Three arrested in Amarnath pilgrim attack case: Police

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday said three people, alleged conspirators in the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, have been arrested by its Special Investigation Team (SIT).The men provided logistical help to four Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who carried out the attack that left eight people dead, IGP Munir Khan told the media here.The men, who had allegedly helped the four terrorists by providing them with vehicles and shelter, were arrested recently and taken into remand for further questioning, the police said.The police said the four LeT militants, led by Abu Ismail, a Pakistani national, had attempted an attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 9, but were frustrated by heavy security arrangements.Another militant in the group of four had been identified as Yawar, a local recruiter for the LeT, the police said. Efforts are on to identify the other two, believed to be Pakistanis. The police also released pictures of Abu Ismail and Yawar.The the three “co-conspirators”— Bilal Ahmed Reshi, Aizaj Wagey and Zahoor Ahmed — had carried out reconnaissance exercises and chosen Botengo near Khanbal as the spot where the attack could be carried out, the police added.The trio had also provided shelter to the four militants in Khudwani and Sriguffwara of South Kashmir, Khan said. Bilal’s elder brother Adil, an alleged Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist, was killed by security forces earlier this year.The Jammu and Kashmir Police had constituted an SIT led by Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani to probe the attack on the pilgrims.last_img read more

‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the gold

first_imgChezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — It was a heartbreaker for Rubilen Amit in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball final Sunday.“I asked God, if I lose, does it have to be this painful?,” said the 35-year-old in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games The two-time World 10-ball champion had two options for the 6-ball on the far end of the table in the 13th and last rack.“I went for the high percentage, mathematically it’s the best choice,” said Amit who pocketed on the corner from right side of the table. She had all the intention of preparing for the 8-ball in back of the table.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“I felt that I hit it well. And then I saw it (mother ball) fall on the side pocket,” said Amit, who yelled along with the people watching the match at KLCC Function Hall 4.But she didn’t want to take away the glory from her 18-year-old opponent. Read Next PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “She deserves the gold medal. She came back from 2-5 and played steady,” said Amit. “But I can’t deny I was really disappointed. Give me the whole day to feel bad about it.”Amit said she’s preparing for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid maintain watching brief for Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabiaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are maintaining a watching brief on Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia.The former Castilla star is under consideration at Real as a 2019 signing, says AS.With 18 months left on his current deal, Sevilla find themselves in the position of needing to sell this year if they wish to make money from Sarabia’s departure.The 26 year-old’s deal carries an affordable €18m buyout clause.At Real, they see Sarabia as a natural successor for veteran midfield schemer Luka Modric – or as a replacement for Isco.And thanks to his time at Real, there would be a smooth transition as he is good friends with Dani Carvajal and Nacho. last_img read more

9 days agoNew York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton future

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton futureby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton loanee Josh Sims still wants a future at St Mary’s.Sims is hoping his loan spell in America with the New York Red Bulls won’t see him forgotten at Saints. He told the Daily Echo: “On paper, it seems a bit of a weird one but there was thought behind it,” revealed the academy lad.“With Ralph (Hasenhuttl), the manager at Southampton, being from a Red Bull team, the way he sort of sets up the team with tactics at Southampton is similar to this.“Southampton are very good. They watch all the games, they ask me how I’m getting on during the week. I’m not just sort of out of sight, out of mind. “That’s a big thing as well because I’m still a Southampton player so I don’t want to be forgotten about. I don’t feel forgotten about.” last_img read more

Preliminary report on Fort St Johns first homeless count released

first_imgAccording to the preliminary report, there were 61 homeless persons tallied in April’s count. Of those, nearly two-thirds, or 66 percent of persons experiencing homelessness were sheltered in some way.Over three-quarters of homeless persons tallied in Fort St. John, or 77 percent, were men, while 71 percent were between the ages of 25 and 54.More than half of the city’s homeless population, 59 percent, identified as Indigenous.The Women’s Resource Society said that the full detailed results from the homeless count will be released later this fall.The full preliminary report can be read below. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society has released a preliminary report on the first-ever count of the city’s homeless population.The homeless count was conducted over a 24-hour period on April 17th and 18th and saw volunteers from the Women’s Resource Society conduct tallies in local shelters, RCMP holding cells, hospitals, and other known places where at-risk individuals stay overnight.The homeless count was conducted in coordination with the provincial government, which provided $500,000 in funding for the program, which counted the homeless populations of 12 B.C. communities including Fort St. John.last_img read more

House approves Rep Bizons disabled veteran bill

first_img Categories: Bizon News The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. John Bizon.Bizon’s measure allows honorably discharged veterans to have a state park passport fee waived if proof of their 100-percent disabled status is provided to the Secretary of State.“This legislation creates another way for disabled veterans to have their state park passport fee waived,” said Bizon, of Battle Creek. “Veterans who would rather not advertise their disability status with a license plate can provide the Secretary of State documentation of their disabled status provided by the federal government to get the state park passport sticker.”Current law allows 100-percent disabled veterans to access state parks for free with a disabled veteran (DV) license plate. However, many may not be comfortable having a DV license plate.“Given all their sacrifices to our country, this is the least we can do for our 100-percent disabled military heroes,” Bizon said.House Bill 4380 now moves to the Senate for consideration. 12Dec House approves Rep. Bizon’s disabled veteran billlast_img read more

Media services provider Globecast has chosen Israe

first_imgMedia services provider Globecast has chosen Israel-based NovelSat’s satellite modulation technology for global distribution of some of the major events that its outside broadcast units cover.According to NovelSat, Globecast will add NovelSat satellite transmission products to its existing capabilities and will use NovelSat’s NS3-based NS1000 and NS2000 satellite modulators and demodulators.NovelSat claims that its NS3 technnology can increase data rates by more than 30% compared with many existing modulators, demodulators and modems.“As a key partner for our broadcast customers, we’ve built a reputation for delivering a high quality service, which allows broadcasters to ensure the best possible viewer experience. Using NovelSat NS3 technology for our high-profile broadcasts, Globecast can deliver consistently high quality content from start to finish with limited satellite bandwidth,” said Liz McParland, Contribution Sales Manager of Globecast.“Globecast has been particularly successful in showcasing how NovelSat NS3 can help to streamline broadcast distribution operation,” said Dan Peleg, CTO of NovelSat. “Our NovelSat NS3 technology raises the standard of spectral efficiency and performance in the satellite broadcast industry, putting our customers at the forefront of broadcast technology and viewer satisfaction.”last_img read more

