An Indian chamber of commerce is launching a bitcoin mining training program in 30 cities across India. The goal is to teach young people about bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, crypto mining, and entrepreneurship to empower the rural population for self-employment.
Bitcoin Mining Training Program
Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) is collaborating with social entrepreneur and the treasurer for Democrats Abroad India, Dr. Tausif Malik, to launch a training program for bitcoin mining in 30 cities across India, local media reported.
Established in 2005, DICCI is an industry association that promotes business enterprises for Dalits, a specific minority caste in India sometimes referred to as a depressed class. In some states, Dalits number up to 32 percent of the population, according to 2011 Indian census data.
Malik founded Mahabfic, a platform promoting investments in the State of Maharashtra for blockchain, fintech, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency. “We are not promoting the technology, we are promoting the State of Maharashtra as the ideal destination for investing for development of technology & promotion,” the website states.
DICCI and Mahabfic will create the “World’s 1st & largest Bitcoin Mining Training Program (BMTP) for self-employment,” according to the announcement posted on the Policy Times. This program seeks to “empower the rural population especially the youth from the farming community to earn income from their hometown or villages, this would create new economic development in these areas.” DICCI founder and chairman, Shri Milind Kamble, commented:
The new blockchain technology is the future of technology development and taking the world by storm and bitcoin/cryptocurrency mining is a must for blockchain platform to operate. Hence, we felt the need to offer bitcoin/cryptocurrency mining training program (BMTP) to our youth on a nationwide scale for self-employment.
30 Cities in India
The nationwide BMTP will span over 30 cities to empower young people for self-employment, the announcement details. The cities are Pune, Mumbai, Junnar, Aurangabad, Latur, Nashik, Nagpur, Osmanabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pondicherry, Cochin, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Jamshedpur, Bodh Gaya, Patna, Lucknow, Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi, Bhopal, Indore, Raipur, Ranchi, Guwahati, Jammu, and Chandigarh.
The program “will educate the students about blockchain technology, bitcoin/cryptocurrency mining, entrepreneurship, startups and business establishment,” the announcement also described, adding that “the first training program will be held in the month of May in Pune,” the city where DICCI is located. Malik commented:
India can be the next bitcoin/cryptocurrency mining hub of the world.
What do you think of this mining training program? Let us know in the comments section below.
Images courtesy of Shutterstock, DICCI, Mahabfic, and Dr. Tausif Malik.
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Unnao case: BJP MLA Sengar sent to 7-day CBI custody, Shashi Singh detained
“The disturbing feature of the case is that the law and order machinery and the government officials were directly in the league and under the influence of Kuldeep Singh,” a bench of Chief Justice Dilip Bhosale and Justice Sunit Kumar said
A team of officers from CBI visited Unnao’s Makhi village where Kuldeep Singh Sengar allegedly raped her on June 4, spoke to the victim’s family, witnesses and officials of the hospital where the victim and her father were taken for treatment.
1. Kuldeep Singh Sengar in CBI custody for seven days Amid the public outcry, the court has sent the powerful BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar to CBI custody for seven days. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh police lodged an FIR against the MLA under Section 363 (kidnapping), Section 366 (abduction of woman), Section 376 (rape), Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
Uttar Pradesh police have also arrested Atul Singh, the brother of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, for the alleged murder of rape survivor’s father. The 55-year-old father of the Unnao rape survivor died in the police custody after he was brutally thrashed by Atul Singh and his people.
The victim’s family also alleged that the accused MLA’s brother and his companions also raped the woman, reports ANI.
2. Here is the detailed FIR
CBI has registered three FIRs against Kuldeep Singh Sengar in a rape of an 18-year-old girl and murder of victim’s father in the police custody.
1. The first FIR pertains to the alleged rape of the girl in which Sengar and Shashi Singh have been named as accused.
2. The second pertains to rioting, in which four locals have been booked, and the alleged killing of the victim’s father in judicial custody. Since the murder charge was added later by the state police, it does not reflect in the CBI FIR.
3. The third case pertains to the allegations against the victim’s father, who was arrested by the police under the Arms Act and put in jail, where he died. According to the post-mortem examination report, he had suffered serious injuries.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 14, 2018
Shashi Singh, who allegedly took the 18-year-old girl to BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh’s residence, has been detained by the CBI on Saturday. According to victim’s family, Shashi Singh stood outside the room as a guard while Kuldeep Singh was raping the girl. She went to the BJP MLA seeking a job, media reports.
