Pregnant woman beaten to death in West Bengal

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first_imgA pregnant woman was beaten to death by her husband and in-laws in West Bengal’s Birbhum district, the police said on Friday. Two persons have been arrested.The woman was tortured to death at her in-laws’ house in Illambazar area on Thursday night, a police officer said.According to locals, a medical test to determine the gender of the foetus was allegedly conducted a couple of days ago. The test revealed that the woman was pregnant with a girl which led to the attack, they added. “The husband and sister-in-law have been arrested on the basis of the complaint lodged by the deceased’s family.”Police said they are on the lookout for the other members of the family, including the mother-in-law of the woman, who are at large since the incident.Prenatal sex determination is banned in India.last_img read more

Second chargesheet against Misa, husband

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first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate filed a second chargesheet against Misa Bharti, daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, and her husband, Shailesh Kumar, in a money laundering case before a Delhi court on Saturday. The court kept both chargesheets for consideration on February 5. Irked over the repeated filing of chargesheets against the couple, Special Judge N.K. Malhotra berated the agency for not letting the trial begin.“Will you let the trial begin or keep filing complaints? How many supplementary chargesheets will you file? You are a premier investigating agency. You cannot behave like this. It is an ill-drafted complaint,” the judge said.More time soughtThe court, which could not take cognisance of the chargesheet filed on December 23 against the couple, posted the matter for February 5 after the ED’s special counsel, Atul Tripathi, sought time to make further submissions.Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, representing chartered accountant Rajesh Agrawal, who was also arrested by the ED in connection with the case, sought adjournment citing pendency of the bail plea of brothers Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain, who have been accused of laundering crores of rupees using shell companies.Rajesh Agrawal was arrested by the ED following allegations that he mediated and provided ₹90 lakh in cash to the Jain brothers in advance to invest in Ms. Bharti’s firm Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd “as share premium”.The agency had earlier attached a Delhi farmhouse in connection with its investigation against Ms. Bharti and her husband.The farmhouse, at 26 Palam Farms in the Bijwasan area of south Delhi, was attached provisionally under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It belongs to the couple and is “held in the name of Mishail Packers and Printers Private Ltd.”, the agency said.last_img read more

14 Naxals killed in encounter in Gadchiroli

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first_imgFourteen Naxals were killed in an encounter with the police in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district on Sunday, a senior official said.He said a team of C-60 commandos, a specialised combat unit of the Gadchiroli police, carried out the operation.“Fourteen Naxals were killed in the encounter. Combing operations are still on,” Sharad Shelar, Inspector General of Police, said.He said the combing operation, which started in the morning, was currently underway at Tadgaon forest in Bhamragad, around 750 kilometres from Mumbai.The official said that two district-level “commanders” of the proscribed outfit, identified as Sainath and Sainyu, were among those killed in the encounter.Director General of Police Satish Mathur congratulated the C-60 team which carried out the encounter.“This is a major operation against Naxals in recent times,” Mr. Mathur told PTI.last_img read more

Ministry moots special tourism package for NE

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first_imgThe Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has recommended to the Finance Ministry higher allocation of funds and special package for development of tourism in the region, DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh said on Friday after a meeting with Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons here. During the meeting, the two Ministers discussed proposals for identifying new projects on priority for development of tourism in the Northeastern States, an official release said. The meeting is a part of the continuing inter-Ministerial discussions for development of the region.Mr. Singh said under the North East Special Infrastructure Scheme (NESIDS), the DoNER Ministry is providing financial assistance for infrastructure projects relating to water supply, power and connectivity for promoting tourism in the region. He said this will be over and above the existing schemes of the Central and State governments of the region.Pointing out some new initiatives funded by the Ministry of DoNER, Mr. Singh said amenities have been created at Nathu La in Sikkim for acclimatisation of pilgrims undertaking the Mansarovar Yatra. He said tourist facilities were also being developed at the popular Majuli island in Assam.last_img read more

