December 6, 2019
  • 11:21 am Minister visits Agartala’s Ekka memorial
  • 11:15 am BJD hartal turns violent in Odisha
  • 11:13 am Acid attack on student by husband in Berhampur
  • 11:11 am Classmates slapped girl 168 times on teacher’s direction in Madhya Pradesh
  • 11:09 am Bitcoin extortion by policemen?

first_imgThe small war memorial near the burial site of India’s 1971 war hero Albert Ekka has become a place for people, especially those visiting from Jharkhand, to pay tribute to soldiers.On Monday, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Sudarshan Bhagat visited the site. On an official tour to Tripura, Mr. Bhagat, who is an MP from Lohardaga in Jharkhand, paid floral tribute and observed a minute of silence.Ekka, who hailed from Jharkhand, was posted with the 14th Battalion of the Brigade of the Guards in Tripura when he was martyred during the Battle of Gangasagar. The regiment, in fact, had many soldiers from Jharkhand while it was stationed in Tripura.Memorial restoredAround six feet high, the memorial at Sripalli, south of Agartala, was restored after Ekka’s wife Balamdeena, her son and other family members paid a visit on January 11 last year. The family, which had refused to accept the urn of the Param Vir Chakra recipient from the Jharkhand government, had asked to visit the burial site instead.last_img read more

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first_imgA five-hour-long hartal observed by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) against the steep rise in prices of petroleum products turned violent at many places, throwing life out of gear on Monday morning.Ministers, MLAs and party workers took to the streets to enforce the hartal at major traffic junctions, railway stations and bus terminals across Odisha. Commuters were allegedly not allowed to move an inch thanks to lathi-wielding BJD workers.Last-minute advisoryThe State government issued an advisory early on Monday morning stating that schools and colleges should remain closed in view of the hartal and that examinations be rescheduled to prevent inconvenience to students.However, many educational institutions had already opened by the time the advisory came into the public domain. Parents taking children to schools were allegedly chased away by BJD workers. Cars and two-wheelers were smashed even as police personnel remained mute spectators across the city. Even ambulances were not spared.People taking family members to hospitals in cars here were seen pleading with BJD workers to allow them to pass. However, their appeals were ignored. Some people took to Twitter to lodge their protest by tagging Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. A video of a lone girl on a scooter being stopped and attacked by a group hartal supporters went viral, triggering outrage among the Twitterati.“This isn’t the party I assisted NP [Mr. Patnaik] to found 20 years ago. I am ashamed and angered by this. Biju babu [former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik] would have been too. Armchair strategists must go [sic],” tweeted senior BJD leader Baijayant Panda.He condemned the violence saying, “I disassociate myself from the violence. These goons must face action.” Press conferenceAddressing a press conference, BJD leaders clarified their stand saying the party did not endorse violence but that the people took to the streets as a spontaneous outpouring of anger against the rise in prices of petroleum products.Former Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the Central government was cornering huge ‘revenue’ by imposing taxes on petroleum products while the common man was left to suffer. The BJD’s hartal affected vehicular movement. Dozens of trains were stranded at different places as BJD leaders and workers stopped trains. Passenger buses too remained off the road.last_img read more

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first_imgA third-year diploma student was attacked with acid on the MKCG Medical College campus in Odisha’s Berhampur on Thursday.The victim as well as her father alleged that the assailant was her husband, Niranjan Pradhan (30), who managed to abscond after the ghastly act.Two special police teams have been constituted to track down the accused, said Berhampur ASP Shantanu Dash.The incident occurred around 10.30 a.m. near the students’ common room on the campus. A team of doctors from different departments immediately initiated treatment of the victim. She was shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in the afternoon. Condition stable According to physicians who treated her at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital, she suffered severe acid burns on the left side of her face, neck and arm. Her condition is said to be stable.The victim had got married on May 7 this year. She was staying at a private hostel in Berhampur to continue her studies. On Thursday morning, her husband allegedly entered the campus and managed to reach the area near the students’ common room on the second floor. He called the victim outside and allegedly threw acid on her face before fleeing from the spot.The victim’s father, Bipin Pradhan, said his daughter was not in good terms with her husband. Their relationship deteriorated within a few days of their marriage. “She had suffered torture at the hands of her husband and in-laws. We had lodged a complaint at the women’s police station,” he said.Following the incident, students at the medical college have demanded enhanced security on the campus. They pointed out that due to lack of proper security, the accused managed to reach the area near the students’ common room to splash acid on the victim.last_img read more

