Your last opportunity to apply to join the 2019 class of Great American Defense Communities (GADC) is this Friday, Oct. 26! The 2019 GADC application can be found on the ADC website. The initiative recognizes the unique contributions communities that host military installations make to improve quality of life for service members and their families. The 2019 class will be announced in November. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Tech Industry Joy Buolamwini speaks at Women Transforming Technology conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET If your facial recognition system works worse with women or people with darker skin, it’s in your own interest to get rid of that bias.That’s the advice of Joy Buolamwini, an MIT researcher and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League. A huge fraction of the world’s population is made up of women or people who don’t have European-heritage white skin — the undersampled majority, as she called them in a speech Tuesday at the Women Transforming Technology conference.”You have to include the undersampled majority if you have global aspirations as a company,” she said.Buolamwini gave companies including Microsoft, IBM and Megvii Face++ some credit for improving their results from her first test in 2017 to a later one in 2018. The bias problem in AI stems from limitations in the data used to train AI systems that then go out into the real world. But facial recognition bias is more than just a commercial matter for companies selling the product, since it can also affect bigger issues like justice and institutional prejudice.Why is there even an “undersampled majority” in facial recognition, one of the hottest areas of AI? Buolamwini rose to prominence — including a TED talk — after her research concluded that facial recognition systems worked better on white men. One problem: measuring results with benchmarks that feature a disproportionately large number of men.”We have a lot of pale male data sets,” Buolamwini said, mentioning the Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW) set that’s 78% male and 84% white — and that Facebook used in a 2014 paper on the subject. Another from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology has subjects who are 75.4% male and 80% lighter-skinned. “Pale male data sets are destined to fail the rest of the world,” she said.Just getting the right answer is only one issue with facial recognition. “Accurate facial analysis systems can also be abused,” Buolamwini added, pointing to issues like police scanning and automated military weapons.Accuracy beyond pale malesIn her 2017 research, Buolamwini measured how well facial recognition worked across different genders and skin tones using a data set of 1,270 people she drew from members of parliaments in three European and three African countries. She concluded that the systems worked best on white males and failed most often with the combination of female and dark-skinned.For example, Microsoft correctly identified the gender of 100% of lighter-skinned men, 98.3% of lighter-skinned women, 94% of darker-skinned men and 79.2% of darker-skinned women — a 20.8 percentage point difference between the best and worst categories. IBM and Face++ fared worse, with differences of 34.4 and 33.8 percentage points, respectively. Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… May 27 • Melinda Gates says US is ‘a long way from equality’ for women Solving for XX reading • Facial recognition errors are bad for business: Most of us aren’t white men Solving for XX Aug 22 • Women in tech face discrimination at the intern level too, says survey See All Tags • 5:11 Share your voice 9 Comments Jun 20 • NASA engineer tells women in STEM: Don’t be hidden figures Now playing: Watch this: The 2018 update study that showed improvement also added Amazon and Kairos, with similar results. They each scored 100% with lighter-skinned men, but Amazon assessed gender correctly only 68.6% of the time for darker-skinned women. Kairos scored 77.5%, Buolamwini said.IBM, which declined to comment for this story, updated its algorithm to improve its performance on tests such as Buolamwini’s and said in 2018 that it’s “deeply committed to delivering services that are unbiased, explainable, value aligned and transparent.” Microsoft also didn’t comment for this story, but said at the time it was committed to improvements. And a few months later, it touted its AI’s improved abilities to handle different genders and skin tones later in 2018. Megvii didn’t respond to a request for comment.Amazon was more strident, calling some of Buolamwini’s conclusions “false” earlier this year — though also saying it’s “interested in working with academics in establishing a series of standardized tests for facial analysis and facial recognition and in working with policy makers on guidance and/or legislation of its use.” Amazon didn’t comment further for this story. Buolamwini countered Amazon’s stance in a blog post of her own. But Kairos Chief Executive Melissa Doval agreed with Buolamwini’s general position.”Ignorance is no longer a viable business strategy,” she said. “Everyone at Kairos