6 Factors to Determine the Success of Your IoT Project

first_imgThe emergence of IoT has led to work smarter and revolutionizing the way employees work and interact with others. Workplaces are getting smarter; employees are being more productive and potential for smart workplace scheduling is evolving.According to a recent survey by Cisco, deployment of IoT is stalled 60% of the time while only 26% of respondents consider their deployment successful.When it comes to deployment of IoT, a number of factors decide the fate of the project. Either you win or you lose, however, the poor implementation would lead you to lose money and time.How can developers implement a successful IoT project to avoid any loss is the biggest question? Let us have a look at how IoT can be deployed successfully without losing money and wasting time.1.) Strategic Planning before Deploying Before deploying IoT, it is necessary to have a strategic plan to lead your project to success. At this stage, you have to identify your goals, success metrics, business process evaluation and technical inventory. Moreover, you must also have a strong team of qualified experts to assess the opportunities and threats before deploying Internet of things.In a recent Bain and Co. IoT study conducted with over 90% of executives said that “their organization is currently in the state of planning and proof of concept stage”.No matter how longer you to have to spend on your research and plans, it will ultimately lead to reducing the failure rate.2.) Allocate the Hardware Devices Enterprise IoT Solution is not like an application that can be started instantly as the idea comes to mind. The deployment of IoT requires allocation of equipment and machinery from the present inventory of devices.Keeping in view your business goals and expected results, you may have to collaborate with OEM to source bridges, sensors, adapters, actuators and other hardware. After the above step, the organization would have assigned everything that takes to onboard physical devices to the connected platforms.3.) Estimate the Cost of Not Deploying IoT IoT projects will affect the overall process in your organization. Before deploying IoT in your organization, you must determine the real cost of the process being improved. The fixed costs are easy to determine while the variable ones are difficult to evaluate. If you think the cost can be achieved, the project should not be left in the middle.4.) Implement Security and Governance Like any other enterprise solution, IoT security is critical and datasets should be unnamed, inscribed and compressed before processing. It is necessary to have a governance model to limit the access to sensitive and private data. Policies will identify the roles of each individual to control the devices and access the business intelligence dashboard. IoT security must be aligned with existing corporate policies and best security practices.5.) Drive Continuous Improvement Your IoT project should be scalable and improve with the passage of time. As your organization is set to expand and grow, you cannot afford to set your IOT project on the same level. Look for the future prospects and strategize your IoT project mindfully in order to take the leap. The best way is to ask an expert and consult the IoT solution provider to give the best solution that is easily adaptable and scalable at the same time.6.) Intuitive User Experience for Decision Makers Generally, IoT solutions are devised to have user experience meant for two personas including decision makers and operation manager. Operation managers are directly responsible for managing devices later though IoT solution. In fact, they are responsible for maintaining the flawless functioning of devices.In case of business decision makers, they are contingent on data-driven insights for business decision making. They need access to dashboards that represents critical parameters originating from the hot path and cold part analytics. Moreover, they are also granted permission to change the policies and rules according to the changing needs of the business.Author Bio:Ray Parker is an entrepreneur and internet marketer with over 15 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization, Creative Writing and Digital Marketing with IQVIS. He has worked with several clients from all over the globe to offer his services in various domains with a proven track record of success. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Ray Parker is an entrepreneur and internet marketer with over 9 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization, Creative Writing and Digital Marketing. Ray Parker Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#deployment#Entrepreneur#executives#featured#iot project#iot solution#security Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Follow the Pucklast_img read more

Swine flu alert in Jaipur after doctor’s death

first_imgAfter the death of a retired government doctor due to swine flu here, the Rajasthan government’s Medical and Health Department has geared up to check the spread of the disease and issued alert in the State capital.Flu-like symptomsAll government dispensaries, satellite hospitals and other government health centres were asked to pay special attention to patients with swine flu-like symptoms. V.D. Bohra, who retired from Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital here, had visited Hyderabad and some other cities in the southern States, where he felt unwell. His condition deteriorated when he came back to Jaipur last week.Dr. Bohra was admitted to a private hospital, which sent his swab samples to Ahmedabad for swine flu test. After he tested positive, he suffered multiple organ failure and was declared dead on Wednesday.Medical and Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf has instructed doctors and para-medical staff to remain alert to the symptoms of swine flu among the patients of cough, cold, catarrh and high fever and immediately start their treatment.According to the official sources, the Minister asked the Chief Medical and Health Officers in all districts to ensure collection of samples, availability of medicines, referral to specialists and prompt services of intensive care units and isolation wardslast_img read more

Govt to appoint 10K new distributors this year

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 3 (PTI) With a view to increasing LPG penetration, the government will this year appoint 10,000 new distributors of the cooking fuel through a revamped system, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said today. The 10,000 new liquified petroleum gas (LPG) dealerships will be on top of around 16,000 existing dealers in the country. “We had declared 2016 as the Year of LPG Consumers and this is yet another step in the direction of making clean cooking fuel available to the entire population of the country by 2018, particularly in rural areas,” Pradhan told reporters here. About 2,000 agencies are already in the process of being appointed and the remaining would be completed in two phases, he said. At present, there are 27 crore LPG subscribers in the country, of which 16.7 crore are active. This covers nearly 60 per cent of the population. “We plan to give out 5 crore LPG connections to rural women households under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in three years. Another 3 crore connections are anticipated to be given,” he said. The LPG distributorships would be given in four categories – urban, semi-urban, rural and far-flung. Eligibility norms for age, education, fund requirement and ownership of land for godwons and showroom have been relaxed to make selection process more participative, he said, adding that distributors for the urban area would be decided through a computerised draw of lots. For all other categories, it would be through manual lottery, he said. Also, 33 per cent reservation to women across all categories has been introduced to encourage women entrepreneurship. Another 3 per cent reservation has been provided for physically handicapped. Defence personnel and their dependents as also sports personnel would be given preference. “The new appointment guidelines will pave the way for a more broadbased, participative and transparent system of selection of distributors across the country,” he said. “Setting up of these new distributorships will give a tremendous boost to the rural employment opportunities.” PTI ANZ SAadvertisementlast_img read more

