ScienceShot: Rare Neutrino Morphing Spotted Again

first_imgFor the fourth time, physicists have spotted a neutrino morphing from a type called a muon neutrino to a type called a tau neutrino. The observation comes from the team working with a massive particle detector called Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus (OPERA) in Italy’s subterranean Gran Sasso National Laboratory. OPERA (above) took data from 2008 to 2012 and created quite a sensation in September 2011, when it announced (mistakenly) that neutrinos fired from the European particle physics lab, CERN, 730 kilometers away in Switzerland, appeared to travel faster than light. But OPERA’s main goal was to spot muon-neutrino-to-tau-neutrino conversion, which was predicted by theory. We may not have heard the last of OPERA: Researchers still have data in the can—and they’ve issued a press release with each tau neutrino they’ve seen.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

Podcast: Anthrax, sea monkeys, and what you can’t hear can still hurt you

first_img 00:0000:0000:00 Tanning Addiction, Veggie-Eating Neanderthals, and More Tracking anthrax in zebras. Sea monkeys that stir the seas. And what you can’t hear can still hurt your ears. Science’s Jia You chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi. Plus, mapping the ocean from outer space.TESTSign 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

Top stories: A powerful new antibiotic, the most Earth-like planet ever, and a cancer paradox

first_imgMicrobe found in grassy field contains powerful antibioticAs antibiotic resistance increases, scientists are worried that we’re going to run out of drugs to fight diseases faster than we can make new ones. Now, they’ve discovered a microbe that produces a powerful new antibiotic. What’s more, the new compound works in such a way that it’s unlikely to fall prey to the problem of antibiotic resistance.How some whales live more than 200 yearsSign 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(*)Bowhead whales can live for 200 years, yet they show few signs of the age-related ailments that plague humans. Now, scientists have sequenced the whale’s genome—and it may help us unlock the secret to a longer life.Cancer paradox: Testosterone injections combat lethal prostate tumorsTestosterone stokes the growth of prostate cancer cells, so it seems like the last thing a man with this type of cancer needs. But a new study shows that testosterone shots can actually slow the progression of untreatable prostate tumors in some patients.Analysis of spacecraft data reveals most Earth-like planet to dateScientists analyzing data from NASA’s Kepler satellite have identified eight new potentially habitable planets, one of which is the most Earth-like planet found to date. Unpoetically known as 5737.01, the planet has an orbital period of 331 days and is 30% larger than our home.Major cancer groups call for e-cigarette research, regulation E-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine without other harmful chemicals, are becoming increasingly popular. This week, two of the largest cancer science and treatment groups in the United States called on the government to start regulating these “electronic nicotine delivery systems” and step up research on the health effects of vaping.last_img read more

State Bank of India to Shut Nine Foreign Branches

first_imgThe State Bank of India (SBI) is set to close down nine overseas branches as part of a process to rationalize operations, Managing Director Pravin K Gupta said, PTI reported.SBI has already shut down six foreign branches over the last two years. The state lender currently operates through about 190 branches in 36 countries, the report added.“Capital is generally a constraint for most of the bank sites. Obviously, you want to use your capital at the place where it is best utilised. So, as a part of our foreign branch rationalisation, we have closed about six branches already in the last two years. There are nine more branches under the process to be closed down,” Gupta told the news agency in an interview.Some of the branches that are scheduled for closure are small centers and not full-fledged branches, Gupta said, adding that there is a need to rationalize the small or retail branches in countries like Bangladesh and South Africa. The move will involve closing down of some small branches, or merging of two-three branches into one.Opening a lot of foreign offices at this point of time is also not viable, he said.“If you see globally, we are already present in the major centers. I don’t think there is any major global center where we are not present. So the need to go to too many new countries at this point of time is not really felt,” Gupta added, according to the report.The Department of Financial Services had earlier asked all the public sector banks to assess the performance of all the 216 overseas centers and shut down operations in unviable locations.State-owned banks closed down 35 overseas branches and representative offices by March this year as part of the initiative. Among the banks that undertook the rationalization measures was the Bank of India, which closed down operations in Dubai, Yangoon and Botswana. Indian Overseas Bank also shut its branches in Dubai and Hong Kong, while Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank and Union Bank of India closed their Shanghai offices.The Dubai branches of Andhra Bank, and IDBI Bank were also closed. Bank of Baroda also shut its Hong Kong branch.SBI, India’s largest lender, was earlier reported to be planning to shut its non-viable branches in China, Sri Lanka, Oman, Saudi Arabia, France and Botswana by 2019. The processes of closing have been started for the Tianjin branch in China and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the report added. Related ItemsSBIState Bank of Indialast_img read more

