Lifeline Express to be flagged-off today

first_imgPanaji: The Union Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabahkar Prabhu, will inaugurate the Lifeline Express, “world’s first hospital train”, at Sindhudurg railway station on Sunday through video conference.The idea behind the train is to provide diagnostic, medical, and advanced surgical treatment to persons with disabilities and to reach out to inaccessible rural areas which lack proper medical services. It was developed in collaboration with the Indian Railways and the Health Ministry.The train has seven coaches, including a facility that would help in treatment of various disabilities, dental issues, epilepsy, and cancer services, for free.The hospital train will be at Sindhudurg railway station from Sunday to Tuesday.last_img

SC must act against gutka manufacturers

first_imgGoa is set to file a plea in Supreme Court seeking directions to other States to implement ban on manufacture of tobacco products.Goa is the only State where two instruments of ban notification are available to authorities to tackle the menace of tobacco consumption. Salim Veljee, director of Foods and Drugs Administration (FDA), Goa, told The Hindu on Saturday that these products are predominantly manufactured in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.“We will file a plea before Supreme Court to direct these states to implement the ban on manufacturing itself to tackle smuggling of the products from across the State borders,” he said. He pointed out that as per the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, read with Regulation 2.3.4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011, the apex court has asked all States and Union Territories to implement, what is actually banned as “manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of gutka or paan masala by whatever name called containing tobacco and nicotine as an ingredient and also includes chewing tobacco products like chaap tobacco, pure tobacco, Khaini, chaini, scented tobacco, flavoured tobacco, zarda, etc., packed in packets\ pouches\sachets \containers,etc., by whatever name called and other products marketed separately by whatever name called.”Twin notificationsMr. Veljee said following a recent notification in Goa, while only FDA officials can act under the Food Safety, as per the Goa Public Heath (Amendment) Act, 2005, other agencies including police, mamlatdars, and deputy collectors can also act to implement the ban. However, this ban is confined to tobacco products like gutka only.He said with these multiple agencies in place, the FDA has decided to launch a State-wide drive to ensure strict implementation of the ban.Mr. Veljee further pointed out that framers of the legislation have taken due care in the ban notification under the Food Safety and Standards Act(FSSA) of the practice adopted by manufacturers of gutka to distribute and sell the pan masala component (without tobacco) separately, along with the sachet of chewing tobacco. Mr. Veljee said the tobacco products enter Goa through vegetable-sellers and other vendors coming from Maharashtra and Karnataka and have become a problem for enforcement agencies at all four border check posts in the State.“With this double ban in place, now our message to all such vendors is very clear. Their mischief will not be entertained or allowed and all such plain tobacco/scented tobacco/chewing tobacco by whatever name called will also be covered under the food safety ban, which has been issued as a part of the Supreme Court directives of September 23, 2016 in the case of Civil Appeal No. 16308 of 2007,” he said. Next week will see a state-wide drive by the FDA to ensure strict implementation of ban.last_img read more

Row in Punjab House for Minister’s ouster

first_imgLegislators of the Aam Aadmi Party and Lok Insaaf Party on Tuesday protested outside the Punjab Assembly here, demanding the sacking seeking the removal of Irrigation and Power Minister Rana Gurjit, who is facing allegations of impropriety in the multi-crore sand mining auctions held recently by the State government.Legislators, led by the leader of the Opposition H.S. Phoolka, AAP president Bhagwant Mann and senior leader Sukhpal Khaira, were taken into preventive custody and later released by the Chandigarh police after they attempted to march towards the Chief Minister’s residence. “There is an emergency like situation in Punjab and even the Leader of Opposition and elected representatives are not allowed to meet the CM. We were arrested from Vidhan Sabha for raising the voice of the people of State,” Mr. Phoolka told reporters.Mr. Phoolka said that there are clear evidence that Mr. Rana Gurjit was involved in the sand mining but Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh is shying away from taking action against him. “We will continue our fight for resignation of Mr. Rana Gurjit to ensure independent inquiry in the matter,” he said. Mr. Sukhpal Khaira said that the judicial commission of (Retd) Justice Narang appointed in the case is of no use as because there is a counsel-client arrangement between the families of Justice J.S. Narang and Mr. Rana Gurjeet.“I urge Justice J.S. Narang to recuse rescue from this judicial inquiry and request the Chief Minister to reallocate this judicialthe inquiry to a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and dismiss Mr. Rana Gurjeet from his post immediately,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

