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60% Users Can't Detect Fake News on Social Media
London, July 18: As the spread of fake news on social media gains momentum, researchers now reveal that people can detect a fake image of a real-world scene only 60 per cent of the time.Even then, they can only tell what is wrong with the image only 45 per cent of the time, the researchers added.The high-quality of these fake images were to be blamed for this, said the team from University of Warwick."This has serious implications," said Sophie Nightingale, PhD student and lead author, adding "People are exposed to these fakes on a daily basis through social networking sites, the Internet and the media."To reach this conclusion, the researchers set up an online test that used a bank of 40 images created from 10 original images sourced from Google Images.Six of the original images were subjected to five different types of manipulation, including physically implausible and physically plausible manipulations, to create 30 manipulated images.Over 700 participants in the...




Hundreds March in Delhi Against Mob Lynching, Violation of Rights
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 16: Hundreds of people from across religious and social divides took out a protest march in the country's capital on Sunday against the rise in incidents of mob lynching and attacks on rights of deprived classes.   "The purpose of the rally was to bring together all sections of people whose rights are being violated by the Indian state and its institutions, so that we can unitedly find ways to change the present state of affairs," said Birju Nayak, Secretary, Lok Raj Sangathan, one of the organizers.   The rally was jointly organised by Lok Raj Sangathan, Social Democratic Party of India, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, United Muslim Front, Communist Ghadar Party of India, CPI (M-L)-New Proletarian, Citizens for Democracy, Welfare Party of India, Association for Protection of Civil Rights, Sarvahara Patrika, Students Islamic Organisation of India, AIFTU (New), South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, Purogami Mahila Sa ngathan, Na...




India Overtakes US as Facebook's No. 1 User
San Francisco, July 14: India has overtaken the US to become Facebook's largest country audience with a total 241 million active users, compared to 240 million in the US.The change at the top of the platform's country rankings comes just a few days after Facebook announced it has more than two billion monthly users around the world, a report in The Next Web on Thursday said.The portal was quoting figures that the social media giant released to advertisers.The figures indicate that active users in India were growing more than twice as fast as in the US."Active users in India are up 27 per cent in the past six months alone, compared to growth of 12 per cent in the US over the same period," the report added.What was puzzling is that despite being the platform's largest country audience, the social media penetration in India remained low, with just 19 per cent of its total population using Facebook in June.The figures also lay bare the Facebook's gender imbalance in India as men ...




Jignesh, Kanhaiya Detained in Gujarat for Holding Rally Sans Permission
Mehsana (Gujarat), July 13: Young Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, former Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar and Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti woman activist Reshma Patel were detained on Wednesday for holding a public meeting defying police orders.The group held a public meeting at Somnath Chowk in this town in north Gujarat as part of 'Azadi kooch' (freedom march) from Mehsana to Dhanera in Banaskantha district. Mevani had planned this march to mark one year of public flogging of four Dalit youths at Una by self-styled cow protection group on July 11, 2016.The four victims, however, neither joined the proposed public meeting nor a gathering of Dalits from different parts of Gujarat in Ahmedabad on Tuesday to mark one year of the attack on them.Police detained as many as 200 persons, including Mevani and Kanhaiya Kumar from Nani Dau village on Palanpur-Mehsana highway before the public meeting could take place. Police also filed an FIR against Mevani, Kanha...




MASUKA Team Detained, Not Allowed to Take Pledge Against Mob Lynching
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, July 12: The leaders and volunteers of MASUKA team were detained at Vijay Chowk a short while ago when they were to make a pledge on the Constitution against the growing culture of mob violence and mob lynching. MASUKA team under detention at Parliament Street Police Station in New Delhi (Photo tweeted @tehseenp)  Those detained include civil rights activist and main brain behind MASUKA Tehseen Poonawalla and his lawyer brother and political activist Shehzad Poonawalla besides over 50 youths and social activists. They have been kept at the Parliament Street Police Station. Talking to IndiaTomorrow.net, Tehseen Poonawalla said: "On the day when Pehlu Khan’s killers are given bail, we youngsters who were promising and pledging on the Constitution of India that we will not allow mob violence are detained. I think this is the irony of the time we live in." He said that MASUKA, now an idea, will become a ...




