cover of separatists and some mainstream politicians was also being withdrawn/downgraded apart from those that were initially withdrawn on February 18.

As per the new order, the new list includes names from the National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress.

Some of them are Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, former IAS officer Shah Faesal and PDP leader Waheed Para.

“Over 1,000 personal security guards and 100 vehicles provided to the secured persons are being withdrawn,” officials said here.

The security cover of four senior separatist leaders — Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Shabir Shah, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat and Bilal Lone were already withdrawn on Monday.

The decision to cut down heavily on separatist leaders’ cover was taken in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack when an explosive-packed SUV rammed into a bus of a Central Reserve Police Force convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway killing 40 paramilitary troopers on the spot in the worst-ever terror attack in the state since militancy struck there in 1989.

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Women, children used to ferry Pulwama explosive: Intelligence sources

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CRPF troopers killed in suicide attack in Pulwama

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Women and children helped terrorists to ferry the deadly explosive RDX grade 5 (for military use) and ammonium nitrate from transit point Tral in Pulwama district in south Kashmir in carrying out a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy on February 14, intelligence sources told IANS.

More than 40 Central Reserve Police Force troopers were killed when a local suicide bomber, Aadil Dar, rammed his SUV into a bus carrying the troopers from Jammu to Srinagar.

The sources said the trigger for the explosive was manufactured locally and that ammonium nitrate was used as an oxidizer in the RDX explosive.

The attack took place on Jammu-Srinagar highway near Latoomode in Pulwama around 3.33 p.m. on February 14, stunning the over 2,500 troopers who were part of the convoy.

The military grade RDX was procured from across the border and the device was assembled around 10 km from the blast site, the sources said.

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Farmers Nashik-Mumbai Protest March begins for loan waiver, minimum support price

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Mumbai, Feb 20 : Members of All India Kisan Sabha have started their march from Nashik to Mumbai against the Modi government and the state government for not fulfilling various demands of farmers and tribals of the state.

Accusing the government of not fulfilling the promises made to them last year,the AIKS said, “A year has passed, but the government has not executed the promises it made. There is dissent among the farmers.”
“Hence, a long march will be taken out again against this betrayal by the Centre and state government,” it said.

The farmers demands include immediate drought relief, loan waiver , MSP at one and a half the full cost of production.

The farmers will reach Mumbai on February 27, the AIKS said in a statement after its meeting.
The meeting of ALL India Kisan Sabha and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has failed,”That meeting was inconclusive. Till now, only half of the farm loan waiver disbursements have taken place. The government had announced a package of Rs 34,000 crore. Only Rs 17,000 crore has been disbursed. Where is the rest of the money? Our farmers haven’t received it. The chief minister gave us evasive answers, saying some terms and conditions will have to be changed. That will take time. Also, barely any step has been taken to control drought. Maharashtra has been hit by a severe drought. Farmers have to sell their cattle and move out of their homes for jobs. We also demand completion of infrastructure projects,”Farmer leader Ashok Dhavale, who represents the All India Kisan Sabha, said the government was brazenly repressing the leaders.

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