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Digital & Analytics | @SGSMU Masters | Open Source INT | Write @IndiaToday | HBR Advisory Council Member | Blockchain aficionado | AஅअಅഅఅÀ | Tracking #COVID19
26 Jul
**A THREAD ON #TAIWAN: A REAL DIGITAL SUCCESS STORY**

How much of a difference can 100 miles and effective social media surveillance make? A whole lot if you take Taiwan’s success against #COVID19 into consideration.
#Taiwan, is only around 100 miles away from the coast of south eastern China. The country has a lot of trade and exchange with #China and yet is at a healthily low 159th position when it comes to the COVID19 standings. Taiwan only has a paltry 455 cases and 7 deaths.
If someone were to place a bet on Taiwan having only 455 cases after 6 months of #COVID19, that too without nationwide lockdowns, that person would have become a billionaire now. #Taiwan owes its success to technology. Period.
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4 Jun
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"Data-access requests that most Chinese mobile applications make outnumber their non-Chinese alternatives."

My Extensive analysis of Mobile applications+devices of Chinese firms & the possibilities of Data harvesting.

indiatoday.in/business/story…

#dataprotection #TikTok #Mitron
Ever wondered how many permissions you grant when you install a Chinese app on your mobile handsets?

When data is regarded as the vital fuel for the digital economy, data-access requests that most Chinese mobile applications make outnumber their non-Chinese alternatives.
Either available on the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store, these applications usually list permissions they require for installation.

A comparative analysis of Play Store information reveals startling facts about the volume of data Chinese applications seek from their users
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28 May
****Long Thread on #PoolTesting****

This is the time for India to increase the ratio of #Pool tests.

The number of #COVID19 cases in #India has seen a constant rise over the past two weeks. This has been concerning considering that most cities are gradually coming out...
...of the lockdown. Domestic flights have resumed operations and soon, we may see other relaxations coming into effect. Offices and factories are opening up across states and this may certainly lead to a new wave of cases being identified.
#COVID19India #PoolTesting
As of the morning of 27th May, the top four infected states in India, which are Maharashtra, Tamilnadu, Gujarat & Delhi amount to around 67% of the total cases recorded in India. But, the concern has also been the rising number of cases in states that were very much in control...
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25 May
Is it a Smokescreen or Blatant escalation?

**A Long Thread on the latest developments at the Indo-China Border**

China is in no mood for damage limitation; nor is it interested to repair its relations with nations it has had a frictional relationship.

#INDIA #CHINA
Perhaps, this is a post-pandemic normal. China strangely is in a hurry. Amidst all the COVID-19 commotion, China continued its provocations in the #SouthChinaSea. Now that China is back on its feet, they have started from where they left off in #HongKong... #INDIA #CHINA
...by initiating a new National security law that has come to a lot of criticism. In the Line of Actual control, India and China have been engaged in heightened extensions in terms of troop and machinery build up on both sides. #INDIA #CHINA
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21 Mar
Today, I'm going to write about the newly developed "TraceTogether" mobile APP in #Singapore that makes contact tracing very easy.

This has only been released 2 days ago for us in Singapore.

let me explain how this works.

#COVID19
The idea is simple; if you have a smartphone, all you have to do is install an APP (only around 4 Mb) and let it work in the background forever with your Bluetooth ON.

#COVID19
What the APP does is that it constantly looks for another phone nearby with the same APP installed and when this
happens, both phones exchange an encrypted code to identify individual users.

In this way, the phone maintains a list of those in close contact every day.
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17 Mar
[LONG THREAD ON #COVID19]

A few of my friends and followers have asked me to write a thread.. rather a "simple primer" on how to act responsibly if one was to catch a cold... Or possibly a #COVID19India infection in India...

So here goes...
Firstly, It is important to be mentally prepared that India will see a fair amount of cases. It's inevitable as the fact remains that the world is a lot more connected today and we will have a spread that may affect hundreds or thousandths in India.