supports Joy’s work in helping bring attention to the ethical questions the facial recognition industry has often overlooked. It was her initial study that actually catalyzed our commitment to help fix misidentification problems in facial recognition software, even going so far as completely rethinking how we design and sell our algorithms.”Troubles for women in techBuolamwini spoke at a Silicon Valley conference dedicated to addressing some of the issues women face in technology. Thousands gathered at the Palo Alto, California, headquarters of server and cloud software company VMware for advice, networking, and a chance to improve resumes and LinkedIn profiles.Susan Fowler at Women Transforming Technology conference Stephen Shankland/CNET They also heard tales from those who struggled with sexism in the workplace, most notably programmer Susan Fowler, who skyrocketed to Silicon Valley prominence with a blog post about her ordeals at ride-hailing giant Uber. Her account helped shake Uber to its core.Most companies and executives don’t want discrimination, harassment or retaliation, she believes. If you do have a problem, she said, skip talking to your manager and go straight to the human resources department, and escalate if necessary.”If it is a systemic thing, it’ll never get fixed” unless you speak out, Fowler said. She raised her issues as high as the chief technology officer, but that didn’t help. “OK, I’m going to tell the world,” she recounted. “What else have you left me?”Sexism isn’t unique to Silicon Valley, said Lisa Gelobter, a programmer who’s now the CEO of Tequitable, a company that helps companies with internal conflicts and other problems. What’s different is the attitude Silicon Valley has about improving the world.”Silicon Valley has this ethos and culture,” Gelobter said. Wall Street makes no bones about its naked capitalism, she said. “The tech industry pretends to be somebody else, pretends to care.”First published April 23, 6:09 p.m. PT.Updates, 8:26 p.m. PT and 9:16 p.m.: Corrects a quotation from Joy Buolamwini, who described the women and people with dark skin as the world’s “undersampled majority,” and the characterization of IBM’s work. It generally reproduced Buolamwini’s research and improved with an updated algorithm. Also adds that IBM declined to comment and Amazon didn’t comment. Artificial intelligence (AI) Facial recognition
This year, a record number of women have entered the global billionaire community and Forbes released the names of 172 women who have made it io 28th annual billionaires list on Monday.Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, 44, the first woman to serve on the social networking giant’s board, is one among the 10 percent of women who have entered the super rich club. Sheryl Sandberg. (Reuters)Sandberg’s fortune saw a sudden increase last year after she was hired by Facebook and her more than 12 million shares in the company jumped 130 percent last year, according to the reports.Sandberg, who is worth approximately $1.05 billion, also gained popularity with “Lean In,” a book advocating women to put more energy into their careers, and how to succeed in the male-dominated corporate sector.Sandberg is one among the 32 self-made billionaires on the list, which include Sara Blakely, owner of Spanx, an undergarment company, Tory Burch, fashion designer, and Oprah Winfrey, media mogul and talk show host.Interestingly, only one woman, Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard, accomplished the task of increasing her fortunes as a hired hand, according to Forbes.The others inherited their fortune from either parents or husbands.Newbies on the list include Folorunsho Alakija, who became Nigeria’s first female billionaire after finding success with her oil business. Today, the 63-year-old is worth $2.5 billion.”My entry into this oil business was God’s own way of leading me down a particular path,” Alakija said, according to Forbes.English businesswoman Denise Coates, 46, who started the online betting firm Bet365, is worth $1.6billion, and her fortune comes from her stake in the company. Coates is known for her love to stay under the radar even though the company, of which she is a joint CEO with her brother John, has been flourishing over the years. Denise Coates. (Reuters)”I really don’t enjoy the attention,” Coates said in 2012 during an interview with The Guardian. “The public side does not come naturally to me. I’m not saying I’m a shrinking violet. I’m not. I’ve been bossy all my life. It’s just I very much enjoy actually running the business.”Meanwhile, Estee Lauder’s grand daughters – Jane Lauder (aged 41, worth 1.15 billion) and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer (aged 44, worth $1.1 billion) are also new additions to the list. A transfer of shares in the cosmetic empire helped them gain an entrance into the super-rich club.The duo has been working in the company which their grandmother launched in 1946 since their college days. Zinterhofer is the image and style director at her family’s conglomerate and in April, Jane will head Clinique, a skin-care line, under the Estée Lauder umbrella, Forbes reported.
