India doesn’t want anything to do with self-driving vehicles. The highway and transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, told reporters that he wouldn’t let driverless cars take away jobs.“We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs,” said Gadkari.See Also: Honeywell bets big on India’s smart city growthThe country already needs thousands more professional drivers on its roads, and the government is planning to open facilities to train thousands of new drivers.The confirmation will change little in the country, which Google and Uber have already wrote off as a prospective place for self-driving cars, due to its poor roads and chaotic traffic in cities. Some private tests have been carried out by developers, but there have been no public road tests.The Indian government, while encouraging more investment and development from outsiders, has been against interference with its transport industry. The Modi government announced a $59 billion infrastructure plan for airports, railways, and roads, the majority of which will be built and delivered by the government.Ola and Uber, the two major ride-sharing services in the country, are in a precarious spot, with the government debating whether to bring them under the Motor Vehicles Act. After the 2014 rape case, involving an Uber driver, calls were made to ban the taxi apps, but the government has reportedly decided to regulate the services.India has far the most aggressive stance against self-driving vehicles out of all the major economies, with the U.S., China, the U.K., Germany, France, and Australia all accepting the development of autonomous vehicles and some actively funding startups and established players.Despite the move away from self-driving cars, India has committed to making its entire new fleet of cars electric-powered. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Tags:#Autonomous#driverless#featured#India#Self-Driving#taxi#top#transport#Uber IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… David Curry
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “It’s very heartwarming because without naming names, we’re getting a lot of volunteers from the PBA, especially from those who have already played 3×3 here and abroad. We at SBP pride ourselves that everyone who played 3×3 have improved when they returned to their mother teams,” he said.While this year’s World Cup is not a qualifier for any major tournaments, it is a good test for Filipinos ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where 3×3 basketballl will be played for the first time. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES “We’re looking at being able to field the best team we can field. The 3×3 game is very different from the 5-on-5, so we expect to do well in this coming tournament,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios in the event launch Thursday at Bonifacio High Street.“We still don’t have a team. We will have to sit down. We have been talking about this for the past week also. Coach Eric Altamirano has been the one in charge of the 3×3 program of our national team. But coach Chot Reyes, as the overall national team head coaches’ leader, will be part of the discussion,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, the Philippines finished 11th in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France with the team represented by Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, JR Quiñahan, and Jeron Teng.Barrios said that this early, players have already expressed their intentions to be part of the 3×3 team. Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Officials from the SBP and Fiba launch the logo for the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonThe Philippines is looking to make waves by parading the best team possible when it hosts the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup on June 8 to 12 at Philippine Arena.With still a few months to go before tournament, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is already in the process of coming up with a competitive roster.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Garcia makes up for poor start, takes over for Castro in TNT win 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “I wish you not to think about anything which has recently accompanied your preparation for these Olympics,” Putin told a gathering of athletes at his presidential residence outside Moscow on Wednesday.He added that he hopes they “focus on sporting competition, and that you know that following you, as usual, are hundreds of thousands, millions, of fans who love you and hope you win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile the athletes wore their IOC-approved “neutral” uniforms without the Russian flag — gray for men, red for women — the event was full of patriotic gestures.Hockey players Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk stepped up to present Putin with a Russian jersey bearing his name and players’ signatures along with the slogan “Russia in my heart.” View comments Russian President Vladimir Putin, receives a jersey from ice hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk, left, during a meeting with the Russian athletes who will take part in the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the country’s athletes to forget about doping scandals when they compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics.As punishment for what it deemed a doping scheme during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has invited 169 Russians to compete under a neutral flag using the name “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH PLAY LIST 01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:38Duterte to speak at Valdai forum during visit to Russia01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Several athletes wore their “neutral” jackets open to show a Russian-flag shirt underneath.Russian athletes won’t be allowed to display the flag in Pyeongchang, or to celebrate with Russian flags given by fans. If they win, the Olympic anthem will be played. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
After hours of speculation, former India all-rounder WV Raman was appointed as the head coach of the India women’s cricket team on Thursday. The 53-year-old piped the likes of World Cup-winning India coach Gary Kirsten and former pacer Venkatesh Prasad who were part of the final shortlist after the interviews conducted by BCCI’s three-member ad hoc panel earlier in the day.Kirsten, who won the 2011 World Cup as a coach, lost the three-way race despite being the preferred candidate as he was unwilling to give up his coaching job at Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore.Raman, who is currently working as batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, has bagged a two-year contract but his pay package is yet to be decided, according to media reports.Notably, Raman got the nod ahead of the other two shortlisted candidates due to his experience as a batting coach.1. Raman was born on May 23, 1965, in Chennai erstwhile Madras in Tamil Nadu2. Raman played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs for India between 1988 and 1997.3. Raman started out as a wily left-arm spinner but his career took shape as a batsman.4. Raman