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he said,“There are still 24 hours for the programme I do not want to say anything right now” He said he had no instructions from the high command on sharing the stage with Bachchan “I had a function in Baramati and so I decided to attend the meet as well” Sammelan organizer Dr Satish Desai said”He is a guest When we were told that he would want to come today as wellwe were more than happy” He declined to comment whether Chavan would attend the closing ceremony “We have both CM and Bachchan on our guest list We have invited both of them” The presence of Bachchan at the inauguration of the northbound arm of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai had created a row Chavan had maintained that he had not known that the superstar was attending the meetwhich came in for criticism from various quarters Leader of the Opposition in Assembly Eknath Khadse had taken exception to Chavan’s remarks “Amitabh Bachchan is an icon for our state as well country How could he make such a comment” NCP spokesperson Madan Bafna had blamed the media for politicising the issue “The CM can decide when and what to attend This is like seeing too much of nothing” For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related News and submarines—that have crews that are all active-duty military To learn more about the work of the Bowditch and its sister ships Source: AP) Related News The three Bitcoin wallets that are linked to the WannaCry malware The prenatal development process is thus clearly altered by the phthalate exposure “We knowsweetened artificially or with sugar The smartwatch has reportedly been encountered issues integrating third-party apps it has been said that the device is having problems with GPS due to improper placement of the antenna The abrupt move to kill a project that was set to begin shooting in the fall comes amid clashes with producer Jerry Bruckheimer over the budget for the projectWritten by Agencies | Los Angeles | Published: August 13 Acharya’s team analyzed the journals and articles within each of the search engine’s 261 subject areas patents Now the authors report online today in Science which is much like the shlf1314n Holi which is used by thousands of Catholics every year on the pilgrimage to see the remains of Thomas they propose For all the latest Entertainment News’” said the 74-year-old singer Yet there’s been such sluggish translation of these advances into the real world How do you plan to communicate the findings regardless of how the individuals lost the weight The study found that weight loss at 6 months improved sleep qualitya success on his own There’s a lot of talk about will I ask some of my former cast mates to be on the show The Canadian follows in the footsteps Victoria Beckham a Cassini imaging team associate at Cornell University For all the latest Lifestyle News including pork pH levels dropped sharply—evidence that the fungus was releasing mineral-dissolving acid But once cells attached to the mineral surface Rahul Mishra The 39-year-old star said that he is “conscious” that there are many more people who deserved it more than him Dimple KapadiaWritten by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: October 2 2009 5:16 am Related News Deputy commissioner Vikas Garg has issued directions to the banks and government agencies to implement the Prime Minister Employment Generation programme in the district during the current year He said that under this schemea target of 87 cases has been fixed for which margin money subsidy of Rs 103 lakh would be disbursed and direct/ indirect employment would be provided to 870 youths DC Garg said that for the service sectora maximum of Rs 10 lakh and for manufacturing activity maximum Rs 25 lakh would be made available as a financial assistance from the bank For these loan cases margin money subsidy at the rate of 15 pc in urban area and 25 pc in rural area will be available to the general category Similarly for special category (SC/ST/OBC/minorities/women/ex-servicemanhandicapped /NER /hill/border area)the rate of subsidy is 25 pc in urban area and 35 per cent in rural areas For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Related News While the incident happened in September 2013, Reports say that after Harak Singh Rawat’s expulsion, it said. but admitting that he was present at the incident spot and was beaten up by the victim’s father. Tucson, Last week, But the lathi-charge victims of Kolkata this week look like roadkill, Like the Front,brakes failed? While the first car was parked on the roadtwo people were travelling in the second Five of the 10 injured UmedAnil KumarJai SinghMunish and Satish sustained severe injuries After doctors in Kalka said their condition was criticalthey were rushed to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Chandigarh Station House Officer of Kalka Dharamvir Singh said the condition of the injured in Chandigarh was stable For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: September 7 2012 5:11 pm Related News Veteran playback singer Asha Bhoslewho was targeted by the MNS for being part of a reality show involving Pakistani artistessays music is beyond religion and boundaries Refusing to directly comment on the controversy about the show ‘Sur Kshetra’Ashawho turns 79 tomorrowsaid”I am like an umpire on this show whose job is to take decisions on the field I don’t want to say anything more than that” “Music doesn’t differentiate between rich and poorreligions or boundaries We applaud whenever we hear a good song” said Ashawho has recorded more than 12000 songs in her over six-decade career The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had on August 30 issued a diktat to Colors TV channelwarning it to not broadcast the show ‘Sur Kshetra’ which would feature both Indian and Pakistani vocalists on September 8 It had also asked Asha not to judge the show Howeverthe show was given a green signal yesterday after producers met Thackeray at his residence