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40 Lives Amidst Driven Extreme Weather

In the wake of climate change-induced extreme weather patterns, the South Asian mountains are witnessing a series of devastating events. The latest tragedy occurred as heavy rains breached the banks of a glacial lake in India, triggering flash floods in a mountain valley that resulted in the loss of at least 40 lives, as confirmed by officials speaking to news agency. This disaster, which has affected 22,000 local residents according to authorities, is part of an alarming trend of extreme weather events in the region attributed to climate change. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for climate action to mitigate the escalating risks faced by vulnerable communities in mountainous regions. Open Magazine of India

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Company was taken over by a robot and fired 90% of its employees

Dunkaan’s founder and CEO says, “We’ve reduced customer service costs by 85% and virtually eliminated turnaround times.” Sumit Shah, a manager in India, fired 23 of the 26 customer service employees on his e-commerce platform and replaced them with an artificial intelligence system. As the founder and CEO of Dunkaan, he described this experience as very impressive and rewarding. Via Twitter, the Indian entrepreneur explains: “We fired 90% of our customer support team thanks to this AI chatbot. Was it difficult? Yes, it was. Was it necessary? Absolutely.” When asked by CNN, Sumit Shah said the layoffs of the 23 employees took place last September. They took advantage of the growth of this technology to transform the way customer service works with an AI-based chatbot. The manager admits this came at a cost to the employees who were made redundant. Despite the cost to the employees who left, both the company and customers benefited significantly from this move. “The response time to customer requests has dropped to zero, while the time to resolve their issues has gone from 2 hours and 13 minutes to 3 minutes and 12 seconds,” Sumit Shah told CNN. However, there is backlash and concerns about…

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J&Okay allots land to 2,711 households, almost 2L homeless to get shelter beneath PMAY

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has allotted land to 2,711 landless families in the Union Territory and will provide shelters for nearly 2 lakh homeless families under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, J&K lieutenant governor (LG) Manoj ..

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BJP split NCP fearing opposition unity: Mehbooba

JAMMU: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday alleged that BJP had split Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra because it feared the unity of the opposition parties. Accusing the BJP-led government at the Centre of misusing investigating ag..

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US blocks Indian draft decision on biofuels at MEPC

LONDON: The US on Monday became the only country to halt the adoption of a draft MEPC resolution on biofuel put forward by India on Monday at the MEPC session here, demanding further discussions on the matter prior to recommending it to a working gro..

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Congress says BRS is BJP’s B team

MUMBAI: Even as Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has drafted an ambitious plan to create a base for his party, the Bharat Rashtra Samiti, in the state, MPCC president Nana Patole on Monday described the BRS as “BJP’s B team” and said it ..

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Landslides leave tourists on Manali NH for 24 hours

KULLU/JAMMU: Hundreds of tourists and locals were left stranded in cars and buses in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh the past 24 hours as the Chandigarh-Manali highway remained closed till Monday evening as heavy rain battered the hill state, whic..

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RSS affiliate BKS believes husbandry minister wasn’t consulted for controversial livestock bill, activists welcome withdrawal

NEW DELHI: Days after withdrawal of the controversial Livestock and Livestock Products (Importation and Exportation) Bill 2023, meant for widening the ambit of animals including dogs and cats and livestock products including organs of bovine that can..

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Bengaluru police drop Chhattisgarh coal scam FIR, raise eyebrows

NEW DELHI: Bengaluru police’s dramatic decision to drop the FIR it had registered against Suryakant Tiwari, a businessman and prime accused in the Chhattisgarh coal scam, may have raised eyebrows but is unlikely to bring him any relief from ED invest..

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Judge says BCI setting LLB syllabus tragic, council hits back

KOCHI: A Kerala HC judge has said that the syllabus for the LLB course set by bar council members is the “biggest tragedy facing legal education in the country” since the domain knowledge of such persons is limited to litigation. “Bar council members..

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Siddarmaiah’s aid for kin of 6 killed in communal violence since 2018

BENGALURU: Karnataka CM Siddarmaiah on Monday gave a “compensation” cheque of Rs 25 lakh and announced jobs to the families of the six people who were killed in communal incidents in the state since 2018. He also vowed that he will make sure no such ..

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Informed of morning retest at 1am, over 180 miss CUET paper

DEHRADUN: More than 180 students, including those from the hill districts of Pauri Garhwal and Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand, received an email notification from the National Testing Agency (NTA) at around 1am (IST) Saturday night, asking them to appear ..

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