At least 15 pilgrims injured in Muzaffarpur temple stampede

first_imgAt least 15 pilgrims were injured in a stampede at Muzaffarpur in North Bihar early on Monday morning.All the injured have been admitted to the local government hospital for medical attention. No report of any casualty has come so far.Officials said that a large number of pilgrims had congregated in the town to offer prayer at the local Shiva temple Baba Garibnath. In the month of Shravan Shiva devotees come from far off places to offer prayer at the temple.As the crowd swelled, pilgrims broke the barricade and a stampede took place in which at least 15 were injured, said officials.The number of injured could also go up, officials added.Every year district administration makes elaborate arrangements for pilgrims in the town by deploying large number of security personnel.last_img read more

Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq not to appear before NIA

first_imgHurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq failed to appear before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Delhi on Monday, citing “hostility and a threat to his life”.“Under the prevailing conditions of hostility and threat to the Mirwaiz, it becomes unwise for him to travel to Delhi,” said Aijaz Ahmad Dar, the Mirwaiz’s lawyer, in a written reply to the NIA.The NIA had issued a summons to the Mirwaiz last week. “You [the Mirwaiz] are acquainted with the circumstances of a case under investigation… You are required to report before the NIA at 10.30 a.m. on March 11 for examination,” the NIA notice reads.In its response, the Mirwaiz’s lawyer on Monday said, “The Mirwaiz was willing to cooperate with the NIA in Srinagar…”“Unsubstantiated attempts are being made to link the Mirwaiz in false and fabricated ‘terror funding’ cases. It’s aimed at silencing him through intimidation and harassment. He is being victimised for his political views to see a resolution of the Kashmir issue through peaceful means,” reads the letter to the NIA.The NIA summons had sparked street protests and a shutdown in Srinagar. J&K’s two main regional parties, Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference, also accused the Centre of “arm twisting of the religious figure” and “attacking the religious identity of the State by summoning the Mirwaiz”.last_img read more

