To beat malaria and dengue, vaccinate the mosquitoes

first_imgIf there’s one thing the malaria parasite wants, it’s to get inside the guts of a mosquito. Once there, it releases hundreds of wormlike cells that enter the human body through a bloodsucking bite. Now, scientists have found a way to make mosquitoes much less hospitable to this pathogen, as well as the one that causes dengue: stacking the insect’s gut with killer microbes that wipe out the invaders before they have a chance to cause disease.Like humans and most other animals, mosquitoes are stuffed with microbes that live on and inside of them—their microbiome. When studying the microbes that make mosquitoes their home, researchers came across one called Chromobacterium sp. (Csp_P). They already knew that Csp_P’s close relatives were capable of producing powerful antibiotics, and they wondered if Csp_P might share the same talent.The team cultured Csp_P in a sugar solution and in blood and fed both concoctions to mosquitoes whose natural microbiomes had already been eliminated with doses of antibiotics. As the scientists hoped, Csp_P quickly took over the mosquito’s gut after being ingested by means of the sugar solution—and even more quickly when it was fed to them in blood. In another experiment, done with mosquitoes that weren’t pretreated with antibiotics, Csp_P-fed mosquitoes were given blood containing the dengue virus and Plasmodium falciparum, a single-celled parasite that causes the most deadly type of malaria. Although a large number of the mosquitoes died within a few days of being infected by the Chromobacterium, the malaria and dengue pathogens were far less successful at infecting the mosquitoes that did survive, the team reports today in PLOS Pathogens. 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Here, too, they found that the bacteria inhibited the growth of the pathogens.The researchers say there could be two mechanisms by which Csp_P fights off Plasmodium and dengue infections. First, because Csp_P is toxic to mosquitoes, it activates the insect’s immune system. This has the collateral benefit of staving off infection from Plasmodium and dengue virus, which otherwise would have thrived in the mosquito’s gut. But that’s not all, says George Dimopoulos, a parasitologist at Johns Hopkins who led the research team. Because the bacterium also snuffs out Plasmodium and the dengue virus in the laboratory, it means Csp_P is producing toxic compounds that are killing the pathogens directly.Dimopoulos and his colleagues believe Csp_P could be used to “vaccinate” mosquitoes against the malaria and dengue pathogens, perhaps through the use of sugar-baited traps that are already used to spread insecticide through populations of the pest. This would have the twin effect of killing most mosquitoes while severely curbing the survivors’ ability to spread disease. This one-two punch is “a unique property” for any malaria-control agent, says David Fidock, a microbiologist at Columbia University, who was not involved in the study. “No current malaria-control agent does both.”Csp_P could also play a more direct role in combating malaria and dengue in humans. Because the compounds it secretes kill pathogens in the lab, these toxins could be turned into drugs to treat malaria and dengue in people.Tanjore Balganesh, a medicinal chemist who heads the Indian Open Source Drug Discovery program in Bangalore for neglected diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, is skeptical, however. Because Csp_P is so toxic to Plasmodium, the dengue virus, and even the mosquito that carries them, there is a good chance it could be damaging to human cells, too, he says. That’s not a death blow for this line of inquiry, however. “It’s still early days [for this research],” he says, “but no drug discovery program is without problems.”last_img read more

ED attaches ₹67-cr. worth assets in Manesar land scam case

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth about ₹67 crore in connection with the Manesar land acquisition scam in Haryana.The properties include 14.56 acres in Gurugram belonging to Mahamaya Exports Private Limited, besides four acres and bank balances of other accused persons. The ED had made an attachment worth Rs.42.19 crore in December last.The money laundering case is based on an FIR registered by the police in August 2015. The CBI later took over the case and filed a charge sheet against former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and 33 others.According to the probe agencies, the State government issued notifications in 2004 and 2005 for acquisition of land measuring 912 acres to set up an industrial model township.It is alleged that the farmers and landowners of Manesar villages in Naurangpur and Lakhnaula were compelled to sell about 400 acres to private builders at throwaway prices under the threat of acquisition. This allegedly caused a loss of about Rs.1,500 crore to them.According to the ED, ABW Infrastructure and its group entities allegedly bought most of the land in question. As alleged, it got licences for residential, commercial and group housing projects in connivance with government officials.The ED has also alleged that ABW sold some licences at high rates and earned “undue” profits. The group companies entered into “false” land sale agreements with different entities to conceal the income and avoid tax.The agreements were later cancelled, false cancellation-cum-settlement agreements prepared and amounts to the extent of six to seven times of the sum as per the agreements-to-sell were shown to have been paid to these entities in compensation for cancelling them.The compensation was credited to the bank accounts of these entities and taken back in cash, the ED has said.last_img read more