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first_imgA 12-year-old girl was slapped 168 times over a period of six days by her classmates at a residential school on the instructions of their teacher, the child’s father complained to school authorities and police. However, the school principal K. Sagar termed it a “friendly” punishment. “They were not strong slaps but mild and friendly ones. We will also talk to the parents. We don’t allow corporal punishment in the school. The girl is weak in studies and doesn’t complete her assignments,” Mr. Sagar said, adding that the teacher chose this form punishment to improve her performance in school. The incident took place at the Navodaya Vidyalaya in Thandla town here and the girl’s father, Shivpratap Singh, told police that she was slapped 168 times between January 11-16 for not completing her homework.The girl is a student of Class VI at the school.He told police that the school’s science teacher, Manoj Kumar Verma, on January 11, asked his daughter’s classmates to slap her as a form of punishment and 14 girls slapped her two times every day for six days.Mr. Singh also stated in his complaint, filed a couple of days ago, that his child was unwell and therefore was unable to complete her homework. He alleged that the school was aware of the child’s illness. He also told police that his daughter fell ill due to fear and distress and refused to go to school, following which she had to be admitted to a local hospital.Thandla police station in-charge S.S. Baghel confirmed that a complaint had been received but added that no injury was found during medical examination conducted on the girl. “We had received a complaint. No injury was found during the medical examination of the girl. Our team also visited the school and found that such an incident had occurred. We are investigating further. However, no formal case has been registered so far,” he said. District Collector Ashish Saxena said that the issue had come to his knowledge and he had ordered an investigation.last_img read more

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first_imgIn what is perhaps the first case of extortion involving the crypto currency bitcoin, Gujarat police CID (Crime) has booked a police Inspector and nine other policemen for allegedly forcing a Surat-based builder and real estate player to part with 200 bitcoins, worth ₹12 crore. The police booked them after a complaint was received that Inspector Anant Patel abducted the businessman Shailesh Bhatt and forced him to transfer the bitcoins from his mobile wallet. Mr. Bhatt reportedly trades in crypto currencies. His business partner Kirit Paladiya is said to have warned him that he was under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate. On February 11, Mr. Paladiya called Mr. Bhatt for a meeting in Gandhinagar. As they were talking, a couple of police vehicles arrived at the scene and they were both taken to a farm house where Mr. Bhatt was asked to transfer the bitcoins to escape the probe. The police lodged an FIR naming 11 persons, including a private individual who reportedly played a fixer between the businessman and the police.last_img read more

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first_imgLawyers from the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) have expressed concern over the arrest of advocate Surendra Gadling in Nagpur, saying that it was part of a larger pattern wherein lawyers fighting cases of marginalised people were being targeted.Mr. Gadling was arrested from his house early on Wednesday in relation to the violence at Bhima-Koregaon near Pune in January when Dalits congregated to celebrate the British victory over Peshwas with the help of Mahar soldiers.More arrestsHead of the English department at Nagpur University Shoma Sen, Marathi poet Sudhir Dhavale, Rona Wilson of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners and anti-displacement activist Mahesh Raut have also been arrested.Addressing the media here on Thursday, IAPL vice-president Sudha Bharadwaj said Mr. Gadling’s arrest was part of a pattern where “people’s lawyers” were being targeted. Advocates Upendra Nayak of Odisha, Murugan of Tamil Nadu and Satyendra Chaubey of Chhattisgarh too “have been implicated, which is absolutely unacceptable as per the United Nations principles”, a release from the IAPL said.last_img read more