The Dawn of Plate Tectonics

first_imgA journey to the Mariana Trench, the deepest crevice on Earth’s surface, reveals the great Pacific tectonic plate descending deep into the planet where it recycles back into mantle rock. This recycling of old tectonic plate, called subduction, drives plate tectonics and is nothing new to scientists, but exactly when the process got started is a hot debate. A new study may put that to rest by unmasking a sequence of 4.4-billion-year-old lavas as the remnants of the first subduction zone on Earth. If correct, the discovery marks the dawn of plate tectonics and thus several geological processes critical to Earth’s environment and perhaps even its life. In 2008, scientists studying ancient lavas in northern Quebec, known to geologists as the Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt, saw that they had the same geochemical signature as lavas from modern subduction zones like the Mariana. This meant that they must have mixed with briny fluids squeezed up through subduction zones and only there. The geochemistry of those rocks could be used as a sort of fingerprint to help identify subduction zone lavas.Geologists Tracy Rushmer and Simon Turner of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, decided to take a closer look. They and their colleagues noticed a distinct chemical pattern to the layers in the lava, creating a unique sequence of rocks. The team thought this sequence could be similar to lava sequences made by modern subduction zones like the Mariana Trench. Mark Reagan, a geologist at the University of Iowa who has taken submersibles into the trench five times as deep as 6500 meters, confirmed Rushmer and Turner’s suspicions. “The whole sequence,” Rushmer says, “linked in with what Mark was seeing in the Mariana Trench.” The team says each rock layer in the sequences at the Mariana lavas and the Nuvvuagittuq lavas describes a step in the birth of a subduction zone.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 key is in how rocks and their chemistry change with each successive layer. As the oceanic slab descends, lavas begin rising up and erupt on the surface in layers atop one another, creating a rising sequence of igneous rocks. With increasing depth, heat and pressure begin squeezing different elements out of the slab in fluids. Over time, these fluids change the chemical composition of the lavas so that they become rich in rare earth elements like ytterbium, but poor in the element niobium. The first layer in the sequence erupts before the fluids can escape the slab, but the next layer in the sequence gets just enough fluid to make a partial signature. The final layer carries huge amounts of rare earth elements and very little niobium, together making the clarion mark of subduction zone lava.The team realized not only do both rocks carry the same geochemical signature, but in comparing the Mariana and the Nuvvuagittuq, they also discovered the rocks and the geochemistry of both sequences change in the exact same way, they report in the current issue of Geology. This finding bolstered the theory that the Nuvvuagittuq sequence is an ancient subduction zone. “Seeing the evolving chemical signature,” Turner says, “was much more robust than just saying there is or isn’t niobium.”Geochemist Julian Pearce of Cardiff University in the United Kingdom still isn’t completely convinced, though. He says the Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt might just be too old and warped to have a reliable signal from 4.4 billion years ago. “The evidence would be compelling if the rocks were young, undeformed, and fresh,” Pearce says. As they are now, the Nuvvuagittuq rocks have been modified by intense heat and pressure “which can mask and modify geochemical signals” through contamination from nearby rocks. Furthermore, while Pearce believes a subduction zone is one place these geochemical signatures can be made, “it is not the only location.”While those are legitimate concerns, geoscientist Norman Sleep of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, isn’t too bothered. “It’s not fully sorted out yet,” Sleep says, but the Nuvvuagittuq rocks “really seem like modern arclike lavas” found at the Mariana. When it comes to the geochemical signature of subduction, Turner and the members of the team say that heat and pressure don’t alter the geochemical fingerprint much, and Sleep says this is reasonable. Despite all of the difficulties of studying such timeworn rocks, he says “the work done in this paper is very valuable.”For one, everyone agrees subduction zones could sculpt ideal sanctuaries for the origin of life. Fluids released from subducting crust also transform mantle rocks into a mineral called serpentine. Those fluids go on to form hot springs on the ocean floor. “The serpentine provides an energy source,” Sleep says, which is one of three requirements for early life. The molecule RNA can satisfy the other two requirements by acting as both a catalyst helping other molecules form and a way to self-replicate. But RNA will fall apart without something to stabilize it. As luck would have it, these serpentine vents are bursting with boron, which acts as a stabilizing agent for RNA. This makes what could be the most ancient subduction zone on Earth, Pearce says, “a likely setting for life to start.”last_img read more

Argentina coach wants Messi fresh for World Cup

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The former Chile and Sevilla coach added the goal was to ensure that Messi “makes the most of his rest periods to arrive (in Russia) at the top of his physical and mental form”.Messi scored four goals as Argentina reached the final in Brazil, but he cut a peripheral figure in the latter stages as his side finished runners-up to Germany following a 1-0 defeat after extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutArgentina last won the World Cup in 1986 with Diego Maradona inspiring the country to a second title. In Russia, they will face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D. Argentina’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during an international friendly football match between Russia and Argentina at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said Tuesday he expects captain and star striker Lionel Messi to arrive at the World Cup in peak form after he battled fatigue at the 2014 tournament. “We’ve spoken with Leo about what’s happening and that he doesn’t find himself in the same situation four years ago when he arrived exhausted at the World Cup (in Brazil),” Sampaoli said at a news conference.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next In adding Griffin, Detroit Pistons take a risk to add a star Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Stephen Constantine emphasizes on the importance of sports science

