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China Unveils World’s First AI Anchor

China have introduced the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) anchor who can work for 24 hours daily. The Chinese government controlled Xinhua news agency unveiled the AI anchor at the World Internet Conference in China’s Wuzhen on Wednesday. The AI anchors were developed to simulate the voice, facial movements and gestures of real-life broadcasters so that it doesn’t look like a cold robot. Cloned from real life broadcasters, the AI anchors can speak tirelessly as long as they are given a text.

Xinhua, the state controlled news agency, said that the usages of AI technology is not limited to news presenting and hints at the possibility of cloning parents and telling young children stories. Xinhua said that the new AI anchors have “endless prospects” and can be used to generate news reports 24*7 on multiple platforms such as TV, web and mobile even as the range of facial expressions is limited and the voice sounds artificial.

Whilst the development in the field of technology have been hailed and applauded, there were sections of viewers who found the new AI anchors scary to the extend of shivering at the concept of clones taking over the media industry in China.

 

Jack Ma Is Quitting His ‘Alibaba’ For Achieving His Goal As A Teacher

Alibaba’s co-founder and executive chairman as well as China’s richest Man, Jack Ma, said he planned to step down from the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba on his 54th birthday, Monday. Behind such plan, he is actually dreaming to pursue philanthropy in education, a changing of the guard for the $US420 billion ($590 billion) internet company. The inspirational Jack Ma who grew from a poor background to the richest entrepreneur, the founder of China’s biggest tech company, will not go for a retirement, instead, he will pursue his long-lasting dream to be a teacher!

A former English teacher, Ma started Alibaba in 1999 and built it into one of the world’s most consequential e-commerce and digital payments companies, transforming how Chinese people shop and pay for things. That fuelled his net worth to more than $US40 billion, making him China’s richest man. He is revered by many Chinese, some of whom have put his portrait in their homes to worship in the same way that they worship the God of Wealth.

Ma will remain on Alibaba’s board of directors and continue to mentor the company’s management. Ma turns 54 on Monday, which is also a holiday in China known as Teachers Day. In an interview, Ma said his retirement is not the end of an era but “the beginning of an era.” He said he would be spending more of his time and fortune focused on education. “I love education,” he said.

Ma is retiring as China’s business environment has soured, with Beijing and state-owned enterprises increasingly playing more interventionist roles with companies. Under President Xi Jinping, China’s internet industry has grown and become more important, prompting the government to tighten its leash. The Chinese economy is also facing slowing growth and increasing debt, and the country is embroiled in an escalating trade war with the United States.

Ma was not too happy with the newly inflamed trade war between US and China and warned about its adversities. Ma originally planned 1 million jobs in the US, after meeting Trump in January 2017, which now seems “completely destroyed” after the recent actions.

Alibaba will steer into a new era after Jack Ma, who founded the company in a small apartment and out grew it into a $420 billion company making it a leading tech company of the world. Ma’s considers becoming China’s biggest mogul as a “Hollywood story,” as mentioned in an interview for The New York Times in 2005.

Ma’s such decision was not so sudden but there remains an untold background story from his childhood which is interesting. Ma was eager to learn English for which he offered tours to the foreigners in exchange for the lessons.  He also bought a radio to enlist to the English broadcast like the voice of America. The nickname jack was also given to him by a tourist, eventually sticking to his name. Ma applied for college after finishing his school. In China’s college entrance program, he failed twice due to his lower marks in Maths. He finally made it through in his third try and ultimately graduated from the Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute in 1988.

 

The Chinese Troops Are Back In Doklam!

China has quietly resumed its activities in the Doklam area and neither Bhutan nor India has sought to dissuade it, a top US official has said while comparing Beijing’s actions in the Himalayan region with its manoeuvres in the disputed South China Sea.

China claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims.

China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea. Beijing has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region. Both areas are stated to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources and are also vital to global trade.

India and China have clashed repeatedly over territories in the Himalayas. Most recently Chinese and Indian troops faced off on the disputed Doklam plateau between Bhutan and China after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army began building roads through the area

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam from June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed tri-junction by the Chinese Army.

Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam. The face-off ended on August 28

Bollywood film Secret Superstar continue to dominate Chinese box office

Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar, which released in China a couple of weeks ago, continues to ‘dominate’ the Chinese box office. Rs. 461.91 crore and counting (Whoa).

