first_imgA Central Committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Red Star (CPI-ML [Red Star]) along with a leader of the Mazdoor Kisan Parishad (MKP) has been arrested in connection with the agitation in Bhangar.The CPI-ML [Red Star] has been at the forefront of the agitation in South 24 Paraganas district against the setting up of a power grid in the area. A Central Committee member of the party, Sankar Das, and a leader of the MKP, Kushal Debnath, were arrested on Tuesday afternoon. 10 days police custodySpeaking to The Hindu their counsel Rangta Munshi said the two were arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from Baruipur in South 24 Paraganas on Tuesday and have been charged under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his or her duty), 147 (rioting) and 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons). They were remanded in 10 days police custody by a district court.Calls to Nishat Parvez, DIG, CID (Operations) went unanswered. Addressing the media at Bhubaneswar in Odisha on Tuesday, party national general secretary K. N. Ramachandran accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government of “resorting to terror tactics” and said they will not get intimidated. “We want to tell the Mamata government that we will not be cowed down by such terror tactics,” said Mr. Ramachandran. In January, two more leaders of the party — Central Committee member Sarmistha Chowdhury and State secretary Pradeep Singh Thakur — were arrested by the CID. Mr. Ramachandran was also picked up by the State police in January after he arrived at the Kolkata railway station. After resurfacing in Delhi within a couple of days, he said that the police put him on a Delhi-bound train.last_img read more

first_imgOne person was killed and 11 injured when a portion of an under-construction flyover caved in the busy Bomikhal area of the city on Sunday afternoon.The accident took place around 12.30 p.m. when a 40-ft-long span of the bridge was being roofed. The centering used to support the concrete slab suddenly broke. Workers deployed on the bridge to help with the concreting fell down.Tragedy struck Satya Patnaik (41), a businessman of city’s Jharpada area, who was crossing the area with his daughter, Sheetal (8), by a scooter. The victim was returning home after picking his daughter from a dance class. The iron bars hit him on the head, leading to this death. His pillion-riding daughter escaped, but with serious injuries.The National Disaster Response Force, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force and Odisha Fire Service personnel were deployed for the rescue operation. A canine squad of the NDRF was engaged to search for those trapped in the debris. “The loss was minimal as it was a Sunday,” said Hemant Kumar Parida, an eyewitness.Promising action against those found guilty, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex gratia of ₹5 lakh for the deceased and promised to bear the cost of treatment cost of the injured.last_img read more

first_imgAn Army jawan and two militants were killed in an encounter in Manipur’s Chandel district early this morning, police said. Three other militants and a jawan sustained injuries in the gun battle, a senior police officer said. Talking to PTI over phone, the officer said, “Police had inputs that a band of heavily armed militants were planning to ambush security forces in the area. The jawans of 4 Assam Regiment launched multiple search operations to neutralise the insurgents. A gun battle ensued between the troopers and the militants, resulting in three deaths”.The insurgents belonged to CorCoM, a conglomerate of six militant outfits, he said, adding that a rifle and three unexploded IED bombs were seized from them. Two jawans, who sustained bullet wounds in the encounter, were airlifted by an Indian Air Force helicopter to an Army Hospital at Leimakhong, the officer said. One of them succumbed in the hospital, he said. The entire area of the encounter has been cordoned off with security forces still carrying out search operations, he added.last_img read more

first_imgSix teenagers were crushed to death and one was critically injured when they were hit by a speeding train in Pilakhua area of Hapur on Sunday night.Eyewitnesses told the media that the teenagers, aged between 14 and 16, were crossing the railway tracks when trains arrived simultaneously on the two railway tracks at Sadiqpura area of Pilakhua. The youngsters were caught by surprise.All the victims were friends and were daily-wage labourers. They were residents of Pilakhua.The accident angered the local residents who laid siege to the railway tracks and staged a protest. They told the police that the area was not well lit and many, including school children and the elderly, regularly crossed the tracks near the accident spot. Locals also complained that there was no warning before trains crossed the area, which is densely populated on both the sides.Superintendent of Police Hemant Kutiyal and the District Magistrate Krishna Karunesh reached at the spot and pacified the agitated crowd. The protesters demanded that compensation be paid to the family of the deceased.last_img read more

first_imgTripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday said that his government would not allow construction of offices of political parties and trade unions on public land. He warned that the State government would take strict action on complaints of such infringement.Speaking at the Assembly on the last day of the session, Mr. Deb said, “Strict action would follow if any political party tries to violate law and occupy public land.”The statement comes amid amid complaints from Opposition CPI(M) members over forceful occupation of some offices of the Left-alligned trade unions after the Assembly election results were declared on March 3.Mr. Deb said that the BJP-IPFT collation government would not differentiate between the CPI(M) and the BJP while taking actions.last_img