SKM stakes claim to govt., joins NDA

first_imgThe Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), which won the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Sikkim, has decided to join the National Democratic Alliance, a party spokesperson said on Saturday.“Before the polls, we were in talks with the BJP for a pre-poll understanding but it did not come through. Now, we are happy to be part of NDA,” party spokesperson Jacob Khaling told The Hindu. Sikkim has only one Lok Sabha seat, which the SKM’s Indra Hang Subba won by defeating Sikkim Democratic Front’s D.B. Katwal.An SKM delegation led by its president, P.S. Golay, met Governor Ganga Prasad on Saturday and staked claim to form the next government in the State. Mr. Golay said that the new Chief Minister will be sworn on May 27, but kept up the suspense over whom the party would nominate.last_img read more

CISF jawan tagged doubtful voter, in Assam NRC exclusion list

first_imgA Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan in Assam has been served notice as a ‘D’, or doubtful voter less than two months after retired soldier Mohammed Sanaullah was declared a foreigner.The tag relegated Mamud Ali, 47, to the additional list of people excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) being updated in Assam. This list has 1.02 lakh names that had earlier passed scrutiny to be in the draft NRC published in July 2018.D-voters are those who have been disenfranchised during electoral roll revision for their alleged lack of proper citizenship credentials with their cases pending in one of 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) across Assam. But the notice that Mr. Ali received was from the NRC in the Kamrup district service centre that processed the documents of his family.Mr. Ali is posted at an industrial unit in West Bengal’s Bankura district. He took emergency leave and rushed back home in western Assam’s Dalagaon after a panchayat leader sent him the copy of the notice via WhatsApp.“I was under the impression that FTs send the D-voter notice, but the one I received bore the stamp of the panchayat. Nevertheless, I reached the NRC centre on July 6 for a hearing where police and paramilitary personnel were also present. They checked my documents and said my case would be cleared,” he said.But the CISF jawan, about to complete 24 years in service, felt slighted by the ordeal he was put through. “It was as if my father Karamat Ali Sheikh’s school certificate of 1947 and the voters’ lists of the 1960s sporting his name have no value,” he said.The citizenship of none of his four surviving siblings and others linked to his father’s legacy data has been doubted.“The CISF jawan’s case smacks of a conspiracy to make people D-voters. The NRC officials may now say they wrongly identified him as a D-voter, but are they authorised to detect doubtful voters?” asked Azizur Rahman, advisor of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union.Declared Indian but DTwo days before Mr. Ali’s “date with doubt”, a woman named Ranu Samaddar received a D-voter notice from an FT in western Assam’s Nalbari district. This is the second such notice she has received from the Assam Police’s border wing since 2004.In her late 50s and a mother of five, Ms. Samaddar was born in Bongaigaon district further west and was married to Shankar Samaddar of Nalbari district. Her husband died a few years ago.Ms. Samaddar challenged the earlier notice and the court in 2014 declared her an Indian. But her name was not included in the NRC. “It is so distressing to receive the same notice even after my citizenship was established through an extensive legal process. Does this mean our courts are meaningless and officials can do as they please?” she asked.Dies of depressionOn Monday, 29-year-old Amar Majumdar was found dead at his house in northeastern Assam’s Silapathar. He had been facing a D-voter case.Members of his family said he was suffering from depression for more than a month after his documents — they include his father Jatin Majumdar’s citizenship certificate of 1955 — were rejected by officials dealing with his case. “His NRC application was rejected too. He was worried about the future of his family and what would happen if they are thrown out of the country,” said a cousin who declined to be named.Mr. Majumdar left behind his wife and two children.last_img read more