Noted film critic Taran Adarsh took to Twitter and shared the figures:

“Secret Superstar is unstoppable in China. Expected to cross Rs. 500 crore in next few days,” Taran Adarsh earlier tweeted.

Although, Aamir is not playing the lead role in the film yet it has managed to amass this number. Secret Superstar stars ‘Dangal’ girl Zaira Wasim in the lead while Meher Vij, Raj Arjun, and Aamir Khan play pivotal parts. The film is written, directed by Advait Chandan, and produced by Aamir Khan, wife Kiran Rao.

Following its release in the Chinese market, the film has become 2017’s second highest-grossing Indian film worldwide. It is the highest-grossing Hindi film overseas, as well as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all times and the third highest-grossing Hindi film ever overseas.

The superstar’s previous film, Dangal, a sports drama, had set a record upon its release in the country for a non-Hollywood foreign movie as it drew $190 million in ticket sales alone.

This online quiz craze lures prize seekers and tech giants

 

Giant Search engine Baidu Inc and video game maker NetEase Inc launched their own online shows.China’s biggest companies are using cash prizes to attract millions of contenders for mobile-based online quiz shows.

Up to 6 million people at a time log into the free, live games on their smartphones to answer a series of rapid-fire questions in an elimination battle, with those remaining sharing the prize money.

But how they will cash in on the games and stay on the right side of government censors might prove to be a tricky question.

The trivia games have drawn some controversy, heightened by a broader crackdown on online content during the last year under President Xi Jinping, from live streams and blogs to a campaign against internet addiction.

This month, one quiz show, “Millions Winner,” backed by internet security company Qihoo 360, apologized after it was chastised by a regulator for listing Taiwan and Hong Kong, over which China claims sovereignty, as independent countries in a question.

How firms will monetize the craze is also not yet clear, though some companies, such as online retailer JD.com Inc, have already jumped on the trend, sponsoring shows to help raise their profiles. Many of the games show ads to players during the shows.

“If you ask me why I do this, to be honest, I don’t really know if I can make money,” Zhou Hongyi, chairman of Qihoo, said at an event where he presented a contestant with a 1 million yuan ($156,115.84) prize cheque two weeks ago. “But from a user’s perspective, I think this is really fun.”

The quiz mania underlines the fierce appetite of China’s consumers for internet entertainment, a trend helping drive billions of dollars of investment into digital news portals, online gaming, internet advertising and television content.

“I heard about this game from a friend who won 1,700 yuan in one day. I immediately decided to join up myself,” Wang Ting, a 26-year-old graduate student in Qingdao, told Reuters. She now spends three hours each day on her phone playing the games.

Questions, read by a live host, might include: “From which country were pineapples imported to China in the 16th century?” “In which dynasty was the lamb hot pot invented?” or “How many fingers does Mickey Mouse have?”

Contestants get 10 seconds – a time frame designed cut out cheating – to select the correct answer from a choice of three. Winnings can be up to 3 million yuan per game, but are often split between many winners.

Toutiao parent Bytedance said that “millions of our users” had taken part in its live quiz “Million Dollar Hero” since the show launched at the start of January. It also has a tougher “Hero Game” with harder questions and bigger prizes.

“We’ve been running for just two weeks, so it’s still in the very early stages, but it’s encouraging to see how the game has taken off across the country, and with all age groups,” the company said in a statement to Reuters.

Toutiao, a highly popular news feed app, was valued at around $20 billion in a fund-raising last year, sources close to the company told Reuters.

 Raymond Wang, a managing partner at Beijing law firm Anli Partners, said the shows were a “relatively low-cost way to get to users,” but cautioned there were political and technical risks.
So guys, if you really like this quiz game then do let us know in the below comment section. Also, If you want Indian companies to launch a similar game like this with the winning prize in form of cash then do mention the same too.

 

‘Over-dependence on drug ingredients imports from China is harmful to India’: Pharma Congress

 

Overwhelming dependence on China for crucial active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and intermediates has emerged as a main worrying area, as per the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA)

 

 

More than 75% of India’s bulk drug imports come from China.