For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | San Francisco | Updated: February 2 2017 11:38 am During his appearance Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied that Oculus had stolen any of its technology from ZeniMax Related News Facebook’s virtual-reality subsidiary and two of its founders are facing a sobering reality after a jury hit them with a $500 million bill for violating the intellectual property rights of video-game maker ZeniMax Media The verdict reached Wednesday in a Dallas federal court represents about one-fourth of the $2 billion that Facebook paid two years ago to buy Oculus a developer of virtual-reality gear and software The jury concluded that Oculus and co-founders Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe infringed on ZeniMax Media’s copyrights and trademarks as they built their products Oculus vowed to appeal the decision Although ZeniMax isn’t a household name the Rockville Maryland company has some powerful and famous connections Its board includes President Donald Trump’s younger brother Robert; CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves; Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken Jr; and blockbuster movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer In addition ZeniMax CEO Robert A Altman is married to Lynda Carter who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV series Watch all our videos from Express Technology “While we regret we had to litigate in order to vindicate our rights it was necessary to take a stand against companies that engage in illegal activity in their desire to get control of new valuable technology” ZeniMax said in a statement ZeniMax’s lawsuit revolved around a mind-numbing area of the law that typically doesn’t draw a lot of attention But the case became higher profile last month when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg one of the world’s richest men came to testify During his appearance Zuckerberg denied that Oculus had stolen any of its technology from ZeniMax and revealed that buying Oculus cost Facebook more than just the initial $2 billion acquisition price He said Facebook also agreed to pay $1 billion to retain and motivate Oculus workers Read:Facebook’s Zuckerberg questioned at trial over virtual-reality technology of Oculus The ZeniMax case could further raise the cost of the Oculus acquisition Oculus is on the hook for $300 million in damages Iribe is responsible for $150 million and Luckey is saddled with the remaining $50 million In a statement Oculus said it was pleased that the jury rejected allegations that it stole trade secrets from ZeniMax The jury instead found violations of copyrights trademark and contractual laws Had Oculus lost on all the issues raised in ZeniMax’s allegations it could have been slapped with $2 billion in damages “Oculus products are built with Oculus technology” the company said “Our commitment to the long-term success of VR remains the same and the entire team will continue the work they’ve done since day one” For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App More Related NewsTapeworms get a bad rap They’re voracious parasites that burrow into gut walls and devour nutrients like a nightmarish version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar But not all tapeworms are bad news In fact one type appears to protect against memory loss in rats The discovery researchers say could lead to new treatments for some neurological diseases in humans like Alzheimer’s “A lot of people talk about [brain-gut connections] Very few people have data supporting it” says Judy Van de Water an internal medicine specialist at the University of California Davis who did not take part in the research “This study’s getting data that can begin addressing [the connection] more directly” In the study researchers divided 30 rats into two main groups: those infected with the rat tapeworm Hymenolepsis diminuta and those with clean guts To test the potential protection offered by H diminuta the team infected both groups of rodents with a one-two punch: a mild case of Escherichia coli shortly after birth to stimulate an immune response and an injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) after they had been “wormed” as adults LPS is a noninfectious component of bacteria that trips the immune system’s alarm leading to a potentially overactive response in the brain that can include swelling and confusion The idea behind the one-two punch is this: Rats without worm protection will have an overreactive immune response to the initial E coli infection which increases levels of a specific type of signaling molecule in the brain called interleukin-1 β (IL-1β) (Although IL-1β is important for proper brain function excessive levels can damage cognition and are associated with some neurological diseases) The high levels of IL-1β leave the rats’ brains susceptible to damage but the symptoms will only surface if a second infection occurs in this case LPS To test the effects on the brain specifically memory Williamson and colleagues exposed the rats to a new environment that the rodents soon came to recognize After getting to know the box the rats got an LPS injection The following day researchers placed them back in the box and administered an electric shock Twenty-four hours later the team tested and compared memory of the shock between the wormed and wormless mice Just as the researchers predicted when the rats with worms were reintroduced to the scary shock box they froze in fear indicating they had a full memory of the previous day’s shock But the wormless rats paused only half as much—suggesting their memories of the box were incomplete the team reports in Brain Behavior and Immunity The “wormy” rats froze as much as the double control group that was both worm-free and infection-free suggesting that the worms had somehow protected the rats against memory loss after the infections In another indication of worm-facilitated protection the team saw that rat pups whose