13 civilians injured in Pak shelling

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first_imgThirteen civilians were injured in continuous firing and shelling along the International Border (IB) by Pakistani troops for second consecutive day on Tuesday.“Thirteen civilians were injured, in which three are serious, in Ramgarh Sector on the IB of Jammu due to Pakistan firing in Araspura, Arnia, Ramgarh, Samba, Hiranagar sectors. It’s sad incident. The police are assisting in shifting the injured to the hospitals,” said Director General of Police (DGP) S.P. Vaid.Officials in Jammu said India and Pakistan resumed firing on Tuesday around 7 a.m. “Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling on both 30 outposts of the security forces and over two dozen villages near the IB in Jammu all day,” said the officials.Indiscriminate shelling and firing spread in Arnia, R.S.Pura and Ramgarh sectors during the day, said the officials.At least two dozen villages were affected by the shelling. All schools near the International Border have been closed and the administration advised people “to remain indoors till the situation returns to normal”.Additional deputy commissioner, Jammu, Arjun Manhas, said a total 745 people have been put up in seven shelter camps in R. S. Pura and Bishnah. “The district administration in Jammu is making all possible efforts to accommodate affected persons comfortably,” said Mr. Manhas.The fresh firing comes a day after eight-year-old baby was killed and six injured in Pakistani firing along the IB on Monday.On Sunday, Pakistan had sought end to ceasefire violations by calling up counterparts in Jammu. “However, the pledge to silent the guns was not maintained,” said an official. Two BSF jawans and five civilians were killed in the past week on the IB in Jammu.Ceasefire holding in mainland Kashmir: DGPMeanwhile, DGP Vaid the Ramzan ceasefire “was successful thus far”. “The initiative of the Prime Minister has helped in general improvement in law and order. The situation especially in south Kashmir has eased and is serving as confidence building measure for families who want their boys to return back home,” said DGP Vaid.last_img read more

The Bitcoin probe unravelling in Surat is a Pandora’s Box

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first_img The CID’s probe revealed that, about two years ago, one Satish Kumbhani floated the ‘Bit Connect Investment Company’ and lured people like Bhatt to invest in it. Huge returns of 1%-4% per day were promised. Bhatt invested ₹2 crore in the enterprise. In December 2017, its promoters downed the shutters and went underground.To recover his investment, Bhatt’s accomplices posed as Income Tax officials and kidnapped Piyush Savalia, who had worked with Bit Connect, on January 30, 2018. He was kept in a farmhouse at gunpoint and released two days later, on February 1. “On the morning of February 1, Bhatt’s men kidnapped Dhaval Mavani, another person associated with the company, and released him late on the same night. Mavani was forced to transfer 2,256 bitcoins worth ₹131 crore into their account. The builder and his accomplices had also transferred another 166 bitcoins worth ₹9.64 crore into their account,” Mr. Bhatia said, adding, “When we started a probe directed at Bhatt, he even paid ₹ 34.5 lakh to Piyush Savalia as hush money to keep him quiet.”The former legislator, who played a fixer between Bhatt and the Amreli Police when the police extorted ₹12 crore bitcoins from Bhatt, allegedly received ₹60 lakh, of which the CID has recovered ₹20 lakh transacted through havala.Mr. Bhatia estimates that the Bitcoin extortion racket is set to get bigger as more people who invested in the hope of making a quick buck became victims of organised crime. “So far, we have only caught two cases involving ₹167 crore,” Mr. Bhatia said. “We are investigating seven companies with investments in virtual currencies in which businessmen parked their illicit cash after demonetisation.”A senior official in Gujarat who declined to be named said, “It’s an open secret that people having a high volume of cash at the time of demonetisation converted their black money into crypto currencies with the help of havala operators.” Officials involved in the Bitcoin probe estimate that approximately ₹5,000 crore cash was converted into cryptocurrencies in Surat after demonetisation. Bitcoin extortion case: complainant now becomes an accused The Bitcoin scam unravelling in Surat began with a letter. Shailesh Bhatt, a builder based in the diamond city, wrote to Gujarat’s junior Home Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja in February, alleging that Amreli Police had extorted bitcoins worth ₹12 crore from him. Mr. Jadeja forwarded the complaint to the Crime Investigation Department (CID). A probe led to the opening of a Pandora’s Box.“While probing the case, we learnt that Bhatt himself was an extortionist. He had extorted bitcoins worth ₹155.21 crore from others before he was kidnapped [for extortion] by the Amreli Police,” CID (Crime) Director General of Police (DGP) Ashish Bhatia told reporters on May 21.New caseThe agency has registered a new case to book Bhatt and others, including Superintendent of Police (SP) Jagdish Patel and Police Inspector Anant Patel. Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Nalin Kotadia, currently absconding, is also an accused in the case.Also Readlast_img read more

