Dubai ruler launches Arabic eLearning project’s Translation Challenge

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Dubai Ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum watches female students work (WAM)
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Dubai Ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum listens to a presentation (WAM)
Updated 18 September 2017
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Dubai ruler launches Arabic eLearning project’s Translation Challenge

DUBAI: UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, has called on Arab speakers and readers to help translate thousands of educational videos, as well as written content, state news agency WAM reported.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic eLearning Project calls on all Arabs to help translate 5,000 videos and 11 million words of world-class math and science material into Arabic.
The content will then be made available online for free, for over 50 million Arab students from kindergarten to grade 12.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic eLearning Project falls under the umbrella of Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Global Initiatives, MBRGI.
The online initiative aims to lay the foundation of a new knowledge base, and to establish the future of science and math excellence among Arab students.
During the lunch, Sheikh Mohammed said: “Providing high quality education in science and math to all Arab students is integral to rebooting our civilizational development, eLearning is the fastest way to bridge the educational gap in the Arab world.”
“We have challenged all Arabs to help translate 11 million words in order to produce 5,000 educational videos in one year. We urge anyone interested to participate in this important ongoing cultural project,” he added.
“Our goal is to provide high standard academic material in science and math to all Arab students. This project is the first step in a long journey to improve education in the Arab world, and make it accessible to millions of Arab students. Translation is the foundation of a cultural renaissance, and opens the doors to intellectual enlightenment,” said Sheikh Mohammed.


Modi or Gandhi? Indian mystics split over poll outcome

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Modi or Gandhi? Indian mystics split over poll outcome

  • Larra Shah expects Modi to be returned, but with a vastly reduced majority
  • Raj Kumar Sharma thinks opposition leader Rahul Gandhi will win

MUMBAI: Transgender mystic Zoya Lobo turns over three oracle cards, studies them for a minute and looks up. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will definitely win India’s general election this summer, she proclaims.
Clairvoyant Larra Shah also predicts a victory for Modi owing to his “extremely powerful aura,” but astrologer Raj Kumar Sharma thinks opposition leader Rahul Gandhi will win because his party’s moon sign is Virgo.
Vedic astrology is big business in Hindu-majority India and stargazers are making a host of predictions for the world’s biggest elections starting next month — their many followers hanging on every utterance.
Some 900 million voters are registered to cast ballots in the vote in April and May which will see Gandhi’s Congress party seek to dislodge Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from power.
Shah, 49, a celebrity holistic healer who practices tarot reading, says most of them will plump for Modi, himself a devout Hindu.
“When it comes to tarot cards Modi is like the emperor or the magician where the power of self-knowledge, of spiritual balance, of karma, is in perfection,” she explains to AFP.
“Rahul Gandhi is more like the devil because he’s always confused. There is a conflict there because he is a Gemini so has a dual personality,” Shah adds.
Modi, 68, and the right-wing Hindu nationalist BJP swept to power five years ago by winning 282 out of 543 seats, forming the country’s first majority government in almost three decades.
Shah expects Modi to be returned, but with a vastly reduced majority. Pre-election polling suggests an even closer contest, with many forecasting that neither party will win the 272 seats needed for a majority.
Lobo also has a prediction that hits closer to home for her — a 35 percent chance that Modi will do something to help India’s two-million-strong transgender community.
Indians consult soothsayers for advice on a raft of subjects from whom to marry to whether to buy a house or strike a business deal.
Many businessmen, Bollywood actors and politicians have personal astrologers scrutinize their stars closely to determine auspicious days to hold functions, release a movie or make political announcements.
For the election, Sharma says the planets are aligning in favor of Congress — based on the birth dates of the parties and their leaders — and that it will be able to persuade smaller, regional parties to join them in a coalition.
“Congress’s moon sign is Virgo and at present a favorable Jupiter Mahadasha (period) is happening for them while the BJP’s moon sign is Scorpio,” he explains.
“Rahul Gandhi’s favorable period has started and his moon is more powerful than Narendra Modi’s moon so my prediction is very clear: Rahul Gandhi will either become the prime minister or will make the prime minister with the support of his party.”
He sees the elections being “extremely volatile” because they were declared at an inauspicious time — when the sun was setting instead of rising — and that they may witness more violence between India and Pakistan.