He said the Home Ministry is working on the new programme that will merge PIO and Overseas Citizenship of India schemes and that instructions have been issued to Embassies and Consulates that apart from special circumstances, US nationals should get visas for 10 years.‘Am very glad to share that GoI (government of India) has moved swiftly on the announcements I had made on consular and visa issues during my USA visit,’ Modi tweeted.He noted that a gazette notification was issued on 30 September, two days after his announcement, which said that all PIO cards are valid for lifetime of cardholders. Earlier it was 15 years.‘The gazette notification on 30 September fulfils the announcement that all PIO cardholders will now enjoy a life- long visa to India,’ the Prime Minister said.The notification also says that PIO card holders would not have to report to police stations, even if their visit exceeds 180 days, he said in another tweet.‘Instructions have been issued to embassies and consulates that apart from special circumstances, USA nationals should get visas for 10 years,’ Modi added. Systems are in place to introduce visa on arrival for US tourists in October itself, a PMO statement said.‘Am sure these efforts will further strengthen our bond with the diaspora and give an impetus to our development journey,’ Modi said in one more tweet. He had made the announcements during an address in New York on 28 September.
Inspired by internationally-known Kashmiri artist Masood Hussain, a group of students are painting murals on the walls of Srinagar to bring alive the region’s culture and splash colours on the local environment.“Hussain is our friend, philosopher and guide in this small effort,” said Sofi Suhail, who is part of the spreading cheer on the International Airport Road.For the first time in Kashmir, the otherwise shabby-looking walls are attracting onlookers because of these murals – and reviving the Valley’s rich culture and traditions that are fast fading amid the glitz of modern-day lifestyle. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To begin with, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has started a pilot mural painting project in uptown Srinagar.“We want youth to know about their history, culture and past traditions through this public art. We got in touch with some well-known artists and started the work,” told SMC Commissioner Tufail Matoo.This brought Masood Hussain into the project as its superviser.“What inspired me to accept this was a desire to create some space for creative work here. These murals are a small step in beautifying and making Kashmir presentable,” said Hussain. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHussain roped in a group of six fine arts students from Kashmir University and they have so far, in 15 days, completed three murals at uptown Srinagar’s busy Hyderpora flyover square. Work on the fourth is now under way.“We are very excited about this as it is the first time such an activity is happening here. Not only are we enjoying this work but in the process, we are also learning about our culture and past traditions,” Suhail noted.“We had to start somewhere, but after discussing it in detail, we chose this place as the road from Srinagar airport leads to this square. It is a relatively better place with good roads so it will surely please tourists and locals alike,” Hussain said. The students say the public’s response has been positive.“We work here from morning till evening and nearly 400-500 people stop here every day to see these murals. They ask us about them and appreciate our work. It feels good and has encouraged us,” another art student, Bushra Mir, said.Apart from displaying Kashmir’s rural life and age-old traditions, the murals, students say, aim to attract talent in Kashmir.“Through these murals we also want other students to get inspired to opt for fine arts as a career so that this genre is taken forward by people who are passionate about it,” Saqib Bhat, who is part of the group, noted.The group has also identified some other spots along the airport road where it intends to paint more murals in the future.“We want to create a sample which can be replicated or done better at other places. But apart from such paintings, the authorities also need to focus on environmental designs. Painting a wall is okay, but what about its surroundings? We need to creatively facelift the surroundings,” Hussain said.“We need to educate ourselves as a society about our past and do things which create an interest among the people,” he added.About reports that the murals are intended to erase the separatists’ graffiti that exists on Srinagar’s walls, the students say their work is ‘purely non-political’.“We don’t want to be in any controversy. We are students and our work has nothing to do with any kind of politics,” Bushra Mir, another member of the group, commented.“We are very choosy about selecting a spot to paint murals. It is a mutual decision of SMC, Masood Hussain sahib, and ours,” said Saqib.The public support to such a pioneering effort in Kashmir has encouraged the group.They now look forward to painting the entire city with tradition and culture – and the good news is that there are takers for this artistic effort.“For a while, one feels as if it is not the same city where shabby walls offended passers-by. Let the march of murals continue,” noted Nazir Ahmad, 47, who has a shop in the Hyderpora area and also lives there.