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Tech Community Waits with Bated Breath for Code Gladiators 2018 Finals
After fighting the gruesome coding battle for over 70 days, only top 300 coders will be able to enter the grand finale arena on June 9. The 2018 season of Code Gladiators saw participation of 2,28,864 coders in totality. Out of which 10,000 ace coders made it to the semi-final rounds after clearing the preliminary rounds. The tech community is hoping for an exciting finale and some new records from the world's biggest coding arena. The next few days will be extremely critical for over 10,000 coders and the entire tech community as TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 enters its final round. These 10,000 coders have been shortlisted from a whopping 2,28,864 code entries at the Code Gladiators 2018 edition. All these techies - semi-finalists as well as other participants - are eagerly waiting for the nail-biting final rounds in June as the title win brings along glory, fame, recognition and of course a huge prize money! Notably, TechGig Code Gladiators 2017 won Guinness Book of World Records for maximum participation in a programming competition by leaving behind even China's Baidu. That sentiment of breaking a world record, meeting top-notch techies from different companies and meeting prospective employers directly is nothing short of an enigma! The 2018 edition has seen participation numbers swell multi-fold and that too with the introduction of new themes. This year, the contest had new themes like Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain to let coders experiment with their work, and as expected these themes had blockbuster participation. The selected participants from the submission rounds will be ranked on various parameters and shortlisted after mega 20-hour hackathon challenge on June 7 & 8. The glitzy mega finale will take place on June 9 at Reliance Corporate Park in Navi Mumbai where India's new coding champions will be crowned. The stupendous 2,28,864 code submissions at TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 shows the competitive zeal and hidden talent of Indian techies. Ever since its first edition in 2014, the number of coders (freshers and working professionals) participating in the event has seen an exponential rise of over six times! "Code Gladiators is not just an event but a beacon of coding excellence in the Indian IT community. In the last four years, Code Gladiators has seen a phenomenal growth in registrations and this mega participation has encouraged us to introduce emerging technologies and showcase Indian talent to the global tech community. We are confident that TechGig Code Gladiators 2018 will be more exciting than its previous editions," said Ramathreya Krishnamurthy, Business Head, TimesJobs and TechGig. Highlights of Code Gladiators 2018 include dedicated tracks for advanced technologies such as Amazon Alexa, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, E-Commerce, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, and Mobility & Location Services. These saw a phenomenal rise in participant levels indicating a growing interest in the country for these emerging technologies. Prizes worth ₹ 75 lakh await winners at the Code Gladiators 2018. These include ₹ 2.5 lakh for the winner, ₹ 2 lakh for the first runners-up and ₹ 1.5 lakh for the second runners-up. The winner of Code Diva, award for the best women coder, will receive Rs 50,000. Besides these, there are prizes such as Fastest Finger First, Daily Leaderboard Topper, and Language Winner. All information is available @ https://www.techgig.com/codegladiators
May 18, 2018 - TechGig
Outsmart Cancer: TOI initiative for early detection of Cancer
As a newspaper, The Times of India is committed to not only talk about the issues which affect us as a society (civic, crime, infrastructure, politics, etc.) but also issues that impact us at an individual level (education, health, social cause, etc.). Over the previous years, The Times of India has taken up initiatives like Mission Admission, Fertile conversations, Times Spark, Organ Donation, Water Positive, etc. to help readers. At the start of this new year, The Times of India plans to take up more causes, especially, in the area of health. The first one aims to help our readers outsmart a critical illness called cancer. Unlike the common narrative on cancer which is on treatment, Outsmart Cancer opens the topic of outsmarting the disease by early detection through regular screening. According to reports, mortality rates due to cancer are four to six times higher in India than in the west due to late detection. Through the campaign, our endeavour is to create awareness around cancer screenings so that more lives can be saved by early detection In order to spread the message of cancer screenings to all parts of the country, a robust marketing campaign including print, TV, radio, outdoor, digital and mobile is being used. Interest patrons can pledge for cancer screening by giving a missed call on 8448198134 or by logging onto www.outsmartcancer.in. Furthermore, cancer talks are being organized across colleges and corporates in 10 cities for clearing doubts and dispelling fear,. The talks are being conducted by experts from Indian Cancer