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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the US administration to give greater priority to artificial intelligence, a move seen as firing up a battle for leadership with China.

The American AI Initiative executive order calls for the administration to “devote the full resources of the federal government” to help fuel AI innovation.

“Americans have profited tremendously from being the early developers and international leaders in AI,” a White House statement said.

“However, as the pace of AI innovation increases around the world, we cannot sit idly by and presume that our leadership is guaranteed.”

The order however stops short of specific funding or a detailed strategy for deployment of artificial intelligence.

The move comes amid growing concerns that China will overtake the United States in key areas of artificial intelligence, helped by a broad national strategy and accelerating investment.

Darrell West, head of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, said the White House move was “timely” but that it remained uncertain how it would be implemented without clear funding.

“The president sometimes launches initiatives that sound good but have little actual impact,” West said.

“China is investing $150 billion by 2030 with the goal of becoming the preeminent AI country in the world. It is important for the US to keep pace because AI will transform many different sectors.”

Daniel Castro of the Center for Data Innovation, a think tank which follows technology issues, offered a similarly cautious response.

“If the administration wants its AI initiative to be transformative, it will need to do more than reprogram existing funds for AI research, skill development, and infrastructure development.”

Castro welcomed the initiative but called for a more comprehensive AI strategy that covers areas such as digital free trade, data collection policies and other issues.

Senator Marco Rubio called the initiative a “good start,” writing on Twitter: “China is the most comprehensive challenge we have faced from a near peer adversary in over half a century. Confronting it will require a comprehensive response.”

The White House said the plan calls for “unleashing AI” by making more resources available to researchers, setting guidelines for regulations, promoting AI in education and improving US competitiveness.

The statement made no mention of China but called for “an action plan to protect the advantage of the United States in AI and technology critical to United States national and economic security interests against strategic competitors and foreign adversaries.”

 

 

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Easter: 160 killed, 300 injured in bomb blasts in S.Lankan cities

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COLOMBO: 160 people (including six foreigners) lost their lives while three hundred got wounded in six blasts in different cities of SriLanka on Easter Sunday.

According to details three churches (Colombo’s St. Anthony’s Shrine, Negombo’s St. Sebastian’s Church, Batticaloa’s Zion Church) and three high-end hotels (Cinnamon Grand, Shangri-La, Kingsbury) were targeted simultaneously at 8:45 am local time.

According to Police, at least 43 were killed in Colombo while 10 in Batticaloa blasts.

 

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Amir Khan, NPTV Brand Envoy, to Rewrite Narrative at Big Apple

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NEW YORK: Madison Square Garden is the venue where NewsPakistan.TV’s Brand Ambassador Amir Khan is going to rewrite the narrative against Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford in the most anticipated welterweight showdown today (Sunday 6 PM local time). The best boxers on the planet are going to clash for the Welterweight Championship. WBO Champion Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 knockouts) will attempt to extend his undefeated streak defending his unbeaten streak.

32-year-old Amir Khan (33-4, 20 knockouts) commenting on the fight held: “Terence is a skillful fighter, and I always do well against skillful fighters…This is going to be like a game of chess at times. I’ve been in the division longer, so I’ve got that advantage on my side. I’m the bigger guy, so that is on my side. This is a fight where I have to bring my ‘A’ game.”

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A relevant piece published earlier: 

A role model to millions of people, World Boxing Champion Amir Khan, who won Athens 2004 Olympic Silver Medal for Britain at the age of 17, is a philanthropist outside the ring. 

In an exclusive interview with NPTV conducted here, he held: “When I fought for these world titles it was very difficult.  Nothing in life comes easy. But one thing to the viewers is if anyone has any dream in life you have to work hard to achieve it. Don’t give up. Never give up in life. It is very hard to achieve what you want to achieve in life. But as long as you keep working hard, one day, you know, you will achieve your dream!”

Q: Tell us about your early days and life? 

AMIR KHAN: Early Days! I was born in Bolton, a small town in Manchester.  I was very hyperactive! I was very naughty at school! And the teacher used to always say to me:  “I am going to call your parents to school because you misbehave too much! They have to monitor you! Make sure you are OK!” So what my dad did – he took me to a boxing club. You know! Since then I started to behave in school! The teacher called my father and asked my father:  What have you done to Amir? Because he is totally changed. 

What boxing taught me was discipline. Because of that I totally changed the way I live; the way I treat people; how I respect people. And also I know not to fight, or not to mess around! Because I am a professional fighter now! There are so many people who look up to me. I am a role model to millions of people around the world. So I have to, you know, do the right things in life!

Q: Tell us about your experiences and the biggest achievement of your life? 

AMIR KHAN: Obviously, the biggest achievement was going to the Olympic Games.  And then winning the world title. I was the first ever Pakistani to win the world title.  No one has ever won a world (boxing) title – been a Pakistani. It is a great honor for me to win the World Championship. It was not easy. It was very hard. I was a smaller guy. I was a younger guy. When I fought for these world titles it was very difficult.  Nothing in life comes easy. But one thing to the viewers is if anyone has any dream in life you have to work hard to achieve it. Don’t give up. Never give up in life.  It is very hard to achieve what you want to achieve in life. But as long as you keep working hard one day, you know, you will achieve your dream. But one thing about our young Pakistani children is they need to work hard. We need them to work hard and have a focus and have ambition.