BSF mulling laser walls along Indo-Bangla border in Tripura

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first_imgThe Border Security Force in Tripura is “contemplating” installation of laser walls at the unfenced riverine patches along India-Bangladesh border to check infiltration bids, official sources said.The security forces have so far been using sensor devices, floodlights and night-vision goggles to guard the international border; the laser walls would further help in plugging gaps in the “vulnerable” areas, a senior officer of BSF’s Tripura Frontier said. “We want to install laser walls to ensure effective border management along the Indo-Bangla border but nothing has been finalised as yet,” he said. A similar project is on the verge of completion in the sensitive areas of Dhubri in Assam, the officer said.Dhubri project “Once the project is successfully implemented at Dhubri, the BSF higher-ups will assess its utility and decide if the model could be replicated in Tripura,” he explained. A real-time communication system, in coordination with the Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-information (BISAG), has also been introduced in the State for smooth coordination with the senior officers. “The satellite-integrated BISAG programme facilitates DG BSF to directly interact with the jawans deployed along the border areas. With this, the troops can hold discussions and address queries for better understanding of issues,” the officer stated. Of the total 856-km-long India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, the Centre had approved fencing for 840-km stretch.While 750-km borderline has been sealed, isolated patches — mainly in Sepahijala district’s Sonamura subdivision — still remain unfenced, the officer added.last_img read more

Woman killed in Madhya Pradesh village on suspicion of being child abductor

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first_imgA mob killed a mentally ill woman on the suspicion of her being a child abductor in Badgad village, which falls under the Morwa Police Station, in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh.Police said the 30-year-old woman was roaming in the village when some people spotted her. They asked her several questions and when she was not able to answer them, the mob started assaulting her, resulting in her death.“Primary findings suggest that locals killed her presuming her to be child abductor. We have arrested few people and are questioning them,” Riyaz Ahmed, Snigrauli District Superintendent of Police, said. Body recoveredThe mob reportedly dumped her body near a forest nursery and disappeared, he added. The police recovered it on Saturday. In a similar incident in the district, a forest official was attacked by a mob on the suspicion of being a child kidnapper few days back.For the last few weeks, social media is rife with rumours and fake news about alleged child kidnappers being active in Singrauli that shares its boundary with Uttar Pradesh.The Madhya Pradesh police have averted at least four lynchings in the past over a month in Balaghat, Seoni and Chhindwara districts following rumours spread over social media.Last month incidentsLast month, in Balaghat district, in two separate incidents, two constables of the Rampayali Police Station and two local youths were caught and thrashed by villagers on suspicion of being ”kidney thieves”.“The mob burnt the motorcycle of the youths, burnt tyres on the road and staged a road blockade demanding immediate release of two youths from police custody,” A. Jaidevan, Superintendent of Police, Balaghat district, said.Such was the level of fear in these districts that many villagers have stopped going out at night and are confronting outsiders, said a senior police officer.last_img read more