‘Kolkata airport apology not enough, better training needed’

first_imgA day after two disability rights activists alleged that they were “insulted and humiliated” by security personnel at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, the airport authorities issued an apology on Twitter, and assured that steps would be taken to ensure such incidents do not occur again.“We would like to sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused to Ms Jeeja Ghosh & Ms Kuhu Das during check-in process at #KolkataAirport. The matter is being strongly taken up with concerned teams to ensure that such incidents does not happen again [sic],” read a tweet posted by the official Twitter handle of Kolkata Airport.When contacted by The Hindu, both activists said that the apology “meant nothing if airport officials did not train airlines and security staff to engage with persons with disabilities with respect”. Jeeja Ghosh, who has cerebral palsy, recounted that in 2012 she was deboarded from a flight at the same airport. She had taken the issue to the Supreme Court, which directed the airline to pay ₹10 lakh as damages to her.“They will do it again when I or anybody else with disability tries to travel,” said Ms. Ghosh, who was brand ambassador for West Bengal’s Chief Electoral Officer during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.The incident occurred on Sunday when Ms. Ghosh, along with Ms. Das, a polio survivor, was travelling to Delhi. While Ms. Ghosh was told she could not fly without an escort, Ms. Das was told to remove her calipers so that they could be put through the scanner.“I told her [the woman security officer] that to remove my calipers, I would have to take my trousers off. I have been wearing calipers with titanium rods for many years,” said Ms. Das. She recounted that the woman security officer called her colleague, who said they “had never encountered such a person” [in reference to Ms. Das]. Like Ms. Ghosh, Ms. Das said an apology was not enough, and that she would file an official complaint on the matter.“A tweet will not set things right. What we are seeking is a systemic change. We were allowed to travel after protests but an ordinary person with disability may not be allowed,” Ms. Das said.Four well-known disability right activists from Kolkata were travelling to Delhi to discuss recommendations made in the United Nations Country Report on Disability.Referring to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016, she said the law in the country has a rights-based approach for persons with disabilities, yet people are so “insensitive”.last_img read more

ICC should impose life ban on fixers: Murali

first_imgInternational Cricket Council should impose life ban on the Pakistani players if they are found guilty of spot-fixing, Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan said here today.Muralitharan joined the likes of Shane Warne and Daniel Vettori in demanding life ban on the three Pakistan cricketers — Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir — if they are found guilty in the spot-fixing scandal to deter younger generation from such corrupt practices.”If they are guilty, they should get a life ban, that’s the most important thing,” Muralitharan, who recently retired from Test cricket, told ESPNcricinfo.”The younger generation should not follow that, so the punishment should be harsh if (players) are guilty,” said Muralitharan who is playing in the Champions League Twenty20 here for Chennai Super Kings.”The game has to be clean. If somebody gets a life ban doing these things, others will stop doing that. The ICC has to act a lot on this,” he added.Butt, Asif and Aamir were quizzed by Scotland Yard earlier this month after a sting operation by British tabloid ‘News of the World’ claimed they were involved in bowling deliberate no-balls during the fourth Test at Lord’s between England and Pakistan.The trio were provisionally suspended by the ICC but no charges were pressed against them as yet by Scotland Yard. A fourth Pakistan player, fast bowler Wahab Riaz, was also questioned by Scotland Yard.last_img read more

Lawsuit against Tom Cruise dismissed

first_imgA USD 1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has been dismissed due to lack of prosecution. The case against Cruise, JJ Abrams, Paramount Pictures, CEO Brad Grey, Skydance Productions and David Ellison, has been also dismissed due to failure to comply with the orders of the court, reported Deadline. It is ordered and adjudged that the above-entitled case is dismissed, without prejudice, for lack of prosecution and for failure to comply with the orders of the Court, said a one-page order from the judge. The ending of the case in US district court comes nearly six months after Timothy Patrick McLanahan formally sued the notables and the studio claiming that 2011 ‘Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol’ was lifted off of his script, he wrote more than 15 years ago titled ‘Head On’. The judge gave McLanahan one last chance to ‘show cause why this case should not be dismissed’.copyright infringement lawsuit against Tom Cruise has been dismissed.last_img read more

Samsung unveils Galaxy J5, J7 2016 editions

first_imgSouth Korean company Samsung has made the Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 2016 editions official. Both the Galaxy J5 (2016) and Galaxy J7 (2016) are now listed on the company’s website for China without pricing and availability details.The Galaxy J7 (2016) is a 5.5-inch phone boasting of a FullHD Super AMOLED display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.6GHz octa-core processor (unspecified chipset) coupled with 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card.The phone sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. Connectivity options include: 4G LTE, dualSIM, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS and Micro-USB 2.0. It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery.The Galaxy J7 (2016) will be available in the colours Gold, White, and Pink.The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) meanwhile is a 5.2-inch phone boasting of an HD resolution and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipest) coupled with 2GB of RAM. The phone is backed by a 3,100mAh battery.In another news, Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy J3 (2016) in India on March 31 . The phone will reportedly come with a ‘Bike Mode’ that’s basically a feature that would mute the phone and automatically send a text to the caller to try calling later. The feature (when enabled) should help ‘bikers’ to concentrate on the road ahead and not be distracted by incoming calls.The Galaxy J3 (2016) comes with a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 1.5GB RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based TouchWiz UI. It comes with a 5-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash and autofocus, along with a 2-megapixel camera on the front.advertisementlast_img read more

