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Google teams up with news publishers and fact-checkers in India elections to combat deepfakes

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India elections: Google partners with news publishers, fact-checkers to curb deepfakes

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) – Google has announced its support for the ‘Shakti, India Election Fact-Checking Collective’ ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The initiative aims to combat the spread of deepfakes by connecting fact-checkers and Indian language publishers on a collaborative platform.

The project will focus on sharing fact checks, research resources, and alerts on elections-related viral misinformation and deepfakes. Fact-checks in multiple Indian languages and formats, including videos, will be shared and amplified via partnering news publishers to reach a wider audience.

Driven by DataLEADS, in collaboration with the Misinformation Combat Alliance and other fact-checkers, the ‘Shakti’ project will provide training in advanced fact-checking methodologies, deepfake detection, and the latest Google tools like the Fact Check Explorer. It aims to prioritize publishers producing original news in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, and Marathi.

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Bharat Gupta, President of Misinformation Combat Alliance (MCA), emphasized the importance of empowering people with trustworthy information in the digital age. Google has supported the training of over 65,000 journalists globally since 2018, equipping them with digital tools and skills to combat misinformation while telling engaging stories.

IANS, established in 1986, is India's largest independent news service, offering 24x7 news from India and South Asia, and a preferred source for diverse content across six business verticals.

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Political stability and a strong social security system contributed to economic growth, says NSE’s Ashish Chauhan (IANS Interview)

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Political stability, robust social security framework brought economic growth: NSE's Ashish Chauhan (IANS Interview)

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Indian stock markets are thriving due to political stability and a robust social security framework developed in the last 10 years, according to Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD and CEO of National Stock Exchange (NSE). Chauhan, in an interview with IANS, highlighted the impact of poverty reduction on economic growth and confidence levels of citizens.

Chauhan praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rule for creating social security measures while reducing fiscal deficit, mentioning schemes like Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana (PMJJBY) which have benefited crores of people, boosting financial confidence in small towns and cities.

Under Chauhan’s leadership, NSE has flourished with the Nifty index surging from 7,500 in 2013-2014 to above 22,000 today. The exchange reported an 8% rise in consolidated net profit to Rs 1,975 crore for Q3 FY24 and contributed Rs 28,131 crore to the exchequer in the first nine months of FY24.

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Chauhan emphasized the growth in the corporate sector, particularly in banking, with increased listings of new companies and significant investments in infrastructure projects in the last decade. He also noted a steady rise in income and decrease in unemployment rates during this period, attributing the success to various government initiatives.

A mechanical engineer from IIT Bombay and alumnus of IIM Calcutta, Ashish Kumar Chauhan is recognized as a key expert in financial market policies, as per IANS report. The NSE, under his guidance, has embraced cutting-edge technologies for seamless operations and witnessed unprecedented growth in recent years.

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Elon Musk Offers Health Tips for Severe Neck and Back Pain

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Elon Musk shares health advice on severe neck and back pain

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) – Billionaire Elon Musk suggested that disc replacement surgery could be a game-changer for those suffering from severe neck or back pain. Musk recommended opting for a disc with limited movement for better effectiveness.

Elon Musk shared on X.com, “If you’re experiencing severe neck/back pain, I recommend looking into a disc replacement.” He emphasized the importance of choosing a disc with limited movement over a high mobility artificial disc.

Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, revealed that disc replacement surgery helped alleviate his pain levels significantly. He mentioned how it transformed his pain from a 7 to 9 out of 10 to a more manageable 1 to 4.

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Disc replacement surgery is primarily recommended for individuals experiencing severe neck pain (cervical disc) and back pain (lumbar disc). The procedure involves removing the diseased disc tissue and replacing it with an artificial disc implant made of surgical metals and specialised plastic bearings.

The artificial disc allows for natural spine motion while remaining securely attached to the surrounding vertebral bones. This surgical intervention aims to provide relief from debilitating neck and back pain, as highlighted by Elon Musk’s endorsement of the procedure.

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BharatPe fintech firm promotes Nalin Negi to CEO

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Fintech firm BharatPe elevates Nalin Negi as CEO

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Fintech company BharatPe has appointed Nalin Negi as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Negi, who joined the company in 2022, has been instrumental in driving significant revenue growth and achieving EBITDA positive month in October. The company will now begin the search for a new CFO to support Negi in his new role.

Rajnish Kumar, Chairman of the Board, BharatPe, expressed confidence in Negi’s leadership, stating that his extensive experience in the fintech industry and track record of success make him the ideal candidate to lead the company into its next phase of development. Negi shared his strategic vision for BharatPe, focusing on sustained profitability, scaling lending businesses, and launching new merchant-centric products to enhance financial inclusion.

Prior to joining BharatPe, Negi held senior leadership positions at financial service companies such as SBI Cards and GE Capital. With an established network of over 1.3 crore merchants across more than 450 cities, BharatPe has solidified its position as one of the leading players in UPI offline transactions, processing over 370 million UPI transactions. The company is committed to delivering value to its merchants, partners, and stakeholders while fostering financial inclusion in the market.

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