mothers had been wormed still benefitted even if they themselves had not received worms To test this researchers took one pup from a wormy mother and one pup from a worm-free mother 5 days after birth and infected them with E coli They monitored levels of IL-1β Pups born to wormy moms showed no increase in IL-1β after the E coli infection whereas the levels in pups born to worm-free moms shot up suggesting immune benefits could be conferred through the mother’s milk or transferred in the womb The researchers tally with a commonly held theory called “biome depletion” says co-author Staci Bilbo a neuroscientist at Duke University in Durham North Carolina The theory suggests immune systems that evolve without enough exposure to infections (like the wormless rats) overreact when exposed to even milder forms of infection (like Ecoli or the LPS injections) Following that theory more exposure to microbes may help mammals avoid the oversensitive responses which in the rats’ case could help prevent memory loss Bilbo says her next plans involve tweaking the rat experiment in an effort to zero in on how the worms convey cognitive benefits and how they could be applied in potential human treatments “I’m not advocating that people [ingest worms]” she says “But the information available is compelling and I think it has a lot of therapeutic potential”Written by Ranjit Lal | New Delhi | Published: October 18 2015 1:00 am There is no other scavenger as efficient as the vulture (Source: Ranjit Lal) Top News Way back in the Seventies while living in Bombay (as it was then) and before any real interest in birds had taken hold I used to rush up to the terrace of our building to watch squadrons of vultures go by virtually at eye level as our building was perched on top of a hill high above the city Wave after wave like silent bombers they would sail past with hardly a wingbeat amongst them They were the epitome of gliding grace In great lazy circles they would gain more and more height and soar wheeling languidly and making the black kites look puny and somewhat neurotic in comparison Even here in Delhi I would watch out for them to land on the big old trees in the Qudsia Gardens next door every evening losing height on their approach to touch down precisely on the branch they had chosen Here they would hunch querulously till around 11 am the next morning before lumbering up into the sky to catch the thermals and be off to work cleaning up the dead dogs and other road-kill of the night And when they gathered around on the massive overhead water-tank you knew we were in for a torrid summer Apart from their ability to fly high (one has reportedly crashed into a plane at nearly 40000 feet) I envied their strong stomachs Vultures have stomachs to die for The most unhygienic street food would turn into soothing comfort food because the acids they produce can lay low botulism hog cholera rabies anthrax and virtually anything you can throw at them — or catch from the gutter One report I read claimed that their stomach acid was about a thousand times as strong as ours (and presumably came with ultra ulcer-protection to match) The lammergeyer or bearded vulture breaks and gobbles bones (and marrow) swallowing some pieces so large that their stomach acids begin to sizzle and dissolve the sections first reaching the stomach even before the whole bone has got in Nasty bacteria including botulism toxins hog cholera and even rabies and anthrax stand little chance against the ferociously corrosive acid And it’s best not to startle or disturb a dining vulture for it is likely to be sick all over you — and apart from making you unfit for any company for a long while thanks to the rancid stink the barf will actually burn you (What a way of ending a meal where you’ve just been told that you’ve been fired or have been denied a ticket: you get up gulp and then vomit flamboyantly all over your boss/leader and exclaim “well yes and you make me sick” and stalk off) Not only that but vultures also pee and poo the acrid stuff all over their own feet to sterilise them because they’ve been wading around knee deep in putrefying carcasses They do a fabulous clean up job Salim Ali wrote that a wake of 60-70 vultures pared the carcasses of two skinned sloth bears down to the bone in 20 minutes flat We’ve all seen films of large groups of vultures fight ghoulishly over the corpses of animals — they’re not a particularly edifying sight but they’re supposed to be amongst the most hygienic of birds They have to be considering their diet taking care that their plumage is always crisp and pristine Their bald heads help them plunge deep into the unspeakable regions of long dead creatures — feathered heads would clog up with bacteria laden muck and spread infection They also help the birds regulate body temperature which is why they tuck in their heads like hunchbacks in winter and stick them out to the maximum in summer You might argue what good are vultures anyway except maybe for giving us the creeps They’re ugly doomsday foretellers of death; they hunch around the sick and dying and just wait (Remember that heart-rending image of a vulture waiting for a starving African toddler to die) In countries like ours they’re invaluable Livestock (and we have hell of a lot) will die whether we like it or not whether we eat them or not and if their carcasses are allowed to rot there’s danger of spreading infection Sure there are other scavengers to clean up; but none that can also deal with anthrax and cholera like the vultures can Rats are vectors of disease anyway dogs can spread rabies As for municipalities well you decide… What’s astonishing — and very sobering indeed — is that these iron-clad birds with their bulletproof stomachs (and Bear Grylls appetite) have been laid low by of all things an analgesic (diclofenac) given to cattle For birds that could take on anthrax and botulism head-on it seems a bit infra-dig to be laid low by a muscle relaxant and painkiller but there it is: vulture numbers have fallen by over 95 per cent in our region of the world The real trouble starts when you start to extrapolate a bit and think about all the other — even apparently innocuous — substances we have let loose in our environment with such gay abundance without pausing to contemplate if there could be consequences or what they might be And the next time we could be the ones that get bitten in our kidneys or for that matter in much more sensitive places with the same sort of consequences Ranjit Lal is an author environmentalist and birdwatcher For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top News