Society, Life Again Foundation, CanSupport and doctors from Apollo hospitals to provide well rounded information on the topic. Speaking at one of the talks at Merchant Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata, Dr Shaikat Gupta, director of surgical oncology at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, said, "If detected early, 50% of cancer cases are curable. The problem arises once the cancer spreads to other parts of the body. Though awareness has increased over the years, it needs to seep in at every level. That is why regular check up, especially by those in the risk category, is necessary." In addition to the cancer talks, the initiative also aims to increase citizen conscience on the topic. During the initiative, The Times of India seeks to reach out to the woman of our country to donate their minimum six inches of their hair for cancer patients at any Naturals salon in the country. The donated hair shall be used to make wigs for cancer patients and survivors. Lastly, to string together people from all walks of life, a large 7-city mass zumabathon and walkathon is planned in February to commemorate the World Cancer day. About The Times of India As an iconic brand that has empowered millions of readers through last 178 years, The Times of India (TOI) has always aimed to be a positive change agent and a window to a limitless world of opportunities. TOI has an unparalleled footprint of over 4.4 million newspapers sold daily with a cumulative reader base of 14+ million. Reflecting the diversity of India and regional issues, TOI publishes 55 different editions to cater to our varied geographies and cultural nuances. The portfolio offers a range of 47 city-specific supplements like Bombay Times, Delhi Times, Bangalore Times etc. and unique publications like Times Life, Times Property, Education Times and Times Ascent to cater to a wide range of interests. The Times of India has the spirit of being an empowering change agent and has successfully launched several national initiatives such as Lead India, Aman ki Asha, Social Impact Awards, Teach India, Times Scholars, Citizen Reporter and many more. In recent years, Times Internet Limited, the digital venture of TOI, has led the Internet revolution in India offering a wide range of services from online news to e-commerce, music, video, daily deals etc. Today, TOI.in is India's preferred news destination across web, mobile and app. TOI.in reaches over 150 million visitors on the web and serves 2 billion page views every month across web and mobile, thus augmenting TOI's presence in every corner of the globe.
Jan 8, 2018 - The Times of India
Economic alliance with India is important, says H.E. Mohd Sharaf,UAE
DUBAI - September 27, 2017: More investment flows between the UAE and India should be promoted, and the scope for investments should be widened to address new rewarding sectors, said H.E. Mohammed Sharaf, Assistant Foreign Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs, UAE. H.E. Mohammed Sharaf was delivering a keynote address at the 'Economic Times India UAE Strategic Conclave 2017, organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, in Dubai. The two-day event, attended by business leaders and senior government officials, kicked off giving a further fillip to the bilateral and business relations between the two countries. "There are direct economic gains to cover the strategic goal of safeguarding and boosting both countries' status as major trade hubs and key gateways to regional and international markets. The significant economic interconnectivity in quantitative figures to emphasise on the alignment of the UAE's and Indian economic interests, and to stress that the prosperity of one country's economy will yield flourishing trade and investment flows to the other," H.E. Mohammed Sharaf added. He reiterated the interconnectivity of the UAE and the Indian economies is evidenced by the $35.8 non-oil trade and $6.9 billion oil trade in 2016. With this volume of bilateral trade, India remains as the second top market for UAE's oil and non-oil exports, while the UAE represents the second biggest market for Indian goods worldwide. The maritime sector, which includes ports, shipping and blue economy, is one example of the not fully realized potentials that can be targeted by UAE-India bilateral initiatives, he added. He highlighted the visit of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to India at the beginning of this year, and the inauguration of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the UAE and India, exemplify a major milestone that aims to take the already strong relationship between our countries to a higher altitude. The distinguished relationship between the UAE and India is the result of the insightful vision of both countries' leaderships, and following accumulative efforts demonstrated by the public and private sectors in our countries. The strategic partnership will build upon a concrete economic base to unlock the potential of enhanced cooperation and materialize all possible synergies in existing and new sectors. The alignment of economic interests, in addition to close political, security, and cultural ties are vital motivators and enablers to materialize our leaderships' aspirations for an effective and fruitful