Congress yet to decide on poll pact in Punjab

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said a decision on any electoral alliance in Punjab for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be taken by the Congress high command at the appropriate time.He was replying to a media query about the possibility of a poll alliance on the lines of the one forged by Samajwadi Party with Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress in Uttar Pradesh.Talking to journalists on the sidelines of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation convention in Patiala, Capt. Amarinder Singh said any decision in this regard would be taken by the party’s central leadership.In response to another question, he hinted at a new Sports Minister being appointed in the State’s Cabinet expansion, which is expected to take place soon. “The new Sports Policy would be finalised thereafter,” he said.On the issue of alleged illegal mining in Patiala, he promised a thorough probe and action. “I won’t allow illegal mining to continue,” he said, pointing out that he had already issued stringent directives to the police and the concerned administrative departments to crack down against such activities taking place in any part of the State.On the report submitted by the Special Task Force (STF) in the drugs case, Capt. Singh said the matter was sub judice and he could, therefore, not comment on the same.last_img read more

Khaleda bail extended until 19 July

first_imgThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe High Court on Thursday extended the bail of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia until 19 July in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order following a petition filed by Khaleda’s lawyer, reports UNB.The court also adjourned the hearing on the review petition filed by the BNP chief against a lower court verdict sentencing her to five years’ imprisonment in the graft case.Earlier, in the day, the HC started hearing on the review petition around 11:00am following the order of the Supreme Court.Khaleda’s lawyer Abdur Rezak Khan read out the FIR from the paper book while AJ Mohammad Ali read out the charge sheet before the court.Senior BNP leader Moudud Ahmed said the bail of Khaleda Zia in the case expired today and the lawyers filed a petition before the court seeking extension of the bail.On 5 July, a petition was filed with the High Court seeking extension of its earlier order granting four-month interim bail to Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.On 12 March, the HC granted four-month bail to Khaleda in the case which was to expire today (12 July).On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to the abandoned central jail on Nazimuddin Road in the capital.last_img read more

Kashmir clampdown imposed to head off Eid protests

first_imgA Kashmiri woman cries during the Eid-al-Adha prayers at a mosque during restrictions after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Srinagar, 12 August, 2019. Photo: Reuters Indian troops clamped tight restrictions on mosques across Kashmir for Monday`s Eid al-Adha festival, fearing anti-government protests over the stripping of the Muslim-majority region`s autonomy, according to residents.The Himalayan region’s biggest mosque, the Jama Masjid, was ordered shut and people were only allowed to pray in smaller local mosques so that no big crowds could gather, witnesses said.Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh said late Monday “Eid celebrations were peaceful today”.”There was a stray protest in Srinagar but nothing major,” he told AFP.Regional inspector general of police Swayam Prakash Pani added that “there is only a couple of injuries which were reported, otherwise the entire valley, the situation is normal”.Kashmir has been in a security lockdown for eight days as the Hindu nationalist government in New Delhi seeks to snuff out opposition to its move to impose tighter central control over the region.Internet and phone communications have been cut and tens of thousands of troop reinforcements have flooded the main city of Srinagar and other towns and villages in the Kashmir Valley.Authorities had eased restrictions temporarily on Sunday to let residents buy food and supplies for Eid, one of the most important Muslim festivals of the year.But security was tightened again after sporadic protests involving hundreds of people during the day, residents said. Police vans toured the streets late Sunday telling people to stay indoors.”I can’t believe we are forced to be in our homes on this festival. This is the festival of joy and happiness,” resident Shanawaz Shah told AFP.A petition against the lockdown filed by a political activist will be heard in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.The clampdown continued as the nation’s richest man Mukesh Ambani said at Reliance’s annual general meeting in Mumbai Monday that his firm would heed Modi’s call for private investment in Kashmir, with announcements to be made in the coming days, Indian media reported.Prime Minister Narendra Modi insisted last week the decision to strip Kashmir of its autonomy was necessary for its economic development, and to stop “terrorism”.Too scared to eat Residents said the security crackdown had made them too fearful to celebrate.A sheep trader at a Srinagar market, who gave his name as Maqbool, said the number of people buying animals for traditional feasts was sharply lower and he had gone from “huge profits” last year to a “big loss” this time.Several thousand people took part in one rally after Friday prayers that was broken up with tear gas and shotgun pellets, residents said. But authorities denied there was any protest.Modi has said the changes would bring peace and prosperity to a region blighted by a decades-old insurgency against Indian rule that has left tens of thousands dead.He has won widespread backing in India for the move.But local Kashmir leaders say that stripping the region of its autonomy risks worsening the unrest.Many local political leaders have been detained and Indian media reports said some had been taken to detention centres outside the state.The move has also sparked fury in Pakistan, which also claims Kashmir.The neighbours have fought two wars over the Himalayan region which they split after their independence in 1947.In a series of tweets on Sunday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan compared India’s tactics in Kashmir to those of the Nazis.Khan said the “ideology of Hindu Supremacy, like the Nazi Aryan Supremacy, will not stop” in Kashmir.Officials said Khan would visit the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir this week to show solidarity.Pakistan has already expelled the Indian ambassador, halted what little bilateral trade exists and suspended cross-border transport in protest at New Delhi’s move on Kashmir.last_img

