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- 40th ‘Soorya’ festival begins its 111 day long journey on Thiruvananthapuram on September 21
- 2000 national and international artists will perform in the festival
- Yesudas, Manju Warrior, films by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, and country’s biggest Bible show are some of the major attractions on this year’s schedule
Sept 21, 2016: Kerala is all set for the 40th edition of the cultural and art celebration in Thiruvananthapuram. The traditional cultural fiesta is the annual ‘Soorya’ Festival that is celebrated for 111 days at a stretch.
The celebration will begin with the ‘Ganesham’, mega show as the opening ceremony on Wednesday at the famous Tagore theatre. The festival will conclude with country’s biggest ever Bible show, ‘My Savior’, on January 11.
On Monday, September 19, in a news conference- Soorya Krishnamurthy, the director of the film society and Soorya stage as well as the organiser of the grand event has stated that over 2000 artists from around the globe and from inside the country are about to participate in the grand fest.
The festival has multiple major attractions for the audience this year. Legendary Carnatic vocal singer K J Yesudas will be performing as he has been in all the previous editions of the festival. There will be also dancing performances of Nityashree Mahadevan, Shobhana and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy (Bharatnatyam), Sharmila Mukherjee (Odissi dance), Manju Warrior (Kuchipudi).
The theatre fest begins on October 11. The painting exhibition where various artists from around the world will take part in will commence from 11th to 17th November. The ‘Female Strokes’ is to showcase the works done by women artists. Ghazals and Hindustani music will be performed in the program ‘Jalsa Ghar’ from 21st to 31st October. Another grand attraction of the festival this year is the French ballet ‘Mithuna’, to be performed by Annett Leday.
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The film festival holds the major interest of the people. Supported by the directorate of the Film Festivals in New Delhi, the fest will see the screening of specially chosen classical movies by the eminent film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan in the ‘Meet the Masters’ program. The fest will also view regional films that include- Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi movies.
‘Soorya’, headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram, is a non-profit voluntary organisation that is absolutely non-commercial and the 40th edition of the annual celebration of the ‘Soorya’ Festival is about to be even more glamorous and more eventful!
– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC
As robots evolve to do more work around us, the UK-based humanoid robot manufacturer Engineered Arts has infused more human-like facial expressions into one of its robots, which may leave you with an eerie feeling.
In a video posted on YouTube, the robot called 'Ameca' displays various human expressions, like appearing to "wake up" from sleep, as its face shows confusion and frustration when it opens its eyes.
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Once awake, 'Ameca' starts looking at its hands and arms, opens its mouth and raises its eyebrows, just like a human does.
At the end of the video, Ameca smiles and holds a welcoming hand out towards the viewer.
According to Engineered Arts, the humanoid bot is currently unable to walk and it is working towards giving it the ability in the near future.
"Designed specifically as a platform for development into future robotics technologies, 'Ameca' is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction," says the company.
The 'Ameca' hardware is a development based on its own research into humanoid robotics and built on its advanced 'Mesmer' technology.
Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.Unsplash
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Engineered Arts is slated to put 'Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.
"Human-like Artificial Intelligence needs a human-like artificial body. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems can be tested and developed on Ameca alongside our powerful 'Tritium' robot operating system," the company posted on its website. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: Humanoid Robot, Ameca, Technology)
Microsoft has disrupted the activities of a China-based hacking group, gaining control of the malicious websites the group used to attack organisations in the US and 28 other countries around the world.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) said in a statement that a federal court in Virginia granted its request to seize websites of the hacking group called 'Nickel', enabling the company to cut off Nickel's access to its victims and prevent the websites from being used to execute attacks.
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"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations," said Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security and Trust at Microsoft.
Obtaining control of the malicious websites and redirecting traffic from those sites to Microsoft's secure servers will help the company protect existing and future victims while learning more about Nickel's activities.
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"Our disruption will not prevent Nickel from continuing other hacking activities, but we do believe we have removed a key piece of the infrastructure the group has been relying on for this latest wave of attacks," Burt said late on Monday.
To date, in 24 lawsuits - five against nation-state actors -- Microsoft has taken down more than 10,000 malicious websites used by cybercriminals and nearly 600 sites used by nation-state actors.
"We have also successfully blocked the registration of 600,000 sites to get ahead of criminal actors that planned to use them maliciously in the future," the tech giant informed.
"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations."Unsplash
In some observed activity, Nickel malware used exploits targeting unpatched on-premises Exchange Server and SharePoint systems.
"However, we have not observed any new vulnerabilities in Microsoft products as part of these attacks. Microsoft has created unique signatures to detect and protect from known Nickel activity through our security products, like Microsoft 365 Defender," the company noted.
Nickel has targeted organisations in both the private and public sectors, including diplomatic organisations and ministries of foreign affairs in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. (IANS/SP)
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Chip manufacturer MediaTek on Monday announced that it is focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, substantial expansion in Research and Development capabilities.
MediaTek's plans to boost technology democratisation and enable access to disruptive connectivity with its range of mainstream to flagship 5G chips.
"We at MediaTek are focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, and substantial expansion in our R&D capabilities. For 2022, we are focused on further strengthening our presence in India, offering incredible experiences to customers, and supporting the country's technology initiatives with our expertise and collaboration with leading OEMs," Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India said in a statement.
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In the flagship segment, MediaTek recently announced the Dimensity 9000 chip, which is a milestone of innovation and a rise to the incredible, built-to-power flagship 5G smartphones in the world, the company claims.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 features a single Cortex-X2 performance core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85GHz and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores at 1.8GHz.
It packs a 10-core Arm Mali-G710 that takes care of graphics processing, the report said.
The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.Unsplash
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The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.
The chipset can handle screens with up to a 180Hz refresh rate at Full HD+ resolutions. It is also the first chipset to have an 18-bit image signal processor, offering the ability to capture 4K HDR video using up to three cameras at the same time, or still photos using up to a massive 320MP sensor. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: 5G, smartphones, Mediatek)