EC disqualifies M.P. Minister Narottam Mishra for three years

first_imgThe Election Commission on Saturday disqualified Narottam Mishra, Minister in the Madhya Pradesh government from membership of any State legislature and contesting polls for the next three years for filing wrong accounts of election expenditure.Mr. Mishra’s membership has been revoked under section 10A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, to be read with Sections 77 and 78 of the Act. This relates to providing wrong information to the Commission on expenses incurred during the polls.Confessions by politicians to EC belie claims of innocence by top newspapersHis election was challenged by Rajinder Bharti (Congress) who had contested against him in the Datia constituency in the 2008 Assembly poll. Mr. Mishra’s election has been termed void.A protracted case, the matter was heard in the Madhya Pradesh High Court and the Supreme Court after Mr. Mishra tried to get relief from the notice served by the EC, but was unsuccessful.The EC also took cognisance of a report by the Committee on Paid News of the Press Council of India, that examined this case. The EC had served notice to Mr. Mishra on January 15, 2013.‘Paid for news’The EC’s 69-page order cites the issue of “paid news.” Mr. Mishra had paid for favourable coverage in newspapers in Datia during the course of the elections but had failed to mention expenses incurred for the same. Three specific “news items” were mentioned by the EC in order to clarify this point.Also read: Media Certification and Monitoring Committee finds Mishra guilty of paid news chargeThe Congress has demanded Mr. Mishra’s resignation.Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said he was “yet to see the full order” to comment on the case.The EC said the three items of ‘paid news’ were in the form of an “appeal” by Mr. Mishra but were attempted to be portrayed as news items — an item in Dainik Bhaskar that appeared on November 27, 2008 with a picture of Mr. Mishra and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the BJP symbol, an item in Dainik Nayi Duniya under the heading “Nayi Duniya Response Features”, carrying a picture of Mr. Mishra and printed on the day of polls, and another in Dainik Datiya Prakash again on November 27, 2008, with Mr. Mishra’s picture and ending with the words “Aapka Dr Narottam Mishra, Bhajapaa Pratyashi Vidhansabha Kshetra.”“Since the advertisements in question amount to expenditure that the candidate ought to have declared to EC in his election expenses account, since he knowingly took advantage of them — he is presumed to have impliedly authorised the said expenditure and therefore was required to report it, the Commission has decided that the respondent has failed to report the said expenditure,” said the EC order.Congress, AAP demand resignationIn Bhopal, the Congress demanded the resignation of Mr. Mishra in the wake of his disqualification. “In view of the EC order, he should immediately resign from the Cabinet,” the Leader of the Opposition, Ajay Singh, told PTI. “It has been proved how the BJP Ministers are winning the polls,” Mr. Singh said.Mr. Mishra is Water Resources and Legislative Affairs Minister in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.Mr. Yadav, who is the State Congress president, claimed that the case against Mr. Mishra was related to paid news.“MP Minister Narottam Mishra disqualified for three years by poll panel for paid news in elections. Big setback for BJP in MP,” All India Congress Committee (AICC) legal, human rights and RTI cell chairman and senior advocate Vivek Tankha said in a tweet.The Aam Aadmi Party’s M.P. unit also demanded the resignation of the Minister.However, BJP chief spokesman Deepak Vijaywargiya said the party is studying the EC order and will comment only after that on the matter.An officer close to the Minister said that he is exploring legal options against the EC order.Considered as number two in the State Cabinet, Mr. Mishra is also holding charge of Public Relations Department. Mr. Mishra was first elected as MLA in 1990. He was elected to Assembly again in 1998 and 2003, and inducted as Minister for the first time in the then Chief Minister Babulal Gaur’s cabinet in 2005. He continued during Mr. Chouhan’s tenure.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Two killed, 6 injured in Aligarh blast

first_imgA powerful blast on Friday ripped through a house in the Beemanagar locality here, killing two persons and injuring at least six others, the police said.The explosion occurred in the Banna Devi area on the city outskirts this morning.According to eyewitnesses, the blast was so powerful that it damaged buildings and vehicles in a radius of 40 meters.Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey said that forensic experts were investigating the cause of the blast though eyewitnesses said it occurred due to an LPG cylinder leak.The injured were rushed to the AMU medical college hospital and the district hospital. The condition of two of them is serious.The police are trying to ascertain the identity of those killed.last_img

