Friday, 24 August 2012

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Sangma Effect: NCP dies in Meghalaya

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 05:30 PM PDT

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has dissolved the party’s Meghalaya unit after his 12 legislators in the state joined the National People’s Party (NPP), a party official said.

The dissolution of Meghalaya NCP came hours after Purno A. Sangma joined the NPP.

Sangma’s sons James K. Sangma and Conrad K. Sangma were among the dozen of NCP legislators who joined the new party.

Conrad is Leader of Opposition in the assembly.

However, Sangma’s daughter Agatha Sangma, a minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government at the centre, will continue to be part of the NCP till 2014.

“Pawar has dissolved the Meghalaya NCP state unit due to the anti-party activities,” NCP’s central observer for northeastern states Robert Kharshiing said.

He, however, added that an ad-hoc committee has been constituted with NCP legislator Sanbor Shullai as its convenor.

Shullai is the deputy speaker of the Meghalaya assembly.

Indian Vulture faces threat from Indian Cattle

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 04:30 PM PDT

The critically endangered Indian vulture, nature’s scavenger, faces another potential danger from the mass-produced veterinary painkiller aceclofenac administered to cattle, a new research paper says.

The research paper, “Aceclofenac as a Potential Threat to Critically Endangered vultures in India: A Review”, by bird researcher Pradeep Sharma of the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Science, Bikaner, has been published in the Journal of Raptor Research, according to the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).

Reviewing the adverse impact of aceclofenac, Sharma has argued that it bears “a close structure and pharmacological resemblance to diclofenac”, which has been banned.

Overwhelming empirical evidence on the lethal effects of diclofenac painkiller led to its ban.

Even as the BNHS and Britain’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds have been making efforts to save the vulture, the pharmaceutical company has silently introduced aceclofenac as a veterinary painkiller.

According to Sharma, aceclofenac is a derivative of the banned diclofenac and gets metabolised into the same (diclofenac) in cattle.

“A study demonstrating in vivo conversion of aceclofenac into diclofenac in cattle is important. Once proven, it will establish the exposure of vultures to diclofenac,” Sharma has urged.

In fact, he has warned against even safety on vultures testing of this drug as its threat to vultures is already clear.

Sharma’s research paper has stressed the importance of drafting a comprehensive environmental evaluation of all veterinary drugs by subjecting them to safety testing before licences are granted to them.

Elaborating on the veterinary pain killers being administered haphazardly, Sharma emphasised the need to focus on the molecular structures of drugs which, despite being in the grey area in regard to the toxicity, have managed to sneak in without safety trials.

BNHS Director Asad Rahmani said: “In order to create a safe natural environment for vultures in South Asia, banning the unsafe drugs and safety testing of other potentially toxic drugs should be a priority.”

In a recent symposium in New Delhi on pain killers being administered to livestock, four governments of South Asian countries arrived at a consensus on the importance to create and maintain a non-toxic environment for vultures, by identifying and preventing the veterinary use of other unsafe veterinary drugs with similar toxicity as diclofenac, Rahmani said.

Double Decker Train Service between Delhi and Jaipur

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 03:30 PM PDT

Now travelling to Jaipur will be easier, with the Indian Railways Friday starting its second double-decker air conditioned train from Delhi to the Rajasthan capital.

The double decker coaches can carry 120 passengers, up from 78 in the normal ones.

The first AC Double Decker train was introduced between Howrah-Dhanbad in 2011, Railway Minister Mukul Roy said after flagging off the train from Sarai Rohilla station here.

The minister said the AC Double Decker coach, designed and manufactured at Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, was a noteworthy achievement as it was a big challenge for the railways to design one.

“The entire rail network and coach designs need to meet standard dimensions in length, breadth and height as per bridges, overhead electricity wire, tunnels… It is not feasible to either enhance the width of the coach or increase its height,” he said.

The coaches are made of stainless steel, which reduces their weight. They have crash-worthy shells. The air springs in the coaches provide for comfortable travel, an official said.

Samsung Galaxy Note 800 launched in Indian Market

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 02:30 PM PDT

Samsung has  launched a new tablet, Galaxy Note 800, in the Indian market expanding its product portfolio. Priced at Rs.39,990, the device extends the Galaxy Note category.