Jamaat Asks Muslims Not To Be Instigated, Establish Contacts With Non-Muslims
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 12: In view of the communally surcharged and provocative situation in the country, one of the largest Muslim organizations on Wednesday appealed to the Muslim community, particularly youths to "avoid being instigated and avoid giving any emotional reactions."   At a press conference in New Delhi, top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind issued their two-page appeal to the government, citizens and Muslim youth. They also strongly condemned the terror attack at a caravan of Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir and extended their sympathy with the victim families.   "We demand that the government must feel the seriousness and grave nature of this issue," said Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, national president of Jamaat while referring to the recent incidents of mob violence and mob lynching in the name of cow protection and beef in different parts of the country.   "The government should immediately take firm political...




#NotInMyName Campaign Protests Against Amarnath Killings
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 11: People from different walks of life on Tuesday jointly staged a protest demonstration here against the terrorist attack that killed seven Amarnath pilgrims and left at least 20 others wounded in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir Monday night.   Despite the rain, in a few hours of the protest call by members of #NotInMyName campaign team, over hundred people - men and women, young and old -  gathered at Jantar Mantar in the National Capital to condemn the Amarnath killings. They appealed to all citizens of the country to unite against the politics of hatred.   Protesters were holding placards with messages like "I condemn Amaranth Yatra killing,", "Peace is the only way" and "Naftrat key Khilaaf Hum Sab ki Awaaz (We all are one voice against the hatred)" -- and #NotInMyName was written on them.   Among eminent faces at the demonstration were academician and writer Purshottam Agarwal, po...




Protest at Delhi Police Headquarters Against Rise in Mob Violence
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 10: Against the rise in incidents of mob violence in the country's capital, people from different walks of life held a protest demonstration at the Delhi Police headquarters here on Monday. In the past three days alone, two incidents of mob violence have occurred in Delhi.   Students, social activists and academicians, holding placards in their hands, were shouting slogans against mob lynching and mob violence.   Students from JNU, Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia were also among the protestors.   We Want Justice, says brother of Iftekhar Alam who was assaulted by a mob in Delhi  Some students groups including AISA, SFI besides JNU Students Union had given a joint call for the protest.    On 7th July midnight, a young Muslim professional, attached with a construction project of Delhi Metro, was brutally assaulted by a mob initially in an apparent case of road rage in the Sarai Kale...




'Mob Began Assaulting Me, Asked My Name and Continued Assault'
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 9: In an apparent case of road rage, a young professional was brutally assaulted by a mob of 10-15 people after midnight on 7th July in the National Capital. When the assaulters got to know his name, they hurled communal slurs at him and continued assaulting him. Even though a police station is said to be close to the hospital where the youth identified as Iftekhar Alam is being treated since the incident, the Police is said to have not registered an FIR.   Talking to a group of civilians comprising a lawyer, media professional and social activists at the hospital bed Sunday noon, Alam narrated his ordeal on camera.   Alam, who hails from Bihar, is employed with J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd in Delhi. The company is engaged in construction projects of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation or DMRC.   In about 6-minute video which was shared by social activist Nadeem Khan on his facebook, Alam describes how he was assaulted by the mob near Sara...




Mob Assaults Six People Carrying Buffalo Calves in Delhi, Vandalizes their Vehicles
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 8: In second such incident in Delhi in less than three months, a gang of self-styled Gau Rakshaks allegedly attacked a group of six men who were carrying buffalo calves on Saturday.   According to ANI news agency, the mob also vandalized the six vehicles in which the cattle were being taken. The incident occurred in Baba Haridas Nagar area of Delhi.   "One of the drivers Ali Jaan received major injuries while the rest have been discharged from the hospital," said the agency adding that the police have registered an FIR on the complaint of Ali Jaan's son. On Friday itself, a group of civil leaders had released a draft law to check mob lynching.  In April this year, three Muslims were assaulted by a similar mob of Gau Rakshaks in Kalkaji area of the National Capital.  




