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Kannada was Google’s answer to the “ugliest language” question. After that, there is an apology.

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Bengaluru: Google, the US-based search engine behemoth, came under fire on Thursday for its search results, which returned Kannada as the answer to a query about India’s “ugliest language.”

Kannada was the response to the question, “What is the ugliest language in India?” according to an image widely circulated on social media. According to a screenshot of the search results, “the answer is Kannada, which is spoken by about 40 million people in south India.”

The retaliation from Kannada language speakers, who speak one of the country’s national languages, was so swift that #Kannada trended across the country on the microblogging site Twitter. On Twitter, other hashtags such as #KannadaQueenOfAllLanguages remained common.

Google later removed the offending response, claiming that search results aren’t always great. The way content is described on the Internet may often produce unexpected results for specific queries. We recognise that this isn’t perfect, but we move quickly to address any issues that arise, and we’re still working to better our algorithms.

Naturally, these do not represent Google’s views, and we apologise for any confusion or hurt feelings,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to Hindustan Times. But that was in the future. Netizens and politicians from all of Karnataka’s major political parties took to social media for hours to criticise Sundar Pichchai’s business.

The Kannada language has a long and illustrious tradition, dating back over 2,500 years! It has been the pride of Kannadigas for two and a half millennia,” he says. Karnataka’s minister for land, Kannada, and culture, Arvind Limbavali, said in a tweet.

“If Kannada has been dubbed India’s ugliest language, it is merely an attempt by @Google. to make fun of Kannadigas’ prideDemand an apology from @Google to Kannada and Kannadigas as soon as possible. @Google will face legal action for slandering the image of our beautiful language!,” he added.

“Kannada, the language of the great Vijayanagara Empire, has a rich history, a glorious legacy, and a distinct culture. Kannada is one of the world’s oldest languages, with great scholars writing epics even before Geoffrey Chaucer was born in the 14th century. Apologize@GoogleIndia,” PC Mohan, a member of parliament from Bengaluru Central for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wrote on Twitter.

This blunder is unforgivable. When it comes to words, whoever is in charge should exercise caution. When it comes to Kannada, extra caution should be exercised. Otherwise, it will come as no surprise if Kannadigas’ self-respect, which became a tsunami in just one hour, turns into a Tsunami, said HD Kumaraswamy, former chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader, in a Kannada Twitter message.

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30-year-old Sanjal Gavande from Maharashtra part of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin team

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Pal Pariawala, Mumbai Uncensored, 20th July 2021:

Sanjal Gavande, born in Kalyan, Maharashtra, is part of a team of engineers that built the space rocket New Shephard. This space rocket will be carrying the American business tycoon, Jeff Bezos, to space on July 20. Sanjal is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Mumbai. She moved to the US in 2011 to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University. 

“I am really happy that my childhood dream is about to come true. I am proud of Team Blue Origin,” she said, while speaking with a media house over a phone call. Ashok Gavande, her father, is a retired employee of MTNL. “She worked with Mercury Marine after finishing her Masters at Wisconsin. Then she went to Toyota racing development at Orange City in California”, he said. 

Ms Gavande had been interested in space since she was a child. She had also applied for a job at NASA, but wasn’t selected due to citizenship issues, according to her mother. 

Nevertheless, Sanjal has made her parents extremely proud , after achieving this milestone.

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22,564 accounts suspended by Twitter over Child Sexual Exploitation, Non-Consensual Nudity & promotion of terrorism.

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Ashwanth Vidhya, Mumbai Uncensored, 15th July 2021:

Twitter, the microblogging and social network site, filed its first grievance redressal report as per India’s new IT Rules. In the report, they stated that they had suspended 22,564 accounts created on their platform due to them not following the regulations monitored by the government and the platform. They were suspended because they fell under the category of accounts circulating content that can be classified as “child sexual exploitation and non-consensual nudity” and “promotion of terrorism”.

In the report, they said, “We receive complaints in our Grievance Officer – India channel that relate to account verification, account access, or seeking assistance or information regarding an account or Twitter’s enforcement actions that are not included in the data below. The majority of complaints received in this channel during this reporting period fell into these categories”

They also said, “In addition to the above data, we processed 56 grievances which were appealing Twitter account suspensions. These were all resolved and the appropriate responses were sent. We overturned 7 of the account suspensions based on the specifics of the situation, but the other accounts remain suspended.”

The new Minister for Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw affirmed that the new Information Technology (IT) Act, 2021 will protect the interests of the users in various social media platforms and that “the law of the land is supreme” when it comes to matters regarding social media regulation and the companies not wanting to adhere to it.

Twitter finally decided to adhere to the new rules by appointing Vinay Prakash as its Resident Grievance Officer. This move comes after they confirmed their intention to appoint a grievance officer as per regulations to the Delhi High Court.

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How Hardik Gothi’s IT-enabled startup is disrupting the traditional methods of the real estate construction & infrastructure development industry

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India is one of the world’s most advanced economies and has been producing several successful entrepreneurs over the years. However, very few people in the world ever want to walk on the path of walking in the entrepreneur’s route. The failure stories create fear among them. Despite the fear, there have been plenty of people in the world who want to become entrepreneurs and who are currently holding the job as an entrepreneur. One such example is – Mr. Hardik Gothi who is coming up with his new company called YUZUH.

YUZUH is an IT- enabled startup that aims to bring a change in the traditional methods of procurement and logistics for the real estate construction and the infrastructure development industry. They are based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. YUZUH is founded by Hardik Gothi and Zuhaib Mohammed.

Hardik Gothi is a first-generation entrepreneur having over a decade of experience leading an EPC company. He has delivered more than 1.5 million square feet of construction work across Maharashtra state. Armed with an MBA from Welingkar Institute of Management, he has worked across the industry and is intimately aware of the risks and realities of the traditional models in the infrastructure industry.

Whereas Zuhaib Mohammed owns over 12 RMC manufacturing plants in Mumbai and being an engineer by qualification, Zuhaib possesses a strong grip on the infrastructure and construction sector. During his tenure, he has built strong relationships in the construction industry. Leveraging his position, Zuhaib heads business development and operations at YUZUH.

This startup is a B2B model to provide high-quality building materials at unmatched prices, with easy and transparent processes through technology-based platforms.

The goal is to introduce innovative technologies in the infrastructure industry, revolutionizing procurement procedures and exceeding customer expectations. This will lead to integrating offline business practices, with online user-friendly systems that guarantee transparency and accountability with all transactions, eliminating the risks of traditional cash-heavy and risk-intense exchanges. This is how YUZUH will disrupt the traditional methods of the real estate construction & infrastructure development industry by making the procurement and logistics process smoother than ever before.

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