first_imgIndian men’s football team coach Stephen Constantine feels football clubs in India should have greater access to sports science which will be more beneficial to them.Constantine is busy preparing the team for the upcoming 2019 Asian Cup Qualifier match against Laos, and is emphasizing on physical fitness.EMPHASIS ON SPORTS SCIENCE”Not all Indian clubs have an access to a sports scientist. That makes the job of the club coaches all the more harder and it also makes it difficult for the players. Most of the injuries which a player sustains happen some 7-10 days after they have left the national camp. It’s because they train at a much higher level with the national team but when they go back to their clubs the level drops. That’s when they are susceptible to injuries.””It will be hugely beneficial for Indian football if the clubs have access to sports science or at least a high level fitness coach,” Constantine said.IMPROVES OVERALL FITNESSConstantine think sports science improves the overall fitness of a player, “Bengaluru FC are a good example. The boys are regular at the gym doing the extra bit, there is a sports science coach and physically, they are in a better condition (than most others) when they report to the camp. Things which we do at the national camp do not surprise them.”There are quite many new faces in the national camp.”We didn’t have much choice. Off the 26 whom we selected, 11 are busy with their respective clubs for the AFC Cup commitments. Hence, we decided to bring in some players whom we have been tracking to see how they train and respond and understand their attitude.advertisement”The players from Mohun Bagan would report to the camp on the morning of the 25th (May 25) while Bengaluru FC players would be assembling on the morning of the 28th. The club had scheduled an Awards night but they have been understandable enough and have advanced it by a day keeping in mind the national team’s commitments. I need to thank them for that,” Constantine said.last_img read more

Imtiaz Ali: Excited to see Ranbir Kapoor in Sanjay Dutt biopic

first_imgImtiaz Ali and Ranbir Kapoor have worked together in two films, and fans cannot wait to see them collaborate once again. After a string of flops, Tamasha brought Ranbir back in the game. And Imtiaz Ali says that he always wants to work with Ranbir.But more than anything, this time around he is waiting eagerly to see the Dutt biopic. In an interview to IANS, he said, “When I was shooting with him (Ranbir)in Tamasha, I clicked a few of his pictures and sent them to Rajkumar Hirani saying that he already looks so much like Sanjay Dutt, which is a big compliment for Ranbir I think.”And when Ranbir and Raju sir showed me his look from the film (biopic on Sanjay Dutt), I think he is incredibly closer to the character and I am very keen to see what they have done in that film.”The pictures of Ranbir from the sets of the biopic recently got leaked, and he undoubtedly looks like a spitting image of Sanju baba.If reports are to be believed, Ranbir will be seen sporting six, totally different looks in Dutt that will highlight different phases in Sanjay Dutt’s life.Tentatively titled Dutt, the film will focus on Sanjay’s formative years, his relation with his father Sunil Dutt, his struggles coping up with the loss of his mother, his many affairs, etc.   The film also stars Manisha Koirala, Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Dia Mirza and Paresh Rawal in pivotal roles.ALSO READ: Ranbir Kapoor in his Sanjay Dutt avatar makes him look totally unrecognisable advertisementALSO READ: I had my reservations about playing a mother’s role, says Manisha Koirala  WATCH: Amitabh and Ranbir talk acting, cinema and stardom in an intimate conversationlast_img read more

Naman Ojha to lead Board President’s XI against Sri Lanka in warm-up tie

first_imgMadhya Pradesh wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha will lead a third string Board Presidents XI squad against Sri Lanka in a two-day warm-up tie, scheduled to be played in Kolkata from November 11.The 13-member squad primarily comprises of players from four states — Hyderabad, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab as these are the teams, which wont feature during the fifth round of the Ranji Trophy.India A and U-19 coach Rahul Dravid has made it clear that Ranji Trophy is sacrosanct and players should be playing for their state teams.The same pattern was followed recently when the national selectors named two India A squads for series against New Zealand A, so as the players do not have to skip Ranji games.Board President XI for 2-day warm-up tie against Sri Lanka. The game will be played from the 11-12th of November in Kolkata. pic.twitter.com/FVIujnWPP5- BCCI (@BCCI) October 23, 2017The squad includes out-of-favour Kerala batsman Sanju Samson as well. Punjab opener Jiwanjot Singh too finds a place in the team. He recently led Punjab in their opening encounter of Ranji Trophy against Himachal Pradesh in absence of captain Harbhajan Singh and vice-captain Yuvraj Singh.Selectors also decided to give a chance to Punjab batsman Abhishek Gupta, who scored a double century in his first-class debut in the season opener against Himachal Pradesh.B Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal and Rohan Prem are the other members in the batting department.The pace department consists of Hyderabads left-arm pacer Chama Milind, Sandeep Warrier from Kerala and Avesh Khan from Madhya Pradesh. Avesh has been part of Board Presidents XI set-up during the warm-up games against New Zealand and Australia.advertisementMP all-rounder Jalaj Saxena, who now plays for Kerala, will lead the spin department, assisted by Hyderabads leg- spinner Akash Bhandari.Squad: Naman Ojha (C)(WK), Sanju Samson, Jiwanjot Singh, B Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal, Abhishek Gupta, Rohan Prem, Akash Bhandari, Jalaj Saxena, Chama Milind, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Ravi Kiran.last_img read more

