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Blockchain is coming to Minecraft..!

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Two non-Microsoft developers have created a blockchain layer in Minecraft

Hemant Singh – Mumbai Uncensored, 28th February 2022

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‘NFT Worlds’ is based on Ethereum scaling layer 2 (Polygon) and is built using third-party Minecraft servers (those independent from Microsoft). Among the Web3 features in the new game will be a marketplace where gamers can buy items to enhance their in-game experience as well as its native token, $WRLD. The NFTs for sale are 10,000 pieces of land, and the purchase price for one NFT is already 14.5 ETH!! 

Minecraft’s blockchain upgrade is perhaps one of the most exciting developments in the gaming industry. However, the upgrades were not made by the original developers. This particular project has huge potential to increase blockchain game adoption with 141 million Minecraft users reported by 2021🤯.

The sandbox-style video game Minecraft, released in 2011, is receiving a Web3 update thanks to several developers not affiliated with Microsoft.

NFT Worlds is a project built on a third-party Minecraft server with a Polygon-based overlay. Polygon is an Ethereum sidechain that offers lower gas fees (i.e. transaction fees) to users. The NFT Worlds blockchain layer on Minecraft will allow players to access Web3 features, such as an online store, where they can purchase items for their Minecraft experience using  $WRLD tokens ERC20

Some of Minecraft’s software is open-source, which means anyone with the right technical knowledge can construct upon it, and Minecraft doesn’t have a solid economy like its competitor Roblox, which has a strong virtual market and its own (non-crypto) digital currency called Robux. NFT Worlds gives players a metaverse experience in an existing game, which is great news for Minecraft fans and NFT collectors alike.

A unique blockchain-based token that represents ownership of an asset, NFTs can come in a variety of forms. For NFT World, NFT is virtual land. The current lowest price, or the lowest price you can buy immediately without a bid, is 14.5 Ethereum, or about $38,150. There are 10k specific worlds of various shapes, from forested islands to snow-covered tundra & massive volcanoes. The number of Minecraft players has grown since Microsoft acquired Minecraft developer Mojang Studios in 2014 for a whopping $2.5 billion. The game had seen 131 million monthly active users in 2020 and more than141 a million monthly active users in 2021

NFT Worlds has also seen an increase in interest, with more than 26,000 player hours logged on the test server during three days this month. In addition, after remaining mostly unchanged for months, the average price of an NFT World increased by 10 Ethereum ($26,000) from January to February of this year.

While some may be opposed to paying more than $40,000 for virtual land, The Sandbox, a competitive Ethereum metaverse game, typically bids much higher. Someone paid $450,000 for a small virtual parcel of land next to rapper Snoop Dogg’s property in The Sandbox in December.

Compared to The Sandbox, whose economy is powered by the $SAND token, NFT World’s properties are orders of magnitude larger. ArkDev, a co-founder of NFT Worlds, said in a Twitter space Wednesday that there is “concern that the worlds are too humongous.” 

Temptranquil, another co-founder of NFT Worlds, added that “a player can’t just walk” across the entire terrain in the game “without a traffic system or portal of some kind.”

For future developments, the NFT Worlds team wants to make the gaming experience as low as gas and “frictionless” as possible by working on EIP2771, an interface that enables “meta-trading” to be cheap, then on Ethereum. NFT Worlds will create a type of “global auction house”, which will be their online marketplace. 

 The co-founders chose to rely on Minecraft because they found Microsoft to be developer-friendly and less demanding than competitors like Roblox. 

 “Minecraft has a very large and thriving custom game development system,” said ArkDev.  Microsoft seems to favour thinking more broadly about the metaverse, as Activision Blizzard’s $68.7 billion acquisition last month was in part intended to help it develop “building blocks for the metaverse,” according to one media. pine. press release at the time. But building a Web3 world on top of an existing centralized game owned by a billionaire corporation is not without risk. Both ArkDev and Temptranquil are well aware of the potential for “coercion” by Microsoft, which means that Microsoft can stop their projects at any time through legal action. 

 To prevent this, they maintain close contact with Microsoft representatives to ensure that they are not violating the Minecraft End User License Agreement (EULA) at any stage of development.  The Minecraft EULA states that no one is allowed to “commercially use anything we’ve created” or “try to monetize anything we’ve created”, these rules may apply. used for NFT Worlds going forward. 

 “We work very closely with their IP enforcement team,” Tranquil said in the Twitter space. “They regularly monitor our Discord, review our conversations, and we have meetings with them.” 

 However, it remains a question, whether Microsoft will give a green signal to the project. 

“They’re watching us from the sidelines—not like a formal green light—but I think in their eyes, we’re the best-case scenario for someone using their product,” Tranquil said.Decrypt’s request for comment to Minecraft’s global IP enforcement team has yet to be answered.

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Pet breeders stand to lose license if unregistered

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Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 24th May 2022

More than three years after the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2018, making it mandatory for pet shops to be registered with the respective State Animal Welfare Board (SAWB) companies still go one to flout laws.

On June 13, 2021 Corporation officials said they are now keeping a close eye on the pet trade and are ready to seize the shops if the owners do not get valid registration and trade licences.