 Over-dependence on China for sourcing around 80 percent of pharma raw materials to meet the growing requirements of drug formulations for Indian pharmaceutical industry is a cause of concern for the industry, policymakers as well as pharmaceutical professionals of India.

“India has proven capabilities in the generic drug formulations, but over-dependence on China for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) from our Asian neighbour does not augur well for the Indian pharmaceutical sector, as any interruption in supply can badly impact the sector and jeopardise the health of millions of people across the country” observed Dr. Shailendra Saraf, Chairman Organising Committee, Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC 2017).

 

India may have emerged as a key supplier of generic and affordable medicine for the world market, its overwhelming dependence on China for crucial raw materials, such as active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and intermediates, to the extent of over 75 percent of the requirement, has emerged as a main worrying area, according to the Association of-of Pharmacy Teachers of India (APTI) and Indian Pharmaceutical Congress Association (IPCA).

 

APIs and intermediates are key raw materials to manufacture pharmaceutical formulations such as tablets, capsules, syrups, etc. Rapid growth in new medical technologies is spurring the demand for generic drugs worldwide with the increased import of raw pharma ingredients from the emerging markets. Against this background, pharma industry and the policy makers have also raised concerns over India’s rising dependence on imports from China for many APIs that go into the making of a number of essential drugs.

 

According to Dr. Shailendra Saraf, who is also the Vice President, Pharmacy Council of India says “Indian pharmaceutical companies depend on China-supplied APIs only its low cost and not for any technological reason. Secondly, India has a price control mechanism in place. Since there is a control on the end product price, Indian manufacturers are unable to match the API prices offered by Chinese supplier”.

 

Though the government has taken steps like withdrawal of exemption in customs duties, imports worth Rs 13,853 crore in 2015-16 or 65.29 per cent of the total imports of Rs 21,216 crore are not sustainable. “Over-dependence on China for APIs is likely to affect the bulk drug manufacturing sector, and subsequently have an impact on our population in plausible scenarios of drug shortages brought down by interrupted imports from single source country,” said Dr. Dhirender Kaushik, Organizing Secretary, 69th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress, adding that over-dependence on such a crucial raw material on a single country is also not advisable from India’s overall strategic interests as well.

 

69th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress 2017

The Indian Pharmaceutical Congress is a national annual event of pharmacist from all walks of pharmacy profession to deliberate various issues relating to industry, regulatory, academia, hospital and community pharmacy and to evolve collective wisdom for formulating newer policies for the country in the relevant fields and for the betterment of mankind.

The 69th IPC is being held at Chitkara University, Chandigarh during December 22-24, 2017 and is hosted by Association of Pharmaceuticals Teachers of India. The theme “SKILL AND WILL TO MAKE AND SERVE QUALITY PILL” envisages how Pharmacist can play a leading role in the country to promote and realize the vision of Healthy India as well as stimulate discussions and thought process centered around how the country and the pharmacy profession respond to realize the vision.

Chairman of Organizing Committee Dr. Saraf says “we hope that it will interest the budding pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists working in research and development and the practicing pharmacist. 69th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress 2017 will take a holistic approach to empower professionally skilled pharmacists to produce quality medicines and care”.

More than 8000 delegates from India and abroad are expected to participate in the Congress making it a mega event for the pharmaceutical industry. The IPCA President Dr. M D Burande explained that “the theme of the 69th IPC is an extension of the earlier IPC theme “Pharma Vision2020-Pharmacists for a Healthy India” with a punch line ‘Skill and Will to Make and Serve Quality Pill’. This will provide Congress to identify Skill areas in Pharmacy Profession and to prepare for the future to develop Competent Pharmacists to take care of the challenges of Manufacturing Quality Medicines and serve the patients with ultimate pharmaceutical care. Such Pharmacy Skills will narrow the gap between Academics and Industry to achieve the objective of World Class Quality of medicines to make India Truly Pharma Super Power in serving humanity”.

 

 

 

 

Falls to Death From Skyscraper in Failed Stunt

A 26-year-old Chinese stuntman plunged to death performing his trademark daredevil stunt from a high-rise 62-storeyed skyscraper in Changsha. While the stuntman died on 8 November, the video was posted a month later by his girlfriend.