Gundy Getting Paid

first_imgPhoto Attribution:Emily NielsenI believe the kids these days refer to it as “stacking paper” and Gundy is about to be doing a lot of it.Bill Haisten reported late on Sunday that contract negotiations were underway between Jimmy Sexton (Gundy’s representation) and Oklahoma State for a revised contract (Haisten pointed out he’s currently in year three of a seven year deal that pays significantly less than Travis Ford’s deal.To me that’s where most of Gundy’s leverage lies. He can point to Gene Chizik and his one conference championship and laugh at the $3.5M he’s making. Or he can curve his visor towards Norman and peer in at the $4.08 Bob Stoops is being paid to finish in the top five of the Big 12. But all he really needs to do is jerk his thumb a few hundred yards to the east and ask, “how much am I worth compared to that guy?”Ford is in year three of a ten year deal that pays him, on average, $2.03M per year to coach what has been, at best, a mediocre basketball team. Gundy’s current salary says that he is paid $2.1M per year.The most staggering stat in that Haisten article is that home revenue for each football game has increased from $1.2M in 2005 to $3.2M this year, a 166% increase over that time. Obviously that has as much to do with Dez and Zac and Weeden and Blackmon as it has to do with the head ball coach, but just like somebody has to be the fall guy when things go badly, somebody has to get the credit when things go well.College football’s upper echelon pay for head coaches is basically broken down into these three tiers.The $4.5M+ RangeMack Brown – $5.1MNick Saban – $4.8MThe $3.5M to $4M RangeBob Stoops – $4.08MLes Miles – $3.89MKirk Ferentz – $3.79MBobby Petrino – $3.64MGene Chizik – $3.5MThe $2.5M to $3.5M RangeBrady Hoke – $3.25MWill Muschamp – $3.22MMark Richt – $2.94MSteve Spurrier – $2.83M (not sure what the Augusta membership is worth)Chip Kelly – $2.8MBo Pelini – $2.78MJimbo Fisher – $2.75MGary Pinkel – $2.7MBret Bielema – $2.6MDan Mullen – $2.5MThen it falls off and you start getting into coaches who run the option and all kinds of weird stuff.So where does Gundy fit in? It’s pretty hard to imagine little ‘ol #12 making more money coaching college football than Mark Richt and Steve Spurrier but it’s probably about to happen.He has more wins than Farentz over the last the last five years, the same number of conference titles as Richt and Spurrier combined (1-1), and is 4-2 against coaches on this list since the beginning of last year.He has become a premier coach in a big-time conference at one of the most unlikely destinations in the nation.I think he probably falls at the top of list #3 in the $3.25M range because, let’s face it, this ain’t the SEC where the money flows like corruption from the mouth of Craig James. Boone’s money comes when Boone’s money comes, but you have to operate within the budgeted framework you were handed at the beginning of the year.That’s one of the more fascinating things to me too. What is Boone’s role in all of this? Is he backing up the Brink’s truck to Gundy’s house off of Range Road? Is he texting Holder cryptic things like “that pond on #12 at Karsten sure is deep, Mike. Do the right thing xoxoxo”? Is he involved at all? Does he want to be involved all?If I could step foot inside the situation for just a moment, I would want to know if Boone is there and what he’s doing.It’s mildly troublesome that nothing has been inked and finalized yet, especially with Haisten reporting that Gundy wanted something done by the time bowl practice starts tomorrow. As the good fellas over at Cowboys Ride For Free pointed out today though, Holder has inexplicably backed himself into a corner that he didn’t need to go to and because of that (and the fact that he just took the Big 12 away from the Texas/OU juggernaut for the first time since 2003) Gundy will get what he deserves.He might not get what somebody else in his position would get (because he loses leverage when he says things like “New York Yankees” and “I only want to coach 15 more years“) but I’m also not sure he really cares about what other people want.The thing about Gundy from day 1 of his tenure at OSU has been that he’s never said “hey Texas is doing this, we should too” or “hmm USC does things this way, I think I’m going to start that.” He has very much built a culture that he (and OSU) can call his own.One that has been curated and crafted into a cashflowing extravaganza disguised as an amateur athletics operation.He knows this.Holder knows this.Boone knows this.We know this.Just pay the man his money.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

England’s concerns grow over Mike Brown’s ankle injury

first_imgTopics Share on Twitter Read more Share via Email Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Eddie Jones could lose Mike Brown for England’s autumn internationals after the Harlequins director of rugby, John Kingston, conceded he is in the dark over the extent of the full-back’s ankle injury.Brown underwent a scan on the ankle on Wednesday after reaggravating the problem, first suffered 10 days ago, against Leicester on Saturday. Kingston confirmed Brown required a protective boot following Harlequins’ loss against the Tigers and that he will miss out at Northampton on Saturday. Share on WhatsApp Harlequins England rugby union team It is a potential headache for Jones, with Anthony Watson also among the eight players unable to take full part in England training in Oxford on Monday due to the knee injury that forced him out of Bath’s defeat by Newcastle.“We have got a scan being on done on him having realised he is not quite right,” Kingston said. “He has been away with England for two or three days and they have done some treatment on it. He is not fit to play this weekend. It’s clearly something that’s not quite right and therefore, after he’s reaggravated it, it’s better to leave it a bit and give it some more time.”Brown is 32, and while he has started all but one of England’s matches under Jones, the Australian has for a while hinted at giving Watson or Elliot Daly a run at full-back. But Kingston added: “Mike Brown is the first-choice full-back for England in my book and people will always say ‘who are the competitors?’ – that is the nature of the business. He wants to play well for England, he wants to be involved in the World Cup – and there’s no reason he can’t be. It would be a big mistake to write him off.”Joe Marler (ribs) and Dylan Hartley, who has a hand injury, were also part of the eight unable to train fully during England’s three-day camp in Oxford, though the outlook for both is brighter. The England captainadded his voice to that of Brown, Marler, Ben Youngs and Billy Vunipola in expressing histhe concerns about Premiership Rugby’s plans for a 10-month season – 11 for international players – but said it had not been discussed in Oxford.Asked if there is a need for players to formulate a collective response, he said: “I think we need to do that. I can’t obviously speak for every player, but the general feeling is that an extended season is not welcome. This is not just about England players, this is about all the players in the Premiership. It’s not on me, as England captain, to make a call on this or lead things. Share on Facebook The Premiership’s injury price tag is mounting and attitudes need to change Share on Pinterest Rugby union … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Reuse this content “I don’t know much about it, but I know my voice will carry so I need to educate myself on the issue, but I don’t know where to get the information from. I have a responsibility as a player to voice my opinion but are there formal talks? I don’t know what’s going on with it.“ There has been talk about rotation and bigger squads, so maybe we would end up playing less games. Until I’ve seen the structure and how they propose to do it, I can’t comment any further. But initially I think if they are talking about playing more games then player welfare is going to go on the back-burner.”England Women’s autumn fixtures have been confirmed, with three games against Canada in November. The first game will be at Allianz Park on Friday 17November, the second at The Stoop on Tuesday 21 November and the third at Twickenham on Saturday 25 November , with free entry after the men’s game against Samoa. Since you’re here… news Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Support The Guardianlast_img read more

