Three ‘dreaded’ Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh

first_imgNAGPUR: Three members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed by security forces in Rajnandgoan district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday night.“Three dreaded Maoists were killed in the forest of Kopenkadka area under Khadgoan police station limits of Manpur subdivision (of Rajnandgoan) at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday (during an operation) by the district forces and the Indo Tibetan Border Force. Three automatic weapons were also recovered,” Rajandangoan district Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal said in a statement.The anti-Maoist operation was launched based on the intelligence inputs that the Maoists were camping in Kopenkadka area. The security forces stayed in the forest throughout the night and launched a search operation in the morning.The three Maoists were identified as CPI (Maoist) area committee member Mahesh, area committee member and Palleamadi local operating squad (LOS) commander Rakesh, and Palleamadi LOS deputy commander Ranjit. They were residents of Bastar region and carried a combined reward of ₹13 lakh. The operation was led by the sub-divisional police officer of Manpur, Akash Giripunje; inspector Sonal Gwala; inspector Ajit Ogre; sub-inspector Bharat Bareth and ITBP officers, the SP said.The security forces recovered one AK-47 rifle, one self-loading rifle and one INSAS rifle from the spot. Inspector General of Police of Durg range Deepanshu Kabra said the recovery of the weapons was an “important and major success”.The weapons suggest that the Maoists killed were senior leaders as sophisticated automatic weapons are given only to senior leaders in the CPI (Maoist) hierarchy.last_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

Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund awards sculptor-painter Balan Nambiar with Nehru Fellowship

first_imgFor noted Indian sculptor and painter, Balan Nambiar, his roots in Kannapuram village in Cannanore, Kerala, have flowered into an obsession that has borne rich fruit. For the past 15 years Nambiar has not only been linking the ancient with the modern through his symbolic works of art, but has,For noted Indian sculptor and painter, Balan Nambiar, his roots in Kannapuram village in Cannanore, Kerala, have flowered into an obsession that has borne rich fruit. For the past 15 years Nambiar has not only been linking the ancient with the modern through his symbolic works of art, but has also been delving deeply into the religious tradition of the west coast.Last fortnight, in recognition of his work, the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund awarded him the prestigious Nehru Fellowship to continue his research on “ritual art forms of the west coast.” Said a happy Nambiar in Bangalore, where he stays in a one-bedroomed flat with his Italian wife, Eva: “I would like to compile an encyclopaedia on this subject. It is a totally unexplored form of art.”Close-up of a Teyyam pose and (left) Nambiar: All-round performanceApart from documenting the innumerable religious rituals in his owndistrict and in neighbouring Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka, Nambiar hastaken more than 1,500 pictures of them. His 50-odd sculptures and morethan 100 paintings have been directly influenced by these rituals andare interpretations of symbols using contemporary art norms.Nambiar’s work reflects the vibrant colours and rhythmic forms of these unique rituals performed to worship the gods and goddesses. Held after the harvest season, these rituals are performed by dancers with resplendent headgear, some up to 45 feet high. While in Kerala these ritual dances are called teyyams (gods), in Karnataka it is identified as bhutas (spirits). These are unique theatrical performances in which the performer is not only a priest with occult powers but also a dancer, musician, choreographer and actor. He is also well-versed in the elaborate craft, decoration and painting that go into the making of these ritual performing arts.advertisementEarly Influences: Held mostly in village shrines, the rituals have vibrant music to orchestrate the performance of tribal priests and oracles, decked in colourful costumes and headgear, who assume the roles of gods and goddesses. In an almost trance-like state they identify themselves with the deity and walk on fire, strike themselves with swords, scream prophecies and bless the village folk. Nambiar has classified these performances into 10 divisions based on themes such as worshipping forms connected with hunting, snake worship, exorcising spirits, hero worship, and placating gods and goddesses.The 45-year-old Nambiar, sporting a flowing beard to offset his receding hairline, has associated with these sights from his childhood. In his own house shrine in Kannapuram, teyyams were performed regularly. “My works of art recreate a world based on my childhood memories of these performances,” says Nambiar.Although a painter from his childhood, Nambiar joined the Indian Railways as a draftsman before throwing up his job in 1967 to immerse himself fully in his art. After obtaining a diploma in sculpture from the College of Arts and Crafts, Madras, in 1971 he moved to Bangalore, which he now uses as a base.Apart from designing pavilions and executing murals, Nambiar has been exhibiting his work in a series of international exhibitions, his latest being the Venice Biennale in September last, in which he was the only Indian to participate. Last year he won the national award for sculpture. Most of his paintings and sculptures are influenced by the mother goddess, Shakthi, who is an important deity in the religious rituals. While his bronze sculptures seem to be, as one critic puts it: “a creation emanating from nature itself”, his paintings with clear bright colours signify the magnificence of these rituals. It is as Nambiar puts it: “My homage to these great traditional artists.”last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Player to watch – Diego Costa