strategic partnership. While speaking at the Conclave, HE Vipul, Consul-General of India in Dubai, said, "This is the continuation of the relationship founded on the success of the two countries continued commitment to boost mutual bilateral ties. The bilateral, trade and strategic relation between the UAE and India is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. India is looking for a significant amount of investment from the UAE that will help substantially augment the trade and investment relations between the countries. The economic ties between India and the UAE dates back hundreds of years and we are proud of the two countries' sustained efforts to strengthen this relationship further." Commenting on successful start of the Conclave, Mr. Deepak Lamba, President of Times Strategic Solutions, said, "The Economic Times India UAE Strategic Conclave 2017 has been conceptualised as a platform to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between policy and business leaders of the two countries. We are happy to bring all these leaders together at the Conclave aimed at exploring the potential of bilateral and business ties between India and the UAE." "The Conclave includes focused sessions on some key areas of mutual interest and cooperation between the two countries. As we have witnessed today, the Conclave will discuss challenges and opportunities concerning investments in both the countries,"he added. Being held in Dubai on September 27 and 28, The Economic Times India UAE Strategic Conclave 2017 will strengthen the bilateral trade and investment ties between India and the UAE as top policy makers and industry leaders from both countries congregate at the Conclave. The Conclave includes a variety of panel discussions and sessions aimed at addressing the policy framework and guidelines needed to attract investors, sovereign wealth funds, large corporate houses and industries. The two-day Conclave will focus on areas that should be tapped for growth. This includes matters of defence, energy, security and maritime trade, among other issues. Another significant pillar of India-UAE ties that will be discussed is the geopolitical and economic impact of strong India-UAE relations on the Asian region. Given the current state of flux in West Asia, both countries can be critical drivers to maintain peace and stability in the region. The Conclave will also announce the launch of the second edition of the Economic Times Best Asian Healthcare Brands coffee table book in India.
UAE leaders trust friendship with India, says UAE Minister for culture
DUBAI - September 28, 2017: The UAE and India will have to further explore possible areas of synergy to advance bilateral trade between India and the UAE, says His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. Both the countries understand the economic and social benefits that come from openness to the world with focus in trade, investment, and culture, said H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan while delivering his speech titled, "the way forward for India-UAE relations" at the first edition of the Economic Times India UAE Strategic Conclave 2017, held in Dubai on Wednesday. The two-day event, attended by business leaders and senior government officials, kicked off giving a further fillip to the bilateral and business relations between the two countries. "There is more room for discussions to attain deeper integration between the two countries to build even stronger business and economic links for mutual prosperity, and develop common understandings of our shared challenges and opportunities, manage globalisation and share the benefits of modern technologies. This will help take advantage of the emerging position occupied by both India and the UAE in the world economy," he added. H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan elaborated that the UAE and India have been friends for many centuries and that extended through several generations of families from both countries. Leaders of the modern UAE have exercised their wise judgement in favour of friendship with India for over 45 years. "Earlier this year, the Prime Minster of India Narendra Modi signed a Memorandum of Understanding with H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who was India's Chief Republic Day Guest. The MoU pertains to a wide range of bilateral economic activities and an ambitious roadmap for engagement and strategic partnership," he remarked. H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan reiterated,"This partnership has furnished outstanding results, as the UAE is India's third largest trading partner, and the UAE ranks ninth among all nations measured by their foreign direct investments in India. Indian expatriates in the UAE have led the world by remitting almost 25 per cent of the total $62.7 billion dollars of foreign transactions received by India in 2016". In his keynote address H.E. Navdeep Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said, "There has never been a better time to expand the business connections links between India and the UAE. There are enormous Indian investments in to the UAE. We want to see much more business and investment interests from the UAE into India, and I hope that a conference like this would certainly take that forward. The