Militants raid houses, kidnap policemen, relatives in Kashmir

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first_img Two non-local recruits of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were killed in an operation on Thursday.A top police official confirmed to The Hindu that militants later raided houses in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama.“We are investigating these raids. Details are sketchy. Four to seven persons have been kidnapped,” said the police official.Police sources said brothers of two policemen, identified as Inspector Nazir Ahmad and Mehmad Ahmad in Anantnag’s Arwani were kidnapped from their residences in militant raids.Also Read Kashmir Valley shuts down ahead of Supreme Court hearing on special status Militants raided several houses of policemen in south Kashmir on Thursday night and kidnapped seven persons, including policemen and their relatives.The incident occurred on a day when security forces arrested 11 persons, mainly relatives of active militants in south Kashmir, including Hizbul Mujahideen ‘operational commander’ Riyaz Naikoo’s father from Awantipora. It also follows the arrest of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘supremo’ Syed Salahuddin’s elder son by the National Investigation Agency in the 2011 money laundering case.Also Read 2 Lashkar-e-Taiba men killed; crackdown on kin of militants  A pro-militant online account claimed that militants have kidnapped the son of policeman Mohammad Maqbool Bhat of Arawani, brother of SHO Nazir Ahmad Sankar of Bijbehara, policeman Bashir Ahmad Makro from Kulgam’s Kharpora and son of Abdul Salam Rather from Yamrach Yaripora of Kulgam. An unconfirmed report suggests the brother of a deputy superintendent of police was also kidnapped in south Kashmir.Militants kidnapped Asif Rather, the son of a policeman, three days ago.Meanwhile security was tightened in the Kashmir Valley amid a shutdown call, on the eve of the Supreme Court hearing petitions challenging Article 35A, which defines State subject laws.The J&K government will again seek its deferment in view of the upcoming polls.last_img read more

Kashmir’s blush: famous apple orchards

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first_imgApple trees droop heavily with fruit in the famous orchards of Kashmir this season. In the apple-rich districts of south and north Kashmir, the harvest continues to be a family affair. The orchard owners have a reason to cheer, as the Horticulture Department has declared a bumper crop.The department is looking to best the previous record of 17.9 tonnes in 2017 after some high-yielding varieties were introduced. Accounting for 71% of the national apple production, the Valley is sending over 500 trucks carrying the fruit to various parts of the country and Nepal, Bangladesh and other countries every day. Each truck carries 500 to 1,300 boxes. The transport started in the first week of September, and will only increase by November-end. “The number of trucks goes up to 1,500 a day in October and November,” a Horticulture Department official said. Pulwama district is looking at reaping ₹720 crore from apple sales this year, Deputy Commissioner G.M. Dar says. Pulwama is counted among the apple-rich districts of Kashmir, besides Shopian and Baramulla. When traditional orchards produce just 10 to 12 tonnes, those with imported breeds such as M-6 fetch 25 tonnes. Introduced in the 1930s in Sopore district of north Kashmir, covering 12,000 hectares, the apple crop now stands on nearly 2.14 lakh hectares in the Valley. The apple industry generates around 7.71 crores man-days, with women making up over 25% of the workforce. Seven lakh farming families are directly or indirectly dependent on apple cultivation.Text by Peerzada Ashiqlast_img read more

Delhi Minorities Commission team in Palwal to probe foreign funding of local mosque

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first_imgA three-member fact-finding team of Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) on Saturday reached Palwal in neighbouring Haryana to probe the alleged funding of a local mosque by terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The team will also meet the family members of the persons arrested by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in connection with foreign funding of the mosque, DMC chairman Zafarul Islam Khan said.“The fact-finding team is in Palwal to probe the allegations about the alleged foreign funding of the mosque being constructed in a village in Palwal, Haryana,” he said. It will also meet, in Hazrat Nizamuddin area, the family members of the persons arrested in this connection, he added.The team comprises human rights activist Ovais Sultan Khan, a member of DMC’s advisory committee Sardar Gurmindar Singh Matharu and a member of Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar, Abu Bakr Sabbaq. In July this year, the NIA filed a case to probe the terror funding module linked to Pakistan-based terrorist Hafeez Saeed’s Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) — a front-end organisation of LeT. During the probe, it emerged that one Mohammad Salman was in regular touch with a Dubai-based Pakistani national, who in turn is connected with the deputy chief of FIF, the agency had said. So far, three persons have been arrested in this case including Mohammad Salman, Mohammad Salim, both residents of Delhi, and Sajjad Ahmad Wani, who is a native of Srinagar.last_img read more

