Miscellany

Miscellany

Indian-origin Saahil highest earning gamer in the world

For Indian origin gamer Saahil Arora, life is a ball. After all, it is not very often that no work and endless computer games help you to become a millionaire. According to esportsearning.com data compiled by Statista, Saahil Arora is the world’s highest earning gamer.

Seven decades into democracy, a royal palace thrives

In the summer of 1944, hundreds of royals gathered for the opening of Umaid Bhawan Pala­ce, a magnificent sandstone edifice that dominates the skyline in Jodhpur. It was the last of its kind. Three years later, India was free from British colonial rule, and more than 500 princely states — the semi-sovereign principalities rul­ed by royal clans — faced an uncertain future. Most have faded into obscurity, but the family that built this palace continues to thrive — in part by converting a section of it into a hotel.

Cyber threats prompt return of radio for ship navigation

The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships’ satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War II radio technology.

Ships use GPS (global positioning system) and other similar devices that rely on sending and receiving satellite signals, which many experts say are vulnerable to jamming by hackers.

Mukesh Ambani now Asia’s 2nd richest man

Mukesh Ambani has elbowed past Li Ka-shing to become Asia’s second-richest man as investors rallied behind his efforts to arm India’s poor with cheap data-loaded phones. Some analysts are beginning to focus on the costs of his ambition.

Facebook COO calls for new policies to boost women’s pay

Facebook Inc chief operating officer Sheryl Sa­ndberg on Su­nday called on governments and firms to do more to close the gender pay gap and said both girls and boys should be encouraged to become leaders from an early age. “We need to start paying women well and we need the public policy and the corporate policy to get there,” she said.

“But certainly women applying for jobs at the same rate as men, women runn­ing for office at the same rate as men, that’s got to be part of the answer,” she told BBC.

Vistara treats women flyers differently

In a country where women travellers face myriad dangers, one Indian airline has an idea: chivalry, and no middle seats.

With its woman flyer service, Vistara has begun offering to help women flying solo with their bags, escort them to and from their ground transportation, and give them preferred window and aisle seats on their flig­hts — no middles.

The New Delhi-based airline says around 75-100 women use the complimentary service each day. It is believed to be the first airline to offer such a service.

Bezos overtakes Gates to become richest in world

A surge in Amazon.com Inc shares on Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer’s earnings report has propelled founder Jeff Bezos past Bill Gates as the world’s richest person.

Bezos owns about 17 per cent of Seattle-based Amazon, which has surged 40 per cent this year through Wednesday, helping to add $24.5 billion to his net worth. He started 2017 as the world’s fourth-wealthiest person and has since surpassed Buffett and Inditex SA founder Amancio Ortega, 81, who ranks third with $82.7 billion.

Bankers ditch fat salaries to chase digital currency riches

Richard Liu gave up a seven-figure salary this month to get into one of the hottest financial instruments around right now: initial coin offerings (ICOs). The former China Renaissance dealmaker has since backed a clutch of cryptocoin sales that have raised millions — sometimes in seconds — often without a single product.

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