Some goons of Kuldeep Sengar (accused BJP MLA) are threatening villagers to keep quiet.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 15, 2018
4. Survivor thanks PM Modi and CBI
The 17-year-old rape survivor thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for criticizing the heinous incident — “I want to assure the nation that no criminal will be spared. Justice will be done. Our daughters will get justice,” he said while inaugurating an Ambedkar memorial. She also thanked media for taking up her battle that so far was a “lonely and losing battle”. She also said that the arrest of Sengar, the legislator from Bangarmau, was also a positive development.
5. Will bring death sentence for the rape of a minor below the age of 12 years, says Maneka Gandhi After the horrific rape incidents of two minors in Kashmir’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi said that her department is preparing a proposal for an amendment to the POCSO Act to provide for the death sentence for the rape of a minor below the age of 12 years.
“My ministry will seek an amendment to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for the death penalty to convicts of rape of minors below 12 years,” she said.
Tough punishment will act as a strong deterrent for such an offence, she said.
6. The medical test of the 18-year-old rape victim from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao was conducted in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on Saturday. She and her family is under the strict security provided by Uttar Pradesh government.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 14, 2018
Congress Karnataka Working President dubbed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as unfit for office and said that the incident should have prompted him to resign.
“Mr Adityanath is a disgrace to Indian politics, and he is unfit to be the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. If he had any decency he would have resigned by now because his government has been exposed, his own MLA has committed the crime,” Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters.
“Not only has a girl been raped, her father was arrested and has died, and the BJP government and the police did not even file an FIR,” he added.
The 18-year-old rape survivor’s family is happy with the way CBI is investigating the case. Earlier, the have blamed the Uttar Pradesh police for their inaction in handling Unnao rape case.
“Vidhayak Ji got my brother killed, all officials & police involved will be sent to jail,” the victim’s uncle told ANI.
Happy that CBI confirmed his arrest. Biggest investigative agency of the nation is investigating the case & we should leave the country if we don’t have faith on it. Vidhayak Ji got my brother killed, all officials & police involved will be sent to jail: #UnnaoRapeVictim‘s uncle pic.twitter.com/t4Ecdc41ui
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 14, 2018
India lodges protest with Pakistan for blocking consular access to Sikh pilgrims
NEW DELHI: India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over blocking Sikh pilgrims’ access to Indian diplomats and consular teams, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press release today.
“A standard practice has been that the Indian High Commission’s consular/protocol team is attached with visiting pilgrims, to perform consular and protocol duties, like helping out in medical or family emergencies. However, this year, the consular team has been denied access to Indian Sikh pilgrims,” the MEA said.
+ from India had traveled to Pakistan last Thursday to celebrate Baisakhi festival at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Rawalpindi district. However, Pakistani authorities have repeatedly blocked the Indian High Commission from performing basic consular and protocol duties for Indian citizens.
“The team could not meet the pilgrims on their arrival at Wagah Railway Station on April 12. Similarly, it was denied entry into Gurdwara Panja Sahib on April 14, for a scheduled meeting with pilgrims there,” the MEA said.
The statement also detailed a snub to the Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria, who was turned away while on his way to meet the pilgrims at the shrine on the grounds of security concerns.
“Moreover, on April 14, the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, who was to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib at the invitation of the Chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), was suddenly asked to return while en route to the shrine, for unspecified ‘security’ reasons,” it stated.
Terming the denial of access to its citizens an “inexplicable diplomatic discourtesy”, India reminded Pakistan that it was violating the Vienna Convention of 1961, the bilateral Protocol to visit Religious Shrines, 1974 and the diplomatic Code of Conduct, which had been recently reaffirmed by both countries.
This is the latest incident of diplomatic hostility between India and Pakistan, soon after the two nations agreed to mutually resolve complaints of harassment of envoys.
The pilgrims are scheduled to return to India on April 21.
During their 10-day stay, they will also visit Sikh holy places including Gurudwara Janamesthan Nankana Sahib and Dera Sahib in Lahore.