Anushka Sharma and Rohit Sharma.Getty / Edited via FotorIndia’s star opening batsman Rohit Sharma has unfollowed Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli’s wife, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, on social media platform Instagram, igniting rumours of a rift between Kohli and Sharma. The 32-year-old batsman had unfollowed Virat Kohli some days before and the rumours of their rift have been taking rounds after the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Both the players have not talked about any issues between them but there are rumours that there have been two groups within the Indian team. One group is supporting Virat and another group is on Rohit’s side. The rumours also claimed that the team selection also depends on these two groups. If a player is not on the good books of Kohli then he does not get a chance in the playing eleven, reports had suggested. But according to the Indian team management, the players are quite annoyed with the rumours as they claimed that there are no such issues within the team. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s friendship goes a long way. ReutersMany of the players were also annoyed with coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun and they wanted them out. A few of the senior players were not at all happy with one of the cricketers breaking the family clause. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has recently stated that the players have to come and inform them about the problem, and then the matter will be taken into consideration.But Rohit’s unfollowing of Kohli and Anushka Sharma on Instagram has raised eyebrows in recent times. Virat Kohli and the India team.ReutersAll these rumours came out into the open after the Men in Blue crashed out of the World Cup facing defeat at the hands of New Zealand by 18 runs. After restricting the Kiwis to 239 runs India had half of their job done in the first part of the match. But India lost early wickets when they came out to bat and their middle-order succumbed to pressure and got out cheaply. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja showed some resilience and took the Men in Blue closer to the target but they failed to script another great victory.
The share of SpiceJet is zooming with the increasing troubles of competitor Jet Airways.Wikimedia A day after lenders could not agree on the immediate recapitalisation of debt-laden Jet Airways, the share of rival SpiceJet went through the roof with the market expecting further upside. SpiceJet opened at gap-up for the third day in a row and was trading at 125.90 by noon, after setting a high of 128.80. The stock has witnessed a remarkable climb of 32.15 per cent or 34.29 per cent since its low of 93.75 on April 11.Jet Airways was trading at 252.75 at noon on Tuesday, with further selling pressure building up. The stock came off a recent high of 287 that it touched on March 27 following the exit of Naresh Goyal as chairman of the airline under pressure from the lenders whose debt resolution plan for the airline has been buffeted between competing interests.The benchmark indices Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex and National Stock Exchange (NSE) Nifty both hit all-time highs on Tuesday powered mainly by banks, metal, auto and IT stocks. At noon Sensex was trading near the all-time of 39,277 that it touched earlier while Nifty was trading at 11,786, well above the previous high of 11,761 that the stock set on April 3.SpiceJet has been aggressively recruiting senior- and middle-level pilots and engineers, who have been deserting Jet Airways in droves. SpiceJet has been grabbing the pilots at nearly 30 per cent less the pay they get at Naresh Goyal-founded Jet and engineers at up to 50 per cent pay cut. SpiceJet and Air India Express are the only two airlines other than Jet operating Boeing aircraft. Other market competitors of SpiceJet like GoAir and IndiGo operate mostly Airbus aircraft and they consider the cost retraining any Jet staff they might take in as prohibitive. Air India Express is deeply in the red and cannot afford an expansion plan right now, making SpiceJet the sole beneficiary of the Jet Airways crisis. SpiceJet shares rallied on Tuesday following news of expanding international operations and the increasing troubles at Jet Airways. Courtesy: Zerodha KiteJet has been delaying salaries to senior staff for several months, making it an easy decision for staff to leave the stricken airline, creaking under a massive Rs 8,400 crore debt burden. There is a widespread fear of closure of Jet as the aircraft available for operation shaving trickled down to single digits. Apart from about 20 aircraft that Jet, founded some 25 years ago, owns, the rest were on lease and have been repossessed by the leasing companies over default in payments. They have been flying the aircraft out of India for use elsewhere.SpiceJet will continue to be a stock of high market interest in the next few days until the fate of Jet Airways is settled by the lenders’ consortium and the aviation regulator. The next resistance is at 140-145 which is near the high that the stock set on April 9, 2018.