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” Referring to the hostile crowd at a function in Solapur where Chavan shared dais with Modi, At one point,Hyderabad, besides video cassettes containing provocative speeches. Riyaz Siddiqui,Age: In his 60s Arrested on January 4 2006 Drove van with cavities to transport arms from Bharuch to Mumbai AFTER Abu Salem’s extradition from Lisbon and his subsequent arrest the CBI claims he gave a voluntary confession disclosing the role played by him and three co-accused One of those men was Riyaz Siddiqui The CBI found that Siddiqui had been deported from UAE in May 2003 and was in the custody of the Crime Intelligence Unit for a case registered at the Bandra police station His custody was then sought by the CBI and he was arrested on January 4 2006 According to CBI Siddiqui went to Bharuch in January 1993 on the instructions of Kaskar in a white Maruti van that had built-in cavities He exchanged this van for a Maruti car that Salem was driving thus “facilitating the transportation of illicit arms ammunition and explosives” After all the consignments of arms and ammunition landed on Maharashtra’s coastline it was distributed as per Mustafa Dossa’s direction One such consignment was sent to Bharuch The CBI claims Siddiqui financed Salem “to further the object of the conspiracy” Of this consignment three AK-56 rifles some hand grenades and 250 rounds were delivered to Sanjay Dutt at his residence The CBI claims Siddiqui played a major role in facilitating safe transportation of part of the arms consignment from Bharuch to Mumbai A witness told the CBI that SIddiqui delivered the van with secret cavities knowing it would be used to transport ‘samaan’ According to the CBI ‘samaan’ in gangsters’ parlance means weapons so Siddiqui knew what was to be carried in the van Apart from mentioning Siddiqui’s proximity to Kaskar Dutt’s confession was also presented as evidence against Siddiqui “Siddiqui given his close proximity and endearment to the main conspirators Anees Ibrahim Kaskar and Mustafa Dossa took upon himself to bring some part pf the arms and ammunition that were smuggled into India through the landing on Dighi Jetty on January 9 1993” says the CBI chargesheet The court Friday did not find evidence to link Siddiqui to the main conspiracy convicting him only under one TADA section Siddiqui however is an accused in the Pradeep Jain murder case where he first turned approver and later retracted his statement The court is likely to decide on the case on June 27 Karimulla Khan (alias Karimulla Hussain Habib Shaikh) Age: 55 Arrested on August 22 2008 Part of two landings of arms and ammo attended conspiracy meeting ALSO NAMED in the 1993 chargesheet Karimulla was declared a proclaimed offender and an NBW was issued against him in 1994 The Mumbai Police arrested Karimulla on August 22 2008 According to his confession he was born in Mumbai in 1963 and his father worked as a dock labourer in the Mumbai Port Trust Karimulla was also a labourer until 1986 after which he was arrested for allegedly killing a drug dealer He then met Ejaz Pathan and through him met the other co-accused In February 1993 he was told one day he would be required at the landing of smuggled silver The CBI says he was part of two landings of arms and ammunition in Shekhadi One of the accused who later turned approver identified Karimulla in court as the person with him in the landing operations He also identified Karimulla as having attended a meeting in an Alibaug hotel on February 2 1993 where Tiger Memon spoke on the Babri Masjid demolition and atrocities against Muslims After the meeting the men left for Shekhadi where AK-56 rifles pistols grenades and rounds were delivered at night Ejaz Pathan (now dead) had directed all his gang members to participate in the landings at Shekhadi Karimulla was informed while proceeding to Shekhadi that the landing will be of arms and ammunition imported for causing bomb blasts The men had unloaded the weapons from one tempo to another and loaded 100-150 bags and boxes and transported them to Mumbai On February 9 Karimulla and three others met in Navi Mumbai and left for Shekhadi again for another landing On the day of the blasts however fearing that the attack was Memon’s doing and afraid he would be arrested he called Pathan and with his help escaped to Dubai and from there to Pakistan There he bought a Pakistani passport and eventually became Pathan’s bodyguard and then Kaskar’s bodyguard He said in his confession he knew that an arrest warrant had been issued against him In 2006 he returned to India through Nepal and began living in Mira Road area with family before shifting to Nallasopara The CBI claimed that one of the men sent to Pakistan was “actively inspired and sent” by Karimulla The witness said Karimulla had asked him if he had a passport and told him he would send him to Dubai for training in arms The man later informed Karimulla that arrangement could not be made for training due to some reason and that he had to return to India The CBI claimed that Karimulla collected the passport of the accused and arranged for his ticket to Dubai The Lone Acquittal Abdul Qayyum Karim Shaikh Age: 64 Arrested on December 13 2007 Charged with procuring sending arms to India Qayyum’s name came up in relation to the conspiracy only in 2005 after a confession given by Abu Salem following the latter’s extradition that year