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April 13, 2016, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago:
A book entitled The Hindu View of Trinidad and Tobago: Selected articles by Sat Maharaj has just been published. It is written by Dr. Kumar Mahabir, an anthropologist and the same author of Sat Maharaj: Hindu Civil Rights Leader of Trinidad & Tobago (2014).
Mr. Sat Maharaj is a religious and cultural leader in Trinidad and Tobago. He is the Secretary General of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS), the major Hindu organisation in the multi-ethnic society. Sat is hailed as a Hindu civil rights leader of the twin-island republic, and as the most influential and longest-serving spokesman for Hindus outside of India.
The book comprises a collection of Sat’s newspaper columns which were originally published in the Express, Newsday and Guardian, the three daily newspapers in the twin-island republic. These selected columns span a period of 20 years from 1996 to 2016.
The Hindu View of Trinidad and Tobago consists of 108 articles organised thematically into eight sections: Politics, Education, Culture, Religion, History, Icons, Society and the Maha Sabha. The articles address local, national, regional and international issues that are of interest to general readers as well as researchers and scholars.
Dr. Koenraad Elst is quoted in the book as saying: “Sat Maharaj has developed Hinduism in Trinidad and Tobago into a vibrant religion which is earning its rightful place in the tropical sun. This collection of articles provides hope and promise for all those who struggle for visibility and equality in the Hindu Diaspora.”
Elst obtained his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and is the author of Decolonizing the Hindu Mind (2001) and Return of the Swastika: Hate and Hysteria Versus Hindu Sanity (2007).
At the book launch on Saturday evening, the feature speaker will be Lennox Grant, a columnist and former editor of Tapia, Expressand Guardian newspapers. Other speakers will include Swami Aksharananda from Guyana who obtained his Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA. Remarks will be made by Professor Ann Marie Bissessar, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI; and Ravi Dev, a former New York attorney, now an Indian civil rights activist in Guyana.
The Hindu View of Trinidad and Tobago will be launched on Saturday April 16, 2016 at 5.00 p.m. at the Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College Auditorium, St. Augustine, Trinidad. The launch is open to the public by reservation ONLY. Contact: 645-2745, 645-3240, or VKmaharaj@live.com
For additional information, contact Dr. Kumar Mahabir at 756-4961, 674-6008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With the festive season on in full swing, iconic brand Johnnie Walker, is all set to re-energize the country's after-hour culture. Through its one-of-a-kind campaign #RevibeTheNight, the brand brings together beloved music artists like Divine, Ritviz, Lisa Mishra, Taba Chake along with popular indie bands like When Chai Met Toast and Mad Boy Mink, among others to perform live across iconic community spaces in India.
The collaborative effort by Johnnie Walker aims to bring back the after-hour culture through live performances across popular hotspots in India. The brand's goal is drive social regeneration in India and bring back the vibe of socializing through local music artists and reignite the trade, driving social culture by executing the live events with Covid measures in place and a limited capacity audience capacity.
The collaborative effort by Johnnie Walker aims to bring back the after-hour culture through live performances across popular hotspots in India. | Photo by Vishnu R Nair on Unsplash
Prior to the world going into lockdown, the after-hour culture in India bloomed at celebrated community hubs, that eventually became a safe-haven for individuals, a place where they found their sense of self-expression and belonging, that fuelled progress. This community was driven through the culture of live music and enthralling performances that created their very own vibe, a vibe that built extraordinary, forever-lasting relationships. Through #ReVibeTheNight, one can reconnect with this community bringing music curated by artists who have a history of captivating crowds with their one-of-a-kind live experiences. Catch the gigs and live performances for artists in these venues/cities for the live performances.
(Artiicle originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
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By Nikhila Natarajan
In a continuing study on the effects of machine learning (ML) on public conversation, Twitter has confirmed that its algorithms amplify right-leaning political content. "In six out of seven countries - all but Germany - tweets posted by accounts from the political right receive more algorithmic amplification than the political left when studied as a group," Twitter blogged.
"Right-leaning news outlets, as defined by the independent organisations, see greater algorithmic amplification on Twitter compared to left-leaning news outlets." Since 2016, Twitter users are able to choose between viewing algorithmically ordered tweets first in their home timeline or viewing the most recent tweets in reverse chronological order.
"An algorithmic home timeline displays a stream of tweets from accounts we have chosen to follow on Twitter, as well as recommendations of other content Twitter thinks we might be interested in based on accounts we interact with frequently, tweets we engage with, and more. "As a result, what we see on our timeline is a function of how we interact with Twitter's algorithmic system, as well as how the system is designed."
The new research is based on tweets of elected officials of House of Commons members in Canada, the French National Assembly, the German Bundestag, House of Representatives in Japan, Congress of Deputies of Spain, House of Commons in the UK, and official and personal accounts of House of Representatives and Senate members in the US, as well as news outlets, from April 1 to August 15, 2020.
Tweets about political content from elected officials, regardless of party or whether the party is in power, do see algorithmic amplification when compared to political content on the reverse chronological timeline. | Photo by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash
The study was conducted by Ferenc Huszar (Twitter, University of Cambridge), Sofia Ira Ktena (now at DeepMind Technologies), Conor O'Brien (Twitter), Luca Belli (Twitter), Andrew Schlaikjer (Twitter), and Moritz Hardt (UC Berkeley).
The questions probed were:
How much algorithmic amplification does political content from elected officials receive in Twitter's algorithmically ranked Home timeline versus in the reverse chronological timeline? Does this amplification vary across political parties or within a political party?
Are some types of political groups algorithmically amplified more than others? Are these trends consistent across countries?
Are some news outlets amplified more by algorithms than others? Does news media algorithmic amplification favour one side of the political spectrum more than the other?
Tweets about political content from elected officials, regardless of party or whether the party is in power, do see algorithmic amplification when compared to political content on the reverse chronological timeline. (IANS/ MBI)
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Even as India celebrates reaching a milestone of 100 crore Covid vaccine doses, Snapdeal co-founder and COO Rohit Bansal on Friday lauded a man who facilitated 64 registrations for the vaccine on the CoWin portal. In a video shared on his Facebook and Twitter page, Bansal hailed Sonu Kumar as a "citizen celebrity".
Bansal said that Kumar not only helped "just co-workers and family but complete strangers too. With patience, empathy and uncanny jugaad". He added that Kumar joined him "many moons ago" and completed his open school from a parking lot.
"Education has helped this wonderful man enable others to get India back on track. Bravo! The CoWin portal on Thursday mentioned that a total of 100 crore vaccine doses has been administered so far to the eligible population under the vaccination drive in India, nine months after the nationwide inoculation programme was started to protect the people against Covid-19.
"It's a cause of significant celebration and happiness," Bansal said in the video. He said that while people just help a few around them, Kumar "bridged the digital gap" for 64 people, who were finding it difficult to register themselves online on the vaccine portal. Kumar said he doesn't feel that he has contributed much towards the 100 crore vaccine dose count. "I have been able to help only 64 people, if I was able to help more I would have been happier." (IANS/ MBI)
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