Donald Trump sworn in as 45th President of United States

Donald Trump sworn in as 45th President of United States

Donald Trump was on 20 January, 2017 sworn in as the 45th President of the United States during a historic transfer of power. The Republican leader will succeed Democrat Barack Obama, who served two terms as president of the nation. In his swearing in speech, Donald Trump addressed the challenges ahead of him and vowed to get the job done as he thanked outgoing president Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for being “magnificent” during the presidential transition.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump reassured the citizens that he was going to get power back to the American people. He focused on the people and promised to get their wealth back. He claimed that the inauguration day was not just a transfer of power for him but a transfer of power to the people who have long borne the ills of the wealth and power being concentrated in Washington.

“We are not merely transferring power. We are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you the people. For too long, a small group has reaped the rewards while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. The establishment protected itself. There was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land; that all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment and it belongs to you and to everyone gathered here. This is your day,” he said.

Emphasising on people having the power while he is President, he said, “Our government is now controlled by the people. January 20, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. Forgotten men and women will no longer be forgotten.”

Reiterating his campaign stance, he vowed to ensure that jobs for Americans come before jobs for foreign nationals. “That is the past, now we are looking only to the future,” he said, adding, “From this day onward, it’s going to be only America first. Every decision will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

Addressing the “reasonable” demands of a “righteous” people, he also acknowledged that for many Americans the reality is different. He said that many are still living in poverty, factories have been shut amounting to lack of jobs, education system that is inaccessible to some and the young lives that have been robbed of opportunity due to drugs, gangs and crimes will all be taken care of in his regime, saying he will fight for them all with every breath in his body.

“I will fight for you with every breath in my body and will never ever let you down. America will start winning again like never before. We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American,” he said.

Trump also talked about the military and said they will no longer be protecting other people’s borders and lives and that the safety of Americans will come first. He also said that subsidies to other countries have helped make the world better but at the cost of America and that will stop with him.

“For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry. Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own, and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world. But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future,” he said.

He reinforced the importance of being loyal to the country and being patriotic, regardless of what colour they are. “It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag,” he said.

Addressing Radical Islamic Terrorism, he also vowed in his speech to eradicate is completely. “We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth,” he said.

He promised safety to Americans and said that if they all are united, America will be unstoppable. “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable,” he said.

He ended his speech by summing up his speech by promising again full attention to the people, their hopes and dreams, their voice and hailing his campaign promise of making America great again.

“So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way. Together, We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Wealthy Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America,” he ended.

Hours before his swearing-in ceremony, Trump tweeted, “It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES – THE WORK BEGINS!” The President-elect also met outgoing President Barack Obama at the White House. Obama told Trump that it was good to see him. They exchanged pleasantries, and Melania Trump brought a gift for Michelle Obama.

–  New Delhi | January 21, 2017|

Darjeeling toy train will get a new lease of life

Darjeeling toy train will get a new lease of life 

To save the World Heritage Railway Ministry will sign an agreement with UNESCO 

Chugging up and down the hills along fascinating loops and curves, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) or the Darjeeling toy train has been the iconic image reflecting the heritage of the queen of hills.

In an attempt to preserve the heritage, already declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, Ministry of Railway will sign an agreement with the UNESCO on January 20 in presence of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Darjeeling.

Darjeeling toy trainThis development assumes importance as it comes 17 years after the Himalayan Railway was accorded the status of the first industrial heritage in Asia, and experts are raising apprehension on whether the charm of the railways has taken a dent due to rampant urbanisation and encroachment.

Charming deal

The agreement will help the UNESCO in preparing a comprehensive conservation management plan for the heritage railways and suggest measures to maintain its charm.

“The UNESCO has been engaged for the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) and manual for operation of the heritage railways. It will also suggest linkages between the local administration and Railways,” Subrata Nath, Executive Director (Heritage) Railway Board told The Hindu.

Mr. Nath said that the plan will also come up with demarcation of core and buffer areas of the 88 km of 2 feet (0.610 metre) gauge track connecting New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, raising an elevation of 326 metre to 2,203 metre.

The Railway system, considered an engineering marvel with zigzag reverses and loops was opened in 1881 for transporting tea and other things down hill, and later turned for transporting passengers.

“Conservation of the Railways does not involve only preserving the tracks but also the entire rolling stock (locomotives) and railway stations.The idea is not to disrupt the existing Railway services but to come out with a management plan that will help preserve the heritage,” an expert associated with the project said.

GIS mapping

The UNESCO has already started preparing the CCMP, which is part of a two-year project and a formal agreement will be inked later this month. Other initiatives include having a GIS mapping of the entire railways and preserving the heritage in museums.

