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Allahabad HC orders CBI probe into Mathura clash

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Thursday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the violence in the Jawahar Bagh park area in Mathura in which 24 people, including two senior police officers and many squatters belonging to Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah, an armed group led by Ram Vriksh Yadav, were killed.Yadav, once a follower of Jai Gurudev, who had been occupying the site since 2014, was also killed in the police operation to evict the huge tract of land in Jawahar Bagh on June 2, 2016.The high court bench headed by Chief Justice D.B. Bhosale and Justice Yashwant Varma also asked the CBI to submit a status report of its probe on May 2 before the court.Justice Bhosle asked the investigating agency to form a special team to probe the violence, which had brought the armed group into the national limelight.The court order for the CBI probe came in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Mathura-based advocate Vijay Pal Singh Tomar and others.Encroachment issueMr Tomar, a former president of the Mathura district bar association, had been consistently raising the issue of encroachment of the public land by the armed groups since 2015.It was Mr Tomar whose PIL in the Allahabad High Court pushed the authorities into taking action against the squatters in June last year.In his petition he alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government was “in the know of the dangerous activities happening inside Jawahar Bagh in Mathura unleashed by the illegal armed group but the government sat on repeated requests of the district magistrate for more force so that an operation could be launched to evict the armed group.”Mr Tomar also alleged in his PIL that “a fair investigation by the UP government could not be expected given that senior members of the Akhilesh Yadav government were seen to be backing the armed group which unleashed the violence.”While talking to The Hindu, Mr. Tomar alleged that “it was a fit case to be handed over to the central investigating agency because a state cabinet minister and senior members of the incumbent party in UP were allegedly involved in the case.”“There are reasons to believe that there was a deeper conspiracy behind the incident because the armed group had allegedly received direct and indirect patronage of the State government, and if the government wanted, the armed groups would not have grown to this extent,” he added.‘Parallel govt’Yadav was allegedly running a parallel government, complete with administration, revenue and armed forces, within the park which he and his followers had encroached upon since 2014.He had assembled deadly weapons and explosives which were used against the police when they started the eviction operation at Jawahar Bagh.last_img read more

GST to benefit common man, trade and industry: Odisha CM

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday hailed the launch of the GST, saying its implementation should be smooth and benefit the common man, trade and industry.“With GST rollout, India transforms into One Nation One Tax One Market. Congratulations to all. Glad that Odisha played an important role in it,” Mr. Patnaik tweeted.“The implementation should be smooth and take care of all doubts and concerns to benefit the common man, trade, commerce and industry,” the Chief Minister said in the post.Odisha government had earlier supported the new tax regime. Addressing a workshop of MLAs held before state assembly’s special session in May, Mr. Patnaik had said the GST would bring comprehensive reform of the indirect tax regime and a major financial reform to make India a single market.The state government has maintained that all sections of the population will benefit from the GST. The rules have also been notified in the state.State finance minister Sashi Bhushan Behera had attended the mid-night launch event of the GST rollout ceremony in Parliament.last_img read more

Three infiltrators killed in Gurez: Army

first_imgThe Indian Army on Thursday foiled an infiltration bid in Bandipora’s Gurez Sector, killing three militants. Srinagar-based Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said an infiltration bid was spotted on the LoC in Gurez. “Three terrorists were killed as the infiltration bid was eliminated in Gurez Sector,” said Colonel Kalia.“The operation is in progress,” according to a statement.Gurez, more than 200 km north of Srinagar, shares a long Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK).last_img read more

Six beaten up on suspicion of slaughtering bovine in Bihar’s West Champaran district

first_imgSix people were thrashed by cow vigilantes on suspicion of slaughtering a bovine in a house at Dumra village in Bihar’s West Champaran district, the police said on Friday.Deputy Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kumar Jha said some people surrounded a house at Dumra village under Jaitia panchayat on the suspicion of a bovine being slaughtered inside and thrashed six people yesterday. No arrest has been made so far, he said.Qudus Kureishi, husband of the village hear, was also beaten up when he tried to intervene in the matter, Jha said. On getting the information, he said the police reached the village and pacified angry villagers by assuring action against the guilty. Additional police force has been deployed in the village, the DSP said.last_img read more