Primary-School Students Present Gifts to Centenarian

first_img Meanwhile, Mrs. Miller Wisdom told JIS News that the outreach programme, which has been a feature of the school for many years, falls within its strategic plans. Story Highlights Students and teachers of the Rose Hall-based John Rollins Success Primary School, accompanied by their principal, Yvonne Miller Wisdom, wrapped up their 2017 Christmas outreach programme on December 18.Their final stop took them to Barrett Town, to the home of 100-year-old Merinda Bryan, where they presented the centenarian, who is fondly called ‘Miss Mim’, with several gifts, including a new remote-controlled electric fan.Only several days before, they had visited basic and infant schools and homes of the sick and the elderly in other neighbouring communities of Zion, Spot Valley, Cornwall, Palmyra, Lilliput and Barrett Town to spread the Christmas cheer.Miss Mim, who was born on December 6, 1917, is the mother of six children, 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.She said she was happy to receive the gifts, which came less than two weeks following her birthday celebrations.A member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Miss Mim said in her youthful days she worked at the Tryall Estate in Hanover as a farmhand, and later became a shopkeeper.Meanwhile, Mrs. Miller Wisdom told JIS News that the outreach programme, which has been a feature of the school for many years, falls within its strategic plans.She said the Christmas outreach programme was among several other similar activities that the school undertakes each year, and which are driven by a community outreach coordinator and a committee.She noted that the 932 students at her institution are organised into clubs and societies, and each of the groupings is required to undertake fundraising activities, as well as source donations of food, toys and other items, which are taken to the school during its official barrel drive at Christmas to be sorted and packaged into individual presents.There are eight clubs and societies in operation at the John Rollins Success Primary School – the Red Cross, Brownies, K-Kids, Culture, Science Club, Cub Scout, Environmental Club and the Bible Club.“As part of our school-improvement plan, one of the objectives is to participate in community outreach. And so, we believe that the students are supposed to be exposed as much as is possible, not just to focus on the academics, because to get a job in the future, they need to be able to relate to others. Coming out into the community and reaching out to others, that is just one aspect… so at this stage, we have to train them,” Mrs. Miller Wisdom said.Eleven-year-old sixth-grader and President of the K-Kids Club, Elizabeth Minors, told JIS News that she was very pleased that her club, which is a junior arm of Kiwanis International, was able to contribute to the activities, especially the visit to Miss Mim.“It is a privilege to come and be able celebrate the hundredth birthday with a centenarian, and I hope that God blesses her and allows her to see many more days,” she said.Coordinator for the outreach programme at the school, Margaret Harwood Farquharson, said the students at the institution are always eager to participate in humanitarian activities, which became a major part of the institution as far back as 2006.“Our school was officially opened in 2004, and we saw the need to impact our community, so, as a result of that, we coordinated the activity and got the teachers involved,” she explained.“I think it is very important to get the students involved in outreach, because it gives them the opportunity to share with others. So, when they grow up, they will be able to socialise better, and when they see a need, they will be able to assist,” she added. Students and teachers of the Rose Hall-based John Rollins Success Primary School, accompanied by their principal, Yvonne Miller Wisdom, wrapped up their 2017 Christmas outreach programme on December 18. Their final stop took them to Barrett Town, to the home of 100-year-old Merinda Bryan, where they presented the centenarian, who is fondly called ‘Miss Mim’, with several gifts, including a new remote-controlled electric fan. last_img read more

New Deputy Ministers for Community Services and Justice

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald announced today, March 8, new deputy ministers for the departments of Community Services and Justice. Marian Tyson, deputy minister of Community Services, will become deputy minister of Justice. Judith Ferguson, assistant deputy minister of Community Services, will move into the role of deputy minister. “Maintaining top talent in our senior government positions is critical,” said Premier MacDonald. “It has a direct impact on our ability to ensure the quality of government programs and services, and that excellence in the senior civil service continues.” Ms. Tyson has worked for the province of Nova Scotia for 30 years. She became deputy minister of Community Services and president and chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation in 2002. Prior to that she served as the executive director of court services at the Department of Justice and was also a lawyer providing advice to government departments. Ms. Ferguson was appointed assistant deputy minister July, 2004. Previously, she served with the Department of Justice and was legal advisor to the Public Service Commission and Department of Justice. Ms. Ferguson has also been responsible for the government’s legislative agenda, worked on the implementation of the new family violence legislation, and was one of the architects of the new Justice of the Peace system. Appointments take effect Monday, March 19, 2007.last_img read more

