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American Telugu Association prepares for grand celebration of 25 years completion

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Chicago(IL): The premier national organisation of Telugus in North American is all set to unveil its Grand ATA conference as it completes 25 years. The conference will be at s scale achieved never before, showing the rich enduring Telugu culture in the form of art, music, dance, literary, religious, social, economic, health forums from July 1 to 3rd in Chicago at Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

To make it successful, ATA’s top tier team from all across the country, gathered at Westin Hotel in Princeton, New Jersey so that the needed step could be taken to host this epic silver jubilee convention. All the regional teams representing various US cities showed great commitment to organise the largest conference in Chicago in the celebration of silver jubilee.

This huge convention will be hosted by over 70 important committees served by 70 chairs and 100 co-chairs with over 200 members/ advisors and over 300 vendors. A large number of families are expected to arrive to arrive in Chicago this summer to join the convention. Telangana government announced that it will send a 15 member cultural troupe to augment the ATA festivities at the convention.

Chandrasekhar Reddy Palvai was elected as Conference Convener and KK Reddy was elected as Conference director. Krishna Mushyam and Jagan Bukaraju were elected as Co-Convenors for the Conference. The team also appointed a new Treasurer Vinod Koduru and five new trustees and Mahidhar Musukula was appointed as Office Coordinator.

ATA President Sudhakar Perkari thanked and congratulated the ATA team for commitment and hard work they have put. He also thanked Telangana government for their help in hosting of ATA Vedukalu in Hyderabad.

Conference Convenor, Chandrasekhar Reddy Palvai said that there is a new momentum, new energy within the Telugu families in the United States to be part of the historic convention. He promised that scale of the convention will be unmatched.

KK Reddy, Conference Director give the assurance of organising ATA convention in a manner that will go down in the history as one the grandest festival to showcase the 25 years journey.

He also has predicted that no efforts will be left to attract the 12,000 attendances from all across the US and even India. He outlined the steps taken to mobilize funds to defray the enormous cost needed for the hosting of this convention. He said it was challenging for the team to stay competitive in raising funds with the overview of the long-term humanitarian mission of ATA.

Kamala Chimata, Conference Coordinator highlighted the goal of the convention which is to promote literary, cultural, educational, religious, social, economic, health and community activities of the people of Telugu origin.(Source-AsianmediaUSA)

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India 2nd in Government Requests for Users’ Data on Facebook

In the second half of 2018, Facebook identified 53 disruptions of Facebook services in nine countries, compared to 48 disruptions in eight nations in the first half of 2018

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FILE - A man poses for a photo in front of a computer showing Facebook ad preferences in San Francisco, California, March 26, 2018. VOA

The Indian government requested Facebook to provide data for 20,805 users (including 861 emergency requests) — second only to the US government — in the July-December 2018 period and the social networking giant provided some data in 53 per cent of the cases.

During the second half of 2018, the volume of content restrictions based on local law increased globally by 135 per cent — from 15,337 to 35,972.

“This increase was primarily driven by 16,600 items we restricted in India based on a Delhi High Court order regarding claims made about PepsiCo products,” said Facebook in its latest Transparency Report for the second half of 2018.

The US government asked for users’ data in 41,336 cases wherein Facebook provided some information in 88 per cent of the cases.

“In the second half of 2018, government requests for user data increased globally by seven per cent from 103,815 to 110,634,” Chris Sonderby, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Facebook, said in a statement late Thursday.

“Of the total volume, the US continues to submit the highest number of requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France,” he added.

In a separate post, Facebook said it removed more than three billion fake accounts in the October 2018-March 2019 period, saying that about 5 per cent of its monthly active users were fake.

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FILE – The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

Facebook disabled 1.2 billion accounts in Q4 2018 and 2.19 billion in Q1 2019.

“For fake accounts, the amount of accounts we took action on increased due to automated attacks by bad actors who attempt to create large volumes of accounts at one time,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president for integrity, said in a blog post.

According to Rosen, for every 10,000 times people who view content on Facebook, 11 to 14 views contained content that violate the platform’s adult nudity and sexual activity policy.

In the second half of 2018, Facebook identified 53 disruptions of Facebook services in nine countries, compared to 48 disruptions in eight nations in the first half of 2018.

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“This half, India accounted for 85 per cent of total new global disruptions,” the company informed.

In this period, on Facebook and Instagram, the company took down 2,595,410 pieces of content based on 511,706 copyright reports; 215,877 pieces of content based on 81,243 trademark reports; and 781,875 pieces of content based on 62,829 counterfeit reports.

“In Q1 2019, we took action on about 900,000 pieces of drug sale content, of which 83.3 per cent we detected pro-actively. In the same period, we took action on about 670,000 pieces of firearm sale content, of which 69.9 per cent we detected pro-actively,” added Rosen. (IANS)