Rooney: It looked like a clear penalty

first_imgEverton Everton hero Rooney: It looked like a clear penalty Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 01:02 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Joe Gomez Wayne Rooney Liverpool Everton PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Everton Premier League Liverpool v Everton Liverpool Craig Pawson’s call caused some controversy in the red half of Merseyside, but the man who converted the spot-kick believes it was the right decision Wayne Rooney has backed the decision to give a penalty for Everton in Sunday’s Merseyside Derby, after converting from the spot to earn his side a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. After going behind to Mohamed Salah’s first-half goal, the Toffees were handed a lifeline at Anfield with a late penalty. Dejan Lovren was the culprit, shoving Dominic Calvert-Lewin from behind, although the call has divided opinion.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Rooney in any case has little doubt that referee Craig Pawson acted correctly in giving him the chance to equalise from the spot. “I had to keep myself composed. Lovren kicked the ball away and that gave me time,” the former Manchester United star told Sky Sports after the final whistle.”I knew where I was going. I practised yesterday and thankfully I caught it right. It looked a clear penalty. He pushed him over and the ref has made the right decision.”Everton spent much of the game on the back foot, taking only three shots on goal compared to Liverpool’s 15. Rooney, however, praised his side’s patience in keeping the Reds out and picking up a valuable draw.”It is a fantastic point for us. Liverpool are a fantastic team with good individual players. We knew it would be difficult and we would need to be patient,” he said.”We defended brilliantly. We had two or three moments on the break that we had to take and we did that.”It is great to play the derby. It is great for the city and there are bragging rights. The Evertonians will be more pleased. It is always nice to score against Liverpool, no matter who you play for.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Tackle laws make red cards likely in every game, says Shaun Edwards

