Surprise RJD ticket to scribe makes news

first_imgIn March this year, when the Rashtriya Janata Dal announced its list of candidates for all 20 seats it was contesting in Bihar, Sheohar was an exception. Party patriarch Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav wanted the ticket for one of his loyalists, Angesh Kumar Singh.Though it was then widely believed that Mr. Prasad might withhold the candidate’s name, a few days later his younger son Tejashwi Yadav sprang a surprise and announced the name of Syed Faisal Ali as the party nominee for the seat.Dark horse The announcement sparked much speculation as no one had a clue about the dark horse and how he managed to swing an RJD ticket to contest against two-time sitting BJP MP Rama Devi. Adding to the speculation, Mr. Ali is the lone journalist contesting the LS poll from Bihar. “As my father had passed away on March 26, the party decided not to announce my name along with the others. It had nothing to do with Tej Pratap wanting to field his candidate,” Mr. Ali told The Hindu at the party’s camp office in Sheohar Bazaar.A young man with long sidebars and dressed in white kurta-pyjama, Mr. Ali greeted a group of people with folded hands before settling down for a chat.“Being in the media, I had been following politics closely but never thought that I would contest polls one day,” he said, running his beringed fingers through his tousled hair. The buzz in party circles is that Mr. Ali, along with Mr. Tejashwi Yadav and a very senior Congress leader in Delhi, had rescued the RJD’s alliance with the Congress from an imminent split on the question of seat sharing.On his relation with Mr. Prasad, he said: “Laluji and my father Ashad Ali were closely associated since the days of the JP movement, and our family remained in touch thereafter.” His father was a practising lawyer at the Patna High Court though the family hails from Gaya. Seasoned journalist Second of four brothers, Mr. Ali has been group editor of Roznama Rashtriya Sahara, editor of the Arab News, and worked with the Saudi Gazette and the BBC World Service.He says he has reported from various conflict zones, including Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and also covered the Arab Spring. He was also invited by the U.S. government for its prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program in 2014.“On March 10, 2018, I resigned from Roznama Rashtriya Sahara to form a news network which has been bringing out an Urdu newspaper Sacch Ki Awaz from Delhi,” Mr. Ali said. “We’ve also planned to start a Bihar edition of our newspaper soon.” Mr. Ali hoped to add to RJD numbers, banking on support of about 3.5 lakh Muslim and 2 lakh Yadav voters traditionally loyal to the RJD. On why people should vote for him, he said, “Because I’ve a clean image, no tainted past and I’ve this urge to reach out to people for social justice.”Sheohar goes to the polls on May 12.last_img read more

Gascutters help city burglars breach bank’s high security

first_imgBurglars broke into the Corporation Bank at Mayur Vihar-I in the early hours of Saturday in quite a novel way – they used a gascutter to first rip open the shutter and then slash the lock of the grill door.Luckily, they could not lay their hands on cash or other valuables.The incident came to light in the morning when the residents of Samachar Apartments were informed by the locals that the bank, located at the shopping centre near the apartment building, had been broken into.”A gascutter was used to break open the shutter as well as the lock. The burglars also tried to open the almirah containing cash, but were unable to do so. We have been told by the bank officials that nothing is missing from the spot,” a senior police officer said.He added: “We recovered the gas cylinder that was used to cut the lock. It looks like the cylinder stopped functioning after the robbers entered the bank, that’s why they failed to open the almirah and steal anything.” Investigating officials said there were quite a few CCTV cameras inside the bank but all, except one, were found switched off.The one CCTV captured only the blurred images of a few persons entering the bank, according to sources.A probe team reached the spot and collected fingerprints after the police were informed of the incident around 7.30 am.”We are questioning a security guard deployed at an ATM booth near the bank on whether he had seen suspicious elements nearby at night. The probe is on and we will interrogate local criminals as well,” the police officer said.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Judgement Day for BCCI: BCCI’s key differences with the Lodha Panel

