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CM hands over police job letters to 18,217

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first_imgAhmedabad: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday handed over appointment letters to 18,217 candidates, including 4527 women, for various ranks in the police at a ceremony held at the Sabarmati riverfront.“This is for the first time in the history of Gujarat that over 18,000 policemen are given appointment letters. To strengthen the police force, we have recruited over 26,000 candidates in the last one-and-a-half years,” said Mr. Rupani.To fill up vacancies in various departments and agencies, the State government is in the process of hiring over 60,000 people.According to Geetha Johri, DGP (in-charge), these newly-recruited police personnel include 13,000 lok rakshaks (constables), 3,904 SRP jawans, 220 sub inspectors, 200 assistant sub inspectors, 752 jail sipoys, 59 intelligence officers, and 82 assistant intelligence officers.last_img read more

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Communal violence grips Bhopal over right to offer prayers

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first_imgTension gripped the Old City area of the Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal on Tuesday after two groups clashed over the right to offer prayers inside Hamidia Hospital, that is attached to Gandhi Medical College in the city.Mobs torched several vehicles and damaged a DIAL 100 police vehicle in Peer gate area even as a huge contingent of police was deployed to meet any eventuality.The situation continued to be tense on Wednesday as scores of police personnel remain deployed in most of the Old City localities.The Old City area near Hamidia Hospital witnessed communal violence when a group of people claimed that some minarets were found during the ongoing construction work inside the hospital. They claimed the minarets were that of a mosque and wanted to offer prayers there. However, the district administration refused to give permission to them to offer prayers.On Monday, members of another community wanted to offer prayers in a temple inside the hospital campus very close to where the minarets were found.The district administration refused to give them permission to offer prayers, too. On Tuesday evening, trouble started in Peer gate area and spread to other other parts of the Old City- Budhwara Char Batti, Moti Masjid, Fatehgarh, Agrasen Chowk, Royal Market, Saifia College, Imambada which witnessed stone pelting for almost three hours. There was no report of causalities.According to Bhopal DIG, Raman Singh Sikarwar, the situation was under control.last_img read more

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Mamata slams Centre for making Aadhaar must for bank accounts

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first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on June 16, 2017 flayed the Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts, saying it would make the poorest of the poor the worst sufferers.“The poorest of the poor, the marginalised people will be the worst sufferers if #Aadhaar is made mandatory unilaterally,” Ms. Banerjee said in a tweet.Ms. Banerjee also questioned privacy issues linked to the Aadhaar card and said that the Centre must assure security of the citizens of the country before making it mandatory.“#Aadhaar has serious issues about privacy. Govt must not make it mandatory before 100% coverage is achieved,” the Chief Minister said.Ms. Banerjee had earlier criticised the Centre’s decision to make Aadhaar cards mandatory for availing the midday meal scheme and accused it of snatching the rights of the poor.She had alleged that rather than supporting the poor, the Centre was snatching away their rights.The government has made quoting of biometric identity number of Aadhaar mandatory for opening of bank accounts as well as for any financial transaction of ₹50,000 and above.last_img read more

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Name alcohol after women to boost sales, says Maharashtra Minister

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first_imgMaharashtra Cabinet Minister Girish Mahajan has apologised for his sexist remark that alcohol brands should be named after women. He had made the suggestion to entrepreneurs in the sugar belt in north Maharashtra and had immediately come under criticism from all sections of society.“I have expressed regret for whatever I said. My apologies to all women,” the Water Resources and Irrigation Minister said a day after he made the remark at Nandurbar’s Satpuda Cooperative Sugar Factory.He had said liquor brands named after women were doing well the world over.“That is why I asked you [manufacturers] what the name of your brand is. You said Maharaja. Make it Maharani and see the difference and jump in sales. Even the tobacco industry is making the same mistake with brand names like Kamal and Vimal,” Mr. Mahajan had said.BJP’s ally Shiv Sena condemned the statement. Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna said on Monday that the Minister made the remark even though he was aware of the movement against alcohol and tobacco by women across the State.Unfortunate, says Sena“The remarks are unfortunate, especially to think the government, on the one hand, is launching campaign to curb consumption of such products and, on the other, it is suggesting using women’s names to sell them,” the newspaper said in its editorial on Monday.The Aam Aadmi Party said it was glad the Minister was forced to apologise. “But his values, or rather the lack of them, is still despicable,” senior AAP leader Preeti Sharma Menon said on Monday.Meanwhile, a social activist has filed a police complaint against the Minister.last_img read more

