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Teachers of unrecognized Madrassas call off hunger strike after 40 days

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Kolkata: The hunger strike by teachers of unrecognized madrassas from West Bengal, pressing for better pay and state aid, was called off on Monday after the state government accepted most of their demands, a representative of the teachers said.

The strike was on its 40th day on Monday and was withdrawn at 4 p.m.

“The state government has agreed to most of our demands, including the inclusion of 495 madrassas under the state Madrassa Education Board. We will meet with the representatives of the state government on November 16 to discuss how the demands will be implemented,” the representative told IANS.

He said a circular will be issued soon after the meeting.

A group of teachers affiliated to the West Bengal MSK Staff Welfare Association were on a relay hunger strike near Hazi Mohammad Mohsin Square in central Kolkata pressing for affiliation to the Madrassa Education Board.

The madrassas seeking recognition are Madrassa Shiksha Kendras (MSKs), Shishu Shiksha Kendras (SSKs) and Madhyamik Shiksha Kendras.

(IANS)

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Facebook To Soon Come Up With Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

institute will help advance the growing field of ethical research on new technology and will explore fundamental issues affecting the use and impact of AI.

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institute will help advance the growing field of ethical research on new technology and will explore fundamental issues affecting the use and impact of AI. VOA

Facebook on Sunday said it will create an independent Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI) with an initial grant of $7.5 million.

In collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany, the institute will help advance the growing field of ethical research on new technology and will explore fundamental issues affecting the use and impact of AI.

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“A tectonic shift is happening in AI. Nearly 85 per cent of enterprises globally will use AI in some form or the other by 2020. INT

“The institute will conduct independent, evidence-based research to provide insight and guidance for society, industry, legislators and decision-makers across the private and public sectors,” said Joaquin Quinonero Candela, Director, Applied Machine Learning, at Facebook.

The institute will address issues that affect the use and impact of AI, such as safety, privacy, fairness and transparency.

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“At the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, we will explore the ethical issues of AI and develop ethical guidelines for the responsible use of the technology in society and the economy,” said Professor Dr Christoph Lutge.

The institute will also benefit from Germany’s position at the forefront of the conversation surrounding ethical frameworks for AI “including the creation of government-led ethical guidelines on autonomous driving” and its work with European institutions on these issues. (IANS)