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Amitabh Bachchan unveils Ashish Kaul’s book “Didda – The Warrior Queen of Kashmir”

Amitabh Bachchan unveils Ashish Kaul’s book “Didda – The Warrior Queen of Kashmir”

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has unveiled the work of author Ashish Kaul’s latest penned “Didda – The Warrior Queen of Kashmir”.

The book is a tribute not just to the warrior queen, but it also salutes the courage Didda showed from the beginning. Unlike many warrior princess or Queens, Didda was an abandoned child by her parents.

Born in 925 AD, the beautiful princess Didda not only won over death, but also survived after being pushed into Sati. The courageous flesh also went on to create the world’s first commando force, counter-intelligence mechanism and invented the deadly Guerrilla warfare strategy.

The untold story of a woman’s rise to power during the 10th century, the legend of Didda is entwined with the life of solitary struggles against the prejudice and patriarchy.

She overcomes her physical disability and rises to crush the mutiny by the Prime Minister to take control of a kingdom on the verge of disintegration. She makes sure to ensure the Kingdom transforms into one of the largest and most feared kingdoms.

She eventually went on to rule the unified Kashmir encompassing the Lohar Kingdom and Kashmir for a period of 44 years, taking it to glorious heights and making it the most powerful kingdom in medieval Asia.

The foundation laid by Didda helped Kashmir defeat the dreaded warlord, Mahmood of Gaznavi twice.

“It was extremely overwhelming to have Amit Ji do the honours despite his extremely busy schedule and year-long prior commitments. Didda – The Warrior Queen of Kashmir is the greatest daughter of India who guarded undivided India for 44 years. It was only natural for me to request time from India’s greatest son. History has been unkind to women who yield tremendous power; Didda too was erased from history because men could not accept her genius. Amit ji’s support is a milestone in my endeavour of bringing forth the forgotten glory of the legendary women of Kashmir,” said Kaul.

Source: Amitabh Bachchan unveils Ashish Kaul’s book “Didda – The Warrior Queen of Kashmir”

Javed Akhtar feels children can be very secretive

Javed Akhtar feels children can be very secretive

Over the time Farhan Akthar has been heard for his relationship with Shibani Dandekar. A report had stated that Farhan and Shibani will seal the deal in 2020. Recently, Farhan’s father and lyricist, Javed Akhtar opened up about the same.

Javed Akhtar was clueless as he was asked to comment on his son’s wedding reports. He also said that he has met Shibani many times and she is a ‘sweet girl’.

Javed said, “I have just heard it from you. I was with Farhan on his birthday, which was the day before yesterday. He didn’t tell me anything about this. But you never know, children can be very secretive.

Source: Javed Akhtar feels children can be very secretive

MarsCat – A robo-pet showcased at CES 2020

MarsCat - A robo-pet showcased at CES 2020

CES 2020, a new robo-pet called MarsCat from industrial robot startup Elephant Robotics were presented. The pet is completely an autonomous companion that can respond to touch and voice and even play with toys.

Elephant Robotics is focused on building cobots or industrial robots. These robots are designed to work alongside humans in factories or assembly plants etc. Elephant, which was founded in 2016, already produces three lines of these collaborative robots and has sold them to client companies around the world, including in Korea, the U.S., Germany and more.

Particularly, this new product is designed for home and not for factory or lab. It is the company’s first consumer product. With its highly articulated legs, tail and head, it can sit up, walk, play and watch movements, all working autonomously without any additional input required.

While MarsCat provides that kind of functionality out of the box, it’s also customizable and programmable by the user. Inside, it’s powered by a Raspberry Pi, and it ships with MarsCat SDK, which is an open software development library that allows you to fully control and program all of the robot’s functions. This makes it an interesting gadget for STEM education and research, too.

MarsCat is currently up for crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with Elephant having already surpassed its goal of $20,000 and on track to raise at least $100,000 more than that target. Elephant Robotics CEO and co-founder Joey Song told me that it actually plans to ship its first batch of production MarsCats to users in March, too, so backers shouldn’t have to wait long to enjoy their new robotic pet.

Source: MarsCat – A robo-pet showcased at CES 2020

So what he is twice divorced, I am not a virgin either: Neha Pendse


So what he is twice divorced, I am not a virgin either: Neha Pendse

Actress Neha Pendse who got married recently with Shardul Bayas was trolled for marrying a twice divorced man. Neha’s husband Shardul had two failed marriages and has two daughters from each of the marriages.

When asked about her husband’s previous relationships she said, “So what he is twice divorced, I am not a virgin either.”

Neha further said that Shardul knows how to balance things perfectly. He is full of positivity and has never hidden anything about his past life from her.

Neha and Shardul got married in Pune in a private ceremony, attended by family members and close friends.

Source: So what he is twice divorced, I am not a virgin either: Neha Pendse

TikTok removes over six million videos to provide a positive in-app environment

TikTok removes over six million videos to provide a positive in-app environment

TikTok to provide a positive in-app environment for its users in India, has revealed the removal of over six million videos that have violated its Community Guidelines.

