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The Indian Police Service IPS official reached the top of Mountain Kilimanjaro, 5,895 meters above sea level, on January 21 at 08.15 a.m. (local time).
Hyderabad’s JPC Tarun Joshi has climbed Mountain Kilimanjaro , the highest peak in Africa and the highest stand-alone mountain in the world.
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Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar congratulated Joshi on achieving this feat.
Passionate about mountaineering, Joshi had scaled the Vinson Massif in Antarctica on January 16 last year. He had achieved the remarkable feat in minus 35 degrees temperature.
In August 2019, he had scaled 4,884-metre Puncak Jaya mountain in Papua Island, Indonesia. He became the second Indian to scale the snow-covered mountain.
Joshi had also led rescue teams on a couple of occasions. In 2013 when students from then undivided Andhra Pradesh were stranded in Uttarakhand floods, the IPS officer had led a rescue team and saved several students.
The Centre has continued the Naga peace talks with the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) leaders, but negotiations face roadblocks as the Naga leaders are adamant in their main demands for a separate Constitution and flag.
The sources aware of these developments said that the Centre was hopeful that a successful solution of the six decades-long peace talks would arrive at a logical conclusion, but in the recent statements, Naga leaders have accused the Centre of offering post-solution options.
Sources quoting the stand of Naga leaders said that NSCN's stand was loud and clear that it would not follow the forbidden route to the Naga solution that was linked to foregoing the Naga national flag and Constitution, which is the face of the Naga political struggle and identity.
The Naga leaders have also said that the Centre has been using divisive policy and flattery in the name of finding the Naga political solution when the matters heated up.
When the Centre resumed the peace process in September this year and sent the former special director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) A.K. Mishra as the Ministry of Home Affairs' emissary to the rebel outfit's chief negotiator and general secretary T. Muivah, he assured him (Muivah) that the peace talks would be initiated under the original framework signed in 2015, a source in the Naga rebel group said.
"Here we are talking about the Naga national flag and Yehzabo (Constitution), the two issues that are holding up the Naga solution under the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks in Delhi.
"The chequered history of the Indo-Naga political issue is clear enough before us, with accords and agreements that were never meant to be implemented in letter and spirit", an important office-bearer of the rebel outfit said while criticizing the governments' stand.
Accusing the Centre, he further accused the Centre of persuading the Naga people again to accept whatever is being offered to hurry up the Naga talks.
On the invitation of the Centre, the senior leaders of the NSCN-IM including T. Muivah arrived in the national capital on October 6 this year to hold another round of talks with the Centre.
Both, the Centre and the Naga leaders had indicated their keenness on resolving this long pending issue by the end of this year in an amicable manner.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, who is also chairman of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had been actively involved in the resumption of the peace talks and taking it forward to a logical conclusion.
Soon after the transfer of Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi, who was appointed as the Centre's interlocutor for the Naga peace talks on August 29, 2014, to Tamil Nadu, the peace talks resumed on September 20 in Kohima when the Centre representative met the Naga leaders and invited them to visit Delhi for further rounds of peace talks.
The NSCN-IM and the other outfits entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India in 1997 and over 80 rounds of negotiations with the Centre have been held in the past in successive governments. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Nagaland, India, Constitution, Politics, Flag.
The series decider for the Test series between England and India will now be played at Edgbaston from July 1 next year, said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday. India is currently leading the series 2-1 before the fifth Test at Old Trafford was cancelled hours before the start due to concerns over COVID-19 outbreak in the tourists' camp.
"The fifth match of the LV= Insurance Test Series between England Men and India Men has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022. The match, which was due to take place last month at Emirates Old Trafford, was called off when India were unable to field a team due to fears of a further increase in the number of Covid-19 cases inside the camp," said an ECB statement.
"With India leading the series 2-1, the concluding fifth match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," added the statement.
ECB also said that due to the rescheduled Test, the white-ball series between England and India will now start six days later than originally planned. The T20I series will begin on July 7 at Ageas Bowl with Edgbaston and Trent Bridge hosting the second and third matches respectively on July 9 and 10. It will be followed by the ODI series starting on July 12 at The Oval followed by Lord's and Old Trafford hosting the second and third ODI on July 14 and 17 respectively.
"Ticket holders do not have to take any action as all tickets will remain valid for the equivalent rearranged matchday at their host venue. Host venues will communicate the new fixture details to ticket purchasers and the options available to them, including the timeframe for requesting a refund if they are not able to attend the new match day," further said the statement.
