Dan Cohen AUTHOR Increasing defense spending by almost 5 percent to $750 billion in fiscal 2020 likely is not realistic, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, said following news reports that President Trump has reversed course and now plans to boost his budget request for national security. “It seems hard for me to imagine that we’re going to be able to get to a $750 billion defense budget in a fiscally responsible way that balances out … all the priorities of the country,” Smith, who is expected to lead the committee next year, told Politico. “But I will wait to see that argument,” he said. The Pentagon had begun crafting a $700 billion proposal at Trump’ request, which would have represented a 2 percent cut from this year’s $716 billion allocation for DOD and other components of national security.Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the higher budget request doesn’t help resolve the question as to how Congress will deal with the statutory spending cap for FY 2020. “It’s not a coherent, comprehensive approach to the budget problems,” Reed said, reported Defense News. “It’s a number here, a number there. It doesn’t deal with the underlying issue, which is sequestration, how do you relieve it for defense and nondefense, how do you fund the State Department if you’re only funding DOD and nothing else,” he said.
Kolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has unearthed a factory run by the Chinese to produce narcotic substances in Murshidabad on Wednesday.The investigating team is trying to find out whether the Chinese had any connection with locals, who had helped them to set up the factory. The police got the cue from five Chinese nationals, who were arrested from Kolkata railway station on Saturday. Drugs worth Rs 40 crore were recovered from them. The arrested Chinese nations are Wang Zio Dong, Zeu Gong Hue, Chang Heu, Lee Chand and Lue Bouk Seoung. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWhile conducting interrogation, police got information about the factory at Noadaon. A team comprising senior CID officials reached Murshidabad and carried out raids that continued for more than four hours.The factory in question was closed down three and a half months ago. Officially, the Chinese used to produce charcoal from jute stick that was exported.The CID officials took the Chinese nationals, who have been arrested, to the factory.The Chinese company got 15 bigha of land on 25 years lease from a local person, who used to run a brick kiln there. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe Chinese paid Rs 4 lakh as lease rent. They set up a factory and started the business. Local Panchayat Pradhan said as the Chinese set up the factory nobody questioned their integrity. The Charcoal, which was produced by burning jute sticks, were exported.The CID team found out a couple of bags those were used to pack the drugs.The factory was shut down nearly six months ago and security personnel were posted to guard the factory. They did not allow any one to enter the factory compound. They chased away locals, who tried to enter the compound out of curiosity. The investigators found three air-conditioned rooms inside the factory campus. The rooms did not have any window. While conducting raids at the rooms, the sleuths found a grinder machine, some empty food cans, chemicals and some machines. Police are trying to find out whether the Chinese used the factory to manufacture drugs.After the arrest of the Chinese nationals, the police could not carry out investigation immediately because of the language barrier. Later, an interpreter was engaged. Police are still conducting interrogation to get more details about the factory and their area of operation along with modus operandi.
Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fresh off a holiday season that saw Amazon sell “tens of millions” of devices, Las Vegas hosted its annual glimpse into the future: the Consumer Electronics Show, where the world’s most innovative companies pull back the curtain for a peek at their new tech. And wouldn’t you know, one of the prevailing themes from that three-day journey into the future was the growing ubiquity of voice search as a marketing channel. So how does this window into the future influence small-business operations today?Why voice search is part of the future of techCase in point, independent research conducted by the Capgemini Digital Transformation Institute confirms that 51 percent of consumers already utilize voice assistants, with 81 percent of those users primarily accessing the voice assistant through a smartphone, citing convenience, multitasking enablement and speed as value-adds from the voice assistant experience. Your customers are already using voice assistance, and to capture this revenue you must embrace the tech.Related: 4 Unconventional Ways to Bring Traffic to Your SiteKleiner Perkins conducts an annual report on the digital landscape. Its most recent iteration reported voice search as having 20 percent of the mobile search origination share, and comScore predicts that number will swell to 50 percent by 2020.At this year’s CES, voice assistants took center stage even before the event was underway, dominating press day as multiple television manufacturers revealed that their upcoming television models would house voice assistants. Other products that used CES to showcase voice assistant integration included deadbolts, ceiling fans, speakers, routers, mirrors, washers, dryers, refrigerators and even a Microsoft Cortana-powered thermostat.Voice search implications for advertisersAs voice-enabled devices become more ubiquitous, advertisers are acknowledging voice as a viable channel for commerce, and they’re doing it with their wallets.Bing data from early returns on 2018 show year-over-year investment in voice search has grown by 24 percent, sustaining the momentum from the back half of 2017 and increasing through the holiday season.Related: Don’t Let Alexa or Siri Speak for Your Company: Protecting Your Brand’s Voice on AI PlatformsUsing data from Cortana, we know that the lion’s share of questions presented to voice assistants begin with either “how” or “what,” and then there’s a steep drop off in search share for the remaining interrogative words. Advertisers should think about what sorts of questions, to which their product is the answer, begin with these words, and then invest in those queries.For example, a ticket seller who wants to capture its voice-assistant-using audience should ensure portfolio coverage on [how do I buy tickets], [what website sells tickets], and [where can I go to buy tickets].How audiences communicate with voice search*Chart based on internal data from Microsoft Bing.For search marketers, whether consumers are engaging with voice search is only half the question. Understanding how these consumers engage is also critical. It’s important to relay this information to businesses so that brands can capitalize on this insight.Related: Here’s How You Can Use Alexa at WorkThere’s action here for brands, and advertisers should be asking themselves the following questions, at the least:Does our keyword portfolio have coverage for long-tail queries in command form?Does our keyword portfolio have coverage for long-tail queries in question form?Have we appended common descriptor tokens, such as “best,” “top” or “price,” to our core product keywords?According to proprietary research by the call intelligence company Invoca, voice search is the preferred mode of communication for 20 percent of consumers making a purchase of $500 or more, only 2 percentage points removed from the 22 percent who prefer traditional online search. And according to the same research, not only are voice assistants facilitating purchases, but they’re also influencing them. Invoca reports that 39 percent of its polled population had a voice assistant who influenced one of their purchases in the past month. Voice search is an opportunity for business owners to direct consumers toward their products and services.While the digital transformation is demonstrably under way, it’s also still in its fledgling stages. What we do know is that the future of search is predictive. Voice assistants are delivering personalized and salient information to their users, while also advancing our traditional conceptions of search. Search engines are the intelligence fabric for modern AIs, and the advancements thereof are improving predictive search capabilities. Soon users will find items that they didn’t yet know they wanted. Voice search will be a principal contributor to this movement as search becomes a partner capable of dialogue with a consumer on any platform and any device.Related: 10 Crazy Tidbits About the First Voice of Apple’s SiriMy colleague Christi Olson is Bing’s evangelist and speaks at events on search and digital marketing all over the world. She recommends small businesses and entrepreneurs focus on the following when it comes to their marketing:Write content in a conversational tone that sounds natural when spoken aloud.Listen to your customer’s questions and create compelling digital content to provide specific answers.Understand where you can compete to be the spoken answer — start with queries that already rank on the first two pages of the search results and optimize for the featured snippet placement.Your customers are already using voice search. It’s up to you and your business to meet them there. 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