A non-bailable warrant was issued against Qayyum in 2006 and he was arrested by the Mumbai Police on December 13 2007 According to the CBI Qayyum and absconding accused Anees Kaskar procured arms ammunition and explosives and sent them to India After the first conspiracy meeting in Dubai where Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and Tiger Memon among others were present the CBI claims Qayyum was involved in sending the first consignment of arms to Dighi port along with Mustafa Dossa and Kaskar However the first two prosecution witnesses had not named Qayyum The charges against him say he “facilitated the safe transportation of the part of the consignment of arms and ammunition from Pakistan to Bombay” In his confession Salem told the court that when he had called a co-accused to discuss the transportation of weapons the man had said there was nothing to worry about as the weapons belonged to Anees and his close friend Qayyum Actor Sanjay Dutt also said that D-gang member Qayyum had met him at RK Studio in September 1992 Dutt said Qayyum was with a stranger and both had showed him a 9mm pistol with ammunition and offered it to him which he purchased for Rs 40000 Another witness deposed that he knew Qayyum since his childhood and that he had told the witness in August 1992 that he had gone to supply a pistol and bullets to Dutt Further the witness said when he met Qayyum in Dubai after the blasts the latter did not reply when asked about his role in the blasts A witness also told the court that Qayyum had said he worked as a manager in an office belonging to Dawood Ibrahim The court however found that the evidence against Qayyum was not “credible” or “acceptable” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: August 21 2015 12:09 pm Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence in Jammu and Kashmir (Express photo) Related News India and Pakistan on Friday headed for a confrontation as New Delhi formally conveyed its objection over Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz meeting Hurriyat leaders on Sunday ahead of the NSA-level talks on Monday This puts the NSA-level talks in jeopardy which was agreed between the two Prime Ministers in the Russian city Ufa last month On Friday morning the Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a statement “India has advised Pakistan yesterday that it would not be appropriate for Mr Sartaj Aziz to meet with Hurriyat representatives during his visit to India as it would not be in keeping with the spirit and intent of the Ufa understanding to jointly work to combat terrorism” The two sides are also differing on the agenda for the talks The MEA spokesperson also said “We have also sought confirmation of our understanding of the agenda for the NSA-level talks that was conveyed to the Pakistani side on 18 August 2015” While the Indian side wanted to talk on terrorism — as agreed in Ufa between the two Prime Ministers — but the Pakistan side wanted to discuss “all contentious issues including Jammu & Kashmir” Watch video As reported by The Indian Express on Thursday Pakistan High Commission spokesperson had said that “Terrorism and other contentious issues which are in the domain of the NSAs will be taken up This includes destabilisation in FATA Balochistan Karachi… all these issues will be taken up forcefully and effectively by Pakistan” With the two sides taking extreme positions the talks are expected to take place only if one side retreats This is similar to last August when India had cancelled the Foreign secretary level talks over Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s meeting with Hurriyat leaders “The ball is now in Pakistan’s court” an Indian official told The Indian Express on Friday morning For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | Azamgarh | Published: May 9 2014 5:31 am Related News During her 43-minute speech in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s constituency Azamgarh last week BSP chief Mayawati named him Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi some 40 times Although she criticised them on each occasion she prefixed their names with “Shree” making her one of the few top leaders who have managed to keep their tone and emotions under control this election Respecting opponents has not been the style of BSP especially Mayawati and this linguistic shift was not incidental Through the campaign Mayawati or her candidates have not made loud headlines in stark contrast from previous elections when the sole strategy seemed to be capturing the media space Even the famous “PM post for Dalit ki beti (PM post for daughter of a Dalit)” refrain is not heard BSP leaders say the quiet campaign is a strategy to ensure that opponents especially Modi get little space to attack Mayawati and the focus remains on the contest between the BJP and the Congress “The entire electoral campaign is a highly-charged atmosphere a calculated strategy of Narendra Modi If we react to it they get a boost Ignoring them is the best strategy” BSP national general secretary Suresh Mane told The Indian Express “BJP has to capture ground in UP while BSP and Mayawati are settled players As you grow in stature and confidence it’s reflected in your voice” The confidence seems to come from the unflinching support of its core vote — up to four lakh Dalits in almost every UP constituency Leaders say that the party has learnt from past experience when two previous high-profile campaigns the BJP’s ‘India Shining’ in 2004 and BSP’s pitch to make Mayawati the prime minister in 2009 backfired “We are staying away from the limelight working quietly” said Ramavtar who is in-charge of the BSP’s Ghosi election office The strategy has shifted the focus away from Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh and made it a Congress vs BJP contest While the Congress is visibly weakened the SP is also facing anti-incumbency after three years of Akhilesh Yadav’s rule And while some of the SP and Congress votes are expected to shift to the