first_imgThe police in southern Assam’s Cachar district have arrested a 25-year-old man for posting obscene cartoons featuring President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Facebook.Jarir Ahmed Barbhuiya, a resident of the district’s Kalain, was arrested on Thursday afternoon after a complaint was lodged against him in Silchar police station.The district’s Superintendent of Police Rakesh Roushan said Barbhuiya had posted the cartoons four days ago. “They featured the President, PM, CJI and others,” he told The Hindu.Officials said local people who found the posts obscene had shared the link for the Cachar police to take action. Following the arrest, the district administration has asked social media users to desist from forwarding or sharing the cartoons.last_img read more

first_imgCPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami on Monday expressed concern over Centre’s “no talks” policy with Pakistan and described New Delhi’s policy “inconsistent and detrimental”.“India’s inconsistency became evident when in September she accepted Pakistan government’s offer for a meeting of the two foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and later took a U-turn. The recent joint efforts in preparing the Kartarpur Corridor was a vital component in restoring normalcy in relations. But India followed it up by refusing to be a part of upcoming SAARC meeting in Islamabad,” said Mr. Tarigami.He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was using a “blinkered approach” to relations with Pakistan and was “constricting its scope for strategic autonomy”.By falling back on a hardline stance, the Modi government was only underscoring its contradictory and self-defeating stand in its relations with Pakistan, he said.“Resumption of the comprehensive dialogue should take place, while maintaining a firm stance on tackling terrorism. Dialogue is the only option to resolve issues as wars, violence and ceasefire violations on borders have only resulted in death and destruction in the last seven decades,” said the CPI(M) leader.He said there was a need to open more cross-LoC travel and trade routes between divided parts of Jammu and Kashmir. “A similar arrangement on the pattern of Kartarpur Corridor must be made for the pilgrims to Sharada Peeth, an important temple across the LoC,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgRajasthan is promoting research in the biopolymer sector with an emphasis on fabrication of new products and generation of more employment opportunities. The initiative will also be linked with the handicraft industry for extending the benefits to both of them.State Industries Commissioner Krishna Kant Pathak said here earlier this week that institutions such as the Centre for Skilling and Technical Support in Jaipur and the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Jodhpur could play a significant role in developing the technology and break the monopoly of some countries.NIFT will establish a gallery exhibiting the textile industry’s progress from handlooms to hi-tech machines and development of designs from medieval to modern period. Mr. Pathak said that a testing laboratory for plastic products would be set up and an awareness campaign launched on their utility and standard norms.last_img read more