To have an ambition in life, to become the best.  That’s the only reason you will achieve something.  I will tell you about myself. I used to wake up every morning and I used to be like: ‘One day I will become the World Champion!’ I used to always wake up in the morning have one thing in my head: ‘I am going to become a World Champion! I’ll have my dream and I will have my ambition’. I kept training and training and now MashaAllah I am now in this position. I am the World Champion now. I won big fights. I am a big name around the world, not only in Pakistan but in England, America, Europe. All over the world. So, it is just a great feeling to be in this position. And also I hope I’ll inspire more people. I want to inspire the young, the youth to do what I’ve done.

Because Pakistan is a country which has a lot of talent.  But we have to now put them on the right path. We have to support them. So, all the people now have to support the children, tell them: ‘Look if you want to achieve something in life then go for it, we support you 100%. And that’s why I have come myself to Pakistan. So I can support people myself. I am going to coach myself the youth of Pakistan. I am going to coach them; I am going to train them; I am going to hold pads for them; I am going to teach them technique. Because I want Pakistan to improve in boxing.

Q: You have been to different countries like in Europe and America? Did you ever feel racism there? 

AMIR KHAN: No! You know, to be honest with you; I have never experienced any racial stuff, never. It is nice to be seen as a people’s Champion.  Wherever I go to, Europe: In Germany, England, France… I never ever experience any racism. People like me. Even in England, they say I am the son of England. They love me in England, that’s where I live.  The Queen always invites me for like the tea … So MashaAllah! I am in a great position. Where I am loved by so many people. I think it is not only because of boxing. I think it is about what I am like as a person. As a person, I am a very down-to-earth guy. I respect everybody. I treat everybody nice. And at the same time, you know, I do a lot of charity work as well. So people like charity work I do.

Q: Tell us about your Charity Foundation. 

AMIR KHAN: I have the Amir Khan Trust.  And in the UK I have the Amir Khan Foundation. Basically, we do a lot of work. For example, when the earthquake happened, we were in Pakistan straight away, in Muzaffarabad.  Then when the floods happened, I went to Nowshera, Charsadda… And then when the APS school killing happened – the children.  I was there, at the APS School. One thing about me is I like to go there myself and see, and experience and help: When the floods happen, I give them clothing, I give them food, I supply clean drinking water. When the Earthquake happens, I supply clothing, rebuild homes. So you know! Allah has given me this big name. I want to utilize my name the right way. For example, helping poor people, the right way. For example, collecting donations. Giving to charities and giving to poor people! (Published on 16th August 2016)

 

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said today that Pakistan would fence its border with Iran to prevent recurrence of Omara like terror attacks from across the border.

He was talking to journalists here at a Presser. FM held that actionable forensic evidence had been shared with the Iranian government showing links of the terrorists with the neighboring country, besides the presence of their logistics and training camps located across the border.  Iran, he hoped, would take ‘visible’ action against the elements, who used its soil to carry out Thursday’s terrorist attack in Balochistan. He said Pakistan and Iran would set up joint border centers at six points for surveillance along the border. 

Qureshi said Pakistan wanted to know the factors behind the Omara incident in which 14 passengers were killed after being offloaded from the bus. The victims included 10 soldiers of the Pakistan Navy and three of the Pakistan Air Force, besides a coastguard.  He said the Baloch Raaji-Aajohi e-Sangar (BRAS), an alliance of three Baloch terrorist organizations, had claimed the responsibility for the incident in which the killers were clad in Frontier Corps (FC) uniforms. The Baloch terrorist outfits had set up their logistics camps inside the Iranian border area and that had also been conveyed to the Iranian authorities, he added.

He said Pakistan and Iran enjoyed fraternal ties and hoped that Tehran would act against the perpetrators of the incident as had been assured by his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in a detailed telephonic conversation with him. He said the Iranian foreign minister had termed the attack an attack on the security of both Pakistan and Iran. The foreign minister said Afghanistan should also take action against the anti-Pakistan elements operating from its soil. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan was scheduled to visit Iran on Sunday, during which security issues would be discussed in detail. He said considering the prevailing security situation, Pakistan had decided to take six security measures to avoid recurrence of cross-border terrorism. 

Qureshi said a special command based in Balochistan’s Turbat area had been set up, besides raising a new corps to increase border patrolling. It has also been decided that aerial surveillance of the Pak-Iran border would also be done through helicopters, he added. Like Afghanistan, he said, the Iranian border would also be fenced. Though the fencing of 950 kilometers long border would be costly it was need of the hour, he added. He said Iran had demanded necessary action from Pakistan when its security officials were abducted and shifted to Pakistan. The action was accordingly taken and nine out of 12 abducted Iranian personnel were rescued by the Pakistani forces, he added.

Responding to a question, he said the timing of Omara incident was important, which showed that the elements behind it did not want peace in the region. He said Pakistan and Iran had historical relationships. Pakistan could overcome its energy crisis from buying gas from Iran, but international sanctions against the latter were impeding the process. To another question, he said it was a known fact as to which country was backing such terrorist organizations and supplying weapons to carry out insurgency and bring instability in Pakistan. He said despite worsening human rights situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir, Pakistan intended to normalize relations with India.

 

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