Gene therapy is showing promise for treating one o

first_imgGene therapy is showing promise for treating one of the most common genetic disorders.Results of a study published Wednesday show that 15 of 22 patients with beta-thalassemia who got gene therapy were able to stop or sharply reduce the regular blood transfusions they had needed to alleviate their life-threatening anemia. There were no serious side effects.”We’re extraordinarily excited about these early results,” says Alexis Thompson, a professor of pediatrics at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, who helped with the study released Wednesday.”For the first time ever, we have a treatment that we might offer to all our patients,” says Mark Walters of the University of California, San Francisco, who also helped conduct the study.The researchers stress, however, that more research is needed to fully evaluate how well the treatment works and how safe it is.Still, the company that’s developing the treatment, Bluebird Bio of Cambridge, Mass., plans to seek approval of the treatment in Europe by the end of the year, a spokeswoman said in an email.An estimated 288,000 people have beta-thalassemia worldwide, which makes the disease one of the most common genetic disorders. It’s found most often in Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, Asia, India, and parts of Africa and South America. In the United States, about 10,000 to 15,000 patients have beta-thalassemia.The disease is caused by a defect in a gene that impairs the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen to tissues in the body. Blood transfusions can provide new blood cells that can supply needed oxygen and enable patients to live relatively normal lives. But transfusions can cause complications, including the build-up of dangerous levels of iron in the body.There are treatments to reduce the iron, but both the transfusions and the iron treatments are difficult to get in some parts of the world where the disease is most common. Some patients also undergo a bone marrow transplant, but only if they have a matching donor. That’s also not feasible in many countries.In the Bluebird Bio treatment, blood stem cells are taken from patients and modified by a virus that inserts a working copy of the gene that is defective in people with beta-thalassemia. The patients receive chemotherapy to remove the blood stem cells with defective genes from their bodies, then the modified stem cells carrying the proper gene are infused to replace them.In the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, all but one of the 13 patients who had a less severe form of beta-thalassemia were able to completely stop receiving blood transfusions, the researchers reported.Three of the remaining nine patients with a more severe form of the illness were also able to stop transfusions while the rest sharply reduced the frequency of the transfusions. The treatment was tested on patients in the United States, Australia and Thailand.Some of the patients have been followed for more than three years and so far there have been no signs of any serious side effects from the gene therapy, the researchers reported. The researchers stressed, however, that they will continue to be monitored for years for any long-term risks.After a roller-coaster history of high hopes and major disappointments, the field of gene therapy has finally started showing promise for several conditions. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Luxturna, the first gene therapy for a genetic disorder, to treat a rare inherited form of blindness.”It’s more good news for the gene therapy field,” says P.J. Brooks of the National Institutes of Health, which helped fund the research. A similar approach could be used to treat other blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, Brooks says.The new results mark “one of the first examples in which gene therapy could be applied to a large population of patients,” noted Dr. Alessandra Biffi of the Harvard Medical School. She wrote an editorial accompanying the research in the New England Journal of Medicine.But one concern could be the cost. Luxturna costs $425,000 to treat each eye. Bluebird Bio hasn’t said how much the beta-thalassemia treatment might cost. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Bits of human brain tissue no larger than a pea ar

first_imgBits of human brain tissue no larger than a pea are forcing scientists to think about questions as large as the nature of consciousness.These clusters of living brain cells are popularly known as minibrains, though scientists prefer to call them cerebral organoids. At the moment, they remain extremely rudimentary versions of an actual human brain and are used primarily to study brain development and disorders like autism.But minibrain research is progressing so quickly that scientists need to start thinking about the potential implications now, says Nita Farahany, a professor of law and philosophy at Duke University and the director of Duke Science and Society.”Is it possible that an organoid far off in the future could develop something that looks like consciousness or any kind of sentience, the ability to feel something like pain,” she says.Farahaney and 16 other prominent scientists, ethicists and philosophers posed this question and many others in a commentary in this week’s issue of the journal Nature.Minibrains are usually created by transforming skin cells from a person into neural stem cells. These stem cells can grow into a range of structures like those found in the human brain, and even form networks of cells that communicate.At the moment these lab-grown minibrains are limited to a few million cells and don’t get much larger than a pea. In contrast, the human brain is thousands of times larger and contains about 85 billion cells.”Right now they’re pretty good proxies for being able to study how certain kinds of human neurons interact with each other and grow and develop over time,” Farahany says. “But they are still far from what an actual human brain would look like.”Yet already, minibrains are helping scientists do remarkable things, Farahany says.”If you’re talking about something like schizophrenia or autism, if you want to model those things, it is difficult to do so with animal models and it is ethically impossible in many instances to do so with living humans,” She says. But it is possible to grow a minibrain from cells with genetic mutations associated with like autism and watch how it develops.Minibrain experiments also helped scientists figure out how the Zika virus interferes with normal brain development, Farahany says.And just this month, a team at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., published evidence that a human minibrain transplanted into a mouse brain could develop functioning blood vessels. That would, in theory, allow scientists to grow much larger minibrains.So it’s clear the potential of the field is huge, Farahany says. But so are the ethical questions surrounding brain cells that live and grow outside the human body.One area of concern involves the practice of transplanting human brain tissue into animals. That could eventually lead to, say, mice with exceptional mental abilities, Farahany says.So now, she says, is when scientists and society needs to start asking questions like, “How comfortable are we with certain kinds of hybrids we’re creating and does that change the way we regard those animals or the kinds of protections that should be afforded to them.”For example, researchers may need some guidance on what research rules apply to enhanced lab mouse, Farahany says. Do they assume it’s like a typical lab mouse, which can be killed at the end of an experiment? Or do these mice enjoy the protections given to chimps, which are allowed to retire after their time in research is done?The commentary doesn’t offer answers to those questions, or any specific guidelines for research. Instead, it is intended as a way of guiding future discussions about minibrains and other efforts to replicate the functions of a human brain.”This is really the time to get out ahead of these ethical issues before it becomes deeply problematic to proceed without having addressed them,” Farahany says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Disabled people have been left demoralised and fr