Udvada festival celebrates Parsi tradition, religion

first_imgNearly 2,000 people from around the world had gathered in Udvada, a town in Gujarat, to celebrate the three-day Iranshah Udvada Utsav. The festival, which had everything from a fashion show of traditional Parsi attire to a thought-provoking speech by Farokh Udwadia about that past, present and future of the community, concluded on Monday. On Sunday, Union Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated a decorative gate with large pillars at the entrance of the sleepy town. Dinshaw Tamboly, managing trustee of the Foundation for Development of Udvada, which organises the festival, said, “The festival has been extremely well received. We had a variety of talks, devotional songs and traditional dances and panel discussions on how our religion can be made relevant without changing it in any way. All the dignitaries have spoken highly of the community, and Ms. Irani and Dr. Udwadia received standing ovations.”Debate on faithDr. Udwadia, during his speech, triggered a discussion by questioning if any individual or association has the moral, legal or ethical right to deny anyone the right to practice the faith he or she wants.On the first day, the festival paid a musical tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who is of Parsi descent. “The performance was put together beautifully, with great amount of glitz and glamour. I am not a Freddie Mercury, fan but I really enjoyed it,” said Farrokh Jijina, senior editor of community magazine Parsiana. The crowd appreciated the performance, but a section of the community criticised the decision to celebrate the “controversial” singer.Streamers stir up troubleThe debate was further extended after a picture of the colourful streamers put up for the festival at Udvada were said to resemble the rainbow flag that is used in LGBT pride marches. “The theme of the festival this year is ‘threads of continuity’. To depict the message, lovely colourful streamers have been put up in the town. I don’t think there is a need to interpret anything here. The festival has got the community together, and one should just enjoy and bond instead of drawing conclusions,” said Mr. Jijina. Parsiana’s editor Jehangir Patel said the tribute to Mercury was worthwhile. “Whether he publicly acknowledged his Parsi roots or not, he was one of us. And he was a great artiste and performer,” Mr. Patel said.last_img read more

Bihar gang-rape: Students blackmailed schoolgirl with video

first_imgSix persons, including a school principal and a teacher, who were arrested in connection with the rape of a Class IX student in Saran district of Bihar, were produced in court on Saturday. The girl had accused 18 persons of sexually exploiting her for seven months from December last.“We’ve arrested the principal, a teacher and four students and produced them in court…,” Ajay Kumar Singh, Deputy Superintendent, Saran, told journalists. The incident happened at a private school at Parsagarh.The girl said in her complaint that three students had gang-raped her in the school’s toilet in December last, and one of them made a video of the act. Using the video, they forced her to have sex with other students. When she brought the matter to the notice of the school administration, the principal and two teachers began sexually exploiting her. The principal denied the charge against him.last_img read more

Bharat bandh call: Section 144 imposed in 5 M.P. districts

first_imgAhead of the proposed nationwide bandh on September 6, called by some organisations protesting against the SC/ST Amendment Bill passed in Parliament last month, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed in five districts of Madhya Pradesh.“Around 30-35 organisations have come together and given a bandh call on social media. As a precautionary measure, Section 144 has been imposed in Gwalior (city), Bhind, Shivpuri, Guna and Ashok Nagar districts,” Inspector General (law and order) Makrand Deoskar told media persons here on Tuesday. Section 144 prohibits assembly of more than four persons in a public place.Large-scale violence The five districts had witnessed large-scale violence on April 2 this year during the ‘Bharat bandh’ called by Dalit groups against a Supreme Court order allegedly diluting the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Eight people, six Dalits and two members of upper castes, were killed in the violent clashes between the two communities in more than a dozen districts in the State. Fearing more violence during the ‘Bharat bandh’ on September 6, several Ministers of the Madhya Pradesh government have cancelled their public functions. Among the BJP leaders who have dropped their meeting plans are Minister of Sports Yashodhara Raje Scindia, Minister for Renewable Energy Narayan Singh Kushwaha, Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare Department Lalita Yadav and BJP MLA Gwalior (rural) Bharat Singh Kushwaha.In the last few days, members of upper castes and OBCs have sharpened their attack on public representatives in M.P. Two Union Ministers Thawar Chand Gehlot and M.J. Akbar , Rajya Sabha MP and BJP national vice-president Prabhat Jha, BJP MPs Bhagirath Prasad, Rakesh Singh, and two Congress MPs Kamal Nath and Jyotriaditya Scindia have been targeted by angry protesters.On Tuesday, several organisations, including Karni Sena, Parashuram Sena, Jaat Mahasabha, Pal Sabha, Prajapati Samaj, Vaish Samaj, Kshtriya Mahasabha, Yadav Mahasabha, Gurjar Mahasabha and Samanya Pichhra Varg Alpsankhyak Kalyan Samaj, held a mega show of strength in Phool Bagh in Gwalior district.Brahma Samagam Sawarna Jankalyan Sangathan’s national president Dharmendra Sharma said that about 150 organisations of upper castes and OBCs would participate in the ‘Bharat Bandh’ against the amendments in SC/ST Act.“We will protest peacefully on September 6. Through this protest, we will demand withdrawal of this black law. All the sections except SC/ST are affected due to this amendment. We will also write letters to all MPs of the country,” Mr. Sharma said.Former Union Minister and senior BJP OBC leader Prahlad Patel expressed his displeasure over the protests.“The role of people from the OBC community has become all the more important in this scenario. For centuries, the OBCs have been acted as a bridge between upper castes and scheduled castes and they will continue to play this role actively in future,” he said. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

