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Govt campaign to reach out to Dalits

Saturday April 14th, 2018 09:48:02 AM
As political temperature has been on the rise over Dalit issues, the government and the ruling BJP reached out to them with the launch of a fortnight-long gram swaraj abhiyan. This move has prompted the Opposition Congress to accuse the Modi dispensation to pay only "lip service". As part of the nation-wide campaign starting on Saturday on the birth anniversary of Dalit icon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bijapur, a tribal district in Chhattisgarh, to launch several government projects, where he invoked his humble origins. BJP chief Amit Shah, accompanied by a large contingent of party MPs and ministers, paid tributes to B R Ambedkar on his 127th anniversary in the national headquarters of the party. During the campaign that concludes on May 5, BJP ministers and MPs will visit around 18,000 villages where the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes constitute more than 50% of the population. The villages are being covered under seven key schemes of the government, including Ayushmaan, Ujjwala, Ujala, and Jan Dhan Yojana. The Congress, however, kept up the attack on the government on Dalit issues, fielding its prominent Dalit leader from Haryana, Kumari Selja, who accused the BJP of "eroding" the legacy of Ambedkar. "The BJP and RSS have an anti-Dalit mindset. They are simply paying lip service (to Ambedkar)" Selja said, while addressing a press conference a day after Modi on Saturday asked people "not to fall into the Congress trap."

Outfit confers 'Dalit mitra' title on Yogi

Saturday April 14th, 2018 09:30:02 AM
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was on Saturday conferred the title of "Dalit Mitra" (friend of Dalit) by the outfit Ambedkar Mahasabha outfit amid opposition from some office-bearers. The title was conferred upon Adityanath at a function here to pay tribute to Dalit icon B R Ambedkar on his 127the birth anniversary. The chief minister, while speaking on this occasion, announced the setting up 25 special courts to try cases under the SC/ST Act. Adityanath also listed the schemes his government has initiated for the welfare of Dalitslits and weaker sections in the state and reiterated his commitment to protecting their interests. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was fulfilling the dreams of Ambedkar in the true sense. There was a split in the Mahasabha over its decision to felicitate Adityanath with the title and several members of the outfit on Saturday held a demonstration in protest against it outside the venue of the function. The members were taken into custody by the police. Two founding members of the outfit - S R Darapuri and Harish Chandra - claimed that Mahasabha president Lalji Nirmal had been promised a lucrative post by the state government and that was why he wanted to please the chief minister. "Atrocities on Dalits have increased manifold under the present government... it has failed to ensure the safety of the Dalits...the community is facing persecution," Darapuri charged.

Naidu to fast on b'day to expose Modi's betrayal

Saturday April 14th, 2018 09:28:02 AM
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu will celebrate his birthday on April 20 by eating nothing. He has planned a day-long hunger strike at Amaravati in protest against the injustice meted out to the state by the NDA government at the Centre. He has been demanding special category status for the newly formed state. Naidus announcement came in the wake of the day-long fast observed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 12 in protest against the recent washout of the budget session of Parliament. Naidu said, at a public meeting after unveiling the model of Ambedkar memorial garden proposed at Sakhamuru in Guntur district on Saturday, that his fast is to protest the betrayal of faith by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demand the fulfilment of the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act. Conspiracy "The Prime Minister took up one-day fast though he was responsible for the logjam. But I am going to take up the fast for the rights of the state and there will be no compromise," he said seeking peoples support. "Modi is junior to me in politics. I became chief minister in 1995 and Modi in 2002. Now, he is resorting to conspiracy to weaken the state by colluding with YSR Congress party," he said. The chief minister also wanted people to elect TDP MPs in the ensuing general elections to help him install a government at the Centre which is sympathetic to APs problems. "There is no doubt that the TDP is going to dictate terms to Delhi after the 2019 elections. The TDP will win 25 MP seats and we shall show our power in Delhi. We steered national politics in the past and we are going to do it again after 2019," he asserted. He said there will be a massive public meeting in the temple town of Tirupati on April 30 to explain to the people how Modi had betrayed his promise to help the state.

Man stabs girlfriend, injures mother, and kills self

Saturday April 14th, 2018 09:20:02 AM
A 25-year-old man hanged himself after stabbing his girlfriend and severely injuring his mother in Barra, police said on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Ankit Pal, a resident of Varun Vihar, Barra. "The 22-year-old girl who sustained multiple stab wounds was admitted to Kanshiram hospital," said Superintendent of Police (south), Ashok Verma. According to police, Ankit was in an affair with the girl for several years, but over the last few months, the girl started ignoring him, after which he planned to kill her and then kill himself. "Ankit stabbed the girl multiple times while she was on her way home (from a school where she was a teacher)," said Verma. "Ankit fled from the spot and walked to his house where he attacked his mother, Savitri Pal, repeatedly with a stick causing grievous injuries to her head. He later locked himself in a room and hanged himself from the ceiling hook," he said. Police have recovered a suicide note he left behind, in which Ankit held the girl and her alleged boyfriend responsible. They had allegedly threatened to implicate him in a fake case. "A case on charges of abatement of suicide has been registered against the girl and her alleged boyfriend and investigation is on," he said.