As per the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2018, no person should sell or trade in pet animals, whether retail or wholesale, or establish operate a pet shop, or any other establishment engaged in sale, purchase or exchange of pets without obtaining a certificate of registration from the State Animal Welfare Board (AWB).

On 26th august 2021 the petitioner’s counsel Sanjukta Dey told the bench that she had visited shops in Crawford Market and Kurla as recently as three days ago and found violations of the earlier high court order, which had directed immediate closure of such illegal shops. The shops require permission from the State Animal Welfare Board and they had seen puppies being drugged and animals kept out in the sun or out in the rain with no food or water. Due to the continued lack of regulation, illegal pet shops have mushroomed all over the city. It is alleged that such establishments are keeping animals domesticated as well as wildlife from India and abroad in “utterly unhygienic conditions” and the life and liberty of thousands of animals are at stake as they languish and die in miserable conditions in unlicensed and unregulated pet shops. They are also often taken away from mothers a a young age.

May 23 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Monday sought the Delhi government’s stand on a public interest litigation seeking directions on dealing with unregulated, unlicensed and illegal pet shops operating in the city.

“The non-implementation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2018 is a complete dereliction of duty by the respondents (authorities), and by doing so, the respondents’ actions are affecting animal welfare negatively and preventing the compliance of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972,” the petition filed through lawyers Supriya Juneja and Aditya Singla said.

Many pet shops and breeders operating in Mumbai are not licensed and the state urges pet owners to bring home pets only from licensed breeders.

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Govt. Plans to Cut Cooking Oil Tax

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The Indian market after seeing an unprecedented rise in the prices of edible oils plans to cut taxes on edible oil to keep the prices in check.

Khushi shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 5th May 2022

The war, combined with weather disruptions that limited harvests in other vegetable oil-producing regions, led to a supply shortage of sunflower oil. The ban by the world’s biggest palm oil producer and exporter on 28th April 2022, on the export on the widely used edible oil and all the conflicts between Russia and Ukraine that already upended the global agricultural trade in the world, sent oil prices skyrocketing in the market.

India is particularly sensitive to rising vegetable oil prices as it is dependent on imports for 60% of its needs. Inorder to keep the prices in check ,India, the world’s top importer of vegetable oils is planning to cut taxes on some edible oils to cool the domestic market after the war in Ukraine. 

India has tried to reduce prices in the past, including reducing import duties on palm, soybean oil and sunflower oil, and limiting inventory to prevent stocking the oil.[ In September 2021] The import taxes on palm oil had been slashed to 2.5% from 10 %, while soy oil and sunflower oil had been reduced to 2.5 per cent from 7.5 per cent. 

The reduction in these taxes were aimed at bringing down prices of the edible oils in India and boost consumption, effectively increasing overseas buying by the south Asian country.It would also bring down edible oil prices ahead of key festivals, when edible oil demand rises in the country

However, The moves so far have not been effective enough to cut down the rates of oil in the market 

India, the world’s top importer of vegetable oils, wants to reduce the agricultural infrastructure and development cess on imports of crude palm oil to below 5% . According to reports, it is said that the government is now considering reducing import duties on crude varieties of canola oil, olive oil, rice bran oil and palm kernel oil from 35% to 5% to help boost domestic supplies. The new tax amount is still being deliberated The cess is levied over and above basic tax rates on certain items, and is used to finance agriculture infrastructure projects. The base import duty on crude palm oil has already been scrapped.

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C.I.A. picks Indian origin Chief Technological Officer – Nand Mulchandani

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Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 3rd May 2022

Another Indian has raised the Indian flag abroad. Nand Moolchandani, who completed his schooling in Delhi, has been appointed as the first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US. 

With a degree in Computer Science and Math from Cornell, a Master of Science degree in Management from Stanford, and a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard, Nand Mulchandani will be leading a team of technologists at the C.I.A.  He will be working with experts who already deliver world-class intelligence and capabilities to help build a comprehensive technology strategy.

William J. Burns, the CIA Director made the announcement specifying that he has prioritised focusing on technology. Nand Mulchandani has more than 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley as well as the US Department of Defense (DoD) and can bring substantial private sector, startup, and government expertise to the Agency.

The man, who describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur” in his Linkedn bio, prior to this position he served as the CTO and Acting Director of DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. He also co-founded and was CEO of several successful startups Oblix (acquired by Oracle), Determina (acquired by VMWare), OpenDNS (acquired by Cisco), and ScaleXtreme (acquired by Citrix).

His LinkedIn profile says: “I pivoted from my career in private industry to serve in the Government by joining the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center at the US Department of Defense where I am driving the DoD’s next-generation AI efforts.”In his new role, Mulchandani will ensure the Agency is leveraging cutting-edge innovations and scanning the horizon for tomorrow’s innovations to further the CIA’s mission.

He said on Linkedn “I tried to leave a few breadcrumbs at the end of my last post when I was leaving the Department of Defense with “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” And believe me, this was certainly an “offer I could not refuse”,” 

An Indian origin C.T.O. that collects, processes and analyses intelligence reports from around the world to strengthen national security of America is a new feather in the cap of not only Indian Diaspora, but also India at large.

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