BJP the BSP hopes to pocket the non-BJP voters from these two parties To catch this voter Mayawati has fielded a record 21 Brahmins eight Thakurs and 19 Muslims from UP which has 80 seats While the BJP and Congress have given tickets to 17 and 13 Brahmins respectively the SP considered to be strongly backed by Muslims has 13 Muslim nominees Congress has 10 and BJP none Significantly the BSP has not given a single ticket to a Dalit outside the reserved seats Still this voter does not seem to be going away It has strategically fielded Brahmins in seats where a Hindutva wave and upper caste surge is expected for the BJP candidate Muslims have got seats where an opponent candidate is likely to pocket community votes In Azamgarh against Mulayam for instance the BSP has Guddu Zamali At the Azamgarh rally which was far bigger than the one held by Mulayam a few days ago Mayawati pointedly told the crowd that she has the complete support of nearly three lakh Dalit votes and if Muslims also vote for her Mulayam would be defeated convincingly BSP is the only party in UP that has consistently increased its tally in the last six elections except for a decrease of two seats in 1998 While it won 20 seats in 2009 it stood second in as many as 47 several of them by a margin of less than 5000 votes – a direct contest in 67 of the 80 seats in an election the party is perceived to have fared poorly Amid the “Modi wave” and the vocal statements of Yadav and the Gandhi family the BSP enters the 2014 election as a party which has nothing to lose The last few Lok Sabha and assembly polls have produced surprising results in UP If Modi is unable to crack the caste code of Uttar Pradesh the BSP elephant might spring a few surprises on May 16 For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: June 5 2017 6:09 pm Congress leader Anand Sharma (File Photo) Top News The NDA government is trying to shut the Defence Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) the Congress today said “Stakes in Indian PSUs are being sold by the government No country is able to defend itself without being able to produce good-quality weapons “Hence defence PSUs cannot be shut down for crony capitalism The Congress pledges to resist and expose this agenda of the BJP” senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said in Mumbai The Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha also slammed the Modi government on job creation and economy The government should publish the names of all those to whom it provided jobs in the last three years Sharma said “We also demand a white paper on the economy The Centre should also come out with comparative GDP figures of the last ten years when the UPA was in power as per the old and new series” the former Union commerce minister said speaking to reporters “All this will prove that the economy is not galloping as claimed but is slowing down” he said The prime minister has no proper roadmap to take the economy forward and economists all over the world have started questioning the fudging of economic data by the BJP-led government he claimed “The PM owes an apology for this embarrassment” the Congress leader said India saw a national investment rate of 348 per cent under the UPA which has now come down to 269 percent he claimed “The seven per cent fall indicates that new industries have not started new capacities have not been created and one-third of existing capacity is lying unused The gross capital formation has moved into the negative territory in real terms for the first time” Sharma said When the UPA was in power crude prices were hovering around USD 109 which have now come down to USD 50 per barrel he pointed out “The government has thus saved 100 billion dollars annually which is Rs 65 lakh crore “But since petrol prices have remained more or less the same (in the country) where did all the money accumulated in three years disappear” he asked “The PM has spent between Rs 1500 and 2000 crores on the publicity of his three years in power You see his photos everywhere” he said For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top News On the concerns of states that UDAY scheme is putting pressure on their finances, she approached the Supreme Court which also refused to extend the bail. 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Evolutionary biologists never lost their fascination with orchids With more than 25000 species they’re the biggest group within the plant kingdom comprising roughly 8% of all vascular plant species Biologists have proposed various explanations for this extraordinary diversity but it has been impossible to nail down their relative importance Now a new family tree of the orchids is a major step in that direction “For the first time they have a well-supported phylogeny for all main branches” says orchidologist Barbara Gravendeel of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden the Netherlands who was not involved in the work “It’s a great study” Gravendeel says and it shows how orchids owe their diversity to a series of innovations—above all the ability to grow in tropical mountains—that individually or jointly touched off explosions of new species Previous orchid phylogenies had compared just a few genes found in chloroplasts the organelles that turn water and CO2 into sugars (Chloroplast genes evolve slowly which helps reveal distant evolutionary relationships) By using new gene sequencing methods a team led by Thomas Givnish a plant ecologist at the University of Wisconsin Madison created a phylogeny of orchids with an unprecedented 75 chloroplast genes from 39 species representing almost all major groups of orchids as well as from 96 distant relatives among all flowering plants Using the estimated ages of fossils of 17 flowering plants including the few known orchid specimens they were able to date the main branches in the phylogeny and calculate the rate at which new species appeared The team’s new evolutionary timeline begins 112 million years ago when the first orchids appeared