Badal declines CM’s offer on govt house

first_imgFormer Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday politely declined the offer of a free government accommodation made by the State government, saying he was thankful to his successor Amarinder Singh for the gracious gesture. In a gesture of goodwill, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on Saturday decided to provide Mr. Badal with free government accommodation of his choice amid reports that the senior Akali leader was hunting for a suitable residence after demitting the chief minister’s office. “It is very graceful of him to make this offer and I thank him for this from the core of my heart. But I am making my own arrangements for stay. However, I value his sentiment highly and fully reciprocate it,” he said in a statement here.Mr. Badal said he and his party, SAD, would fully, whole-heartedly and constructively support any decision of the Congress government in the State which is in the larger interest of the people of Punjab.No confrontationThe SAD does not believe in confrontation nor in criticism for the sake of criticism, the ex-Chief Minister said, adding if the new government has the will to fulfil its promises, it can easily do so. “Their (Congress’) manifesto was prepared and released by one of the finest economists in the world, Dr Manmohan Singh, and he would not have made these promises if he thought that Punjab government’s treasury was empty and lacks the funds to meet these expenses,” the former Chief Minister said. “So I expect the new government to fulfil their promises in he first months itself. I will personally congratulate them when they do so,” he said. Mr. Badal said he was surprised over the setting up of a committee to study the farmer’s debt.last_img read more

Punjab wants 5 more BSF companies for security

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday sought five additional Border Security Force (BSF) companies from the Centre to strengthen the Indo-Pak border along the State.In a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Capt. Amarinder pointed out that the BSF deployment in the State needs to be strengthened along the lines of Jammu and Kashmir. At present, the State has one BSF battalion deployed for about 32 kilometres. “Raising and strengthening second line of defence was necessitated by the fact that the Punjab border becomes vulnerable to terrorist attacks and smuggling of arms, ammunition and drugs from across the border in view of the heavy security at the J&K border,” said Capt. Amarinder, as quoted by an official spokesperson. “Raising the second line of defence would require immediate funding of about ₹206 crore in infrastructure, capacity building and manpower,” said Capt. Amarinder, seeking the Home Minister’s support in financing the same in national interest.Capt. Amarinder also raised the issue related to security at the high-profile Punjab jails, which have recently witnessed a spate of untoward incidents, including the Nabha jailbreak and several cases of gang war. Security for prisonsPointing out that that many terrorists lodged in various Punjab jails have nexus with gangsters lodged in the prisons, the Chief Minister urged Mr. Rajnath Singh to provide additional security forces to secure the high-profile prisons in the State.last_img read more