first_imgThe apex court will conduct a hearing on the status report filed by Justice R.M Lodha on the BCCI reform process. The scathing report openly criticises the BCCI for stalling refroms and being in complete contempt of the Supreme Court order.Here are the key points of difference between the Lodha Committee and the BCCI1. Disbursement of funds to state cricket authorities- Lodha Panel recommendation was accepted by the Supreme Court that the board must have a disbursement policy to ensure rational and fair disbursement of funds to the state boards. Earlier during the hearing CJI T.S Thakur had pointed out how some state associations were given disproportionate amount of funds and others starved completely without any reason given. The apex court had also openly alleged political motivations and affiliations working backstage in deciding the allocation of funds. However the Lodha panel alleges that the board is in clear violation of the Supreme Court order. “It has come to the notice of this Committee that despite the express directions of the Committee and the Timelines framed by it, the BCCI has taken decisions ..to disburse large funds to each Association, without framing the Disbursement Policy which was mandatory”, said the report.2. BCCI assured to take up a ‘new memorandum’ however did not keep its promise, instead called a meeting to ‘consider’ the proposed changes. The apex court directions are binding on the BCCI.3. No directions issued to the State authorities for compliance with SC orders. (Onus on Anurag Thakur as BCCI discuss Lodha reforms in SGM)advertisement4. BCCI did not comply with SC directions on selectors, selection process.5. Appointment of officials at the BCCI board- SC barred politicians holding public offices, mandated a cooling off period. BCCI made appointment to the post of Secretary in violation of these norms. (Accounts freeze ruined BCCI reputation, says Anurag Thakur)6 Attempt to delay the process of reform, no attempt to cure the defects of the filed review petition or to get it numbered.7. No attempt to comply with one state one vote policy.What has the Lodha committee sought ?-Ouster of the entire top brass of the BCCI and the court must appoint an interim board-SC must take contempt against the erring BCCI officials (Exclusive: Anurag Thakur’s last-ditch effort ahead of Supreme Court hearing on status report)-All decisions of the BCCI post July 18, 2016 should be void for non compliance with SC order.last_img read more

National justice centre to fight to Star Trek fans ASIMIL8 licence plate

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Canadian non-profit legal organization is intervening on behalf of a “Star Trek” fan fighting to use a personalized licence plate deemed offensive by Manitoba Public Insurance.Nick Troller’s licence plate with the text “ASIMIL8” was confiscated by MPI in April after the Crown corporation received complaints from two Indigenous people about its reference to the word “assimilate.”The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms says MPI’s decision violates Troller’s freedom of expression.The organization’s founder, John Carpay, tells CTV News that whenever there’s a conflict between the right to express oneself and the right not to be offended, “government ought to come down on the side of free expression.”The justice centre says it will be filing paperwork to bring the case to court after the MPI refused their request to return Troller’s licence plate.Troller says his licence plate refers to the catchphrase “you will be assimilated” that is used on “Star Trek Next Generation” by the villainous aliens called the Borg.The plate had been held within a licence frame that also bore the quotes: “We are the Borg,” and “Resistance is Futile.”According to MPI’s policy, licence plates can’t contain words, phrases or innuendoes that “may be considered offensive” as the plates are the property of the Crown.Ry Moran, from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, has said the word “assimilate” is too offensive to be on a licence plate as Indigenous peoples have been forcibly assimilated throughout Canada’s history.Troller’s case has drawn comparisons to another legal battle over a personalized licence plate in Nova Scotia.Lorne Grabher had his plate with the text “GRABHER,” his last name, revoked after it was deemed offensive to women. The case attracted international headlines and is headed to court early next year thanks to the help of the justice centre.(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

A HuaweiGoogle smart speaker was reportedly being developed before the US ban

first_img Post a comment In addition to adding Huawei to the entity list, Trump at the same time signed an executive order essentially banning the company in light of national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge. Following the blacklisting, Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates, though the Commerce Department granted it a three-month general license in late May to update existing devices. Likely as a result, Huawei at the end of May moved to trademark the name of its own operating system, “Hongmeng,” in Peru. Huawei and Google declined to comment.First published at 2:14 p.m. PT on July 29. Updated at 2:53 p.m. PT: Huawei declined to comment; July 30 at 1:26 p.m. PT: Google declined to comment Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire Huawei secretly helped build North Korea’s wireless network, leaked documents suggest Huawei 5G ban could spread further How 5G got tied up in a trade war between Trump and China Tags The Huawei ban 0 1:23 Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Smart Home Mobile Smart Speakers & Displays 18 Photos Share your voice Huawei was reportedly working on a smart speaker with Google. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei and Google were co-developing a smart speaker before the Chinese tech giant was blacklisted and banned in the US, according to a new report. Work on the smart home product was halted in May, The Information said Monday, citing several sources. Huawei was blacklisted in May when it was added to the United States’ “entity list,” But US companies will be able to sell equipment to Huawei, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed earlier this month, if they get licenses when there’s no threat to national security. Last week, US President Donald Trump reportedly agreed to award licensing deals between American companies and Chinese tech giant Huawei in a “timely” way. The Huawei smart speaker would have been powered by Google Assistant and been unveiled in September and sold in the US, The Information said.  “We worked on this project with Google for a year and made a lot of progress. Then everything suddenly stopped,” a Huawei employee reportedly said.  Google Huawei Now playing: Watch this: Huawei’s homegrown OS faces a steep uphill climblast_img read more