Over the past few years, the DHR has been grappling with natural calamities including landslides which led to disruptions of the Railways. A landslide at Paglajhora on June 2010, had disrupted the services between NJP and Darjeeling before being resumed in 2015.

While landslides are considered natural phenomenon, some experts claim that it can be triggered by “externalities like drainage” and other factors. Railway authorities said that inputs from the UNESCO will be implemented as far as possible as they are crucial to maintaining heritage of the hill railways.

By-Shiv Sahay Singh

Courtesy: The Hindu, KOLKATA, JANUARY 18, 2017

Qualcomm to invest $8.5 million in India for digitisation

 Qualcomm to invest $8.5 million in India to support PM Narendra Modi’s vision of digitisation

Technology major Qualcomm has announced that it will invest $8.5 million in India, with an aim to expand its digital design initiatives in the country. The Design in India challenge was announced back two years ago in 2015 and had around 400 participating members. Today, at an event, three startups among the top 10 participants who were shortlisted, won a prize money of $100,000 each. The event was also attended by Union minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad and NASSCOM President R. Chandrashekhar.

QualcommThe startups which won the prizes were iFuture Robotics, Uncanny Vision and Carnot Technologies. During the event, John Han, senior vice president and GM, Qualcomm technology Licensing said that the company is very passionate about innovation and it is evident in the fact that it invests a lot of money in risky research and development projects. He added that Qualcomm is committed to supporting PM Narendra Modi to help the Indian ecosystem become a digitally empowered society.

At the event, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Indians are now more desirous of technology than ever before. He said that India is ready for innovations in digital designs. He asked the young entrepreneurs to work more towards India-focused research including rural health and education. He also talked about how Adhaar card’s technological prowess is now admired globally. Prasad also insisted on the need of more human resource in the area of research and talked about how the government is trying to create an ecosystem suitable for startups. He also asked Qualcomm to make a chip which is integral to the Aadhaar itself.

Among the prize winners, iFuture Robotics is a startup which makes industrial automation robots which read environment data to move and deliver objects in warehouses which reduce labour cost as well as human injuries from heavy machinery. Uncanny Vision demonstrated an intelligent surveillance camera which can solve many security problems in places like ATMs.

The camera uses machine learning to detect human actions for face and movement. Meanwhile, Carnot technologies is a telematics startup for low-cost bikes. The machine that they presented could connect a bike to a user’s smartphone which can be useful for the safety of the vehicle even during emergency situations.

In the next initiative, Qualcomm with its Design in India Challenge II will be supporting companies in fields like Rural technology, payment methods, agricultural technology, health, biometric and more. The company will also enable mobiles and Internet of Things vendors from India by giving them better Camera, RF and Audio design technology. The company said that it will launch a new Innovation lab in Hyderabad and expand its existing one in Bangalore.

Courtesy:| January 17, 2017

India ready for 4th industrial revolution under Modi’s leadership: Ambani

India ready for 4th industrial revolution under Modi’s leadership: Ambani

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Ambani asserted that India is ready for fourth industrial revolution and technology innovations, especially with a strong leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as has been proved by the success of the recent demonetisation move and the push for digital payments.

India’s wealthiest man Mukesh Ambani termed successful demonetisation a sign that India is ready for fourth industrial revolution, under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi.

IndiaSpeaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Ambani favoured free market economy and said wealth creation should not be constrained as it is a precursor to the distribution of wealth.

He asserted that India is ready for fourth industrial revolution and technology innovations, especially with a strong leader like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as has been proved by the success of the recent demonetisation move and the push for digital payments.

Sharing the dais with him at a session on fourth industrial revolution here at WEF Annual Meeting, Infosys chief Vishal Sikka also said that demonetisation has shown to the world that Indians are ready to adopt new technology disruptions.

“When we talk about fourth industrial revolution, artificial intelligence and other technology disruptions…we (need to be) very careful that we don’t create a bigger divide in the society,” Sikka said.

When asked whether there was a risk of societal disturbances in India, Sikka said the country has tremendous opportunities as it is very technologically advanced and a young nation.

Example of demonetisation shows that Indians can be adaptive to new things, he added.

In reply to a similar question, Ambani said one needs to see in terms of how humanity progresses and how the society progresses.

“At this time we are blessed with a very strong leadership with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We are a very young country and education needs to transform itself and technology is the best way for that,” Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, said.

“For all of this you need a foundation and you need a country and a society to embrace technology. All the components of technology and in particular fourth industrial revolution technology, they are all inclusive,” he noted.

Distribution of wealth is a much easier problem once you have created it, so you should not constrain creation of wealth, Ambani said while favouring free market economic model.

PTI|  Davos | January 17, 2017