Corpse goes missing; cops clueless

first_imgPanaji: The North Goa (Bicholim) police are clueless about the corpse of a 60-year-old man, Karim Ahmed Attar, which went missing from a Muslim burial ground in Sankhali, North Goa, on Saturday.Speaking to The Hindu on Sunday, a Bicholim police station official said an investigation was on in the case, but no progress has been made yet. Police inspector Narayan Chimulkar, Bicholim police station, had said, “Attar’s family had gone to the graveyard ten days after the burial, to perform some rituals, where they saw the body of the deceased was missing.” Upon receiving the complaint, the police pressed a dog squad into service. A set of gloves were found in the area.last_img read more

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First draft of Assam’s NRC recognises 1.9 crore people as citizens

first_imgNearly 32 years after the Assam Accord was signed, the first draft of an updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the State listed 1.90 crore names out of the 3.29 crore applicants. The updated NRC was published at midnight on December 31.Assam is the only State in the country that prepared an NRC in 1951 following the census of that year and has become the first State to get the first draft of its own updated NRC. The NRC, 1951, is updated in Assam with the names of applicants whose names appear in NRC, 1951, or any electoral rolls of the State up to midnight of March 24, 1971, and their descendants and all Indian citizens, including their children and descendants who have moved to Assam post March 24, 1971.Announcing the publication of the first draft of the updated NRC at a press conference, Registrar-General of India Sailesh told journalists that verification of the remaining applicants was under way and the subsequent draft would be published after the names were verified.State NRC Coordinator Pratik Hajela allayed the fears of those whose names did not appear in the first draft, saying the verification was a tedious process and there was a possibility that some names within a single family might not be included in the first draft. He appealed to all people not to panic as the verification process was still on.The time frame for the publication of the NRC draft was set by the Supreme Court, which has been monitoring the entire process. The court had turned down a plea by the Centre last month for an extension of the time frame till July 31, 2018, and directed that the first draft be published at midnight of December 31.Mr. Sailesh said the time frame for publication of the second draft would be decided in accordance with the Supreme Court, adding that the entire process would be completed in 2018.PTI adds… NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela said those people whose names have been excluded in the first list need not worry.“It is a tedious process to verify the names. So there is a possibility that some names within a single family may not be there in the first draft,” said Mr. Hajela.“There is no need to panic as rest of the documents are under verification,” he said.Asked about the possible timeframe for the next draft, the RGI said it will be decided as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court — under whose monitoring the document is being prepared — in its next hearing in April.The entire process will be completed within 2018, Mr. Sailesh said.The application process started in May, 2015 and a total of 6.5 crore documents were received from 68.27 lakh families across Assam.“The process of accepting complaints will start once the final draft is published as rest of the names are likely to appear in that,” Mr. Hajela said.People can check their names in the first draft at NRC sewa kendras across Assam from 8 am on January 1. They can also check for information online and through SMS services.The RGI informed that the ground work for this mammoth exercise began in December 2013 and 40 hearings have taken place in the Supreme Court over the last three years.Assam, which faced influx from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only State having an NRC, first prepared in 1951.The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the entire process, had ordered that the first draft of the NRC be published by December 31 after completing the scrutiny of over two crore claims along with that of around 38 lakh people whose documents were suspect.last_img read more

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Kashmir tense after Shopian civilian killings

first_imgKashmir valley remained tense on Sunday, a day after the killing of two civilians in the Army firing in Shopian. The authorities imposed restrictions in parts of the Valley as separatists’ shutdown call against the killings. District Magistrate, Srinagar, Syed Abid Rasheed Shah has ordered restrictions under Section 144 “in territorial jurisdictions of Srinagar’s Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal and M.R. Gunj police stations”.Partial restrictions were also imposed in Maisuma and Kralkhud police stations. “The restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident,” he said. Train and internet services were suspended in south Kashmir for the day.Meanwhile, all shops and business centres remained close in the Valley. There was a thin traffic on the roads. Separatists leaders, which includes Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, had called for a Valley-wide shutdown over the killings.In Shopian, the two civilians, who died when the Army opened fire on stone-throwing protesters at Ganowpora village on Saturday afternoon, were buried in their local graveyards in Balpora and Ganowpora villages. Hundreds of locals offered funeral prayers. There were reports of minor clashes after the funerals.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killings and sought a report within 20 days. She also spoke to Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday evening and sought her intervention.The Union Defence Minister, according to the Jammu and Kashmir government spokesperson, assured Ms. Mufti “that a detailed report will be prepared of the incident and the field formations will be asked to set up mechanisms so that such incidents do not recur in future”.last_img read more