Jacking cigarette price by 50% will save millions in India: study

Saturday April 14th, 2018 08:52:02 AM
A 50% jump in cigarette prices can lead to saving of 45 million years of life in India, a group of economists and public health researchers has claimed. Studying the cigarette consumption pattern of 490 million men in 13 middle income countries, including India, they found that Indians with low incomes would not only gain many extra years to live from a steep rise in cigarette price but also be saved from catastrophic health consequences that generally lead to very high out-of-pocket expenditure. Based on the current pattern, smoking will be responsible for about one billion deaths in the 21st century, most of which will be in low and middle income countries such as India. Effective tobacco control, they argued, could avoid hundreds of millions of early deaths, and tobacco taxation is the single most effective measure to increase quit rates and deter young people from taking up smoking. A sharp rise in excise duty on cigarette is also crucial because of a changing pattern of tobacco smoking in India. A 2016 study illustrated that in the last two decades cigarettes increasingly substituted bidi, particularly among the youth and those with low incomes. In their study, the researchers calculated the gains in terms of life years saved after factoring in the number of male smokers, their age, duration of smoking and their capacity to pay. Helps rid dire poverty "A 50% jump in cigarette prices would lead to about 450 million years of life gained across 13 countries with almost half of the gain seen in China followed by Indonesia and India. Also, worldwide some 20 million people could avoid extreme poverty for one year from a 50% higher cigarette price," the researchers representing the Global Tobacco Economics Consortium reported in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal. In the past public health researchers repeatedly criticised Indian Finance Ministers for small increase in excise duties in the budget because such a small rise only helps people to switch brand rather than quit smoking. Currently, tax comprises just about 43% of the retail price of a cigarette in India. This is one of the lowest among the 13 middle-income nations, studied by the consortium. The World Bank had earlier recommended that taxes on tobacco products should vary between 65 and 80% of retail price in order to compel smokers to quit smoking.

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Top Wold News


Trump-Putin summit: 'US foolishness caused Russia tensions'

Monday July 16th, 2018 09:40:56 AM
The president blames US politicians for tensions with Russia as he prepares to meet Vladimir Putin.

Iran nuclear deal: US rejects EU plea for sanctions exemption

Sunday July 15th, 2018 11:20:11 PM
Washington rejects a request to give European companies relief from its strict sanctions on Iran.

Indonesia mob slaughters nearly 300 crocodiles in revenge killing

Monday July 16th, 2018 07:16:12 AM
Villagers slaughter the reptiles at a sanctuary in revenge for one of them killing a local.

Chicago shooting: Police release bodycam footage after protests

Monday July 16th, 2018 09:18:46 AM
The footage shows Harith Augustus, 37, was armed when police fatally shot him on Saturday.

China's second quarter growth meets expectations at 6.7%

Monday July 16th, 2018 05:08:31 AM
The world's second-largest economy is battling rising debt and mounting trade tensions with the US.

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UK parliament vote to reveal extent of anger over May's Brexit plan

Monday July 16th, 2018 09:25:03 AM
British Prime Minister Theresa May will face the anger of Brexit supporters in her party on Monday when they try to force her to change course on her strategy for leaving the European Union.

Trump blames Washington for poor Russia ties ahead of Putin summit

Monday July 16th, 2018 09:16:17 AM
Hours before he was due to sit down for his first ever summit with Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump blamed "U.S. foolishness" for bad relations between Washington and Moscow, while the Kremlin said it expected a tough meeting.

Protesters gather at Iraq's Siba gas field-police as unrest grows

Monday July 16th, 2018 09:14:56 AM
About 200 protesters gathered at the main entrance to Iraq's Siba natural gas field on Monday, police and energy sources said, following a week of unrest over poor services sweeping southern cities.

Eritrea reopens embassy in Addis Ababa in fresh sign of thaw with Ethiopia

Monday July 16th, 2018 08:58:19 AM
Eritrea reopened its embassy in Ethiopia on Monday in further evidence of a rapid thaw between two countries that a week ago ended two decades of military stalemate over a border war in which tens of thousands died.

EU immigration to Britain falls to five-year low - ONS

Monday July 16th, 2018 08:57:20 AM
The number of European Union immigrants to Britain fell to a five-year low last year, as fewer people came without a firm job offer during the first full calendar year since June 2016's Brexit vote, official data showed on Monday.

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World Cup afterglow lifts up conflicted France

Monday July 16th, 2018 10:27:00 AM
PARIS - (AP) -- World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup -- that's...

Amid investigations and tensions, Trump-Putin going 1-on-1

Monday July 16th, 2018 10:27:00 AM
HELSINKI (AP) — With rattled world capitals watching, President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin are ready to go one-on-one in a summit that plays out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, a new peak in the investigation into Russian election meddling and fears that Moscow's aggression may go unpunished. Monday's meeting was condemned in advance by an assortment of members of Congress from both parties after the U.S. indictment last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump's presidential campaign. Undeterred, the American president is set to go face-to-face with Putin, the authoritarian leader for...