first_imgDisabled people have been left “demoralised and frustrated” by the housing system and face a “chronic shortage” of accessible homes, according to a new report by the equality and human rights watchdog.More than 350,000 disabled people in England have unmet housing needs, with one-third of those in rented accommodation living in unsuitable properties, says the report.There are also about 17,000 wheelchair-users in Scotland with unmet housing needs, while there is “a severe shortage” of accessible and wheelchair-accessible housing in Wales.Despite this, fewer than one in four local authorities (22 per cent) have an accessible housing register, while only 28 per cent have a target for accessible housing.The report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) follows an 18-month formal inquiry and calls on the government to draw up a national strategy to ensure an adequate supply of new homes built to inclusive design standards.The report – Housing and disabled people: Britain’s hidden crisis – also says there is “unacceptable bureaucracy and delay” in the system of installing home adaptations.EHRC published separate reports on the crisis in housing for disabled people in both Scotland and Wales.The report on Britain warns of “insufficient attention given to those currently in residential care who wish to live independently and could do so with the right support”.And it says that provision of advice, support and advocacy is “patchy”, with disabled people reporting that they have nowhere to turn when in crisis or when their housing is unsuitable, while navigating the complex systems for allocating housing and securing adaptations is “stressful and challenging”.It concludes: “Progress to ensure that disabled people have accessible homes that support their right to independent living is unlikely to be made unless disabled people are actively engaged in shaping housing policy and practice.”And it adds: “The human and economic costs of inaccessible housing can be avoided if disabled people’s requirements are identified and built into planning and delivery of new housing supply.”The inquiry heard accounts of disabled people eating, sleeping and bathing in one room, and of having to be carried around their inaccessible homes by relatives.One disabled person who contributed to the inquiry said they had not been outside their second-floor flat since 2011 – apart from essential hospital trips – because there was no lift and the flat was not wheelchair-accessible.A second respondent to the inquiry’s call for evidence described how they were unable to access their children’s room and other parts of the house and could not use their wheelchair because their home was so inaccessible.And one disabled respondent said: “I have been on my local authority [housing] list for seven years, but there has never been a suitable property available in that time.“So for the past two years I have been reduced to having my hair washed in a bowl while sat on my toilet.”The report says that while more than two-thirds of local authorities say that developers do not always comply with accessibility requirements, only seven local authorities (three per cent) have taken action against a developer in the last three years.In addition to the demand for a national strategy, the report calls on the UK government to produce mandatory planning guidance for local authorities on assessing need and delivering accessible and adaptable housing, and wheelchair-accessible housing.And it says the government should amend building regulations so that the optional M4(2) accessibility standard – a series of design criteria intended to make homes more easily adaptable for lifetime use – is instead a mandatory minimum standard for all new housing.Government figures show this would increase construction costs by just £1,100 per home.It also says the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments should all require local authorities to ensure a minimum of 10 per cent of new-build homes are built to higher wheelchair-accessible standards.And it says the three governments should provide funding to disabled people’s organisations and advice agencies so they can increase provision of independent advice and information on housing.The report welcomes the UK government’s decision to increase funding for disabled facilities grants (DFGs) from £220 million in 2015-16 to £505 million in 2019-20 and incorporate the funding into a joint health and social care budget, the Better Care Fund, with the aim of doubling the number of grants to 85,000 by 2020.DFGs provide funding to make disabled people’s homes more accessible, for example by widening doorways, installing ramps or providing a downstairs bathroom.But the report adds: “The increase in funding is an important step, but we heard evidence that the slow and cumbersome nature of the DFG process often leads to people spending extended periods in hospital beyond their discharge date or being discharged into unsuitable accommodation.”EHRC says its findings “raise alarming concerns that disabled people’s right to independent living is being heavily restricted by unsuitable and unsafe housing”.The findings mirror those of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD), which highlighted concerns last August about possible breaches in Britain of both article nine (on accessibility) and article 19 (on independent living) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.CRPD warned that austerity measures had “hindered the advancement of accessibility” and raised concerns about “the reduction in social protection schemes related to housing, household income and budgets for independent living”.Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “This research shows some of the fundamental issues we face on a day-to-day basis.“Appropriate housing is key to independent living and creating choice and control for disabled people.“But it’s also better for the tax payer. Better housing options mean disabled people are less likely to seek support from hard-pressed health and social care providers.“The same is true if we develop ways to ensure the swift provision of aids and adaptations when people become disabled.“We need clear standards for developers and designers so we begin to see the establishment of more lifetime homes; and better policing and support for private landlords, who have a huge slice of the rental market.”Heather Fisken, manager of Independent Living in Scotland, which is part of Inclusion Scotland, said: “This is indeed a hidden crisis. Disabled people living in unsuitable housing are denied their human rights to participate in and contribute to their communities. “Living in inaccessible housing can mean not getting outside at all or only rarely, or even being forced to move to a care home.“The EHRC’s recommendations echo Inclusion Scotland’s own report Our Place, Our Space which called on Scottish government to introduce a national target for new build houses built to wheelchair accessible standards, and for a new accessible housing design standard. “Without urgent policy change and investment, the situation is set to get worse as the population ages and housing stocks depreciate.”Disability Wales also welcomed the reports and called for “urgent action”.A Disability Wales spokesperson said: “There are far too many examples where disabled people are unable to move around their own home due to its inaccessibility.   “This is having a huge impact on disabled people’s health and well-being, their ability to engage in community life and access employment.“Having a suitable place to live is a basic need and a human right.”The EHRC reports come less than two months after the government rejected a series of recommendations made by the Commons women and equalities committee, following its inquiry on disability and the built environment.Maria Miller, the Tory MP who chairs that committee, said the government’s decision to reject those recommendations had left disabled people to face “unacceptable barriers to independent living, often making them feel isolated and forgotten”.She said: “I welcome the findings of this inquiry and hope that it will act as another much-needed wake up call for ministers.”A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government said: “We realise many disabled people can face a variety of obstacles in their daily lives, but we’re clear that their homes should not be one of these.“That’s why we’re providing councils with almost £1 billion over the next two years to adapt properties for disabled people so they can live independently and safely.“Our planning rules make clear councils must take the needs of elderly and disabled people into account when planning new homes in their area.”Picture © Equality and Human Rights Commissionlast_img read more