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Extremism re-emerging in Punjab, says Amarinder

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Thursday said extremism is re-emerging in Punjab, threatening to once again disturb the peace and stability of the State.In a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, Capt. Amarinder stressed on the need for the formulation of an all-encompassing strategy to counter the emerging extremism. He urged Mr. Singh for a comprehensive strategy to tackle the re-emergence of extremism in Punjab. Intelligence apparatus Capt. Singh pointed out that strengthening of the intelligence apparatus was the need of the hour. He said action should be taken against foreign handlers based in countries like Canada, UK, USA, Italy, Germany who are actively engaged in activities for reviving terrorism in Punjab.He also emphasised the need for countering social media activities aimed at disturbing the peace and stability of the State.An official statement said the Home Minister agreed to look into the State’s demands under the Modernisation of Police Forces Scheme (MPF Scheme). Citing the State’s security concerns, the Chief Minister raised the demand for Central assistance in the modernisation of the police forces.“The Chief Minster raised the point that under MPF Punjab should be designated as a category-A State for financial assistance at 90:10 Centre-State sharing basis on the pattern of Jammu and Kashmir and eight Northeastern States,” said the statement. Additional funds Capt. Singh also sought allocation of additional funds to Punjab under MPF Scheme for strengthening of the State special branch for various law and order challenges being faced by the State, such as proxy war, trans-border terrorism and influx of drugs, weapons and explosives.last_img read more

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Bandodkar Gold Cup has been switched, says Churchill Brothers president

first_imgThe Bandodkar Gold Cup, the award for a top football tournament of the 1970s in the State, that was made of solid gold once has been switched with one made from a less precious metal, said former Chief Minister, and president of Churchill Brothers football club, Churchill Alemao, on Saturday.At a press conference here, Mr. Alemao vowed to launch a probe into the switch, if he wins the upcoming election for the president of the Goa Football Association (GFA). However, he admitted he did not know when it happened or in which president’s tenure. The former Chief Minister said,”The Bandodkar Gold Cup was made of pure gold weighing several kilos. But now the GFA claims that it is not made of gold. So where has it gone?”GFA president Elvis Gomes responded by asking why Mr. Alemao who had several years to file a police complaint on the matter had not done so already. Responding to the allegations made by Mr. Alemao that the GFA was delaying the association’s polls to deny him the opportunity to contest the elections on account of his age, Mr. Gomes said, “Football is not just about Churchill Alemao. Is he the only person running football? This shows that for him football is all about himself and not about the sport or the fraternity.”Mr. Alemao had said that he is about to turn 70, and the GFA’s rules debars those above 70 years to function as president. Instituted in 1970 by then Chief Minister, the late Dayanand Bandodkar, the tournament was disbanded in 1994. It was only revived some years ago by the GFA.last_img read more

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Kashmir Valley in freeze; weddings called off

first_img The change in plans has also meant a series of cancellations of orders with butchers, caterers, and makers of sweets. “At least 80% of my orders for Sunday and Monday stand cancelled. If it worsens with scrapping of Article 35A, I doubt if any marriage will be elaborate in the coming months,” said Majid Daryal, a meat seller in Lal Bazar.IAS topper cautionsCautioning against repeal of Article 35A, IAS topper from the 2009 batch, Shah Faisal, tweeted: “I would compare Article 35A to a marriage-deed or nikahnama. You repeal it and the relationship [with the Centre] is over. Nothing will remain to be discussed afterwards.” Fearing widespread violence, families in the Kashmir Valley have been cancelling weddings scheduled for Monday ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on Article 35A .Local newspapers and cable channels have been full of cancellation notices.“We would like to inform our esteemed guests that due to the prevailing situation coupled with uncertainty, we have decided to cancel our daughter’s wedding on August 6. However, nikah will take place. God willing,” reads the notice published in the daily Greater Kashmir by Syed Liyaqat Gilani, a resident of Bagh-e-Mehta.Late summer is the peak wedding season in the Valley ahead of the harsh winter. Valley weddings are elaborate affairs with extravagant feasts; exotic dishes are prepared for days together at the homes of the bride and groom. “We do not intend that any guest should be harmed. I had done elaborate shopping in New Delhi to wear special clothes on my wedding. However, we have to keep it simple now,” said Sajid Ahmad, a prospective groom from Srinagar’s old city, who was scheduled to marry on Monday.Also Read Jammu and Kashmir tense ahead of SC hearing on Article 35Alast_img read more