Quantitative study of aldehyde content in electronic cigarettes

first_imgE-Liquids are usually comprised of glycerin and propylene glycol along with a flavor additive. Glycerin, when heated, predominantly forms acrolein and formaldehyde, while propylene glycol predominantly forms acetone and acetaldehyde. Certain flavor additives have shown enhanced aldehyde formation, as well. Citation: Quantitative study of aldehyde content in electronic cigarettes (2017, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-quantitative-aldehyde-content-electronic-cigarettes.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Ogunwale et al. used a microreactor-capture approach that they had previously developed to obtain an accurate look at aldehyde levels in e-cigarette vapor. This method employs a 4-(2-aminooxyethyl)-morpholin-4-ium chloride (AMAH) coating on a silicon base. Aldehydes selectively react with AMAH to form an oxime, which is more stable and easier to study than an aldehyde.Aerosols were generated using a cigarette-smoking robot and were collected in Tedlar bags. The robot allowed for control over puff duration, puff volume, and puff frequency. The aerosols flowed through the microreactors from the bags using an evacuation process and then reacted with AMAH. The AMAH oxime compound was neutralized to form an AMA adduct that was then studied using gas chromatography.Both the first generation and next generation e-cigarettes produced some amount of acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde, but acealdehyde and formaldehyde were in higher concentrations than acrolein. All of the aldehydes were present in lower concentrations than what is found in cigarette smoke using Health Canada Intense Puffing Regime. Notably, the next-generation e-cigarettes, which have a tank-type atomizer, produced higher levels of aldehydes and acetone. The authors attribute this to the higher battery output.To understand the puffing topology, Ogunwale et al., used 60-mL syringes to manually vary puff duration and volume to more accurately replicate real-life usage. Puffing duration and the particular flavor contributed to the formation of reactive aldehydes, although these factors played a smaller role than battery output in the amount of aldehydes present. If puffing duration was around 4.0 seconds/puff, more aldehydes were present compared to shorter or longer puffing. The average user puffs for 3.5 to 4.3 seconds.Finally, Ogunwale et al. used 1H NMR to detect and quantify the presence of hemiacetals formed from aldehydes. They found that hemiacetals did not form in any of the first-generation e-cigarettes flavors, and they did not form in three of the next-generation flavors tested. Only one flavor that was tested formed hemiacetals within a battery output that was within the range of normal use. This study provides valuable information on the safety of e-cigarettes. In general, the higher the battery output, the higher the aldehyde levels in the vapor. Certain aldehydes, such as acrolein, acetaldehyde, and formaldehyde, have been shown to contribute to CVD even in low levels. All of the e-cigarettes tested in this study had some amount of these aldehydes present. Hazardous chemicals discovered in flavored e-cigarette vapor More information: Mumiye A. Ogunwale et al. Aldehyde Detection in Electronic Cigarette Aerosols, ACS Omega (2017). DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.6b00489AbstractAcetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde are the principal toxic aldehydes present in cigarette smoke and contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease and noncancerous pulmonary disease. The rapid growth of the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has raised concerns over emissions of these harmful aldehydes. This work determines emissions of these aldehydes in both free and bound (aldehyde–hemiacetal) forms and other carbonyls from the use of e-cigarettes. A novel silicon microreactor with a coating phase of 4-(2-aminooxyethyl)-morpholin-4-ium chloride (AMAH) was used to trap carbonyl compounds in the aerosols of e-cigarettes via oximation reactions. AMAH–aldehyde adducts were measured using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy was used to analyze hemiacetals in the aerosols. These aldehydes were detected in the aerosols of all e-cigarettes. Newer-generation e-cigarette devices generated more aldehydes than the first-generation e-cigarettes because of higher battery power output. Formaldehyde–hemiacetal was detected in the aerosols generated from some e-liquids using the newer e-cigarette devices at a battery power output of 11.7 W and above. The emission of these aldehydes from all e-cigarettes, especially higher levels of aldehydes from the newer-generation e-cigarette devices, indicates the risk of using e-cigarettes. 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.center_img Credit: ACS (Phys.org)—Electronic cigarettes have had their share of both detractors and advocates since they hit the market in 2004. Many people believe that they are healthier than cigarettes, but others say that the effects of e-cigarette vapors are largely unknown. Medical organizations have generally taken a cautious approach and do not specifically recommend e-cigarettes for stopping smoking or as a healthier alternative to smoking. © 2017 Phys.org One area of concern is the amount of aldehydes present in e-cigarette smoke. These aldehydes are present in tobacco cigarettes in larger quantities than in e-cigarettes, but the levels in e-cigarettes are still not known. Additionally, the amount that is considered dangerous for cardio vascular disease (CVD) is a topic of debate. Some studies have shown that even small amounts of certain aldehydes can lead to progression of CVD.Researchers from the University of Louisville’s Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center conducted quantitative analyses of both older (first generation) and newer-model e-cigarette cartridges using a variety of flavors. They used a new method for trapping reactive carbonyls that are then subsequently stabilized using an oximation reaction. They found that newer devices produced more harmful aldehydes than first generation e-cigarettes. Their work appears in ACS Omega.E-cigarettes cartridges contain battery-powered coils that serve to heat and vaporize e-Liquid. Based on this study, the amount of reactive aldehydes in e-cigarette vapor are largely due to the cartridge’s battery power. The higher the battery power, the higher the aldehyde levels. While e-cigarette aerosols contain aldehydes that are known to contribute to CVD, the exact levels have not been definitively determined largely because of the difficulties associated with trapping and studying reactive aldehydes. New models, or “next-generation,” e-cigarettes have a higher battery power than older ones. Furthermore, older models have a fixed battery output (4.6 W) while the next-generation ones have variable output (9.1 W, 11.7 W, 14.7 W, 16.6 W). The authors wanted to look at this next-generation of e-cigarettes to quantitatively determine aldehyde levels as well as determine if e-Liquid flavor makes a difference in aldehyde formation. In order to do this, they took into account the formation of hemiacetals from aldehydes, something that prior studies did not address.The aldehydes that are of greatest concern are acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde. Acrolein, in particular, has been shown to advance CVD, even when a person is exposed to low levels. Formaldehyde has also been associated with CVD in low concentrations. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Fake job racket busted 4 arrested

