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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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Khashoggi death: Saudi Arabia says journalist was murdered

Monday October 22nd, 2018 12:48:56 PM
A senior minister blames a "rogue operation" as pressure mounts over the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

Russia nuclear treaty: Bolton in Moscow amid missile tensions

Monday October 22nd, 2018 10:58:11 AM
The US is pulling out of a Cold War missile treaty as its top security adviser visits Moscow.

Joachim Ronneberg: Norwegian who thwarted Nazi nuclear plan dies

Monday October 22nd, 2018 10:52:16 AM
Norway's wartime hero Joachim Ronneberg led a daring raid to stop Hitler's plan for an atomic bomb.

Amritsar train crash: India searches for blame after crowd mowed down

Monday October 22nd, 2018 10:43:44 AM
Hundreds of festival-goers stood on a track unaware a train was heading for them them at full speed.

Migrant caravan: 'Our strength is greater than Trump's threats'

Monday October 22nd, 2018 12:17:12 PM
Thousands of people en route to the US have now crossed into Mexico illegally from Guatemala.



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'Why?' asks Taiwan mourner, after 18 killed in train disaster

Monday October 22nd, 2018 12:38:32 PM
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen offered words of consolation on Monday as she met relatives of 18 people killed and 187 injured when a train derailed in the island's northeast, its worst rail disaster in more than three decades.

Turkey aide rejects Riyadh's Khashoggi death story, echoing Western scepticism

Monday October 22nd, 2018 12:33:39 PM
An adviser to Turkey's president on Monday rejected Riyadh's assertion that Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight, suggesting it "mocked" world opinion, as Western incredulity deepened over varying Saudi accounts of the journalist's killing.

Philip Morris stop-smoking campaign attacked as PR stunt

Monday October 22nd, 2018 12:13:37 PM
Marlboro cigarette maker Philip Morris International PM.N drew accusations of hypocrisy on Monday after using a four-page newspaper advertisement to urge smokers to quit cigarettes.

State of Play: Democrats threaten Trump's grip on the Great Lakes

Monday October 22nd, 2018 12:04:00 PM
Two years ago, Ohio and other states in the former industrial heartlands of the Great Lakes region catapulted Donald Trump into the White House.

Two endangered black rhinos die months after relocation to Chad

Monday October 22nd, 2018 11:45:29 AM
Two of six critically endangered black rhinos relocated to Chad in May have died, Zakouma National Park's management said, undermining efforts to restore their population in Chad after a nearly 50-year absence.



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World stocks push past growth worries in China, Italy

Monday October 22nd, 2018 02:01:00 PM
SINGAPORE (AP) — World markets rose on Monday, brushing off lagging Chinese growth and a downgrade in Italy's credit rating after its lawmakers approved a budget plan with room for a higher deficit. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX added 0.5 percent to 11,612.90 and France's CAC-40 was 0.2 percent higher at 5,096.74. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.4 percent to 7,078.68. On Wall Street, the future contract for the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.2 percent at...

Germany presses for EU unity on Saudi Arabia arms exports

Monday October 22nd, 2018 02:01:00 PM
BERLIN (AP) " A top German official pressed Monday for the European Union to show a united front on arms exports to Saudi Arabia after Berlin backed a freeze on such exports over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that arms exports to Saudi Arabia "can't take place in the situation we're currently in." Her government and others in Europe have said the kingdom's explanation so far of what happened to Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul ......

A hot dog? Firefighters rescue pet stuck in heating duct

Monday October 22nd, 2018 02:01:00 PM
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) " It wasn't a cat in a tree, but a dog in a heating duct that took firefighters to a home in Virginia.The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department arrived Friday night to find the small dog trapped in the HVAC system.Video shows firefighter Mark Williams cutting a hole in the basement ceiling to retrieve the dog.The department says it was a "happy and pawsitive outcome fur all!" ......

Wolf missing after Hurricane Michael recovered in Florida

Monday October 22nd, 2018 02:01:00 PM
Authorities have recovered a wolf named Tahane that escaped from a Florida animal preserve during Hurricane Michael. The Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that a deputy ......

Russian paper: Indicted Prigozhin ordered beatings, killing

Monday October 22nd, 2018 02:01:00 PM
MOSCOW (AP) " A security aide to businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has been indicted by American investigators for allegedly trying to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election, says the Russian mogul has been involved in attacks on several people and at least one killing, an independent Russian newspaper reported Monday.Prigozhin has been dubbed "Putin's chef" for organizing catering events for Russian President Vladimir Putin and even personally serving him and his guests on some ......



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Top Science News

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'Super-sized' mice threaten seabird colonies with extinction

Sunday October 21st, 2018 11:45:40 PM
Overgrown mice are killing millions of chicks on the remote Gough Island in the South Atlantic.

Blast-off for BepiColombo on mission to Mercury

Saturday October 20th, 2018 01:57:11 AM
Europe and Japan celebrate the successful launch of a quest to visit the closest planet to the Sun.

Legendary team's 1921 Everest album

Sunday October 21st, 2018 01:30:14 PM
Newly digitised pictures shine light on the first British reconnaissance trip to Everest, in 1921.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Gazing monkeys image wins

Tuesday October 16th, 2018 09:52:24 PM
Two snub-nosed monkeys sitting on a stone is the top shot at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.

Jurassic-era piranha is world's earliest flesh-eating fish

Friday October 19th, 2018 03:08:58 AM
A 150-million-year-old, sharp-toothed fossil is believed to be the world's oldest piranha-like specimen.



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Neurobion Forte Reveals Its New Brand Identity by Achieving Guinness World Records™ Title and Donating ...

Monday October 22nd, 2018 02:05:00 PM
Neurobion Forte, India’s No 1 Vitamin brand from the house of Merck is back with its annual campaign #HelpingTrueHeroes, to recognize real-life Heroes who are changing the world through their extraordinary acts. True to its brand promise of being ‘Saathi Asli Hero Ka’, this year the brand set out on a journey across the country to look for True Heroes who are making strides to improve the public health system in India. To...

Earth’s inner core is solid, softer than thought; says study

Monday October 22nd, 2018 01:50:00 PM
Inner core shear waves are so tiny and feeble they can't be observed directly, according to the study published in the journal Science. ......

NASA names gamma-ray constellations after fictional Godzilla, Hulk

Monday October 22nd, 2018 01:50:00 PM
The new constellations include a few characters from modern myths. ......

'Braiding western science and Indigenous knowledge': New environmental monitoring program launches

Monday October 22nd, 2018 01:36:00 PM
A new college program marries Indigenous traditional knowledge and western science to empower the next generation of environmental monitors in the oilsands. ......

Why tsunamis are so difficult to predict

Monday October 22nd, 2018 01:32:00 PM
In the wake of Indonesia's...



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