Violence, protest disrupt Id, Sawan festivities in 2 U.P. cities

first_imgDespite the Uttar Pradesh police taking stringent measures to ensure peace on Id-ul-Zuha that fell on the last Monday of the Sawan month of Hindu calendar, two incidents of violence and protest were reported from Budaun and Agra in western Uttar Pradesh.In Budaun, stones were hurled at a kanwariya procession when it was crossing the Islamnagar area on Monday morning. Many kanwariyas were injured in the incident and admitted to a nearby hospital.Police sources said the kanwariyas were playing religious music on loudspeakers when the Muslim residents were preparing to offer the Id namaz. They objected to the music and it led to commotion and stone pelting. The kanwariyas fled the area but returned to protest and blocked the Bisuali Road.Tight security Senior officials of Budaun and Sambhal rushed to the spot and controlled the situation. “Extra police force has been deployed in the area to prevent any backlash,” said Superintendent of Police (rural) Surendra Singh. “An FIR has been lodged by the kanwariyas of nearby Siddhpur village against unknown people for rioting and hurting religious sentiments. We are investigating the charges and counter-charges levelled by both sides. No arrest has been made so far,” Mr. Singh said.In Agra, members of the Bajrang Dal protested against Muslims offering the Id namaz on road in the Khandauli area. A group of 70 Bajrang Dal members from Aligarh was returning from Ayodhya. They were stopped by the police in Khandauli as the residents were offering the namaz on the road. The members of the right-wing group protested and threatened to recite Hanuman Chalisa on the road. Zonal coordinator of Bajrang Dal Ram Kumar Arya said namaz was not allowed to be offered on road meant for public transport.Senior police officers rushed to the spot and ensured that the bus was allowed to pass through.last_img read more

Baramati downs shutters; protests by NCP youth wing in Pune, Mumbai, Nashik

first_imgA day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) initiated a money-laundering probe against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar and others in the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) loan irregularities, Baramati — the bastion of the Pawar clan — observed a total shutdown in support of the NCP supremo.Educational institutions, business establishments and shops downed shutters in Baramati and neighbouring Indapur tehsil, while protests organised by the NCP youth wing were staged in Pune, Mumbai, Nashik and other parts of the State including the Marathwada region, especially Beed and Aurangabad districts.Large crowds, including schoolgoing children, were seen throughout Baramati raising slogans in Mr. Pawar’s support, while angry demonstrations by NCP activists were witnessed accompanied by burning of effigies of the ED.Speaking in Mumbai, former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said no irregularities of even a single paisa had occurred at MSCB.“After an FIR was lodged against me and others on the direction of the Bombay High Court and the economic offences wing (EOW) of the police was probing the case, a certain individual filed a PIL claiming a scam of ₹ 25,000 crore had taken place…moreover, Sharad Pawar has no relation whatsoever with this case and neither was he ever a director of this bank. To the best of my knowledge, the total deposits of the bank were ₹13,000 crore. So, how could irregularities of ₹25,000 crore have transpired?” he asked.He said that MSCB directors were from a number of political parties including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Shiv Sena and the Congress, and not just the NCP. “Had there been irregularities of this magnitude [₹25,000 crore], the bank would not have been showing a profit of ₹300 crore today,” Mr. Ajit Pawar said.Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar’s grand nephew, Rohit Pawar, hit out at the BJP saying the allegations were clearly politically motivated. “The ED’s probe only illustrates that the BJP has no real issue to talk about. Since it has failed to deliver on its tall promises, it is now attempting to divert public attention by indulging in such undignified moves and misusing probe agencies,” said Mr. Rohit Pawar.Sandhya Sonawane, head of NCP’s youth wing in Ahmednagar, said the response generated by Mr. Pawar’s pre-poll tours across the State had rattled the BJP.“As a result, the ruling government is resorting to such base tactics by unleashing the ED on Pawar saaheb. However, the public will give the BJP a fitting reply in the forthcoming elections,” she said.last_img read more

