Connect with us

News

Muhammad Ali, ‘The Greatest of All Time,’ Dead at 74

Published

on

static1.squarespace

PHOENIX (Diya TV) — Three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer Muhammad Ali, who proclaimed himself as “The Greatest,” died Friday evening at a Phoenix-area hospital where he had spent the past few days receiving treatment for respiratory complications.

He was 74 years old.

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” family spokesperson Bob Gunnell said.

Ali lived with his Parkinson’s for three decades, a progressive neurological condition that slowly chipped away the timeless image of his silver tongue and physical dexterity. Widely observed as one of the greatest fighters in the history of boxing, Ali retired in 1981 after losing to Trevor Berbick in his 61st career bout.

Ali first stepped into the boxing ring at age 12. After his bicycle was stolen, a police officer in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. suggested he learn how to box. What came next was something no one could have predicted: Ali developed into one of the most celebrated athletes and public figures in history.

He was known for his dancing in the ring and quick style as a fighter. After emerging victorious in 100 of 108 bouts as an amateur fighter, Ali captured gold at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

As an act against racism, Ali said he threw his gold medal into a river after being refused service at a soda fountain for being black.

At age 22, he shocked the world when he defeated Sonny Liston, beating the defending champ in seven rounds. In their next fight in 1965, Ali again floored Liston, retaining his heavyweight title just minutes into the fight after the referee brought it to a halt. After capturing the heavyweight title, he renounced the name he was then known by, Cassius Clay, for it’s slave connotation — he would henceforth be known as Muhammad Ali, bestowed by Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad.

He was perhaps greatest known for his boastful talk and stylish way of speaking.

“Most of them [other boxers] … can fight almost as good as I can. I’m just saying you never heard of them. And the reason for that is because they cannot throw the jive. Cassius Clay is a boxer who can throw the jive better than anybody.”

He successfully defended his heavyweight title six times, before being drafted into the Army in 1967 during the height of the Vietnam War. Previously, Ali had said the war did not meet the standards of his faith and that he had “no quarrel” with America’s enemy, the Vietcong. He refused to serve.

160602-muhammad-ali-alex-mitoff-yh-0327p_d9233f379ca957fee223c6bb4d5b390d.nbcnews-ux-600-480

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, some poor, hungry people in the mud, for big powerful America, and shoot them for what?” Ali said in an interview. “They never called me nigger. They never lynched me. They didn’t put no dogs on me.”

In April of 1967, Ali’s stand against the war and his draft status was showcased after he refusal to step forward when his name was called. He was immediately stripped of his boxing title, convicted of draft evasion and was sentenced to five years in prison.

After four years of fighting, his appeal finally reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which reversed the conviction in a unanimous decision. The Supreme Court ruled the Department of Justice had improperly told the draft board that Ali’s stance wasn’t motivated by religious reasons.

Even with his health in decline, Ali never shied away from politics or the spotlight. In December, he released a statement calling out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” he said.

Once he retired, Ali transformed himself into an ambassador and civil servant. He served the United Nations as a “Messenger of Peace,” and fought tirelessly to end poverty and world hunger. It all culminated in 2005 when Ali was awarded the highest U.S. civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In his final years, it became almost impossible for Ali to form complete words. During an interview with NPR in 2009, he let his wife read his essay for the world to hear:

“I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won,” Ali wrote. “I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.”

News

Google launches mobile payment App Tez tailored to Indian users

Google launches mobile payment App Tez tailored to Indian users

Published

on

By

Tez

Following vast speculation, Google officially launched a mobile payment platform for the Indian market, called Tez.
Available for Android and iOS users in India, Tez initiates Google’s entry into the mobile payment industry in India.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Diya TV) — Following vast speculation, Google officially launched a mobile payment platform for the Indian market, called Tez.

Available for Android and iOS users in India, Tez initiates Google’s entry into the mobile payment industry in India. The app allow users to link their smartphones with their bank accounts and pay for goods and services online and at traditional brick-and-mortar stores.

Users can also make person-to-person instant money transfers, similar to PayPal.

With Tez, users pay directly from their bank account, using a Unified Payments Interface. Currently, the app works with all major banks, including Google partners Axis, HDFC Bank, ICICI and State Bank of India.

Tez is not a mobile wallet like PayTM and MobiKwik. Rather, instead of users storing money, it works more like Apple Wallet, linking the bank account, allowing payments to be deducted from the account.

According to Tez, it’s Tez Shield built-in security “helps to detect fraud, prevent hacking, and verify your identity.” Each transaction is secured with the user’s UPI PIN. Additionally, the app is secured with a Google PIN or a screen lock method such as fingerprint.

Tez says the app has partnered with a myriad of apps and vendors, including RedBus, PVR, Domino’s, Dish TV and Jet Airways. The app supports multiple languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu.

Business owners can use the Tez with their current account to start accepting digital payments. Payments will go directly to their bank accounts “without any additional cost incurred for the transaction.”