SCOTX Email Contacts Insufficient to Establish Jurisdiction in Foiled Deal

first_imgTexas justices ruled that electronic communications between a Canadian company and a Houston firm negotiating the sale of Colombian mineral assets were insufficient to confer Texas jurisdiction over the Canadian company. A strongly worded dissent accused the majority of ignoring the realities of complex business negotiations in a time where e-mail communication is the norm . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Lost your password? Remember me Usernamecenter_img Password Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img read more

Kings scientists to monitor air quality exposure of 250 children

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 19 2019A new study by King’s scientists will monitor air quality exposure of 250 children on their way to school and in the classroom. The announcement was made today at Haimo Primary School in Greenwich by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is funding the study.Led by Dr Ben Barratt from the Environmental Research Group at King’s, the study will use state-of-the-art toxic air monitoring backpacks developed by Dyson, to help monitor and better understand the levels of toxic air young Londoners are exposed to during their journeys to school and in the classroom.250 pupils from five London primary schools, situated across five boroughs (Southwark, Richmond, Greenwich, Haringey and Hammersmith and Fulham) will take part in the project, wearing specially adapted backpacks to and from school for a week.Weighing just over 1kg, the sensors fit into lightweight bags and measure particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels. The children involved will use the backpacks like a normal bag (the monitor takes up one pocket, leaving plenty of room for school equipment), allowing the monitors to record pollutant levels on each child’s journey to school and throughout the school day.The data from this study will allow King’s scientists to analyse at which point of their journey to school (or which part of their school day) children are exposed to the most pollution. They will also be able to the compare the exposure of children who have similar journeys but take different routes and travel modes and then make recommendations of how children can reduce their exposure in future.Dr Ben Barratt from King’s said: “Air pollution has been found to restrict lung growth in children. Low lung function in childhood can persist into adulthood and is often associated with other health problems including chronic obstructive lung disease in later life.”Analysing the impact of air pollution and providing information to our local, national and international communities is a core component of King’s civic responsibility. By monitoring the air that children breathe on the journey to and from school, we will gain a better understanding of which pollutants are the most harmful and where they are coming from, helping us to support effective improvements in public health.”The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “It remains a shameful fact that London’s toxic air is harming the lung growth and health of our young children, and City Hall is determined to do everything in our power to protect them.Related StoriesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenResearch reveals genetic cause of deadly digestive disease in childrenResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifida”An issue this large and complex requires bold and innovative action to protect future generations and ensure our children inherit cleaner, healthier air. I’m proud that we’re able to launch world leading studies like this which will help us find new ways to reduce children’s exposure to toxic air. I hope the success of this scheme will act as a blueprint for cities around the world as they battle their own toxic air emergencies.”The health of London’s children is key to everything we do to improve air quality. We’ve already conducted air quality audits at dozens of schools and nurseries across London,resulting in positive changes that are helping reduce pollution and clean the air for thousands of pupils. But alongside these measures, we need strong action, I will continue to prioritise the health of all Londoners with a range of strong measures including cleaning up the bus fleet, funding a scrappage scheme for micro-businesses to remove the most polluting vans and, next month, the launch of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in the central London Congestion Charge area. But we can’t win this battle without more help from the Government, who are still failing to take this problem seriously and offer the support London needs to tackle this public health crisis.”The new sensors have been developed by Dyson engineers in co-operation with King’s as part of the Mayor’s Breathe London project – launched in January.Jessica Le Dinh, Category Intelligence Engineer, Dyson, said: “Our engineers have been researching clean air technologies for over two decades. Our team of experts applied their leading knowledge to develop intelligent sensors, compact enough to fit in children’s backpacks.”Children can take up to 30,000 breaths a day. Their lungs are still developing, which makes them vulnerable to air pollution. City air can contain potentially harmful pollutants – including nitrogen dioxide and soot-based particulate matter. That’s why this study is so vital. It will help us monitor exactly what our children are exposed to, to inform effective solutions.” Source: read more