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Kashmiri doctor set to race on icy tracks

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first_img The two-day event, titled ‘Big Frozen Rush 2’ and organised by Kashmir-Off Road, a Srinagar-based motorsport outfit, is aimed at attracting local talent to this high-adrenaline sport.“This is an attempt to create home-grown events. It will help put Kashmir on the motorsport map of India,” said Ali Sajid, the chief organiser.The participants, some of whom are travelling from Dubai and Delhi, are in the age group of 24-50. The race will be held at an altitude of 8,530 feet in sub-zero temperature on snow-smashed tracks.“We have prepared Gulmarg’s circuit road for the event and provided all safety measures required for such a single-lap race,” Mr. Sajid said. Each racer will do one lap of the 1.25-km snow-walled track. The time taken to complete the lap will be recorded through high-end timers and drones, and the fastest driver will be declared the winner.Young racers too“I love adventure sports. I am quite excited,” said Fazal Meer, 50, a Kashmiri businessman based in Delhi. The youngest participant, Asrar Wani, 24, said he was fascinated by cars, races and rallies. “Somewhere deep down, I always wanted to get into motorsports. Living in Kashmir, we did get opportunities to pursue our passion. So this race is a welcome chance,” he said.Snow racing, which began last year in Gulmarg to celebrate heavy snowfall, has grown from 35 racers to 50, the organisers said. Enthusiasts from other parts are expected to join the event in the future. Breaking societal and mental barriers, Sharmeen Mushtaq Nizami, 40, a doctor by profession, will become the first woman to hit the icy tracks of Gulmarg at the second race-on-snow event in Kashmir on Friday.Dr. Nizami, who will be competing with 50 other participants, believes the race will help her overcome “a doctor’s sedentary but hectic lifestyle.”“It’s a different feeling altogether. The sport takes me into a totally different zone, far away from my maddening routine. I feel stress-free while practising for my first ever race,” she said.last_img read more

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Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio meets Rajnath Singh

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first_imgNagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said on Thursday that the Naga issue should be settled immediately.He met the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday amid reports that the Naga peace deal had been finalised. Naga interlocutor R.N Ravi and home secretary Rajiv Gauba were also present. When asked if the meeting pertained to the Naga peace deal, Mr. Rio said, “it was also discussed.”Mr. Rio told press persons outside North Block, “We are pressing the Naga nationalist groups and the Centre to arrive at a settlement immediately. This is the demand of the common man. For how long we can wait as the negotiation has ben going on for more than two decades,”last_img read more

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West Bengal panchayat polls: SC to hear state poll panel’s plea today

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first_imgThe Supreme Court will hear the West Bengal State Election Commission’s plea, challenging the Calcutta High Court order directing it to accept the nominations of candidates who have filed their papers electronically within the stipulated time for the panchayat elections, at 2 p.m. on Thursday. The State Election Commission (SEC), which approached the apex court, has sought a stay of the operation of Wednesday’s order, saying it would suffer “irreparable loss and injury” that cannot be compensated. Anticipating the SEC’s move, the state’s main opposition CPI(M) and BJP have filed a caveat before the top court saying that no ex-parte orders should be passed. Caveat is a legal notice to a court or public officer that certain actions may not be taken without informing the person who gave the notice. A Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud was told by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for BJP’s West Bengal unit, that the copy of the SEC’s petition be supplied to them and the court may list the matter for hearing on May 11.last_img read more

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Two policemen killed in Kashmir

