Coronavirus: India enters ‘total lockdown’ after spike in cases 25 March 2020

Coronavirus: India enters ‘total lockdown’ after spike in cases 25 March 2020

Deserted streets in India after total lockdown India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions came into force at midnight local time (18:30 GMT) and will be enforced for 21 days.

“There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes,” Mr Modi said in a televised address.

He appealed for people not to panic – but crowds quickly mobbed stores in the capital, Delhi, and other cities. Correspondents say it is not clear how – or even if – people will now be allowed out to buy food and other essentials.
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The new measures follow a sharp increase in cases in recent days. There have been 519 confirmed cases across India and 10 reported deaths.

India – which has a population of 1.3bn – joins a growing list of countries that have imposed similar measures.

Nearly 400,000 people have tested positive for the virus worldwide, and around 17,000 have died.

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“The entire country will be in lockdown, total lockdown,” Mr Modi said on Tuesday.
He added: “To save India, to save its every citizen, you, your family… every street, every neighbourhood is being put under lockdown.”
Mr Modi warned that if India does not “handle these 21 days well, then our country… will go backwards by 21 years”.
“This is a curfew,” he said. “We will have to pay the economic cost of this but [it] is the responsibility of everyone.”

2017-18 Uganda Certified Agencies

The survey to determine the TOP 50 Best Public and Private Sector agencies in Uganda was conducted by Public Opinions International a firm working to attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Issues Research, Public Awareness, Public Relations, Information dissemination, International Exchange Programs, Lobby, Awarding best performing Companies and organizations, etc. Logos and Contacts of Companies,Organisations and NGOs in Uganda which made tremendous contributions to attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  

The Profiles include profiles and logos of some of the agencies which have been scooping recognitions and accolades from Public Opinions since 2013 Said Prof Ripu Ranjan Sinha the Director General of Asia Africa Development Council (ADCO) which operate on the direction of the Council for Sustainable Peace and Development.

Luzindana Adam Buyinza Chief Executive Officer of Public Opinions said the Uganda Vision 2040 and UN SDGs will never be achieved if private sector is not committed. A focused private sector will lead to a fully transformed Uganda and indeed the vision of H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda of transforming Uganda to a middle Class economy will be realized.

The NRM Government under the Leadership of General Yoweri kaguta Museveni as led the country from a very poor state in 1986 to now a meaningful economy ready to take off to a middle class Economy. According to Africa Development Bank, Uganda’s Real GDP growth was an estimated 5.3% in 2018, up from 5.0% in 2017. On the supply side, industry (9.7% growth) and services (8.2%) contributed considerably, while agriculture showed slower growth (4.5%). On the demand side, greater investment in public infrastructure was the main contributor to growth, while the current account registered a deficit due to growing imports of capital goods, thereby stymieing growth.
Uganda is really doing well as far as its commitment to the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are concerned and I want to thank H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda said Prof Ripu Ranjan Sinha the Director General of Asia Africa Development Council (ADCO).


The fiscal deficit widened to an estimated 4.7% in 2018, driven largely by ongoing public infrastructure investments supported by borrowing from both external and domestic sources. The country’s debt-to-GDP ratio was estimated at 40.0% in 2018, with external debt at 28.1% of GDP. The 2017 debt sustainability assessment indicated that Uganda is at a low risk of debt distress. Inflation fell to an estimated 3.2% in 2018, due mainly to lower food inflation and prudent monetary policy.
Real GDP growth is projected to improve to 5.5% in 2019 and 5.7% in 2020. Increased infrastructure investment, foreign direct investment in the oil and mining subsectors, and reforms to improve the business environment will drive stronger growth over the short and medium term. The current account deficit is projected to stabilize at 4.9% in 2019 and further weaken to 5.4% in 2020, and the fiscal deficit is projected to further narrow to 4.4% in 2019 and 4.3% in 2020. Headline inflation is projected to increase to 4.3% in 2019 and 4.8% in 2020.

Downside risks include adverse weather shocks, given agriculture’s high reliance on rain, and the slow implementation of infrastructure projects. Despite the government’s recent large public infrastructure investments, the quantity and quality of transport, water and sanitation, energy, and agriculture infrastructure remain inadequate to meet the country’s economic transformation and development objectives. The country continues to face shortages of skilled labor, especially in services and manufacturing, and several business climate challenges that undermine competitiveness: heavy burdens of regulations for registering and obtaining trading licenses and a high administrative burden of taxes.
Weaknesses in public sector management and governance remain. Performance in budget credibility and controls are on a positive trajectory but still at a low levels. Commitment controls are underperforming, contributing to a buildup of arrears, while inadequate financial management controls have led to mischarges of expenditures. Public investment management is affected by weak institutional and human capacities that often lead to project delays. And the country remains highly vulnerable to adverse climate changes, such as droughts.

Agriculture remains a strategic opportunity for spearheading the government’s development objectives. Uganda is abundantly endowed with natural resources, including oil, gas, and mineral resources and a natural habitat for diverse wildlife that could support the tourist industry. The country continues to post high economic growth and price stability driven by prudent macroeconomic policies. And its strategic location allows it to be accessible to Central and East African markets, including Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa members, making it a possible transportation, logistics, and transit hub for regional trade

Below are the 2018 Uganda Certified Top 50 Sustainable Development Agencies.The key contributors towards social-economic transformation of Uganda.