Researchers explore link between aging fat cells and Alzheimers

first_imgBoth adiponectin and PPAR-γ have been implicated in Alzheimer’s and delivering adiponectin to the brain has been shown to improve cognition in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s. PPAR-γ agonists, which increase adiponectin levels, already are used to lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels and have been tried in Alzheimer’s as well.However, investigators studying the agonists’ potential in Alzheimer’s have reported difficulty with the drugs reaching the brain, and that the high doses needed to compensate for that result in side effects like edema, heart failure, liver abnormalities and weight gain. These findings have some calling for more selective PPAR-γ therapies.Lu has evidence that for Alzheimer’s that could mean targeting PPAR-γ2, the version of PPAR-γ primarily made by fat cells. The other, PPAR-γ1, is the target of current PPAR-γ agonists, says Lu, and can be made by a variety of cells in other organs, such as the heart and kidney, which could account for the undesirable side effects.In the search for a better solution, the grant is enabling Lu and her team to further explore the relationship between adiponectin made by fat cells and the cognitive decline that comes with aging. They also are looking at the receptors for adiponectin on neurons in centers of learning and memory in the brain to explore their distinct function, what happens to them with the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s and the vulnerability of the neurons with the receptors to degeneration.Lu’s team thinks the benefit of PPAR-γ agonists in Alzheimer’s results from activating the PPAR-γ in fat cells, which increases adiponectin production, so they are using mice missing PPAR-γ in adult fat cells to look at its effects on cognition, metabolic function, the overall health of neurons and the hallmark neuropathological lesions in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s.It was obesity researchers who made the connection between fat cells, PPAR-γ and adiponectin, notes Lu. Interestingly, in obesity fat cells become less efficient at making adiponectin, which is anti-inflammatory and can help regulate neuronal activity, including turning activity of some neurons up and others down. One theory is that fat cells instead start making inflammation-promoting signals called cytokines and inflammation hinders adiponectin production so neurons suffer.The same thing essentially happens with age, which is Lu’s focus, and when Alzheimer’s tends to occur. Fat stores begin to shift from beneficial subcutaneous fat to unhealthy fat that piles up on our bellies and around the organs inside our abdominal cavity producing a hotbed of inflammation and a lot less adiponectin.Related StoriesMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingIt’s not really about how much fat you have but what kind of fat cells you have and what hormones those fat cells can make, Lu says, that may affect your risk of Alzheimer’s.”Your fat cells were making beneficial adipokines like adiponectin, which decrease inflammation, and now are making more proinflammatory cytokines,” she says. This shifting toward unhealthy fat is a natural one that occurs regardless of your body weight, she notes.In the brain, adiponectin has two distinct receptors on neurons, AdipoR1 and AdipoR2. Lu’s lab has found that activating adiponectin receptor 1 and disrupting adiponectin receptor 2 increases the excitability of neurons in the hippocampus while disrupting receptor 1 and activating receptor 2 decreases it.Excessive excitability is common in early stages of Alzheimer’s and leaves neurons vulnerable to degeneration. And Lu thinks Alzheimer’s also manipulates this pathway to alter and ultimately decrease neuron function in the brain’s cerebral cortex and hippocampus, centers of learning and memory, that are heavily hit by Alzheimer’s, the most common dementia.They have shown that before they die, neurons become hyperactive and generally don’t function well. In fact, patients as well as animal models of Alzheimer’s can experience seizures, a sign of excessive excitability.”When you have Alzheimer’s, you have neurons die in the cortex and the hippocampus,” Lu says. In fact, the brain generally shrinks in size. Why some neurons die and others don’t is what Lu and her team are trying to better understand.Now they are working to better understand the functions of the apparently distinctive receptors, particularly on the neurons that produce glutamate, a brain chemical that helps excite cells and known to be critical to cognition.They suspect the receptors’ clearly opposite effects on cell excitability could mean they also have a different, and possibly opposite as well, effect on Alzheimer’s development. So they are looking at what deleting and activating the receptors does to those neurons and what that does to contribute to or alleviate age- and Alzheimer’s-related changes to the brain and our ability to think and remember.They also are studying what happens to the receptors themselves in different age mice.Adiponectin has a protective, or neurotrophic, effect on neurons helping enable their survival, growth, repair and even regrowth. They can help neurons and their connections stay nimble, or plastic, so our brains function better, and we can continue to properly respond to our environment and maintain other brain basics like making memories.Genetic variations in PPAR-γ and adiponectin as well as low blood levels of adiponectin already are associated with an increased Alzheimer’s risk. In fact, low adiponectin levels in the cerebrospinal fluid in the brain have been associated with increased production of the hallmark plaque and shrinking of the hippocampus associated with Alzheimer’s.Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. First symptoms may appear after age 60 and the number of people with it doubles every five years beyond age 65, according to the CDC. It’s known that metabolic disorders, like obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, increase Alzheimer’s risk. In fact, Alzheimer’s is sometimes referred to as type 3 diabetes, which is thought to result from resistance to insulin in the brain.Lu also studies adiponectin in depression and has shown how chronic stress can decrease fat’s production of PPAR-γ and adiponectin. We know when you have Alzheimer’s your adiponectin is low, now we want to make sure this is actually a cause.”Dr. Xin-Yun Lu, molecular behavioral neuroscientist at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Source:Medical College of Georgia at Augusta Universitycenter_img Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 21 2019Scientists want to know whether our aging fat cells are important to the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s.They have evidence that as we age, our fat becomes less efficient at producing a hormone that helps support the growth and survival of neurons and helps regulate their activity. The result can be neurons in areas of the brain important to learning and memory become dysfunctional, degenerate and we develop Alzheimer’s.”What happens to neurons, that is really what we are interested in,” says Dr. Xin-Yun Lu, molecular behavioral neuroscientist at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Translational Neuroscience.Lu is principal investigator on a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health that is helping further explore the possibility that improving the function of our older fat may just help our brains.The hormone is adiponectin, which is made by fat cells, circulates in our blood and enters our brain. Inside fat cells, its production is regulated by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma, or PPAR-γ, a transcription factor that’s essential for early stage fat cells to become mature, fully functioning ones.last_img read more