Minerva 5 other ILeague clubs write to FIFA on Indian football

first_imgNew Delhi: Top I-League clubs such as Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have written to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, asking for his help in their fight for survival in Indian football. Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala FC are among the six clubs to have written to the sport’s global body, with Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj signing the letter. The clubs’ biggest bone of contention is the top tier status accorded to Indian Super League by the All India Football Federation as per the Master Right Agreement (MRA) signed between the AIFF and IMG-Reliance in 2010. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Recent media reports and press statements from the AIFF itself have indicated that the AIFF is seeking to make the ISL, which came into existence in 2013, the senior most league in the country, whereas I-League, that dates back to 2007 when it was launched as India’s first-ever professional football league is sought to be made into a second tier and inferior league,” the clubs wrote in the letter. This comes days after the aggrieved clubs wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, briefing him about the crisis facing Indian football. The clubs also requested Infantino to set up an enquiry to probe the manner in which the AIFF is functioning. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”There is a sharp decline in the standard of Indian football. Football is one of the most popular sports in the world, including India, but this popularity has not been matched by necessary and good administration as far as the national body is concerned,” the letter further read. Earlier this month, AIFF president Praful Patel assured the I-League clubs that their future is secure and said he would approach the AFC to ensure that I-League continues to co-exist with the ISL for another 2-3 years. Regarding the franchise-based league, the clubs said in the letter, “The ISL is a purely commercial venture played by franchise-based clubs owned by the clubs. It has no relevance. More importantly, players invariably are in the 35-plus age bracket. Players who have no takers abroad are roped in, leading to a decline in the standard of Indian football. “ISL is just like the IPL of football and so the question that arises is how can a purely commercial league be made into the senior-most league of the country which has no international recognition or standing.”last_img read more

No parole for more than a decade for man who killed Winnipeg

first_imgWINNIPEG — The man convicted of killing a Winnipeg bus driver in what a judge described as a brutal and explosive stabbing will not be eligible for parole for 12 years.Irvine Jubal Fraser, who was 58, was stabbed 12 times during a fight with Brian Kyle Thomas in February 2017.Earlier this year, a jury found Thomas guilty of second-degree murder, which carries an automatic sentence of life in prison.The Crown and defence had asked that there be no parole eligibility for 12 years.Security camera video from the bus shows Fraser telling Thomas to leave the vehicle several times before the driver grabs the man by his sweater and shoves him off.The defence did not present evidence during the trial but argued that the bus driver provoked the attack.Fraser’s death prompted calls for increased safety measures on Winnipeg buses, including safety shields for drivers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Michigan State Spartans

Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock throws the ball away under pressure from Michigan State’s Chris Frey (23). Credit: Courtesy of TNSLocation: East Lansing, Michigan2016 season: 3-9 (1-8)Head coach: Mark Dantonio2017 record: 2-0All time record vs. OSU: 15-30What has happened thus far in 2017:This is a do-or-die season for Michigan State and coach Mark Dantonio, who might be on the hot seat following his worst season since he became head coach in 2007 and the preseason dismissal of four of the program’s highest-rated recruits in its 2016 class due to a sexual assault investigation. To have the type of season the Spartans need to have in the Big Ten East Division — with Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State and a rising Maryland program — is a difficult task.But so far, the Spartans have done something they couldn’t do last season — defeat the teams they’re supposed to. Michigan State has wins against Bowling Green and Western Michigan under its belt with Notre Dame, Iowa and a road game at Michigan on deck after a bye week in Week 3.Impact Player:Senior linebacker Chris Frey from Upper Arlington is the latest edition in a line of All-Big Ten linebackers at Michigan State. After leading the team in tackles (96) in 2016, Frey returns as one of two captains for the Spartans, leading a defense that would be the reason Michigan State makes any noise in the conference this season. The central Ohio native leads the nation’s 11th-best defense with 1.5 sacks, ranks second with 12 total tackles and tied for second with 1.5 tackles for loss.Strengths:Michigan State is a young team at every position, but its front seven is the centerpiece of what can keep the Spartans relevant in the Big Ten. From 2015 to 2016, Michigan State’s sack total decreased from 37 to 11. So far this season, the Spartans have tallied five sacks this season, albeit against two Mid-American Conference teams.A formidable secondary and a menacing front seven made Michigan State Big Ten champions in 2013 and 2015. With just one returning starter in the secondary, ability to pressure the quarterback is paramount to the defense’s success.Weaknesses:The Spartans’ offensive line struggled in Week 2 against Western Michigan, despite paving the way for 296 rushing yards from Michigan State’s three tailbacks and redshirt sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke. The O-line has yet to face a strong defensive front and already has allowed 14 tackles for loss, 97th in the country. Michigan State is searching for a permanent answer at running back and a go-to receiver, so the offensive line will be a major storyline moving forward. read more

Arch Coal honoured for conveyor and slurry pumping projects

first_imgThe US Department of Interior has honoured Arch Coal subsidiary Coal-Mac with one of America’s top  environmental awards of the year. Coal-Mac was recognised with a 2010 National Award for Excellence in Surface Mining for exhibiting exemplary environmental care for the construction of its Duty Branch overland conveyor belt line and adjacent slurry pumping project. The conveyor transports nearly 3 Mt/y of coal annually to the rail loadout, eliminating the need for trucking on public roads and reducing the use of diesel fuel. The newly constructed 11.3 km slurry pipe line includes multi-walled pipe and a fibre optic system that enables real-time monitoring and flow control to help ensure environmental protection.“Coal-Mac’s excellence has earned the respect of the Interior Department and our peers,” said Arch’s Chairman and CEO Steven F. Leer. “I applaud the employees of Coal-Mac for being recognised for their excellence in environmental stewardship again and again. The enduring results are a testament to their achievement.”Coal-Mac is located near Holden, West Virginia, and employs approximately 300 people. In the past five years, the employees of Coal-Mac have received 11 national and state awards for environmental stewardship, including the US Department of Interior’s National Good Neighbor Award.last_img read more

