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Pilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. AFP file photoRide-sharing giant Uber said Monday it is suspending use of self-driving cars after one of the vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the US state of Arizona.The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode, with an operator behind the wheel, when it hit a woman walking in the street in the city of Tempe late Sunday, according to the San Francisco-based company.The victim was hospitalized and later died from her injuries.“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” an Uber spokesperson told AFP. “We are fully cooperating with local authorities in their investigation of this incident.”Uber said it had temporarily halted its use of self-driving cars for testing or customer rides in Tempe, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and San Francisco.Tempe is one of just two cities—along with Pittsburgh—where the ride-sharing firm has been using autonomous vehicles as part of its regular passenger.The vehicle operator in the driver’s seat was the only person in the car when the accident occurred, Uber said. The car was in police hands on Monday.Sunday’s accident was the first fatal self-driving car crash involving a pedestrian.The first deadly self-driving car accident was reported in mid-2016, and involved a Tesla.Sheriff needed?The Tesla Model S, cruising on “Autopilot,” failed to detect a crossing tractor-trailer against a bright sky, killing the driver—who it later emerged had kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite automated warnings not to do so.Investigators at the US National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the Tesla crash was the combination of “a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s inattention due to overreliance on vehicle automation.”Autonomous-vehicle technology has been touted as having potential to save fuel, ease congestion, and to save thousands of lives by avoiding accidents due to human error.As with the fatal Tesla crash, however, the deadly Uber accident is likely to stoke concerns that the industry is moving too fast.Google-owned Waymo this month began using its self-driving trucks to haul cargo bound for the internet giant’s data centers in Georgia, while rival Uber announced the use of self-driving semi trucks as part of an on-demand trucking service in Arizona.In September, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao released new guidelines that permit more testing of self-driving cars.But America’s non-profit Consumer Watchdog has warned that roads are being turned “into private laboratories for robot cars with no regard for our safety.”The group on Monday called for a nationwide moratorium on testing self-driving cars on public roads while investigators figure out what went wrong in the Uber accident.“Arizona has been the wild west of robot car testing with virtually no regulations in place,” Watchdog technology project director John Simpson said in a statement.“When there’s no sheriff in town, people get killed.”Car vision tests?US states set their own rules for roads, and a handful have passed laws allowing self-driving vehicles.California and Arizona have been particularly encouraging, hoping that companies developing autonomous technology in those states will create local jobs and facilities devoted to a promising new industry.Duke University robotics professor Missy Cummings is among the advocates of slowing down introduction of autonomous vehicles to avoid risk and get proper regulations in place.While machines are better at staying vigilant and reacting to routine situations, human drivers have proven superior at handling unusual or unexpected situations, according to the professor.Cummings reasoned that if people need to pass vision exams in order to get driving licenses, so should self-driving cars.She noted a case in which putting stickers on a stop sign could fool autonomous car sensors into seeing it as a sign indicating a speed limit.“If we are still learning at this rate, and still uncovering major problems, it begs the question of why we are trying to put this technology into widespread use,” Cummings told AFP.“I am a big fan of the technology, but it is very unproven and experimental.”
Arafat Rahman KokoThe fourth death anniversary of Arafat Rahman Koko, the younger son of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and current chairperson Khaleda Zia, will be observed on Thursday, reports UNB.BNP and its associate bodies have chalked out various programmes to mark the day.As part of the programmes, BNP will arrange a milad mahfil at its Naya Paltan central office at 11:00am, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.Besides, he said, BNP leaders and activists, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will offer fateha at Koko’s grave at Banani Graveyard in the capital around 9:30am.Sayrul said BNP’s different associate and professional bodies will observe the day with holding various programmes, including discussion and milad mahfil, across the country.On 24 January, 2015, Koko died of cardiac arrest at the age of 45 at his rented house in Malaysia.Koko’s mother and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia used to visit his grave every year and pass some time beside it. But she has been now in jail since 8 February last year.
Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaEleven-year-old Laura Maradiaga-Alvarado was facing deportation until a judge granted a motion to reopen her case.An 11-year-old Salvadoran girl facing deportation will get a second chance to ask for asylum. The judge who ordered Laura Maradiaga-Alvarado to be deported has now reopened her case.Her deportation order came after a scheduling mix-up at a Houston immigration court. Now, Laura’s asylum claim will be heard with her 15-year-old sister and mother in a joint petition. They fled to the U.S. from El Salvador last October after they say gang members murdered other family members. “We want to live a more peaceful life and free ourselves of all this,” said Dora Alvarado, Laura’s mother. “We’ve already suffered too much,” she said.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaDora, Laura’s mother, sheds tears after talking about her hopes for a more peaceful life.The family will stay in Houston as they wait to plead their asylum case.Their next court date is May 20, but the immigration court backlog could delay their final hearing for as many as three years. Their lawyer Silvia Mintz said the family has a strong asylum claim because their family was facing deliberate retaliation by Salvadoran gang members. “The fact that one of the family members witnessed a killing from the gangs and then he testified against that person in the court, based on that, the family started to suffer retaliation and that’s where all the killings started,” Mintz said.
Damania, known to be close to Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal, lashed out at the party leadership saying she had backed the AAP chief for “principles” and not “horse-trading”.”I quit…I have not come into AAP for this nonsense. I believed him…I backed Arvind for principles not horse-trading,” she tweeted.A senior leader from Maharashtra, Damania had unsuccessfully contested from Nagpur constituency against Union Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari whom she had accused of corruption. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe resignation of Damania comes at a time when the AAP is battling internal strife after two senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav criticised Kejriwal openly for his working style.Former AAP MLA from Rohini, Rajesh Garg alleged that Kejriwal had spoken about breaking the Congress and forming the government with the support of their MLAs in Delhi last year. Garg also circulated an audio clip of a purported telephonic conversation of Kejriwal to back his allegations. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindDemanding an inquiry into the matter in the next 48 hours, Damania said Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan should apologise to the volunteers.”I demand an inquiry in 48 hrs into all these allegations. Volunteers have given their sweat & blood. It is not for the party…It is for the country. AAP will only work on siddhant (principles). Just enough of nonsense. Arvind, PB & YY should apologise to the karyakarta in next 48 hrs for their acts”AAP is not a political party. It was a ray of hope for this country. Thousands of vols slogged for it. Just no one can play with the siddhant,” she tweeted.