Night shifts may hamper DNA repair
New York, June 27: If you are working on night shifts regularly, chances are your body's ability to repair DNA damage may get hampered, suggest researchers led by one of Indian-origin.The findings suggested that night shifts suppress the production of 'sleep hormone' melatonin. It revealed that a night shift worker produced lower levels of a chemical by-product of active DNA tissue repair called 8-OH-dG in the urine than his day counterpart, leading cells to harbour higher levels of DNA damage. This indicated a reduced capacity to repair cellular damage, the study said.The key factor behind this observed difference was likely to be suppressed production of the 'sleep hormone' melatonin during day sleep relative to night sleep, the researchers said."Our results indicate that, relative to night sleep, reduced melatonin production among shift workers during night work is associated with significantly reduced urinary excretion of 8-OH-dG," said Parveen Bhatti from the Fred Hutchi...




NCPCR platform to report online child abuse enhanced
New Delhi, June 24: With child abuse finding new forms and channels through mobile and digital technologies, victims of such cyber crimes can now lodge their complaints at National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)'s enhanced online platform 'POCSO e-box'."Considering the growing menace of cyber crimes targeting children, POCSO e-box has been enhanced to handle cyber bullying, cyber stalking, morphing of images and child pornography," NCPCR said in a statement on Friday.Such crimes can be reported by pressing the e-box button available at the commission's website. Complaints can be sent to the e-mail address of pocsoebox -- ncpcr@gov.in or on the mobile number 9868235077."In India, about 134 million children have access to mobile phones. While this provides opportunities for accessing useful material for learning purposes, lack of digital literacy and online safety measures expose children to hazards of cyber crime," the statement said.It informed th...




Amnesty denounces arrests for cheering Pak victory, MP drops sedition charges
IndiaTomorrow.net, Bhopal, June 22: The Madhya Pradesh police on Thursday dropped sedition charges slapped against 15 youths for allegedly cheering Pakistan cricket team's victory in the ICC Champions Trophy final earlier this week. On Wednesday, the rights watch group Amnesty had denounced the arrests over the issue.   "19 arrested for celebrating Pakistan team victory over India is a worrying sign of erosion of freedom of expression #ICCChampionsTrophyFinal," tweeted Amnesty on Wednesday evening.   15 were arrested in Madhya Pradesh and four in Karnataka.   "Even if the arrested men had supported Pakistan, that is not a crime. These arrests are absurd & the 19 should be released immediately," Amnesty demanded.   According to The Indian Express, the Madhya Pradesh police will, however, prosecute the arrested youths under Section 153 A of the IPC for disturbing communal harmony.  




Indian anti-hunger activist to be honoured by Queen Elizabeth II
New Delhi, June 22: Anti-hunger activist Ankit Kawatra, who has been committed to solving hunger and malnutrition in India, is all set to receive the prestigious Queen's Young Leaders Award with 60 others from all 53 Commonwealth countries.Kawatra, 25, will be honoured by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony to be held in the Buckingham Palace on June 29.In 2014, Kawatra quit his corporate business job and founded a not for profit organisation Feeding India that works towards solving problems of hunger, malnutrition and food wastage, mainly by redistributing extra food from restaurants, canteens, households, corporates etc. to help people in need.He started working for the cause after witnessing massive amount of extra food being thrown away in a wedding and feels that his mission is to end hunger in his lifetime."India wastes 67 million tones food every year which is more than the national output of Britain. If no one else was working on it, I had to take the first step to channelise...




Remittances by Indians working overseas up by 68.6%: UN
Arul Louis, United Nations, June 15: Indians working overseas sent home $62.74 billion last year, an increase of 68.6 per cent in the last decade, according to a UN agency.India received the most overseas remittances last year, a report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) issued here on Tuesday said.The money sent by Indians overseas amounted to 3.3 per cent of India's gross domestic product, the report said.Gulf countries were the primary destination for Indian workers going abroad, with the US as a "popular destination".The US led the world as the country from which the most remittances - $3.6 billion - were made, the IFAD said.Releasing the report, "Sending Money Home: Contributing to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), One Family at a Time", IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo spoke of the impact the remittances had on improving the living standards of families in the home countries."The small amounts of $200 or $300 that each ...