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementDiego da Silva Costa, born on 7 October 1988, is a Brazilian born striker who is currently plying his trade for the Spanish national team. At club level, Costa plays for La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in his second stint after enjoying a three seasons stay at Chelsea. A striker who contains a strong mentality and tempering mindset on the pitch is one of the most feared players in the opposition box.Costa began his international career with Brazil in 2013, appearing only twice for the Selecao in friendlies against Italy and Russia. But during the same year after consideration from the Spanish FA, Diego got approval to change his nationality and to play for Spain. His actual international debut came against Italy but with La Roja. However, Costa faced embarrassment with the national squad in a group stage exit from 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.He will be wanting a reversal this time as his seven goals for the Spanish Armada shows a growing sense of goal scoring hunger as the preparation for his second World Cuplast_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja becomes third fastest Indian left-arm spinner to 100 Test wickets

first_imgRavindra Jadeja achieved a milestone in the ongoing fourth Test against England in Mumbai, by becoming the third fastest Indian left-arm spinner to get to 100 wickets.Alastair Cook became his 100th scalp when he trapped the England captain lbw for 18 in the second innings. Pragyan Ojha was the quickest from 22 matches, Vinoo Mankad off 23 matches and Jadeja playing in his 24th Test match. (SCORECARD)Jadeja has formed a potent force with India’s leading spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and in this Test against England, he claimed four wickets in the first innings. The Saurashtra player is turning out to be one of India’s crucial player in the Test set-up, by performing both with the bat and ball.In this ongoing Test series against England, Jadeja has so far claimed 16 wickets. In the previous home series against New Zealand, Jadeja claimed 14 wickets.last_img read more

Exclusive: Angad Bedi says his Inside Edge character has no resemblance with MS Dhoni

first_imgBollywood actor Angad Bedi has denied drawing inspiration from former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his role in the web series Inside Edge. Bedi is playing a role of a captain, who is upright and honest.Inside Edge revolves around a cricket team franchise — Mumbai Mavericks — playing in the Powerplay League T20 league. The 10 episode show is about conflicts, sex, money, and power.Speaking exclusively to IndiaToday.in, Bedi said his cricketing background helped him fit into the character and he drew inspiration from his father and former India captain, Bishan Singh Bedi.Here are the excerpts from the interview.Jepher C Nickels: You are playing a cricket captain in Inside Edge. Having been so closely associated with the IPL, was it difficult to not draw inspiration from some real-life cricketers?Angad Bedi: Honestly, when I am playing any character, I don’t like drawing inspiration from anyone becuse in the mind if you start thinking of anybody else then there is a tendency for the human mind to make you start acting like that particular person.JCN: A lot of fans feel your character bears some resemblance to MS Dhoni. Was that intentional or did that come about because you have seen him from such close quarters?Bedi: The good part has been my cricket background has helped. I have a fair enough understanding of the game and know a players’ body language all that helped. No resemblance to MS Dhoni or any other cricketer.In fact if there is any inspiration it’s from Bishan Bedi, my father. I play a character who is very honest and upright individual. If you are thinking of MS Dhoni, it’s not. My father captained India for 5 years, he played international cricket for 17 years. The way he led his life, the way he stood up for what is right. He was quite honest, he was heard the most. I drew inspiration from that perspective.advertisementJCN: Your dad is a cricket legend. How has he enjoyed watching you play a cricketer?Bedi: I played age group cricket. But I wanted to be an actor. I used to bowl left-arm spin, but obviously to bowl like him nobody can do. I had my own style. I have a fair bit of understanding as to what fitness levels are required, what kind of body language cricketers should have. All those things came kind of organically to me.JCN: As an IPL host, have you ever noticed any fallouts or problems affecting teams from close quarters? Did those memories help you shape your character?Bedi: No, not at all. This is all fictional. There could be some similarities with the Indian Premier League but it’s a complete work of fiction. When I hosted the IPL, we didn’t get so close to the players, team owners or establishments. We just did our job.last_img read more

Self-driving vehicles — are we nearly there yet?