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first_imgTwo policemen were killed and 11 security personnel injured on Tuesday in two pre-dawn militant attacks in south Kashmir. The latest incidents have taken the number of attacks during the Ramzan ‘cease-ops’ to 45.A police official said three policemen guarding a government building came under fire early in the morning in Pulwama town. “Terrorists attacked the guard posts at the Pulwama court complex. In the exchange of fire, two policemen were killed. The area is being combed,” the police spokesman said.The deceased were identified as Ghulam Rasool and Ghulam Hassan from Baramulla and Kupwara districts. Two service rifles were also reportedly looted from the picket.Militants threw a grenade at a CRPF party at Anantnag’s Janglat Mandi. “Ten CRPF personnel sustained minor injuries. They were shifted to hospital,” said a spokesman.The police also defused an improvised explosive device at Pulwama’s Awantipora. “It was planted in the Kanjinag link road near a grid station,” said the police. According to officials, the Army resorted to aerial firing Shopian’s D.K. Pora after youth hurled stones at an Army vehicle. The Army were removing pro-militants and anti-India graffiti in the area when they were attacked with stones.The incidents came as Muslim devotees across the Kashmir Valley were participating in Shab-e-Qadr — special nightlong prayers held during Ramzan. Due to the special prayers, the Valley has witnessed traffic on the roads in the night too.According to police data, militants initiated at least 45 attacks since the Ramzan ceasefire which include 19 grenade attacks. The attacks left one Armyman and a policeman dead and left 55 persons, including 27 security personnel injured.The Army also killed 20 militants, mainly infiltrators in frontier district of Baramulla and Kupwara during the same period. Two civilians also died in security action. Around 50 incidents of stone pelting were reported for the period — a significant dip from the previous months this year.Parties condemn attacksAll major political parties have condemned Tuesday’s militant attack during the Shab-e-Qadr prayers. Parties across the spectrum including ruling Peoples Democratic Party, National Conference and Congress, condemned the militants attack on Tuesday on the occasion of Shab-e-Qadr, when devotees hold nightlong prayers in Ramzan.“With the militant organisations doing their best to ensure the ceasefire is a failure they will only have themselves to blame if the security forces come back at them even harder when the ceasefire ends…And (attacks) that too on the night of Shab-e-Qadr, the killers of these police personnel deserve nothing but the eternal flames of hell and that is where they are destined to find themselves,” said National Conference vice-president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah.PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said such killings are highly condemnable. “These acts will not contribute in anyway to the atmosphere building towards holding a dialogue process. These forces are inimical to any positive move towards addressing issues in J&K,” said Mr. Akhtar.A Congress spokesman described the killing as “dastardly and inhuman”. “The situation in the Valley has worsened to a largest extent due to wrong policies adopted by both State and the Centre,” he said.last_img read more

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Nation-wide strike by truck operators from Monday

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first_imgMumbai: Truck operators across the country affiliated to the All India Confederation of Goods Vehicle Owners’ Association (ACOGOA) will go on an indefinite strike starting Monday. The strike is against rising diesel prices, toll charges and a steep hike in third party insurance premiums. “Trucks carrying essential commodities will not participate in the strike. We don’t want people to be inconvenienced but we want the government to wake up to our problems,” said Rajinder Singh, General Secretary ACOGOA. According to Mr Singh, diesel consumes 60% of the operation cost of the trucks and while there has been a 17% increase in the cost of diesel in the last five months, truckers have not been able to pass on this cost to consumers. “The industry runs on demand and supply and hence we are unable to pass on the added costs on to consumers,” said Mr. Singh. One of the key demands of the association is to reduce diesel prices and do away with the daily dynamic price revision and revert to the old system of fortnightly revisions. “The diesel price increased by ₹3.33 between May 14 and May 31 increasing the running cost by around ₹100 crore a day across the industry. We had opposed the new system even when they had implemented it last year,” said Mr. Singh, adding that they have not demanded inclusion of diesel within the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). “We want the government to reduce diesel prices. How they do it is up to them,” said Mr. Singh. The other key issue raised by the association pertains to toll prices, which they said is too steep considering that the diesel rate also comprises of a road cess and VAT of around ₹10 for developing road infrastructure. “On an average we pay around ₹8 per km as toll charges. The central government must withdraw one of these two taxes immediately,” said Mr. Singh. On the issue of third party premiums the association is asking the government to stop increase in the third party insurance premium year on year.There are around 27 lakh trucks in Maharashtra of which around 3% ferry essential commodities.last_img read more

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India grants citizenship to 90 Hindus from Pakistan