After Manipur, Arunachal wants to be unaffected by Naga peace deal

first_imgArunachal Pradesh has echoed Manipur in demanding to be kept out of any “territorial changes” that might be incorporated in the settlement of the Naga political problem.The Central government has been discussing with the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) as well as a rival conglomerate named Naga National Political Groups for a “final solution” by October 31, a deadline purportedly set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.“The proposed agreement between the Centre and the NSCN-IM should not affect Arunachal Pradesh and its people in any way. We strongly oppose any attempt to change the territorial jurisdiction of the State or any kind of administrative intervention in the State while reaching the final solution,” said Hawa Bagang, president of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU).The union has demanded that Pema Khandu’s BJP government should make its stand on the vexed issue clear. It also asked the three MPs from Arunachal Pradesh, all its 60 legislators and political parties to come together for protecting the territorial integrity of the State.The AAPSU’s message to Delhi is based on the NSCN-IM’s vision of Nagalim or Greater Nagaland that would entail redrawing of boundaries to bring all Naga-inhabited areas in the Northeast under one administrative umbrella.The NSCN-IM’s map of Nagalim spreads over 1,03,473 sq km beyond the 16,527 sq km area of Nagaland. It includes much of eastern Arunachal Pradesh. The outfit, as well as rival factions, claim that these areas, primarily Changlang, Longding and Tirap districts are dominated by Nagas.Army and police officials say members of the NSCN-IM, its rival Khaplang, Reformation and Unification factions, have been terrorising and extorting locals in these districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Naga extremists are believed to be involved in the killing of Tirong Aboh, two days before he was elected to the Khonsa West Assembly seat, and 10 others.Mr Aboh’s wife Chakat Aboh won the seat in the October 21 by-election as an independent supported by five parties, including the BJP and the Congress.last_img read more

No ration to 20 Odisha families for defecating in open

first_imgOver 20 families in Ganjam district have not been given ration supply after a Panchayat body decided to stop the benefits from reaching people who were found defecating in open. According to a decision taken at a Panchayat meeting on October 20, the distribution of ration under the public distribution system (PDS) was stopped to over 20 families in last 11 days, Sushant Swain, the sarpanch of Goutami panchayat in Sanakhemundi block, said. However, Ganjam district collector Vijay Amruta Kunage said, the benefits under National Food Security Act (NFSA) and State Food Security Act (SFSA) to any person should not be curtailed. If anyone was found defecating in open, particularly on roadside, the Panchayat body will instruct the dealer concerned to stop giving ration to such people for a month, Mr. Swain said. The move is aimed at making people aware of the need to use toilets, he said. Around 300 women, all members of a self-help group (SHG), patrol the open spaces in the panchayat from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to keep vigil on the violators, the Sarpanch said.“If they find anyone defecating in the open, they inform the panchayat. The women do the work voluntarily,” he said. Initially several villagers had opposed the decision of the panchayat but the number of people defecating in the open was now gradually reducing, he claimed. Those who do not have toilets in their houses have been asked to build toilets in the next two months under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), Mr. Swain said. Goutami Panchayat has around 2,000 households with a population of 4,563. Of these, Of these, 180 families do not have toilets in their houses at present, the sarpanch said. However, some of them have initiated steps for construction of toilets, he said.“We will discuss the matter with the block office and ensure that all beneficiaries get ration,” said the collector.Peasant leader Bhala Chandra Sarangi said, “Right to Food is the constitutional right of a person, a panchayat cant deny this right to people. There are other methods to create awareness among the people to stop open defecation.” India was declared open defecation-free on October 2.last_img read more