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first_imgA senior leader of the All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), who was a Minister in the Left Front government, has joined the Trinamool Congress. After joining the TMC, Paresh Adhikari said that he has joined the party “being influenced by Mamata Banerjee’s movement against the NRC”. Mr. Adhikari, a four times MLA from the Mekhliganj constituency in Cooch Behar district, was the Food Minister in the Left Front Cabinet. While he lost to the TMC’s Arghya Roy Pradhan in the 2016 Assembly elections, he has a strong vote base in Mekhliganj sub-division of Cooch Behar district.However, the AIFB’s State leadership claimed that Mr. Adhikary’s joining the TMC will have no impact on the party. Claiming Mr. Adhikary to be a “political opportunist,” AIFB State secretary Naren Chatterjee said: “His actions have exposed him as a political opportunist. He will get a fitting reply from the people of Bengal.” Local TMC leaders said that Ms. Banerjee’s plan is to “groom Mr. Adhikary for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls”.last_img read more

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first_imgA booth-level worker of the BJP, Sandip Ghosh, was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in West Bengal’s Paschim Bardhaman district on Sunday night. Another worker Joydeep Banerjee was severely injured in the attack, the police said. The two workers were returning home after a party meeting when they were attacked in the Malandighi area. BJP officials blamed Trinamool Congress for the attack, which the latter denied. “It is a fall out of the BJP’s internal feud,” a TMC district official said. The BJP has called for a bandh call in Durgapur subdivision on Tuesday. Sayantan Basu, a party general secretary, led a demonstration in front of the Kaksa police station in Paschim Bardhaman on Monday night. Union Minister Babul Supriyo, an MP from the area, has condemned the killing.last_img read more

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first_imgMembers of the Amateur Radio Society of Odisha got together at an uninhabited island within the Chilika lake to test their operational skill and technology to help the public during natural calamities such as cyclonic storms.The team had chosen this island as it is inaccessible by conventional telecommunication network. During their two-day camp at the island that ended on Sunday evening, eight licensed private HAM radio operators of Odisha experimented transmission of messages to the outside world through radio signals.‘Used solar power’ It was an attempt to simulate real-life situation during any natural calamity when all conventional modes of communication cease to exist. “To simulate such a situation, we remained cut-off from the outside world for two days and used solar power to operate our HAM radios. A bamboo pole was used as an antenna tower,” said Gurudatta Panda, one of the participants. Amateur radio operators can link up with other HAM enthusiasts through ‘short wave’ radio frequency.Contacted 130 operators During the event, these operators, despite their lack of infrastructure, managed to contact around 130 Amateur radio operators around the world. Around 90 of these were from different parts of India while others were from countries including Denmark, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia. On Sunday morning they made contacts with HAM enthusiasts of neighbouring countries except Pakistan.According to ARSO members, the importance of HAM radios during natural calamities has not diminished in this era of advanced communication. According to them, during the Titli cyclone, Gajapati district was completely cut-off from the outside world for a few hours. During that time HAM radio with the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force became the main means of communication of the district administration with the outside world.A big help ARSO members feel that an increase in the number of Amateur radio enthusiasts in the State can be a major help to society in a cyclone and flood-prone State like Odisha. On Sunday, Puri district administration representatives arrived at the island to watch the experiments being conducted by the Amateur radio activists.“There are youths with technical education in electronics and telecommunication in all parts of Odisha who can take up Amateur radio as a hobby and help society at the time of need. In future, we may have HAM radio operators in all blocks of the State,” said Priti Ranjan Mekap, another participant.Apart from Mr. Panda and Mr. Mekap, other enthusiasts who participated in this event were Samir Ranjan Panda, Umakant Swain, Chandrasekhar Patnaik, Sunil Biswal, Tusharkant Mishra and Rajesh Kumar.last_img read more