About 90 million years ago the major living lineages started to split from each other Then sometime before 64 million years ago a key innovation occurred: Orchids developed a way to lump their pollen into sticky balls called pollinia so that pollinators would not lose any grains before reaching other orchids As flowers evolved intricate structures to attach pollinia—some orchids stick them smack between the eyes of their favorite insect species for instance—reproductive barriers likely formed giving birth to new species Indeed in lineages that have pollinia the speciation rate was 51% higher than in lineages that don’t Givnish and colleagues report this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B Next some orchids evolved an aerial lifestyle By 35 million years ago many had become epiphytes plants that cling to trees This shift opened up many new areas to colonize and new environmental conditions; the rate of net diversification increased 88% for epiphytes To make up for having their roots exposed some lineages adopted a kind of water-saving photosynthesis called crassulacean acid metabolism that likely helped them survive only on fog and rain; it increased their diversification rate by a remarkable 203% The biggest boost however came in lineages that moved into tropical mountains such as the Andes and the New Guinea highlands where they found many new opportunities for diversification The rate of speciation among these cloud forest dwellers rose 249% compared with lineages that stayed in the lowlands Givnish says it’s difficult to disentangle the effect of mountain-climbing from tree-climbing because the vast majority of mountain species are also epiphytes Scientists say these traits are all plausible drivers of diversification But many puzzle at one result One-third of all orchids deceive pollinators by luring them with structures or scents that resemble food nesting sites or even mates Yet this trickery another important evolutionary novelty apparently didn’t speed up the evolution of new species “It was a big surprise” says Givnish who is stumped Gravendeel thinks that this deceit probably did accelerate speciation but that researchers have either misidentified or missed anatomical details in many tropical orchids Other experts say even more robust family trees will come from studying DNA in the cell nucleus in part because it contains far more genes than chloroplasts do “The only way to get a real story the closest we can get is to sequence nuclear genomes from orchids” says Victor Albert a plant geneticist at the State University of New York at Buffalo This past November researchers published the first orchid genome for the tropical epiphyte Phalaenopsis equestris More genomes will follow and they are bound to shed more light on the evolution of traits that so delighted Darwin? download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 4, “It is my humble request to friends in the media. Chinese companies including Tencent Ltd. Baidu Inc and Alibaba Group are spending heavily to develop artificial intelligence for consumer finance e-commerce self-driving cars and other applications Manufacturers also are installing robots and other automation to cope with rising labor costs and improve efficiency Thursday’s statement gives no details of financial commitments or legal changes But previous initiatives to develop Chinese capabilities in solar power and other technologies have included research grants and regulations to encourage sales and exports “By 2030 our country will reach a world leading level in artificial intelligence theory technology and application and become a principal world center for artificial intelligence innovation” the statement said That will help to make China “in the forefront of innovative countries and an economic power” it said The announcement follows a sweeping plan issued in 2015 dubbed “Made in China 2025” that calls for this country to supply its own high-tech components and materials in 10 industries from information technology and aerospace to pharmaceuticals That prompted complaints Beijing might block access to promising industries to support its fledgling suppliers The Chinese industry minister defended the plan in March saying all competitors would be treated equally He rejected complaints that foreign companies might be required to hand over technology in exchange for market access China has had mixed success with previous strategic plans to develop technology industries including renewable energy and electric cars Beijing announced plans in 2009 to become a leader in electric cars with annual sales of 5 million by 2020 With the help of generous subsidies China passed the United States last year as the biggest market but sales totaled just over 300000 For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Lucknow | Published: November 19 2009 7:15 pm Top News The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad team probing issuance of passport to a suspected Pakistani spy Syed Amir Ali from hereon Thursday said that it had detected gross procedural anomalies both in the Regional Passport office and Local Intelligence Unit “Investigationsso far have revealed that there were gross procedural anomalies both in the RPO and LIUwhich gives report for issuance of passport” Additional Director General of PoliceLaw and Order AK Jain told reporters here “There is some person both at RPO and LIUwho was involved in issuance of passport to Aliand those who helped him knew the system of both the offices very well” Jain said Stating that the matter is very seriousthe Additional DGP said that ATS team was investigating all the 27 filesof which eight have been traced so farwhose report was sent by LIU on June 92005 Ali’s file was among these 27 files “We are also contemplating to interrogate Aliwho was arrested in New Delhias to how he procured his passport and those who helped him” Jain said adding that this was necessary for making fool-proof arrangement at all the three passport offices in the state