LlamaZOO showcases breakthroughs in Virtual Reality for mining at Unearthed Vancouver 2017

first_imgLlamaZOO Interactive, an award-winning VR/MR development studio, claimed second prize in the recent Unearthed Vancouver 2017 hackathon. The 54 hours straight event was sponsored by leading mining companies, who challenged teams of innovators and entrepreneurs to develop prototype solutions for real problems within their mining operations.The Unearthed Hackathon program provides a platform for the global resources sector to connect and collaborate with top local entrepreneurs and innovators. LlamaZOO was specially invited to this Vancouver edition of the hackathon not only as a participant, but also to demonstrate its world’s-first virtual reality mine planning software service MineLife VR.“Through the Unearthed hackathon, and our continued development work with clients, we’ve developed a solid understanding of the challenges the mining industry is eager to solve, and how 3D VR/MR can be utilized,” said Kevin Oke, LlamaZOO’s co-founder and VP Sales. “Our MineLife VR platform enables us to rapidly develop visualizations for any mine site, and we look forward to continuing to bring on new clients.”Unearthed’s Open Innovation Lead, Chris Schmid, was thrilled with the level of innovation produced during the event. “At Unearthed we put a lot of thought and effort into building a technology ecosystem for the resources sector. It is innovative companies like LlamaZOO that will drive the digital revolution in the industry and we are excited to have them participate in our hackathon.”MineLife VR is a Virtual Reality software platform that presents a truly three-dimensional representation of a mine plan from exploration to closure, at scale, using actual planning and geospatial data, rendered at the highest possible quality.MineLife VR represents a synthesis of traditionally dispersed, complex geospatial and mine planning data. The software enables mining companies’ internal and external stakeholders to immerse themselves in the mine plan, and interact with it through its entire lifecycle, from any angle, whether thousands of feet up in the air, or down on the ground.last_img read more

Preserved horse skeleton discovered on ancient site

first_imgA well-preserved horse skeleton has been discovered in an ancient Greek cemetery. The skeleton was discovered while landscaping works were being undertaken around the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center at the Faliro Delta, on the southern coast of Athens and once the host of Greece’s only pari-mutuel horse track. The skeleton, with even the hooves in tact, was presented to the Central Archaeological Council on Tuesday.“In the Faliro necropolis, we have found four complete horse graves, as well as parts of other skeletons; therefore, it is not something rare for the area,” explained head archaeologist, Stella Chrysoulaki.“What is rare and surprised us was the degree of preservation of the specific skeleton, which even has its hooves. For zoo-archaeologists or a university, this find could be an excellent opportunity for a study. Having such a large number of skeletons – four is quite a number – such a study could reach a number of conclusions on the breeds and the evolution of the species. From this point of view, this discovery is very important.”Ms Chrysoulaki, who is in charge of the excavation, said that it was once common to bury horses on human burial sites and so was not entirely surprising.She did however go on to describe the Faliro necropolis as a place “where unbelievable things happen”, having been the site of a number of unusual findings over the years. One example cited by the archaeologist was the discovery of two skeletons lying side by side with their hands clasped.Since excavations began in the area, a total of 136 burial sites have been discovered in the 840-square-meter ancient cemetery.While the horse skeletons have been removed from the site for further study, the Central Archaeological Council has approved continued construction on the site. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Marée noire dans le golfe du Mexique les troisquarts du pétrole déjà

first_imgMarée noire dans le golfe du Mexique : les trois-quarts du pétrole déjà éliminésGolfe du Mexique – Près des trois-quarts des 780 millions de litres de pétrole brut répandus dans le golfe du Mexique depuis le naufrage de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon auraient déjà été éliminés, selon les autorités américaines.”Les scientifiques nous disent qu’environ 25% [du pétrole] n’a pas été récupéré, ne s’est pas évaporé ou n’a pas été pris en charge par Mère nature”, a déclaré sur ABC Carol Browner, chargée des questions énergétiques et environnementales à la Maison Blanche et citée par l’AFP. Dans le New York Times, ce sont les conclusions d’un rapport des autorités américaines qui sont évoquées, affirmant que 26% seulement du pétrole répandu dans le golfe du Mexique n’a pas été récupéré ou dégradé d’une quelconque façon. La grande majorité des 780 millions de litres ayant souillé le golfe du Mexique se serait en effet évaporée, aurait été récupérée (127 millions de litres) ou éliminée. Les chercheurs estiment que le quart restant sera quant à lui rapidement dispersé. Le gouvernement a promis un nettoyage rapide de ces dernières traces, mais même devenue invisible, cette catastrophe affectera durablement l’écosystème et l’économie de la région du golfe.  Le 4 août 2010 à 17:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Work permit holders changing jobs to face new scrutiny

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Governor happy with promise to speed up work permit process Related Items:immigration board, new policy, work permit Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Cabinet last week agreed to change the way work permits for expatriate workers can be issued when these individuals are switching employment. Once the policy change is formalized it will mean more scrutiny for foreign workers who want to swap jobs. The press release from the Governor’s office reveals that it was agreed to amend the policy which prohibited the grant of work permits to persons changing employers. It will call for work permits in these cases to at first satisfy the Immigration Board; and it will have to be proven to the Board that the situation is an exceptional circumstance as the applicant meets certain other criteria which will reportedly be developed by the Minister. With the modification, the worker from abroad will have to have a formal release from the previous employer as a condition of consideration. All worker sectors will be impacted by this coming change as the policy extends to public, statutory bodies and private companies. Work Permit process needs to speed up, Cabinet hears from UK Consultant Work Permit Rules To Be Adhered Tolast_img read more