Tribal communities in Odisha are speaking up to save their dialects

first_imgTribal dialects began fading more rapidly after Direct-to-Home televisions gained popularity even in forested tribal areas, fetching avid viewership for soap operas in languages that were once alien to the region. In some instances, young tribals are now embarrassed to be seen speaking their mother tongues in public.Experts feel that a strong community-driven movement can help tribal dialects survive. The Santhali language — now a medium of education in 550 primary schools — has been revived in large areas of Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj after the Santhal community made consistent efforts to save it. The State government adopted the Multi-Lingual Education (MLE) programme in 2006, in which the mother tongue of tribal children is used as the medium of instruction for five years of primary education. Of the 24 tribal languages included in MLE, primers (primary learning materials) have been developed for 21 languages so far. In the primers, the Odia script is followed for tribal dialects. The Odisha government has appointed 3,385 tribal language teachers for the MLE programme. In another initiative, the State has started preparing dictionaries for 20 tribal languages, two of which have been published while eight others are nearing completion. It is hoped that as the community-driven efforts take root, the withering of tribal dialects can be prevented. Tribal girls dancing to celebrate electrification of their village by a biodiesel plant at Kolha in Dhenkanal district.   A woman of Tala Nagada hamlet feeds her baby outside their hut atop Nagada hills in Jajpur district of Odisha.   Children of the Tala Nagada village eating free food at an informal teaching centre being run by a voluntary organisation.   In dozens of nondescript tribal villages in Odisha’s Rayagada district, every time a woman of the Saura tribe cooks rice for the family, she puts aside a handful of raw rice, which is collected for a community fund from which ‘special’ teachers draw their paltry remuneration. What do these teachers do? They teach Sora, the fading dialect of the tribe, to the young of the community.“Handfuls of rice contributed by womenfolk is not enough when we confront the gigantic task of saving the Sora dialect. But with this, we ensure ownership of the community in preserving our language,” says Krushna Sabar, secretary of the Malar Mandir Vigyan Selum (MMVS), a Ramanaguda-based cultural forum that runs 30 informal schools to impart language learning. Mr. Sabar has spent 15 years developing software for the Sora script. Hundreds of kilometres away, in the Kuanrmunda and Lathikata blocks of the Sundargarh district, every Thursday, elders of the Oraon tribe make it a point to converse with younger members in Kurux, their mother language. “Communities are apprehensive that the extinction of their dialects would sound the death knell for their distinct ethnic identities,” says Parmanand Patel, a lead researcher with the government-run Academy of Tribal Languages and Culture (ATLC) in Bhubaneswar.The Saura, Oraon and Bhumija communities recently sent a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Office seeking inclusion of their respective languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, which the PMO forwarded to the State government. In May, the ATLC received copies of the two memoranda and was asked to give its views on them. The Odisha government has also been receiving petitions from Gram Sabhas for the inclusion of different dialects in the Eighth Schedule. Community leaders of five tribes — Munda, Bhumija, Koya, Khadia and Oraon — have developed the script for their respective dialects. Odisha has one of the most diverse tribal populations in India, with 62 tribes, including 13 primitive tribes, residing in the State. They speak 72 mother tongues broadly grouped into 38 languages, 19 of which are nearly extinct. Only four tribal languages here — Santhali, Ho, Sora and Kui Lipi — have a written script. Santhali has already been included in the Eighth Schedule and the Odisha government has recommended Ho be included as well. In the Gadaba tribe, with a population of 84,689 (2011 Census) in two blocks of the Koraput district, very few can speak their mother tongue Gutab. Researchers apprehend its speakers will be halved over the next ten years. Most members of this tribe now speak either Odia or Desia, another dominant tribal dialect of the region.The purity of Gta, the language of the Didayi tribe (population of 8,890 as per the 2011 Census) is almost gone, and barely 100 Parenga (population of 9,445) people speak their mother tongue. Small numbers of Didayi tribals residing in 17 hilltop villages in the Malakangiri district know the language. Less than 1% of the 8,88,581 Gonds, who constitute the second largest tribal community after the Santhals, can speak Gondi, their language.“Odia, English and Hindi are State-promoted languages and a tribal student does not want to be left behind as these languages help him get mainstreamed into the development process,” says the ATLC researcher.last_img read more

With no building, this school runs inside a toilet

first_imgA school in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch is run inside a toilet because the premises doesn’t have a roof to protect children and teacher from heavy rains. In normal days, the students study under a tree amid scorching heat. According to the lone teacher in the school, the construction of the school started five years ago but has not been completed yet.last_img

Cadres on edge for BSP rallies

first_imgLeaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party has just one work these days: do everything to make the eight rallies planned by party supremo Mayawati across the State successful.On September 18, party workers from 55 Assembly constituencies of western Uttar Pradesh are expected to converge in Meerut. Thereafter, eight rallies have been scheduled in Varanasi, Agra, Faizabad, Jhansi, Moradabad, Allahabad, Gorakhpur and Lucknow.The senior leaders say the entire party brass is leaving no stone unturned to make these rallies successful as they will be Ms. Mayawati’s first political engagement after the party’s disastrous performance in the recent Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.Inspiring cadresAccording to a senior party leader who did not want to be named, Ms. Mayawati would be seeking to “inspire and awaken demoralised party cadres”.“This is the worst possible time for our party and its workers, as we managed to win only 19 seats in U.P., down from 80 in 2012. The worst performance since 1991, when the party won a mere 12 seats. There is frustration among party workers also because communication between the top leadership and the ordinary cadres has long ceased to operate,” said a Meerut-based BSP leader.“In such gloomy times, it is imperative that Behenji re-establishes dialogue with the workers and I think that is precisely what she plans to do … inspire the cadre and rekindle their faith and trust in the leadership,” the leader, a former Minister, told The Hindu.Crucial eventThe party’s national general secretary, Munkad Ali, said the Meerut rally would be crucial as it would be Ms. Mayawati’s first major political mobilisation campaign since she resigned from the Rajya Sabha alleging that she was not allowed to raise the issue of anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur.“The Meerut rally will bring together workers from 55 Assembly constituencies of Moradabad, Meerut and Saharanpur divisions in western Uttar Pradesh. ,” Mr. Ali said.last_img read more

