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Taliban says US drone strike in Kabul also killed civilians

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As America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan winds down, a drone strike by the US military resulted in civilian casualties that caused an uproar

According to a Taliban spokesman, a US drone strike in Kabul that targeted a potential suicide bomber resulted in civilian fatalities. According to Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, seven people were killed in the drone attack, according to China’s state media CGTN. He criticized the US for neglecting to notify the Taliban before launching the operation.

“Any potential threat in Afghanistan should have been communicated to us, not an arbitrary attack that has resulted in civilian casualties,” said a Taliban spokesman. According to Pentagon authorities, a suicide car bomber was planning an attack on Kabul’s airport on behalf of ISIS-K, an Islamic State affiliate that is a foe of both the West and the Taliban.

The US Central Command said it was looking into reports of civilian deaths from the drone strike.

“We know that the destruction of the vehicle resulted in big and intense secondary explosions, indicating a large amount of explosive material inside that may have caused further victims,” it stated.

A U.S. drone strike in the eastern province of Nangarhar killed two Islamic State members, prompting Mujahid to voice a similar criticism. According to him, two women and a child were injured in the incident.

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Evolve or perish: The eternal organisational dictum

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Evolve or perish: The eternal organisational dictum

Keeping up with big tech companies could prove to be a difficult task. Businesses are made to last, but not all of them last the course. Take the examples of Nokia, Yahoo, etc. These companies were giants at one time, titans of their respective spheres, but could not keep up with the changing times (even if they were renowned) and eventually crumbled away.

A complete understanding of the customer ecosystem is necessary. Based on insights from consumer data, a business has to evolve with time and needs. By deploying the right data analytics systems and reinventing your value proposition, any company born in the analogue age can generate the same benefits through digital disruption.

Companies like Tesla, Airbnb, etc. transformed the industries they are part of. Business and consumer data are constantly being collected by high-tech companies. To keep up with such high-tech companies, traditional businesses must be able to access and arrange data to better understand their consumers, technology, and competitors to compete and thrive.

Recognizing when your firm needs a major change is one of the keys to success for any business. Unfortunately, due to a broader culture of resistance or an emphasis on conserving old land, many legendary firms miss out on greater possibilities, and get lost in the sands of time. Keep your pulse on the market, and be ready to evolve with the times, lest you end up being a snail in a race run for greyhounds.

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Transforming the work system in India

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Work-life balance is something that has gained increasing prominence over the last year or so, but just how much do you value drawing a line in the sand? A Bangalore-based startup, Slice, is set to put this to the test by hiring top talent and offering them a three-day work week. If it seems too good to be true, it is. The catch is simple; they’re offering a salary that is 80% of the going market rate.

Slice is a FinTech startup that specializes in offering credit cards to young people in India, claims to have been chosen by more than 4 million Indians, and is aimed squarely at millennials.

A fresh look at the work week

Many companies look to hire new, fresh talent, which causes a lot of competition in the market. In order to lure such talent, companies look to provide them with sweeteners like vacations, gender-neutral parental leave, etc. Many companies like Amazon, Google, etc, also experimented with a similar approach for certain employees by offering a 4-day week job. Some countries are even considering mandating a four-day work week. 

Recent studies regarding shorter weeks show a boost in the company’s productivity and well-being. “A three-day work week allows us to recruit a certain caliber of talent because companies like Google, Amazon do not have them,” said Slice’s founder, Rajan Bajaj. How successful they will be with this plan remains to be seen.

Would you accept a job with fewer hours if it meant accepting a reduced pay? Let us know in the comments below.

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With a billion users under its belt, TikTok’s global plans are just getting started.

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The social networking platform claimed that it has 1 billion active users, implying that one out of every eight individuals on the planet uses the app every month. “Product innovation is key for us as we think about how we continue to grow the experience”, says Vanessa Pappas, COO of Tik Tok.

“When we think about what makes TikTok special, it’s without a doubt all of the creation tools that we provide,” Pappas says. TikTok is experimenting with several new technologies, including augmented reality, to assist creators in creating new content. Other social media platforms, such as Snapchat and Facebook, have had some success with AR, allowing users to add animations and effects to live footage.

TikTok’s COO says the firm is looking at making new content types, such as longer-form videos available to producers on its platform. TikTok and Shopify just announced a partnership that will allow merchants to add a “Shopping” page to their TikTok profiles. Users who click on the link will be taken to the merchant’s Shopify store, where they may make purchases.

Pappas hinted that TikTok’s innovation won’t stop with these current and upcoming features, with much more in the pipeline. 

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