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first_imgQuick: What’s the largest object in the solar system beyond Neptune? Pluto was what you learned long ago, and now there’s fresh evidence to indicate that old answer was right all along. Pluto belongs to the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt, which boasts more than a thousand known objects revolving around the sun beyond Neptune’s orbit. Most are much smaller than Pluto, but in 2005 astronomers discovered its biggest rival: Eris, which they claimed definitely surpassed Pluto in size. In 2010, however, Eris staged an underwhelming performance when it moved in front of a distant star. The short duration of this so-called occultation revealed that Eris is just 2326 kilometers across—possibly smaller than Pluto, whose diameter is somewhere between 2300 and 2400 kilometers. The uncertainty arises because Pluto, unlike Eris, has air that complicates the interpretation of observational data. Now, as astronomers will report in Icarus, analysis of methane gas in Pluto’s atmosphere suggests that Pluto is about 2368 kilometers across, in which case it’s larger than Eris and thus the champ of the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt. We’ll get a final verdict in July 2015, when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft (artist’s conception shown) flies past Pluto and measures its exact size.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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first_imgA bipartisan initiative in the U.S. House of Representatives to modernize the drug development and approval system held the first in a series of exploratory hearings today. The so-called 21st Century Cures initiative, launched by two senior lawmakers on 30 April, will spend several months soliciting feedback from scientists, regulators, patients, and industry experts. The lawmakers may then propose legislation aimed at more quickly moving potential treatments from the lab to the clinic.The initiative is the result of collaboration between Representative Fred Upton (R–MI), the chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Representative Diana DeGette (D–CO), one of the panel’s senior Democrats. In an online announcement of the effort, the pair expressed concern that getting drugs to market is increasingly costly and time-consuming. Upton lamented “a major gap between the science of cures and the way we regulate these therapies,” and DeGette, an outspoken supporter of human embryonic stem cell research, vowed to “take a comprehensive look” at how Congress might intervene. Upton, a conservative who often parts company with DeGette on policy issues, wrote in a recent U.S. News and World Report op-ed that  “U.S. regulatory policies remain stuck in the Sgt. Pepper era.” Upton is in a powerful position to act on these concerns. He has at least 2.5 years remaining as chair of his committee, which helps oversee the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), among other agencies.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(*)On 6 May, the pair kicked off the initiative by hosting an informal round table. Guests included National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and Janet Woodcock, the director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. They discussed what are likely to be recurring buzzwords in the ongoing conversation: promoting “clinical trial networks” that could oversee multiple drug trials; identifying “surrogate endpoints” for clinical trials—short-term markers that a patient is benefiting from a drug that might speed its approval; and encouraging FDA to make broader use of its “accelerated approval” pathway, historically limited mostly to approving cancer and HIV treatments.At today’s health subcommittee hearing, the experts invited to testify echoed many of those suggestions. The panel included five contributors to a President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report on drug innovation, which in 2012 offered a list of recommendations for improving the drug approval process. Sara Radcliffe, executive vice president for health at the Biotechnology Industry Organization, said she’d like FDA to further clarify how a drug trial might introduce a new endpoint to measure its efficacy, and how medicines targeted at small populations might better take advantage of the expedited approval process that already exists. Frank Sasinowski, speaking on behalf of the National Organization for Rare Disorders, repeated that suggestion. Questions from committee members also focused largely on FDA, and many were critical of what they perceived as a risk-averse culture at the agency.The emphasis on FDA reflects an area where the committee has focused its legislative energies in the past, Jeff Allen, one of the witnesses at the hearing and executive director of Friends of Cancer Research in Washington, D.C., told ScienceInsider. He noted that the panel played a big role in shepherding into law a 2012 measure—the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA)—which created a new “breakthrough therapy” designation to speed the approval process for certain treatments for seriously ill patients. The new effort is a way to look beyond FDASIA, he believes. “That law was squarely focused on the FDA, and perhaps the 21st Century Cures [initiative] will allow an examination of the totality of the system, rather than just the point of market entry.”Press releases and white papers from the initiative hint that it might take a more holistic view. The most recent, for instance, asks patients to send the panel comments on the current state of research, funding, and available treatment for their diseases.Not surprisingly, many researchers and patient groups watching the new initiative say funding for basic research that identifies new drug targets is a key issue. But spending levels aren’t something that Upton’s committee controls; that’s largely up to the appropriations panels. Still, Radcliffe told ScienceInsider that although today’s hearing produced nothing she hasn’t heard before, there were “some really interesting proposals.” It will likely be many months, however, before advocates learn how Upton and DeGette plan to respond to what they learn.last_img read more