first_imgGoogle’s self-driving cars have accomplished close to two million miles of motoring with a human “driver” merely supervising. And these are not the only self-driving vehicles mixing with ordinary road users on streets across the world. Volvo has trialed vehicles with an autopilot in its hometown of Gothenburg in Sweden, and plans to extend the program to the UK. Another company, nuTonomy, has been testing robotic taxis in Singapore since April 2016, and also has projects ongoing in the US and the UK.As the ultimate destination for autonomous driving technologies, self-driving vehicles can potentially reduce road traffic accidents. They also promise greater access to independent mobility for groups like non-car owners and the elderly. In fact, these technologies are already permeating an increasing number of cars in the market today, supporting driver-assistance systems that are rapidly becoming expected features. These include parking assistance, autonomous braking, intersection assistance, collision avoidance, lane departure warning, and pedestrian detection.A major enabler of this trend towards end-to-end automation via increasingly assisted driving is the continued Moore’s law advancement of semiconductor integration. Not only has this made the necessary computing power available to perform the complex algorithms at the heart of these autonomous systems, but increasingly highly integrated automotive ICs hold the key to delivering systems that are small enough for use in today’s vehicles and deliver the high reliability demanded by the automotive industry, all at an economically viable price. The latest devices in the market significantly reduce the number of components needed to build the subsystems that are essential for autonomous driving. These include navigation, motion sensing, and situational awareness using a combination of technologies such as video, LIDAR, and radar.Navigation Navigation and guidance typically rely on a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) such as the GPS (Global Positioning System). Present position, speed, and heading can be computed based on complex analysis of signals received from at least four of the constellation of over 60 low-orbit GPS satellites. Location accuracy can be on the order of one meter depending on factors such as atmospheric conditions and multipath effects. Although a human driver can hop in a car and start driving almost immediately, a self-driving vehicle may need to wait until the GPS receiver has computed its first fix before departing. This can take between 30 and 60 seconds to establish an initial position.GPS subsystems are now available as sophisticated System-on-Chip (SoC) IC or multi-chip chipsets, which require only power and an antenna and include an embedded, application-specific compute engine to perform the intensive calculations. Although many of these ICs have an internal RF preamplifier for the 1.5GHz GPS signal, designers may opt to put the antenna on the roof with a co-located low-noise amplifier (LNA) RF preamplifier, and then locate the GPS circuitry in a more convenient location within the vehicle. The antenna must have right-hand circular polarization characteristics (RHCP) to match the polarization of the GPS signals, and can be a ceramic-chip unit, a small wound stub design, or some other configuration.An example of a GPS module is the RXM-GPS-F4-T from Linx Technologies. This 18mm × 13mm × 2.2mm surface-mount unit requires a single 1.8V supply at 33mA, and can acquire and track up to 48 satellites simultaneously (more channels allow the GPS to see and capture more data and thus yield better results with fewer dropouts).While GPS is an essential function for autonomous vehicles, it’s not sufficient by itself. The GPS signal is vulnerable to radio interference and can also be blocked by urban canyons and tunnels. Outages can last for a few seconds or many minutes, sometimes even longer. However, accurate and continuous navigation information has become essential to today’s road users, not only to ensure the best possible driving experiences but also to maintain delivery schedules, keep track of assets in the field, and aid emergency services. To supplement the GPS, the autonomous vehicle can use inertial guidance, which requires no external signal of any type. Automotive inertial measurement has been realized thanks to advances in MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology, which enables the 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer needed for displacement, rotation, and attitude sensing to be produced as tiny discrete devices or as part of an integrated Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that can be housed in a standard IC package.The IMU cannot detect absolute position, only the motion of the vehicle. In the event of blocking or degradation of the GPS signal, the vehicle’s position is calculated by dead-reckoning using the last known position coupled with IMU data. Firmware running on the GPS receiver is responsible for fusing the GPS and sensor data to continuously calculate the vehicle’s location. Recently there have been important developments in three-dimensional dead reckoning, which allows the navigation system to maintain accuracy on multi-level highways and when entering and leaving parking garages at venues such as airports and shopping malls.Multi-sensor situational awareness Equally important to increasingly advanced autonomous-driving features — and, ultimately, to self-driving