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president Vinay Tendulkar on Friday justified the party’s decision to induct two MLAs from the regional party, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), claiming the MGP was on the verge of toppling the BJP-led coalition government by withdrawing its support. Speaking at a press conference at the party headquarters in the city, Mr.Tendulkar rejected criticism from senior BJP State leaders over the induction of non-BJP MLAs into the party, saying the plan to induct the two MGP MLAs was cleared by top leaders like BJP president Amit Shah and Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari. When asked about why the MLAs had to be inducted at 1.45 a.m. on Wednesday, Mr. Tendulkar said that the decision had to be taken in a hurry because the MGP was likely to withdraw support to the BJP-led coalition government within 24 hours. He also spoke of the formalities involved in completing the “split and merger procedure”. Contrary to the MGP’s stand, the two MLAs, Manohar Ajgaonkar and Deepak Pauskar, did not want a Congress-led government in the State, Mr. Tendulkar said. “They contacted us and at that time, the movement [to withdraw support] had started,” he said. Mr. Tendulkar also said that the MGP’s insistence to contest the forthcoming bypoll in the Shiroda constituency, despite assuring Mr. Gadkari that they would not, led to dropping of Deputy Chief Minister and MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar from the Cabinet. MGP State president Deepak Dhavalikar, however, on Friday denied the BJP president’s claim and said, “Contesting or not contesting the Shiroda bypoll was never part of the alliance agenda.”Last year’s induction of two Congress MLAs and the latest induction of two MGP MLAs, has been criticised by local BJP leaders like former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and former Speaker of the Goa Assembly Rajendra Arlekar.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA science programs would receive favorable treatment in a 2015 budget bill drafted by a House of Representatives spending panel. Despite an overall cut of 1% in the overall allocation to the House Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee, legislators are proposing a 3.3% boost for NSF, to $7.4 billion, and a 1% hike to NASA science programs, to nearly $5.2 billion. Those increases compare with a 1.2% increase requested by President Barack Obama for NSF and a 3.8% cut for NASA science. But the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would get less than the White House had requested.“This legislation reduces discretionary spending while continuing to preserve core priorities such as job creation, fighting crime, gangs, terrorism and human trafficking, bolstering cybersecurity, and boosting U.S. competitiveness through smart investments in science and space exploration,” said CJS subcommittee Chair Frank Wolf in a press statement today. The panel will meet tomorrow to vote on the spending levels.The legislation is one of 12 appropriations bills that Republican leaders hope the entire House of Representatives will adopt by the July recess. The Democrat-led Senate hopes to do its part as well, although most Washington observers expect Congress to extend current spending levels into the 2015 fiscal year, which begins on 1 October, and then take up a permanent spending bill after the November elections.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(*)Within NSF, the CJS bill would boost NSF’s research portfolio by 2.9% over current spending levels, to $5.98 billion. In contrast, the administration requested flat funding for research. Legislators would allocate $31 million more for education programs, to $876 million. That’s a $14 million drop from the administration’s request for $890 million. New construction would be funded at the requested and current level, which is $200 million. NSF would also get a $37 million boost in operating expenses, most of which would go toward preparing for its 2017 move to new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.The NASA request for science includes $100 million to continue planning a mission to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, well above the White House’s $15 million request. As in previous spending bills, it would also cap the overall cost of building the James Webb Space Telescope at $8 billion.Core research programs at NIST would get $671.5 million, an increase of $20.5 million, or 3.1%, over 2014 levels. But that is $8.5 million less than the $680 million the White House had requested. Overall, the House panel would give NIST a $5.8 million increase to $856 million, about $44 million below the president’s request.At NOAA, the House panel would hold spending flat at about $5.3 billion, below the administration’s $5.5 billion request. The bill provides few details, but according to a committee press statement, the bill would give NOAA’s weather programs more than the White House request, while “denying proposed cuts to hurricane forecasting and tsunami warning grants.”last_img read more

first_imgFrom landing on a comet to expanding our genetic alphabet, 2014 was an amazing year for scientific discoveries—just check out our Breakthrough of the Year section and our top 10 science news stories of the year. That means we got to see a lot of incredibly cool stuff over the past 12 months. Here are some of our favorite pictures from this year.1. The Rosetta mission lands on a cometThe Rosetta mission and its landing of the Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was one of the biggest science success stories of 2014—and our Breakthrough of the Year. This image of the comet’s surface, taken by Philae when it was just moments away from landing, is one of the mission’s most iconic. Klaus Stiefel/Flickr Patricia Corcoran 8. An uncontacted tribe makes contactThis year, members of a previously isolated Amazonian tribe took a momentous step and made contact with the outside world. In this picture, a young man from the tribe clutches a bundle of used clothing, which some worry could have been a source of disease transmission, during initial contact with local villagers in July. Officials suspect that the tribe fled illegal logging and drug trafficking in their traditional homelands in Peru. Sandia National Laboratories JAVIER LORENZO/UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE 6. An octopus supermomThis octopus died in 2011, but scientists didn’t tell her amazing story until this year. She was spotted in the same place, holding her eggs in her arms, for a whopping 4.5 years—smashing the previous record for egg brooding. In 53 months, she was never seen eating, and over time she turned from pale purple to ghostly white. Like most female octopuses, she died after her watch ended—but her eggs hatched successfully. Mimic octopus. Most octopuses can change their shape and texture to blend in with their environments, but the mimic octopus can go one step further: It impersonates other animals, such as jellyfish, sea snakes, and fish. //www.youtube PATRICK TSCHOPP/HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT OF GENETICS 7. Rocks made out of plasticIn June, researchers reported finding a new type of rock made out of plastic on the shores of Hawaii. Called a plastiglomerate, the rock is cobbled together from plastic and organic matter like sand and coral. The discovery suggests humanity’s heavy hand in natural processes may be changing the world more than we realize. TAKAAKI NOGUCHI 9. Spinosaurus, the swimming dinosaurMeet Spinosaurus, the world’s biggest carnivorous dinosaur—and the only swimmer (as seen in this artist’s conception). In September, analysis of 97-million-year-old fossils revealed that 15-meter-long Spinosaurus is not only the largest land carnivore ever to exist, but it’s also the only dinosaur known to have made its home in the water.center_img ILLUSTRATION DAVIDE BONADONNA/NIZAR IBRAHIM/SIMONE MAGANUCO 5. Adrift on an Arctic ice floeHome alone for the holidays? It could be worse. Somewhere in the Arctic Ocean, two Norwegian scientists are adrift on an ice floe, equipped with a year’s worth of food and fuel—and one research hovercraft named SABVABAA (pictured). Right now, they’re drifting northward along the submarine Lomonosov Ridge, taking sediment cores to learn about the polar environment more than 60 million years ago. 2. The origin of the penisIt’s not a question a lot of scientists ponder out loud, but it’s key to much of life on Earth: Where does the penis come from? This image of a snake embryo shows tiny buds where legs would be if snakes had legs—but in fact, they’re actually the beginning of the snake’s paired penises. After studying how the organ gets its start in snakes, lizards, mice, and chickens, researchers said they’ve finally figured out where the penis comes from. 3. The Z machineIn October, researchers using the awesomely named Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico reported a significant advance in the race toward nuclear fusion. They’ve detected significant numbers of neutrons—byproducts of fusion reactions—coming from the experiment. This not only demonstrates the viability of their approach, but also brings them closer to their ultimate goal of producing more energy than the fusion device takes in. © Gleison Miranda/FUNAI/Survival 10. Comet dust found on EarthThis is a single particle of comet dust, found preserved in the ice and snow of Antarctica—the first time it’s ever been found on Earth’s surface. Comet dust is the oldest astronomical particle we can study and provides clues about how our solar system first formed, so scientists are excited to get their hands on this potential new source. 4. Two giant blue stars melding in spaceAstronomers found further evidence of how phenomenally cool space is—and how little we know about it—when they discovered that the brightest object in a nearby star cluster isn’t a single star, but actually two massive blue stars in the process of merging (artist’s conception below). We don’t know what will happen when the merging is complete: Some models predict the explosive release of a massive amount of energy, but others hint at a less violent outcome. YNGVE KRISTOFFERSENE ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR *Update, 29 December, 10:22 a.m.: This item has been updated to reflect that the images in No. 4 and No. 9 are artists’ conceptions.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