first_imgRugby union Read more Wales rugby union team Topics Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Autumn internationals “I loved playing against Sam,” said Pocock. “He was a great player and leader who contributed a huge amount to Welsh rugby. Justin Tipuric and Dan Lydiate are pretty handy, though, and it is always a great battle at the breakdown against Wales.“Cardiff has been a happy hunting ground for us, but it has been a tough year for us results wise. Wales have won six matches in a row and we know it is going to be hard. This tour is a great opportunity for us: the effort has been there and we have to turn it into consistent performances.” Wales win over Australia would not be monkey off back, says Warren Gatland Wales’s defence coach Shaun Edwards is encouraging his players to tackle lower to ensure they are not caught by the clampdown on tackles above shoulder height and sent off. Owen Farrell’s tackle on Andre Esterhuizen was the source of controversy. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Edwards, who will become Wigan’s head coach after next year’s World Cup when he will have spent nearly 12 years with Wales, says it is up to players to adjust but would not be drawn on the legitimacy of Owen Farrell’s challenge on André Esterhuizen at Twickenham.“I have not seen the tackle but I have heard it was definitely learned on the fields of Wigan,” said Edwards, who is preparing for Wales’s match against Australia in Cardiff on Saturday. “When you were at school you were taught to tackle around the legs, but it went out of fashion for a while.“In the 2011 World Cup we practised chop-tackling, which is pretty dangerous, but we managed not to get any injuries and other teams started doing it as well. We think our tackle height is pretty good at the moment, trying to get under the ball, round the waist or legs.“When you go into a game there is a pretty good chance someone could get sent off. Whether that adds to the intrigue or the excitement, a red-hot favourite who might lose because they have someone dismissed in the first 10 minutes, I don’t know. It is pretty difficult for big tall guys against the little players: I feel for them, but they have to adjust. It’s as simple as that.”Wales have lost their last 13 Tests against Australia, group opponents in next year’s World Cup, in a run stretching back to 2008. They go into the latest encounter with virtually a full squad and the benefit of a warm-up match, having beaten Scotland last Saturday.“We usually play the Wallabies first-up and they have been together for four months,” said Edwards. “Every time the game comes around, you hope to break the losing run. In the past Australia have got us off the bench, winning games in the final five to 10 minutes when we made mental errors. We have had more numbers in training this week and I feel more prepared for a game we definitely want to win. Support The Guardian Pinterest The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share via Email news Facebook Twitter Reuse this content Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “This game is going to be a real battle of the breakdown. We try to contest the ball a lot with our defensive structure and obviously they do the same.”David Pocock, who has been playing a No 8 with Michael Hooper on the open-side, said he would miss playing against Sam Warburton, who retired before the start of the season because of a persistent neck injury, but felt Wales would still be a threat at the breakdown. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

It is a case of sour grapes Yogi tells Priyanka

first_imgSaharanpur: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday took a dig at Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for her criticism of the law and order situation in the state. Gandhi had questioned whether the state government had surrendered before criminals. “It is a case of sour grapes. Her party President lost from UP, so sitting in Delhi, Italy or England, they have to comment on something or the other to remain in headlines,” the Chief Minister told reporters here. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Yogi Adiytanath was in Saharanpur to take a stock of the law and order situation and review developmental works. He was apparently referring to Rahul Gandhi, who lost the Amethi to the BJP’s Smriti Irani. The Congress, which once had a huge presence in the state, has now been practically eradicated. UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, is the sole Congress lawmaker from the state. Despite the defeat, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has been active in the state. Last week, after a video of two prisoners flashing a country-made pistol in Unnao jail was widely shared on social media, the government came under sharp attack. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Referring to the incident, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted: “In entire Uttar Pradesh, criminals are roaming around freely, doing whatever they wish. Criminal incidents continue to happen but it has fallen on deaf ears of the BJP government. Has the Uttar Pradesh government surrendered before criminals?” The UP Police responded to the tweet with data and claimed that it had recorded unprecedented decline in crimes and improvement in the law and order situation. “UP Police has taken strict action against serious offenders. 9,225 criminals were arrested and 81 were killed in two years. Illegal property worth nearly 200 crore was seized under the National Security Act and there was unprecedented decline in dacoity, murder, loot and kidnappings,” the state police tweeted. “Because of UP Police’s effective working, there has been 20 to 35 per cent decline in crimes. All sensational crimes were solved in 48 hours,” the police added.last_img read more

Marijuana producer Canopy Growth granted hemp licence in New York

first_imgSMITHS FALLS, Ont. — Canopy Growth Corp. says it has been granted a licence by New York State to process and produce hemp, a member of the cannabis plant family.The Ontario-based company is one of Canada’s biggest producers of legal cannabis products for medicinal and recreational use.Canopy says it plans to invest between US$100 million and US$150 million in its New York operations, although the exact location hasn’t been decided.The U.S. federal government designated hemp as an agricultural product late last year, making it a potential source of legal cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound also found in marijuana.Canopy says it will source hemp exclusively from U.S. farmers for its U.S. operations once up and running.Canopy Growth says it’s in the process of evaluating a number of sites that will become one of its first extraction and processing facilities outside Canada and it plans to announce the specific location within 100 days. Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Adopting resolution UN creates International Day against Sexual Violence in Conflict