This is part of TikTok’s ongoing efforts to make its millions of users feel safe and comfortable within the community by empowering them with the right tools and resources.

TikTok has also introduced its age-gate feature for its new users, which will only allow users age 13 years and above to login and create an account on TikTok, further adding to the safety mechanisms in place to ensure that underage users do not use the platform.

Helena Lersch, Director, Global Public Policy, TikTok, says, “As a global community, safety has been one of TikTok’s key priorities. The launch of our age-gate feature in addition to our existing takedown of content that violates our Community Guidelines reinforce our ongoing commitment to ensure that our platform remains a safe and positive space for our Indian users and we discharge our obligations under the Intermediary Guidelines of India, in a meaningful manner. We are looking forward to introducing more relevant features and initiatives to help Indian users be safe and continue to enhance their experience with TikTok.”

TikTok’s continued safety efforts in India

These announcements closely follow the launch of TikTok’s Safety Center and resource pages tackling Anti-Bullying in ten major local languages – Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Oriya.

Additionally, TikTok recently added an advisory for the upcoming General Elections in English and 10 major local languages on the Safety Center page which links to the website of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the cVIGIL app.

Source: TikTok removes over six million videos to provide a positive in-app environment

Zomato Introduces delivery via bicycle : Moving towards Profit, Startup, Environment, foodies & rider friendly

Zomato Introduces delivery via bicycle : Moving towards Profit, Startup, Environment, foodies & rider friendlyZomato’s food delivery CEO Mohit Gupta In a Press Release this Monday, said  “Climate change and environmental challenges are an inalienable reality of the future.” This only went on to emphasise how climate change was real, and there is an alarming need for sustainable development. Keeping this in mind, the food tech giant has recently launched bicycle delivery services with the aim of peddling the future towards sustainable mobility.

It is a well thought out step that is to benefit the society, company, and the startup ecosystem from all angles. How? Let’s take a look at the society angle first.

Environment, foodies & rider friendly

Approximately Zomato has a million orders a day, and the distance traveled is 4.4 kms on each trip. With short distance deliveries by cycles will be both mechanical and electrical pollution reduces significantly, in terms of carbon footprint and noise, in turn, reducing environmental damage.

For the willing riders, this will result in better health, easier navigation in streets and narrow lanes, they will not have to get stuck in traffic, and will face no parking issues as well. These riders, along with a bicycle, will also receive an ergonomic delivery bag, diligent training, and education in on road safety norms at the Zomato Rider University.

Most importantly, it creates an employment opportunity for a large part of the population that doesn’t have a driving license.

Since this service is only applicable on last mile delivery, where orders to be delivered within an average of 2.5 km radius, this means speedier delivery by an efficient delivery fleet.

Profit & startup friendly

When it comes to the company, Zomato has entered into the partnership with several startups operating in the cycling segment like Mobycy, e-HIRAN, Yulu, TNT, and Zoomcar’s PEDL to provide cycles to the fleet.

This, for one, means lower investment in gathering the required number of cycles for the riders, plus a reduction in fuel costs. The cost of training the riders is one time. Further, what the company loses in paying these new set of riders, it shall make up in the reduced fuel costs and the expected increase in scale.

Read More: https://varindia.com/news/zomato-introduces-delivery-via-bicycle–moving-towards-profit-startup-environment-foodies–rider-friendly

Amazon Looking for more clarity on FDI norms, Keeping Future Group stake buy plan on hold

Amazon Looking for more clarity on FDI norms, Keeping Future Group stake buy plan on hold

The US e-commerce Giant Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) has decided to plan for buying  stake in Kishore Biyani’s Future Group, instead of the  new FDI policy implemented this month. The company now a days is analyzing the damage done by new FDI rules and will not go ahead with the plans until it gets more clarity to expand its offline presence, said sources close to the development. It is also reassessing plans to buy More retail after getting clarity on FDI norms.

Things were moving as planned and Amazon was to close the deal in the first quarter of 2019 but FDI came into effect and e-tailer has now to change its plan, sources said to a report. Amazon had kept aside $2 billion to invest in retail chains the report said.

In August last year, Amazon had signed a term sheet with the Future Group to buy a stake between 10 and 15 percent for up to $700 million. It was touted as a probable third investment for the e-tailer.

In October 2017, Jeff Bezos-led firm had bought 5 per cent stake in Shoppers Stop for $26.35 million. In September last year, Amazon along with PE firm Samara Capital signed a deal to acquire food and grocery retail chain More.

The e-tailer planned to have strong hold through the deal in omnichannel retailing as it would have given access to food and grocery market through the Big Bazaar and Nilgiris supermarket chains and other outlets.

In the recently implemented FDI policy for e-commerce, the Indian govt prohibited marketplaces from selling products through companies in which they own stakes. The policy asked Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart, to restructure their business model.

Read More: https://varindia.com/news/amazon-looking-for-more-clarity-on-fdi-norms-keeping-future-group-stake-buy-plan-on-hold