Malaysian lawmakers take oath, including indicted ex-leader

Monday July 16th, 2018 10:27:00 AM
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian lawmakers have taken their oath in Parliament, including former premier Najib Razak, who has been...

The Latest: Trump claims credit for boosting NATO defense

Monday July 16th, 2018 10:27:00 AM
HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 9:05 a.m. President Donald Trump is claiming credit for bolstering NATO as he heads into a day of meetings with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Trump rocked a NATO summit last week when he lambasted members for failing to meet defense spending pledges and questioned the value of the alliance before doing a 180 and...

In TV interview, Trump says queen called Brexit 'complex'

Monday July 16th, 2018 10:26:00 AM
LONDON (AP) " President Donald Trump has told a British TV interviewer that Queen Elizabeth II told him Brexit is "complex."Trump's interview with Good Morning Britain was broadcast Monday. The president spoke to Piers Morgan on Air Force One Friday evening.Asked the queen's view on Brexit, Trump said: "She said it's a very complex problem."Trump's comments were unusual because most heads of state do not discuss their private conversations with the queen. Trump met the ......

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Top Science News


Lift-off for Scotland: Sutherland to host first UK spaceport

Monday July 16th, 2018 07:24:38 AM
The UK Space Agency backs Scotland's north coast as the place to launch satellites to orbit.

Arundel road scheme 'could harm ancient woodland'

Monday July 16th, 2018 05:48:51 AM
Road builders planning a bypass in Sussex have been urged to find a way that doesn't cause damage to ancient woodland.

Nation's botanical treasures to go on display

Sunday July 15th, 2018 12:58:21 AM
From Darwin's potato to the man who saved the daffodil. Pictures tell the story of the nation's plants.

Sir David Attenborough launches 'Boaty' polar ship

Saturday July 14th, 2018 11:45:00 AM
The hull of the ship, which the public wanted to call Boaty McBoatface, is launched into the Mersey.

Horse sense: Happiest equines love to snort, says study

Saturday July 14th, 2018 01:13:34 AM
Snorting in horses is linked to a 'positive internal state', say scientists, and could improve animal welfare.

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Global Life Science Instrumentation Market Analysis (2016-2018), Trends, Market Size and Forecasts up to 2024 ...

Monday July 16th, 2018 10:38:00 AM
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Life Science Instrumentation Market: Global Industry Analysis, Trends, Market Size and Forecasts up to 2024" report has been added to's offering. The report predicts the global life science instrumentation market to grow with a CAGR of 8% over the forecast period of 2018-2024. The study on life science instrumentation market covers the analysis of the leading geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and RoW for the period of 20 ......

A Visit to the Balkans Casts Light on the Divisions in America

Monday July 16th, 2018 10:31:00 AM
SKOPJE, Macedonia — A statue depicting an ancient soldier, thrusting a sword skyward, on horseback, rises in the main square here. Across the Macedonian capital’s famed Stone Bridge is another, of Philip II, urging on his son. But locals are quick to provide visitors to the Balkan nation this advice: Whatever you do, “do not” refer to the equine-mounted fighter as Alexander the Great. The statue is known simply as “Warrior on a Horse.” For now, at least. The statue is more than a reminder of Macedonia’s past. It also is a 92-feet-high, 30-ton symbol of the centuries-old conflicts and disagreements that still complicate the politics...

Scientists Reveal The Time When Sperm Quality Is At Its Best

Monday July 16th, 2018 10:25:00 AM
We now know that humans’ mental and physical abilities vary greatly depending on the time of day – due to light-driven physiological processes called circadian rhythms – and the time of year – due to circannual rhythms. According to researchers from the University of Zurich, the phenomenon of time-dependent performance also holds true for individual cells within us; well, one very important type of cell at least – sperm. Writing in the journal...

Yo-Yo test: This uncapped Indian cricketer goes past Virat Kohli's score

Monday July 16th, 2018 10:13:00 AM
Mumbai: Uncapped Indian cricketer Mayank Dagar was the latest to pass the mandatory Yo-Yo test with a score of 19.3, even beating Virat Kohli’s score of 19. While the...

Accenture and Thales Demonstrate How Blockchain Technology Can Secure and Simplify Aerospace & Defense Supply Chains

Monday July 16th, 2018 10:12:00 AM
Accenture and Thales Demonstrate How Blockchain Technology Can Secure and Simplify Aerospace & Defense Supply Chains Working solution shows new approach to eliminating counterfeit and grey-market supplies FARNBOROUGH, England; July 16, 2018 - Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Thales are demonstrating at the Farnborough Air Show a new blockchain-based system that could help secure and streamline the complex global supply chains supporting the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. Based on Hyperledger Fabric, a Hyperledger project hosted by The Linux Foundation, the prototype combines blockchain,...

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