“Rape and other forms of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict constitute grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” President of the 193-member Assembly, Sam Kutesa, declared as he greeted the resolution’s adoption. “Yet these depraved acts still occur and are used to terrorize and control civilian populations in conflict zones.”“Together, we must prioritize prevention and response efforts, empower victims, provide comprehensive assistance and shift the stigma of shame from the victims of these crimes to those who commit them and condone them,” he added. The International Day – which will now be observed annually – will aim to raise awareness of the need to end conflict-related sexual violence and urge the international community to stand in solidarity with the survivors of sexual violence around the world. The new initiative, moreover, comes amid an uptick in reports from areas controlled by militant groups aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) of brutal acts of sexual violence against women and girls. Just last year, ISIL affiliate Boko Haram abducted some 276 girls their school in Chibok, located in Nigeria’s restive north-eastern Borno state, as the militant group ramped up brutal attacks targeting the African country’s children. “Rape as a weapon of war must be stopped,” Mr. Kutesa continued. “We should ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes and their superiors who condone their actions are held accountable and that victims get justice.”Also welcoming the creation of the Day, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, commended delegates, especially Argentina, which led the drafting of the text, for the increasing attention paid by the international community to the scourge of sexual violence but warned that the challenge now remained in converting “political will into concrete actions and protections on the ground.” She said the Day will also create opportunities to pay homage to the thousands of survivors of sexual violence including women, girls, men and boys, who, despite the grievous harm suffered, have shown extreme determination, resolve and unflinching courage to speak out against this scourge.“This annual commemoration will serve as a global call to action for security, justice and service actors on behalf of survivors of sexual violence in conflicts all over the world,” she stated. Ms. Bangura recently returned from the Middle East where she met with female survivors of sexual violence committed by ISIL extremists. In an interview with the UN News Centre, she recounted grim tales of brutality and detailed new patterns of child and forced marriage to fighters as well as sexual slavery. From information Ms. Bangura received during her visit, and from reports that came in, ISIL allegedly issued a “regulation” setting out the prices to be paid for Yazidi and Christian women and girls, the amounts varying according to age. The promise of sexual access to women and girls has been used in ISIL propaganda materials as part of its recruitment strategy and an estimated 1,500 civilians may have been forced into sexual slavery.Adding her voice to the proclamations, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, who also joined delegates in the General Assembly Hall after the adoption of the resolution, hailed the creation of the International Day as “a victory for all the survivors who stay too often silent.” “This is a day for all of us,” Ms. Zerrougui affirmed. “This resolution is an engagement from all Member States that commit to fight against sexual violence in conflict.”The date 19 June commemorates the breakthrough adoption in 2008 of UN Security Council resolution 1820, which recognized sexual violence as a tactic of war and a threat to global peace and security, requiring an operational security, justice and service response. It further recognized that rape and other forms of sexual violence can constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity and/or constitutive acts of genocide. read more