vehicles — is awareness of other road users and pedestrians, road furniture, markings, junctions, signage, and any objects that may require a response from the vehicle, such as an obstruction that may require avoiding actions.Several technologies, including video, radar, and LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), are viable. Vehicles on the road today use a combination of sensing techniques to detect hazards at long range or close to the vehicle and inform the driver while — at the same time — anticipating any potentially necessary responses such as braking so as to minimize the vehicle’s reaction time. Combining data from multiple sensors also helps avoid dependence on any single subsystem or technology so as to offer the best possible performance and reliability.As far as video is concerned, effective visual imaging places great demands on processing complexity and throughput. Heavy graphic processing is needed to make sense of images. There is a need for depth perception as well as basic imaging. Also, conditions of lighting, shadows, and other factors can challenge the system’s ability to interpret any captured images correctly. Figure 1 shows how an automotive vision system can be reduced to a small number of components by combining TI’s high-performance DaVinci digital media processor with high-speed SerDes devices and minimal additional components.Figure 1. Automotive vision system developed and AEC-Q100 certified by TI (Source: Mouser) The Google self-driving prototypes use cameras for near vision and reading road signs and traffic lights, and a rooftop-mounted multi-laser LIDAR system that can construct 3D images and calculate the range to distant objects. Laser pulses of short duration help to maximize depth resolution and the detected reflections are used to create a 3D point-like “cloud.” Subsequent processing performs object identification, motion vector determination. and collision prediction, and calculates avoidance strategies. The LIDAR unit is well-suited to “big picture” imaging and provides the needed 360-degree view. Google has reported on the work accomplished to “teach” its vehicles how to detect vulnerable road users such as cyclists, including recognizing cycles of many different types, responding appropriately to hand signals, and anticipating cyclists’ actions, such as pulling out to avoid a parked vehicle.Radar completes the picture Front-facing and rear-facing radar built into the fenders provide the best information when the action is close to the vehicle, such as when parking, lane-changing, or in dense traffic. 24GHz radar has become extremely widely used for short- and mid-range driver-assistance systems such as collision avoidance, blind-spot detection, self-parking, and lane-departure warning. Intensive integration helps realize such systems within tight space constraints to allow in-fender mounting, relying on highly-featured ICs such as the Analog Devices AD8283 6-channel radar receive path Analog Front End (AFE) IC with on-chip filtering and ADC. Figure 2 shows a simplified block diagram of a single channel of this device. Techniques such as using printed-circuit tracks to form part of the antenna are also used to minimize overall solution size.Figure 2. One of the six channels of the AD8283 radar AFE for handling reflected pulse signals (Source: Mouser) Going forward, automakers are adopting 77GHz radar for systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which requires longer range and higher power output. A 77GHz radar can meet these requirements with a smaller antenna, and can also support the features that formerly employed 24GHz radar. Early in 2016, STMicroelectronics announced a multi-channel automotive-radar IC that integrates three 77GHz transmitters and four receivers on a single chip to deliver enhanced object recognition and resolution.Conclusion The increasingly sophisticated driver-assistance systems that feature in today’s new vehicles are paving the way towards fully autonomous motoring that will require no human intervention from the beginning to the end of the journey. Systems on the market today tend to augment the driver’s awareness, to ease the burdens of driving, and to improve safety, while some vehicles are capable of taking complete control for short periods. Ongoing trials of self-driving vehicles are underway on public roads around the world. Favorable results will help to build public confidence and ensure end-user acceptance of this new form of travel. Greater safety, increased mobility, and environmental sustainability can all be achieved.Driving the revolution, highly integrated semiconductors and sensors deliver important answers to the automotive industry’s demands for extremely small size, high reliability, and low cost.Rudy Ramos is the project manager for the Technical Content Marketing team at Mouser Electronics. Rudy holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He has over 30 years of professional, technical, and managerial experience managing complex, time-critical projects and programs in various industries, including semiconductor, marketing, manufacturing, and the military. Previously, Rudy worked for National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, and his entrepreneur silk-screening business. Continue Reading Previous Unlocking the power of AI for all developersNext Challenges to fully autonomous cars Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Sri Lanka arrests two Indians on suspicion of match-fixing