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AAP to go it alone in Punjab

first_imgAam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday ruled out any alliance in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Punjab, saying the party would contest all the 13 Lok Sabha seats alone.“The AAP will contest all the Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and will not enter into any tie-up with anyone,” Mr. Kejriwal said in Bathinda, where he had come to attend a marriage ceremony of a party legislator.Mr. Kejriwal hit out at the ruling Congress government in Punjab, accusing it of failing to keep its promises made during the Assembly elections in 2017. “Not a single promise made by Amarinder Singh has been fulfilled,” he alleged.“They (Congress) promised to eradicate the drug problem, but the menace still continues,” he said.‘No action’The Delhi Chief Minister also accused the Punjab government of failing to act against all those named in the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s inquiry report on incidents of religious sacrilege in the State.last_img read more

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Water overflow eases in Siang river

first_imgPeople residing on the banks of the Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday, as water overflowing from a landslide-induced barrier across the river upstream in China eased within 14 hours.Beijing had informed New Delhi that the natural overflow from the barrier in Yaluzangbu (Tsangpo) occurred at 2.30 p.m. on Friday and the discharge was 18,000 cubic metres per second. The barrier was formed soon after a landslide at Jiala village in Milin county of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China on October 17.Tsangpo flows into Arunachal Pradesh as the Siang, which meets two other rivers to form the Brahmaputra downstream in Assam.Soon after the Central Water Commission issued an alert about the Tsangpo barrier breach, Arunachal Pradesh’s Disaster Management Secretary, Bidol Tayeng, instructed the authorities of districts that the Siang passes through to take precautionary measures.“A fairly high volume of clear water reached Pasighat town around 7.30 a.m., but the flow was not as forceful as we had feared. The water level has been rising, besides turning turbid by 10 a.m., but there’s no reason to panic,” Tamiyo Tatak, Deputy Commissioner of East Siang district, told The Hindu.The water took more than 14 hours to reach Pasighat, the headquarters of East Siang district, close to the border with Assam. .Tuting, in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, is the habitation on the Siang river closest to the China border. The impact at Tuting could not be ascertained because of poor connectivity.First of its kindMr. Tayeng said the preparation for averting a disaster was the first of its kind involving the State machinery, the Union Home Ministry and government agencies such as the National Disaster Response Force, the Air Force, the Central Water Commission and the India Space Research Organisation.“After the overflow at the landslide location in Tibet, 80 km downstream of Nuxia Hydrological Station, the water rushed down and reached Tuting at about 10:37 pm on Friday. It then reached Yingkyiong at about 01:37 am on Saturday before easing as it flowed towards the foothills,” he said.He said the districts through which the Siang flows were wary of a Tsango barrier-induced disaster in 200. That year, Tsangpo was blocked for 62 days after an earthquake. The barrier breached after two months and the State suffered an estimated loss of more than Rs. 1 billion after a barrier in the Tsangpo closer to India-China border gave way.At least 30 people were killed and 100 went missing while more than 50,000 people in five districts of Arunachal Pradesh were left homeless by the resultant flash floods.last_img read more

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Vibrant Gujarat roadshow held in Mumbai

first_imgGujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, accompanied by key government officials, held a roadshow here on Monday for the ninth edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019. Mr. Rupani also had meetings with leading industrialists and heads. including, N. Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons Ltd; Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman, Aditya Birla Group; Harsh Goenka, chairman, RPG Enterprises; Niranjan Hiranandani, co-founder & MD Hiranandani Developers; B.K. Goenka, chairman, Welspun Group; Adi Godrej, chairman, Godrej Group; Anand Mahindra, chairman and MD, Mahindra & Mahindra; and Raoul Bajaj, CEO of trading giant Trafigura India Pvt. Ltd , to discuss their investment plans for Gujarat.“Vibrant Gujarat has contributed greatly to the overall growth of the State. The summit was originally conceptualised to rope in investments and build Gujarat’s image as a business friendly destination. Today, it has grown into a knowledge sharing platform, where world leaders deliberate on pressing global issues. The summit allows not just Gujarat but other States also to come together and position India as a lucrative investment destination,” Mr. Rupani said.Gujarat has partnered with Canada, Denmark, Japan, France, Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, Czech Republic and Uzbekistan for the 2019 summit.last_img read more

