Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A computer that can read lips, interpret emotions


The Government getting tough on coal block allocation and recommending 'de-allocation', receives prominence in this morning's Press. Hindustan Times reports, the inter-ministerial group which will review coal block allocations on Wednesday, faces an uphill task of meeting the PMO's September 15 deadline.
Quoting Petroleum Minister S. Jaipal Reddy, the Asian Age writes, 'Steep diesel, petrol Hike 'unavoidable'. The expected hike - Petrol by 6 rupees a litre, Diesel up by 3 to 4 rupees a litre and an LPG gas cylinder by 50 rupees.
'India pledges support to Palestine, announces 10 million dollar in aid', headlines the Hindu. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced this after a meeting with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas in New Delhi on Tuesday. He also promised to back the Palestinian quest for an upgrade to 'non-member status' at the United Nations.
Mail Today reports, 'The Apex Court has ruled that courts can gag media if they believe it will prejudice trial in a case. This has opened the door for an aggrieved person to seek restraint on reporting of a pending case - if there is risk of influencing the outcome.
Quoting a Planning Commission agenda note, the Indian Express writes that if difficult policy decisions are not taken immediately to reverse the economic slowdown, the Growth Rate Target for the 12th Five Year Plan could slip to 8.2 per cent and even to as low as 5 per cent.
Yuvraj Singh returning to international cricket in the second T-20 with New Zealand, after having successfully overcome a rare form of cancer, is prominently covered by the Press. Yuvi bowled 2 overs for 14 runs, held a catch and scored a quick fire 34 off 26 balls, including two sixers, that brought the crowd to its feet in Chennai.
'A computer that can read lips, interpret emotions', headlines a Times of India story adding that Malaysian researchers have developed a computer that can decode human emotions based on lip pattern, improving the way people interact with computers.
And finally, the Asian Age informs us after a Collins English Dictionary competition for new words, as part of evolution of the English language, Indian-origin words such as dosa, paan, pooja, dal & sambar have been included among the new words and what is better, they are still accepting new word suggestions!

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