first_imgColombo, Aug 29 (AFP) Sri Lankan cricket’s anti-corruption unit detained two Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during a domestic Twenty20 league game, officials said today. The men were apprehended after officials spotted them behaving suspiciously and making repeated calls on their mobile phones during the match between Galle and Dambulla at Pallekele, in the island’s central hills. “We saw suspicious behaviour of the two Indians and ACU (anti-corruption unit) officials handed them over to the police for further investigations,” a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) official told AFP. The arrest comes a day after SLC issued a new match-fixing alert after a group of spectators were asked to leave another venue after officials suspected them of involvement in attempted match-fixing. The ongoing T20 tournament features solely Sri Lankan cricketers after plans to emulate the massively lucrative Indian Premier League and attract foreign stars to Sri Lanka fell through. Authorities say the scaled-down competition is still attracting match-fixers, and have increased the deployment of officials at games and team hotels, while players have been warned to inform the authorities of any attempt to approach them to fix matches. Sri Lanka has also announced plans for tougher laws against sports corruption and a special police unit to deal with match-fixing following an Al-Jazeera documentary exposing corruption in global cricket in which three Sri Lanka officials were filmed agreeing to sway matches. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

Lascelles hails Bruce’s Newcastle impact

first_imgNewcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has praised the tactics of Steve Bruce and said the new manager has had an immediate impact.Bruce finally joined the Magpies on July 17 after a long period of speculation over who would replace Rafael Benitez at the helm at St James’ Park.The ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss watched from the stands as his new club beat West Ham 1-0 in Shanghai to finish third in the Premier League Asia Trophy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Bruce selected the Newcastle XI and novel 3-5-2 formation, but took a watching brief, allowing the interim pair of Ben Dawson and Neil Redfearn to direct proceedings.Despite his absence from the touchline, Lascelles said Bruce’s influence could already be felt by the players.“We set up in a different formation today which I think suited us perfectly with our personnel,” the 25-year-old defender told the Premier League’s official website.“All of the instructions he gave to us we tried to do them to the best of our ability.“We’ve had him for two days now in training and straight away we’ve picked up and we’ve adapted very quickly.“When a new manager comes in you are always going to want to impress. The workrate has always been there because that’s what type of group we are.”It was not just Bruce’s team who were impressed with his tactics for the game.Defeated West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere was also struck by the way Newcastle set out to play and conceded that it had confused the Hammers.“In the first half I think Newcastle played well – let’s give them some credit,” the former Arsenal man said.“They set up differently to what we expected and maybe they caught us by surprise.“We didn’t know who should press the centre-back and who should stay and when you’ve got a player like [Jonjo] Shelvey in the middle controlling the game it makes it difficult.”While Bruce has convinced the players early on in his reign it may take more than a good performance in pre-season to convince the fans.The former Manchester United great admitted after his appointment that he had big boots to fill, replacing the popular Benitez, with his appointment not universally welcomed by the Toon Army support. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Over 23,000 students take admission in Delhi University (DU) after first cut-off

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 12:28 IST Over 23,000 students take admission in Delhi University (DU) after first cut-offOver 23,700 students have been admitted to the Delhi University after the first cut-off list, with experts predicting that there will be a marginal decrease in the cut-offs in the second list.DU Admissions 2019: Total number of studentsAccording to varsity authorities, 23,780 admissions took place till 8.25 pm Tuesday. Experts said that this year, the colleges have over-admitted students and will tread a cautious path in the second cut-off list.”Last year, there were only 6,000 admissions to 56,000 seats after the first cut-off list but this year the number is quite high. There are many colleges where admissions are much more than the number of seats allocated for that particular course,” an admission official said.Marginal decline in cut-offs for courses:Principals also said there will be a marginal decline in cut-offs for courses since they do not want to over-admit.According to Dr Kalpana Bhakuni, the principal of Kamala Nehru College, the second list usually sees withdrawals.”There are many students who withdraw their admission from one college and take admission to another college, if it is of their choice or the course is of their preference,” she said.(READ: DU Admission 2019 second cut off list to be out soon at du.ac.in, check all details here)Colleges to be more watchful in the second cut-off list:She said the colleges would be more watchful in the second cut-off list and the decline in the cut-offs for courses where seats are still left would see a marginal decline of 0.25 to 0.5 per cent while the slide might be in the range of 1.25 to 1.5 per cent for Hindi and Sanskrit, since there have been very few admissions.advertisementHindu College Principal Anju Srivastava also echoed similar feelings and said there would be a marginal decline in cut-offs in the second list. The college has over 800 seats and it has touched the 1,000-mark in terms of admissions, an official said.Some courses like BCom (Honours), Physical Science and Zoology will see second cut-offs but the slide will be marginal.No admission to BCom (Honours) in Kirori Mal College:In Kirori Mal College, there has not been a single admission to BCom(Honours) and the college will review its cut-offs and it is expected that there will be decline of 0.5 to 3 per cent, a professor on condition of anonymity said.”Our cut-offs for BCom (Honours) were same as that of Shri Ram College of Commerce. We understand that when it comes to the course, SRCC is the first choice, followed by Hindu and Hansraj. This year, there was not an open window provided to colleges to review their cut-offs after seeing the cut-offs of other colleges. We will assess the situation,” he added.The professor said that the college has seen admission to BCom course.Over 1,000 admissions done in Lady Shri Ram College:Lady Shri Ram College has also seen over 1,000 admissions, according to officials.No second cut-offs for BA (Honours) Economics at SRCC:SRCC has had 142 admissions under BA (Honours) Economics which as 135 seats. There won’t be a second cut-off for the course under the second cut-off list in most of the categories. However, the college will release cut-offs for the course for Economically Weaker Section and ST categories.Out of the total 552 seats available under the BCom (Honours) programme, 305 have been filled, which include a foreign student. The course will have a second cut-off list.First cut-off list:The university announced its first cut-off list for admission to undergraduate courses late Thursday night, with Hindu College pegging the highest score of 99 per cent for Political Science Honours — a marginal increase over the last year. The second cut-off list will be out by Wednesday night.READ: DU Admissions 2019: Students face inconvenience due to delay in sports trialsREAD: DU Admissions 2019: Andhra students suffer after confusion over Delhi University admission processGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Anand Tags :Follow DU admissionsFollow DU cut off 2019Follow DU First cut off 2019 Over 23,000 students take admission in Delhi University (DU) after first cut-offIn Kirori Mal College, there has not been a single admission to BCom(Honours) and the college will review its cut-offs and it is expected that there will be decline of 0.5 to 3 per cent, a professor on condition of anonymity said.advertisementlast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 On Wednesday, Aug. 5, there will be a 20 minute closure of Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to allow for blasting at the Larry Uteck Interchange. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes which will be indicated by electronic signs. -30-last_img