VHP ups ante on Ram Mandir legislation

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first_imgThe Vishva Hindu Parishad will hold public rallies in all parliamentary constituencies to urge the government and pressure political parties to bring a legislation for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, its working president Alok Kumar said on Saturday.He said they are meeting religious and social leaders, who in turn are meeting the Governor of their States to tell them that people want Ram Temple in Ayodhya.“The Governors have assured us they will convey it to the President and the Prime Minister,” he added.“We will hold public rallies and other programmes in all parliamentary constituencies and will meet all MPs to insist that they support the legislation on Ram Mandir. We will hold the first three public meetings on November 25 in Nagpur, Ayodhya and Bengaluru. The whole thing will culminate in a big public rally on December 9 at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi,” Mr. Kumar said.He said these developments will be reported to the ‘Dharma Sansad’ on January 31 in Allahabad and the future course of action will be decided there.“We hope that this [public rallies] would strengthen the government to bring a Bill and put pressure on other parties to support or at least not to oppose it,” he added.last_img read more

South Korean First Lady steals hearts at Ayodhya

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first_imgDraped in a sari and soaking in the Deepavali festivities, South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook soon became the toast of the pilgrim town on Tuesday.From the moment Ms. Kim, wife of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, arrived here on Tuesday till she left, the people, especially the youth, cheered her on at the multiple events she attended along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.She landed here in a helicopter from Lucknow near the Ram Katha Park venue around 2.30 p.m. to claps and chants of “Jai Shri Ram”. She began her Ayodhya tour by offering tributes at the Queen Heo Memorial, which is dedicated to the legendary princess of Ayodhya, Heo Hwang-ok, who went to Korea and married a king there in AD 48.Memorial upgradeAccompanied by Mr. Adityanath, she attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the upgrade and beautification of the memorial. From there, she went to attend festivities at the Ram Katha Park, where she was greeted by artists dressed as Lord Ram and Sita, who arrived at the park in a ceremonial helicopter as part of the “Ram Durbar”. Governor Ram Naik was present.At the venue, where a huge stage in traditional Indian style was erected, she greeted the people with folded hands, sending people into raptures.In her address at the park, she recalled the historic ties between India and Korea, and said she prayed for the prosperity of both countries.Mentioning Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore in her speech, she said, “There is an Indian adage that sharing happiness multiples it. I am very happy to celebrate Deepavali in Ayodhya with all of you.” Later in the evening, she was treated to a dazzling display of over three lakh earthen lamps on the ghats of the Saryu river.She visited the Taj Mahal on Wednesday.last_img read more

Odisha CM urges PM to halt Polavaram project construction

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first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel an order given the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for Polavaram project in July this year and stop construction of the project until all the pending issues are resolved.‘Injury to Odisha interest’“If the project is allowed to be completed before the resolution of all the pending issues, it will cause permanent injury to the interest of the State of Odisha and its people,” Mr. Patnaik wrote in a two-page letter sent to Mr. Modi on Wednesday.“I am constrained to write this letter to draw your personal attention and intervention on the magnitude of the consequences that the people of Odisha will have to face viz. the submergence of tribal villages resulting in mass displacement of tribals, the flooding of fertile agricultural lands and submergence of large forest area, all of which can be avoided if only an opportunity is given for a final resolution of the disputes pending before the Supreme Court,” Mr. Patnaik said in his letter.The Chief Minister has suggested that the Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh can be reformulated as per Godavari Water Dispute Tribunal, without causing large-scale submergence in the States of Odisha, Telangana and Chhattisgarh.Mentioning that public hearing in Odisha has not been carried out till date, Mr. Patnaik said that a detailed study of design, flood and the studies related to backwater extent during floods will allow to make an assessment about the exact submergence in Odisha.In his letter, Mr. Patnaik also mentioned that he has written three letters to the Prime Minister on the issue in the past — September 16, 2015, November 28, 2017, and July 12, 2018.last_img read more