Qualcomm is a monopoly and must renegotiate deals judge rules

first_img Galaxy S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max: photo samples from our comparison Qualcomm’s customers like Apple have argued that’s wrong, and the FTC has agreed, saying Qualcomm charges too much. The heart of the FTC’s case against Qualcomm was a so-called “no license, no chips policy.” Qualcomm sells processors that connect phones to cellular networks, but it also licenses its broad portfolio as a group. For a set fee — based on the selling price of the end device, typically a phone — the manufacturer gets to use all of Qualcomm’s technology. It’s phone makers that pay the licensing fee, not chipmakers. To get access to Qualcomm’s chips, which are broadly considered to be on the bleeding edge of wireless innovation, a phone maker first has to sign a patent licensing contract with Qualcomm. The company has long been the leader in 4G LTE, and it’s ahead of rivals in the nascent 5G market. The highest-end phones, like those from Samsung, have tended to use its modems. But the FTC argued such a requirement hurt competition and cemented Qualcomm’s monopoly power. For tech antitrust, this is the biggest decision since the Microsoft case. Ankur Kapoor, an antitrust partner at Constantine Cannon Apple and Qualcomm settle licensing dispute amid trial’s opening arguments Qualcomm-FTC lawsuit: Everything you need to know Apple and Qualcomm settle: Here’s what the battle means for your next iPhone 22 Photos Other companies, like Huawei and Lenovo, made similar comments during their testimony. And during the trial, the FTC pointed to communication from a former Qualcomm licensing executive, Eric Reifschneider, to mobile chip customers like Motorola and Sony Mobile as evidence of threats to cut off supply. In one instance, Reifschneider wrote in an email to a Sony Mobile executive that “QCT (Qualcomm’s chip business) has been shipping chips to SMC (Sony Mobile) for almost three weeks now without a license in place. It will not be possible for that to continue.” Qualcomm, meanwhile, called company executives, representatives from handset makers and chip rivals, and economics experts to dispute the FTC’s allegations in the case. The company sought to show that competition is healthy in the mobile chip market and that Qualcomm hasn’t hampered the industry. The company has argued that its broad patent portfolio and innovations justify its fees. CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who was called by the FTC early in the trial, defended the company’s licensing practices, saying the way his company sells chips to smartphone makers is best for everybody involved and is the simplest way to license the technology. Executives from Qualcomm and other companies testified that Qualcomm has never cut off chip supply during contract negotiations. Some of those executives said in live testimony and video depositions presented by Qualcomm that its rivals didn’t have the technology required for their devices. Qualcomm also argued that it had legitimate business reasons for having strict contracts with Apple, including how expensive it is to design modems specifically for Apple.  The ruling’s remediesEarlier this month, the US Justice Department asked for a hearing on Qualcomm’s possible punishment if Koh ruled in the FTC’s favor. The DOJ said the court should carefully consider what remedy to carry out, because it’s worried about the US’ position in the race to 5G. But Koh denied the hearing request. Koh, in her ruling, said Qualcomm has to comply with five remedies:”Qualcomm must not condition the supply of modem chips on a customer’s patent license status and must negotiate or renegotiate license terms with customers in good faith under conditions free from the threat of lack of access to or discriminatory provision of modem chip supply or associated technical support or access to software. “Qualcomm must make exhaustive SEP licenses available to modem-chip suppliers on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory (“FRAND”) terms and submit, as necessary, to arbitral or judicial dispute resolution to determine such terms. “Qualcomm may not enter express or de facto exclusive dealing agreements for the supply of modem chips. “Qualcomm may not interfere with the ability of any customer to communicate with a government agency about a potential law enforcement or regulatory matter. “In order to ensure Qualcomm’s compliance with the above remedies, the court orders Qualcomm to submit to compliance and monitoring procedures for a period of seven years. Specifically, Qualcomm shall report to the FTC on an annual basis Qualcomm’s compliance with the above remedies ordered by the court.”The first and second remedies are “the most onerous, requiring renegotiation of existing licenses, and mandating offering chipset licenses (which, as always, opens up the possibility of chipset-level royalties and the specter of patent exhaustion),” Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon noted. “In practice, we don’t know what will happen next.” Making nice with AppleWhile Apple was one of Qualcomm’s fiercest critics, the two settled their disputes in April.  The two sides announced the surprise agreement through a joint press release on April 16 at the same time lawyers presented opening arguments in their trial in a San Diego courthouse. Apple and its contract manufacturers had given their statements, and Qualcomm’s head lawyer had nearly finished his remarks when the courtroom buzzed with the unexpected news.  The CEOs of both companies — Apple’s Tim Cook and Qualcomm’s Steve Mollenkopf — had been expected to testify. As recently as January, Cook said the iPhone maker wasn’t in talks with Qualcomm.  As part of the agreement, Apple will make a payment to Qualcomm for an undisclosed sum. The licensing pact, taking effect April 1, 2019, will last for six years and includes a two-year extension option. Apple and Qualcomm also signed a multiyear chipset supply agreement, which means Qualcomm modems could soon make their way back into iPhones. CNET’s Shelby Brown contributed to this report. Originally published May 22, 6:20 a.m. PT Updates, 8:05 a.m.: Adds comments from ruling, comments from antitrust lawyer, additional information; 11:46 a.m.: Includes comment from FTC, analyst and lawyer and adds more information about remedies. 1:50 p.m.: Adds analyst comment. Share your voice See also Powerful chipmaker Qualcomm is just too powerful, judge… Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Now playing: Watch this: Qualcomm illegally hurt competitors in the wireless chip market and used its dominant position to force unnecessary licensing fees on handset makers like Apple, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh said in a long-awaited ruling issued late Tuesday.Qualcomm must change how it does business and renegotiate license deals with its customers, according to the ruling, which came four months after a trial over the issue ended. To hold the company accountable, Qualcomm must also submit compliance and monitoring reports for the next seven years and report to the US Federal Trade Commission on an annual basis. “Qualcomm’s licensing practices have strangled competition in the CDMA and premium LTE modem chip markets for years, and harmed rivals, OEMs, and end consumers in the process,” Koh wrote in her ruling.  Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple reading • Qualcomm is a monopoly and must renegotiate deals, judge rules Post a comment The two sides battled in a San Jose, California, courtroom for most of January. The FTC wrapped up its antitrust case against the company on Jan. 15, and Qualcomm rested its defense 10 days later. Both sides presented closing arguments Jan. 29. The trial revealed the inner workings of tech’s most important business, smartphones, showing how suppliers wrestle for dominance and profit. For Qualcomm, the verdict calls into question the company’s entire business model. While it sells processors that connect devices to mobile networks, it also generates a significant percentage of its revenue from licensing. If it can’t collect royalties based on the value of a handset — which it had done in the past — it will generate less money and may have to rethink its model entirely. Even if it appeals the ruling, Qualcomm’s licensees likely will try to alter their contracts. Koh, in her ruling, said that Qualcomm can’t force a customer to sign a license before it will supply it with chips. It “must negotiate or renegotiate license terms with customers in good faith under conditions free from the threat of lack of access to or discriminatory provision of modem chip supply or associated technical support or access to software.Appealing the ruling It’s unclear what impact the ruling will have on Qualcomm’s recent settlement with Apple, but it’s likely that deal took into account a ruling in favor of the FTC. Ultimately, the case could take years to resolve as it works its way through the appeals process.  Apple “just signed an agreement that was quite favorable for [Qualcomm] … and of course needs QCOM modems for its 5G phone in 2020,” UBS analysts noted. “It seems highly unlikely that this news would impact the recent multi-year AAPL settlement.”It typically takes the 9th Circuit about two to three years to issue rulings in antitrust cases, said Ankur Kapoor, an antitrust partner at Constantine Cannon. It’s likely the court will fast-track the case, which means it could have a decision in about a year, he said.  “For tech antitrust, this is the biggest decision since the Microsoft case,” Kapoor said.  In the meantime, the 9th Circuit probably will grant Qualcomm an emergency stay of the injunction that forces it to change its practices. For Qualcomm’s appeal, it’ll have to focus on the legal basis of the ruling. “The only chance for Qualcomm to overturn this on appeal is on a pure question of law, a pure legal issue,” he added. “The big one is whether or not violation of FRAND obligations can constitute an antitrust violation or if it’s just a breach of contract.”  Qualcomm’s chip dominance Qualcomm is the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created technology that’s essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing those inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components. Because Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G networking technology, as well as other features like software, all handset makers building a device that connects to cellular networks have to pay it a licensing fee, even if they don’t use Qualcomm’s chips. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Phones Components Tech Industry • In a statement, Qualcomm said it would immediately seek a stay of the district court’s judgement and an expedited appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. “We strongly disagree with the judge’s conclusions, her interpretation of the facts and her application of the law,” Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel for Qualcomm, said in a statement Wednesday. FTC Competition Director Bruce Hoffman said in a statement Wednesday that “yesterday’s decision that Qualcomm’s practices violate the antitrust laws is an important win for competition in a key segment of the economy. FTC staff will remain vigilant in pursuing unilateral conduct by technology firms that harms the competitive process.”Apple, which played a big role in the FTC’s case, declined to comment.The ruling is a boon for Qualcomm’s customers and rivals, many of which supported the FTC’s case in hopes of securing lower licensing deals and getting greater access to the mobile market. Apple in particular played a large role in the case, with executives, such as Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, testifying that they felt they had no option but to agree to Qualcomm’s terms. If Apple didn’t give into Qualcomm’s demands, he said, it worried about losing access to Qualcomm’s chips. During the trial, the FTC argued Qualcomm’s licensing policies hurt consumers by causing higher smartphone pricing. But even though Koh ruled in the FTC’s favor, there’s little chance that handset makers like Apple and Samsung will lower their prices. Instead, even as Qualcomm has lowered its licensing rates, prices for the latest and greatest devices from those companies and others have continued to rise.  Antitrust arguments The decision comes more than two years after the FTC accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips. The FTC said Qualcomm forced customers like Apple to work exclusively with it and charged “excessive” licensing fees for its technology, in part by wielding a “no license, no chips” policy. Qualcomm’s practices prevented rivals from entering the market, drove up the cost of phones and in turn hurt consumers, who faced higher handset prices, the FTC said. Qualcomm argued the FTC’s lawsuit was based on “flawed legal theory” and that customers choose its chips because they’re the best. It also argued that competition is fierce in the mobile chip market and that Qualcomm never stopped providing processors to customers, even when they’ve been arguing over licenses. Qualcomm’s licensing practices have strangled competition. Judge Lucy Koh 1:48 0 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All For the FTC to win the case, it had to show that Qualcomm had a monopoly, that it had market power and that it used that power in negotiations with handset makers to command high royalties. The FTC also had to show that Qualcomm’s conduct hurt competitors and that the anticompetitive actions continue or will start again in the future. The FTC argued that Qualcomm used its power in the 3G and 4G chip market to force handset makers like Apple to sign licensing agreements with excessively high royalties. If Qualcomm isn’t stopped, the FTC said, it’ll do the same thing in the 5G market. “If the decision is sustained, it will require a change in Qualcomm’s business practices,” said Cornell Law antitrust professor George Hay. “While any changes that are implemented will have no immediate impact on their dominance in the chip market, over time it may lead to more competition.” Battling in court During the trial, the FTC called witnesses from companies like Apple, Samsung, Intel and Huawei and had experts testify about the alleged harm Qualcomm’s licensing practices have caused the mobile industry. Apple’s Williams testified that his company felt it had to sign contracts for amounts it thought too high — a royalty of $7.50 per iPhone — to maintain access to Qualcomm’s chips. “We were staring at an increase of over $1 billion per year in licensing, so we had a gun to our head,” Williams said as he explained why Apple signed another licensing agreement in 2013, despite being unhappy with the terms. He added that Apple has wanted to use Qualcomm’s chips for its newer devices, but Qualcomm refused to sell processors for the iPhone.  Qualcomm 5G 4G LTE Apple FTClast_img read more