Converted woman sent to women’s home

first_imgA 22-year-old woman was on Thursday shifted to the government-run Nari Niketan women’s home in Jodhpur on the direction of the Rajasthan High Court, which has ordered the police to register a criminal case on her family’s complaint alleging that she was forcibly converted and married to a Muslim youth.The woman, Payal Singhvi alias Arifa, appeared in a veil in the High Court on Wednesday during the hearing of a habeas corpus writ petition filed by her brother. The petitioner alleged that a youth, Faiz Modi, had blackmailed and kidnapped his sister when she was going to college, after harassing her for several months.The woman’s family has charged that her ‘nikahnama’ (marriage contract) was fake and was prepared after her forcible conversion to Islam. The court directed the district administration to make arrangements for her stay in the Nari Niketan until the case against her marriage is taken up next week, and ensure that no one from her own family and from Mr. Faiz’sfamily meets her.The police have registered an FIR against Mr. Faiz on the court’s direction, under Section 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing a woman to compel her marriage), Section 342 (wrongful confinement) and Section 384 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code.A Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Justices Gopal Krishna Vyas and Manoj Kumar Garg asked the police to investigatethe woman’s conversion and the authenticity of ‘nikahnama’, said to be solemnised on April 14 this year.The woman told the Bench that she had appeared in the court on her own volition. The Bench recorded in its order that the woman had denied that she was under threat or inducement by anyone. However, when the police produced ‘nikahnama’ in the court, the Bench asked how the police could assume that her conversion was valid on the basis of “just an affidavit over a stamp paper of ₹10”.The court posted the matter to November 7.last_img read more

One arrested in U.P. student murder case

first_imgOne person was arrested on Sunday in connection with the murder of a Dalit law student who was beaten to death by three persons after a minor argument at a restaurant in Allahabad.The matter came to light after a video of the incident was circulated on social media. The victim was identified as Dileep Saroj, a second-year LLB student in Allahabad Degree College.The incident took place on Friday night when Dileep had gone to a restaurant in Katra Bazaar for dinner with three friends. Police said Dileep had an argument with three persons who thrashed him. The waiter at the hotel, Munna Chauhan, has been arrested.last_img read more

2,500 trees make way for kanwariyas

first_imgThe district administration of Meerut has finally started work on a project involving removal of 2,500 trees to expand and pave a concrete pathway for the kanwariyas (pilgrims who go to the Ganga to collect holy water) in the district. The tree-cutting commenced on Friday. Officials said traffic on the Delhi-Meerut-Haridwar highway will not be affected during the kanwariya pilgrimage once the pathway is complete. “The proposal was an old one which got stuck due to objection from the local Forest department. District Magistrate Anil Dhingra sorted out the matter with the Forest Secretary,” said a senior district official. The proposal involves expansion of 108-km pathway, starting from Muradnagar till Purqazi in Muzaffarnagar. The width of the road is likely to be expanded by 7.5 metres.last_img read more

Heavy storm claims 18 lives in U.P.

first_imgAt least 18 persons died as thunderstorm hit several parts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said here on Thursday.Twenty-seven persons were also reported injured, while 37 animals perished in the storm.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is away campaigning in Karnataka, in a statement directed district officials to provide immediate compensation to the affected persons and calculate the losses.“He said laxity and callousess in relief works will not be tolerated,” a government spokesperson said.IMD warningThe India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning that thunderstorms, accompanied by gusty winds, are very likely at isolated parts of East Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gangetic West Bengal and a duststorm likely in western Uttar Pradesh, on May 12.The National Weather Forecasting Centre has predicted thunderstorms accompanied by squall (wind speed 50-70 kmph) in several States of North and East India on May 13.The Wednesday storm comes a week after 73 persons died in the State as hailstorm, lightning and duststorms damaged property and crops and caused human loss in 22 districts of the State.With 43 human casualties and 51 injured persons, Agra was the worst affected district.last_img read more

Meerut Police arrest 6 Dalit men for posting hate messages

first_imgThe police along with the local Crime Branch arrested six Dalit youths for “spreading hate messages” and “trying to orchestrate caste clashes” in Meerut and other parts of western Uttar Pradesh. “They either made or had access to more than 20 WhatsApp groups in which they were posting offensive messages,” said ADGP Prashant Kumar on Sunday.last_img