CANPACK Opens a New Facility in Nuh

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with NewsVoir. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)CANPACK Group, a global manufacturer operating on the packaging market, is celebrating the opening of its new facility in Nuh, IndiaNuh, Haryana, India(NewsVoir)CANPACK India, a beverage can manufacturer being part of CANPACK Group, has inaugurated the opening of its new plant located in Nuh. The event was attended by Mr. Peter F. Giorgithe ultimate owner of the CANPACK Group and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CANPACK, along with Mr. Herman NicolaasNusmeierCEO & President of the Managing Board of CANPACK and other Supervisory and Managerial Board Members.”Following the increased demand of modern aluminum packaging, CANPACK India has now decided to accelerate its expansion into the Indian market, and has established its second beverage cans manufacturing plant in India. This investment has been triggered by a forecast indicating that there is great potential for growth within the Indian market. We are optimistic that India will soon be one of the most important markets for the CANPACK Group. The decision to invest so highly in the country was taken after several studies, focusing on our sustainable development in the long term,” said Mr. Nico Nusmeier. “We remain excited at the potential of the CANPACK Group to continue to grow in service of its customers and through the efforts of its dedicated employees,” said Mr. Peter F. Giorgi.The Nuh plant will employ approximately 160 workers, bringing CANPACK Indias total employment base to over 750 direct employees. The 36 acres of acquired land in Nuh will manufacture 180 ml, 250 ml and 500 ml cans with a capacity of 950 million cans per year and will employ a world class manufacturing system. The capacity of this plant is expandable to 2.4 billion cans per year. Even though North India will be the major market space, cans produced at the Nuh facility will also be exported to neighbouring countries.advertisementThe Nuh plant received first stage Industrial clearance by the Chief Minister of Haryana through H.E.P.C. (Haryana Enterprise Promotion Council) for setting up its second Indian aluminum can manufacturing facility in Nuh Haryana, NCR region in February 2017. CANPACK is the first company who received this clearance through H.E.P.C.”This establishment in Nuh district is a result of a CANPACKs goal of transforming the downstream value chain and decreasing the logistics cost for its customers as Northern India contributes to a major share of the overall Indian beverage can market,” said Mr. Herman NicolaasNusmeier.CANPACK India is committed to further strengthening its positive impact on the community, with a special focus on water conservation, education, sanitation and rural development.About CANPACK GroupCANPACK Group, headquartered in Cracow (Poland), is a global manufacturer of aluminum beverage cans, packaging solutions for food and chemical industries as well as glass bottles and metal closures. The company employs over 6,500 people worldwide and has operations in 18 countries. With sustainability and corporate social responsibility being core values to the Group, CANPACK actively supports initiatives dedicated to local communities, environmental protection and the youth sports sponsorship.About CANPACK IndiaCANPACK India,part of the CANPACK Group, based in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, is Indias leading two-piece aluminumbeverage can manufacturing company, offering a range of environmental friendly, recyclable, safe and high-quality can packaging products. Since its inception in 2009, CANPACK India has developed an unmatched portfolio of aluminum can packaging.In 2014, CANPACK India set up a second unit in Aurangabad, Maharashtra for glass beverage bottles production. This glass facility is equipped with world class machinery and equipment from international suppliers inclusive of 2 furnaces and 7 production lines.For additional information, please visit: www.canpack.com.Image1: Mr. Peter Giorgi, Owner and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CANPACK, Mr. Herman NicolaasNusmeier, CEO & President of the Managing Board of CANPACK, Mr. Adam Burakowski – Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in New Delhi, India and Mr. Devender Kumar – Principal Secretary of Industries, inaugurating new plantImage2: Peter Giorgi, Owner and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CANPACK GroupPWRPWRlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Faf du Plessis hits career-best 96 as CSK batsmen peak at the right time

first_imgChennai Super Kings were largely dependent on their captain MS Dhoni when it came to batting performances in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Dhoni had done the bulk of the scoring, collecting 357 runs from 11 matches before Sunday but concerns over the form (or the lack of it) of some of the senior campaigners remained even as CSK became the first team to book a spot in the playoffs.However, CSK batsmen are seemingly peaking at the right time, coming up with handy contributions towards the business end of the tournament.If Shane Watson showed glimpses of return to form last month when he smashed a 96 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis are getting the much-needed runs under the belt ahead of the playoffs.South Africa star du Plessis hit his career-high score in IPL in their final league match of IPL 2019 against Kings XI Punjab at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Sunday.IPL 2019, KXIP vs CSK: Live cricket scoreDu Plessis hit 96 from just 55 balls, smashing 10 boundaries and four sixes before getting out four runs short of his maiden IPL hundred. Sam Curran castled the CSK opener with a yorker that crashed onto the stumps in the 19th over.Du Plessis was looking in fine touch from the word go as he hit in-form Mohammed Shami’s first ball to a boundary. The right-hander, who came on board for CSK in 2012, stitched a 30-run stand with Shane Watson fell to Curran.”When you get that close you obviously want to get a hundred, but he (Curran) bowled really well,” du Plessis told the broadcasters after Chennai’s innings.advertisementFafulously Yours, straight from Mohali! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/m3gILgQDcFChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 5, 2019Du Plessis then played the anchor role for the initial part of his second-wicket stand with Suresh Raina. The duo added 130 runs for the second wicket as they took on both the KXIP spinners and pacers.2nd successive fifty for Suresh RainaRaina got to his second successive fifty of IPL 2019 as he finished with 53 from just 38 balls. The left-handed star batsman, who had started IPL 2019 slow, is on course to go past the 400-run mark which he has achieved in nine seasons for CSK so far.Du Plessis had taken the attack to Andrew Tye and leg-spinner M Ashwin as he took them to the cleaners in the middle overs. Despite the strong second-wicket stand, CSK managed only 170 for 5 in their 20-over quota as Mohammed Shami led KXIP’s strong death bowling.Du Plessis didn’t play the first four matches for CSK but made an immediate impact when he was brought into the playing XI for their home match against Kings XI Punjab on April 6 as he scored a well-paced 53.Also Read | Tendulkar to Ethics Officer: No tractable conflict, BCCI responsible for this current situationAlso Read | BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry questions Shahid Afridi’s conduct in 2010 spot-fixingAlso See:last_img read more