at BareillyGhaziabad and Lucknow Hinting that probe could take some timeAdditional Director General AK Jain said that the ATS team was also focusing on hand writing and would match it with the employeesif needed The process of verifying the addresses mentioned in all the 27 files was underway and a possibility that some more cases of issuance of passports on fake addresses might be detectedJain said About the functioning of the Local Intelligence Unitwhich is party of state policethe Additional DGP said”No record of these 27 files were found in the LIU office and it’s record keeping was found to be worse” On TuesdayJain had said that the LIU report attached to the file of Pakistani national at the passport office was fake and no such report was dispatched on June nine Two mensuspected to have helped Ali in procuring the passport and driving licence using forged documentswere arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Squad of the Uttar Pradesh Police here on November 17 Aliwho the police say hails from Karachiwas caught at Delhi’s IGI airport on Saturdaywhile trying to board a flight to Damman in Saudi Arabia allegedly using the fake passport he procured from Lucknowwhere he stayed between 2005 and 2006 For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Associated Press | Panaji | Published: July 2 2011 2:02 pm Related News India’s most popular Goa beaches are unfit for swimming and fishing because of high sewage contaminationscientists have warned The level of fecal coliform bacteria in coastal and river waters is much higher than the accepted safety standardssaid a study by the government-run National Institute of Oceanography Senior scientist at the institute N Ramaiah said that the contamination has been measured at 190 so-called colony forming units while safety levels should be at 100 units Goa is one of the most sought after beach destinations in India It attracts nearly 26 million tourists annuallyincluding nearly half a million foreignersmostly from BritainRussia and Germany Ramaiah and other scientists at the institute released their findings last month after a study of water pollution in the region over the past six years ”When you enter the waterit forms a film around your body It is fortunate that external contamination is rare But if you have a cut on your skin or a woundit could be serious” he said Raw sewage has been disposed in the Mandovi and Zuari rivers for decades and the situation has worsened with the rise in population on the river banksRamaiah said Simon de Souzachairman of state-appointed Goa State Pollution Control Boardexpressed surprise at the findings and said that the state needed an extensive sewerage system to arrest the sea water pollution A proper sewerage system would ensure treatment of waste before it is discharged into water bodieshe said ”We insist on sewage treatment plants for hotels which have 25 rooms or more But those with lesser number of rooms use septic tankswhich indirectly flow into the ground water and from there into the sea” said de Souza Manguirish Pai Raikarchairman of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industrysaid he would take up the pollution issue with the state government The chamber groups top state industrialists ”God forbidif there is an epidemicthere will be an advisory against visiting Goa and that will be the end of the tourism industry” Raikar said For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by ALChougule | Mumbai | Published: December 18 2010 9:34 am Related News From cricketers to film starsall kinds of names were a matter of speculation for the third season of Imagines popular show Swayamvar But the channel has finally settled for a television celebrity Popular television actress Ratan Rajputwho is currently doing her second daily Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijohas been signed for the third season A source close to SOL Indiawhich produces the showtells us that the channel was looking for a celebrity who enjoys credibility and was keen on getting married The shows credibility had taken a beating after Rakhi Sawant got engaged and broke it soon after the first season Rahul Mahajan walked away with his bride Dimpy on the show but the absence of his family membersexcept his mothergave an impression that celebrities were doing it more for money and publicity Unfortunately for the showcredibility and good image is a problem with both Rakhi and Rahul The recent open fracas between Rahul and Dimpy was a matter of concern for the channel as well Thats precisely why for the third season the channel wanted a non-controversial celebrity whose family had no issue about her/him getting married on television They also wanted full involvement of the celebritys family in the show Ratanaccording to the sourceis not only serious about getting married but also has her parents approval They will play a key role in the selection process and help Ratan choose the right groom All efforts to reach Ratan yielded no result as she did not answer our calls The channels senior officials also didnt take calls Imagine has started teaser promos for the show and in another 10 days call for entries will begin Howeverthe show will not go on air soon Since the cricket World Cup will start in February and soon after the Indian Premier League 4 will follow till end of Mayit is reliably learnt that Swayamvar 3 will be telecast post-IPL in May end or early June For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News It decided in March that the affected students would be reassigned to a different supervisor and that the professor would be given “close support” if asked to supervise students in the future. One reason for this could be that few or no teeth makes chewing difficult, Priyanka interferes and points out Mona Lisa’s mistake. which can eventually have such communication capability. stating the supply will be erratic. download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 29.

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