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first_imgAs many as 90 Hindus from Pakistan, who had migrated to the city years ago, were awarded Indian citizenship by the district authorities at a function held here on Friday. District Collector Vikrant Pandey handed over the certificates of Indian citizenship, issued in accordance with the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955, to the 90 applicants.“In 2016, the Centre had decentralised the process of issuing citizenship to the minority communities, such as the Hindus and the Sikhs, of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan,” Mr. Pandey told reporters. Through a gazette notification issued in December 2016, the district collectors of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kutch in Gujarat were given powers to confer Indian citizenship to the applicants from these communities living in Gujarat, he added.“With today’s tally of 90, Ahmedabad becomes a leader among all the districts in the country in awarding such citizenship since the new arrangement came into effect,” Mr. Pandey said.320 people since 2016“Since 2016, the Ahmedabad district collectorate has awarded citizenship to 320 people. No other district in the country has awarded these many certificates of citizenship. Ninety per cent of the 320 applicants were from Pakistan, while the rest were from Bangladesh,” the Collector added.Mr. Pandey said since these people were now Indian citizens, they could apply for Aadhaar, passport and various other benefits.“The names of these citizens will also be included in the electoral rolls,” he added. Those who were awarded citizenship today thanked the administration and expressed joy for finally being able to call themselves “Indian.”Some of them shared their experiences in Pakistan, which forced them to leave behind their businesses and loved ones and come to India on long-term visa.“Hindus an easy target in Pak”Bharatkumar Khatwani (35), who used to live in Karachi, said Hindus were an easy target in Muslim-majority Pakistan.“I have been living here since 2009. I used to own a super-store in Karachi, but I had to migrate here due to the law-and-order situation there. Hindus are an easy target there. It is more rampant in small towns. Hindus have to hide their identity in order to save themselves in Pakistan,” he said. Nanakmal Chandvani, who lived in Badin district of Pakistan till 2010 with his family, claimed that threats were issued to Hindus and even their children were abducted by the hardliners.“I used to run a kirana [grocery] shop there. Unknown persons used to threaten me by dropping letters at my shop. One day, men armed with Kalashnikov rifles stormed into my house and threatened to abduct my kids. This has happened with many Hindus,” Mr. Chandvani, who now works at a textile shop, said. Meeraben Maheshwari (70), who lived in the Sindh province before migrating to India years ago, claimed that her daughter was abducted and converted to Islam.“My daughter was abducted by Muslims, who converted her. Though I had approached a court there, she was never found. The locals forcibly took possession of our house and shop. I was left with no other option but migrate here,” she said.last_img read more

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Army not ready for women in combat roles: General Rawat

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first_imgArmy Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday that while the force would take in increasing numbers of woman officers in the coming years, it wasn’t ready yet to cast them in combat roles. “You will see an increase in the role of women in the armed forces. But we are not yet ready for them in front-line combat roles. Facilities for that need to be created from within and the women need to be prepared to face those kinds of hardships,” he said on the sidelines of the Passing Out Parade of the 135th course at the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla here.The Army Chief said it was pointless comparing the culture here to that of the Western nations which was much more open. “While we may be [culturally and socially] more open in our big cities, our Army personnel do not come only from big cities. Large numbers come from the rural areas where the intermingling between genders is still not there.” Gen. Rawat, however, pointed out that there were several fields where women could be inducted and remarked that the Army was contemplating setting up a Permanent Commission for women in the forces.“We require continuity and permanency in certain fields and male officers do not fit the bill everywhere in a command-oriented Army. The force needs language interpreters given that military diplomacy is gaining currency. So, we are looking at women interpreters who will naturally be linguistically proficient and militarily sound,” he said.last_img read more

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Artistes unite to fight ideology of hate

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first_imgIn an unprecedented move, more than 450 artistes from across India, representing various fields of art, have come together under the banner of Artists Unite! to sign a declaration that speaks “for democracy, and against hate”. The declaration,signed by a galaxy of stars from the world of art,literature, music, fine arts, cinema and theatre cautions that the ongoing assault on culture is an attack on democracy and asserted that “democracy is not a majoritarian project to identify enemies and enforce uniformity of language, behaviour and culture. Democracy is the celebration of a collective will for peace, of living together with dignity and equality.” “We will fight hate with love. We will counter violence with peace,” the artistes say in the declaration, adding, “Through our images, speech, words, music and bodies we will resist the cultural destruction of India.” The signatories include, among others, artists Atul Dodiya, Nalini Malini, Ranbir Kaleka, Sudhir Patwardhan, Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and Vivan Sundaram; art critic and historian Geeta Kapur; dancers Aditi Mangaldas, Astad Deboo, Mallika Sarabhai and Navtej Johar; filmmakers Anand Patwardhan, Chitra Palekar, Kabir Khan, Kiran Rao, Nandita Das, Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Shonali Bose; screenwriters Anjum Rajabali, Vinay Shukla and Shama Zaidi; actors Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah; musicians Neela Bhagwat, Rahul Ram, T. M. Krishna and Vidya Rao; photographers Dayanita Singh and Sudharak Olwe; poets Adil Jussawala, Ashok Vajpayi, K. Satchidanandan and Mangalesh Dabral; puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee; theatre practitioners Mahesh Dattani, Mahesh Eklunchwar and Sunil Shanbag; and; writers Arundhati Roy, G.N. Devy, Jerry Pinto, Meena Kandasamy, Shanta Gokhale, Shashi Deshpande and Vishnu Nagar.The “Artists Unite!” platform also announced a national convention in the Capital next year on February 16 and 17. Similar events will be held simultaneously nation-wide, on the same dates, in Bhubaneshwar, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Patna.“The idea behind the convention is to weigh in with a collective voice, and with a creative energy that makes arts and literature a site of resistance to the hate politics that is sweeping the country,” it states. The seeds of Artists Unite! were laid during the “Not In My Name” campaign against mob lynching. It has come up in response to the growing climate of segregation and intolerance in the country. According to the declaration, that took about two months to take shape, “new cultural narratives are being spawned by this ideology of hate, imbued with a sense of victimhood, revenge, aggression, and violence that has manifested itself in many forms, from horrific acts of lynching to the murderous attacks on writers and artists, the violent disruption of cultural events, destruction of educational and cultural institutions and the rewriting of school text-books. The emancipatory and spiritual possibilities of culture are being replaced by a language that relies solely on war cries, propaganda, and the images, metaphors, visions and sounds of supremacy.”According to Sharmila Samant, one of the Mumbai-based organisers, the idea is to not see Indian culture as monolithic, to not limit the campaign to just Delhi-Mumbai, to be inclusive and not exclude any art form or artistes, “be they traditional practitioners or contemporary artistes, writers or film-makers”. “We have had a syncretic art and culture tradition be it song, dance, miniatures or even food and architecture. Hatred, segregation and separatism don’t make sense [within it]. The art forms and artists have to grow, while accepting influences of a rich cultural heritage than being insular,” she says.last_img read more