Frenchlanguage Community Home for Persons with Disabilities in Clare

first_imgClare will have a new four-bed community option home for Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians with disabilities. Government is investing about $400,000 annually to build and operate the new home in Meteghan. “Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians with disabilities and their families want to be supported in their first language in the communities where they are from,” said Gordon Wilson, MLA, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “I am pleased to announce this funding so they can live close to family and friends and maintain their vibrant culture.” “These young adults will be able to live as independently as possible in their own community,” said Joanne Deveau, a parent from the community of Clare. “A group of parents from this area has been working for the past six years to make this project happen.” The Department of Community Services is committed to providing Nova Scotians with disabilities with safe places to live and work within the communities they call home. The project is in the early planning stages. It is part of a $2.1 million investment in this year’s budget for the Disability Support Program to design, develop and open four new small options homes over the next year.last_img read more

Alia Bhatt talks Takht with Karan Johar shares on Instagram

first_imgMumbai: Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar spent their weekend discussing their upcoming much-anticipated collaboration, Takht. The actor on September 14 took to Instagram to share a glimpse of her talks with Karan. The upcoming film, which has a screenplay by Sumit Roy and dialogues penned by Hussain Haidry, will be directed by Karan. Set in the Mughal era, the film also stars Vicky Kaushal, Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar and Jahnvi Kapoor. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaAlia shared an Instagram Story which featured the director sitting in a chair in what appeared to be an office cabin. The Raazi star wasn’t visible in the post but shared a sneak peek of a red mug with written Takht on it. It appears that the film’s preparation have begun as both Alia and Ranveer were spotted outside Dharma Productions office recently. Takht marks Karan’s return to direction three years after the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.last_img read more

Somalia UN envoy urges government to expand its rule prevent return of

18 January 2007The top United Nations envoy for Somalia travelled to Mogadishu, the capital, today for high-level talks with the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), urging it to seize this “rare opportunity” to expand its authority after the recent ouster of Islamic groups and prevent a resurgence of the warlords who tore the country apart for the past 16 years. The top United Nations envoy for Somalia travelled to Mogadishu, the capital, today for high-level talks with the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), urging it to seize this “rare opportunity” to expand its authority after the recent ouster of Islamic groups and prevent a resurgence of the warlords who tore the country apart for the past 16 years. “The TFG should work to establish an effective administration at district and regional levels,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative François Lonsény Fall after meeting with President Abdullahi Yusuf at Villa Somalia and later with civil society leaders.Until Ethiopian-backed government forces pushed the Union of the Islamic Courts (UIC) out of Mogadishu and much of the rest of the country last month, the TGF had been isolated in the provincial town of Baidoa in a country that has had no functioning central government since the regime of Muhammad Siad Barre was toppled in 1991.Mr. Fall urged the TFG to avoid a power vacuum in the areas it holds. “In the process, it should avoid the reinstallation of former warlords who have lost credibility nationally and within the international community,” he said.He stressed that the dialogue for peace and reconciliation should embrace all national stakeholders. “These must include clan and religious leaders, the business community, women’s groups and other representatives of civil society – everyone who has expressed their commitment to peace and reconciliation in keeping with the principles of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Charter,” he said.Since the ouster of the UIC, which seized control of Mogadishu in June and progressively extended its control, UN officials from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon down underscored the historic opportunity the country now has to restore peace and stability. Mr. Fall noted that Ethiopia had recently repeated its desire to withdraw troops quickly and that Kenya, as Chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African group, this week reported that several African countries had expressed their intention to join Uganda in providing forces for a peace support and training mission.“I hope this will happen quickly and that an African Union and IGAD force can take on the role of protecting the TFG and training its army,” he said. “I am hopeful that the international community will also come in behind these efforts with the necessary funding and technical support for the operation.”He encouraged representatives of civil society to help build a conducive atmosphere for an inclusive dialogue towards reconciliation. “Civil society has an especially important role to play in Somalia’s revival today,” he said. “Its actions can reach beyond clan and personal interests and promote the well-being of all Somalis.”Mr. Fall appealed to all parties to recognize that the current conflict had imposed an additional humanitarian burden on the civilian population. “Many thousands of people are in desperate circumstances, including some 440,000 people displaced by flooding in the south,” he said. “The United Nations needs secure access to meet their needs. These people need our help and they need it now.”Yesterday the UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Eric Laroche, urged the international aid community to set up substantial operations in Mogadishu, and UN agencies are already providing food and other aid to tens of thousands of flood victims and others who have fled the fighting in the south and north of the country. read more

