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Dadri lynching: ‘Government is prepared for CBI investigation’

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New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said anyone seeking to disturb communal amity will not be spared and that the government was prepared for a CBI probe into the lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri so that the truth comes out.

Replying to a debate in the Lok Sabha on intolerance, Rajnath Singh said the allegations against the government over intolerance started with the lynching.

He said the preliminary report of the Uttar Pradesh government did not mention communalism, beef, or any planned murder.

He said the initial investigation by Uttar Pradesh did not reach a conclusion and the matter can be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation if the state government wanted it.

The central government is prepared (for a CBI probe) so that the truth comes out,

As Rajnath Singh talked about differences between Islamic sects in countries such as Iraq and Bahrain, opposition members protested and asked him to focus on the situation in India and controversial remarks of some ministers.

He said, “India is, was, and will be tolerant“, and the subject of the debate was “dangerous and self-destroying“.

Rejecting charges of intolerance hurled at the government, he said the BJP and Prime Minister Modi were the worst victims of intolerance in politics.

The country will decide who is intolerant. As far as the government is concerned, we will not allow intolerance in any circumstances,

He reached out to the opposition and promised that mistakes, if any, would be rectified by the government.

If anybody tries to disturb communal amity, he will not be spared,

The home minister said he was prepared to meet the intellectuals who have returned awards. “Let’s talk,” he said, adding that the government was willing to take any step towards harmony and correct mistakes if any.

Rajnath Singh said an attempt was made to defame the Modi government by returning literary and other awards.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Central Government To Host AI-Focused Summit in April To Exchange Ideas on Technology

The government will partner with industry and academia for the summit called "RAISE 2020 -- Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020"

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The government will partner with industry and academia for the summit called "RAISE 2020 -- Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020". Pixabay

The Indian government on Wednesday said it will host an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-focused summit here on April 11-12 with the aim of providing a platform for a “global meeting of minds” to exchange ideas.

The government will partner with industry and academia for the summit called “RAISE 2020 — Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020”.

Set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the summit will aim to charter a course to use AI for social empowerment, inclusion and transformation in key areas like healthcare, agriculture, education and smart mobility, among other sectors.

Ahead of the summit, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) organised a consultation with industry representatives to bring in synergies within India’s AI landscape.

“We are extremely delighted to announce the first of its kind two-day summit – ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020′. In our opinion, a data-rich environment like India has the potential to be the world’s leading AI laboratory which can eventually transform lives globally,” said Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY.

“AI technology is a powerful tool that can be used to create a positive impact in the Indian context, further becoming the AI destination for the world,” Sawhney added.

During the consultation session, the government also launched an AI-startup challenge “Pitchfest”.

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The Indian government on Wednesday said it will host an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-focused summit here on April 11-12 with the aim of providing a platform. Pixabay

“The name “RAISE 2020″ came into being because we want to leverage responsible AI practices for enabling the masses. Through this summit we will outline India’s vision for utilising the power of AI to responsibly transform the social landscape for a better tomorrow,” sad Abhishek Singh, President and CEO, National e-Governance Division (NeGD).

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“RAISE 2020 will facilitate an exchange of ideas to further create a mass awareness about the need to ethically develop and practice AI in the digital era,” Singh said. (IANS)