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read September 10, 2013 You’ve already trained Fido to sit, stay, fetch and roll over. But what if, for some crazy reason, you needed Fido to do something but you were unable to give him verbal commands?It’s something researchers at Alabama’s Auburn University are working on. Mechanical engineers Jeff Miller and David Bevly have developed a device they say can help dogs “hear” commands that are delivered electronically by a human with a controller.The device is a pack worn on the back of a dog that consists of a microprocessor, wireless radio, GPS receiver and something called an “attitude and heading reference system,” according to a report in gizmag. A command module on the pack delivers vibrational and audio tone cues that the dog has been trained to respond to.While something like this might be a bit much for the family dog, it could someday be useful for canines used in rescue missions where voice commands aren’t possible or by police for drug busts and other types of arrests.”An eventual goal of the work would be to not only guide the canine to a predetermined location, but also to be able to recognize when a canine detects something of interest,” Miller and Bevly wrote in their 160-page dissertation on the device. “For example, the canine could demonstrate some known response (walking in a circle or sitting down) upon detecting narcotics.”Tests of the device show accuracy of obedience of almost 87 percent, gizmag says.Development is still under way. But I want to know: Will this someday steer Fido to retrieving my lost socks and morning paper with nothing more than a click of a remote control? Hands down that’d be cooler than robotic cockroaches, right?What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at [email protected] or by telling us in the comments below. Register Now »
Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We’ve been hearing for years about the digital transformation of multiple business sectors. And the technology sector is hardly alone in this regard: For the past decade, legacy industries have been making the transition, too,and the result has been massive opportunities for entrepreneurs.Related: How Tech Is Becoming an Integral Player in Energy Solutions Moreover, as each new age group has increasingly gone “digitally native,” the overall workforce has demanded higher workplace technology standards.Entrepreneurs have left their fingerprints all over the resulting current digital landscape, creating brand new technologies and updating antiquated processes. Such innovations are being driven by the younger generation, whose members have stepped up to become the new leaders in the field. With this millennial management has come an openness to adopting new technologies, and a knack for solving old problems with new approaches.One of the biggest industries opting for digital efficiency and subsequently thirsty for young, entrepreneurial leadership? Oil and gas.Why oil and gas?One reason this particular sector is ripe with entrepreneurial opportunities is that oil is projected to stay below $60 a barrel throughout 2018. With this booming market and its eagerness for innovation, the industry is ripe for disruption to existing business models, and for real growth. “Companies that are willing to innovate and invest can unlock tremendous value and may remain financially strong regardless of what happens to global supply and demand trends,” Deloitte executiveJohn England wrote in a 2018 Energy Outlook white paper.“So, the digital cavalry is coming,” continued England, who is vice chairman, U.S. energy and resources leader, and U.S., and Americas oil and gas leader for Deloitte.”But it likely won’t rescue everyone — possibly only those who are brave enough to embrace it.”What might seem like yesterday’s technology headlines are headlines only now making a splash in the oil and gas industry. This means that technology experts from entrepreneurial companies should be watching the horizon for opportunities in energy. Here are four innovations transforming that sector:Artificial intelligence “Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to have the biggest technological impact on the oil and gas industry over the coming years,” according to Omar Saleh, Microsoft’s oil and gas director for the Middle East and Africa, who spoke to CNBC.ExxonMobil, ranked No. 1 in the industry by Forbes’ 2017 Global 2000 ranking of the world’s biggest public companies, is spearheading AI exploration through a partnership with MIT to explore the oceans using AI software. With the biggest names in oil and gas investing in AI ventures, it’s clear that the technology will have a major impact in the coming years.Cloud computingOil and gas giants have long been wary of cloud technology because of security risks. While adoption may be low as of today, there is still a strong future for cloud computing. A forecast by the U.K.-based Oil & Gas Council explains that, due to the “many commercial benefits and the world of possibilities, cloud computing is becoming a popular model for the IT savvy business that has growth on its agenda.”