strategic partnership signed between India and the UAE at the beginning of this year is being progressively translated into reality, and the links between India and UAE are getting strengthened in entirely new areas." In his welcome address, Mr. Deepak Lamba, President of Times Strategic Solutions, expressed his gratitude on behalf of The Economic Times for receiving an overwhelming support to the Economic Times India UAE Strategic Conclave 2017. "The Conclave took a deep dive into some of the micro issues that carve the way forward for substantial investments and greater cooperation both on the business and government front. Business leaders from both the countries deliberated on macro structural issues that need to be addressed to build confidence. Much has been talked about the USD 75 billion infrastructure fund from the UAE, throwing light on the action points which can speed up the investments," he said. At the Conclave, H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan launched the Economic Times Best Asian Healthcare Brands coffee table book; and felicitated listed brands. H.E. Navdeep Suri felicitated investment agencies that have helped enhance bilateral investment between the two countries. The business leaders' panel titled "Remodelling Globalisation: Co-functioning in a fast-changing world and the opportunities between India and the UAE", deliberated on developing a medium and long-term strategy for key industry sectors to increase bilateral trade. The panel included CP Gurnani, MD & CEO of Tech Mahindra; Sanjay Modi, MD-APAC & ME, Monster.com; Sunil Kanoria, Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman - SREI Infrastructure; Sharafudheen Sharaf, Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman-Sharaf Group; Manish Dhameja, MD & Head of Commercial Banking UAE-Standard Chartered Bank; H.E. Abdulla Al Darmaki, CEO of Khalifa Fund for Entreprise Development; Khalid Al Mansouri, CEO of Emirates Driving Company. Another panel discussion deliberated on making the USD 75 billion infrastructure fund work for India. The panel included K Ramchand, Group CEO of IL&FS; Ravi Khanna, CEO of Aditya Birla Solar; Rajiv Agarwal, MD & CEO of Essar Ports; Capt. BVJK Sharma, CEO & JMD of JSW Infrastructure; Jayant Mhaiskar, Vice Chairman & MD of MEP Infrastructure; Edwin Lammers, VP Commercial of Abu Dhabi Ports.
The living Zen: The Dalai Lama carves a way for a happier Life
Neither the blistering humid heat of August nor the enthusiastic crowd could disturb the tranquil spell as His Holiness Dalai Lama graciously conducted the "Art of Happiness" talk, organized by the Association of British Scholars in collaboration with Speakingtree.in at the Siri Fort Auditorium in the capital on August 10. With his trademark smile, effervescence and warm aura, the 14th Dalai Lama started the talk by modestly accepting that he is not different from any of us, physically or mentally, rather it is our actions that make us different from others, for better or for worse. He further added that our basic human nature is in fact compassion and anything cultivated beyond that (anger, greed, jealousy or hate) is something that arises from our own understanding of the world. In his own words, "Just like other things create energy, anger too creates energy all around, the only difference is that this is blind energy that forces us to do things the wrong way." Sharing his wisdom on education, he said that it should go beyond books and games, rather it should include study of basic human nature and how compassionate it is - something that we all struggle to achieve. Talking about how happiness is sometimes measured by yardsticks of physical beauty and money, His Holiness said, "There is no point in applying make-up, if you are ugly from the inside. Real beauty lies within us". Similarly, something as pure as friendship requires two souls to connect, regardless of caste, creed, colour and gender. However, what he really emphasized on was the art of forgiveness --- a noble practice, but a difficult one to follow. His Holiness said that to forgive someone, you must first learn to let go of prejudices and negative thought processes. "If you reasonably, nobly and respectfully deal with an enemy, he might even become your friend, this time next year!" Expressing his concern about today's youth, The Dalai Lama stressed that the youth are impressionable and must be dealt with in the right manner. "There is no substitute for a mother's physical touch. The more a mother loves a child, the more he will love the world. Also, education about different human emotions and their repercussions in the society will go a long way in making this world a happy place for our children." Considered as one of the wisest men in the world, he said that the only way to achieve unparalleled wisdom is to study, but not just the books. We should also indulge in analytical mediation or Vipassana, which would empower and revitalize us mentally. The Dalai Lama concluded his talk by stating that we might have different ways of praying to the Almighty, but our motive is the same. He signed off by saying, "I pray that I am around till the time the world is suffering so that I can serve one and all, always".
Aug 11, 2017 - SpeakingTree
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