The energy industry is being disrupted – and traditional firms cant keep

first_img Explore further Storage is a key technological element of the new system. Fortunately, the development of electric vehicles (EV), to address climate change and localised pollution, is being seen as a key driver of change for transport and power sectors. EV sales are set to increase dramatically, stimulated by recent government targets and policy support, while the prices of lithium-ion batteries decline sharply. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Citation: The energy industry is being disrupted – and traditional firms can’t keep up (2018, August 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from The electricity sector is experiencing a profound disruptive shock. This is due to technological innovation including the falling costs of renewables and energy storage, along with tougher environmental policies and regulatory reform. Credit: Sergey Nivens / shutterstock These changes are most apparent in Australia, the EU and parts of North America, where once-powerful utility companies are struggling or restructuring to survive. But, as I’ve looked at in a recent report, decision-makers elsewhere are asking whether these power markets are outliers or if they herald a global shift.Global investment in renewable energy – excluding large hydropower – was just under US$279 billion in 2017, a rise of 2% on the previous year. Wind and solar account for most of this. In fact, as technology and installation becomes cheaper, non-hydro renewables accounted for 61% of all the new installed power capacity (that’s including all fossil fuel, nuclear and hydro) across the world in 2017.If we are to address climate change, such changes must continue. While the construction of wind and solar was initially stimulated by decarbonisation policy, now it is driven by economics. As renewables continue to be deployed, they become ever cheaper to build and install. Solar is already at least as cheap as coal in Germany, Australia, the US, Spain and Italy. By 2021, it is also expected to be cheaper than coal in China.Integrating all this new power may become costly. National power systems have been designed for centralised coal or gas power stations, after all, which can more easily be switched on and off to ensure supply meets demand. Things are much more challenging when renewables are involved, as the sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t always blow.A new energy system is emergingInnovations in energy storage and digital technology promise to keep these costs down, but the big traditional utilities are failing to keep pace. This has left new actors free to provide new technologies and business models.center_img Nissan has moved into the home battery market. Credit: Eaton/Nissan PV, wind, batteries: Energy outlook research Provided by The Conversation A plethora of large and powerful car manufacturers are getting into electric vehicles, prompted by government sales targets and the speed at which the total cost of owning an EV is approaching that of a traditional petrol car. Honda wants two-thirds of its sales to be electric or hybrid by 2030, BMW is aiming for 15–25% by 2025, while both Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover are targeting 100% by 2020. Many of these companies are now making use of their manufacturing capabilities and moving into selling home storage units for electricity, which aren’t too different from an electric car’s battery. These storage units mean that people with solar panels will be able to consume more of their own electricity. This is further reducing the market for traditional firms and creating new competitors as some of the world’s largest manufacturing companies enter the power sector for the first time.Going digitalAs in many other sectors, digitalisation is another disruptive change. Smart meters in particular mean energy firms can better monitor and understand their customers, which enables even more flexibility – imagine energy supplies tailored to individual households and times of day. These increasingly complex electricity systems will rely on machine learning algorithms to know when and where energy will be needed. Internet giants like Google and Amazon are already piloting and exploring the opportunities. Who would bet against Amazon becoming a major power supplier in the next decade? Blockchain technology could also enable a peer to peer energy market, allowing neighbours to sell excess power to one another and potentially further reducing the role of traditional firms.Over the past few years, there have been significant changes in the power sector, resulting in declining profits and the restructuring of traditional utilities. However, looking forward, the electrification of the transport and eventually heat sectors, and increasing digitalisation is likely to lead to far more significant disruption than we have seen to date. This will bring in a whole new set of companies and potentially engage consumers like never before. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Lowcost and energy efficient recording of biodiversity soundscapes

first_img “In this paper, we propose a low cost solution for an audio recorder with onboard audio processing, as part of a wireless sensor network. The developed audio recorder can be used in several different use cases for which no cost effective, scalable biodiversity monitoring solution currently exists, such as to monitor pollinating insects, or to assess the condition of tropical forests by observing vocal animals,” says Victor C. M. Leung, Ph.D., corresponding author and Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia. “Our tests demonstrate that a collection of acoustic sounds recorded in 1 minute can arrive at the server only 30 seconds after the recording has finished, affording near real-time performance which could be of great value in tracking endangered species, or identifying illegal activity such as logging or poaching in protected areas,” Professor Leung adds.The study was published in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica in January 2019.Critical to understanding an ecosystem’s structure and function and predicting future changes is knowing what species inhabit an ecosystem, and how many of each kind there are. A balanced ecosystem has healthy biodiversity levels and is therefore strong enough to withstand stresses such as climate change and predators. Ensuring the ecosystem’s equilibrium is therefore vital to its survival. One way to track biodiversity and ensure its balance is by monitoring the sounds that animals emit as they communicate within their environment. This is also called passive acoustic monitoring, and it has emerged as a powerful method for preserving an ecosystem’s survival. However, the amount of data that is collected requires automated methods that are capable of sampling the sounds across time and space and relaying the data to an accessible storage location. As this requires a lot of power, it remains a technical challenge. As such, there is currently an urgent need for new assessment methods that are both energy efficient as well as cost effective.”Traditional biodiversity survey methods involve the identification and logging of species, by experts at the recording location, based on what they see and hear at locations of interest. This implies several disadvantages like the vast amount of time and money to get constant results over a long period of time and a wide geographical distance, lack of reliability due to human error. Based on the growing recognition of the ecological significance of the acoustic environment, passive acoustic monitoring is emerging as a promising solution to the urgent, global need for new biodiversity assessment methods,” Professor Leung adds.In the future, the researchers aim to optimize the system’s versatility as well as efficiency. They also plan to increase battery life by implementing a system sleep mode as well as integrating solar as a second power source for a long-lasting operation. Furthermore, their aims are to improve the audio quality, further reduce costs, increase the number of nodes and install antennas between them so that they can cover a larger network. “A detailed analysis to identify the balance between range and power consumption might be an interesting topic for future enhancements of the wireless recorders,” Professor Leung comments. Provided by Chinese Association of Automation Explore further More information: Zhengguo Sheng et al, Wireless acoustic sensor networks and edge computing for rapid acoustic monitoring, IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (2019). DOI: 10.1109/JAS.2019.1911324 Forest soundscapes monitor conservation efforts inexpensively, effectively Set-up of a low-cost and energy efficient wireless audio recorder. Credit: C.M. Leung Ph.D., University of Brisith Columbia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Low-cost and energy efficient recording of biodiversity soundscapes (2019, March 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from An international team of researchers has built a new sensor network that can monitor two crucial activities, namely biodiversity, or the variety of life, in a particular habitat or ecosystem, and identification of possible illegal activities such as logging or poaching in protected areas. This wireless recording network is capable of recording an ecosystem’s sounds with the same quality as devices that have been used to date, but it is significantly more energy-efficient and cost-effective. This network is composed of edge computing recorders, or devices that sample and process data at the recording location, with power savings of up to 280%. It promises to significantly streamline the monitoring process of biodiversity and addresses the urgent global need for new assessment methods necessary to maintain the world’s biodiversity balance.last_img read more