Arunachal enters commercial aviation map

first_imgA wartime airstrip laid 66 years ago helped Arunachal Pradesh create history on Monday by becoming the last of the eight northeastern States to be on India’s commercial flight service map.Pasighat Airport, too, made it to the record books — as India’s easternmost airport with civilian operations — when an Alliance Air flight touched down at 2.30 p.m. from Kolkata via Guwahati carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and other passengers.Pasighat, about 570 km northeast of Guwahati, is the headquarters of East Siang district and the State’s oldest city. The airport is roughly on 95.33°E Longitude while Mohanbarie Airport near Dibrugarh in adjoining Assam, hitherto the easternmost civilian airport, is on 94.91°E longitude.“Today’s a historic day, ending our long wait for fixed-wing flights. This flight service also underlines the focus of our government on providing air and road connectivity to the remotest parts of Arunachal Pradesh,” Mr. Khandu said, after alighting from the 48-seater ATR-42 aircraft.The Alliance Air flight took off a couple of hours later for Kolkata. Officials of Alliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, said the near-full flight holds promise for the thrice-a-week service on the Kolkata-Guwahati-Pasighat circuit introduced under UDAN, the regional air connectivity scheme.Built in 1952Pasighat Airport, one of six operational advance landing grounds (ALGs) in Arunachal Pradesh primarily for military use, was laid in 1952 but was virtually abandoned after the China-India war in 1962 until the Indian Air Force took it over in 2010. The airport was inaugurated in August 2016 with the landing of a Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet. A civilian terminal was built in 2017 and a test landing of Alliance Air’s commercial flight was carried out in April this year.Arunachal Pradesh is working on a bigger airport at Hollongi near Itanagar. The project is yet to take off because of land acquisition issues.On April 27, the UDAN scheme connected Meghalaya’s Umroi Airport near State capital Shillong via an 18-seater Air Deccan flight. Umroi, though, had erratic commercial flight service more than a decade ago.Air connectivity for Sikkim, too, was opened on March 10 this year when a 70-seater SpiceJet flight from Kolkata touched down at Pakyong Airport near Gangtok.Assam is the best air-connected State in the northeast with Guwahati being the communication hub. The other civilian airports with commercial flight service are at Dibrugarh, Silchar, Jorhat, north Lakhimpur and Tezpur.The busiest airports after Guwahati in the northeast are Imphal and Agartala, followed by Lengpui near Mizoram’s capital Aizawl, and Nagaland’s commercial hub of Dimapur.last_img read more

Odisha fudges police action death figures to NCRB: NHRC

first_imgThe Odisha government has under-reported deaths caused by police action to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the most authentic source of information on crime and criminals in India.The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has written to Odisha Chief Secretary pointing out inconsistencies in information provided to the Commission and NCRB. It sought an explanation about the mismatch.Under-reporting deathsAs per NHRC data, a total of 18 persons had been killed in police actions such as deaths in police custody, fake encounters and police firing in Odisha in 2016. But when the information was finally submitted to the NCRB, total deaths on account of police action came down to five.According to NHRC, four persons died in police custody in 2016. However, NCRB data shows there had been no deaths in police custody in Odisha that year. As many as 11 encounter deaths were reported by NHRC in the same period. The NCRB figures show the number of deaths in police firing, including firing in self-defence as only five.It needs to be mentioned that Odisha police had faced huge criticism after five persons, including two women and a child, were gunned down in s ‘botched anti-Maoist operation’ near Gumudumaha village of Kandhamal district on July 8 in 2016. In fact, the discrepancy in information submitted to NHRC and NCRB has been found in case of 16 States.Other errants“It can be seen that deaths in police custody or firing, including in self-defence, were reported higher to NHRC compared to NCRB from Odisha, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal,” NHRC sources said.Huge inconsistency has been noted in the case of Chhattisgarh, which is badly affected by left wing extremism. As per NHRC data, 87 deaths were caused by police action including 81 encounter deaths in the central Indian State while only four were reported to the NCRB.Systemic suppressionNow, Odisha Home department has asked Director General Police and State Crime Records Bureau to furnish reports on deaths so that the discrepancy could be explained to the NHRC.The under-reporting of police actions leading to deaths, however, does not surprise human rights activists. “The suppression of crime record has become systemic. It has been widely reported that police do not receive complaints about theft of mobile phones or bikes. They fear that if all crimes are reported, it would impact the image of the police organization,” said Biswapriya Kanungo, a human rights activist.last_img read more

Amit Shah’s Goa rally a flop show: Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Monday termed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah’s meeting with party workers in Goa on Saturday a flop show, saying the BJP had failed to provide concrete assurances to resume mining in the State.Goa Congress spokesperson Urfan Mulla said at a press conference at the party headquarters in Panaji that contrary to the BJP’s claims of 30,000 booth workers attending the meeting, only around 10,000 people had turned up. “One of the main reasons for the low turnout was the inability of Mr. Shah and the BJP to resolve the mining issue or at least give concrete assurances on the issue,” he said. The Supreme Court ordered to stop mining activity in the State in February last year. The Goa Mining People’s Front (GMPF), a lose umbrella body of pro-mining groups, has already said that if mining is not restarted before the Lok Sabha polls, it would work against the BJP in the general elections and the bypolls to two Assembly seats. GMPF president Puti Gaonkar has said mining dependents were not happy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance to a delegation last week to “look into the matter in the framework of the law and SC order”. Mr. Shah, while addressing party workers on Saturday, said Mr. Modi was looking to resolve the deadlock.Meanwhile, State BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar called Mr. Shah’s meeting a resounding success. He said the party’s leaders and cadre were going full steam ahead in campaign mode for the elections.last_img read more