BSE closes points 8669 down on Oct 13

first_imgBSE closes points 86.69 down on Oct 134.3K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 86.69 down on Oct 134.3K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 86.69 points down to stand at 26,384.07. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 24.30 points down to stand at 7,884.25. SINTEX and BF UTILITIES LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.70% and 18.31% along with KAILASH and PAGE INDUSTRIES LTD with an increase of 7.73% and 7.66% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include All Prices in RASOYA PROTEINS LTD and AMTEK AUTO LTD with a decrease of 4.87% and 4.64% along with JETAIRWAYS and UNITECH with a decrease of 4.16% and 3.90% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 13.54 points at 17,334.88 while the banking sector is up 238.62 points at 17,932.85 and the reality sector is down 28.42 points at 1,563.66. The Indian currency is up 0.26% at Rs 61.19 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Oct 13 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 86.69 points down to stand at 26,384.07. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 24.30 points down to stand at 7,884.25. SINTEX and BF UTILITIES LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.70% and 18.31% along with KAILASH and PAGE INDUSTRIES LTD with an increase of 7.73% and 7.66% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include All Prices in RASOYA PROTEINS LTD and AMTEK AUTO LTD with a decrease of 4.87% and 4.64% along with JETAIRWAYS and UNITECH with a decrease of 4.16% and 3.90% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 13.54 points at 17,334.88 while the banking sector is up 238.62 points at 17,932.85 and the reality sector is down 28.42 points at 1,563.66. The Indian currency is up 0.26% at Rs 61.19 per dollar.last_img read more

Area 51 storming getting out of hands US Air Force warns public

first_imgPixabayArea 51, the most secretive United States military installation, has been the hottest debating point among conspiracy theorists for years. Many people believe that the United States Air Force (USAF) is developing anti-gravity military vessels using alien technology in this site, and they outlandishly argue that extraterrestrials from deep space are helping military scientists in this mission. A few weeks back, Area 51 again became the talking topic of the country, as a Facebook event named ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop us All’ invited residents of the United States to raid the secret military base.As per the latest updates, more than 1.5 million people have expressed their interest to participate in the alien raid that will take place at 03.00 AM on September 20, 2019. Even though it started as a tongue-in-cheek program, the initiative has already grabbed the eyeballs of alien enthusiasts, and many people have adamantly started demanding that raiding the secretive military base is a necessity to disclose secrets about alien life.In the meantime, the United States Air Force has warned people against participating in this internet joke. The USAF has already issued a warning stating that any illegal entry in the area is highly discouraged. They also made it clear that this secretive site located in Nevada desert is used for advanced training in support of US national interests.As rumours surrounding a possible Area 51 raid thrive, creator of the Facebook event, Matty Roberts, has openly come forward and has revealed that the joke is slowly getting out of hands.”I posted it on like June 27th and it was kind of a joke. And then it waited for like three days, like 40 people, and then it just completely took off, out of nowhere. It’s pretty wild. The FBI is going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there. I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page. And it just took off like wildfire. It’s entirely satirical though, and most people seem to understand that,” Roberts told KLAS-TV of Las Vegas, Fox News reports.Even after the admission made by Matty Roberts, some military experts argue that the plan to conduct the Area 51 raid is organized by the ISIS. Area 51 veteran Thornton ‘T.D.’ Barnes warned that ISIS terrorists may infiltrate during the raid, and it will cause ultimate chaos in the area.last_img read more