Sirisena and Ranil telephone reelected Bangladesh PM

Wishing the prime minister-elect future successes, the Sri Lankan president and PM hoped that the bilateral relations between the countries will strengthen further in coming days. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her party’s emphatic victory in the 11th parliamentary polls, Bangla Tribune reported.Sirisena called the ruling Awami League chief Hasina around 12:45pm Tuesday (Jan 1) while Wickremesinghe called around 01:00pm to congratulate the premier on retaining office with a landslide win in the polls. read more

Crude oil slips back below US94 a barrel after Wednesdays big runup

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2014 2:49 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil edged lower Thursday, a day after recording its biggest gain of the new year.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil for February delivery slipped 21 cents to close at US$93.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after having surged $1.58 to settle at $94.17 in New York on Wednesday.Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, fell 52 cents to $105.75.The market was buoyed Wednesday by a report from the U.S. Energy Department that showed oil supplies fell by 7.7 million barrels last week, the seventh straight weekly decline. Analysts expected a more modest drop of 1.6 million barrels.On Thursday, OPEC said in a report that it expects global demand for oil to increase by around one million barrels a day, up from an increase of 900,000 barrels a day in 2013.But supply is also on the rise and OPEC revised up slightly its estimates for oil supplies from non-OPEC countries for both 2013 and 2014.In other energy futures trading in New York, wholesale gasoline fell three cents to US$2.60 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), hating oil was flat at US$2.98 a gallon and natural gas rose six cents to US$4.38 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) The oil pipeline and tank storage facilities at the Husky Energy oil terminal in Hardisty, Alta., June 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESSL/arry MacDougal Crude oil slips back below US$94 a barrel after Wednesday’s big run-up AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

IBC and NioCorp successfully cast aluminiumscandium alloys

first_imgIBC Advanced Alloys and NioCorp Developments Ltd have announced the successful manufacture of several aluminium-scandium alloy ingots.  These test pours occurred at IBC’s Wilmington, Massachusetts Engineered Materials facility using scandium purchased commercially by NioCorp.The ingots, representing a range of scandium content, will now undergo chemical analysis and other metallurgical testing to confirm the microstructure and performance of the alloys. This testing is the basis for commercializing aluminium-scandium alloys.“I am very pleased with the successful execution by Chris Huskamp and his team of this initial production campaign, and we look forward to reviewing the results of follow-on testing to confirm material specifications,” said Major General Duncan (David) Heinz (USMC, ret.), IBC’s President and CEO.  “This is a significant milestone in our joint development effort with NioCorp to seed the market in order to unlock the enormous value of scandium in a wide range of high-performance applications across multiple markets.”“This is an exciting launch of what could be a new phase of commercial operations for both IBC and for NioCorp,” said Mark A. Smith, who serves as Chair of IBC’s Board and is Executive Chair and CEO of NioCorp.  “Developing high-performance alloys and processes that incorporate metals such as scandium requires significant expertise and know-how.  The Board and I look forward to Chris’ team continuing to advance this effort toward a potential launch of new commercial operations.”Alloys that incorporate scandium have been produced for more than 50 years for a wide variety of applications in the defense and civilian sectors. When combined with aluminum and other metals, for example, scandium helps to make a very strong and lightweight alloy material that can deliver significant performance enhancements, weight savings, fuel efficiency, and air emissions reductions in transportation systems.  The former Soviet Union reportedly used scandium-bearing alloys in high-performance jet fighters and in other military aerospace systems.However, despite the many well-understood benefits of scandium, widespread use of the metal has been limited by severely constrained global supply chains. No single dedicated mine in the world today currently produces scandium, and only 10-15 t of scandium oxide material is estimated to be produced globally.  OnG Commodities has estimated latent demand for scandium at several hundred tonnes per year in the aerospace sector alone.1Huskamp, who leads IBC’s team of metallurgists and alloy production specialists, is President of IBC’s Engineered Materials Division, which currently manufactures high-performance beryllium-aluminum alloy parts for a number of systems in both the defense and civilian sectors. He is a former Boeing Associate Technical Fellow in advanced metallic processes, and is credited as a named co-inventor of two patents regarding scandium-bearing aluminium alloys.NioCorp is currently developing the Elk Creek Superalloy Materials Project, an advanced materials processing facility planned for southeast Nebraska that expects to produce just over 100 t/y of scandium trioxide, as well as niobium and titanium products. Such large-scale production of scandium in Nebraska would establish the USA as a global superpower of scandium.last_img read more