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BJP’s West Bengal ‘rath yatra’: Calcutta HC asks top officials to decide by December 14

first_imgA Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court on Friday asked the Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Director General of Police of West Bengal to hold a meeting with three representatives of the BJP to discuss plans to conduct three legs of a ‘rath yatra.’(PTI  says the court directed that a decision be taken by December 14 after the meeting was conducted by December 12.)The Bench deleted the “injunctive portion” of Thursday’s order by the Single Bench of Justice Tapabrata Chakravarty, said BJP spokesperson Jayprakash Majumdar.The order given on Thursday deferred the ‘yatra’ till July 9.Two-third of the rally would be over by July 9, the Bench observed.“A grave error of law”, says judge“The order passed by the Single Bench is a grave error of law. I propose to modify its order,” said Justice Biswanath Samaddar.“Nothing can done arbitrarily, the Bench observed,” said the BJP spokesperson.Earlier in the day, hearing the BJP’s appeal on taking out multiple rallies with buses as “raths” (chariots) in the front, the Division Bench told the BJP’s counsel that the party had merely appealed to meet the Home Secretary in its first letter on October 29.However, there was no mention of permission for a “yatra”.“You merely wanted to meet him and apprise him of the modalities,” the Bench noted.Following Thursday’s refusal of permission for a “rath yatra” by the Single Bench, the Division Bench of Justices Samaddar and Arindam Mukherjee accepted the BJP’s appeal against the Single Bench order, which put on hold Friday’s “rath yatra” in Coochbehar district and other related rallies till January 9.Three more letters sent: Amit ShahHowever, BJP president Amit Shah said in Delhi that following the first letter, three more letters were sent.“On November 5, 12 and 20 reminders were sent to the Home Secretary, while letters were sent [seeking permission for a yatra] to the Director General of Police on November 14, 20 and 23,” he said.Senior lawyers Anindya Mitra and Saptangshu Basu represented the BJP, while Advocate General Kishore Dutta represented the State.The Division Bench also asked the BJP’s counsel when was the letter for permission sent to the Superintendent [SP] of Police of Coochbehar district. Meanwhile, Mr Shah has said that he will reach Kolkata on Saturday and a “yatra” “is only postponed and not cancelled.”PTI  adds:Govt silence astonishing: courtThe High Court came down heavily on the State government for not responding to letters of the BJP seeking permission for ”rath yatras”. The Division Bench said the government’s silence on the permission was “astonishing and astounding“.last_img read more

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New Maharashtra road policy to focus on reducing fatalities

first_imgMaharashtra will soon introduce a new policy to reduce fatalities resulting from road accidents. The new state Road Safety Policy will be introduced as part of the Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has tasked Maharashtra with bringing road fatalities down to 25% of the current 13,000 deaths reported annually, said officials. Unsafe roads “Maharashtra has the dubious distinction of having some of the most unsafe roads in the country. Going beyond the Brasilia Declaration, we want to reduce the fatalities by 75% or more by 2030,” said a senior official of the state Transport Department. Under the new policy, the State will establish a data driven system for collection and analysis of road traffic crashes. The system will also include enforcement components such as e-challans and a penalty points system tied to insurance and validity of driving license. “Recommendations from the analysis will be speedily acted upon,” said an official. Maharashtra will also improve it’s post-crash trauma care by ensuring a faster response time and availability of trained paramedics along the National and State highway network, officials said.According to the Road Accidents in India-2017 report prepared by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, four cities — Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur — feature in the top 50. In Mumbai, 3,160 accidents occurred in 2017, of which 467 were fatal and 2,603 were injury accidents. A total of 490 people died in these accidents while 3,287 were injured. In Pune, of the 1,508 accidents, 360 were fatal and 966 were injury accidents. Consider finer aspectsReacting to the policy measures, road safety experts point out that the Government must take finer aspects such as the speed of the vehicle, width of roads, and designs into consideration this time. Some of the measures listed in the new policy have already been implemented in urban pockets but are not bearing fruits as expected, experts said.Correct road designs“All measures being taken are welcome as far as enforcement is concerned. But enforcement alone does not result in reduction in fatalities and injuries as our roads too are not designed with pedestrians in mind,” said Sudhir Badami, a transportation expert and an IIT-Bombay graduate in civil and structural engineering.last_img read more