“Some of the most complex organizations from banking to government, have fully embraced the computing power and agility of cloud,” Shiva Rajagopalan, CEO and founder of Seven Lakes Technologies said during his remarks for my podcast scheduled for next month. “They’ve been rewarded with a competitive edge to respond to markets faster and incubate transformational ideas within the organization at unprecedented speed.”The faster information is available,” Rajagopalan added, “the more quickly large corporations spin up new ideas, initiatives and innovations. The oil and gas industry should be afforded exactly the same competitive edge, not confined by their own data centers.”3D-scanning technology3D printing has moved beyond the hype phase, and we are now seeing practical uses in play. For oil and gas, 3D printing means fast, cost-effective representations of assets that can be used for maintenance planning and execution.According to LaserDesign, “3D printing allows oil and gas companies to reverse-engineer and measure oil and gas tools in virtually every shape and size. Scan data can confirm whether the replacement part will fit existing equipment and also provide a clear documentation of tooling erosion to improve product design and reproduce tooling components.”Related: How Startups Can Be Invited to the Big IoT PartyThe internet of thingsThe value of the internet of things (IoT) becomes apparent when companies can demonstrate new applications for information gleaned from these technologies. Paul Turner, CMO of Cloudian, said he believes that the promise of IoT lies in creating a set of standards “to guide how devices are structured, and a common language that can be understood . . . ” Such standards, Turner said, “are critical for IoT companies looking to sell their technology to oil and gas.“Startup companies looking to sell IoT solutions to the oil and gas sector should also adhere to standards,” Turner told RigZone. “Value is derived not only from the data collected and aggregated, but data being in a well-known format.He added: “A service model that features one data repository that can be used by many companies is needed.”Advanced roboticsOne of the biggest challenges in the oil and gas sector is how to mitigate risk. One of the best ways deploying sophisticated robotics that humans can operate, keeping themselves out of harm’s way. Earlier this year, Chevron announced a partnership with OC Robotics to inspect offshore oil and natural gas pressure vessels in the North Sea. The robotic P100 snake arm, is built to operate in confined spaces, deploying an arm into the inspection area, using wire ropes and software.“There is real potential to improve inspection outputs and extend asset life by characterizing vessels and assessing fitness for service without human entry into dangerous and confined spaces,” Rebecca Smith, project manager at OC Robotics, was recently quoted as saying by JWN.Exciting advances in AI, cloud computing, 3D printing, IOT and robotics are transforming the future of the oil and gas industry. “The upstream oil and gas companies have survived turbulent markets, fine-tuned lean teams and know exactly where to drill,” Rajagopalan told me. “In spite of all that transformation, meeting production targets remains a blindfolded, high-wire act. This must change.”Raising “an army of people” to solve the problems ahead isn’t enough, she said. What may be, she said, is adoptable predictable technologies, which give time back to the field “so that they can shrink unplanned down time.” Related: From Corner Office to Field Ops: 4 Ways to Make Data ActionableEntrepreneurs and startups looking to be a part of the next generation of technologies should explore this billion dollar industry because that rig drilling away down in Texas or out in the Gulf is no longer working your father’s oil field; it’s the digitally driven oil field of the future, powered by disruptive tech. 7 min read January 30, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Blue Oak Council Inc, a Delaware nonprofit corporation, published a model license version 1.0.0, last week. The new license demonstrates all the techniques used by the licenses to make the software free and simple for everyone to use and build on. The licensing materials published by Blue Oak is in everyday language, making it easy for developers, lawyers, and others to understand software licensing without relying on legal help. Blue Oak model license 1.0.0 comes with information regarding purpose, acceptance, copyright, notices, excuse, patent, reliability, and no liability. The license states that it provides everyone with as much permission to work with the software as possible. It also protects the contributors from liability. It states that users must agree to the rules of the license to receive it. Users should refrain from doing things that would defy the rules of the license. Additionally, it states that everyone who gets a copy of any part of the software (with or without changes) also receives a text of this license or a link to Blue Oak Council license 1.0.0. Also, in case anyone notifies the users in writing that they have not complied with Notices, then they can keep their license by taking all the practical and necessary steps to needed to comply within 30 days, post-notice. If users fail to follow this, the license will end immediately. Apart from this, Blue Oak Council has also published certain example provisions for contracts and grants, along with a corporate open source policy that helps with the permissive licenses. There’s also a list of permissive public software licenses on the OSI and SPDX lists. These licenses have been rated from gold to lead, based on criteria such as the clarity of drafting, simplicity, and practicality of conditions. For more information, check out the official Blue Oak Council blog post. Read Next Red Hat drops MongoDB over concerns related to its Server Side Public License (SSPL) Neo4j Enterprise Edition is now available under a commercial license Free Software Foundation updates its licensing materials, adds Commons Clause and Fraunhofer FDK AAC license