9 arrested for attack on 34 schoolgirls in Bihar

first_imgOn a day when the Supreme Court took suo motu cognisance and expressed concern over the attack on 34 schoolgirls in Bihar’s Supaul, the district administration on Monday arrested nine persons, including five women, in the case.The girls were beaten up by a group of men and boys for resisting harassment in Triveniganj in Supaul district. Among the injured girls, three were referred to the Supaul district hospital for further treatment.Hunt on for othersThe District Magistrate of Supaul, Baidyanath Yadav, on Monday told journalists that nine people, including five women and four boys, have been arrested in the case, and others would be nabbed soon. In all, 14 people have been named in the First Information Report (FIR) lodged at the local Triveniganj Police Station. A police camp led by a magistrate has been set up inside the school campus to thwart any untoward incident.SC’s censureEarlier, while taking suo motu cognisance of the incident, the Supreme Court on Monday expressed deep concern over newspaper reports on the incident. “Thirty-four girls were beaten up because they wanted to protect themselves from molestation. How could you treat children like this? These kinds of problems are arising day in, day out,” observed the top court.On Saturday, 34 girl students of the Kasturba Gandhi Residential School in the Daparkha village of Triveniganj in Supaul district, about 250 km from Patna, were beaten and thrashed by a group of people from neighbouring village, after they resisted harassment and eve-teasing.last_img read more

Congress reverses BJP’s decisions in Rajasthan

first_imgThe newly elected Congress government’s move in its first Cabinet meeting here to reverse some controversial decisions of the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime gives indication of the ruling party in Rajasthan readying for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The State Cabinet’s prompt move has come in for praise from civil society groups.The State Cabinet has taken a slew of decisions, ranging from the elimination of educational qualification for Panchayati Raj elections, the reopening of universities and removal of Deendayal Upadhyaya’s logo from official documents to direct elections for Mayor’s post and the appointment of a committee on eligibility for the waiver of farmers’ loans.Health Minister Raghu Sharma said after the Cabinet meeting here that the State government would review all the decisions taken by the previous government in the last six months. Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasara has also announced a review of school textbooks and other reference materials that were revised by the BJP.The State government has abolished the criteria of educational qualification of candidates for Panchayati Raj bodies, introduced by the BJP regime through an Ordinance in 2014, to ensure that each citizen gets the right to contest. The qualification of ‘Class X pass’ was set for the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti polls, and ‘Class VIII pass’ for Sarpanch elections.The People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has welcomed the move, saying it had done away with a “highly discriminatory” provision that had led to the exclusion of 73% of the population above 21 years of age in rural areas. “This was an elitist law, denying equal opportunities to citizens who did not have the means for securing education,” PUCL-Rajasthan president Kavita Srivastava said here on Monday.Ms. Srivastava pointed out that a special leave petition challenging the amendment to the Panchayati Raj Act was still pending in the Supreme Court. “After the State government’s decision, we will argue in the apex court that the right to contest elections ought to be recognised as a fundamental right,” she said.The Congress government has also ordered the removal of the logo of Bharatiya Jan Sangh’s co-founder Deendayal Upadhyaya from the official letterheads of Ministers and government functionaries. Social activist Sawai Singh, president of Rajasthan Samagra Seva Sangh, said there was no justification for eulogising an Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue and undermining the significance of the Sarnath pillar as the national emblem.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has handed over the Congress party’s manifesto to the Chief Secretary with the direction that it should be treated as the State government’s policy document. A Cabinet committee will also be constituted to ensure its effective implementation.Among other decisions, the State Cabinet has revived the Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Law University and Haridev Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication, which were closed by the Vasundhara Raje government. On the social security front, the Cabinet announced an increase in the amount of pension paid to widows and elderly and disabled persons. The Congress had protested against the halting of pensions for eligible beneficiaries during the BJP’s rule.last_img read more