 

Wu Yongning lost his grip while recording a stunt at the Huayuan International Centre in Changsha, one of the tallest buildings in China. He was participating in a $15,000 rooftopping challenge in November, the time of his death.

According to south china morning, Yongning took to ‘rooftopping’ to support his family after a short stint as a paid background actor in Chinese films

As per reports, a window cleaner came across his body and reported it to authorities. The incident was captured by a camera placed on another side of the building.

Yongning’s girlfriend. Jin Jin, shared the video in a social media post on 8 December, the Daily Mail reported.

Killer!!! Bodyguards to protect Victoria’s Bra

 

Some of the best and most famous models have worked some really amazing lingerie on the ramps this year however, nothing comes close to this…trust us! Lais Ribeiro is all set to work the $2 million Fantasy Bra on one of the biggest runways globally soon and we can’t wait. The Mouawad-designed Fantasy Bra weighs more than 600 carats and is actually set with real diamonds.

 

 

Wait, there’s more. The bra is also handset with yellow sapphires and blue topaz stones. The metal is 18 karat gold…yes, you heard us right. The 27-year-old stunned us all by posting a picture on her Instagram and Internet has gone crazy! With a total of 6,000 gemstones, the bra makes for a dream for any girl and it even comes with a matching panty.

 

The Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra took nearly 350 hours to make and we can see why. The bra will feature on the ramp in China and we can imagine that the event is truly going to be one to look forward to. We’re excited…are you too?

 

 

The Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra took nearly 350 hours to make and we can see why. The bra will feature on the ramp in China and we can imagine that the event is truly going to be one to look forward to. We’re excited…are you too?

Man Escaping From 19th Floor to avoid paying hotel bill

What happens when you see a man dangling in the air, while he is stuck to the aerial wires? It can make one think that he is hallucinating or seeing something straight from a dream or movie! A Chinese guy decided he’d pull a runner so he could enjoy the luxuries of his hotel room and still have a fat wallet.

This incident happened in China when a man tried to escape from the 19th floor of a renowned hotel. The reason he did this was to avoid paying the hotel bills!

Apparently, the man hanging from 19 floors above the ground is yet to be identified, as sources did not reveal his name. However, he was rescued by the fire department and was taken away after on-lookers raised an alarm. The man was lucky enough to have survived while being stuck there, as there were many live wires around and he could have been burnt to death if he had come in touch with any!

The video shows the man dangling from a telephone wire high-up, outside his hotel, and it has gone viral, as one can see the man trying to escape from one building to another. Here is the video:

Is he a daredevil man or a psycho? Do share your thoughts on the same.

With over 100 million single citizens, China’s Communist Party now focuses on ‘matchmaking’

 

With major concern over the negative affects single citizens pose towards the maintenance of ‘societal harmony and stability’, the Chinese Communists are now in zeal to organize blind dates across the country. With about 100 million single citizens of marriageable age, the Communists Youth League has recently issued notice directing its members to organize blind date events.

As reported by Global Times, one Youth League cadre in Zhejiang has further established a separate department for matchmaking and has also organized a blind date event where at least 5,000 people participated.

Stressing on the need of “a civilized, healthy and rational concept of love and marriage”, the notice issued by the Youth League mentioned, “Helping young people find the right partner has a direct impact on their further development, which affects societal harmony and stability.”

Moreover, the Youth League’s strong focus on matchmaking has attracted other government bodies like labor unions and women’s federations. An Women’s Federation employee in Pizhou of East China’s Jiangsu Province was quoted by the Global Times, saying, “Family is society’s basic unit. Without a family, people will lose their motivation to work diligently, and too many single people will eventually affect social stability.”

However, the government’ initiative towards organized blind dates had mixed reactions among the people of the country. A 28-year-old man named Zeng, working at a state-owned company in Beijing told Global Times, “My boss believes that a man will only be committed to work after he has a family.” And while Zeng was allowed to take a day off to attend the blind date event, many others believe such events are useless. A Chinese women employ was quoted by The Global Times, saying, “It’s too short a time to get to know each other. And the men who attend are usually younger than the women.”

As reported by China News Service, official data shows there are at least 100 million single Chinese of marriageable age and the sixth census in 2010 revealed that 2.47 percent women above the age of 30, in China, are single.