Largest Neolithic Settlement in Israel Uncovered Up to 3000 People May Have

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However, now that the government plans to build a new highway entrance and new roundabouts there, the Israel Antiquities Authority sent a team to do a full-scale excavation of the Neolithic settlement, Vardi told Live Science. This effort quickly became the largest excavation of a Neolithic site in the country, he said. During the Neolithic, hunter-gatherer groups began farming and making permanent settlements. So, it came as no surprise when they found large buildings with rooms where Neolithic people once lived, public facilities and places for rituals. Alleyways ran between the buildings, showing that the settlement had an advanced layout. Some buildings even had plaster floors. The team also uncovered human burials beneath and around the houses. Some of the burials also held burial goods, likely offerings that may have been given to help the deceased in the afterlife. Some of these grave goods came from far away — including obsidian beads from Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) and seashells from the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea — indicating that the people at this site traded with neighboring regions. The excavation also uncovered several stone and mother-of-pearl bracelets, which, given their small size, were likely worn by children or adolescents, Vardi said. He added that one burial showed that these bracelets were worn on the upper arm. The site also has thousands of stone arrowheads for hunting, axes for felling trees, and sickle blades and knives, as well as figurines whose styles date to the Neolithic. Radiocarbon dating of the seeds found at the site indicates that people lived there between 9,000 and 8,800 years ago, Vardi said. In addition to farming crops and keeping goats, these people kept cows and pigs; they also hunted game, such as gazelle, deer, wolves and foxes, as shown by animal remains found there. “Based on the data that we have and from the fauna, we have a pretty good notion that the people at the site were farmers and they were specialists in what they did,” Vardi said. After the Neolithic period ended, people continued to live there. It’s clear why this spot was so desirable, Vardi said, as it’s near a large spring and several smaller springs that supply fresh water. The site is now 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) from Jerusalem, on the banks of the Sorek Stream. The entire Motza site is about 0.1 square miles (30 to 40 hectares). As the excavation wraps up, the team still has a lot on its plate. The researchers plan to publish several papers and articles for the public on the site, as well as put some of the artifacts in museums for public viewing, Vardi said. Before it gets destroyed by a newly constructed highway, a 9,000-year-old Neolithic site just outside of Jerusalem is getting an exhaustive excavation, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. The humans who lived there during the Neolithic (the last period of the Stone Age) were a sophisticated bunch. Many of them were likely farmers who had stored hundreds of thousands of seeds — including lentils, chickpeas and beans — in storage facilities. These ancient people also kept domesticated goats, as shown by animal remains found at the site, and they traded with neighboring regions, such as what is now Turkey, Jordan and the areas around the Red Sea. “This is the first time that such a large-scale settlement from the Neolithic period — 9,000 years ago — [has been] discovered in Israel,” Hamoudi Khalaily and Jacob Vardi, archaeologists and excavation directors at the site, who work with the Israel Antiquities Authority, said in a statement. “At least 2,000 [to] 3,000 residents lived here — an order of magnitude that parallels a present-day city.” [See Photos of the Neolithic Excavation]Advertisement Largest Neolithic Excavation on Record in IsraelArchaeologists are excavating a 9,000-year-old farming settlement in Israel that dates to the Neolithic. Credit: Yaniv Berman/Israel Antiquities AuthorityVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0002:4502:45Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭 last_img read more

Angry customer makes cendol seller even richer

first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} In fact, sales soared even further after an angry customer posted on Facebook a receipt showing RM114 for three bowls of cendol served with Musang King.Ariff Qayyum, who is the owner of Raja Cendol Taming Sari, said: “I’m so thankful the matter went viral. Now more people know about my stall and I’ve many more customers. My workers and I have never been busier.” He said durian lovers did not mind paying RM38 for a bowl of Musang King cendol, as they were well aware of the market price for the premium fruit. While the Musang King cendol is the clear winner among his customers, he said the Udang Merah cendol (RM20 a bowl), D24 cendol (RM20), hybrid durian cendol (RM17) and normal cendol (RM7) are also popular.“Just for each serving of Musang King cendol, I use between 120gm and 150gm of the pulp,” he said, adding that his durians are mostly sourced from Johor and Pahang.Since he is particular about the quality of durian he uses to prepare the dessert, he has to cope with the fluctuating prices of durians.“Between November and January, durian prices shoot up due to smaller harvest. During the durian season from May to August, prices start to drop. Cheap or expensive, I still have to buy my stock,” he said.Before he opened his stall, he worked at his family-owned factory that produced durian-­based snacks.Using his savings of RM25,000 as capital, he started the venture. His father Mohd Zamri Mohd Taib, 51, who is his business adviser, was the one who suggested that he put Musang King cendol in his menu and to add gula melaka syrup to enhance the taste.Last year, the young entrepreneur raked in total sales of RM950,000. Ariff Qayyum said he hoped to open bran­ches in Kuala Lumpur and Johor in future.Ahmad Dhani Mikail, 18, a student from Indonesia, when met at the stall recently said it was the first time he was trying out the Musang King cendol.“I usually prefer ice kacang to cendol. But this cendol durian is really delicious,” he said.His Singaporean friend Samantha Ng, 18, said she has eaten cendol in Singapore but found Raja Cendol Taming Sari’s durian cendol the best she so far.“It is more fragrant and the gula melaka is not that sweet. I can have two bowls in one go,” she said.Another customer from Seremban, Abdul Manaf Ibrahim, 47, said he was a durian lover and would never miss the opportunity to enjoy Musang King cendol whenever he visits Melaka. — Bernama Popular dessert: Ariff Qayyum said his customers do not mind paying RM38 for a bowl of Musang King cendol as they were well aware of the market price for the premium fruit. — Bernama MELAKA: He put two quintessential Malay­sian delights together. And since then, his cendol served with dollops of Musang King has made him a very happy man.Cendol seller Muhammad Ariff Qayyum Mohd Zamri, 25, ventured into the business two years ago just to pass time. Little did he expect his cendol stall here to eventually generate an average monthly income of RM90,000. This would swell to RM150,000 a month during the school holidays. Nation 10 Jul 2019 Melaka exco member plans to give Dr M durians as a birthday gift Nation 01 Jun 2019 M’sia to start exporting Musang King to China in August Related News Related News Nation 27 Apr 2019 High-tech solution to thorny problem of ‘fake’ Musang Kinglast_img read more