During a launch event in Delhi, Caesar Sengupta, the head of Google’s Next Billion program said the app “works with the vast majority of Android smartphones in the country.”

The app launch took place on Sept. 18 with India Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying, “Tez by Google is perhaps the simplest form of monetary transactions.”

Since launching on Google Play and iTunes store, the app has received positive reviews by users. On the Android platform, of nearly 15,000 reviews and over 100,000 users, the app has a 3.8 star rating, with over half of the reviews being 5-star. On the Apple platform, Tez has a 4.5-star rating with 15 reviews.

Continue Reading

News

Mahindra and Ford Announce Strategic Cooperation

Published

on

By

Ford Mahindra

Designed at leveraging the benefits of Ford’s global reach and Mahindra’s scale in India and successful operating model, Mahindra Group and Ford Motor Company announced a strategic alliance.

DEARBORN, Mich. (Diya TV) — Designed at leveraging the benefits of Ford and Mahindra’s strengths, Mahindra Group and Ford Motor Company announced a strategic alliance.

A Sept. 18 announcement by Ford says the “agreement between the two companies will allow each to leverage their mutual strengths during a period of unprecedented transformation in the global automotive industry.”

Areas of cooperation include:mobility programs; connected vehicle projects; electrification; product development; sourcing and commercial efficiencies; distribution within India; improving Ford’s reach within India; and improving Mahindra’s reach beyond India.

“Ford is committed to India and this alliance can help us deliver the best vehicles and services to customers while profitably growing in the world’s fifth largest vehicle market,” stated Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Global Markets.

Ford and Mahindra will work together for a period of up to three years. Following that the period may be extended.

“The changes facing the automotive industry globally are triggered by the accelerated rise of new technologies, sustainability policies and new models of urban shared mobility. Given these changes we see the need to anticipate new market trends, explore alternatives and look for ways to collaborate even as we compete and build powerful synergies that will allow rapid exploitation of the exciting new opportunities …,” said Dr. Pawan Goenka, managing director, Mahindra and Mahindra.

Mahindra is one of the leading utility vehicle manufacturers in India for over 70 years.

Mahindra owns a majority stake in Ssangyong Motor Company in Korea and is developing products like the GenZe – the world’s first electric connected scooter.

Ford is one of the largest exporters of cars from the U.S., manufacturing and exporting vehicles and engines from its manufacturing facilities in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Sanand, Gujarat. India is also the second-largest Ford employee base globally, with more than 14,000 people working across the Ford India and Global Business Services operations in New Delhi, Chennai, and Coimbatore.

The Mahindra Group is a $19 billion federation of companies focused on “innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities.”

It is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, components, commercial vehicles, consulting services, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, steel, aerospace, defense and motorcycles. Mahindra employs over 200,000 people across 100 countries.

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles. Ford employs approximately 203,000 people worldwide.

The two companies had a brief 1995 partnership for manufacturing the Ford Escort. However, after three years, the partnership ceased.

Continue Reading

Featured

Duke University Opens India office in Bengaluru

Duke University Opens India office in Bengaluru

Published

on

By

Duke University India

North Carolina-based private research university Duke University recently opened an India office in Bengaluru to foster its collaborations with Indian universities and organizations.

DURHAM, N.C. (Diya TV) — North Carolina-based private research university Duke University recently opened an India office in Bengaluru to foster its collaborations with Indian universities and organizations.

Duke University India “aims to expand the existing Duke-India partnerships, which include academic exchange programs and research collaborations,” Duke Today reported.

https://youtu.be/SLGE2vf-hTo

According to the report, the University’s current partners in India include NITI-Aayog, the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University in Ahmedabad, Narayana Health City, IIM – Udaipur, IIM – Ahmedabad, and IIT- Gandhinagar.

Duke hosted a launch event on Sept. 18, celebrating the commencement of operations, featuring a conversation between Dr. Michael Merson, vice president and vice provost for global affairs at Duke and Dr. Devi Shetty, chairman and founder of Narayana Health.

“I think we cannot think of education if we don’t think of global education,” Namrata Jha, executive director of Duke University India said in a video posted by Duke Global. “Duke University has opened a new office in India, based in Bangalore to create more partnerships – research collaborations, university partnerships, more student exchange, faculty exchange, going to India and understanding about Indian culture, more student exchange, faculty exchange, going to India and understanding about Indian culture, learning from the community, giving back to the community. And my team at Duke University’s office in India will be working with faculty at Duke to make that happen.”

“India is unique. While it has lots of challenges, it is also a hub of intellect, of forward-looking thinking, young minds. It’s a fertile ground for doing something groundbreaking in this world. If the technological innovation and great minds of Duke University could tap into the young minds of India, I think we can create wonders,” she added.

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina.  More than 430 Indian students are currently enrolled there and nearly 700 Duke Alumni live in India.

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2017 Zox News Theme. Theme by MVP Themes, powered by WordPress.