Additional Details Revealed In Death Of Maine Football Player

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonAwful news broke earlier Tuesday when it was reported a college football player died during team workouts this afternoon. He reportedly collapsed and could not be resuscitated by those who tended to him.University of Maine freshman Darius Minor never suited up in a Black Bears uniform. He was 18.According to the university, Minor collapsed at 1:15 p.m. ET.School president Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy released a statement about Minor’s passing.18-year-old Darius Minor was pronounced dead after he collapsed on the Univ. of Maine campus during a preseason workout. Minor was an incoming first-year student pursuing a major in political science. #MaineCMJ #UMaine #football -NM— The Maine Campus (@TheMaineCampus) July 24, 2018Via UMaine:“Darius was one of 17 first-year student-athletes taking part in the three-week Freshman Workout. He collapsed on the field at approximately 1:15 p.m. Campus athletics training staff and local first responders were unable to resuscitate him.”The temperature in the area was in the low 80s during Tuesday’s workout, however, the humidity levels were high. Minor was enrolled in Summer Session at UMaine and reportedly intended to pursue a major in political science.Our thoughts go out to the family, the Maine football community, and everyone affected.last_img read more

Delhi University Admissions 2019: Application procedure to begin a month earlier

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 10:53 IST Delhi University has reduced the percentage of mark deduction during change of stream.The Delhi University (DU) is all set to begin the admission procedure to undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD seats in the university from the month of April. As per the reports, DU will start the admission process a month earlier, from April 15, as compared to the previous year. As per PTI, admission process for undergraduate, postgraduate, MPhil and PhD courses will conclude on May 7.Students who wish to apply for the admission are suggested to keep themselves updates with the university’s timeline.DU Admissions 2019: Important points to remember1. The application process will conclude on May 7, 2019.2. DU will allow candidates to correct their application forms from May 20 for two weeks.3. DU provides five percent seats in all colleges under the sports and extra-curricular quota.4. ECA (Extra Co-curricular Activities) and Sports fitness trials for the admissions in DU will begin on May 20. The admission through these two options will begin before the main cut off list is released.5. As per reports, this year, DU has reduced the percentage of mark deduction during change of stream. This year only 2 percent will be deducted from the best of four average.6. In another development, DU is trying to use the database of CBSE for the marks of students, so that they do not have to submit it during the admissions.About DU:DU is a premier university of the country with a venerable legacy and international acclaim for highest academic standards, diverse educational programmes, distinguished faculty, illustrious alumni, varied co-curricular activities and modern infrastructure.Over many years of its existence, the university has sustained the highest global standards and best practices in higher education. Its long-term commitment to nation-building and unflinching adherence to universal human values are reflected in its motto: ‘Nishtha Dhriti Satyam’ (Dedication, Steadfastness and Truth).advertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byHarshita Pathak Tags :Follow DU Admissions 2019Follow Delhi University 2019 Delhi University Admissions 2019: Application procedure to begin a month earlierThe Delhi University (DU) will start the admission process a month earlier, from April 15, as compared to the previous year.advertisementlast_img read more

Education Ministry Focused on Violence Prevention

first_imgThe Ministry of Education is taking a more proactive approach to school violence by placing focus on prevention. This was disclosed by Chief Education Officer in the Ministry, Grace McLean, during a special Child Month edition of the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) Issues and Answers programme. She noted that while there are more than 800 guidance counsellors in the school system, along with deans of discipline, and some 200 school resource offices, “we have realised that there are so many issues that our students are being faced with, so we have to embark on more preventative approaches as against just reacting at the needs that may arise.” She told JIS News that the Ministry has embarked on an intensive training programme in basic investigative techniques, where deans of disciplines and counsellors are being equipped to respond to the needs of children. “I will say, though, we have to focus on getting our parents to play their part in ensuring that our children are prepared for school and the social challenges,” she stated. As part of the preventive approach, Mrs. McLean informed that the Ministry is seeking to modify its conflict management programme that was developed several years ago and implemented within the school system. “We are now looking back at this programme to see how we can provide some individual sessions for students; and there are many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are coming on board to provide support in that regard because we have found that our students are just not able to treat with conflicts and to deal with the emotional trauma,” the Chief Education Officer said. On May 15, Portfolio Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, tabled a Ministry Paper on a Behaviour Modification Programme. The programme seeks to address the challenges of anti-social behaviour by students in some educational institutions. Among the methods of intervention to be pursued is the engagement of a broad-based team consisting of representatives from the public and private sectors to design new strategies to deal with disruptive behaviours. A school-wide Behaviour Management System will also be developed and implemented in each school, with technical support from guidance and counselling education officers and territorial education officers. It will also include a school support team, consisting of school personnel, parents, representatives from the community, private sector, and state departments. Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Delhi to get world class road along with playground gyms and cafes