first_imgKolkata: In a breakthrough, Bidhannagar police have busted afake job racket and arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in this. Acting on a tip-off, the team of Bidhannagar police raided a guest house in New Town and arrested the youths. The police said that the four accused forged police recruitment certificates and Bengal Central School Service Commissions Certificates, West Bengal Board of Secondary Education Certificates, West Bengal Board of Primary Education Certificates, and Indira Gandhi Open University Certificates. A huge number of stamps and some laptops, printers, holograms were also seized from their possessions. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring interrogation the accused told the police that they used to forge certificates and documents to not only earn money from the candidates but also assured them of providing jobs. The accused have been identified as Gopal Paramanik from Howrah, Avijit Chetri from Hooghly and Shantosh Sharma from Howrah and Tanmay Mahato, who is a resident of Regent Park area. Police have started suo motu complaint in New Town police station. It may be recalled that a complaint was lodged with Cyber Crime Police Station of Bidhannagar Police almost a year ago alleging that fake websites of government organisations have been created to cheat job aspirants. A senior official of the West Bengal Central School Service Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataCommission had lodged a complaint after coming across fake job portals. In a similar complaint, an official of the Group D Recruitment Board that houses its office at the Utility Building at New Town stated that some fake websites were created. Police however took immediate steps and initiated a probe in this connection and came to know after preliminary investigation that the fake websites were created with an intention to cheat youths after assuring them help to get government jobs.last_img read more