₹250 crore heroin seized from truck in J&K

first_imgThe Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has seized 50 kilograms of heroin, worth ₹250 crore in the international market, from a truck in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district, an officer said Thursday. Acting on a tip-off, a Delhi-bound truck coming from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district was intercepted by the NCB sleuths at a toll plaza near Jammu on Monday, said NCB Zonal Director Virender Yadav. Fifty drug pouches stuffed under apple crates were found. The truck driver has been arrested, Mr. Yadav said, adding that the seized heroin’s value was ₹250 crore in the international market. The NCB has seized 161 kg of heroin valuing ₹800 crore from Jammu alone this year.last_img read more

Will rectify black spots by 2020, Maharashtra tells SC

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has assured the Supreme Court it will rectify the remaining ‘black spots’ on State and national highways by 2020. The court-appointed Committee on Road Safety has pointed out in its latest report that only 69 of the identified 1,324 accident-prone spots have been rectified by the State government in 2018.While no accidents have occurred at these spots since then, efforts must be made to complete repair and rectification work on the remaining 1,255 spots this year, said the latest report of the committee, headed by Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan.Senior officials of the Transport Department said they have submitted to the committee a new time frame to rectify fatal spots even though the previous timelines were not followed. Of the 69 spots rectified, the Public Works Department (PWD) has completed 33, while the remaining 36 spots were repaired by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The PWD has 381 identified spots assigned to it. “Of the remaining 1,255 spots, we have proposed to rectify 300 spots by May 2019, and 955 by 2020,” said a senior official of the State Transport Department.Senior officials said the Budget 2019 has also made a provision for 5% of maintenance outlay for ‘black spot’ improvement. “We have also directed the field officers across the State to monitor the rectification of black spots,” said an official. A revised protocol for identification and rectification of black spots was declared on January 9, 2019 with orders to strictly follow the time frame, the official said. Maharashtra is among the top three States in terms of road fatalities. In 2018, 35,853 accidents were reported, in which 12,264 motorists lost their lives. Around 938 of these deaths were reported on the Mumbai-Pune and Mumbai-Goa national highways. Senior officials said the government has taken note of the report and will submit a compliance report soon.The committee has urged the State to strengthen the management of traffic rules and improve its performance. In its report, it has pointed to negligence in implementation of traffic laws, resulting in a surge of fatalities on highways and expressways in the State.last_img read more

Mamata meets teachers on fast, assures action after LS poll

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met agitating aspiring school teachers on Wednesday, the 28th day of their relay hunger strike, and assured them to look into their demands after the Lok Sabha election.She also urged them to withdraw their stir but the agitators said they will continue with the dharna till they receive a written assurance.Demanding recruitment Around 200 aspiring school teachers were on relay hunger strike for 28 days demanding recruitment to vacant posts in State-run institutes. “I am helpless at the moment and cannot do anything right now because of election model code of conduct. We have to frame a policy to resolve the demands. Please give me time,” Ms. Banerjee told the agitating aspiring teachers. The seven-phase Lok Sabha election in the State will begin on April 11 and the results will be announced on May 23. The Chief Minister added that she will ask Education Minister Partha Chatterjee to look into their demands after the election process is over. The agitators, however, were unhappy with the verbal assurance as they were expecting a written assurance from an officer. They were claiming that a large number of teachers’ posts were lying vacant but the authorities were not calling them for interview though they have the requisite qualifications.Written assurance “We cannot withdraw our agitation unless and until we get an assurance from an officer in writing. Meeting of the five-member committee appointed by the Education Minister and our delegation will begin tomorrow,” an agitator said.last_img read more