Real Estate Developer PACL to Appeal SEBIs Order to Refund 81 billion

first_imgReal Estate company PACL has announced its decision to appeal SEBI’s order to return at least $8.1 billion to investors, who have invested in agricultural land through the company.Last week, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) ordered PACL to refund ₹49,000 crore to the investors along with a three-month interest, and has also asked the company to stop raising money from them.According to SEBI, the company’s investment schemes had not been registered with the capital markets regulator, reported Reuters.However, the company on Monday convinced its investors through notice that their funds were safe.”We assure our customers that their investments are safe and their interests would not be jeopardized,” PACL said in a statementPACL is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for an alleged scam, in which the real estate company is said to have received money from millions of investors under the plan of the sale and development of agricultural land.SEBI in its order said that PACL’s land holdings did not cover the amount of money raised from investors. However, the company refuted SEBI’s claims and said that it had sufficient asset holdings.The company claimed to have paid a commission of ₹7,893.8 crore up to March 2012 and said that the firm had 5.8 crore customers, which is more than twice the 2.2 crore demat accounts in India, according to Business Standard.Rural Delhi based investor, Vijender Kumar, a 24-year-old in the nursing sector, said that he had visited PACL’s office after reading about the company in a newspaper, since his father had invested ₹60,000 for five years until 2013.Kumar said it became mandatory for him to take up a loan as PACL did not return the deposit even after maturity.”We feel duped. This money means a lot for us,” he added.The case is the biggest crackdown on a large scale unlawful scheme after the Saradha Scam in Calcutta and is over twice the size of Sahara’s illicit scam.last_img read more

One year on MeToo sharply polarises US

first_img#MeToo hashtagThe #MeToo movement in one year has shaken the United States, brought down dozens of powerful men and threatens the confirmation of a Supreme Court judge, yet it has also become deeply polarizing and its long-term impact remains unclear.Accusations last October that Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein engaged in decades of sexual assault, opened the floodgates with liberals still reeling from President Donald Trump’s 2016 election despite boasting that he groped women with impunity.But #MeToo, like almost everything in America these days, has proved divisive.And with Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh accused of misconduct by three women in the 1980s, the polarization is becoming near hysterical.On Tuesday, Trump was cheered by supporters in Mississippi when he mocked Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, provoking a furious backlash from Democrats and criticism from moderate Republicans.“It’s a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” he said earlier this week.“You have this backlash that many Republicans are feeling that if Kavanaugh is not confirmed, it allows this liberal movement to take precedence over their politics and concerns,” explained Melissa Deckman, professor of political science at Washington College in Maryland.Research indicates a gender gap—that women care more than men about sexual misconduct—but that party is the deciding factor, with Democrats caring more than Republicans.#MeToo spurred the ouster of Democratic lawmakers such as the popular Al Franken and John Conyers, hugely respected for his civil rights work.This 20 years after Bill Clinton survived allegations of sexual assault and harassment, as well as an attempt to remove him from office over a consensual affair with an intern that many now consider an abuse of power.‘Marathon, not a sprint’In an Alabama election last year, meanwhile, Republicans backed their guy despite accusations he molested teenage girls.With Kavanaugh, having a conservative judiciary appears to carries more weight with many in his camp than anything he may or may not have done as a teenager.#MeToo has been credited with spurring women to run for office in record numbers as Democrats hope next month’s midterm elections will strip Trump of his majority and elevate women into power.But a revolution remains a long way off.The best possible outcome in November is that women will make up 24 per cent of Congress, a US record and up from the current 19.3 per cent, a rate of representation still flagging far behind many in the developed world.“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” says Jean Sinzdak, associate director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “We are likely to see some gain… but we are not going to be at parity.”Women have come forward to vent their anger over harassment and assault that for years they kept quiet, humiliated and disbelieving that they would be heard. Instead now they are being heard, being believed and supported.There are signs attitudes are shifting. This year, Bill Cosby, once one of the most famous Americans in the world, was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 and sentenced to at least three years in prison.‘Anything could happen’From police reopening a rape investigation into one of the biggest soccer stars on the planet, to ex-gymnastics USA doctor Larry Nassar being jailed for life, barely a day goes by when #MeToo is not front-page news.But the lasting impact is unclear.There has been growing pushback questioning whether all sexual misdemeanors should be treated with the same kick-them-to-the-curb attitude.An increasingly vocal segment believe the movement may have gone too far in ousting at least some men without the evidence to back up their accusations.“The effectiveness of the #MeToo movement and the long-lasting impact of it is largely dependent on men buying into it,” said Lisa Kimmel, president and CEO of the Canadian arm of US-based public relations firm Edelman.In American business circles, women account for fewer than four percent of board chairs in the S&P 1500.“It’s almost tone deaf if there is not a real commitment to enhance women in the workplace,” said Kimmel.And what of politics? How long will it take a viable woman presidential candidate to fare better than Hillary Clinton?“If things continue the way they are, you are going to have the same momentum in 2020 and women ready to throw their hats into the ring,” said Sinzdak. “But anything could happen, between now and then.”last_img read more

Taking literature to new heights

first_imgA pen is mighter than the sword, and the legacy has carried on for centuries now. Many literary works by eminent writers have been instrumental in bringing a revolution at many instances.Taking the same idea ahead, Kusumanjali Foundation has instituted an annual award titled ‘Kusumanjali Sahitya Samman’. Established by Kusum Ansal, it runs with the objective of promoting literary works of budding writers of Hindi and other regional languages. The first Samman was conferred last year to  Dr Karan Singh, President, ICCR and also felicitated the literary contributions of writers in Hindi and Tamil. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year, the annual award has invited nominations to honour the literary works in Hindi and Urdu. The selection board and the advisory committee of the Kusumanjali Foundation comprises eminent authors and scholars. The award will recognise and encourage the outstanding literary works in Hindi and Urdu during the years 2008 to 2012. The Samman comprises a cash prize of Rs 2,50,000 along with a citation and the award statuette.In addition to this, the Kusumanjali Foundation has introduced from this year a fellowship scheme for creative writers in Hindi for a maximum period of four months. The amount of this fellowship is Rs 20,000 per month. Details related to application are available on www.kusumanjaliorg. The last date for all entries is 31 March.last_img read more