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‘Reply to plea on rath yatra’

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first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the West Bengal government to respond to a petition filed by the BJP seeking permission to take out rath yatra in the State.The court passed the order on a petition filed against a Calcutta High Court Division Bench decision to deny the party to hold a yatra across West Bengal to make voters aware of their rights in a democracy.The BJP said the ‘Ganatantra Bachao Yatra’ is proposed to cover 42 Lok Sabha seats of West Bengal and expects a galaxy of party leaders to take part. The yatra has been re-scheduled thrice.The court scheduled the next hearing on January 15.The BJP petition unleashes a series of adverse political comments about the Mamata Banerjee government, alleging that the government machinery is used to crush the Opposition voice in the State. It said the “government and executive” are working as “political agents” of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). It claimed that the BJP is facing a political vendetta in West Bengal.“The activity proposed to be organised by the petitioner [West Bengal BJP] is to create awareness amongst citizens about their choice and make them more informed as citizens,” the appeal filed by senior advocate E.C. Agrawala said.It claimed that the BJP has “emerged as the main Opposition party in West Bengal.”“The rise of the BJP and dissatisfaction of people against the present State government can be seen from recent elections in West Bengal,” the BJP claimed in the petition.It accused the AITC of trying “to snatch the voting rights of the people by threatening them and demolishing the democratic rights of the people which could be seen by the fact that 34% of seats in the panchayat elections went uncontested.”The BJP claimed that the yatra was meant to “protest against lawlessness, fear to contest elections and post-poll violence, which are very much prevalent in West Bengal.”last_img read more

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Arunachal drops issue of PRC for non-tribals

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first_imgThe Pema Khandu-led BJP government on Friday buckled under pressure from violent protests and dropped the issue of granting permanent resident certificate (PRC) to six non-tribal communities from discussion in the 60-member Assembly.A conglomeration of 18 student and civil society organisations had imposed a 48-hour shutdown from Thursday to protest against the government’s move for granting PRC to the six communities, some of whom are Scheduled Tribes in Assam.While the shutdown on Thursday was more or less incident-free, protesters went on the rampage from Friday evening in State capital Itanagar. As their number swelled, the protesters resorted to arson and stone-pelting and virtually laid siege to the Assembly building.They set fire to more than a dozen vehicles and damaged a few more, including that of former Congress CM Nabam Tuki which was caught in the melee. The protesters also damaged private and government property and vandalised the office of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, which they alleged had compromised with the government on the PRC issue.The situation forced the police and paramilitary forces to fire tear-gas shells to disperse the mob. Bullets, fired in the air allegedly injured one person.“Keeping in view the present situation, the government has decided not to take up the PRC matter in the current Assembly session,” Mr. Khandu said in a late night message.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: Marmosets Chat Like We Do