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6 Predictions for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is no longer a futuristic technology. It is not an attention-grabbing fiction infused tool that a mobile game development company considers important. It is already there allowing us to reap advantages like more precise predictions, the more adaptive behaviour of machines, context-aware machine reactions to voice commands of human, etc. Machines are continuing to imitate human intelligence and unleashing automated as well as responsive behaviour to human situations that were unpredictable in the past.

In the pace Artificial Intelligence is paving the way for better comfort, ease of use and multifaceted advantages for everyday life, soon we can see AI make a lot of things happen that were previously unthinkable. The latest AI research projects underway and the predictions about the roles of AI in future to come upholds a future which is equally bright and shrouded with anticipation.

Here we are going to explain six predictions about future of AI that seem credible.

1. Robots for disaster management

AI, which refers to the intelligence of machines, will make machines more responsive and aware of human contexts. If one facet of modern technology can be predicted to reap highest advantages of this new machine intelligence, it is nothing but the robotics. Robots powered by Artificial Intelligence will be able to do a lot of things that were previously ascribed to only humans. For example, for delicate and challenging roles like taking care of kids or elders robotscan be depended upon.

AI-powered robots will be able to tackle dangerous situations better than human beings. Robots will play a more proactive role in maintaining city traffic and managing disasters. For example, disasters like earthquakes and its after effects for certain areas can be envisaged and rightly predicted through modern analytics and accordingly as and when such disasters occur, AI-driven rescue apps can send humanitarian and precautionary messages to the residents. With the flood water crossing maximum limit, data-driven predictive analytics coupled up with AI can guide humanitarian aid to reach faster to the affected areas and its residents.

2. AI will be subject to misuse as well

In the way Artificial Intelligence is continuing to penetrate every area of our living and activities, machines and digital interfaces in the future will enjoy greater autonomy and power than ever before. This, in turn, can pave the way for vulnerabilities concerning security and misuse as well. By acquiring human-like cognitive abilities over many years machines and digital interfaces can pose a grave threat to human beings as well.

Though as of now machines behaving in an egoistic and biased manner just like the humans is unthinkable and mostly remained a phenomenon common to the fantasy world of science fiction, it can soon go to be a reality. Machines acquiring such psychological attributes of human can become dangerous to human autonomy and overall existence.

Artificial Intelligence of machines having full autonomy over user data can threaten privacy as such machine tools can process and utilise user data for further business purposes. AI generated customer interactions can prove to be a goldmine for the users, but such open and unrestricted access to machines to user data can have serious consequences on privacy.

3. Fully autonomous cars having the edge of AI

An Autonomous or driverless car is already a reality now, and just within a couple of years, we can expect them to hit the road as a regular vehicle. But as of now as most test drives confirmed driverless cars are only equipped to deal with road situations and driver’s safety, and they lack delicate-decision making power and ability to respond to multifarious situations like heavy rain, fog, snow, windstorms, etc. On a bigger scale, human intelligence is still irreplaceable for driving cars in general. The ever-increasing prowess of AI is giving us hope that in the time to come AI-powered driverless cars will have all the attributes of human drivers behind the wheel.

4. The threat of unpredictable superhuman abilities

We all have read and watched numerous science fiction where intelligent robots having superhuman abilities not just behave like humans but actually gets into the role of saviors and destructors of human beings. Well, that is now a possibility looming large in front of us. Many industry stalwarts and global tech thinkers, as well as scientists including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates, have expressed concerns over the role of AI in shaping superhuman intelligence that in the time to come can dominate human actions and behavior. The question is, whether this can be translated as a grim or bright future for the humans.

As of now, most predictions and concerns over the dominant role of AI have their source in one thing, and that is the sheer unpredictability of the AI-powered machines. AI is still in its nascent state when considered against the huge possibilities it offers for the future human beings. We can only say machines are going to have more similarities to human analytical abilities but how far machines can imitate human intelligence and to what extent it can be more intelligent than humans we do not know.

5. Cyborg technology

The way human brain functions in coordination with the millions of nerves spread all over our body is unique. This mind-body continuum is something that remained out of reach for makers of robots and researchers who for years are trying to shape machines capable of behaving and interacting humanely. But science fiction writers already came up with the concept of cyborgs, the robots loaded with human brain cells and neurons. These cyborgs have been the closest avatars of human beings with many things similar to humans.

If cyborgs have been a fictional possibility, latest stem cell research already made artificial limb production a possibility. In the time to come, AI coupled up with modern stem cell research can bring us similar nervous and neurological capabilities. Though cyborgs still seem to be a distant reality, the progress in AI technology and stem cell research together are making it a brighter possibility in the time to come.

6. Smart computers to solve climate change problem

Computers are now not only getting smarter with analytical abilities, but they can also answer questions with the awareness of user context. This enhanced ability which is getting better with every passing day ultimately can deliver insights about most complex and unpredictable fields of knowledge like the climate.