"We are very pleased that we have reached an agreement with BCCI to creating a fitting end to what has been a brilliant series so far. I'm very grateful to all the venues involved for the cooperation they've shown in allowing us to reschedule this match. I'd also like to thank Cricket South Africa for their support and understanding to allow these changes to be possible," said Tom Harrison, the CEO of the ECB.
"We would like to apologise again to fans for the disruption and disappointment of September events. We know it was a day that so many had planned long in advance. We recognise that accommodating this extra match means a tighter schedule for the white ball series. We will continue to manage our players' welfare and workloads through next year while we also continue to seek the optimum schedule for fans, players and our partners across the game."
"I am delighted that the England-India Test series will now have its rightful conclusion. The four Test matches were riveting, and we needed a fitting finale. The BCCI recognizes and respects the traditional form of the game and is also mindful of its role and obligations towards fellow Board Members. In the last two months, both BCCI and the ECB have been engaged in discussions and our efforts were aimed at finding a suitable window. I thank the ECB for their understanding and patience in finding an amicable solution," said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India, Britain, BCCI, Test Match, Cricket.
The history of WhatsApp must be heard since it is unlike any other startup tale. WhatsApp was not created by college kids but rather by individuals in their thirties who were employed by a well-known company and had solid employment to fall back on. The WhatsApp application is known to all of us; to put it another way, it is almost impossible to find someone who owns a smartphone and does not use WhatsApp.
In recent years, WhatsApp has established itself as the standard smartphone application for real-time communication. Even though it has faced fierce competition, it has maintained its position as the market leader in terms of downloads. When Android devices first came into the market, it was obvious that android applications were available very scarcely. But, it was the perfect opportunity for developers and businessmen to try their luck by coming up with innovative ideas and goals, and this is where Brian Acton and Jan Koum come into the scene.
In recent years, WhatsApp has established itself as the standard smartphone application for real-time communication. | Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash
WhatsApp was created in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, who had previously worked together at Yahoo!. The company's origin started when they decided to quit their jobs to travel around the world. However, their money quickly began to dwindle, and they were forced to apply for a job at Facebook, which did not turn out as well as they had hoped. They were distraught, but this setback spurred them to go on a new life adventure - WhatsApp.
Jan Koum chose the name "WhatsApp" to make it seem like "What's up." When Koum purchased an iPhone in early 2009, he saw the possibility of operating the newly developed app via the Apple App Store. WhatsApp was initially intended to be used only for status updates. With the help of Apple's push-notification update, which reminded users about the installed apps that they haven't used, WhatsApp reminded users via notification when someone posted a new status update. Users, on the other hand, immediately embraced it as an instant messaging service. This sowed the seeds for what the app would become in the following years.
Jan Koum chose the name "WhatsApp" to make it seem like "What's up." | Pixabay
WhatsApp 2.0 was the first version of the application to include the messaging functionality, which has since been the service's distinguishing feature. As WhatsApp's popularity grew, it drew the attention of investors. WhatsApp was valued at $1.5 billion in February 2013. Aside from the venture capitals, several other parties were interested in investing at this time. Facebook saw this new messaging network as a possible competitor with its service.
In February 2014, Facebook announced its intention to purchase WhatsApp for an astounding $19 billion. This is Facebook's biggest purchase to date and one of the largest in technology history. Following Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp in 2014, the messaging app's growth accelerated. Every day, users of WhatsApp make over 2 billion minutes of voice and video chats and exchange around 65 million messages, according to a statement by Facebook. Although there are alternative messaging applications available on the worldwide market, WhatsApp is unquestionably the industry leader.
In February 2014, Facebook announced its intention to purchase WhatsApp for an astounding $19 billion. | Wikimedia Commons
WhatsApp is now used by more than 1.5 billion people in 180 countries. WhatsApp CEO Mark Zuckerberg is putting all he has into taking the service to a new level in the commercial sector. WhatsApp has almost replaced SMS, MMS, and other obsolete features. Since the pandemic, it has become an essential part of everyone's life as it is the only common source of communication among companies, educational institutions, friends, and family.
Both Koum and Acton took the risk of establishing a business that turned out to be a great success for them. The Whatsapp team chose to prioritize its users above earning money by not permitting advertisements. This is one of the primary reasons why Whatsapp is still widely used and adored by its users to this very day.
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