first_imgIndia will have the right over 65 per cent of 6 million barrels of crude oil that Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) will store at the countrys maiden strategic storage at Mangalore. ADNOC will send three large ships carrying crude oil beginning April to fill half of the 1.5 million tonnes strategic oil reserves that India has built at Mangalore, a senior government official said. Out of the crude stored, 35 per cent can be used by ADNOC for commercial purposes, ie trading or selling to refiners whenever it wants.Read it at India Today Related Itemslast_img

first_imgThe Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the opening of 18 new Indian missions in Africa with an aim to expand India’s footprints in the resource-rich continent where China has been trying to increase its presence.The new Indian missions will be set up over four years, from 2018 to 2021, the government said in a statement. It said the new Indian missions will be opened in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Swaziland and Togo. Currently, India has 29 resident missions in Africa.Read it at Firstpost Related Itemslast_img

first_imgFacebook will begin connecting with the 87 million users – including 562,455 in India – from Monday if their personal data was “improperly shared” with the British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.Those affected by the data privacy breach will see a detailed message at the top of their news feeds. Read it at Financial Express Related Itemslast_img

first_imgMalaysia-based IHH Healthcare Bhd has extended the accpetance period for its enhanced revised offer to acquire a stake in India’s Fortis Healthcare Ltd by another month, based on a filing with the local stock exchange. The acceptance period is extended until June 30, 2018, to enable the reconstituted board of Fortis to fully consider and evaluate the enhanced revised proposal, with terms that remain unchanged, said the letter. Read it at Deal Street Asia Related Itemslast_img