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi government will design a new road from Mayapuri to Moti Bagh. The government is likely to develop this road in such a way that it would have gym facilities, playing ground for children, cafes and restaurants along the way. “The road would be of 9.2 km and the Public Works Department is working on the planning of this road,” said an official.The Delhi government in the last few years worked for various roads and also now work for making roads in the unauthorised colonies areas. “Delhi government has been focusing to improve the roads of Delhi. We have already made various flyovers and roads which got a positive response. This time the plan is to make a world class road,” said an official. According to reports, Delhi never witnessed such road earlier because this road would have shades to seat and relax, roadside gyms, cafes and other amenities. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”Transport system and the roads are important for the development of the city. Now we have a fast life and everyone needs faster connectivity. The focus of the government is to give ease to the people. Our work for the new buses is also part of such initiative. The new scheme to give free travel benefit to women is also the same,” said an official. He added that in every developed city the transportation should get the priority. The new road which the government is planning will also have a cycle track of 3-meter width. As per the report, Delhi’s PWD manages 1,260 km roads across the city. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceMeanwhile, the Delhi government has also started the beautification work on 500 kilometres of roads across the national capital by planting trees and plants in a bid to give a greener look to the city ahead of monsoon. The beautification work has started on 32 key stretches including roads around ISBT Kashmere Gate Ring Road, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg among others by planting a variety of saplings on the central as well as on the side verges. Under this project, other open spaces like small parks or patches of lands alongside the roads managed by the department are also getting beautified. A similar type of beautification work has also started on several other sections across the city like Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, DDU Marg, Minto Road, IP Extension flyover, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, on Ring Road between Bhairon Marg T-point and Chandgi Ram Akhara, road in front of ISBT Kashmere Gate and Tis Hazari Court.last_img read more

LG Delhi leaders condole demise of Arun Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: After the news of Arun Jaitley’s demise broke, political leaders reacted to it by sharing messages of condolences on social media. Former finance minister passed away on Saturday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after a period of prolonged illness. Lieutenant Governor Delhi Anil Baijal, reacting on his demise, tweeted that “Deeply saddened by the demise of Sh. Arun Jaitley ji, Hon’ble Member of Parliament & former Union Finance Minister Mr Jaitley was a man of great intellect & compassion, his untimely demise is an irreplaceable loss for the nation. My sincere condolences to his family and friends”BJP Delhi President and Member of Parliament Manoj Tiwari said that he was shocked after the demise of BJP’s senior leader and former Union Minister Arun Jaitley. “May his soul rest in peace. The country will never forget his contribution,” Tiwari tweeted. MP from New Delhi constituency Meenakashi Lekhi wrote “A man of many shades, one who donned his multiple hats with the greatest aplomb in a life taken away too soon but yet lived well. RIP Jaitley ji, your presence will continue to live on “In another instance, MP from West Delhi Loksabha Constituency, Parvesh Sahib Singh tweeted “Deeply anguished by the sad news of Former Union Minister of India Shri #ArunJaitley ji leaving for his heavenly abode We’ve lost an extremely intelligent, inspirational, distinguished leader& statesman who I’d a privilege to know&learn from.” Ramesh Bidhuri, MP from South Delhi constituency, wrote on Twitter “Demise of Hon. Arun Jaitley Ji is huge loss to nation & personal loss to Hon. @narendramodi Ji & Hon.@AmitShah Ji as his contribution in achieving their vision of empowering common man is immense. His contribution in intro. of GST, Demonetisation, Jan Dhan, DBT was substantial.” MP from North West Delhi, Hans Raj Hans said that he was deeply saddened by the death of Arun Jaitley. For him it was a personal loss. Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta wrote ” Passing away of Shri Arun Jaitley ji is a crushing loss. He was my guide and mentor. He represented voice of the people when in opposition and when in government, he made sure that people’s will is represented in the govt. Every moment of his life was dedicated to the nation.” Delhi BJP leader Ashish Sood said “I am heartbroken by the passing of simple and hard-working politician, sharp thinker Arun Jaitley. I have lost an important guide.” Adding further, he said, “the guidance of my respected elder brother Arun Jaitley, during DU politics (1986), played very important role and it helped me in becoming President of DUSU. At that time Bofors scam was in news. The veteran leader had told me how to raise it among the students.” “We are deeply saddened to hear the passing away of Former Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley. Our condolences to his family in this Hour of grief,” tweeted Delhi Congress.last_img read more