Odia films on politicians to hit screens ahead of polls

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first_imgOdisha does not seem to be lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to matching the prevailing trend of films on politicians ahead of the upcoming general election.When movies such as The Accidental Prime Minister, NTR Kathanayakudu, Thackeray and PM Narendra Modi are hitting headlines across the nation, two Odia feature films – Nimki and Biju Babu – are in the pipeline for release in Odisha where Assembly and Lok Sabha polls are scheduled to be held simultaneously.The upcoming films are not exactly biopics on Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik and his late father Biju Patnaik. The posters of the two films, however, are prominently featuring the photographs of the two leaders. While Nimki, with the tag line Nimpur Ru Naveen Niwas (From Nimpur to Naveen Niwas), will be released in the State on January 23, Biju Babu is likely to hit screens in April first week.Nimki is a story of a village girl, Nimki, who is inspired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and overcomes all hurdles to travel from her village Nimpur to reach Naveen Niwas, the residence of Mr. Patnaik in Bhubaneswar, to solve the problems being faced by her village. Biju Patnaik had built Naveen Niwas and named it after his younger son.The BJD connectCoincidentally, the lead role of Nimki has been played by Barsha Priyadarshini, one of the leading actresses of Odisha, and the lead role in Biju Babu is being played by her husband Anubhav Mohanty – popular Odia actor and sitting Rajya Sabha Member of the BJD.Biju Babu will highlight some important aspects of the life of Biju Patnaik, former Odisha Chief Minister after whom the BJD has been named. The poster of Biju Babu, which is being produced by well-known film producer Nila Madhab Panda and others, was released outside Anand Bhavan, Biju Patnaik’s ancestral house in Cuttack on Tuesday.According to political analysts, both the films may encourage young BJD workers and supporters and help the party draw political mileage in the run-up to the polls. They may attract the Opposition’s criticism too. As the elections are nearing, parties and politicians are busy churning films, video clips and commentaries about themselves. Those who cannot afford videos are taking to the social media for self-publicity.Most of the actors, actresses and artistes of the State who have already joined different parties, primarily the BJD and the BJP, are being seen both on and off the screen.last_img read more

Pragya’s Godse remark shows BJP’s real face: NCP

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first_imgThe NCP on Thursday attacked the BJP over its Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s “Nathuram Godse was a patriot” remark, saying people can now see the “real face” of the Amit Shah-led party.The NCP also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come clear whether Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, was indeed a patriot as stated by Pragya Singh. “Nathuram Godse, who has murdered Mahatma Gandhi, is being defended by BJP’s candidate Pragya Thakur and is being called a patriot. People can now see @BJP4India’s real face through.@SadhviPragya_MP,” Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil said on Twitter. NCP general secretary Jitendra Awhad alleged that Ms. Thakur, an accused in the Malegaon blast case, belongs to the same fraternity as “terrorist” Godse. “Modi had bowed before Mahatma Gandhi’s statue before the entire world. Now he should tell not only the country, but the world if Godse was a patriot,” Mr. Awhad said. In an interview to a news channel in Madhya Pradesh, Ms. Thakur said Godse was a “patriot” and will always remain so. She was responding to a query on actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s comment that free India’s first extremist was a Hindu.last_img read more