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first_imgAre you ready to start cracking the next Go Figure mystery?Identify what this is and win $30Last date October 15, 2011Enter Go Figure ContestThe July mystery image is that of the Statue of Liberty. The winner, selected randomly from among the correct entries, is Jayashee Seshadri, of Mansfield, Mass. Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgFive Kabaddi players were banned by the Australian Sikh Games organizing committee from participating in next year’s Sikh Games after two players tested positive to the use of prohibited drugs, and three refused to take the test, Australian National Sikh Sports and Cultural Council (ANSSACC) said in a statement recently. The respective clubs of the players have also been fined.ANSSACC along with Sydney organizing Committee conducted a random drug testing program during the 31st Australian Sikh Games held in Sydney on the Easter weekend. This is the third year the drug testing program has been conducted.“Two players from the total 37 tested positive to the use of prohibited drugs that are outlined in the ANSSACC Drug Policy beyond acceptable levels. The players who tested positive were found to have levels beyond the acceptable levels for either or both Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)–Cannabis and Opioids,” ANSSACC spokesperson Mintu Brar said, as per SBS Punjabi.Brar added that additionally, three players refused to participate in the drug testing process. Two of those players were selected randomly and one player was initiated by an opposition team after an objection was lodged, the report said.The player’s refusal to participate in the test resulted in the cancellation of the finals game between Singh Sabha Sports Club Melbourne and Baba Deep Singh Club Woolgoolga on Apr.1.The Australian Sikh Games are a representation of the Sikh community, held around Easter every year, to promote multiculturalism in Australia. The event attracts over one thousand athletes and up to 45,000 spectators over three days, as per the report.According to Brar, the players who failed to comply with test will be banned for a period of 15 months. “This means they’ll miss next year’s Sikh Games. Their respective clubs will be fined and they’ll also be subjected to disciplinary demerit points,” Brar explained.Brar also refuted claims that test samples were taken at the last moment, claimed by few teams such as Baba Deep Singh Club Woolgoolga Club who felt “targeted”. “In total 37 tests were conducted across the three days. A higher number of tests were conducted for Kabaddi due to past drug issues in this sport. All testing was performed by an independent company, Integrity Sampling.” he added.Gurdial Singh Rai, President of Baba Deep Singh Club Woolgoolga said that they had the best players who could win the trophy, saying that they felt they have been targeted. “We strongly oppose the use of drugs in sports. We acknowledge that our players denied drug-testing, but only after the insult they felt in the in the open ground. If they want to test these international players they’d get it done through some NADA (The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies) equivalent methodologies,” Rai was quoted as saying earlier by SBS Punjabi. Related ItemsAustraliaKabaddilast_img read more

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first_imgA man was arrested for allegedly giving triple talaq to his wife in the Ramraj area here, police said on Wednesday. Tehzib pronounced talaq three times on his wife, Nusrat Jehan, and forced her to leave the house in Nizampur village, they said quoting a compliant filed by Jehan.The incident took place on June 11 and since then Jehan has been living with her parents, police said. The man has been booked under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, they said.last_img