Contrasting poll narratives

first_imgThe ensuing long-drawn general elections are just around the corner. Manifestos or not, narratives in public meets and through the media are for everyone to see. Let us first take the party and alliance in power. There are four pillars to the BJP/NDA narrative. First, there is the pitch for a visibly strong nation high on nationalism and pro-active military action as illustrated through the Balakot strike post Pulwama massacre and reiterated through the Mission Shakti recently. On March 27, 2019, India conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, from the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch complex. This was a technological mission carried out by DRDO. The satellite used in the mission was one of India’s existing satellites operating in lower orbit. The test was successful and achieved all parameters as per plans. The test required an extremely high degree of precision and technical capability. The significance of the test is that India has tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on completely indigenous technology. With this test, India joins an exclusive group of space-faring nations consisting of USA, Russia and China. Second, there is the pitch for a stable government led by a strong-willed leader Narendra Modi and his version of BJP ably assisted by party president Amit Shah. This underplays the fact that BJP is the leading power among 24 parties in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). There are a few more strong BJP leaders like Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh with a mass base, and there has been a litany of conflicts, major and minor, with alliance partners leading to Shiv Sena, Paswan’s LJP and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) being accommodated with a long rope. Alliance partners are temporarily fine as they expect a Modi-driven almost Presidential type of campaign will reap rich benefits. Third, there is an unmistakable tilt towards using the communal lingo in the polls with every passing day. The way Hindu-Muslim rhetoric is being used by the PM himself with reference to the Samjhauta blast alleged miscarriage of justice and about the strong Muslim electorate in Wayanad which Congress president Rahul Gandhi has picked up as his second seat, it is obvious that the ferocity of communal card shall be more aggressive down the line; as is seen in the speeches of UP CM Adityanath. Fourth, the BJP leadership is harping on the dynastic roots of Rahul Gandhi and several other regional political leaders of other opposition parties, and that the opposition alliances are all opportunistic and weak. And, interestingly, there is a fifth narrative, and it is a narrative in absentia. There is virtually no discourse on the very things which brought Modi to power in 2014 or have highlighted while in power; no talks on corruption at high-places, black money from abroad, double-digit GDP growth, benefits of demonetisation, digital or start-up India missions, Namami Gange, bullet train, Beti padhao beti bachao, multi-layered GST, et al. Now, let us look at the main opposition to the government. After bumbling on opposition alliances in Delhi, Haryana, Andhra, Bengal, Telangana, and being left out of UP, etc., Congress is now settling down with alliances in Bihar, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu in place. But this is surely a month late. With initial noises of a Mahagatbandhan, Congress seems to have got the successes in recent state elections a bit too much in the head. The scar of being left out of the UP battle has led them to put the two best faces, Priyanka Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, to sweat it out in the sweltering summer heat and dust of Uttar Pradesh. Even the friends wonder why are they not best used in MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. Having apparently fumbled, the Congress narrative is picking up steadily now with the promise of its mind-boggling NYAY scheme (Nyuntom Aye Yojana) in which, if voted to power, it promises to ensure minimum income of Rs 12,000 a month for the poorest 5 crore families (20 crore people) incurring an expense of Rs 3.6 lacs crores a year, thereby ensuring the universal concept of Basic Minimum Income in India, along with all other welfare measures like MGNREGA, NRHM, etc., which cover rural, urban and tribal poor. This surely has brought back the narrative on their side, along with the promise of directly elected mayors across India to ensure better urban governance and people’s control over the same. And, ahead of BJP, Congress has now come out with their manifesto too. Apart from NYAY, the promises in the manifesto include commitment to legislate women’s reservation bill and reserve one-third of all government jobs for women, double education outlay at every level, free and compulsory school education up to Class XII in public education, review AFSPA, omit Section 124A of the IPC that is known as the Sedition Law, fill up around 30 lacs of jobs at various levels of the government, separate Kisan budget, legislate Right to Healthcare Act, GST 2.0 with a single moderate tax-rate, implement Forests Rights Act for tribal welfare in letter and spirit, abolish opaque electoral bonds, stringency against hate crimes, establish Environment Protection Authority, enact Right to Homestead Act for the rural homeless, et al. With this, Congress has surely moved ahead with an ‘inclusive development’ campaign narrative. It, however, remains to be seen how far its candidates and cadre can take these promises – music to every Indian ear – down to the grassroots.And the contrasting narratives of both the parties show some positives, in spite of the communal undertone in the ongoing campaign. While BJP scores heavily on the national pride and power front, Congress scores on specific aspects of inclusive justice, especially through its NYAY scheme. Congress will be forced to talk about handling cross-border terror, its possible outlook towards Kashmiri militancy in today’s context, and sprucing up the military arsenal of the nation. It has already got a dossier on national security prepared by the army officer who led the post-Uri surgical strikes, Lt Gen DS Hooda, and has promised in the manifesto to upgrade defence budget and military modernisation. On the other hand, unabated communal rhetoric may not pay desired dividends to BJP and the revival of Ram Janmabhoomi movement did not meet much enthusiasm of the people at large in spite of a well organised Kumbha Mela to launch the same. The Congress approach will require the rulers of the day to turn to a more development-focused narrative especially with regards to jobs, basic income, women’s issues, health and education, among other things. That surely is good for the nation. As electioneering goes ahead, it is also expected that a re-thinking on the role, independence and neutrality of the Election Commission and the media, apart from the fundamental premises of the Constitution, shall emerge. And, that, to my mind is another good outcome of this largest festival of democracy in the world: the Indian General Elections (along with assembly polls of several states too). (The author is a media academic and columnist, currently the Dean of School of Media, Pearl Academy, and earlier the Dean of Symbiosis and Amity Universities. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Air Arabia Maroc Launches Weekly Flights Linking Marrakech to London and

Rabat – Moroccan low-cost airline Air Arabia Maroc has launched weekly flights linking Marrakech to London and Paris.The flights were launched this week from Marrakech to Paris’ Charle de Gaulle airport and London’s Gatwick airport. The new routes expand  Air Arabia Maroc’s services, which currently offer direct flights linking Marrakech with Montpellier, Pau, and Frankfurt.The Marrakech-Paris flights will operate Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and the Marrakech-London will operate Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Marrakech-Paris flight will also line up with domestic flights to Tangier and Fez.“The domestic air service linking Marrakech to Fez will make the trip more pleasant as it will minimize the travel time between the two cities,” stated  Air Arabia Maroc.Similarly, passengers on the Marrakech-London flights will be able to combine stays in Fez, Tangier, and Marrakech, “thanks to our existing flights to these cities,“  the company said.To date, Air Arabia Maroc serves 32 destinations from six Moroccan cities, bringing its total network to 49 routes. In addition to Marrakech, Air Arabia Maroc runs flights from Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, Nador, and Agadir to various European cities. read more