Families caught in Trump’s refugee clampdown
Under President Trump, the number of refugees admitted has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years – but what happens to families caught between the admissions process?From his new hometown of New Haven, Connecticut, 35 year-old Mohamed Chaghlil calls his elderly mother every day. She asks him if he’s looking after himself, and about his love life. He asks her if she’s getting her medicine, and promises they’ll be re-united soon. But he knows it’s a promise he can’t keep.Mohamed and his parents escaped from the horrors of the Syrian civil war in December 2012. Taking refuge in Jordan, they applied to settle in the US. In the autumn of 2016, Mohamed’s father died. Shortly afterwards, Mohamed was approved to travel to the US.
It was a hard decision, but Mohamed and his mother believed she soon would join him. So Mohamed made the journey, arriving in America just weeks before President Trump was sworn in.
But Mohamed’s mother was now a widow, meaning checks on her application had to be carried out again. Then came President Trump’s first travel ban. It paused refugee resettlement, and banned Syrian refugees indefinitely. More than a year later, Mohamed’s mother is still waiting.
The administration paused the refugee programme in order to bring in security checks which it said would protect Americans. But even after legal challenges to the travel ban opened the way for reunification cases like the Chaghlils, families are still waiting to see each other again.
“It was already a two-year screening process. I don’t think the new vetting procedures are having an impact on the safety of the US. It’s just a way to delay the programme,” says Mary Giovagnoli, chair of Refugee Council USA. Her group represents America’s refugee resettlement agencies across the country.
RCUSA also claims there’s a bureaucratic go-slow in the screening programme, with fewer refugee interviews being scheduled abroad, and staff being re-assigned elsewhere. What’s happening is “a meticulous effort to dismantle the refugee programme,” she says.
A trickle of refugees
It’s a view shared by Chris George, who runs the office in Connecticut that welcomed Mohamed.
“Most of the refugee programme has been pretty much suspended or slowed down to a crawl. In 2016, my organisation welcomed 530 refugees. We’ll be lucky if we make 200 this year.”
The total number of refugees the US will admit in a year is set by the president. In October 2017, President Trump declared it would be 45,000. That was a significant drop from the cap of 110,000 set by President Obama in 2016, and the lowest cap in nearly 30 years.
In the six months since that cap was set, the US has admitted just 10,548 refugees. That means the US is on course to welcome the lowest number since the modern refugee programme began in 1980.
RCUSA worries that decreasing number of refugees is creating a “vicious cycle”, in which “fewer refugees means they can justify reducing capacity. And then a reduction in capacity justifies accepting fewer refugees”.
More than 20 refugee resettlement offices nationwide are now slated for closure. The Trump administration says consolidating affiliate offices will improve efficiency. And it points out that the US is the top contributor to international organisations assisting refugees.
If resettlement offices close, it could increasingly fall to volunteers to keep alive America’s tradition of welcoming those most in need.
In December 2014, Robin Baslaw heard a radio news story the Syrian civil war and decided to help. She got together volunteers from local synagogues and churches, and helped by Chris George’s refugee office, they had welcomed a family of Afghan refugees to their town of Branford just a month later.
For Robin, the motivation is simple. “We do this to save lives. My mother was a Holocaust survivor from France, and I’m doing the work that others did to get me here”.
The latest new arrivals to Branford are Zahir, his wife Nooria, and their young son Bahij. Zahir’s work as a translator for the US Marines in Afghanistan made the family the target of attacks from the Taliban. He was nearly shot, and his wife discovered a bomb under their car. They arrived in January.
They came to the US under the Special Immigrant Visa programme which helps people whose lives are in danger as a result of their work with the US in Iraq or Afghanistan. The scheme has continued without significant change under the Trump administration. Since October, there have been 8,020 SIV arrivals.
The family’s new life is everything they dreamed of. Zahir is working. Volunteers helped find a friendly landlord, and furniture for their home. Other volunteers give them English tuition. When a local store donated running clothes, Nooria was able to go for jogs in the neighbourhood – something that wasn’t permitted in Afghanistan.
But Robin’s team worry about the Trump administration’s refugee policy.
“My family were from refugees and their experience was so different,” says Susan Smith. “They were part of a wave that was welcomed. I worry the next generation won’t know that.”
But Chris George remains positive. “We’re up against formidable anti-refugee forces,” he says. “But welcoming refugees is probably the best thing this country does.
“It’s the Statue of Liberty in action. It’s much more powerful than any single president. And it will return, at high, respectable numbers. It will return one day.”
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