Monitor airports, train stations for illegal cash transfers, Income Tax department told

first_imgThe State Election Commission (SEC) has urged the Income Tax (I-T) department to monitor airports and railway stations as transit points for illegal money transfers during the forthcoming Lok Sabha and State elections.Earlier this month, the department had submitted to Maharashtra Chief Secretary D.K. Jain an action plan for the State as it prepares to conduct Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in a few months. The SEC has now conveyed to the department that special teams must be deployed at the State’s borders, airports and railway stations. This, in addition to keeping a very close watch on the movement of vehicles, officials said.Among the measures to curb the flow of black money and illegal cash, the SEC is drawing teams not only from the I-T department but also other revenue services such as Customs and Excise departments, officials said.During the elections in 2014, EC had seized ₹15.29 crore in cash and 2.84 lakh litres of illicit liquor worth ₹82.85 lakh from across the State. “We have asked them to focus and deploy teams mainly at airports and railway stations. This is where we are expecting a larger movement of cash to be taking place from. We have also told the I-T Department to provide sufficient manpower and vehicles for patrolling while taking stock of their poll preparations,” said a senior SEC official.The department has also been asked to monitor the statement of expenses submitted by candidates once the elections are declared. This will be done in close coordination with teams of the SEC, officials said.The investigation wing of the I-T Department presented a list of major contract payments made in the State and discussed preparations for monitoring sensitive constituencies and booths, government officials said.Sources in the department said I-T officers have increased “surveillance and monitoring” of cash transactions in all constituencies across the State. “Our focus will be on the flow of cash, offers and inducements made to voters,” a senior income-tax officer said. “We have held meetings with the Chief Secretary and look forward to contributing to preparations in the poll-bound State.”last_img read more

Melting Arctic Ice Releases Deadly Seal Parasite

first_imgCHICAGO, ILLINOIS—When wildlife pathologists arrived at Hay Island off the coast of Nova Scotia in March 2012, they met an eerie sight. Of the thousands of silver and black-speckled gray seals that lay on the rocky outcrop, roughly a fifth were dead, despite showing no outward signs of disease. Necropsies revealed that 406 dead seals were infested with a crescent moon-shaped parasite that had destroyed their livers, but it wasn’t clear what the organism was or how the seals had contracted the parasite. Researchers revealed the parasite’s identity here today at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science. They also explained how melting ice in the Arctic Circle is helping such pathogens disperse throughout the world’s oceans.The parasite in question belongs to the genus Sarcocystis. It doesn’t always kill its host—ring seals, for example, have long lived with the microbe with little ill effect. In gray seals, however, the parasite appears to follow a different pattern of infestation. Rather than low-level infection, “it completely destroys the architecture” of liver cells, says Michael Grigg of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland. After examining the dead gray seals’ tissue under an electron microscope and tracing the parasite’s genetic lineage, Grigg and colleagues at other institutions identified it as a close relative of Sarcocystis canis, found in dogs. They named the new strain Sarcocystis pinnipedi. (Pinniped is the scientific term for seals.)Because ring seals depend on ice to build caves for their young, they have historically remained isolated from gray seals, which inhabit warmer waters. As roughly a third of the ice covering the Arctic has disappeared over the past 30 years, however, gray seals have begun to follow their favorite prey into the ring seals’ territory, says Sue Moore, a biological oceanographer at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office of Science and Technology in Seattle, Washington. Because their habitats are starting to overlap, these species are beginning to mix for the first time, exposing them to new diseases and parasites, she says.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(*)Loss of Arctic ice isn’t just allowing pathogens once trapped in higher latitudes to escape—it may also be enabling parasites once found only in lower latitudes to move north, says Stephen Raverty, a veterinary pathologist at the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture in Vancouver, Canada. For the first time, Raverty and colleagues have discovered the cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii—which can cause infectious blindness and abortions in people—in western Arctic beluga whale meat, a staple food for the Inuit people. It’s not yet clear how the pathogen first reached the whales, he notes. One possibility is that the Inuit are keeping more cats as pets, because kitty litter flushed down the toilet is a major source of the parasite in the environment. But loss of Arctic ice is also likely eroding the ecological barrier that has previously protected beluga whales, allowing the parasite to move northward, he says.”Time will tell” if these exposures are flukes or “the tip of the iceberg” as ice in the Arctic melts, Grigg says. As some scientists estimate that all ice in the Arctic will be gone within 20 years, more research linking climate change to the health of marine mammals is critical, Moore notes.See more of our coverage from AAAS 2014.last_img read more