Like appFondly embraced by B-Town celebrities such as Sonakshi Sinha, Disha Patani and more, Likee is one of the most widely used short video sharing apps by Singapore based BIGO Technology. Launched in 2017 in India, Likee has topped various app store charts time and again to become one of the most popular mobile apps in India across platforms. Today, Likee mobile app completes its two-year journey in the India market with an overwhelming response from the talented youth in the Indian market.”Likee platform has been created with a special purpose to enable people from around the world to showcase their unique talents creatively. India’s youth adds a unique flavour and vibrancy to our platform which aligns perfectly with the vision of the firm and hence every millstone achieved in India is extremely important for us and calls for celebrations,” said Aaron WEI, vice-president, BIGO Technology. He further added that “We officially launched operations in the Indian market in 2017 and we are extremely happy to see how the talented youth of India is leveraging our platform to gain global popularity.”Likee is celebrating this milestone along with its Indian user by creating a month-long virtual event – Likee 2 Year Anniversary. The event gives the participants a chance to earn wish points by performing certain activities detailed in the information section of the in-app event, and exchange those wish points with the limited number of gifts on a first-come, first-serve basis.From LIKE to Likee – A journey worth celebrating!Likee is a globally popular short video creation and sharing app that allows everyone to easily shoot amazing videos. Within a short period of their launch in India, it became popular among the youth – who leveraged the platform positively to showcase their skills. Time and again Likee took steps to strengthen its presence, reach to masses in India and also foster the unique talent in India. The app was made available in different Indian languages (Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, etc) and various talent hunts and other virtual competitions were held to engage with Indian youth. Likee’s constant endeavor to innovate and make the platform more valuable for the Indian youth also earned them the ‘Most Innovative Start-Up App’ award at the 9th India Digital Awards 2018 by IAMAI (Internet & Mobile Association of India).In June 2019, BIGO Technology rebranded LIKE to Likee implying to become more of who you are. The rebranding helped Likee to amplify its presence and mass following in India. It also encouraged and reminded the talented youth in India to be more and to go extra when it comes to combining their skills with 1000+ special effect features on the platform.To attract more talent on its platform, Likee also on-boarded popular celebrities such as RJ Naved, Shakti Mohan, Sahil Khan, Mayanti Langer, Zakir Khan, and more in the past one year. The mobile app continues to be the users’ choice app in India and in their journey ahead Likee aims to contribute to the talent pool of India in more than one way.About LikeeLikee (formerly LIKE Video) is a global short video creation platform with diverse content where youngsters can create amazing and inspiring videos. Created by BIGO Technology Pte. Ltd, a developer of video editing, video broadcast and VoIP-related products used around the world.Founded in Singapore in the year 2014, BIGO is one of the fastest-growing Internet companies worldwide. Focusing on technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, BIGO is one of the major companies globally in the field of development and publishing of apps. BIGO owns BIGO LIVE – a leading global live-streaming app, Likee – a global short video creation platform, IMO – a global video communication app, and other social apps. In the first quarter of 2019, BIGO clocked over 400 million total average monthly active users on its various social apps.