Having the ability to analyse unlimited data volume besides being able to analyse real-time situations, smart computers now can predict climate change and twists and turns of the environment more precisely. AI can work actively to prevent environmental catastrophe and can make humans beware of any impending disasters that can threaten life and living beings.

Finally, machines having acquired more human-like intelligence can become buddies of future humans. Already devices are our closest companions for greater part of the day. In the years to come, they will only acquire more humanely role and demeanour.

Science in the Future of India

India has voted for Science. In May, half a billion people cast their ballots, and they decisively favored spurring the development of the world’s second most populous nation. The reelected Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his new coalition government have made a commitment to reduce poverty and disease, create employment, and stimulate rural and industrial development. Attaining these goals will require substantial new investments in science and technology (S&T) plus much greater investments in human capital.

Since achieving freedom in 1947, India has established many institutions devoted to science and higher education. Most notably, five Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) were established between 1951 and 1963, and by 2008 there were 13 IITs: national degree-granting institutions devoted to the training of high-quality engineers and scientists. Despite the gap in infrastructure between advanced countries and India, there have been critical successes in areas such as space, atomic energy, and agriculture. In fundamental research too, India has made progress. Because of the innumerable demands on the economy, however, the higher-education sector has not received adequate support. Part of the reason for the decline in India’s university science education system in the past decades has been the preferential funding for R&D activities in national research laboratories.

Prime Minister Singh has recently announced an increase in government investment in S&T from the present 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) to 2% of GDP over the next year or two, an increase of unprecedented magnitude. The contribution of industry has also increased significantly in the past few years, now amounting to approximately 20% of the nation’s total investment in science R&D. And the government has begun appropriate administrative reforms as well. For example, two new government departments dealing with Earth system science and health research have been created. In addition, the Indian parliament has approved creating a National Science and Engineering Research Board, an entity somewhat similar to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), that will be responsible for funding scientific research. It will provide competitive grants and establish new facilities in priority areas. Like NSF, the board will also produce annual “science indicators”: detailed analyses for measuring progress in S&T from year to year.

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This is all good news. But the human resources essential for supporting an expanded S&T agenda are lacking. Young graduates today are readily attracted to professions other than those related to science and engineering; thus, banking, business, and information technology have become immensely popular. India must now focus on creating a large body of outstanding young people interested in taking up professions in science and engineering. To improve the quality of the university education system, new support is being provided. For example, five new Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research have been established in the past 3 years. Admitting undergraduates on the basis of competitive examinations (as do the IITs), these new national institutes will encourage bright young students to pursue science as a career, at both the undergraduate and Ph.D. levels. In addition, to meet the demand for top-class engineering graduates nationally and internationally, the country will increase the total number of IITs to 15.

Sixty percent of the Indian population is below the age of 25, and most reside in villages. This untapped talent represents a great potential asset. Around 600,000 scholarships are now available each year for talented school students from these areas, with an emphasis on those living in poverty. One million science awards are being given to students to promote interest in science, and 10,000 scholarships are available to support students who wish to pursue education beyond high school. In addition, the new government has already initiated important structural reforms in the education sector.

India’s citizens have risen to the occasion with their vote. The tasks and challenges for the new government are clear but daunting: It must now satisfy the aspirations of a billion people.

The odd ways that weather can unfold in a warming world

This is the third in a 10-part series about the ongoing global impacts of climate change. These stories will look at the current effects of a changing planet, what the emerging science suggests is behind those changes and what we all can do to adapt to them.

Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston, Texas, on August 25, 2017. Normally, hurricanes keep moving. Their high winds and torrential rains tend to last for only a brief time. But Harvey just sat over the city. For days. And it dumped a lot of rain. Really, a lot. By the time the storm had moved on, on August 29, it had drowned Houston with a whopping 164 centimeters (64.6 inches) of water, according to one rain gauge. That’s a record rainfall from one storm in one place in the continental United States. In fact, Harvey dumped so much rain that the National Weather Service had to add new colors to their rainfall maps of the event.

Hurricane Harvey brought a lot of rain to Texas. In this series of images, the storm makes landfall. Warmer colors indicate more precipitation.
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Rising waters inundated more than 300,000 homes. That drove around 40,000 residents to take refuge in shelters across Texas and Louisiana. And of the some 100 people who died during the storm, more than 65 perished from flooding. Including damage from strong winds, researchers estimate that the storm caused more than $125 billion in damage. That tally makes Harvey the second-costliest hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland.

Hurricanes are a normal part of summertime weather. Since 1966, when satellites began daily monitoring of the North Atlantic Ocean, there have been an average of six hurricanes — and never less than two — per year. But more and more studies are revealing that human-caused climate change is influencing the size and fury of these storms.

And heavier rains and stronger storms are not the only ways in which a warming world is making our weather weirder. Higher temperatures can trigger droughts. Heat waves become more likely, and droughts can make them even worse. There can be changes to both global and local weather patterns. And the effects won’t always be what’s expected. In one truly odd twist, the continuing loss of summertime sea ice in the Arctic Ocean — one big result of a warming world — could make Siberian winters colder. What could be wackier than that?