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Govt. support to Dhangars won’t have any effect on tribal schemes: minister

first_imgA day after tribal leaders raised questions over Maharashtra government’s intention to announce benefits for the Dhangar community, claiming it may reduce benefits for tribals, the State Tribal Affairs Minister Vishnu Savara on Wednesday said that the tribal fund will not be touched nor has any affidavit in support of the Dhangars been filed in court. “The Cabinet sub-committee studying the issue held a meeting on March 2, where we discussed the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) report on Dhangar reservation. We decided to send the report to the Advocate General for legal opinion. We have not filed any affidavit claiming Dhangars and Dhangad are identical,” Mr. Savara said. He said that 7% reservation and 9.4% budget allocation for tribals will not be affected by the government announcements.BJP has 12 MLAs and 4 MPs from the tribal community of Maharashtra, the highest with any party. The government’s announcement siding with the Dhangars has not gone down too well with the tribals.Mr. Savara said that as per the TISS report, schemes such as building Ashram schools, hostels for students, school admissions, scholarships, 10,000 houses, making grazing lands available, development of Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar skill development corporation and interest-free loans have been announced. “These schemes will be independent of tribal sub-plan and no allocation from this will be shared elsewhere. The Opposition is misleading the tribal population despite the fact that including any community in the Tribal category is an extremely tedious and lengthy process,” he said.The Hindu on Monday reported that tribal groups are ready to launch an agitation against the State government over any attempt to give tribal status to Dhangar community.last_img read more

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Giving cities a road map to reducing their carbon footprint

first_imgCities are not just where 3.5 billion of us live—they are where more than  half of humanity uses electricity, drives cars, and throws out garbage, among myriad other activities that emit greenhouse gases. Now, a global coalition has released the first standardized method for measuring and reporting a given city’s greenhouse gas emissions. Called the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC), the new standards were unveiled today at the United Nations’ ongoing climate negotiations in Lima.Cities are responsible for 70% of global carbon dioxide emissions, says Wee Kean Fong, who led development of the GPC at the World Resources Institute—a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.—in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI). But there has been no standardized way to measure and report an individual city’s emissions. That has impeded plans to reduce urban climate footprints and track the effectiveness of local policies designed to reduce emissions. “You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” Fong says.A key element of the GPC is its recognition that a city may be responsible for gases emitted far outside its borders. Take power plants that burn fossil fuels to generate electricity, or landfills that receive solid waste, Fong says. Those can be located outside of a city, but their emissions are directly tied to urban activity. Holding cities accountable for such emissions may lead to some pushback when it comes to convincing them to adopt the GPC protocol, but it’s important for making sure measurements are accurate as possible, Fong says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A key selling point is that 35 cities have already benefited from implementing the GPC during its pilot phase in 2012. In the months since, other cities have been test-driving the new standards. David Maleki, a climate change analyst with the Inter-American Development Bank’s Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative, helps cities in Latin America and the Caribbean use the protocol to figure out which sectors are responsible for most of their greenhouse gas emissions. These “[greenhouse gas] inventories are a very basic building block for taking climate action in cities,” he says. Rio de Janeiro, for example, used a draft of the GPC to determine that transportation was responsible for a whopping 39% of the city’s total emissions; that led the government to focus on expanding public transit to more efficiently shrink its carbon footprint. “Building a greenhouse gas emissions inventory enables city leaders to manage their emissions reduction efforts, allocate resources and develop comprehensive climate action plans,” said Rio de Janeiro mayor and C40 Chair Eduardo Paes said in a statement.One lesson Fong and his team learned during the pilot program is that not every city is starting from the same place when it comes to measuring greenhouse gas emissions. Some cities, especially in the developing world, simply don’t have access to the kind of data needed for a comprehensive inventory; Maleki says he often works in places where the only emissions data available are on a national scale.To try to make the GPC accessible to cities that may not have all the right data, Fong’s team designed two tiers of reporting. Both incorporate transportation within the city, stationary burning of fossil fuels, consumption of electricity, and emissions related to waste. The more advanced tier adds data about industrial processes, land use change, transportation that brings people into the city, and other indirect sources of emissions. “The GPC is a very inclusive protocol,” says Ana Marques, project coordinator of ICLEI’s Urban-LEDS project, which will help cities in developing countries apply the GPC. “It enables all cities to participate.”last_img read more

