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PM Modi at BRICS summit talks of working for Fourth Industrial Revolution, meets Xi Jinping

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PM Modi at BRICS summit talks of working for Fourth Industrial Revolution, meets Xi Jinping

Participating in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit in South Africa,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reaffirmed India’s commitment to multilateralism, international trade and a rules-based world order and said that India will work with other member states of the economic bloc to prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

PM Modi also met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines and discussed bilateral relations.

Modi, who arrived in Johannesburg on the last leg of his Africa tour, presented the country statement of India at the BRICS leaders’ closed session.

“At the session with fellow BRICS leaders, I shared my thoughts on various global issues, the importance of technology, skill development and how effective multilateral cooperation creates a better world,” Modi tweeted.

In his address, PM Modi said India wants to work with the nations on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and called for sharing among them the best practices and policies in the area. The 4IR is the fourth major industrial era since the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. Modi said technological innovations can help enhance service delivery and productivity levels. “High-skilled but temporary work will be the new face of employment. There will be radical changes in industrial production, design, and manufacturing,” he said.

Fourth Industrial Revolution is considered the fourth major industrial era since the initial Industrial Revolution of the 18th century and is characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres, elaborated an India Today report.

It is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in a number of fields like-robotics, artificial intelligence, block chain, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, the Internet of Things, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles, said the report.

Stating that Industry 4.0 will make the world flatter, PM Modi said that many deprived classes will be able to make big leaps with the help of technology and development. At the same time, he said it is difficult to say what effect this will have amid growing inequalities, a fast changing society and human values.

“In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, talent will become more important than money,” Modi said. “The new face of employment will be high skilled but temporary jobs,” he said.

He was of the view that digital platforms, automation and data flows will reduce the importance of geographical distances. “When digital platforms, e-commerce and marketplaces will get linked with such technologies, a new kind of industry and business leaders will surface,” he said.

Stating that the type and opportunities for employment will be an important issue, Modi said that though traditional manufacturing will continue to be an important means of job creation, it will become extremely important for workers to enhance their skills.

He emphasised that school and university curriculam must be prepared in such a way that the youth can prepare for the future and said that it must be ensured that the changes in technology find place in such curricula. “In India, because of this, the National Skill Development Mission has been started,” he said.

“The intention is to impart to our youth relevant technical and vocational skills,” he said, adding that his government is trying to ensure that quality technical, vocational and higher education is available to all sections of the society.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a concerted effort by global institutions such as the United Nations, the G7 and the World Trade Organisation to fight unilateralism and protectionism.

Xi also called for dialogue to settle disputes on global trade, underlining remarks he made at the opening day, urging a rejection of unilateralism in the wake of tariff threats by US President Donald Trump. Trump’s warnings have given the BRICS nations fresh impetus to enhance trade cooperation, and their leaders found a collective voice championing global trade at the summit.

Modi, along with Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Michel Temer and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa posed for a group photograph on the second day of their meeting. The leaders reiterated their resolve to fight terrorism, but the names of terrorist organisations including the Pakistan-based ones were missing from the joint declaration.

The Xiamen Declaration of the last BRICS summit, which was celebrated last year as a victory for Indian diplomacy, had named Pakistan-based terror groups such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

“We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever. We urge concerted efforts to counter terrorism under the UN auspices on a firm international legal basis and express our conviction that a comprehensive approach is necessary to ensure an effective fight against terrorism,” the joint statement said. “We recall the responsibility of all States to prevent financing of terrorist networks and terrorist actions from their territories.”

Modi, in his talk with Xi Jinping, said that the informal bilateral summit in Wuhan was a “milestone”, and both sides will keep up the level of engagement. The two leaders, who met for the third time in three months on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg, acknowledged the frequent meetings.

“Wuhan is a milestone, it has given strength to our relations. After that the meeting in Qingdao, and now, we have been able to discuss our closer developmental partnership. In last few months, because our contacts and engagement, our concerns have been addressed, and new energy has been instilled,” Modi told Xi during the bilateral meeting.

They decided to unveil the calendar of diplomatic engagement: the Chinese Defence Minister will visit in August, and the Public Security Minister will visit in October. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will travel to Beijing for the Special Representative-level talks in Beijing. In October, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will host Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in India.

The two sides also discussed bilateral trade. An Indian trade delegation will travel to China on August 1 and 2, where they will discuss issues pertaining to export of rice and soya from India, and import of urea from China.

An Indian pharmaceutical companies delegation will also visit Shanghai on August 21 and 22.

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Hyderabad police arrested 2 Muslim women for vandalizing holy idols after probe accused understood to suffer from mental illnesses

The brother of the sisters, Asimduddin, told the police that his sister take treatment and have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The brother, while talking to the media also extended his apology on behalf of the sisters for the damage they had caused.

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According to reports, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday held a protest outside the police station in Hyderabad after being infuriated by the actions of 2 women who vandalized Hindu idols. Hyderabad Police on Tuesday arrested two Muslim women for allegedly vandalizing and causing destruction to Mother Mary and Goddess Durga’s idols.

