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INA cadet’s death in Kerala under scrutiny

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Kannur (Kerala) May 18: The death of a 26-year-old cadet at the Indian Naval Academy in Kerala’s Ezhimala near here has caused raised eyebrows, with the family alleging “foul play”.

The INA in a press release issued here on Thursday said G. Sooraj, a first term cadet, was found in an unconscious and unresponsive state on the floor of the academic wing by a duty sailor instructor at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Sooraj was immediately taken to the Intensive Care Unit of the Indian Naval Hospital Navjivani and administered intravenous fluid for resuscitation.

He was later shifted to Pariyaram Medical College and Hospital along with a medical specialist and medical assistants, the statement said.

“The cadet developed two episodes of cardiac arrest at the hospital. All efforts to revive the cadet by the medical specialist failed and he was declared dead at 2.30 a.m.,” the statement added.

The Academy said Sooraj’s family was informed about the incident.

It also added that an inquiry has been ordered by the Southern Naval Command.

However, Sooraj’s family in a statement has alleged that relation between Sooraj and the INA officials was not good, the Payanur Police said.

The family has alleged that Sooraj’s death “did not occur under normal circumstances”, the police said.

The police have begun a probe into the entire episode.

Sooraj started off his career in the Indian Navy as a sailor in 2010.

In 2013, he appeared for the officers’ test and joined the INA. “From then on there was constant friction between Sooraj and the INA officials,” his family said.

In 2015, he was terminated by the INA, following which he approached the Armed Forces Tribunal which asked the INA to reinstate him.

In January he rejoined the INA as an officer cadet.

“The board of inquiry of the Southern Naval Command would go into all details,” said an INA official.

“At present, the inquest is being prepared and soon the body will be taken for a post-mortem and then handed over to the family,” the official added.

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Google fixes glitch showing Modi’s photo as India’s first PM

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New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) An algorithm glitch that showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s photo as “India’s first PM” on Google Search and led to much outrage on Twitter has been fixed.

Users who searched for “India’s first PM” on Google late on Wednesday, were guided to the first link of the Wikipedia page titled “List of Prime Ministers of India”, with Jawaharlal Nehru’s name and description.

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However, instead of Nehru’s picture, the image which appeared was of Modi which prompted people to take screenshots of the search result page and tweet in large numbers.

“@Google @GoogleIndia what algorithm of yours allows this?! You’re so full of junk-“, tweeted Congress social media in-charge Divya Spandana.

Many tagged the search engine giant asking what exactly was going on.

“Dear @Google you got it wrong. I googled “India’s #first PM, Not worst PM ever!” Please correct yourself,” said one tweet.

“I came to know that #jawaharlalnehru look alike @narendramodi ??” said one.

When brought to Google’s notice, the glitch was fixed on Thursday.

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India’s ranking in world press freedom falls to 138: Report

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New Delhi, April 26: India’s ranking in the Press Freedom Index has fallen two places to 138 in a ranking of 180 countries, according to the 2018 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The watchdog blamed “physical violence” against journalists like Gauri Lankesh as the prime reason behind the country’s low ranking.

Norway clinched the top spot, while North Korea remained the most repressive country followed by Eritrea, Turkmenistan, Syria and then China.

“Hate speech is also an issue in the continent’s other giant, India, which has fallen another two places to 138th. Ever since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014, Hindu fundamentalists have been referring to journalists in extremely violent terms,” news agency PTI quoted citing the report.

“Any investigative reporting that annoys the ruling party or any criticism of Hindutva, elicits a torrent of online insults and calls for the death of the reporter or writer responsible, most of it coming from the prime minister’s troll army.”

The RSF pointed the cold-blooded murder of journalist- activist Gauri Lankesh who was shot down outside her house in Bengaluru.

“The newspaper editor Gauri Lankesh was gunned down outside her home in September after being the target of hate speech and death threats for criticising Hindu supremacy, the caste system and discrimination against women,” the report said.

“The physical violence against journalists is largely responsible for India’s low ranking. At least three journalists were murdered in connection with their work. More were killed in circumstances that were unclear, as is often the case in rural areas, where reporters are poorly paid,” the watchdog observed.

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India should become big centre for data analysis: Ravi Shankar Prasad

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New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) Taking a cue from industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s oft-repeated statement that ‘data is the new oil’, the Minister for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ravi Shankar Prasad urged entrepreneurs to help India become a big centre for data analysis.

“How can you help India become a big centre of data analysis? …as someone said, data is the new oil,” Prasad said, speaking at an event to recognise start-up ventures jointly organised by MeitY, Assocham and Ericsson.

The minister said the government needed data for policy making but the data procured should be anonymous.

Giving an analogy, the minister said: “Suppose in a particular area a large number of children get affected (by some diseases) and the government wants to have a policy (to help them). I seek your (start-ups) support. You must have the data, why this particular ailment is happening in this part of the country — geographical, social, economic (data).”

“But data must be anonymous, so that victims (people) are not known.”

Prasad further said: “My take on data privacy is very simple. There has to be a balance between data availability, data utility, data innovation, data anonymity and data privacy.”

Saying that “we generate a lot of data”, the minister added that it should be properly safeguarded.

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