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‘Disco clam’ lights up to scare predators away

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA—The bright,  orange-lipped “disco clam” (Ctenoides ales) became a phenom last year when researchers learned that its dazzling display (see video above) proved to be reflections of ambient light and not light produced by the clams themselves. Now that same team has strong evidence that these blinking streaks are telling would-be predators, “Beware!” When the researchers conducted their initial study, they thought perhaps the flashes were used to lure in other clams. But young clams show no preference for the light show; indeed, their 40 eyes fail to respond at all to these lights. Instead, the flashes do seem to help the clam avoid being eaten. The clams, which live off Indonesia, flash twice as much when they spot predators. And when a peacock mantis shrimp attacks one of these 6-centimeter-long clams, the shrimp quickly recoils as if stung or tasting something really terrible, the researchers reported here today at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. They found that the clam has sulfur in its fleshy lips and tentacles and suspect that, like another clam species that drop tentacles laden with sulfuric acid to deter predators, the disco clam’s sulfur also gets converted into a distasteful substance. The flashing may warn predators away, similar to the bright orange of a monarch butterfly warning birds of its toxic taste.(Main video credit: Lindsey Dougherty; linked video credit: Roy Caldwell, University of California, Berkeley)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Ranbaxy’s 9/11 Call

first_imgIndian drug manufacturer Ranbaxy has turned to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (who Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani mocked for constructing all sentences with a noun, a verb and 9/11) to help resolve a FDA ban on imports of its drugs. Citing poor conditions at its plants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the imports of 30 generic drugs, including popular cholesterol and antibiotic medicines, manufactured by Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. FDA inspectors cited Ranbaxy for several violations at its plants, which it claimed the company had failed to correct. The FDA announced it would not approve any new Ranbaxy drugs until the company corrects the violations.Ranbaxy is one of the world’s largest manufacturer of generic drugs and has been in the FDA’s crosshairs since 2006 when it was first cited for quality violations.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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96% Pay Cut Anybody?

first_imgA French textile company is under fire for offering to relocate laid off workers to India with a 96% pay cut.Carreman, which employs 150 people in Castres, France, offered nine terminated employees the option to “relocate” to their Bangalore plant at a monthly salary of $96, compared to the French legal minimum salary of $1,850.Industry groups denounced the cynical offer as “shameful, humiliating, sadistic, and unacceptable,” while the country’s Industry Minister termed it a “provocation” and “profoundly shocking.”In its defense, Carreman director Francois Morel said the company is obligated under French law to offer terminated employees the option to work at another company plant: “I know it’s stupid. But that’s the stupidity of the law.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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As it happened | At least 21 students killed in fire at commercial complex in Surat