The smartphone features S Pen with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and is integrated with knowledge search engines to enable users search for content, obtain information and drag and drop content without having to switch between screens.

Designed with 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor and 2GB of internal RAM, it also offers five-megapixel main camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera.

The device comes pre-loaded with Adobe Photoshop Touch, and a new app My Education that has been developed to help school students to take advantage of the digital environment that they are constantly experiencing.

It also offers more than almost 900 education text books which would be the largest collection of educational e-books in India.

“India is one of the first 10 markets in the world where the Galaxy Note 800 is being launched. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 800, Samsung provides a unique user experience that goes beyond passive content consumption to a new world of productivity, active creation and personalized communications,” said Ranjit Yadav, country head, Samsung Mobile and IT.

“While the S pen offers both active content creation and passive content creation, the multi-screen finally enables true multi-tasking. I expect this device to in many ways to fuel the growth of the tablet market in India and help us further strengthen our market leadership in the tablet market here in India,” he added.

Police Satisfied with Evidence to prove Kanda Guilty

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 01:30 PM PDT

Gopal Goyal Kanda,Delhi Police have enough evidence against arrested former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda and his employee Aruna Chaddha to implicate them for abetment in the suicide of former flight attendant Geetika Sharma.

Kanda, who is in police custody the past seven days, will appear in court Saturday. Delhi Police are to seek his custody again for further questioning and to piece together the evidence against him, a senior police official told IANS.

Police are planning to question Ankita Singh, a former employee of Kanda’s now defunct MDLR Airlines, and Nupur Mehta, a Bollywood starlet who worked as vice-president at MDLR Airlines in 2007. Kanda and Ankita were in a relationship and he was close to Nupur, the police said.

“Nupur Mehta has been sent a notice asking her to appear before Delhi Police. But she has not responded till now. Ankita, who has been traced in Singapore, is likely to come to Delhi by Aug 26. She will also be called for questioning,” the official told IANS.

Ankita’s name was mentioned in Geetika’s two-page suicide note as one of the women who drove her to suicide.

Ankita, a dancer by profession, was spotted by Kanda during one of her ‘mujra’ performances at his Gurgaon farmhouse. Kanda got intimate with her since then.

Piecing together the case details, police have found that Kanda had a fancy for beautiful women and loved to be surrounded by them, the source said.

Co-accused Aruna Chaddha, an HR manager in MDLR, told the police that even after the airlines wound up in 2009, 60 women employees of MDLR Airlines continued to work for Kanda in different capacities in his various companies.

Nupur Mehta is reported to have said that of Kanda’s 39 companies, 20 had women at the top-most posts.

According to interviews Mehta has given to the media, Geetika was recruited in 2007 when she was 17. Kanda was watching the entire interview proceedings on CCTV camera in another room. He called Geetika to his room after the interview was over and appointed her as a trainee cabin crew, Mehta is reported to have said.

Mehta also said that Geetika and Ankita were both possessive of Kanda. They were jealous of each other’s proximity to Kanda and had even fought.

When Ankita worked in Kanda’s Goa-based casino, Geetika had filed an FIR against her and also taken away her bag which had her laptop and passport. However, the FIR was later quashed when she returned her bag, Mehta has said.

Shivroop, assistant human resource manager in the now-defunct MDLR Airlines, was detained by police on Thursday.

Shivroop is the one behind sending a fake email to Dubai-based Emirates Airlines where Geetika got a job after MDLR closed down claiming that she was involved in criminal cases, according to police. “Geetika had to return to India after quitting her job in Dubai after the email,” said the police source.

The source said that the draft email was sent from Chaddha’s mail ID to Shivroop before it was sent to the Emirates from a fake ID.

However, Kanda has blamed Aruna Chaddha for Geetika’s suicide during his seven-day police questioning.

Sources said Kanda told investigators that he was not in touch with Geetika since 45 days before her death on Aug 4-5 night. He also claimed that it was Chaddha who made several calls to Geetika in the days preceding her suicide.