Fairoz Khan appointed new President of NSUI
New Delhi, June 13: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday approved appointment of Fairoz Khan as the new President of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the students wing of the party.This was announced by AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi in a statement. Khan has been appointed NSUI President for two years."Rahul Gandhi had appointed a screening committee to shortlist the deserving candidates for the presidentship of the All India NSUI," said the statement."The Vice President interviewed the shortlisted candidates himself and in consultation with the screening committee selected Fairoz Khan from Jammu and Kashmir to be the President of the All India NSUI," it added.The statement also added that Sonia Gandhi has accorded her approval to the appointment of Fairoz Khan as NSUI President for two years with immediate effect.Khan was earlier national General Secretary of the NSUI.(IANS) 




Why Bank Mitras who made Jan-Dhan Yojana a great success are feeling cheated?
In a letter to Prime Minister Modi, the Bank Mitras have urged him to look into all these matters   Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, June 10: The success figures of Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) often come first in the mind and on the tongue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi whenever he speaks about some big achievements of his government at the centre. But tens of thousands of Bank Mitras who played crucial role in making the PMJDY a great success, and whose role was appreciated by the government also, are now feeling cheated. Why?   "In August 2014, PM promised that a minimum of Rs 5000/- would be given as salary to us but nothing has happened yet. Our salary is pending for last 30 months. As a total amount, each Bank Mitra should get Rs 1.5 lac now," says Adesh Shankhdar from Shahjahanpur. He is among dozens of such Bank Mitras who began sit-in at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Friday to put pressure on the government to fulfill its promises...




Indian American among 12 selected NASA astronaut candidates
Washington, June 8: Indian American Raja Chari, a Lieutenant Colonel with the US Air Force, has been selected by space agency NASA among 12 astronaut candidates who will conduct research off the Earth for deep space missions.Chari, who will report for duty in August this year, is from the state of Iowa who graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1999 with bachelor's degrees in astronautical engineering and engineering science.He continued on to earn a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School.Currently, he is a commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.After receiving a record-breaking number of applications -- 18,000 -- to join an exciting future of space exploration, NASA on Wednesday picked 12 -- its largest astronaut class since 2000.Vice President Mike Pence joined NASA leaders as they int...




Jamia students boycott RSS' Iftar party, protest against Indresh
Though the name of Vice Chancellor Prof. Talat Ahmad was also mentioned in the invitation card as the chief guest, he did not attend the program   Ghazanfar Abbas,  IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, June 6: Hundreds of students of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) on Monday boycotted an Iftar party hosted by the Muslim front of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and protested against the presence of its leader Indresh Kumar at the university campus. Indresh was invited as the chief guest at the Iftar party organized by Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) at JMI on 9th day of Ramazan.   The students had a common complaint that the university should not have allowed this program in the campus as it was organized by RSS wing MRM which had invited RSS leader Indresh Kumar whose name was mentioned in various terror blast cases including 2006 Malegaon blast, 2007 Ajmer and Samjhata Express blasts.   Raising black flags as mark of their protest, the students alleged that by doing su...




Najeeb Ahmad Case: CBI files FIR to probe missing JNU student
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, June 3: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR in the case of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmad who has been untraced since he disappeared seven months ago after an alleged altercation with ABVP members at the university hostel. The CBI has filed a case of "kidnapping with intent to secretly and wrongfully confine" him.   On 16th of May, observing no trace of Najeeb even after a long seven months investigation, the Delhi High Court had rebuked the Delhi Police for wasting time and transferred the case to CBI for speedy probe. Court's order came on the plea of Najeeb's mother Fatima Nafees, demanding CBI probe as Delhi Police failed to trace him.   A bench of Justices G S Sistani and Rekha Palli had also directed the CBI that the investigation has to be monitored by an officer not less than the rank of DIG and posted the matter for hearing on July 17.   Najeeb, 27, a first year M.S...




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