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “It’s unfortunate but at least we extended the game to five sets, and we proved that we can give these other countries a fight,” said Vicente in Filipino. “We just have to work harder in training and push ourselves more so we can be a better team.”“Another important thing for us is that we have the exposure in the international arena.”Yekaterina Zhdanova punished the Philippines with 24 points while Katerina Tatko added 15 for the Kazakhs’ cause.Kazakhtan captain Radmila Beresneva and Alla Bogdashkina put up 14 points apiece.Jaja Santiago spearheaded the Philippines with 18 points while Valdez and Jovelyn Gonzaga combined for 21.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipinos finished the tournament at eight place after three straight losses but they are still ensured of a spot in the 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Cup.The Philippines, after spirited efforts in the third and fourth set, floundered in the final set scoring just two attack points.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 shutoutAdding salt to the wound, Alyssa Valdez’ final attempt hit net to award the Kazakhs’ the seventh place in the tournament.Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente looked at the brighter side of things and said their performance proved they can roll with the other higher-ranked countries. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Kazakhstan finished as the seventh seed in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after it stopped host Philippines, 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 21-25, 15-3, Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Kazakhs, ranked no. 21 in the world, had already beaten the Philippines once in the tournament when the two met in the group stages of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH Archers pluck bronze out of semis heartache View comments Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Villagelast_img read more

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first_imgJess Melliza knocked in four goals as Stallion Laguna continued its midseason run with a 5-0 demolition of Ilocos United on Sunday in the Philippines Football League at Biñan Football Stadium.Determined to catch up with the leaders after a sputtering start to the season, Stallion once again turned to the in-form Melliza to overcome an Ilocos side that remained winless in 18 matches this season. Melliza now has 12 goals this season.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA postpones games anew due to bad weather Meanwhile, Global Cebu denied the Davao Aguilas of a first win, after coming away with a 2-2 draw at Davao Sports Complex in Tagum City on Saturday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Fitch Arboleda also found the back of the net for coach Ernie Nierras’ side, which improved to 23 points after picking up its sixth win.Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, JPV Marikina leaned on a Masaki Yanagawa strike to subdue Kaya Makati, 1-0, and move up to fourth spot.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 shutoutIt was JPV’s eighth win in 18 matches as the Marikina side hiked its tally to 27 points, two ahead of Ceres-Negros, which has only played 12 matches so far this season due to its AFC Cup campaign.Yanagawa stabbed home a corner kick in the 34th minute for the only goal of the match. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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first_imgThings, however, have changed this Season 80 in the UAAP with the fifth year Tamaraw thrust into the role of FEU’s go-to offensive weapon.While his numbers have seen a significant rise, the transition hasn’t been drastic after all for Dennison.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 was already practicing as the go-to-guy even in the offseason, I was practicing my offensive game because I can’t just be a defensive guy anymore,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For the first two games, Dennison has been FEU’s leading scorer averaging 18.5 points on an impressive 62.96 percent shooting. LATEST STORIES View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor most of his career in the UAAP, Ron Dennison had been either a benchwarmer or a glue guy.Dennison was never the person to carry the offense for Far Eastern University as he only averaged 2.1 points per game average in his first four seasons.ADVERTISEMENT His 21-point game against La Salle was also a career-high.Dennison said he wasn’t surprised that he has been putting up gaudy numbers in the offensive end while retaining his defensive duties because he prepared for that in the off-season.“I was ready that I would become one of the team’s main scorers,” said Dennison, whos also averaging 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. “That was already my mindset starting last semester. My defense is always there, that should always be there because I always give my energy when I’m on the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

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first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.Marquez has denied any wrongdoing and said he will work to clear his name. He is not known to face any criminal charges in the United States or Mexico.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 shutoutAtlas says Marquez will continue his legal fight while at the team.Marquez has played internationally with AS Monaco, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this June 5, 2016 file photo, Mexico defender Rafael Marquez leaves the pitch after a Copa America group C soccer match against Uruguay at University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, Ariz. Marquez is back with his club on Monday, Sept. 18 2017, more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties. Atlas says the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again and will continue his legal fight. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)MEXICO CITY — Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez is back with his club more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties.Atlas said Monday that the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:21Police report on Nov. 2013 Pampanga drug sting ‘full of lies’ — ex-PNP official00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Bucks re-sign 40-year-old guard Jason Terrylast_img read more

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