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Microsoft’s Plan to bring eyecare services to India

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – Following a path similar to that of Google DeepMind, Microsoft India announced Tuesday that it’s launching a new research group, the Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare, to bring data-driven eyecare services to the nation.

While DeepMind’s goals are targeted at the United Kingdom, Microsoft’s ambitions are considered much more global. The group is working alongside researchers from the U.S., Brazil, Australia and India to train machine learning models that can identify conditions that can lead to blindness.

Microsoft’s key strategic partnership is with L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical institutions. The program is focused heavily on children, with ambitions to predict outcomes for refractive surgery and the rate of change of myopia in children.

“At LVPEI, we have been using Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Power BI to drive clinical interventions and improve patient outcomes,” Dr. G.N. Rao, Founder-Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute, said in a press release.

Thanks to online technology it has never been more easy to make use of this sort of learning. There are plenty of websites online who can help with things like Power BI (such as https://www.acuitytraining.co.uk/news-tips/power-bi-training-introduction-to-dax/), so this is definitely something that will be used a lot more of in the future.

“Today, we take great pride in taking forward our partnership with Microsoft and joining forces with global institutes to revolutionize the field of ophthalmology in India and across the world.” Whilst Microsoft could potentially revolutionize eye care health, there are still a lot of small ophthalmology practices that have a wealth of knowledge to share with patients. That’s why it’s important for people with eye concerns to visit them and help them stay in business. Whilst Microsoft’s data-driven strategies could be extremely beneficial, it’s always a good idea to get personally checked over to ensure all is well. With many new practices opening and investing in optometric management strategies, it’s important that local people help them to stay in business. That way, they can be sure to deliver top-quality eye care to the public.

“We are confident that this partnership will not only open doors to opportunities in the field of eyecare, but also pave way for others to leverage technology to address several other critical eye diseases,” he added.

DeepMind partnered with the UK’s National Health Service, using the partnership to analyze eye scans to spot wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy – two conditions that can lead to blindness. The main premise of the program is that early discovery can lead to early intervention and the prevention of serious optical damage.

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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“Serial” subject Adnan Syed released, conviction vacated 

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A judge on Monday vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, years after the hit podcast “Serial” chronicled the case of this Muslim American and cast doubt on his role in the 1999 slaying of his former girlfriend. The judge said prosecutors made a compelling argument that Syed’s conviction was flawed and that he should immediately go free. The state now has 30 days to decide whether to seek a new trial or potentially stop the case.

Violence erupted in Leicester, England after Hindus took to the streets to protest violence against their community by Muslim extremists. Islamist counter protesters hurled glass bottles and a Saffron flag was also desecrated by the mob in front of the police. This comes after targeted attacks on Hindus following the Asia Cup India-Pakistan cricket match last month when armed Islamists attacked Hindus and their homes in the area. Hindus are now demanding action against the violence.

Thousands of world dignitaries paid their respects during Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral including U.S. President Joe Biden, Indian President Droupadi Murmu, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Paramvir Singh killed in brazen gas station robbery 

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In Mississippi, surveillance footage at a gas station shows the horrific shooting that claimed the life of Indian American store clerk Paramvir Singh during a brazen daylight robbery. The video appears to show Singh cooperating inside the shop and telling the suspected robber Chris Copeland to take all the cash. Moments later, Copeland opens fire. Officers eventually arrested Copeland several hours later.

In a surprise statement during a regional summit in Uzbekistan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly changed his posture with Russia directly to President Vladimir Putin over the ongoing battle in Ukraine. Modi said to Putin “today’s era is not an era of war. And I have spoken to you on the phone about this.” In response, Putin said to Modi “we will do our best to stop this as soon as possible.”
The summit is also being attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jingping.

Indian American political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal has been confirmed by the US Senate as the country’s next envoy to the Netherlands, adding to the growing list of Indian Americans in President Biden’s administration.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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