Michael Kraus with light injuries after car accident

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Ebola outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it

first_imgWEST AFRICA’S EBOLA-HIT nations have agreed to impose a cross-border isolation zone at the epicentre of the world’s worst-ever outbreak, amid warnings that the deadly epidemic is spiralling out of control.The announcement came at an emergency summit in the Guinean capital on Friday to discuss the outbreak, which has killed more than 700 people, with the World Health Organization warning Ebola could cause “catastrophic” loss of life and severe economic disruption if it continued to spread.“We have agreed to take important and extraordinary actions at the inter-country level to focus on cross-border regions that have more than 70 percent of the epidemic,” said Hadja Saran Darab, the secretary-general of the Mano River Union bloc grouping the nations.“These areas will be isolated by police and military. The people in these areas being isolated will be provided with material support,” she said at the meeting in Conakry.Opening the summit, WHO chief Margaret Chan told leaders that the response of the three countries to the epidemic had been “woefully inadequate”, revealing that the outbreak was “moving faster than our efforts to control it”. “If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries,” Chan said.She described the outbreak as “by far the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease”.“It is taking place in areas with fluid population movements over porous borders, and it has demonstrated its ability to spread via air travel, contrary to what has been seen in past outbreaks,” she told the summit.“Cases are occurring in rural areas which are difficult to access, but also in densely populated capital cities. This meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response.”$100 million action planThe leaders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea used the summit to launch a €75 million action plan that will see several hundred more medical staff deployed to battle the epidemic.The three countries will also bolster efforts to prevent and detect suspected cases, urge better border surveillance, and reinforce the WHO’s sub-regional outbreak coordination centre in Guinea. Liberian soldiers walk through streets. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesDarab did not outline the exact area to be part of the isolation zone, but the epicentre of the outbreak has a diameter of almost 300km, spreading from Kenema in eastern Sierra Leone to Macenta in southern Guinea, and taking in most of Liberia’s extreme northern forests.“The healthcare services in these zones will be strengthened for treatment, testing and contact tracing to be carried out effectively,” she said.The meeting came after Dubai’s Emirates became the first global airline to announce it was suspending flights to the stricken area, while the United States, Germany, France and Italy have issued warnings against travel to the three African countries.US President Barack Obama announced on Friday that the United States would screen delegates travelling from Ebola-hit countries to Washington for a three-day Africa summit next week.Two Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States in the coming days to be cared for in strict isolation, US officials said.Kent Brantly, a doctor who was treating Ebola patients in Liberia, and Christian missionary worker Nancy Writebol, were being flown home, but it was not immediately clear when they would arrive back in the US.Meanwhile Nigeria quarantined two people who had “primary contact” with a man who died of Ebola in Lagos last week.The WHO raised the death toll by 57 to 729 on Thursday, announcing that 122 new cases had been detected between Thursday and Sunday last week, bringing the total to more than 1,300.“Current numbers of national and international response staff are woefully inadequate,” Chan said, revealing that 60 health workers had died treating patients in the outbreak.State of emergency Sierra Leone’s leader Ernest Bai Koroma has announced a state of emergency, quarantining Ebola-hit areas and cancelling foreign trips by ministers, while Liberia has closed all of its schools and put government workers on leave.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned ahead of the summit that the crisis was “nearing a catastrophe” and appealed for more doctors and supplies. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesEbola, which has no vaccine, causes severe muscular pain, fever, headaches and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding.It has killed around two-thirds of those it has infected since its emergence in 1976, with two outbreaks registering fatality rates approaching 90 percent.The death rate in the current outbreak is a lower-than-average 55 percent.Fears that it could spread to other continents through air travel have been growing, with European and Asian countries on alert alongside African countries outside the Ebola crisis zone.In Britain, Sierra Leone cyclist Moses Sesay was quarantined and tested for Ebola at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, before being given the all-clear, the athlete told a British newspaper.Kenya, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Benin said they had enhanced screening at border points and airports.Pan-African airlines Arik and ASKY have halted flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone, while Asia-Pacific nations from Hong Kong to Australia have announced tighter security measures at airports, some warning against travel to the Ebola-hit countries.© – AFP 2014Read: Two Americans infected with Ebola being evacuated back to US >Read: World Health Organisation launches €75 million ebola plan >last_img read more