Track star and UN advocate Carl Lewis to visit Dominican Republic and

The United States track star, who was designated a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in October 2009, will highlight the International Year of Forests during his stop in the Dominican Republic.In February the UN kicked off a year-long celebration to raise awareness of the valuable role of forests, on which at least 1.6 billion people depend for their daily livelihoods and subsistence needs.Mr. Lewis will also spotlight a global campaign by FAO to end hunger known as “The 1billionhungry project,” through which people can voice their outrage about world hunger by adding their names to an online petition. The campaign uses a yellow whistle as an icon encouraging people to blow the whistle against this global scourge.During his visit to Haiti, which begins on 13 June, Mr. Lewis will see first-hand an FAO project aimed at stabilizing the soil and forests in the mountains near the epicentre of the devastating January 2010 earthquake.The impoverished Caribbean nation is one of the most deforested in the world, according to FAO, with only 2 per cent of forest cover left. Deforestation in Haiti makes the country extremely vulnerable to flash floods and landslides.Mr. Lewis’ trip comes at the start of hurricane season, which officially began on 1 June. Severe flooding has been reported in both countries, which share the same island. UN peacekeepers and humanitarian staff have been helping with relief efforts in Haiti, where floods sparked by torrential rains earlier this week have killed at least 10 people in the capital, Port-au-Prince. 9 June 2011Nine-time Olympic gold medallist and United Nations advocate Carl Lewis will embark tomorrow on a visit to the Dominican Republic and Haiti to meet with national leaders and visit forestry and agricultural projects. read more

Human error increasingly a factor contributing to pipeline leaks data suggests

Workers wear protective clothing as the work continues to contain and clean up a pipeline spill at Nexen Energy’s Long Lake facility near Fort McMurray, Alta., Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Human error, whether it’s burying a pipeline too shallow or not fastening bolts tight enough, is increasingly a factor contributing to pipeline leaks, federal data suggests. The AER’s investigation into the spill at the Long Lake facility continues, but Nexen’s preliminary conclusion was that the pipeline design was incompatible with the ground conditions, and wasn’t installed properly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Human error increasingly a factor contributing to pipeline leaks, data suggests by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Human error — whether it’s burying a pipeline too shallow or not fastening bolts tight enough— is increasingly a factor contributing to pipeline leaks, federal data suggests.Figures compiled by the National Energy Board show that in the past three years, incorrect operation — which covers everything from failing to follow procedures to using equipment improperly — has caused an average of 20 leaks per year. That’s up from an average of four annually in the previous six years.“It’s both probably one of the most difficult things for an organization to deal with, but also the most important,” said Mark Fleming, a professor of safety culture at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.Fleming said operators have made improvements in safety practices, but to achieve the higher levels of safety required by other industries such as the airline or nuclear power sectors would require extreme attention to detail.What may seem inconsequential at first can later contribute to a disaster, Fleming said.“It’s like a ball balancing on the top of a pyramid,” he said.“Safety, particularly very high levels of safety, requires constant attention and effort. And the tendency is for it to degrade.”Pipelines installed in the U.S. in the past five years have the highest rate of failure of any built since the 1920s, and human error is partially to blame, said Carl Weimer, executive director of the Washington-based Pipeline Safety Trust.“A lot of new pipelines being put in the ground just aren’t being installed right, or things don’t get tightened up quite enough, so within the first year or two things fail,” said Weimer.The consequences of the improper management of pipelines have come to bear in several spills in recent years, resulting in oil coursing down rivers, gushing onto city streets and contaminating many hectares of Canadian wilderness.Alberta Energy Regulator investigations into Plains Midstream Canada, for one, found that the company hadn’t inspected its pipelines frequently or thoroughly enough, did a poor job of managing the ground around its pipelines and hadn’t properly trained control room staff.A subsequent audit found the company had improved its safety practices, but not before those failures helped contribute to a 4.5-million litre oil spill in 2011 near Peace River, followed by a 463,000-litre oil leak into the Red Deer River a year later.In 2015, a Nexen Energy pipeline south of Fort McMurray, Alta. burst, spilling about five million litres of emulsion including about 1.65 million litres of oil near its Long Lake oilsands operation. The AER’s investigation into the incident continues, but Nexen’s preliminary conclusion was that the pipeline design was incompatible with the ground conditions, and wasn’t installed properly.“There’s been a lot of learnings in our industry that have resulted from some very unfortunate incidents,” said Patrick Smyth, vice-president of safety and engineering at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.Smyth said CEPA, which represents pipeline companies like TransCanada and Plains Midstream, have improved their safety practices in recent years.He points to the fact that CEPA members spilled only about 2,500 litres of oil in 2015, with companies implementing stricter safety practices and using better inspection tools to prevent leaks.But even as companies make improvements on safety, Fleming said getting pipelines towards the higher safety standards of industries like airlines will likely require significant financial sacrifice.“To be able to do that, you need to have a very cautious approach to doing work, and that’s something that’s hard financially,” said Fleming. “It does have some cost implications that we are often very uncomfortable talking about.”Follow @ibickis on Twitter. read more