Check spread of Khalistan movement: Punjab CM

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that reports of the appointment of a wanted Khalistani terrorist to spearhead the ‘Khalistan Referendum 2020’ campaign by ‘Sikhs For Justice’ (SFJ) has exposed the true motive and intent behind the separatist movement.Captain Amarinder urged the Centre to press the global community to join India in cracking down on this grave threat to its peace and security.Capt. Amarinder in a statement said that the SFJ has roped in Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was on the wanted persons’ list that he had shared with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during their meeting in Amritsar in February 2018, and it was a matter of serious concern.‘Proactive stand’ He urged Mr. Trudeau “not to play with fire by allowing such elements to use the Canadian territory to disrupt India’s peace and stability”, and called upon the Indian government to take a more proactive stand in dealing with such forces trying to unleash trouble in the country, particularly Punjab, from other parts of the world. Capt. Amarinder also expressed concern over Canada’s failure to rein in such hardline elements. “It was in the interest of any administration in Canada to check the spread of such forces on its soil,” he said, cautioning that allowing the perpetuation of such elements would be detrimental to Canada’s own safety and security in the long run. He pointed out that Nijjar was accused by India of running a terror camp in British Columbia. , and also accused of target killings in India and conducting weapons training for terrorists in the West.last_img read more

Foundation Pledges $90 Million for Physics Research

first_imgThe foundation launched by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore announced yesterday that it will spend $90 million over a 5-year period to support basic research in condensed matter physics. Citing a need to make up for flattening federal funding for basic research, as well as new opportunities provided by nanotechnology, the foundation says that their funds will back the investigation of materials in which the collective behavior of electrons and other components lead to novel emergent behavior such as superconductivity.“In condensed matter physics, quantum materials—the materials and engineered structures in which interactions between the constituent particles show strong quantum-mechanical effects—present largely uncharted ground for study and immense opportunity for discovery,” said Cyndi Atherton, program director for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, who will lead the new program.“New fascinating phenomena have emerged from complex electronic materials every few years, and some of them have become valuable technologically,” said Marc Kastner, a condensed matter physicist and the dean of the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, as well as a science adviser to the Moore Foundation. “However, they come from very long-range basic research, which is increasingly difficult for industry or even government agencies to support adequately. It is wonderful that the foundation has the vision to step in to make a difference.”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 foundation began in 2000 and now has an endowment of more than $5 billion. Every year the foundation spends approximately $250 million on efforts to promote environmental conservation, improving patient care, and scientific research, including a focus on marine biology, astronomy, and biological imaging. The new funds will go to grants that will support advances in theory and experiment, materials synthesis, instrument development, and community-building activities.last_img read more

Chemistry Nobel Honors Melding of Quantum and Classical

first_imgThis year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry blazed a trail in the use of computers to model and understand complex chemical reactions. Martin Karplus of the University of Strasbourg in France and Harvard University, Michael Levitt of the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California were trying to find ways to get the basic computers of the 1970s to model chemical processes. The problem was that modeling using classical mechanics was simple and could handle large molecules, but it didn’t have any way to simulate chemical reactions. Quantum mechanics could model reactions but was very computationally intensive.The three laureates found a way to do a bit of both: Model inactive parts of a molecule with classical methods, and reserve the complex quantum mechanics for those parts actively engaged in a reaction. Warshel told reporters after the announcement: “What we developed is a way which requires a computer to look and take a structure of a protein and eventually to understand how it exactly does what it does, like if you have an enzyme that digests food and the structure exists, you want to understand how this is happening. And then you could use it to design drugs or, like in my case, to satisfy your curiosity.”Science will have full coverage of the chemistry Nobel later today.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

What keeps stone arches from falling down?