Annisul HuqMinisters, diplomats, politicians, different socio-cultural organisations and people from all walks of life have expressed deep shock at the death of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor Annisul Huq, reports UNB. Annisul, also a successful businessmen and popular television programme host, breathed his last at a London hospital on Thursday at the age of 66. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital for neurological problem.LGRD minister Khandaker Mosharref Hossain, minister for science and technology architect Yafes Osman, deputy leader of parliament Sajeda Chowdhury and Bikalpadhara Bangladesh president Badrudozza Chy, among others, expressed profound shock at his death on Friday.People from all strata expressed their shock on social media at the death of the businessman-turned politician.DNCC public relations officer (PRO) ASM Mamun said the body of the late mayor will arrive at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:20am on Saturday.Family members and DNCC officials will be present at the airport. The body will then be taken to his Banani residence, he said.The body of Annisul will be taken to Army Stadium on Saturday afternoon where people from all walks of life will pay their last tributes to the mayor and then he will be buried at Banani graveyard after Asar prayers, he said.Annisul was elected mayor with Awami League ticket in April 2015. He served as the president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for two consecutive terms in 2005 and 2006.Annisul served as the president of the Federation of the Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the apex trade body of the country from 2008 to 2010.He established his own business in 1986 and was the chairperson of nine export-oriented organisations under the trade name of ‘Mohammadi Group’.Annisul hosted many interviews with politically significant personalities, including an interview with the current prime minister live on national television. He hosted interviews that have influenced national elections in forming government, such as the interview of four major political parties during election time.He hosted high-level business discussion programmes on television in which he interviews both political and business personalities, including finance and commerce ministers.His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at London’s Regent Park Mosque after Juma prayers on Friday.His body will reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here around 11:20am on Saturday and later, he will be buried at Banani graveyard following another janaza at Army Stadium after Asr prayers on the day.Annisul was diagnosed with cerebral vasculitis at a London neurology hospital after he was admitted to it on 13 August. Later, he was taken to the intensive care unit of the hospital.The DNCC mayor was shifted from the ICU to another hospital on 31 October for physiotherapy after his condition improved.Annisul flew to London in the last week of July on personal tour.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Illustration of a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle.Harris County health officials have confirmed a fourth case of measles. They say the latest case involves a male between 15 and 24 years old who lives in the southeastern part of the county. He was not vaccinated, according to health officials.Earlier this month, Harris County Health confirmed three other cases. The patients, whose identities are being kept confidential, are two boys under the age of 2 and a woman, who’s between 25 and 34 years old. All of them live in the northwest part of the county.There was also a confirmed case in Galveston County, according to its health district. In that case, the patient is a young boy ranging in age from 12 to 24 months.Montgomery County health officials also confirmed one measles case, a girl under the age of 2.Overall, Texas currently has eight confirmed measles cases. The other two have happened in Bell and Denton counties. The state had nine confirmed cases in 2018 and one in 2017.Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if someone has it, 90 percent of the people around that person who are not immune will become infected, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Department.The state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children get a dose of measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 years. The measles vaccine is very effective, about 97 percent, after two doses. Children too young to be vaccinated or who have only had one dose of vaccine are more likely to get infected.A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck and trunk to the rest of the body. Other symptoms include a high fever over 101 degrees, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Share
Despite the frigid temperatures on Feb. 28, visitors poured into the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore for Verizon’s free Black History Month celebration. This was the sixth consecutive year Verizon welcomed guests from across Maryland to visit the museum.Tony Lewis of VerizonThe museum is a leading resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African-American Marylanders– from the state’s earliest history to the present and future. During the open house, visitors explored the museum, visited vendor tables and participated in a full day of activities. Attendees enjoyed food, door prizes, historical presentations, and arts and crafts, and the first 200 children received educational gifts.Four youth also won tablets during Verizon’s special program at noon. The program included entertainment, speakers, and a special recognition of community leaders, innovators, and essay contest winners from elementary, middle, and high schools across Maryland.U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin brought greetings from the federal team for Baltimore – Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Rep. John Sarbanes and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. “We