“He claimed he had never given such directions to Chaddha,” the police source said.

Geetika’s family is said to have told police that Chaddha had called them up on Aug 3, the day before their daughter hanged herself at her Ashok Vihar apartment. Geetika’s mother tried to call Kanda on Aug 4 to ask him something around 10 p.m. but he did not attend the call.

“Police are planning to seek extension of Kanda’s police custody which ended Friday. He will be produced before court Saturday and police may demand for another seven days’ police custody,” said a police officer.

No National Guidelines followed in Aarushi’s DNA Test

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 12:30 PM PDT

A Central Forensic Science laboratory (CFSL) scientist, who carried out tests of samples in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case  told a CBI court that he had followed the guidelines of his own institution and not of the national testing board, a lawyer said.

According Manoj Shishodia, defence counsel, CFSL’s B.K. Mahapatra said “no” to a query whether he shot photos of the articles collected for performing tests as rules laid down the by National Accreditation Board of Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

Mahapatra said the CFSL has its own manual, and according to it he performed the tests on the DNA collected from Aarushi’s vaginal swab and the DNA collected from the blood stains on her bed sheet.

The cross-examination of the scientist continued for the second day and the court of special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge S. Lal adjourned the proceeding till monday (Aug 27), added the lawyer.

The CBI court has also yet to decide on the application of Aarushi’s mother Nupur Talwar, an accused, in which she has requested the testimony of the 13 witnesses be conducted on priority basis. The CBI apprehended these witnesses could be influenced by her if she was granted bail by the Supreme Court.

But the trial court kept the application in wait and continued to proceed the cross-examination of the CFSL scientist.

Talwar earlier filed another application and sought delaying Mahapatra’s cross-examination so that 13 other key witnesses could depose in the court, ahead of the hearing on her bail plea in the Supreme Court next month.

She was taken into custody April 30 and challenged in the apex court the May 31 Allahabad High Court order rejecting her bail plea. She is lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad. Her husband and co-accused Rajesh Talwar is out on bail.

Aarushi, 14, was found murdered at her parents’ Noida residence May 16, 2008. The body of the family’s domestic help Hemraj was found the next day on the terrace of the house.

MRF launches most Powerful Racing Car of Asia

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 11:20 AM PDT

MRF has launched the Formula 2000, said to be the most powerful racing machine in Asia, at the Express Avenue Mall at Chennai  with India’s first Formula One driver, Narain Karthikeyan, taking the bright red liveried machine for a few laps around the complex.

The Formula 2000 is a big upgrade from last year’s F-1600 with its 210 bhp, two-litre Renault-Sport engine on a Dallara chassis with a six-speed sequential Hewland gearbox. It earned rave reviews from Karthikeyan.

It will be raced in the four-round MRF Challenge series with the opening two rounds at the Budh International Circuit in Noida as a support event for the Formula One Indian Grand Prix, according to MRF Tyres managing director Arun Mammen.

The other rounds will be held on consecutive weekends at the MMRT track in Chennai and the series will comprise of 10 races in all, he said.

The F2000 will run on specially designed MRF tyres that will facilitate high straight line speeds and cornering grip.

At a post-launch media conference, Karthikeyan said: “It is undoubtedly the fastest racing car in Asia and it will provide an excellent opportunity for Indian youngsters to showcase their talent.”

The list of drivers who will be piloting the swanky F2000 is being finalised while the car itself passed a crash test done at Dallara’s FIA-approved facility, according to chief engineer J. Anand.

Veteran Actor A K Hangal admitted to ICU

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 11:05 AM PDT

The condition of veteran actor A.K. Hangal, admitted to the Asha Parekh Hospital here last week, is quite critical, his son said Friday.

“Right now my father’s condition is little serious, can’t say anything. He has a breathing problem and is in ICU right now,” Vijay Hangal told IANS.

“He is in the ICU and is condition is critical,” he added.

Hangal was hospitalised following a major hip fracture.

“He was hospitalised at Asha Parekh Hospital. He fell down at home when he was going to the washroom. He had a hip fracture. A surgery was about to happen, but during checkup many more complications came up so they could not do the surgery. There was congestion in his chest so separate treatment was also started for that,” said Vijay Hangal.