first_imgTwo Indians are among 24 people awarded this year’s prestigious MacArthur Fellowships, popularly known as “genius” grants. Maneesh Agarwala, a University of California, Berkeley, Computer Vision Technologist, was selected for work that “focuses on developing new tools and algorithms to visualize and efficiently make sense of tremendous volumes of information. To do this, he draws on an understanding of human cognition, and specifically how the brain processes images and visual displays.”L. Mahadevan, applied mathematician at Harvard University, focuses on modeling complex biological and engineering phenomena and “applies complex mathematical analyses to a variety of seemingly simple, but vexing, questions across the physical and biological sciences — how cloth folds when draped, how skin wrinkles, how flags flutter, how Venus flytraps snap closed.”Each MacArthur fellow receives $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over five years.  Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgOnline harassment is more rampant in India as compared to other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, a recent survey shows. Incidents of cyberstalking and online threats of physical violence were found to be higher in India than countries like Australia and Japan.The online survey was conducted with a sample size of 1,035 participants in Tier-1 cities by global cyber security firm Norton by Symantec to understand exposure to online harassment. Eight out of 10 Indians surveyed admitted to have experienced some form of cyber-bullying or stalking, with 41 per cent of women saying they had faced sexual harassment on the internet.The most common forms of online harassment reported in India were abuse and insults (63 per cent), followed by malicious gossip and rumors (59 per cent). A total of 87 per cent of the respondents with disabilities or mental health issues, and 77 per cent of people with weight issues said they had experienced online shaming.About 45 per cent of the Indians who participated in the survey reported experiencing threats of physical violence compared to 35 per cent people in Australia, 37 per cent in New Zealand and 20 per cent in Japan. Cyberbullying was reported by 44 per cent Indians, while the corresponding figure in Australia, New Zealand and Japan was 33 per cent, 34 per cent, and 15 per cent, respectively.In India, the highest incident of threats of physical violence was reported in Mumbai (51 per cent), followed by Delhi (47 per cent) and Hyderabad (46 per cent). Over 50 per cent of people in Delhi said they had experienced cyberbullying, which marked it as the highest incidence.Most people who faced online harassment were in the age group of under-40 years, of which 65 per cent reported online abuse and insults.“People today are spending more time on social media platforms,” Norton by Symantec Country Manager Ritesh Chopra told the media. “It is important that people take basic precautions when they are online to protect themselves and avoid unwanted contact.” The survey found that more than 40 per cent of the incidences of cyberbullying and about half of the cases of cyberstalking were perpetrated by a stranger. About 40 per cent people surveyed reported online sexual harassment involving inappropriate comments or graphic content.Instances of online harassment left the victims feeling angry, irritated or frustrated. “Worryingly, a significant proportion reported depression and 1 in 4 women found the experience frightening,” the report said.“People should check their security and privacy settings on social media platforms and regularly change passwords,” Chopra said. “They should not respond to the perpetrator and keep all records and evidence of the harassment. They also need to report such behavior to relevant authorities immediately.” Related ItemsCyberbullying Norton surveyCyberstalking IndiaLittle IndiaNorton Symantec Asia PacificOnline harassment IndiaOnline sexual harassment Symanteclast_img read more

first_imgDeciding a candidate for the by-election to the Satara Lok Sabha constituency has become a contentious task for the Opposition, as both the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) want the other to contest the seat.The seat has become vacant as NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale switched to the Bharatiya Janata Party and resigned from the post. The bypoll will be held on October 21 along with the Assembly polls.NCP chief Sharad Pawar has offered the Satara seat to the Congress and recommended former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s name to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The Congress on Thursday discussed the possibility of Mr. Chavan, the MLA from Karad South, contesting the seat in a meeting in Delhi.Mr. Chavan, however, denied that he would be fielded from Satara. “Yes, Sharad Pawar did offer Sonia Gandhi this seat and suggested my name. But I want to contest the Assembly polls and have informed Ms. Gandhi,” he told The Hindu.Instead, Mr. Chavan has recommended Mr. Pawar’s name for the seat. “If he contests, it will be a cakewalk for the NCP,” he said.Mr. Bhosale, while speaking to the media a few days ago, had claimed that he will not contest the by-election if Mr. Pawar is in the fray. But Mr. Chavan said, “I don’t think that is true. It was just an emotional appeal. But if Mr. Pawar contests, the NCP will win for sure.”last_img read more

first_imgHeavy rain coupled with thunder and lightning on Wednesday played a dampner to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s first public meeting in Pune to kick-off the party’s poll campaign. The rain, which began around 6 p.m. and lasted about an half-hour, was enough to cause the first MNS rally to be cancelled, much to the despair of party workers who were seeing taking refuge from the downpour by clutching chairs over their heads.According to an MNS leader, some 200-odd MNS workers had reached the grounds of the Saraswati Vidya Mandir.“However, the strong gale which preceded the showers all but ruined the arrangements, while the rain left behind rows of sticky mud on the grounds,” he said.All eyes were on Mr. Thackeray’s eagerly anticipated address as the MNS chief had lately gone silent following his nine-hour interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in August.Mr. Thackeray’s address was also expected to give a boost to the chances of Kishore Shinde, the party candidate in the high-stakes Kothrud Assembly segment.Mr. Shinde, who has the covert support of other opposition parties including the NCP, is pitted against BJP State unit president Chandrakant Patil.The MNS was hunting for a venue for Mr. Thackeray’s public meetings since the beginning of this month.The party’s Pune unit chief Ajay Shinde, himself a candidate from Kasba Peth, had even accused the State government of deliberately trying to prevent Mr. Thackeray’s rallies as they were a huge draw in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections. Mr. Thackeray is scheduled to hold two public meetings in Mumbai tomorrow.last_img read more