Top Stories: Necessary Naps, Forests in Peril, and More

first_imgNaps Nurture Growing BrainsNaps provide a few hours of much-needed peace and quiet for parents and kids alike … but do children really need them? They sure do! A new study provides the first evidence that daytime sleep is critical for effective learning in young children.U.S. Senate Ends Helium SagaSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The U.S. Senate has finally ended a protracted pingpong match over the future of the helium market. Senators voted yesterday to approve legislation allowing the U.S. government to continue selling helium from a national reserve that plays a key role in U.S. and world supplies. Much to the relief of scientists, the bill prevents a major disruption in a system that is scheduled to end on 1 October.If Chosen Wisely, Existing Drugs Fight Resistant BugsMedical experts have been powerless to stop the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and are increasingly desperate to develop novel drugs. But a new study finds that smarter use of current antibiotics could offer a solution. Researchers were able to keep resistant bacteria from thriving by alternating antibiotics to specifically exploit the vulnerabilities that come along with resistance—a strategy that could extend the lifespan of existing drugs to continue fighting even the most persistent pathogens.Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Trim Staff by as Much as 11%The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced a plan to pare up to 475 positions from its staff of 4500 researchers, technicians, and support personnel. Officials hope to meet the target through voluntary buyouts, and there are no immediate plans for layoffs. The buyouts follow similar staffing cuts in 2010 as the lab anticipates the need for further reductions to cope with sequestration.Biodiversity in Forest Fragments Proves PrecariousAs forests shrink around the world, ecologists have pinned their hopes of preserving biodiversity on the isolated patches of forest often left behind. But mass extinctions on Thai islands suggest that these precious habitats face serious threats. According to new research, small mammal species native to these forest fragments are at greater risk of dying out than previously thought.last_img read more

NASA’s Bolden to Give Banned Chinese Scientists a Second Chance

first_imgNASA Administrator Charles Bolden today extended an olive branch to several Chinese scientists that were banned from an upcoming meeting at NASA’s Ames Research Center as part of the space agency’s attempt to thwart foreign spies. But it’s not clear if his peace offering will make any difference.Bolden was responding to a letter he received on Tuesday from Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), who berated Bolden for how Ames officials had handled registration for a November conference to present data gathered by the now-moribund Kepler spacecraft. The rejection letters, sent last month to six Chinese nationals, had cited language that Wolf had inserted in a 2011 spending bill as the reason for their exclusion. In reality, the decision was in line with a NASA policy that Bolden announced in March that banned many citizens from eight countries, including China, from attending any event at a NASA center. It is not clear whether that policy, which Bolden said was a temporary moratorium pending a thorough review of NASA security practices, is still in effect.In his response, Bolden promises to “recontact the [scientists] immediately upon the reopening of the government to allow them to reapply” to attend the meeting. They will still need to pass a security clearance, however, a process that generally takes several weeks. The conference is scheduled to begin on 4 November, and its venue is also up in the air. NASA Ames remains closed because of the government shutdown, and some scientists are trying to get the conference moved to another, non-NASA location.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Italy’s NIH gets new leadership to address fiscal crisis

