Saudi Hackathon Seeks High-Tech Fixes To Hajj Emergencies

Saudi Hackathon Seeks High-Tech Fixes To Hajj Emergencies

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA: Fuelled by caffeine, pizza and adrenaline, sleep-deprived programmers in a marathon Saudi contest this week explored high-tech solutions to prevent a repeat of past calamities in the annual hajj pilgrimage. In a cavernous hall in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, thousands of software professionals and students competed in the kingdom’s first-ever […]

NYT Defends Tech Writer Accused Of Racism In Old Tweets

SAN FRANCISCO: The New York Times has defended its new hire, Sarah Jeong, who was dragged into a racism controversy for tweets she wrote from 2013 to early 2015. The paper announced this week that it had hired Jeong as the lead technology writer for its editorial board. But, soon after the announcement, she got […]

U.S. encourages, welcomes qualified Indians: Consul General Edgard Kagan

U.S. President Donald Trump is “very committed” to relations with India, says Mr. Kagan As the Trump administration continues to tighten screws on the H-1B visa programme, United States Consul General in Mumbai, Edgard Kagan, says his country encourages and welcomes “qualified Indians”. U.S. President Donald Trump is “very committed” to relations with India, he […]

U.S. trade war won’t work, says China

  China’s top envoy called on the U.S. to remain “cool-headed” on Thursday as Washington threatened to raise the tariff rate on the next $200 billion of Chinese imports. Slapping additional tariffs on Chinese imports — 60% of which are made by foreign firms, including American companies — will only raise costs for domestic U.S. […]

2 Girls’ Schools Burnt Down Overnight In Pakistan

KARACHI: Twelve girls’ schools have been burnt down by unidentified persons in coordinated attacks in Pakistan’s restive Gilgit-Baltistan, triggering protest by local residents who sought safety for educational institutions which are often attacked by the militants, a media report said on Friday. The schools in Chilas town, about 130-kilometre from Gilgit, were targeted late last […]

25 killed in suicide bombing in Afghan Shia mosque

Twenty-five people have been killed and 23 wounded in a suicide bombing inside a Shia mosque in eastern Afghanistan on August 3, a provincial government official said. The attacker blew himself up inside the mosque in the eastern Paktia Province’s capital of Gardez, said Abdullah Asrat, spokesman for the Provincial Governor. The bomber slipped undetected […]

Russia now targeting Indian elections: Oxford expert tells US lawmakers

  Washington: Russia may target the media in countries like India and Brazil to interfere in their elections, an Oxford University social media expert has alleged before US lawmakers. The remarks by Philip N. Howard, a statutory Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College at the University of Oxford came […]

US bill relief for India, trouble for China & Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The US Congress has passed a defence spending bill that seeks to amend an existing law to provide waivers to America’s strategic partners like India from punitive sanctions against those doing business with Russia’s defence industry. The senate passed the conference report on the National Defense Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA) by […]

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