The two women, who turned out to be sisters, on CCTV can be seen entering goddess Durga’s pandal right before vandalizing the idol. A similar incident transpired when they were wearing burqas and caused destruction to Mother Mary’s statue in the City’s Khairatbad area. The two sisters then were taken to the police station on Tuesday morning where the police tried to interrogate them.

The police, in their interrogation, learned that the women were unable to answer properly and it took them a while to understand the situation. The police further went to the homes of the sisters to probe further, however, after reaching the residence of the two sisters, the police found out that the parents also suffer from issues regarding mental illness.

The police asked the neighbors in and around the area about the mental state of the sisters and the ones who knew them checked out the mental illness angle and added that the family has been suffering from mental illness for the last 3 to 4 years.

The Deputy Chief Commissioner of Hyderabad Police, MR Chandra told the media that one of the women threatened whoever stopped them from using a tool kit spanner. Chandra also added in his statement that the women were found to be mentally ill and told the media that both the women take treatment.

The brother of the sisters, Asimduddin, told the police that his sister take treatment and have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The brother, while talking to the media also extended his apology on behalf of the sisters for the damage they had caused.

The police have, however, registered a case under 153-A, 295, 295-A, 451, 504 r/w 34 IPC. Furthermore, The two women have been sent to a mental hospital for their assessment. The women will be produced with their assessment copies as well as the FIRs to the court.

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Madhya Pradesh man rapes daughter, then sells her and his son, who wants his father hanged to death

The girl told the media that her family sold her for Rs 60,000 to a 50-year-old clerk and his brother to another family for Rs 6,000.

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Madhya Pradesh: Man rapes daughter and then sells her and his son, former wants his father to be hanged to death | WATCH

A monstrous incident of a drunk man allegedly raping his daughter and then selling her to a clerk has come to light in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur area. According to the reports, the victim was forced to stay with the clerk as his wife. The police have arrested the father and have initiated a probe into this matter.

The girl, identified as Kishori, told the media that her family, including her father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, and paternal aunt, sold her for Rs 60,000 to a 50-year-old clerk and his brother to another family for Rs 6,000. Reportedly, the 16-year-old used to work at brick kilns as a clerk’s wife in Hamirpur.

When asked how she escaped the trap, Kishori revealed to the media that she had discreetly obtained his maternal uncle’s phone number from his father and told him about the whole scenario.

Her maternal uncle then filed a complaint at the Maudaha Police Station on September 24 and brought the victim back home. As per the reports, the girl, in a statement, alleged that her father used to drink and then rape her. She even informed her mother about this, but she asked her to ignore it.

Kishori added that her father had threatened to kill her if she went ahead and filed a complaint against him. She then claimed that her father had sold her to a clerk. Kishori also said that she wants her father to be hanged to death.

Furthermore, her brother also told the media that he was sold to a family for Rs 6,000, where he used to go every day for donkey grazing.

The case has been registered at the Kotwali Nagar Police Station and has nabbed the man. Speaking about this matter, in-charge Shyam Babu Shukla told the media that the case is from two different villages. She said they would lodge the complaint as soon as they received the application from both villages.

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Viral: UP doctor tells family of deceased to birth another child, family accuses doctor of being late for treatment, internet enraged | Watch

The mother, who also spoke to the media, informed that when her daughter was taken to the hospital, no doctor was there to look at her or treat her. According to the family of the deceased, when they arrived with their sick daughter at the government hospital, no doctor was present to treat or monitor the patient.

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UP doctor tells family of deceased to birth another child

A viral video has emerged from UP’s Barbanki district where a doctor can be seen asking the family who had just lost their daughter to birth to another daughter. The family of the deceased has accused the doctor of not arriving on time due otherwise their daughter would have been alive.

In the video, the doctor can be seen stating that if a child dies, one has to birth another one to complete everything. After the doctor’s statement, the man making the video can be asking if this is a manufacturing machine and further remarked about his repartee being uncouth and distasteful.

The video has been making rounds on the internet as many users were enraged by the remarks of the doctor in the video. One Twitter user wittily tried to show the gravity of the situation to the doctor by asking him if someone amputates both of his arms, will he be able to fix it, implying how losing a child is like losing a hand.

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Another Twitter user also added to the conversation by asking if these types of doctors are the embodiment of gods, directing at the phrase of doctors being the embodiment of gods.

The mother, who also spoke to the media, informed that when her daughter was taken to the hospital, no doctor was there to look at her or treat her. According to the family of the deceased, when they arrived with their sick daughter at the government hospital, no doctor was present to treat or monitor the patient.

The family further added that the doctor arrived much later, even though the family had requested to call the doctor, subsequently the condition of their daughter deteriorated and reached a critical level, after which the doctor arrived and treated her. However, the doctor was not able to save the daughter as she succumbed to her critical condition.

A video of a similar nature went viral from UP’s Kanpur where a sick woman was forced to travel by rikshaw due to the lack of ambulance services. In the video, an elderly woman can be seen sitting in a rickshaw where a drip tube is inserted in her hand. The drip bottle is tied and attached to the upper part of the rickshaw which allows the medicine to pour into the tube and get into the veins of the patient.

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