Baseball Cincinnati goes on late surge to beat Ohio State 71

OSU then-freshman designated hitter Brady Cherry (1) swings at a pitch during a game against Kent State on April 5 in Kent, Ohio. OSU lost, 8-3. Credit: Courtesy of Matt Baker | The Kent StaterThe game appeared to be all Ohio State early against Cincinnati, with a home run in the first inning and five scoreless innings to follow from the Buckeyes’ starting pitcher. But seven combined runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings turned the tide and the Buckeyes (14-18, 3-6 Big Ten) fell to the Bearcats, 7-1.Coach Greg Beals said it just seemed like the team had little going for them Tuesday and that everything late seemed to go the Bearcats’ way.“We went to (pitcher Kyle) Michalik and (pitcher Joe) Stoll, two guys that have been really good for us in the bullpen. Just didn’t have it tonight,” Beals said. “They got a couple big hits when they needed them. All the tweener things went their way, ball down the line, a hit batsmen on the check swing, a safety squeeze gone wrong, but they get on base. We just didn’t have any momentum going on tonight.”The first two batters in the bottom half of the first were set down in order, but the third batter of the inning, sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry, got a hold of a 2-2 pitch and blasted it to deep left-center field for a solo home run. “When I hit it, I knew it was gone,” Cherry said. “It was a fastball up, middle. What it really was — I expected a fastball for that pitch, especially with the 2-2 count and hadn’t seen anything but fastballs yet.”Cherry continued his red-hot hitting with that home run. Over his past 11 games, Cherry is batting .300 (12-40) with five extra-base hits including two doubles, a triple and the home run.The No. 3 hitter for the Buckeyes over the past three games, Cherry had spent most of the season batting sixth for the team, but his hot-hitting of late has put him in the spotlight for Beals and the rest of the team.“We’re putting him in the situation behind Jalen (Washington) and Tre’ (Gantt) right there in that three-spot, hopefully we get some guys on base and draw him some good pitches to hit with,” Beals said. “We’ve been working hard with his swing and trying to level out his swing a little bit, and the work is starting to pay off for him.”The Buckeyes held onto their 1-0 lead until a leadoff triple from senior left fielder R.J. Thompson in the top of the sixth inning gave the Bearcats their best chance of the game to score. A groundout to the second baseman drove in the runner from third, knotting the game up at one apiece.The wheels started to come off for the Buckeyes in the next inning. Junior center fielder Treg Haberkorn stepped up to the dish with one away and the bases loaded and drove an 0-2 pitch into the right-center field gap to score all three runs and give Cincinnati the 4-1 lead.Redshirt junior reliever Michalik was absent for a stretch of 10 games from March 19 to April 9 with an ankle injury, and though he threw 0.1 scoreless inning on Sunday, he appeared a bit rusty against Cincinnati.“Kyle’s a guy that we need to get right. He’s one of our go-to guys in the bullpen. He’s healthy and ready to go,” Beals said. “We need to get him out there and get him work to get him back sharp so he’s going to get the ball again soon. Just tonight wasn’t his night.”The Buckeyes escaped that inning without any added damage, but Cincinnati went right back at it in the top of the eighth. With a runner on third base, junior first baseman Ryan Noda drove a double down the right field line to expand the Cincinnati lead to 5-1.A bunt advanced Noda onto third base for freshman designated hitter Jace Mercer who singled up the middle, driving in Noda from third. Another single in the inning advanced Mercer on to third and a sacrifice fly pushed him home to bring the score to 7-1 in favor of the Bearcats.Though the Buckeyes’ offense struggled to get going, sophomore starting pitcher Connor Curlis did about all he could do to help his team come away with the win. He finished the night with a career-high six innings pitched and allowed just one run on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts.“I struggled in that first inning, I just had to get that behind me,” Curlis said. “Then I was trying to get ahead with the fastball, I was getting a bunch of popups and then just trying to allow my defense to work for me, I thought I did well with that.”The Buckeyes host Eastern Michigan on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. in their last home game before heading back out onto the road for a weekend matchup against Michigan State. read more

ScUber is an Uber submarine exploring the Great Barrier Reef

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Hudco lists at 22 premium to issue price