Amarnath Yatra suspended after separatist called for strike on Martyrs Day

first_img Next Amarnath Yatra suspended from Jammu to Srinagar after separatists call for strike on Martyrs DayJuly 13 is observed as Martyrs Day in Jammu and Kashmir to remember those killed in the firing outside the Srinagar Central Jail by forces of the Dogra Maharaja in 1931.advertisement Sunil Bhat Shuja-ul-Haq JammuJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:58 IST The Amarnath Yatra was suspended on Saturday with no pilgrim allowed to move towards the Kashmir Valley from Jammu due to a separatist-called protest shutdown.”Taking stock of the law and order situation because the protest shutdown called by the separatists today, movement of the pilgrims from Jammu to Srinagar will remain suspended today,” police sources said.July 13 is observed as Martyrs Day in Jammu and Kashmir to remember those killed in the firing outside the Srinagar Central Jail by forces of the Dogra Maharaja in 1931.The state government observes the day to honour those who fought for Independence in 1947.Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah also reached the graveyard with his supporters and paid homage to the 1931 martyrs.”The governor is a BJP man and won’t come here to pay the tribute,” said Farooq AbdullahWhen asked about assembly election in the state, Farooq said,”Today or tomorrow the government should conduct state assembly election as the popular government is the only is the way to peace.”Since the annual pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine started on July 1, over 1.50 lakh pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra so far.The cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises the mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to the devotees.The structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.Pilgrims approach the shrine either from the shorter 14 km-long Baltal trek or through the longer 45 km Pahalgam trek.Helicopter services are also available for pilgrims at both base camps.The Cave shrine was discovered in 1850 by a Muslim Shepherd, Buta Malik.Legend says a Sufi saint rewarded the shepherd with a bag of charcoal that turned out to be gold.Descendants of the shepherd have received a portion of the offerings from the cave shrine for over 150 years.This year’s Amarnath Yatra will end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.(With inputs from IANS)Also read: 13,004 pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath cave shrineALSO WATCH| First batch of Amarnath pilgrims reaches shrineFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahimlast_img read more

Puducherry power tussle SC asks Centre to move Madras HC with plea

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:22 IST Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Dr. Kiran BediThe Supreme Court on Friday refused to extend its order restraining the Puducherry government from implementing any cabinet decisions having financial implications and asked the Centre to move the Madras High Court with its plea on alleged power tussle between the chief minister and the Lieutenant Governor.The apex court, on June 4, had directed that “any decision in the Cabinet meeting to be convened on July 7 having financial implication/implications or with respect to any transfer of the lands shall not be implemented”.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose did not allow the plea of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the issue of alleged tussle over power between Lieutenant Governor and the chief minister was important and required a judicial decision in the light of the five-judge Constitution bench verdict in the Delhi-Centre power row matter.”We are not inclined to entertain this case. It would be open to the petitioner (Centre) to challenge the order of the single judge bench order (of the HC) in the division bench,” the bench said.The Puducherry government had earlier told the apex court that it has taken three cabinet decisions , distribution of free rice to all ration card holders in the Union Territory, renaming a department and auctioning of a sick factory.Out of these three decisions taken, free distribution of rice to all ration card holders can be allowed as the scheme has been running for the last ten years, it had said.The counsel for Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi had said that the scheme cannot be allowed as it will be a modification of an earlier order and has a huge financial implication.The top court had on June 4 directed the Puducherry government, led by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy who is at loggerheads with Kiran Bedi, not to implement any decision having financial implications, that may be taken at the Cabinet meeting of in the June 7.The application filed by the Centre and Kiran Bedi had sought a direction for restoring the situation prevailing before the April 30 Madras High Court verdict which held that the Lieutenant Governor “cannot interfere” in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government in the Union Territory.On May 10, the apex court had sought response from Congress MLA K Laksminarayanan, on whose petition the high court had delivered the April 30 verdict, on the pleas filed by the Centre and Kiran Bedi.On April 30, the Madras High Court had allowed a plea filed by Laksminarayanan and set aside the two communications issued in January and June 2017 by the Ministry of Home Affairs “elevating” the powers of the administrator.Referring to the Supreme Court judgement on the tussle between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, the high court had said that restrictions imposed on Delhi government are not applicable to the Puducherry government.”The administrator cannot interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the government. The decision taken by the Council of Ministers and the chief minister is binding on secretaries and other officials,” it had said.Laksminarayanan had claimed in his plea before the high court that the administrator was interfering in the day-to-day administration of the territorial government, its policies and programmes.ALSO READ | Lt Guv Bedi’s water crisis remarks echoes in Assembly, DMK demands her removalALSO WATCH | Rahul Gandhi is rallying point for Congress: Puducherry CM V NarayanasamyFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Kashyap Tags :Follow Puducherry GovernmentFollow Supreme CourtFollow High CourtFollow Kiran Bedi Puducherry power tussle: SC asks Centre to move Madras HC with pleaThe Madras High Court had recently held that Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi “cannot interfere” in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government there.advertisement Nextlast_img read more