first_imgThe Italian government has chosen a prominent scientist to take charge of the country’s leading biomedical research institute with the goal of improving its precarious financial situation. But some researchers at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) are worried that implementing the needed fiscal reforms will also result in curtailing programs and cutting staff.Gualtiero Ricciardi, professor of hygiene and public health at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, began his new job today as ISS commissioner. He replaces Fabrizio Oleari, who became ISS president last year amid controversy about his scientific qualifications for the job.Last month, the Italian government declared that ISS was in receivership “because of the financial situation of deficit recorded in the financial statements for two consecutive years,” and on Tuesday Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin named Ricciardi for a 6-month stint as ISS commissioner. Ricciardi now heads the Department of Public Health in Rome and is completing a 4-year term as president of the European Public Health Association.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The government took action after the Court of Auditors found that ISS operated with a €30 million hole in its €300 million budget during 2011 and 2012. The problems developed under Enrico Garaci, who led the institute from 2001 to 2013.ISS is the leading technical and scientific public body of the Italian National Health Service. ISS focuses on cancer, vaccines, infectious and rare diseases, and environmental and public health, employing 1500 scientists. Its president also led an expert panel that examined the controversial cell therapy proposed by Stamina Foundation.“The scientific profile of Ricciardi is unquestionable,” comments Claudio Argentini, an ISS researcher and executive of a trade union for researchers, USB PI Ricerca. But Argentini worries that it may be “a pretext for the ministry” to carry out broader reforms, as have taken place in recent years at other Italian research institutions. Argentini notes that roughly 600 ISS researchers are employed on short-term contracts.The Health Ministry has said that it expects Ricciardi not only to put ISS on a path to fiscal stability, but also to take the necessary steps to preserve its status as a world-class research facility. Paolo Del Giudice, an ISS physicist, hopes those changes don’t come at the expense of the institute’s independence.“The mission of ISS, as the scientific body of the National Health Service, requires an appropriate level of autonomy,” says Giudice, a member of the institute’s scientific committee, which has been disbanded during the receivership. He says such autonomy also requires sustained public support to augment the funds that ISS scientists receive from competitive grants. The Italian government has cut funding for operating expenses by 13% in the past 5 years, he says, and “we expect the commissioner take action to reverse this trend.”Ricciardi says that he is honored by the appointment and that his goal is to both “make ends meet” and to bring ISS in line with the ministry’s broader priorities for the National Health Service.last_img read more

Vote To Oust India-Born Republican Leader Because He Is Muslim Rejected

first_imgShaid Shafi, an India-born Republican facing removal as Texas county leader for “being a Muslim”, will remain in office as his party officials slapped down a motion to oust him from the post of vice-chairman.The Tarrant County Republican Party rejected the motion to strip Mr Shafi, a trauma surgeon and member of the Southlake City Council, at a contentious meeting on Thursday.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Pune varsity aims to set sapling distribution record

first_imgStudents of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) are set to attempt an eco-friendly Guinness World record: the “largest distribution of saplings”. On June 23, 15,000 students from the university will be distributing an equal number of saplings at one go along the two ‘Wari’ routes — from Dehu to Pandharpur and Alandi to Pandharpur — in an attempt to establish a record. The ‘Wari’ is an annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Lord Vithoba in Pandharpur made by the devotees, or warkaris, carrying palanquins bearing footprints of the two saints, Dnyaneshwar (from Alandi) and Tukaram (from Dehu). ‘Real time counting’“To attempt the record, the students would be placed in a grid formation,” said Rajesh Pande, member of the SPPU’s Management Council. “They would each be holding one sapling. Corridors would be formed at entry points in the varsity through which every student would be moving further and then would be counted with the help of the bar-coded wristband system. There will also be a LED screen to display the student’s number on real time basis as and when they pass through the corridors,” he added. The SPPU’s Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar is the applicant for the record.In a bid to preclude duplication, every student would be handed a pre-registered barcode while a record of the same would be kept at the back office.“All this will be monitored by a qualified group of practicing lawyers,” said Mr. Pande. “There will be a serving officer to monitor the whole process and he would be assisted by a reputed auditing firm at the venue. Once the students take position with the saplings, the official counting would begin. The SPPU’s NSS unit has decided to distribute the Neem tree saplings for the event,” he added.The students would also separately be planting trees adjacent to both the ‘Wari’ routes to increase green cover.“All colleges along the two ‘wari’ routes have been tasked with taking care of these trees and nurturing them,” Mr. Pande said. This event would also mark the start of the SPPU’s ‘Green Wari’ initiative — an ambitious venture that combines ecological awareness with the larger objective of promoting the conservation of water resources and regenerating tree cover. Remarking that the ‘Wari’ tradition was more than 700 years old, Mr. Pande, who is also chairman of the ‘Green Wari’ project, told The Hindu that the initiative was mooted by the university through its National Service Scheme (NSS) with the aim to spread awareness regarding health, hygiene and the environment.Four other universities — the Kolhapur-based Shivaji University, the Ahilyabai Holkar Solapur University, the Nashik-based Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) and the SNDT — have joined hands with the SPPU in this initiative.“Hygiene and garbage disposal is a matter of great concern during the ‘Wari’ season… this project gives an opportunity to students to discharge a social responsibility given our heritage of the ‘Wari’ tradition,” he said.During the ‘Wari’ season, an average two lakh pilgrims travel along the two routes daily, he observed.“If we estimate the pilgrims collectively carry an average four lakh steel utensils with them, then one can imagine the large quantities of water being wasted, especially at a time of a grave water crisis that we face today. To remedy this, our student volunteers will be serving the devotees with plates made of leaves,” he said, adding that these measures were expected to save 35 lakh litres of water and help dispose 700 tonnes of wet garbage.Students, especially from the Nashik-based MUHS, would also be setting up 35 health camps at different points along the two pilgrimage routes to cater to the medical needs of pilgrims, he added.last_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir administration to release three politicians from detention on October 10