Philippines, Myanmar set semis target for football

first_imgMyla Pablo earns PVL MVP SEPANG—The Philippines and Myanmar Under-23 football teams have arrived with similar targets – to reach the semi-finals of the KL SEA Games.Myanmar head coach Gerd Zeise believes his team can achieve the target based on their silver-medal finish at Singapore 2015, when they lost 3-0 to Thailand in the final.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines head coach, Marlon Maro, boldly predicted that Malaysia would win the gold medal.Thailand are the favourites to retain the gold after winning the last two editions but Maro, 52, feels that Malaysia could nick it based on the improvement shown by Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s charges.“Thailand are a good team, but I pick Malaysia as favourites for the gold medal. If you look back at history, Malaysia have a good record as hosts, having reached won gold in 1989 and silver in 2001,” said Maro.He also said that his players were better prepared this time compared to Singapore 2015 as “we have played a series of friendlies in Japan and Cambodia”.“We all know that we have two strong teams in our group – Thailand and Vietnam. So, we will take it one game at a time.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img “We must first clear the preliminary hurdles before thinking about the semi-finals. I’m confident my boys will be ready for the challenge,” Zeise told reporters after the team’s arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here Saturday.The 64-year-old German, however, warned his men not to underestimate the other teams in Group A, including hosts Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and Brunei.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“Malaysia are certainly the favourites to reach the semi-finals as hosts,” said Zeise, who was previously in charge of Myanmar’s senior team.Myanmar will kick off their campaign against Singapore at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium on Monday. “Our main objective is to reach the semi-finals,” said Maro.The Philippines, who failed to advance to the knockout stage in 2015, are in Group B with Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste.They will open their campaign against Cambodia at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium on Aug 15.last_img read more

Valdez, PH volleyball take lessons from losses in AVC

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Philippine outside hitter Alyssa Valdez said their disappointing loss to Thailand in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship will serve as a lesson as they try to finish the tournament on a high note.But the following day, the volleybelles dropped another three-setter for a second straight game, this time to Chinese-Tapei.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th place WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES “Definitely this is a challenge for us to be consistent, to be on top of our game every game,” said Valdez Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena. “This is a learning experience for us.”READ: Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semis FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez, after putting up her tournament-high of 20 points in the Philippines’ win against Vietnam, labored for nine points, and converted on just 8-of-26 of her spike attempts against the Thais.The 24-year-old was visibly frustrated throughout the match as her attempts either bounced got blocked or just went awry. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 She finished with 13 points versus the Taiwanese but was disappointed with how they lost their early third set lead.READ: AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th placeValdez said they just have to keep their heads high with the tournament about to wrap up.“We’ll just have to fight because we can still achieve great things if we just fight for it,” said Valdez in Filipino. “This is a game, there will be losers and there will be winners, but let’s just think of the brighter things and let’s hope that we can win.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

La Salle management ‘firmly behind’ Ayo in Green Archers’ rebuilding phase

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In a statement from the university’s Office of Sports Development, the management said it is “firmly behind coach Aldin Ayo and his staff as we start the process of rebuilding for the future.”The Green Archers lost 88-86 in the third game of the series that saw the Blue Eagles hoist the Season 80 trophy.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 shutoutThe loss also sparked the rumors surrounding ding the tenure of Ayo with De La Salle.It’s been rumored that Ayo will leave La Salle in the end of the 2017-2018 academic year with University of Santo Tomas looming as the likely destination for the former UAAP and NCAA champion coach. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’ De La Salle University on Wednesday threw its “full support” for head coach Aldin Ayo after the Green Archers lost in the UAAP championship round to archrival Ateneo in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa La Salle management, however, did not quell any speculation regarding Ayo’s time as head coach of the Green Archers but it implied that the 40-year-old will still call the shots for the team in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League in February.“We stand united as a team to regroup and regain the crown next season,” said the management in the statement. “Now more than ever, we are strongly committed to bounce back with a resolve that is uncompromising and unflinching.”“We will forever hold our banner high and bright, a shield of green and white.”ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Roces rues lack of teamwork as BanKo Perlas remains winless