NIH Scrambles to Catch Up After U.S. Shutdown

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first_imgGrants staff members at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) who came back to work yesterday after the 16-day government shutdown ended will now need to catch up on a backlog of research proposals and canceled peer-review meetings. Exactly how all this will play out isn’t yet clear, and angst is rising in the blogosphere about how researchers seeking new funding for their projects will be affected.Yesterday, NIH extramural research chief Sally Rockey announced on her blog that NIH was back in business and added a warning:However, the shutdown came at one of our busiest periods and it is going to take some time to bring the extramural program back to full strength.  As of today we can confirm that we will be rescheduling all October grant application submission deadlines to dates in November so that applicants will have access to NIH staff, help desks, and electronic systems. The specific revised due dates will be published in the NIH Guide as soon as we worked them out. We expect the eRA Commons and other NIH extramural electronic systems to be up and accessible to the public on Monday, October 21.Review meetings were missed during the shutdown will need rescheduling and others that were to occur right now or next week may also will need to be cancelled to allow reviewers enough time to have access to applications and complete their reviews.In a brief notice, NIH explains that all peer-review meetings scheduled for 1 October through 17 October are being rescheduled. 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That double duty prompted worries that reviewers will be overwhelmed: “I can’t help but think sitting on a section is going to go from being intense but manageable to being a real nightmare,” gingerest wrote. But DrugMonkey points to a bright side: Some researchers may take advantage of the chance to pull their proposals and resubmit them with fresh data.Meanwhile, patients are again being admitted to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. But elsewhere on the campus, where about 6000 researchers work in intramural laboratories, the shutdown “has resulted in a profound loss of momentum,” NIH said in its statement. While some projects “continued at a greatly reduced pace,” the majority were put on hold. It may take “many months” to restart these hundreds of experiments, NIH says.last_img read more

How big is the average penis?

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first_img“I was in the pool!” George Costanza’s distress at the “shrinkage” of his penis after exiting a cold pool was hilarious in the 1994 Seinfeld episode, but for many men concern over the length and girth of their reproductive organ is no laughing matter. Now, a new study could assuage such worries with what may be the most accurate penis-size measurements to date.Many earlier studies relied on self-reporting, which doesn’t always yield reliable results. “People tend to overestimate themselves,” says David Veale, a psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. So when Veale and his team set out to settle the score on penile proportions, they decided to compile data from clinicians who followed a standardized measuring procedure.Published today in the British Journal of Urology International, their new study synthesizes data from 17 previous academic papers that included measurements from a total of 15,521 men from around the world. The data enabled the researchers to calculate averages and model the estimated distribution of penile dimensions across humanity. “It still just strikes me how many men have questions and insecurities and concerns about their own penis size. We actually do need good data on it,” says Debra Herbenick, a behavioral scientist at Indiana University, Bloomington, who was not involved in the study.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(*)According to the team’s analysis, the average flaccid, pendulous penis is 9.16 cm (3.61 inches) in length; the average erect penis is 13.12 cm (5.16 inches) long. The corresponding girth measurements are 9.31 cm (3.66 inches) for a flaccid penis and 11.66 cm (4.59 inches) for an erect one.A graph of the size distribution shows that outliers are rare. A 16-cm (6.3-inch) erect penis falls into the 95th percentile: Out of 100 men, only five would have a penis larger than 16 cm. Conversely, an erect penis measuring 10 cm (3.94 inches) falls into the 5th percentile: Only five out of 100 men would have a penis smaller than 10 cm. Gentlemen, if you’re eager to see how you measure up, you’ll need to follow the same measurement procedure used in the study. All length measurements were made from the pubic bone to the tip of the glans on the top side of the penis. Any fat covering the pubic bone was compressed before measurement, and any additional length provided by foreskin was not counted. Circumference was measured at the base of the penis or around the middle of the shaft, as the two sites were deemed equivalent.The researchers concluded that there was no strong evidence to link penis size to other physical features such as height, body mass index, or even shoe size. Yes, it seems that the only definite conclusion that can be drawn about a fellow with big socks is that he probably has big feet. Likewise, the study found no significant correlation between genital dimensions and race or ethnicity, although Veale points out that their study was not designed to probe such associations, because much of the data used were from studies of Caucasian men.It’s easy to laugh at poor George Costanza for his shrunken manhood, but some reports suggest that only about 55% of men are satisfied with their penis size. Some seek potentially dangerous surgical solutions to a problem that, according to Veale, is often only in their head. Men “seem to have a very distorted picture of what [size] other men are, and what they believe they should be,” Veale says.Pornography, in which male performers are often selected for their extremely large genitalia, may be partly to blame. Similarly, Herbenick points to the myriad spam e-mails that assert that 17.78 cm (7 inches) is average for an erection, when in reality such a member would place its owner in about the 98th percentile. It’s best to just ignore those ads in any case, Veale says. “There are no effective lotions or potions or pills.”last_img read more

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