first_imgUpdate at 12.03 AM: Hudco was trading firm, at 72.50, up 20.83 percent. Related stocks such as Indiabulls Housing Finance (down 1.54 percent at Rs 1,038) and LIC Housing Finance up 0.94 percent at Rs 681) were mirroring Sensex that had shed almost all gains to trade just 25 points higher at 30,445.Update at 10.10 AM: Hudco shares were trading at Rs 76.50, up 27.50 percent to the issue price.Original story:Shares of Hudco listed at a premium of 22.42 percent on the stock exchanges on Friday, after the public sector company’s initial public offering (IPO) got an overwhelming response. The public issue was oversubscribed 79 times.At around 9.55 am, the stock was trading at Rs 73.45 and about 38 lakh shares had changed hands. The Hudco IPO was the first by a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under disinvestment since April 2012. The issue opened on May and closed on 11.Also read: GST Council finalises tax rates for 1,211 items; cars, refrigerators, ACs to attract 28%The government offloaded 20.4 crore equity shares (20,40,58,747 to be precise) for which the price band was fixed as Rs 56-60 per equity share. In percentage terms, the Indian government’s stake dilution is 10.19 percent.”Bids worth Rs. 97,000 crores were received for an issue size of Rs. 1,200 crores. This is the highest level of oversubscription witnessed in a divestment by Government of India through IPO route,” the finance ministry had said in a post-IPO update.Brokerages — Geojit Financial Services, Centrum Broking, Motilal Oswal Securities and Angel Broking — had a positive view on the IPO and had recommended investors to subscribe. Highlights of the issue and the company’s performance (courtesy: Motilal Oswal Securities)The company provides long term finance for construction of houses and to undertake housing and urban infrastructure development programmes.Hudco offers consultancy services, promotes research and studies and help propagate use of local building materials, cost-effective and innovative construction technologies.Its net profit for the last three years has risen consistently, from Rs 734 crore in 2013-14, to Rs 768 crore in 2014-15 and Rs 810 crore in 2015-16.At the upper end of the price band of Rs 60, the company is valued at 1.4x FY16 P/B.Gross NPAs were at around 6.8 percent and net NPAs at 1.51 percent.The company is set to play a vital role in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) under Housing for All (HFA) by 2022 and thus has bright prospects going forward.The migration from rural to urban India is leading to a shortage of housing and according to government data, the shortage in urban housing between FY 2012 and FY 2017 was estimated at close to 19 million dwellings.To reduce this shortage, the government has launched various schemes. Under the ‘Housing for All’ scheme, the government plans to build 20 million urban homes and 30 million rural homes by 2022.The credit-linked scheme under the urban programme, which offers 6.5 percent interest rate subsidy, has already started gaining traction and HUDCO is playing the key role of central nodal agency.Hudco’s outstanding loans (assets under management) stood at Rs 35,664.9 crore in FY16.last_img read more

Metro Plans New Safety Improvements Along The Light Rail Lines

first_img 00:00 /00:37 – / 3 Metro’s Capital and Strategic Planning Committee has voted to move ahead with a contract to install new fencing along the light rail tracks.Transit officials say they’re not fencing the entire rail line but focusing instead on key locations. Metro Vice-President Robert Trevino said riders will see most of the new fencing downtown and in midtown.“The existing Red Line will get a significant amount of pedestrian fencing,” explained Trevino. “The extension of the North Line, north of the University of Houston in downtown will get select locations and the Green and Purple Lines will get select locations around station locations.”The fencing is expected to cost about $558,000. The plan is to start work in the fall with completion before the end of the year.The full Metro board is slated to vote on the measure at their May meeting. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img X Sharelast_img read more

Coffs Coast offers hatted dining experiences

first_imgSource = Coffs Coast Tourism The Coffs Coast left well-dressed at this year’s Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards with two of their restaurants scoring hats. Bonville Golf Resort’s Flooded Gums Restaurant was hatted for the first time this year, while No. 2 Oak Street held onto their two previously awarded hats.Flooded Gums Restaurant, located just ten minutes from the Coffs Harbour CBD, is Australia’s first and only golf course restaurant to receive a hat at the awards. This achievement now places Bonville as a leader in golf course dining. Bonville General Manger, Brad Daymond said:  “The entire Bonville team are ecstatic and extremely proud of being judged a one Hat restaurant in this year’s Guide. The Golf Course at Bonville has always been highly awarded and recognised but it is fantastic to see the restaurant receive this recognition.”Bellingen establishment No.2 Oak Street was also recognised this year, keepings it’s two hatted status for the second year running. The 2013 Good Food Guide Awards were held in Sydney on Monday evening where both restaurants received their hats. last_img read more

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