first_imgPeople often wonder how delicate arches and finely balanced pillars of stone stand up to the stress of holding up their own immense weight. Actually, new research suggests, it’s that stress that helps pack individual grains of sand together and slows erosion of the formations. In lab experiments, scientists dropped small blocks of loosely consolidated sandstone into water—and watched them completely fall apart as the water dissolved minerals holding the grains together. But when the scientists placed weights on top of the sandstone samples before submersing them, disintegration ceased once stress in the eroding column rose to a certain threshold that packed the sand grains into a strong, rocklike material, the researchers report online today in Nature Geoscience. In other tests, weight-induced stress similarly protected samples against complete erosion from simulated rainfall. At large scale in the real world, stress transmitted through arches and pillars to their bases (in landforms such as Delicate Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park, shown) slows down—but doesn’t stop—natural sculpting due to wind and water, the researchers say. Bits of the landform that don’t bear weight are among the first to wear away, which helps explain why arches are often unusually smooth. Cracks, fissures, and soft layers in rock formations influence the shapes these natural sculptures take as they evolve.last_img read more

Drones scan CRPF camp in Naxal hub

first_imgShoot-at-sight orders have been issued to security forces across States affected by left-wing extremism after drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were seen hovering over a strategically important Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in the worst Naxal-violence affected district of Sukma in Chhattisgarh’s south Bastar region.The directive was issued by security and intelligence agencies at the Centre.As per communication shared by ground forces, “small red and white light emitting drones” were seen flying near the CRPF camp in Kistaram and Pallodi last month at least four times in three days.The drones emitted a “low whizzing sound” that drew attention of the guards, after which an alert was sounded across nearby camps, said sources. However, the mini-UAVs soon disappeared from the sky even before they could be aimed at and shot.The development rang alarm bells in the security establishment leading intelligence agencies to a vendor in Mumbai who is suspected to have sold the drones to some unidentified persons, possibly Naxal cadres. Inquiries in this context are ongoing, sources added. Agencies are particularly concerned as the two camps where these drones were spotted are located deep inside the Naxal hotbed, do not have proper road connectivity and witness regular movements of armed Maoist cadres as the area shares border with Odisha, Maharashtra and leads to the jungle corridor of Andhra Pradesh. “This development is a serious concern. Possession and operation of drones by Maoists is a new challenge which has been anticipated by security agencies for long. The issue has now surfaced,” a top-ranking security official official privy to the development said. He said “shoot-at-sight orders have been issued to security forces all across the LWE affected states to take down such rogue drones or UAVs being operated by Naxals.” A preliminary analysis of the incident estimates that the drones that were spotted were basic variants of a four-legged UAV that is controlled from the ground using a remote control and is used in capturing videos and photos of social events like wedding and public gatherings.last_img read more

Korea downs China for AVC bronze

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending 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 Games Hwang Minkyoung gave the Koreans the third-place finish when her final attack bounced off two Chinese defenders.Captain Kim Yeon-koung said she felt bad they didn’t get a chance to challenge for the gold, but the bronze is a good enough consolation prize for them.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“After yesterday we were really upset because we wanted to go to the finals,” said Kim, who finished with eight points as she sat out most of the third set. “Anyway we finished third so I’m happy for the girls.”Kim Heejin led Korea with 16 points while Park Jeongah added 13. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Jin Ye had 10 points to lead China. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Korea avenged its failed bid for a championship and dismantled China 25-11, 25-18, 25-20, to earn the bronze medal in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Koreans lost their chance for the gold when Thailand swept them in the semifinals, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21, Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Cam favorite Vicencio helps lift PH archerslast_img read more

Kiefer Ravena joins 2017 PBA Draft

first_imgView comments In a post on his Twitter account, Ravena made the announcement short and sweet.“#PBADraft. Here we go,” he wrote.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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Confusion looms as Owens survives Hell in a Cell Read Next The former Ateneo star last saw action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions cup where he averaged a team-best 20.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in close to 30 minutes of play.He also had a memorable collegiate and amateur career going back to his days in the UAAP, where he netted 16.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in five seasons.Ravena has had vast playing experience elsewhere. He even tested his luck in the NBA and was signed to contract in the NBA Developmental League with the Texas Legends, while also seeing action in numerous leagues with Mighty Sports and Alab Pilipinas.He has also won a record of four Southeast Asian Games gold medals while also representing the country in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Games #PBADraft2017 Here we go. 🙏🏽— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) October 9, 2017 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo from Fiba.comKiefer Ravena has finally made the jump to the pros.The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player has decided to face a new challenge as he declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The 23-year-old’s inclusion further bolsters the depth of this year’s pool where Ravena is expected to be a sure-fire top two selection.He joins an already loaded cast which features Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, La Salle swingman Jeron Teng, and FEU bruiser Raymar Jose.last_img read more