impressed in his Test debut, scoring a second-innings 83 against the West Indies in Chennai. He picked up a wicket in his first over in Tests.5. Raman even opened the innings for India on quite a few occasions. The left-hander played his last Test in 1997 against Cape Town in South Africa. He ended up with 448 runs in his 11-Test career at an average of 24.88.advertisement6. Raman became the first Indian to score a hundred against South Africa in ODIs, which also became his only ton in the 50-over format. He scored 114 in Centurion to help India beat the hosts by four wickets.7. Raman’s was a prolific all-rounder at the domestic level as he scored 7939 first-class runs and 2892 List A runs. He picked up a total of 103 wickets at the domestic level.8. After announcing retirement from first-class cricket in 1999 due to “lack of motivation”, Raman immediately switched focus to coaching. A year after his retirement, he attended a grade three level coaching programme in Australia.9. Raman is now one of the most qualified and experienced coaches in India. He had worked as an assistant coach at Kings XI Punjab in 2013 and as batting coach at Kolkata Knight Riders the following year.10. Apart from coaching the Ranji Trophy teams of Tamil Nadu and Bengal, Raman also worked with the India U-19 team in 2016. He oversaw India U-19 team’s tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year. Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun was part of the said team.Also Read | Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar come face to face years after 1997 corruption slurAlso Read | India vs Australia: What Ishant and Jadeja said to each other as they fought in PerthAlso See:
Hyderabad: Polavaram and new Andhra Pradesh capital were the two major projects which attracted all the attention in Andhra Pradesh post bifurcation and now with the change of guards, development of Amaravati has hit the pause button while fresh doubts have cropped up about Polavaram. The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government’s move to exit Navayuga Engineering Company out of Polavaram has triggered apprehensions over the mega irrigation project being built on Godavari river. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The new government three days ago served a notice to Navayuga asking it to exit from the project as it was awarded the contract on a nomination basis by previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government. As a sub-contractor, Navayuga was engaged in various works relating to the project including construction of spillway, spillway channel, coffer dam and power project component. The total value of the works being executed by the company were about Rs 3,000 crore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The government has now decided to call tenders by going for reverse tendering process. The development was not unexpected as soon after assuming the office, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had declared that all the contracts awarded by the previous government on nomination basis would be reviewed and wherever necessary he would go for reverse tendering as this would ensure transparency by allowing participation of largest number of bidders. He believes this would lead to huge saving to public exchequer. The government took the action on the findings of a committee of experts constituted by it to review the works awarded to Navayuga. The move, however, evoked criticism not only from TDP, other opposition parties but also from the Centre, which is funding the project. Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat termed as ‘sad’ the move by the YSRCP government to terminate the contract. He told the Parliament that this would become a new impediment for executing the project and lead to cost escalation. Polavaram, which is estimated to cost Rs 58,000 crore, was declared a national project in 2016 as committed by the Centre at the time of bifurcation of combined Andhra Pradesh in 2014. It is being executed by the state government under the supervision of the Polavaram Project Authority, a central agency. The project designed to bring an area of over seven lakh acres in coastal Andhra under irrigation besides producing 960 Megawatt power, utilising 273 thousand million cubic feet or TMC of water currently going waste into the sea. With floods in Godavari, the project works have come to a halt. Officials say the works could resume after the end of flood season in October. After his first visit to the project site last month, Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged that TDP government resorted to irregularities in the project by awarding contracts on nomination basis to those who were close to it. Alleged corruption in Polavaram was a key issue during the election campaign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also targeted then chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for delaying execution of Polavaram and alleged that he is using it as ‘ATM’ leading to cost escalation. The exit notice to Navayuga may not be the last move of Jagan Reddy government as he claimed that several sub-contracts were awarded to those close to the then ruling party and the ministers. The TDP has rubbished the allegations and claimed that utmost transparency was maintained in the process of awarding the works. TDP leader and former irrigation minister D. Uma Maheswara Rao pointed out that the sub-contract to Navayuga was in fact awarded on the suggestion of the Centre so that the works could speed up. “This is one of the several steps taken by Jagan Mohan Reddy government due to political vendetta without bothering about the state’s interests,” he said. Chandrababu Naidu said despite the canard spread by YSRCP all these years, the TDP government completed 70 per cent of the project works. He cautioned that if YSRCP government failed to execute the balance works in a stipulated time, Polavaram will remain a dream. Jagan Reddy recently reiterated that his government will complete the project by June 2021. However, experts say the termination of contracts and calling of fresh tenders may further delay the project and also lead to cost escalation. Conceived in 1941 at just Rs 6.5 crore, Polavaram was marred by delays and controversies over last several decades. Being built at Polavaram in West Godavari district, it is said to be the last irrigation project of this scale in the country and promises to become lifeline of Andhra Pradesh. Despite being mooted before India’s independence, it remained on paper for several decades. Though the foundation stone was laid in 1980, no progress could made be made till 2005 when then chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy launched the work. Most of the works of two canals were completed and majority of the clearances from the Centre were obtained during his time. However, Rajasekhara Reddy’s death in a helicopter crash in 2009 and subsequent political turmoil due to revival of demand for Telangana state once again threw the project in a limbo. The commitment made by the Centre in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act came as a fresh hope for the project and since then significant progress was made but for people of state it is still a long way to go.