MORNING NEWS AUDITORIAL | 17th April, 2018 • RAIN GIVES HOPE TO MODI REIGN • NEXT IN SMRITI SURVEILLANCE: TELEVISION • BELLARY BROTHERS BACK BJP • KARNATAKA ELEPHANTS TO LEARN HINDI • #BIG HACK: RUSSIA USING ROUTERS TO SPY • FACEBOOK MAY FACE CLASS ACTION FOR “TAG SUGGESTIONS” • KENDRICK LAMAR WON PULITZER

Good Morning,

 

It is 17th April 2018 and there might as well be a search for the missing I in NIA. Keeping an eye on monsoon, election and Smriti Irani we are here with today’s Auditorial.

 


  

RAIN GIVES HOPE TO MODI REIGN

 

When PM Modi took over the reigns of the Country, he had hoped that the gods will shower him with rain if not praises. Instead, his first two years of 2014 & 15 he was met with consecutive droughts. Mired in many controversies, this year the rain gods might just provide him cheers from a vote bank that has been miffed and agitating across the country, we mean the farmers of course and not the other agitating section, the Dalits.

 

Bearing good news for the farm sector, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday predicted a ‘normal’ monsoon this year and said there is a “very less possibility” of a deficient monsoon.

 

The monsoon delivers about 70 percent of India’s annual rainfall and determines the yield of key crops such as rice, wheat, sugarcane and oilseeds such as soybeans. A higher farm output means more rural income, hopefully boosting demand for consumer goods and helping the equities of companies especially in consumer goods, automobiles, fertilizers, and pesticides. Given that food constitutes, 50 percent of India’s consumer price index, rains are keenly followed by RBI.

This is the third consecutive year that the country’s national weather forecaster has predicted a ‘normal’ monsoon, although rains ended below normal last year.

On average, IMD forecast has been accurate only once every five years over the past two decades, actually, 2017 monsoon was it’s most accurate since 2008.

But given the IMD prediction also matches that of private forecaster Skymet, we may find ourself cheering with some normalcy in our life.

 


 

NEXT IN SMRITI SURVEILLANCE: TELEVISION

 

 

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has proposed installation of a chip in new television set-top boxes which will provide data about channels watched and their duration, to ascertain viewers pattern and collect more authentic figures for every channel given that the MIB believes that Doordarshan viewership is massively under-reported. The fresh move is seen as a bid to end the monopoly of Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC), which primarily samples the viewership and provides data to different channels. The ministry official alleged that the BARC is “almost like a monopoly and there is no alternative”.

The Congress dubbed the move as the “next stage of surveillance,” and called the government “surveillance sarkar.”

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or TRAI, has asked the MIB to send a separate reference on this issue to get their recommendations. As for your recommendation, or even your consent. You’ve got to be kidding asking questions like that.

 


 

BELLARY BROTHERS BACK BJP

 

Even as Congress is struggling to keep its house in order after rebellion has struck its Karnataka unit after their candidate list came out which had more newer faces, giving older faces the shiver, meanwhile, BJP was bringing in older faces back, so what if they are infamous scamsters. The Bellary brothers, led by former minister Gali Janardhana Reddy, are back in action, claiming that they will not rest till they bring the BJP back to power. Since the Supreme Court has barred Janardhana Reddy from entering Bellary, he has set up a base on the Chitradurga-Bellary border to handle elections in his hometown.

His younger brother and former Bellary City MLA G Somashekhara Reddy is once again lobbying for a BJP ticket from the same seat. He was an accused in the cash for bail scam to get his jailed brother mining baron Janardhana Reddy released on bail. And its not like Congress has done any better, they too have MLAs Anand Singh and Nagendra, one-time close friends of the infamous Bellary Reddy brothers, joined the Congress during party president Rahul Gandhi’s Hyderabad–Karnataka tour around two months ago and not to forget Sitting Independent MLA Kheny who is facing the ire of farmers around Bengaluru for allegedly grabbing tens of thousands of acres of valuable land in the name of the NICE project.

 


 

KARNATAKA ELEPHANTS TO LEARN HINDI

 

While we are on Karnataka, language is an issue there especially for Hindi wallahs, you can check with the politcal guffaws that Amit Shah has made in Karnataka, but this story is about an animal bigger than polyglot Amit Shah, not in politics of course. Local mahouts assigned to three elephants brought to Jharkhand’s Palamu tiger reserve from Karnataka are struggling with a mammoth language issue. They can’t get across to the animals who only respond to commands in Kannada, their “mother tongue”. To overcome the language barrier, the elephants will be “taught” Hindi and their new mahouts Kannada so that nothing gets lost in translation.

Finally, we will have Polyglots Elephant roaming around, more intelligent that some human species.

 


 

AROUND THE GLOBE

 

#BIG HACK: RUSSIA USING ROUTERS TO SPY

 

It increasingly looks like we that World War 3 may not be fought with bombs, but with something far more subtle and important. Data of course. That four letter word which has replaced many other four letter words.

“Russian state-sponsored actors are using compromised routers to conduct spoofing ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks to support espionage, extract intellectual property, maintain persistent access to victim networks and potentially lay a foundation for future offencive operations”.

Britain and the United States today warned in a rare joint statement warning of “malicious cyber activity” carried out by the Russian state primarily on government and private-sector organisations, critical infrastructure providers and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) supporting these sectors.

 


 

 

FACEBOOK MAY FACE CLASS ACTION FOR “TAG SUGGESTIONS”

 

A U.S. federal judge ruled on Monday that Facebook Inc must face a class action lawsuit alleging that the social network unlawfully used a facial recognition process on photos without user permission.

The class will consist of Facebook users in Illinois for whom Facebook created and stored facial recognition algorithms after June 7, 2011, Donato ruled. That is the date when Facebook launched “Tag Suggestions,” a feature that suggests people to tag after a Facebook user uploads a photo.

 


 

KENDRICK LAMAR WON PULITZER

 

And onto the news that surprises us the most, the Pullitzer Awards have been announced. While New York Times, New Yorker & Washington Post were some of the predicatble winners but in a dramatic cultural breakthough, 30-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer for music in a category long reserved for classical works.

Lamar’s award for his album Damn also stood out as the rapper from Compton, California became the first rap artist to win a Pulitzer in music. It is the first piece of popular music to receive the music award since it was introduced in 1943.

 


 

That’s all that we have for you today. Wishing you a productive day ahead. Stay Hydrated, stay calm and until tomorrow. Good Bye from Takeapart.in