are here to help celebrate Black History Month,” Cardin stressed. “Thank you Verizon and the partners for bringing us together today. This is a celebration.”Verizon’s 2015 Community Innovator Award WinnersMaryland Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (D, District 40) – president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and state senate majority leader – said to the standing-room-only crowd, “We celebrate Black history because of all the trials and tribulations that African Americans have gone through, not just for their accomplishments. We must remember what our ancestors went through. We must remember the struggle.” Pugh also thanked Verizon for all it does in the community.Anthony A. Lewis, Verizon’s mid-Atlantic region vice president of state government affairs, said a longstanding commitment to diversity and giving back to the community are key reasons the company continues to host its Black History Month open house. “We are here today because Verizon is vested in the community,” he added. “We have a responsibility to our customers, the community, this fabulous city and this wonderful state. It’s an absolute necessity that we celebrate this historic month and the community partnerships we’ve formed with some wonderful organizations.”Some of this year’s event partners included the Afro-American Newspapers; Associated Black Charities; Baltimore City Branch NAACP; Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development; Collective Empowerment Group, Inc.; Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland; Maryland State Conference NAACP; Radio One; Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Alpha Alpha Sigma Chapter; and The Baltimore Times.Also participating in the black history celebration were Del. Barbara A. Robinson (D, District 40); Del. Nathaniel T. Oaks (D, District 41); Del. Sandy Rosenberg (D, District 41); Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett; Bruce Adams, director of Montgomery County’s Office of Community Partnerships; Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young; Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes (D, District 12); Gerald Stansbury, president of the Maryland State Conference NAACP; and J. Howard Henderson, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Urban League.During the noon program, Verizon announced the following winners of its 2015 Community Innovator awards:* Joy Bramble, owner/publisher of The Baltimore Times* Vince Canales, president of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police* Wanda Draper, director of programming/public affairs, WBAL-TV 11* Solomon Graham, founder of Quality Biological Incorporated* Rev. Dr. Cleveland Mason II, president of the United Baptist Missionary Convention* Glenard S. Middleton Sr., executive director of AFSCME Council 67 and president of Maryland Public Employees, Local 44* Wannetta Thompson, executive director of GVCA Outreach, Inc.* Rev. Dr. Jonathan Weaver, founder of The Collective Empowerment Group* Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University* Janice Wilson, president of the Charles County Branch NAACPVendors speak to attendeesA surprise award was presented to Dr. A. Skipp Sanders, executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. He praised the partnership with Verizon and noted that the company’s free open house draws record-breaking numbers of guests to the museum each year, including many first-time visitors. “Black History Month is a great opportunity for us to celebrate and honor those individuals who made a significant contribution and commitment in the past and those who continue to make a difference today,” Lewis said.Hundreds of youth also visited the museum courtesy of Verizon. When six-year-old Zoe Lashley arrived, she was drawn to the children’s arts and crafts room, where a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority helped Zoe write her first autobiography and publish her first newspaper called the Baltimore Black History News with articles on John Henry Murphy Sr., and Vivien Theodore Thomas. Murphy was an African-American newspaper publisher, best known as founder of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper. Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s.Zoe, a kindergarten student at The H.O.P.E. Academy, left the arts and crafts room with her newspaper proudly tucked under her arm. “By educating our youth on their history, we help ensure that the future remains strong,” Lewis said.
With just 41 out of top 100 pharma firms responding to its direction to register for online database, drug price regulator NPPA has warned to take action if the rest of the companies did not comply with its order immediately.National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) had asked all pharma firms to register themselves with Integrated Pharmaceutical Database Management System (IPDMS) in September last year. “Many pharma companies have yet not registered with IPDMS despite extension of time limit by NPPA. It has been observed that out of top 100 pharma companies, 59 companies have not registered with the system,” NPPA said in a notice to pharma industry bodies on its website. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe list of 59 companies which have not registered include Zydus Cadila, Dr Reddys Labs, IPCA labs and Biocon, among others. Stating that it would be launching the system shortly, NPPA said: “You are therefore requested to impress among your member companies to register themselves with IPDMS immediately, failing which NPPA shall be constrained to take appropriate action…” In September last year, national drug pricing regulator NPPA had asked all pharmaceutical firms to register themselves under the IPDMS for online filing of returns for monitoring, fixing and revision of drug prices.It had said that availability of reliable database is a necessary pre-requisite for carrying out the functions of price fixation and price revision in respect of scheduled drugs and price fixation in respect of new drugs.