Two killed in collisions in Tipperary and Kilkenny

first_imgTWO PEOPLE HAVE died on Ireland’s roads in crashes in Tipperary and Kilkenny.A man in his late 60s has died after the car he was driving was involved in a collision with a tractor on a Tipperary road this evening.The man, who was the sole occupant of the car, was fatally injured in the crash, which happened at around 5pm at Thomastown. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel. The driver of the tractor was uninjured.A technical examination of the scene is currently being carried out by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and the road remains closed.Meanwhile a woman in her early 60s was fatally injured when the car she was driving hit a railway bridge near Paulstown in Kilkenny at around 4pm today.The woman, who was the sole occupant of the car, was taken to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny where she was pronounced dead. A forensic examination of the scene has been carried out by investigators.Gardaí have called on any witnesses to the crash to contact Tipperary Garda Station on 062 80670, Thomastown Garda Sation on 056 774150, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.last_img read more

Augmented reality app helps librarians keep the stacks sorted

first_imgSome truly amazing augmented reality apps have appeared in the recent past. Google Goggles can help you solve a Sudoku puzzle, you can blast TIE fighters in your back yard using your iPhone, and Word Lens will translate foreign language signs for you in real time. Now, while you may not personally have any use for this latest app, that doesn’t make it any less cool.The app is called ShelvAR, and it’s designed to help library staff keep shelf after shelf of books in letter-perfect order more easily. Using an Android AR app and specially coded tags containing call numbers that are placed on the books’ spines, ShlevAR can determine which books have been shelved incorrectly, marking them with a red X . The team behind ShelvAR is currently working to boost its capabilities so that the app can handle anywhere from 75 to 150 books at a time, enabling it to tackle an entire shelf in one go.AdChoices广告Librarians are understandably excited about ShelvAR’s potential. It could be an amazing tool for library volunteers and pages, who might not have a firm grasp of the Dewey Decimal System, and there are plenty of other possible applications. The app could, for example, display star ratings and reader comments — which would enable patrons to make more informed selections when browsing. Patrons who wind up lost among the stacks could also be pointed in the right direction — snap the spines you’re facing, and an overlay could provide walking directions to the tome you’re actually trying to locate.Read more at Popular Sciencelast_img read more

Sweden Dominates Mexico 30 but both head to knockout round

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez, AP, Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsYEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Sweden was so dominant against Mexico at the World Cup that the best Mexican plays of the night were made 600 miles away by South Koreans.The Swedes rolled to a 3-0 rout Wednesday, never challenged in the second half, overtaking Mexico to win Group F just four nights after a gut-wrenching last-minute loss to Germany. The result, combined with South Korea’s 2-0 upset of the Germans, meant Sweden and Mexico — the group runner-up — advanced.The defending champions from Germany go home early.Sweden makes its first appearance in the knockout stage since 2006. Mexico plays in the round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup, with its fans desperate for its first quarterfinal appearance in 32 years — the elusive “quinto partido,” or fifth game. Sweden Dominates Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Elizabeth Alvarez, AP June 27, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: June 27, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 12345678 Sweden didn’t want to focus on getting revenge by helping eliminate Germany, which got some favorable calls in a tense 2-1 victory over the Swedes on Saturday night.“We grew another little bit,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. “I am not going to sit here and gloat having won a match or boast about a win. We don’t want to stir things up too much.”Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted a penalty kick to help Sweden take control.Mexico’s Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute to put the game out of reach at 3-0.It capped an emotional week for the Blue-Yellow. The team made a unified statement Sunday defending teammate Jimmy Durmaz from criticism and racist attacks after his late foul led to a free kick that won the game for Germany.“A few days ago we lost in the last minute and we were very disappointed, and now we come back and beat Mexico,” Augustinsson said. “I think we deserved to win the group, and Mexico deserved to be second.”As Sweden’s lead grew, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory depending on tiebreakers.El Tri’s faithful could be seen frantically checking their phones for scoring updates from Germany’s game soon after Sweden’s second goal. After South Korea’s first goal, they let up a loud cheer and tossed drinks in the air as their chances of advancing improved.Great organization and some fortunate timing played out in the second half for Sweden. Augustinsson scored when the ball luckily landed in his path following a mistimed shot from Viktor Claesson popped up to his teammate.After Granqvist’s penalty kick, Sweden took total control. Alvarez’s own goal occurred when he was trying to prevent Ola Toivonen from connecting with the ball, deflecting it with his arm past Ochoa.“We just need to move on,” Ochoa said. “This is the World Cup. We can’t pull it out of our pocket, it’s not going to be easy and I think it’s a good lesson for what’s to come.”Said coach Juan Carlos Osorio: “We have to say we qualified because we beat Germany and Korea. However and nevertheless, I am very hurt.”Alvarez’s own goal was the seventh overall of the World Cup, one more than the previous record in 1998.Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo was called for a yellow card just 13 seconds in — believed to be the fastest in World Cup history — setting up the first of two quick set-piece opportunities Sweden could not take advantage of.GROUP DYNAMICSSweden wins Group F and will face the runner-up of Group E (Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia) in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.As the runner-up, Mexico meets the Group E winner Monday in Samara.KEYS TO SUCCESSSweden didn’t panic despite missing early chances to score. The Swedes stayed crisp in their exchanges and it helped them find seams in El Tri’s defense.Mexico will lament its missed chances early. Its aggressive style did open up some counterstrike chances for Sweden.SIDELINEDDefender Hector Moreno got his second yellow card of the tournament and misses Mexico’s next game. Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson, who was carted off in the second half with head injury, also received a second yellow and will also be suspended.___Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at https://twitter.com/khightower Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitterlast_img read more