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanKo Perlas skipper Sue Roces said Wednesday it’s her team’s lack of teamwork that’s been the major factor in their skid at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.The Perlas Spikers started the tournament 0-2 and their latest defeat was at the hands of Pocari Sweat in four sets, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 27-25, at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT “We haven’t been complete since the start of the conference,” said Roces who had 12 points in the loss. “We really lack the players so we really can’t rotate our pieces, and we still lack the teamwork.”“Just a little more, but we still need to be complete as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBanKo started its campaign in the Open Conference without Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon, who were on vacation after graduating from University of the Philippines, and Rysabelle Devandero.Roces said they’re able to practice but some players have day jobs and they couldn’t organize off-court activities where the players can bond outside of volleyball. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Beermen celebrate with fans as Grand Slam talks continue Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “We’re able to practice every day but some of us are working, some are only able to join us at night,” said Roces. “We don’t have any time to bond so I guess that’s another thing we have to work out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READlast_img read more

Irving doesn’t mention LeBron in his goodbye to Cleveland

first_imgVIDEO: A (fresh-faced) @KyrieIrving speaks, now that the deal to the Celtics is finally done. Thanks Cleveland, says “the journey continues” pic.twitter.com/leFoxAIkX2— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 31, 2017CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving did not mention LeBron James, now his former teammate, while thanking Cleveland fans after his trade to Boston was finalized.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIrving, who is now officially a member of the Celtics after the teams completed a blockbuster deal that had stalled, posted a lengthy thank-you note and video on his Instagram account Thursday. While somewhat vague about his intentions, the All-Star guard explained some the reasons that led to him requesting the Cavaliers trade him following six seasons — and three straight trips to the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ In a meeting last month with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert, Irving said he wanted out. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Arellano’s Lervin Flores crowned new NCAA slam dunk king Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img LATEST STORIES After the Cavaliers had concerns about Thomas’ hip injury, they asked for more and obtained a 2020 second-round pick from the Celtics, completing the deal.In his video, Irving thanked Gilbert and Cleveland’s ownership group for taking “a chance on a 19-year-old kid that was coming off a stubbed right toe, of being in a very, very immature place at the time.”The Cavaliers selected Irving with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 after he played in just 11 games at Duke because of injury.He was a four-time All-Star with Cleveland and made the biggest basket in franchise history, a 3-pointer in the closing moments of Game 7 in the 2016 Finals that propelled the Cavs to the title.While Irving and James had their differences, the two seemingly managed to work through them. After the Cavs were beaten by Golden State in this year’s Finals, Irving spoke at length about what it meant to play with James and how much he had learned.But as he closed his video, Irving didn’t acknowledge their relationship.“And to my teammates: crazy stories, crazy experiences and just unbelievable human beings, man,” Irving said. “You all know how this brotherhood goes, man. All love.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “You understand the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” Irving said in the more than 4-minute video . “And when you get to that point and you understand that the best intentions for you and ultimately to be in your truth, and find out what you really want to do in your life and how you want to accomplish it — that moment comes and you take full advantage of it.“And there are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and to be somewhere you feel like it’s an environment that’s conducive for you maximizing your potential.”Irving apparently felt it was time to get out from under the colossal shadow cast by James. The pair won an NBA title together — the first for any Cleveland team since 1964 — in 2016, but Irving did not single out James in his video or the accompanying note.When the Cavs first announced Irving’s trade on Aug. 22, James offered praise to his younger teammate on Twitter , saying: “Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together.”Irving’s comments were his first since the trade. He was sent to the Celtics for All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the 2018 first-round pick Boston acquired from Brooklyn.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Hockey: IHF, HI resolve differences, decide to merge

first_imgThe warring factions of Indian hockey – Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) – on Monday resolved their differences and decided to merge into one unit. Sports Minister Ajay MakenThe decision to merge the two bodies was taken hours before the Union sports ministry’s final deadline was to expire. Sports Minister Ajay Maken had set July 25 deadline for the two groups to settle their differences after they failed to reconcile in the previous attempts. Good sense finally prevailed and the rumbling row that had crippled the administration of the game got over. It should help India’s quest for glory ahead of the London Olympics. The move comes as a big boost for the national sport as the HI headed by Narendra Batra and the IHF led by K.P.S. Gill would now work together to help power the game in the country. The merger would ensure that the much-awaited World Series Hockey League, to be held later this year, gets the necessary go-ahead from the Federation of International Hockey.last_img read more