U.K. to Shower Money on Three Big Science Projects

first_imgThe U.K. government announced nearly £300 million ($500 million) of new investment in large-scale science projects yesterday. The beneficiaries will be a new European neutron source soon to be built in Sweden, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, and an exoplanet-hunting mission by the European Space Agency (ESA).U.K. scientists had thought that their days of participation in large-scale projects were numbered when the current government, in its first spending review in 2010, slashed funds for capital spending in science projects by more than 50%. But since then the government has made a number of one-off spending commitments for research that now amounts to several billion pounds.The largest part of the latest slice goes to the €1.8 billion European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden, which will produce neutron beams that are an extremely sensitive probe of materials, measuring how atoms are arranged and how they interact. Some neutron sources use a nuclear reactor to produce the beams, but ESS uses a proton beam colliding with a metallic target, a process known as spallation. ESS will be 30 times brighter than today’s top sources.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(*)The United Kingdom had previously not committed to participation in ESS, although in January ESS began collaborating with ISIS, the current most powerful European spallation source, at the Harwell laboratory near Oxford. “The U.K. contribution to ESS is very important both financially and intellectually,” says Jim Yeck, ESS director-general and CEO. “Access to ISIS combined with the experience building and operating a spallation neutron source that the U.K. team brings to ESS adds greatly to the success of the project.”The government has also decided to back SKA, the world’s biggest astronomy project, with £119 million. SKA will build thousands of radio dishes and other antennas all across southern Africa and at a second site in Australia to tackle a wide range of astronomical questions, from the nature of black holes and galaxy evolution to dark energy, cosmic magnetism, and the birth of the first stars. The U.K. contribution constitutes a significant portion of the €650 million first phase of construction, which will begin in 2018. “This is a really exciting announcement for the SKA and a solid proof that the project is now really underway. With such a major investment secured there is no stopping it,” says SKA Director General Philip Diamond in a statement.Finally, the United Kingdom is staking a claim to building some of the instruments for PLATO, a mission to be launched by ESA in 2024 that will look for habitable planets around other stars. The country’s £25 million contribution will allow 11 U.K. institutions to participate. PLATO will have 34 small telescopes and cameras to enable it to scan for planets around a million stars. “PLATO is the logical next step in our search for extrasolar planets. It will revolutionize our knowledge of rocky planets and will enable the first directed search for life around sunlike stars in the next decade,” says Don Pollacco of the University of Warwick, who will lead the U.K. effort.last_img read more

By 98 to 1, U.S. Senate passes amendment saying climate change is real, not a hoax

first_imgThe U.S. Senate has voted overwhelmingly, 98 to 1, to approve an amendment affirming that climate change is real and “not a hoax.”The vote came on an amendment to legislation that aims to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from the Canadian oil sands to the United States.Senators opposed to the pipeline, who say it would help accelerate climate change by encouraging mining of oil sands, are using votes on the bill as an opportunity to force Republican senators to take a stand on whether climate change is real. Some Republican lawmakers have dodged the issue, saying they lack the scientific credentials to evaluate the evidence for climate change. One lawmaker, Senator James Inhofe (R–OK), has even called climate change a “hoax.”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(*)The amendment, from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D–RI), takes a veiled jab at Inhofe, asking simply whether it is “the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”In a surprise this afternoon, Inhofe rose before the vote to ask to become a co-sponsor of the Whitehouse amendment. Scattered applause greeted his remarks. “Climate is changing,” he said, “and climate has always changed.” The hoax that he has talked about, he suggested, is that there are people who think they are so “arrogant” and “powerful” that “they can change climate.”Whitehouse said he hoped the amendment would lead to greater efforts to address the impacts that climate change is having on the oceans and other ecosystems.Inhofe was one of the last senators to vote, in favor. The lone no vote came from Senator Roger Wicker (R–MS).last_img read more

WhatsApp to Cap Message Forwarding to 5 Chats in India

first_imgWhatsApp today said its users in India will not be allowed to forward more than five chats at once and the company will remove the quick forward button that appears next to media messages, as part of its efforts to reduce circulation of fake messages on the platform that have even incited mob lynching incidents.Read it at Gadgets Now Related Itemslast_img