US to work with Myanmar for safe Rohingya return US

first_imgUS President’s deputy assistant Lisa Curtis speaking with reporters after visiting Rohingya camp in Kutupalang on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloThe United States has said the world will continue to watch the Rohingya situation and will continue to do everything possible to make sure that Rohingyas are protected and safe.“The world is watching. The world will continue to watch and continue to do everything possible,” US president’s deputy assistant Lisa Curtis told reporters after visiting Rohingya camp in Kutupalang on Saturday, reports news agency UNB.Lisa, also senior director for South and Central Asia of the National Security Council in the White House, said they will continue to work with the Myanmar government to ensure that required conditions are there for “safe and voluntary” return of Rohingyas to their homeland.She said the US government is looking for accountability to prevent any further atrocities against the Rohingyas who are already suffering immensely.The US official said they will remain committed to work together with the government of Bangladesh so that these vulnerable people stay safe and protected.She said they wanted to convey Rohingyas that they have a voice.Appreciating Bangladesh’s efforts Lisa Curtis said they thank Bangladesh for opening their arms providing protection and safety and wellbeing. “US is deeply grateful to the government of Bangladesh.”US ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat said they are working with the international community and the Myanmar government to make sure that Rohingyas can return home in peaceful, dignified and voluntary manner.”She said they are working hard not only save lives in the camp but also to support the government of Bangladesh.US president Donald Trump’s aide arrived in Bangladesh Friday morning on a three-day official visit to discuss bilateral issues, including security and the Rohingya crisis.US ambassador, earlier on Wednesday said the Rohingya crisis was not losing world attention as the international media were still giving focus and good coverage on the matter. “I don’t think international attention and support are going to fade regarding the Rohingya issue.”She said her government and the international community were looking for ways to help improve the situation and ensure the safe return of Rohingyas to their homes in Myanmar.last_img read more

Major breakthrough WBSU identifies proteins facilitating entry of JE virus inside brain

first_imgKolkata: The Microbiology department of West Bengal State University played a significant role in a new study conducted by National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), where it has identified proteins which facilitate the entry of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus inside brain cells.The study points out that JE, a leading form of viral encephalitis is caused by mosquito-borne JE virus, which belongs to the same genus as dengue and yellow fever.The research team of NBRC has identified two brain cell proteins — PLVAP (Plasmalemma vesicle-associated protein) and GKN3 (Gastrokine3) that facilitate the entry of the virus into brain cells. It may be mentioned that JE infection occurs when viral attachment proteins interact with cellular membrane proteins of host cells.”There were around six such proteins that were under consideration on part of the research team. However, analysis of these proteins would have been time consuming and an expensive affair. In this context, NBRC research group collaborated with our research team,” said Sibani Chakraborty of WBSU’s Micro biology department.She further said the department’s bioinformatics section identified two brain cell proteins — PLVAP and GKN3 those are present on neuronal cell surface. “These findings helped in identifying their role in the viral entry into the neurons,” added Chakraborty.The experimental work performed by NBRC has been carried out in laboratory mice.The identification of host proteins, important for viral entry into neurons, provided the researcher team with candidates, whose targeting may be useful to block viral infection thus reducingdisease severity.Researchers have found that reducing PLVAP receptor in neurons decreased JEV entry and upregulating (increasing) them increased the viral entry on the other hand. “We are planning to collaborate with some pharmaceutical companies to identify potential drug/drugs which may be able to block this receptor proteins,” Chakraborty maintained.The research team included Dr Anirban Basu, Sriparna Mukherjee, Nabonita Sengupta, Irshad Akbar, Noopur Singh of NRBC Manesar, Ankur Chaudhuri and Sibani Chakraborty of WBSU and Arindam Bhattacharyya of Calcutta University and Amol Ratnakar Suryawanshi (Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar).The study has been published in the journal — ‘Scientific Reports’.last_img read more

Depression in HIV patients may up heart attack risk

first_imgHuman immuno-deficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals already suffering from depression are at an increased risk of experiencing a heart attack than those without the mental health condition, finds a study.The findings showed that HIV-infected patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) – a mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest – had a 30 per cent greater risk of having an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or heart attack. With the advent of highly effective antiretroviral therapy and improved survival, people with HIV-infection are living longer. However, they are now at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis elevation in heart attack risk decreased by 25 per cent after further adjustment for other variables, such as hepatitis C infection, kidney disease, alcohol or cocaine abuse or dependence and haemoglobin levels, the study said.“Our findings raise the possibility that similar to the general population, MDD may be independently associated with incident atherosclerotic CVD in the HIV-infected population,” said Matthew S. Freiberg of the Vanderbilt University School in the US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThere is an urgent need to identify novel risk factors and primary prevention approaches for CVD in HIV, the researchers concluded in the paper published online by JAMA Cardiology. For the study, the team included 26,144 HIV-infected veterans without heart disease at baseline (1998-2003) participating in the US Department of Veterans Affairs ‘Veterans Aging Cohort Study’ from April 2003 through December 2009.last_img read more