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China uses drones to monitor university exams

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Authorities in China employed surveillance drones in an effort to stamp out cheating in college entrance exams. They released a six-propeller drone, and flew it over two test centres in Luoyang in Henan province on Sunday, to scan for signals being sent to devices which may have been smuggled in.

The officials have become increasingly concerned about the students using devices such as smart phones and other wireless devices for cheating.

There have  even been reports of cheating devices sewn into the clothes by the students in the past.

As reported by TOI, Beijing deployed 17,000 police officers to redirect traffic and increase security at the test centers, and also set up service stations to treat anxious parents, should any suffer heart attacks, the city government said in a statement.
Almost all Chinese high school graduates take the test as it is the only way to gain entry into the country’s universities.

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‘Dalai Lama is a Political Figure under the cloak of Religion, Meeting or Hosting the Dalai Lama is a major offence’ Warns China

In April this year, China had reacted violently to a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tawang, in India’s northeast border state of Arunachal Pradesh, large parts of which is claimed by Beijing.

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The 14th Dalai Lama, Wikimedia

Beijing, October 21, 2017 : As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepares to visit India next week, China on Saturday warned that it will be deeply offended if any foreign leader meets with or any country invites the Dalai Lama.

On the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a Chinese Minister dubbed the Tibetan spiritual leader as a “political figure under the cloak of religion”.

“Any country or any organisation or anyone accepting to meet with the Dalai Lama in our view is a major offence to the sentiment of the Chinese people,” said Zhang Yijiong, Executive Vice Minister of the United Front Work Department of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).

“Also, since they have committed to recognising China as a sole legitimate government representing China, it contravenes their attempt, because it is a serious commitment,” Zhang added.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of stoking unrest and secessionist activities in Tibet from where the spiritual leader fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising.

The Dalai Lama has urged for more autonomy for Tibet.

Beijing opposes any country or leader keeping in touch with the Dalai Lama.

“I want to make it clear that the 14th Dalai Lama, the living Buddha handed down by history is a political figure under the cloak of religion,” said Zhang.

In February this year, Tillerson had told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing that he is committed to promoting dialogue on Tibet and receiving the Dalai Lama.

Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi had visited the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, in May, and sought to draw the world’s attention to human rights in Tibet, triggering protests by China.

China resorts to different tactics if any country hosts the Dalai Lama. For instance, Beijing blocked a major highway leading to Mongolia, crippling the economy there after Ulan Bator hosted the leader late last year.

Mongolia later apologised and promised Beijing never to invite the Dalai Lama.

“Officials, in their capacity as officials, attending all foreign-related activities represent their governments. So I hope governments around the world speak and act with caution and give full consideration to their friendship with China and their respect for China’s sovereignty,” Zhang added.

The comments from the Chinese Minister also comes days after Tillersoon described India as a partner in a strategic relationship and said the US would “never have the same relationship with China, a non-democratic society”.

According to reports, last month China refused to fund travel for visiting scholars at University of California, San Diego, apparently in retaliation for inviting the Dalai Lama to be its 2017 commencement speaker.

In April this year, China had reacted violently to a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tawang, in India’s northeast border state of Arunachal Pradesh, large parts of which is claimed by Beijing. (IANS)

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Is My Partner Cheating On Me? New Study Says You Can Tell By Their Voice! | Key Signs of Cheating

Still fearing infidelity? We have you covered

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Pennsylvania, October 11, 2017 : Being in a relationship comes with its own set of worries and setbacks. While trust is the foundation of every relationship, it is not that easy to believe everything that your partner says or does. Do you have doubts about their intentions? Do you tumble and toss all night wondering if your partner is cheating on you? Just listen to them speak.

According to a new report published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, you can detect infidelity by the way your partner sounds.

Researchers from the Penn State University and Albright College recently conducted an interesting experiment to trace and address the relationship between speech and infidelity.

The Research

To decode a relationship between speech and infidelity, the researchers recorded the voices of men and women reading the numbers 1 to 10. This group of people included heterosexual, unmarried individuals who were or had been in committed relationships. Half of the volunteers admitted to have had sex outside their relationships, while the other half claimed to have been loyal throughout.

Assuming that the participants were telling the truth, the volunteers now comprised a group of cheaters and non-cheaters; however, no evident distinction was made between the two groups

Next, another group of volunteers were exposed to these audio recordings who were then asked to rate the likelihood that each speakers had cheated on their partner.

Is My Partner Cheating On Me?
Here is what the research found

Shockingly, the study revealed that the volunteers were successfully able to identify the cheaters based on their voice alone.

To maintain authenticity, the researchers also manipulated the pitch of the volunteers’ samples and regardless speakers were still able to assess their infidelity.

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‘These findings expand upon the idea that the human voice may be of value as a cheater detection tool and very thin slices of vocal information are all that is needed to make certain assessments about others’, the researchers said, as quoted by The Daily Mail.

What Can Voice Reveal About Cheating Partners?

While the researchers agree that they cannot specifically point out the features of the voice that leads an individual to make this assessment, they agreed that a lot can be revealed by the pitch of a person.

The experiment also found that extroverts had few silent pauses and greater voice quality, which motivated an individual to make an assessment of infidelity. According to the study, “masculine males tend to display less clarity in their speech and show phonetic patterns indicative of masculinity, which in turn could be associated with infidelity threat.”

So, you have been speaking to your partner and still haven’t found a difference in his tone or pitch. But somehow your faith in your significant other and the relationship is faltering now. And all you can wonder is,

“Is My Partner Cheating On Me?”

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Still fearing infidelity? We have you covered

Key Signs That Your Partner Has Cheated

  • Staying at the office till late
  • Travelling or going for trips more often
  • Sudden increase in the use of mobile phone
  • Increased and suspicious use of social media
  • Suddenly acting distant and attributing it to ‘stress from work’
  • They will shower you with unexpected gifts and remind you that they love you, however this will not be supported with action

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China pays Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti in Beijing

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Beijing, Oct 02: China on Monday celebrated the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, with the India Embassy in Beijing releasing commemorative postage stamps on the Ramayana.

Many Chinese nationals offered flowers to a statue of Gandhi at Beijing’s Chaoyang Park, while school children recited his famous quotes in Mandarin on a nippy overcast day.

“Gandhiji looked forward to a day when a free India and a free China could cooperate in friendship and brotherhood for their own good and for the benefit of Asia and the World,” Wilson Babu, Charge D’Affaires at the Indian embassy, said.

“Leaders of our two countries have been striving to build strong India-China relations based on Gandhiji’s ideals of world peace and respect for all human beings.”

In Shanghai, the Indian Consulate organised a series of events including a memorial lecture, screening of a documentary film and a painting completion for children of the Indian community.

Mahatma Gandhi has become increasingly popular in China, with many Chinese researchers studying his ideology of non-violence.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar in Gujarat to Putlibai and Karamchand Gandhi. (IANS)