first_imgSurat – At least 21 students died in a massive fire in a commercial building in Surat. The students were attending their tuition class when the fire engulfed the area, supposedly due to a short circuit.  “Around ten students trapped on the third and fourth floors jumped from windows to save themselves from fire and smoke. Many have been rescued and sent to hospital. The operation to douse the fire is on,” said an official at the Surat fire control room.8.30 pmCoaching centres in Rajkot, Vadodara also to be closedAfter Ahmedabad, authorities have ordered closure of coaching centres in Rajkot and Vadodara till proper audit of fire safety systems in commercial buildings are conducted. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad police orders shutting down of coaching classes, dance classes and summer camps as a precautionary measure.”All Coaching Class, Dance Class, Summer Camp and all such premises which houses  children shall be closed until further notice and Fire Safety Compliance Certificate from AMC Fire Department, the Ahmedabad Police said.8.00 pmIt is heartbreaking, says Akhilesh YadavSamajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav says it is heartbreaking to see the images coming from Gujarat and read the tragic news about the children who have lost their lives at such a young age. “My thoughts and prayers are with all those families affected by the fire and with the people of Surat”, he said.7.50 pmGovt. orders shutdown on tuition centres in AhmedabadAs a precautionary measure, Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner, Vijay Nehra orders shut down of all tuition centres in the city till the fire department audits on fire safety systems in all the buildings are over.7.45 pmNadda speaks to RupaniUnion Health Minister J.P.Nadda spoke to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani regarding fire at a coaching centre in Surat and assures all help. The Union Minister also directs the AIIMS trauma centre director to render all help.7.35 pmShankarsinh Vaghela seeks Rs. 10 lakh compensationFormer Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela and Nationalist Congress Party leader Shankarsinh Vaghela urges the government to provide Rs. 10 lakh as compensation to the families of the fire victims. “I request the Gujarat Government to grant minimum Rs. 10 lakhs to the families of children who lost their lives in this incident”, Mr. Vaghela said in a statement.7.15 pmRupani leaves for SuratGujarat CM Vijay Rupani leaves for Surat to take stock of the situation.6.45 pmAmit Shah urges BJP cadres to assist in relief measuresGujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani says about 16 children are under treatment in Surat hospital. Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah too expressed his condolences over the fire tragedy. “Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire accident in Surat, Gujarat. My condolences with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. I urge our karyakartas of BJP Surat unit to assist the people in need” Mr. Shah said in a statement.6.35 pmSaddened by the loss of lives in Surat: Ahmed PatelCongress leader Ahmed Patel appeals to local authorities to provide best possible medical relief to the injured and adequate compensation to families of the deceased. Mr. Patel also asked the authorities to ensure that fire safety measures in are in place across Gujarat. Expressing his condolences, Mr. Patel said: “My thoughts and prayers are with their families”.6.30 pmRajnath offers condolencesUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday expressed his condolences to the victims of the fire tragedy in Surat. “Deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives due to fire in Surat. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured”, Mr. Singh said in a statement.6.25 pmFire caused by short-circuit?The fire that broke out in a commercial building in Surat on Friday was caused by short-circuit, sources said. There were more than 50 students in the tuition class when the tragedy occurred, the sources added.  More than a dozen students have been taken to hospital for treatment.6.15 pmCompensation announcedThe building was reportedly not equipped with fire safety equipment. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered an inquiry to be conducted by the urban development department. Mr Rupani also announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased. 6.10 pmModi offers condolencesPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed anguish over the fire tragedy in Surat and asked the Gujarat government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected.“Extremely anguished by the fire tragedy in Surat. My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Have asked the Gujarat government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected,” Modi tweeted5.45 pm19 fire tenders in placeSeveral students were seen jumping off a commercial complex after it caught fire, officials said. Visuals on TV channels showed students jumping off the third and fourth floors of the building. Locals were seen helping in the rescue operation to save stranded students as well as other occupants of the four-storey building.The fire engulfed the third and fourth floor of the Taxshila Complex here, the official said.A fire official said 19 fire tenders and two hydraulic platforms were pressed into service to douse the fire.last_img read more

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6 Bangladeshi girls repatriated

first_imgSix victims of human trafficking who spent up to five years in a Chennai shelter home have gone back home in Bangladesh.The Meghalaya-based Impulse NGO Network helped repatriate the six girls under a government-to-government partnership model it had designed a few years ago.“A team from Madras Christian Council of Social Service, which runs a home under the Ministry of Women and Child Development’s Swadhar Greh scheme, was among the multiple agencies involved in repatriating the six girls on July 16,” Hasina Kharbhih, Impulse’s chairperson, told The Hindu.The girls were repatriated from Phulbari on the international border near Siliguri in West Bengal under the standard operating procedure between India and Bangladesh.Members of their families received them along with activists of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), an NGO associated with Impulse.Coordinated effort“This was an exercise where the Home and External Affairs Ministries and the border force of both countries were involved, besides a number of NGOs working to end human trafficking,” Ms. Kharbhih said.Two such organisations – Ebong Aamra and Nari Shakti – function in northern West Bengal.Ms. Kharbhih said she came to know about the six trafficked Bangladeshi survivors in 2018 after Impulse’s programme manager Emarine Kharbhih met members of the Madras Christian Council of Social Service at a conference in Hyderabad.The six, she learnt, were at the Council’s home in Chennai for periods ranging from one to five years.Impulse coordinated with BRAC for ensuring that the victims could be integrated back with their communities in Bangladesh.BRAC has also designed a counselling, rehabilitation and reintegration programme for them in Bangladesh.last_img read more

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