The WHO and other medical associations advise people to be on the lookout for symptoms such as fever, cough(even dry cough), cold, sore throat and breathing difficulties.

Otherwise, people may also experience nausea, diarrhea and runny nose. #COVID19India
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29 Feb
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#TalibanPeaceDeal

What it means ?

1) Prevents the use of the Afghan land by terrorist organisations or individuals against the security
of the United States and its allies

2) Sets a timeline for the withdrawal of all #USA & Coalition forces from
#Afghanistan
#Taliban
3) A political settlement between the
Taliban & an inclusive negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of #Afghanistan

4) A pemanent ceasefire

5) The #USA and it's Army will train and equip the Afghan military and security forces to handle the security issues prevalent in Afg
6) The #USA troops can only carry out operations against international terror orgs in Afghanistan soil and that too with ONLY if the Afghan government permits

7) US to facilitate talks between #Afghanistan & #Pakistan over security and mutual cooperation
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28 Jan
Going through the numbers released by @WHO (in turn are numbers released by China) from Jan 20th to Jan 27th.

Based on the released numbers, I did a simple analysis on the day-by-day increase in # of confirmed cases and # of dead owing to #coronavirus Image
The findings:(day2day)

1. The # of infected ⬆️ by an average factor of 1.49 ⬇️ to 1.4 *

2. The # of dead ⬆️ by an average factor of 1.68 ⬇️ to 1.6 *

3. The Death:Infected ratio is currently around 2.7 (# of deaths/100 infections)

* ⬇️ owing to conservative estimates + factors
Based on above trends:

1. The # of infected & the # of dead may reach a significant figure as early as Feb 6th *

2. The "Death:Infected Ratio" may ⬆️ sharply after Feb 2nd *

* Not posting my numbers here.

3. #nCoV is faster in it's infection rates compared to #SARS

ℹ️:@WHO
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11 Dec 19
🔴🔴🔴Long Thread 🔴🔴🔴

Topic: The #NRC v #CAB Debate

Given the umpteen opinions and point of views surrounding NRC and CAB, I wanted to write a simple and neutral point of view on these 2 bills, covering pros & cons of the same.

#CABBill #NRC #RajyaSabha #LokSabha #AmitShah
Before I start. If any of you notice glaring errors or misjudgement in my thread, I'm more than happy to hear you. But let's keep the thread / replies civil.

#CABBill #NRC #RajyaSabha #LokSabha #AmitShah
Firstly, let's see what each bill stands for.

NRC - Now only limited to Assam focuses on deciding the citizenship of those living in #Assam by judging their residentship/presence (or that of their ancestors) before March 24, 1971.

#CABBill #NRC #RajyaSabha #LokSabha #AmitShah
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14 Sep 19
Something HEAVY in Saudi Arabia.
Explosions and firing reported across Buqayq (Abqaiq) in #SaudiArabia

Facilities of #ARAMCO have seen explosions.

NOT SURE THIS IS RELATED...BUT...

Saudi Aramco is gearing up for what could be the largest IPO ever in the world.

businessinsider.sg/10-largest-ipo…
The exact reasons and perpetrators of these incidents are not yet known.

There could be multiple reasons and causes for this.

Hearing from Sources in #Saudi that the military obviously is on a very high alert.

The southern military bases are going through readiness checks.
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21 Apr 19
Terrible events in #SriLanka. This is targeted killings.

We can certainly rule out #LTTE hand in this (whatever that's left) as it specifically targeted the Catholic churches and foreigners.

This looks like a hand of the Islamic outfits.

#SrilankaBlast
#SriLanka has been peaceful for a decade now. Is this now a sign of the entry of radical islamic outfits !?

Usually they do indulge in large scale attacks to announce themselves...

Hope not.

If it is indeed #Islamic terror, Srilanka must weed them out NOW.
Specific intelligence inputs received but not acted upon.

Coastal areas attacked.

Hotels hosting foreigners targeted.

Reminds me of 26/11 #Mumbai attacks.

Typical terror signatures should not be ignored.

#SriLanka
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