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first_imgIf you know how to take your turn in polite conversation, you have at least one thing in common with the common marmoset. A group of researchers recorded pairs of these rat-sized monkeys (Callithrix jacchus, above) as they exchanged their piercing “phee” calls from opposite sides of a curtain. Surprisingly, the two calls never overlapped, even in exchanges lasting as long as 30 minutes. Frogs and insects are known to space out their calls so that potential mates can hear their individual voices. But the marmoset’s painfully shrill repartee is more complex and likely serves a different purpose, the group reports online today in Current Biology. This attentive creature leaves a uniform pause (about 5 seconds) before responding to its neighbor’s call, and adjusts its rhythm if the neighbor speeds up or slows down. The cooperative pattern strongly resembles human conversation, the authors say, and it doesn’t occur in our closer primate relatives, such as chimpanzees. The researchers suggest that man and marmoset both evolved turn-taking because we share important social traits: We’re highly vocal and we form social groups to care for our offspring collectively. So why does it pay to wait your turn? Alternating calls might make it easier to transmit a message over background noise. (For tree-dwelling marmosets, this message likely includes the age, sex, or location of the distant caller.) Turn-taking may also relieve stress by allowing marmosets to acknowledge one another from a distance rather than spouting random “phees” in a neighbor’s general direction. It’s comforting to know someone is listening.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Winter bird feeders: Get ready for a busy season

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first_imgThousands of bird watchers are helping ecologists decipher changing patterns of where birds spend the winter: Increasingly, birds that fled south for the season are staying put. As temperatures have risen over the past 2 decades, the mix of bird species flocking to winter bird feeders in eastern North America is changing, according to a study published online on Thursday in Global Change Biology, which used data collected by birding enthusiasts through Project FeederWatch. Tiny birds that used to be scarce in the frosty New England weather—Carolina wrens (above), chipping sparrows, and yellow-rumped warblers—have become an increasingly common sight. Overall, the types of birds found together shifted northward by 70 kilometers each decade, according to the study. It’s possible that other changes—primarily habitat loss—might have altered bird communities as well. But scientists have observed similar results in bird communities in Europe, as well as for individual bird species in North America, persuading researchers that climate is key, said lead author Karine Princé, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. No word yet on whether changing bird feeder demographics might have ecological ripple effects, as newcomers compete for scarce food in winter. But, Princé says, it’s a “strong possibility.”last_img read more

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Stunning fossil shows pregnant mare and fetus

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first_imgBERLIN—Forty-seven million years ago, a pregnant mare and its unborn foal lost their lives, perhaps chased into a lake, where they drowned. Where they died, however, was a stroke of luck for 21st century paleontologists. Their fossilized remains were discovered in the Messel Pit, a former coal and oil shale mine near Frankfurt, Germany, that is famous for its exquisitely preserved fossils. The mare and her fetus are now giving scientists an unprecedented glimpse into the anatomy and reproduction of this early horse species, Eurohippus messelensis. Like other early horses, the mare was small, only about the size of a fox terrier, says Jens Franzen, a paleontologist at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, who presented the prepared fossil for the first time yesterday at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting here. Not only were most of the bones of the mare and fetus intact, but scientists can also detect the placenta. This organ was not fossilized directly, but is visible as a dark shadow left by bacteria that consumed the tissue and then were fossilized. Researchers can also see the broad ligament that helps attach the uterus to the backbone. (Although the skull of the fetus was crushed, its ribs and legs are clearly visible.) Under a scanning electron microscope, scientists could see the cellular structure of the colon and the plant remains of the mare’s final meals. The position of the foal suggests that it wasn’t fully in position to be born, but was close to mature, and suggests that ancient horses gave birth in a similar way to their modern cousins. It is only the second example of a fossil where the placenta can be identified, Franzen says.last_img read more

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Video: Mantises leap with carefully controlled spin

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first_imgThey may not have circuses devoted to them like fleas, but immature praying mantises are skilled acrobats. They have no wings yet, so they often must leap to a target, such as a branch. These jumps would send most insects into a wild spin, but for the young mantises, it’s a highly controlled maneuver that lines them up precisely on target. When a mantis jumps, it pushes off with its back legs, setting up a rotation that could send the insect spinning head over heels. By analyzing slow-motion video of hundreds of mantis jumps, like the one shown above, researchers discovered that in midair, mantises rotate their legs and abdomens. Thanks to conservation of angular momentum, this counters the spin imparted by the jump just enough to allow the mantis to safely hit its target.  The researchers confirmed this by supergluing mantises’ abdomen segments together and watching them jump. Without the full ability to adjust their rotation, the insects couldn’t stay in control, resulting in a mantis face plant, they report online today in Current Biology.(Video credit: Burrows et al./Current Biology 2015)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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