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir administration will release three politicians detained since August 5 after the Centre revoked the special status granted to the State under the Constitution, officials said on Wednesday night. Yawar Mir, Noor Mohammed and Shoaib Lone will be released on various grounds which includes signing of a bond, they said, explaining the reasons for ending of their detention. While Mr. Mir is a former MLA of the PDP from Rafiabad assembly seat, Mr. Lone contested unsuccessfully on a Congress ticket from North Kashmir and later resigned from the party. He was considered close to People’s Conference chief Sajjad Lone. Mr. Mohammed is a National Conference worker who has been managing the party’s show in the militancy-infested Batmaloo area of the Srinagar city. Before his release, he will be signing a bond to maintain peace and good behaviour, the officials said. The governor administration had earlier released Imran Ansari of the People’s Conference and Syed Akhoon on health grounds on September 21. More than a thousand people, including politicians, separatists, activists and lawyers, were detained after the August 5 decision of the Central government to revoke the special status. The detainees include three former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti. Over 250 were sent to the jails outside Jammu and Kashmir. Farooq Abdullah was subsequently detained under the stringent Public Safety Act, while other politicians were mostly detained under different sections of the criminal procedure code.last_img read more

Chinmayanand case: SC stays HC order

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Allahabad High Court order on Chinmayanand’s request for a certified copy of a Shahjahanpur woman law student’s statement made against the BJP leader before a magistrate. On November 7, the High Court had asked the trial court to provide the former Union Minister a copy of the statement. She has challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court. On Friday, a Supreme Court Bench sought a response from the U.P. government on the woman’s plea. “Issue notice, returnable on December 9,” the Bench said, adding, “Pending further consideration, the operation of the order impugned herein shall remain stayed”.last_img read more

Arellano brushes off San Beda for second PVL win

first_imgView comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Arellano University took down San Beda in straight sets, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, to keep an unblemished slate in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Eunika Torres dealt the final blow for the Lady Chiefs as they improve to 2-0 while the Red Spikers slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES MOST READ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next LOOK: Retired NBA, WNBA vets confirmed as cast members for upcoming film ‘Uncle Drew’ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Lady Chiefs, though, had to battle back in the third set after San Beda got the early lead in the final period.“That has always been our problem whenever we get two set, we start to dip in performance come the third,” said Lady Chiefs head coach Obet Javier. “So I always tell them that the third set will be crucial for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutArellano was down 8-6 early in the third set before Regine Arocha converted on a service ace to cap off a 7-1 run and give the Lady Chiefs a 13-9 lead.Arocha had a game-high 16 points to lead Arellano while captain Jovielyn Prado added 13 with Mary Anne Esguerra chipping in 10.last_img read more

Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

first_imgRead Next Yankees face elimination again, this time in ALCS Game 7 Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) makes contact with back judge Greg Steed (12) during the first half of an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Lynch was ejected after the play. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NEW YORK — Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders’ victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City’s Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. … You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved.”Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland’s active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders’ game against the Buffalo Bills. LATEST STORIES Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more