The 98-year-old A.K. Hangal, associated with the Hindi film industry since 1967, recently appeared in a role in the television show “Madhubala”.

He is best known for his roles in “Sholay”, “Lagaan” among other films.

Twitter Blocks Minister’s Account instead of Imposter

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 09:25 AM PDT

Microblogging Website created a new controversy when it blocked the Twitter handle of   @milinddeora instead of imposter @milindeora. Milind Deora is the minister of state for communications and IT.

News channel CNN-IBN News@ibnlive posted the news on twitter. “Milind Deora says his Twitter account has gone for verification, but normally verification doesn’t lead to a temporary suspension.”

However, the incident led to many who are upset at the crackdown on social media taking pot shots at the government.

PM Ban Mohan Singh@India_Review tweeted: “They told Twitter to block impostor account @milindeora and screwed up in the spelling and made it @milinddeora”

In reply Akanksha Patankar@Ground_Reality posted: “Lol! Mother of all goof-ups! “

Swarup@SwarupPhD, wrote: “Haa haa, hunter becomes hunted. #CorruptCongress minister Milind Deora’s Twitter account suspended.”

The government had asked internet service providers (ISPs) to block/disable 300 web pages such as news articles, blogposts and Twitter accounts, including that of two journalists, from Aug 18 to 21.

When is Teachers Day Celebrated in Different Countries ?

Posted: 24 Aug 2012 08:39 AM PDT

Teachers’ Day  is celebrated on different dates across the World and is celebrated throughout the year.  These are  intended to be special days for the appreciation of teachers.  Almost 100 Countries celebrate it on October 5 which happens to be World Teachers Day. Below we present the dates of  Teacher’s Days in selected countries which deserve importance.

India  September 5

The birth date  of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan is considered as the Teacher’s Day in India. It is a “celebration” day, where teachers and students report to school as usual but the usual activities and classes are replaced by activities of celebration, thanks and remembrance. At some schools on this day, the responsibility of teaching is taken up by the senior students to show appreciation for their teachers.

Another day set aside for commemorating teachers in India and Nepal is Guru Purnima, also called ‘Ashad sukla purnima’. It typically falls in mid-July.

Australia  Last Friday of October

On Australia's celebration of World Teachers' Day, the NEiTA Foundation and the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) is proud to announce the national teaching recipients of the ASG Community Merit Awards. World Teachers' Day was started by UNESCO and is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world each year. On its 40th anniversary this year, it represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding, and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education.

United States Tuesday of First Full Week of May

Around 1944 Wisconsin teacher Ryan Krug began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodbridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day. NEA along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan. ) local lobbied Congress to create a national day celebrating teachers. in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

Turkey November 24

In the Memory of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Mustafa thought and stated that “The new generation will be created by teachers.” . Atatürk was also considered as the Prime Teacher because he adopted a new alphabet for the newly founded Turkish Republic in 1923.

Nepal Full Moon Day of Ashad

The full moon day is also called ‘Ashad sukla purnima’ and the day usually falls in mid-July. Teacher’s day is called “Guru Purnima” in Nepali.

Malaysia May 16

This date was chosen because on the same day in 1956, the Federal Legislative Council of the Federation of Malaya endorsed the Razak Report, one of four reports of the Education Committee regarding education in Malaysia. The document, known as the Razak Report after Tun Abdul Razak who was Education Minister at the time, has been the basis of education in Malaysia ever since. Although it is not an official school holiday, celebrations are usually held on May 16, or earlier, if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

China September 10

In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), there are some activities for students to show their appreciation to teachers, such as presenting gifts, including cards and flowers. In addition, many former students will go back to their old middle schools and high schools to give presents to their old teachers.

Brazil  October 15

A decree regulating the elementary schools in Brazil. The celebration gained popularity throughout the country, and October 15 was officially designated Teachers’ Day in 1963.

World Teachers Day October 5

World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5th since 1994, commemorates teachers' organizations worldwide. Over 100 countries observe their Teachers’ Day on this very day.

According to UNESCO, World Teachers’ Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

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